Super Spotlight, Rachel Wilser

“My toddler twins are some of the worst sleepers on the planet, and every few months hubs thinks he has a new plan to fix it. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work, and I end up 10 times more tired than before. -Rachel Wilser”

Friends, meet Rachel Wilser. She is an incredible mom of twins that you just HAVE to meet! Here is a little summary of her life, followed by a Q&A with cute pictures of said twins. I hope you enjoy!

Rachel Wilser's Twins

In any case, let me give you the brief summary of my life. The briefest summary is to say that I live the life of a vagabond. I grew up in the Midwest (which is why I love both beer and casseroles so much), and in my mid-twenties got an itch that if I didn’t do something dramatic with my life I might live forever in the same town. (Which sounded tragic at 25, but at 33 sounds delightful.) So I moved to DC. Where I knew exactly 3 people, and 2 of them lived with me.

I nannied, bartended, and scraped my way through my first year until I decided to go back to school for an M.Ed. I spent the next year student teaching and in grad school full time, but was able to finish my program in just a year. Then I got engaged that fall and married in 2012.

We lived a pretty unremarkable life–normal, slightly boring, but satisfying. The fall after I turned 30 the hubs convinced me it was time to attempt procreation, and after a few month my overachieving uterus produced not one, but two babies (yes, they’re twins, yes, they’re boys, yes, they’re identical). Shortly after our boys turned 1, the hubs called me from work one day and asked how I felt about moving to Germany. So now, we live in Germany with three toddlers–two humans, one canine.

What does M. Ed stand for? Can you elaborate?

Masters of Education; I attended a program at The George Washington University that was specifically geared towards preparing teachers for urban schools.What kind of puppy do you have? (Do you have any pictures?)

What kind of puppy do you have?

Sadie, Rachel Wilser's lab mix

Sadie is a lab mix; she’s a rescue, so we don’t know what her mix is, but we joke that it’s shark because she has a serious overbite!

Do you enjoy living in Germany? What is your favorite and least favorite part?

I do enjoy living in Germany; I’ve always considered myself independent and self-reliant, and I think that this experience is stretching those limits. My joke answer to my favorite part of living in Germany is that there’s never an inappropriate time to have a coffee or a beer. The real answer is that it’s so easy and affordable to do so much traveling; our boys will have full passports before they’re in kindergarten! My least favorite part is definitely the distance from family and close friends. I’m really close to my parents and brother, so only seeing them once a year is tricky. Luckily, it’s 2017 and I can FaceTime the crap out of them. =)

Your life sounds kind of crazy, how do you keep it together? Do you have any advice for moms around the world to help keep their cool?

Twin boys, playing

Confession time: I’m actually super old school, and am honestly the only person I know, besides my mom, who still uses a daily paper calendar. I don’t really count her, though, because she uses those super tiny ones that you just slid in your purse. Whereas mine is a little larger so that I can fit playdates, doctor’s appointments, deadlines, social commitments, etc. on it. It’s color coded because I’m into that. But seriously–when people ask me if we’re free to do something that’s the first place I look. It helps me stay balanced, organized, and prepared. My advice for moms is one of my favorite quotes: “Comparison is the thief of joy”. It’s easy to look at someone else and they think have more, but a) you have no idea if that’s true or not, and b) you’re doing great, too, mama! Just look around at all you have and find your joy in it.

Why did you start blogging, and what is your niche?

I started blogging because people always ask a ton of questions about twins, but it’s evolved slightly from there. I would say that my niche is family travel and raising multiples. It’s important to me that we’re still having fun, and didn’t end our previous lives to raise children.

Even for those who know you, what is something about you that usually surprises people when they find out?

This is totally random, but my parents (mostly just my mom) were really strict//vigilant about the shows and movies we watched as kids, so there are gobs of movies from the late 80s and early 90s that everyone talks about all the time that I still haven’t seen.

Smiling Twins, See Rachel's post!Alright, now you know the drill! Follow these links to get more from Rachel Wilser!

