Braces: 6 months

Can you believe it’s been almost 6 months with braces? I’ve certainly had the up and down journey. Half a year into this and I’m mostly confident in them. The only time I doubt myself is if I’m at a new party or event and I’m meeting people I don’t know and flash a face full of metal— I still smile but inside I doubt just a little.

The great news is I’m almost done! This past visit the orthodontist has started doing detail bends in the wires to address just certain teeth. My mouth was sore again but that’s how I know it’s working. Once this process is complete I’ll get a retainer to sleep in at night. I can still feel myself clenching and know it probably won’t ever cease. Perhaps in February I’ll get these off??

Stronger, Smarter, and Faster Skincare

This past weekend I was in Texas hill country to celebrate the launch of three new products with the skincare brand I work with. It was incredible to see these innovations hit the market. We are truly moving the skincare industry forward.

template (1)The biggest new product was a twist on retinol. Our Intensive Renewing Serum is powered by Retinal, a next generation Vitamin A that is one step closer to prescription-level Vitamin A. With 20 times the potency of Retinol, Intensive Renewing Serum offers faster, more dramatic results starting as early as 4 weeks. It features R+F’s proprietary Retinal-MDTM Technology that is engineered with a Calcium buffer system to extend and control the release of the powerful ingredients to help reduce the potential for irritation. This unique delivery makes Intensive Renewing Serum compatible with all R+F Regimens and gentle enough for everyday use for nearly ever skin type.

The weekend was focused on our team and learning from each other, they different ways we do business and interact with our customers. It’s great when I get the chance to really listen to what other women are doing, it’s empowering! We all work so hard and in today’s world, everything feels like a competition. But even though we are all technically competing for sales, we still have the ability to step back and support one another. I love working with all these women each day. It was a super work-cation.

IMG_3469Work Hard, Play Hard

I earned a free night out for working so hard. We had dinner at a lovely steak house in Boerne, TX called Peggy’s On The Green. My dinner was delicious and I had the chance to try some local favorites. I highly suggest this place if you are in the area!

Mommies, it’s ok to ask for help.

I was running with another mom the other morning and we got to talking about our day-to-day lives but more importantly how hard life can be when a spouse is gone for an extended period of time. A few times now I’ve told her to reach out and ask for help, that I would be willing to bring a meal or watch her kids for a an hour or so in hopes of visiting the grocery store alone. She brushed it off and then admitted that it’s hard to ask for help. I totally agree!!

The other day she was at a park with some other mom friends and they were all enjoying the freedom you get when all your kids aren’t eating woodchips and can climb up the slide stairs themselves. But my friend noticed another mother struggling with a few kids at hand, tantrums, woodchips, crying… we’ve ALL been there. She offered to lend a hand and asked if she wanted to join their “group.” The struggling mom said YES. Yes! She acknowledged that it was a bad day and took some assistance.

people-2567915_1280We have all failed on the parenting scale at one time or another. None of us are perfect! What’s hard is that social medial and the collective world tell us that we should be perfect parents. PBJ on gluten free bread, no corn syrup or processed sugars, white couches, spotless floors, color coordinated baskets for each type of toy and child…the list goes on. Well guess what, that life you admire on Instagram, it’s F-A-K-E. Have you ever seen the “big” photo of the stylized photo? That ought to make you feel better. Not a single one of us has our shit together and you don’t have to either.

The next time you feel you are failing the entire day, pick up your phone and ask for help. This is where a stellar network of mom friends comes in. Don’t have any? It’s time to make some! Mom friends are the glue of the world, they help hold you and your shit together. I know I can count on my friends to jump in at a second’s notice if I desperately need something. Asking for help isn’t easy, I can admit that, but it’s gotten easier over the years.

Ever hear the term it takes a village? Of course you have. You’ve heard it because it’s true. Long ago it DID take a village to raise a family and children. Just because we live in single-family homes does not mean we have to do it alone!

Two takeaways:

  1. Don’t forget to ASK for help. Just do it, you’ll feel so much better. Most mothers have been in your shoes and are more than willing to help out in any way.
  2. Offer to help whenever you can. If you see somebody struggling with even a minor task or notice that a person in your community is having a shitty day (thanks social media), just reach out and ask if you can help. Or even ask how they are doing.

We are in this together. It takes a village.

School Year Has Begun

It’s already half-way through September, wow! The girls are all in school and love every minute of it. They have been pretty tired near week’s end and I keep trying to put a little earlier bedtime. We have a third grader, first grader, and 4K preschooler, and a baby at home… Tilli.

I’ll start with the baby. Tilli is 12 weeks old and 14 pounds. She’s sleeping through the night and is overall a wonderful puppy. She’s starting to explore the yard a bit more and venture out. I’ve come to realize she will dig to China if I let her. We’ve never had a dog that dug like this before so I’ll have to put a stop to it somehow. She continues to do private training 2x/week and does very well with Suzette.

Elsa is in 4K and has the most amazing teacher. She has lots of friends in school and is adjusting to sharing, sitting quietly, listening, etc. Her afternoons are still spent with me (or a friend), and she has a gymnastics class once/week with a friend. Our afternoons are spent chasing Tilli around and making sure she doesn’t eat shoes or pee in the house.

Gretchen is in 1st grade and is having a blast. I know she’ll learn so much this year and grow a lot too. She is doing gymnastics and just joined a pre-competitive swim team. She got out of the water last night and said it was the BEST day ever (having swam for the last 45 minutes). I always knew she was the water baby and would thrive in the pool. I really think this is going to be good therapy and a good sport for  her.

Charlotte is in 3rd grade and has had a hard time adjusting to the responsibilities that come with the grade. Slowly I am helping her to be a lot more responsible. She still plays piano once per week, it’s wonderful to listen to her music. She is also a giraffe in our school’s first musical, Lion King Jr. The concert is going to be amazing, I’ve already had teary eyes during practice.

 

Meet Tilli

Born: June 20, 2017

Age: Age 9 weeks

Weight: 10 lbs

Name: Tilli (Battle Maiden in German)

On Sunday we did something that most little kids dream of. We drove to a farm and brought home an adorable little puppy. Tilli is a Golden Retriever and should definitely weigh in under 70 lbs when grown. The three girls are beyond excited to have her in the family. Charlotte is 8-years-old and definitely has the upper hand. She’s a little smarter and cares just a little more about Tilli. She knows that if she listens to me with regard to the puppy rules, the puppy will love her the most. Charlotte plans to make Tilli “her dog.”

We are on day 3 and Tilli already feels at home. She woke up from her second night with spunk and confidence. Sleeping through the first two nights has been a breeze! I moved her cage right next to my bed and that seems to be working great. She plays then naps then eats then plays then naps and so on and so on. I hung a bell by the back door and she’s already ringing it with her nose to let us know she wants to go outside.

Next Friday we are going to start working with a trainer 2x per week to make sure she turns into a really good dog. Tilli will be around when the girls are in high school and I really would love to be able to take her places and be confident with her behaviors.

img_3001Tilli has a brother (same parents) named Blue who is 6 months old. He belongs to very good friends of ours. Two other families in town also got female puppies from this litter. It’s a puppy craze here! We can’t wait to have puppy play dates.

I do believe that love-at-first-sight is true in this household. We instantly fell in love with Tilli and can’t wait to see her grow… but not too fast. Puppy breath is the best.