Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What others say...


I went back and forth as to whether or not to actually hit "publish" on this post, but then I realized that there are probably quite a few people who can relate, and so here I am going for it! Women, by nature, are "people pleasers". It can be an asset and it can also be a flaw. I have witnessed first-hand how this can go both ways. Over the past two years, I have tried very hard to focus on what my priorities need to be- my family and also myself (in a non-selfish way), while also maintaining friendships and relationships that are important to me.
There will always be people who have opinions and who will critique what moves you make, but ultimately, I try to take the advice of a wise quote I found recently which is "What others say reflects them, not you". I interpret this to mean that what others say make them look like fools if they speak negatively about you, it doesn't reflect who you truly are as a person.
This is a life lesson that is hard to learn for sure. Many of the relationships we have in our lives will test this quote and it is up to us to rise above and understand that we don't have to fall subject to the negativity in life, we can choose the high road and stay positive, and that is the road I have chosen from here on out.
Throughout my life, there were many people who told me that I was the "eternal optimist" and recently, my life has dealt me some cards that have proven otherwise, but I am focused on regaining that "eternal optimist" label that I once had because that means that people view me as someone who looks at the bright side of things, and that is what I want to be known for.
I truly believe that life is too short to be anything but happy. I am addicted to Pharrell's "Happy" right now because it is so upbeat and has such a positive message behind it. I dance with my girls to it on a daily basis and it always brings a smile to my face. I look into the eyes of my children and I see the way my husband looks at me and I realize that I am the LUCKIEST woman in the world. My kids show me that it is important to live in the moment because not every day is guaranteed. And my husband provides a love unlike any other, which just explodes my heart.
I want to take what others may have said about me and use it to turn into something positive and always remember that what they say reflects poorly on them, and certainly not on me. I think that if I maintain that attitude from here on out, then I can regain that "eternal optimist" perspective on life, which is my dream come true.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fashionista Friday...supporting one of my favorite businesses!



So I am bringing sexy back...I mean Fashionista Friday lol. I stumbled across this wonderful girl and her incredible shop a few months ago and she got me OBSESSED with all things monogrammed! Thank you Crystal! If you have been living under a rock and don't know who I am talking about- The lovely Crystal Faye has such an incredible online boutique. The best thing about blogging is that I get to "meet" fabulously talented women like Crystal and benefit from finding products that I love.



I highly recommend that you take the time to click that link and do some shopping because your inner fashionista will thank you! The reason I love monogrammed clothing is because it makes it unique to the individual, so it makes it special. I also got the girls matching monogrammed sweatshirts for Valentine's Day that I am hoping they will stop fighting me from their disney t-shirts and actually wear them lol.

(This is the beautiful Kate monogrammed sweatshirt that Crystal made me- I'm in love! The girls wouldn't cooperate for a pose with their sweatshirts- go figure!)

What are your newest fashion finds? As we are heading into spring, I am planning on doing a lot more Fashion posts, especially along the means of dressing for your body type because I truly believe that everyone should embrace the body they have!



** And stay tuned because now that I am back in the swing of things, I am doing a giveaway next week on something every woman can appreciate!* *


Thursday, March 13, 2014

I want to support your business!!!!



Hello loves!!! I have rejoined Passionfruit ads, the BEST place to set up your ability to get ad space on other blogs, especially if you want to promote your business or your blog. I know after switching my domain recently, my GFC numbers do not seem impressive at all, however I still have a large following of over 300 followers through bloglovin' and approximately 150+I facebook followers, 633 Twitter followers, and 430 Instagram followers. My access to social media to promote your small business or blog is pretty good considering I am not one of the "big time bloggers", but I truly value my advertisers and appreciate all of their hard work since I, too am a small business owner. There is a PR/Advertising tab on the main page of this blog for you to check out and see what suits you best. I will also offer an exchange for anyone willing to swap ad space between our blogs :)

Come follow along with the fun of Love to the Moon & Back...

