Category: All About Me

What I’m Loving Right Now – January 2018

Can you believe it’s January 2018 already?!  And here we are for another edition of “What I’m Loving Right Now”.  I enjoy putting together these lists of things I’m loving right now, so I hope you enjoy reading them and I hope you can find something that might help you, strike your fancy, or fill a void in your life!

This month, I’m calling it my Direct Sales version!  I’ve shared a few things from a few direct sales friends of mine that I love, but here are a few more!  I truly love supporting as many direc sales consultants as possibl, as long as they provid me with outstanding customer service!  Those that do, earn my business for life!  I understand how how they work, and I understand what they are providing for their family, so I want to support them!

So, here’s what I’m loving this month from my Direct Sales friends!

Rodan & Fields Body Lotion

I’m always on the hunt for a good quality body lotion  and while I enjoy the “fun” scents from those body stores, my skin can’t handle it!  I have incredibly sensitive skin with eczema, so I need something gentle and highly effective!  I recently started using the Rodan & Feilds Body Lotion and I can’t praise it highly enough!  It leaves my skin highly moisturizer, has no scent, and isn’t greasy AT ALL!  My skin is instantly smooth and soft after applying!

Easton Scarf from Trades of Hope

Back in  May, I talked about one of my favorite necklaces, the Sea Glass from Trades of Hope!  Now, I’m raving about my Easton Scarf!  I earned it recently by hosting a party with my favorite TOH consultant and I’m so glad that I did!  It goes with just about everything and is my favorite colors!  Plus, the fact that it’s supporting the women of India makes my heart even happier.

Me in my Easton Scarf

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2017 Reflections

The New Year is here! 2018 is upon us and I’m not 100% sure how it came so fast! I’m not one for resolutions.  I probably should set goals and I probably should choose a mantra in life! But, I don’t do any of these things! I do like to talk a lot about what I’ve learned and how I can apply that to my life going forward.  For me, these reflections help me focus on the new year!

Reflections

So, what did I learn in 2017?

  • Don’t underestimate yourself – I was given many new opportunities this year.  Grateful is the best way to describe how I feel about these opportunities.  I’m so glad that the people who selected me for these opportunities had more faith in me than I did.they taught me a valuable lesson to not underestimate myself.  I am more confident going forward into the new year than ever before!
  • Be More Present – It’s easy when you have a blog and a social media presence to want to document everything you do and everywhere you go.  But it’s ok to be more present in your life.  This year as we’ve gone on adventures with the boys, I’ve worked hard to find a balance of documenting it through social media and also just being present with our family!  I will continue to strive for this balance in 2018.
  • Be Ok With Not Having It All Together – I don’t even want to count the number of times that I didn’t have it all together this year!  I think the number of times that I didn’t have it together would far outweigh the number of times that I did!  I’ve also learned to be more ok with it!  It’s ok if I don’t have meals planned all the time and it’s ok that my house is a little messier.  I have my three favorite guys, my family, my fur baby, a warm home, and a job that I enjoy!  Life is good, even if I don’t have it all together!

The Conclusion

At the end of the day, 2017 went so fast, the boys grew a ton, and T and I are stronger in our marriage than ever before!  Life is good and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings us!  Cheers to you and 2018!

Let Them Eat Cupcakes

I’ve always been more of the “fun-hater” in our house!  I’m the “eat your supper before dessert” person or the “no sweet treats before lunch” person.  I’m ok with it!  Someone has to be that person and the boys and I have a great relationship regardless!  This past weekend however, I decided to live in the moment and relax a little!

World of Rules

Our world is full of rules today!  Eat this, don’t eat that.  Don’t do that, do this, etc.  It’s easy to get caught up in what is “right” and what is “wrong” and forget that life is happening around us each day!  When you’re raising kids, you are constantly worried that you are “screwing them up”.  Oh, that’s just me? Well, OK then! 😉  Society today has put so many expectations on us as parents or step-parents that it’s amazing our parents were able to raise us!

While I think rules are good, I also think they are an outline of how to live your life, how to make decisions, etc.  So, that being said…rules are made to be broken every once in awhile or stretched, right?!

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A Fresh New Face

Just in case you came to this page looking for Learning As I Go…don’t worry, same page, same content, just with a new face!  Over the past three years, since I started blogging, my content and style have evolved.

When I first started, I had a strong emphasis on learning to be a step-mom, wife, and adult!  Now, while I’m always learning, my passions are food (like seriously, it’s a passion of mine), our family (gardens, taste tests, etc), and fun (our travel adventures)!  So, I thought it was time to officially make a change that makes sense to me and encompasses all of these items!  So, I introduce to you, Flint & Co – Family, Food, & Fun!  I think it’s pretty catchy and I love my new logo that Laura Meyer Design created for me!

Again, you’ll find the same content just with a different name and look!  I hope you like it!

What I’m Loving Right Now, June 2017

June is here, school is done (or almost) and that mean summer is official upon us!  It’s a new month, which also means it’s time for a new round of “What I’m Loving Right Now!”  It’s interesting what I love each month (even for myself to discover).  Some of it is material things and some of it is the intangible, but I think that is what gives our life balance!

