Goals for the Rest of 2015 and Beyond

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As you may remember, I recently read and reviewed The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You , I developed a list of goals I want to accomplish:

  1. Wake up earlier. Exercise, fringe hours, etc.
  2. Take lunch away from my desk. At least 2 – 3 days a week.
  3. Read more. Always have a book with me
  4. Go to bed earlier. Learn to get proper rest. Get at least 7 hours sleep.
  5. Begin journaling regularly. Just for me. Things I wouldn’t share on the blog.
  6. Be intentional. In everything I do.
  7. Spend less time on social media. Kind of hard, seeing as it’s what I do for a living.
  8. Learn to ask for help. As a working mom, I do a lot in a day. Life would be so much easier, if I asked for help.

Each month, I’m going to be posting my progress and results here on The Mom with Moxie. I hope you’ll follow along!

If you haven’t read my review of Fringe Hours, click here to check it out!

#JurassicWorld is coming to home video in October!

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If you’ll recall, my family and I are huge fans of the Jurassic Park series. Since its June 12 opening, Jurassic World has taken in more than $1.6 billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. It also crushed the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time. And, now fans can experience the thrill and awe when Jurassic World arrives on Digital HD on Oct.1 and on 3-D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on Oct.20, Buy it and experience Jurassic World in stunning hi-definition with the Blu-Ray Combo Pack in limited-edition collectible steel packaging.

The Blu-ray and DVD comes with all sorts of bonus features:

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray:

  • WELCOME TO JURASSIC WORLD:  An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel of Jurassic World.  Director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the film came together and how the casting was decided with actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations.  
  • JURASSIC WORLD: ALL-ACCESS PASS:  Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow discuss key moments in the film, supported by behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
  • INNOVATION CENTER TOUR WITH CHRIS PRATT:  Chris Pratt gives a tour of the Innovation Center, a museum/exhibit, built just for the movie.
  • JURASSIC’S CLOSEST SHAVES: Clips from all films in the franchise showing “near death” or extremely scary encounters with dinosaurs.

Blu-Rayand DVD Bonus Features

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  • DINOSAURS ROAM ONCE AGAIN:  Behind the scenes look at the making of Jurassic World’s visual effects, how the dinosaurs came to life, and actors filmed scenes.
  • CHRIS & COLIN TAKE ON THE WORLD:   Chris Pratt and Colin Trevorrow (Director) interview each other and discuss Jurassic World as well as the other Jurassic Park movies.

Jurassic World is on Digital HD Oct. 1 and on 3-d Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on Oct. 20.

Find Jurassic World online: Official Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter |#JurassicWorld | #TeamJurassic

DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

Making this School Year Successful

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My friend Tatanisha, over at A Worthey Read recently wrote an awesome post titled, “This school year, I promise to…” all about what she’s doing this school year to make sure her kids have a successful school year.

I really, really, really love this idea. So, I decided to do a similar post here on The Mom with Moxie. My goals revolve around three categories: Schedules, Involvement and Homework.

Schedules

I will create and stick to schedules for morning routines, as well as after-school routines. We often have a hard time getting out of the house on time, and with minimal headache – in the mornings. For the longest time, I’ve been meaning to create a schedule for us to stick to. I find, that with Dylan’s ADHD, schedules are super important when it comes to him staying on task. I plan on typing it up and posting it in his room and around the house so it’s always front of mind for him. I plan on doing the same for the after-school hours as well so bath and bed times aren’t such a struggle.

Involvement

I will be more involved in school-parenting activities. Since I’m a full-time work-out-of-home mom, I can’t be involved in daytime activities like being class mom and volunteering for field trips. However, I will volunteer in any evening and/or weekend activities I can.

Homework

I will make sure Dylan gets all his homework done, before the night before the due date. At his school, they hand out homework packets on Monday and the kids are expected to get them completed and turn them in that next Monday. My goal is always to divide the homework up over the week, so it’s not such a large amount. However, we don’t always make sure that happens and then he’s spending all day and night on Sunday getting it done. Add in time for checking and correction and you have a very stressful Sunday. Also, since he has a bit of trouble with math, we’ll be getting him a tutor to help.

