4 Reasons Why You Should Come To The “Living Library” Event

Hello, GP5 Family!

I hope you are all having a fabulous Wednesday! In all the hustle and bustle of yesterday’s adventures, I forgot to mention an event that I am participating in, and it’s held in Phoenix, AZ.  And, I would LOVE to invite all of my GP5 Family and Friends to come take part!

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I know, I know — this Kevin Hart meme is totally on point! — Haha, In all honesty, I should’ve mentioned it sooner, but, we were ironing out the kinks for the event. Now, I’ve been mentioning and hinting throughout social media, about my story. And, where many of you have shown interest – well it’s almost time for you to hear it! =D

The Living Library is similar to your traditional library in which a reader will borrow a book for a short period. The only key major difference is that in The Living Library, the books are real people who have agreed to sit down and share their story.

Photo Credit: Google/Memehappens.com

How awesome is this? There are TONS of amazing books to check-out with inspiring stories to share, including mine! ;]

Here are 5 stellar reasons to come to the event:

  1. There are A LOT of amazing books to check-out! From children of holocaust survivors’ to Women’s March Leaders to former Prisoners or hear the stories of those who were once homeless and how they inspired to change and bring hope to those in that situation, and MUCH more!
  2. The Living Library is a two-day event, so if you can’t make the first event, don’t worry you can come to the next one! ;]
  3. The books will talk about their story for an hour, with plenty of time for questions and answers! So, if you’re curious about mine, you should sign-up!
  4. The event is hosted in Phoenix, AZ at Phoenix College on February 27-28 from 10am – 2 pm

Come learn and listen as…

Phoenix College Social Justice Organization presents

The Living Library

Tuesday, Feb. 27 & Wednesday, Feb. 28

10:00am—2:00pm @ Phoenix College

Sign up at:

https://goo.gl/LzV4rf 

 

I would love for you to hear my story & would love to meet you!

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How I Stay Focused​ By Drinking Tea

Happy Tuesday, GP5 Fam!

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I have a vlog going up soon! I just have to edit it.  =p On today’s blog, I wanted to chat about an awesome company known as “TeaMi“.  For those who followed me for years know that I’ve been a TeaMi Tea Ambassador since the former blog. As a curtsy, I just want to let you know that using the coupon code provided at the end of this blog, I do get a 10% commission. =D This blog is my honest review of the company as well as it’s products. I was not paid to post this. =]

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For those who haven’t heard of TeaMi Blends, it is a Florida based tea company created by 3 founders who believe in helping their customers live happier, healthier lifestyles through their products! Their company motto, “It’s not just a tea, it’s a lifestyle”. I dig it!

TeaMi offers a variety of different teas: TeaMi Colon, TeaMi Bloom, TeaMi Profit, TeaMi Alive, TeaMi Skinny, TeaMi Energy, TeaMi Relax, and the TeaMi Focus.

What makes their teas special?’ well, great question! TeaMi teas are made with all-natural ingredients, these ingredients contain a variety of different loose leaf teas. You can find each ingredient for the different teas offered on their website under each product. Loose leaf teas are dried crushed tea leaves, loose leaves are better for brewing compared to regular tea bags. This is because the hot water will infuse every inch of the loose leaf to provide a better quality, with a fuller flavor.

All TeaMi products are all natural, dairy free, soy free, NON-GMO, and vegan! Whew! TeaMi, states they use the highest quality ingredients for their teas! They also ship FREE in the US!

Today, I wanted to chat with you about TeaMi Focus! 

Sometimes during the day I feel sluggish, or just completely out of it. More times then I can count, I feel like I just can’t focus, or remember the things I am supposed to be doing. (I guess having 3 kids does that to ya — haha). TeaMi Focus is just the tea for me! This herbal blend is made-up of Yerba Mate Leaf*, Guayausa Leaf*, Peppermint Leaf, Assam Black Tea Leaf, Panax Ginseng, Gurana Seeds, Goji Berries, Stevia Leaf, Gingko Bilboa Leaf, All natural L-Theanine Suntheanine, and All-Natural Tea Extract.

