Family Card Games

Lately, the family and I have been into family card games. UNO has been our main, as the boys carry it around in the car incase mommy and daddy want to enjoy an afternoon coffee in Midtown, and the boys have something to play with together.

Another card game my husband and I love is Monopoly DEAL. Monopoly Deal game is the card version of the classic Monopoly game Collect sets of properties with different colors! 

  • Earn and swap properties and charge other players rent
  • Steal properties or demand money from other players when you get the right Action card
  • Ages 8 and up, For 2 to 5 players


Monopoly DEAL game is definitely, the quick and easy version of the Monopoly, as you’re able to still platy the game without the board, take anywhere, and also play the game within 10-20minutes! Something Monopoly could never be played at. (Monopoly, for us usually takes us up to 2hours to play!!) 

We’ve always had UNO, but what got the kids obsessing about it was the other weekend, as we met up with friends at a local brewery here in Sac, and they had brought UNO to play with the kids. After that, the kids have been playing every time after dinner, and all throughout the weekends!!

UNO Card Game can be found at WalMart, Target, and also Amazon for $4!!

If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift idea, UNO or any family friendly card game is the way to go! Over my 10 years being a parent, some of my favorite gifts given to my boys have been board games!! With young children ages 5-6 who can fully comprehend a games like UNO, their little hands may not be able to hold 7 cards, so a cool nifty device I’ve discovered is The Original Little Hands Card Holder!

Make playing card games easier than ever for your little one!! Put as many cards as you can between the plastic paddles and before you know it, you’ll be playing like a pro!

The Original Little Hands Card Holder can be purchased at the following places for $3!!

WalMart

Target

Amazon

Little Hands Card Holder Details:

  • Helps Children hold playing cards
  • Contains one playing card holder
  • Ages 3 and up (Max 7yrs)
  • Weight: 2.6oz
  • Dimensions 6×5.8×5 inches

My youngest son had started playing card games but was having difficulty holding all of their cards in his hands. He had some difficulty not dropping cards from his hands when playing card games that gave them many cards to hold at once. So of course, this would cause the other players (his older brother) to peak at the cards dropped or for my youngest son to miss a certain cards in his hand.

I saw these little hands card holders at WalMart and thought they were the perfect solution for my kids card games. It has made it a lot easier for my kindergartener to hold all of his cards, not drop any cards, and no peaking at others cards!!!

What card games do you play with your little ones? Comment below, and let me know if you end up purchasing the little card holder for your young ones!

Happy Sunday!

When In SF Explore

We’re back in San Francisco again, and can’t wait to explore!! Speaking of exploring, I want share one of the many go to happening spots for family fun — The Exploratorium!!!  As we settle in for the week of business and pleasure and push into the city, I also want to share my pit stops before entering SF.

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A few visits ago to San Francisco, we were able to experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15, hosted by Google! Being a part of the tech culture, the well distinct company invited us for a company offsite, inviting all families within the Google community. Located along Embarcadero, the Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an exploration of science that feed your curiosity!!

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Address:

Pier 15

(Embarcadero @ Green St.)

San Francisco, CA 94111

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When is San Francisco:
Landmarks:
If you’re unfamiliar with the San Francisco Bay Area, a one day must see is the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 (880) and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, carries about millions of vehicles a day on its two decks!

Coming from the East Bay, visit Oakland & Emeryville:

Oakland/Emeryville sits on the east end of the Bay Bridge, which has pit stops of the Bay Street shopping center & my favorite the Emeryville Public Market.

The Emeryville Public Market is retail center with an emphasis on casual ethnic eateries, plus stores & services. Offering over 20 unique food retailers representing the diversity of San Francisco Bay Area. Guitar Center & Urban Outfitters too!

Emeryville Public Market

Address:

5959 Shellmound Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Public Market has recently been renovated, along with their renovation you’ll spot out a fantastic modern geometric mural, within the Public Marker Food Hall by artist Ollie Glatzer.

Check out the story behind the art HERE.

Twiiter:  @Public_Market

Instagram: @PublicMarketEmeryville

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Bay Street | Emeryville

Address:

5616 Bay Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Bay Street has fabulous stores, atmosphere, food and live entertainment.

Retailers include H&M, Sephora, Uniqlo, West Elm, several restaurants and a AMC theatre.

Now let’s talk about the exploratorium.

