The Destiny I Have Planned For Myself

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 year? Next year? Who gets questions like these frequently?

Growing up, I was always taught to have goals and a future planned for myself. As an adult, I have carried that with me. I al7ways have goals and future boards set to remind myself where I want to be. When it comes down to it, we are in control of how our lives turn out. I am a firm believer, despite my luck lately, in only getting what you put into things.

All of that being said, I am going to dive in and share with you where I would like to see my life over different spans of time. In a blog coming up, I will share some of my goals that I plan to use to execute these visions.

One Year

This year is a big year for me. Not only am I aging (way too quickly), this is my first year ONLY blogging for income. This year, I see my blog doubling in views and followers. I see my content connecting with more and more people and broadening as I travel and cook more.

On the home front, by this time next year, I see my student loans paid down, the kids accelerating in sports and our schedules calming down as our custody case comes to a close. Our back yard will be completely landscaped and we will have replaced the entire fencing on our 1/2 acre lot. Even more exciting? We will have a puppy and one new kitten by this time next year.

And lastly, Payton will be Captain. 

Five Years

You guys, in 5 years, I will be turning 40. That is right, 40! It is hard to imagine that I am this old. I will have an almost 17 year old daughter and my boys will be almost 15, 13, 11 and 7. How crazy that is to think of!

I see everyone excelling in sports and academics and picking out colleges for Makenzee. Having older kids means Payton and I will be able to travel more. By this time, we are building a new home on our dream lot. This lot has enough room for a couple of horses and cattle to raise (and eat). We now have 2 dogs and no other pets. Keegan is excelling in school and we have successfully found more ways to cope with his autism as he has grown.

I am still blogging. I assume by this time, Instagram Influencing will be more of a thing of the past. By this time, I have completed my book (surprised? I know I haven’t shared that goal). I haven’t had Botox, but my skin is still good due to care. I have gotten my autoimmune disease under control and no longer suffer from hives. Payton and I are possibly married at this point (that is more of a financial decision than a necessary vision). We are all very happy.

Ten Years

Lets talk ages then! I will be turning 45. My kids will be almost 22, 20, 18, 16 and 12. If that isn’t an eye opener at how fast time goes, I am not sure what is.

By this time, we have traveled to several different countries (even Greece). We still live the the home we built, but are selling it because the kids are moving out and we don’t need as much space AND we are getting old, we don’t want to maintain such a large home on our own. We have decided to builder a smaller cabin style home for ourselves and the 2 kids left at home. Caleb and Connor are still in college and Makenzee is graduating this year.

Payton and I have paid off most of our debt by now and have started a foundation to raise awareness and help for women dealing with men who have manipulated the court systems.

At this point, Payton is closer to retirement (it is much younger for fire fighters) and we are planning our life after retirement. I am not that far yet, it depends so much on how the next few years pan out.

Have you sat down and thought about where you want your life to be? I always love reading other people’s perspectives and life plans! Reach out and share yours with me if you have it typed out, I would love to read it.

– Laura

My List Of Must Watch Netflix Orginal Shows

 Let’s face it, if you don’t watch Netflix, you must be living under a rock. I  mean who doesn’t have a Netflix subscription? But what do you do when you finish your favorite series? Time to find a new one, trust me there are plenty to pick from.

Once I had caught up on all of my favorite TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, Walking Dead), it was time to pick something new. I don’t know about anyone else, but I NEVER know what to watch, literally. I always want to find something really good, but read titles and can’t find something. When Netflix started making their own shows and movies, it broadened the to watch door so much, but now settling on something is even more difficult!

I decided to go through and compile a list of my FAVORITE Netflix Original shows! I watched tons, and tons of only originals to pick only my top FIVE favorites Netflix Originals! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

1. You

There was so much hype around this show, it took me awhile to buckle to watching a “fad” show. Boy was I missing out! This show will keep you drawn in and watching, never knowing what plot twist they will throw your way! This is by far my favorite Netflix Original Series to date.

Joe is the best kind of creepy, am I right? LOL. His “innocent” crushes and “sweet” behaviors will have you questioning every relationship you have ever had.

2. Stranger Things

When season 1 ended, I didn’t think Netflix could top it. Ha, joke was on me. If you are one of the few out there who has yet to check out this Netflix Original, I suggest you change that as quickly as possible! Trust me on this, it is great, my older kids love it too!

Eleven may not be what we are used to watching, but definitely holds our interest throughout the entire show!

