Gift of Giving Warms the Heart Most

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Once again here we are during the holiday season, the time when parents take on a second job to bring in extra money for presents, feel overwhelmed and minds get tired faster due to stress. I say STOP to that! I can not believe for one second a person would seriously go out and get a second job to buy their child(ren) presents, really?! What world are we living in? I say work your best all year round and if your kids do not get everything on their list, GOOD, why do I say good? Because I am a firm believer that holidays are not about gift giving, they are about appreciating the ones you love, they are about doing good and helping others.

For one time out of the year it seems many forget that it’s the gift of giving that warms the heart most. I wish people were as giving all year round as they are during the holiday season honestly. I love even seeing the Grinch’s this time of year, why? Because I am always THAT person who wishes to make them smile. I enjoy putting a smile on other peoples faces and hope this holiday season I am able to put more smiles on other peoples faces than usual!

What is your holiday belief? Do you think it’s about gift giving or is it more of family & appreciation or maybe it’s religious for you? Whatever reasons, just remember to enjoy this time of year, don’t get stressed if you can’t get everything done you had wished to get done, do not let that ruin your family smiles this holiday season!

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Transformers Power Core Combiners Review

Our family received the Transformers Power Core Combiners to review from Hasbro Toys and let me tell you what … I found out that not only do Transformers frustrate me but they frustrate my daughter too! Just take a look at her trying to get one of the Transformers together…

She finally was able to get the little thing together and was happy! It was bedtime mind you and she refused to stop trying to get the Transformers transformed…

About Transformers Power Core Combiners

The TRANSFORMERS POWER CORE COMBINERS introduce fans to an all-new assortment of figures that expand on the classic TRANSFORMERS play pattern. This new expression of figures combine with one another, in dozens of variations, to create a wide variety of larger COMBINER robots, with each figure serving as various body parts and weapons. Available in 2-packs and 5-packs.

This boy’s toy will let your son feel like he’s part of the wildly popular Transformers story! This 2-pack includes one Scout scale Transformers figure, which features both a robot and vehicle mode, and one Mini-Con scale figure with four modes – robot, robot weapon, vehicle weapon and Power-up Armor. At only $9.99, this affordable combo will make both mother and son happy.

It’s funny how this says for a boy, and really one would think a boy would love this toy of course and my four year old son enjoys playing with Transformers with his Daddy but my daughter absolutely loved these as well!

A great idea for this holiday season to get for the children on your list!

**I received product in this review for free from Hasbro Toys, opinions are that of my own.

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My family doesn’t really have any big football traditions, usually during the holidays there is a game or race on that the men enjoy. My four year old son as shown an interest in football though which means this Mama is going to start getting more involved in watching football as well as other sports so that I can be the Mama sports buddy!

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Finding My Happy

Life is full of various tests I am finding out. First I had to get through school, next I had to get through the learning factor of underage drinking and driving, then I built my resume up by working outside of the home since I was 13 years old to find out I wanted to be a Mom. Planned a baby, had a little girl, left my boyfriend at the time, got on assistance to make it through until I found a place to live and a job. Found a job, found a babysitter, worked my butt off got off of assistance. Raised my little girl alone for almost four years.

Then I was pregnant again, this time unplanned, sick all the time, had to leave my most favorite outside of home job I had held to stay home sick all the time. Had to get back on assistance, had a baby, had to find a way to make money to get off of assistance again, found a way. Started doing direct sales, worked great, got sick of sales. Found my skills to start a work at home business, started finding awesome clients, built a business. In between building a business oh and going to online college courses, had another baby this last one was planned. Got married, got divorced, was at my happiest and most productive I may add.

My kids rocked, didn’t have as many problems with AJ acting out. Had a schedule and routine in place that worked! Business was good, family was good, life was great! Went back to the person I divorced to try to keep my family together thinking I left maybe for the wrong reasons or divorced too quickly. Business went down a bit, moved out of the town I wanted to move out of forever. Got a bigger house, feeling awesome! Got more clients, no longer probably ever have to think of being on assistance again unless of course another unplanned situation comes along.

Raising my sons 24/7, running business, trying to be more involved in school with my oldest. Always having to remind people that I am the residential parental person for my daughter. Living with many personal issues. Have to focus my mind on writing and kids as well as building my business back up from the unplanned issues that had come up causing me to back off of the business end as much.

So where do I find my happy? When do the tests end? When a close, long time friend informs you that you are truly not as happy as you come off, that you are not as outgoing and as much of a workaholic as you used to be you have to wonder … am I really, truly happy? Of course, I am realistic, as happy of a person I usually am, as positive as I usually am, I am still human and there are times when life drains me! Totaly, completely drains me and then I have to fight to stay awake.

So now I am working on finding my happy, I fear raising my daughter so long as a single Mom did put my mind into a place that will not really work well in a relationship. I am a person who doesn’t have a lot of needs, but I have needs and if they are not being met, well watch out because I will do what I need to do to make sure those needs are met. When my needs are met I am at my best, when I am at my best, my children are at my best. When my children and I am at our best, guess what? Business flows nicely, bills get paid timely and life is amazing! Even the little tests that come along in life fly right off my shoulders.

Let’s see … my happy clearly is my children & my business. So today I work on that, getting my children back on schedule, not worrying about personal crap that may be going on and marketing my business so that I am back to doing all of my loves again …. when I am back to all that I LOVE then that is when I will smile always, be more outgoing and more productive as a parent, a friend and a business woman!

So what’s your happy? Are you at your best right now?

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