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Spooktacular Reads

October birthday’s are so fun to shop for! Especially when it’s for little young monsters! Check out the books I purchased recommended by Amazon’s Best Sellers! They’re perfect for little ones to early readers! As a parent of two, when it comes to my boys receiving gifts, books from friends and family are the best gifts to receive. Anything educational focused, and activity based! And they don’t take up so much room in the house! Books are one of the best things I believe a child can receive as a gift!

Buying a few books can range from $15-$25, a perfect target price for a decent gift for a little one! Beat the toys, the large gizmo play sets with a million pieces for parents to assemble, and go towards the wonderful route of picture books, early readers, or children’s novels! Trust me, the parents will be happy, as well as the child!

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Halloween Children Books Recommended:

Curious George Haunted Halloween By: H.A. Rey

Hang on to your hats! George gets spooked when he spends his first Halloween in the country and hears the legend of No Noggin—a headless scarecrow that kicks people’s hats off on Halloween! The man with the yellow hat tells George it’s just a legend, but with the help of his friends Allie and Bill, George is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and find out once and for all if No Noggin really exists. This early reader features a festive bonus activity for even more Halloween fun with George!

I Love You Little Pumpkin By: Sandra Magsamen

Whose smiling face is this, so sweet and true?
It’s my little pumpkin and I love YOU!

This bestselling interactive novelty format features sturdy lift-the-flaps on each spread and blends Sandra Magsamen’s signature soft illustrations and heartfelt messages with a touch of Halloween. Babies will giggle at all of the adorably costumed little ones and squeal with delight when a surprise mirror reveals who is loved most of all!

Spooky Pookie By: Sandra Boynton

It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!

One, Two…Boo! By: Kristen L. Depken

The littlest trick-or-treaters can lift the flaps to count their way through a spooky old house . . . but they had better be prepared for a few surprises! With a die-cut cover, adorable illustrations, and a flap on every page, this sturdy little board book is the perfect Halloween gift for trick-or-treaters everywhere.

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Festive Fall Gift Wrap

To keep the gift still low-budget, and to avoid buying birthday gift wrap, try using items you can find around the house! I used brown paper lunch baggies! Yes! Something I have all the time, along with chalk pens, chalk tags, and twine! These are staples I love to keep in  my personal craft supply kit. To add that fall festive look, I purchase black and orange burlap rolls  and ribbon for a dollar at Target (Found at the Dollar Spot!) These little convenient rolls of burlap can be used now from October and November! If you love gifting fun holiday gifts to friends and family, or even to co-workers, and your child’s teacher, these decorative gift wrapping essentials are a hit, that are budget friendly!

What are you up too this Halloween? Any fun parties to attend to? Work pot-lucks? Or just staying in passing out candy?

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Creature Feature

Enjoy Halloween week with this too cute to scare craft! Create fun little Halloween creatures including spiders, Frankenstein, ghosts, pumpkins, witches and a vampire! There’s no doubt you and your children will have one terror-ific time! Here’s what you’ll need:

– Toilet Paper Rolls

– Glue

– Scissors

– Craft Paint

– Sponge Paint Brush

– Googly Eyes

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Inspired by many of the PINteresting things I’ve seen, I’ve gone ahead and made my attempt on this run eco-friendly activity!

Spooky Spiders

  1. Cutting one toilet paper roll in half, this can create 2 spiders.
  2. Taking one of the halves, cut a one inch wide opening.
  3. Repeat same cut, opposite side of the roll.
  4. Cut 3 equal space cuts creating the legs of the spider.
  5. Taking black paint, paint the toilet paper roll completely black.
  6. Bend the legs of the spider out as you paint.
  7. Set to dry.
  8. Take as many goggly eyes, glue to the top half of the spider.

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These crafty creepy crawlers can be spotted around the house, placed on the window ledge, staircase steps, or just to play around with! Create a gang of spiders!!

Construct a monstrous mash up of a toilet paper roll and paint to create Frankenstein! Happy, sad, confused, dazed, give him whatever facial expression your ghostly heart desires!

