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CLOSED Ode to the Commode Clorox Toilet Wand and football Giveaway

The Clorox® Toilet BowlTM playfully celebrates the great holiday tradition of annual touch football games played with family and friends, affectionately known as Turkey or Toilet Bowls. Have a family tradition of your own or want to start a new one? You and nine friends/family members can win a trip to New Orleans to play in the first-ever Clorox® Toilet BowlTM with ESPN analyst and former professional player, Jesse Palmer, as your quarterback.

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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!

So please enter The Clorox Toilet Bowl for your chance to win but first tell me below one of your traditions when it comes to football in a comment below for a chance to win a Clorox Toilet Wand and football of your own! Don’t have a tradition? Maybe tell me what your favorite football team is. Either way, family tradition or favorite team in a comment below is YOUR one chance to win here from Happily Blended and Clorox with help from Mom Central Consulting.

Entries will close at 11:59pm EST on Nov. 26th

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Clorox and received a gift code, toilet wand and football to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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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It Really Is Complicated – Adlib on Movie Night

I woke up Sunday and didn’t feel like doing a whole lot so I put on It’s Complicated, because it looked like a good movie to watch! Here is the Amazon description of the movie:

Two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin star in this hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between. Jane (Streep) has three grown kids, a thriving Santa Barbara bakery and an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, Jake (Baldwin). Now, a decade after their divorce, an innocent dinner between Jane and Jake turns into the unimaginable – an affair. Caught in the middle of their rekindled romance are Jake’s young wife and Adam (Martin), a recently divorced architect who starts to fall for Jane. Could love be sweeter the second time around? It’s… complicated! From writer/director Nancy Meyers comes the comedy that critics call “laugh-out-loud funny” (Rex Reed, The New York Observer).

I seriously LOVED this movie, but the reason I loved it so much was because I could relate to this movie. I don’t want to get too deep into conversation in case you haven’t seen this movie yet but let’s just say I know all too well what Meryl Streep’s character was going through in this movie and why she did the things she did!

I admire the character because she was strong enough to make the realization between reality and keeping her family together in the right way rather than following other thoughts. You see this was a great eye opening movie for me and it has only helped me determine where I am going in my personal and business life. This movie reminded me that I need to be strong and follow that “what’s best for me” attitude, because what is best for me will inevitably mean I am doing what’s best for my children!

So did you see It’s Complicated? Love or hate it? Could you relate to any parts at all? Ssshhh don’t give away the movie to those who haven’t seen it!

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Thinking Drives a Girl Batty

I am serious! I think way too much, I don’t usually analyze things to death but I certainly try to make certain my thoughts are real and valid. Then I try to take my thoughts and turn them into a resolution, an action plan so to speak. If I work out an action plan with my thoughts then reality is real, a heart felt decision that one must make and move forward with.

Today I ramble to you, because my mind was so overwhelmed the past two nights that my shoulders are tense and everyone who is close to me can see how reserved I have become. I once became overly happy, positive and outgoing I now sit at home and watch as my mood fades and I get sleepy all the time.

This is not me, the real me is outgoing, social and loves to smile! When I go outside with my kids and sit in the backyard or run in the backyard I feel at ease, my mind is free, I can think clear thoughts and realize there are some decisions I must make and some realities I must face.

Life is only difficult if you make it that way, complicated sure … of course, but do not  let complication scare you away from your heart felt feelings. As a few good friends of mine remind me of daily – follow your gut, because that is the true instinct of what you should do in life.

That is what I will do, I will follow my gut and hope that all fits back into piece like a puzzle that you spent months trying to put together.

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