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First of all, the Exploratorium isn’t just for kids. Yes, it’s perfect for families to check out, but when I was a teenager, and in my early twenties, the Exploratorium was always a perfect date spot while exploring San Francisco. Just a short walk from the ferry building, this new location of the Exploratorium is in a convenient area! The price might seem high, but believe me, it’s more than worth it; you’ll be amazed by the things you learn.

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The Exploratorium holds countless exhibits to the point where it’s almost overwhelming.Time flies by quicker than you can imagine, before you know it 4 hours will have gone by in a flash.

Most exhibits are interactive, engaging both children and adults. You see some people spinning in chairs in one area, blowing bubbles in another, and then playing with magnetic black sand in another.

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It’s a hands-on and informative museum. The Exploratorium is gonna keep you on your toes!

San Francisco is such an amazing place to be! As a born and raised California girl, I cannot be more proud of be able to be raised here, met my forever man of my dreams, have my children at the same hospital I was born in, and go through the pages of life, tech life, and 50s homestyle living! Now, situated in Sacramento, monthly visits back to San Francisco make me love the city more and more, as well as my state!!

Thanks to Airbnb, my family and I are able to rent out homes, by the locals and actually “live there.” Check out my Airbnb post, on our visits from San Francisco to San Diego, this past month!! Click the Airbnb logo!

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Are you a frequent Airbnb traveler? Is Airbnb the latest lifestyle for you? Are you a host? Or just a well journeyed* traveler?

Comment below and share your story!

Storing Memories

Storing family video and photos can be very overwhelming. I get it. With today’s technology it can get pretty messy, if you’re not to comfortable trusting the cloud or internet. Many of the older generation, tend to get intimidated by technology. Trust me, my mom asks me to post her photos on her Facebook.

Here I’m going to share with you my process on archiving all my family photos and videos. Since having my first child in 2007, I first starting using Snapfish. Its a web-based photo sharing and photo printing service, where I’ve been storing all my photos, and also sharing them via email with family and friends.

*******Note, I’m no super tech saavy genius. This is just a process that works for me, and I’ve definitely grown along the way! So if you have a process that works for you, stick with it! This is just a process I’d like to share and hopefully inspire others who hasn’t created a system for archiving important digital family memories!******
My Family Photo/Video Archiving Process:
 
  1. Upload
    From anywhere your photos and videos are on, a point and shoot camera, DSLR, iPhone, iPad, upload and transfer your precious videos and photos to your home based computer. This system works for me on my iMac, it’s my headquarters for all my memories. I find it easier to transfer all my footage onto one machine, vs. having footage stored on multiple devices around the house.
  2. Organize in iPhoto & Desktop
    ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE. I’m very particular as I archive my footage. From separating all my events, “EJ’s Birthday,” “Lily’s Baptism,” “Picnic At The Park,” even if all those events happened in one day. I separate them! It may be a lot of work, and time consuming, but it’s worth it. Everything will be easy to find within your folders, and also, as they are carefully split and dated in your chosen photo storage site.
  3. Snapfish/Costco
    Since I found out I was having a baby, late 2006 I started storing my photos on Snapfish. It was a safe place to upload and share. This was before storing things on the cloud. To he honest, I don’t really use the cloud to store my photos and videos. Snapfish tends to scale down the photo to a weaker quality, but I’ve been storing all my photos here, there’s no turning back now. (I’m just stuck in my ways.)Snapfish
    Costco has been a safe family favorite. Many of my family members have Costco, and use their photo center. I remember the days when my mom and I would bring all the film rolls and fill out a whole bunch of envelopes right after a family vacation or during the summer. We would be outside filling out the envelopes and seal them ready to develop and pick-up in a week. Nowadays, there is no need to do that. We can just upload from the comfort of our home, and pick-up as soon as a few hours, at a cheap price!costco
  4. Video Clips, imported to iMovie
    We all take videos on our mobile devices— from our camera phone, using SnapChat, to Facebook Video. Point and shoot cameras have been my go to electronic to capture all the precious moments I share with my family. Video editing has been a new found hobby of mine. I’ve been recording snippets of our lives for so long, that now it’s time to compile them into video. There are days when I get soo overwhelmed with the heavy archive of digital moments just sitting on my desktop, that I spend countless hours in the night, just editing family videos. (No. Really.)Here’s my process of editing video to the upload, and sharing them with family.imovie

    1. Record
    2. Save
    3. Edit (I just use iMovie which is a movie editing application that came with my iMac)
    4. Upload to private* or public Youtube account.
      I’d prefer having a private account, becuase I’m sure not everyone wants their private lives exposed for the internet world to see.
    5. Categorize to playlists.
      From Travel, to Sports, School related, to Dance Recitals. You name it, you catergorize it! I simply have Family Travel, monthly vlogs, and two separate playlists for each of my boys.
    6. Share with family and friends
      There’s nothing better than sharing your family video via email. Send the link over to grandma and grandpa, and have them see what the kids are up to via Youtube! (Using a shared link.)

