Strep Throat Saga

This week cabin fever has struck more times than once. Monday started off with bang.

Little dude started off complaining of feeling like he was going to throw up and by that afternoon he was running a fever. Every hour after that his temperature kept rising.

I started rotating Tylenol & Motrin and put him in a lukewarm bath with some epsom salts to hopefully bring the fever down. No such luck.  Continue reading

To : It Wasn’t Me

To : It Wasn’t Me

From : One peeved Mama

I hear your name at least 50 times a week. 100 on a bad week.

I ask my children who didn’t flush the toilet…it wasn’t me.

I ask my children who spilled the cereal in the pantry & let the dog get ahold of it…it wasn’t me.

I ask my children who didn’t clean up the mess from using the Xbox…it wasn’t me.

I ask my children who left a cup of milk in their room for weeks…it wasn’t me.

I ask my children who spilled an entire water bottle in my van on the carpet & it smells like something has died..it wasn’t me.  Continue reading

How I Can Pay Off Medical Bills While Being A SAHM

 

How I Can Pay Off Medical Bills While Being A SAHM

As you all know there are tons and tons of scams on the internet promising you all the money in the world just working from home. You can fall victim to it very easily if you don’t do your research.

A couple of months back I read a post on Pinterest and it really motivated me to become a working SAHM. I can still be home, base my work around the kid’s school schedule and be able to take care of them during their breaks, when they get sick etc.

I researched for weeks and weeks. After I would pin something on Pinterest about working at home and the company that offered work, I would write it all down, and then research each company before I signed up for anything.  Continue reading

Why I enjoy blogging (the second time around)

When I first became Glam Without Gluten in 2012, my entire blog was related to celiac disease. I often put too much pressure on myself with every social media outlet I had, which lead to a burn out and I walked away from it all. I didn’t need to justify my reasons to anyone but myself. It just simply wasn’t making me happy anymore.

This time around it’s totally different. One night I thought you know what why not start blogging again. But with a new approach :

  • I won’t limit myself to just talking about my chronic illnesses. I limited myself with my previous blog only talking about Celiac Disease. There’s more to me than being gluten-free.
  • I won’t put pressure on myself to have so many blog posts in a week or a month for that matter. If I have an idea, great. If not, no sleep lost.
  • I will blog about all aspects of my life. I refuse to let Celiac define me and quite frankly I didn’t want to be a Celiac advocate again.
  • If it no longer becomes fun, then I leave it. That simple.
  • Only work on my blog when the kids are at school or doing homework. Never work on it at night, my mind is mush at that time anyway.
  • Don’t beat myself up if I don’t have any blog post ideas. It happens. Life doesn’t mean it’s ending because of it.
  • Just be me. Write in the moment.

Small simple little things this time around. I am in no competition with anyone, and I wasn’t before. This approach has made it much more enjoyable for myself. I’ve actually found it quite therapeutic on my bad days.

If you blog why did you get started? What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Chrissy

 

 

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3 kids. 1 Mom.

Do you Mama’s sometimes feel out numbered? In my house it’s 3:1 and I swear they know this so they push me just a bit farther than if my Husband was home.

I can never please all 3 of them or hell one of them for that matter. But I do have 3 kids in three different age groups and stages.

The 13-year-old girl : 7 more years (I can do this)

The 9-year-old girl : help me the hormones are raging!!!!

The 6-year-old boy :He’s more emotional than the two girls put together. (How is this even possible?!?) Continue reading

Mom Therapy

Yesterday my girlfriend and I went out for a day of retail therapy/Mom’s day out. It was much-needed on both our ends. She has a 4 month old at home and hasn’t been out with friends since her baby was born and I just had one of those weeks where everything just didn’t go right. Both of us said screw it let’s just leave and get out of the county!

As I have mentioned before Mom guilt can get you bad. Yesterday we both left it at the door in order for us to have a great day together. We said this is OUR day!!  Continue reading

Expectation Vs. Reality Of A Viral Video

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Screenshot taken by Glam Without Gluten via Facebook

Last November I had a video that went viral. It was the most unusual experience of my life to say the least. One night several friends & family texted both my Husband and I saying that my video was all over Facebook. I was confused because I had put the video up 2 years before and had no idea why then it went viral. I still to this day don’t understand how a viral video happens. It just does. Then the next thing you know Nicki Minaj is posting it on her Facebook page and you fall out of your chair when you see that because it is a very surreal experience.

Here are some things of expectations vs. reality of a viral video :

  • Ellen doesn’t automatically call you. Neither does local or national news stations.
  • You will not be recognized in public. We have been to Universal, Disney and Sea World since our video has gone viral, and not one person has looked at us and has said “OMG, you guys are the one with the viral video”.
  • Your family has no idea what a viral video means and will tell you that you won’t get your 15 minutes of fame. For the record, I never wanted my 15 minutes of fame, that’s not who I am.
  • People think you will make tons of money from one viral video. I’m not Jenna Marbles. I don’t have 15 million subscribers on my channel and don’t make videos weekly that get 1-2 million views per week. If I did, then my financial situation would be a wee bit different.
  • Not everyone will have lovely comments to say about your video. Luckily I have thick skin. The amount of negativity that comes from a completely harmless video still astonishes me. I was even blamed  for someone being single.
  • Facebook views far exceed those of YouTube (approx. 100M views to date on Facebook combined from all the pages who shared the video) and Facebook reaps the financial gain on that one. Nice, isn’t it?
  • I didn’t ‘fake’ my reaction or my Husbands reaction in the video. I simply set up the video camera to capture it for friends and family. I hadz zero intentions of it ever going viral, because again I have no clue how in the heck to do that in the first place.
  • Local newspapers won’t be emailing you or knocking down your door.
  • People will pick apart every other video that you have posted on YouTube. Harmless videos that are meant to help people with Celiac Disease, turns into me being a bitch? I forgot that the whole internet knew me personally. That’s right they don’t.
  • Your Husbands co-workers will see all of your other YouTube videos and at work parties people will say to you ‘I saw your video on the internet and loved it’ automatically making others whip their head around so quick because they instantly think you pulled a Kim K. & Ray J.
  • One of your children will be upset that they were not called to go on Ellen or any other talk show, because SHE wanted her 15 minutes of fame. I then tell her to graduate high school then focus on becoming an actress if she so choses 9 years from now.
  • Stupid comments make the best reading material at night that gets you right in your giggle box.

