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#LoveGrowsHere – A New Beginning as a Happy Family

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Originally, I had this post slated for Mother’s Day weekend. But I quickly realized the moment for us far exceeded one special day. It was an experience that marked a shift towards the positive, a sense of contentment and peace for where we were headed as a family, and a quiet closure on where we had been. The #LoveGrowsHere campaign by Personal Creations gave us the opportunity to come together and celebrate our new beginning. It was a powerful moment for me to claim and acknowledge that #LoveGrowsHere in our home. It hadn’t always been that way, but it was now, and it would continue in that direction forevermore.

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Personal Creations allowed me to select a project from their yard and garden gifts section, and also let me select a beautiful azalea plant from their sister company, ProPlants, to ship straight to my doorstep. I’m not going to lie, I was highly skeptical of an entire plant delivering to my home via postal mail alive and well. I was absolutely blown away to open the box and see the most beautiful azalea plant I had ever laid eyes on, in full bloom, bursting with color. It was gorgeous!

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I selected the Mosaic Flower Pot as my project because it offered a really special feature that drew me in as part of the #LoveGrowsHere focus. I was able to have it engraved with a special message of my choosing. I asked them to inscribe “Jeremiah 29:11” on it. For anyone that knows me well, this is my favorite verse (I even have it tattooed on my body!) and continues to be a pivotal stronghold as I journey through life.

I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. – The Message

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As my children and I move forward in this new season of life, if there is anything I am constantly discovering on a daily basis, it is that my path has been laid for me, and every experience I have had up to this point, good and bad (especially bad!), has played a pivotal part in what will be required of me as I continue forward. It amazes me to feel immeasurably blessed in this very moment, but I do. #LoveGrowsHere. In my family, in my life. Everything is pulsing with that promise – “I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out – plans to give you the future you hope for.”

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Placing this special pot front and center in my garden, with its bright blooms declaring the newness of Spring, served as my proclamation that my family is doing great. Not just great, but fabulous. I am happy, I am full, I am at peace and I am content. My children are healthy, brilliant, inspired and loving. Our new beginning has started and #LoveGrowsHere will continue to be our mantra.

Thank you Personal Creations for playing such a special part in this declaration of hope and wellness for my family!

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  1. Mrs. AOK

    May 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    The Azalea plant and pot are both beautiful. You’re beautiful too! I know you are showering those babies will all the love, that’s beauty. The beauty of a strong woman loving so hard!
    xoxo

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Give Thanks: It’s Good for Your Health!

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As a busy mompreneur, it is important to make time every single day to reflect on the things you are grateful for. This time for reflection is not only good for the mind, but for the body as well. Studies have shown that individuals who possess a grateful attitude have better overall health than people who tend to be negative or pessimistic. When you take the time to give thanks, especially amidst chaos, not only do you resist the urge to just give up, but you also set your intentions for forward momentum with a “go-getter” attitude.

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Better health just from being thankful? Yes. You read that correctly. Let’s look at the facts.

Physical Health

In a 2003 study known as Counting Blessings Versus Burdens, participants recorded less physical pain and symptoms, more restful sleep, and more time spent taking care of their bodies. A separate study in 2007, individuals who counted their blessings once a week experienced a significant decrease in blood pressure. And in another study, people who focused on being thankful were more likely to have healthy immune systems.

Mental & Emotional Health

Taking the time to give thanks can actually reduce depressive thoughts and attitudes. While major depressive disorders are often treated with prescription medications, incorporating a gratitude journal in your wellness routine can help to ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Feeling grateful can also block toxic emotions such as envy, jealousy, and anger. Since gratitude and envy, jealousy, and anger are opposite emotions, we are not able to experience them at the same time. By focusing on the things in your life that you are grateful for, you can proactively block these negative emotions and feelings.

Gratitude can also help you to feel more self-aware, allowing you to increase your self-esteem, boosting humility and pride at the very same time.

Social Interactions

Gratitude can also have positive implications for your social life. Gratitude allows you to be more optimistic, focus less on material things, become less selfish, and friendlier. And guess what? All of these qualities will make you a better friend and family member. Having an attitude of gratitude turns you into a helpful, beautiful, attractive human being. 

