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Monday Motivation

On Sunday nights when I was working at the TV station I would have the worst anxiety attacks and Sunday night blues. Anticpating the stress of the upcoming week and all the work that I needed to do, often sent me into a full blown panic attack. I know I am not alone in this. My dad falls victim to this every Sunday night!

It wasn’t until I became a new mom that all of that melted away, once I decided to be a stay at home mom. Even still, It took me awhile to let go of the “grind.”

I would have nightmares about breaking news, missing a live sheet or not following up on a detail. It wasn’t that I missed the stress, it was more like I needed to recover from the years of fear, paranoia and anxiety associated with my jobs.  I worked for a corporation that had big expectations and but low salaries.

I still hear my JMAC professor, “if you want to make money, do NOT become a journalist.” Well ain’t that the truth?! Haha talk about the 1% that is who “makes it.”  The rest of us do it for the storytelling, the thrill, the excitment and protection of our first amendment rights, freedom of the press.

Even though we did not make much money I NEVER regret working in TV. I met some of the best and most important people in my life. I am grateful that most of us still keep in touch and I consider them some of my best friends.

So instead of having the Sunday dreads, I have Monday Motivation. Looking ahead towards the week is actually fun and I enjoy it. What a difference a life change can make. Becoming a mommy is the best thing I have ever done. It is hard as #$%& but I would NOT trade my time at home with my boys for ANYTHING!

It is not glamourous. It is often thankless. I am happy to make meals, pack lunches, wipe butts, sing songs, read books, cuddle and be a taxi driver. Of course it comes with the usual “work drama.” He stole my car. He hit me. I didn’t do it. Plus the nervewracking arguing, consistent talking, constant eating and of course all the pee, poop & farts one person can handle. #boymom

Last week it dawned on me that it is happening, I am officially a chauffuer. We are in FULL SWING literally and physically with Spring sports. I am so excited. I have honestly waited for these days with great anticipation. I know that it will be short lived and loose its luster faster than I can type this but nonetheless I am excited to be a soccer, karate, golf mom! MORE on this topic next week!  LOL 😂

My husband and I keep a pretty active schedule. We both workout 5 times a week and try to fit in a date night once a week. Staying busy is part of being a parent. My motivation is my boys. I want them to make friends, be active and have fun.

I always hear “it is so important for your child to be social with other kids.” DO NOT WORRY both my boys are social butterflies. Both so friendly at times that we have joked around that we would microchip our kids like people do to their dogs. I kid I kid but seriously if that becomes a thing…

Maybe working, in whatever capacity that may be, is your Motivation. Maybe a vacation is your motivation. Maybe wealth, health or a combo is your goal. Whatever it takes to movtivate you to great things, do that.

Being a good wife, mom and not raising a$$@oles is motivation for me. Looking good and being healthy is motivation for me to workout and kick my butt. Being a good person is motivation for me to continue to love others, be kind and understanding.

We decided to start our tradition of Sunday night family dinner when I had the it’s. It is something all of us look forward to. We get to share a meal, have some laughs watch TV and enjoy the last remaining hours of the weekend with the ones we hold most dear.

So if you are reading this and dreading tomorrow, remember it is not all set in stone. Find what you love doing and rock it. Challenge yourself NOT to fear, but to own your motivation and make good choices towards your goals.

XOXO

Just Happy Mommy

8 reasons you should be on Snapchat

8 reasons you should be on Snapchat

1. It is FUN!
2. It is NEW!
3. It is LIVE!
4. It is FREE!
5. It is REAL!
6. It is EASY!
7. It is COOL!
8. I’m on it @justhappymommy

Seriously though it’s really the best! The pictures and videos delete after 24 hours. You can save them to your camera roll if you want. The boys love the filters and it is so fun to share what you are doing. Sharing recipes, trips, adventures promotions or just plain fun!

