Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jewelery Maker? Sure!

I was being crafty today and made a cure bangle and posted it on IG just to show how adorable it was. Well like 20 people asked if I would make them one! So I investigated a little into if I could easily get other states and I can! So I will offer these for October for $13 shipped. 
The turn around time is 1-2 weeks MAX!
To order for now
Paypal to jordandarr at gmail dot com.
Pay through friends and family.
$13 times how ever many you would like.
Specify which state in the comments along with your address to send. Once I sell a few I will totally offer a giveaway as well!!!

If you have any questions or need a bulk order just message me!
Let the crafting begin!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15th

Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. I honestly do not think about miscarriage as much anymore since we have been insanely blessed. It does come up in passing from time to time when someone else is going through their miscarriage or infant loss situation. I know when people think of me they automatically think; 4 healthy baby boys. 4 healthy pregnancies. But in reality it went 2 healthy pregnancies and baby boys. One miscarriage. 2 healthy pregnancies and baby boys. 
We were on vacation a few years ago in FL with Vincent and Luke and I found out that we were once again pregnant! I was so excited. WOULD IT FINALLY BE A GIRL, I thought to myself. On the LONG drive home we talked about how exciting it would be to welcome baby #3 to the family! We arrived home and all was well for a few weeks and then one afternoon I went to the bathroom and wiped and saw the tiniest bit of blood. I am talking MAYBE a drop! AND I FREAKED! I have always had no blood during pregnancies so I of course bee-lined to the ER to get checked. I had not had my first OB appt because I was only 6-7 weeks along. Long story short I called my sister in law to come along since Jordan was out of town. Lucky for her she had NO IDEA I was even pregnant, (that actually makes me tear up writing that!). I was there a few hours getting checked and having an U/S. The ultrasound showed a baby but the heart was slower than it should be. I left with a 50/50 shot that the little bean would survive. The next day I was at a playdate and felt a gush so I ran to the bathroom and BLOOD everywhere. I was faced with the fact that this was most likely the end and the babies heartbeat must have stopped between when I was at the ER and now. I was in full blown miscarriage mode. The next few weeks were insanely hard. I did not understand why or how we were going through this. Now that I am on the flipside I can easily talk about it. But man it was a rough time. VERY VERY rough. I feel like the minute you find out you are pregnant, you are already in love. I envisioned everything about the baby and was full blown in love with him or her. Than in an instant it was gone. 

Luckily weeks later, I felt not so hot so I decided to take a random pregnancy test. I had not even had my check up with the OB after the miscarriage and they had said it would take a few cycles of my period for things to get back on track! Well plain as day a PLUS sign appeared. And 8 months later Jude was welcomed into our family. I call him the miracle baby because he was formed legit seconds after the miscarriage happened. My doctors were insanely weirded out by the timeline of events but all I jnow is he is now a happy and healthy 2 year old. Following Jude we welcomed Sam. We have been INSANELY blessed so it's really hard for me to get too focused on our miscarriage. Not that I ever EVER want to go through it again but it opened my eyes and made me focus on what's important. It made me not want to take any day for granted. It helped me realize how BLESSED we are with these 4 happy and healthy babies! I will never ever know what went wrong but I do know that I will always have an attachment to our baby in heaven. One day we will meet him or her. PS I am almost 100% sure it was a girl haha! I always think that! But maybe she is up there smiling down on us and giving me the extra patience I need to handle these crazy boys!
So today I am praying for all of you who have had a loss! I pray no one has to go through this and if you are or know someone please reach out and talk to them. That was such a HUGE help for me was talking about it! You are NOT alone! Its more common than you think! Speak out and help others. You never know who is reading and who you are helping by sharing your story! I hope that my story of 2 additional pregnancies after a miscarriage will give you some hope! xoxo

The momma who started it was in my birth club when she went through her loss. I remember being so heartbroken for her. She is helping so many through this site now. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cricket Wireless Presents Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias!

Disclaimer: "I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Cricket Wireless. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating."

I have a huge crush on Enrique mainly because my husband runs around singing "You can run you can hide but you can't ESCAPE my LOVE". Yes I am not kidding. Not one bit. So when I saw he was touring with Pit Bull I got all sorts of excited. What an amazing pairing. 
Currently, Cricket Wireless is giving people something to smile about (#STSA) by sponsoring the awesomely popular Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias tour, connecting with consumers and music lovers all over the country