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Frankenstein:

  1. Snip short cuts all along one of the sides of the toilet paper roll, creating the hair.
  2. Paint the top 3/4 of the roll black.
  3. Using a finer tip brush you can line Frankenstein up with proper bangs.
  4. The rest of the roll will be painted green.
  5. Set to dry.
  6. Glue two goggly eyes, and create facial expressions for Mr. Frank.
  7. Don’t forget to add stitchings to the cheeks.

 

You can create other fun Halloween favorites with toilet paper and just a few other colors of paint, and maybe some construction paper. Follow me on Instagram to see more up coming Halloween Crafts!

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Front Porch Chalk Art

Every year I tell myself to not spend a lot on Halloween Decor. Keep it low budget!!! Thrift more Tiffany!!! I tell myself this because I know over the years I will eventually have a collection of Halloween decor (trust me, I’ve seen women go all out at Michael’s with loads of stuff, and I’ve seen my moms storage bins for Halloween –I don’t want to be at that level yet.) As a matter of fact, I’d rather spend more for “Harvest” themed fall decor vs. Halloween. The harvest decorations could last all fall season, vs. a one day event. I’ve been purchasing many of my Halloween decorations at the Dollar Tree, flea markets, and thrift stores this year. And I’m so happy I have been!!! It’s become a slight addiction.

CALLING ALL HALLOWEEN MOMS:

AVOID MICHAEL’S CRAFT STORE ALL OF OCTOBER!

> Thrift & DIY<

(You’ll thank me later.)

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Over the 4 years we’ve been living out of an apartment, holiday decorations have been one of the main problems when it comes to a storing them and living in a larger home. With many holiday decorations, I like to intertwine it with my typical shabby chic year round home decor. So with that, I’d like to share with you my not so spooky halloween decor chalk art I’ve done over the last few years.

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If you are new to my blog, I really love thrifting. Especially for home items. Here, I drew some nice festive chalk art to display on our front porch. I made this chalkboard last year around the same time, and have used it many times for parties. It serves as a forever household decorative item I can always use for everything.

What I Used:

Thrifted Picture Frame ($4.99)

Chalk Paint

Paint Sponge

Acrylic Paint

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The chalk art was all done by me, inspired by some fall harvest art I spotted on Pinterest.
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 I styled a pot of succulents which I scored at an Antique fair I attended, paired with it is a gray metallic star pumpkin I purchased from HomeGoods, and our pumpkins. This simple vignette, utilized items I’ve already purchased, and made, creating a nice festive fall welcoming to anyone that approaches my home.

Happy Throwback Thursday & happy October DIY decorating!!

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Vampire Handprint

As always, I was on Pinterest searching up a good kids craft for my children and also for my sons 2nd grade class. I come into the classroom every Friday afternoon and do a craft. As a crafty class mom, I love doing these crafts. If I could, I would want to come in at least 2 or 3 times a week to do arts & crafts with them.

In the spirit of Halloween I found this great Vampire craft by Michelle from (Crafty Morning). This is such a great Halloween art project your children or students will enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Construction Paper (Colors: White, red, and black)

Tempra Paint (Colors: Brown, white, black)

Goggly Eyes

Paint Brush

Glue

Scissors

Supplies

Directions:

1.  For a nice realistic skin tone, you’ll need to mix the brown and white tempra paint.

2.  Once Mixed, paint skin tone color to the palm of the hand, as well as the thumb.

3.  Add black paint to the 4 leftover fingers, with a widows peak detail.

4.  Place painted hand on white construction paper, and set aside to dry.

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5.   Take your red, and black paper and cut the body and collar of the vampire.

6.   Using scraps of white and red paper, cut out little triangles for the bowtie and white shirt.

7.   Glue your pieces together on white paper.

8.   By this time your handprint should be already dry, and ready to cut and paste.

9.   Once your handprint it cut out, glue your goggley eyes in place.

10.   Draw in a smile, and add 2 teeth like fangs. (Red or white using scraps of construction paper.)

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At this point your vampire should be completely dry and display in the classroom or on the fridge!