Blog: https://twokidsforthepriceofone.wordpress.com/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/rve0423/ (or @rve0423, whatever is easier)
Pinterest: These are just a few boards that I feel would be most relevant. https://www.pinterest.com/rve423/holidays-celebrate/
https://www.pinterest.com/rve423/tm/
https://www.pinterest.com/rve423/planes-trains-and-buses/

Sunday Spotlight, Mike The Cop

This is Mike. Mike the Cop.

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Hands down, this is my favorite blog post thus far! I am so blessed and honored to do this spotlight. A while back, I contacted Mike The Cop and asked him if I could do a spotlight on him. I thought for sure he wouldn’t respond. Well, guess what? He responded rather quickly! Not only did he respond, he agreed to a Q&A! So here you have it, more about Mike the Cop from Mike himself!

 

First off, tell me a little about yourself. Who is the man behind Mike the Cop?

Well, my name is definitely Mike and I’ve been in law enforcement since July of 2009. I’m a husband of 21 years, a father of four with a grandbaby on the way and when I’m not making videos I’m trying to get better at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

 

Now who is Mike the Cop and how did this adventure start?

The adventure started when I was inspired by Officer Daniels and what he is doing. I decided that short humorous videos would be a good way to show people that cops have a sense of humor and build a rapport with others on social media, where cops can often be villainized.

Tell me a little bit about Humanizing the Badge.

Humanizing the Badge was started by Elizabeth Ogden shortly after her blog post “Dear Officer, I See You” We connected online and began to try and put out quality content that was not just negative responses to police situations to further a divide in the community but to actually be as objective and honest as possible in our handling of it and support both officers and community members.

What was the funniest traffic stop and funniest excuse someone has given you for breaking the law?

Those are very hard questions to tackle. Usually for a funny story, my memory needs to be jogged. Some of my stories appear in the book “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”. The funniest excuse for me was someone “having the bubble gut.” One person also lied to me once and said their house was on fire.

Are you still an active duty police officer? If so, how do you juggle work and pleasure?

Yes, more than active. I work my regular shifts and then some lol. I juggle it because I’ve got a great family with older kids so the social media time is something we can share in together. My wife is very understanding and accommodating with all the stuff I have on my plate.

What are your favorite food, color and animal? And Why?

Pizza, black, snipe…because…’Merica.

What has been the happiest moment in your life thus far?

No way to boil that down to one moment.

If you could spend 10 minutes with anyone alive or dead, who would it be? 

Jesus.

Who was/is the most influential person to impact your life?

My brother.

Do you have any regrets in life?

Plenty.

What was the scariest thing to happen while on the job?

Having to nearly take a life is pretty scary.

In conclusion, where do you see yourself in five years, and in ten?

I am hoping that in 10 years I’ll be close to retirement if not retired already or doing part time police work while still engaging in the police community through social media and other non profit organizations.

What kind of weapons do you carry on your person? And in your vehicle? 

Glock 21, 42, Sog Flash knives, Fixed Blade defensive knife. In patrol vehicle, AR-15 and Remington 870.

Give me your best advice for home security.

Get a loud dog and a loud gun 🙂

What is the number one thing you wish people knew about you or law enforcement?

That we’re just as normal as any other community members.

What can we do out in the community to help you and your organization?

Just keep spreading the word and sharing good/valuable content.

I really enjoyed learning more about Mike and his organizations.
To make this post I did a lot of research. You think you know something, but there is always room to grow and learn. I’ve always made it a point to teach my son that the Police, are not bad. We stress the importance of people and acceptance in our house. So, I strongly support what Humanizing the Badge is all about! Mike is making it more fun for everyone! I started watching his videos and following his posts on Facebook. He is a really funny guy! I now follow him on SnapChat and it’s a fun way to see what police officers are really like. I urge you to look into his stuff and see what you think!

