Pampers Cruisers

So I finally qualified for a new VoxBox and low and behold it was the one thing I actually needed at the moment!! Pampers cruisers diapers! Now normally I don’t use pampers diapers because of the cost but I must say that these diapers are AWESOME!! Even when the diaper is practically full it doesn’t sag on her butt like all these others. PLUS she can be completely active and we have yet to have a leak! I think I will be looking into these diapers. All these other diapers leak during gymnastics because of the stretching movement but these held up! #pampers #sagtoswag #contest @influenster @pampers 

Check out KK in her new diaper below! 

I receive these diapers for free from influenster in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.  

 

Dear Exasperated Mothers:

Have you ever had that moment where you just wish that you didn’t have kids? That moment where you think to yourself, what did I get myself into? You are not alone! 

There are times you wanna just sleep or relax instead of changing poopy diapers, listening to the constant mommy I want, or even just general whineyness.

Then there are times your begging your parents to please remove the curse that was placed on you for your children to be 10 times worse than you were. 

Again, you are not alone! 

But those moments, the moments they feel the need to kiss you 800 times, the moments they take their first step, their first bike ride, that morning cuddle time, all of those moments they make it all worthwhile. 

So next time your sitting in a restaurant and your 2 year old screams out I gotta go poop and your sitting there thinking man I really don’t wanna crouch down on this nasty floor to accompany you to the toilet or the time your in the grocery store and your children pitch the biggest most embarrassing fit over a piece of candy, remember those times, the ones that make it all worthwhile. Remember that you are not alone in this and remember that love you felt the first moment you laid eyes on them. 

Exasperated mothers, you are blessed beyond measure and you got this! There’s always a rainbow after the storm. 

Happy Mothers Day! 

To all the wonderful mothers out there, Happy Mothers Day! 

I am a stay at home mom so to me Mother’s Day is special! It’s a day to relax and rest and be celebrated for your accomplishments. Not saying working moms are any less, just saying a moms job is 24 hours a day 7 days a week. So to get a break and relax and rest is like the best thing ever. But only for a day! 

My daughter has been telling me for days that she has a big surprise for me, I’ve been anticipating a really super cool drawing all week. She loves to draw me pictures and I have a special little bag I put them in so one day when she is older I can give them to her. 

Last year she gave me her handprints and her sisters hand and foot prints with a nice Happy Mother’s Day across the top! It’s things like that, that are the most special from my babies because it’s capturing milestones! I hung those on the wall in my bedroom so I could see it everyday and be reminded that they are growing. 

I haven’t received this super special gift yet from her but I am waiting with anticipation! I know that when her time is right, she will bring it to me and I will love it. 

My daughters are the ones who can make me feel the most special and loved. They love me no matter what I do. Whether it’s yelling or fussing at them, disciplining them, etc they always love me still. 

I guess what I am trying to say is I am blessed to be a mother and I am honored to be celebrated today. I love my babies more than life itself and I would do anything for them. Happy Mothers Day to me and all the other mothers out there. 

   
 

A little about me! 

I realized that in my last post I told you all about my family but nothing about myself! So here goes: 

I work for Pure Romance a direct sales company that specializes in the best of bath and beauty products, lingerie, and bedroom accessories. Also part time I run a small daycare. 

I have many interests that include writing (hello?) and baking. I write short young adult novels on a site called wattpad and to date I’ve finished two complete novels. I’m working on a third and fourth and have a goal to finish by my 28th birthday. 

I love free stuff so I’m active on a site called influenster (check out the little widget to the side! ) where I receive free stuff in exchange for reviews! You will see reviews here on this blog plus many other things. If you want to join influenster click that widget! You can get free stuff too! 

Wanna order some pure romance? Join my team or book a party? Visit my website! Pure Romance

Okay that’s enough about me! !

Hello!!