Happy crafting!

(Insert vampire evil laugh here!) Ah, ah, ah, ah!

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Succulent Skulls

I’ve been thrifting Halloween items all month. I’m too too big with Halloween decorating, but I do like adding a few accent pieces here and there. But of course, every year my collection of “few,” accent pieces grows, and grows.  Every upcoming holiday I’m always on the hunt for something unique, low budget, and chic. I’m not trying to break my wallet with holiday decorative pieces, so thrifting for holiday decor is always something fun for me to hunt for. My latest Halloween thrift store score were these really cool skull tea lights each for $0.50!

Here’s an easy quick thrift store transformation on these cool succulent skulls made out of a tea light. Simply, spray paint, and style! These succulent skulls are perfect to place on your mantel, coffee table, or china hutch, to add that touch of spooky spice to your home!

To keep this Halloween decorative project, low budget and fabulously frugal, search for Halloween pieces at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets! Also, be sure to check your craft supply stock if you have any existing spray paint or acrylic paint.

I craft a lot with succulents, and have my own small garden of them. So I’m always clipping my succulents from my stash, and using the potting soil, and other gardening supplies I already have on hand.

Materials:

Halloween Decorative Tea Light

– High Gloss Paint (White or Black)

-Succulents (Succulent Clippings) Air Plants

-Plastic Shot Glass (Dollar Tree)

-Gardening Soil

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Directions:

  1. Spray paint your Halloween tea light with your high glass spray paint.
  2. Apply short light strokes of spray paint.

    I did a number of coats before the original color of the skull was completely gone.

  3. Set to air dry, OR to speed up the process take a electric fan and set to the highest setting to dry.
  4. Air dry for 1 hour.
  5. Check your painted pieces, and begin styling them with succulents.
  6. Take your plastic shot glass and fill with potting soil. You may have to trim down the cup to have it fit within the tea light.

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Completed look!

I placed the tea lights on a black wooden tray which I purchased from Target for $3 (Dollar Spot). The white on black is so chic, and the tea lights used as a succulent planter gives it an alternative use! Try mixing with other Halloween favorites such as a pumpkin tea light I thrifted and spray painted too!

Give your home an edgy look with some serious pizzazz, decorating it with this fully glam high gloss (thrifted) succulent planter!

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Pumpkin Poo

We’re midway into October, so I want to start to share with you some fun cool treats to make for your children’s class, or even trick-o-treaters! I have a lists of DIY projects to do, especially since my youngest is turning 5 next month! Eeekkkk!! Let’s get Halloween crafts out of the way shall we? This Halloween, I’ll be preparing some snack bags for both of my boys’ Halloween class parties. It’s peanut free, and perfect for young ones to snack on!

Buy in bulk and divvy up treats for a cost-saving favor idea.

Buy a large bin of cheeseballs (Target/Costco/Smart And Final) They are the perfect treat to create…..

Pumpkin poop!!

This idea came from Stephanie from Somewhat Simple, that was featured on Eighteen21 (found via Pinterest)

This is my rendition on Pumpkin Poo.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Cheese Balls & Pirate’s Booty (Target)
  • Small Zip Lock Bags (Any Craft Store)
  • Burtch Paper (Dollar Tree)
  • Festive Halloween Scrapbook Paper
  • Stapler
  • Scissors

Optional:

  • Straight Cutter
  • Velum Paper
  • Halloween Decorative Stickers

The Martha Stewart Halloween stickers were a lucky find from Marshalls for only $2.99! Search around discount retailers such as Ross, Big Lots, TJMaxx and HomeGoods. Check out their stationary section, you’ll be surprised what kind of products they have, and a great price!

 The directions are quite easy to follow just by the pictures. Only extra step, are the labels. I’m a huge fan of layers, and gluing labels above textured/decorative paper. Using velum (drafting paper) as a label is my cup of tea. It may not work for everyone, but that’s were you can personalize the project.

