Big Announcement Coming Soon

In a couple of days I will post about something SUPER exciting!!! No, I am not pregnant lol. Until then…

Bubby is 6 months old, he has FOUR Teeth (yea, he got two more after my last post) and he’s a big sitting boy! Boogie is going on the potty like a pro, we only have a few accidents here and there, so yay Boogie! I’m hoping to post some update pictures soon as well, so keep an eye out for that! 😀

When Life Gives You Lemons…

I know, I know, it’s been over a month since I last posted. A lot has happened in the last month, some good… mostly not so good, but we’re alive, our children are growing and healthy, and we have what we need for now.

Let’s start with the not so good. At the end of April, J’s boss told him that it “just wasn’t working out” and that he had until the 31st of May to find another job. Cue hysterical crying, hyperventilating, panic attacks and fear (at least for me). We didn’t know what to do, where to go… we SHOULD have seen this coming. This woman has been awful to J since the day she started. She is hateful, selfish, and awful to her staff. As a manager, you should be part of the team NOT just give orders and sit around doing nothing, which is exactly what she does. I don’t mean to be negative, but this woman has been cruel to J, my brother (who also works there), and all of the other staff, but everyone is so afraid of losing their jobs that they won’t stand up for themselves or each other! J has plans to send a letter to corporate explaining how she treats her staff and the clients, not for revenge but because he doesn’t feel he can leave without doing SOMETHING to let someone know how she is treating everyone at the facility.

Right now J has a job at another facility, but it’s not a management position and it comes with a drastic pay cut. We are thankful that he found a job, but being thankful still doesn’t pay the bills. I may have a babysitting job lined up for the school year, but until then I feel like a sitting duck. I can’t get a job because whatever job I would get wouldn’t cover childcare costs of our children… so that leaves everything up to J which makes me feel AWFUL. I am struggling with this, it’s not just J’s family that needs to be taken care, it’s MINE! We are scared, more so than I can even explain, it’s terrifying being in this position, especially with young children relying on us for their needs. We are trying to have faith that God will bring us through, but anyone who has been here or in a difficult situation knows that even someone with the most devout faith struggles. It’s HARD being a Christian.

Thursday night J has an exam to qualify for a position with the US Postal Service, it pays slightly more than his salary now (before he is “let go” at the end of the month) but it isn’t in his career field. But we are praying this is a good fit and that he’ll have a chance at the job. At this point we just want to be where we were financially so that we continue to pay off debt and start a savings so that eventually we can purchase our home. With that said, I’m asking for prayers. Lots of prayers. Prayers that J’s boss won’t let him go sooner because he is leaving early on days he has interviews and exams, prayers that J’s boss will always remember J and his faith in Christ (we know she isn’t a believer, and as much as I dislike her I hope one day she finds Him), prayers that J will find a job that fulfills his need to help people and to provide for our family, prayers that we will have strength to get through, and prayers that we can keep our fears and anxiety at bay so that our children don’t suffer.

Oi. Okay, with that said, how about a happy update? Bubby has TWO teeth. Within less than two weeks they have both come through, I couldn’t believe it! I looked back at Boogie’s baby book and realized she didn’t have any teeth until just before her 8 month birthday! Bubby will also be celebrating his 1/2 birthday on the 26th. Can you believe that? I can’t believe he’s already 1/2 way to his 1st birthday! Bubby is also starting to sit for longer periods unassisted, which means here in the next month or so we will be starting BLW (Baby Led Weaning) again! He’s such a happy, big boy!

Boogie is still working on the whole potty thing… she still won’t tell me when she needs to go, but she will go when I ask her to most of the time. She is growing like a weed and continues to astound me with her vocabulary!

So again, please pray for our family, we aren’t looking for sympathy or for you to say how sorry you are…. because we aren’t sorry. For whatever reason, God wants us to go through this trial right now and I know eventually we won’t be in this predicament any longer. So just pray for us and cheer us on! Thanks!

Fell Off the Wagon…

Yea. And it hurt. After a week of a vegetarian/gluten free diet I fell off the bandwagon? Well, a combination of stress, crazy life happenings, and not wanting/able to make a completely separate meal for myself every day. And now I feel like poo. That’s the nicest way to put it. My stomach hurts after eating, not because I’ve overeaten or anything… I think it’s because my body LIKED eating vegetarian and gluten free. I have no idea what to do though, because we just can’t afford a complete gluten-free diet and the rest of the family being on a normal diet. I’m thinking I may avoid eating breads altogether, but not be super strict about checking ingredients for gluten… and only eating meat meals 2 or so days a week. J agreed to eating more vegetarian meals as long as it doesn’t include tofu or tempeh (bahahah… we tried tempeh, I liked it… him, not so much!). So yea. There’s my update on that.