Despite it being more hectic, I’m actually looking forward to the school year. I can’t wait to put my goals into action.

Do you have any school-year goals for your kids and/or yourself? Let me know in the comments below.

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#SeeSummerBetter with Warby Parker

Summer’s nearing its end and I’m endeavoring to spend as much time as much of the time left outside with my guys, enjoying the great weather and warm rays. And I’m doing it all with some killer shades.

A while back, the folks at Warby Parker reached out to me about trying out some of their awesome sunglasses. I, of course, jumped at the chance. And, since the hubs is an amazing photographer, I couldn’t help but turn a couple of our adventures into a mini photoshoot.

June in Moonstone

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Winston in Old Fashioned Fade

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Preston in Blue Marblewood

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Downing in Jet Black

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Oxley in Walnut Tortoise (My fav!)

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How are you spending these last few weeks of summer?

Photos taken by my super-talented husband, MenDale Glenn of MenDale Glenn Photography and Design.

My Hows and Whys of Blogging

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I was tagged by AdeDoyin Adebiyi from the blog She Be Knowin to write a post all about the hows and whys of blogging at The Mom with Moxie. And, even though I’ve been blogging here for over five years, I’m super excited to share my answers with you. Who knows, maybe they’ll help someone just starting out. So without further ado, here you go…

How did you get into blogging?

I’ve actually done a post on how I got into blogging. You can find it here, but here’s the shorter version:

The idea first came to me late spring/early summer of 2010. I wasn’t working at the time, and was looking for something to fill the time between taking care of the kid, the hubs, the home & the job search. I’d always loved writing & had recently discovered a few blogs that I liked – both “mommy” and not.

Come July, I was still tossing around the idea of starting a blog, but didn’t know what to write about. What would me my “niche?” It was then that I got a freelance position with a digital public relations firm, where one of my main responsibilities would be to “pitch” bloggers on behalf of clients. Needless to say, I was exposed to all kinds of new blogs. Mommy blogs, fashion blogs, tech blogs, gossip blogs, you name it, there was a blog for it. Really, people were just blogging about their lives and/or what interested them. That was when I decided that I would start a mommy blog, with a dash of my special brand of randomness thrown in. I thought that if I found these people’s lives interesting – maybe someone would think the same about mine.

What was your first blog post?

Well, my first post was just a place holder titled, “Stay tuned…”. My first actual post with real content was “Fashion Friday: The Purse Edition.”.

What advice would you give a blogger starting out?

  1. Make sure you can commit the time to blog regularly. Great, consistent content is very important.
  2. Choose your blog name carefully. A name like “Mom of Toddlers” is cute, but your kids won’t be toddlers long. Choose something with some longevity.
  3. Find other blogs – both in your niche and not – to write guest posts for. The relationships and exposure are invaluable.
  4. Attend conferences. They’re great for learning and networking with other bloggy folks. The conferences don’t have to be big, national ones though. My first one was a state-based conference, my second was regional.
  5. Remember, even though you may choose a niche, you are not stuck in it. It’s OK to blow the whole up and start fresh.

What would be your dream campaign?

There are a few:

  1. Disney World
  2. Summer Travel Destinations
  3. Electronics (digital cameras, phones, etc.)

Do you have a plan for your blog?

I work in PR and marketing, so of course I do. Although, I haven’t been following it like I should. Also, it needs updating, as my goals have changed. And, I have some new marketing tactics and blog series ideas I’d like to add in. Stay tuned for the awesomeness. :)

What do you think about rankings?

I would love to say don’t matter – and to an extent that’s true – but unfortunately a lot of brands see them as the Holy Grail. But, even if your blog doesn’t rank high, you can still work with some great companies. Just be consistent, grow your social media following and write great content. Also, again, attend conferences. A lot of brands are there as sponsors.

So, there you have it – a post all about blogging. I hope you enjoyed it. And, if you know someone interested in starting a blog, please share this post with them.

