A little bit country

Eating at restaurants with the boys has become challenging. Their attention span lasts about 15 minutes. Then starts the whining and food-tossing and wiggling around in their seats. We are forced to pound our food into our mouths at rapid speeds ensuring heartburn for later.

We do anything and everything to keep them entertained. Books, toys, games, coloring. Again, this doesn’t keep their interest for long. But they can certainly surprise you when you least expect it.

My mom and I were with the boys in Jimmy John’s the other day. We were hoping for a tantrum-free lunch. A country song came on and suddenly both boys hopped up and started dancing! No one was in the restaurant so instead of making them sit down we laughed about it. It was hilarious.

Maybe from now on we’ll have to go to restaurants that play country music!

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Vlog: Questions Answered #1

I would have posted this sooner. Then I realized it took me twenty minutes to record all my answers. And since NOBODY wants to watch a 20 minute vlog I knew I would have to figure out how to edit a video.

I had no earthly idea how to do it. But I kinda sorta figured it out last night (yay for learning a new skill!). I made this in iMovie and although it’s a bit choppy it will have to do for now. You know, until I’m winning the Oscar equivalent for vlogging.

A couple things you should know before watching. This is only half of my answers. Oh yes, I’m going to make you sit through another video soon for the rest of the questions. Also? My eyebrows do weird things. I have no clue how to stop them from doing it. Believe me, I practiced talking to a mirror and they still did it. So yeah, just ignore it if you can. And one last thing, I’m not that funny. Sorry about that.

Please watch it and tell me what you think. I hope to get better at this as I go along! Hopefully I’ll post the rest of the answers some time this week!

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Hallmark Moments + giveaway

Last month I was invited to attend a wonderful event at Hallmark Headquarters called Moments Between the Milestones. Hallmark has a brilliant campaign right now where they are helping us to appreciate the small moments in life. And if someone summons me to Hallmark? Well, I’m definitely there. In fact I was actually early which never happens.

I seriously felt like a rockstar

They want us to see beyond the birthdays and graduations and anniversaries. We all make it a point to celebrate and send cards for those. No, we’re talking about those unique moments that only happen to us. They make us smile. They make us laugh. And sometimes they even make us cry like I’m about to show you in a *somewhat* embarrasing video.

This was a special gathering of about 20 bloggers (local blog buddies, yay!). We had breakfast and heard some of Hallmark’s creative minds speak about their jobs and little moments. Then we were asked to share our favorite moments between the milestones. Oh, the pressure! We were sitting in front of some awesome Hallmark creatives!

They gave us purple t-shirts and we were supposed to fill it in with a word that described our moment. I filled it in with “I forgive you.” They recorded each blogger speaking and if you want to watch me talk just click the link below:

here is me trying not to do the ugly cry face.

trying to hold back tears

Who knew that my most difficult moment as a parent would end up in the Hallmark Moments Mosaic? Not this girl! But I now see that it was a lesson I had to learn. My son taught me the importance of forgiveness.

p.s. I made everyone else cry too so it wasn’t just me, okay?
p.p.s. I realize I use the word awesome more than once in this post.

After that we did a writing exercise and put together a collage. I felt like I was back in my college creative writing courses, which were the most awesome classes for me. This was the first day that I actually felt good about myself after coming home from BlogHer. Since I wasn’t able to handle the pressure of that conference I wondered if I would freeze up at this event too. But it was the exact opposite. I felt like this is where I really fit in. This small intimate group of bloggers and creative minds. It was perfect and dare I say it, the best opportunity since my blogging debut five years ago. Yep. It was that good for me.

A HUGE thank you to Hallmark for giving me a chance to get my creative confidence back.

Don’t fret, readers. I’m not leaving you guys out! I’ve got a nice little Hallmark package to giveaway. Here is what’s included:

Cooper’s Big Bear Hug
– interactive story book and bear
Guess How Much I Love You – recordable storybook
An awesome collection of Hallmark cards – a part of Life is a Special Occasion
Your very own “____ is a special occasion” t-shirt

In order to win simply follow my blog through google friend connect (if you’re not already). Then comment with one of your favorite moments between the milestones. I will pick a random winner on November 3rd! I will contact you if you’re the winner!


This post is in no way sponsored by Hallmark. These opinions are my own. I was invited to the Hallmark Tour but received no monetary compensation for my time. I did, however, have an awesome experience. See, there’s that word awesome again.

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