Friday, February 27, 2015

Frazzled Parent Solidarity Signal: A Reading

I've been following a Facebook page for bloggers who want to go beyond their blog. It's a great place for support as well as challenges to grow yourself as a writer. And the latest challenge I saw was one that involved reading. Reading your own work, that is.
hand signals

The written word is a great way to get your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge out to the world. The problem that I'm sure we've all seen is that tone is not easily communicated with the written word. Many people have gotten in trouble by writing a sarcastic comment that was taken seriously, or been hurt by heartfelt words that were interpreted in a derisive manner.

The challenge here was to take a post that you had written in the past, and read it aloud, so that your tone would be interpreted comparably across the board. I chose a post from July of 2013. The Frazzled Parent Solidarity Signal started as a response to a mom I saw at Target. The funny thing is that at the time, I didn't know that mom. Since then, I've met her in person and gotten to know her. My feelings about that day haven't changed, though. She was simply a mom having a tough day and I wish I could have helped her.



Any tips on a hand signal we could all put to use?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Leonisa Postpartum Shapewear {Review and Giveaway}

I will be the first to admit that I am a small person. I am five feet tall and my head has served as an arm rest for many people who thought they were the first ones to make that joke. In high school and college, I could (and frequently did) eat whatever I wanted and never worried about my weight.

Then life happened. And by life I mean three kids, a sedentary job, and a slower metabolism. My actual weight hasn't gone up terribly, it has just rearranged itself into less desirable places. My stomach and abs have had a really hard time recovering from this:
2 days past due with Benjamin
Don't get me wrong. I'm very proud of my body for doing what it did; namely carry and nurture three babies. At 8 lbs. 3 oz, 8 lbs, 10oz, and 7 lbs, 6oz, they weren't small babies. They were also a total of 20 days overdue (10, 12, and 8 days). That womb must have been pretty cozy!
Cozy, but huge!
Back to the present, though. I'm not ashamed of my post-baby body. I don't plan on wearing a bikini any time soon. But I never actually wore a bikini anyway, except maybe in high school. I really just want my pants to fit without having to suck it in all day!
circa 1995? Those were the days!

I was recently offered a chance to review some post-partum shapewear from Leonisa. I'll be honest, at first I thought, I am WAY too POST-partum to have a need for this, but then I thought about it some more, looked around their website, and decided to give it a try.

I got a pair of leggings and I have been really impressed with them. They don't feel tight or restrictive, but they do hold things in for me. I've worn them as leggings, both under a dress and while working out. I've worn them under my pants a few times too, which is especially nice (and warm) with all the cold weather we've been having. They are comfortable to wear and don't slide down all day.

You can purchase shapewear and other intimate apparel from Leonisa directly at their webpage, or you can enter to win one of three product choices below! Please note this giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck!

Leonisa Shapewear Giveaway


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Listening to the Sound of Silence

Something strange happened today. We woke up and got ready for work and school with no text messages from the school system.  This is the first time since the 16th that they've had a full day of school. And the first day I've been able to go to work without them and have a regular routine to my day.

I like to consider myself a fairly easy going person. I don't like to make intricate plans for thing. I prefer to just go with the flow and see how things turn out. That being said, I usually have a general idea of how my day is going to go. When it doesn't go that way, it leaves me a feeling a little bit on edge.

I think it does that for the kids too. Frances forgot her violin yesterday, mostly because none of us really realized it was Tuesday. Henry usually jumps out of bed in a fantastic mood on Wednesdays because he has computer club in the mornings and a visit with his big sister in the afternoon. That didn't happen this morning.

Maybe we're all just confused about what's going on. This winter has certainly been colder than normal. It isn't strange for us to have snow days and delays, but so many of them in a row is disconcerting.

I'm hoping that the rest of this week will go as planned. However, there is more weather stuff called for tonight and into tomorrow, so that may not be likely. It sure has been an interesting February!

