Sunday Spotlight, Kourtney Bond

Welcome to another Sunday Spotlight! Today, I present to you Bond, Kourtney Bond!

Ha she might kill me for that one, but I had too! I work with Kourtney, and that is how we met. This girl has an incredible story. When I first met her, I envied her life. She is pretty, upbeat, outgoing, has a great husband, smart, etc. From an outsider looking in, her life looked perfect! I started to get to know her and soon realized that she was SO much more! Kourtney’s life has been anything but easy! She worked really hard for what she has today, and that is the true accomplishment! Another thing I love about her, is that she is open and willing to share her story, because she truly believes that it could help someone else.

So, enough lollygagging, here is Kourtney’s story!

Kourtney
Well, I have grown up in South Ogden all my life! I got married about 4 years ago, seriously we are best friends! We love to be outside!! Skiing, hiking, biking… we love adventures! We also love to travel!! We try to take one big trip a year! Last year we went to Kauai, and we almost never came home! It’s by far our favorite place to go! I came home and have applied for job there ever since? seriously if the right one became available I wouldn’t hesitate to move there!
After returning home from Hawaii our life changed dramatically. After a 2 1/2 year battle with infertility, and several miscarriages we found out we were pregnant again with our little boy Bode.
Since this week is National Infertility Awareness Month I thought I would open up and share our struggle with a year and a half battle of reoccurring miscarriages, one right after another. Every loss was devastating, and it was so difficult to keep trying. After loosing our little girl Hope (2nd miscarriage) in our second trimester I didn’t want to try again. It took us a while to get back to having the courage to try again.
We experienced one more early loss before finding the perfect OBGYN to help us get Bode here. After countless labs, A LOT of progesterone, some bed rest and weekly visits to either our OB or the our high risk perinatal doctor IT WAS DELIVERY DAY! Our little guy made it safe and sound! He is 5 month old this month and this is life as we know it, everything is different, and hard and wonderful and I wouldn’t change a thing! Being a mom is truly not meant for the weak, it’s a never ending job!!
After pregnancy I quickly found myself dealing with some sever Postpartum depression.
For a long time is was very debilitating, some days it still is. I hope by sharing this anyone who is dealing with the same thing can realize it’s OK, it’s normal, you can get through it but to get help! I went to a new doctor that specializes in hormones and finding the root cause of your anxiety or and other health problems.
After a few visits, tests and labs we found the answer not only to my PPD but to the infertility and reoccurring miscarriages. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease and with Hyperthyroidism. Making a successful pregnancy almost impossible. Since receiving treatment for these I have felt SO much better! And I realize just how big of a miracle it was to be able to have a healthy, happy BABY!! Hopefully we will be able to manage and control this disease and in a few years be able to try again to give Bode a brother or sister!
On my journey through PPD and being a new mamma getting ready and taking care of myself was something I didn’t even want to do, and didn’t have the time to do either.
My friend introduced some quick Mommy Makeup!!
It has saved my appearance ? without it I would have nothing on my face and actually look like I’m sleep deprived and tired ALL the time!! It’s called Maskcara Cosmetics and it has changed not only my morning routine but has boosted my confidence completely! It has been that “something” just for me!
Maskcara
After using the product and loving it I wanted to share it with other busy women! I joined the Maskcara Beauty family in February and I love the sisterhood that came with it, the flexible schedule it provides and the residual income that has helped pay more than half of our mortgage within the first month. Our owner and our team leads are so uplifting, friendly and very helpful! Being apart of this has helped me gain my confidence back, plus helped me feel like ME again, which i think many women loose when they become a new mom.
So easy, kids can do it!

I am so excited to see where this new chapter in our little families life will take us.

I am so grateful for our journey, even the heartbreak that has led us to where we are today. Struggles, losses and hard times definitely change you, and transform you into a better person. -Kourtney Bond Click To Tweet They can do one of two things, destroy you and make you miserable or as you go through them if you have faith and hope, you will come out stronger, learn lessons, gain friends and will lead you to a place in life you didn’t know you even needed to be!

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Moms like Kourtney really make it easy to see that not every pregnancy is easy, or picture perfect. Life can be hard, but it’s what you do to handle the stress that defines you. It’s important to always look up. Always look on the bright side. Thank you Kourtney for sharing your story with the Real Mom Blogs community!

Now, if any of you are interested in Maskcara, let me or Kourtney know! We are going to be doing a live video chat sometime (hopefully in the near future) on the Real Mom Blogs Facebook page. So make sure you go “like” us, and follow so you don’t miss it! We will both be talking about our experiences with Maskcara and how it works differently for every person. There will most likely be a demo, to show you all how quick and easy it is too!

