Momsterslink Is Taking A Holiday Break

Hello everyone!  Due to the busy schedule of the holiday season I have decided to put #momsterslink on a break.  

It will return on Thursday Jan 5.  I hope you all enjoy your holidays and time with family.

Momsterslink ~ November 24, 2016

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a busy week for me and due to the holiday and family in town there will be no #momsterslink today.  Hope you all enjoy your family time!

5 Planes, A Sh*tty Hotel, And A Rental Car

After my recent trip to Missouri, I have a lot of appreciation for those who have to travel for a living.  Especially after 5 planes, a shitty hotel, a rental car, and 17 hours of trying to get home.

My trip started out great.  **places sarcasm in her voice**   I got to the airport and had to pee use the restroom.  Totally normal since it was a two-hour drive to get to the airport and I was running on nothing but coffee and energy drinks that morning.

I came out of the bathroom when this nice little old lady comes walking up to me to inform me I have paper…that would be the toilet seat paper…hanging out the backside of my pants. ¬†I should have known right then and there that the trip was going to be equivalent to that one incident.

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Since I wasn’t checking a bag…yes I was going away for 3 whole days and managed to only pack a carry on…then I had plenty of time to kill at the airport. ¬†I got some food…a few snacks for the plane ride…charged my phone…and finally started boarding.

Four hours later I landed in Dallas, TX and had a 2 hour layover until my next flight….COCKTAILS! ¬†Except every place in the Dallas airport that was close to my gate was packed. ¬†Seemed that everyone had the same idea I did. ¬†I settled on a Chilis and luckily had a waitress who was on the ball and brought me my margaritas order right away.

Time to board the second plane to St. Louis.

Now the first plane had plenty of overhead cabin space and my carry on fit in there perfectly.  But this flight the plane was much smaller and the overhead bins were smaller as well.  So I placed my carry on up there and then as I was trying to close the bin to make sure it fit I hit a gentlemen in the head with the corner of the bin door.  Luckily he must have had a few margaritas as well and laughed with me about the incident.

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2 more hours and a 2 hour time difference it’s now 8:30pm St. Louis time and I land safe and sound. ¬†Off to the rental car counter I head.

NO ONE IS THERE.  As a matter of fact the entire airport was like a ghost town and it was only 8:30!!!  Living in Nevada I am very spoiled about things being open ALL. THE. TIME.

After talking to several airport personnel I am informed that I must take a shuttle to another location to get a rental car.

LOVELY.

It’s dark, I am alone, in a city that I have never been to before, and the lovely shuttle took about 20 minutes to finally pick me up. ¬†The lady at the rental car agency was half asleep, handed me my paperwork and told me to take whatever car I wanted in the first two isles.

I took the first car I came to. ¬†A black Hyundai Veloster with less than 1oo miles on it. ¬†It was sporty and cute…in the dark. ¬†In the light it was very compact and I was glad all I had was my purse and a carry-on. ¬†And it took 2 days before I realized it was a 3 door car instead of a two door.

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All I have to say is THANK GOODNESS for my dear friend Siri because without her I would have had no clue as to where I was going and I had an over two-hour drive ahead of me to get to Ft. Leonard Wood where my hotel was.

I decided to stop at a convenience store that was still open to grab a few snacks just in case that where I was going wasn’t going to have anything open.

I get to my hotel and am actually quite pleased that the area doesn’t scare me.

The lady at the front desk checks me in but then proceeds to tell me that I am to set my clock an hour ahead. ¬†Now I am tired…it’s been a long day…but I knew it wasn’t time to forward the clocks. ¬†But hey I am in Missouri and again I am tired and I think to myself **well maybe things here are different** ¬†After confirming that the lady at the front desk was off her rocker I settle into my room.

Upon my entrance I am quite pleased to see that the room has a full kitchen.  I am talking full-sized fridge, a stove, a microwave, and lots of cupboard space that was totally useless but impressive.

