My So Called CRAZY Mom Life!

People ask me all the time, "How do you do it?" Well here you go…..

LolaBug

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I will never forget the first day I was home with you, and I thought to myself, “Alright Miss Lola, you and I are in this together.” I had ZERO idea what I was doing and I had NOT a clue on what being a mother truly meant (this was pre Pinterest days clearly). My, how quickly things have changed.
In a way, we have both grown together over the past 10 years. You Lola have taught me more than I have taught you.
And here we are, you’re 10 years old tomorrow! A thriving, beautiful little girl, you’re bigger than life Lolabug. I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK.
For the past 10 years you’ve been my biggest worry and my biggest happiness. I have stayed up countless nights researching things (everything) so I could always provide the best for you! When I think of life before you, it feels like something was missing, as if I wasn’t yet complete. You have made me complete, my sweet Lolabug and as you learned I learned (before you I couldn’t keep a beta fish alive)!
When you opened your eyes for the very first time and stared at me, it was in that moment that I learned what unconditional love meant. I had never seen anyone or anything more beautiful.
You learned to roll over, and I learned not to scream in excitement every time you did, because that scared you but I was so excited for you!
You learned to laugh, and I learned that your laugh was my new favorite sound in life.
You learned to scream and I learned that you were a girl who knew what she wanted.
You learned to sit up and I suddenly learned that you wouldn’t be a baby forever.
You learned to crawl and I learned that nothing could ever get in your way…you’re always on a mission!
Lola you and I have many, many more years of learning together. You will learn so much more in life, and I will learn to support you (not kill you lol) through each step.
Thank you Lola Marie for the lessons, the laugher and changing me forever – YOU’RE MY EVERYTHING!!

Happy 10th Birthday Baby girl!!

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SEX EDUCATION

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Chapter 1

(because I’m sure there will be 500 more chapters to this)

While driving in the car with my daughter and her friend we started talking about them going into fifth grade next year. I was asking them the basic mom questions like; are you excited? Are you nervous? Blah, Blah, Blah. Both start giggling like little girls do and say, “they must take a sex class.” I start laughing…..you mean Sex Education? They start giggling even more and say, yes! Then before I could get my ducks in a row or even find my dam ducks, the flipping questions start!

Question #1

My daughter: Are they going to teach me why you and dad lock me out of the bedroom? I’m not stupid mom, I hear you guys (OMFG like kill me now)!!! Here we are thinking we’re being smart parents locking the door (note to reader, the doors are never shut or locked in our house lol) and being quiet. You don’t hear anything Lola, sometimes the doors in the house just lock (dam that was a great answer, I think to myself). Like when, mom? Like when you guys have sex (child I will bury you now I think to myself)! Her and her friend just start laughing.

Question #2

My daughters’ friend: so, they’re going to teach us why two grown-ups get naked and rub their butts together. Good god, how do you respond to this question? At this point I am blushing and laughing and crying all at once. Where do they come up with this? Both, so serious and confused in the back seat of the car, trying to grasp how two butts go together and what happens when the doors are locked. I’m fucking dying laughing at this point!  I can’t call my daughters friends mom fast enough (I am so thankful all my daughters friend’s parents are ALL flipping awesome)!

All I can think of is WTF Jenny McCarthy I’m so mad at you! You’re parenting books did not prepare me for this! Before I can even come up with answers to these questions, they are back to taking selfies. Thank you, baby Jesus, Saved by Snapchat!

#LushNaked Revolution

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I am absolutely OBSESSED with all LUSH products!!! If you havent heard of them, look into them! Below are some of my favorite right now!!

https://www.lushusa.com/

Mortal Kombu


Forget teabags and cucumber: this waste-free mask treats tired under eyes to quick rejuvenation. Cut from mineral-rich kombu seaweed from Japan, this mask is infused with antioxidant-packed green tea to protect and rejuvenate the delicate skin around your eyes. An extra dose of toning witch hazel (packed with natural tannins to combat puffiness) makes this gentle mask extremely easy on the eyes. It’s only a $1.95!!!!!!! Even more reason to love it so much!