Sadly there are only a few tour dates left and in some pretty awesome locations. Check the list and see if they will be in your area for you to get in on the action! 
10/10 -- Los Angeles, CA -- STAPLES Center
10/11 -- Los Angeles, CA -- STAPLES Center 
10/12 -- Las Vegas  -- Mandalay Bay Events Center
10/14 -- San Jose, CA -- SAP Center at San Jose
10/15 -- San Diego, CA -- Valley View Casino Center
10/17 -- Dallas, TX  -- American Airlines Center
10/18 -- San Antonio -- Alamodome
10/19 -- Houston, TX -- Toyota Center
10/22 -- Atlanta, GA -- The Arena at Gwinnett Center
10/25 -- Hollywood, FL -- Hard Rock Live
10/26 -- Miami, FL -- AmericanAirlines Arena
10/28 -- Orlando, FL -- Amway Center
Cricket is making sure this concert is unforgettable for fans, by setting up some super cool activations, including:
  • Cricket Stage - A 10x20 stage erected at select tour stops where fans can hop up on stage and give their best "headliner" pose. Participants can share their 360 images on their social channels via "share kiosks" around the stage. Photos will be entered into a sweepstakes where a winner and 3 guests will get a trip to the Miami Latin Grammy Street Party. (Participants of "The Stage" activation all receive Cricket ear buds) 
  • VIP Meet & Greet - A backstage VIP area will be set up backstage. Meet & Greet participants will get to meet Pitbull or Enrique and take photos on a Cricket step & repeat.
  • Selfie Station - Mirrors in the ladies room encourage fans to snap selfies and post to social media. (I bet this will be a BIG hit!)
  • Ask Enrique - Fans can win a trip to the Pitbull and Enrique tour stop in Atlanta, meet Enrique in person and ask him that burning question they have.
  • Hologram Standee Billboards - Located at high-traffic spots within the activation venues, holograms of Enrique and Pitbull will create completely lifelike images of the musician for concert goers to check out! (how fun!)

I am sorry but HOW AMAZING does the SELFIE station sound? I legit would love one of those at every event or even inside my house. 

If you do not know about Cricket Wireless you are missing out. I am a huge contact hater so having a cell phone company that offers great services WITHOUT a contract is amazing. They have all the same perks of the major companies but in my eyes are SO MUCH BETTER. 

If you hit up a concert make sure to post those #STSA selfies. Be sure to also follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more fun!  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Buckeye Madness

My all time favorite treat. The chocolate peanut buttery goodness in one wonderful bite sized treat. During the holidays these are legit my favorite thing on cookie trays. I choose these over any fancy cutout cookie. Unless there are cutout cookies with sprinkles, spinkles always draw me in. I posted a photo of a package of buckeyes the other day on my instagram. I was shocked just how many people had no idea what they were. I'm clearly just stuck in my Ohio bubble thinking Buckeyes are a tradition all over the world.
Martha's buckeyes are my favorite. They just started selling them at our bigger grocery chains and also sell them in handy little 3 packs too. Peace out Hershey's candy bars, Martha's Buckeyes are here to take your spot. Anyways since I found these babies at the store I have been grabbing them very often. And crushing them. I swear once you have one you want them all. I dare you to just eat one. Super addicting. 
When I think of Buckeyes it is not the football team and crazy fans that come to mind. Its these balls of heaven. 
Here is a recipe. Its literally one of the easiest things in the world. Don't say I didn't warn you though! 
Well I decided I can't eat them daily but I can easily fulfill my cravings with my shakes. 
My go to shakeology treat. It never disappoints. 

Did you know what buckeyes were? Do you call them buckeyes? 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Honestly I have learned so much about the horrible world of comparing. I used to fall prey to it far too often. With the internet it becomes even harder not to get sucked in. Especially being a blogger. You just have to remind yourself NOT to compare. It only gets you down and also gets you no where.
I myself fondly remember so many times when I compared. Blogs showing perfect houses with amazing decor and some even with white couches and rugs that I envied beyond belief. But I knew my kids would turn that white to a wonderful shade of dirt in 5 seconds flat. I remember feeling so competitive when we had Vincent on our birth boards when people would talk about their kids hitting milestones or this or that and I would wonder, why is Vincent not there yet? It even comes with marriages where I fondly remember a friend of mines husband sending her for a massage after he was traveling a few days that week and she had the kids to herself. Where the hell is my massage day when my husband travels. Comparing can cause so much anger within you and cause drama and worry where it is not needed. 

I read in a book last night about children and it struck a huge cord with me. When we stop looking at our children as projects and look at them as a person we enjoy motherhood so much more. And I feel like I totally used to look at them as a project and compare them to others. Now that I look at them as their own person and stop comparing to what others are doing with their kids I can enjoy each of their personalities better. We all drum to the beat of our own drum and we need to embrace it. 

It has taken 28 years to get to where I am in this mindset with trying to get rid of comparison. I think maybe my life is such a blur I just do not have as much time to get caught up in it! At the times when I do get caught up I just remind myself, we are not the same. We will never be the same. This is MY life and no one elses. And that usually brings me back to reality. 

A lot of my friends always tell me how I easy I make it look being a mom and doing all that I do. Honestly the truth is that it's a shit show most days. But I love it. I love being busy. I love the madness. I love my family. We are so very far from perfect. I usually blog about the positives though because honestly I do not like to dwell on the negatives. They just suck the life out of you. So when I blog I try to blog things that I will like to look back on. This is my online journal and sometimes when I am in a rough spot I literally will click back to older posts and see how far we have come. 

Life isn't easy. It sometimes downright doesn't seem fair but I promise you if you change your perspective and stop comparing and actually focus on YOUR life you will be able to pinpoint some pretty awesome things. I always refer to looking at life with horse blinders on. 
If you have those blinders on you can't see anyone else. Your eyes are on YOUR path and that is where they need to be, ALWAYS. So please, please put those blinders on and I think your life will get much brighter. You have amazing things in your life, all of you. Stop focusing on others and stop comparing. I pinky swear life will be a whole lot sweeter when you do!