Thursday, December 25, 2014

We are going to Disneyland! #SpringBreak15

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We really are going! 
Mikala and I decided to surprise the boys the other day. We didn't exactly get the reaction we were hoping for but they were excited. 


Mikala found a great game at Wal-Mart to help us announce the trip. 
We even used our Elf on the Shelf; Jingle Georgie, to set up the surprise.


Later that day Mikala made a paper chain out of 82 pieces of construction paper. It is hung in our hallway over Disney pictures from our last trip in 2012.


Keep watching the blog for more posts on our Disneyland plans. If you want more info on trip planning, check out this post

Friday, December 19, 2014

Do you need last minute holiday gifts? #PlanesToTheRescue

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All opinions are mine alone. #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Freedom to be Spontaneous as a Busy Single Mom

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All opinions are mine alone. #TheMoodStrikes #CollectiveBias

As a single mom with twin monsters, my hands are beyond full. My whole life revolves around them. I am a mom from before the sun comes up and way past the time the sun sets. Meals, school, laundry, homework, cleaning, laundry, snacks, cleaning, story time, breaking up fights and more laundry. I don't have the freedom to be spontaneousMost days I don't feel I have even one moment to myself. When I do get time to myself, I usually sleep. I know it isn't exciting but having the bed to yourself can be nice. 



However, if I was dating and I didn't want to sleep alone... (did I just type that?) it would be nice to have one less thing to think about when trying to secure a sitter, figure out what to wear, doing my hair and makeup. Recently, I heard about K-Y® Liquibeads and they are easy to use and help me be ready for more than a kiss goodnight. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, but if you are uncomfortable shopping for personal lubricants, you can shop onlineI found some in my local Walgreens store. I already had to stop there to pick up a prescription for a sick kid. You can even go to coupons.com and print it out a coupon. 




I have to be honest though, as much as I might like to be in a relationship, I don't think I am ready to have one right now. I am getting closer to 40 then I care to think about. I have two small children. I am trying to work part-time and run a small business.  I live in a small town. I have tried to meet people. I have tried the dating sites. Blind dates are horrible at my age. Trying to meet people is a losing battle as well... Besides, I am too tired to even think about dating!



I think I will just wait and see what happens. I am trying to be a better person and make better choices. Right now, I think that means focusing on my boys. Actually, I am quite happy with how my life has settled into place. I have a very busy life that can make me smile, cry and scream all in one day. I work very hard to accomplish my To-Do list as it is - I couldn't add anything else without adding a lot of stress. For a new relationship to work, I need to be happy with my life and my choices. That confidence will shine through and things will come together when I least expect it to. I recently landed my new job at a time when I wasn't looking. Life has a funny way of working out for the best. 

Photo Credit: Savage Photography http://peaksphotography.com/

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I do have a week off while my boys stay at Grandma's house after Christmas. Maybe my alter ego will set up another blind date. Or I could just stay home and take care of things by myself. A single mom has needs too! (I can't believe I just typed that either!) It could be a great way to end the year - OR - it could lead to a new set of resolutions. 
Hmmm...  I might have to think about this a little more. 
  • Making time for yourself as a Single Mom. 
  • 5 Ways to Escape a Bad Blind Date. 
  • Having a Night All to Yourself. 
  • 5 Ways to Stay Social as a Single Mom.
Check back in the New Year to see what I added to my list of resolutions. 
What will you do when #TheMoodStrikes ?

Hair and Make-Up: Michelle Vogt http://hairbymichellevogt.weebly.com/

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tuition Credit for Sammy & Jayson