After watching the app developers ring the NASDAQ bell last Friday (when Snapchat stock went public) I knew it was going to be the next BIG thing on social media. Like Facebook or Instagram, they are growing and becoming part of our lives. You can follow friends, celebrities and family members. It gives you a glimpse into someone’s life without being super annoying. You choose who you watch, when you watch and if you even want to participate. I’m obsessed with Snapchat. I would love to be a paid influencer but alas I am not, YET! LOL happy snapping 😘🤳🏻📱👻

Would you guys watch a How to Snapchat Video on my YouTube page?

xoxo

Just Happy Mommy

Easy Makeup Tutorial

Here it is! My first VLOG! I did 3 recordings and I quickly realized I could be working on this FOREVER. So I just decided to wing it and post what I think is the best one. I also tried REALLY hard not to make it very long but, um, its 30 minutes! CLICK the LINK TO WATCH it NOW!!! The audio levels need some help . Considering it took me almost 36 hours to upload this beast I am just happy it is LIVE! And apparently it cuts off like the last 4 minutes of my video UGH whatever.

Easy Makeup Tutorial YouTube

The Ending that was cut off YouTube

OMG I know.

But there are cute transitions and since this is my first video being a one woman band, I am gonna go ahead and say it is ok. I already have more ideas on how to make the next one even better. Just like trying something new, you figure out what you like, what you don’t like, how to make it better etc.

I know I need better lighting. I will work on fun music and giving myself more editing time. I do NOT plan on doing a hair tutorial in front of my fake desk in my living room.

It has been a very fun process but also it is labor intensive. This is my hobby and what I love to do but it does take some work. Even tho I worked in TV for years I was behind the scenes. I feel like I could take a month making a video or give myself a deadline like its a day turn. It has still taken me a week to shoot, edit & now upload this monster. Finalizing a movie in iMovie takes time then you have to upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and it does NOT help when your kids literally unplug your computer during the upload! I know this is a shock to ya’ll but I do not have the virtue of patience and the little I do have goes to my little nuggets and hubby.

Sooooo, I really hope you all like it.

It’s just me in my dirty robe/ momiform with all my random & corny banter. I am nervous about putting myself out there because people are mean. On the flipside when I have been the most scared about my posts are when they are best received. I have been saying lots of prayers and trying to embrace my double chin.

There are about 12 products that I use in the video. Here are the links and photos to those products. You should be able to get them at Ulta, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, Amazon etc.

I am going to try and do more VLOGs but I really need you guys to share my stuff and follow me on social media.

Instagram

Facebook

Snapchat

Twitter

YouTube

Loreal Magic Lumi Primer

Loreal True Match Lumi Makeup

Loreal Original Voluminous Blackest Black Mascara

Loreal Super Slim Infallible Eyeliner Black

Loreal Brow Stylist Definer Brunette

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer Neutralizer

Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter glow/fair

 

ELF Concealer & Highlighter Fair/Glow

Victoria’s Secret Hello Bombshell Blush & Bronzer

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, Sunshine, 0.49 Fluid Ounce

Rimmel Natural Bronzer Sunshine

Maybelline 24K Nudes Eyeshadow

First Love

LipSense First Love
If you are interested in purchasing LipSense message me on Facebook, Instagram or comment below and I can order it for you.
As always thank you so much for reading and watching! I will have a new VLOG next week when I get my Botox done.
Hopefully this time my video
1) wont be 30 minutes long
2) wont take a year to upload
3) I will get better lighting
4) I will wear clothes.
XOXO
Just Happy Mommy

interactive with you

Friends, fellow mommies, readers, followers and fans I have been having soooo many creative ideas this past month. The thing is I have been so exhausted physically and emotionally that I have not put anything down or in motion.

We have had a rough start to this year with lots of illness and stress, but I am so ready and excited to get my ass in gear and deliver some amazing content to you!

Many of you know I deactivated my Facebook account just before the new year. Honestly it has been such a weight lifted off me. I am still obsessed with Instagram and I have become a serial Snapper on Snapchat.

Just Happy Mommy is so important to me.