3. Mindhunter

As a Virgo who is highly detail oriented, I couldn’t resist watching this. Netflix deserves a round of applause, because Mindhunter was amazingly written with detail lovers in mind while keeping twists and reveals at a maximum.

This one is based on a true story, so keep that in mind when watching!
4. The Witcher

With a Game Of Thrones original vibe, this is one you do not want to miss. From Episode 1 of this Netflix Original, I was hooked. When I first say it listed, I had expected The Witcher to be a “knock off” GOT. WRONG. The casting was excellent and the story was great, but you knew that from the books already, right?

5.  The Crown

I love movies and shows that are about this era, Queen Elizabeth II. Netflix didn’t pull back at all on this one with a huge budget, the cast, wardrobe and effects are amazing. For anyone who loves this era, it is a must watch Netflix original!

I could go on and on and on. Netflix and their originals have only continues to get better and better, but these are my favorite 5 at this point in time.

Happy watching my friends!

-Laura

Manscaped For Your Man Is The Perfect Gift

*The items in the blog were gifted to me. All thoughts and opinions are my own*


Who struggles to find the perfect gift for that special guy in your life? I HATE Christmas, holiday, any type of shopping for Payton. I never know what he actually wants so I have tried to turn gift giving into something fun. I try to gift each small, funny gifts and experiences since we really both have everything that we need. We are lucky. 


When I heard about MANSCAPED, I knew it would be the perfect gift for Payton! When my package came in, it did not disappoint! Not only were all the products perfect, the humor is on point. Payton and I have the best sense of humor together and love laughs.

By now, I am sure you are asking yourself, “What the heck IS MANSCAPED?!” MANSCAPEDis the #1 men’s below the belt grooming company out there! They have carefully created the right tools for the delicate job of keeping the “family jewels” look, smell and feel, fresh, healthy and clean. Thank goodness, right?!




Now let’s talk about what the sent us. We received what is called the “Perfect Package” (package, get it…hehe). It is jam packed with all sorts of goodies!




 The first item is the Lawn Mower 2.0. I’m sure you have the right idea for what this is and where you use it! The Lawn Mower 2.0 is a groin and body groomer with anti-nick SkinSafe™technology. The anti-nick technology prevents hair tugs, cuts and skin pulls on delicate man areas. I obviously can’t relate, but am sure this is a huge relief for any guy out there. This product was reviewed and raved about on Shark Tank as well. 


Next up, is Manscaped’s anti-chafing Crop Preserver ball deodorant. I am sure the man in your life uses deodorant on his armpits, but what about down there? Crop Preserver provides your man with up to 24 hours of Active pH Control, big must for Payton since fire fighting gets a bit hot at times. It hydrates while keeping him sweat-free, and funk free. I love that it is vegan and cruelty-free and contains no dyes, sulfates or parabens.




As if that isn’t enough to give us some giggles and him some grooming reassurance, our Perfect Package included more! Ball Toner, did you know that was even a thing? Just a few sprays, keeps him fresh and invigorated up to 24 hours. The Ball Toner is also vegan and cruelty free, containing no dyes, sulfates or parabens.




Last but not last, it includes packaging. Packaging for your man and for all his new goodies! Anti-chafing performance boxer briefs will have him living in luxury. Make sure to buy a few pairs because they will quickly become his favorite underwear! To go with that, the Perfect Package comes with a leather carry case for everything! It is perfect in size and SO dang soft. This makes it easy for travel and storage.

Join the Manscaped Movement and get 20% off + free shipping with the code “MOMOF5” at Manscape

Enjoy!!

-Laura

Personalized Holiday Cards With Basic Invite

*This is sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Sometimes it feels as though a sentimental gesture, such as Christmas cards, is becoming a thing of the past. Growing up, my mom handwrote Christmas cards and includes a year’s worth of notable updates in them. So many times, I say I will do the same, but I allow life to get in the way. 

Finding Basic Invite has been my answer to conveniently being able to create and send personalized cards no matter the time of year! Specifically, this time of year, Christmas cards with photographs are easily creatable. Invitations, birthday cards, announcements, holiday and business cards are all customizable in one easy place. On top of that? There are so many options to pick from! Christmas cards with photographs are the perfect way for me to send a special communication with my family and friends near and far.

