Another New Year

During this time of year, I usually take a moment to write on my blog about the year we're leaving behind and the one we're looking forward to. I usually talk about the different things we did during the year and highlight what all the kids have been up to. I reflect on what I could have done differently, what I want to change in the upcoming year, and usually talk about resolutions.

Last year at this point in time I was feeling very confused. (Here's the post if you want to read it.) We'd just ended a tumultuous year and I was feeling very unsure of myself. I didn't pick a word or make resolutions or anything like that. I went in to 2018 tentatively and it turned out to be even more tumultuous.

I wrote out a few paragraphs about the highs and lows of our year but just can't bring myself to share them. Why? Fear, I guess. Fear of judgment, critiquing, and cross-examination. Fear that no one will understand or that I'll overshare. This year has been a year that I have held a lot inside and kept many things to myself. I've had a lot of low moments but also a lot of good times too. I'm blessed with children and family and a warm home and food on my table. I have a lot to be thankful for. I've tried new things and went outside my comfort zone. I've experienced success and failure. The good definitely outweighed the bad...but sometimes the bad is so overwhelming.

Anyway, I suppose every year is like that - a mix of terrible and wonderful. We have challenging times and sometimes experience the lowest of the lows...those times when we start to question: "Why am I here? What's it all for? What's my purpose?" And then there are moments that are thrilling and exciting, full of new experiences, and wonderful, lovely things that lift us up and ignite something in us. I've definitely experienced those moments this year.

As the kids are getting older and life goes on, I'm finding myself becoming a lot more private. I used to find writing on here cathartic but now I just find myself closing up and not wanting to share everything with the world that is so cold and unforgiving and judgmental. I've also realized that the kids are growing up and that they may not want every detail about their potty training and tantrums and life in general on here for the world at large, their future employers, etc.

I guess that brings me to what I really want to say (kudos if you get the movie reference) - I'm going to be refocusing the blog a bit. I'd like to make it more about education and support and resources and scale back the focus on my family. It's hard to want to say things but also simultaneously to clutch them tight against your breast, afraid and unsure of sharing.

I hope what I'm saying makes sense...I know I'm talking in riddles somewhat. My need to share is being outweighed by my desire for privacy, security, and safety. I hope you understand that. I'll still definitely be talking about life as a large family and motherhood but I'm going to make it more general I guess - information for sure but not so much personal detail. And although I know it won't remove them from the internet forever, I may be going back and making certain old posts private.

Here's to 2019 and whatever it brings our way.

5 Tips To Finding Great Holiday Sales

The holiday season is a time when people make plans of how they will spend good times with friends and family. A lot is factored in including buying of holiday gifts. This is also a time when sellers capitalize on holiday sales. To help you out, here are a few helpful tips on finding the great holiday sales:

1.    Check out Product Review Sites
One way to find great holiday sales is by checking out product reviews sites. Not only do these sites provide information about the best products but they can also lead you to websites that have information about holiday sales.
Read as many product reviews as possible in order to make informed decisions and to find the best holiday sales. For professionally and well-crafted product reviews on various products, visit

2.    Keep Tabs with Online Stores
To find the best holiday sales, you will have to be very alert or else you will miss out on good deals. There are various online stores that offer good holiday sales deals from time to time. Amazon, eBay, Kohl's, Tech bargains and Overstock are some of the suitable online stores you can keep tabs of. Compare all of them in order to get the ones with the best deals. Take advantage by subscribing to their daily updates. Follow them on emails, social media pages or the RSS feeds and keep tabs. Additionally, pay attention to online adverts on the sites you visit.

3.    Start Early and Ask Around
With holidays approaching, prices are slowly going up, so the best time to find the best sales is now. Ask from your friends and family. Maybe they might be having extra sales coupons. Get to also know a few sales associates to inform you when their stores will have markdown in prices. Remember, everyone knows something about anything. You will be surprised to get amazing customer friendly sales which would have cost you a fortune if you had bought it later on. Besides, you will get to purchase more things for less. Start scouring early enough and plan. Most important, ensure that you compare prices in order to settle for the best holiday sales deal. Avoid last-minute sales deals.

4.    Consider Analyzing Historical Prices
Most of the time, you will want to do a quick purchase after seeing the best possible price. It’s not a bad thing. However, if you have time to spare, review past prices of the items you are seeking to buy.
If you happen to be using Amazon, it is possible to view past prices of every product on the site.
Another good thing is that you can set alerts to notify you of any price reduction. This is an easy way to get the best holiday sales.
5.    Read Newspapers and Magazines
As simple as it sounds, it works. At the moment, holiday products and services are on sale and companies will want to reach out to as many people as possible with their sales offers. Besides online platforms, they can use newspapers and magazines. For instance, if you are seeking good holiday hotels, you can get to read hotel and travel magazines and check out for holiday sales offers adverts.