In the end you relish in the fact that Nicki Minaj saw your video ( I would have preferred Channing Tatum), enjoy the little bit of attention & confusion you got from family & friends, celebrate 10 years of marriage (this past June), and you move on…to plot another viral video. Chrissy

 

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Petri Dish Kids

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So many germs!!

Germs are everywhere. You can’t escape them, as much as I want to put myself and my kids inside a bubble so we never get sick again, that’s just impossible & absurd. It would be nice though.

This past week our house got a virus. Mini Glam and my Husband were the only two immune. (damn them) My oldest first started out, followed by my son, and then myself. You KNOW that feeling when you are getting sick. It either starts off with a sore throat, a tickle in your throat, or that weird sensation in your nose. I went to bed with a sore throat and was like son of a beach ball. NO! Ain’t no Mama got time to be sick, because we don’t get sick days.

Now this year little dude has started Kindergarten. That means germ city! Each child is a little petri dish. I swear to you! It is almost February and he’s been sick over 7 times now. He even got the flu the second month of school. If you have kids you know that when they start school they have to get sick in order to become immune to other viruses. It’s like a right of passage. Welcome to school, here is 1,000 germs for the year, God speed.  Continue reading

How To Have A Mom’s Night Out (And Enjoy It)

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Chances are you are due, or rather overdue for a Mom’s Night Out. Your Husband has had several man dates over the last couple months and you just want to escape to have some much-needed girl time!

Leaving your littles is no easy task, as you ladies know. Mom guilt sets in. You question writing a detailed list for your Husband on each child on what they do, what they need, and where the extra baby wipes are in the house. Then you tell (convince) yourself that no, you really don’t need to go out the kids need you more than your friends do, you’ll be content on the couch , you don’t have anything to wear, and you tell yourself you are just too tired to go. Sound familiar?

PUMP THOSE BREAKS GIRL!! Contrary to what you may think, feel or believe, you DO deserve a night out. All Mom & Dads do!

Here’s a couple of steps to help you plan just a simple night out with your friend(s) :

  • If you are the Mom of older littles let your Mommy friend who has a baby at home pick the time you go out. Don’t make her stress about getting home late after the babies night-time routine, to make her plan out pumping, bottles, nursing, or writing a list for her Husband so he doesn’t have a meltdown. This is supposed to be a nice FUN night out, not stressful. Let her pick the time that works best for her.
  • Don’t ask your Husband to watch the kids, they are 50% his too! Rather ask if he has plans on such and such night, if not,  ask if he minds that you go out for a little bit with your girlfriend? Then remind him over and over until said date, men will and do forget! Even if its written on the calendar.
  • Drop the Mom guilt. My kiddos are 13, 9 and 6. It has taken me so long to drop the Mom guilt at the door when I leave or heck even before I get out of the house. Stick to your guns, you need this night out. Even if it’s for an hour or two.
  • Keep it simple. Pick a local place to go out for dinner or World of Beer just to have a glass (or two) of wine. It doesn’t have to be some fancy over the top dinner and you don’t have to travel an hour or so to do it.
  • If you are going out to eat, offering your Husband some food to-go might sweeten the deal on his end. 😉
  • Don’t get upset if your friend is running late. If you have kids, you will be late. As hard as you try to be on time. Just remember you have been in her shoes before too with a baby at home. Patience my dear, patience. 
  • If evening time doesn’t work for you, then try for a day date. Just sitting at a local coffee shop for an hour or two to de-stress works wonders for a Mom! Maybe even a nice mani/pedi? Or a walk on the beach!
  • Relax, have fun, and enjoy your friends company!! Stop looking at your phone, put it away! Your friend(s) came to hang out with you, not you and all of social media. Times like this, cherish them, laugh so hard your face & stomach hurt, and until you have tears coming down your face.

I know as a Mommy it’s hard to leave your littles. As mine have grown older it has become easier for me to leave them. Maybe because I have a teenage girl, a 9-year-old with hormones that are making her cry at the littlest of things, or my 6-year-old son who lately just wants my Husband & wants nothing to do with me.

Ladies, you DO matter. Being a Mom is hard work, being a working Mom is hard work, being a SAHM is hard work. Why not reward yourself for all of your hard work with a night out with your other Mommy friend who is in need a night out too?!
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Friendship Over The Years

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As far back as I can remember I was a social butterfly since I was in preschool. Fast forward to now, not so much actually quite the opposite.

When you are younger everyone is your best friend. You just grab one person & they are your BFF-4-Life, which we all know now not to be true. I take that back, some women are still best friends with their childhood friends. For me, that’s not the case. Continue reading