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Product Review: Mobidri Towel (And a Half Marathon Recap)

The Mobidri Stays Tucked Away, No Problem

The Mobidri Stays Tucked Away, No Problem

This past weekend I checked off a major goal, I ran a half marathon! I added this to my list of accomplishments I wanted to have before turning 30 but really, it was about accomplishing it for me. Even if I didn’t make it before 30 for some reason, I still wanted to do that run.

I wrote all about my race on Mumbling Mommy in a post titled Dear Fibromyalgia, I Won!

I’ve talked about my running gear before but for this post, I want to talk about a new addition to my lineup, the Mobidri towel. If you don’t know already, the Mobidri towel is “highly technical, water-resistant on the inner, super absorbent on the outer, thin, lightweight and designed to stay with you.” So it’s a sweat rag, right? That’s what I thought at first too. And then I spent 14 weeks of training with it. This is NOT your average sweat rag.  Read the rest of this entry


#TheDress and Why This Needs to Teach Us a Lesson


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Last night my world was turned upside down by a single, stupid picture of a dress. You may be annoyed with this dress. And that’s okay. You may think there are bigger things to worry about in this world. And that’s true. But this dress is powerful. Science has explained why people see it differently. What science cannot explain though and clearly, neither can humanity is why our society refuses to accept that another person can see something completely different from us.

Our eyes see things differently. Our noses smell things differently. Our fingers feel things differently. Our ears hear things differently. Our tongues taste things differently. Every experience we have is unique to us. Words always try to describe what our senses feel but they will always come up short. I can teach my children everything they’ll ever need to know but I will always have a different view than they do. They will always have the ability to freely think and absorb their surroundings independent of the facts presented. Read the rest of this entry

Writer Road Trip: 50 Shades of Mommy Wars


Writer Road TripThis month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.

Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.

e-Cloth GIVEAWAY: The Winner Has Been Chosen


eclothCongratulations to Katie Henderson who was picked via random generator. Katie has already supplied her information and should be receiving her FREE 8 Piece Home Cleaning Kit from e-Cloth soon. I look forward to hearing what she has to say about her new products.

If you missed this opportunity, don’t fret. You can sign up at e-Cloth’s website to be notified about upcoming promotions and coupons.

Not sure what e-Cloth is? Check out the review I posted.

Thank you to everyone for participating and sharing.

Product Review: e-cloth (Chemical Free Cleaning)… And a GIVEAWAY!


eclothFor the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of reviewing a product called e-cloths. These cloths enable users to clean virtually any aspect of their homes without chemicals. I jumped at the chance to test these puppies out after hearing that tidbit for sure.

Here are a few details from e-cloth’s website:

“Unlike ordinary cloths, e-cloth fibers are designed and fabricated to provide maximum cleaning power.  Primarily made from polyester and poly amide, the tiny e-cloth fibers are 1,000 times finer than cotton fibers or 1/200th diameter of a human hair.  The fibers are the smallest in the world that can be made by man.

e-cloth’s filaments are so small and so strong; using just water they break up, lift, lock in, and clean deep down into the tiniest grooves and crevices.  Dust, grease, oils, grime, dirt and bacteria are quickly and easily removed and locked away deep inside the fibers until the cloths are rinsed or washed.

Surfaces are cleaned so effectively that there is nowhere left for bacteria to grow.  Surfaces are left polished and totally smear and lint free.  e-cloths rapidly absorb 7 times their weight in water.

In addition, scientific research carried out by world-renowned Silliker Group, has proven that e-cloths also remove over 99% of bacteria.”

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Writer Road Trip: Ever Wonder What My Typical Day Looks Like?


Writer Road TripFor the past three years, I’ve written and posted a piece on Mumbling Mommy describing a day in my life. I started these posts when Pink and Purple were just a few months old and my days consisted literally of feeding them. As our girls have grown, our days started revolving around school drop off and pick up for Orange and now, there are so many things going on in our lives, I wouldn’t even be able to pinpoint just exactly what this sample day is about. Let’s just say I stay busy. My life is fantastic and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

5:45 a.m. – Wake-up time. I dress quickly and head downstairs for half marathon training. Today I put in 2 miles. It’s my “easy run” day since I have to do strength training, too.

6:30 a.m. – Run is over. Fastest treadmill time thus far. I’m feeling really good. Time to stretch and then get in 10 minutes or so of meditation.