*These are fair trade products

I’ve linked what these ingredients are in full-detail so you don’t have to look it up! ;] According to their website TeaMi Focus has many benefits:

  • Improve Focus
  • Increase Mental Clarity
  • Enhance Productivity Levels
  • Promotes Clear Concentration
  • Boost Metabolism
  • Raise Energy Levels Naturally
  • Suppress Cravings Naturally
  • Burns Calories
  • No headaches, jitters or crashes!
  • All-Natural Ingredients – No Chemicals!

This sweet tea has a subtle taste of peppermint, and I personally like to drink my teas with creamer or half and half (whichever is available). The aroma is everything! It smells fresh and minty! I like to make this tea hot with a little bit of agave or raw sugar and of course creamer.

I also use my pink tumblr which is available through TeaMi as well! The tumblrs come in various colors such as: Pink, Green, Black, Purple, Blue, Red, Yellow, White, Grey and Orange. There is also a special edition tumblr that comes in Gold, Mermaid and ROSE GOLD!

 

They come in various sizes 400 mL and 600 mL — the tumblrs are BPA free, have double layered walls, have an easily removable mesh insert, a sports flip top, and an additional secret bottom compartment to hold (more) tea, vitamins, snacks & more! (WIN!)

TeaMi has also released NEW Tumblr inserts — these inserts would replace your clear insert with designs such as:

  • Mermaids
  • Geographic Patterns
  • Cactus

Aren’t these super cute?! I think they’re just the cutest! Adds some flair to your tea Tumblr!

Personally, I think the tea tastes wonderful hot, cream or no cream. I’ve also had it iced and the kids personally liked it better cold! Haha! I fill my tumblr about a half way through and that alone gave me a zip of energy for the morning to tackle chores, homeschool, and blog editing! And, its completely safe for children — You can learn more about the safety and age limit, nursing/pregnancy, etc. in their FAQ’s section.

TeaMi is an awesome tea company that provides a variety of different flavors and different health benefits! My personal faves: Focus, energy, and relax! Make sure the check them out and try it for yourself! Here is a 15% discount code to use during your purchase: PINKY15!

Start Shopping =]

 

 

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How SIR Learned to Work Hard

Hello, GP5 fam! (get it? GuerreroPartyof5 aka GP5) 😜

How crazy is it that January is quickly ending and February is literally right around the corner! Whaat?! And, since Winter is almost over, We said goodbye to the 60’s and welcomed back the high 80’s here in AZ. 😂

I know, I know I can feel my non-AZ folks hardcore rolling their eyes at me. I get it, AZ barely gets cold. I mean to me, I’m freezing and I was born in the East Coast & raised in the Midwest 🙋🏻‍♀️ you’d think I could easily handle the low 50’s and not flinch. PSYCH! My teeth are chattering & I need to wear like 7 layers! 😅

Anyways, the moral of todays blog post is working hard! Now, as a Parent I try my absolute best to encourage my kiddos to work hard! Sometimes that’s easier said than done. I try to lead by example, if I want or need something done I have to show them to set goals & work towards them. Even if that means facing obstacles, overcoming them or even failing & getting back-up again. Thankfully, I’ve had numerous of these said scenarios and they’ve seen me at the best and worst moments while trying to achieve my goals.

Even if that’s completely falling apart & eating gallons of ice cream or drinking lots of wine. 🤣

If you can remember in the beginning of SIR’s hockey journey, I was hesitant about even letting him play! This was because SIR was all talk & no action. He kept saying he wanted to play but, showed little to know interest. Thankfully, we were given the opportunity to put him in a program that lets you try-out hockey before making the leap! Learn more about this program – HERE! Now, don’t forget that hockey alone is a pricey sport! We told Skyler we were putting him in this trial program to really see if he liked the sport! We told him we were willing to invest our time & money into hockey but, we wanted to see effort in him to ensure that we weren’t wasting our time or money.

