Mom Life Isn’t Always Sunshine & Rainbows!

Hello Everyone,

Guys, I have been extremely sleepy for the last few weeks and today wasn’t any different. Last night I had to do a home sleep study test which required me to lay on my back. Should be no problem right? Wrong! The problems I have with laying on my back is; either one it restricts my breathing or two I start choking. Either way it causes me to wake up more often then I want to. I’ve also been dealing with the average its summer kids don’t clean properly or leave their things everywhere problems. No big deal right? Wrong! I don’t have babies living here anymore. All the children are well capable of cleaning up after themselves but why should they. When they have a mother that can’t stand a hot mess of a house. So, of course you know I clean up when I shouldn’t. I always overdo, over spoil, over clean and so on and so forth. That’s just who I am. What can I say I don’t like a messy house.

Don’t get me wrong being a mom is the greatest accomplishment in my life. Not my book, not my blogs, not my youtube channel or anything else I’m doing in my life. Being a mom makes me the happiest I could ever be. However, I know this will totally negate everthing I just said about it being great. But, everyday isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes its getting a burger with onions and no pickles when clearly you asked for no onions and extra pickles. Mom life is real life and real life is often messy and upsetting.

~Nika xoxo

Saying Goodbye to my 30’s!

Hello Everyone,

For those of you who don’t know, today is my birthday. I am 40!!!! Wow, I know I can hardly believe it myself. Every year in my life has been some kind of journey. Believe me, when I tell you, my 30’s had a whole lot of up, downs, tragedy, happiness and so on.

Some of the things I am most proud about are:
The births of my last two children
3 of my children graduating high school
2 grandkids born
I wrote my first book
Started my YouTube channels
Started Blogging
This list goes on and on. While those things were great. There were also some bad times. The most tragic being my near-death health scare. Which left me looking at life differently since 2010. Today I welcome 40 with open arms as a proud mother, wife, & grandmother. I am looking forward to the future.
~Nika xoxo

Camping Haul & Tips!

When I think of camping, I think of camping outdoors. Not this time. When Autumn and I went camping with Girl Scouts this year and last. We had dorms which housed cabins with bunk beds, showers, indoor toilets and of course heat/AC. This is not always the case for campers. Either way here is a video with some items and tips that may help you on your camping trip this year. Comment and let me know how you camp!

-Nika xoxo

Cyber Bullies…

I assumed when I started my blogs and my YouTube channel there would be people that don’t like me or don’t like what I do. I prepared myself for that. What I wasn’t prepared for was the following of hate on my social media accounts as well as my YouTube channel. I won’t really get into what is going on and what was said to me and about me. What I will say is, to those of you out there who may be dealing with the same issues I am. The best thing you can do for yourself is be yourself. The negative comments initially started on my YouTube channel and I politely responded. As well as a few of my viewers. Who I appreciate so greatly for sticking up for me. The world needs more people who stick up for others. I thought it was all over until 5 am eastern time. When I saw that not only did this person contact me directly on my business facebook page. She again began her rants of how horrible my videos are and how much of a designer she is. Basically telling me to use the net better… I say to all the people who follow my blog and don’t like it. Don’t follow it. For those who don’t like my YouTube videos, don’t watch them. For those who don’t like me in general, guess what you don’t have to. One thing about me that I have learned in my almost 40 years of life, is that I was born to be me and no one else. I will continue to follow my dreams and goals and not let those cyber bullies and haters damper my mood.

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Am I the only one?

Okay, I know most of you out there have children that have already started school. My sister lives in Georgia and her children are back to school already. So as you all know I love my kids to pieces and would sacrifice my life to give them one. However, I feel like this has been one of the longest summers ever. My children do not go back to school until September 6. If you are like me with a ton of kids at home you know the pain is real. I feel like a small child when my husband comes home from work so excited. Yes to see him because he’s home, but mainly due to the children driving me insane all day.

The morning starts out wonderfully, mommy helping the younger children get their breakfast, laundry, cleaning you know the usual. Making my videos if needed and working on filling orders. Most of this time I only have one teen awake and chores done. Getting ready to leave the house to spend time with friends. Yeah the other two teens pretty much sleep until after 1 pm. What the heck it’s summer right. So the older children are out of the house one is nearly 23 and the other a sophomore in college. So around mid to late afternoon, those two little sweet angels of mine. My youngest two lovelies start in on each other. They have to argue, they have to be in charge, they have to bring me into the arguments. They are like a little old couple. Then oh no don’t let Kameron have a friend that is mutual friends with Autumn come over. Because then the jealous mean sister comes out. Mom tell Kam to play with me, I’m his sister. Then I have to say, “it’s ok for him to have friends besides you honey. He still loves you and you can play with him when they are gone.” So my poor son has trouble on his hands as they get older. I just feel sorry for his future girlfriend.

So that isn’t the end of it. Do you remember when I said I begin my day by cleaning. Well let me tell you why. Those two teens that I told you sleep all day. Well seems that they get up around 2 or 3 am eating and leaving the mess for someone else to clean. Turning every single light in the house on as well as the t.v.s and video games. Why? you may be asking. When you figure it out please let me know. No matter how many times I harp about the mess and the lights it never seems to work. So the only solution to my pain is for school to start. At least from the time the last two kids go to school until 2ish when the first two kids come home. I will have peace, quiet, a clean house with all the lights OFF.

Sad that after being a parent almost 23 years its the little things that satisfy me. It’s sad that all I want is a little peace, a clean house and low electricity bills. Well if you have as many kids as I do 6 boys and 1 daughter you will understand this post very well.

Until September 6th I will be in a house with children who argue, leave lights on, sleep until the afternoon, and talk until all I want to do is go in my room lock my door and wait for daddy to get home. Though I wish this I would never do this. I have to be a mom and just deal with it all and love my kids until the end. Which I do though sometimes I have to vent.

-Nika xoxo

This Michigan Weather

First off I want to say, I hate the cold lets just put it bluntly. I have lived in Michigan my entire life. Yes! One would say I should be use to it. However, I can never get use to the cold weather EVER!!! A few days last week it was very nice and starting to get up in the 60’s. Oh boy was I loving it. Today though 46, yes 46 degrees. The sun is shinning but it is still cold. I want to start getting out there and walking. So that I can start walking away some of these pounds I packed on these last 5 years. Ugh! I can’t wait until May when I go to Georgia for my nieces graduation. It’s nothing better than my visits to Georgia for me. It’s been a while since I traveled there anyway.

So if by chance any of you live in a warm state or a state that has warmer weather than me let me know. I can live vicariously through you.

-Nika xoxo