Mom funk? Here is some mom power inspiration!

Are you in a mom funk?

Here is some momsperation!

 

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You are not just a mom, You are so much more!

 

Yes, you are a Mother but you are also….

  • Sister
  • friend
  • daughter
  • wife/girlfriend
  • nurse
  • driver
  • chef
  • housekeeper
  • homemaker
  • decorator
  • shoulder to cry on
  • ear to vent to
  • advisor

 

and not necessarily in that order all the time.

You take on so much as a woman, not just a mom.

 

Mom funk affects the best of us on many occasions! It can be very daunting and tiring. Here is a little help for my fellow moms.

 

Quotes for those days you need to fight the mom funk

 

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12 Ways to get your mom power back

 

  1. Exercise: even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. Get yourself moving and grooving. Exercise is a great way to get in a better mood.
  2. Get away FROM the kids: go take an hour long hot bubble bath or go for a mani/Pedi and let daddy take care of the kids. You deserve it!
  3. Get away WITH the kids: Take a nice weekend where you and the kids can have a great time and relax.
  4. Stop, drop and read: Take some time to read a good book. It will get your brain working on things other than dishes and laundry.
  5. Write a letter to your child: Tell your child all the happiness they are bringing to you and all the smiles you cherish. Then in the future let them read the letter.
  6. Write a letter to your future self: Tell yourself about all the things you would like to achieve with your family.
  7. Go outside: even if it’s cold, bundle everyone up and go out for some fresh air and the sunshine.
  8. Make a 10 list: no matter what the topic, make a list of things you love or hate or a to-do list. It’s fun and therapeutic to put things on paper.
  9. Balance hip parenting with “keeping it real”: You don’t always have to be the “perfect soccer mom” You’re the best mom you can be.
  10. Be spontaneous: Do something crazy with the kids. Don’t worry about schedules and time.
  11. Tell your kids their birth story: at an age where you think they will understand/appreciate the love and amazing experience.
  12. Go through your pictures: make it a point to explain to your children the reasons that each photo holds a special place in your heart.

 

I’m not in the mood to mom today

 

I have the mom funk

My get up and go, got up and went!

 

It’s gone. I don’t remember when it left. All I know is it isn’t here anymore and I’m not sure when it will come back.

 

I have absolutely no desire to do anything productive today.

 

Here are a few reasons I feel this way:

  1. The laundry pile is almost as tall as my 3-year-old
  2. The sink has started to look like an abstract piece dedicated to Mt. Everest
  3. I refuse to pick up the toys in what used to be known as the “family room” because I don’t feel like starting that vicious circle again
  4. I’m still in my pajamas…
  5. because I am being lazy

 

But, I will tell you that when I’m feeling this way I always think of how I will feel when these chores are done.

Feeling accomplished and proud of yourself is one of the greatest feelings in the world. No matter what you need to do, it’s an incredible feeling.

Believe in yourself! Even if it’s just a few loads of laundry or a sink full of dishes. You can do it! No task is too big or too small.

 

If I don’t do laundry today, I’m gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow

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Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.”

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The biggest advice I can give to another mom to fight the mom funk is:

Get a good night sleep! Please, when the kids have gone to sleep for the night, forget everything else. It will all be there the next day. Take a half hour to sit and read a good book or just watch tv. Decompress from the day. Then, go to bed! I cannot stress this enough. You will be much more pleasant in the morning.

 

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in a society where stay at home moms are referred to as lazy or taking the easy way out. Let me tell you something right now…

 

You are doing a great job to your child and your family! Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are lazy or not providing for your child! You rock!!!

 

You are a wonderful mother doing a great job with your family.

 

Let me know in the comments what chores you absolutely do not like doing.

 

What is one thing as a mother that you wish could be easier to accomplish or take less time?

 

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana! Review

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana!

 

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Today is going to be another (the last) installment of the children’s show reviews. This time I am going to review another one of Allie’s favorites. Shimmer and Shine!