If you could pick any color what would it be? No really. Basic Invite has over 180 colors to pick from. Would you go basic Christmas colors or unique colors? It is the perfect way to make sure your card is EXACTLY how YOU want it and really sets Basic Invite apart from other online stationary companies. You additionally have the option of adding foil to your card in gold, silver and rose gold, raised or flat.

I always worry that my cards will not turn out the way I had envisioned them. What do you do what you have 50, 100 or even 200 Christmas cards that you don’t like and really don’t want to send out because let’s face it, that is a real possibility. It happened to me a few years ago so the cards sat in a drawer and never left my house. Basic Invite allows you to print a sample and make sure it is exactly what you want. This is such a huge selling point for me in making my holiday photo cards 2019 absolutely perfect.

Once you create the perfect Christmas card with photographsor christmas party invitation, you want to make sure the packaging is exactly how you want it. Luckily, Basic Invite has you covered. With over 40 different envelope colors to pick from, your christmas party invitation ideaand holiday photo cards 2019will have the perfect finishing touch and presentation.

Making sure your recipients receive their cards or invitation is so simple using Basic Invite. Basic Invite offers an address capturing service which allows you to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request your friends and family’s addresses. What is better is the addresses are stored in your account and can be easily selected anytime. So, taking away the hassle of stamping and labeling your own envelopes ups the convenience factor times a million, in my book!

So now as yourself why haven’t you created any holiday photo cards 2019?

With Christmas and New Years around the corner, the biggest challenge I have now is picking a design and the perfect picture. With so many beautiful options, I want them all, how many Christmas cards with photographs are acceptable to send in one year?

Right now, Basic Invite is offering 15% with coupon code: 15FF51

RUNNNNNN, there is still time to get your holiday photo cards 2019 ordered!

-Laura

Nano Well Beings – The Intelligent Wellness App

* This is a sponsored post by Nano. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Nano Premium Quarterly Box

Let’s take a moment to talk health. It is without a doubt, what we live by. Unhealthy lifestyles lead to shorter lifespan, worse quality of life and can inevitably be handed down to our children. If you had the opportunity to take more control of sharing your health information and taking charge over it, wouldn’t you?

I think the answer is simple, YES! In comes Nano Wellness App! We are anxiously awaiting the release, but in the meantime, why don’t we talk about what it is all about! Nano App is an intelligent health an well-being network designed to support you and those you care for! Here is some ways it accomplishes that:

  • It is not just an app, but a community –
    • With Well-Beings, you are able to join groups tailored to the issues that matter with you and connect with others! For me this will come in so handy for my hive and autoimmune issues!
  • Trustworthy resources tailored to you!
    •  Ever curious about topic affecting your personal health and wellness? Let them take care of the research for you!
  • Family history –
    • Ever wonder what it all means and how it affects your health or future health? You can easily create your own Nano (shareable snapshot) that you can share with other family members and doctors. 
  • Health Profile –
    • Your personal health information that can be securely stored! Keep doctors records, test results, you name it, all in one secure place! (SO NEEDED FOR ME) Even manage your entire family!
  • Personalized health –
    • Specific recommendations for your personalized health, interest and goals.  
  • So Much More!!!
Sign up here for early access to the Nano Wellness App!
What does Nano Premium included? A Quarterly Nano Well-Being box! It includes the best products to support your health and wellness! 
Take a look at what my box included!!

Head over to the Nano site and sign up now!!
-Laura

How Your Super Has Helped My Life

*This is a sponsored post by Your Super. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