I want it to succeed organically.
So if you like me & my writing please share it.
Follow me on Instagram and Snapchat. @justhappymommy

One of the things I have been doing at night after the boys go down, is researching other bloggers, influencers, etc on several social media platforms (Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.) I love you @kandeejohnson @jaclynhill https://youtu.be/TpoTD422u-c

I have realized I don’t have much interaction with my readers. I just throw my life out there and thankfully you like it. But I thought I would be fun to hear from ya’ll. I have so many things I want to share but my lack of confidence and energy gets the best of me. Plus I don’t want to disappoint or annoy you.

What would you like me to write about?

Would you like for me to do videos?

I was thinking of doing a video on what makeup I use along with a hair tutorial. I rarely wear makeup and I do NOT wear expensive products but I feel like I have a few tricks to share.

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Would you be interested in more food allergy posts?

Like what the hell do you eat if you can’t have wheat, oats, eggs, dairy and nuts? Have you tried the Beyoncé, apple cider vinegar drink?

More Funny posts?
Everyday something funny happens. I swear we never have a dull moment.

Raw, real & emotional posts?
The Struggles, the faith, the faltering and climbing up the stairs to happiness as we navigate this life called motherhood.

Did you like my 12 days of Christmas giveaways?

Do you like the email updates? What about text updates?

I love inspirational quotes and my sweet sissy is going to help me incorporate more into my posts.

I promise I will keep it 💯 and not turn into a total BB (basic bitch). I’m not going to change me.

Just like my girl crush Erika Jayne says, “How many F&@?$ do I give? None. Not one. Zero zero zero done.”

I know there 1,000’s of blogs to read I just hope you keep coming back to mine.

Thank you all so much for sticking with me through the past year! Cheers to Love, health & happiness! PLEASE comment, share and like my stuff 😘😘😘

Xoxo

Just happy mommy

Favorite Things PRIZE PACK Giveaway

I have announced the winners of my last 2 giveaways!!! CONGRATS & Thank you to all who entered.

So with 4 days left until Christmas I have 4 of my favorite things left to give away! Last but certainly NOT least:

ONE WINNER WILL WIN THIS AMAZING PRIZE PACK (Valued over $225)

Please like, share, comment, or follow me on social media to enter.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER

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$25 Gift Card from Old School Bagel Cafe1 Dozen assorted cookies from OK Cookie Momster

30 minute Mini photo Session with Beth Hawkins Video & Photography
$100 Dave & Busters Gift Card

THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY SUPPORTERS!!!
LOVE YOU ALL!!!
XOXO just happy mommy

 

Favorite Things Giveaway #2

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Up next in my Favorite Things 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is 2 hours of organizing from Checkmark Tulsa.

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I met Monika at a networking lunch several years ago and we immediately hit it off. She told me about Checkmark and my husband immediately purchased some organizing hours from her company.  They were on time, kind and super efficient. We decided to attack my pantry and our son’s closet. It was amazing and I know we all can use a little expert help organizing. Plus the Tulsa real estate market is on fire so you can also check out her staging and styling for your next listing.

Since then Checkmark has grown and specializes in staging, styling and organizing your home or space.  Monika is a wife & mother of 2 children, she knows how hard it is to achieve a successful work/life balance and enjoys helping others obtain that balance through creating more time, less stress and beautiful spaces in her clients’ lives. So you can see why Checkmark and Just Happy Mommy make the perfect fit!

 

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Giveaway Results!!!

Jenn Munsell is the winner of my first Just Happy Mommy Giveaway!!!

Congratulations! You win the $100 Gift Card from Luxe Furniture & Design and the $25 J. Cole Shoes Gift Card

WOOHOO!!! I am sooo excited. This whole giveaway process has been such a HUGE blessing to me. It has also been a BIG learning opportunity for me as well. With that said, I am thrilled to announce that I am going to continue with my Giveaways with:

Just Happy Mommy’s Favorite Things Giveaways 

Think Oprah & Ellen but on the smaller, shop local, Tulsa Metro style “Favorite Things.”