This is proven with a simple question – Who would you rather be around? A friend who is constantly complaining or a friend who is consistently happy and positive? The Golden Rule, tried and true!

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Career Development

Grateful attitudes can open the door for meaningful development to your career. Gratitude increases your decision making ability, your ability to effectively manage a team, as well as provide and receive constructive criticism and praise to and from your colleagues. Our simple question applies here as well – Who would you rather hire? An employee who is constantly complaining or an employee who is consistently happy and positive? 

Gratitude also helps you to network and expand your ability to be productive. Being grateful in your career sparks creative energy, keeps your perspective fresh and maintains alertness for powerful opportunities and new relationships. You will feel thankful for the opportunities presented to you in your career, you will be open to how they can positively impact your environment and you will utilize those chances to increase your professional prowess as your grateful attitude magnifies the power in your present situation.

Demonstrate your Gratitude

One way to demonstrate gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Write one thing you are thankful for in your journal daily. This could be done in the morning shortly after you wake up, or it can be completed before you go to sleep at night. Just pick an opportunity to give thanks.

Another way to demonstrate gratitude is to write it in a place where everyone in the family can see it. I have a chalkboard calendar in which I write one thing that I am grateful for every single day. Not only does this help me to slow down in a busy day, it cultivates an attitude of gratitude by demonstrating the importance of giving thanks to my entire family.

Give ThanksHow do you cultivate gratitude in your life? Never developed a routine that motivates you to give thanks every day? Let’s start here! In the comments below, write one thing you are grateful for. 

This is the season of gratitude. Thanksgiving is upon us! But let’s commit to give thanks every day, embrace humble hearts and watch as we collectively grow into good health, mentally, physically and emotionally. Will you give thanks with me?

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I’m Going Live! Weekly Periscope Schedule

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Are you on Periscope yet? I talked about why your blog needs Periscope just over a week ago, and we chatted why businesses need Periscope over on The Hampton Roads Creative too! Now I have a whole new reason for you to hop on the Periscope bandwagon. Chaos & Kiddos is going live! Below you’ll find the weekly Periscope schedule for August and September. I picked popular blog posts and fun topics that will give you a little peak into my home and real time access to the methods behind my madness!

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I decided to formally schedule these sessions so that you can plan ahead and mark your calendars. As busy working moms, I picked a weekday evening, when hopefully most of us will have kids in bed and will be ready for a little chat to unwind with other working moms. I know the likelihood of you hopping on randomly at different times of day probably won’t happen, so the weekly Periscope schedule will help you set a routine, keep me consistent and accountable and hopefully help us all make the most of our time together.

I can’t wait!! I’ll be releasing a weekly Periscope schedule for future months too! Stay tuned and follow closely!

Chaos & Kiddos on Periscope

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Share-Network-Grow Link Up

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Wow! Another week has come and gone already!

Thank you to everyone that showed up last week to make our very first Share ~ Network ~ Grow social media link up a success!

This party is all about building and fostering a community of bloggers that actively support each other in their blogging journeys.

And, as you all know, one of the best ways for bloggers to connect with one another, is through social media.

So the Share ~ Network ~ Grow social media link up was born! We’ll be featuring 2 different social media networks on the link up each week and hope that by focusing on 2 rather than all of them every week, you will have more of a chance to connect and engage with some amazing new bloggers!

Now, let’s get this party started!

This week’s featured social media networks are TWITTER and INSTAGRAM!

The rules for this link up are very simple! (Seriously, we don’t like a lot of rules either!)

1. Please follow your host and co-hosts! We’d love to connect with all of you!
2. Grab the button if you’d like! Not mandatory at all, but we would sure appreciate it 🙂
3. ENGAGE! No one likes a link and run blogger. If you add your link, try to engage with at least one other blogger.

That’s it! See, told you it was simple!

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Now, for the party! Brought to you by your host:


Blogger to Blogger

And our fabulous October co-hosts!


Becka from Probably Crafting


Katy from Chaos & Kiddos: Mommy’s Survival Guide

Interested in co-hosting for a month?

It’s a great way to network with other bloggers and grow your social media following! Just fill out the form and we’ll email you with the details!

Now, grab a button and get hopping! Link your Twitter and Instagram profiles and get to know some fantastic new bloggers!

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