Skyler, of course made us eat our words. He worked-hard every time he got on that ice, really took in what his Coaches were teaching & really did his absolute best each time! We were surprised. Cause first of all, we didn’t think our 8 year old would show us up, but, he did 😅 and we are glad he did! After his trial period, he proved to us that he was dedicated to the sport & was being responsible about his borrowed equipment. We decided to buy him brand new gear and signed him up for hockey classes. Again, Skyler continued to work hard and better himself in the sport.

A year into the sport and he is still working hard! I’ve personally seen a great improvement in SIR! He recently has been fond of playing goalie. Mind you, goalie equipment has an even heftier price tag than the sport itself! Again, we told Skyler of our rules. We are willing to support him and his endeavors as long as he can show us that he will continually work hard towards his goals and improve his skills.

And, although he hasn’t trained in being a goalie or played the position long. He practices EVERYDAY after homeschool. And, I literally mean — EVERYDAY. After our 4 hour sessions of homeschooling, Skyler will always grab his gear and rollerblades and skate in the house or out the house. Stick in hand & shooting a few pucks into the door or net. After that, he just skates back and forth – yes in the house and even outside. Once his brother is home he positions himself in front of the net and practices blocking and stopping!

Seriously, I couldn’t even make this up if I tried 🙌🏼 I told him I’d see if we can get some ice practice for him to do some goalie drills and really try it out! He looks forward to practices and games and he really proves to us that he is determined to play the game and loves the sport! 🤗 and, it also makes him very happy! Which is number 1 in our book! You gotta LOVE what you do! Tonight’s Monday night practice was a knee slapper. See, this past weekend SSK spent the night at Grandma’s. Which meant hockey bag was left in the car until Monday morning (gross, I know). This morning I had SIR empty out his bag, air out his gear, toss his jersey/socks/cup in the wash and disinfect everything. And, little man did just that. After hours of drying out & washing he packed up his gear like I asked him too and we headed for the rink.

When we arrived at the rink he looked at me and asked if I grabbed the jersey, cup & socks. 🤔😳 and, we both looked at each other and ripped open his bag only to realize we forgot said items in the dryer. 🙄 thankfully, Coach Kurt/Little Kurt had spare socks for us to borrow & Coach Larry had a spare jersey & Coach Ben kindly gave us clear tape to keep the socks on! Phew! Thankful for our hockey Family! 😂🙏🏼SIR started practice a bit rough, but, after a few drills I could tell he was ready to focus. During practice they got to play a mini-game against each other. And, well of course SIR skated over to the goalie net! I’ll just let you watch how little man did 😜 (Skyler, is in black jersey/yellow socks).

I mean come on! My kid is such a bad ass 😂🙌🏼 He seriously proves to me each time that if he sets his mind on something he will work hard and get it done! 👍🏼

I’ll continue to update you on his new journey to become a goalie and maybe he will get that new gear that he has been asking us for! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Do you have a story about working hard, if so, I wanna hear em! 🙋🏻‍♀️🤗 Please share and Comment your story 🙏🏼 below!

What I Learned In 2018

Hello, readers! Now I know you’re probably beyond confused with my title. Cause you’re probably thinking, “2018, just started, and it isn’t over how could you have possibly already learned something?”

Well, my valued readers, shocking as it may seem, I have already learned SO much within the first 10 days of the New Year.  As we all know, the New Year is known for making resolutions, setting goals and achieving them. Or known for posting it on Facebook while eating doughnuts when you say you’re going to the gym. (Guilty). New Year’s are the #NewYearNewMe craze, which I’m also totally guilty of. Every year I always look forward to new goals, new inspirations, new lessons, even new obstacles.

But, this year started off a little different. It didn’t start with goals or achieving things. It started with a gut-wrenching pain & reality hitting you in the face, without remorse.