Shimmer and Shine is a young children’s show about a young girl who luckily finds a genie bottle and gets these two super adorable twin genies-in-training who always seem to mess up her wishes. They ultimately figure it out by working together to solve the problems that her 3 wishes couldn’t help them to solve.

 

CORE CAST:

 

Shimmer– An optimistic genie with blue eyes and pink hair. She is enthusiastic and encouraging. She loves cleaning, glitter, and collecting genie bottles. Her favorite color is pink

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Shine– A courageous genie with purple eyes and blue hair. She is an animal lover and is often hungry. Unlike her sister, she dislikes cleaning. Her favorite color is blue

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Leah– A blonde girl with green eyes. She is best friends with Shimmer and Shine.[6] Although Shimmer and Shine usually mess up her wishes, Leah is patient and forgiving with them.

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Zac– Leah’s neighbor and close friend. In the first season, he is oblivious to the fact that Leah has genies. Whenever something strange or unusual happens, he responds to it in a carefree manner. He also has a habit of telling humorous experiences he has had to Leah

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Tala– Shimmer’s pet gibbon monkey. She has green eyes and wears white pearls like Shimmer does.

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Nahal– Shine’s white Bengal tiger cub. She wears pink jewels and a gold circlet, like Shine does.

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RECURRING CHARACTERS:

 

Rocket– Zac’s pet dog. His tendency to drool and chew on things often causes trouble. He has encountered Shimmer, Shine, Tala and Nahal at various times

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Mr. Crab – A hermit crab who claimed Zac’s Dream Shell in “Ahoy, Genies!” and was referred to as Claude by Zac. He refused to give up his shell to Zac and even manages to beat Zac in a staring contest for ownership of it.

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Kaz A genie in training who lives in Zahramay Falls who appears in Season 2 as Zac’s genie.

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Princess Samira – he ruler of Zahramay Falls, who is in charge of checking up on all the genies in training. She can grant wishes along with the younger genies. She occasionally rewards genies with magic Genie Gems that produce a variety of magical effects depending on the type of gem.

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Roya– Princess Samira’s pet peacock, who resides in her palace.

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Zeta the Sorceress- A resident of Zahramay Falls who wishes to be the most powerful person in Zahramay Falls (more powerful than any genie) and is the series first antagonist. Unlike most of the residence of Zahramay Falls, Zeta is a Sorceress instead of a genie, as she has no desire to grant the wishes of others. Her plans are almost always thwarted by Shimmer, Shine, and Leah.

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Nazboo– Zeta’s pet dragon, who caters to her every need and acts as Zeta’s underling. She is somewhat clumsy and often accidentally causes Zeta’s schemes to backfire. She can also get easily distracted by food and/or anything that piques her interest. She also enjoys getting occasional tummy rubs from Zeta.

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PLOT:

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The first season takes place in the human world and focuses on a young girl named Leah, who is friends with a pair of twin genies in training named Shimmer and Shine. Leah’s genies grant her three wishes every day, but they often mess up. Each episode features Leah working together with her genies to solve the problems they inadvertently cause, all while keeping Shimmer and Shine a secret from her next-door neighbor Zac.

In the second season, the characters are transported to Zahramay Falls, a magical land where Shimmer and Shine live. Leah reveals her genies’ existence to Zac, who is given a genie of his own named Kaz. Shimmer and Shine continue to grant Leah wishes in Zahramay Falls and befriend the sovereign of the land, Princess Samira. The season also includes Samira’s pet peacock, Roya; Zeta, a villainous sorceress; and Zeta’s dragon, Nazboo.

 

 

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Doing this review was a lot of fun. I actually find myself getting lost in the silliness of these two lovable genie’s-in-training.

Until, next week I bid you farewell. Have a wonderful hump day! Enjoy your family 🙂

Hope I didn’t bore you to much.

