Friday, January 27, 2012
My Blog- What an exciting week. I'm guest hosting a weekend blog hop on one my favorite blogs, and did another week of "tell me Thursday" on one of my other favorite blogs! I am hoping that since we will finally have internet at our new house today, I will be able to check out the new followers I have, and follow back. Since I am pretty sure that my work would not be happy about the amount of posting I am actully doing from work..lol I am pretty proud of myself though, as I have been posting something almost everyday.
My Kids- It was a pretty tough week with G this week. She has had a hard time at school, and required alot extra support and also a trip to the Dr. Her Dr seems to think she is showing signs of ODD. And possibly some very, very mild sensory issues. So that was a whole lot to take in. But the positive to it is that since we are seeing these signs now, we can do counseling, and some serious behavior modifications, if these things are stressful and we are seeing improvements then we will not need to put her on meds. And that's what everyone is trying to avoid. I did just get an email from the school, and she did get 100 on her spelling test this week, so that is HUGE for her. My oldest- K- will be turning 15 in less then 6 days, she will be getting her learners permit. So watch out :)
Our new house, and the lovely IRS- So we are now first time homeowners- super exciting!! I love, love, love our new house. It's amazing and we have so much more room. I can not wait to start working on the small changes we are going to make. And I was so excited because for the first time EVER, I was able to file my taxes on the first day that they were accepting them. So that ment I didn't have to do the normal "rapid refund" because I would get all my refund on the 25th. Well the 25th has come and gone. Now they are saying I may have it on the 31st. But if I don't to wait until Feb 5th, and then call them. SERIOUSLY. They have no problem taking my money out each week, at least keep your word when you say that you are going to be sending me some of that money back, I have bills to pay, and well I really want a new couch.
Thirty One Stuff- So just 5 more days until the Spring Catalog launch, I am super excited ( I do have a link to it if you would like to see it, just let me know) With the move and the whole tax issue it has put me VERY VERY far behind. I am needing to book about 3 more party's a month then normal with us buying the house. These can be home, catalog, or online. So since I so busy with moving, I haven't been working on this and am very very stressed about it. I think that I am going to promote to Sr Consultant this month. So I am super excited about that. I am lucky that I have an amazing team of girls under me!
That about sum's up my week, some good, some bad, and hoping that next week will be better!!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I am also guest hosting this weeks weekend blog hop on one of my other blogs - The Adventures and J-Man and Miller Bug , I was super excited and truthfully very surprised when Jeannette asked me to guest host!! That post is below this one- I haven't figured out how to make a post a "sticky" on blogger yet.
So here goes my Tell Me Thursday-
- Do you have specific bloggers you follow? - Of Course, two of them are listed above! A few more of my favorites are listed on an earlier post from this week, Versatile Blogger Award , you should check some of these out- they are great!
- What is your least favorite part of blogging? Nothing really, sometimes it's hard to find time, and I am really trying to blog at least something everyday. So I wish I had a little bit more time in the day to spend blogging.
- Does your blog have a focus? - No, not really. I was going to start it off as more of a military life/mommy blog, but that's kind of gotten away from me. Now I just post about anything and everything. So military life makes it in there, but so do my current geek obsessions and whatever horrible thing my kid just did.
- What is your latest project? Well we signed paper's on our house yesterday, so I have tons of projects going on with that- painting, putting down new flooring, and working on the yard!
- And just because : Favorite TV show? - That's a hard one for me, I watch ALOT of TV. The really love biggest loser, grey's, and I've watched General Hospital since I was a little girl.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Monday, January 23, 2012
To top it off, I sell Thirty One part time ( like you didn't know for reading my blog) but our new catalog comes out in 9 days. I have tons of people wanting to set up dates for party's, get catalogs mailed out, I have about 10 giveaways and 3 online/catalog party's going on or starting in the next 10 days. All of my things are packed up, I am really stressing about that because these are things that I need to get done. And the longer it takes for us to get into the house, the longer it will take for me to get organized! Thirty One is one of the things I really want to focus on this year, and this whole moving thing right now in the middle of a catalog change is not helping things at all.
I love the joy's and stress of moving :) And I know that if I can hang on for just a few more days that we will be moving into our wonderful new house, I just don't deal well with not being in my own space.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
With so many blog hops, fill-ins and twitter follows done on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I felt it was time to give Thursday a little love. Thursdays matter too, folks. From here on out I'll be putting out a few questions that you can copy and post over on your own blog with a link back here. I'll try to get this up on Wednesday night so you have time to get it posted to your blog for Thursday. After you've done that come back here and enter yourself in Mr. Linky down below. It's a fun way to get to know other bloggers while getting your blog out there as well.
Let's begin, shall we?
- How long have you been blogging? - I just started this month, and I LOVE it :) I have found so many interesting and funny blogs out there that I never knew about!
- Why did you start blogging? - So that I could put my thoughts and idea's out there, post cute pictures of my Thirty One, and host giveaways.
