A Few Small Tweaks & Oiling My Engines

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You may have noticed the new URL that I’m now using and will be using and writing on. Long story short, I was blow dying my hair the other day and stopped halfway though. In typical Erin style, that was the exact moment that I needed to change my blog URL to something a little more simple. My OCD tendencies took over when I got a tweet to my username @MomTails. Then I got an Instagram notificiation to my handle @MomTails. I logged into Pinterest and started pinning under the username @MomTails. I needed everything to be exactly the same; so here we stand.

I’m no so much taking a break from blogging at this time but stepping back for a few days, regrouping, reorganizing, and brainstorming. There are going to be a few very subtle changes around here with the biggest one being the actual URL. I’ll still be the same ole’ Erin at Unconventional Mommy Tails but with a shorter and easier to remember name.

I’m a firm believer in writing things that mean something to me, that I want to write, and that inspire me in some way, shape, or form. At this current time, I have a little case of writers block annoying me so I need to step back to think so that I don’t just throw up garbage content. If you’re a writer, I’m sure you can understand. While I’m in this short (lets face it, I can’t stay away) re-grouping stage I’ll be busy with some design things and general revamping. Consider this time my completely off schedule spring cleaning.

Lets be real, I’ll see you all in a few days. 

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Massage Envy: Just Because.

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. 

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If you’ve been a follower of mine for a while you’ll know that I’m a huge advocate for “me time.” I’m a firm believer in the fact that you can’t fully take care of a family to the best of your ability if you’re not first taking care of yourself. Because of this, I’m absolutely standing behind Massage Envy with their newest campaign #BecauseMoment.

Taking care of yourself first isn’t selfish in my opinion but a proactive step in general wellbeing of your entire family. There is a lot of “mom guilt” around taking time away from the children and doing things all on your own. I think that this concept needs to come to an end, quickly. There is no reason to feel any type of guilt around putting yourself first sometimes.  That’s why I’m here, speaking to you, about doing something good for yourself.

Massage Envy has a misson to change the way we all think about massages. Normally, taking the time to go get a massage is considered to be a luxury. When we get out of the house without our children or families and go get a massage, it’s considered to be an escape. We need to stop thinking of it like that. It doesn’t have to be an escape but more of a way to better ourselves and manage day to day life.

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The truth is, life happens. I have had the worst few weeks I’ve had in a long time. I was sick. My daughter was sick. We got better for 2 days then caught another illness. My son caught that sickness. My husband caught that sickness. My daughter got a black eye right before family pictures. My really nice DSLR camera was stolen. Seriously, it’s been awful. Instead of running and trying to escape everything; I took the time to take care of myself and get a massage.

It’s really time to stop thinking of massages as such a luxury but more of a pause during your day where you stop your crazy daily grind and get a “tune up.” With locations all across the country, it’s time to let Massage Envy can be apart of your total body care.

Warning: Complaint Post

Normally when I draft out a blog post, I’ll sit down, write it, review it, and craft pretty pictures to go alongside it. There is usually a lot of work that goes into them but not this one. This one is going to be just a raw “bitch” post.

The past 3 weeks or so have just been plain awful around here. If you remember pretty much all of October we were traveling. If you don’t remember, you can read the post all about it here. Anyways, I’ve pretty much sworn off airplane travels for as long as I can possibly hold out. We contracted Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease somewhere along the way. My best guess would probably be from the airport somewhere but who the hell knows. All I know is that it is pretty much the worst virus ever. It wasn’t so bad for Everett and Aria; their symptoms were gone or not causing pain within 48 hours. Mine, 7 full days of misery. I’ll be crafting a good post complete with pictures about “adult HMFD” soon.

So that finally clears up and all of a sudden Aria and myself are down and out with an awful cold. It hurts to breathe my chest is so full of crud and little lady can’t sleep because she’s coughing all night. Seriously. We can’t catch a break lately.

I had to miss some work so my paychecks were smaller; which is lame.

My husband has been a trooper. He had the cold first but the symptoms didn’t quite display like ours; probably because we were already down and out from the previous weeks illness. Regardless, he’s been trying to help the best he can.

It’s been raining non stop for 10 days so today was the first day that I actually saw the sun. That added to the misery that was already going around this house.

I know, I know. There are a lot of people who have it worse but right now it just feels like we’re due for something really good. Fingers Crossed.

[ok, end rant]

First Friday Favorites [November 2015]

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1 // Blogilates: Choose To Be Happy Timer Bottle // I have a serious problem with drinking enough water. I have really low blood pressure which drops even lower if I get even the slightest bit dehydrated. This new water bottle not only adorable, but it’s also keeping me on track.

