Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Working Together {Words for my Wednesday}

I know I've been MIA on the blog this week, but it's for good reason. I've been hard at work with the kiddos, working on a special project. Yesterday we finished up a custom order. It was a lot of hard work (with a deadline to meet), and I'm sure it wasn't how my kids thought they would be spending their Spring Break. But we were working together the entire time and got it done that way - together.

Sometimes working together is a real challenge, because we all know that siblings fight, right? I am really proud of my kids for working so well together for five days straight, even hours at a time. Sure, there were times when voices were raised, mistakes were made and the glaring eyes were darting everywhere, trying to place blame for extra work created. We encountered a couple of setbacks (running out of one major supply needed to finish the job and having its replacement be not quite as easy to work with; not having the right flat rate shipping box needed), causing us to really scramble at the end, watching the clock tick tock the minutes away.

These kids learned about working when you don't want to, waking up early when you want to sleep in, having a deadline to meet, and looking forward to your 30 minute breaks! They also re-learned the fact that you can get more done by working together as a team and getting along with each other. It slows you down when you don't. They cheered when they finished each step of the process. We had a mini-assembly line set up in our living room, with each person having a job. (I might post some photos in the near future, so stay tuned!)

Today, my kids got to ride along with me to the post office and drop off this package, knowing that they put hard work, effort & time into this order and that it's going somewhere special, where people will get to see what we do as a family: 

Work. Together. As a team. Because that's how WE roll!

Do you like working in a team?

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Instagram Not Working

Since instagram is not working right now (Saturday morning), I thought I'd go ahead and share what I was going to post there, here. =0) I'm sure the blackout is temporary, and I can't wait until it's fixed!

Instagram was recently found as the most popular social media platform for teens and young adults in an article by The Huffington Post. I still like twitter the best. Yep, twitter is my #1.

Yellow is the color of happiness. 

It's a beautiful day here in California, full of sunshine already. And here's something yellow for you. Be happy! Have a great Saturday.

I was never a real facebook groupie. Although, I have been spending a little bit more time there recently (mostly because I'm managing fan pages, though). But I do love IG. Twitter and IG are the only apps that I have on my iPhone, even as much as I do like Google Plus: Just because I have a mobile phone doesn't mean that I'm making everything mobile with me.

So, what is YOUR most favorite social networking site? Let's have a poll! 
Vote on the right hand sidebar, near the top. Poll closes on April 30th, at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time. 

Leave a comment here letting me know you voted (and what you voted for)! Be sure to include your email address, in case you win.
I'll be picking a winner via to win a one-month ad space here on my blog. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Week in Review {via Instagram}

With taxes being due next week (yes, I've been a procrastinator) and a busy week this week (College Info & Parents of Juniors night at the high school, Open House at the elementary school & a multicultural performance to attend), I need to get moving on my number crunching! So today, I share some Life Lately photos via Instagram, our week in review. 

Remember #weekbackup? I kind of miss those #weekbackup posts I used to do with my fave twins, Noor and Areeba. The twins are on blog break, because they're hard at work studying (hit those books, ladies!), but they'll soon be back in the blogosphere, I'm sure.

So, here we go...This is what our week looked like in photos.

Last weekend we went out for some Frozen Yogurt. We hadn't done this in a really long time. I had mine with mochi. Love this stuff! So much. Don't know what mochi is? It's a Japanese rice cake dessert. My kids love it. I love it. They like the ice cream mochi variety too, which is like little ice cream mochi-covered balls. My favorite flavor of those is mango. But my favorite is the multi-colored mochi as shown above on top of my FroYo. It's small. Just the right tiny-bite-sized pieces. Especially on top of frozen yogurt. I think we first had mochi at a sushi place. I can't really remember, now that I try and think of it.

My daughter went to the nail salon for the first time ever this week. The lady did them a little bit too long for her, but they turned out looking pretty good. Then my daughter needed to have them painted green and gold (more on the reason behind the color combo to come in a future post). She went in wanting sparkle gold tips, but she came out with gold polka dots? Ultimately, she wasn't too impressed by the nail place. I think she prefers DIY. 

I love guacamole! Nevermind that I'm slightly allergic to avocados. I suffer through it sometimes, because - well, it's just SO worth it. I made a ton of it earlier this week (even gave some away to neighbors). All fresh, organic ingredients...It was really tasty. Do you like guacamole?

My daughter's school had a College Info & Parents of Juniors night. They had a few college representatives come and speak about options for higher education (Community Colleges, California State Universities, and University of California schools). After that, they discussed senior activities, and even graduation! It was a little bit of an eye-opener for me, making me realize that my baby will be going to college soon. Yikes! I'm just not ready for that! Let's change the subject already.

Baby Girl got some brand new purple flip flops this week and couldn't wait to wear them! They're her new favorite thing. She finally put her rubber rain boots on the shelf (didn't even rain that much, but she was wearing them quite often for the past few days - before she got these cool purple flip flops, that is). She is such a girly girl. Loves shoes, nail polish, and all things princess.

I didn't snap any shots of the Open House, but that was awesome too. Open House is always a fun time, because it's always great to see how much the kids have grown over the school year. My youngest son, for example, loves writing - and even some reading now. It's amazing, because at the start of the year (and for the past two years of schooling he's had), he didn't like reading more than three sentences at a time! I'm being serious. Open House is an opportunity to see all the hard work the kids have done, and the hard work and dedication that the teachers have endured too. 

So how was your week? Tell me all about it!
Hhhmmm...for being a "quick" post, this turned out be a little lengthy! Yeah, did I mention it was a busy week? 
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have an awesome weekend!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

G+ Growing Circles Hop #13

Welcome to the Google Plus Growing Circles Hop, where we network and share content.

Interested in Co-Hosting?

Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.

If you want to be notified the next time the Hop starts, give us your email below and we will send you a quick notification the next time it goes live.

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