On January 1st We received heart-wrenching news that our dear Friends Megan and Tony, and their beloved children, Lincoln and Kingsli, passed away. I was in utter shock when I heard it as we just spent the Holidays with them and our DTC Family. I didn’t want to believe what I was hearing. The next few days seemed like a blur as we tried to grasp the news.

Kingsli, Tony, Megan, Lincoln with Surviving Son, Ashton (Photo By: Rad Exposure Photography)

And, then on January 4th, just shy of a few days after the Capitano’s passing we received another heart-wrenching news that the owner/founder of Discount Tire, had passed away.

Bruce Halle (Photo By: Discount Tire Corporate)

It honestly was just a tough time for Discount Tire and the Families and Friends who were hurting after losing loved ones. Throughout the next few days, there were a lot of tears, silence, and just pure sorrow. Aside, from receiving the two news earlier in the week, the rest of the week I kept receiving more news left & right — and unfortunately, none were good, either. Why did the New Year have to start this way?  I didn’t understand. In this moment, I just felt broken. I thought how unfair life was. Isn’t the new year supposed to be starting a new chapter in life, or for good things to happen?  Nonetheless, I still prayed that night for strength, guidance, and comfort to all who were hurting. I also prayed for peace in my heart.

Then a friend shared something that I came across on Facebook. And, the quote said, “That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.” (Holly Butcher). This hit hard. It hit me to the core. It never resonated with me before until I read it. It reminded me of our friends — the Capitano’s were full of life, they lived by this quote to the utmost fullest. They lived life with great positivity, smiles, laughter, and much more! Every person they met, were inspired by them. I know I was. The Capitano’s made a huge impact on my Family, and it will never be forgotten. I will cherish and honor their friendship, always. And, Mr. Halle did the same. He lived by his own quote, “Be honest. Work hard. Have fun. Be grateful. Pay it forward.” (Bruce Halle). Mr. Halle was a different kind of businessman, he cared like no other CEO or owner I’ve ever met. He made sure his staff was taken care of even if it meant he went there personally, to make sure. These kind humans taken too soon lived life positively and lived for the greatest moments no matter how difficult life got. They surrounded themselves with loved ones and they gracefully overcame their adversities. And, they continually brought good into the world. I admire all of them for that. If I were to pick anything that I learned from them, it would be that — to live life to the fullest, be positive, grateful & surround yourself with loved ones, and influence others — pay it forward. The Capitanos and Mr. Halle was the light the world needed. And, I know their family and friends and those who love them will continue to keep that light lit for them. I know my Family will.

Following after their death, I tried to take what I learned from them to heart. I reached out to friends whom I haven’t chatted with in a long time, caught up with them, I reached out to others and reminded them I was there for them. I sent positive messages to my friends and family and reminding them that I love them. I forgave others and moved forward. Baby steps to a new outlook.

The Capitano’s memorial service was beautiful. Hundreds and hundreds of people came. The outpouring love was astounding. But, I wasn’t surprised. I knew the Capitano’s had hearts of gold and that anyone they met instantly loved them. The following morning after the memorial, I woke up feeling like I got hit with a ton of bricks. My eyes were sore, and I had the worst headache. As soon as I opened my eyes, reality hit. The Capo’s were truly gone. For days, I ignored reality and didn’t want to face my emotions. I just bottled them up and I finally lost it all during the service. But, this morning I refused to move from my bed until I gathered my thoughts, and centered myself.

I was scrolling through Facebook and could see the love pouring from the memorial the night before, with every swipe I made. Twitter posts, Facebook status’, newspaper articles, tv articles, filled my feed. My heart ached. I was reminded at that moment, how broken I still felt. I switched from looking through social media and checked my emails. Again, the reality was still hitting me in the face all the bad news was just sitting there. Organized neatly in my inbox. Then something alerted me on my phone, I clicked it …

(Photo By: Facebook)

I sat there in awe, I felt tears stream down my face. And, I just succumbed to my emotions. See, for those who don’t know. I lost my faith awhile back, and I no longer go to a specific church. I’ll save that for a different blog post. But, I feel as if God and I have our own personal relationship. I mean I pray every night and always seek him. And, the past few months have rekindled my faith, if you will. That’s why I was touched by my friend’s post.

