Things I am still learning – You@TheCenter (R) $100 offer

logo-drop-shadowI posted twice before along my 100-day journey on the YOU@The Center course which has taught me so much.  I thought this time, as I write this, at day 83, it would be nice to share the things I have learned and some, I am still learning to perfect.  The inspiration for this post is the 100-day course, because frankly, this course has opened my eyes.  Every day, no matter what I am doing, I notice all I do, and how I spend my time. For example, at work earlier this week, I caught myself multi-tasking and not doing any one of the tasks right.  I stopped and immediately focused on one thing.  It makes a difference!

The course has benefitted me, and now you can benefit too!   I want to share this opportunity with you, so you can make space in your life for the things that matter the most to YOU!  Below is a coupon for $100 off Rachel Davis’ next session (expires Jan 6, 2015), so don’t delay. Make your New Year’s resolution to do something positive and meaningful for you.   If you have questions about the 100-Day Course, you can go to the Course Description page or to the Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more. If you still have questions, you can contact Rachel at:  By the way, Rachel is an amazing listener. If you are unsure if this course is right for you, she can talk with you about why that may or may not be the case.

 I knew some of this already, but the course is an inspiration for the top 10 things I want to share with you:

1.  Control is but an illusion – I can’t control it all, nor can I expect to.  If I think I can control things, I am just disappointed when things do not go my way.  So, in the words of the movie my kiddos love, “let it go!”

2.  Health is more important than anything else.  If you don’t have good health, you can’t have anything else.  Staying healthy is even harder than before, and it requires more effort.  See #1 above.  I plan things, but will likely have to cancel because I will get sick and I have no control over the illness, or worse, cannot predict how long it will last.

3.  Some things are just way more than important than other things.  For example, work is what I do, and does not define who I am.  With this knowledge, I am able to separate myself from work.   I do not get emotional or take things personally when a substantive issue comes up at work.  When I separate myself from work, I am a happier, more productive, and better mom, wife, and a better employee!  Yes, because when I am a better at all the above, I excel at all I do, including work.  Imagine that!

4.  Taking a lesson from No. 3 above, this is what is important to me:  kids, spouse, parents, and family, and the health of my loved ones.  These are matters worth taking personally.  All else pales in comparison to these relationships.   If you invest in these relationships, you will rarely have regret, and will be better at all you undertake.  In the 100-day course I took, chapter 12 focuses on relationships.  Not just the relationship with you, but with others.  It’s eye-opening.

5.  Be positive in all you do.  Finding the positive in all is contagious, and ultimately leads to happiness.  I have found, over the years, that positive people are the best leaders too! Those who are pessimistic, negative, who speak negative things, and those who speak ill of others, or gossip are toxic. But these people are also unhappy to the core.  The secret to success, whether personal, business, or career, is being positive, even in the roughest moments.  This life lesson was re-affirmed through the course, and I was happy to learn new skills and techniques to distance myself from the negative and the worthless.

6. Be proactive!  Stop always being in reactive mode.  I find that I used to be reactive and was always responding to worthless things.  Completely useless emails/facebook posts/comments by others.  Sometimes, it is better to disengage from things that don’t add value to your life (all aspects of your life), and you will be happier if you stop reacting.   Another aspect to this is, don’t respond to unnecessary drama created by others.  Be proactive- no one can change the people or their actions around you, but you can control and change how you respond to it.  I liked that aspect of this course when it came to relationships too. Chapter 12 was about relationships, and was super helpful.

7.  Use your vacation days, and turn off technology.  This one is tough for me because I am still learning how to perfect this.  It is hard for me to turn it off.  The truth is, as kids get older, they watch our every move.  If you are multitasking, and not paying attention to them because your head is buried in a phone, they will mimic your behaviors.  More than that, you are not present in anything.  When you can’t focus on one thing at a time, you are doing all of it wrong.  Walking and texting, for example?  You are not doing either of them properly.  It leads to mistakes.  Multitasking also leads to mistakes.  If you turn it all off, and focus on one thing, you will do that one thing right, and quickly and efficiently, freeing up your time and your mind to focus on other things that follow.  I love that the 100-day course has taught me to catch myself when I am mutlitasking.  I catch myself, and I stop. I focus, I bring that before me in focus, and I am more efficient, and more accurate.