CONTACT INFO for Mike The Cop

You can find Mike on Facebook, SnapChat, and more!
Get the links below!
@Mike_TheCop1

Here are some additional links to some of my favorite content done by Mike The Cop and Humanizing the Badge. Please explore!

http://www.mikethecop.tv/how-to-talk-yourself-into-a-ticket/

Sunday Spotlight, MY MOM

Today is a SPECIAL post! It’s the first post of 2017! I am so excited to be doing a Sunday Spotlight for the first post. What a way to kick off a great year?! Meet my mom!

This Sunday, I am spotlighting THE coolest and best mom I know.
MY mom! I look up to my mom so much.
She was the best person I know and I would not be where I am without her. She truly is my BEST friend!

So without further ado, here is a fun Q&A about my mama!

How old are you?

I am 55 Years Old. (I’m just surprised she actually said her age..)

 

 

 

Who is your role model?

Princess Di and my mom.  They were very classy women who were confident in who they were and accepted people for who they were.

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

I am already grown but I would have liked to have been an ambassador for goodwill. (Such a mom thing to say..)

What is your favorite animal and color?

Tiger!!!! Both white/black and orange/black. (Oh that must be where I get it from)

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

Teriyaki Chicken in the wok with veggies and white rice.

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

In five years-on the road to recovery and in 10 ten years-retired.

 

Last question… What is your greatest accomplishment in life?

Having the most beautiful family-inside and out!!! (Wrong, it’s me. I am her greatest accomplishment..)

I also asked my siblings to help me with this interview. These next questions were ones that we asked her back in December at our Christmas party.

How many kids do you have?

Seven

Who is your favorite child?

I don’t have a favorite..

What’s your favorite tradition?

When I was a child, my mom would read a story on Christmas eve.

What is your biggest regret in life?

Not following my dreams.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Well just one of many, is when I drove a motor home to Wendover.

If you could relive any moment, what would it be?

The day I married Mike.

What is your opinion on Marijuana?

Um, I’m against it!

What is/was your dream career?

Everyone should know that! A professional beach volleyball player.

What do you want people to know about you?

I would like to be known for being non-judgmental and kind.

I think my mom is the bee’s knees!

She is so funny and truly is kind! What I like most about my mom is that she is always there for me when I need her. I asked my mom and a few of my siblings what they liked most about our her, and this is what they had to say: (Some of these are spouses, but we are all family, so don’t get confused)

Teresa-My laugh!

HS- She is caring!

DE-Really funny, she makes me laugh a lot.

TE-I love the way I was raised.

JS-Her hair, she is pretty!

DE-She is determined!

McE-I love that her house is always open!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only is my mom a caring, awesome woman to her family, she is also a very fun and enthusiastic “Dance Mom”! My little sister has danced almost her whole life. Our mom has been there every step! She always supports all of her friends too!

You can even ask my friends! My mom is your mom! She cares about everyone and will treat everyone like they are family. I look up to her so much! I love her guts!

Sunday Spotlight, Dani Enlow

Welcome!

Let me introduce you to another really awesome mom! This is Dani, my sister-in-law! Dani is a stay-at-home mom that decided to take action and start a home based business. Have you heard of Lipsense? That’s what this girl does! She is your new Avon Lady! Scenegence is one of the fastest growing companies, and Dani here has a front seat for the action! Here is a little Q&A to get to know her better.


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Tell me a little bit about yourself:

I have been married to the man of my dreams for 5 years. I have two little girls, 3 years and 11 months (she turns ONE on the 18th! I can’t wrap my head around that!). I love to travel and wish I could do it more. My dream is to travel to Italy and of course Ireland! The most important things in my life are my family and my faith, without these I don’t know where I would be in life.

How old are you?

26

What made you want to get into Senegence?

At first I just fell in LOVE with the products and wanted to buy everything! Ha ha! Then I learned of all the amazing opportunities that the company offers. I love how I can help secure our family financially while helping other women find products that make them feel confident and beautiful.

What do you like most about the product?