First I want to start by telling you a little about myself. My name is Amanda Barrow, I am 27 years old and I have a beautiful little family. My daughters, SadaLea and Kalie are my world. SadaLea is 6 going on 30 and if you are wondering, her name came from a silly movie called The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood. It is pronounced (say-duh-leigh) and many people often say it completely wrong. The name in the movie is slightly different, but as I am a true southerner, I had to put a little southern twist and twang on it. She is a girly girl who loves all things make-up, bows, glitter, and fashion. She definitely takes after her mom! She loves to read and excels at it. She is even on a level higher than most her age. It amazes me to sit and listen to my sweet 6 year old read chapter books that I never read until middle school. She is slow to learn but when she learns it, there’s no going back. She had a rough start in life and was introduced into this world right in the middle of some really crazy drama. (the police were even there) Yet somehow she remains on top. She is emotional and quick to cry like her mommy, (sometimes that’s a bad thing) but she has a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. Her teachers and school faculty members brag on how amazing and sweet she is and how she has a love for people like no other. Don’t get me wrong, she tends to be a lot like her mother. (Thank GOD for this) She can be bossy and mean when she needs to be, and she sometimes plays mean pranks on her friends. (Something I believe she will grow out of like I did) She knows when she is wrong and can admit it even though that’s a really hard thing for her. She has an issue with abandonment as her real father who we will refer to as the “sperm donor” decided to abandon her for things that we will not talk about here. It hurts her deep down when people walk out of her life, but just like her mother she has the ability to let it go and bounce back. Her favorite movie is Frozen and she loves mermaids. (Can you tell I like to brag on my babies?)

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Kalie is 2 going on 12 with an attitude of a lioness. Sometimes I wonder exactly who she takes after, because she is equal parts of her mother and father. She is an avid explorer and loves new things. That’s my Kalie.

Kalie was named after Kali the hindu goddess of darkness, time, change, power, and destruction and also the Filipino Art of Kali (an extremely effective and battle-tested weapons-based system)  Now before you think really why would they name their daughter that? Just know that my husband is a martial arts guru and this is something special to him. Now back to the explanation. My husband and I didn’t want our daughters name to become an example of a dark hindu goddess, so we added an e to the end thus making it into Kalie, which means pure.

Kalie is a strong-willed, independent being of her own sorts and again she has the attitude of a lioness. What I mean by that is she is solitary and independent. You cannot help her do something she has set her mind to doing alone. She is extremely smart for a two year old and she can say and understand things that most 6-7 year olds cannot. She is a hunter by nature, meaning that she watches you, hunting out your weaknesses and then she exploits them to make situations to her advantage. She can make you do what she wants without you even knowing it. When I first realized her ability to do this, I immediately associated her with the female lion. Because the female lion is tricky and most often the hunter. She is also kind of like dynamite. She is tiny and beautiful so at first look you think how could this delicate beautiful little girl be such a trickster? Then as you get to know her, you start to see exactly what I am saying. My little two year old is opinionated and she will let you know it quick fast and in a hurry. She has the manners of a true southerner… when she wants to. She loves to yell and everything is all about minnie mouse. I often wonder why the child who came into this world in the peaceful serene environment is the child who is the complete opposite of that, while the child who came into this world in the midst of drama is the one who is peaceful and serene.

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Lets talk about my husband. His name is Scott and we are 11 years apart in age. Most people think this is crazy, but the only way to find a guy on my level of life was to find an older one. I’ve known Scott for most of my life and as adults, things just kind of clicked. He doesn’t look his age at all and when we tell people how old he is, their mouths tend to drop. He is really in good shape for his age and that is part of why he appears to be much younger. He is honest and I can depend on him for anything. He is playful and sometimes mean (not in a bad way though) and he would do anything for his family. He is a lover of all things martial arts and all things Bruce Lee. He is small so people often underestimate him which ends up being a bad choice on their part. He trains in Jeet Kune Do (aka: JKD) which is the martial arts created by Bruce Lee. Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It is referred to as “the style without style” or the “art of fighting without fighting”. If you have never seen such art I recommend you watch just once this art. It takes a lot of discipline and patience to achieve what he has and I am very proud of him for doing it. He also dabbles in the Filipino arts (which again is part of where Kalie’s name came from) A little about Kali: One of the main goals of training in this system is to give you the ability to pick up everyday objects and use them to your advantage, such as car keys, an umbrella, the chair you’re sitting on, or even the jacket you’re wearing. All of these are weapons in the hand of a skilled Filipino Martial Arts practitioner. It still amazes me to watch my husband protect himself with nothing but a fat sharpie… Kali is used in a lot of movies and the reason why is not only does it look good, but it also works. Put everyday objects into the hands of an artist trained in Kali and they become dangerous weapons. If you would like to learn more about that, please visit http://www.protectfamily.net

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Well thats my family in a nutshell. I hope that you enjoyed reading a little about us.