Since teaming up with my fabulous friends Jen Clark Kerckhoff with Resolute PR, Tamara & Chris Noel with Luxe Furniture & Design and J. Cole shoes. I am beyond pumped that Just Happy Mommy is going to be collaborating with more amazing, locally owned & operated businesses! I am teaming up with other business owners in the Tulsa Metro. SHOP SMALL 🙂

It is imperative to the success of our communities and to sustain the American dream. We have to support each other and I am so excited for the direction this blog has taken me. I have poured my heart out and shared my life with you in my posts and now I get to hook you up with some awesome swag!!! Thank you to everyone who has signed up. We had 57 entries for our first giveaway! Please be sure follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & SnapChat @justhappymommy

Stay Tuned for MORE GIVEAWAYS!!! You won’t want to miss these prizes!

Merry Christmas & Love you guys!
XOXO
Just Happy Mommy

If you are interested in doing a giveaway please email justhappymommy@gmail.com

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#givingtuesday

I wrote a post this time last year about Giving Tuesday. My husband and I visited our local homeless shelter with BIG hopes and aspirations to help out those struggling in our community. We have NOT been back since. We talked about it. Thought about it. Never acted on our plans to go back and volunteer. I feel so sad, guilty and ashamed for not following through. Unfortuneately I feel like I am not the only one. Maybe we do something once or twice a year to help out others. What kind of example am I setting? Well I am bound and determined to do more.

Teaching my boys that this time of year is not only about being thankful but also that it is about the spirit of giving. This morning my son took his teachers a couple of candles just to say thank you and I appreciate you.

This weekend we are going shopping with our friends to purchase toys for boys and girls their age and donate them to less fortunate kids. I am excited and anxious to see how he reacts and responds. I pray that he will feel the joy and excitement that comes with giving.

I have always been surrounded by very generous people. We are a part of a very caring and close group of friends in our community. Tulsa is a special place. We are a Big City with a Small Town culture. There are just 2/3 degrees of separation which I personally love and find very charming. I love living in Tulsa. It is so fun growing up and now seeing my friends with their kids. Now our kids are friends and we go to each others kids birthday parties and celebrate baptisms and holidays together. Another very unique and special thing that I take pride in is that we support each other. We genuinely want each other to succeed and we feel happy when they do.

Several of us own our own businesses. After Thanksgiving we have Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now today Giving Tuesday. Some of my longtime friends own a beautiful, professional and classy home furnishing & design company. Luxe Furniture & Design is owned and opperated by Chris & Tamara Noel. We grew up together. We played tennis together and graduated from the same high school and now we both have 2 little boys. We share the ups & downs, excitement & stress of being parents and owning your own business. Tamara is not only a wonderful mother but she works tirelessly to provide the best quality and service to Tulsan’s looking for the best in fine furniture & design.  My hubs and I recently went to their stunning showroom and if you haven’t been you must go check it out. Their expertise on custom interiors is quite impressive, not to mention the amazing selection of fabrics and choices.

Luxe is located at 9922 Riverside Parkway in Tulsa. And earlier this month they hosted a local bloggers event. Their enthusiasm about the holidays was contagious. And since today is #givingtuesday I thought it would be the perfect day to do my first official #justhappymommy #giveaway.  ENTER TO WIN  just sign up to follow my blog. It is EASY just look for my popup to get updates on my posts and I am going to “pick” a winner this week!

I am so excited to GIVEAWAY a $100 Giftcard to Luxe Furniture & Design.

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Also included in this GIVEAWAY is a $25 Giftcard to J. Cole Shoes!!! They have some of the BEST shoes in town! Also be sure to follow them on Instagram

With ONLY 25 shopping days left before Christmas these Giftcards would be a great place to start or finish getting gifts! They both have fun, fashionable and festive array of gifts for everyone on your list. Besides the obvious gorgeous furniture & home decor they have my favorite candle and hand cream; Volcano by Capri. It is the perfect gift for any teacher, co-worker or for your home.

The spirit of giving is contagious. I am already feeling more inspired. Making someone smile and get “all the feels” is what Christmas time is all about. Good Luck in my first Giveaway. I have another one coming up soon!

