Saturday, May 7, 2011

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Small Break

I know I haven't posted since Wednesday! Life has been SUPER BUSY the last several days and I am having to work on a Saturday - say what?! I know! Will be posting back up on Sunday have a great weekend y'all!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Protecting Yourself

What steps do you take to protect yourself?

Arizona has been at the top of the list of States with the highest rate of theft identity. It is kind of scary when you think about this.

There are different types of theft identity? Did you know that? I hadn't really ever thought of this.
According to Identity Protection Theft there are 5 ways your identity can be stolen.
1. Credit Theft (the most common)
2. Character Theft (A close 2nd)
3. Social Security Number Theft (using your SS number)
4. Medical Identity Theft (when someone steals your insurance number and seeks medical insurance charging your insurance)
5. Drivers License Theft (using your drivers license when committing traffic related offense).

One thing we do is SHRED, SHRED, SHRED! Everything! If in doubt SHRED IT!

I shred everything! If it has our name, address, anything I shred it!

Ever think about these statements from your pharmacy? Like I said I shred everything!

I am super careful when I am at the ATM or the debit/credit card swiper at the store. I may look like I am a little crazy but that is OK I will hide my entry of my PIN numbers!

I also am very careful of where I put my SS number. Does the Dr.'s office or ER really need my SS number? Do you know who is working behind the glass at the ER? Do you know who has access to your records with your personal information? I normally leave this blank and only if absolutely necessary will I give this number up. I have to say I don't think I have ever had anyone push for this number.

I also run a credit report on my hubby and me every year too!
I go to and run a report. Normally I will go ahead and spend what I need to run it on all 3 credit reporting agencies, you might be surprised what you find!

I always make sure if I am buying on a website that it is encrypted and I also normally use my credit card therefore if someone gets my number they can't wipe out my bank account. They might make it a pain to run up my card but I can fight that and still have the money in my account.

So how do you protect yourself?

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This is SO hard!

This is SO hard!

It is hard to live it, it is hard to admit it, it is hard to feel these feelings!

Raising kids can be SO hard! I remember everyone telling me about the terrible two's and how teenagers will kill ya!

But I have to say that raising tweens is exhausting!

Don't get me wrong I wouldn't give it up for anything. I love my kids more than anything in this entire world. But I take my job as a mom very seriously! It seems tweens are stuck in this odd place of not being a little kid but they really haven't figured out who they are and it is so easy to fall in line to follow others (some of which we wish they wouldn't).

I know it is my job to teach them about God, life, manners, treating others the way we want to be treated.

I know it is my job to teach them how to care for themselves, how to wash dishes so they can do it when they move out, how to sweep, mop, dust so their future home is not nasty. It is my job to teach them how much laundry detergent to use to get their clothes clean but not too much to be wasteful.

I know it is my job to teach them how to feel good about themselves without seeking it from outside influences. It is my job to teach them to build self-esteem but to have internal drive to do even better!

It is my job to get the truth from them without breaking their spirit totally.

It is an exhausting job! It is my most serious job!

I understand how some parents want to check out. Is it easier to turn a blind eye? Maybe for a second but I don't believe in the end.

It is exhausting. Some times I just think, please let's make it through the day without an incident, without me having to dig to get answers, without attitude.

That is probably not going to happen. And that IS OK. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I remind myself that there is no greater gift from God than my children. What a blessing and miracle each one of them are.

Sometimes I have to repeat this several times. And sometimes I am reminded some animals eat their young.

To all my other mothers of tweens - WE WILL MAKE IT!
To all my other mothers of toddlers - WATCH OUT! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Don't Judge Me

Don't Judge Me

I mean I try very hard to keep my house super clean and I am a freak about my floors. Which makes it even more odd that I have a dog that likes to pee on my carpet!

I told Rebel listen buddy I already had your b*ll$ cut off if you keep it up I am going to have something else cut off!

Problem is my husband LOVES this dog! I do too don't get me wrong but somehow I am the only one that ever cleans up his pee off my carpet- eeewwww! I can't stand it! It's embarrassing - so again, Don't Judge Me!

