Ting's Mom

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Odyssey Adventure Club - May Special

This post is sponsored by the Odyssey Adventure Club in partnership with Litfuse Publicity Group.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ting Graduates!

Last week marked the end of our school year, and also meant the end of Kindergarten for Ting. The week kicked off with the last day of school, and then the annual school cook-out. Both kids got to spend the morning hanging out with their friends and spending some fun running off some energy. We ate hamburgers and enjoyed the start of summer vacation.

bug plays

And then Friday came along. The annual awards program and graduation ceremony was Friday night. I can't believe Ting has graduated Kindergarten. It seems like yesterday that I found out I was expecting her. She's growing up too fast on me, but I'm excited to see what her future holds!

ting graduates

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

5 Things Learned: Allergy Update

You may remember a few months ago when we took Bug for allergy testing. He tested positive for a few things, and last week he has his first check-up with the allergist.

Our day started with us dropping Ting off at school, and then Bug and I were off for a little Mommy-Bug day at the doctor. Our first stop was McDonald's on the way to the doctor. I'm not sure Bug and I have ever been out to eat just the two of us, and it was a lot of fun. He ate an entire cheeseburger and most of his fries, and even got the transformer toy he has been wanting.

lunch with bug

Our visit with the allergist went great, and the allergist was impressed with how much better his skin looks and feels now. She was also happy about his increased energy levels, and the reports of an occasional increase in appetite. He still hasn't gained any weight, but she wasn't concerned (nor is our family physician) so I'm not going to get concerned. We got back in six months for another check-up.

bug with toy

It was a quick visit and then we headed home. We stopped at Sonic on the way home, and Bug ate three chicken strips (he never eats all three). Ting had a volleyball game that night, so we went straight there.

cute kid

It was a long, but fun day - and this mommy learned a few things during her day with Bug...

  1. Bug is better behaved when he is not around his sister. He was calmer and obeyed very well. Maybe he's always competing for attention?
  2. An afternoon snack at Sonic during happy hour costs MORE than a full lunch at McDonald's
  3. There is a tasty alternative to peanut butter! Our allergist gave us some samples of Wow Butter, and it actually tastes like the real thing. Ting has been begging for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and now I can fulfill her request.
  4. Bug things Bob the Builder and Handy Manny are the same person. Good thing because he was asking for Bob, and I only brought the Manny DVD. He was perfectly happy watching it all the way home.
  5. Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol. We'll be there on the double - Bug is obsessed with Paw Patrol right now, and he watched it all the way to the doctor. I learned the entire theme song.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mom/Daughter Banquet

The annual Mom/Daughter banquet at church was last weekend. I always enjoy getting to go to this and have loved it even more since I have a daughter to take with me as well.

The ladies who plan it always do a great job each year, and always pick a fun theme. This year was all about awareness. It was casual dress representing the awareness color of a cancer or other serious illness that has affected you. It was a colorful room, and we had a great time.

mom daughter banquet

My mom and Ting went with me, and we met up with my mother-in-law once we got there. Of course all the ladies from Hubby's family and their girls were there as well. We ate good food and played some fun games. My mother-in-law reprised her I Love Lucy skit from last year and was hilarious.

We also got to hear some amazing women speak about their experiences with cancer. And then our guest speaker gave a moving talk about ways to stay encouraged when you are a caregiver, and then ways to stay encouraged if you are the one facing an illness. She gave lots of scripture references, and a great tool for those in those situations.

I decided that Ting and I would wear orange for Multiple Sclerosis awareness. My brother was diagnosed with a pretty severe case of MS a few years before he died. He would have periods of blindness, unable to speak, and times when he could hardly use his arms and legs. He ultimately died in a vehicle accident, but I have no doubt that if that hadn't happened the MS would have continued to gotten worse though the years.

Ting was determined that she and I were going to dress exactly alike for the banquet, so I bought us solid orange shirts to wear. We also wore denim skirts and flip flops. We even wore our hair the same. She was thrilled.

However, it was such a fun packed night I forgot to get any pictures :( So after we got home I snapped that super blurry selfie you see above. I may not have pictures, but we have the memories!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Statement Watch

I received a wood watch from JORD in order to facilitate my review. My love for my watch is real, and all my opinions are my own.

Do you wear a watch? I did growing up. I got a new watch in high school that I loved and I wore it until it broke about seven years ago. Since then I just haven't been able to find a watch that I loved enough to commit to wearing it every day.

I don't wear a lot of jewelry, so my watch search always had me seeking out bold or unusual watches. I wanted my watch to be what the statement necklace is to many these days.

And then I was introduced to JORD wood watches. It took me about 15 seconds on their site to realize I needed one of these watches in my life. Lucky for me, the folks at JORD felt I needed one too - score!

I expected a nice watch to arrive in my mailbox. What I didn't expect was the little extras that come along with this beauty. For starters, I was able to submit my wrist measurements and my Fieldcrest watch arrived ready to wear and perfectly fit for me.

And then this box arrived - it is a beautiful object all on its own. When you see this box, you just know there is going to be something special inside.

jord watch box

And I was right. I fell in love with this watch before I ever put it on my wrist. The watch is made completely of wood, with the exception of the glass face and necessary inner-workings of a timepiece of course. Because of the wood construction, the watch is also super light.

new jord watch

But I'm a busy mom. Would a wood watch really fit in with my crazy life?

