Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!

--To have been a little freaked out at the Fifty Shades of Grey preview. Was I supposed to be turned on? Because the dude has crazy eyes and I couldn't take him seriously. But I couldn't take Christian in the book seriously either.

--To LOVE the new Gymboree line Posh and Playful.

--To have had fun in Dallas. We just went for the weekend and checked out the Grapevine Mills mall, which was awesome. Plus we went to a rodeo, which I'll write about. There were some people who seemed to think they were dressing to go to a club though.

--To need to start listing Natalie's clothes on eBay. I think I'll have mainly size 4s and 5s. I'll post the link when they are up.

--To have a Moon Pie Prize Pack from First Things First here.

--To think it's awesome that Tom will do silly stuff to make his little girl happy.

Airing My Dirty Laundry

Monday, July 28, 2014

What Tom Learned About Me

Tom and I got two weeks of kid free time.

(You can read what all we did here.)

He didn't have to go to work, because he took leave.

So we were around each other all the time.

Since he's usually at work and doesn't normally see during the day, Tom learned the following about me:

--I watch too many reality shows.

He knows I like them, he just didn't realize I watched so many. We'd be watching a Real Housewives and a preview came up for the new reality show Game of Crowns and Tom went, "That looks dumb," right as I went, "I'm so recording that." Tom couldn't sit and watch for too long, but the times he did he'd go, "Please don't ever put shit in your lips. It looks scary."

--I'll clean at random times of the day.

I don't have set times. I just know I need to get a certain amount done in a week. I'd be on the couch reading, and suddenly I'd get up and start to clean. Tom would find me scrubbing toilets and be like, "I thought you were reading?" I'd say, "I was. Now it's time to clean." When I got done, I'd go back to reading, and then get back up and clean some more. "Do you have a schedule? What's happening?" Tom wanted to know. "Can't you just sit? I feel weird sitting here while you're cleaning." He insisted on helping.

--I wash the sheets once a week.

He probably knew this. But he'd see the bundle of sheets in my arms and go, "Didn't you just wash those?" "Yes. A week ago. Lord knows what's living on them now." The funny thing is, I'm not a germaphone, I just know what can live on sheets. (This dust mite, for starters.) I don't want a dust mite to go into certain...crevices...so I wash the sheets weekly.

--I need to go to Target weekly

"But why? What do we need there?" Tom would ask. My answer? "You don't need a REASON to go to Target. Duh."

--I'll sometimes have a handful of cookies, crackers, and chips and call it lunch.

"That's not a meal!" Tom insisted. "It's lunch today," I explained.

--I don't like to be disturbed when I'm reading.

Tom would want to start a conversation right when I was in the middle of a good part. I'd say, "Can you give me ten minutes?" and he'd look offended. I can't just STOP reading. I mean, I can, but I'd prefer not to. Come back when I finish the chapter. We'll talk then, I promise.

In the end, the main thing we realized was that we still have fun together. Even when the kids aren't around. I admit, I was a little worried on how we were going to handle it without the kids distracting us. Would it be crickets every night as we ate? Would we sit silently on the couch? But no, we discovered that we can have adult conversations and not center things around the kids.

It was fantastic.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

First Things First Family Prize Pack *Giveaway*

**I was not compensated for this post.**

First Things First is an organization that helps strengthen families.

Here is more about them:

FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.

FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.

Did you know:

--24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.

--Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.

--Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.

--Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.

I watched this video about Daddy/Daughter relationships:

It is important for a father to have a good relationship with his daughter. My husband does, and I'm glad, because sometimes if a woman doesn't have a good father, chaos ensues. Having a good relationship with a dad will generally lead to the daughter picking a good mate when she marries. If she's treated poorly growing up, there's a big chance that she could pick someone who treats her poorly as well.

First Things First is offering a lucky reader a Moon Pie Prize Pack.

Moon Pies excite me. I love them.

Giveaway Rules:

--Must be 18 or older

--Must live in the US

Mandatory Entry: Watch the video and tell me what you think.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) First Things First Moon Pie Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

I will pick a winner via random.org on August 9th.

Good luck!
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