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Sunday, May 21, 2017

DynaTrapXL Insect Trap Review + FATHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY!

It's that time of year again! The sun is shining, the kids are playing, and lemonade abounds. There is no doubt that summer is on the way! But one thing that inevitably comes with summer are those pesky little buggies that we always get every year! They kind of ruin the fun for everyone. But there isn't a reason to fear them anymore! I was excited when DynaTrap reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to try out their amazing insect trap. I immediately said yes.


Let me tell you, when you're outside on your patio, trying to have a cookout with friends and family, bugs can be a big nuisance. What with them flying around you while you're trying to cook and trying to get all over the food. And don't even get me started about mosquitoes, especially when you're trying to relax in the twilight hours, sipping on a cocktail, trying to enjoy yourself. 

I was pretty excited to open up my DynaTrap! 


But exactly what kind of bugs does the DynaTrap get rid of? Well, we have flying insects including mosquitoes, biting flies, Asian beetles, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, moths, stink bugs and more! Can you believe that?! Plus, I think the best thing about it is that it uses zero chemicals or pesticides to attract the bugs. That makes me feel good as a mom. 

BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?

Here's a quick rundown on how this amazing insect trap works!






It's that easy! Seriously! You've got to try it out! But guess what? The best part is that YOU CAN WIN ONE IN OUR FATHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY! 



That's right! You can win 1 DT2000XLP Full Acre Insect Trap so you too can #GuardYourYard! Wouldn't dad just love one of these for the yard? Enter using the giveaway widget below! Good luck! 




Friday, May 12, 2017

Five Toys That Kid's Will 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? 




Achieve Your Goals With Accomplish Box!

I received compensation in the form of a free product. However, all opinions are my own. 

We all have goals and dreams and hopes that we want to attain. Each and every one of us do. Even if we don't realize it quite yet. Sometimes we need a little help or a little push along the way, and that is where Accomplish Box comes in!


I totally fell in love with the color of the box. It's just beautiful, isn't it? I couldn't wait to dive in and check out what was inside! 


Look at all of the amazing stuff that is in there! Alright, so let's dive right in! 


First, there was this beautiful water bottle! I absolutely love the quote on the front! When it comes to our dreams and goals, we've gotta hustle, we've got to work for them! I'm reminded of that everytime I look at this water bottle!


These were most adorable! I'd never seen them before in my life! I love the whole
"It's Tender for Tending" mantra. How cute are they? Each coin you plant sprouts something totally different! So my Sy and I each planted some coins, and we'll see how they do! It felt good to do something nice for the earth!


I must admit, between being ill and all, I haven't had much chance at using this yet. But it looks so neat doesn't it? I can't wait to give it a try! I especially want to see my son's face when we do it!


This book is absolutely beautiful. It is inspiring in the way that it asks how one can make a difference in the world, in their lives. I can't say enough good things about this book. I am definitely keeping it on my bookshelf for a good long time. Overall, it is inspirational and a celebration of the most important person...you. 


Finally, there was this absolutely beautiful journal in the box. I absolutely adore the quote on the front of it, and I think it is gorgeous. I love to hand-write things, so this is perfect for me, now I won't have to keep buying hundreds of notebooks! I think I will make this my joys and victories journal!

Overall, Accomplish Box is something that is amazing to me. I absolutely fell in love with it. And I feel like a boss now! I highly recommend it to anybody who, no, scratch that, I recommend it to everybody!
Monday, May 8, 2017

Living With 'Pure O'

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. 
I'm sharing my story. 


Did I lock the door?
Did I lock the door?
Did I lock the door? 
Okay, I locked the door. 
Now I have to wash my hands. *opens door to wash hands.* 
Shit, did I lock the door?

I get out of the car. I did lock the door. Fine. This is typical of someone with regular OCD. They have the obsessiveness of did I lock the door? Then there are always the compulsiveness of touching said doorknob, washing your hands fifty or so times to make sure that they are clean. I'm just trying to come up with a decent example. I know this isn't typical for everyone or even anyone with OCD. 

However, I am trying to open up a dialogue about "Purely Obsessional OCD." It's just like it sounds, too. It's purely obsessional. But so many people don't even understand that this exist. This means that my mind acts much like a broken record, or a CD that skips. It focuses on one small little thing that pops into my head. But the problem with purely obsessional OCD, is that  it will "often manifest as intrusive, unwanted, inappropriate thoughts, impulses or “mental images." We're often suffering in silence, and often without the "compulsion" aspect of regular OCD.




It can be broken up into different areas, as well. This is taken from ocdla.com. It explains a little better about what purely obsessional OCD patients ruminate over. Now, notice one word that keeps popping up is "unwanted," and "intrusive." 