Banana Skin

It might sound bananas, but this naked facial oil leaves skin sublimely soft! A decadently soothing blend of fresh banana, mango butter and tapioca flour creates an easily-absorbed formula that hydrates without feeling heavy or greasy. Simply sweep this beautifully buttery bar over the face or work between your fingers and massage in. Then revel in your velvety-soft skin and a sweet custardy scent that’s a treat in itself.

1,000 Millihelens

Smooth on a generous layer of this antioxidant-rich mask to brighten, soothe and tone your skin. Detoxifying green tea and witch hazel have a mildly astringent effect for toned, taut skin, and fresh apple juice’s natural alpha hydroxy acids gently dissolve away dryness for a lifted, glowing complexion. After giving your face this royal treatment, it just might launch a thousand ships!

Graphic Design Artist

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If you’re like me and don’t have a clue on how to set up a website. I would highly recommend Patrick Silverthorn. He is an experienced graphic designer for; web pages, graphics, flyers, logos, multi-page designs (big or small). He was professional and helpful! He helped me get my blog up and running and has helped me with the design of many flyers. Check out his website www.patricksilverthorn.com

He can be reached at patricksilverthorn@rocketmail.com or 586-871-9422

Just Killing it in 2019 #judgmentfreezone

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Anyone else’s 2019 going the same way? #thestruggleisreal

PINTEREST FAIL

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First, I would like to say THANK YOU to Pinterest for INSPIRING ladies like me since 2010!

Before I had my coffee, I didn’t know how AWESOME I was going to be!

We all have the moments after too much coffee in the morning!Those great ideas, while scrolling through Pinterest. I like to say I’m a crafty person and Pinterest has made me look like MOM of the year, many times. So, I didn’t feel like this was going to be any different. I came across a page called, “The best things you can do to your bathroom for under a $100!”  YES!! I think to myself, how hard could it be to paint a few cabinets? Update some hardware? Hang a few shelves? Put a few pictures on the wall? Decorate? I could do this, Pinterest said so! Looking back on it now and I hate to say it, my 9-year-old was right! This was a TERRIBLE idea and dad was going to kill me! Me, not her (she wants everybody to know that)!

I bought the $20 paint brush, what could possibly go wrong?

 I’m not a painter and I don’t spend a lot of time walking around hardware stores. But, why could you possibly need so many different types of paint brushes? Don’t they all have the same purpose? I grabbed the $20 paint brush, seemed like a good choice based off what, not a clue (I’m a party planner, I sell fun not paint brushes), grabbed some painters tape and onto the next item on my list. I needed to buy shelves and brackets? While in the shelving isle a store employee asks me if I need help with anything?  Yes, I need some shelves to hang in my bathroom (I show him a picture of my Pinterest inspiration). The employee asks me what size shelves? I laugh (I didn’t have a flipping clue what size I needed). I put my arms out and said, “like this wide,” the guy looks at me and laughs (not thinking I’m serious), my daughter is shaking her head because she already knows, I’m serious. Pinterest had me aspiring to be a professional painter and interior decorator all before 9am, there was NO turning back at this point!

And that is how the cookie crumbles

Note to reader don’t buy the cheap painters tape, it doesn’t work (if your a painter you probably already know that. I’m a moron…stop reading now) and the $20 paint brush doesn’t do anything more than the $2 paint brush.  Flash forward to a few hours later. I have put 300 holes in the wall trying to find the studs to hang the shelves. Either the stud finder is broken or I’m completely insane (I’m going with the stud finder is broken). I have blue paint everywhere (my bathroom was all white). The paint is peeling off the cabinets, they probably needed to be primed or sanded first (don’t judge me), maybe taken the door off the hinges and NOT painted those too!  All I know is that my new-found career was dying fast and my fiancé is going to be home soon and he was going to KILL me! The bathroom was a flipping disaster!

