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#RealMomHacks 7 Great Products to Organize Your Family

I am LOSING MY MIND. 

I know that you think I'm kinda cool.  Fun.  AND I MAY **LOOK** put together from the outside?  But my life is the definition of chaos.  For YEARS - chaos fueled me.  I loved running 1,000 miles an hour and digging into unique ways to kick off the new year. 

This year?  I am sooo tired. SOOO tired. Did I mention tired?  Yes.  I am. 

And as I get older worker harder is not something I think my mind and body will be able to officially handle!  So, my job is to help you have a more normal life.  Ready?

#RealMomHacks

7 Great Products to Organize Your Family

BREAD TIES FOR WIRES - YES!  Those bread ties that end up all over your house?  Use them to LABEL your cords! 

WIRE BASKETS FOR STUFF - Of course those wire baskets are great for your bananas, but how about containing things in your life that makes you go bananas when you can't find it!

PAINTED KEYS - The WORST is not knowing which key is which!  Paint them with different finger nail polish colors to keep track of them!

PLASTIC BAG DISPENSER - This is BRILLIANT!  I actually started making one but haven't gotten it finished yet.  But check out where I got the idea here!  Take a disinfectant container, clean it out, roll up your grocery bags, decoracte container and put the tip of the bags out the top!

SHOPPING BAG PRETTY STORAGE - In my effort this past weekend to purge my crazy life - I found Tiffany Bags empty and lonely!  We used the boxes as small containers and the bags I put on the wall to put pencils in! 

PVC PIPES - Those pesky bathroom products need a home!  PVC pipes are great for containing them so they don't end up all over the counters!

MAGNETIC STRIP ORGANIZER - Instead of posting your knives on them - use them for hair pins!  For clippers and other pieces that get easily lost in the bathroom!

17 Things I Learned at Disney Social Media Moms

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I don't know if I'm coming or going these days.  I also know that life as I know it at this very moment is going so fast. So So SO OSOSOSOSOSOS ohhh so fast. 

I got all emotional tonite thinking about how fast my boys are growing up.  I mean, I look at images of Boston and he's a BABY.  Then I realize he's freaking 7 years old now.  SEVEN.  Going to be in 2nd grade.  That's just freaking crazy isn't it?

I'm actually scared about it.  Scared that I'm on the cusp of not having kids in diapers anymore.  Scared that my kids are not going to like Elmo or Mickey, Santa and the Easter Bunny & THEN what am I going to do with my life?  I mean, I've fallen off the face of the web this past month because of some personal things going on with a disgruntled former employee and then family illnesses, not to mention I think I slept in my bed 5 nights the past month!!  Seriously!!!  So, I know I haven't shared a thing in regards to Mom 2.0 yet.. and there is a good chance that I might not even tell ya about it.  Not that I don't want to - but I barely have time to breathe right now therefore the thought of writing?  Bwaaa.  I'll ONLY do it when I KNOW it will rock!

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So, of course as I was sitting on a flight with my two kids at 1am coming home from home....I realized I have a great post in my head!!!  And it was this one.  So without further ado...humor me will ya?  Check out what I learned on the Disney trip & tell me if I'm crazy, k?

17 Things I Learned at Disney Social Media Moms

1)  I am obsessed with Vinylmation.  Oh.My.Gosh.  It started at DSMM 2014 at Disneyland.  And now?  Put my credit card on lockdown!  

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2) Just because you THINK you know Disney, you don't really know Disney until you use the MagicBands for the 1st time!!!  Yeah.  My poor family had a few things happen because of my failure to read directions and take the time to plan this trip. Ahem. 

3)  Order the MagicBands EARLY so you get a special delivery experience for your family!  The MagicBands come with their names on them!  They pick a color... all the awesome. 

4)  You know how Crocs have jibbetts?  Yeah.  The MagicBands have them too!  I can't thing of what their called for the life of me and my fingers are tired to look it up (ha. So lazy, I know.)  But, if you figure it out - leave a comment and I'll edit it!

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5) It doesn't matter how old they get, their imagination stays young.   Yeah.... my kids scare me in that I don't want them to ever stop 'believing in the magic of whatever it may be'....and this trip reminded me that imagination shows no age. 

6)  One of the Disney resort properties has a GYSER!!  Seriously.  Boston and I took a wrong turn (yes, on a boat - don't ask.) and we ended up at The Wilderness Resort and it was SUPER cool!  

7)  My husbands snoring needs to be addressed by a professional.  I know.  Totally off topic - but I did learn that on this trip.  Whoa.  Still not addressed that one yet - but come back in a few. lol

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8)  The Orlando Airport for Southwest Airlines passengers is SO PAINFUL to get to the Magic Express!  Seriously.  I hate to be honest...but that's nuts.  I am a genius with directions and that got me all twisted.  For the 5th time in a row!!  So lost in that airport. Shew.  Always remember to go to the OTHER SIDE of the airport after baggage claim to get to the Magical Express. 

