Christmas Eve & Christmas 2015

I know I am a little late, but I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday time with family and friends.

This year marked Kenzy’s 2nd Christmas with us! It is amazing how much a year changes things. Last year my little munchkin was just learning to sit up and still working on that hand eye coordination. This year we had to chase after her and try to prevent the destruction of wrapped presents and nicely decorated Christmas Trees!

Every year Kenzy’s Grandmother on her Dads side host a Christmas Eve Dinner. Its a good time for some extra laughs, great food, & a chance to open a few gifts before Christmas morning! 🙂

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Here is Kenzy Christmas Eve 2014

 

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Here is Kenzy Christmas Eve

It was pretty difficult to get a good shot of her  because she stayed on the move.

Here are some other photos from Christmas eve and Christmas morning.

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Here is Kenzy Christmas Eve 2014

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Kenzy and her Aunt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kenzy uncle Russ looks pretty excited about his gift!

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Kenzy’s older cousin. Finally got her to smile!

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Kenzy’s aunt & her boyfriend!

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Kenzy & her dad- off guard!

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Kenzy’s aunt & cousin having a dance off!

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Kenzy’s Grandmother helping unwrap her 1st present!

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The 1st thing she ran too Christmas morning!

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She opened all of her gifts inside that car!!

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She really looks interested in her jewelry.

There are many more photos I could share with everyone. I really just wanted to share enough showing the love and blessings our family experienced this Christmas.  We are all in good health and have the opportunity to spend time with each other!

While I have your attention I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year as well. I hope everyone stays safe & brings in the New Year with the people they love!

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Holiday Traffic

Over the past couple of days I have learned I am not built for Holiday Traffic. Well I am not built for traffic period, but Holiday traffic is the worse.

Yea I know that nobody enjoys  traffic; but lets just pretend that I am the only person for a second!

Having to watch people weave through lanes and between cars like they are on NASCAR grinds ever gear I have; witnessing the stupidity of drivers not having on their headlights for on MILES & MILES; Even the lack of using a signal light has my head ready to explode.

It seems like the Holidays bring out the worse drivers known to man kind, places them on the road together and then something in this fabulous world we live in directs them towards me. I get stuck on the road with all the people who CLEARLY should not be driving.

I know I am not the only person who feels this way.

Don’t misinterpret my complaining! 🙂 We are all humans and we make mistakes, I get that! However being Human does not provide people with a free pass to be openly horrible and obnoxious drivers.

Yesterday in 1 trip to a location across town, I was cut off TWICE, I ended up behind multiple people who never EVER heard of a Signal light; I passed a couple Elderly Texters who were completely lost in their phones and unaware that they had gotten into their cars and onto the road. I also encountered a few tailgaters who had a problem with me doing the speed limit.

All I could do was continue driving while talking a crap load of mess with an occasional curse word that I later apologized for.

Thank goodness I have improved my Road Rage! 🙂

The Infinity Dreams Award

I would like to thank Rosie Kelly for nominating me for The Infinity Dreams award…Thank you! 🙂

This would be my 1st nomination for any award while blogging; I like the opportunity it presents to get to know more people.

The Award Rules:

  1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.
  2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

 

11 Facts About Myself:

  1. Since I have become a mom a live on coffee.
  2. I prefer Ice coffee over the warm stuff.
  3. My all-time favorite movie is Matilda.
  4. My favorite song is “All My Life” by Kc and JoJo.
  5. I enjoy reading, although I rarely have the time.
  6. I enjoy riding 4 wheelers; I rather not drive them.
  7. I have a shopping problem. 🙂
  8. I enjoy country music.
  9. I have been at my current job 3 and a half years.
  10. I am nervous about the next “chapter” in my life.
  11. My favorite color is green, although I never wear it!