As I do with every hotel I immediately took the bedspread off the bed. ¬†There’s a 20/20 episode ¬†(go ahead and click on it…I bet you will think twice about every hotel you stay at)¬†that did tests on hotel bedspreads and I just happened to make the mistake of watching it and ever since then it’s the first thing I do when I get into a hotel room. ¬†REMOVE THE BEDSPREAD.

And then I laid on the bed.

OMFG!

It was like laying on a dog bed in a pile of rocks.  NO JOKE.  The absolute WORST mattress I have ever slept on.  I woke up every morning with the worst back pain I have experienced in years.

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The two days I got to spend with my son were great except for the fact that everything in Missouri closes for the winter season except for shopping and restaurants.  Therefore we spent most of our time shopping, eating and driving like crazy along the countryside on the crazy winding roads.

So now it’s the morning I have to leave. ¬†I had to wake at 3:30am (that’s 1:30am my time) to make sure that I get the rental car back and to the airport on time. ¬†One five-hour energy and an energy drink for the drive and I was off. ¬†I made the over two-hour trip to and from my hotel in the dark. ¬†I will never know what that part of the country looked like but according to my son, I wasn’t missing much.

I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare.  The line for security was a little long.

While I was in Missouri I found a blow up Jack Skellington Halloween decoration on clearance for $2o.  I had forgotten at the moment while purchasing him that I had traveled with only a carry on.  So the night before I had packed my carry on perfectly so that everything would fit.

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He was worth every penny and all of the headache to get him home…just look at him.

After going through security…they unpacked my bag and I didn’t have time to re-pack it after the security lady just shoved everything in there and was barely able to get it closed.

When I got to the gate, the gentleman at the counter¬†made me put it in the carry on measure compartment, and I literally had to shove it in there but thankfully he let me board with it. ¬†I also had to shove it into the overhead bin hoping that I wasn’t ruining my son’s Army pictures that he had given me. ¬†And luckily this time there was no one that succumbed to being my victim of head bashing.

I got settled in my seat and realized that this plane had been the best one so far.  It had television and games located on a screen that was attached to the back of the seat in front of me.  You just had to have your own headphones.  Long gone are the days you have to purchase them on the plane.

Even after a 5 hr energy and 2 energy drinks I plopped up my $20 neck pillow, which I had purchased in the airport, found a music station I liked, placed my headphones in my ears, and quickly fell asleep.  It was going to be an over 4 hour flight to LA even though I just needed to get to Reno.  Therefore I was going to be flying right over Reno and into LA.

I slept on and off for a little over two hours¬†because let’s face it, sleeping on planes is not comfortable what. so. ever.

I decided to see what I could find on the movies section of my entertainment device.  And settled back for the remainder of my flight.

About 20 minutes before landing I realized I needed to use the restroom but I was in the window seat and the gentleman next to me was fast asleep and I didn’t want to disturb him so I told myself that I could just hold it until we landed.

BIG MISTAKE.

We landed on time and I had an hour and 20 minutes until my next flight. ¬†Plenty of time right? ¬†Well let me just tell you what a cluster fuck the LAX airport is. ¬†They had no gate for us to pull up to so we sat on the tarmac for an hour! ¬†They told us we had to remain seated in our seats…but I HAD TO PEE and now it was to the point that there was no holding it!

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The friendly flight attendant **another sound of sarcasm in my voice** came over to ask me what I needed. ¬†I told him I was pretty much going to piss my pants if he didn’t let me out of my seat. ¬†He gave me a slightly irritated¬†look and replied, “well if you must go then go”.

Thanks dickhead…I had only been holding it for almost 2 hours now. ¬†So here I am, in the restroom closet cabin and the plane is starting to move. ¬†I kid you not…I peed for 10 minutes straight swaying back and forth with the movement of the plane.

They finally got us to a gate and off the plane we all shuffled.  I had 10 minutes to get to my next gate which was on the other side of the airport via shuttle.  For those of you who have never had to experience the true torture hell ordeal of having to travel via LAX well let me assure you that I will avoid it at all costs in the future.