But wait, there’s more!

In the mean time, go check out Kourtney’s Instagram!

Read more Sunday Spotlight’s here. If you know of anyone you want me to spotlight, even if it’s YOU, please contact me. You can find all that info here! Don’t forget to like and Share! Sharing is caring!

Sunday Spotlight, Kevi Eby

Happy Sunday!

April and Baby

As you all know, there is a new baby giraffe in the world! April had her baby on April 15th. I had a little contest going to see who could guess the closest! Kevi and Mckinzie were the closest! I have already done a Sunday Spotlighted Mckinzie, she was my very first spotlight. You can go here to read about her. I thought I would spotlight Kevi today! What a great idea too! Kevi is an awesome mom!Winning guesses

Here is a little bit more about her.

“Okay so for starters I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 5 1/2 years and we have two kids. A 2.5 yr old girl and an 8 month old boy. I am a pediatric nurse doing home health. I take care of kids with different types do disorders or disabilities and that require tracheas, feeding tubes, ventilators, etc. work graves so that I can a mom during the day.

Being a mom has always been my number one dream in life. My husband and I work opposite shifts so that we don’t need childcare. Between the two of us we have our kids 24 hrs a day and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Eventually I want to work in labor and delivery. But for now I enjoy my job and the time it allows me to be with my family. Pregnancy and birth is absolutely amazing and fascinating to me.

For fun we love to go camping and golfing. My daughter could live at the park so we spend a lot of time there. We try to take our kids out a couple times a month to do something fun as a family but over all we love being home bodies. Putting the tent up in the house and having camp outs with our 2 yr old and late night movies in mom and dads bed. Other than that my life is boring. Same thing different day.”

 

Who is your role model?

Kevi and Mom“My mom is my role model. She has always been my favorite person. I was always known as her cling on child and I never left her side. She is very independent and knows how to do everything! My mom is the most selfless person I know. She has always put her kids first and never does anything for herself until her kids are happy and satisfied. As a single parent raising my sisters and I, she had to sacrifice and give up a lot in her life, and I am forever grateful. I can ask any favor of her and she will always yes no matter how bizarre of a project I come up with. I can always count on her and hope to be half the woman she is.”

Why did you become a nurse?

Pediatric Nurse

I became a nurse because I love helping people, and I love knowing I can help someone when they may feel their weakest. I do pediatric home health and often people ask me how I do it and if it’s hard seeing kids in the state they are in. My response is, no its not hard. I don’t look at them for their disability or medical needs, I see them as the happy smiling girl that likes playing with her toys or the boy who loves movies. They are happy and and full of life just like any of us. They have lived with these conditions their whole life and don’t know any different. So I enjoy being there to help them live life to the fullest.

If you could be anything (else) when you grow up, what would it be?

Honestly I am not much of an animal person but I think it would be so fun to be a zoo keeper and learn and interact with all the amazing exotic zoo animals that we don’t get to see every day.

Do you have an irrational fear?

Most definitely mice and spiders. I don’t think I could ever go on fear factor and sit in an enclosed area with them crawling all over me. I can’t even walk within 5 feet of a dead mouse. Also, I absolutely hate the dentist. Not sure if it’s the drills or the noises but it gives me anxiety really bad. Nitrous oxide is a must.

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?

We do a lot of cooking together but one my favorite things he cooks by himself would be French toast with strawberries and whipped cream on top. I am a sucker for breakfast foods.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years I see myself exactly where I am today. Being a mom and wife by day and a nurse by night. I wouldn’t change anything in my life, so besides being a little more debt free I hope to be as happy and healthy as I am today.

Last question… If you could go anywhere in the world, with anyone (alive or dead), for just one day, who would it be and where?

If I could anywhere for one day I would go with my husband somewhere in Italy with shopping, delicious pasta, and end the night with chocolate covered strawberries on a romantic gondola ride while the Gondolier sings to us.

Thank you to everyone who entered! Even Jamyz who was EXACTLY to the date, a month off, haha!

If you or anyone you know, deserves to be spotlighted (and I think everyone does!) then please contact me! Have a great day!

Sunday Spotlight, South Ogden Post-Acute

Why don’t we do something different this Sunday? Okay!

This is South Ogden Post-Acute. It’s a skilled nursing facility in South Ogden, Utah. The building itself has been around longer than I have! The current company, however, is a baby! SOPA (as I like to call it) began in November of 2015. I was lucky enough to be there! Plum Healthcare bought ManorCare and changed its name.

So now, under new management, SOPA is undergoing LOADS of changes!