 

Questions for me

  • What’s your dream car?       BMW X5
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?    Italy
  • If you could travel to any time period, what would it be? 1800’s
  • What’s your favorite show? Ahh, there are so many. Law and Order: SVU
  • What book would you 10/10 recommend?  I don’t have one.
  • Are you a morning person or night person?  At this point in my life neither. haha
  • How long have you been blogging for? About a year
  • Coke or Pepsi?  Pepsi of course!
  • Dogs or cats? Neither, but if I had to choose, then cats.
  • Name one goal for 2016: To finish Spring and Fall 2016 semester with a 3.5 GPA
  • Name one blogging goal for 2016: To post more!

 

My apologies I don’t really know the criteria for being nominated & I understand there are many people who don’t participate in this, also I will not be selecting 11 people! So my Nominee’s are:

  1. Britneyloveitblogs
  2. Brooke
  3. Chelsea
  4. 30 Tho

 

My Questions for you all:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. What is your dream job/ occupation?
  3. What motivates you?
  4. Your favorite pastime activity? (besides blogging) 🙂
  5. Do you have a bucket list?
  6. Sky diving or scuba diving?
  7. If you where a teacher, what subject would you teach?
  8. Whats your favorite quote/saying/phrase?
  9. Do you feel you accomplished everything you wanted to this year?
  10. What are you most looking forward to in 2016?
  11. Where do you want to be in 5 years?

 

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1st Instagram Giveaway

Last week I started a new subject/topic: Brand Representation. I mentioned how we started and one of the things I learned/picked up so far.

Check it out here.

Today I thought I would speak on Giveaways! Everybody LOVES giveaways, right?! These giveaway can be done many different ways; some are group giveaways, some require creative thinking while others simply require a little participation.

It was about 3 or 4 week after I created Kenzy’s Instagram I seen a giveaway post for 1 of the shops I recently started following. (At this time a generally followed shops that specialized in headwraps and big bows, because that was my main interest at the time!) The rules for this shop was very simple: follow, repost the selected picture and tag people. Simple enough! After about a week and hundreds of entries we were contacted via Instagram Direct message with the information that we won.

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photo original taken by shop owner: prettybowtiquedotcom

I was pretty excited about winning a free item!

Once I received the headband (which took all of 3 days) I was head over heels in love the with quality! I took a million not so “Brand Rep Worthy” photos…but I was still in the learning stages.

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1st photo in the headband. We were heading to my little brothers basketball game!

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Its safe to say she did not really enjoy the headwraps/topknots.

Since the giveaway I have made a few additional purchases from this shop. I absolutely love the quality of her headbands/wraps/topknots. They do not leave marks, they are stretchy and of course adorable!

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One of the topknots I purchased.

Since this giveaway I have participated in a few others, not many. I have won a thing or too which is great & the point.

But I love sharing this experience with this shop, because she presented the best customer service even though I was not a paying customer! She was friendly and as I mentioned before, I received my prize in no time. All good qualities of a Great Small Shop!

 

Instagram Profiles:

  • @Kenzy.Michelle (Brand Rep account)
  • @Preloved_goodies_kmw (Preloved items account)
  • @chellyyyyyann_ (My personal account)
*Photographs are taken by me unless stated other wise. Please do not re-post pictures without permission.

 

Graduation Time

Around roughly 10am on Friday, December 11th, I walked across the stage with about 100 other students to receive my Associates Degree of Arts in Psychology.

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I believe that most people associate graduations with BIG achievements or even milestones. When I moved to Texas I noticed that every time you changed “levels” (for lack of a better word) there would be a graduation ceremony. For example Kindergarten to 1st grade would have one; 5th grade to 6th grade would have one; 8th grade to 9th grade would have one; and then of course  12th grade seniors would have the most anticipated graduation ceremony!

I don’t think there is anything wrong with these celebrations! We should let the children/young adults know we are proud of them for doing well in school.

So why is it as the time lead up to my graduation, this year, I lacked excitement!? Instead I compared myself to others who were receiving their Bachelors Degree or even their Masters. I was really beating myself up because I have been in school about 4 years- just as long as someone receiving their Bachelors degree, yet I was not. I felt like I was so far behind and I was just receiving a consolation prize or something! I constantly belittled myself and felt like I had accomplished nothing. As I look back I was being very ungrateful; I can see that now.

