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Monday, August 14, 2017

Syrus Version 7.0 (Kinderviews Special Edition!)

You guys know how much I love to write, that's evident by the blog. But my little one comes up to me every now and then and asks "Mommy, can we blog?" and what can I say? What can I say to this face?!


 Of course we can blog! Thus I began Kinderviews, where we get a little insight into the mind of a child. But this is a special edition, because in less than one week, somebody turns seven...SEVEN. Yeah, I get it now, blink and the time goes, it's nuts! Anyway, without further ado, here we have Kinderviews with Syrus V.!

Mom: So, I heard that you are going to be turning seven very soon! How do you feel about that?

Syrus: I feel good because I am growing older!

Mom: That's awesome! You are growing bigger everyday!

Mom: School is starting soon! What subjects are you most looking forward to?

Syrus: I like gym! We get to play games and run around!


Mom: Gym is fun! I liked it when I was in school!

Mom: I heard you're in your FOURTH season of soccer already! You must really like it a lot!

Syrus: I like soccer because like to run around and play with the other kids, even though I am shy.

Mom: Well, you're an awesome soccer player!

Mom: Time for some fun! What kind of music do you like? I know you like to dance!

Syrus: I like Star Wars music!

Mom: What are some  of your favorite superheroes?

Syrus: Jedi-Knights!

Mom: Cool!

Mom: Any favorite books? (In my head...let me guess...Star Wars?)

Syrus: Star Wars!


Mom: I knew it!

Mom: You're learning to swim this summer, how is that going?

Syrus: Good, I like playing around in the water!

Mom: Playing around in the water is fun!

Mom: What are some of your favorite foods?

Syrus: Chicken, candy and ice cream!

Mom: What a combo!

Mom: Do you enjoy playing outside? What do you like to play?

Syrus: I love pretending to be a Jedi Knight 

Mom: I should've seen that one coming from ten miles away! 

Mom: You're growing up SO FAST! Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?

Syrus: An actor! So I can be in...drumroll please....STAR WARS!


I must admit these are always fun to do with my little guy. I love doing them! And he's going to be seven on Saturday, that just blows my mind entirely! Anyway, thanks for reading this edition of Kinderviews! Watch out for the next one!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Go BTS With Jet

This post is sponsored by Jet.com, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It's surprising that school is almost in again, isn't it? This summer just kind of flew by, didn't it? But you know what  that means, don't you? Awesomely fun back-to-school shopping! Normally, I usually wait a few weeks until school gets a little closer here, but I used Jet.com  and had a blast shopping for my little guy, who is going into second grade this year!

It was really great shopping with Jet.com, because instead of running all over, from one store to the other to get this lunch pail and that notebook and that backpack, you can do all of your shopping in a one-stop-shop, right from the comfort of home! Imagine sipping a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), and getting all of the kid's back-to-school shopping done. This way, you can milk every little ounce of summer that is left, instead of running around! Seamless shopping, done!

There are so many great items that you can snag at an incredible price at Jet.com. Just check out some of the great stuff that I purchased! Imagine my excitement that beautiful big purple box came in! I was excited to dig in and see the goodies inside!




Now how much do you think all of this would cost in a regular shopping trip? I rounded up all of these goodies for $75. Yes, you read that correctly, $75! Can you believe it?! I sure can't! We've got Syrus' first-day-of school outfit covered, his new lunchbox, an adorable pencil case, Twistables colored pencils, an Emoji maker (which is MAJORLY fun, by the way), some tape, and of course Gatorade to keep him nice and hydrated on the soccer field this coming season! 


Mr. Swag over here wanted to show us his brand new Clone Wars shirt for school, and of course his...


NEW Clone Wars lunchbox - can you tell he loves The Clone Wars?!

Anywho, guess what? You can also save at Jet.com, on your first three, that's right, three orders, when you are a first time Jet customer! Here's how: 

When checking out, use code SAVE15! (See site for details)

New customers only. Min. $35 in eligible merchandise per order required. Max. discount $20 per order. Offer expires 9/1/2017 at 12:00 AM PST; if any of your first 3 orders are not placed by this date, they are not eligible for the discount. Excludes products marked as ineligible for promotion on the product display page. Offer cannot be applied to previous orders and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer is subject to change or cancellation. Void where prohibited. Brand, category and other restrictions may apply.



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Giving In, Getting Up And Going On

I've fallen down the rabbit hole again, bumping and bruising myself along the way. Down, down I go, with no end in sight, It gets darker and darker, and I can't seem to grab hold of anything solid. My feelings, like this never-ending portal are non-existent. I feel nothing. Absolutely nothing.