Email: lv2themn@gmail.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/love2themoon

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/love2themoon


I will be promoting all of my sponsors a minimum of twice a month and I am happy to review products or host giveaways for anyone who is interested because so many of the business owners I follow have AMAZING products to offer and I would certainly stand behind them :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

So what wednesday with my girl Shannon!



This is LOOOOOONNNGGG overdue that I link up with my lovely friend Shannon over at  Life After I Dew for her "So What Wednesday" link up! It is so cathartic to just let it out and say "so what" to what has been going on over in the world that is me and my family.

So...Here is what I am saying "so what" to this week!

So What...


1) If I didn't let my child get the toy she wanted at Target and she was throwing the temper tantrum of the century- seriously it was epic!

2) Adding to #1, the bitch behind me that gave me the nastiest look that I am a horrible mother for not letting my child have a $5 item, she can go eff off because my children are going to learn responsibility no matter what age they are. I taught them "please" and "thank you" by the time they were 2 because in today's society kids are soooo disrespectful and we need more polite and well-mannered kids (in my opinion)

3) If I treat myself to a piece of chocolate that my husband bought me from Valentine's Day, every.single.night! Mama needs to unwind somehow!

4) My new guilty pleasure is "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills". I know that it is so insane, but it makes me laugh and any show that can make me laugh is worth watching.

5) I am plotting with my SIL and MIL on the greatest Disney vacay EVER! It is going to be AMAZING!

6) That I just watched Dallas Buyers Club  for the first time- HOLY SHIT did Matthew McCoughaney and Jared Leto amaze me in that movie- there is no doubt in my mind that they deserve their Oscars! Absolutely amazing and if you haven't seen it- please do!

So that's what I have for this wednesday! Shannon- my sincerest apologies that it has taken me so long to link back up- love you!
Life After I Dew

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What I decided to give up for lent...




So lent is underway and I truly struggled to figure out what to give up for lent because right now my doctors will kick my ass if I give up any form of food because they all need me to gain weight after this surgery. So then I thought "I could give up booze", but let's be serious- I'm a mom of two toddlers, how on earth can that happen? Ironically, my lovely husband told my sweet mother-in-law that I was giving up cursing for let, to which I replied "what the fuck- that is not happening". haha! Sorry my love! 

So after a little Pinterest searching, and soul searching if you will, I was excited to see this that someone posted:


Of course I wanted to share this with everyone as soon as possible because it was like an epiphany for me. Why deal with the negativity in life when you can live a happy life? That's not to say there won't be bad days, but life is truthfully too short to be anything but happy. And since I am also OBSESSED  with Pharrell's song "Happy". I don't think I will ever be able to get sick of that song because it is catchy of course, but it just makes me smile and dance of course! And better yet, the girls have become more in love with that song, than "Let it Go", which I have been signing in my sleep for months, so this is a nice refreshing break :) 

So what did you give up for lent? I am hoping that by giving negativity up for 40 days, turns into giving it up for my lifetime! I have always tried to be a positive person but there has been a lot of unfortunate circumstances that have happened in the past 18 months and now I am ready to move on and make happiness a priority!  :)

Happy Tuesday all! XOXO

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lots to catch up on!



There is no denying that I have been MIA from my little ole blog and its not for lack of topics to write about. Two weeks ago I had emergency gall bladder surgery after finding out that my gall bladder had just about completely failed. It was a very scary time for me and my family and I tried keeping it kind of "hush hush" other than asking the few twitter friends that I knew had their gall bladders removed recently, how they managed to deal with all of it. 
Luckily after eight long days in the hospital, I was able to return home to my loving husband and my precious baby girls, just a mere 24 hours after having the surgery- man are they willing to kick your ass out quick! The recovery has been a rocky one, but I'm trying to remain positive and believe that God only gives us what we can handle and he obviously gave me the physical signs, as excruciating as they were, to get the medical intervention I needed in order to prevent many other severe issues that could have arisen without my gall bladder taken out.
Thankfully that is behind me, and I am just working on finding a diet that is conducive to not having a gall bladder anymore. For any readers who are in this same situation- I am up for any suggestions as to how to manage the healthy diet I have always tried to maintain and also avoid the foods that may aggravate my lack of gall bladder. Thank you in advance!
I am so glad to be home with my family- they are what keep me grounded in all aspects of life. My husband is an absolute saint and has helped beyond belief! Considering the weight lifting restraints I have, he has made my life so much easier! I am truly looking forward to feeling better and being able to have a belated Valentine's Day date with my husband since I was in the hospital for Valentine's Day. I am truly blessed to have a man who loves me at my worst and at my best! 
I am dying to know what everyone did for Valentine's Day- leave me your comments and let me know your stories! I tried to keep up with everyone via IG and Twitter, but they had me on a lot of meds so I don't remember too much, plus I wasn't allowed to eat for many tests so that left me delusional for sure. 
Happy Monday Everyone! Here is to me taking back to blogging now that I feel a bit better and hopefully I can reconnect with all of my favs! Lots of love! xoxo