This week’s question: If you had to pick one house chore to never do again, what would that chore be and why?

Thanks for reading!!!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Baggage Claim: What do we do with all this excess stuff?

Baggage Claim: What do we do with all this excess stuff?

 

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We all have some sort of baggage. Depending on what happened in our lives, who we crossed paths with or how we emotionally handle stress. Everyone has baggage.

 

I believe that everyone has some sort of baggage. We just handle it in different ways. Sometimes it can overwhelm us and interfere in our relationships. I have always wondered how people deal with baggage. I know there is some baggage that people will absolutely not deal with for anyone. And that is our choice.

 

Different types of baggage:

 

Major problems with parents or family in general:

 

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There are so many different reasons one could have baggage from family. It is usually from a parental problem but, can stem from other sources like siblings or cousins.

I think the biggest section of this category is resentment for a parent favoring one child over another. Like, feeling less loved because an older or younger sibling is getting more attention or is more successful in everything.

 

Depression:

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A lot of things can happen to make people fall into depression. There is no formula to track the symptoms or figure out who is more likely to be depressed. Different things effect people in many different ways. There should be no judgment, they have enough to deal with already. A support system is key to helping them.

Sometimes you can figure out that a friend might need help. They are moody; don’t feel like being social with others; they have low self-esteem and are critical of themselves; have lost interest in activities that used to make them happy; complains a lot and has a pessimistic view of the future; gets irritated easily and excels at starting arguments; and cries once in a while for no particular reason.

 

An Ex-ample:

A significant other can definitely leave you with a great deal of emotional baggage no matter how long or intense your relationship was, and these experiences could make things a lot worse for your future relationships. And it applies to the people you date as well.

When you first start dating someone, ask yourself the following questions: Is this person still in contact with his or ex? Has the person you’re dating fully closed the romantic/need-for-attention door with the ex.

If you breathe even the slightest whiff of unfinished business with your date’s ex, you will make your life easier by heading toward the nearest exit sign. If the last relationship ended in a nasty or messy way, a person needs a year or longer to heal before being able to start a healthy relationship – which means not carrying baggage into the next one.

In the first few months of dating, he mentions his ex at least once per week; she still keeps pictures around or other mementos of the ex; you hear him mention the ex’s name when he’s talking to friends; he tries to get together with the ex for coffee or a meal soon after the breakup; or they compares you in any way to their ex.

When we’re willing to hold onto a person at all costs, even if that means losing ourselves, we’d rather have them on some terms, even if they’re crummy terms, rather than not at all. We decide that they’re the only way that we can be happy and we act as if they’re our oxygen supply. The very person who is actually contributing to our deep unhappiness is at the same time regarded as the primary or even sole source of our happiness.

While this person is suffering from excessive baggage, this relationship will hurt you in many ways so it is best to end it. If you decide to try to help them get through their hurt and move on that is your decision. But, try not to hang on to long because if they can’t move through it you are stuck as well.

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Types of underlying baggage:

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PASSIVE AGGRESSIVENESS: the indirect expression of hostility, through procrastination, stubbornness, sullen behavior, or deliberate/repeated failure to accomplish tasks for which one is responsible.

 

NO COMPROMISES: showing an unwillingness to make concessions to others, especially by changing one’s ways or opinions.

 

NOT HOUSE TRAINED: This is quite common. It could be that you swear like a sailor, or don’t clean your room, or eat with your mouth open, or pee on the toilet seat, or leave dirty underwear everywhere.

 

SELFISHNESS:  concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself :  seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others.

 

CRITICISM: the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing.

 

BLAME: to say or think that a person or thing is responsible for something bad.

 

Accept it:

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The first step to dealing with your emotional baggage is to admit that it does exist. Acceptance may take some people longer than others. However, remember that just because you accept that you have emotional baggage doesn’t mean you have to tell everyone! Overall, emotional baggage doesn’t need to stop you from living a full and happy life. Understand that every person has some emotional baggage, and don’t be afraid of what lies ahead!