One thing that hasn’t changed much in recent years, is their activities department. It’s run by Jena, an awesome super mom, and ghost hunter! Jena has cemented a solid, amazing team. They do some of the best activities! Kathy is super crafty! Krafty Kathy! She is upbeat and creative, and always involves everyone! Kory is sassy and outgoing. This girl can help anyone rediscover their youthful spirit and feel happy.

10+ girl BasketOne of my favorite things is their Easter Egg hunt!

This year, Real Mom Blogs sponsored a giveaway basket. Sunnies in basket
It was so much fun to make! Of course, it HAD to be somewhat nautical themed. I really love the way that Jena runs the Egg Hunt too! I don’t want to give away too many details, but trust me, next year you should come!

 

 

Now to help answer a few questions about SOPA and the building itself, here are a few quick facts:

  • SOPA’s birthday is November 2, 2015
  • All 140 beds are Medicare certified.
  • Activites are planned all 7 days of the week, with activity staff here for 6 of those days.
  • Recently remodeled therapy gym and short term therapy rooms
  • All rooms have new electric high/low beds, and cable TV
  • PT, OT, ST are provided
  • Admissions can be processed 24/7.
  • RNs are on duty and on site 24 hours/day.

South Ogden Post-Acute has a website and Facebook!

If you have any more question about SOPA, then let me know! I would be happy to answer any questions, or even schedule a tour!

Sunday Spotlight, Hill Aerospace Museum

Today’s Sunday Spotlight is going to be slightly different. As you can tell from the title, we are spotlighting the Hill Aerospace Museum in Northern Utah. This museum is the best of ALL worlds when it comes to weekend activities with your kids.

Hall of Fame Hill Aerospace Museum Hill Aerospace Museum

I always want to take Henry to places that are fun, educational, and best of all, FREE! That is why I took him to the Hill Aerospace Museum! This place is SO big! It has to be. It holds real airplanes, artifacts, equipment, and more!

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As you can see from the pictures, there is an inside and outside to this museum. Outside is this HUGE yard of airplanes that you can wonder around. Each plane has an education board for you to read. These planes you can get up close and personal with.

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Being a Saturday, you would think that the place would be packed. It was! However, there is so much room to run around and explore, that you never really bump into anyone. Henry and I had so much fun giggling and running around. I am sure people thought we were crazy!

Hill Aerospace Museum

We spent HOURS in this museum, but it didn’t feel like it!

There is just so much to look at!

Hill Aerospace Museum 

Henry’s favorite part was when he got to color a picture of a plane and make paper airplanes. That part is inside, and unfortunately we were having fun and I forgot to take pictures. I also don’t know if that was a special Saturday activity or if they always have it.

This was Henry’s first time, and I hadn’t been there for YEARS!

It’s astonishing how big some of these planes are! They are super cool and incredible!

Now the museum is FREE, which is majorly awesome! However, I encourage you to visit the gift shop or to donate. The community support is what helps keep them running. They have drop boxes, or those fun coin whirlpools, you can donate too. Kids love to give away your money!

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I bought Henry one, $4 airplane, that he loves! Aside from that, I may have only donated like three bucks, but every little bit helps! It’s cheap for me, and gets the museum the help they need.

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Whether you live in Utah or you are just visiting, the Hill Aerospace Museum is a MUST. Budget friendly, wide open, fun, and educational!

Have any of you been to the Hill Aerospace Museum? How did you like it?

Sunday Spotlight, Hailey Shope

 LUCKY THIRTEENTH SPOTLIGHT!

Hey Ya’ll! This is a good one today! Continuing on in our “Student Series” of Sunday Spotlight, I thought that there was no better story than the one you are about to read. This person, this awesome, amazing girl, is my baby sis! Her story is a tough one of a struggling high school student. I really wish I knew her or could even read her story when I was in high school. Reading her synopsis when I was writing this post, gave me really big feelings! I even had to suppress a tear or two. I might be biased, because she is family, but HOLY CRAP! This girl is talented and strong and so inspirational! Also, FUNNY! I love her, and she is seriously, my best friend!

The one and only HAILEY SHOPE!!

Here’s a quick synopsis of my life!

I know you’re focusing on students, so let me just start with school. My whole journey began at Morgan elementary and I have been attending school in Morgan for my whole life! School is a BIG part of life for any human being, and my school journey has been a hard one. In elementary school I was always that kid that would cry and hold onto her mom when I had to go to class. She sometimes had to come sit it class with me for heaven’s sake!