7:00 a.m. – Time for my shower. It’s just a quick 5-minute rinse off. I only wash my hair a couple of times a week and today isn’t one of them.

7:15 a.m. – I’m dressed, the bed is made and I hop on my phone for a few minutes to get some social media posts scheduled (Some of my paid freelance work.)

7:30 a.m. – I wake up my 3-year-old twin daughters and almost-6-year-old daughter. We have a morning routine that includes bathroom breaks, making beds and getting dressed.

8:00 a.m – Everyone is dressed, so downstairs we go. I make the girls small bowls of Nature’s Path Whole O’s (They are like Cheerios but organic and gluten-free.) I top them with honey and some dried cherries and almond milk. On the side, they each want a handful of dried blueberries, a banana and a handful of cashews. They all choose grape juice to drink this morning. (We water it down still, even for my older daughter.)

8:15 a.m. – I quickly scramble up some egg whites for myself and eat them alongside some acorn squash I had previously baked. I enjoy a hot cup of peppermint tea as well. As I finally sit down to eat, the girls skip away from the table with full bellies. I send my oldest off to pack her backpack and then to orchestrate teeth brushing for herself and her sisters.

8:30 a.m. – I pack a lunch and snack for my kindergartner and run up the stairs to grab my shoes and get shoes for all the girls, too.

8:40 a.m. – Out the door we go for school drop off.

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#TenThoughtsTuesday … Connecting All My Medical Mysteries


Ten Thoughts Tuesday1. One month ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and leaky gut syndrome. I’m kind of surprised by this but the most common reaction I seem to be getting is, “I didn’t even know you were sick.” That’s the thing. I am not sick. I function. I do what I need to do. I take care of my kids and finish my freelance work before my deadlines. My symptoms were so drastically different from what the average person saw of me. I often hide behind my smile.

2. I knew something was wrong. I’ve known for a very long time that something was wrong. I saw specialists for just about everything you can imagine, did blood tests and urine samples and MRI’s and CT scans. Gosh, I don’t even know how much money we’ve spent trying to figure out why my body is this way. I almost started feeling like it was all in my head. I asked my best friend on more than one occasion if she thought I was a hypochondriac. I have been mentally beaten, being told “everything is normal” over and over and over and over again. I don’t know how long that will take to heal. Part of me is still in disbelief. I say my diagnoses out loud and feel like I’m having an out-of-body experience, like I’m talking about someone else I know. Read the rest of this entry

30 Books in My 30th Year


To celebrate turning 30 with my next birthday, I am challenging myself with these things. This is my book challenge. Here are the books I’ve read so far: (I’ll update as we go along.)

1. The Fault in our Stars — Highly recommend

2. The Mystic Wolves — Not my thing

3. Brain on Fire — Amazing memoir of a rare autoimmune disorder

4. More than Two — Interesting to see different lifestyles out there

5. Divergent — Highly recommend

6. What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Fibromyalgia — Wasn’t as thrilled with it as I hoped

7. 14 Days of Foreplay – In Progress

8. The Wolf of Wall Street – Gave up after the first “book” (9 chapters in, I believe.) I’ve seen the movie and knew what I was getting myself into but the book reads like the author wrote it on speed. It jumps all over the place, drags on with way over detailed descriptions and makes so many references to pop culture that I felt lost the whole time.

9. Pretty Little Liars – I watched the first few seasons of this show on ABC Family and really enjoyed it. I flew through the first book of many. I couldn’t put it down. The chapters are short and captivating making it easy to get through. I can’t wait to get the next one.

10. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – I listened to this book on audio. I really enjoyed this way of reading as I’ve never done it before but I feel like I missed some details, like when you watch a movie instead of read a book. I mostly listened while biking so multitasking, right up my alley 🙂 I’ll definitely be listening to more of these books soon too.

11. Winnie-the-Pooh – I’ve read many a Pooh story before but this is the first time reading the classic chapter book by A. A. Milne. I read it out loud to Orange. I can’t wait to read more chapter books with her. We are working on another and plan to order a few from her book order at school too.

12. Flawless – Another enjoyable PLL book.

13. 50 Shades of Grey – My second read through. I enjoy this series, despite the negative reviews. There is a good chance this won’t be the last time I read it either.

14. Gone Girl – This book is seriously messed up. Every new chapter brought a twist I wasn’t expecting.

15. Prince Caspian – In Progress

16. 50 Shades Darker – See above. Same story.