Originally Written - August 2014

I am writing this letter today to tell you some exciting news. The twins were accepted to Mt. Calvary School for the 2014-2015 school year. This is a private Christian school in Flagstaff. As with any good Christian education, the tuition is high. With TWIN BOYS, it seems like an impossibly huge amount to cover. As a single mom on a limited budget I am going to need help to give them this great opportunity. Lucky for us, the State of Arizona offers a dollar for dollar tax credit against your state tax liability. Any monies donated between now and April 15, 2015 will be credited to the 2014-15 school year. This money will help cover tuition for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Sammy and Jayson are registered at this website:
Sammy Ludwig -- Jayson Ludwig -- Mount Calvary Early Education
If you go this website, you can donate online using a debit or credit card or mail in a check for your donation. In the drop down box, you will select to donate to a Family/Student. Type in each of the boys' names and then you can select their school. (If asked on any forms, the boys are classified as Kindergarteners.) The total amount varies for each tax payer, but the donation could be up to an approximate $3,000. WOW!
All monies will be credited to your next tax return. If you have any specific questions, please refer to the website. If you can not find an answer, please email me and I will forward the information to the financial office at the school.
I first met their new teacher a couple years ago at a MOPS (Moms of PreSchoolers) meeting. She was explaining their different school programs to all the moms. Since that day, I knew in my heart that Sam and Jay needed to attend this school. We do have a preschool closer to our home, but I want the boys to be given a great start to their education. I know they will get that from Mrs. Williams. The boys love going to church. They love bible stories. I have even heard them recreating bible stories from Sunday School in their room with their toys.
I have an amazing amount of anxiety regarding this decision but I am trusting in God that all the finances will come together. I know this verse is often quoted but it is a verse that has stuck with me, even when I wasn't giving enough time and energy to my walk. There have been many times when I wasn't sure what our next step was going to be. However, we have spent the last four years planting roots in Flagstaff. I KNOW this is where the Boys and I are supposed to be.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Thank you for reading and considering to help the boys with their tuition to Mt. Calvary. 


http://mtcalvaryflagstaff.org/site/default.asp?sec_id=180002330
Thank you.

Monday, December 8, 2014

#SpinKindness as Seasons Change with #BoogieWipes

I am a Saline Ambassador for Boogie Wipes. I was given a Kindness Kit and #BoogieWipes samples to #SpinKindness this Holiday Season. All opinions are mine alone.
Have you ever noticed that when you smile at someone, they tend to smile back? The next person they make eye contact with will also get a smile. It gets passed from person to person and it makes your day a little brighter; even if for only a couple minutes. What if we tried to do this with kindness? 

I know that Kindness has helped me get to where I am now. When I was going through some really tough times, I wasn't sure what my next step was - let alone where I would be in a couple months. Kindness seemed to come from every corner of my life. I found housing, I found help with public transportation, I found help for my boys' speech delays. On and on and on... I know I have my moments but I try to spin that kindness to others whenever possible. 

This past October I co-hosted a Craft Show Fundraiser for a Transitional Housing program in Town. My boys and I lived there for 2 years. Talk about kindness. The staff are amazing. We only raised $150 that day but it is more than I could have done on my own. 

Just 2 nights ago I co-hosted another Fundraiser Craft Show. We are still selling raffle tickets to raise money for a family battling cancer. Four boys could lose a father and their mom will lose her husband. I want to do all I can for this sweet quiet family. Kindness can spread - try it for your self.

#BoogieWipes has a new #SpinKindness initiative that they are trying to spread just like that SMILE! They sent me a box full of goodies and told me to be creative in how I shared my kindness. 



I took an OCD approach to begin with :) I laid out all the goodies to see what I had. I made up little gift bags of all different sizes to pass out. Then I got really busy with my day job, my side business, Black Friday shenanigans, and then a cold. I did get three bags passed out that week though. I had planned to do more yesterday but I was sidelined with a cold. I guess I needed one of my GERM Buster bags for myself :( I am feeling better though and I plan to pass out lots more goodies this week.


This was for the family that showed me kindness on Thanksgiving.
My boys went to Grandma's for the long weekend.
They offered to share their meal with me.

This bag of goodies is for a mom recently diagnosed with an illness.
She is always so sweet and so kind.
I wanted to do something nice for her during Turkey week.
  
I included items into a basket we raffled off to raise money for
a Housing Program in town that helps women & children
that have escaped domestic violence.
Boogie Wipes, Detangler, Body Wash, Boogie Mist and Kandoo Wipes

If you have been given a #SpinKindess package/gift you will also receive a round Spin Kindness tag/card. There should be a word or code in the space following  .com/  Type in the entire URL and follow the directions.  

If you want, you can then #SpinKindness to someone else. Any cards from me will have this link: http://www.spinkindness.com/Boogie/  with the code Mora-3Q12 underneath so they can be tracked back to me.


Oh, I almost forgot. There is a big giveaway that is being done up through December 15th. Six Winners in all. 
Go to this link:  http://www.spinkindness.com/win/    


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Pssst... Shhhh... Do you want to be a SECRET AGENT?? Well, a KINDNESS Agent? OK! Then follow this link to sign up and 
Join us on our mission to #SpinKindness with #BoogieWipes

https://www.spinkindness.com/join/