For now, the blog is being put on hiatus due to life events that have caused a re-prioritization.
Until we meet again.
Thank you to all who have been following my blog.
For now, the blog is being put on hiatus due to life events that have caused a re-prioritization.
Until we meet again.
Julia Navarro is giving her daughter the ultimate gift — a child of her own. The 58-year-old from Utah is acting as the surrogate for her daughter Lorena McKinnon, who suffered multiple miscarriages since trying to conceive in 2010. After trying for three years, McKinnon and her husband sought help from a fertility specialist. The airline attendant then underwent an in vitro procedure, which also ended in a miscarriage.
McKinnon asked a few close friends, including her sister, to carry her child, but none of them felt they could go through with giving up the newborn after nine months. Seeing her daughter suffer, Navarro suggested that she could take on the task. But it wasn't as simple as saying yes. First, Navarro underwent a physical to ensure she was healthy enough for the job. Also, since she began menopause 12 years earlier, she injected hormone shots every day for three months.
Then there was the financial issue. Though the couple saved money by using a family member, they still had to find $30,000 to put toward treatments. They took out several loans, including one from Navarro. After signing a contract, the couple and Navarro were ready for the implementation. Doctors told the couple there was only a 45 percent chance that it would take — and luckily the odds were in their favor.
Nine months later, Navarro is weeks away from giving birth to her granddaughter, who the couple plans to name Myla. Though she is older than the typical surrogate, Navarro hopes to give this gift to other couples.
read more at http://moms.popsugar.com/Mother-Acts-Surrogate-Daughter-33360088?utm_source=com_digest&utm_campaign=com_digest_v5&utm_medium=email&utm_content=article_1
Microsoft is hosting an Xbox One Sports Star Challenge this weekend and so they have asked me to host a giveaway here.
WHAT: Xbox One Sports Star Challenge
WHERE: City Creek Center
WHEN: Saturday, November 23, from 1 – 4 p.m.
Description: Microsoft’s City Creek Center retail store is proud to host the Xbox One Sports Star Challenge. We want to see if anyone in Salt Lake City has what it takes to beat former Utah Jazz player and NBA All-star Mark Eaton at his own game— on the new X-Box One. Guests can also meet Eaton for photos and autographs. Prizes will be awarded during this family-friendly event.
You can enter here through Saturday and your gift card will be mailed directly to you from Microsoft.
Yes, I am a nerd and really want to be down at the City Creek Center Challenge!!
I have not been feeling great over the past week, being down with a cold and junk from the change in the weather. So, when I got my package from Novica, which was processed super speedy and delivered without a hiccup, I was thrilled and it was actually the medicine I needed. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had the opportunity to "purchase" something from Novica, and that they are associated with National Geographic to promote artisans from across the globe. These artisans create the most unique and beautiful items and are super talented!
I spent so much time online while trying to figure out what to use my online coupon for. Shopping online is great medicine! I was caught in a blissful state of imagining what these beautiful things would look like on me. I was truly surprised.
When I finally figured out what I was going to order, my dragonfly earrings from Bali, the ordering was so incredibly easy! Additionally, using the coupon code was a breeze! The site is fully secure and efficient. After I ordered, I smiled and waited.
Take a look at this beautiful packaging!
Of course, this beautiful bag first came in a plain brown box. However, when I opened thisNovica item, I found this beautiful drawstring bag with a Novica metal tag attached. Inside this bag came the story of the artisan and the piece(s) that I ordered. Also included was a postcard from where the item's artisan was from, along with a note on it from the artisan.
Here are two pictures that show how beautiful these earrings are. So lovely!
Here is what it says about my artisan from Novica.
"I love to create something from many kinds of materials. God gave us a lot of things that are already amazing to make into nice jewelry." ~Komang Wijayana
What about the dragonfly? Why did I choose this dragonfly? Here is what the Novica package tag states about the dragonfly.
Flitting through the Balinese sky, dragonflies take different poses on their gossamer wings. Komang Wijayana creates these enchanting earrings of sterling silver. Faceted blue topaz centers the magical creatures.
Can you tell that I am loving them?
I am giving away a coupon code worth $37.50 dollars on Novica. It's an easy thing to giveaway because anyone who purchases any of the lovely and unique items from Novica will be truly amaze at what they get!