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      Aside from my Tiffany’s Tidings Youtube channel, I created another public channel, focused towards my family travel. A new lifestyle that we’ve adapted to since moving to Sacramento. Since our family is back in the Bay Area, the family and I travel back and forth every month to visit. As we do so, I record as the boys and I travel and discover our old hometown, and surrounding cities.

      If you’re interested in seeing our travels from Sacramento to San Francisco, come check out my channel! If you like what you see, hit the thumbs up button and subscribe!!

    7. Chromecast on a Friday night!!!
      The family and I love checking our family Youtube at the end of every month. If* mommy is consistent making videos, the kids simply queue it up, and Chromecast it to the tv. 
How do you categorize your family footage? What this process helpful to anyone? Or possibly similar? Comment below! I’d love to hear how other parents keep and organize all their family movies and pics!
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Cincinnati Zoo Experience

During our stay in the midwest, we visited the Cincinnati Zoo. Located in Avondale,  the fourth largest neighborhood in Cincinnati and the home to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden the family and I made the short 10-15 drive from Oakley to Avondale. The family are zoo lovers, so, wherever we travel we make it a priority to check out the local zoo. After hearing that the Cincy zoo is one of the top 5 zoo’s in the country is was apparent that we had to check it out!!

Entry to Cincinnati Zoo.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Address: 

3400 Vine St.

Cincinnati, OH 45220

With Cincinnati Zoo’s known reputation for being one of the best Zoos in the nation, I was very excited to actually be in the state of Ohio to check it out! During our visit many of the exhibits where open, so experiencing all the animals in their habitats were quite amazing! There are tons of things to look at! We spent a good hour in each exhibit, and just about at each exhibit zoo keepers would be around and talk extensively about for the animal for a bit.

Admission: Was around $20-$25 for a child’s admission and adults for the unlimited rides

(merry-go-round & train)

As began our tour around the zoo, our first stop was to make it in time for the giraffe ridge where you can experience a close encounter with a giraffe on a feeding station. MAJOR photo op opportunity parents! ($3 Charge).

The giraffes were within the the zoo’s Africa exhibit that has great views of all of the animals, including Cheetahs, Flamingos, African Lion, Meerkat, and Painted Dog Valley.

Check out how close we were to the Rhino in the Rhino Reserve!

This exhibit included a Black Rhino, Indian rhino, Zebra, Bongo, and Okapi!!

During our visit, our boys flocked to the nursery in the children’s zoo. That’s where staff care for and feed the infant animals — some of them in diapers. The children’s zoo is an area within the zoo, that includes an exploration station, nursery, and petting zoo. Also, just a few steps away is the train station perfect for families to catch a ride and transfer to another part of the zoo!

Other family faves: a walk-through turkey cage, a glass bubble that lets kids poke their heads inside the manatee exhibit, and a trek over to the Wildlife Canyon to see a red-haired Sumatran rhino wallow in the mud.

The boys leaning in to see Orangutan, located within the Jungle Trails exhibit.

Jungle Trails includes: Tropical African Animansl, bonobo, and Tropical Asian Animals.

Last but not least the kids enjoyed the merry-go-round.

Good times Cincinnati Zoo. We had a great time!

Summer vacations is all about family time. We were lucky enough to fly out to Ohio for a business trip, and also combine it with a family vacation we will always remember. The Cincinnati Zoo was definitely a fun place to visit and a top notch zoo graded by our family! When in Cincy, please check out!!!

Hello Sacramento!

It’s official! My family and I have moved to Sacramento! It’s been a long journey for us! But we did it! It’s been about 2 months settled in, and my family and I have transitioned very smoothly to the area. Leaving the Bay Area wasn’t as hard as I thought it would’ve been. But let’s start with why we moved.

Yellow Sacramento Bridge is the Tower Bridge that sits over the Sacramento River.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I’ve always thought this was going to be my forever home. Of course I knew there were tons of great places out there in the world to explore and discover, but knowing that your childhood friends and family are only 10-20 minutes away is quite comforting. But not until you grow your own family.

