Pay It Forward: Removing Stains One Mami at a Time

It's laundry day.  I dislike laundry.  It's not the throwing in the washer and dryer that kills me. It's the whole having to fold things after they're dry.  I get annoyed when I find stains on clothes I just washed.  Who wants that?  And what do you do then? Re-wash it?  I need a maid housekeeper to handle these things for me. I realized I should probably do a better job of inspecting the clothes BEFORE they get in the hamper.  Last weekend I received a box of cool Tide To Go Stain Remover Pens at Bloggy Bootcamp.  Tide was one of the conference sponsors and I thought it was awesome of them to provide these for us (it's like they KNEW I needed them).  Why did I never think to pick these up? I should have one in every drawer, car and bag that I carry!  I like the mini sticks because they fit in those cute little bags that I like to carry whenever I'm not lugging around the mami backpack.

I am finding some interesting things on the clothing that I could have used these sticks for.  For example:

1. Pasta sauce on white shirts (have I told you this child can eat pasta every day of the week? And even though I use a plastic bib on her, somehow, she seems to get right under it smack dab in the middle of the shirt. It's a talent, I tell ya!)

2. What I can only guess is dirt on the booty after I had the awesome idea to stop by the park on a day when I'd put white shorts on the frog princess

3. Red wine stain on a lavender top (mine, not the kid's)

The list could go on and on and on (unfortunately)!  I'm ashamed that I'm so non-laundry observant.  I know you mamis are facing some of the same issues that I am so, I want to pay it forward!

Leave me a comment telling me how you would use these minis and I will randomly draw 2 winners to receive FIVE pens each!  Because I love you.  And I know your clothes are dirty.

So, what do you (read: YOUR KIDS) get on your clothes that you could totally use these for?

* Odds of winning are based on the number of entries

* This contest is open now through 11/1/2011 to residents of the continental US)

* One entry per person

* Be sure to leave an email address where I can reach you. If I don't hear back from the winner within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen

Mami Musings: Bloogy Bootcamp Lesson

Yesterday I mentioned that the thing I realized at Bloggy Bootcamp was that I could do this! But as I was putting the frog princess to bed tonight (way past her bedtime as her sleep schedule is in need of a little "adjustment") the following words came into my head as I thought about the conference: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.  Of course, I lost that train of thought at least twice afterwards and isn't that the most annoying thing in the world? I am a capable human being with a pretty descent IQ score but these mami moments can make me feel like an idiot sometimes! I would like to say real quick that I am suffering from post-conference blues.  I have to do my dishes, make up my bed and no one has held a raffle all day today although the frog princess did hand me a previously licked and fallen piece of goldfish cracker earlier.  For the record, I didn't eat it (though I wondered if it had passed the 3 second rule when she first handed it over).

Of course, we hear this all the time (the be true to yourself part not the, you're an idiot part) and as I was chatting it up with my bloggy friends on The Twitter today, it sounds like something you'd write in a yearbook.  But ultimately, in blog (as in life) this holds true.

You can't force something that's not going to work.  That's not to say that you should not try but, knowing who you are is important as you shape what you will become.

As a blogger (I don't think I've ever referred to myself as this) I don't know if I have a "niche".  I write about my life.  My journey through this crazy world.  My feelings at any given point in time about motherhood, friendships, family, work, dating (coming in the future), caregiving, etc. I need to be true to that. To me. To my life and the things that I hold near and dear to my heart.  I can't stray from that otherwise, I will fail.  I remember when I tried to do my first giveaway and, though I loved the idea and the product, I don't know if it worked for me.

I feel that this will get me to the next level and closer to my dreams.  Being true to myself has not let me down yet so, I doubt if it's going to stop working for me now.  What areas of your life do you feel you need this advice in? Where in your path do you need a reminder that you need to stay true to yourself?

Mami's Back!

I am finally home!  I made it back in record time though I could've done better had FHP not been all over the place.  Didn't they know I had to get back home to blog? Sheesh! Unfortunately, the laundry did not magically fold itself while I was gone and for some strange reason, food gnomes did not refill my refrigerator.  I am not sure how I feel about this.

There is so much to digest after a great day at Bloggy Bootcamp!  I am excited and ready to hit the ground running.  The best part about it was meeting some of the great bloggers I interact with day to day via social media.  They really exist!  And I do too!  I had the privilege of meeting an amazing group of women that (surprise, surprise) are interested in one another's success.  I was most impressed by the good vibes in the room and the genuine feeling of camaraderie.  I cannot wait for next year.  Not sure how I will make it but, I have my eyes set on Vegas!

My big lesson from the conference?  I can do this!  And not only can I do this but, there's help out there if I need it.  Nothing like knowing that you are not alone!

When I got home and checked my email, I found my Daily Reflection from Babyfit (I know I'm not pregnant but I really like their little inspirations so I never unsubscribed).  I thought it was interesting because when I'm doing my dream coaching thing (more on this later) I always start with that question below.  As you all know, I do not believe in coincidences and so, I take this as a sign that I am on the right path.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. - Louisa May Alcott

What would you do if you knew you wouldn't fail? What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What kind of person would you be? What would at typical day look like? There's a reason that star-gazing provokes the most powerful dreams. They're right there for the taking, yet you can't touch them. Their distance only feeds an ability to inspire. Dreams may seem out of reach, but that's not the point of dreams. They're there to be felt, not touched or dissected. What a star is made of is meaningless to a moonlit dreamer. The epic possibilities are what's important. The payoff is not so much in the destination as it is in the journey. By following your dreams, you make their beauty a part of who you are. Your life begins to shine. You become a better person. By chasing that star, you've already captured its magic.

