There's Bandits on our Train

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Editing these vlogs from our trip to California for my birthday back in July is so much fun. It's like I'm reliving our trip all over again and it was a ton of fun the first time and now that I have a new video editor that gives me all sorts of fun little things to add to my videos for just about any occasion it is making editing even more enjoyable. You'll see what I mean when you push play on this video if you haven't watched it already when I posted it on my YouTube channel the other day. I gave it an old days photo feel to it which I think is so much fun on top of the fun on the train.
If you've ever been to Knott's Berry Farm then I am pretty sure that you have ridden the train that goes through slash around half of the park. It is one of my all time favorite things about the park and when I used to live 15-20 minutes down the street from the park as a child, the train was one of my go to's when we went there. What is even better when you go during the certain time of year where they have people dressed up and playing the part in the country section of the park. I could probably, and normally do, spend most of my time in that section because it is just so much fun and the way they bring it to life is even better.  
A lot has changed since I was kid and the last time I was there but then a lot hasn't and it was so much fun sharing memories and the experience with my son and reminiscing with my mom. And what's even better is that they have not gotten rid of the bandits on the train as they were always so cool when I was a kid and I really wanted my son to have that same experience I did of riding in the train, looking out the windows and out of "nowhere" there's bandits on the train asking you a kid for your money and making jokes. These guys that worked it this did not disappoint and gave me some pretty cool footage that you'll see in the video below.

If you haven't watched my first vlog from our trip to Knott's Berry Farm yet, you can check out that post HERE!

Meet the Blogger Behind: This Mom's Notes

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hey Howdy Hello. For the last weekly Meet the Blogger series post for September we are meeting 34 year old Elizabeth Trull and her blog This Mom's Notes. Her blog is very family oriented as she shares things about her family and she even does book reviews which as I book lover myself, is always an interesting read. 

1.       What or who inspired you to create your blog?

My blog was actually my husband, Matt's idea. I've always loved writing so I've been doing that in one form or another for as long as I can remember. There are some really great blogs that I follow and after I talked about posts I had read on them a few times, Matt suggested I should start one since I obviously enjoyed reading them. 

2.       What is your #1 favorite thing about blogging and why?

The opportunity to share my stories and experiences with others and reading other people's stories and experiences. There are such a wide variety of bloggers that there is always something new and interesting to read about. 

3.       What main topics do you blog about?

I write mainly about my family. I have been married for almost 4 years and we have two boys, an 8 year old and a 1 year old. The areas I focus on include parenting, marriage, our Christian faith, kids activities, and book reviews. My older son and I just started a new blog series of science experiments for kids.

4.       When you’re not blogging, what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time with my family. We all enjoy being outdoors and exploring nature or playing sports informally. I also enjoy reading, baking and doing crafts. 

5.       What has been your favorite place to visit and explore?

I have always enjoyed exploring close to home. We have found many interesting places in our own town to explore and have fun. The nearest big city to us is Boston, MA and it provides a variety of places to explore as well. 

6.       Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?

Right now, blogging is a hobby but I am working on making it a job. 

7.       Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?

I would like to be blogging as my full time job and be helping others by sharing my experiences through writing. I would also like to begin working on writing a book in the next 5 years. 

8.       What has been the hardest thing that you’ve encountered since you began blogging?

Finding a balance between blogging and family has been challenging at times. With two kids, things are always busy so finding the time to write can be hard. 

9.       From your experience, what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?

One thing that I found helpful when I started my most recent blog was waiting to share it with others until I had several posts written and live on the blog site. I also had a few posts ready to publish so I would be ahead of the game with content instead of rushing to get things written. 

10.   What are your top 3 must watch tv shows?

We haven't actually watched tv in the last few months because we don't have cable. When we did have cable though, we made sure to stay caught up on Once Upon a Time, the Vampire Diaries and Sleepy Hollow. 

11.   What is something about you or that you do that makes you unique?

I'm still trying to figure this one out. 

12.   Do you have a historical or currently living icon that you look up to? Why?

I wouldn't say I have a specific icon that I look up to but there are many women who I admire, both people I know personally and public figures. I have several good friends who have built up successful businesses while being stay at home moms as well. I admire many authors because I am a writer and would like to publish a book someday. My favorite by far is Kasey Van Norman. 

13.   What is the one blog post that you are the most proud of hitting the publish button on? 

In January, I wrote about my experience when I welcomed Jehovah's Witnesses into my home to learn more about their beliefs. Doing this challenged me to more clearly define my own beliefs which was a great exercise in faith, one I think everyone should undertake at some point in their life. 

14.   What is your favorite season and the one thing that you look forward to during it each year?

One thing I love about living in New England is that we get to experience all four seasons. My favorite by far is the fall. I love the beautiful colors of the foliage, the pumpkin flavored coffee, apple cider donuts, dressing up for Halloween and preparing for Thanksgiving. Every year I look forward to carving pumpkins and decorating for Halloween. 

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with Elizabeth by following her on: Twitter, FacebookInstagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

Motivational Monday #7

Monday, September 26, 2016

I don't think people have a problem living in the moment because that is an easy thing to do. Going shopping and spending money buying all sorts of new things to play with later is a moment that many, like myself can easily live in to the point of spending far more than we should. Partying it up on a night out with friends is an easy moment to get lost in, enjoy and forget the day especially if you enjoy a few drinks or 2 or five. 

And there are so many other examples of living in the moment that I am sure many could relate to but what about simply living in not just the moment but the day. Have you lived a whole day that you can look back on and remember it being full of moments, memories and know that you lived that day to its fullest extent? I have some but they are few and far between and most days I feel as if I am just wasting them away. Not just with the mundane things in my day to day doings or mommy life but just by being lazy and choosing to be so over doing something that would make that moment possibly epic to look back on. 

Looking at my daily doings and seeing that I've wasted a lot of time on doing nothing makes me rather depressed. So if you're the same, lets get off our bums more days than not and use our time on this earth to do things that we wont wish we had done later. Whether it be starting out small with something like getting back into a gym routine like myself or going on a hike/stroll somewhere and taking pictures of nature, just get up and do it and live the day the way that you want to live it and shorten the lazy days down to be fewer and more special when you do them. 

Chatting About my 1st Tattoo Experience | Video

Friday, September 23, 2016

For years I have wanted a tattoo. I'm not sure what started my love for them but all I have memory of is finding them (or at least most of them) beautiful and fascinating. You could say that I am definitely guilty of gawking at other peoples tattoos and attempting to not look like a creeper person but I'm sure I've probably been caught as one a few times. Some people just have the most interesting ones that I can't help to look at them like I might at a piece of art and since getting my tattoo I've people check it out and compliment it and it never really bothers me but then everyone has different mentalities on things.

It's taken me a seriously long time to finally brace myself enough to deal with sitting there for an extended period of time dealing with the pain of a needle going through my skin. But I finally did and I am rather happy that I did and honestly, I want more and feel funny with only having one tattoo but don't want to wait a long time again for my next one. Just need to put some thought into what I want next and where I want to put it.

Since this was my very first tattoo I thought that I would sit down and chat a bit about my experience getting it and what getting it actually means to me. It was a pretty big deal to me as it made me feel that I can do anything if I actually set my mind to doing it, which for someone like myself that always doubts what I can do, was a good and positive feeling. Thinking of doing something Disney next or for my son or the two combined together which might be cool.