  • Recurrent intrusive harm thoughts or mental images of physically assaulting or killing one’s spouse, parent, child, self, friends, or others (sometimes called “Harm OCD“)
  • Repeatedly worrying that one has or will run over a pedestrian while driving a vehicle (sometimes called “hit and run OCD)
  • Excessive fears that one might accidentally cause harm to other people (i.e., burning down the house, unknowingly poisoning others, inadvertantly exposing others to toxic chemicals)
  • Persistent fears of molesting a child (sometimes called “pedophile OCD” or “POCD”
  • Recurrent fears that one might be a homosexual, when in fact he or she is not (sometimes called “Gay OCD” or “Sexual Orientation OCD” or “Homosexual OCD” or “HOCD“)
  • Excessively worrying that one does not actually love his/her partner, or is not with the “right” person (sometimes called “Relationship OCD” or “ROCD“
  • Repetitive thoughts that one has said or written something inappropriate, such as swearing at ones employer or writing hate-filled letters to a friend
  • Persistent intrusive thoughts or mental images that one considers to be sinful, sacrilegious or blasphemous, such as wanting to worship Satan or have sex with Christ
  • Recurrent fears that one is sinning or not living (or thinking) in a manner that is congruent with their religious, moral, or ethical values (sometimes called “Scrupulosity“)
  • Repeatedly thinking about benign somatic issues such as breathing, swallowing, blinking, eye “floaters”, ringing in the ears, digestion, where ones eyes are looking, physical sensations in a specific body part, etc. (sometimes called “sensorimotor OCD” or “somatic OCD)
  • Recurrent thoughts questioning the nature of the self or reality (sometimes called “existential OCD”)


Now, I am not going to open up and say which ones that I am living with. I think broadcasting that across the internet for the world to see would probably not be the best idea. But yes, I do live with one or more of the above recurrent thoughts that manifest in my mind. But the biggest thing that comforts me is that almost everything that I read, as well as assurance from my psychiatrist tells me that I would NEVER act upon any of these thoughts, as they are the furthest thing from said patient's character. Thus, why they scare the patient so much. 



Diagnosis was, well, for lack of a better word, a total bitch. I was diagnosed as bipolar, depressed, you name it, I was called it. Medication was thrown at me, I was tossed into the mental ward without any doctor even trying to pick apart what was truly going on. If it wasn't for a therapist I was seeing at one point that even mentioned Pure O, I would likely still never know that it existed. I lived with it since I was NINE years old. Can you imagine a nine year old living with these kinds of intrusive thoughts? It was a scary ride to get to where I am now. 

Imagine once I became a mom. These said thoughts got worse and worse, couple that with post-partum depression, and I was a holy mess. I was scared that I was a bad mom, like I didn't deserve this beautiful child that I had. 



Today, I am on the proper medication, seeing my psychiatrist regularly, and I am not so afraid of my own mind anymore. But I wanted to truly open up a conversation about Purely Obsessional OCD. I barely see it anywhere, and it needs to be talked about more! 

Here's a great question: If you have a mental illness, will you stand up for it? 
Will you help others by sharing your story?



Thursday, May 4, 2017

4 Pet Blogs Every Owner Should Follow

For anyone who loves animals, following social media accounts with cute pictures and funny gifs simply doesn’t cut the muster after six months’ time. For people who are unable to have a pup or kit-cat of their own due to whatever circumstances, be it allergies, income or a ‘no pets’ rental policy (what swine!), even watching videos on Instagram doesn’t suffice after a while. Sure, listening to puppies learn to howl for the first time is so precious, but aren’t there other ways to get to know them? Can’t you learn more about who they are?

Guess what? You can! There are proud pet parents out there who have dedicated a small corner of the internet to the darling blossom that is their four-legged child.

Without further ado, here are four pet blogs that will educate you on pet ownership, introduce you to puppy pampering and shower you with precious kitten pounces!

The Kitten Academy
With the slogan, “Where kittens learn to cat,” it’s not hard to see that the people behind The Kitten Academy blog and livestream are ardent feline supporters. Working as kitten foster parents, couple DJ and Mr. A shelter, feed and love mama cats and their litter and help them thrive. Working with a local animal shelter, Mr. A and DJ, along with their feline faculty help kittens learn all about what it is to be a cat. Understanding that millions of animals are put down every year due to shelter overflows, the founders of the Kitten Academy take these little loves of fur and house them until they are placed in their forever homes.

Excellent watching for the pet deprived, the Kitten Academy’s 24/7 livestream shows viewers what it takes to be cat: there’s lots of romping, jumping, spinning and napping!

Hot Dog Collars Blog
If you’re thinking about adopting a new pup or senior doggo, the Hot Dog Collars blog is just the ticket. A one-stop-shop that features helpful canine ownership advice and all of the latest doggie accessories (including collars, treats and beds!), you are given the tools to help your pup be the best pup he can. Articles featured on the blog include the 411 on crate training, how to help your dog with separation anxiety, how to choose a name that best reflects the personality of your pup and so on.