This is the terrifying truth about depression. Some may see it as a dark cloud, hovering over their shoulder, others may see it as a dark and shadowy figure following them around, me, I'm forever falling down.

It's incredibly hard to try and put any real "feeling" into anything, when you can't feel a thing. Sure, I can plaster on a smile, just like the next person can. I can fake it. That's easy. It's the moments when I get home and let go, just let go, and it comes like a wave. The wave takes me down with it and I feel like I'm drowning.



Depression, sadly, isn't just something that you can "shake off." If it were, millions and millions of people would've done it already and been much better for it. The truth is, getting out of a depressive episode is hard work. Very hard work. It's taken up nearly my entire summer to do it.

I've cried nearly everywhere, when I was out with my husband, trying to have a good time, at my in-laws, anywhere you can think of, I was upset. And what did I do about it for a good chunk of the summer? Laid in bed. That's right, ladies and gentleman, I did nothing about it, except for one phone call to my psychiatrist who bumped my medication up.

Trust me, you can feel a depression. I know that is strange, weird and freaky to say, but you can feel a depression. It literally hovers like a weight on top of you. At least, it felt like that for me. My limbs don't want to move. I don't want to move a single inch. I just want to stay where I am, in bed. I felt that was where I was better off, anyway. What kind of mom was I? I felt no good to my child.



The strange thing about depression though, again, at least for me, it sneaks away as stealthily as it comes. Lately, I do not feel as depressed, don't get me wrong, I have my days, however, it feels as though the depression has lifted. I feel more, I don't know the word, more "spirited?" again? More apt to do the things that I didn't want to do before. I'm slowly looking forward to more and more things again, and that is the key. I can't even tell you how long it took me to get into blogging, one of the things I love, again.

This isn't to say that the depression isn't going to come back again, I'm pretty certain that it will, I have Major Depressive Disorder, so I get depression in episodes, and some episodes can be longer than others. But here's to saying goodbye to this episode and resuming life as normal again! 




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Best Advice For Buying Wedding Rings




You are free to search for as many wedding rings as possible but you must also find advice that will help you shop. You must find a ring that you will enjoy using, and you will notice how simple it is to make a purchase once you have all the information you need. This article explains how you may make changes to the way you are shopping for wedding rings in-store or online.

#1: Size

You must choose diamonds in a size that you are comfortable with, and you will find that the diamond wedding rings in Melbourne offered by Simon West Fine Jewellery are beautiful to behold. Someone who is looking for a wedding ring will save money when they have chosen a proper ring. You may choose a larger diamond for less money, and you may also choose a number of smaller diamonds that are set together.

#2: Bands

You must choose bands that will suit you and your partner. You have a number of different rings you may choose from, and it is possible to have the rings customized. You will save money when you are buying rings from the same jeweller as you bought your engagement ring, and you may even receive a discount if you are purchasing your rings all at once.

#3: Colour

You must choose colours that will suit your personal style, and you will notice that diamonds range from blues and pinks to oranges and browns. The oranges and brown shades of a diamond will make you feel warm, and you may choose blues and pinks that looks a bit more innocent. This is something that must change for each person, and you may ask the jeweller which colours they would use. There are certain designs that will match the colours you have chosen, and there are other colours you may match to particular designs you have fallen in love with.

#4: Sizing

You must ask the jeweller to help you size the ring, and they will show you what the particular size is for your finger. You may request this size in the future, and you will find that the size fits you snug without cutting off your finger's circulation. You must check with the jeweller any time you need to have your ring sized, and you will find that the money you spend on sizing will be well-spent many years in the future.

#5: How Long Do They Last?

Choose wedding rings from a reputable jeweller and you can be confident that it will last for many years. You must ensure that you are buying a ring that will make you feel good about your purchase, and you should remember that you are saving money in the long run when you have chosen something that will last. Ensure that the ring will be maintained properly as well.


Everyone who wishes to buy wedding rings will feel much better when they have come to the right jeweller to see all the available styles. Take note of the tips we’ve discussed and see what your favourite jeweller has to offer.


This post was published in partnership with Mediabuzzer


Thursday, June 22, 2017

6 Reasons Businesses Fail

Creating a successful business is hard work, with maybe a little luck thrown in there. Many people create ideas and/or businesses without actually thinking it through - they just think about the things they will possibly gain from being an entrepreneur. Think about it - freedom to work when you want, better financial stability, etc. But, they are missing a lot of information if they think that owning a business is all rainbows and butterflies. Unfortunately, a lot of people only see their opinion when making a huge decision, so they already ‘know’ that their business idea will succeed and be a hit with everyone around them, as well. Because of this mindset, many businesses nowadays are failing, but there are ways to prevent that from happening! If you own a business, or are thinking about starting one, check out these reasons businesses fail and how you can prevent it from happening to you!