Directions:

  1. Pre-measure the butcher paper to the same width of the zip lock. Then fold over, and staple.
  2. Once stapled, add in your decorative Halloween sticker. I used the Martha Stewart boarder stickers, and placed them on the bottom half of the butcher paper.
  3. Create a word document of the “Pumpkin Poo…just for you!” phrase and print on velum, or whatever chosen paper sheet of your choice.
  4. Print, cut, and glue. After that you’re basically ready to serve to share with your little ones, neighbors, students or kids classmates!

I hope you and your children enjoy this fun little pumpkin treat!

Have a Happy Halloween!!

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DIY Memo Board

Autumn is usually the busiest time of the year for families! We’re a month and a half into the school year, fall sports and activities are have began, and there are tons of harvest festivals, and pumpkin patches to check out!! Memo boards help the busiest of all families get organized and set everyones schedule on one command board!

Check out my DIY Memo Board which I made from a flea market $0.50 cork board, and a thrifted white board I purchased at GoodWill for $1!!!

That’s a total of $1.50 just for the main supplies!

The rest of the supplies were provided by items I’ve already owned, prior to this project.


I’ve been in the middle of brainstorming for a family command center. I want to create an area in our home kitchen where my entire family can go to, and place everything from mail, incoming and outgoing school work, grocery lists, and all the random constant moving paper documents, and bags that go in and out of our home.

This memo board was super inexpensive and easy to make. There are tons of great wired baskets, wall organization compartments and systems on the market, but spending $100 on an espresso rimmed cork/chalk board is not an option for me. Being the casual crafter that I am, I want to create every component and piece myself!!! I not only want to save money, but also be creative with the secondhand treasures that I can find! Starting off with a memo board is a great building block to create my family command center!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Scissors

-Paper/Or Craft Foam Sheet

-Glue Stick or Glue Gun

-White Board (Mine was Thrifted at GoodWill, $.99)

-Cork Board (Flea Market Find, $0.50)

-Scrap Book Paper, or Wrapping Paper with a desired pattern or print you like!

I used these patterned fabric remnants, which I had purchased last Spring Break visiting the Pacific North West!

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Directions:

  1. With your printed paper/gift wrap or fabric, place it on the side you want to place your scheduling system board.
    This will divide the board in two separate areas. One for the schedule area, the other side for the thumb-tacked/post-it notes, and grocery lists.
  2. Eyeball the width of how much your want your scheduled size to be. You can have both sides equally even, but I like one side to larger than then other. I went with and 8″inch width for my left/schedule side.
  3. With a blank piece of printer paper or thin foam sheet, simply glue it to the back side of your patterned print.
    That will just create support to the fabric/gift wrap or whatever chosen print medium.
  4. Glue, and tuck in the edges of the print into the border of the frame.
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  5. Take you white board/scheduling board and attach it to the printed side. My white board came with velcrp patched to apply on the corners. (I was considering using a hot glue gun, but this gives me to option to move around the white board incase I get tired of the arrangement of my memo board.)
  6. Place directly on the printed side of the memo board, and secure.

And that’s it! Easy an easy and inexpensive way to create a family memo board. This is definitely a start to my future family command center! Stay tuned as I will be posting more parts in creating it! Do you have a family command center in your home? Comment below!

Happy Saturday!!

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Rustic Decor

I love decorating. Interior decorating, staging, styling a party, decorating my patio, to the extremes of organizing my garage in a decorative manner. Now, I love all styles of art, and themes of special occasions, but one theme and interest I gravitate towards is the rustic style.

What is rustic style:

(this can be applied to interior decorating and event styling):

Simplicity, rustic style highlights natural beauty and a rugged, resilient spirit.

-Rough Logs

-Birchwood

-Bare planks

-Organic textures and shapes

-Chalk

-Natural warmth

Rustic style feels honest and pure. Simple, and natural. Because they celebrate the art of repurposing, they provide a wonderful showcase for creativity. In a world where so much is virtual, rustic style is boldly, and raw.