Playfully biting and fun to read, the Hot Dog Collars blog gives you all of the advice you need to be a strong leader for your faithful pooch.

Pearl. The. Poi. Puppy
Not everyone has the time to sit and read, even when it comes to a blog article. Sometimes, the best way to life your spirits after a hard day is simply looking at cute pictures and watching videos of dogs sniffing at the air or learning how to climb a set of stairs.

For animal lovers who love learning about pets who have defied the odds, the Instagram account Pearl. The. Poi. Puppy follows a blind and deaf rescue dog who is learning, well, how to dog! With pictures and videos of Pearl capering about the yard with members of her pack, it’s clear that Pearl is loved. With a mama who is helping her to conquer her fears (stairs!) and pupper siblings that treat her like one of their own, this differently-abled pup can melt even the coldest of hearts!

Irresistible Pets
Created by a Chihuahua owner who was unhappy in her day job and felt guilty being what she thought was an absent puppy parent, pet blogger Aimee decided that enough was enough: she was going to pursue her true passions: puppy parenting and writing.

Nearly a decade later, Aimee has created a blog dedicated to all things pets. With posts dedicated to pet-centric DIY projects and family planning, including how to introduce your pup to their new human sibling, the Irresistible Pets blog combines a positive sense of humor with friendly personal anecdotes. Aimee’s love for her pup and her craft jump right off the page (or rather the screen!) and shows you what it is to be a responsible and loving doggie parent.


if you don’t have a pet to call your own, you can live vicariously through the writers and photographers of the above social accounts; all you have to do is click to follow!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

5 Ways To Love Yourself

There is nothing more important in the world than loving oneself. We only get one life, and this is it, and we need to make the best of it. That means we need to take care of ourselves. This goes especially if you are a family woman/man. If you have loved ones that depend on you to take care of them, you need to take care of you first. Here are five ways to slow down and enjoy life and love yourself a little more.

1. Color Your Worries Away


These days, they make coloring books for everything, and I do mean everything. From nature, to cuss words, whatever your fancy may be, grab a set of colored pencils, gel pens, or markers, snuggle up in your favorite recliner and start coloring. It's a wonderful way to de-stress, quiet your mind, and adjust your focus to one thing, instead of worrying about one-hundred things at a time!

2. Walk It Out


Walking is one of the best exercises out there. It is simple, easy and fun to do. Make it an adventure. This one you can even do with the kids, if you so wish. Walk around your neighborhood and look at it from a new perspective. What do you see? Have you ever noticed that beautiful flowering tree before, or that puppy up the street?

3. Never Stop Learning


Learning is a lifelong process, one thing that never stops. I learned that early on. I love to learn brand new things, and if I physically could, I would be attending college to become a journalist. But that never panned out. But that doesn't mean that there are not other means of learning! There are plenty of online courses I can take, books I can read, workbooks I can work on, and so much more! What is something that you would like to learn?

4. Write It Out


You don't need to have a blog to write down your feelings. If you're anything like me, you own at least 15 or so blank notebooks at any given time. These are great for writing about your day, turn it into your own personal journal, or pick up a journal that you love from your favorite bookstore and start writing about how each and every day goes. This is a great way to get your feelings out.

5. Turn Up The Audio


Oh, music, how I love thee. There is nothing quite like turning on your favorite song and just jamming out to it. Music is healing, even studies have proven that. It helps take us away to another place entirely. So turn on your favorite music streaming service, or pop a CD into your stereo system and rock out!

What is your favorite way to slow down life a little and love yourself a little more?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Tips For Newly Engaged Couples

Some are put off by the prospect of online dating. Others flock to it to find their next date. I fell somewhere in between when it came to looking for a partner. Thanks to the wonderful chronic illnesses that I was living with, it made it rather hard to go out and be a normal eighteen year-old. I couldn't really go out with friends at the drop of a hat and scout for boys. Of course, I had other things in mind anyway. Bigger things for my future. 

By the time that I was seventeen, I'd already had around seven or so boyfriends, none of which were ever serious. We'd date for a few weeks, and when they wanted something more, I would tell them I wasn't ready. Many just wanted one thing (I'll let you figure that out), and I wasn't going to be that kind of girl. The way I was raised, I was taught that you should be in love with the person you plan on having sex with. So, I took that advice. I was certainly never in love with any of my high school boyfriends. Granted, there was that one time where a guy I was dating (he was a year younger than me), grabbed a ring off of my computer desk and slipped it on my finger, asking me to marry him. 



I was young and impressionable. I totally said yes. We broke up two weeks later. He kept the ring he took from my desk. My fifteen year-old self was devastated. My fiancee had left me

It's hilarious to think about now. But I digress. Most boys had located me online, a lot of which had went to school with me. Somehow I had managed to land the boy every girl wanted, and I hadn't even pursued him. No idea how that really happened. A couple other guys lived a few hours away and would drive up to see me every weekend. Those didn't last long though. 

