Having 4 kids raises a lot of challenges. Imagine the chaos as I am trying to get the kids ready for school, looking for matching shoes and trying to find clean socks. Teaching our oldest to tie his shoes took forever! It’s something I still want to teach my kids but as a HUGE timesaver because we use Hickies no tie shoe elastics.
We actually bought a different brand but could not get the elastics to go in my sons shoes. It was a nightmare trying to get 1 in so I gave up and the brand new shoes we bought him for school just sat there for months. When I got these in, I decided to pull out my son’s shoes and see the Hickie brand would work on his shoes. And they did!
I was so excited I didn’t have to wait until my 3 year old was old enough to wear these shoes. They were extremely easy to get in my son’s shoes and he has worn these every day since. It makes getting ready in the morning rush so much easier!
This is the PERFECT stocking stuffer!
Go to Hickies.com to order a set now.
As I was flipping channels I noticed a new episode of Extreme Couponing and it was about the biggest savers on the show. I knew I had to be in the top since I saved 115% on my episode so I taped it and we all watched it together and sure enough I was crowned the biggest saver!
Below is a picture of me and the kids while filming.
I am going to give you a inside view into what you didn’t see on the show!
(this is a picture of us from our viewing party)
The best thing I took away from this experience was starting a blog that lets me put my college degree in journalism to use and I get to help support my family. I remember complaining for years that I wasted a 4 year college degree because I don’t use it. Now this blog is about 5 years old and I get to have a “job” where I get to stay home with my kids but get to put my talents to use on a daily basis. Thank a HUGE thank you to everyone who reads this blog, you will never know how much that means to me!
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15.7 million people is a lot of people and I am one of them. I have struggled with anxiety and depression for the past year and it’s one thing I have wanted to talk about on my blog but haven’t. I feel like a lot of moms like me struggle just as I do and sometimes it’s just nice to hear someone else is going through the same thing as you. I wanted to tell you about a new app I found that is a great resource for me with my depression. It’s called Moodivator and you can download it for free in the iTunes app store. I love that there are so many ways and resources people struggling with depression have at their fingertips. In fact, a 2014 survey found that 70% of patients being treated for a mental health disorder say they would like to use a mobile app to monitor their mental health.
The Moodivator app is easy to use and for me it’s a great way to chart and keep with my symptoms. One of my favorite features is the mood tracker. You can track how you are feeling each day and even write a note on why you are feeling that way. It can help narrow down what triggers your feelings so you can be aware of those triggers in the future. With my depression, my memory isn’t as good as it used to be so this app helps me remember with clarity. Then you can share this chart with your healthcare provider or therapist so they can better help you in your progress. The Moodivator app was designed to help complement treatment for those living with depression.
I think one of the best ways to help manage your depression is to keep tabs on it. When you neglect how you are feeling, things for me tend to spiral down. As a mom of 4, I am very busy with my family and kids but since being diagnosed with depression I have learned the value in taking care of myself. When I take better care of myself, I can better take care of those I love. I let my husband check in on my Moodivator app so he can continue to encourage me as well. It’s important to have a strong support system so they can carry you when you need to be carried. Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help when you are used to taking care of everyone else but it’s important when you struggle with depression.
Another thing I like about the Moodivator app is the goal setting function. You can set attainable goals and look back and track your progress. Even if it’s a simple task or a big goal, you can track it all in the app.
If you struggle with depression, feel free to email me with any questions you have. If anything I can just be a support. We were never intended to walk this road alone.
If you want to know more about this app, check out this quick video here.
The Moodivator app is not a treatment for depression and does not take the place of your doctor’s care or advice. This app also includes information about a prescription treatment option for depression.
Seriously throw out your Christmas lights this year. I love having Christmas lights put up but with 4 kids and everything that is going on in life, we never have time to put them up and if we do, it’s a terrible job. I cannot tell you how excited my husband was about the Quatro Laser Light from Infinity Laser Lights.com.
The Quatro Laster Christmas Light features a durable ABS weatherproof plastic case, a hardened metal ground stake for installation and four high power laser lights that can light up to 6,000 square feet. The awesome thing about these lights is you don’t even need a remote to control the lights. They come on for 6 hours the same time it was turned on every day, so it runs on 6, off 18, on 6 off 18 ect… So take the guess work out of using timers, remotes or even unplugging the lights everyday.
It literally look me 5 minutes to set up and we have Christmas lights. The kids are just as excited as I am about the lights because instead of taking hours to set up our lights, we had a full display of lights in no time.
Check out the video below and you can see for yourself how these lights stack up to the other ones!
Just keep in mind there is a 10 minute warm up for the lasers to be at their full potential, I seriously cannot quit telling everyone about these amazing lights. My husband is even sold on these because he hates putting up Christmas lights.
Check out InfinityLaserLights.com for these awesome lights.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado is one of our favorite places to visit as a family. We normally try to take a trip every year. It’s only 3 hours from our house so it’s the perfect getaway. We visited there this summer and took this picture at a local waterfall. It was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen!
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My husband surprised me with a 3 day getaway last year for our 10th anniversary and we literally had dinner on top of a mountain and it’s something I will never forget. If you have never been to Steamboat, you need to make a trip!