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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Camo Itty Bitty's from Hallmark!! *giveaway*

As a military family who loves our moto gear, these little guys from Hallmark are right up our alley!! I am so excited about these little guys, but can you really blame me? They are so darn cute.

itty bittys® Green Camo Boy Stuffed Animal

We added our Camo Ittys Bittys to our collection, which currently consists of this little guy from Rainbow Bright. 

You can find Itty Bitty's exclusively on and at Hallmark Gold Crown stores! You can even get free pick-up at your local store. If you are looking for fun stocking stuffer for your military kid, or maybe something easy to send to your milkid or family member while you are deployed, these are a great option!

I'm so excited to partner with Hallmark and giveaway a pair of your own Camo Itty Bittys!! Simply leave a comment below telling me who you would give them to, or if you'd just keep these little guys for yourself (no shame in that! I want to steal them from my kids!!)

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When Anxiety and Depression Hits....again...

I hate to say that once you have a struggle you always will, but it has definitely been the truth in my case. I can feel when its coming. The tears come uncontrollably and often out of out no where. I start forgetting things, picking fights with my husband over nothing and wanting to lay in bed all day. Things like eating and taking a shower become optional. But after almost ten years of living with this struggle the signs are becoming more apparent to me, and I have the strength and gumption to identify them and own them. Owning your life, and all that comes along with it, are so important to living your life well. Whatever it may be, you have to take ownership of it. Being a victim of your depression and anxiety is no way to live and I won't stand for it for myself anymore.

My recent experiences have shown me that I don't have time for people that contribute to that depression and anxiety. And people who continually send you into a downward spiral...whether that be online or in person, deserve no place in your life. Holding on to them desperately because of the guilt you think you'll have by cutting them out of your life is nothing in comparison to the anxiety you will keep inside you by keeping them there. And once you own and acknowledge that truth, and let go of all the sadness over having to make a tough decision, a literal weight is lifted.

My more sensitive, people please, non-confrontational personality can be a good or bad thing. But isn't that true of most of our personality traits? I'll avoid confrontation at my own peril. And its not good for the person that you are avoiding it with, or yourself. Pretending you have no issues instead of being upfront and honest with them (whatever your reasons are) isn't fair to them or you. So what do you do?  Here's what I do for myself.....

1) Talk immediately to my husband or a designated friend ~ find your person that can help keep you centered. Someone that lets you vent that anxiety out and won't judge you. Whether it is depression caused by a medical issue, pregnancy, or triggered by a life event it doesn't matter. You have to be able to safely talk about it.

2) Don't wallow or cut yourself off ~ Usually when I'm sad I want to snuggle up and watch a movie and stay all snuggly. But when I'm going through something like this that is the very last thing I should be doing. Get up and get out! Take a walk, sit outside and read a book, go walk around somewhere.

3) Pray ~ When I'm struggling this is where I go. I usually take a deep breath and start praying wherever I am. Last time I felt it hit me and we were on our way someone. Hubby just started praying for me in the car.

4) Don't be afraid to see a doctor - This is so attached to the stigma of depression and anxiety. Whatever is happening, don't be afraid to go see a doctor, counselor, get some medication or whatever it is that you need. Sometimes you can't handle it alone. This last time around, it was definitely an particular event that triggered it for me and I was able, with my hubby and friends, and my own strength put the breaks on it before it went out of control. However, three times in my life I have gone on medication and was able to eventually stop taking it. I'm a huge believer in medication. Sometimes your brain needs a reset to get over the hump. I have never had a struggle with becoming addicted or having a relapse the moment that I stopped taking it. And while I know everyone's experience is different, and I am NOT a doctor, I want to be the voice that stands up and says "DON'T BE ASHAMED!!!"

Are you struggling? Don't be ashamed of that and own it! 
I'm always here to hear your stories. If you want to be a voice for people suffering please email me or leave a comment. The more voices the less the stigma has a chance to grab hold and get louder.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DC/NoVA Adventures ~ Visit the River Farm!

The weather is starting to cool down a little bit, but the humidity and bugs are still fighting us aren't they? We just need to hold out a little bit longer for those to finally leave us, but the weekends as we approach October and Fall are perfect for outdoor adventures! One of my favorite places to take the kids is also one of my favorite free places to go!! The River Farm is located in Alexandria, Virginia and is only a hop, skip and a jump from Mount Vernon; and was once part of George Washington's five original farm properties. It also just happens to be the headquarters for the American Horticulture Society.

There are so many cool things to see here, and I love trying to visit during the different seasons because it changes so much. While you visit you can see White House gates that were at the WH in 1820, a teaching garden, a children's garden, a really cool meadow that my kids call a maze, and all sorts of fun little things. The beautiful Manor on the estates has a lower level open to the public, and sometimes features rotating displays from artists. The River Farm would also make a beautiful wedding venue. I'm imagining the pictures one could take and its so beautiful in my mind. The stunning views of the Potamac alone are just beautiful.

At the gift shop on-site you can peruse items from local makers, which is just another cool part of coming to visit this place. Homemade soaps, wooden bowls, stained glass and all sorts of gardening supplies for children are there. What I also love about the River Farm is that they want to preserve and encourage gardening for and to the next generation. I definitely consider it a dying art. It is something I remember my grandmother doing, and unlike her love of crochet, the gardening didn't stick. But its on my list of things to get back into because I think it is a valuable thing for children.

Visiting the farm is free, and so is parking. However, we always leave a donation when we go to visit. I encourage you to check out this really neat, and I believe undervalued 'Site to See' in the DC/VA area.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Calling All Minecraft Fans!!!!!!

If you're like me then you probably have a Minecraft fan living in your house. Well, I have some exciting news from Super League!

You read that correct, play minecraft in a movie theater!! Seriously so cool.

Play MINECRAFT in a Movie Theater! Big adventures. Big fun. All on the big screen! Tuesdays and Saturdays from Sept. 20 - Oct. 1. Get tickets now at Save $5, use Promo Code "USFAMILY5".
Save $5! Play MINECRAFT in a Movie Theater! - Play MINECRAFT in a Movie Theater! Big adventures. Big fun. All on the big screen! Tuesdays and Saturdays from Sept. 20 - Oct. 1. Get tickets now at Save $5, use Promo Code "USFAMILY5" by clicking this link

If you go, come back and leave me a comment. I want to hear all about your time!

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