Mother, Wife, Business Woman and Blogger: Doing It All

I usually don’t get too personal on this blog, but when a recent questions was posed to me, I felt like sharing it with you all. I was recently asked "You are so together, how do you do it all? What’s your secret". These questions are in reference to me being a mother, wife, business woman and blogger. The simple answer is: I don’t. The truth is I may look like I have it all together, but I don’t. My to-do list is a mile long and growing. My house is rarely spotless. And I still have a lot of goals I’d like to achieve with my business and my blogs. I fee like there are never enough hours in the day and not enough time to spend with my loved ones. I have learned a few things along the way that have helped me find a little bit of a balance in all of the craziness of raising kids, maintaining a household, working online from home and most recently going back to work outside the home.

Keeping it together

Tips for keeping it together:

Stay focused on the task at hand. I’ve found that multitasking is not always so efficient . There were times when I would have 2 or 3 blog posts pulled up, writing them, editing photos for each one, emailing businesses, engaging on various social media platforms, etc…not a good idea. Tackle one thing at a time, so you don’t get distracted and end up working all day only to feel like you didn’t accomplish anything. I, personally, know how hard it can be to stay focused on something when there is a 2 year old running around, needing a drink, a diaper change, or a cuddle (I mean who can resist a toddler cuddle?), but knocking out one household chore or work-related task at a time can get more things done. 
Don’t be afraid to ask for help sometimes. My oldest child, D, has chores. The hubby and I take turns cooking and cleaning up the kitchen. And lets face it sometimes we all need a break, this is when I send the kids to grandma’s, they love going and she loves having them, I am very blessed with a mother who helps me out with my kids and let’s them spend the occasional weekend at her house when I am feeling overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done.
Remember what is truly important. 10 years from now is it really going to matter that you responded to that email right away or that you folded the laundry as soon as the dryer buzzed? What about if you sat down and read your child their favorite story, would that matter in 10 years? Family. If you never make time for them, what’s the point?
-Take time for yourself. Even if it is just a few minutes here and there, you need "me time" to rejuvenate.

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I don’t have a picture perfect life, if there is such a thing. My kids aren’t perfect angels all the time (see above photo). And while I would never want my life to be filmed for the world to see like Tia and Tamera’s reality show (which is starting soon, but more about that later on in the post), I love my life and I feel truly blessed, through the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, it is what it is and I have my family by my side.

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Taking a peak into the lives of other real moms has helped me realize that nothing is completely perfect all of the time and sometimes it helps to watch and be reminded of that. Tia and Tamera are mom’s, wives and business women themselves, who don’t always have it all together. So, if you need a reminder that you aren’t the only one tune in to Season 3 of Tia and Tamera, it starts this Sunday, July 14th at 8/7C on Style.

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See behind the scenes pictures here.

In celebration of the new season starting Style is having an Instagram Sweepstakes from July 9-14, in which you share a photo of you and your kids(s), hubby, bff or pet for a chance to win a 00 shopping spree!

Thanks to The Style Network for sponsoring today’s discussion.

Natural Make Up: Mia Mariu Mineral Cosmetics Review

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I used to have problems wearing liquid foundations, inevitably they would all cause break outs. I stopped wearing it for a while and just stuck to mineral powders, until I found Mia Maria Mineral Cosmetics. They are a line natural make up, including liquid foundation. With my dry skin, I really need a liquid foundation, the powders can make my already dry skin even more dry. Needless to say I was so happy to find a liquid foundation with natural ingredients that agreed with my skin. Their Perfecting Finish Mineral Liquid Foundation provides decent coverage and doesn’t dry or break my skin out further.
Price: $25.00

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Eye Make Up

I love neutral shades of brown on my eyes. Their mineral eye shadow goes on smooth and has a nice shimmer. Their Multipurpose Brush No. 15 is allows eye shadow to be evenly applied, creates a natural crease and works well to blend shades.
Loose Mineral Shadow Liner Price:$14.00
Brush Price:$20.00

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In the photo below I applied their Loose Mineral Shadow Liner in Caramelo all over using the Multipurpose Eye Shadow Brush No. 15, I added a darker shade of brown in the crease and highlighted the brow bone with a white shimmer. I love the light shimmer of the Caramelo and I found that it was super easy for me to create this look and blend the shades with the eye shadow brush. Usually I have trouble with my eye make up and it never turns out as I envision it, but this brush has helped me out a lot.

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Overall I am very pleased with my items from Mia Mariu and would recommend them to anyone looking into mineral cosmetics.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Christmas Gifts for Kids Melissa and Doug Giveaway

Our prize for the Christmas Gifts for Kids Giveaway Hop is the The Melissa and Doug Trunki that is featured on their Terrific Twenty list here on Untrained Hair Mom!

Packed” with features, Trunki is designed to stand up to adventures at home and away! Perfect for storage, pretend play and travel by plane, train, bus or auto.

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Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:

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With the holiday shopping season upon us, zuuzs introduces their holiday shopping page. We all have price points in mind while shopping for our friends and family, so zuuzs has made it easier for you to find the best deals according to your budget. Make sure to check it out! And as always, you get cash back on everything you buy through zuuzs.com.


