spooktacular drink pic    My kids have been begging me to do things for Halloween and I came up with this drink for them. They loved it so much yesterday, I decided to go with it and every day after school I will come up with something Spooktacular for them.

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Ingredients 

  1. 1 cup Trumoo Orange Scream Low-fat Milk
  2. 1/3 cup Pineapple Sherbet
  3. The Original Reddi Wip
  4. Halloween Oreos
  5. One Glass cup

I simply put the Pineapple sherbet in the cup first. I added the Orange milk and whipped the Reddi Wip on top. Added some crushed Oreos on top!

Just like that you have a Spooktacular Drink that the kids will love!

My children joked all night that they had a gool and goblin drink.

If you all try it out  I am sure you can change the sherbet flavor or even the milk. My kids love pineapple that is why I decided on that flavor of sherbet and of course the orange milk simply because it had to do with Halloween.

Let me know in the comments below if you tried it or even plan on trying it out.

-Momma k and the Bunch

 

September Ipsy bag

Every month I receive an Ipsy bag, It is a beauty subscription, and I pay $10 a month. I typically get my bag between the 16th and 20th of every month.

This months bag is a Black textured bag; I love this months bag.

I decided to share and review the products for you all this month.

It comes in a bright pink bag

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September Ipsy bag

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Black Textured bag with blue interior

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LIKE.A.BOSS

 

It has an informational card about Charlotte Cho, the co-founder of the Korean beauty site, Soko Glam, and The Klog. She refers to her self as a Boss babe! On the average, the Ipsy bag comes with five items and the majority of the time I have received just sample size and rarely do I receive a full-size product. So this month I was pleased to see a full-size blush pallet

So the first item I noticed right away was the

Tarte mascara, Lights, camera, Lashes’ 4 in 1 Mascara

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The average size mascara is $23. I purchased mine at Ulta, and I love this mascara. It adds volume and separates and curls the lashes as well. I can give an honest review and say that I approve this mascara. It doesn’t flake off and holds very well throughout the day.

Pacifica Coconut Blush

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Pacifica Blush is the full-size product I received this month. I am so freaking excited about having a full- size product woot-woot! Bonus* it has a mirror on the back!!!!!

Colors: Beaming and Tenderheart

It is a coconut infused blush.

SO with Ipsy, it asks you multiple questions to get to know your skin tone, skin type, your likes, and dislikes. It is very customizable; I was interested right away to see if the tones would match me and uuuhhhh! I am in love! At first, the texture made me nervous, but it is effortless to apply. I was unable to find this exact pallet on their site but found them separate, each shade was $12 a piece.

 

Next we have,

Elizabeth Mott POP! goes the shadow

 

 

I received the color toasted, which has a shimmer finish. I tried a Smokey eye with this color, and It was very blendable and buildable. The full size is $13; it also has four other shades to choose from. I love getting these sample size eye shadows because it makes it easy when traveling. I have collected so many now it has been awesome to take these, instead of pallets. I am going to insert a color swatch of the blush and eye shadow.

eye shadow Toasted, Beaming and Tenderheart- SHADES

Flash and No Flash

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer

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I have the regular Smashbox Photo Finish Primer I love how hydrating the formula is. I was excited to try this out because of the “glow” it claimed to give. I ended up giving this to my daughter. With my skin type, I just didn’t like how this looked with my foundation. I did, however, like how hydrating it is. My daughter’s makeup looked great though, and she had nothing negative to say about this product. The original price for the full size is $39.

Skin Food Black Sugar Mask Wash Off

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I am trying this product out as I type, it has been on for about 15 minutes. First impression the smell is a little off-putting. Smells like cleaning products….. None the less I am giving it a shot. It is supposed to exfoliate, nourish skin for a clean complexion.

My kids think I put poop on my face. Haha oh well I will check back in with an update here shortly.

Okay, 80 poop jokes and 30 minutes later! I am impressed, minus the smell, I love how my skin feels! The original full size is $10 which is not bad at all for a face mask. I will be trying this out again.

I enjoy this subscription, and so do my girls. They can’t wait for the pink bag to come in the mail. This Ipsy bag I loved! Plus who doesn’t like a nice little surprise every month!

Let me know in the comments below what monthly subscriptions yall enjoy. I am curious to try out more monthly subscriptions.

 

-Momma K and the bunch

 

 

 

Amazing conference

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Our Experience this year was entirely different from last year. I am not sure if it is because we were new last year. This year meant so much more to me. We are almost done with Big A’s adoption, and we are about to send one of the kiddos back to her family. So sitting in the conference and learning more about sibling connections meant so much to us. We learned a significant amount this time around also.

I enjoyed the talks from all the speakers and took notes. I felt so much better leaving this years conference.