 

If you are depressed or know someone who is please go ADAA and contact a doctor or family member.

 

In conclusion, at the end of the day take care of yourself first. You are the one that matters the most to you. Before you let anyone in make sure they are worthy of you.

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Thank you for reading today. Hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a wonderful day!

 

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Toilet Paper… Where did it come from?

Toilet Paper? Who was the first to use the fluffy stuff to clean their nether regions after moving their bowels?

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If you are as curious as I am about this topic, then join me as I scour the internet for information about Scott’s, Charmin, and Cottonelle. You can find anything these days 🙂

Let’s do some digging…

Joseph C. Gayetty was an American inventor credited with the invention of commercial toilet paper. It was the first and remained only one of the few commercial toilet papers from 1857 to 1890 remaining in common use until the invention of splinter-free toilet paper in 1935 by the Northern Tissue Company.

He first marketed toilet paper on December 8, 1857. Each sheet of pure Manila hemp paper was watermarked “J C Gayetty N Y”. The original product contained aloe as a lubricant and was marketed as an anti-hemorrhoid medical product.

Wow, why doesn’t it have aloe now! That would be a much better experience!!!

Gayetty was attacked as a quack by at least one medical society. Yet his advertisement of the same year called his product “The Greatest Necessity of the Age” and warned against the perils of using toxic inked papers on sensitive body parts. A different advertisement, also printed in 1859, says his business was located at 41 Ann Street, and he was selling 1,000 sheets for one dollar.

Ha, I bet those people were eating their words once toilet paper became popular!

According to Gayetty

Toilet Paper:

This is just funny 🙂

Toilet paper is a tissue paper product primarily used by both human males and human females for wiping and cleaning the anus and surrounding area of fecal material after defecation and by human females for cleaning the perineal area of urine after urination and other bodily fluid releases. It also acts as a layer of protection for the hands during these processes. It is sold as a long strip of perforated paper wrapped around a paperboard core for storage in a dispenser by a toilet. Most modern toilet paper in the developed world is designed to decompose in septic tanks, whereas some other bathroom and facial tissues are not. Toilet paper comes in one-ply all the way up to six-ply, meaning that it is either a single sheet or multiple sheets placed back-to-back to make it thicker, softer, stronger and more absorbent.

Ha such scientific facts!

During the early 14th century, it was recorded that in modern-day Zhejiang province alone there was an annual manufacturing of toilet paper amounting in ten million packages of 1,000 to 10,000 sheets of toilet paper each. During the Ming dynasty (1368–1644 AD), it was recorded in 1393 that an annual supply of 720,000 sheets of toilet paper (two by three feet in size) were produced for the general use of the imperial court at the capital of Nanjing. From the records of the Imperial Bureau of Supplies of that same year, it was also recorded that for the Hongwu Emperor‘s imperial family alone, there were 15,000 sheets of special soft-fabric toilet paper made, and each sheet of toilet paper was even perfumed.

Elsewhere, wealthy people wiped themselves with wool, lace or hemp, while less wealthy people used their hand when defecating into rivers, or cleaned themselves with various materials such as rags, wood shavings, leaves, grass, hay, stone, sand, moss, water, snow, maize, ferns, many plant husks, fruit skins, or seashells, and corncobs, depending upon the country and weather conditions or social customs. In Ancient Rome, a sponge on a stick was commonly used, and, after use, placed back in a pail of vinegar. Several talmudic sources indicating ancient Jewish practice refer to the use of small pebbles, often carried in a special bag, and also to the use of dry grass and of the smooth edges of broken pottery jugs.

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Well, I have a new respect for the soft stuff I use to clean myself after I use the rest room. I hope you learned something. We have come a long way from the days of wood shavings, leaves and ferns!

Thank you for reading. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a wonderful day!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.