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8 Things to do with your Kids Before Summer is Over

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My friends, even though we’re in the dog days of summer, the end is near. Some of your kids have already started school. But, for those of us whose kids won’t start until after Labor Day, there’s still summer fun to be had.

Here’s a list of 8 things to do with your kids before summer is over:

  1. Go fishing
  2. Go fly a kite
  3. Go camping
  4. Go for a walk
  5. Go for a bike ride
  6. Go to the beach or lake
  7. Have an outdoor scavenger hunt
  8. Have a water balloon/water gun fight
What kind of plans do you have for the reminder of the summer?

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To my beautiful boy, on your 9th birthday.

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My beautiful boy,

I can’t believe you’re entering your 9th year, your last before double digits. You’re now half way to 18, half way to being a grown man. When did you get so old? And, how did you get so tall (up to my shoulder)? Time is going by so fast and I just know that I’m going to wake up tomorrow and you’ll be leaving for college. Please stop growing up so fast.

I love the person you’re turning out to be. You are a true mix of your daddy and I. You have a fiery temper and love to read like me and you inherited your love of drawing and your jokester personality from your dad.

You bring so much to our family. And, I can’t imagine life without you in it. You are a constant source of love, laughter, fun, confusion, frustration and joy. You make me think and grow in ways I couldn’t have even imagined. You are the best thing to ever happen to me, and I thank God, every day, that you’re mine.

I love you so much,

Mommy

Snoopy’s birthday is coming up. Let’s celebrate!

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August 10 is a wonderful day in the Glenn household, my friends. Not only is it the birthday of my super-awesome little boy, it’s also the birthday of Snoopy – you know, Charlie Brown’s hilarious pet beagle.

I’ll be posting Dylan’s birthday post on Monday – the big day – but I wanted to share the details of the celebration PEANUTS has planned for Snoopy. It’s a fun activity you can do with your whole family… Learn how to draw Snoopy! I’m kind of excited about this, especially since Snoopy is me and Dylan’s favorite character and the kid loves to draw.

Here’s how you and your family can join the fun:

1. Watch this video of The Peanuts Movie director Steve Martino showing how he draws Snoopy.

2. Post a picture of your penciled (or penned!) puppy to your favorite social channel using hashtag: #DrawSnoopy.

It’s that easy! I can’t wait to do this with Dylan. Be sure to follow my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and keep an eye out for his drawing.

Also, don’t forget that the new Peanuts Movie comes out November 6!

Disclaimer: NOT a sponsored post.

Photos from the Weekend: Yard Work, Festivals & Books

Last May, I decided that I was going to really enjoy the summer. And, since I work full time Monday through Friday, I endeavored to be sure to use my weekends to spend time with my family, doing fun things – not just running errands, cleaning and sleeping in (although those things to happen).

This weekend was a little bit work, and a little bit fun. On Saturday, we headed over to my parents to take care of their plants and flowers since they were out of town. Dylan really enjoyed it. So much so, I’m looking into getting him a small balcony garden for home. And, on Sunday, we headed to the Buy Michigan Now Festival to check out some Michigan-made food, jewelry and clothes. It was such a nice day, and we had a great time. Afterwards, we headed to my favorite place – the bookstore. While I didn’t get anything, Dylan got a few books: Descendants Junior Novel, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda) and Superman: Earth One. I love that he loves to read as much as I do. Hopefully, it’s a habit he’ll keep throughout his entire life.

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You’re invited to the 7/23 #FreshThymeMI #TwitterParty! #ad

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I am so excited, friends. On July 22, Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets is opening up three new metro Detroit locations this month (Northville, Troy and Rochester Hills). On July 23 from 8:00-9:00 pm EST there will be a Twitter Party to celebrate the grand opening. There will be prizes, good prizes: three (3) $50 gift cards, two (2) $100 gift cards, and one (1) $250 gift cards. 

The Twitter Party will be hosted by Hire Influence; Dad of Divas, Kendall Rayburn and The Hungry Dudes will serve as the panel. Be sure to follow them and ‪#‎FreshThymeMI‬ hashtag!
 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.