True Story: Epic Melt Down (Mom Edition)

Multiple people today mentioned how busy my wife and I have become; they commented how they’re amazed that we are somehow sane. I gotta admit, I’m blessed Pinky keeps us on track with our crazy schedules. Without her I’d be lost and our family would be in one hell of a mess.
She helps me care for my 90yr old grandfather, homeschools my son, gets my other son from school, does all homework with them, does workbooks with my daughter, manages our home, does all hockey and figure skating classes/practices/jamborees/games, finds time to volunteer, works full time from home and MORE! She makes my 49.5 hr work weeks look like child’s play haha
“How do you do it?” They ask.
My answer: i couldn’t do it without her.

Hello! Happy first day of Spring! (Is that day today or was that yesterday?) See how well, I know my days? anyways, hey there! ;] It’s been an absolute hot minute since I’ve posted on the blog (epic fail). But, I guess you can say, my overflowing schedule has finally burned me out! And, I’m shamelessly here to share with you, my meltdown moment (Mom edition)!

Today, was one of those days when I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. TBH, my life isn’t always rainbows & butterflies – (Shocker, I know). I like to think My life is a good mix of chaos & glitter vomit. (I still have to be a little extra!) It may always seem like I have it “altogether” but, let’s kick the BS to the side and speak the truth, shall we? Let’s be real, 9 times out of 10 I call my kid the wrong name & don’t even get me started on getting their birthdays correct. (Epic Brain Fog).

I’m not a “SuperMom” or the “Perfect” Wife nor are my Husband and I a ”Power Couple”. We aren’t perfect, FAR from it. I just try & embrace my chaos to the best that I can. And, it includes having a healthy breakdown (or two). And, I know as Individuals we all have our own personal chaos we embrace, along with balancing our Families too! It can be a lot.

Ain’t that something, dealing with your own self as well as other people’s can be a lot to carry. And, if you’re anything like me, where you’re similar to the energizer bunny, there’s NO stopping or NO days off. Just being constantly busy until you completely have a burn-out or meltdown. I had several meltdowns this week. (sigh). My body was feeling the stress, my face looked exhausted and haggard. My anxiety was worse than getting a paper cut in the webbing between your fingers (and, those hurt badly!). I was just a mess. See, I do SO much that I fear if I stop at any given moment that everything around me, falls apart. When in reality everything will be ok (technically, things might not get done or function) but, it will be okay. But, when I sit back and reflect– was it worth driving myself to pure exhaustion? All because I didn’t pause and take time for myself. No, it wasn’t. (#noregerts) — Yes, I misspelled that on purpose. ;]

Poor Ric had to feel the wrath of my meltdown. But, he knew just how tired and drained I’ve been as a ”SAHM”. First things first, never underestimate a ”stay-at-home” Parent! They work just as equally hard as the other half who does their 9-5! I’m glad Ric sees that I do a whole list of things so our daily routine is functioning.

“Multiple people today mentioned how busy my wife and I have become; they commented how they’re amazed that we are somehow sane. I gotta admit, I’m blessed Pinky keeps us on track with our crazy schedules. Without her I’d be lost and our family would be in one hell of a mess.

She helps me care for my 90 year old grandfather, homeschools my son, gets my other son from school, does all homework with them, does workbooks with my daughter, manages our home, does all hockey and figuree skating classes/practices/jamborees/games, finds time to volunteer, works full-time from home and MORE! She makes my 49.5 hr work weeks look like child’s play haha

“How do you do it?” They ask.
My answer: i couldn’t do it without her.” – Ric

See, I’m not as graceful as it seems (the internet can play you like that) although, Ric’s words are truer than true: TBH, I have my cry sessions, wine days & impromptu karaoke/dance sesh’s. More so, as I’ve previously mentioned in another post, I’ve recently given my faith another go around & give myself my “me” time at the church. I say a lot of prayers (sometimes blast a plethora of praise & worship music) or blast music that gives me the absolute feels (thank you, Adele, Demi Lovato & Sam Smith). I tend to drink a lot of red bull & coffee to function (no worries, I also keep up with my water intake). I run mostly off of phone alarms and the family calendar reminders.

I know for me it’s all my responsibilities: which entails working from home/the hospital & running the blog, as well as managing the family/kids schedules), etc. that sometimes makes me baffled at how it’s possible to fit so many things in a 24-hour span!

And, most importantly, I say this all the time (I’ll happily give credit where credit is due)— I’m grateful I have a “village” of people who help me when they can (you guys know who you are). I’m blessed in that sense when I need a breather (or seven), or sometimes just 10 minutes of extra sleep: I have my Family, close friends and of course our Nanny who love & help care for SSK when they’re available! (Mind you they also take care of me too when I forget to take care of myself). #grateful

I’m also thankful that I have a partner who sees my efforts & appreciates our chaos (no matter how INSANE it gets). I know Ric works long hours (in which I appreciate his hustle to provide), he does miss a lot of things, but, I know he tries his absolute best & is very hands-on when he is off & with the kids! Idk, how we make anything work. But, we are (kind of).

Anyways, before this becomes a longer novel I guess what I’m trying to say is, embrace your chaos, find your peace when necessary. And, most importantly, Be kind to one another. Sometimes people put a good smile on their face, but, you never know what a person is dealing with until you’ve walked in their shoes (or Christian Louboutin’s) — sorry, had to be extra. And, as a GF reminded me today – the advice that I took: ”let the laundry pile up, its okay to miss a practice or game. Take care of you, first.”

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How I Stay Focused​ By Drinking Tea

Happy Tuesday, GP5 Fam!

Photo Credit: Google

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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