The Vintage Honey Shop and Sausage Fingers

I will never forget holding my sweet little bambino back when he was just a couple months old. His sweet chubby little hands reaching up with a little grin on his face and then BAM! Those little sausage fingers grab onto my earring and pulls my earring so hard all I can feel (and hear) is my ear being ripped like a fruit roll up.

There was a lot of four letter words, and a decent amount of blood running down at this point.

From that point on it was a juggling act. Earring out, necklace off, hair up, glasses hidden. He would grab and scratch anything he could get his little angry fingers on, including himself. At least I knew he wasn’t discriminating, right?

Well, times have changed and that is definitely a thing of the past.

I got my hands on the coolest thing that is absolutely on the top of all new mom’s must have list.

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How cute is this?!

Plus look at how cute the packaging is…

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These adorable little guys are completely handmade in Nashville with nothing but the best quality products, so it’s completely safe for your little ones!

This is my personal favorite:

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How gorg is this? You would never know it’s a teething necklace!

This gives your kiddo’s something besides facial features to grab onto and keep themselves occupied to make for a much calmer cuddle/feeding session. Not to mention when those teeth start pushing through, this will provide much needed relief for the both of you!

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I recently gifted one of these to a good friend of mine and she can’t stop raving about it! They will definitely be a baby shower gift from here on out.

They even carry a line specifically with Dads in mind. Although I won’t lie, I’d definitely wear these too.

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These are super affordable already, but my friends over at Vintage Honey gave me a special coupon code just for my readers!

Use code VHSHARE at checkout for an additional 15% off.

Go take a look for yourself, which one is your fave?

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Cereal Moms

You know those FB “On this day” reminders? They can be hilarious or straight depressing.

Yes I love being reminded of when my beasts were just little ones and soft and squishy and stealers of my sleep.

No I don’t need reminded of the bad days, my ex-husband, or even the posts that we’re fake FB happy… I can remember what I was thinking typing them up. Horse shit. Everything is horse shit.

But the other day, this memory popped up. It was both wonderful and humbling.

Me to my big beast- “Hey you, do you know how much I love you?”

Big beast – “Ya, allllll the way to the noon and back. I know. Do you know how much I love you? Allll the way to the sun and back. And the sun is hot. Like super hot. And Its a star. A super hot star. I dunno if night time stars are hot. Becaus its night time. And night time is cold. But anyways, ya I love you a lot. Because you make pancakes for breakfast. Not just cereal. I mean cereal moms are okay. When they’re busy and stuff. And you put cheese on my vegetables sometimes. Which makes them easier to eat. Because they’re kinda gross. Well some of them. Like those pea things? In the wrapper? Pea pods? Ya those. And you dance. A lot. We dance. I like it when you dance. Because you’re a funny dancer. But when you sing… its kind of loud. But that’s okay too. Just not outside. And you let me eat dinner in my underwear. That’s pretty cool. Especially my iron man underwear. So ya, I know mom. And I love you too”. 

GAH can you just let the cuteness sink in?!

It was the sweetest response you could ever hope to get from your kiddo. He was four at the time. He’s seven now and is still one of the sweetest, most sincere, and thoughtful human beings I have ever come in contact with. No idea where the hell he gets it from but, I’m not fighting it.

That was three years ago. I was newly separated from my husband and had just moved back to my hometown. I was terrified. Alone. Jobless. Trying to figure out how in the hell I was going to support two kids. I had been a stay at home mom for the last two years. I was humiliated and desperate. And to be completely honest, I missed my damn husband. The only thing I looked forward to was it being an acceptable hour to make a cocktail, and no, there’s no joke in that. I needed something to numb something. I needed to feel less about at least ONE thing in my life. No,it wasn’t healthy. No, I didn’t give a shit.

I remember laughing at the “cereal moms” comment. But also in the same moment realizing that he had no idea how much his life was going to change. I would be working soon and even though there lives had just changed more than they could possibly imagine, it was about to do another 180. When I finally started working again, I was gone from 7 in the morning until 7 at night. My kids ate three meals out of the day at daycare. I wasn’t even a cereal mom at this point.

This isn’t a “my poor kids had such a rough life” post. It’s not. To be quite honest I hated being a stay at home parent. I enjoyed working. Having a part of my life that was mine. My kids were well taken care of and didn’t go without. They, we, were still very fortunate being a single parent household.

What it really is about is, once I started working again, yes the hours SUCKED. Like big time. Lot’s of suckage. SO. MUCH. SUCKAGE. But with that, something happened. was supporting my household. I was taking care of MY family. My kids did not go without (they weren’t spoiled by any means). I didn’t need to ask for outside help. I was slowly, building my life up on my own, with my own standards, my own agenda, the way that I wanted. After a few years I left that job for one with more flexibility and less in office hours. I’m home before the sun sets. We eat breakfast and dinner at home, together.

