Monthly Archive: February 2016

Four is hard sometimes

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It seems like every age is hard when you are in the middle of it.  Right now my girls are four years old and it’s hard sometimes.  I love my girls dearly and I try to enjoy the moments… most of them at any rate.  To be honest, they aren’t all enjoyable – sometimes they just downright suck!  Those are the moments when you think to yourself, “just get me to the other side.” When the kids are screaming, not listening, throwing tantrums, not listening, being careless, did I mention not listening?  And I know, they are four… these behaviors are normal and just part of learning how to interact with their environment and others in it.  But sometimes normal four year old behavior is hard to handle.  And don’t even get me started on when they are sick!  As a mom I feel helpless during these times – am I doing the right thing? Maybe I should be more strict? Maybe I should be more lenient?  I should definitely rein in my language – seriously, I rarely cussed before I had kids.  The strongest sense of helplessness I’ve felt (lately) is during night terrors.  I don’t know if they are officially night terrors, but they definitely have some of the characteristics of them.  One night, maybe 90 minutes after going to bed, Heather started screaming in her room so I went to check on her.  I tried to console her, even though she wasn’t awake (because it makes me feel like I’m doing something).  Then she started crying, asking “Where are you mommy?” over and over again.  I kept telling her I was right there even though I knew she wasn’t aware of me.  And it was painful.  A kind of pain that I had never felt before I had children – that I wouldn’t have believed was possible before children.  I wanted to protect her and be there for her… and I couldn’t do a darn thing.  Eventually it passed and she calmed back down into sleep.  But that… that was hard.  But in the hardness, in the moments of our greatest effort, we find our own strength.  We find that we can make it through the tough times- maybe not in the way that we would have liked – but we can make it through them and learn.  We learn about ourselves… we learn about our children… and we learn that hard is not a word to be feared.  It’s just another four letter word.
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Somasix Alphabet Refrigerator magnets – Product Review

These are the Somasix refrigerator magnets.  I received this product at a heavily discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  They are brightly colored and a nice size at 1.75″.  The magnets pretty light due to being plastic and only having a small magnet on the back. The magnet is strong enough to keep it on the refrigerator, but weak enough that you don’t have to pry it off. The set comes with 62 magnets – one of each letter in both lower and upper case as well as the numbers 0 through 9. My girls enjoy playing with them both on and off of the refrigerator. My only concerns are they seem like they would break if accidentally stepped on (which is probably true for most alphabet magnets) and the back is not enclosed so if the magnets were to somehow come out they would be a swallowing hazard. I would definitely follow the ages 3+ guideline. Otherwise, they work well and are great for helping children with letter recognition and distinguishing between upper and lower case letters.

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Another day, another butterfly

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Do you sometimes you feel like you get distracted by every pretty butterfly?  So I started out looking into product reviews, then it turned into looking at things to do with a blog, then in the process of looking at a blog came the big question.  What is my passion in life? What can I not do?  And the answer is… I don’t freakin’ know!  No clue.  Are there things I enjoy doing? Sure!  But do I jump back and forth between things I enjoy doing? All the time!  For example, I went through a cleaning phase.  I was going to get the house cleaned and organized.  I was really motivated.  And then, I wasn’t.  I don’t remember what I moved on to… typically for me my focuses tend to fall into the following categories: 1) Bettering myself or my house (cleaning, organizing, decluttering, working on personal issues, finding what I want to do with my life); 2) research (genealogy mostly,  but also stuff I need to buy or places I’m interested in… or anything I’m interested in)  3) gaming (LOTRO, D&D).  But I bounce between them… every few days.  When I’m into something, I’m all in… hours and hours and hours of being involved in it.  And then the switch turns off and I move back to something else.  But… I don’t really consider any of them passions.  How do you know what is an interest and what is a passion?  Maybe I just don’t know what passion is.  The dictionary (M-W online) has a few definitions – the applicable ones being

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Scattered Focus

I tend to be a bit scattered in my focus as I hop from around different things.  Lately I’ve been interested in ways to make money on the internet.  I played around with some transcriptions.. I type fast, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to speedy transcriptions I’m finding. I think you really  need the foot pedal thing.  I’ve done some Mturk things via Amazon.  I’ve found a couple blogs that talk about different places you can join – opinion surveys, bzzzagent, one space, user testing..  nothing is really feeling that worthwhile at this point.  Part of me wants to just get a job in the real world, but with the girls only in school three half-days a week it just isn’t really feasible.  I’ll continue to poke around online to see if I find anything that seems to fit me.  Maybe what I really need to do is focus on one at a time.  Spend 2-3 days working with just one website to see if it’s a good fit for me vs jumping around like I am today (see, scattered)!

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Mom is in Control getting organized

So I joined a Facebook group a few weeks ago called mom is in control.  It is hosted by Heather Chauvin (who is just awesome by the way).  I definitely recommend checking her out at Mom Is In Control if you are a mom.  She also does a podcast if you like listening to those.  Anyways, the Facebook group is for people doing the mom is in control challenge.  I actually started this on January 20th, but fell off the horse after about day 5.  I’m going to start back up with day 6 tomorrow, which is basically just about making sure you are drinking enough water.  I am horrible at making sure I am staying hydrated.  Because, quite frankly, I’ve never acquired a taste for plain water.  My current way of drinking water is to drink watered down Propel Zero.  I don’t need a lot of flavor and Propel on it’s own is somehow too sweet for me. I find if I do about a 1:4 ratio of Propel to water it works out fine.  So my goal for tomorrow is to drink more water.

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Mom’o’Zaglings Reviews It

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I am starting this blog to give an honest review of products I receive for free or at a discount in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the product.  A friend of mine has been doing it for a little while and I thought, “I totally should check that out!”  I am a stay at home mom of identical twin girls, my little zaglings, who are currently 4 years old (the picture above is a bit dated – but so cute!).   I have three degrees (Psychology, Legal Assistant and Finance) and was previously employed at a large bank as a Risk Analyst before I had my girls.  I am very active in my local multiples club.  I am always looking for items and products that are high quality that will make my life easier and healthier.  Recently I discovered essential oils and am in the process of finding out how they work and if they are right for myself and my family.   I’m also toying with the idea of working from home to make some extra cash – unfortunately I haven’t found a good fit yet though.  Anyways, I look forward to sharing my findings with everyone!

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