Halloween is finally over and the decorations are down. However, the candy is still there and I now have the challenge of working off the same amount of calories that I am taking in. I'm thinking of giving away candy as a secret candy fairy around my neighborhood. Ha Ha Ha. ...no...really. I have to get it out of my house!
I have now put up my Thanksgiving decorations and that is unbelievable to me. Thanksgiving already?!!! Can't believe how fast time is flying by!!
My children are both so busy and turning into such awesome young men!! How have we done that??! I believe it's all to do with my hubby. He is amazing!
Well, as you may know, my children struggle a bit with a few things. Anxiety. Asperger's. Etc. Here is more helpful information for you regarding these struggles that my help you.
Mindfulness Strategies to Promote Focus
1. Develop attention anchors. Having a tangible way to bring your mind back to the present can help you stay on task. Taking a few deep breaths, clapping your hands or spending a minute pacing can all serve as ways to re-anchor yourself in the present. Rather than trying to stop your attention from drifting, give yourself permission to wander off any time, enjoy a short diversion, and then use your anchor to bring yourself back to the present before the distraction derails you from your task.
2. Be aware of your needs. Stepping back and reframing a problem can help us get a fresh look at difficult issues. Often those with ADHD need to change the way they are approaching a challenging task. For example, if you have difficulty in understanding verbal instructions, ask for or use visual or written directions. If you find it hard to get back on task when interrupted, hang a do not disturb sign on your desk, cubicle or door. Identify your best working style and invite those around you to support it.
3. Pause before you act. A short time delay between the occurrence of an idea and acting on that thought can reduce impulsivity and hyperactivity by creating a mental buffer zone. People with ADHD tend to generate many ideas and have difficulty following through. They end up with many half-finished projects, bouncing from one idea to the next. By taking a short timeout, you will find that you become more discriminating about acting on your ideas, which makes you more likely to complete the things you do start.
Mindfulness Strategies That Capitalize on ADHD Traits
1. Take advantage of superfocus. People with ADHD have the ability to superfocus on activities that interest them. This ability can be an asset if you can harness it. When you find yourself in surperfocus mode, enjoy what you are doing to the fullest, but be sure to stop on a positive note. This can be hard, because we have a tendency to drive ourselves to exhaustion in this mode. Instead, try to stop when you are feeling good about yourself. Doing so creates a positive behavior pattern that is inherently rewarding and will increase your feelings of control while capitalizing on your asset.
2. Use your strengths as an entry point. We all have responsibilities, whether for work, school or family. It can be very hard for people with ADHD to initiate activities that they have little interest in or find difficult, like certain types of homework or chores. Using your strengths can help to make initiation less difficult. For example, if you are a visual thinker, begin a homework project by creating the visual aspects of a report first and then writing the background once you get “warmed up.” Or make a visual map of a project to help you organize your thoughts before you begin.
3. Use time to your advantage. Some people with ADHD work well in big chunks. Once they begin an activity, they are most productive if they can work for several hours uninterrupted. Others find that the pressure of a time limit helps them focus. For example, Elton John says that he never spends more than 40 minutes on composing a song because beyond that he gets bored. By knowing the limits of his attention, he can avoid the problems that arise from boredom, including distraction, poor productivity and a loss of creativity.
Being mindful does not necessarily mean that you will always be focused on the task at hand. Instead, it means that you are actively working to be aware of where your attention is and discovering ways to deliberately guide it to where you would like it to be. For individuals with ADHD, mindfulness can be a powerful strategy for engaging with the mind and getting to know ourselves better. Until we understand how we work best, it is impossible to begin developing strategies that work for us.
The above is only a part of an article. Here is the link for the full article. http://www.aspergerstestsite.com/1185/mindfulness_adhd/?utm_source=Aspergers+Test+Site+Information&utm_campaign=1a70f83181-Mindfulness_ADHD&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_176d94f2f3-1a70f83181-95853153#.UnfZrfmX-So
Now, here is some awesomeness that proves how wonderfully animals retain their loyalty to their owners. The companionship means so much on both sides. These reunions make me laugh and cry and just puts life into perspective, in that relationships last and they are meaningful. These are beautiful!
