Yep, I’m 42 and I still take hip hop dance classes

Yep, I’m 42 and I still take hip hop dance classes

Some say age is just a number, some say you should follow your dreams. So, yes you could say I live by both those statements. Tomorrow I will be getting ready to go on stage at a dance studio recital. While most moms will be watching their daughters on stage, I will be dancing with mine. Lucky for me she is still at an age where it’s cool to have your mom with you.

me-and-ellaI got into dancing at a later stage in life, my first dance class wasn’t until college. But ever since then I have caught the dance bug. Oddly enough, I was never in a show in college. So besides winter guard in high school I had never performed a dance on a stage until years later while attending ballet classes at a community park district while four months pregnant. After the birth of my first and then second child, I gave up dancing. After of few years of giving myself to my children, I started realized I was missing me, something that defined me and made me happy. So I started searching for another class, the only adult class I could find was a hip hop class. Hmmm, hip-hop, I never even gave it a thought before, I only took jazz or ballet. Before I knew it, I was enrolled and trying it out. At first I really didn’t like it, it was so different than the classes I took before. In ballet and jazz, your feet, arms, etc. all have specific places to be but in hip hop it’s about attitude and feeling the music fully.Continue Reading

5 Steps to Building a Do-It-Yourself Butcher Block Bathroom Vanity

5 Steps to Building a Do-It-Yourself Butcher Block Bathroom Vanity

This is a guest post by Dane O’Leary from Beneath My Heart The bathroom is one of the most popular, fun places to redesign and revamp, perhaps second only to the kitchen, which is the inspiration for this do-it-yourself tutorial. There are more ways to do a bathroom vanity than you can count; the materials,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

My life living with EoE

My life living with EoE

What is EoE you may ask, well the official name is Eosinophilic esophagitis and don’t ask me to pronounce it because I can’t. I usually have my sister say it for me and let me just say it sucks! It’s confusing and interferes with life at the worst times. I was diagnosed about six yearsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Raising Celiac

Raising Celiac

Guest Post: This is a post by my sister, Andrea. She has child that was diagnosed with celiac a few years ago. Yep I guess you could say it runs in the family Two years ago today I earned yet another badge on my mommy sash to go next to my allergy/asthma mom badge. IContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Dear Mom to a child with Down syndrome – and surprise

Dear Mom to a child with Down syndrome – and surprise

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve gotten together with a group of bloggers to bring you a giveaway and blog hop that we are hoping will bless your socks off! We not only hope to bless several moms with some pretty awesome giveaway prizes, but we also hope to bless many moreContinue ReadingContinue Reading

How to get rid of ants the non-toxic way!

How to get rid of ants the non-toxic way!

It’s spring! And I know this not because of the tulips starting to poke through or the trees starting to blossom. Nope, I know this because I have ANTS! Those pesky little black things that find the tiniest of holes to invade my kitchen and just creep me out. In years past we have usedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2015 – Bonus Win Passes!

Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo 2015 – Bonus Win Passes!

Woohoo the 2015 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo is almost here! Last year was the second year that I attend this awesome event. It’s basically a candy land for someone like me. Just about every booth there had “Jen Safe” food. I enjoyed so many yummy items and I can’t wait to go again! It also grew byContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Homemade Laundry Detergent Tabs with Essential Oils

Homemade Laundry Detergent Tabs with Essential Oils

Making homemade laundry detergent tabs has been on my list for a long time! I’m not sure why I was so scared of making this homemade product. I guess I was always so afraid it was going to be so hard to make and cost a lot in supplies… but oh my was I wrong.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Homemade Lavendar Body Scrub

Homemade Lavendar Body Scrub

Lately I have been so into scrubs! Homemade and some bought ones. I’ve really always been more of a ‘Tomboy’ than a ‘Girly Girl’ but I will tell you ever since I have gotten into scrubs my skin has never felt so soft or alive. I have fallen in love with some of the organicContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Cancer the illness we are all facing

Cancer the illness we are all facing

The statics are growing each day, cancer is getting more and more popular. I myself am expecting to be diagnosed with it in the upcoming years. My father died from it, my grandmother died from it, my aunt has fought breast cancer, so pretty much everyone on my dad’s side of the family has had it.Continue ReadingContinue Reading