I had to really look at everything I have been through while being enrolled in school; I had to consider changing my major right at the very end, working full time and becoming a mother during the Fall Semester last year (2014). I had to stop being so hard on myself! I am not trying to create excuses; I know there are people who have had to overcome more hardships than I could even imagine!

So yea, by now I expected to be enrolled in TJC’s Dental Hygiene program and working towards my Associates, possibly Bachelors (I knew that program was coming soon). But that is not the path I went down & instead of dwelling on what has not gone as I planned, I needed to realize how very blessed I am for having the opportunity to walk the stage and receive my Associate Degree! I have family and friends that have been supportive since day 1; after having my daughter the support continued! Not everyone has that type of support system and love!

I realized that Friday was the 1st step towards many more accomplishments. I have many more goals to achieve & I am sure that will come with obstacles. But it is all possible.

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Whats next for me?

Well, I plan to head over to the local University in my town to receive my Bachelors in Psychology. I start class on 01/18/16. I have not completely decided what I want to do in this field, but I am leaning towards forensic or counseling Psychology!

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

-Earl Nightingale

Instagram Community

When Kenzy was about 3 months I stumbled across the IG (Instagram) community. I noticed that there was a growing market for Brand Representation for Small Shops. Some of these Shops are based only on Instagram; some are based on Etsy/Facebook (also other social media sites) and some have multiple advertising/selling platforms.

After discovering this “New and Exciting World,” I quickly wanted to be apart of it with my daughter. I knew absolutely nothing about being a Brand Rep starting out. I wasn’t familiar with the expectations; I didn’t know how much time and effort was needed to be apart of this community! (I am by no means a professional at this time; however, I have a better understanding. I have learned a lot over the past year.) One of the things I love the most is how positive the IG community can be! There is a lot if support in this community, whether it be support of the Shops or support of the children.

I became apart of this community because of the Small Shop approach. I love the idea of helping someone grow and work towards achieving their dreams and at the same time styling my baby to perfection; But I would like to say that we also support larger corporations!

I decided to share this part of our lives on this blog to provide information. I would like to share what I have learned & continue to learn (the do’s and dont’s); I want to share these amazing shops (because there are many) & of course photos of Kenzy!

Stay Tuned ….

 

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This photo was taken about a year ago, the “starting out period”. Kenzy was about 4 months at this time. Outfit is Ralph Lauren from Marshall’s!

There is nothing wrong with collage photos, but many shops/companies prefer Brand Reps avoid these types of pictures when modeling product.

Certain shops/companies have their own approach and specific things that they are looking for. So while this photo structure may not appeal to some it may be exactly what other company are looking for!

Instagram Profiles:

  • @Kenzy.Michelle (Brand Rep account)
  • @Preloved_goodies_kmw (Preloved items account)
  • @chellyyyyyann_ (My personal account)
*Photographs are taken by me unless stated other wise. Please do not re-post pictures without permission.

Today is a New day… 12/7/15

Yesterday I made the decision to stop being lazy and get back to my “fitness routine”.     *clears throat*

I have been thinking about how much I have been slacking the past few months; but that’s all I was doing…thinking about it. I kept telling myself that I don’t have the time or I needed to study, etc.  It was not until yesterday that I made up my mind.  I received a gentle nudge (more like violent shove down 100 flight of stairs ending in a face plant on hot coals) from a very very close family member! She helped me say “okay- enough is enough!”

Isn’t it amazing how brutally honest family members can be while showing love & being supportive…. haha

So as I mentioned before I did the 21 day fix, I am not doing that again! While I did have good results I know am not going to follow it to the ‘T’. However I learned some cool work outs that I plan to continue using.

After the 21 day fix, before I entered my slacking stage, I simply worked out 3-5 days a week. Everyday that I worked out consisted of leg work. I rotated ab work every other day, of course depending on if I worked out 3, 4, or 5 days. As for cardio I walked (power walked of course) 45 minutes to an hour.  I didn’t track how many miles that I completed; I just tried to keep my heart rate under 140. Also my walking usually consisted of pushing a stroller. If that means anything…

As for eating, I did not pig out and eat junk food all day and I don’t do that now. However I did take into consideration the type of foods I ate! For example I would chose grapes for a snack over chips. I completely cut out fast food, with the exception of salads from McDonalds. I drank water and green tea through the day & drank a soda or two on the weekends only!