17. The Hormone Cure – This was a recommendation from a Facebook page I like. I love the premise of this book. I only skimmed through most of it and read the parts that most applied to me. There are great tips for anyone getting started. I’m pretty well familiar with how hormones are affecting my health at this point though so there was only a minimal amount that was new for me. Still a good source.

18. 50 Shades Freed – Finished and now waiting for my turn to read Grey. 

19. What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days on the GAPS Intro Diet – This is a great eBook for anyone attempting GAPS for themselves or their family.

20. Gut and Psychology Syndrome – So much good information on leaky guts and the abundance of issues that stem from them plus a detailed description of how to heal one.

21. Explain Pain – This one is VERY hard to get a hold of. I have been waiting for months to get it from our library and I ended having to request it through the inter-library loan system and they only allowed me to keep in 4 days! I had to skim pretty quickly through it but it was really amazing to read examples of the connection between the brain and pain and ways to retrain the body to understand trusted movements.

22. Bridesmaid Lotto – Very cute romantic comedy only I didn’t realize it was part of a series until I got to the cliff hanger at the end. Ugh. 

23. Stuart Little – It ended so abruptly. Orange and I read it together and she kept asking, “But what happened?” Is there a sequel I totally missed? 

24. Grey – Loved it! I know it’s not some people’s taste and that’s fine. I’ve read all 3 Fifty books twice and I’ve seen the first movie (a few times) and Grey has been my favorite so far. I really hope she continues the series from his perspective. 

25. How to Eat Fried Worms – In progress

26. Wild – In Progress

27. 20 Kids and Counting – In Progress




My Countdown to 30: Happy Birthday All Year Long!

An Aging Beauty: Yes, I'm Full of Myself

An Aging Beauty: Yes, I’m Full of Myself

A little over a month ago, I celebrated my 29th birthday. I am not afraid of getting older. Honestly, I think the only person that still believes I’m not already in my thirties is my mom and really, it’s just because she gave birth to me. I don’t exactly act like your typical twenty something. I married at 20 and settled quickly into adulthood because that is exactly what I wanted to do with my life. My bachelor’s degree reads my married name, not my maiden like most people I graduated with. Life isn’t a competition. I am an old soul. I know this. I always have been. I’m mature way beyond my actual age so who really cares if I turn 30 on my next birthday?

Still, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the event with some kind of important accomplishments. I’m already happily married with plenty of kids so you won’t see any of those milestones on my list but after spending the last month really thinking things over, I came up with 5 things I want to do before I turn 30, 5 personal development things that matter only to me. You can search for ideas on Pinterest. It’s really an interesting collection of bucket list items, traveling to foreign countries, charity work, savings, life events: it’s pretty extensive. Anyway, here is my list, in no particular order:

1. Run a 1/2 marathon. I will train this winter and sign up for a local race in April. I already have many plans in place to accomplish this one. Read the rest of this entry

5 Tips to Remove Plastics from Your Life in a Plastic Obsessed World

Photo from Creative Commons Search

Photo from Creative Commons Search

This summer before having any clue about just how severe my medical issues were, I got the results of a basic hormone screening from my gynecologist. He’s a good guy but being told yet again that “everything is normal” when everything was very, very much NOT normal was extremely infuriating. I never advocate for using the internet to diagnose problems but with my range of symptoms, there was no way that it was all in my head. I knew something had to be wrong somewhere and I wasn’t giving up my fight yet to figure out what. I took to my trusty Bing search and tried to find ANYTHING that could explain. I came across a wide variety of [scary] articles about plastics and the endocrine blocking chemicals that make them up. It was overwhelming. I think everyone had a good idea about BPA these days but BPA is just the icing. There is so, so, so much more.

I began the extensive task of removing dangerous plastics from my life and my family’s lives as best as possible. I think it’s impractical to eliminate plastic completely but for anything controllable in your home, I highly recommend making the attempt.

Here are 5 practical ways to remove plastics from your life:

1. Dishes: It is easy for adults to use glass or ceramic plates and bowls but with small kids involved, finding a solution was hard. For our family, we selected a 5 piece set (plate, bowl, cup, spoon and fork) from Untangled Living. We’ve used them 3 months now and still really love them. They are the perfect size for small kids. The girls think they are awesome too. And there was no looking back. We have just one set per kid as they are a bit pricey and we wash them every meal by hand. It keeps our clutter down as well so win-win. Read the rest of this entry