Thursday, October 18, 2018

My So-Called Crazy Life

I don't mean to, but somehow I allow myself to live a crazy life. One thing is for sure I live a full life. I wanted to fill you in on my so-called crazy life as of late.

Recently, my heart broke and I never in a million years would think this incident would phase me.

My youngest became a woman.

I wasn't sure what I was grieving for.

Was I grieving because I'm aging? I try to give thanks for each and every day that I'm on this earth.

I think mainly I was because we're moving past childhood. I was grieving for all of the sweetness that childhood brings.

Maybe I was feeling sorry for her because having to deal with a period just sucks.

I was feeling emotional for my daughter when the most beautiful thing happened. 

Our horse Stella give birth to the most beautiful black filly.

Faith was given Stella as a gift on her birthday a year ago from the barn owner.

We were told Stella was sterile.

In April, Stella was looking kind of chunky and run into the fence and tore her back up. She had to have stitches, so I told them to check to see if she was pregnant. The vet said she wasn't.

The vet also put Ms. Stella on a diet because she was getting large.

A month ago an ultrasound was done, and it was confirmed she was expecting and the baby was due in weeks.

So, she had very little prenatal care and wasn't eating enough.

We were all worried because no prenatal care was given. 

It was like waiting for a baby of mine to come but much more fun since I didn't have to give birth.

The baby was breech, but the excellent barn owner was able to help Stella.

It happened so fast Faith got to the barn right after it happened. So, she was able to witness the baby learning to stand and nurse for the first time.

I went Sunday to meet baby filly. She's so precious and fluffy. We were quite shocked that the baby was pure black since mom is white and dad is white and grey. She still could turn grey, but I hope she stays black because the contrast between mom and daughter is fantastic.

I wish we could afford another horse. I would scoop the baby right up.

My oldest went to homecoming last weekend. So much emotion in one week. 

She cut her hair off the day of the event and looked stunning.

I'm so glad she's found her tribe. She's happy.

I'm so glad the emotion from last week had passed. It was a stressful week.

On and off to my next adventure! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Aqua Aerobics Exercise

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are my own. Aqua Aerobics Exercise.

Do you make time for yourself? As moms, we are usually running from one activity to another. I know my families week is filled with multiple events at church and the barn. But, just like you schedule events for your child, you need to make time to take care of you

When you take time for you, it spreads into other areas of your life. For instance, I work out with a personal trainer one day a week and do a group fitness on another day of the week plus fitting in one more workout somewhere that I can squeeze it in. I've noticed that when I do this for myself that I'm not only in a better mood, but I actually accomplish more that day. It's amazing how that works.

Aqua Aerobics Exercise

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools are now offering classes to squeeze in a little mom time and destress a bit! Aqua aerobics is now at the Sterling Heights & Auburn Hills location.

The classes are taught by certified instructors! The drop-in fee is only $7 which is fabulous for a good workout.

The Auburn Hills aqua aerobics class is offered Monday mornings.

The Sterling Heights aqua aerobics classes are offered Monday & Thursday mornings! Also, arthritis exercise is offered at this location.

Aqua Aerobics is low impact and great for your entire body. The water is warm, so it's not a shock when you get in the water. I personally do not like being cold, so I love this fact!

So, grab a friend and join in on aqua aerobics! Your body and your mind will thank you!

Aqua-Tots Canton
43335 Joy Rd., Canton, MI 48187

(734) 828-2000

Aqua-Tots Novi 
44225 W. 12 Mile Road, Ste. C103, Novi, MI  48377
(248) 845-4544

Aqua-Tots Troy 
846 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI  48083
(248) 845-4545

Aqua-Tots Sterling Heights 
44891 Hayes Rd., Sterling Heights, MI  48183
(586) 884-3633

Aqua-Tots Auburn Hills 
 (248) 537-4005
750 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI.  48316

Aqua-Tots Farmington Hills 
31221 W. 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI.  48334
 (248) 537-4004

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Know Your Self Worth

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I was chit-chatting over coffee with a friend a few weeks ago, and I caught myself diminishing my own self-worth. My friend being the awesome friend she is she immediately stopped me and had me check myself. Why was I even comparing myself to someone else? It was a big wake up call to me. As women, it's so important to know your self-worth. 

Know Your Self Worth

As women most of us find ourselves comparing ourselves to other women. If you think about it, it's just ridiculous. God made each one of us so different so unique that there can only be one you. You have your own talents, personality, and just take a peek at your fingerprints. You're wonderfully made each and every one of you!

Why do we compare ourselves? Well, I personally think it's due to the way we talk to ourselves in our heads. Spend a day taking a listen to what you tell yourself. Your thoughts usually in some shape or form turn into actions. 