These days I just kind of eat & drink whatever and maybe get 1 work out completed each week.

 

Yes disgraceful, I know!

 

Well, since I did make up my mind last night it would have only been right to get back on track today. I would have to say I’ve done okay, so far. My breakfast was not the best choice, but I have been chugging water today, no sodas! 🙂

To keep myself accountable I think I am going to keep track of everything again using Myfitnesspal. I absolutely love that app!!  At the end of each week I may post my work outs and foods & every two weeks post my progress (no pictures, just data- haha) but I am not sure yet!

I’m sure I can stick to it this time around, I just have to stop making excuses! 🙂

You know any fun work outs,healthy snack options, or just have any suggestions, please feel free to share!

 

Mini Rant

Its the dreadful, scary “Week of Finals” and instead of studying my but off I have been house searching, fighting with insurance companies, running my kiddo to the Doctor (what seems like twice a week) and all other duties that comes with being a mother/maid/nurture doctor/repair person/cook. Oh, and I forgot my 8-5, Monday through Friday!

You know a lot of people think because my job consist of sitting at a desk allay that I don’t do any work….

Please punch yourself; better yet, come here and let me!!

While my job my not be stressful on my back and my feet may not hurt at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean I don’t work. I deal with corporate level situations that can escalate to people that are over my bosses boss. I have to maintain professionalism while dealing with the most unprofessional things; I have to maintain order; I have to make people happy. Yea that’s not hard at all…..

 

Any-who… I love my life, no doubt about it, but I can easily get wrapped up in this feeling of being overwhelmed. I can easily forget how often there are others who have it worse than I do.  We are all probably guilty of this… Sometimes it feels good to get acknowledged or just slightly noticed for all your doing; I damn sure don’t expect it; I know I don’t need it, but it just feels good knowing that someone see’s all you do.

I am sure many people can relate

RANT over…. everyone have a good day!

Motivation Monday…. anyone?

I know we all have those days/weeks where we need a little motivation. Whether you are needing an extra nudge to complete that last mile, homework assignment or just to get through the day. So every Monday (or every other Monday) I will post a motivational quote, picture, story or all of the above. #MotivationMonday

Cliche? HAha, yes very! But maybe someone will take something from it! Someone may find some use from it 🙂

The 1st post to start of this “tradition” is below:

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This may apply to people in different ways. Some may find this as a fitness inspired quote, but it doesn’t have to be.

How do you interpret it? How does this motivate you? What are you trying to accomplish?

Me? Well I could provide you a list. However when I read this quote I instantly thought about school. I had been working very heard towards getting into the Dental program since Fall 2011; when I was finally accepted I was unable to attend because I had to put my family 1st. (Ehh it sounds bad when I say it like that…) I was unable to find a job that paid what I make now; Sure I could have accepted a pay-cut. It would have been worth it after I obtained my degree, right? Believe me I considered it; but after weighing all my options it did not seem like a feasible option at the time. I want to provide for my family and attend school, not struggle and attend school.

Am I making any sense?

After declining the offer to start Dental school I have really been on the fence about not continuing school and just trying to make the “best career” I could at my current job.

This quote was just a reminder for me!

Yes, I am tired, very tired of feeling like I’m spinning in circles with school, tired of feeling unaccomplished, tired of no results.

Well, I will be walking the stage December 11th with my Associates on Psychology. I am very aware that my career options are limited with an Associates in this field, so I am already enrolled to start working towards my Bachelors in January.

I am tired, but I have not stopped because I am not DONE!

Keep pushing, it gets better!

-Michelle A

 

 

***Photos/quotes used in this blog post are not mine/created by me, unless I state otherwise. I locate these on Google image and post what appeals to me that day.***