Well when I made it to middle school, things got a little bit harder. I was good at the educational parts of school, and I got good grades and had no problem with my classes. My comprehension and reading were at a college level, and I was pretty confident in my smartness(lol)! Well, I was never SUPER popular, but I did have wonderful people around me. I didn’t hang out with friends much outside of school, but I did go out occasionally. I just loved to be home and I didn’t need to be out all the time. So, I would say 8th grade was my best year in school! We were the oldest in the school, I loved my teachers, and I was doing well with my grades!

I was so excited about high school, because everyone around me told me that it was going to be the best years of my life and I was going to love it.

When I got to school, it was nothing like I was told it was going to be. I gave it a few weeks, thinking it would get better, but it only got worse. I noticed that high school was all about being social and getting involved; everything I was terrible at. I made the cheer team and ended up quitting because it wasn’t what I loved doing. I loved the girls on the team, but it just wasn’t for me. School kept getting progressively harder for me, I started missing days, and I felt like I wasn’t myself.

I went from being a straight A student to failing my classes. My mom and dad kept trying to help me, and we went through a roller coaster of emotions for the next two trimesters. It was so bad that I decided to be home schooled. Life got easier after that, but I noticed that I got nervous about everything I did. Even the simple things like saying “hi” to someone terrified me.

I shut myself in my room and my whole life shut down.

My parents and I decided that I should try therapy. That helped me SO much. I was told I had general, and social anxiety. So, I went through a journey of picking myself up, and putting myself back together. I felt happy again, and I decided I wanted to go back to school after summer. It was very hard coming back and it is still hard to this day, but I managing better than I ever did before. Still to this day I take online classes, but I also go to the high school. It has helped so much because going to a full day of school is still difficult for me. That’s okay! If you feel like homeschooling is the option for you, go for it! There are multiple options on getting an education, and everyone is different, so find the one that is best for YOU. I’m really happy with myself and everything I am today. How did I do it? Well, I had a friend that made life so fun and encouraged me to be the best person I could possibly be.
They were there for me and showed me that I was loved and I can do anything. I noticed that I looked for something positive in each day. Looking back today I’ve realized that I didn’t do this on my own, I had amazing people around me to help me through this. Although, I’ve realized that it was i
nside of me all this time, I just had to find it. Now I am living life, not just surviving. I have wonderful friends that I go out and have fun with! I have an amazing dance family and I’m also teaching dance to the cutest little kids. I’m taking singing lessons and writing music. I feel so blessed with all the things I have in my life. I’m so lucky to have loving people that made me who I am today. If you don’t have that, and you are having a hard time like me, Just remember this: you ARE loved, you ARE special, and YOU CAN DO IT. -Hailey Shope Click To Tweet Find someone or something you love in this world and believe in it, live for it, and wake up in the morning knowing that it will be your happiness. The world can be tough and judgmental, but if you just genuinely love life you can do anything. I believe in you! Life is too short so go and live yours to its fullest! Follow your dreams! Fall in love! Take care of yourself! Be kind! Share your light inside of you so that others can see that beauty and pass it on!

Okay, get some tissues ready! Not because it’s sad, but because you are going to laugh until you cry! I wish I would have recorded this portion. If you know Hailey in real life, you can just imagine her answering these questions. It’s pretty funny!

How old are you?

16


Who is your role model?

I’m pretty sure a everyone says this, but it would definitely be my mom!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to create/listen to music!

If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?

I would love to be in the music industry, although I’m not exactly sure what I would do.

What are all the younin’s into these days?

Honestly I’m not 100% sure, since I don’t pay attention to the “trends” haha I’m not as hip as all of the cool kids, probably because I say “hip”.

What is your favorite animal and color?

I LOVEEE pandas! My favorite color is black, not because I’m emo, just because I think it’s a very elegant color, okay?!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Well in exactly five years I’ll be 21 and you know I’ll be partying!! By myself probably reading a book under a blanket.

Last question…What is one random fact about you that most people would not guess?

Well, do you remember those recorders they made you play in elementary school? I can definitely play lord of the rings on one. With my nose. It’s a talent I’m pretty proud of actually.

Isn’t she the best? How did her story make you feel? I just love her! Hailey is such and inspiration to me. She is the coolest aunt too! And that is saying a lot, ’cause you know, I own that title.

I am considering changing the name of Sunday Spotlight. Leave me a comment if you have a suggestion. The top three will earn honorable mentions in the first post with the new name. The one WE pick (will be voted on) will earn a surprise! I don’t know what the surprise is yet, hence the surprise! I will take suggestions until the 26th of March.

Thank you! XO-RM Lynsey

Sunday Spotlight, Part 12 Meet Heidee

Meet my friend Heidee!