I was literally sprinting while carrying my purse and carry on. ¬†Dodging the airport indoor people movers who I swear go faster than they should. ¬†And if you don’t move out of their way when they beep the horn, I do believe they would just run over you.

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Finally arriving to my gate, huffing, puffing and feeling like my heart was going to explode I was told that they hadn’t even started boarding yet even though my not so up to date app said the flight was on time.

I literally visioned myself hitting the counter people in the head with my carry on. ¬†But I realize it’s not their fault and took a seat.

At this point I am thirsty and hungry, which is quickly turning into hangry. ¬†And I don’t dare leave the area in fear I will miss boarding. ¬†I did not want to miss my flight to Reno…it was my second to the last stretch to home.

After about 20 minutes we finally board.

And we sit.

In a plane without a single empty seat…and no air on.

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After about 30 minutes they inform us that the plane is inoperable and we have to get off this plane and wait to board another one.

At this point, my nerves are spent. ¬†But there’s no one to get mad at because they are just doing their job and quite frankly I didn’t want to be on a plane that could possibly crash.

Of course there were several passengers who didn’t feel like keeping quiet and decided to make a huge scene which wasn’t helping the matter of getting us re-boarded quickly and on our way.

About another hour passes and finally they have found us a plane!  We all shuffle like a herd of cattle to board not caring who is supposed to board first according to groups on their boarding passes.

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And do you think they would give us a complimentary drink or anything for our troubles? ¬†NOPE! ¬†We got nothing except an apology. ¬†But at this point, I didn’t really care…I just wanted to get to Reno, and get on the road for the last 2 hour stretch of drive to home.

After a 17 hour day of traveling the only thing I did when I got home was took a shower, put my pajamas on, and went to bed.  And slept for 12 hours.  And was so thankful that when I woke, it was Saturday and there was no school run, nowhere to go, and nothing to do but sit in a vegetative state in front of the tv.

And that’s exactly what I did.

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Momsterslink ~November 17, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink.  I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who take the time to link up with me.

The top 3 viewed posts for last week are as follows…

1st place goes to Rhyming With Wine with~

Code Brown! Repeat: Code Brown!

2nd place goes to Mind Your Mama with~

“Do You Ever STOP?” He Asked. ¬†And I Couldn’t Stop Crying

3rd place goes to Big Fat Fam with~

8 Musts When Working Out As A Mom

Congrats to all of you! ¬†Make sure to grab your featured badge below if you don’t already have one!

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7 Tips That Make Life As A Mom That Little Bit Easier

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Being a mom really is everything it’s cracked up to be. It’s amazing and changes a woman’s life in countless ways. Despite all the beauty of it, though, being a mom is incredibly hard. Here are 7 tips that will make life as a mom a little bit easier.

1. Resist the urge to go it alone.‚Ä®

Total self-sufficiency is the motherhood kiss of death. Raising kids is hard, exhausting work. If you’re co-parenting, make sure your partner is doing their fair share. If you’re a single mother, you need to have a network of support. Whether you’re a single mother or half of a parenting dream team, you need to say yes to offers for outside help and you need to specifically ask for help. Family members and friends are usually eager to help out. It takes a village, and if you try to go it alone, you’ll end up permanently exhausted and unhappy.

2. Forget about perfect.‚Ä®

Forget the dreams you had about motherhood. Forget the Pinterest boards full of amazing kid ideas. Forget the images of perfect lives you see from other moms on social media. Lots of days of being a mom will be perfect, full of that incomparable joy you felt the first time you held your baby. But plenty of days will also be hard and messy and not at all perfect. Throw the idea of perfect out the window and you’ll learn to appreciate the magic packed into all those messy days. Stop giving yourself a hard time for failing to live up to those Pinterest boards and celebrity mom Instagram posts. Those are staged glimpses at ideal moments. They’re occasionally achievable, but that’s only one little piece of the picture. Reality, in all its messy glory, is its own kind of perfection.

