Happiness is ______ {2014-W30 & 31} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W23} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

I Kicked That Workout’s A$$!

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Oh my gosh, you guys! I had the most amazing day here at the IMG Academy in Sarasota Florida here with Gatorade. I’ll have more to share with you later, but I couldn’t wait to come back to my super-swanky hotel room at the Ritz to tell you, today we worked out with an IMG [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W18} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

On Learning, Listening, and Finally Taking Time for Me #beautyis #Mom2Summit

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When I stepped out of the minivan and onto the sidewalk of the airport, I felt anxious and nervous. I was second-guessing my decision to go. I hadn’t been away from the baby for more than 24 hours before – what if she needed me? What if my husband couldn’t handle it through the night? [...]

Home

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Blearly-eyed and sleep-deprived, I stepped off the airplane exhaustedly just after five-am, expecting to be greeted by silence in the near vacant airport. Sure, it was the holiday season, but I didn’t expect to see many souls, let alone awake ones, occupying the many airports chairs when I stepped out of the stifling tube from [...]

Whirlwind Trip to LA

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Yesterday, I had an amazing opportunity with three other Nintendo Ambassadors to participate in a photo shoot and interview for an upcoming project for the Wii Fit U, also including a celebrity trainer. (You may or may not have caught her announcing she was filming with us, too). Right now, I don’t have much to [...]

Two Weeks

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He’s gone again. This time, for two weeks. Gone during Valentine’s day (again). He left at 3am early Monday morning, after only sleeping for a couple hours (if that). We clung to one another while we slept. I fell asleep sobbing, holding him, as I normally do the night before he leaves. Reality sets in [...]

When Vacation Turns Into Staycation

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It was a nice ten-day vacation plan – visiting family, going to the beach, staying a hotel with awesome poolside activities, all while spending good quality time with my children and husband. I was elated to click-click away on websites, booking resorts and prepping and gearing up for the much needed Douglas Family Vacation of [...]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Travel}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! As I’m making “pack” piles from the freshly folded laundry, my five-year-old brings [...]

Post-Conference Wear and Tear

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Of all four flights I took to Charlotte, NC and back, the last, brief flight from Dallas was the oddball one. The flight attendant who checked me in could not give me a bulkhead seat (the larger row directly behind first class), so we were cramped in a regular coach seat, both V and me. [...]

Camp-like Fun for Kids at Omni Hotels

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It’s SUMMERTIME! Summer means lazy days, sleeping late, swimsuits, frozen treats and most importantly VACATION! We love traveling. I know some folks might frown at the idea of traveling with kids (particularly with SO MANY, like us), but we love traveling with ours. That sense of adventure in setting out for a voyage and taking [...]

Sunburnt But Soul-Filled – SeaWorld’s First #AdventureCon

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SeaWorld San Antonio threw their first little-big shindig this weekend called “AdventureCon.” A weekend of learning for bloggers, like myself, along with under-the-sea family fun for our families, spanning both SeaWorld AND their new baby, Aquatica. We had plenty of time to work AND play (and get sunburnt, ahem). From the second I laid eyes [...]

2011 Reflections and Anti-Resolutions for 2012

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n. res·o·lu·tion 1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination. 2. A resolving to do something. 3. A course of action determined or decided on. Last year, I wrote about my New Years anti-resolutions plans on Momicillin, how I didn’t feel people should make lists of resolutions of “improvements” they won’t keep, and that we should, [...]

Mom 2.0 Summit and The Traveling Mom Conundrum – Keeping it Real

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450 of you will see me this weekend at Mom 2.0 in New Orleans, and I’m gonna have on all kinds-of cute things from my wardrobe that NEVER get to see the light of day, except for occasions like this. I’m going to wear actual big-girl makeup, have the ability to leisurely slurp coffee without [...]

Nintendo 3DS Summit of Awesome #NintendoEnthused

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Returning home from my whirlwind adventure in Seattle was bittersweet, as always. Coming home to the loving arms of my family, whom I missed dearly, is always the sweetest of the sweet part. Especially when they missed me enough to surprise me with this: Talk about sweet! My husband watched all six kids and baked [...]

