Friday, August 22, 2014

INSPIRATION: In honor of Back to School: Soul Pancake and the HUB's Kid President

In honor of back-to-school, I present this great video from Soul Pancake's Kid President.



Cheers and many blessings for your back to the hustle,
Teia

Friday, August 15, 2014

INSPIRATION: Live in the Now

Yesterday was one of those days where I got caught up in revisiting the past, thinking of what was, what could've been, what might've been, what I thought it was and what is.  While I was wallowing in the minefield, I prayed and my spirit heard the whisper.


"Live in the Now.  

Now is where your power lies. 

Now is where you can affect changes.  

Now is your present blessing -- don't miss it crying about the past.    

Your blessing belongs to you and were made specifically for you.  Look not to someone's blessing. Your's will not compare and cannot.

Give today the gift of your attention, your affection and your focus.  

Live brightly, shine brightly and revel in the Light.




Happy Friday,

Teia 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CONFESSIONS OF A PREEMIE MOM: Support Systems Matter


Every family that experiences a change of some sort knows or learns quickly the value of support structures.  When you bring a baby home or add another to the mix, the need for those structures increases exponentially.

Waiting in a waiting room... don't they look super duper excited?

When I brought, N home I learned first hand the value and need for these checks, balances and opportunities for growth, breathing space, sounding boards, prayer warriors and strong shoulders. You get to learn what your strengths are and how to support those areas that need reinforcement.   


This post is to share some of my favorites resources for building my own support system, give you a space to share your own and provide some tips on how to strengthen your structure. 

A favorite found at Journey into the Spectrum


1) Family:

This is a huge one for me. They are our biggest supporters, and the ones that can bring me to almost every heightened emotion known to man.  Since I am the eldest of a close-knit 5, I have been able to benefit greatly from this resource.  They've picked up the slack, reminded me of my strength and covered us in love, prayer, conversation and lots of really good food.  

The card we made for our mother this Mother's Day.  


2) Friends:

If you are anything like me, when life gets complicated, you find yourself retreating into your clam shell a bit more than you usually might have.  It's a protective instinct, and that's fine and well... but it doesn't serve anyone, least of all you. Stay in touch with the people that love you.  Rely on those that have been with you through "heaven, hell and high water".  Don't hide and bear life's adventures alone.  That's where that saying comes from -- "Life is a banquet." (that is better off shared.) 

To my lovelies that share my life... thank you bunches!!!  
What makes a great friend from Wak4Mg


3) Faith:

The life of a preemie mom is a complicated road to say the least, but the journey lived in brighter color when you have utilized the tools in your spiritual toolbox.  Tap into your spiritual center -- pray and Find your prayer warriors, your women's leaders, your elders, your shamans and your light-bringers and stay connected. Surround yourself with some positive and encouraging folks. There are quite a few people that have trouble seeing the good in a complicated circumstance.  Let those people that can only see the problems, the dark and the negative have a time out.  It uses up valuable energy.  Time and energy are precious, and yours are even more valuable...fuel up with the good and let the rest be.

Credit: SimpleDisneyThings

4) Community Support:

Find your tribe.  Our social worker at the hospital and his NICU team informed us of great programs that have made our journey stronger, better and provide even more layers to our support structure.  These for us include the Dallas ECI team with fantastic Vision, Feeding and Speech therapists.  Remember to ask questions, don't get washed away in all the technical jargon that you do not understand the whys and hows of their programs.  (Been there) Ask and if possible, look into whole family approaches.  (works for us)

Credit: The Ladies Roundtable Dallas 


What are your favorite resources for building your support structure?  Share below.

Happily,
Teia 

Friday, August 8, 2014

REVIEW: Treasure Hunting with Prize Candle #spon

One of my favorite perks of blogging is all the fun communities that cross my path.  There is a tribe for every time of mama so when the fun team at Tastemaker Mom asked if I would like to learn more about Prize Candle.

I said sure.  

I wasn't sure what to expect, but Prize Candle exceeded my expectations.