Bed Sheets

Yup, you know you’re getting old when one of the things you’re loving right now is bed sheets, but I’m ok with it!  T and I have a love/hate relationship with bed sheets!  He’s pickier than I am, but I digress.  Back at Christmas, we asked for gift cards to Kohls to purchase new sheets (how grown-up of us, right?!)  and we finally used the card when we discovered that our favorite sheets at a hole in them!  What sheets did I pick up and am now loving?!  It’s these, the SONOMA Goods for Life, Everyday Sheet Set from Kohls!  I hate spending a lot of money on sheets and when you have a king size bed, they are spendy enough as it is.  I find these to be a perfect combination of quality and comfort!  They are great for heading into the warmer months as they keep that “cool” feeling, but also aren’t cold to the touch like the rest of our sheets!  I also like them because they aren’t too slinky feeling like some of the super soft sets.  These have some substance to their fabric and I like that!  If you’re shopping for new sheets, I highly recommend them!

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What I’m Loving Right Now, April 2017

It’s a new month, April 2017, and that means a new series to my blog! Yay! Ok, maybe I’m the only one that is this excited about it right now, but I hope you eventually share my excitement!  I’m not a fashion or trend blogger and I’m not what one would consider high-class, but I’m real and I really love certain things, so I’ve decided to share them with you once a month!

Favorite Clothes

Gray Basic from Orange PossumThis is the first thing I’m loving right now!  I just snagged this basic tunic from my favorite boutique this past weekend, but I’m already swooning over it.  It’s basic, can be dressed up or dressed down and is uber comfy!  This past weekend, I paired it with some leggings and casual tennis shoes and it was perfect for grabbing supper out with my family!

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10-Week Wellness Challenge Update & A Giveaway

I can’t believe that we are almost finished with the 10-Week Wellness Challenge!  It seems like only yesterday that The Iowa Food & Family Project invited me to join their team!  I was so excited when they did and I had such high hopes of blowing it out of the water this year!  HA!  Well, then life happened!Wellness Challenge

I’ve struggled with being healthy for the majority of my adult life!  I’m, what I call myself, a coping anorexic!  If you look at me today you wouldn’t guess that to be the case, but it’s true!!  You see,  being healthy has several different definitions.  Obtaining a healthy lifestyle depends on your own personal situation.  For me, being healthy is finding a balance with my eating and exercise.  All of this, along with “life” during the 10-Week Wellness Challenge has gotten me to these realizations:

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10-Week Wellness Challenge – Again!

I’m so excited to announce that I am participating in the Live Healthy Iowa, 10-Week Wellness Challenge again this year! I’m also super excited because I’ve partnered with the Iowa Food & Family Project for this endeavour once again!  Last year was the first year that I participated and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of the team and the challenge to place first within our group!  So, of course I was game to participate again this year!  This is super exciting for you, my followers too!  Iowa Food & Family Project has given me some awesome goodies to giveaway to you, my readers, throughout the journey!

 

So, what is the 10-Week Wellness Challenge?!  An opportunity to focus your life around health and wellness.  Well, that is the short of it at least!  As a participant you can focus on increasing your activity, weight loss, improving your eating habits…or a little bit of all the above!

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Random Monday Thoughts, 1/16/2016

It’s Monday again…I can’t believe it, but thankfully we had a weekend at home for a change! I haven’t had random Monday thoughts in quite awhile..well, actually I have, but haven’t had time to jot them down! So, here we are!

The Cold from H*!L – So, about January 5th, I started the symptoms of a small winter cold…sore throat from post nasal drip, slightly stuffed up, etc.  Over the next couple days the symptoms grew into a full-blown cold/sinus infection.  Last Monday found me home from work, sleeping on the couch most of the day, and headed to the doctor!  Armed with antibiotics, heavy doses of Sudafed, and nasal spray I spent Tuesday at home too!  The bottom of my nose is so raw from blowing and wiping it that I now have 2 cracks in the skin! UGH!  I’m not tired and worn out, but I am tired of having pressure on my ears, my nose constantly stuffed up, etc.  If anyone has any tips on how to get rid of this cold from H*!L, I’m open to suggestions!!

My current arsenal against this cold!

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The 16 Best of 2016

I can’t believe another year has come and gone! I see so many social media posts about how awful everyone thinks 2016 has been and my heart hurts for those people! I mainly hurt because my 2016 has been phenomenal! Has there been frustrations, heart ache, things that don’t go exactly how we planed?! Absolutely, but that’s life.  We choose to focus on all the things that we’ve been blessed with in our lives and year! So, I thought I’d share with you 16 of my favorite pictures found on my phone from 2016!

Without further adieu and in no particular order:

 1.  This was our first day on our family vacation in Branson!  Not only were we excited to explore the area, but we were excited to be out of the truck too!  Plus, it’s me and my three favorite guys, so what could be better?

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