Corter Moon
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dear Syrus

Dear Syrus,

What can I say? You're eight years old now. And you finally have a cousin on the way! Aunt Jessy is pregnant! I know that's the greatest gift that you'll want, because for so long you've wanted a playmate. Though you two may be years apart, I know you will both be close and lifelong friends.

Gosh, there is so much to say, little man. So much. The fact that you are a little man now. Going into the third grade...where did that time go? I constantly ask myself that question, as I am sure a lot of moms do when their babies grow up.

You make daddy and I so proud each and every day, with your handsome smile and your infectious giggles. You do bring sunshine everywhere you go. You're growing up, there is no denying that. In growing up, you're learning so much more about the world, and I love it when you come to me with your newly learned facts and tidbits. Third grade is going to be so much fun for you!

You are such a gentleman and very well mannered. There isn't anything that I would change about you, my little lovebug. I've had a blast this summer learning and growing along with you! I look forward to many more summers with you, #SummerSy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Looking For Something to Do With Your Kids? Try this!



Summer is approaching and the question hangs heavy like humid air in the minds of all parents, “what can I do with the kids that is outdoors, healthy, and fun for everyone?” I have your answer, dear parent.

Ride a Scooter With the Kids

Scooters are quickly becoming the most family-friendly outdoor gear. This is because they are a fun activity in and of themselves, or they can accompany almost any other activity or family adventure. For instance:

  • Take your kids to the park and play a scooter game (read on for game suggestions)
  • Ride scooters to the swimming pool
  • Take your scooters on vacation to tour the sights
  • Take scooters to the beach and ride the boardwalk
  • Ride scooters to the local baseball or soccer game
  • Take scooters to the skatepark and watch the kids practice (or get in there with them!)

The list goes on. Scooters are excellent for cardiovascular health and an easy way to make good use of a nice day. Even cruising around the neighborhood with the kids is a great way to break up an afternoon at the house.

There are scooter models for all ages, and I recommend investigating which model is best for your child(ren). Whether you have wee little ones that you need to carry on your back while you ride an adult kick scooter, or you have a preteen who will fit best on a two-wheeled scooter such as the Fuzion X-5, there are different model options to best suit your family’s needs. Scooters are less cumbersome than bicycles and so it is easier to pack them into a trunk and drive to a riding destination, like the park or a beach boardwalk.

Scooter Game Ideas

Playing scooter games raises endorphins and happiness levels. If children are very young, games involving scoot boards may not improve cardiovascular health as much as children’s motor skills and their vestibular apparatus. With older children, cardiovascular and muscular health can improve with games for kick scooters.

For scoot boards (recommended ages 2-4): set up a few shoe boxes or paper towel rolls. Your child lays belly down and arms out in front on a scoot board. The adult is the “bowler” and the child on the scoot board is the “bowling ball.” I think you can figure out the rest from here ;)

For kick scooters (recommended ages 5+): put helmets on heads, sunglasses on faces, and hand a pool noodle (you know - those cylindrical, foam floating things) to the contestants. The contestants must then ride 15 -20 yards in opposite directions before turning around to face each other. You are now in position for a jousting contest. May the best person win!  (Works best in the cup of two very small inclines.)

Scooters Are a Safe, Fun Activity For the Whole Family

Whether you go to the park and ride a scooter with the kids, or you all play a fun game in the driveway, scooters enhance any day. They are just plain FUN! Nothing gets kids more excited than zipping down a sidewalk on a scooter. Furthermore, the less bulky design offers a safety measure that is invaluable to parents. I know first-hand that riding a bicycle next to a 6-year old who is also riding a bicycle is a bit nerve wracking. As the adult, I would rather be with my feet on the ground while little Johnny weebles and wobbles down the path.

With scooters, that safety issue is null and void. Children are safer. They ride three inches from the ground and can easily put their foot down. It becomes a fun, family-friendly adventure when mom or dad can ride WITH their children. We all know that kids love to play with their parents, so get out there and scoot around with them.

This article was sponsored by Nextsport






Sunday, March 11, 2018

O, Generalization?

So, everyone knows by now, that I am not a well person. I suffer from multiple chronic illnesses, and pass out here, there and nearly everywhere. Well, I've had a catheter in since last Monday, and I went to have it removed, and well, long story short, I passed out in my doctors office, woke up, started choking because I thought I had to throw up, lost my breath, blah, blah, blah, they ended up calling 911. Fun fun fun. Hey, that rhymes! 

Anyway, the ambulance squad arrived and got me calmed down, and took me back to the ER, where I was the night before. But it was along the ambulance ride that really got me fired up. You know how someone always rides in the back with you in an ambulance? Yeah, someone was riding in the back with me. They were doing their normal job, asking about my medical history, and of course, medications. When they got to my Valium (Yes, I'm on Valium), he said "Woah, what're you on that for?" I said my OCD. 



