Mama Moment #1: A Shitty Morning

Becoming a mama is not only amazing - it makes for some great stories and a million awesome moments.

The storyteller in me is compelled to capture every moment - every giggle, every smile, every funny face and silly action, be it with my camera, a video, a SnapChat, or a blog.

But it's good to live in the moment, too. Just to let the moments happen and record them in your brain, for your eyes only, rather than sharing them for the world to be a part of.

I am so excited for the years to come with Liam. Yes, I know that toddlers bring a whole new set of challenges than a baby does, but bring them on, I say. Tantrums, candid comments, sweet gestures, unintentional comedy - I want it all! I know these years will bring with them so many things that I will never want to forget.

So this is my attempt at capturing those moments and memories. They may be sentimental, horrifying or hysterical. They're moments I never want to forget. I'll share them as they happen, and hope you'll do the same with me. In the spirit of other mamas doing the same on the Interwebs, we shall call these...Mama Moments.

Mama Moment #1

Bryan and I trade weekend days for getting up with Liam. On Sunday, it was my morning to sleep in. Sometime around 8:30am, Bryan came rushing into the room and with Liam in his arms, took him straight to the bath in our bathroom. I didn't have my glasses on, so I asked what was going on.

"I don't want to talk about it," he says.

I get up, go in the bathroom, and expecting to see Liam in puke or poop, I see the later. I go into Liam's room to see lay out some clean clothes. It's there I see the changing table cover is gone, and the pad underneath is covered in poop. But that's not all.

There is poop on the walls. On the crib rails. On the crib sheets. The floor is soaking wet. I stood there, stunned for a moment, and began to clean up. Bryan and Liam come back into the room.

I stood there, silently before asking..."What happened?"

Bryan explained that Liam had a blowout during breakfast and while changing him afterward, the poop got all over the changing table. So he put a naked Liam in his crib while he changed the pad and wiped things down.

Next thing he knew, Liam was standing up in his crib, and gleefully started peeing through the crib rails (hence the wet floor). Bryan went to get something to clean THAT up, he came back and noticed, in horror, that Liam had poop all over his feet, legs, hands, and crib. He had diarrhea...again, this time all over his crib.

And so we arrived at the moment in the bathroom. Thankfully, we were able to laugh at the moment, but let's be was a shitty morning.

(See what I did there?)
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Bachelor Recap: JoJo's Tacos {Cringe} + The Worst McDonald's Commercial Ever

There's too much to say this week, so let's cut to the chase and hit the highlights:

Amanda - I'm sure she is a sweet gal and a good mom, but I just can't with her high baby voice. Her pitch, coupled with how frequently she says"like" in a sentence really prevent me from putting her very high on my "favorites" list. However, I do think she seems well liked by the other girls, and I think Ben is into her. I'm fairly certain we like,  have to listen to her voice for at least a few more episodes. Side note: NO ONE WAKES UP LIKE THAT!

Ben's method of holding a champagne glass: Just no.

Jubilee - Pretty sure Jubilee did not know exactly what she was signing up for with The Bachelor. She's been salty since their one-on-one date, mostly because Ben is dating other women. She's bitchy to Ben (though I think she thinks she's being funny??), isolates herself from the women, is the only one not getting along with her cooking partner (the ever-likeable Lauren B.) We get it, Jubilee, you are not as "simple" as the other girls, and you also don't have blonde hair and white skin. I think Ben really liked her but when he saw that she was so insecure, rude and doesn't play well with others, he didn't have much of a choice to say buh-bye. The interwebs seem enraged by this choice, but I get it.

JoJo's taco: Your taco brings all the boys to the yard, JoJo. We got it. Your taco tastes amazing, Ben will love your taco, you've had no complaints about your taco. We are all laughing like the children we are, well done. (Also, her doppelgänger is Isla Fisher.)

Olivia - Oh, Olivia. She never disappoints, does she? Does she not get that the likelihood of getting a SECOND one-on-one date before other girls have even had a chance to have their first conversation (ahem, Jennifer & Leah) is just not happening? When Amanda gets the one-on-one, she says she doesn't think Amanda is what Ben's looking for. I've got news for you, Olivia, I'm pretty sure that Ben is also not looking for an insecure, self-absorbed, bad-breathed biotch who has to constantly be in the spotlight! Later, she tells Amanda she feels like she's in an episode of Teen Mom. So...pretty much, Olivia thinks that women with children are dramatic and damaged goods. I will say this about Olivia. While she definitely has a big chunk of crazy in her DNA, I also think Olivia is an easy target for the producers to bait. But don't forget guys, Olivia can feel the “electricitay.” Cool.

Cheating: Was it a requirement for this seasons ladies?