But, here was God reaching out to me. Unbeknownst to me. He heard my prayers, my cries, He sent me a sign, “I am fixing the broken pieces in your life. I am preparing you for everything you prayed for.”  Say what? As soon as I saw this, I prayed again. I went about the rest of my day. Tried to muster the strength I had left in me to stay positive. I checked my text messages next, I got a text message from a friend that had asked what my plans were for Saturday. I replied to her and again went about my day.

The rest of the day felt like Satan was just sitting on my shoulder, throwing every curve ball left and right. And, with each one, I just prayed and took a deep breath and again, tried to go about my day.  Complete with full-blown panic text messages to my poor Husband. Towards the evening, I finally got a text back from my friend, about my plans for Saturday. She surprisingly wanted to invite me to go to church with her and go out for dinner. Mind you, she knew nothing about what was going on with me this new year. I had to decline as I had prior engagement during that time frame, but, we got to chatting and I filled her into how my year started out, I told her about God’s message to me and well, here, I’ll have you read it.

**For privacy and respect for my friends I covered their name & photo**

How crazy, that God is reaching out to one of my good friends. I am just speechless. I am looking forward to this rekindled relationship with my faith. And, finding myself in Christ again.

2018, started out rough for me. But, in the past 10 days, I learned the values of my relationships, I learned to change my attitude and put out more positivity, love unconditionally, be more grateful and to always pay it forward. And, most importantly live life to its absolute fullest. To be the light the world needs. And, most importantly to keep my faith alive. I also realized I have to “grow through what I go through”.  Face my obstacles &  embrace the journey. I hope I can take a piece of what the Capitano’s (& Mr. Halle) taught me along with my new rekindled faith, and utilize it every day to the best that I can. To be the best version of myself that I can be.

Here is to making the rest of 2018 my bitch and for keeping the Capitano’s faith alive.

Rest in Peace Capitano Family & Bruce Halle, forever in our hearts. Never forgotten.

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Why, We Decided To Homeschool

Happy 2018 our Dear Readers! I know we have been MIA these past few months, as we revamped and changed our brand. We are still ironing out the kinks! So, please be patient.

This past year has been a complete whirlwind and as I had mentioned in a previous blog post — this ONE to be exact. Skyler was struggling in his studies. We completely burned him out at his former school. He would be at school from 7am to 4:30pm. He had to attend tutoring after school and would come home drained. We would spend hours on homework and he would be beyond frustrated.

After several, attempts of after-school tutoring,  We reached out to some nearby tutoring services. Seven days out of the week my 3rd grader was just studying constantly. I could see the little light left in Skyler’s eye slowly disappear, he hated studying, he hated learning, and He started to dread school.

I met with his third-grade team and during this meeting, I felt defeated as a Parent. I listened to all the Teachers speak on how Skyler was slowly improving. But, it was barely passing. He was making strides but, it wasn’t fast enough for an accelerated school. I didn’t blame the school, nor the staff. They did everything they could, I didn’t blame Skyler cause he did everything he could on his end. And, it certainly wasn’t my fault because I reached out to every resource I had. This simply was nobody’s fault. But, I couldn’t help but cry as I felt like I had failed.

We realized together, that Skyler had a better learning environment one-on-one. Although, Skyler had no learning disabilities and worked great with his class. The courses were moving too fast for him. I decided that homeschool would be the best option for my 8-year-old.

Now, homeschool for me sounded terrifying! I worked 2-3 days at the hospital during the week, I had to hold back my hours so that I could focus on Skyler’s education. I withdrew Skyler from school the week before Thanksgiving break. I went to our county and submitted my affidavit with an intent to homeschool.

I’m grateful I have friends who homeschool their kids, and they were A LOT of help! They shared their favorite learning resources as well as curriculums they loved! I was able to meet and engage with other fellow homeschooling Mom’s in my area and they were a lot of help as well. There was a lot of trial and error and we were able to find a great curriculum for Skyler that we absolutely loved and worked best for us! I’ll share the curriculum we used in a future post.

