Winter Blues… Stop Them In Their Tracks!

It’s amazing how much the weather and seasons affect me… and the people around me!

Am I the only one, or have you also noticed a strange negativity floating through the air?! I’ve been struggling to combat it, and finally feel like I’ve become successful.  Wanna know my tips?  Here they are..

  1. Stay active – Winter has a strange way of cooping people up inside their homes.  This leads to a lack of social life, which I honestly believe get people down in the dumps.  I mean to stay active however it fits best in your life.  For me, I just don’t stop moving.  Wherever I am.  I don’t stop to watch TV and veg… It just hasn’t happened, and I’ve noticed my energy levels (surprisingly) up because of it.
  2. Read an inspiring book – I’ve never been a big advocate for reading, because it’s just never resinated with me.  Lately though, I’ve found some pretty powerful books that truly relate to my life and what interests me now.  I’m currently reading and loving “If You Don’t Have Big Breasts Put Ribbons In Your Pigtails” by Barbara Corcoran.  It’s great, and it keeps my mind constantly working.
  3. Get out of the house!  Winter is cold and miserable, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside your house.  Change things up.  Find some local events going on and attend them.  Surround yourself with people, whether they’re strangers or friends.  We go to Trivia at the local pub every Thursday.  We love it and really helps to keep our social lives up during the winter!
  4. Stay organized – When I get down in the dumps, I get lazy.  I slack on my chores, and the house quickly falls apart… and then… I get even further depressed at the state of my house.  Don’t do that.  Just don’t.  Get a system going.  Stick to your schedules and you will find that you will become so happy and impressed by yourself and your house.  Am I saying it will be perfect?  No.  But it will be live-able and you’ll feel so much better about yourself!
  5. Create goals – Keep challenging yourself to excel in all areas of your life.  Continue to grow as a person.  Take risks!  It gets your adrenaline pumping and you feel so accomplished and proud when you’ve succeeded!

Hope these help!  They’ve kept me slightly sane these past couple months!

-Mama Mae


Superbowl Kid Activities

Let’s face it… Superbowl parties are not places you picture kids being.  So, I’ve often asked myself, ‘How do you get the kids more involved so they’re having as much fun as we are?’

Okay, that may be a stretch, considering they aren’t able to gamble money, or drink those delicious alcoholic drinks that we are, but we can at least try to get them involved, or, better yet, distracted from the festivities.

  1. Get crafty!  Have a coloring station where kids can color in football pictures and show off their artistic skills
  2. Bingo Bango!  There are many Superbowl bingo cards available online.  Print some out and task an older, responsible child with the task of pulling out bingo numbers for the other kids.  Possibly have prizes available for winners as well.  Who doesn’t love prizes?!
  3. Superbowl Predictions!  Have kids answer questions about what they think might happen during the game on a sheet of paper. Have them keep track of which ones they guessed right.  Kiddos who predicted the most correct will win a prize.  This gets them active in watching the game with you and gets them excited for what’s happening in the game as well.
  4. Scavenger Hunt!  Send kids on a scavenger hunt throughout the house looking for things that are certain colors, or shapes.  This gets them out of your line of sight (I hope!)
  5. Snack Monsters!  We all love the food at Superbowl parties.  Make eating even more enjoyable for the kiddos. Have white snack cups available for kids to color on.  Then, they’re eating in style 🙂
  6. Football Cheer Tracker:  Give each kid a list of different cheers they may hear during the game.  (Each list is different from the other)  Kids tally which ones they hear throughout the game.  Whoever has the most tallies at the end of the game, win!

Have a safe and fun Superbowl!!!!

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The Power of Positivity

I like to think of myself as a pretty positive person, but I’m also human, and negativity can easily take me by surprise and turn my world upside down.  I truly have a crazy amount of energy for the amount of work I’ve been doing, and the lack of sleep I’ve been getting.  There’s this adrenaline that just seems to pump through my veins at the moment.  It’s a euphoric feeling.

That being said, I feel almost invincible.  Unfortunately, that puts me in a pretty vulnerable spot. More so than I had expected.

I want my name out there.  I want people to know that our shop will be opening and that they will want to be a part of it.  And so… the marketing begins.  Facebook, Instagram, blogging, website, Twitter… you name it, I’ve got it or am working hard on getting it set up.  I’ve been blasting as much info into the internet world as I can, and even the smallest interest has me smiling ear to ear and thirsty for more.

So I put together a small Facebook post for a mom’s group I was a part of.  I read the guidelines carefully and it did state self promotion of a business was not allowed, but then mentioned that selling of kids and maternity items was okay.  There’s a gray line, so why not try.  Denied.  They erased it, and sent me a message explaining why.

Blood boiling.

Instant rage.  How could they?  I’m not trying to harm anyone.  I’m working on building a shop that benefits everyone who enters its doors.  I’m allowing for families to earn money off their children’s items.  Couldn’t they see that?

Mark… Are you kidding me?!?!  What’s their problem? I’m writing them back.. this is ridiculous.

At that very moment, I receive a message from a friend’s mom, who also happens to own a small business in Mount Prospect

Just invited 100 contacts to like your page. Might see an uptick.

The power of positivity.  I took a deep breathe, and took a moment to take a wider view of the scenario.

So what, you got denied at one of the many different marketing places you tried.  Not everyone is going to accept you with open arms.  And that’s okay.  In fact, it makes you tougher, and you learn from it. I’ve got an insane support network.  I feel like opening a store should be a scary venture, but there’s not a moment yet that I’ve been truly scared.  This feels right.

I want to end with this quote that I absolutely love from Amy Poehler:

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So the fun begins…

Somehow, the lack of sleep is tolerable.  I have this excitement pumping through my veins.  It started with a small idea.

….Hey, Mark… what if I opened a kid’s consignment shop?

That was it… my mind was racing.  Sent an email to a family friend who runs a successful women’s consignment shop.  Her response was immediate… and insanely long, passionate… and plain exciting.  Marianne (Your Best Friend’s Closet, Algonquin) in response to me asking if we could meet for lunch, dinner, or martinis…

I think it may have to be lunch into dinner into martinis since I love this business and could talk for hours about the subject!

That was it.  My mind was made up.  This is going to be awesome.  I am going to do this.  This is going to be challenging.  This is going to be difficult.  This is going to be something to be damn proud of.  This is it.

And so… I’ve been reading the books, charting my ideas, having conversations with multiple people, and I cannot even express in words how amazing this is all feeling.  Everything is falling into place.  I’m surrounded by the right people, my husband being a big part of that.

Welcome to the ride…. This is only the beginning!