9)  I. Am. In. Love. With. Donald. Driver.   Oh heaven.  Not like really - but on an emotional level.  That man is charismatic, funny, made me laugh, made me cry, cried like a girl with me & tells the truth.  Maybe he's a great actor.  I have no clue.  But he killed it the 2nd year in a row for me.  He made the conferences BOTH times and for that I am grateful.  The words he had to say was so personal and touching to me.  It was exactly what I needed to hear at that time.  That moment.  I can't even explain it in words.  Especially when I have how many more things I have to share?  Maybe that's for a later post.  We'll see. 

10)  Being invited to this event was a bigger milestone in my life than when I got 2nd place in the spelling bee in 3rd grade (I still should have won David Kelch. ha)  No but seriously.... I was chatting with some amazing women on one of the bus rides about it.  I've had the honor to attend it AND give my family memories that I only dreamed of as a kid.  Fortunate.

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11)  It's totally ok to break the rules of motherhood once in a while.  

12) Playing hookie with your kid while riding Toy Story Mania 100 times is totally a cool thing to do.  This changed my life.  Again.  The things I wish I could share!  I stayed an extra day and kept Boston with me.  We got to totally have a blast the extra day.  That ONE extra day cost me...oh...

13)  If you have any really young kids & you're not sure where to take them - do Magic Kingdom first!  This was a big fail on my part.  I wanted to take Hudson because he's in such an awesome Mickey loving stage - but we went to Hollywood Studio for my obsessed with Toy Story Mania older son! lol

14)  Count your BLESSINGS.   Seriously.  So often I get to experience some super cool events.  My family has had the time of their lives.  And I can tell you that being able to experience Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is the highest of honors.  It really reminded me that there is time in life that you just have to slow down.  Be in the moment. Think of every big experience in life like it's your last & your best!! 

15)  Walt Disney is my Homeboy. Remember the 'Jesus is my Homeboy' t-shirts that were hot in the early 2000s??  Yeah!  That's the best new design, I think! ha  The more times I experience Disney the more attached to the story I feel!  One man just dreamed this up.  What a stud, he was. lol

16) Dance. Often. And don't care if people watching think you're nuts.  Seriously.  It's the best thing ever to rock out to tunes and embarrass your kids. Seriously. DO IT!

17) Dare to Dream.  I know it's so freaking cliche. Sorry. But it's SO TRUE!  There is something to be said about a place that as soon as you step into the experience you're constantly dreaming about life.  Being a better person. Following that dream to the end of the rainbow.  You can do anything if you put your dreams in motion. I'm sure Walt would agree... Dare to Dream!

Father's Day Gift Ideas from Kids on Fox 29

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SEGMENT TWO ON FOX 29 THIS MORNING

FUN FINDS FOR FATHER'S DAY FROM KIDS! - Part 2

ALEX has some really awesome products for the 'not so crafty' but want to be crafty!  Grab their Cap it Off Frames or Silk Screen Factory and get crafty with kids!  

Or, have the kids give dad something UNPLUGGED and filled with FUN!  Games like Magic Shows or Sure Shot Soccer!

What are some of your favorite finds for Father's Day?  Be sure to check out our other ideas that we had on Fox 29 this morning with Jennaphr Frederick!

Caring for Caregivers with the AARP #ThanksProject

I can't imagine where I would be without the love, nurturing and guidance from my parents. They raised me, and thanks to them, I am proud of the person I am today. I look back on my life, and remember all of the times they took care of me when I was sick and provided for me when I needed resources. I know there will come a point when the tables will turn and they will need me. There is nothing I would not do to take care of them and provide for them in return!


In the US,  42 million people between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older loved ones, day in and day out. Just as I would do anything to take care of the wonderful parents who took care of me, these caregivers do not see this as a responsibility, but an honor. And because of this, they may not realize that they have taken on the role of caregivers.

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As we just celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day is just around the corner, I am happily partnering with the AARP to raise awareness about the The Thanks Project.This awesome online platform gives caregivers the opportunity to publicly recognize the parents/loved ones whom they care for. Each individual ‘thanks’ will be woven into an interactive tapestry, representing the 42 million caregivers that live in the United States.


This is the perfect season to recognize the parents who raised you and to remind you why care giving is worth it.

Are you curently playing the role of caregiver for your loved ones? The AARP has many great resources for you. Here are just a sample of the resources available:

Prepare to Care (Caregiving Planning Guide for Families)

12 Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About

Who are the caregivers you want to celebrate during this season?

Top 10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads) – No Minivans Here!

One thing I always said I would never do as an adult was have a minivan. Don't get me wrong. There are some cool looking minivans but they are still minivans. 

But now as my boys are growing up and getting involved in sports and after school activities, I totally understand why a minivan would be a practical purchase for any family. You need tons of room. Not only for your kids, but for their friends that you will inevitably have to drive around town.

If you are looking to purchase a family friendly car with room but don't want to give in and buy a minivan, Edmund's has put together a list of the coolest cars for soccer moms (and dads).  

10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads)

Our favorites?

BMW X3

It offers generous passenger and cargo room, and those in back will appreciate its accommodating rear seat, which ranks among the most comfortable in the segment. Safety features include optional top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.

 

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard and optional safety features include a surround-view camera and blind-spot monitoring.

A girl can dream right?

Head on over to Edmund's to view the complete list of coolest vehicles for soccer moms (and dads).