He has been improving and loving school again! Our goal is to bring him back into the school system for his 4th grade. That’s if he is ready. We are in no rush. Spencer, stayed at his school as it is a prime fit for him. Since winter break is officially over we spent the day reviewing and doing math and language arts as well as reading. We will be tackling Science and Social Studies later this afternoon.

How were your Holidays and New Year? Let me know!

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How My November Started

Hello!

You’re probably thinking I must’ve quit life & stayed in Hawaii! Although, I wish I could. I really can’t do that. Cause you know, life. LOL! It’s officially November! Where is time going?! October started out slow and it sped up fairly quickly.

Here are a few quick updates:

  • Skyler and Spencer switched schools and are LOVING it!
  • Spencer’s soccer team is currently UNDEFEATED!
  • Skyler got to play during intermission in the Coyotes vs Hurricanes game (video to come)!
  • I have a Hawaii video that I’m currently editing (will be out soon!)
  • Skyler will be playing in extra hockey games this month! Stoked!
  • Successfully did the 10 year HS reunion!
  • November is officially BIRTHDAY month!

… Ready for the rundown?!

After fall break, Skyler & Spencer switched schools and the curriculum is a lot more challenging but, beneficial for them! Spencer is in first grade and learning the 2nd/3rd-grade material. Skyler is in third grade and learning the 4th/5th-grade material. Spencer is doing fabulous! Acing it and enjoys the challenge. Skyler understands it and just needs tutoring to help him in certain subjects. Otherwise, both boys are loving it, and getting used to the work! I, on the other hand, I need tutoring for all these assignments! LOL!

Spencer’s been KILLING it in soccer! I can’t even explain his demeanor on the field. He is a whole different child on the field vs off! LOL! In a good way, the kid loves the game — and if I let him he would do it all day, every day! He will be doing another season of soccer, but who am I kidding, the kid found his sport. So, I’m sure he will be doing it year round (If I can find a league).

Skyler has been making more strides in hockey! He made several goals during the Yotes game and caught that on video. (Also, editing). I am just an editing minefield right now. I have so many drafts in my folder, that need editing and to be posted. LOL! He has been doing great in his games, a lot of assists and great defense! The boys are finding a great balance between school work and sports. They know the rule, if grades start to slip, sports will be put on hold.

Hawaii is beautiful. Kauai is beautiful. There truly aren’t enough words to describe it. Being there I just felt like there was no care in the world! We plan on going back again next year, except we are bringing the tribe! It’s going to be epic! My Hawaii video is a little over 20 minutes, I’m really trying to trim it down. LOL — so it’s taking a while. We ate a lot, swam a lot, and conquered a lot of fears! It was just breathtaking, I can’t wait to share that video!

Skyler this month will be playing in two other jamborees or hockey events this month! We are so excited as he gets to meet and mingle with other 8U kids! He had a blast getting to play at different venues and loves being able to see his friends outside the rink. My schedule is super packed, but happy kids, happy mom!

I successfully planned and executed the 10-year high school reunion that I was planning for over a year! It turned out great and it was exciting to see familiar faces and can’t wait to plan the 20 years! I plan on hanging out with my former classmates prior to the 20 years! haha!

And, lastly, NOVEMBER!! It’s officially birthday month for half my household! My birthday is tomorrow! 29 and feeling fine! LOL — give me a break, I can’t rhyme right now. But, I’m stoked to be almost 30! Spencer is a week after mine, and a few days later is Ric’s. Then we will be celebrating Kate in December as well as the holidays in-between!

I have a lot of vLog footage that will be up this weekend! Keep an eye out for it!

 

Mahalo,

Pink

 

 

Soccer Vs. Hockey The Ultimate Show Down

Hello!

Happy Sunday – I’m a day or two off and next weeks schedule will be video filled! So keep an eye out for that!