Lack of a market for the product/idea
Like I mentioned above, some people only see what they want to see. They create a business idea and think it’s ‘the best thing since sliced bread’ because it is up their alley and they created it. These are the business owners that do not even think to ask others what they think because they just ‘know’ it will be amazing.

Then, there are those that ask their friends for an opinion on the idea. This is a step in the right direction, but most of the time, the people they spend time with share some or most of the same likes and dislikes, so it is pretty likely that they would like the product/idea, as well. To avoid this common mistake, all it takes is you branching out, asking questions and taking advice and opinions! You need to get the opinion of a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds and in a lot of different areas before you start a business. This will ensure that you have a good market for your idea.

Lack of planning
Coming up with a business plan is essential. According to the SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration), “A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.” This document should include sections on: an executive summary, company description, market analysis, organization and management, service or product line, marketing and sales, funding request, financial projections, appendix and of course, how to make your business stand out from others. If you go to the U.S Small Business Administration’s website, they have a page (linked above) that will help you start a business - it gives you a step by step guide on what to do, when.

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Lack of customer service
Customer service is a huge factor in a successful business - ultimately, it is the heart of the entire business because without it, you will fail. Small businesses stand out to me because most of the time, their customer service is superb. One of the things I hate most about customer service is when I call and it rings for hours, OR when I call and I get passed from one person to the other, or just put on hold until they find the right person. It is a known fact that if you have great customer service (along with a good product), you will succeed. The benefits you will reap from great customer service are never-ending.

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Lack of online marketing skills
Lack of marketing skills, specifically online marketing skills is a huge bummer and without getting help, this could break you. You could have a great product and great customer service, but without marketing skills, you are nothing. The good thing about this is that there are people to help you! Online Marketing Company in NJ is an Online Marketing Company in NJ that provides “solutions that integrate all aspects of digital media marketing including branding, website design, search engine marketing, email marketing, conversion optimization, and mobile app development.” They are the number one marketing agency is NJ and have results to prove that - they ‘walk the walk.’ One perk that really stands out to me is that NJ SEO integrates with Google products. This means that it has custom software to track, test and optimize all web traffic. NJ SEO allows you to have month to month payments, with no long-term contracts. They have a goal to focus on growing your business as a positive ROI investment, not an expense.

Brothers, Dan Anton and Matt Anton have two bases - in Atlanta and New Jersey. Dan Anton is a retired Infantry Airborne Army Ranger Major and served two tours in Iraq before founding the Atlanta, Georgia location. Matt Anton founded the New Jersey location and was a former online marketing manager of Liberty Travel, where he was responsible for digital marketing strategy and execution, managing a 250k budget each month. These two men are the reason NJ SEO is so successful and determined to make all of their clients happy. NJ SEO can be contacted 24/7 by calling their number and they also have an email address listed on their website, as well. If you are looking to grow your business, contacting them would be a fantastic place to start! Lack of marketing skills will destroy your business, but with a little help, you could be ranking high on Google in no time!

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Lack of communication skills
I know you have heard this phrase before, but let me say it again: communication is key. There is a reason why LinkedIn puts communication as a skill. It takes patience, skills and a lot of hard work to have good communication skills, but it always pays off. If you are starting a business, you have to have great communication, or there will be a lot of setbacks due to misunderstandings, delays and unorganization. A few ways to improve your communication skills are to stay involved and stay organized - always keep a checklist on what you need to do.

Lack of leadership
This goes right along with communication skills. A lot of businesses end up failing because they don’t have a leader. When setting up your business plan, decide who is going to run the show. Will the CEO of the company be involved each and every day? Will they be there overlooking the work of their employees? If not, maybe appointing a manager position or two would be a great idea, to make sure everyone stays on track.

There are many ways for a business to fail, but there are also many ways for it to succeed! Before starting one of your own, just do some research. Make sure all of your ducks are in a row and you will be good to go! Don’t forget to check out NJ SEO if you need help with your online marketing needs!



Monday, June 12, 2017

What "Wellness" Means To Me


When one is befallen with a chronic illness, of any type, it can be a staggering blow to the world as we knew it. Suddenly, everything we used to be able to do with ease, now requires large amounts of energy. Our lives begin changing around us, the people we love may look at us differently, or we may even look at them differently, perhaps even with a hint of jealousy at their health and vigor.