Our first day we arrived at the Santa Fe convention center. We found parking fairly quickly and headed up to the main lobby. Now mind you we took all five kids, so my anxiety was high that day. I was praying everything went smooth. To my surprise it did. We were able to sign in our kids and find a seat for Julian, me and Baby K. We decided to go to My Brother’s keeper session, Chauncey Strong is an amazing person. Hearing his story was beautiful. It opened my eyes up so much about sibling connections.

Our second workshop for the day we decided to Join LUVYA members in their presentation about Foster care journey through a youths eyes. I enjoyed this talk because we are about to adopt our 14-year-old daughter and there are days when it is a struggle to understand what is going on with her. It also allowed my husband and I to see the bigger picture when it comes to our youth groups.

We decided to head back to the hotel and let the kids enjoy some swimming. Big A had made a friend who was also in the process of being adopted, and she was staying at the same hotel. So it was nice seeing Big A making friends and enjoying herself. We ended the night with a family movie.

Saturday morning we drove back to the convention center and signed our kids in. Julian and I found our seats and relaxed a minute eating our breakfast. I was very interested in the next session: Celebrate my first Birthday By Sue Harris O’Conner. Her book is about her reflection on transracial adoption. I come from a transracial family, so I was very intrigued to see what her view was and maybe learn something. I, unfortunately, have not read her whole book and as of right now I don’t want to make any comments till I do so, because during her speech I was just rubbed the wrong way and became very disturbed. With what was being said, I couldn’t shake the feeling, and before I knew it, I was getting up to leave her presentation. I plan on reading her book and hopefully have a better understanding of what she was trying to explain during her speech.

After her presentation, we went to a Trauma, Attachment and sensory integration presentation. I loved this class. It taught my husband and me so much about dealing with Trauma. We recently have been dealing with our middle daughter losing her father and our oldest daughter losing her close uncle. Never dealing with something like this before has been difficult. I want to make sure Julian and I get a better understanding whenever we get the chance.

This Foster Conference was so rewarding in so many ways; I love that we were able to take the time to do this as well. Our weekend was great and allowed Julian and I to learn so much more.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

-Momma K and the bunch

The happy planner: foster parent life

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I use Create 365 The happy planner to stay organized with our busy life.

It has helped out so much and after many buys later I am very pleased with this one.

So I ended up paying a little over $21, which isn’t bad at all considering  I purchased the planner and sticker book.

The planner includes a box calendar and individual slot dates. Multiple other little features that can be utilized as well.

The Front

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It includes 18 months, notes, goal list, birthday list and so much more.

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The date slots Begin on Monday and end on Sunday. has additional space below for notes

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has the basic calendar in the beginning of each month

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I also purchased Stickers , I bought the Mom life addition. I was excited to see what stickers were going to be in there, I personally will be purchasing other ones. Only reason why is because I unfortunately wont be utilizing majority of those stickers. I enjoyed the purpose for them and it makes the planner fun and creative as well.

The Happy Planner- Sticker book: Mom life addition

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I am hoping to have a YouTube video up soon about the planner to give you all more detail on the planner.

https://www.amazon.com/Create-365-Happy-Planner-Beautiful/dp/B01NBJKTVM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1505761033&sr=8-5&keywords=create+365

 

 

 

What inspires you?

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Growing up I knew I always wanted to be a mom

But I knew I had to be financially stable to do so. I went to college and got a job as a certified nursing assistant. I worked as a CNA for five years before I decided to change my career. I loved being a CNA, but my passion was hair and makeup. I went back to school and received my certificate within ten months. I immediately started my career, and within four short months, I was writing a business plan.

In 2013, I had purchased my first hair salon. I was so dedicated and motivated. I loved what I was doing! The first time in my life I had a talent that was taking off like a wildfire. Business was going great, and I was enjoying every minute of it. 2 years after we opened the doors, I started to think about starting a family. I knew it had to be through adoption and I was ready to take that leap. My husband and I would joke he would be a stay at home daddy because I couldn’t see myself leaving my job to take care of my kids full time. Little did I know God had other plans for me.

In 2016 we started the process, business was still going strong. May 2016 we get our first placement. They were 10 and seven at the time. I figured out my work schedule and clients were more than understanding of having to take kids to and from school. It worked out perfect. It wasn’t until we started to get infants is when the business began to get rocky. Again I have always wanted to be a mom, but I didn’t realize how much time and effort it took to play that role. I decided to stop taking new clients, and if some of my clients hadn’t seen me in 4 months, I dropped them as clients. I wanted to make sure I had a strict schedule at work so I could focus on my babies after work.

At this time I was enjoying being a mom. I couldn’t get enough of it. I was focusing so hard on my little family I was neglecting my business, and it was showing but deep down I just didn’t care. I still went to work, but it was slowing down a lot because I wasn’t staying committed to my clients. I was giving 110% to my children and was realizing quick just how much my love and passion for my business was dying. I love my shop and clients but I was given this opportunity to be a mom, and I can’t seem to focus on my business. Honestly, I am okay with that. I still see very few clients now, and I enjoy the relaxed schedule at work.