We are getting over colds in our household and a huge deep clean of the house! It’s game day in our household and here are the stats!

Spencer’s 5U soccer team is currently UNDEFEATED! Woohoo! They’re at 2 wins, the first game they won 15-0 & today’s game was a 13-6!

Skyler-Ian’s team has 3 wins and a draw! Woohoo! We also have some exciting news to share with Skyler about his hockey journey. We will announce it in the next few months! ;]

It officially falls break in our household & the start of a new (old) school after the week is over! This fall break the kiddos are spending it with Mom aka Grandma! Cause the parents (aka Hubby & I) are off on our Hawaii vacation! (thanks, Discount Tire)!

I have a lot of fun videos coming out this weekend & next week! So make sure to stay tuned!

Hugs from an (overly) tired Mom,

Pink

How My Boys Learned To Protect Themselves From An Active Shooter

He stood on top of the toilet & said, “this is what we were told to do when an intruder comes”…

Hello! (Crickets chirping) I know you’re probably wondering where I’ve been & what happened to post M-W-F as I advertise. Trust me, I know. But, Life happened.

So, much has happened this past two weeks – more than what I was ready to shoulder. An unexpected death, my return to school, my job, epic time management fails, motherhood, sports schedules, the Las Vegas shooting, new schools.. trust me the list can go on & on!

And, please don’t think I’m complaining. I’m not. It’s just life is happening and there is no way to stop it or slow it down. I can’t change what I can’t control. Even though I wish I could. Anyways, we have been rolling with the punches as they come. Staying positive & relying on faith and prayers that things will smooth out. I know they will.

As I lay in bed typing this blog, I’m just embracing this moment of silence. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a moment to myself. Silence is a great time to collect my thoughts. First off, my heart aches for the tragedy in Vegas, my heart aches for the world in general. Every day I find myself having to shed light or bring back some positivity in my kids’ lives. Both boys are fully aware of what’s going on in the world around them. They understand why People cry when someone passes, they understand why as Parents we are so concerned for their safety at such highly public places due to so much hate and unexpected chaos. They understand why Mommy & Daddy are protective of their overall well-being. They get all of that. But, what they can’t grasp is why other people would do harmful or bad things, just because. And, unfortunately, I can’t even try to explain why people do such bad things to others for no reason.

True story, the other day the boys came home from school and I heard them talking in the bathroom. I walked over to the bathroom and saw Skyler standing on the toilet. I asked why he was standing on the toilet & to get down. He said, “I was just showing Spencer. We learned it in our drill. If there is an intruder and we are in the bathroom that this is what we should do.”

As a parent, I was in shock. This is what the world has come too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the drills and protective matters the school teachers to ensure our children’s safety. But, I’m saddened by the fact someone could even walk into a school building and harm innocent children. Back when I was in elementary the only drills we practiced was the bus drill, Fire, and tornado drills. I’m just in awe!

See as parents we can only “shield” our kids from learning or understanding so many “bad” things. They’ll eventually learn about it in school, see it on tv, or Joe next door told Sally who told Billy who then told your kids on the bus. It’s inevitable.  I mean We can only hope that our kiddos know the difference between right and wrong & don’t fall into peer pressure and steer away from the bad, wrong things in life.

I learned the hard way from the boys entering elementary school. I now tell them if they question if something is good or bad to come ask an adult prior to whatever it is they’re attempting to do or say. I now get asked often if a specific word is a bad word cause one of their classmates says it, or if a certain tv show or character is appropriate to watch cause they saw it on YouTube. I’m glad my boys are open to communicating (right now) & I hope it stays that way.

I know that my Husband and I can only do so much in raising our tribe. SSK might be an incomplete understanding of our morals, values in our home but, as soon as they step foot out that door. It’s a different world. We constantly remind them of who they are. And, tell them to stay grounded and be humble. Cause apparently these days, even in elementary school it’s a TOUGH pond. Kids will tear you apart, they will eat you alive! There’s bullying, there are cliques, there’s so much negativity. It’s mind-blowing!