If you love rustic…. You were happiest playing in the mud as a kid. Pigtails, treehouse lounging, and camping were your thing! You can’t bring yourself to throw away packing crates or burlap sacks. You sleep in your mans old flannel shirts.

 

Here’s a lovely decorative piece I’ve incorporated in MsDebraMaye’s Wedding Vow Renewal:

Textures: Metal & Organic Twine

Added mix: Fresh Babies Breath

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Rustic weddings are heartwarming, sweet, diverse, creative and so much more.. Just like vintage style weddings, rustic weddings are filled with textures, natural organics. Not only that, there are so many different varieties of some fabulous rustic weddings including:

Glamorous, vintage, handmade, DIY, retro, beach, shabby chic and many more.

Some more key elements that were integrated in the rustic theme were glamorous, vintage, handmade, and DIY. All key elements were definitely shown in the handmade ring bearer’s pillow I made. At first, I thought, oh! Easy! Burlap! But Debra Maye requested for a silk like ivory material. Here’s what I was able to purchased from my local crafts store in the left over scraps/ remnant basket. Checking out fabric from the remnant selection is one of the key places to check out for any crafter!

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I am absolutely no seamstress, but I was able to get buy. It wasn’t perfect, but my stitching skills are somewhat there. I was able to find some fabulous elegant bridal lace, as well as pairing it was a beautiful silk flower and ribbon to hold the couples rings. This was my first time undergoing a ring bearer pillow. Not bad right?

Follow me on my YouTube channel to see more of the finished pieces I was able to do for Msdebramaye’s wedding! I’ll be posting firsthand footage of her special day from, this mornings set-up, to vlog footage right before walking down the aisle!

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Back To School Ft. DIY Chalkboard Globe

The day has finally came!!! I’ve been waiting all summer for this!!! It’s the first day of school, and both boys are going to school!!! That’s right, this stay-at-home mom has been patiently waiting 4years for this day to come!! No more mommy & me tiny tot classes no more!! I am now released of my duties, and no longer have a child tied to my hip for at lease 4 hours during the daytime!! Why am I so excited? Because I have many creative projects lined up that I’ve been planning to tackle since the year started!! This mama wants to be productive, with minimal distractions in the household!

What mom wouldn’t be as excited as me?! I’m literally stoked!!

Back to school is not only provides me a chunk of time without my kids, but provides me precious golden time to reset, organize and plan our new schedule for the upcoming new school year. End of August, early September is when I’m in contact with sports organizations, coaches, and teachers.  Here are boys back to school morning photos. Every year I try to change it up with whatever prop, or background. A reoccurring theme I continue to use for our back to school photos is the use of chalk! Of course, I’m not going to opt out and just purchase a vintage faux shabby chic chalkboard at Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods. I LOVE diving into a project to make the back to school photos unique and different as much as possible!

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This chalkboard was a DIY project I tackled early this year in January. Click HERE to see the tutorial!

Chalk Globe

DIY Chalk (anything), could possibly be one of the easiest crafts anyone can do. Simply coat on the paint on whatever surface you’d like to chalk paint. A favorite chalk applicator as been chalk pens. Not any chalk pen, but (after going through many fails of different brands) the best results has been from Bistro Chalk Marker. You could purchase the set of fine line chalk markets in fluorescent colors at any craft supply store, or even Wal-Mart! The chalk paint I love using is Martha Stewarts Mult-Surface Chalk Paint.

I’ve gone through at least 5-6 bottles of Martha’s multi-surface chalk paint. It’s definitely a high quality favorite go-to purchase of mine at my Michael’s for anything chalk related to all my projects. As for the globe, I thrifted it for $7 a couple years back with absolutely no intentions at the time to chalkpaint the entire thing. After being inspired to travel early this year, I needed a motivation decorative piece to incorporate around my household. So, of course after some light research on being PINspired (Pinterest inspired), I found this Pottery Barn Chalkboard Globe:

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What have you chalked up around your house? Comment below! I’d love to check out what you’ve created!!! Also, to you stay-at-moms out there; enjoy the upcoming school year!! I hope you can not only enjoy your time away from the kids, but also capitalize on housework, completing errands faster than usual, and finally tacking some of those Pinterest projects you’ve pinned a couple weeks back!