I’ve known this girl for about two years now. She’s spunky, fun, hilarious, and talented. Heidee is going to be our first “Student” spotlight. Even though, she isn’t a student anymore, her story is pretty interesting. First, I asked Heidee to give me a synopsis of her life. This is what she had to say.

It’s really easy, just tell me your whole life! 😉 Haha

Synopsis, okay.

I have lived in Utah my whole life and I couldn’t dream of living anywhere else. The mountains are, and always have been, my favorite place. There is something about them that makes me feeling closer to my Heavenly Father. I went through Grade school in Layton. While I went to school I played the piano and violin. I was actually concertmaster for my High School Orchestra when I was a senior. (I don’t think that I was the best violin player in the room, but I got to pretend to be. Which was nice.) I graduated in 2010 and went to Weber State University later that Fall. I began my general studies and took a Social Work class where I fell in love. I knew it was what direction I was supposed to go in. I was involved in the LDS institute as well as the Social work Club until I graduated in 2014. I applied to get into Grad school at the University of Utah. I originally was Wait Listed which was really heart breaking because it was the first time that I felt like I had failed at something. Less than a month before school started I found out that I was able to get into school. It was a huge scramble and really hard. But I was able to graduate with a 4.0 in 2016. I worked in several skilled nursing facilities and was able to be promoted at my current facility after I passed by LCSW exam. I am currently working on getting my L which is kind of like a stamp of approval for a Social Worker’s ability. I have a dog named Lilo who is my pride and joy. I have always loved movies, books, horses, and going to events in the greater Salt Lake area. I was raised to be very self sufficient and to go for anything that I felt I needed to do and I think I have done that so far.

 I did a Q&A with Heidee, and I just love her even more!

Who is your role model?

Do I have to pick only one? If I had to pick one, it would have to be my mom. My mom is the most kind, genuine, loving, and hardworking person that I have ever met. She has always pushed me to be the best person I could be. She never forced me to do anything, but was always there to support me in all of my decisions. Whenever I need advice, I always go to her because I know that she will listen to my side, but will also help me see the situation from a different angle so that I make the best decisions possible. I love to spend time with her and as I get older I can see myself turning into her. Which, I don’t really think is a bad thing. 🙂

Have you always known you’ve wanted to be a social worker?

Actually, No. From 9th-12th grade I had a lot of different ideas of something that I wanted to do with my life. I was really medically inclined when I was growing up. In 8th and 9th grade I participated in an extracurricular club called Science Olympiad. You spent the year preparing for different events to compete in, so I guess you could say it was like the Olympics, but for Science and obviously a Junior High School student level.  For example, I competed in Meteorology, Sociology, Bottle Rocket, and Wheeled Vehicle. I think I placed in all of them except for Bottle Rocket. But In wheeled Vehicle me and my partner won first place.

The exciting thing about this First Place prize was that it came with A $1,000 dollar scholarship in engineering to the University of Utah.  I honestly had never thought about engineering before I won this scholarship, but as I did more research I became really interested in Biomedical Engineering. My sister, Sandee, was born with only one arm and most of my childhood she was getting various prosthetic arms to use from Shriner’s Hospital.  I thought it would be so cool to be the person that was designing these prosthetic arms.

I ended up absolutely hating chemistry when I was in high school. But, it didn’t completely shatter this idea of me becoming a biomedical engineer. I also thought about being an earth science teacher, an occupational therapist, or a social worker. When I was in high school my sister was finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree for Social Work, so I heard a lot about it at home. When I was filling out my application to get into the University of Utah, I got a letter in the mail from Weber State University that said I had got a $2,100 scholarship based on my academics in High School. Because I had done several concurrent enrollment classes with Weber State, I didn’t have to fill out a new application to get in. I decided to go to the school that was offering me the most money. I figured that I could do my generals at Weber where the tuition wasn’t as expensive and then transfer to the U for my engineering career.

My sister encouraged me to take a class from one of her favorite social work professors. I took the class and I instantly knew that social work was where I was supposed to be. The class was 1010 and it taught a lot about the history and basics of social work. I loved the idea of empowering others to reach their fullest potential. So, I definitely feel like finding social work wasn’t my whole life plan, but all of the ducks fell in a row to lead me to where I was supposed to be.

Do you have any crazy skills that most people don’t know about?

I don’t know if any of my skills are crazy and I’m not normally the one to toot my own horn. But I guess that I would describe myself as a well rounded person. Meaning that I am talented in a lot of different areas.