XOXO

Just Happy Mommy

Last Minute, Easy, DIY Halloween Costumes

Last Minute, Easy, DIY Halloween Costumes
LIVE on NBC Midday News

https://youtu.be/NaXpB-VZLd4

It’s 5pm on Halloween! Still need an idea for a costume! Click the link above to see my Last Minute, Easy, DIY Halloween Costume ideas!
Also don’t forget about the Teal Pumpkin Project!!! Keep our kids safe!!

http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.WBe9EoY8KaM

I’m a mouse 🐭 duh 🙄

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Xoxo

Happy Halloween 👻

Just Happy Mommy

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back to Just Happy Mommy!

I am so excited to unveil my new website! After a couple of months of not posting and several meetings with our amazing website and marketing friend Chance Hawkins. Our labor of love is now delievered to my loving fans and readers!

Thank you to my husband who invested in my blog and believes in me. I would have quit if it were not for his love and support. Spending more time together and really being there for one another has brought us closer than ever.

So since I always promise to keep it real, many of you are probably wondering why I took a little break and didn’t post for 2 months. Well there are a lot of reasons and a lot of excuses, all of which are very real and personal. I also did not want to post half ass work. I wanted it to be good and meaninful. I decided not to just throw some junk up because my calendar said so.

The saddest and most heartbreaking reason I stopped writing because we have been dealing with so many health issues in my family. Both of our sons have been sick this past month but even more so it has been the daily struggle of seeing my sister in pain and wanting her to get better. Also my 93 year old grandmother has had 2 of 3 surgeries on her heart and is having her aortic valve replaced tomorrow. (Prayers and positive vibes always appreicated) The fear, anxiety and stress that it causes our the entire family as been imense. When you have a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse or child that is sick, your entire life stops. My mom always says “Life gets in the way when you are busy making plans.” Well isnt that the truth for my amazingly strong family?! We are all blessed in so many ways and we have faith in God and trust in his plan. For me tho it was almost too much to share at the time. I was struggling with my depression and although I felt the need to share, I was exhausted and unsure.

After some soul searching, prayer and getting my sexy back I feel confident to share with you all. We all have shit going on. My stuff is not more important than anyone elses. I just know that in my past posts it has connected me with other people to let them know its ok. Life sucks sometimes. It is ok to not always feel #blessed. I am stronger today than I ever thought I would be. I am being tested and even though I feel like I will break, I just bend a little more and look at my babies sweet sleeping faces and know it is all worth it to be with them.

I have explained that fear and anxiety are my cryptonite. Once you let them creep in they can take over not only your mind but your body and paralyze you. To people who suffer or know someone who suffers from depression or anxiety it is real and it sucks. Thankfully I surround myself with people who know me inside and out and reassure me that I am kicking ass at life. We all need a cheerleader. Even my cheerleaders need a cheerleader. Being genuine and asking how someone is doing can make a difference. Checking on someone, sending a gift, text or even making a call to someone can turn things around.

The second reason I took a break stems from this fear and anxiety. My husaband and I have recently become estranged from his dad and stepmom. Back in July I wrote a blog about Racism and how it affected my family.

http://justhappymommy.com/2016/07/08/how-do-we-teach-our-children-about-racism-today/

Unfortuately 4 sentences in this post upset someone. I stated in my first blog post ever that I promised to offend someone. I know that by writing a blog you will always have people that disagree with you. Never in my dreams did I think that it would be someone who shared my last name and tear my family apart. I am actually shaking writing this to you. I will be sharing these details in a later post.

The first ammendment right to freedom of speech is one that I hold dear. If you do NOT like my blog do NOT read it. Simple. Done. But for those of you that enjoy my writing this incident has now fueled me to continue to share. I am reminded daily rthat the journey of life and motherhood is never easy but we have to remember to be true to ourselves, shake them haters off and be JUST HAPPY!

I am so excited to share with you!

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Here are just a few things I am working on! Be sure to tune in!

justhappymommy600EASY DIY Halloween Costumes LIVE on NBC KJRH Wednesday October 26 @ 11am

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2x’s the Birthday party fun (with a speical giveaway!)
Our Food Allergy Journey Update
Isn’t It Ironic 368 days ago
Hair VLOG tutorial
XOXO

Just Happy Mommy

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