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Video Influencers

I like to follow signs, and I love how in todays age everything you want to learn about you can get for free on the internet. I’ve closely been following Video Influencers on YouTube. Created  by Benji Travis, husband and manager of ItsJudyTime and Sean Cannell (Creator of THiNK International) will help build your influence and your income with YouTube and online video. Online Video, is something I totally believe in, and currently willing to take a chance and become that “X-Facor,” as a way to provide for my family, hopefully pay off school loans (Boo SallieMae!!!), and also have a financial and stable future.

Video Influencers will help bring you Top YouTubers, Video Creators, and Entrepreneurs that are getting real results with Video. You’ll learn the secrets, mindsets, tips and best advice all from them through their experiences and other YouTube successors. I’ve been watching YouTube since day ONE!!! Back in 2006, I remember, I was in my room at my parents house, and 20 year old girl getting ready for my retail job at The Limited. I wanted to look up some make-up looks, and so I searched on YouTube. Since then, YouTube as obviously grown into something like no other. I don’t even watch cable TV anymore!! Strictly, YouTube & Netflix.

If you follow me on Twitter, I’ve mentioned about drop down hints of what I’m getting myself into. I’ve even started following Video Influencers on Twitter, and they were happy to follow me back!! (Little girl sequels!) Yes! Super crazy, but I believe I can achieve greatness in this online video community. I believe in signs. And I’m willing to take a chance in this. It’s all about consistency, the motivation, and willingness. I am no scared what I once was about YouTube, and willing to take a full swing at it!!

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I definitely feel the love Sean Cannell!! Thank you!!!

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More love on Instagram!

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Some Questions:

“But Tiffany, why now?”

I’ve been thinking about YouTubing for the longest time. I’ve watched many YouTubers who are just like me, and I build a connection with them. I actively comment, and they comment back. I create discussions, suggestions, and also an online relationship with other moms/communities. A digital support group is really what it is.

I’ve been blessed to be a stay @ home since I was 24 years old. My youngest is finally going to school, and I am now released from the obligation during the day to care for him. I now have time. Bottom line, and I want to try new things and keep busy.

“What stopped you before?”

Fear. Lack of self confidence. I wasn’t sure I was good enough to do it. I thought YouTube was always over crowded, and I didn’t think people would like my niche of interest.

“What will your YouTube Channel be about?”

Life & family. Me being ME.

I’m a hodge podge of things. I honestly like a little bit of everything. So sharing my unique eclectic style is something I believe will attract others like me.

Also, the timeline of life has always been my main uniqueness of me and my family. I’ve been with my highschool sweetheart for about 15 years, have children, moving around like gypsy’s, traveling, enjoying old fashion simplicities of life.

We’re not married. And we’re figuring out whats next in life. A new home? Moving out of California (Bay Area?) More kids? Finally plan a wedding?

Who knows?! I guess you would have to Subscribe to find out!! 

“Are you scared about the negative hate comments?”

I am. But it’s a part of the job I guess. Use that negative energy as fuel to be better.  As a joke, I always think of the hater on the otherside of the screen as a bored fat adult, unhappy with his/her life, pretending to be a lost teen online. Haha. Mean. But sorry, you made a mean nasty comment to me, so this is what I think of you. LOL.

I just hope I can just inspire people, my viewers, whoever wants to watch. I intend to bring some sort of positive love through the screen, because that obviously is what that person who made negative comments needs.

“Will you still be blogging?”

Of course! Blogging is my online diary, and it fitting to have a complimentary YouTube channel wouldn’t you agree?

 

There you have it! I’m jumping into YouTube!!!!! Totally taking a full swing at this. I now have the drive, confidence, and creative content to share with others, that I believe will attract those like me.

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