So by the time I was eighteen, I was sick of being dropped either because I was sick, or I “lived too far away,” or because I wouldn't give up what they wanted. I decided that I had to look toward the future. Of course, it also it didn't help that my gynecologist had told me to get pregnant when I was sixteen years old because of my endometriosis diagnosis. Yes, that really happened. But that wasn't the driving force behind me looking to settle down.

I decided that I would go to college for a bit, try to get my journalism degree. You can imagine how that turned out. I stayed for two weeks, got too sick, and left. But, I'll never forget that experience, because that is how I met my husband. I was perusing a dating site one night when I came across his profile. I was curious, sent a message, and after two days of talking online, we decided to meet for coffee. Three months later, we were engaged. 



Yes, yes it was very fast. I'm willing to admit that now. Back then, I was adamant that we were doing the right thing, we were madly, deeply and truly in love with each other, and that things were going to be just perfect. I was convinced that nothing could ever go wrong with us. We wouldn't be a couple that would fight. Oh, how wrong I was. It began when he told his parents he had proposed to me. Their first words were “No, you didn't.” Big arguments ensued. They wished he had talked to them more about it. I had only met them once before this happened, after all. But anyway, I wished that I knew then what I know now. I'd like to share my top five pieces of advice for newly engaged couples. 

Despite what you may believe, fighting is actually healthy for couples to do. It's only when it gets out of control and tempers flare that you need to worry about. Arguing is healthy for couples, especially in the beginning stages of your relationship. If you don't argue at all, therein lies the first problem. It shows that you both care. Apathy is a certain relationship killer. 

I'm a pretty hard-headed and stubborn person. Every time I would have an argument with my fiancee, I would get mad and walk away, just asking him to drop it. It took quite a few years for me to learn that just “dropping it” doesn't solve the problem. It just creates an environment of hostility, where frustration can breed and grow at a rapid rate. It is true that we all need to cool off in our own different ways, but be sure to talk about the issue at hand later on. Take what happened and work through it together. Make sure both of you get time to talk and share your feelings about what happened. 

I'm certainly not the first person to say this. But it's definitely something that took time, and a hard lesson to learn. I recall the day that I vowed to always work through things with my love before bed or work. One morning, when it was snowing, he was heading out to pick up newspapers (we were carriers at the time.) I was two months pregnant, and my hormones made me crazy. You know how that is ladies. We ended up having a terrible argument, over what, I can't even remember now. But he left in a huff, I stayed home and cried.

About an hour and a half later, I got a call from him saying that he'd been in an accident, that the car had hit a patch of ice, careening into a hill and flipping over. My parents rushed me over to the scene. I'll never forget what it looked like. I dropped to my knees and screamed. The car was smashed in, the top looked crumpled, glass was everywhere. The vehicle wasn't salvageable. We rushed to the hospital, where I ran in to see him, and he was okay. Not even a broken bone, just some bruises. I broke down and cried and cried, telling him how sorry I was.
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Everyone who saw the car agrees, even the experts, that my husband should've died in that accident. No one knows how he walked away. If I had been with him, with the passenger's side being crushed in, I too, could have died, along with our unborn child. That's when I told myself that I would never ever let him leave the house again while we're both so upset. Even the next moment of life isn't guaranteed, so let your significant other know how much you love them. At least vow to talk about it and work through it later on in the day. Just love one another before bed or before leaving the house. 


Every person needs a little alone time now and again. It's human nature. It doesn't mean that you're both growing apart or that you don't love each other anymore. It doesn't really mean anything at all, except that we as humans need time to introspect and reflect on ourselves, by ourselves sometimes. For the longest time, I had always thought that Jeremy didn't want to talk to me about something, was avoiding me, or didn't want to spend time with me. So one day, I finally asked him, expecting the worst. He kindly explained to me that he needs time to himself sometimes. He's a writer, too, so I think that has something to do with it, too. But once we were married I began to understand why we both need our own personal space sometimes. As a couple, you spend so much time together, and if you spend all of your time together like we had, you begin to drive each other crazy. Time to yourself will give you both time to recharge and refresh yourselves. 

Remember those amazingly romantic movies that make relationships seem like a walk in the park? The one's with the skewed views of love and marriage? As a young girl, I always believed that I would have a relationship just like that. Then, I grew up and learned the truth. Relationship's, no matter what kind, will always, always be a work in progress. You will never attain total perfection in a relationship, and that is okay. You wouldn't want total perfection anyway. Things would get boring pretty damn quick. 

You're both going to continue to learn things about each other, every single day. From little quirks, to big personality traits, there is always going to be something new you'll learn about each other. That's what makes life interesting!