Thinking about seat covers for my car

Couple of days ago I was looking around in my car and one idea came in to my head – I need to do something refreshing before the end of the year so I went online and tried to look what options do I have here. I came to conclusion that getting neoprene seat covers will be the best choice as it offers protection and are water resistant, this is very important for me as I take children with me often and seats look awful after the ride.

Not a lot of people think about changing the interior of their car, but when it comes to personalization there are really not that much options in affordable price range. Whether it’s about the way the interior looks or it’s about the hygiene, the choice is really simple. Neoprene car seat covers are the most efficient, effective and definitely the best way to go. Not to mention the costs which are more than fair considering the choices of colors and shapes that will definitely make your imagination explode with ideas about your four-wheeled pet. And to make things more interesting most of the neoprene seat covers are in do-it-yourself category which is good news to all of those who love playing with their ride. The aesthetics of these types of covers are amazing and materials used for making them are high quality and recommended for all kinds of customers whether they are adventurous types or couples with lots of kinds. There is no downside of hooking up sweet rides with something so customizable and amazing yet so simple and grateful for maintenance.

They are absolutely great for younger people because they are giving them an opportunity to express their inner rebels while staying cool and awesome in front of their squad when taking joy rides around the block. And one of the most amazing features about neoprene seat covers is the ability to stay waterproof no matter the circumstances and even more impressive feature is the awesome power to stay extremely stable and maintain the flexibility they are praised for. So, hello long and sweaty drives during hot summer days and adrenaline filled rides outdoors! And no more yelling and screaming every time someone spills a beer all over nice and comfortable seats because cleaning car interiors has never been easier.

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This is a perfect way to protect car seats while keeping it cool and maintaining personal sense of style with every possible kind of pattern and color combination of personal choosing. And definitely the biggest plus is feeling like a pro race car driver while being safe and comfortable. If you have kinds and want to make your life much easier by using special gadgets for your car and one that is necessary if you have kids is seat covers.

Empty nest- Are you ready?

loveSummer at our house means sleep away camp. Well this year both boys are at camp (in two different places). Every time the kids are gone T and I realize that our house is quiet, and we don’t have a whole lot to talk about. Our life right now is our children. Coordinating schedules, homework, feeding them (basically making sure they stay alive!)

But here is the scary thing. When they are gone for that one week and we have the house to ourselves we realize real quick that had better find a way to reconnect because if we don’t in just a few short years our house will be empty permanently and relationships don’t work when you have nothing in common.

NOW is the time to start talking and reconnecting with your spouse.

I have found an awesome blog post by Alex Alexander and I suggest you start on this list of 101 Smart Ways to Improve Your Relationship Right This SECOND

Here are just a few to help get you started:

Listen to each other. Think you already do that? Try active listening. Ask your partner to talk about something and after each sentence (or paragraph) repeat what you heard. Start with, “I heard…” You don’t have to repeat back the words verbatim, just say what you think she said. If you misinterpret or leave out anything, your partner will correct you. Take turns doing this. It’s great for intense discussions, arguments, or just a weekly ritual to improve communication.

Say something positive — anything at all. Researchers have found that happy couples have a ratio of five positive comments to each negative comment.

Apologize for something you never apologized for … even though you knew it was your fault.

Make a special treat. Even if you’re on a diet, there’s always room for a little snack once a week. Maybe it’s a food from her childhood (like the s’mores her dad used to make when they went camping) or something that reminds him of your first date (spicy homemade guacamole? No problem!). A little treat that you’ve either made or just remembered to pick up will show you’re thinking about the two of you.

The next time you hug him, reach around and squeeze his butt. It’s the little things that keep it hot.

Take out his yearbook. Ask about the people in it and what they meant to him.

Remember you are not empty nesters yet!! CONNECT! Let me know which of the 101 you and your spouse like the best!

Ugh, really …

Wednesday’s I usually like to have a Wednesday Whisper but that was not in the blogosphere plans. (Or my phones)

All I wanted to do was upload a picture, as I have an app to type my blog. I go to my pictures on my phone and most are gone. They are in the blooming iCloud and I can’t get them out!! Then I hit a button and now all my pictures are GONE!

Plus this has been a day. There are only 2.5 days of school left and yesterday was a doozy.

C had the roughest day of school yet and T and I had to act like parents and have a “talk” after dinner. There were discussions and consequences. Parenting is so hard!

When I Grow Up

Remember when you were a kid and dreamed about life as an adult? The dream usually involved a spouse, a house with a white picket fence, a few animals and so many wonderful kids. Now that reality is here and you are an adult, your real life scenario may not look anything like your perfect dream adult scenario from childhood. I mean come on how many of us actually have white picket fences?

I know I had my 3 kids names all picked out and ready to go, then I found Mr. Right and we didn’t have 3 kids much less even come close to using the perfect names I had so meticulously rolled off my tongue for YEARS!

And wonderful… YEAH RIGHT! Now don’t get me wrong my kids are good, but they are no angels. We all have our moments and when that happens I reflect upon the realization that my imagination was playing tricks on me in my childhood.