I’m slowly working on being home more, working at home. I have Advocare and Blogging to thank for that. But I will always work to some degree. I enjoy it. I refuse to feel guilty for it. No one should ever feel guilty for living a life they’re proud of.

I was finally able to be a cereal mom and let me tell you something, my sons love it just as much as pancakes.

Oh and for the record, I’m a fabulous dancer.

 

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It’s time! All in Advocare 24 Day Challenge!

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. (that’s what she said… never. Bahahaha)

We have a HUGE group committing to starting a 24DC on January 11th and we are all waiting for you to take the plunge with us! Last year over 80 THOUSAND people joined!!! AdvoCare just announced an awesome promotion yesterday.. Free shipping, free goodies, and a preorder option so you can commit but don’t pay until after the holidays. They’ve added calendars, meal plans, recipes, example days, and more.

Shoot me an email at whiskeysippy@gmail.com with your goals, your questions, your apprehension, or just to chat!

Click the picture above, or head to the menu and click shop, or snag this link right here!

Once you’ve ordered, comment ALL IN below!!! As soon as I see that I will add you to a private group of almost 3K other challengers with the same goals as you. There’s so much support, fun, ideas, and motivation in that group that it will make the 24 days fly by. Can’t wait to go ALL-IN for 2016 with friends old and new!

 

 

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Parenting 101

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I sit here and watch a heartwarming video of orphans being adopted on Christmas. I get teary eyed thinking about my own sweet kiddos, how lucky they are, how lucky I am for having them. I take a deep breath. Relaxed. Content. Grateful.

My youngest gets out of bed for the 17th time in 20 minutes…

“SO HELP ME GOD, I WILL SELL YOU ON THE FLIPPIN’ CORNER!!!”

This is parenting. Anyone who says otherwise is full of it.

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Step by step guide to changing your life.

WAHMYesterday’s post got me thinking. I said a lot about how getting frustrated, having those breakdowns, needing a break are all normal, human, parent emotions. You’re not alone in them. Make a plan.

But I didn’t give you any example of what I’ve done to help that. Not to say I don’t have my moments, yesterday was one of them. I’ve just found a way to bounce back and give myself some drive and something to work towards

Two things I wanted back when I decided I need a change was to be healthy and make more money. Two pretty common things. Who doesn’t want that?

So what can we do to achieve that? Here’s what I’ve started doing….

  1. Think of a hobby, any hobby. Something you do or want to start doing that you could possibly make money on. For me I started making wreaths. It started as me just wanting a cute fall wreath. I posted the finished product, which oddly enough I wasn’t happy with, and people loved it. People started sending messages asking if I could make one for them. I wanted more than though. So then I started posting on the FB sell sites and boom. Right now I have over a dozen wreaths to make, and at 60 bucks a pop it’ll be a nice little chunk of change. Once you generate a big enough stockpile, open an Etsy Store!
  2. Search WAHM jobs. This can be so overwhelming. There are thousands of options. For me though, things like Swagbucks, mystery shopping, survey sites weren’t worth it. Not saying you can’t make money with those options, but I wanted.. needed more. A few legit options that require minimal set up effort are iSoftStone, 3playmedia ($10 an hour!), Quicktate, Casting Words, and Transcribe Me. There is also LionBridge and Leapforce, these pay hourly as well!
  3. Blog! There are SO many ways to make money blogging. SO stinkin’ many. There’s Google Adsense in which you place ads on your website/blog and for every click you get a certain amount. Simple right? You won’t make millions off this, but if your blog gets enough traffic you’ll get some change in your pocket. Amazon Affiliate’s is another one. For certain products you can provide a link that will direct your traffic to their trusted website to the product you purchased from them. This is similar to Adsense. I place so many damn orders from Amazon. As a matter of fact I’ve placed 56 orders in the last six months. Embarrassing I know, but I use it for work too! That makes it better… right? Anyways, I highly recommend Saira over at momresource.com. She has been helping me from the get go and still does (I’m new to this whole game as well). Go check her out!
  4. Get Healthy. If you feel like shit and/or have no energy. You aren’t going to want to do any of the above. It’s not rocket science. You have to decide you are better than where you’re at if you want to change and if you’re not willing to change, you’re not in enough pain. I have lived by that rule for my entire life. This leads me into the next idea…
  5. ADVOCARE. This by far where the easiest and highest extra income comes from. If you’re rolling your eyes, you’re me 3 months ago. Believe me, I can’ t tell you how big of a joke I thought this whole “fad” was. Want to lose weight? Get off your ass and eat healthy! That had worked most of my life. Until it didn’t. I’ve always had a decent diet and been decently active. Never on any extreme end of the spectrum. But something changed and it just wasn’t working the way it had. This was a big turning point for me. I “gave in”. I risked $200 bucks and bought the 24 day challenge. Then I tried my first Spark and before I had even finished it I signed up to be a distributor. If nothing else, it would give me a good discount for future orders. The idea of making money off of it was obviously appealing as well. But to be honest, I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed to even be using the product. For a few reasons, a big one being how much I had shot it down for so long. Another is, that I needed help. I wasn’t losing the weight on my own like I wanted, I didn’t have the energy that I wanted, I wasn’t where I wanted to be financially. I needed a change and for me, that was embarrassing to an extent because it had meant what I had been doing failed. I hardly even told anyone that I had bought Advocare, and not a soul that I signed up as a distributor. I refused to use a local sponsor, because again, that would show I was a hypocrite and failed. So I looked around and found one online who has been just spectacular, she’s taught me all the tips and tricks. I had a few hiccups in the beginning, some huge personal things happened, so I am just recently getting back on track. My first 3 sales I made the $200 bucks I spent on the challenge back, my distributing costs, and some to put in my pocket. I had already profited and bumped up my discount! I used to work for a commission based company and they weren’t as good as this! Plus it was from my own home, my own hours! I told TWO people about this journey, just TWO and just like that, I made my money back. Even if you don’t want to use this as a new business venture, the health perks are undeniable. I lost 13lbs and 9 inches in 22 days! That was without adding exercise and with adding calories! If you go to my Advocare section, you can read more about it. I am not super strict with it, I still have a life and whiskey. But I truly do feel better and I get to control that. Come take a look at my advocare site, decide for yourself, but I promise the only thing you have to lose is weight and the baggage you carried up until this point. It is worth it. You are worth it. I am part of a HUGE group on Facebook for questions and support. If you sign up with me, I’ll email you ALL the resources you need!