See from, 2007-2012 my high school sweetheart and I struggled to make a comfortable home. We jumped from a small loft nestled in the intersection of Hayward’s Mission Blvd. & A St. (subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area), where oriental auto mobile mechanic shops, used car dealerships, and a WIC Family Grocery store rest. From the ghetto loft (raising a 2yr old son), we then moved to Fremont, CA just 15 minutes south of Hayward and rested in a 1 bedroom corner apartment, where Middle Eastern liquor stores were walking distance and countless Pizza N Curry deliveries were always made.

Once we were expecting our second son Tristan, we needed more space and moved back up North to Castro Valley, CA (25 minutes North Fremont,) a small village town, with mainly older retired veterans, and young working professional families. That was a transitional apartment while we were expecting our second son. At age 23, we managed to make these small apartments our home, and my recently graduated boyfriend started his career in Software Development. I at the time, was working full time as a Administrative Assistant in San Ramon for an ATM company. One of my most favorite jobs ever.

After living in in Castro Valley for about 6 months, with our new 3 month old baby son, and 3 year old, my parents offered a deal to live in a 5 bedroom home, that was supposed to be an elderly care home project, that didn’t fall through. We were only paying $1,000 a month! Note, 5 bedrooms, in Union City, CA. That was a deal. 3 years in a comfortable home (which didn’t feel like home, bc we were technically paying my parents), we moved out and found a 3 bedroom cute bungalow in Fremont, and then made it our own, with cozy personality, cul-de-sac memories, and neighborhood kids friendships with my grown boys now (5 & 8yrs old.)

 

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Now, fast forward to the present. We’re now settled in Sacramento, just North of Downtown, and across the Sacramento River. What brought us further up to Northern California and settling in Sacramento??? The overcrowded Bay Area. 2015 was all about reflection and patience for myself and my boyfriend who had ruptured his left achilles tendon during a basketball game. Mid-summer, he partially torn it again. Through the rough patches of year, and many hours of talking about “when I’m 100%,” or “When I’m able too….” so many conversations were about the future. The future that may not be nestled in the Bay Area, where we will take ourselves and our children, and start fresh.

In fall 2015, we already started searching. Searching for family friendly neighborhoods. Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, San Diego. We wanted an area with culture, diversity, and where the cost of living was a lot lower than the Bay.

“The Bay Area is where you want to work, and only want to work.” 

“The Bay Area is pushing out the middle class.”

“Work life balance is non-existent in the Bay Area. There’s a reason why Tech companies have all these aminities on site such as oil change, dry-cleaning, gym, free food… They don’t want you to leave.”

A typical 3 bedroom home in Fremont could cost you about $2,700 to $3,000 a month! $2,900 for luxury condos near BART.

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For a stay-at-home mother, with a partner who works remotely from home, even us too, are sick and tired of the over-used and abused culture in the Bay Area. We haven’t taken our children to San Francisco since 2012. (Due to the extreme traffic conditions.) It just isn’t worth it in our eyes. After the careful consideration, and much research, we settled for Sacramento. See, I don’t want to talk down the Bay Area. It’s an amazing part of Northern California. But it doesn’t fit in to our family needs. We can live without it, the 1hour and 50minute drive to visit family and friends is excusable, and still not to too far.

 

During our transition of relocating my family to Sacramento, it’s brought to my attention relationship standings with family and friends. Also, how I plan to tackle and approach our new life here. It all transitions well into turning 30 this year. My goals are crystal clear, and I love the new atmosphere in our neighborhood and community. Stay tuned for more Sacramento living with my Journey to 30!

 

 

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Super Hero Elf

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Christmas 2013 we started the Elf on the Shelf family tradition. I scored a damaged box from my local Hallmark store for $14!! The regular box of the Elf on the Shelf, includes the doll, the book, and nice storage box that seals both items. The product usually runs for $29.95 at Target and other retailers. #HolidaySCORE!

 Each year the boys haven gotten older, and have a better understanding of the Elf and the Shelf. The first daddy and I just hid Jangles (thats our Elf’s name), just around the house. Super simple, and honestly got a little boring. Last year, we started staging Jangles in little parts of the house in up to no good acts. We styled him in piles of toys, hiding him in a fort of Jenga blocks, and also styled him as Spider-Man, using fishing wire! That was fun!

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Our Elf on the shelf last year, fooling around as Spider-Man! | December 2014

2 years and going with the Elf on The Shelf tradition, I’d like to change things up yearly, as the boys and myself do get a little bored with hiding Jangles around the house. When I reflect on the previous years on jokes, and giggles with our elf, I’d like to just style our elf in a way the kids can enjoy to their current likes…. Our Spider-Man elf, was one of our most favorite positions we placed our elf. This year, we plan on continuing on with the same theme.