Our first outing together was to Ting's volleyball game. I got so many compliments on my new watch, I was feeling pretty proud of myself.

jord watch with braclets

Next up - the office. I gotta tell you, looking at my beautiful watch while I peck away at my desk all day just makes me happy. And the number of people who have asked about my unusual piece means that I have finally met my goal of finding a statement watch that I can wear every single day.

back jord on wrist

And at home? Well, the Hubby is jealous of my watch and has already asked for one of his own.
So bottom line - the JORD wood watch is a winner  I've worn it every day since its arrival, and I plan to wear it every day for a very long time. I love the attention it draws, and I love how it looks wrapped around my wrist.

Want your own JORD wood watch? Head over to their site to get to shopping. Or you can also stalk their amazing designs on their Instagram site, or by searching #jordwatch online.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Musings

First I tried Five on Friday. And then I made an attempt at Six on Saturday. But truth is I pretty much do all my blogging on the weekends, so it's hard for me to remember to sit down mid-week and pound out my random thoughts. So how about we try Monday Musings??

I've been talking about oils lately (who hasn't?), and I wanted to show you this awesome oil wallet I got. Jenny at Four Monkeys Boutique makes them, and they hold 22 of the 2ml bottles. You can get it with or without a monogram, and with or without the vials included. Isn't this awesome? Now I can tote all my oils around without having to carry my big carrying case.

oil wallet

oil wallet

Our Cancun trip is getting closer and closer. That also means I've started making a list of a few things we need to get before we go. Swimsuit was at the top of my list. How depressing is swimsuit shopping? I did find a cute top and a pair of swim shorts at Walmart last week that I like. I think I can just get another bottom and one or two more tops and then I'll be good for the week.

We ordered Ting's kindergarten graduation announcements this week. Welp...

graduation invite

So I'm a dork. I don't think that's really that big of a secret, but I'm telling you anyway. I love Facebook messenger, and this week I discovered two features that I'm giddy about. The first is video chat. Yes! We are android users around here so we don't have the face time advantage. But video chat through Facebook is a game changer. I also discovered Bitmojis for chat. It's those BitStrip characters, but in chat! All the people who I currently have chats going on with - Beware, and I'm Sorry.


This week we found out that the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference is going to be at the Arlington Hotel. My first thought was - Isn't that place haunted? I'm not really a believer in ghosts, but I love a good story about people seeing things, and the intrigue of people claiming there are ghosts at the hotel just makes it exciting for me. I can't wait!

My best friend from college - we pledged our sorority together and then spent four years doing pretty much everything together. We dated guys who were friends. I was in her wedding, a year later she was in mine. And then we completely lost touch. It's been ten years and not a word or anything. A few months ago I started thinking about her and started trying to find her online. She was nowhere. Then last week I got an email from her. She found me through my blog and made contact. It has been awesome reconnecting with her after all this time.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Oil Update: April

I'm finishing my second full month of using the Young Living Essential Oils now, and I'm still finding myself amazed when they actually do what they say they are supposed to do. I think it will take me a while to not be skeptical, but these things actually work!

I started the month with a bottle of Cypress. I actually ordered it in March, but it came in April.

cypress young living essential oil

I originally ordered this one for something I wanted to try with Ting. But the thing about these oils - you actually have to use them for them to work, ha. I think I've actually put it on her twice in the entire month, so obviously we haven't seen a result. However, there are other uses for this oil that I wan to try. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is one of those. I sit at a desk and type most of my day. Then I come home and use my hands, and then sit down at a computer a few nights a week and type at this blog. My wrists hurt. My fingers hurt. I'm going to start using the Cypress on them and see if I get any relief.

Next up was my monthly Essential Rewards order. I received...

young living essential oils

The Deep Relief was for Hubby. He suffers from frequent cricks in his neck that typically move down into his shoulders and upper back. He's tried several things over the years, but never gets real relief. He's been using this when he starts having his pains and said it works great for that deep pain that nothing else helps. He also shared some with his aunt who was having some muscle pains. She said it was amazing.

I also wanted to try the Thieves toothpaste. Again, it was originally for Ting. She was complaining of a toothache so I thought this would be a good way to try to prevent any further problems. But, that girl just refuses to give up her toothpaste with the Frozen princesses on it, so I've been using the Thieves toothpaste. And I love it! It is an acquired taste for sure, but my mouth feels a kind of clean I've never felt before. This is a keeper.

My order also included DiGize. This oil aids in digestion health, and is well known as an aid for gallbladder problems. I have a chronic pain in my gallbladder area that appeared right after Bug was born. My doctor feels like it's gallbladder problems, but I've never pursued treatments - just dealing with the daily pain each night. I've started adding this to my water in the mornings, and then rubbing it over my gallbladder area at night. My pain is gone - completely gone!

young living essential oil endoflex

And then later in the month, I ordered a bottle of EndoFlex. This oil supports the balance of the endocrine system, and has been known to balance the thyroid function. I pair it with my Progessence Plus each morning and at bedtime. I just rub it all over the front and back of my neck. It smells really good. I haven't seen any results from it yet, but I like it enough to keep using it.

Also in April I made my own night cream. But I'm waiting a few more weeks before I share any information about that, so keep coming back!

And as always, if you want to read more about my essential oils uses, check out the Essential Oils tab at the top of the page. And if you're ready to start your own oil journey, but sure to click the Young Living graphic on the right side of the page.

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