8.  Do what you love and engage your passion.  I love the 100-day course because I still love the question posed, “what you would be doing if time and money were not an issue?” Write down the answer.  Now, ask yourself, “what is stopping you?”

9.  Material possessions are not more important than the relationships you build, and the people in your life.  You have material possessions and wealth today, but tomorrow, you could lose it all.  All that matters is the people you surround yourself with.  When you are not attached to material things, you are happier because you truly focus on that which is important.  This, in turn may help you improve health, your mental and emotional state, and your relationships with others and yourself.

10.  Love with all your heart, like you have never experienced a broken heart, dance like you have never fallen, and give like you have all the riches in the world and expect nothing in return.  Only then, can you experience true happiness.

What a great way to start the New Year off right – the 100 Day Course and $100 off!


Disclaimer:  I was compensated with a free course with Rachel Davis in exchange for four sponsored posts.  The opinions and life lessons expressed here in are my own.  


Walmart 2 Go – 2nd Delivery Review of #Walmarttogo

I picked myself up, dusted off the first delivery of #walmarttogo and gave it another try.  My first review is posted, and can be read here.  This time, I ordered on Tuesday for Wednesday evening delivery.  Remember to book it before you add items to your cart to snag the best possible time slot for you.  You can always change it before paying/confirming your order.  This time, after logging on, I snagged my slot, added items to my cart, and went through the process just like before.  I learned another important fact about the online ordering process.  You cannot change your delivery time or date on-line or through your account history once you place the order.  You have to call the customer service number and attempt this feat thru them.

The window was 6 to 8 p.m20140319-210239.jpg. and at 6:30 p.m., my order arrived.  Yeah! It was all there, and only one item was substituted.  I had “allowed” the substitution on this particular item.  Please read my earlier post for all the tips on the online ordering process.  Several people I know who have ordered have received late delivery, or even moved to the next day, but have not reported any other issues.  For my second order, I also ordered non-grocery items, and they brought the correct items.  I ordered household products and it worked out- this time.  You can also order electronics and anything else on the Walmart2Go website.   Another thing I checked out this time was whether the service offered in other areas, and it is not offered everywhere quite yet.  To check if your zip code qualifies for the walmart to go service, click here and plug in your zip code.  There is an option to enter your E-mail so you can be notified when it is available in your area.20140319-210318.jpg

After two deliveries, here are my PROS for home delivery: (1) You do not have to go out and shop, and (2) you do not buy items you do not need- i.e. impulse shopping.  Bottom line: Save time and gas!  The CONS are:  (1) You have to be at home for the delivery window, and may get a delay, or a no-show which means you may need to head out if you need something desperately; (2) Also, not all products may be available, and you may have to go out anyway, and (3) It costs money for home delivery, which is $7 for a two-hour window, and $5 for four-hour window.  Gas to run to the store once may not run you that much.

Good luck, and no matter what you choose, happy shopping!


As a participant in the Walmart to Go First program, I’ve received a personal invite and incentives for my time and efforts in creating this post.  The opinions expressed here are my own.


Magical fun showing our #DisneySide @Home Celebration

20140302-113553.jpgWe had such a blast showing our #DisneySide @Home Celebration.*  The kiddos made T-shirts, decorated Mickey cupcakes, and took home some neat little trinkets, like bracelets, Muppet calendars and Donald Duck tattoos and Mickey Mouse stickers.  To see all my #Disney posts, check out the category or tag “Disney.”

We asked everyone to dress-up in their favorite Disney character 20140302-113614.jpgcostume and show up for some fun.  We didn’t print photos on-site, but each mom who came went home with a HP Photo card pack to create their own photos from the event.  The photos can be customized at

Here are the some more pictures, and look at all the characters that showed up:  Sleeping Beauty, Anna from FROZEN, Snow White, Rapunzel, Mickey Mouse, and we even got to host Luke Skywalker!





20140302-113745.jpgWe had great timing this year because it is also Mardi Gras, and we were able to combine two parties in one- Mardi Gras King Cake, yummy Community coffee from New Orleans and assorted snacks.