3. Every age is the best.

Don’t approach your kid’s childhood as groups of fun ages and ages to dread. Forget about the terrible twos and the terrible tweens. Even forget about the magic of babyhood or the delight of having school-age children. Every single age of a child is amazing and special in its own way. Every age is also hard in its own way. The cliche is true: it all goes by so fast. Find something to love and cherish about each age. Don’t miss the magic of right now because you’re living in the past or the future.

4. Remember that mom stuff can be cute and stylish.

Being a mom means owning and hauling around all kinds of things for your kids. Just because it’s for a practical purpose, though, doesn’t mean it has to be ugly! Choose products that fit your sense of style, products that make you smile, products that will make you the envy of all the other moms. Choose a¬†cute diaper bag¬†and you’ll be prepared to keep your baby clean and happy when you’re out and about, but you’ll also feel happy yourself for rocking some sweet baby swag. Shopping for kid stuff can have the same joy as shopping for shoes or handbags when you realize that kid stuff can be cute and fashionable.



5. Remember that being a mom is just one part of who you are.


Motherhood is amazing and can be all-consuming. It’s all too easy to let it completely take over your identity. Remember that there are other parts of you, too. You’re still a partner, child, sibling, career-woman, painter, yogi, churchgoer, sports fan, or whatever else makes you uniquely you. Be a mom, but not a mom to the exclusion of everything else. Take time for yourself. You’ll be happier, but as a bonus, your child will learn a pretty important lesson in seeing you do this.

6. Watch out for clutter.
Having kids means having a lot of extra stuff.

A lot of it is vital and a lot of it is imbued with all kinds of special memories, but a lot of it is clutter. Get in the habit of clearing out what you don’t need regularly or you’ll eventually be looking at a mountain of crap. Go through your kid’s clothing and toy collection and find a new home (donate, give away, sell, trash) for anything you no longer need. Kid art is particularly hard to part with, but you will amass a lot of it very quickly. Save the most special pieces and scan all the rest. You’ll still be able to look back at that scribbled drawing from age 2 and that self-portrait from age 5, but you won’t have to dig through 10 overstuffed bins of artwork to find it. You might even implement a rule that for every new item that comes in the house, one must go out. New toy in, old toy out. Decluttering kid things can get trickier as your child gets older, but it’s another great teaching moment. Involve your kid in the decision-making process for what stays and what goes and it will be less traumatic.

Children are hilarious and parenting is full of hysterical moments. Don’t forget to laugh. Laugh often and take the time to record some of the funniest stories. Keep a journal where you write down all the cute things your kid says or does and mark the date. Whether handwritten or digital, this will be a favorite thing to look back on for many years to come. You will not regret doing this. You might think that you’ll remember all of these moments, but you won’t. Sure, you’ll remember many of them, but a lot of gold will slip through the cracks of your memory. As your kids get older, they’ll love it as well and you can belly laugh about it together. Of course, some of the stories you’ve recorded are sure to be embarrassing to your kids as they get older, but sometimes that makes it even more fun.

Disclaimer:  This post was sent to me as a guest post and none of these words are that of my own.

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Momsterslink ~ November 10, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink!!! ¬†I want to thank each and everyone of you who continue to support my linky…means so much to me!

I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Laura at Five Little Doves for doing such a wonderful job at co-hostessing with me last week!

Last week’s 3 top viewed posts were as follows…

1st place goes to Shank You Very Much with~

Aging Gracefully Is A Skill

2nd place goes to Royally Unclassy with~

How To Fool People Into Thinking You’re Organized With Baskets

3rd place goes to Buzymum with~

Parenting Win! He Can Do What, Now?

Congratulations to all of you!!! Make sure to grab your featured badge below if you haven’t already!

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Quote Of The Week ~ November 8, 2016

Quotes, life, chapters, inspiration, emotions
I truly believe that we all carry skeletons in our closet.  Stories that we will most likely take to our graves.  Secrets that are only shared within ourselves.

I have learned a lot about this quote in the past year.  I have been working on my inner self and trying to discover the moments of my life that I have spent a lifetime suppressing.

And for me, there are some stories I just might choose never to share with the world.

My chapters.

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