- Do you enjoy it? - I really like it, I think that it's great to be able to get feedback from other people that you normally wouldn't. Plus it kind of keeps me accountable for my goals.
- What do you do for fun when you're offline? - Does drive my kids around count..lol I watch tv, read, cook, and spend time with my amazing kids :)
- If the internet died tomorrow, how much would it affect you? - Ummmmm tons, since the company I work for is an internet provider.
G got her home reader level changed yesterday ( super proud of her ) so normally I would just tell her to go and bring me her home reader. Since I knew this was something that I didn't need for her to right away, so I simply said to her- " I would really love to see your home reader that you brought home, since your level went up, when you have a minute can you bring it me so I can see it?" She went and got her home reader, and even sat there and did her reading. So homework is now done for the night! Homework is a HUGE battle. I then ask her to please bring me her binder, so we can sign off on it, she tells me no, and I let that go for the moment. About 10 minutes later she asks me to pour her a drink, I respond with " I would love to get you a drink, but remember when I asked you to bring me your binder? You didn't want too, and now I don't feel like getting up" Binder is in my hand not 30 seconds later- no arguing, no begging and pleading, no threats of loss of privileges.
Bath time is another nightly struggle at our house. So I just simply told her, "I would really like it if you could watch American Idol with us tonight, but before we do you need to take a bath. I am going to start it in about 30 minutes" 10 minutes later she is getting in the bath.
So far so good, hopefully this is something that is going to work for us. I know that I am worn out with consent struggles and battles. I know that it is going to take sometime, but at least we are seeing some improvements!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Yesterday was a holiday, so that means no school. I had to practicly bribe my 14 year old to stay home with her sister. To which she could not grasp the fact that I ask her to babysit maybe once a month. I know she has friends that babysit ALL THE TIME. Then I got calls all day long, to the point where I almost had to send my Mom over there, because of the fact that they just can't manage to act right. So I get home, and I think they are going to act right, oh no, it's just the beginning of it for the night. I really don't understand how two kids, with 7 years in between them can fight so much!
Now today I have had 2 calls from the school for my youngest. I am really just a loss for words at this point. We tell her everyday how important it is for her to listen and keep her hands to herself. We have told her this, taken away privileges, and read all kinds of books. The school suggested that we start using, Love and Logic, which is what they are using at school. The book has some really good points, but it also has some really bad reviews, so I just don't know.
What I would really like is for both of my kids to listen to me, be respectful, and for both of them to not get in trouble at school.
Monday, January 16, 2012
So I am giving away a 25$ Thirty One Gift Certificates, from 1/16-1/23 to be used for product's out of the new Spring Catalog!! And let me tell you there are some SUPER cute things!
Plus I wanted to try this whole Rafflecopter thing out too~
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Basically I have to have follow through at home, and my child loves to argue with me, who knew? :) Because I have known this for a long time.
So anyone have any thoughts to share with me on this? I would love some feedback!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
My oldest is almost 15, less then a month and she will be driving herself, which makes the story even funnier, because we were in the car talking about her getting ready to get her permit when she almost got grounded until her birthday. Kate was such an easy child, never in trouble at school, honor's student, great trumpet player, she did competitive cheerleading for 4 years, then this year made her varsity squad as a freshman, teacher's LOVE her, they want a classroom full of kids just like her. Now that you think my child is the perfect child, don't be confused- at home she is a smart mouth, fights with her sister all the time, won't pick up after herself, stay's on her phone/text/facebook, and thinks my sole purpose in life is to be her taxi/ATM/maid.
So we are driving down the road last night, and my fiance (boyfriend of 9 years, life partner, baby daddy) goes " That's why teenagers don't need to drive, look at that car, it's all over the place, cutting in and out of car's" Then they cut us off and turned- way to fast. But not before we noticed that it was not just any car of teenage drivers, but my lovely daughter and her friends. I then get irate, and not just a little irate, but full out screaming and yelling about how if she can't ride with responsible drivers then she doesn't need to ride with anyone but her parents. And this is how kids end up getting killed, you know that whole nine yards. So I call her and she of course doesn't pick up because she knows that shes in trouble. Finally I do get in touch with her, and well she is not happy with what I have to say, and of course I am the worst mother in the world because I want to keep her safe.
And now my youngest daughter, who is a handful, she is mouthy, and strong willed, and wants her own way all the time, she pushes every button I have and knows that she can wear me down, she also does competitive cheer, and is a girl scout. Gracie was very sick when she was little, she had a rare disorder called Langerhans's Cell Histiocytosis. So she has been babied ALOT. She is my baby, she is the funniest, loving child ever. She is also pretty darn mean sometimes. We get regular call's from the school, her principal and I are on a first name basis, I talk to her some day's more then I talk to my friends. So yesterday the school emails start coming at about 11:30, Gracie doesn't want to do anything asked of her, she's pushing, arguing with friends, ect. So I am not happy by the time I pick her up, she then has cheer, which I can't keep her from practicing, because she's on a team and it's not fair to the other girls on her team. So what does she do, act's HORRIBLE the last part of practice.
