I love seeing my kids enthusiasm when it comes to trying new things. Some things they get over right away, like the time my daughter insisted I get her a hula hoop because she was planning to beat the world record for hula hooping. Sometimes they get over their new thing as quickly as it started and other times they actually stick to it such as the choir and music lessons she is taking.
My younger son sees the lessons his older sister has been taking and insists on getting a guitar and taking guitar lessons. He keeps telling me not to worry if he breaks guitar strings because we can get some john pearse guitar strings at Guitar Center which I cant argue with since he has done his research. I was hoping it was just a phase he was getting into but so far he hasn’t forgotten about getting a guitar. I think a guitar and some lessons are in the near future for him. I think I might surprise him for Christmas.
Who knows maybe in the near future I will have a rock star and a singer in the family. Like I said before if my kids want to sing or play an instrument I will encourage them and support them in their dream.
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I recently had the opportunity to review some products from Rustico Leather and I chose to review the
• Single track wallet (felt & leather)
• Wool quote book
• Wool Parley Journal with wrap tie
The reason why I chose the writer set is because I like writing my thoughts and ideas down. I never know when inspiration will hit me and I am not always at my desk when it does come. Upon opening the rustico quote book one of the things I loved about it was the Rustico stamp on the last page. I thought it was a cute and innovative way to brand the little quote book.
I right away took to the Wool quote book because it fit so easily into my purse. I was able to carry it around with me everywhere I went. The wool quote book is just like the Wool Parley Journal but smaller in size. Don’t think because it is smaller in size that it wont provide you what you need. I had plenty of space to jot down notes and the rough cut cream color paper made me feel like I was a journalist from the past and all I was missing was my calligraphy pen and thinking cap.
The Wool Parley Journal with wrap tie again made me feel like a sophisticated writer as I jotted down my day to day thoughts. I imagined myself traveling from county to country writing down discoveries about the cities I traveled to and that in itself was enough for me to love this journal(When you are a mother of 6 kids and countless amounts of pets a little daydreaming and imagination is what keeps you from going insane)besides having a place to vent out my frustrations. This journal made me want to write in its pages. I looked forward to writing in it every night and I didn’t feel that way before with other journals, so I consider this a big plus for this merino wool journal.
Last but not least of my rustico leather products was the single track wallet This little wallet is perfect for the business cards of people you interact with everyday.I put my library card in there since I am constantly using it. I must admit that I liked smelling the leather when I first opened up the wallet. Real leather has such a distinct smell to it and I love it. One of the options you have when ordering this wallet is that you are able to personalize it with a name or a date. Being able to personalize it makes it a great and thoughtful gift to anyone or even yourself.
All in all I was quite honored to have had the opportunity to review such wonderful products. These three
rustico Leather products are getting a lot of use by me and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone.
Inside Out series
In this dark and sensual e-novella, which ties into Lisa Renee Jones’s bestselling Inside Out series, Chris’s dark point of view comes to light as he tries to win—then hold onto—Sara’s heart.
In a world where my only escape has been my art, Sara has been the light in my darkness. And there is darkness, the kind of inky black that can bleed from my life into hers.
She doesn’t see it. She doesn’t understand what I’ve shown her. And my biggest fear is that soon...she will
ARC Provided by NetGalley for an honest review
If you have read the Inside out series you will know that this e-novella is a must have. His secrets starts out where Revealing Us left off. Sara and Chris are engaged and everything seems finally right. Don’t get too comfortable thinking everything is going to be perfect because it seems Chris hasn’t told all his secrets to Sara quite yet. In this book we learn to understand Chris more.
We get to learn more about Amber and Tristan and Isabel. Will these three people play a part in whether Chris and Sara make it together or not? Will Sara stay with Chris once she find out more of the secrets he has been holding back?
I highly recommend reading His secrets it doesn’t disappoint. The only thing I have to complain is that I wish it had more pages because I finished reading it right away and I am anxiously waiting for the next book to come out!!! His Secrets might be a quick read but it bags a lot of punch. I think it is a must have especially If you have been keeping up with the inside out series. I have not been so addicted to a series since the crossfire series by Sylvia Day and Lisa Renee Jones is definitely up to par with some of the hottest series out there.
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Time is going by too quickly for me. In less than two years I will have a child in college. Yes you read that right she will be in college. I would be lying if I said I am not worried about the costs that comes with a child going to college. In case you are new to my blog, I am a mother of 6 kids so that means I have to be prepared to send 6 kids to college and preparations start early around here. You better believe I am already looking for ways to be able to afford college for her and the college books she will need.
One of the ways my daughter and I can save money is by using campusbookrentals My daughter can rent the books she needs rather than spend tons of money each semester buying the books she will need. Just by renting the books rather than buying them my daughter can save anywhere from 40-90 percent off bookstore prices. If you have gone to college you know that a college book can cost anywhere from 60.00 to 200.00 or more and that’s putting it mildly. I didn’t have the option of being able to rent books when I took a couple of courses in college. I had to either buy new books at retail price or hope and pray that I could find the books I needed in the used college books section. If I was lucky enough to beat out the other students looking for a deal too, I had to hope and pray that the books were within my budget.