As you may or may not know, I recently started the Your Super Fitness Bundle. It includes Energy Bomb, Skinny Protein and Muscle Power superfoods. I am always a bit skeptical trying new proteins so I was nervous, but excited going into it! 
When I initially started researching Your Super, I knew it was something I really wanted to try out. Protein for one, is such an important part of my diet and after recent research, I have found how important it is for not only muscle regrowth, but overall body health. I wanted to try the Your Super line specifically because of it being one of the few brands that is 100% transparent in what is in their products. I have found so many things in general contain things I can’t even pronounce! Your Super products are certified organic, non GMO, gluten free, 100% plant based, no additives, dairy free, soy free, and contain no sweeteners. AND for every mix sold, they donate one packet of life-saving food to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition through a partnership with Action Against Hunger. 
A huge deciding factor for me in partnering with Your Super, was reading about how their superfood powders are harvested and created. All of the ingredients are tested by third party labs to ensure they are of the highest quality.
The process is as follows:
1. Ingredients are sourced by local farmers
2. Everything is grown 100% certified organic and GMO free
3. All products are harvested with sustainability and love
4. Then they are tested right away for heavy metals, pesticides and microbiology
5. Next, it is naturally dried or freeze dried to preserve nutrients
6. And then, all ingredients are milled softly into powders before being sent to Your Super
7. They are all 3rd party lab tested to ensure quality
8. Powders are then mixed together then filled into recyclable cans
Since you are likely reading this because you follow me, you know that I had a hip replacement in April and was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease, Hoshimoto’s. A key factor in all of this is regulating what I put into my body. Your Super checked off everything I was looking for in a superfood addition to my diet. 
Now that you know why I picked Your Super, let me tell you about how the superfoods I tried, worked for me. I am not one to go out of my way to get my nutrients. I don’t come up with super cool recipes or bake cookies with protein in them. I mixed mine in smoothies and almond/coconut milk. I am not sure why I prefer this, but I do. I love coconut/almond milk for my on the go mixes. All 3 (Energy Bomb, Skinny Protein and Muscle Power) mixed so well these ways which was a huge win for me. 
The one I noticed right away was Energy Bomb. It gave me the boost I needed to get through the day without a crash or jitters. I tend to be super sensitive to any type of energy drinks so I always get nervous trying anything that reads energy. Energy Bomb contains only 5 ingredients – Acai, Guarana, Maca, Lucuma and Banana Powder. I absolutely love it!


With Muscle Power and Skinny Protein, it took a bit of time to completely feel it working. Within a week, I felt a pretty big difference in the way I was feeling. Sore post workout muscles were not sore as long, healing in my hip was definitely feeling much better. My overall feeling of well being started changing.
Skinny Protein contains 5 ingredients, 2 protons and 3 green superfoods – Hemp Protein, Pea Protein, Moringa, Spirulina and Alfalfa. It contains all essential amino acids and only 1.4 carbs per serving! What is not to love?


Let me tell you a bit about the Muscle Power. It contains 2 proteins and 3 energizing superfoods (no sweeteners). This is perfectly formulated to help build lean muscles. The superfoods contain Vitamin C, B6, Iron, Niacin and Copper as well as all essential amino acids.


I am now almost a month in and am actually able to work out daily without being sore in my hip for a few days. I am feeling GOOD! You guys, it has been MONTHS since I have felt good. Months since I felt like a normal person. I have healthy energy, healthy body healing and am happier in all because of this! I am so pleased with the Your Super Fitness Bundle, I absolutely plan on trying the other superfood options! Next on my list is the Super Green Mix and Forever Beautiful Mix.
Tell me which one you want to try! Tag me on Instagram when you do!
-Laura

Why I love my Cate & Chloe earrings

*This is sponsored post for Cate & Chloe. All thoughts and opinions are my own*




I can’t be the only woman out there who has a hard time finding a quality pair of earrings that isn’t too expensive. From the moment I discovered Cate &Chloe, I knew their jewelry was something special. They have so many beautiful options, it can be difficult to select one. 

As soon as I saw the Ivy “Faithful” 18k Gold Princess Cut CZ Crystal Halo Drop Earrings, I knew they were perfect for me. I have never been the type to like too over the top jewelry or too boring jewelry. The Ivy earrings are so perfect for any occasion! I can wear theme casually during the day or dress them up for a special occasion. 





The wonderful thing about these Cate & Chloe earrings is the quality. My Ivy earrings come in the option of 18k White Gold, 18k Rose Gold, 18k Yellow Gold, Black Rhodium Plating. The stones are all AAA grade CZ stones and shine absolutely beautifully. The detail in these earrings are absolutely amazing and you can see how wonderfully they are made. 





I have never been one to wear earrings around on a casual day, but the Ivy earrings were perfect with a nice shirt and jeans. I got so many compliments. When I was younger, I frequently wore heavy earrings on nights out so my hole drags down a bit (please tell me I am not the only one lol). I LOVE that my new Ivy earrings are not too heavy. They put no additional stretching to the current piercing. 

All in all, it is safe to say that this will not be the last piece of Cate & Chloe jewelry added to my options! I have already been checking out their sets page and necklaces! I can’t believe all of the gorgeous options I have to pick from! They even offer a jewelry subscription box! How perfect for yourself or even a gift for someone!


Be sure to check out the Cate & Chloe website for yourself! Tag my in your favorite pieces! I am dying to know what all of your favorite earrings are!

-Laura