Music has definitely impacted my life the most and probably means the most to me of any of my skills. I am an accomplished pianist after 12 years of lessons and 15+ years of playing. My favorite piece that I have ever played in Deux Arabesque by Debussy. But I have played, Mozart and Beethoven the most. The piano is the current love of my life and I honestly attribute a lot of my “success” in life to the piano. 🙂

I played the violin through grade school. I would not describe myself as “Accomplished” in the violin, but I do enjoy playing it and was concertmaster my senior year of high school. So, I guess I wasn’t too terrible. Haha.  

I’m also a decent singer, but I would put that in the “Jack of all trades and master of none” category.

I am quite the crafter. I knit, crochet, cross stitch, and scrapbook. I love to knit slippers and give them to my friends for Christmas.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years I see myself married and loving life. I see myself with my L, which means that I have been supervised by an LCSW for 4,000 hours and have been found competent in Mental Health and that I could accomplish all social work duties without the oversight of an experience social worker.

Last question… What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It has been since I was in 8th grade. I love the innocent honesty that Scout has in the story and I think that everyone in today’s world could learn a thing or two from her. Fahrenheit 451 has been a close 2nd since that same year as well. I really love how this science fiction story has an underlying theme of the importance of books and reading.

If you have any follow up questions for Heidee, leave them in the comments here. I will get her to answer ALL your questions! I’ve got some pull, I mean, just look at us! We are two peas in a pod!

Sunday Spotlight, Part 11

Well, there is no baby giraffe yet! We will pick up Sunday Spotlight where I left off. I have one more awesome blogger for you to meet. Her name is Britini! I met Britini through a blogger group on Facebook. I fell in love with her deep honestly and love for what she does. Britini’s blog means so much more then what you see on the surface. Think about this, she is only 21 and KNOWS with all her heart, what is important to her. I admire that, and strive to be like that.

Here is a little bit more about the name and face behind A Bit by Brit.

“I am Britini Bratcher and I am 21 years old. I am saved by grace through Jesus Christ. I am the wife of the most wonderful man ever. We have an adorable little boy and a four legged fur baby. I am the oldest of seven children, two of which are adopted. I have moved 21 times and lived in five separate states. I am very involved with ministry work specifically with teens.  I am creative by nature and I am a lifelong learner. When it comes to learning I apply the quote by Einstein “once you stop learning you start dying.””

Why did you start blogging?

I have always enjoyed writing and I’m totally in love with the creative process so I thought why not combine them.

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

Anything that has to do with creativity of any form really.

Who is your role model?

I would have to say my role model is the youth Pastor at my church. He has an amazing faith and always encourages me to be the best I can.

What is the number one piece of advice you want to all women to know?

You are worth loving no matter what you’ve been through.

If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?

An Art Therapist.

Where are you from and what do you love about it?

I am originally from Bell County, Texas. I was to young to remember anything about living there though.

What is your favorite animal and color?

I totally love peacocks and my favorite color is teal.

If you could collaborate with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?

Rod Murray. He was my Pastor for 18 years and just recently passed away suddenly. I would love to collaborate with him and pick his brain. He had such a knowledge about so many things.

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?

Skillet fried pork chops!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still married to the love of my life, with two kids, two dogs, and blogging full time.

Last question…What is the most interesting and weird fact about yourself that most people wouldn’t have guessed?

I am the oldest of seven children.

Isn’t she great? I urge you to check out Britini’s work. I especially love her Instagram page! Here are links to her sites. Thank you for reading!

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Sunday Spotlight

Hello friends! Today I want to mix it up a little. Sunday Spotlight is going to spotlight itself! What? Yes, you read that right!

What is Sunday Spotlight?

It’s the first series to roll out on Real Mom Blogs. Sunday Spotlight is a weekly blog about awesome people! I try to spotlight everyone who deserves a chance in the spotlight.

Who can be spotlighted?

ANYONE! I’ve done spotlights on other bloggers, police officers, my mom, small business women, moms with fun hobbies, etc. It’s not just for moms, that’s not what Real Mom Blogs is about. I’m just a real mom, blogging about real life. I try to include everyone in my posts!

I have had so much fun doing these spotlights! You learn a lot about people, and I enjoy connecting with new friends.

In the month of March I want to really expand the spotlight! I am going to have a theme for the entire month. BUT, I need your suggestions for themes.

The first Sunday will be the winner of my mini competition that is on all my social media platforms. Go check it out to enter! All you have to do is guess when April the Giraffe will have her baby! (You can also leave your guesses in the comments of this post!)

After that, lets theme it up! Green, Dads, photographers, clothing, bloggers, etc. You tell me! What/who do you want to read about?

Curious about my past Spotlights? You can find all of the Sunday Spotlights here and read them again if you would like. Click on the picture to be taken to the post!