Parenting is too complex. There are too many moving parts and pieces. We also aren’t dealing with dream kids either; our kids are human beings that come with their own minds, thoughts and actions. No matter how hard we try and control these things for our kids, they are the ones with the ultimate control.

As a parent that reality is so tough to come to terms with. Especially as our kids continue to get older, wiser (we hope) and start to really understand the world around them. They may not continue to believe your beliefs or act as you want them to. And those individuals, your kids, are the reason your parenting dreams of childhood can’t be parenting realities.

Liebster Award Nomination

I received an unexpected email last week. One of my own nominated me for an award! The Liebster Award. This award was created to help “Discover New Blogs.”

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LiebsterThe Liebster Award is a way to give lesser known bloggers a boost and to help them gain readership. I know ya’ll can’t see my face but I am totally blushing. Me, an award? Thanks to Emily at www.tablelifeblog.com for the nomination! Please check our her site. She is a God loving, homeschooling mom, who is also an awesome blogger.

Accepting the nomination involves answering 11 questions about myself and this blog. So grab a drink and put your feet up. Here we go!

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what is it about?

As my About Me states, I am a mom of growing kids. My hubby is TALL. 6’6″ in fact. I know my kids will be tall too, but NEVER EVER will I ride in the back seat while they are sitting up front. I am there mom and they will offer me that respect. I will ALWAYS have the front seat! My blog is about living life with tweens and teens. I feel that this is a niche that doesn’t have the same amount of chatter as others. Parents in general need validation. Especially as we navigate the crazy years of 10-18!

2. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?

Parenting my own kids. Reading, I love to read. I read books, blogs, magazines. Other parents around me.

3. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself?

I am left handed
I can touch my tongue to my nose
I LOVE to sing (hubby says I make everything sound like I am in an opera)
I have a terrible memory (except when it comes to songs)
I love to travel
I met hubby in college
Sometimes I still wonder when my kids parents are coming to pick them up (longest babysitting job EVER!)
I am deathly afraid of grates on the sidewalk (I just know I am going to fall in)
I teach at a Community College
I work at a non-profit
I save all my phone pictures to Shutterfly (I just know that one day my phone will erase them all)

4. What was your biggest accomplishment of 2014?

Helping to get the non-profit that I work for really going. We had already been established as ministry partner but broke off as our own non-profit and 2014 was our first year of being independent and we succeeded!

5. What is it you love most about blogging?

I am a talker so this is a way for me to talk. Also I have met so many wonderful bloggers. I have tried really hard to connect through different blogging resources and I love making those friendships.

6. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

I wish hubby and I could take our kids on a couple of awesome vacations before they leave the house. (We have been on 2 but there are so many places in this world!)
I wish there were more time in the day. (I always feel like I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to before bed.)
I wish everyone could just all get along.

7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?

I have actually traveled to a number of countries in my life but the one place that is definitely on my bucket list is Australia. I mean does it need an explanation???

8. What are you currently watching or reading?

Hubby and I came to the conclusion that any show I watch and love will be cancelled. Just today The Mindy Project (goner), Parenthood (adios), just holding out for them to say oh no more 19 Kids and Counting. I am reading Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle. She has 3 books and I recommend them all!!

9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

You know honestly I am happy where I am now. But maybe on a lake somewhere, that is my ultimate dream house.

10. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?

Get a pedicure. If I have no money, I take a long bath. I also just stick my nose in a book then I am lost in another world!

11. Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?

It sounds so far away. But in reality will be here in the blink of an eye. In 20 years I hope to be close to retirement and a grandma!

Enough about me… let’s talk about this Liebster Award. The rest of this Liebster fun involves nominating other bloggers and their blogs.

I’d like to nominate
Ainsley from What Ainsley Likes
Gennie at Journey to the Hills

Here’s what you need to do if you accept the nomination. You’ll need to answer the eleven questions listed below in an upcoming post. Be sure to comment here and let me know that you’ve posted. I’d love to read it! In your post, please link back to me (linking to this post would probably be most helpful to trace the Liebster trail).

You’ll also need to nominate bloggers for the award in your post. Your main criteria is that the blog needs to have less than 200 followers on your social media platform of choice and that you need to love that blog! Just be sure that you notify them of their nominations and that they have the link to your post so they’ll know what this Liebster Award is all about.

Here are your questions:

How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what is it about?
Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
Can you give 11 random facts about yourself?
What was your biggest accomplishment of 2014?
What is it you love most about blogging?
If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?
What are you currently watching or reading?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?
Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?

Exhausted

You know they say as your kids get older you are less tired. I say LIARS!

I truly feel with every stage my tiredness just changes a bit. I know I am not alone in this.

Our kids may not have the terrible sleep schedule and they have become self sufficient

BUT

They have also become involved in everything!

When my kids were younger I made them adjust to my schedule. I did not live on theirs. Life has a funny way of turning things on their head and guess what… Now I am on their schedule.

One kid has band, another has baseball. Don’t forget homework and their social lives.

I feel more than tired now, trying to keep up. I am exhausted!

I don’t know if you noticed but you are not as young as you used to be.

And all this grownup stuff that you now have to deal with is causing more exhaustion.

Bills, work, failing health, aging family members, divorce, death.

I’m exhausted and I know you are too. I just want you to know, you are not alone.