Luckily for my daughter she can use the Rentback program if she does end up buying some of her college books. If we have to pay retail price for some books we can at least get some of the money back by having other students rent out the books. My daughter could always sell back the books to campusbookrentals but if she uses their new rentback program she can make 2-4 times more money that way. I had my daughter check out this video and she was beyond excited to try it out when the time comes. She was also excited to go through a website like this one because campusbookrentals donates to operation smile with every book rented. My daughter is big on giving back to the community and will gladly help out or participate and go through any company that is willing to pay it forward to other communities or charities or programs. I am so glad to have raised such a good kid who doesn’t mind finding ways to help out other people or doing things that save us money.
There isn’t a day that goes by that there isn’t some kind of drama going on with this family. I try to stay away from all the drama but my husbands family brings it all the time. I am cool as long as it doesn’t involve me or my children. If you mess with my children you better be ready for the momma lion that will come out of me. I do not play when it comes to my children. You can call me whatever you want, You can do whatever you want with your life but do not interfere with things involving my children. I will fight tooth and nail for my kids. If you want to know how to piss me off quickly , say or do something to my children and see if I don’t jump down your throat.
I hope for a while these people stay away from my house and from my kids. I do not care if they want to see their son. They are welcome to meet with him somewhere else but my house will not be the meeting ground for a while. I am so done dealing with these people. I wish my husband would put his foot down. If he wont do it I will for the sake of my kids. My kids will always come first in my book. We will see how long this craziness will last. All I know is that if they keep their crazy behavior they will no longer be allowed to be anywhere near my kids.
My daughter has been progressing in her singing. This is her second year in choir and I can totally see the changes in her voice. She has much more voice control. She keeps telling me that she would love to have a karaoke machine at home. Nana keeps telling me that she needs a vocopro uhf-5800 to help her prepare for when she is on stage. I love the confidence she has when she says “mom its for me to practice when I go onstage” I love that it is when and not if I go onstage. She always tells me with such confidence that one day I will see her on stage performing.
I think I am going to try really hard to get her a karaoke machine or at least a microphone and some kind of adapter that she can use with the dvd player. I will always encourage my kids if they are passionate about something. I am totally going to be one of those moms that will be front and center cheering the loudest. I didn’t always have encouragement growing up and I always told myself that I would not be that way with my kids. No matter how big or small their dreams may be I will always encourage them and support them fully. Although not all parents support their kids, I really think it is part of parenting for them to support and encourage their kids.
Nothing is harder than to realize that what you thought was real friendship was nothing more than convenience. I don’t know how to give half of a friendship. I either know how to be a friend or not a friend at all. I hate to think that I was a friend for more than 12 years and gave my friendship fully and all I got in return was half or less than that. I trusted and believed and backed up my friendship. I did anything and everything I could to be a good friend and to think that it was only an honest friend from my side only hurts like crap.
I always try to see the best side in everyone. I always get hurt because I choose to have faith and belief in others and would never think that they are out there to hurt me. I know it is naïve to think that way but to me being on edge and not trusting anyone makes me a little bit sad. I know the reality is that many people will hurt you and people aren’t as kind as they always seem.
I am slowly but surely learning not to be as trusting and as forgiving but it is still hard for me. I know that by being so welcoming I am only opening the door to being hurt again but I just don’t know how to change my ways. I am trying really hard to be a little more guarded now that I know what some peoples intentions are. I cant help but feel the way I feel though
I am in pain and much more pain than I usually am. It was a mighty fine time for the dumb doctor who saw me to take it upon himself to decide what my pain level was and how he felt that I didn’t need the pain killers. I wish he could be in my body then tell me that the pain I feel is not as bad as he thinks. I just love how it was the first time he saw me but made that assessment about my pain.Even though he was my primary doctor he was never available when I try to make my appointment to go see him. He didn’t take the time to read all my medical chart all he saw was that I have been taking pain killers for a couple of years and decided that I am addicted to them.
Did he pain attention to my mri results.. I highly doubt it. Did he bother to read the results of the physical therapist who I am doing physical therapy with … nope because when he decided that I was addicted to the pills and took me off of them it was the last day of him working for that medical office. Now I have to wait to get another primary care doctor and wait to see if that doctor will give me pain pills or if they are going to find a way to take some of this pain away. I have had nothing but spasms and migraines and have had to stay in bed from the pain. My freaking blood pressure has even been going up from the pain level I feel. I really hope the next doctor who sees me can see that I am truly in a lot of pain and not trying to just be addicted to pain killers. I really hope he takes the time to talk to the physical therapist and goes through all my medical files instead of trying to get me in and out of the office in 10 minutes or less.
My auntie’s birthday is coming up soon and I don’t know what to get her. I would love to get her something nice like some honora freshwater pearls but I don’t think that’s a possibility with the financial difficulty we are having right now. The holidays are rough for us because we have a birthday so close to Christmas and another birthday a few days after new years. Let me not forget that I have 6 children to worry about getting presents for and then worry about presents for the family gathering or birthdays we have.
I am really hoping to find something that is nice and doesn’t cost too much. I really would love getting her some pearls but it might have to wait until after income tax before I can buy her some. I am hoping to be able to get her a card and something little and then tell her that her real gift will come after April. Do you think it would be a little ghetto to basically give an IOU on a good gift ? I am sure my aunt wouldn’t care either way and its the thought that counts but I really want to let her know just how special she is to me.