Part 1 – Mckinzie

Mckinzie

Part 2 – Danielle

Danielle

Part 3 – Katie

Katie

Part 4 – Teresa

Teresa

Part 5 – Mike

Mike The Cop

Part 6 – Lynsey

Lynsey

Part 7 – June

June

Part 8 – Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn

Part 9 – Emily

Emily

Part 10 – Jessica

Jessica

Sunday Spotlight, The Domestic Musician

  Happy Monday! Sorry this post is a day late, I had “Technical Difficulties” AKA: My computer died on me. I am happy to announce today’s Sunday Spotlight is Jessica from The Domestic Musician. When I first heard about this website, I was floored! What a great idea! Jessica is a musician, who decided that music education was important for ALL kids. Read on to find out more about her and her website, The Domestic Musician.

Tell me a little bit about you, and The Domestic Musician.

I was born in Little Rock, AR and grew up in Tulsa, OK and Northwest Arkansas. I come from a family of 3 girls and then went on to have 3 boys. I started playing piano at the age of 6 after hearing my 1st grade teacher play “Jolly Old St Nicholas” on the piano in my classroom. I continued playing piano and won several awards and contests. I went on to learn the clarinet as well and was in high school concert and marching band.

In college,I got my degree in music education where I played piano and clarinet in several choirs, ensembles, and concerts. After graduating, I met my husband and taught at a Tulsa Elementary school for 7 years as well as teaching private piano lessons from college on. I had our first son, then we moved to Northwest Arkansas and ended up having two more sons. I decided to stay home and raise my kids, but also received my Arkansas teaching license. I started my website The Domestic Musician as a way for me to share my love of music education with all children. I teach online music lessons as well as a piano courses coming soon.

Who is your role model?

Probably every music teacher from elementary school through college that had a huge influence in my life.

How does online music education differ from in person?

I am still teaching students, but not in person. Questions are asked by emailing me, lessons are more self paced, and parents are more involved in helping their children.  It is a collaborative effort between myself, the students, and the parents where I am teaching all the material, but parents are helping make sure their children are watching the video lessons and paying attention as well as practicing throughout the week.

How did you and your husband meet?

We met in a night club.  I love telling this story because we always get the most confused looks, because if you know us, you know we are not the night club kind of people.  My sister was about to move and wanted a girls night out and I kept telling her I didn’t want to go out, yet she kept insisting.  So, I went, met a guy, talked to him in the corner for two hours, 7 months later we were engaged, and we just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.

If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?

I always wanted to be a wife and mom, start my own music studio, and teach music.  I am living my dream right now!


If you could collaborate with any musician alive or dead, who would it 
be?

I would love to collaborate with Beethoven.  He was brilliant and I love how he didn’t let his disability hold him back.

What is your favorite animal and color?

I love dogs and I like turquoise or mint green a lot.

Do your husband or kids play any musical instruments?

My oldest son is learning the piano and my husband played trumpet and french horn in high school.

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare? 

He makes an amazing chicken dinner with homemade sauce and potatoes.  He can literally sit in a restaurant, eat a meal, and go home and figure out the ingredients from scratch.  Craziness!


Has anything crazy gone wrong during any of your performances?
If yes, what happened?

Ha! At my senior college piano recital, I had a giant brain fart where I started a Chopin piece that I had completely memorized and could not remember the beginning.  After sitting for a minute and taking a deep breath, I started over and played it all the way through great.  Nerves will get me every time.

Where do you see yourself in five years? And ten?

In five years, I want to be able to have my business off the ground so my husband can work on starting his own business he’s wanted to start up for years.  In ten years, I want to build our dream house on the lake and to continue teaching online and in person.

What is your favorite memory about music that has changed your life?

My 1st grade teacher played “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” on her piano, I went home to our new piano and figured out how to play it all on my own.  If it wasn’t for her showing my class her love of music, I always wonder when I would have figured out I wanted to learn music.

Last question…What is your favorite instrument and song to play? 

I love to play the piano and I don’t have a favorite song to play, but I love playing anything Classical, worship music, and songs that kids will enjoy.

~Don’t forget to check out Jessica on her website and social media sites!

Website…www.thedomesticmusician.com
Facebook…www.facebook.com/thedomesticmusician
Instagram…www.instagram.com/thedomesticmusician
Pinterest…www.pinterest.com/domesticmusic
Twitter…www.twitter.com/thedommusician

 

 

If you or someone you know should be spotlighted for their business, incredible life, or just because they are awesome, please email me! I am constantly looking for new people to spotlight!

Thank you for your continued support!