Then what he said next sent my blood boiling. He said "Oh, you must be one of those people who needs to have everythiing in order." I wanted to scream EXCUSE ME? That is not the only type of OCD that there is out there. I wished that people would recognize that. What do I suffer from? I'm not the person who needs to have everything in order, or needs to tap my foot ten times, though I understand those who do.


I have Pure O. Which I will explain a little more about below. 

Pure O means Purely Obsessional. All I have are thoughts. Merely thoughts. Well, not merely. They aren't mere, by any means at all. They are scary thoughts. 

Here, I will let Intrusive Thoughts do the talking for me. "Harm OCD is a common subset of OCD in which sufferers are constantly worried about causing harm to themselves or others. These thoughts are so common that 85% of the non-OCD population admits to having unwanted violent thoughts, including thoughts about harming themselves and loved ones.
However, for Harm OCD sufferers, the presence and frequency of these thoughts is debilitating. They are far more upsetting than occasional images or thoughts of violence. They are repetitive, graphic and can get in the way of completing simple, day-to-day tasks."
Alright, that's out there. Yes, I have harm OCD. Yes, I've not admitted that to too many people. Do you even know how SCARY that is? 
But Intrusive Thoughts also said this:
"Having intrusive thoughts does not make you a bad person. They are a misfiring in the brain, not a reflection of your character."
My psychiatrist has reassured me hundreds of times over that my thoughts are ego-dystonic, meaning that they are the furthest thing from my character and person that I would never ever do anything that pops into my head.
*breathes* *whoo* 
That was a big admission. But I knew it was coming someday. I want to educate others about OCD, and Pure O, and Harm OCD, because I'm not ashamed, it is real and the stigma needs to end! 


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

6 Things I Love Being About Your Mom

There are so many things in this world to love about family. I learned that when I created my own little family with my husband. When we had our son, Syrus, we found out what love truly is. Our little love was born. My little mini-muffin, as I like to call him. He may be a little pain sometimes - I mean, what kid isn't? But there are so many things to love about my little guy!



1. He's A Lovebug

Anytime someone is upset or crying, he will come up to them and give them a hug. If there are tissues handy, he will run and grab run, and come running back and give it to the sad person. I can't count how many times he has done this for me.

2. Soccer Star

He loves to play soccer! He's in year 5, I think, if my calculations are correct! He's growing up so fast! He enjoys playing with the other kids, kicking the ball around, and just having a grand old time with the kids and having fun.

3. Silly Syrus 

Oh, the things that comes out of this kid's mouth! There are so many things. He's said things in public that could get me arrested, or for example, standing on a stool, he proudly yells, "I like being high!" and boy do we have to control our laughter! He's a walking laugh factory, he always can make me laugh and bring my spirits up, and I love him for that.

4. Dapper Gent

He is a proper gentleman. We have taught him to say please and thank you and to be kind to others. He has done very well with this, and we are very proud of him for it.

5. He's A Ladies Man 

He's too cute when it comes to girls, he is the shyest little thing in the world. But put him in front of a camera, and boom, instant ladies man. He's like "Hey girls!" With those gorgeous baby blues that he has, I wouldn't don't he would be a lady-killer, but for now, thank goodness, he is still my baby, my shy little Shyrus. Eh, eh, see what I did there?

6. He's Artistic

He's recently taken up drawing, and it's so cool to see how he progresses. I actually pulled a picture of a koala out of his school folder one day and was flabbergasted at how good it actually was! It's neat to watch how it goes along and what else he draws and brings home from school!

Syrus, I love you so very much, know that, even on my "down days," even when I don't feel well, that mommy loves you with every fiber of her being and would do anything and everything for you. You are my world, my life, and my love. Thank you for being my little love.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Goodbeing Unboxing!

You guys know I love everything about cosmetics, or maybe you don't, I haven't mentioned it all that much. But I love cosmetics, and everything about them. I love playing around with different looks and seeing how I look. It's so much fun! I was lucky enough to have the chance to have the chance to receive a Goodbeing Box, whom are all about natural beauty and healthy essentials. But don't let me hold you up! Let's get to what was in the box! Want to learn more about each product below? Click on the photo!

REChoc


ReChoc is a brand that I've heard of before, but haven't had the chance to try! So I was pretty pumped to try this! It has cocoa polyphenols, and tons of antioxidants in it, so it's chocolate that is good for you! And let me tell you, when you bite into it, it melts right in your mouth! I've never tasted dark chocolate this delicious before! 

Plaine Products Body Wash


When I saw Plaine Products in the box, I got really excited. I've read good things about them, but never got to try them before. I love that they are vegan and cruelty free, and their body wash is kid safe, so this is perfect for even Syrus! I can't wait to try it out! Plus, the best part? Their bottles are refillable, recyclable, etc! How cool is that?