Seattle-Bound, Baby(less)!

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4:05am is what I just set my coffee pot to. Holy crap, friends, that is stagger-home-to-bed time to a college student, but in parenting years? That’s about the time you finally begin REM sleep, for crying out loud! My coffee pot is nice and set for 4:05 so that my corpse of a body can [...]

Disney Social Media Moms Conference 2011 Recap – Day 3 #DisneySMMoms

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Our day 3 started out by my decision to NOT run that morning (if you could call sleeping-in a “decision”). Ha! As much as I wanted to, all the walking and dancing and activity from the day before left me super-exhausted and, as a result, our entire family slept through breakfast, which was NOT good [...]

Disney Social Media Moms Conference 2011 Recap – Day 2 #DisneySMMoms

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The night before, I had found a fellow conference-goer who wanted to run at Disney World. Her name is Krista (@kristalswan on Twitter) and, after connecting on Twitter about meeting for a run before the conference, we met at the registration desk downstairs at O-dark-thirty (6:30am) Friday morning. The air felt a bit cool (being [...]

Disney Social Media Moms Conference 2011 Recap – Day 1 #DisneySMMoms

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Nothing says “We’re home!” like kids and husbands puking. (We’ve got skillz, friends.) Needless to say, all are on the mend, but damn, was that ever a not-so-happy end to the wonderful time we had this weekend. Won.der.ful. Oh my gosh! First things most importantly first – I want to thank Amy, Susan and Janice, [...]

Death by Ass-Numbness – Road Trip Take 2 #DisneySMMoms

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Currently, I’m in our minivan, where I’ve been for three plus hours now, exhausted from being up really late packing eleventy-billion kids’ things, ass already getting numb to an insane level (with several more hours of driving ahead of us, too), but we’re on our way to Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms [...]

Just Keep Clicking…

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When we visited our soon-to-be-new city of San Antonio, TX over the holiday break, we were coerced into visiting the Alamo by our in-laws. I wasn’t exactly keen on the idea of sight-seeing just yet, considering there is much to scout-out before the big move, but I will say it was quite beautiful. The second [...]

Disney World Armed Forces Salute 2011

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Oh my gosh, Walt Disney World has done it AGAIN!! The military may receive discounted tickets for their service-member and their family members, yes! Thank you so much Disney World for honoring our military again yet another year, it means such a great deal to us! Now, again, there are a few more changes from [...]

Traveling and Our Family Bucket List

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We spent time looking out over the ocean for Thanksgiving, visiting my parents, drinking in the sea air as we trolloped all over coastal Florida with a smile. We played at the park, we ate collaboratively cooked meals together, sharing in laughter and joy for three wonderful days. It’s always bittersweet when visiting family – [...]

Rollercoasters, Recovering, Washington D.C. and Thankfulness

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Vacation took it’s toll on me. I ran on all cylinders while away, and sometimes even surpassed that. Being away on a whirlwind road trip vacation through 13 states is exhilaration (and exhaustion) enough, let alone coupling it with BlogHer and 2500 comrades-in-arms in blogland. Doing it back to back has sent my poor body [...]

Best. Picture. Ever. from #roadtrip2010 (Day 5)

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Part of our road trip took us to Williamsburg, Virginia. Specifically Busch Gardens. With the yearly Anheuser-Busch “Here’s to the Heroes” offer, we used to go to Busch Gardens once a year when we lived close by, on the east coast. It will always hold a special place in our hearts, and this particular visit [...]

School Shopping Extravaganza and Beach Lovin’ – Day 3 and 4 of #roadtrip2010

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We’re on a summer journey that will pass our big family through over a dozen states in the next two weeks. You can join me by following here or my updates on Twitter using the hashtag #roadtrip2010 My connection along the way has been spotty, so I’m going to combine some days to stay caught [...]