Pinterest Fail

I wish I would have taken before and after pictures of my bathroom remodel or filmed my fiancé coming home freaking out, but I didn’t. My Pinterest Masterpieces were NEVER this bad, just your typical baking and craft failures. What I have learned from this experience……..when you want something done around the house, tell your husband your going to buy paint and a paint brush then get out of the way!

Work Life

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Being let go from a job can be a TRAUMATIC experience for anyone! In my situation it may have been easier to have been fired because I didn’t have what it took, but that wasn’t the case. I had left a job of 8 years that I loved to work for this company (the grass just looked so much greener on the other side lol). Flash forward to less than a year later and the company is being sold.  The worst part…..it’s December!  “Merry Christmas!!, We’re going to have to let you go.” I was devastated to say the least.  

I’m not sure what hurt the most? I’d spent 9 years building my professional reputation in the community and in a single moment, it had all been taken away.  All my hard work was being given to my replacement, the worst possible candidate (yes!, they replaced me).  I lost my self-confidence.   I wondered if my best wasn’t good enough.  The numbers didn’t matter, but the relationships I had built, and the partnerships I created did matter. It was all politics and out of my control.  All I can say to you at this moment, is to grieve, be sad, be angry, cry, drink the ENTIRE bottle of wine (or two, I won’t judge you).  I was feeling the loss of both my jobs all at once and it HURT LIKE HELL.

After a couple of weeks I have taken a step back and began looking at the situation in a positive way.  This was an opportunity I never would have taken on my own.  I could be a mom again.  Something I hadn’t had enough time for.  I didn’t have to wear a bra all day (if I didn’t want, not saying I do this lol), I could visit with my grandparents, go back to school, volunteer, watch soap operas, maybe I’ll learn how to cook (that is a scary thought). I could do whatever the hell I wanted, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You forget what it’s like when you work in corporate America. Your life is summed up by your google calendar. You forget to enjoy all the little moments.

I’m having one of those moments when I ask myself, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”.  I can’t be the only one that is having a life changing moment.  So I’ve decided to blog about it.  I’m going to put on my mom panties (Ashley & Kate: I will forever think of you when I say that and laugh) and take a giant leap of faith.  

 Welcome to my blog!

Angela

Below are some tools that are helping me with my job search!

File for Unemployment (if eligible) – Each state sets its own guidelines. The site Careeronestop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has been a great starting point if you have know idea; like me.  

Clean up your social media – Make sure everything is appropriate. If you question it, TAKE IT DOWN! I would recommend to Google your first and last name along with the city and state. You never know what might pop up that your future employer could see.

Work on a Personal Budget – Do your math and know your bills. This was hard for me. I HATE BUDGETS!  I love to spend money.  The web page:  www.mint.com is a great resource for keeping me organized.

Brush up your resume – Before you start applying for jobs, take the time to update your resume.

Write cover letters –Your cover letter needs to be a persuasive letter, to let the employer know, why you are the perfect candidate for the job. I found that Microsoft word had some great FREE templates to get you started!  Remember that each cover letter should be written for each job you’re applying for.  Every job is different.

Have references –  Line up a few references before you start the interview process.  Make sure they are professional referenced, not your friends.

Practice interviewing –I had not done a REAL interview in 9 years and was terrified!  First impressions are everything!  Practice, and practice some more, then probably practice just a little bit more. I found that indeed.com and themuse.com had some of the most popular interview questions employers ask. Go into your interview with the mentality you something great to offer the company.  

Research the company your interviewing for – Find out everything you can about the company you’re getting ready to interview with.  At least learn about what the company does. 

Job search –   Use job search engines such as www.indeed.com.  I know this will sound strange, but check craigslist.  Be careful with it, but smaller companies will advertise there.  Your local Chamber of Commerce or a lot of major companies have their own now hiring sections on their websites.  

Thank you emails – take a minute to always send a thank you email and a follow up, it says a lot about  the type of employee you will be.

Connect with your network – Use LinkedIn,  and other professional and personal networks to help you in your job search.

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