So now both of my kids are grounded for the next week.... more fun times at my house.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So we had another successful morning at our house. We got up, laid out the clothes, set the timer, and got to it. Now to my youngest I think she is thinking that her and I are racing to get ready fastest. She even got her things for cheer this afternoon, and put them in her bag without me having to ask her. For us this is a HUGE step. Morning's, homework, and bedtime are the hardest things in our house for her. I'm not saying that we have concurred mornings by any means, I know that 3 good mornings DOES NOT mean that we are over the struggle, but it does give me hope that things are getting easier with her.
Now if I could just get my teenage daughter to be as nice to me as she is to everyone else :)
Monday, January 9, 2012
One of the things I want to do with the new year is be more positive, I think I am going to take Monday mornings out of that. We got off to a pretty good start this morning, I did the whole timer thing again this morning for the little one, and to my surprise it worked again. Then we got to school and she started with the whole- I'm sleepy, I want to go home, blah, blah blah..... So now I am wondering just how long it will be until I get a call/email from the school. I've accepted the fact that my youngest is going to push the limit's as much as she can, but I still hope for everyday to be a good day.
On the plus side my weekend was great! Saturday was the Spring Premiere for Thirty One, which of course was just amazing! I love the new products, and I love the fact that I get to do something I love while spending time with my two besties, yes they both sell. So it was great getting to spend time with them and the other amazing women on our team. I am super excited to start doing spring party's and I have tons of new things planned that are hopefully going to help me to grow my business. I really would like to promote by August!! So wish me luck :)
I hope that I continue to have readers on my blog, I know that I post about a ton of different things, and that my blog is all over the place. But I am writing about my life, and well my life is all over the place!
Friday, January 6, 2012
Congrats to sherry walker!!! Please contact me within 48 hours to claim :) You can reach me at email@example.com
Next Giveaway will be at 75, and a different product!! Keep sharing my blog with your friends!!
So here's what I got today- All are Thermal totes, which have been a huge seller this month since they are on sale!
So anyways, I am the mother of a VERY, and when I say VERY I mean, very, very strong willed child. Almost everything in our house is a struggle and a power battle. I started reading a book about strong willed children (on my brand new Kindle Fire, that I love) And one of the things they suggested is if you have a straggler in the morning, to set a timer, give them that much time to get dressed and ready and when the timer goes off your done. Even if that means putting the clothes in a bag and walking out the door. When I read this I was like- SERIOUSLY, REALLY, NO WAY that is going to work.
Fast forward to this morning, my lovely 7 year old was doing her normal taking her time, I can't put my own clothes on, I don't want to do it, if your a Mom you know the 100's of excused you will here. All of this is going while I am trying to get ready. So what do I do? I set her clothes out, explain to her that I am going to set the timer for 15 minutes, we have to be out the door when it goes off, and anything not on or together will be staying at the house, and yes that might mean you go to school in your jammies. I then ignored her, and continued to get ready to go. And then to my surprise when the timer went off, she was dressed, with backpack and ready to go!!
Anyone else have a hard time getting the kids out the door in the morning? What works for you?
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Enter by following my blog on GFC- and also liking
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Comment on this post with what you have done!!
So I was a little iffy about this whole blogging thing, I've tried this before and well never got really far. Todays day three, I've posted each day, and people are actully reading, who would have thought :)
In the last few days I have realized that I don't have to have a "theme" to my blog, its okay to do some giveaways, post about my kids, my job, thirty one and well basicly whats on my mind! And itsokay to post more then once a day..lol
I really hope that my blog will become an enjoyable thing for people to read, and I hope you come back alot!
Huge thanks to everyone that has shared my link, I can't wait to get to 25 followers and give away a super cute tote!!
Monday, January 2, 2012
- Eat more healthy
- Exercise more.
- Only eat out once a week.
You may notice the 3 of these together look like they could equal a DIET- and yes I am sure that they do, we are just not the D-word :)
- More consistently in my discipline with my girls, they know that if they push and push they will wear me down and I will say yes.
- Sitting down to dinner together at least 4 nights a week, I know that this will be hard because of all the things that we have going on, but I think it is very important for us to start doing.
- Spending more time with my fiance. Sometimes he takes the back burner to all the things I have going on with my kids. I need to set out some time just for him.
- At least one home party a week. I would like to also do at least 3 catalog/online party's a month. By March I want to double this number, and triple it by June.
- One new recruit to out team each month.
I'm sure there are many more things that I could tackle, but I am starting out slow. Wish me luck :)
What things are you working on this year?
Sunday, January 1, 2012
If your not familiar with Thirty One- you can check out our products at www.mythirtyone.com/nikki88
I am going to be doing alot of giveaways, so here's the first one!
This Week- Jan 1-7, once I reach 25 followers on my blog, I will be giving away a Thermal Tote with embroidery. All you have to do to be entered is either follow with google connect, follow by email, or follow on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/PeaceLovePurse - Follow on 2 of the 3 and you get two entry's!