Elf On The Shelf 2015 Focus:

Super Heros

(Fictional Favorite Characters)

There are tons of super heros. Not just the Avengers. I plenty aware of my boys favorite super-heros, as well as their favorite cartoons, and also anime! Yes! This past summer, we introduced anime to our boys!!! All December long, I plan to style our Elf On The Shelf, in super-hero positions and masks! This will be quite fun for everyone around the house! Let’s hope I don’t get lazy and forever every night to move him!

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Being Grateful

With Thanksgiving here, I’d like to dedicate this post to my three boys. These boys are my what keep me waking up every morning with a smile, to tackle each day willing to grow, and improve.

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Instagram: @helladapper

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Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time on self-improvement basically so I can be more like you. You’re really good at living life. I’ve watched you grow since we were 15 years old, and every obstacle, milestone, and curveball life has struck towards you, you’ve managed to overcome it. You’re really good at living life that just isn’t vacationing, and spending money on the coolest electronics. You’re good at living the daily grind. The fixed routine, a custom lifestyle – and for that I’m grateful.

Jaeden

My 8 year old, and first born. A spitting image of his dad. I see so much of me in you, but more of daddy.  I encourage you to work hard, make mistakes, and then achieve success. I am the lucky one who watched you persevere to crawl, walk, read, and make friends. You are so naturally athletic. You come for challenge, and can make a game out of anything. You make me grateful for life, and look at it as fun playground.

Tristan

My little boyfriend. He just turned 5. I love him more than life. Someday Tristan, you will become a very lucky girls Prince Charming. As much as I want that girl to be perfect for you, I want you to be prepared for her. Just know that I Iove you now, forever and always. And know that someday I will love her too.

Happy Thanksgiving to you my fellow readers. I am thankful for you. I create content in a reflection of parts of my life and interests, can inspire. From the stay at home mom, a woman looking to get healthy and happy, or maybe a mother looking for her creative outlet. I made this blog in no way to proclaim a Pinterest perfect life. That’s not what I have, nor claim to be about.

Tiffany’s Tidings is an outlet for me, to be on the internet, besides platforms like IG, SnapFish, Twitter, and Facebook. It all boils down to being real, and happy. No filters, no special effects, no collaborations to make myself better.

This is me, and my family I am thankful for. My number #1 subscribers.

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B.T.W!

Stay tuned for my Thanksgiving runs recap!! I have my first Half Marathon Saturday!!

Stay tuned! 

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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Spring Break Body: Featuring TheChicSite

With Spring break around the corner, pressures of having the bikini body are in the air. Target is already selling their summer swim suits, which by the way are totally adorable!) While currently working out with my personal trainer 3 times a week, and running everyday, my goals are coming closer, with losing weight, and dropping my body fat percentage! Just seeing my trainer already 4 times this month I’ve dropped 4 lbs and 10% body fat! That’s significantly faster than my first contract I had with him back in 2013!!

This time around my goals have become way more full-grown. Instead of searching for that bikini body, I’m in search of endurance, and strength in my knees and ankles to secure me from injury during my runs. Over the time of being a mom the past 7 in a half years, I’ve never really had goals to have a bikini body. The stretch marks from pregnancy have also numbed me from that goal. It was never really a priority, yet, I didn’t really have any big problem with it. Not until I saw Rachel from The Chic Site. 

Here’s her Bikini Picture that she had posted on her FB Fan page just last week. I love how she exposed her mom body, with confidence, a huge smile, while projecting complete happiness and joy, being proud of her body. Check out what she said along with the photo…

TheChicSite“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!” #HollisHoliday

Rachel mentions in her blog she was considering cropping out her stomach in her Cancun vacation pic before posting it, but she’s never seen another mom on social media show off her stretch marks… I love it. All of it! Being a mother with stretch marks, with permanent “flab,” after carrying babies is something to be proud of!! Here’s a video she just posted just today on the reaction of her bikini pic:

I admire that she was a brave mom to flaunt her mommy tummy in a bikini. Its something that should be know more in the internet world. With mom bloggers, IG fitness freaks, and everything else in social media, its certainly a topic that should be applauded. I salute you Rachel!!

Are you a mommy with stretch marks and a flabby tummy, working hard to tone it? Let me know your journey, and how you were able to slim it down! Let’s support one another and hit the ground running showing awareness in how beautiful the mother body can be, and how hard it is to work it off!

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