We need to rewire our thinking. We're belittling ourselves. You might hear your mind saying something like this to you;

My house isn't clean enough.

I'm not a good mom.

I'm ugly.

I don't like this or that on my body.

I'm not worthy enough to be loved.

I'm a terrible cook.

The list goes on and on and differs for each person.

Yes, there is always room for improvement. If we aren't trying to improve ourselves, we are not leaving room to grow spiritually or emotionally. I believe God gives us time (sometimes) to change our ways.

Girls, we are going to work on rewiring our brain, so we value ourselves, and it's so simple!

Anytime you catch yourself saying something negative I want you to replace it with a positive. This takes time, but don't give up. You are worth it!

I spend 5 minutes a day repeating something positive and giving thanks to God every single day before I take a nap.

After a while, your subconscious will start believing you. So, skip all of those lies you tell yourself and know your self-worth!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

5 Tips and Advice That Can Help In Finding The Perfect Rental Home

Renting Tips

Finding the perfect rental home or apartment can be quite stressful and time-consuming. Whether you are a first-time renter or just rethinking your current living situation, the process can be a bit intimidating. And to help you out with your renting journey, here are few tips and advice that can make everything quite easy. 

Determine how much you can spend

Before looking for a rental home or apartment set up a budget first and stick with it. Experts recommend spending no more than 30 percent of your income on housing budget. You must factor in all the expenses that will come when you started renting a home. The utility bills, travel expenses, and other expenditures must all be calculated on top of the rental fee.

Determine the features that you want and you need

Do you want a patio or deck, a nice cozy fireplace, an access to a spacious backyard or shared outdoor space? List down all things that you wanted and you need in a rental home. Categorize them accordingly and see what kind of features or amenities you can sacrifice or live without.

Map your day
In hunting a rental home or apartment, it’s pretty important to plan your daily routine. It’s highly advisable to hunt for the rental properties first online and list down all the properties you like. If you already have a handful of a list, you can check the place one by one in a span of day or two. This is why mapping your day is pretty important to make sure that no time will be wasted during your hunting journey.

Choose your rental type

This step will depend on your plans of stay (short or long term) and the size of the property that you’ll need. There are different types of rentals in the market nowadays so you must choose carefully and pick the one that suits your budget and needs. Quick tip: if you are looking for a short-term rental, a sublet will do. If you plan to rent for more than a year or so, looking for rental listings online that offers a variety of options will surely help you.

Be patient with your application and the approval process
After doing and following all the tips above, now is the time to start the application process. Make sure to fill out the application form completely. Read the lease carefully and don’t just sign up without fully understanding what’s written on it. The approval process won’t take that long especially if the rental property is located in a less busy neighborhood.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Apartments-For-Rent-In-Michigan.Com. He often writes tips and advice for homeowners, tenants, and landlords. You can visit MichiganHousesOnline.com blog for more information.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

No Worries Summer

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are my own.
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This weekend the summer of 2018 will come to an end. I like to take time to reflect on all of the beautiful things in my life. I can honestly say this summer was a no worries summer thanks to the safety of Guardian Alarm

No Worries Summer

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Celebrate the end of summer by attending the Funky Ferndale festival this weekend! This festival is a great way to wrap up summer! Guardian Alarm will be there at this fun family-friendly event! Make sure to stop and visit them. I love that Guardian Alarm is getting out and about around Metro Detroit and spreading the word about neighborhood safety! I encourage you to stop by and learn more since like me I'm sure your family is your number one asset!

I had Guardian Alarm installed into my home in June right before the beginning of my no worries summer. Yes, it did take a bit of an adjustment since we hit the code wrong a few times and ended up with handsome police officers at our house bright and early. Within a few weeks, my family had the alarm down, and it became a part of our regular routine. Heck, the kids were pros. 

We traveled a ton this summer taking mini-vacations sprinkled all over my no worries summer. The best part was I knew I didn't have to worry about my home because Guardian Alarm was protecting it. It's kind of like having an armed guard standing at your door. It's comforting and lets me enjoy life more!

I adore being able to look at my alarm in the morning to check the weather and turn on the lights before I start work. I find it comforting.

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Summer my favorite season is slowly drawing to a close. The kids are back in school, and the leaves are changing colors. I love that my Guardian Alarm sends me a notification anytime my kids enter the house. It gives me the peace of mind knowing that they have arrived home safely! I also love being able to have my lamp come on even before I reach home especially with the days becoming so much shorter!

2018 was a no worries summer for us because we can relax with Guardian Alarm! Who's ready to sign up for a fantastic fall? Also, don't forget to stop by the Funky Ferndale event happening this weekend and learn how to get your home protected with Guardian Alarm!