Fashion show/Lauren H.: I can't decide how I feel about Lauren H. She's had comedic moments, but mostly I think she's a bit dull. (She did win when she was woken up at 430am with her retainer and crazy hair.) I know nothing about fashion, let alone Mexican fashion, but I have no idea why Lauren is so amped about going to this fashion show! As if she's ever heard of this designer. And her worry about standing out among models? Don't worry, sweetheart, pretty sure Ben is only contractually obligated to be interested in you. I did like the wink Ben gave her walking down the runway. Honestly, I think my distaste for Lauren hasn't gone away from a couple of weeks ago when she said Ben needed to marry a soccer mom. (Seriously, what is with this women?)

McDonalds Commercial: I can't be the only one thinking "WHAT THE FUCK" duing that disaster of a commercial featuring former Bachelor couples. Not lovin' it, McDs. Not at all.

The twin: (Who is still labeled as, "Twin") I am not into the twins...have never been into the twins. Nor have I been into the TWIN. But, I did appreciate her humor tonight. She had a lot of one-liners that made me chuckle, and she sealed her fate for the season "snitching" on Olivia. I do wish she hadn't done the ugly cry during that whole thing, though. Also - she looks like a different person with no makeup.

To be continued:
Isn't ever episode to be continued? There's no way he's taking back Olivia's rose.

New top 4:
1. Lauren B. (She can see a LIFE LIFE with Ben, guys!)
2. JoJo
3. Amanda
4. Caila
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Why I Said 'Yes' to Rodan + Fields

Happy Friday, everyone! First of all, thanks to my faithful readers for bearing with me the past few weeks as my blogs have slowed to a near halt. I've got so much going on at work that most days, I get home from work, spend time with Liam before he goes to bed, then hop back on the computer to do more work. I'm nearing the end of a massive project though, so I hope this lets up soon and I can have more time outside of work for ME!

Speaking of work - I shared at the beginning of the year that I made the decision to start my own business as a consultant for Rodan + Fields! I'm starting a skincare series, called Love the Skin You're In, in which I focus on the business, skin care issues, results...whatever comes up! My goal is not to sell you something. Just to educate you.

First, a little background on why I joined the company.

I started using Rodan  + Fields products as a Preferred Customer a couple of years ago to support my sister when she started as a consultant. I loved the products and the flexibility of being a preferred customer. Last year, while pregnant with her second baby, my sister was laid off. She was too far along in her pregnancy to have it make sense to look for a new job at that point, so she decided to wait until after the baby was born. In those months, she decided to really pursue Rodan + Fields and see if she could make it work as a significant source of income, as so many others do.

And then I started to actually see her success. She starting gaining more customers and business partners every day. And all she was doing was sharing with other people how awesome these products are! I started to see more and more people talking about the opportunity within this company, and I started asking questions about how this actually works.

Admittedly, I was skeptical. I didn't love the idea of using my personal social media channels and I was nervous about having to "sell" because I'm not a salesperson, and I had no idea who I would even sell to! Basically, I was scared.

But as I learned about the business model and company, I learned that R+F has less than a 1% return rate for all products, even with their 60-day money back guarantee. It's not being sold everywhere, which means there is so much room for growth, and the # of consultants is not high at all. You don't have inventory, or sales quotas. I could go on and on. But it all tied back to my own experience with the products. I knew that these products were life changing. I knew that they worked. My job would just be to share that with other people.

Plus, the reality is that bills are piling up, debt is not going away fast enough, we're trying to buy a new house this year, and I'd eventually love to be able to spend more time home with Liam and our other children, whenever they may come. So what did I have to lose?

I joined my sister as her Business Partner at the beginning of January. Within just a couple of weeks, I got my first promotion! I am not a salesperson, but it's addicting when you get that first order! 

The team I'm on is amazing and inspiring. There are women in my group who are $10 million achievers. TEN MILLION DOLLARS! There are other women who bring home thousands of dollars every MONTH, regularly. How's that for residual income? Every day I see these women signing business partners and getting "promoted" and sharing ideas on how to be successful and it's so inspiring.  And all I'm doing guys, is taking an hour or two out of each day to share how much I love these products.

This business is not a pyramid scheme. It is not a scam. I am not trying to get something FROM you, I am trying to do something FOR you. Early frustrations I've faced include comments like this from ignorant people, who are seeing things from other direct sales companies that do operate like that. I'm sure people are annoyed with my Facebook posts. I've heard "no" more than yes. A lot of people are put off by the price. (Which I find so interesting, given people's willingness to spend $150 on a pair of jeans or $50 on a mani/pedi. Those are temporary. This is your have it forever.) But I have seen first-hand that this business is a huge opportunity so I'm running with it! I don't do anything half-ass. If I start something, I will finish it, and damn it, I want results. This will be no different...success is mine for the taking.

I can't wait to tell you more each week, and get you as excited about skincare as I am! 

Have a great weekend friends!

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