The kids have their check ups on Tuesday so be looking for an update on both of them in the next week!

Not A Resolution

I’ve never made New Year’s Resolutions… I think that instead of that we should be making life changes that are achievable and reachable. So, my life changes will be eating better (cleaner and healthier), watching my portion control, sticking with a workout routine, and I hope to lose 20lbs by June! My weight right now is 216, I weighed in at 246 just before Bubby was born, dropped to 230 just after he was born, was 222 at my 4 week postpartum checkup, and was at 216 today. So I am officially at my pre-Boogie weight. My goal is to reach 145 by the time Bubby turns 2 (November 2014) so that when we start to TTC Baby #3 I will be more fit, healthier, and hopefully a little more comfortable! Please pray for me as I start this journey!

Influenster

If you haven’t heard of it, Influenster is this great site where you can review and give your opinions on a wide variety of products! I haven’t been a very active member because I felt that the old layout was a little awkward and confusing to click through…. but they’ve “remodeled”!

Here is all the info from their “About” page found HERE.

What Is Influenster

Influenster is a free-to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster creates links between brands and members to reward participation and influence future products.
So…what exactly is Influenster? So glad you asked. Here’s a handy definition that would make Merriam-Webster proud:

Influenster [in-floo-uhn-ster]

noun
An exclusive online community where tastemakers and trendsetters (such as yourself) come to share the latest and greatest news, places, products, and reviews with each other. 2. The hotspot you just bookmarked on your web browser that turns your social influence into sweet rewards.
Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly — they just want to know what’s up).

Do I have the chops to be a member?

Probably. Members have an active social life — both online and offline — and are always the first to tell friends about the latest discoveries. They want to be the first to know about the products other cool people are loving and hating. Is that you? Awesome, we want you as a member.

What’s involved in a membership?

As a member, you prove your influence by gaining Expert Badges and show how you live by earning LifeStage Badges…both of which are won in a variety of ways, such as: completing surveys, writing reviews, creating videos, and engaging in other social media.

What’s in it for me?

Very important. As a contributing member of Influenster, you get the chance to share your knowledge and know-how with other like-minded people.
You also get exclusive discounts on products and services based on the Expert Badges you unlock. You’ll have access to content and sales based on your influence and area of expertise.
As an active influencer, you’ll have the chance to get invites to Influenster programs so you can try the latest and coolest products catered towards your lifestyle before anyone else.
Members who participate actively on Influenster and engage in programs increase their opportunities to receive rewards.
If you participate in online challenges, play interactive games, spread the word to your friends, and gain currency within our system, you’ll earn serious street cred.

So wait, is this about getting free stuff?

Nope. If you’re here to mooch, this isn’t the place for you. Nobody, no matter how high his or her Influenster Score, is guaranteed rewards. Even if you are offered a reward, you can always opt out. The real benefit of membership is access to exclusive content, product reviews, and discussion within a community of tastemakers. Perks are just the icing on the proverbial cake.

Why is this so fun?

There are many reasons. First and foremost, it’s a forum for you and your peers to share your interests and discover what other trendsetters are doing and saying. It’s like-minded people coming together to inspire one another and offer advice. Secondly, you’re competing with other members for the highest Influenster Score and Expert Badge scores. Just like a game that you can win, and winning is never not fun.

How did Influenster get started?

It was a dark and stormy night…wait, that’s not right. Influenster was started in 2010 by a team of people just like you: culture and beauty junkies with a whole lot of opinions about everything. We wanted a place to come together to share our opinions and hear what other people like us had to say about products and services. The goal? To learn what other influencers care about and to help brands make products that better serve us. After so many hours of labor, out popped Influenster — an active community where real people share their experiences and give feedback to improve the products we use and the world we live in (yeah, we went there).
After all, you don’t have to be a celebrity to think Diet Coke is bubbly and delicious. Every one of us can be influential in different areas with opinions that matter. As consumers, we want to know what other people like us think about products. Influenster is our answer. We give your opinions a voice and your feedback a direct route to brands and trendsetters.

Hurry and join! And have “influencing!”