Sunday Spotlight, Arrow it Forward

Recently I joined a couple support groups on Facebook for blogging. I’ve learned so much and they have helped me a lot with tips for growing my blog. I reached out to a couple of them for my Sunday Spotlight and met some really cool people! One of which is Emily. Emily is the power behind arrowitforward.com an inspirational blog about life and community. She is very funny and has a very positive outlook on life. I really enjoy following her on Facebook and Instagram.

Here is a little bit more about her.

“I am 35, I live in Ontario, Canada. I have a son age 7 and a daughter age 4. I’ve been with my husband for 21 years! I have worked for the federal government for 10 years. I struggled with anxiety for a few years during my adult life…still do, but I was actually able to get a better handle on it through network marketing, getting out of my comfort zone. I was able to start being social again, finding my confidence, finding my way back to me. I have a passion for getting a similar journey started for other women….mostly other moms who don’t feel proud of anything personal other than being a mom. I love to communicate and talk about things not everyone talks about….using humour to help the connection. I don’t want to sit at a desk job the rest of my life. I want to be around my family more, have flexibility and help others.” -Emily

Why did you start blogging?

When enough people tell you that you should do something, it gives you pause, makes you stop for a moment and give it some actual thought.  I would post ramblings and videos on Facebook that people seemed to connect with and I decided that a blog would be an amazing outlet, it seemed like the logical next step….and one I was both nervous and excited about!

What is your favorite subject to talk about?

I like to say things that others may be thinking and don’t say. I try to  use humour and compassion to normalize topics like mom guilt, anxiety, self-doubt.  I like to throw fun things into the mix as well, ask me what my top five beauty products or books are and I could go on for days!  

Who is your role model?

I feel like we take elements from a number of people in our lives.  No one truly has it all put together, so I may look to one for their business mind, one for their wit, one for their passion for life.  

What is the number one piece of advice you want all women to know?

Pay attention to yourself!  Do more of what makes you happy because it extends to everyone around you.  If you notice you are in a rut, try something new to get out of it.   Days go by quickly, life is short and although we may not feel it at times….we ARE in control.

If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?

A HUGELY successful blogger??  😉  I would also like to write a novel, have my own fashion line, own a vineyard….I mean, dream big right??!  The essence behind my dreams is a desire to be doing something I’m passionate about it and have the flexibility and control to be with my family more.

Being from Canada, what is something super normal to you, that is very different to America?

Oh dear, there are many angles I could take here!  But instead, I’m just going to say ketchup chips.  Yes that’s my answer and I’m sticking to it 😉

What is your favorite animal and color?

I love birds. If I see a bird on a mug I have to buy it.  And don’t even get me started about pillows, or clothing for my daughter….  Must. Own. All. Items. With. Birds.   Has anyone seen the “Put a bird on it” episode of Portlandia??

As for colour (yes yes, us Canadians also shove the letter u into words) I tend to be drawn to turquoise, which can be a dangerous situation walking into Home Sense seeing that it seems to be the “theme of the year” #updatealldecor #emptywallet

If you could collaborate with anyone alive or dead, who would it be?

In relation to my blog focus, it would have to be @sarcasm_only and @scarymommy as they both are #real which makes all of us ladies feel a bit more “normal.”  I also love Lady Gaga…I mean who doesn’t?!

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?I find it hilarious that you asked this question as HE is the cook in our family.  I FEAR what he would say if he was asked this about ME….  But I do make a mean Kraft Dinner and do have some talent throwing random items into a crock pot.  Oh and sometimes I buy fancy spices to store for years untouched in the cupboards.

Where do you see yourself in five years? And ten?

Are you trying to make a mommy cry?? Now I’m sitting here calculating how old my kids will be at those stages….  As for my goals, I don’t see anything concrete (although a cottage in the Muskokas would be nice), it’s more about feelings.  I want to feel in control of my own life, have flexibility, balance, joy, and know that I am helping others do the same.

Last question…What is the most interesting and weird fact about yourself that most people wouldn’t have guessed?

I don’t like babies.  No wait….I tell everyone that.  That I blare gangsta rap in my minivan picking up the kids.  No wait….I have the windows down on purpose and everyone can hear.  The thing is I’m a pretty open book and I try to think that even though someone may find something weird….there is a group of people out there that don’t.  So you may as well just be all of you!

If you’ve enjoyed Emily as much as I do, check out her Website and Instagram! For 2 extra entries in my Valentine’s Day Giveaway, follow her on Instagram. Screen shot your follow and message it to my on my Facebook page.

www.arrowitforward.com  

www.instagram.com/arrowitforward