Even if you are not a dog person, there is so much to the pet and human relationship. Here's an example of this. This is a beautiful example of the relationship with an animal that saved the life of a soldier in Afghanistan and the lengths that the soldier's family was willing to go to in getting the cat to the soldier in Oregon. Just beautiful!
Life is beautiful. You just need to continue to look for the beauty instead of the bad and you will create a beautiful reality for yourself. I love it!
What are your Thanksgiving traditions?
It's really almost Halloween? Unbelievable! Where did time go?
While being the mom-taxi this week, going back-and-forth between schools, helping my children stay after school and to go in early. Why? It's the end-of-the term rush to retake tests, finish wood shop projects, finish film projects, finish AP Physics labs, and more. Oh my heck! My children are awesome that they care about their grades, so I don't mind being the mom-taxi. I'm just glad that my car's seats are not memory foam because my seat would have a permanent imprint of my fanny!
The leaves are almost all off of my trees and my grass has had the Fall fertilizer. I think that today I will mow my leaves up, instead of raking them. I know I'm not the only one that does that and that way, the leaves will be in tiny pieces that I can add to my flower beds, along with a top layer of dirt that I can take from my garden. I have taken out my marigolds, but left a ton of the seeds (which seem to come back better every year). I have trimmed back most of my bushes and other plants, but I don't take my plants out because, even when the plants are supposed to be annuals, they seem to come back each year.
I still need to finish taking the plants out of my garden and save the corn stalks for decorating after I take down my Halloween decorations, following that spooky holiday. I also need to spray for spiders because there are a ton of spooky, furry spiders this year. I don't want those little creatures in my house this Winter and don't want eggs to hatch in the Spring and Summer!
When do you all start and finish your holiday shopping? Do you participate in "Black Friday" shopping? Or, do you prefer to participate in the "Cyber Monday" shopping? Both? I am not fond of shopping in crowded spaces, so I prefer to take my time during the year to do my shopping and I seem to find better prices than those found on Black Friday or Cyber Monday by doing this, along with better cash flow.
I'm going to try a new site for some of my shopping. It seems to have some really beautiful items and really high quality. The site is Novica and they are associated with National Geographic and offer a ton of beautiful items from artists around the globe. I'll let you know how that goes. It's http://www.novica.com/. They have given me an incentive for trying them and I will host a giveaway when I give my review.
What else is on the docket? I think the question is more like "what isn't"?!! Holy canoli! It's like the amazing race to get things done before the weather changes! I pray and pray that the weather doesn't change...not just for this reason, but because I feel like hibernating during Winter. I wish I was a bear and could just sleep until the weather got better. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way!! I live in Utah where the snow means Winter recreation and a ton of money for my state. Maybe I should quit blubbering about the weather and get on board with the Winter recreation. Hmmm...how many layers can I get on without looking like I am the kid on Christmas Story?
Until next week, I am thrilled to be a part of this great neighborhood of parents! Luv yah!!
Who here is saying TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Friday)!? It's funny how we all look toward the weekend and then find that it is as busy, or more busy than the week was. What do you do on your weekend?
Since I'm a stay-at-home-mom, but work-at-home as a publicist, graphic designer, and consultant, I have a hard time letting my work go on the weekend. For one, I can't stop being a mom, even on vacation. There will always be laundry, dishes, family who needs assistance. As far as my work-at-home business, I feel like I am constantly checking my emails, constantly working on ideas, proposals, and etc. I know there are boundaries I need to make, but eek!!! That's the way it goes when you are trying to build a solid business. I like to lean on a quotation from Steve Jobs that applies to both of my jobs.
"Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use." ~ Steve Jobs
I totally want to be a brand ambassador. Do you guys have any ideas of what brands would fit with my blog and my personality? I have applied to be one for a new launch of the X-Box coming up, but have not yet heard. That would be a blast! I would love to be one for hair product, supplements, beauty, tech, language learning products...oh my gosh...the whole gamut! What do you guys think?
I know this post has a bunch of kind of random stuff in it. It's just thoughts. We all have days when those thoughts are somewhat random and this just happens to be one of mine. LOL!
I leave you with this.