It hurts to not be able to do the things that we used to be able to do. We used to take them for granted, just like everyone else around us still does. However, while we may have these chronic illnesses, the one thing that we always have to keep in the back of our minds is that these illnesses do not have us. We have control over them, we have control over what we do with our bodies, how we treat them, nourish them and provide them with what they need. All of this is our wellness as a whole.



Despite these illnesses, we can choose to be happy, and we can choose to be fulfilled. It all comes down to the choices we make and how we plan on living our lives. Just because you have this illness, it doesn’t mean that you can’t live the life you wanted, you just have to make some tweaks and adjustments to how you are going to do it. You are a human being who is facing some difficult challenges right now, but we are equipped to overcome challenges! It is bred into us! We can do this!
Wellness, to me is all about how I choose to think about things, how I can do the things I want to do, and how I take care of my body. It is making sure that I take the medicines that I need, the foods that are nourishing, the love I desire, cleanliness, and feeding my soul.



I make time for myself, I give myself “days off”, and I do take breaks. I’m truly living the life I never knew I wanted. I am so incredibly happy being a mom and a freelance writer. Most days, I believe if I hadn’t gotten ill, I would never be where I am right now. I do know how silly that sounds, but stick with me here. Most of the time, I am grateful for this illness. It has given me so much (aside from agonizing pain), like this wonderful husband I have, my blogs, my ability to be a stay-at-home mom who works from home, extra time with my family, and it has opened so many doors and amazing opportunities, as well as forged lifelong bonds through the people I have met who are also affected with the same things that I am.

I’m not saying that you have to jump up and down for joy (not that we can!) because you have this illness, but try to see some of the good things that have happened to you. Don’t focus so much on the negative that it has brought you, strive to see the positive in it. Write them down, and hang them up. When you’re feeling low, remember what you do have, instead of what you don’t have.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

5 Toys That Kids Inevitably Lose



Oh, our little ones! We love them so. There is no doubt that there is a pile of toys in the house somewhere, whether it be in the living room, a playroom or their bedroom, there are inevitably some toys that in the beginning when first received are fun to play with. It's all fun and games until someone loses the pieces to said toy. You search high and low, over and under, you wrack your brain trying to think of places where these pieces could've gone. But the search is futile, until one day, you stick your hand in the cushions of your couch and pull out the missing piece. What are some of these toys you ask?




1. Nerf Darts


Oh my goodness, how my son loves his Nerf guns. He has a blast with them. But in retrospect, I should've gotten him a super soaker. You can't lose water, which is Super Soaker's ammo. But Nerf darts? Oh, that is a totally different story. Those suckers are masters at hiding. You could've sworn it was stuck to that railing two seconds earlier, so where the hell did it go? 


2. Lego Pieces


Oh, Lord. You haven't been properly christened until you've stepped on a Lego in the middle of the night after getting up to use the restroom. Holy mother-of-pearl, those things hurt. You can feel the sting of tears come to your eyes when your foot makes contact. Everything gets blurry. Not really, but they sure aren't pleasant to find with your feet. What's even worse is a screaming toddler yelling in your ear because they lost a piece, the one piece they need to finish their little Lego village. 


3. Barbie Shoes


Ah, Barbie! The legendary doll that little girls (and boys!) around the world love to play with. She is quite the fashionable and trendsetting lady, too. Have you seen her clothes? How about her shoes? No, really, have you seen her shoes? This outfit just needs those black and white polka dot shoes to complete it! Otherwise she looks like a total mess! Mom, find it please! Once again, we likely will not find it until the middle of the night, on the stairway, with our barefoot, when Barbie's heel stabs us right in the arch of our foot. 


4. Play-Doh


Play-Doh is quite possibly one of the most enjoyable activities to play with your child. You get to see their creativity and artistic side, and you too can play with the colorful substances. It's so much fun! Until five minutes later when our little one's get bored and walk away. But they forget they're carrying a piece of Play-Doh, and they inevitably put it down somewhere. Somewhere that you won't find it for oh, say maybe six months or so down the road, when it's all icky and hardened. First, you recoil, wondering what that is underneath your sweet pea's bed, then you flashback to that rainy Play-Doh day. 


5. Shopkins


I feel like toy companies are out to get us parents as of lately. Why, you ask? Let's take the latest craze of Shopkins, for instance. Do you see how tiny these things are? Yes, it is totally adorable that our kids love to collect each new wave of these things, until they start to lose them, and the tears ensue. These things are so tiny, that it would be hard not to lose them! 

What are some of the toys that your children have lost and you have found - with your foot or otherwise?