To my fellow bloggers that I met at Bootcamp, thank you for your presence, your energy and your enthusiasm.  To my readers, what would YOU do if you knew you could not fail?

Mami's Trippin'!

Social Marketing for WomenThe frog princess is splayed on my bed in a deep (hopefully all-night) sleep.  As I was lying there with her this blog appeared in my head. But as is usual, it has since evaporate like a cup of water in the hot Florida Sun in August.  Alas, the blog in my head was hilarious, I tell ya!  But you just get this one.  My sad attempt at reconnecting the fibers of memory slowly fading away as I wonder what's in the fridge for me to snack on.  I like to call this Mami ADD or MADD for short.

The last time I traveled it was certainly an experience.  I've only left the frog princess alone for more than 15 hours that last time.  It wasn't bad because I was with my coworkers diligently drinking working.  I mean I know that this is work also but, I am spending a good amount on the road.  Which I guess isn't a bad thing as I'm looking forward to getting through some audiobooks and spending some QT with the big Guy (no, not my cousin Rey).

All in all, I know I will miss my baby girl but, I'm super-duper excited about this trip! I am super-duper excited about life in general at the moment. So much is happening that it is awesome and scary all at the same time. Here are some of the things I'm looking forward to as I trip to Bloggy Boot Camp:

  1. Not getting kicked in the ribs
  2. Not getting headbutted while I sleep
  3. Not rolling over into a pool of piss
  4. Possibly taking a bath without a 22 month old splashing me when I'm not looking (I am hoping that someone at the hotel will read this, take pity and give me a room with a big tub)
  5. Sleeping in. Okay, so that might not happen on Saturday but, let's make it work on Sunday.  With my luck, though I will wake up missing the bright smiling face mere inches from me saying: mama in a not-so-low whisper (this is not to solicit volunteers to wake me up in the morning. Be warned that I asked Anissa to bring an extra stun gun as she was packing one for herself anyways)
  6. Meeting new people! Though I feel like I know so many of them! How could I not? I've read about their babies, they've read about my boobs, we're practically BFF's!)
  7. Making new connections (and by connections I mean connecting with new wine)
  8. Marathon prayer sessions during my drive
  9. Being renewed in the affirmation that dammit, I can do this!
  10. Gaining some tools in order to fuel my passion for reading and move me towards my dream of writing (and getting paid enough so that I don't have to work outside of the home at least until the kid is in school)

I could go on and on and on.  But I won't.  Because I should be packing.  And with that here are the things I don't look forward to:

  1. Picking out clothes (because I have NOTHING in my closet)
  2. Folding laundry since I did 2 loads that I have to cull through to find clothes to take
  3. Packing since I'll also be packing up the frog princess (so times 2 now!)
  4. Driving late at night (as I won't be able to leave when expected.  Something about not being able to leave the kid with Chico Mendes - the dog - for a few hours while her dad picks her up.  He's responsible!)
  5. Having to stop on said drive as I watch entirely too much Criminal Minds and if allowed, my brain can form a plot that will rival the show complete with online stalker and high tech devices

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to shoot the shit on Twitter pack.  Who will I see at BBCATL? Sound off BFF's!

Mami Moment: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Dare I say it?  I think this "Just blog,heifer!" movement that I started to motivate myself is working!  This is my 4th blog in as many days and I am astounded! Why you ask? Because all I want right now is my bed (and possibly a glass of wine)! This is a hodgepodge of thoughts.  Thinking I wanted to vlog tonight but, not having concrete thoughts in my head. Thinking about how awesome my frog princess is! Thinking about the fact that I had a good day at work today.  About the powerful prayer call this morning that moved me to tears and the gratefulness in my heart that I am connected to so many women of God that can hold me up when I am down.  Thinking about the fact that the dog needs to be walked (ugh!).

I did an impulsive thing today.  Without even balancing my budget, I registered for Bloggy Boot Camp! I can't believe I did that. Usually, I don't make rash decisions but I figured this would be equal to me buying a purse on sight. Except that I hope to get a lot more out of this conference than anyone would out of a purse.  Add to that the fact that a) my cousin who I have become VERY close to in the last few months and whom I've never met lives there AND b) one of my BFF's owes me a trip and she is from Atlanta and thus has already marked her calendar for this date and you can see why I'm all crazy with excitement.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am able to take that Friday off from work.  Not sure what the plans are but, seriously, I'm tired of planning.  I plan for a living.  I make sure things are on schedule for the better part of my life.  I am quickly learning that I need to simply trust that things will work out and GO WITH IT! I told my cousin this week that for the rest of the year, I want to have a type B personality (don't ask me what that is but, I figured it wouldn't be type A).

I want to go with the flow.  Chill out.  Go on vacation (I haven't been on one since March of '08!). Take care of myself! Not worry.  Hit the beach (often!).  Hug more.  Judge less. Love more. Remember less.  I want to enjoy my life. Help others.  Lend a hand whenever I can.  Pray for those that need it.  Forgive the ones that may have hurt me.  Endure the things that cannot be helped.  Demand to be respected.  Speak to those that are willing to listen and listen to those that speak.  I want to laugh.  To be joyful.  To prepare for what is in store for me.  To be humbled by my blessings.  To be open to criticism.  To be happy.  To be content.

All of these thing I want.  I realized after some powerful prayers today that, it is okay for me to dream again.  It is okay for me to want and demand and expect.  I just need to be sure I'm looking in the right direction.  And only then will all things be bright and beautiful...


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