2 // Rock Your Curls: Hot Spray // I love the look of my hair when I do some loose curls with my flat iron. I don’t love that it doesn’t usually last through the next day. I don’t wash my hair daily so I was looking for something that would help them actually last. I found it.

3 // Young Living Dewdrop Diffuser // I totally drank the kool-aid and got started both using and diffusing essential oils. I’m obsessed.

4 // American Eagle: Feather Light Open Cardigan // I love this grandma sweater so much.

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Tattoo: My New Baby Deer.

So it’s pretty much a given that every time I visit my home town I’m going to get a new tattoo or get something that I already have worked on. [SORRY MOM, LOVE YOU] I’ve lived away for going on 4 years now and still haven’t found anyone that I trust like I do my artist. Seriously, if you’re in the Metro Detroit or within driving distance, check out James Reed.

Well this past visit was no different. I finally have pretty much completed my half sleeve on my right arm with this gorgeous baby doe with whom I’m completely smitten with.

Stencil.

Stencil.

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I’m in love.

A Guest Post: What the First Year of Motherhood Has Taught Me

After being told that I couldn’t have children for two years, early 2014 I found out that I was pregnant. I was scared and nervous. I never really looked into learning much about motherhood or anything. So, of course, everyone (kind hearted or not) had to give me lots of advice. Some were helpful (like – Tylenol before shots), others not so much (like – put a little piece of soap in her butt – it will help her poop). There were a lot of pieces of advice that people kept telling me and there were some that I wished people had told me.

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My tiny terror named Serenity

Needless to say, I survived my first year of motherhood. I survived blowouts, allergies, teething, crawling, walking and eating with a baby. I also figured out about balancing life, family, my writing, blogging and singing in my shower with very little (okay a lot) of trouble – it’s still a work in process. Some of the advice I followed worked; others I just pretended I was going to follow them but I didn’t.
No two mothers are the same, but I found some things work better for me than others. I will be the first to say that I am a little weird, (okay a lot!) I have never been an inside the box kind of person and I learn pretty quickly what works and what doesn’t work.

Here are a few things that I have learned through my first year of motherhood!

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  • Don’t sweat the small stuff but don’t skip it either. This is a little odd, so let me explain. The first one is pretty self-explanatory. Don’t sweat the small step – like the dishes in the sink, or the laundry in the bathroom. Don’t try to be perfect. Life in no way is perfect, why should you try to be perfect? The second part of that is about the little things your little one does; for example, my daughter discovered her tongue when she was about five months old and decided that she had to lick everyone. I’m not kidding. Anytime I held her, she licked my shirt, my arm, her hands, my face and anything nearby. I can tell you the date she found her tongue (Feb 26, 2015) but I really can’t tell you the last time I scrubbed the woodwork. 😉
  • Stock up on Shout! This was one I really didn’t learn until my daughter started moving. Knees, wrist, bellies, butts and pretty much every inch of a child WILL get dirty; there are just different levels of dirty. Shout works amazingly in pretty much every time. Just keep two or three bottles on hand. It will save some clothes and save you a piece of mind.

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  • K.I.S.S. the laundry. A writing instructor taught me to K.I.S.S. anything I would write. Keep It Simple Stupid. I still apply this to a lot of things, but the biggest one I try to apply this too is laundry. It the never ending story as adults. I try to keep laundry as simple as possible. First off, I use the same detergent for everyone’s clothes. When I first brought my daughter home, everyone told me that I had to use the special baby detergent. Let me tell you; that lasted one load. I have sensitive skin and I have to use the free and clear stuff anyway so for me – it wasn’t difficult to figure out. Also, I sort things before they go in the way by room. That way I can just stick that little pile into that said room and handle it (at a later date).
  • Be inspired by Pinterest but not addicted. This goes out to all the mothers out there that live off that site. I really like that site, but I know my limit. I am not a crafty person. I can do simple thinks like tie a knot. Yep, that’s about it. But since I am a writer, I find lots of information on there. But I spend at most ten minutes a day. I know of people spending hours on there and having hundreds of boards with hundreds of pins but at the end of the day, who has all that time to do them all? Your kids are growing up. Spend time with them now, not through Pinterest as you send them random pins about fixing their broken lives. They are not going to care about the napkins folded like the Empire state building at their second birthday. Let’s just remember the basic goals, keep the children alive and feed and taking showers. That is all we should worry about but at least, that is another topic for another day
  • Your goals aren’t just about you anymore. This one tripped up. Before I had children, I couldn’t figure out why some parents waited until they had children to finish college or get better jobs. I always wondered why they didn’t do that before they had kids. Before my daughter, I thought that our life was okay. We paid our bills, had a roof over our heads, had food and chocolate on our table and we had a running car. What more do we need? Then I had my daughter. That is when I realized that I didn’t want her to follow in my footsteps. beach-holiday-vacation-sand
  • I wanted her to take the path next to me and go further than I could have ever dreamed possible. But how wonder she do that if she never saw me reach for anything? That’s when I realized that my goals weren’t just for me anymore. I wanted to achieve my goals for myself and for her. I wanted to show her that with hard work, she can achieve anything she puts her mind to. Overall, I want her to shoot for the moon!