As many of you may already be very  aware I love Shaklee! So, I decided to give it a try in my shampooer!


I used 1/2 teaspoon of Basic H2 Cleaner the 1 scoop of the Get Clean Nature Bright by Shaklee.

I was so thrilled but no surprised by the results!

Remember - please don't judge me.



See all the discoloration?

This looks amazing! This is the brightest I have seen my carpet in a long time!

A working momma's work is NEVER done!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Half Nelson? Double Leg? Sit out- Turn In?

Seriously, I have no idea what I am talking about when it comes to wrestling. I mean I am not totally an idiot when it comes to sports. If you didn't recall I did quiet a bit of cheerleading back in the day!

Oh yes I know the hair!

I am the tiny person in the middle lol

See I wasn't kidding.

However, the sport of wrestling wasn't big where I grew up or at least it wasn't at my school we didn't even have a wrestling team, the closest we got to wrestling was... well you get the idea.

So when Cody asked me to take him to a wrestling practice I was super excited on one hand (because this child has never shown interests in sports other than skate boarding and BMX bike riding) but on the other hand I was like uh OK I guess because this is completely out of my league.

I couldn't believe it he loved it!

A couple of months back I had post about Cody breaking his toe? Yep, that was the first day of wrestling practice. But he loved it!

I love that he loves a sport! I love that he is learning to take instructions from someone other than us. I love that he is going to have to learn how to win and how to lose. BECAUSE I am not one of those moms that think everyone can win.

I know, I know, I might have just pissed some of you off and we are  all "winners" on the inside but let's face it in life there are winners and losers. It hurts, it motivates, it teaches us how to pick ourselves up and carry on OR lay down and give up.
OK so Cody is wearing blue shirts and grey t-shirt. I sent this pic to my sister and she said is he the one wearing the leotard? Uh Brooke, I don't think boys wear leos? She was like well that's what it looks like lol! OK I agree but I don't know what it is called because again I don't know ANYTHING about wrestling!

He isn't giving up here - I guess they are instructed to flatten out - who knows again, I am clueless!

I want for my kids to learn that some times there are people better than  us!  As a kid growing up there were several sports I was pretty good at. I competed gymnastics, I cheered, and I ran track.  I think there is a fine line between being confident and cocky. My dad always told me "don't forget, someone will always be faster, better, or smarter". I know that sounds harsh but he wanted us to be humble yet give it our all!

I am trying to give it my all for my kids. BUT I just don't understand this wrestling stuff! Cody had a "meet" but it was an open meet which meant they didn't award winners or losers, it was kind of like you get taken down they stand you back up and go again.

First moment of terrible loser momma -  We show up and I didn't realize they had to weigh in. I hadn't prepared him mentally for this! I like to give them a mental picture when they are heading into new things so they can be prepared get some of their nerves out if they know what to expect. Fabulous!  As I sit there I kind of see the boys going in and out of the room and notice it is like they are putting their clothes on. FREAK OUT MOMENT! I texted my hubby and was like do they have to get undressed when they weigh in? Probably he responds (he used to be a boxer) - Holy cow I didn't prepare him for this at all! He is going to have to undress what?! My husband assured  me to quit freaking out he would be OK. Ugh! Loser Mom!

Because Cody is SO new I knew this probably was going to be a learning experience. My sister asked me how he was doing and I texted her back and said " I  HAVE NO IDEA!" I felt like the total loser because I couldn't tell if my kid was kicking butt or getting his handed to him! Probably for the better.

None the less - winner or loser, I told him I want him to give it his all! And that he did, I am one lost proud momma!
He was trying so HARD! I was told this kid in the red was a State Champion- WAY after the fact my kid that has only been wrestling for 2 months had to endure countless "interactions" with him on the mat! Character building right?

Now maybe I should order Wrestling for Dummies so I can be a good cheerleader for my kiddo!

This is how the evening ended. Looks like it hurts - he said it didn't - Zanex anyone?

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