CoPur Hair & Body Butter


CoPur is something that I hadn't heard of, but once I laid eyes on it, knew at once I was in love. Hair and body butter? Yes, please! I love that there are fewer chemicals in it, and it leaves my skin feeling so moisturized and me feeling ready to tackle the day. If you're looking for a vegan option for a moisturizer, this one is it! 

elate clean cosmetics liquid eyeliner


When I heard of elate clean cosmetics, I never thought that I would be trying it out! But here I am! Their ingredients are toxin free, made with clean ingredients and are even gluten free. I'm loving that last part. I have family members that can't have gluten, so that's a cause that's near and dear to my heart. This eyeliner is a must-have for your eyes. 

Akar Skin 4 Piece Sample Featuring Neat Remedy Face Serum


I've vaguely heard of Akar before, all good things of course! Again, when I spotted this in my Goodbeing box, I was rather interested! In this sample kit comes ruby tint lip butter, which I love, lush balance toning mist, nutrient boost eye serum, and neat remedy face oil. One thing that is pretty neat is that these are all made with organc/and or wild harvested ingredients. Isn't that interesting? I found it to be! 

Curandera Remedies Therapeutic Eau De Parfum in Majmua



This is another brand that I had not heard of, but was excited to try. Let me tell you, it smells incredible! I am absolutely over the moon about this eau de parfum! It lasts throughout the day, which most perfumes do not hold up like that. Plus, it is great for keeping your mind stimulated and the self relaxed throughout the work day. This one is definitely a keeper. 

Goodbeing is an incredible service, and it is so easy to sign up for! It's so easy to sign up for, too! You choose a plan, between beauty, or lifestyle, then you fill out a member profile so your box will be super personalized for you, plus you get the option to choose 1-2 items each month. Lastly, you enjoy your personalized box and explore new beauty/lifestyle products that you will fall in love with for sure!



Thursday, February 22, 2018

GiftedOccasion.com $100 GIVEAWAY!

Signage is a beautiful thing. It makes a house feel more home-y, if you will. Artwork, in and of itself, lends beauty to ones home like nothing else can. You can feel the way it can touch deep into your inner self.

GiftedOccasion.com is a website that offers up all kinds of awesome artwork and signage for your home. And I must say, it is beautiful. Don't believe me? Take a look at this amazing sign work that they did for my family:



Isn't that incredible? The craftsmanship is absolutely impeccable and you can feel the love and care that went into building this beautiful sign for our family. Now we have a keepsake that we will treasure forever.

Now its YOUR TURN to WIN ONE for yourself! Just use the widget below and you'll be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to GiftedOccasion.com!





Saturday, February 17, 2018

Access To Mental Health Needs To Happen NOW.



In reference to the February 14th shooting that happened in Parkland, Florida, my heart is broken for the families that lost their children, and the teachers that lost their lives trying to protect their students. And of course Facebook was filled with all kinds of different photos of the typical "Thoughts and Prayers" - which I have nothing against, the argument over gun ownership, blah, blah, blah. I tried to stay out of it, I truly, really did. But one thing got me fired up. 

This:


This is really upsetting, as someone who is living with mental illness. I really tried to stay out of all the Facebook chaos, but like I said, this got me really fired up. I'm someone who is on psychotropic drugs. Do you see me going around with a gun shooting up schools? I realize this is grounds for a real discussion and everyone has different opinions on the subject. But let's start with the basics. 

If indeed these shooters were all on psychotropic medications, how do we even know they were taking them correctly? They could have been prescribed to them, however, we don't know if they were taking them. There was no way to know that. Absolutely no way. This is a complex issue with a lot of aspects behind it. You know, for every single person in that picture above taking psychotropic drugs, there are thousands of others taking those drugs, who are responsible gun owners, I'm sure. 

Now, I can't make a commentary on gun control, because my family does not own a gun, nor do we know many families who own guns. This is a bigger topic then just arguing over this or that. Would it matter if we had a healthier attitude towards guns? I don't know. I know that in other countries there are stricter laws, and lower rates of mass shootings.

I know that mine is just one opinion in a sea of thousands of others. But I wanted it to be heard. 

But my point here is, we need better access to mental health services. There needs to be therapists that perform weekly check-ins via phone, e-mail, messenger, etc. It needs to be easier to get to psychiatric appointments, it needs to be easier, even if people don't have insurance to get into mental health services. 

As you all know, I live with mental illnesses, BPD, MDD, OCD, and GAD. I'm certainly not ashamed of any of them. I used to be. I definitely thought I had to be ashamed of them, and to keep myself hidden in the dark about them. However, I am not anymore. If I could do more to help those with mental illness, I would. But being chronically ill, it's kind of hard to do it. But what I can do is provide resources for those in need. So please, if you're having trouble, please reach out to one of the resources below.