Sunday, March 9, 2014

New Business Venture!!!



So many of you have asked me to make the pacifier clips, the lovey taggie blankets or the month-by-month onesies/t-shirts for your little ones and I couldn't be more flattered and honored. With the support of my sweet step sister in law, I decided to open my very own Etsy Shop Love To The Moon . 

I am very excited about this and look forward to this business venture! These items make wonderful baby shower gifts or welcome gifts for new babies. Each product is hand stitched with love because that is how my grandmother taught me how to do everything in life- with love. 

Please come stop by and take a look at the first set of items that I have listed. I am working on many more to come! Thank you so much for the love and support! 

XOXO

Monday, February 3, 2014

Want to grow your blog? Want to promote your business?



I've created a PR/Advertising page on my homepage with the details outlining how advertising will be displayed here at Love to the Moon & Back!
I have 3 different types of ad space available and I feel that the prices are fair per month to help promote small businesses and blogs through my site. My Facebook followers are growing, as are my twitter and Instagram followers, so I have confidence that even though I had to recreate the domain for this site, that the loyal followers from my previous domain have still remained active followers of my blog. This said, there have been over 325 followers of Love to the Moon and Back over the past few years and I hope to grow those numbers by blogging more often. I also have some giveaways I will be hosting in the upcoming months and if you own a small business and would like to grow your business and promote it via this site, I would love to work with you and offer to review your product(s) and write a review while advertising your business. If it is your blog you would like to promote, I would love to take a bio of what you currently are looking to do with your blog and then add my own promotion of your blog onto that so that readers will have both perspectives. I haven't come across many blogs I dislike, so rest assure, it will be a positive experience :)
You can simply click here to see all of the information regarding advertising/promoting your business/blog. I can easily be contacted via email at: lv2themn@gmail.com for your convenience. 
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and for the entire month of February I am offering $2.00 off any monthly ad space with the promo code "LOVE"
I look forward to helping everyone however I can, so just let me know how I can best help you!
XOXO

Friday, January 31, 2014

It's game time!!!


So the big game is on Sunday, and we are attending our good friends' annual Superbowl Party, right outside of the Superbowl venue itself!!! We will be enjoying the game with some great friends, indoors, with lots of food, booze,  fun & excitement, all while being less than 30 minutes from MetLife Stadium. The husband and I have had to implement a "game plan", no pun intended, just to avoid as much traffic as possible getting to the party on Sunday because the game is in our home state. We are very excited that NJ, yes you saw that correct- the Superbowl is in NJ NOT NY, is hosting this year and despite our frigid temperatures recently, I truly believe that everyone at the game will enjoy themselves because this venue is quite new and a very nice stadium to host such an event.
Onto the bigger questions- Who are you rooting for? Are you hosting or attending a Superbowl Party? If so, are you making any special dishes for the event? I'm in charge of dessert for the Superbowl Party, so I am trying to figure that out. Our family is supporting our Denver family (my BIL & SIL) and rooting for the Broncos, especially because we are big fans of Peyton Manning. I think that this is their year and I am really hoping that as the #1 offense faces the #1 defense, that they can prevail! 
What are some of your Superbowl traditions? Does anyone take any bets on who will win? Are there any fun games that you and your family/friends play while watching the big game? I know a lot of the gals at our Superbowl party we attend each year enjoy watching for the commercials, but as a football fan myself, I really enjoy the actual game. I am a NY Giants fan personally, so in the past 6 years, I've had the fun of watching my team win 2 Superbowls which is awesome. I am excited to see the half time performance this year with Bruno Mars- I think he is a great performer and it should be a great show! 
I hope everyone who will be watching on Sunday enjoys the game, the commercials and the performances. It is really a very exciting time for those who live in NJ & NY to have the Superbowl in our backyard and I am hoping that the Broncos pull off a great win and take home the Superbowl XLVIII trophy! 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Brave...