To help with your Holiday Shopping for your kids, zuuzs is offering the Grand Prize of a KidKraft Grand Espresso Corner Kitchen. Go over to Makobi Scribe and enter to win the Grand Prize! Then hop around all the other blogs participating in the Christmas Gifts Hop for kids below. *the grand prize may be substituted to a similar item to suit the winner’s child

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

It is THAT time of year again! Melissa & Doug have created their  “Terrific Twenty” list! This list features their “best of the best” holiday gifts for kids for the 2012 holiday season. To celebrate they’re having a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway and giving away an item from their list every day on their Facebook Fanpage (giveaays began November 6).

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Disclaimer: I will receive an item from the Terrific Twenty List in exchange for this post, regardless I only recommend items I think my readers will like.

Mia Mariu Natural Cosmetics Giveaway

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Welcome to the You Look Mahvelous Beauty Hop hosted by How Was Your Day?  This is a beauty themed hop, and each blog has something to make you feel pretty. Skincare, makeup, haircare, perfume, cosmetic bags – it’s all here.

Mia Mariu Trio: (review coming soon)
>>Liquid Foundation
>>Mineral Eye Shadaow
>>Multipurpose Eye Color Brush No. 15
 

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Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below:
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Each blog has put together a package that’s worth at least $25, with many being much more.  In addition, we also have a fantastic grand prize.  PMD Personal Microderm has generously sponsored a grand prize of a PMD Personal Microderm Machine!

Enter to win the PMD Microderm machine here.

 

 

This hop will run through November 25, to allow you plenty of time to enter each giveaway.

Ready to look mahvelous?  Start hopping!


Momma Style: Oasap Fashion

**Editor’s note: All links to Oasap have been removed from this post, after receiving a broken item, refusal of exchange and dishonesty about renewal of credits I can no longer support this company or recommend their products, service or blogger program.**

I haven’t really done a Momma Style post in a while… nothing new with the hair other than I am letting it grow, for now. I haven’t added any fun colors to it in a while either :( I need to get on that. So, right now it’s just a dark brown. But I wanted to do a quick post and show you all my new finds from Oasap. I got this totally cute and casual but fashionable open shoulder top. It runs $30 on their website and comes in 2 different colors. It’s has a short front hem and is longer in the back, love that feature!

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Along with the top I got this shoulder bag with studded embellishments. The lining of the bag is really nice and thick, it comes with a hand strap and a shoulder strap, both detachable. I am in love with this bag! They actually have a lot of cute bags that I love see their handbag selection.

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Oasap has clothes, shoes, hair accessories, belts, jewelry, beauty products and more, you can check out their stock by visiting Oasap.com

Disclaimer: This post is a part of the Oasap Fashion Hunters Program, I received credit in which I used to purchase the items above. If you are a blogger and interested in joining, too, you can apply here.

Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway


I just love Johnny Depp (who doesn’t) and Tim Burton movies. When Dark Shadows came out in theatre’s you better believe I went to see it. This duo does not make a bad movie… ever.

To celebrate the release of Dark Shadows on DVD and Blu-Ray October 2nd 2012 here is a fun app and giveaway!

About Dark Shadows
From the incredible mind of Tim Burton comes the hit film Dark Shadows, based on the classic television series! Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover. Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his families business! With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more, Dark Shadows will be sure to whet your appetite for fun.

App Features
>>Are You Creepy Enough Quiz!
Do your friends refer to you as a Child of the Night or do you shiver at the thought of a creepy crawly? Take the Are You Creepy Enough quiz to find out.
>>Barnabas’ Terror Trivia! Are you a Barnabas buff? Take the 3 truths and a lie trivia all about Barnabas Collins and you can unlock clips and downloads from Dark Shadows.
>>Dark Shadows Horror-Scope! Whether you are a Virgo Vampire or a Transylvanian Taurus, you can get your custom hauntified Horror-Scope.

This giveaway is for the Dark Shadows Blu-Ray Combo Pack. Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and up and will run through 10/10. The prize will be sent via FedEx or UPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form below:

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Disclaimer: I am working with Warner Bros. for this promotion. Warner Bros. will be supplying the giveaway prize item.

Fall into Green: soleRebels Giveaway, 2 winners, 9/22-30

It’s time for the Fall Into Green Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering and Happy Green Mama of the Green Moms Network. This event features green or eco-friendly giveaways worth at least $25. You can find the list of participating blogs at the bottom of my post.

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Last year we reviewed a pair of shoes from the Eco-Friendly company soleRebels, you can read our review here. SoleRebel shoes are made from recycled and sustainable material. Our giveaway for this hop will have 2 winners, each winner will receive their choice of shoe from SoleRebels and a SoleRebel Tee.

This giveaway will run from September 22 through September 30 and is open worldwide. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:
 
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We also have a fabulous Grand Prize for this giveaway hop, sponsored by Maggie Bags. Two lucky winners will each receive The Tote of Many Colors in The Fall of Leaves or Camo – Maggie Bags’ most eco-friendly bag! Made of super durable recycled seat belt webbing, this roomy tote will hold everything you need and want, even that extra pair of shoes! You can also get 25% off at Maggie Bags with code FallGreen good now through November 10 on their Premier Line!

>>Click here to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway<<