It is crazy to see how life was four years ago. Now I can’t wait to spend any given moment with my children. Motherhood to me has been a complete blessing, and I want to make sure I give it my all. I never thought I would be living this life after I was told I was not able to have kids. Being determined to become a mother one way or another I wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

I am having a hard time dealing with the relationships I have made in the last four years with clients. I feel like I have failed them but I know they all understand why I made the decision I did, I am not leaving any customer without any notice, and I have taken care of them to make sure they have a new stylist. I just miss that connection with them, but I am loving all the new connections I am making with these children.

My passion for my business may have died down, but my love for my children has grown so much. I hope to make something of my business later in life, but for now, I will raise these children to become successful in life. I feel blessed with how life turned out, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. It has shown me so much and has allowed me to find my real passion… Being a MOM!

Perfect Mom!

I am the perfect mom……

 

Being a mom has been such a blessing. It is something I never thought I would have the title “mom.” After years of trying we finally decided to adopt. I was determined to become a mom one way or another. We eventually chose to foster to adopt. Julian and I, were told we had a better chance to get a newborn which is what I wanted so badly. I wanted nothing to do with older kids. Little did I know God had other plans.

Julian and I have been foster parents for 16 months and have had over 30 kids in our home. So many people approach me while in public, on-line, family, friends, case workers, clients, etc. they always tell me you have it all together. Your kids are so well behaved. You make parenting look so easy. You are such a good momma. I wish I were like you. You are such a perfect mom! I ENVY YOU!!! Teach me your secrets…….. STOP!

I dislike being put on the spot. Don’t get me wrong I love when my kids have made a good impression on others. It makes me feel proud as a parent. I do not like when others put me on this pedal stool and worship me. Every child is different, every situation I handle differently. Guess what I don’t have it all together!!! There are no secrets. I go to bed every night thinking to myself; I shouldn’t have told my son/daughter that. I always try harder the next day to be better for my KIDS! No one else but my kids. My world revolves around them, and I love every minute of it. Knowing I can make a positive impact on their lives is my reward. So no I am not the perfect mom, actually far from it. What I have is an imperfect life with imperfect kids and imperfect husband and imperfect dogs. Who by the way just ate all of our deserts. Thank you fur kids, hope you enjoyed it.

I look at every mom and just want to hug her. I want her to know that the mom she is envying has the same flaws just like she does. We mess up every day. I do it more than once every day. What I can tell you is I don’t stress over the small stuff and take every moment with my children and embrace it. I teach my kids the basic manners just like you have with yours. I do homework every night just like you do. I repeat myself 1000000 times to go put their shoes up, just like you do. I am just like you! Your four your old told you No, guess what so did mine. Your teenage rolled her eyes; mine did too. Your kids started to fight over a toy; mine did too. You were on an urgent phone call and gave your kids the evil, guess what so did I ! I also mouthed “go way” just in case you were wondering. You lost your mind during breakfast because you have children whining they are hungry, me too! Guess what they cried breakfast was taking forever I walked away and said eat cereal! Teach them to complain again. So yes I am very imperfect, and I don’t regret any minute of it, I am still learning, and my kids teach me every day to try harder the next day.

We are raising them to go out into the world to be decent human beings, Not robots.

So if you want to call me a “Perfect Mom” well I just joined your party late. We are all Perfect in our way! Enjoy your kids and forget about trying to be cookie cutter mommy.

-Love always, an Imperfect Mother

xoxo
Photo credit: google

Holding on! 

This week I flew to North Bloomfield, Ohio to visit my grandparents. Haven’t seen my grandmother in 13 years, my Pa flew down last year for my mothers birthday. It was truly an amazing feeling seeing her. Her health isn’t the greatest; I wanted to do nothing more but cater to this beautiful woman. My heart broke just seeing her struggle. We were going through pictures, and she just kept saying if you want them take them. Of course, I want them, but it crushed me because I was looking at a woman who was ready for the end. She has accepted the fact that she will not be here much longer and it hurt more than I expected. 

As the week went on, she kept giving me family air looms, and I felt blessed but broken at the same time. I am not ready but I know she is hurting and she is ready. I so badly wanted to tell her don’t give up, just keep going! Last night, which was our last night there, she asked me to get her jewelry. We started to go through all of her jewelry, and I kept asking the history of them all. I loved all the stories behind them. She gives me a ring and says I want you to have this. 

It was hard taking it; I can’t even really express the feeling. I felt honored my grandmother gave it to me, but I wasn’t ready to take it. Deep down it is because I felt like she was letting go. Age is scary and seeing my grandparents grow old has been hard. It is not easy, but it is part of life. 

It gave me a whole new look into life. I pray my children hold on to that ring and their children do the same. The story behind that ring means so much to me. Hopefully one day it impacts others as it did me.