Last week, I watched and re-watched, my favorite show, Ellen, and of course it was the episode that she was interviewing Leo DiCaprio, that I was honed in on. But on that episode also, Sara Bareilles performed her new hit "Brave". I was mesmerized because I had never seen her perform live, despite being a big fan of her music, but the lyrics to this song just hit me and I fell in love with this song. I felt that it was so empowering- for ANYONE! I then ran to you tube and watched the video for it, and then fell even more in love because it truly encompasses all that I feel the song does. There are so many different people and types of people that need to "say what they wanna say and let the words fall out". We all deserve that chance to be "BRAVE".  For all my loyal loves- I honestly want to see you be brave! Take a chance, do something extraordinary- because there is only ONE you and this song/video gave me a totally new perspective on things. I want to be as brave as the people in this video are to do what they all did to make this video (now granted I am sure they were paid), but what would happen if we all just "let it all out" so to speak, and just had that one minute even of bravery, where we let all of our inhibitions go and just said what we wanted to say or did exactly what we wanted to do?

SO DO IT! BE BRAVE!!!!!!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Some inspiration for the new year!



I apologize in advance for bombarding everyone with "new years" posts, but I am really looking forward to a fresh start with many things for 2014. I want to be able to live my life freely and with the love and compassion that I have for others, and hopefully gain some back in return. I have many hopes and dreams this year and goals that I had never thought to even set for myself, that are now my determination in life. With that said, and the lovely world of Pinterest, I found this:


I am going to use this as my motivation for 2014. I want to truly release the negativity in my life- even if it means letting go of people, things, etc that are weighing me down. I need positive influences and people in my life, especially at this moment. I want to remain as optimistic as possible about many aspects of my life, so you may find me often posting about something I found profound or inspirational, in hopes that I can inspire those around me- that is, after all, my ultimate goal in life- to inspire others.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 2014 to my lovies!!!



Happy New Year everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed ringing in the new year! Husband and I went to the Melting Pot for dinner with a bunch of friends and just sat at home with some champagne to actually ring in the new year since our tradition is to kiss the girls after kissing each other when the ball drops. 

(photo taken by my dear friend, Kari)

So....did any of you make any Resolutions for 2014? I sure did! I've been journaling for a few years now and I'm glad that I do because it is a great way to either vent, or highlight aspects of my days. I choose to focus more on the positive aspects of my life here on the blog, not to "paint a perfect picture" that doesn't exist, but because no one needs to read about what may have negatively impacted me, maybe unless there is a lesson learned behind it. One of my resolutions this year that I am going to try very hard to do is be a little kinder to myself- not in a selfish way, because I'll be honest I doubt I'll ever be able to look at anything in my life and not find a flaw in myself somehow some way. I just want to not judge myself as harshly as I have in the past because so many of my friends and family have told me that in order for me to "grow" as a person, I have to give myself some credit for what I can do or what I have done. Like I said- I am going to try. I believe that when we make a resolution, it is a trial- to do our best at whatever we set that resolution to be. We may not perfect it, but we can try to be our best. I hope that whatever resolutions any of you have made, that you realize that you can do whatever you put your mind to!!!!

I wish all of you the best that 2014 has to offer and hope that I get the chance to interact with more of you everyday and "meet" some incredible people!

xoxox


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