I love how it is all natural and I don’t have to worry about what I am putting on my face and body. I have noticed since I started wearing and using all the products my skin, especially on my face just looks healthier and brighter.

Who is your role model?

My mom. To be honest we don’t always get along but I really look up to her. She is such a strong woman and she takes charge. She is incredibly smart and she is always willing to help others, especially her family. I wish I was more like her.

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

Can I say a superhero? Yes? Then a superhero! I need that super speed to keep up with my kiddos!

How long have you been a Senegence distributor?

4 months and I am loving it 🙂 I have been using the products for 8 months.

What got you hooked?

Definitely the LipSense.

How do you think selling makeup could help you or your family in the future?

First off I feel more confident when I go out. I feel more put together which helps me hold my head a little higher and walk a little taller.
Selling Senegence is helping our family become more Financially secure. It is honestly helping us get out of debt. My husband still has some student loans and we have a car payment and it is helping us pay extra on those every month. And soon it will lead to us buying a home of our own.

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They say a woman can conquer the world with a good shade of lipstick. What is your shade and how does it boost your confidence?

DUSTY ROSE! I just feel like a BAD*** when wearing it. It is a dark color for sure, but I feel like I can take on the world while wearing it! I also just love how it looks on me. Ha Ha

What is your favorite animal and color?

Sea Turtle. They are so clumsy on land but when they get into the ocean they are so majestic!

Mint. Its girly without being pink.

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

Biscuits and Gravy! It is like the only thing he can make to be honest! But he gets it perfect everytime! Whenever I make it i mess it up somehow. I wish he would make it more.

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

In Five years? We will probably have a few more little ones running around and we will have a home of our own!

Ten years? Hopefully working full time with my Photography business and still selling Senegence.

Last question… Who is your favorite Sister-in-law? (Hint.. She is super cool…)

Of course that would have to be LYNSEY! She really is amazing! She is always thinking of others before herself and she LOVES her nieces and spoils them any chance she gets! And she has 7 of them! She is the most thoughtful person I have ever met.


I’ve known Danielle for quite a while now. She is the best person to take Make up advice from. I mean, just look at her! #slaygirlslay

If you are interested in knowing more about her products, like her Facebook page and join her group! You can also book a Facebook party with her to get great hostess awards! Trust me, I’ve done it before!

Dani and I are so excited about this product and my Giveaway that she has decided to donate some to my giveaway!

This is SO big! This Sh** Just Got Real!

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Here are the Links to Danielle’s page and group.

“Anyone who joins my group and follows my page will get 10% off their first order when they mention your blog!” -Danielle

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1289844741059896/?__mref=message_bubble

https://www.facebook.com/KissableLipswithDanielle/?__mref=message_bubble

Sunday Spotlight, Mckinzie

This is a long one! So buckle up, grab some hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy!

I’ve been wanting to spotlight some fellow moms for a while now. I thought I would start close to home. Let me introduce you to my sister-in-law, Mckinzie. She is an awesome woman and incredible mom! The last two years she has taken our family Christmas pictures. She is really good at what she does. Here are some of her personal favorites along with a Q&A to get to know her better.

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Tell me a little bit about yourself:

I have been married for 5 years to an awesome guy with two girls, 3 and 10 months. I graduated with a Bachelors in Family Studies from BYU. My faith and family are my biggest priorities!

How old are you?

26

What made you want to get into photography?

My family has always loved to travel and it was always my job to take the pictures! My dad bought a DSLR a long time ago and I loved it.

What do you like most about taking pictures?

Pictures are how we remember everything. I barely remember my wedding day but I look at the pictures and it all comes back. I love being able to capture those memories.

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Who is your role model?

My mom! She worked hard to get her education. She is a great person!

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

That is a very good question. I really want to help people. I want to be a foster parent and help kids. Maybe a Child Life Specialist. I still don’t know!

How long have you been taking pictures?

A very very long time. With a DSLR? About 2 years

Is this something you want to do for a living, or just a fun hobby?

