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About Me

Who the hell am I?  I think that's a question that I am still trying to answer!  I have been blogging since 1999 and through all of that I really have found out a lot about who I am.  I do regret that I can't dig up past archives of my old free sites and domains because I am sure 24 year old me could have a great laugh at the younger more immature version of myself.  

I had many sites since 1999 and went through many phases of the wonderful "blogging" scene.  I went through (and survived) the "CamGirl" fad and unfortunately to say, I was one of those people who was very overly obsessed with taking pictures of anything and everything that I bought, ate, my animals... (Wow, am I glad THAT is over!)  Now-a-days, if you say "CamGirl" it doesn't mean what it used to.  It used to be innocent girls who were just obsesed with taking pictures of themselves and anything that could fit in front of a webcam.  If you google it now... well, you get the picture.  It was completely innocent back then!  (Honest!!)  

Wanting to be a writer growing up, I feel that this is a pretty good medium between being able to express my creativity through different ways (digital art, design, writing, etc...) as well as sharing experiences, mistakes, stupidity and reviews with everyone out there.  I feel that if someone can learn something from anything I post, I feel like I have succeeded just a little bit. :)
I am a single mom of 2 girls.  I was engaged to my first real love, but that relationship ended in heartbreak. (And my oldest!)  Alayna is a beautiful, talented, funny and smart 4 year old who was born at 35 weeks.  She was a 8lb 7oz preemie. (No joke!!)  I had a lot of medical complications that contributed to her high weight and my preterm labor.  She was in the hospital for a month due to feeding problems and the only thing I remember about that month was crying non stop.  I remember feeding her through a gastro tube, I remember talks of surgeries, I remember the one step forward three steps back... We conquered it and she is now the best little girl anyone could ever want and I love her more than I thought I could love anyone.  She is my best friend.

Olivia is a 2 year old spunky, smart, overly adorable, beautiful and funny girl.  She was born almost full term at 39 weeks and just a few days.  She was born a few days before Christmas and was a scheduled induction because I was due ON Christmas.  lol  My doctor was going out of town for the Holidays and wanted to deliver Olivia herself.  She loves her big sister and wants to be just like her.  Follows her around, and is her partner in crime. :)
 My girls are my life.

As every mother does, sometimes I need a break.  When that moment comes, I love to go out with my friends.  We go to NYC often just because it is close.  We live 20 minutes outside of the city and love to just walk around, go shopping and go to shows.  I'm a complete theater junkie and have been all my life.  My favorite shows have been; Les Miserables, Rent, Spamalot and Next To Normal.  I will go see any show, though.  I will see anything at least once.  Truth being, you never know if the show will spark your interest, even if it doesn't from first glance. :)
I am an artist.  I attended art school on a scholarship and loved it there.  Everyone was on the same wavelength as I was.  It reaffirmed my belief that artists have a completely different mind and way of thinking than other people.  I loved the fact that I was able to relate to a lot of my classmates and loved even more that I could wake up every morning and do what I love.  I majored in 2D Fine Arts and minored in Photography.  
Since college, I have been through some different jobs.  Mostly retail since I wanted to be home with my kids.  I am also a certified tax preparer and worked at H&R Block for two years.  Currently, I am a jewelry designer, freelance artist & mural artist, mystery shopper and blogger.  (I get paid for everything but blogging. LOL)  I own my own business, which is currently on hiatus, and love the fact that I can be creative and make (somewhat) of a living.  My ultimate dream is to someday open a brick and mortar store with my jewelry and other local artisan jewelry as well. :)  
Why do I blog?  I blog mostly because I have a lot to say.  I like to talk about my kids, I like to talk about my day and I love to talk about exciting things that may have happened.  I'm very opinionated and sometimes that can be a good thing.  I love to share new products that I have tried and love.  I believe that hearing real reviews from real people and real moms really do help in making  decisions.  I know for me that is true!!  I just love feeling like I have a say in things. :)  

I am a proud adoptee & I support adoption.