We always tell SSK to “be the change we want to see in the world.” To be the better, kinder person. We teach them to be everyone’s friend, to reach out and help others. We always tell them if you see someone sitting alone, be their buddy and sit next to them. We teach them to treat others with respect. We show them to be kind & use their manners. And, so on and so forth. I mean c’mon all I’m trying to do is raise my kids to be well-rounded, well-mannered individuals. Isn’t that all of our goals? And, I know for being 8,6 & 3 that they’re capable of being the change in the world because it’s the example I’m setting & the things I’m teaching, and the people I’m surrounding my kids with.

Now, I’m no Saint. I have my flaws & my children aren’t perfect angels. Trust me. But, I’m always trying to put my best foot forward. But, I have hope that my kids will make a positive impact in the world someday. And, as of now, the world needs more positivity & kinder hearts. The world needs to see change.

So, as I end this blog post for the night. I want to encourage you, in your moment of silence, think of all those whom we have recently lost. Think of all those tragedies the world has been seeing. And, really use the silence to steer you and guide you into what can we do to make the world better? What could we do to shine more positivity? It doesn’t have to be gigantic goals, baby steps are always great! For me, it’s teaching the next generation to be the change. To shed positivity & be kind. It might not do a lot, but, it will help!

Sending you love, positive vibes & blessings!

Pinky

How My Aunt Celebrated Her 50th Birthday!

Happy September 25th my lovelies! I hope you are all enjoying this last week of SEPTEMBER! (Say What?!) I know, I missed my blog post on Friday (don’t remind me). This weather is my absolute FAVORITE! High 80’s and low of 70’s, its complete perfection!

Last week, we had soccer practice and a hockey game! All went smoothly and the boys are enjoying their sports! My only struggle is keeping a toddler entertained throughout the whole thing! LOL — she really doesn’t pay attention and she cheers regardless! LOL!

Skyler’s team is now undefeated (woot-woot), realistically they’re playing for fun but, low-key the parents are keeping tabs! (ahem – like me ahem). Spencer starts his first soccer game this weekend! And, we are SO excited! LOL

This weekend we also spent with Family for my Aunt’s 50th birthday! It was the cutest to see all the little cousins get together!

How cute is it that the siblings are in matching outfits?! Us Mom’s definitely didn’t plan that! But, we were laughing about it! LOL! The kids always LOVE playing together as they’re all in the same age! Sadly, Kate is the only girl. So, she roughest it up with the boys quite well! When I was younger my cousins and I were really close, so I’m excited to watch them all grow up together!

As always, Uncle Ge-Ar (Jayar) is a fave! Always down to do piggy back rides, or play hide and seek, get candy or just there for carrying a kid around. Crazy how all the boys flocked to him! Love this photo (this was also attempted 1 of like 100).

Kate had a blast and she was dancing up a storm. It was hysterical! I swear if we didn’t pick her up to leave, homegirl would’ve stayed ALL night dancing!

I can’t believe its the last week of September! In exactly 2 weeks, Ric and I will be on the island of Kauai! EEK! So, Ric and I haven’t had a vacation without the kids. If anything we do overnight trips and usually bring 1 kid with us or all 3. We haven’t actually left them alone longer than overnight. So, this will be (terrifying) and exciting. I have complete faith and trust that the kids will have fun at Grandma’s aka Mom! They always do! I am excited to spend time with Ric and just relax and enjoy our week.

Ric and I have not been to Hawaii so we are extremely excited, we chose the most “laid” back island, so we were told. But, we did that on purpose. We aren’t partiers or drinkers, not really into the tourist thing either. We were content with hiking, snorkeling, and just being beach bums. And, eating! Lots of eating!

We are going to start vLogging on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Attempt too at least! Ric told me he didn’t want me working on our trip. Which makes it very hard to do. Haha, work from home struggles!

Anyway’s will update you all Wednesday and will get a video up for you as well!

Hugs,

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