It’s always just been a hobby but recently I’ve been taking more pictures of friends and family and it’s pretty fun! So right now I would love to practice more and maybe start a little business! If anyone wants to model for me I would love it!

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How do you think taking pictures could help you or your family in the future?

I love getting professional pictures of my kids but it’s expensive! Now I can do it. It would also be nice to make a little extra money to support my family.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. What is just one word to describe your photography?

Family

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What is your favorite animal and color?

Elephants. Purple.

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

I laughed at this question. My husband doesn’t cook very much. He makes a mean Ramen, Mac and Cheese, and pancakes.

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

In five years I see myself with a couple more kids! In ten years I would love to have a career.  Who knows!

Last question… Who is your favorite Sister-in-law? (Hint… She is super cool…)

Lynsey! Duh haha. She is the most thoughtful person I have ever met. She is always thinking about others!

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I’ve known Mckinzie for a very long time… In my opinion, there is no one better for my brother, than her. She really was sent from God just for our family. Kinzie fits in perfect! She and David have gone through everything and still show the world what it’s like to be kind and loving. I am very grateful for her and her family. As you can see from above, they really make cute kids!

These next couple of photos are of my little brother and sister. My mom wanted to get pictures of them because, well, look at them! I was lucky enough to tag along in this photo shoot. Aren’t they amazing?


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LASTLY, here are a couple of my favorites from our Christmas pictures this year. Be sure to check out Facebook for more.

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Sunday Spotlight, Katie Case

Meet my Lularoe mommy friend, Katie! This girl is a super cute mom of 2, who runs her own business with her mama. Here is a fun Q&A about Katie!

Tell me a little bit about yourself:

I’ve been married for 4 years to my best friend, Daniel. We have two girls together. Harper is 3 and Finley 6 months. We currently live with my parents, and are trying to save up for a house!

How old are you?

I’m 26 years old.

What made you want to get into Lularoe?

After I had my second baby, I was feeling so bad about myself. I bought a pair of leggings and a shirt from LuLaRoe, I felt so cute and was so comfortable. I wanted to make others feel that way, and after a lot of thought, me and my mom decided to become consultants.

What do you like most about the product?

I love that it can fit anyone, from kids to plus size. And it’s so comfortable. I love that I can wear it to just hang out in the house, or go out, and still look cute!

Who is your role model?

My mom. She is so hard working, and so caring. She takes care of my kids even after working a full time. She’s my best friend and I’m glad I can be on a team with her.

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

Well my ultimate dream job, is to work at the bippidy boppidity boutique at Disneyland, and do the little girl’s hair, and make them look like a princess!

How long have you been selling Lularoe?

Since September!

Is this something you want to do for a living, or just a fun hobby?

I quit my job after selling for about a month. And I don’t regret it. It’s a lot of work, so I’m grateful I can do this as my job and stay home with my girls. So hopefully I can keep doing it as a living.

How do you think this business could help you or your family in the future?

I’m hoping it can help get us a house and provide an income! Which it has helped us so far!

What was the very first thing you bought from Lularoe?

I think it was a pair of black leggings when I was pregnant with my daughter, 3 years ago. And I still have them and wear them!

What is your favorite animal and color?

I love all animals. I have a special place in my heart for all animals. But I would say dogs and cats! And I’m obsessed with black and white!

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

Guess what? He usually cooks! I’m a horrible cook. Tonight he made mashed potatoes and chicken and it’s awesome! He’s a pretty good cook.

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

In a house, maybe with one more kid. And hopefully being able to stay home and be with the kids. And same with 10 years. I just want to be a mom!

Last question… If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it? (You can’t pay off debt with it, or give it to charity)

Pay off debt! Haha just kidding. I would get a nice big house, hire a maid and a cook. And go on some vacations with my whole family!

If you are interested in learning more about Lularoe, join Katie’s group on Facebook! I love keeping up with the sales and finding one of a kind items!

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoejulieandkatie/