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I currently use HubPages and love the way that it is set up. It’s very easy to navigate. Follow my hubs if you’d like as they’re an extension of this blog.

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Good Reads

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Just a quick post to tell you about my latest discovery a site called Good Reads which I found on Twitter (yes, I’m on Twitter long story). I finally found a site where I can legally download an eBook and not boring titles but really good novels!

If you love to read like me check this site out. You can register for free and download all the books you want. There’s a book club, recommendations and a book challenge.

Go to Good Reads

Happy reading!

Kindle A Reading Dream…

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I recently discovered that a device called Kindle 3 existed. You might be thinking “That’s been around for some time…” but a modest earning person like myself doesn’t even dream of actually owning things like that so I never bother to check it out ( you know… mother hood, 3 kids, etc). I came across this in another blog and discovered how wonderful it would be to own something that can carry 3,500 books in one lightweight device!

I have been reading ever since I can remember. I LOVE to read. Typically I go for crime or suspense books but I delve into any kind of literature I can get my hands on. I’ve read many books and some stay with me and leave a lasting effect. I’m known for reading books over and over again. I have quite a collection but because of space constraints I’ve needed to give some away.

Before I became a mom, I would read for hours on end. My favorite reading ambiance would be in my bed on a rainy day… Ahhh… total relaxation. Nowadays, if I get to read more than 3 pages that’s a big deal!

The last book I read was First Families by Bonnie Angelo. It’s a look into the lives of the First Families of the White House. I picked up a lot of info and it’s very interesting to know how they led their lives during their term/s.

Currently I’m reading The Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. I’ve read this book at least twice but it’s been 15 years since I read it last and it feels like a whole new story again.

I always hoped that my children would also love to read. Fortunately, my son is interested in reading. We share some interests like Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series. It’s funny… I have a whole collection of Babysitter Club and Sweet Valley books but I’m not sure if Kianna would be interested. Hopefully she gets a liking for it.

Because of this new discovery, my goal is to be able to actually buy one for myself. Just think… so many books at the tip of your fingers. It’ll be a dream come true to have this and be able to bring it with you where ever you go. One day soon…

Being a Mom…

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Before I was a Mom –
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom –
I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom –
I had never been puked on – Pooped on – Spit on – Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom –
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests…or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom –
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life
so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom –
I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom –
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.


I found this and it hit home. This exactly  what being a mother is all about. I’ve always said that my greatest achievement was having my kids. For me, it’s not about having a distinguished title, a huge salary or career recognition. It’s knowing that my children are loved and well taken care of. That they have the best opportunities in life.

Being a clueless first time mom, all I knew for sure was that I had to be hands on for the first 5 years because this is the best time to establish their foundation.  I knew I wanted them to be independent. I knew I wanted them to be humble. I wanted them to appreciate life’s little surprises and to take the disappointments with a good heart.

When I was a younger mom, I dreamed of working and having a career. I enjoyed working. I loved the freedom it brought. I knew that I could handle anything…

When we decided to have our little JL, things changed. My yearning to stay home came back. I knew that I needed to be with him and be there for him as I was with Bastian and Kianna. I didn’t want to miss his achievements, his smiles, his laughter. I wanted to be there for every second of it.

I know in my heart that I was meant to be a mom. That this was what my life is about. My children are my contribution to society.

I love to watch Bastian tinkering with all sorts of things and I’m so proud of him when he comes up with something that he’s made. I love to watch Kianna dance and see her so carefree and innocent. I love to watch JL smile then laugh so mischievously as he tries to play with my cellphone. These are the moments I’ll always remember.

My First Post

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I’ve had this blog for sometime but have just started fixing it today. Between breastfeeding and my online jobs I can hardly squeeze in time to actually get my thoughts down. I love to write though so in keeping with the times I’ve given in to blogging. I currently have 3 blogs (including this). Thanks to my friend, Jamie I’ve been inspired to continue my blog here. Her blog is great! Informative and fun. You can check it out at 🙂

Having been a stay at home and working mom, I can 100% say that being at home is the best place for me to be. I love my kids and I love seeing them. I love having a clean house and I love not talking in my sleep about work. There are of course sacrifices and mainly it’s financial. Like I always say though, you can’t have everything. Despite being hard up on money, I can definitely say that this has been the happiest that I’ve been in a long time.

Earlier today, we were watching The Passion of the Christ it being Holy week and all. Very disturbing and heart wrenching movie. My kids had a lot of questions about it and hopefully they don’t have nightmares. They learn about it at school and both had their First Communion so they were very interested. But how do you explain to innocent kids that don’t even have a hint of malice in their body that there are just people out there that are out to hurt other people for no reason? Everyday, I knock on wood 3 times (per kid) because I have this crazy idea that in some way they will be kept safe from harm. I constantly worry about them and have been a bit strict. They have curfews and rules that they need to follow and sometimes they don’t understand why. Especially when they see that their friends are allowed to stay out till 11pm. It’s a cycle I guess and you never fully understand until you reach your part of the cycle.

Well, this blog is intended to share my random musings. Being a parent is definitely a big part of that. But I have other things that I have on my mind and that I’d like to share. So here’s to me at age 31 with 3 beautiful kids and as happy as can be!

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