If you need me, I'll just be picking up the pieces of my sanity over in this corner here. Albeit, it a quite office with no visitors! Have a great day! Stay warm!

I'm linking up today with Lisa's One Word Challenge. The word choices were maybe, strange, and pieces. How'd I do? EDIT: Apparently I didn't do well at all, since I used the words from last month; but this is my story and I'm sticking to it!! LOL!

If you've enjoyed the 1-Word challenge, pop over to Lisa's blog today for a fun announcement!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Throwback...Tuesday? {#TuesdayTen}

I've been blogging for almost 7 and a half years. Where and how I started are very different from where and how I blog now, but the "why" has stayed pretty consistent. I started out because I thought I had something to say that people might want to hear. At the time, my mom was my target audience. I got tired of trying to upload so many pictures to email her every day. And sometimes I just didn't have time to verbally tell her the stories of her grandchildren, so I started writing them down.

My audience has since expanded. There are people I've never met who come by for a read. Some of them comment every day, some of them never say a thing. There are lots of people in between those two extremes.


First Ten Blog Posts
When I started I had no interest in Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Today I have account on all three that get used for varying amounts of time. In looking back I see that it took me three months to write ten posts. Today ten posts usually takes about two weeks.  Those first ten posts only had a handful of views, probably mostly from me on different computers and from my parents and brothers. Comments were unheard of. 
10 Most Recent Posts

For #TuesdayTen today, we're looking back at our first ten blog posts. From way back when we had little baby blogs and (some of us) had no idea what we were doing. There is a lot of back and forth in the blogging world about whether you should delete old posts from your blog. That's a decision that every blogger has to make for him/herself, but I live squarely in the camp of "no." My old posts are an early form of diary entries for me. I re-read them and I can remember where we were and what we were doing at times in the distant past. My old posts are a part of me and I will not get rid of them.


My First Ten Blog Posts

  1. The very first one is creatively named "I made a blog!" If you need things spelled out, it's about me...making a blog!
  2. The second, also creatively named post, is "Christmas pic of the kids" It obviously contains a Christmas photo of my two (at the time) children. It was posted less than 30 minutes after the first one. Apparently I didn't know how to edit!
  3. Next came a Christmas Eve post about our plans to go Mass on Christmas Eve and then wrap presents. This is riveting stuff, y'all!
  4. I took a breather from all that hard-core blogging and then two days after Christmas I posted about being free from stress after the big holiday was over. Honestly, I still feel that way. The best part of the Christmas season is after we've opened presents and can just enjoy the season for what it is.
  5.  I think my fifth post was the first one where I took an idea from another blog I had seen and posted a recap of our year. "Goodbye 2007" is poorly formatted and lacking pictures, but it does have a pretty good summary of what happened to our family that year.
  6. If I remember correctly, the next post was something I backdated, so it shouldn't really fall here, but I'll mention it anyway.  I think my brother had mentioned something about me always talking about my kids, my mom and dad, Ken, etc. and never mentioning him. So I posted this one to prove that I had, indeed mentioned him! I have two other posts I've backdated. Mostly because I wanted a place to publish and share something online without it showing up at the top of my blog.
  7. Next I posted a TMI post about everyone in the house being sick. This is one instance where I'm glad I didn't have any pictures posted!
  8. In early March of 2008, I posted about a dream I had had the night before. This one post comes to mind often, even today. I love going back to re-read it and feel the sensations it evokes. A brief, one paragraph note about my grandmother that holds such good memories.
  9. To round out the list of my first ten blog posts, are two posts about sleep. It seems that even back then I had a real love/love relationship with sleep! First I posted about how glorious it feels to sleep through the night.
  10. Then a week later, I posted essentially the same thing!
One of my very first blog headers!
At this point, I'm hoping my regular readers will see how much I've grown as a blogger since those early days. I can't imagine anyone (except my mom) getting hooked on posts like those and sticking around. But it's still a part of my history and the history of my family, so they'll stay there. 

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