As always, email me with any questions whiskeysippy@gmail.com or comment below!

Here’s some more inspiration for you…

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It’s not supposed to be like this…

“I am going to lose it..”

“I can’t keep doing this…”

“It’s not supposed to be like this…”

“What kind of mother feels this way?”

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I think at LEAST one of those thoughts a day. More specifically in the morning shuffle as I’m trying to get the kids to school and myself to work. Those thoughts then manifest into “I’m going insane.” “Why can’t SOMETHING just be simple?” “How in the hell am I supposed to do this for the rest of my life.”

Picture this: Here I am, hiding in the laundry room and it’s not even 7 AM. I just screamed at my son because once again he is being a jerk and yelling at his brother. So I screamed at him, to express that him screaming is not okay or acceptable in this house. Totally logical right?

“I need a fucking break” I murmur in my head. But this is not something you can rejuvenate from in an hour. This isn’t a “girls night” (what’s that btw?) fix. This isn’t even a week long bahama vacation type of thing, although I wouldn’t turn that down for nothin’. This is a “create a life you don’t have to escape from” deal. Which some or most days, just isn’t in the cards

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I have this taped on my fridge. Just in case I forget.

So I’m in the laundry room, trying to prevent an all out break down because this is about much more than a simple sibling tiff, and my little beast walks in and says,

“Momma, can I have some juice?”

“Just give me a minute bud. I’ll get it, okay?”

“Okay… Oh, Momma?”

Irritated again…”Yes?”

“You have boo-tuh-full hair.”

And JUST. LIKE.THAT my heart just combusts. Like the Grinch in that one scene, it breaks the cage around itself. I am brought back down from this reality I have created in my head that my house is an insane asylum and I’m this angry bitch of a mother. I am reminded that I have two sweet, gorgeous little boys who understand that even Momma’s need a reminder sometimes that

It is exhausting. I’m exhausted. LIFE is exhausting. I’m so drained some days that just typing this, saying it “out loud” makes my eyes well up and that is not an easy feat. Is this how we are supposed to feel? How can a mother feel this way about her own kids? That’s wrong. No mother feels like that. You’re alone in that. You’re a horrible mom.

Except you’re not. You’re not any of those things. Feelings don’t make you who you are. Actions might, but even then you aren’t your worst mistakes. You’re more than that. There is a million people out there thinking the same shit. If you are one that has never thought or felt any of this, well… come to my house and we can fix that.

You have to find things that you can control, to bring a little joy and humor into those moments when you’re locking yourself in the laundry room.  Write, find a hobby, mix a drink, buy some shoes, go workout, vent to some friends, hell even look in the humor section of Pinterest. I’ve done all of these things. My preference is the writing, shoes, and of course mixing a drink if my site title didn’t give it away. But that’s half the reason I started this blog. Something about putting all your shit on paper, gets rid of it… for a moment at least.

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Once you’e done that, and drug yourself out of your funk. Get to work. Start creating that life that you don’t need to hide from. You will always have these moments, but the key is how often and how long those moments last. Take control of your life. Make an actual plan. You got this and for what it’s worth, I’m with you each step of the way. Me and my whiskey.

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