Here's the scoop:

Prize Candle is a luxuriously scented, soy candle with a fun blinged out treat worth between $10 and $5000.  


The 9 ounce candles come in a variety of scents from the gently floral Adriatic Fig (which I received and loved) to Jasmine Neroli and Tahitian Vanilla.  There are also scents that are for celebration and to gift in gratitude.  I loved the compliments that came from guests and family members that came to visit while it was burning, and that candle burned for just over the 40 hours recommended.  Another bonus point factor is that the design is gorgeous with it's feminine pink and white stripe in luxe weight packaging and heavy glass containers -- it is clear that thought went into the user experience. Also that that there was not a lick of smoke billowing from it's tip made it stand out from my other favorites #winning


After a couple of hours, your candle will start to look like this.  That is your prize peeking out. 

 It's tempting to become a #PrizeDigger (term, I learned from their facebook page).... and I soo did and fished out my ring after a couple of hours.   Not long after this picture was taken.  Once you fish out your bling, head on over to their site for appraisal.  

Fair warning, it's addictive... you'll find yourself telling your friends about it and setting up plans to order more.  It's like a lush, feminine treasure box for adults.


To order yours, visit here.  Be sure to sign up for their newsletter as there are lots of treats and promos inside.  Also, if you refer a friend, you'll get $10 off your next purchase as well.  #doublewinning 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Of course, all thoughts and opinions are my own.









Monday, August 4, 2014

MY DALLAS: Treat: The Dallas Arboretum

Last week on Facebook, I put a shout out for local favorites, the Dallas Arboretum

Credit: Dallas Arboretum

I know my favorites, those places you go for zen, for catching the food truck scene and for letting the littles run wild in the heart of Dallas without trekking to BFE.

Here is one of our favorites.... The Dallas Arboretum, great for leisurely strolling, snapping gorgeous shots of the littles and for catching some of the best of nature's beauty here in Dallas.

credit: Dallas Arboretum

And right now is the Dollar Days at the Arboretum.  That's right for $1 you can visit the Arboretum.  Gorgeousness at a great price and with daily activities at the Rory Meyers Children's Garden, this month long event is sure to be a treat.

For more details, click here

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas,Texas 75218


Thursday, July 31, 2014

READ: 4 Delicious Romances to Enjoy for the Summer to Fall Transition

Delightful, time-travel romance meets Warehouse 13.  Really good, captivating and safe for young adults.
Available here now.

One of my favorite authors with a new HQN story.
Available here out 8/1

A baker with a gift for magic, Mondays and true love.  Lots of fun and delicious.
Available here on 8/1 

Can a shipwreck lead to true love?  Absolutely!  A winner by Elizabeth Essex.
Available here on 8/26




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SCOOP: Straight Talk About Straight Teeth with Invisalign #InvisalignTalk

It's that time again to get check ups, dental cleanings and to brave the jungle for school clothes shopping. So when the opportunity came up to learn more about Invisalign Teen, I jumped on it as we have had the talk to think about possibly needing braces for my oldest in the soon-ish future.  Z was slightly horrified, and I as a mom and former middle school teacher was concerned and have started to do the research so that we can make an informed decision as the time comes closer.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Here's the scoop on Invisalign.


  • Invisalign is a braces alternative designed for straightening teeth, available to pre-teens and teens as soon as all baby teeth are lost.
  • Invisalign Teen aligners are clear and removable --- to allow for easy cleaning, brushing and flossing and allow for a more 'you' look minus the wires and brackets of traditional braces.
  • Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces and is covered by most major dental insurance companies and up to 50% of the cost can be covered by your Flexible Spending Health Savings Account.
  • Invisalign Teen also has an innovative Compliance Indicator System with small blue dots that fade to show whether or not your teen is wearing the removable system enough to be effective.  
  • Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and requires few appointments since several aligner sets are provided ahead of time.
To learn more about Invisalign and the service that it provides, visit here


Check out the Invisalign Sweeps below from now until September 30, 2014 for a free Invisalign Treatment by entering on Facebook here.