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
― Ashley Smith
Well, I know it has been at least a few weeks since I last posted. I got the mother of all intestinal infections and had to get IV fluids, anti-nausea medicine, and etc. It has been 1 1/2 weeks and I still have the bug. Because of my Lyme disease, I am sure I will be blessed longer than the 7-14 days that the urgent care doctor said this could last. I am always blessed with so much more than others, LOL!
Time passes so fast!
My oldest, who is now 16 and a Junior in his school, has just taken the PSAT. This test helps kids obtain scholarships and shows how much they need to practice in order to get a good score on the ACT. All of these acronyms! I joke with my husband about using a full sentence with only acronyms and seeing if anyone can actually understand what I am saying.
My husband and I also joke about using words where the first letter is silent, like this...
Business caller: So you want what kind of glue?
Me (or my hubby): Tacky
Business caller: Can you please spell that for me?
Me (or my hubby): Sure. It's
"T" as in Tsunami
"A" as in Aisle
"C" as in Czar
"K" as in Knife
"Y" as in Yiperite
Here is a great list of words in which the first letter is silent.
Pretty geeky, but we love to be goofy around our house. We come up with these things while we are cooking or while we are having family dinner. I often wonder if my children are more mature than my husband and I are, LOL!
My 13 year old is finally getting his homework done without us having to use a cattle prod...not really using one, for those who might take things more literally. He is always a card, hilarious! My husband and I wish so badly that my little 13 year old would share his comedic talents with others! He is so dang hilarious and has absolutely great timing!!! He is so very shy, however. I was the same way at his age.
What do you and your partner talk about when you are cooking? Do you cook together? You should! It is a great time to work as a team and to have time that creates a stronger bond.
What do you and your family talk about during dinner? Do you have family dinner? Every night should be a family dinner night! It helps everyone to tell how their day went, discuss various topics of interest, and creates a strong bond around a table of food that's made with love.
As you can tell from this, I am showing my truly dorky mom character. My children often roll their eyes or shake their heads, but they always laugh and that makes our home a home that is happy, a home that is full of love and not of tension, a home that is full of laughter and not of arguing.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my little family!
As I sit here, in front of the computer, blinds wide open to my backyard garden, I know the season of pleasant weather is nearing and end and that the days of cold and inversion are on their way. I go out and work in the garden to harvest my beautiful vegetables and come back in to work on the computer some more. I then go out to dead-head my flowers and come back in to work on the computer further. I am going to miss this routine of daily yard therapy and I think I am already going into the mourning process.
Each day I take my children to school, I realize how quickly time is passing. At parent-teacher conferences last week, my 16 year old had teachers talking about scholarships, being sure that his AP classes were in-line with his college of choice and what he was going to take to top things off next year, including taking some college classes during the summer and during next year to be sure that he had an Associates Degree that could fully be transferred. That cannot be possible! I was just holding this baby in my arms!
When taking my 8th grader to his parent-teacher conferences last week I was so impressed with this grown-up interaction with his teachers. He surprised me with his knowledge of what was going on in each class and his ability to articulate what he had accomplished and what he needed to do better on with this teachers and with me, as his parent. I cannot believe that this, my youngest child, is almost in 9th grade! Again, I was just holding this baby in my arms!
Do you parents feel the same way about your children and about how fast time passes?
I just want to stop time and play with my children. I want to take them to Disneyland again, but stay for two weeks. I want to take them to Disney World and let them play until they are worn out. I want to take them to the tropics so they can see through the clear-blue water to the bottom of the ocean. I want to take them to the Great Lakes to take Ferries across to the Islands to take tours of light houses. I want to take them to Manhattan, New York so that they can see the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 memorial. I want to do so much more and enjoy all of these things with them before they or I get much older. Oh how I & my husband wish.
One thing is perfectly clear, however. My children are a huge blessing and are so amazing! My husband and I are in constant amazement that our children are so honest, demanding respectful behavior around them or they leave the situation. They let people know that they don't want them to swear around them. They let people know that they don't want them to use poor humor around them. All of these things and more. It takes guts to do this! I would have just pretended that these things were not going on around me. My kids just don't allow it...period! Amazing!
Yes, I am one proud mamma!