Well, I am sure that I am going to learn a lot more about motherhood as I go on with this journey. These are just a few things I have learned in the last past year. Like I said before, no two mothers are the same and some advice might help, others not so much. Thank you for reading! Do you have some unconventional piece of advice that you would like to share? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time…

Steph Wenburg is a mom of a beautiful one-year-old, who likes to rearrange the house on a drop of a dime. Once she has put the house back together, Steph can be found here at stephwenburg.com where she talks about writing, motherhood and her current work in progress that is she is hoping to publish. Come, follow her down the rabbit hole.

Monday Mom Confession #5

All of the traveling that I have been doing this month with the kids has sparked this edition of Monday Mom Confessions. We’re doing two separate trips a week apart with 8 total flights which means a lot of time is spent in the airport. I have quite a few things on my list that makes life easier when traveling with kids. One of which being using the family restroom; for everything.

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I really dislike the single people traveling without kids that use the family bathroom. When we’re waiting to use it, an old dude that is all alone comes out, then I walk in and smell shit; It takes a lot for me not to say something. Then I got to thinking… I’m not really that much better.

I use the family restroom for pretty much everything. I go in there when I personally need to use the bathroom, to change diapers, to repack the diaper bag, to discipline, or whatever it is that I need to do. I guess I have the excuse that I have the two kids with me and it would be near impossible to get them to stay in a stall while try to go to the bathroom really quick but whatever.

By the time I get Everett to use the bathroom, I get to pee, change the babies diaper… It can be up to a 20 minute ordeal in there. Any other parent knows that all of that is not a quick thing. I probably twiddle my thumbs a little bit while I hope that no one knocks. Whatever. Here I am admitting that i’m quite excessive in the usage of it. Am I going to stop? Nope. Probably not.

Happiness is Homemade {Link Up Party}

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Eczema: Fight the Itch with Aveeno®

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for AVEENO® Eczema Therapy. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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There is nothing in life more frustrating for me [or my babies] than the itch of eczema. No one in my house has a particularly severe case of it but when any of us get flair up’s we’re miserable. If you have eczema, you know that even the smallest patch of it can be unbelievably uncomfortable. I have a hard enough time with it so I can’t even imagine what my kids have to deal with because theirs can be much worse.

Eczema is actually just a term for a group of skin conditions that cause it to become red and/or irritated. According to WebMD, 10-20% of infants and children actually experience this. So it’s incredibly common but doesn’t always require a trip to the doctors office. Now that there AVEENO® and the AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy Collection you can easily relieve this awful symptoms at home.

AVEENO® and the AVEENO® Baby Eczema collection were developed by leading dermatologists and awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. The ingredients are formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and are 100% fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. I noticed a difference in my skin and both of my kids skin after just one use!

One of my favorite products in the line is the bath powder. It leaves their skin unbelievably soft and almost instantly soothes any irritation that they had going on.

One of my favorite products in the line is the bath powder. It leaves their skin unbelievably soft and almost instantly soothes any irritation that they had going on.

Aria approves.

Aria approves.

The AVEENO® line is proven to work on 4 of the most frustrating symptoms when treating eczema:

  1. Itch
  2. Roughness
  3. Dryness
  4. Irritation

Trying to use it on my sleepy little lady after bath time. As you can tell she's working on getting more teeth.

Trying to use it on my sleepy little lady after bath time. As you can tell she’s working on getting more teeth.

I have decided to just use AVEENO® instead of my regular lotion and instead of the lotion that I was using on the kids after bath time. When you use them on a regular basis they can help to prevent the symptoms associated with eczema. While there is no current cure for most cases, with proper regimen, symptoms can be managed.  If I can fight the itch before it even happens, I’m happy.

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Happiness is Homemade {Link Up Party}

We’re glad you are joining us at Happiness is Homemade Link Party this week! Over 200 links this week – HOW do we decide on just FOUR to feature?!?!?! Love a challenge and this one was tough! Keep the links coming people! We love it! I love all of the Halloween link-ups and the Fall themed ones, too.

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