*Disclaimer: I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  Also see Get Clued In’s general disclaimer.


Perfect Moment Monday – Where does the time go?

IMG_9383My friend, Lori, is retiring her linky to “Perfect Moment Monday (PMM).”  She is right, she should not feel obligated to find perfect moments.  They should happen, and we either notice, or we don’t.  Sometimes, we are so busy, we miss some too!  These moments can happen at anytime, not just Mondays, or weekends, but always.  We just have to notice them.  I started looking back on the perfect moment posts I have written.  I do not remember feeling obligated at all, but enjoyed every minute.  To see all my PMM posts, look under category, “Perfect Moment,” and all the posts will appear.  My favorite ones are, by far, these two PMM posts:

IMG_9410(1) Two Years and Growing – this one brought back such fond memories.   Even as I write my PMM for this past weekend, I realize that three years have passed already since this post, and my little girl will change and grow daily.  I love writing milestone posts about my sweet little ones because not only do I capture the memories, I feel that I share something meaningful with my readers too!

(2) Twinkling Little Stars–  This one is near and dear to my heart since I now fly away once a month, and I cannot return home Saturday nights to see them or hear them sing.  This particular post melts my heart because I was so lucky to capture these moments with my sweet little ones.  Now that I frequently fly out of town for one of my jobs, I am sad that I cannot return home to experience this but I still hold them close to my heart.

IMG_9419Ah, where does the time go?  Here I am writing about a perfect moment about this weekend.  My little one’s milestone birthday weekend.  She is now five years old!  Hard to believe that she starts Kindergarten this fall, and will start a new journey in her young life.  I wish I could freeze time for just a few years, and hold on longer to these moments, but alas, we have brought them into this world to let them go into it… to leave us, and do great things.  Easier said than done, huh?

This past weekend’s perfect moment was not just the time we spent together, which was fabulous.  It wasn’t the date night that hubby and I enjoyed seeing “The Mousetrap” at the Arvada Center.  It wasn’t the birthday party itself, or just the Friday night fun we had with friends and one another.  It was all of the above and the other little moments that we don’t always capture on camera or video.  For example, the kids cuddling up with popcorn on the sofa and saying the funniest, cutest things about what their favorite thing this weekend was. My 5-year-old exclaimed, “I liked when I saw all my friends- nothing else.”  Or, it was the moment when my 6-year old playing air guitar by herself, and laughing.  She thought no one saw.

IMG_9387How many perfect moments can you notice?  How many do you miss?  I suspect we miss a lot more than we catch, but for me, all the moments in total made this weekend perfect.  Monday will come too quick and off we will go our separate ways to work and school, but the memories of all these little moments, of all this shared time together really make life perfect!  For me, they define #perfectmoment Monday.  Lori, I will miss #perfectmoment Mondays, but thanks to you I will definitely keep noticing them.  Thanks for the opportunity, and thanks for the memories.


Soybu Grand-Opening — Denver #loveyourbody

SoybuAh, life in yoga pants!  I could come to love that.  Trust me, you do not have to perform yoga to love the gear.  It is important to have practical, comfortable clothes to move in no matter what you do.

On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of the Soybu flagship store, and it was fabulous!  Thanks to Denver Mile High Mamas, I learned of this event and was lucky enough to attend with some fabulous ladies.  Obviously, we got to try on all the Soybu we wanted, and they offered us 25% off all our purchases, but we were lucky enough to meet some of the other generous vendors in the Cherry Hills Marketplace- Bundt shoppe let us try four decadent flavors of cakes, and Cherry Hills marketplace hair stylists and colorists were on-site to make us feel beautiful too!  What a great ladies night!

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You can receive 25% off on all purchases through February 23, Sunday, at their store or on-line at the Soybu website.  Be sure to check it out, and see what fits you best!  They have amazing sales on-line and in-stores.  Don’t miss out and while you are at Cherry Hills Marketplace, check out Trader Joe’s, the Bundt Shoppe and other vendors.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Mile High Mamas for partnering with Soybu. I received a store credit to purchase clothing for my review. All opinions and views expressed are my own.