A Brief Update, Bloom Beautifully, and a discount code FOR YOU!

HELLO my sweet friends! Apologies for the prolonged absence from this space. Hopefully you are following me on Facebook and Twitter, where I have not been absent.

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If not, join the fun!

I’ve been movin’ and shakin’ since returning from the Warrior Mom Conference, and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED about some of the things I have planned for you. I’ve got posts queued up (ones that will get you all in your feels and some that will get you all in your giggles). I’ve got some new series’ that are going to start soon (monthly or bi-monthly posts on the same topic/idea). AND, I’ve got some in-person stuff in the pipeline for you locals who want to come hang out with me in real life! 2017 is shaping up to be a big year here at Motherhood Misfit, and I’m so glad you’re along for the ride!

Now, the elephant in the room – The Election. Let’s just get this out of the way so that we can move on. Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter already know this, but I want to set some expectations for those of you who follow me only here.

I am an unapologetic liberal. I am an unapologetic fighter for justice, equality, and safety for marginalized groups of people. I am a middle-class white woman who recognizes her privilege and platform and will use both vehemently to amplify the voices of people of color and to attempt to right the many, many things currently wrong with this world. I will not shy from my beliefs because they make you uncomfortable. I will not keep my political opinions out of my blog. My space – my voice – my responsibility.

We cool? Good.

I have been HARD at work since November 9th, doing my part to effect change, both socially and within the inter-workings of my party, which failed so hard to inspire and represent the very people they claim as a voter base.

If you are interested in finding ways to get involved or learn more about my opinions, please use the links previously posted to find me on Facebook where I am frequently posting opportunities and am more than happy to chat about the work we have to do.

NOW, on to the fun stuff!

I had the opportunity, after Warrior Mom Con, to try out Bloom Beautifully, a monthly subscription box dedicated entirely to Self Care.

I know. So awesome.

Bloom Beautifully is run by Tara Pringle Jefferson, who is not only a woman entrepreneur herself, but sources many of the products in her boxes from fellow female-owned small businesses. How cool is that?

I tried out the November box and am excited to share with you what was inside! Even better, Tara has very kindly provided a discount code JUST for Motherhood Misfit readers! Keep reading to get the skinny on my November box, and to receive your special discount code.

INSIDE THE NOVEMBER BOX

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Lavender Chai Soap Bar by Zandra Beauty 
Y’all, this soap is gorgeous. Handcrafted by owner, 16-year-old Zandra, this soap is plant-based, cruelty-free, paraben free, all-natural and free of icky ingredients. As if it wasn’t cool enough that Zandra Beauty is owned and operated by a 16-year-old girl, 10% of its profits support girls’ education. Basically, throw all your credit cards at her because she is doing some amazing stuff.

Beautiful & Brave Coffee Mug by Rachel Allene Lettering 
True- I have only owned this mug for about seven days.
Also True- I have used this mug for seven days.
So basically, I’m in love.

Cafe Latte Coffee Candy by Fusion Gourmet
These are dangerous and would make a fantastic stocking stuffer for you to give yourself because you’re not going to want to share them.

Cocoa Butter Massage Bar by The Good Stuff Naturals
You GUYS. This bar smells like heaven. Cedar and Saffron?! It’s like Tara knew me already. I like anything that smells like a tree. No sarcasm. If anyone knows how to make perfume out of tree bark, hit me up. That said, when I saw that this soap had Cedar in its scent profile, I shed a single tear, turned, and went immediately to turn on my shower.

Peppermint Mocha Hand Cream by Strange Charm Design
This smells exactly like a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, which happens to be my second holiday drink of choice. My first choice is a Brandy Alexander, but for some reason, it is frowned upon to drink those during the daytime. So, Starbucks it is. YOU GUYS, I just realized that I could put this hand cream on and then drink a Brandy Alexander and it will kind of be like having BOTH of my favorite holiday drinks at the same time. *runs off to find martini shaker*

Mini Bonus: Inspirational Art Print by Bloom Beautifully 
“I am leaving every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross
This little art card was so perfect for where I am right now. I have been swimming in plans and ideas since October and was beginning to feel a little overwhelmed with all the work to be done. Then the election happened. Having this little card on my altar (YES, I’m going to post about it) has been a wonderful way to remind me to get excited about the road ahead, instead of scared of it.

SO, there you have it! I’m obsessed with my Bloom Beautifully box. It would make a wonderful holiday gift (full disclosure: I am REALLY hoping that someone *ahem Hubby/Mom* will sign me up for a subscription this Christmas!) Even better; Tara has very graciously offered readers of Motherhood Misfit a special discount code to receive $5 off your first box. Just use the code MISFIT at checkout!

With that, I am off to begin the marathon cooking for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Sending you all love, gratitude, and peace as we roll into the holiday season.

See you back here soon!

 

 

 

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December Reflections, Day 31 – My Word For 2016

Here we are, the last of the December Reflections prompts. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and expansion of using these little nudges to write every day. I know I said that I’d be going back to my regular posting schedule when these were through, but I’m already looking at at a new daily prompt exercise that I plan to start mid-January! So if you wanted to hear less from me… sorry. I do plan to take the first few weeks of January a bit slower (I will still be posting, just not every day).

Last year was the first year that I participated in Susannah Conway‘s 5 day journaling exercise to choose a word for the year. My word for 2015 was Linger, because I wanted to learn to slow down and savor life. I had the word as my phone wallpaper, and it was a constant reminder to stop and enjoy, to linger over life. Mid-way through the year, I found myself more frequently turning down plans, in favor of quiet but impactful, time at home with my family. I found myself saying yes to requests for train track building, even when laundry was piling up. I began to enjoy pulling weeds, because it gave me time to linger over the garden. I indulged in reading and knitting without guilt, because I knew that I was lingering over things that I enjoyed. I plan to continue this slow appreciation of life, even though it is time for my word to change.

Going into the journaling exercises this year, I thought I already knew what my word would be. After so much pain and heartbreak, I thought that I needed to nurture myself. I found myself initially drawn towards self-care words like nurture, tend and soothe. However, as I went through the exercises, exploring what I wanted out of the year to come, I realized that I needed a very different sort of word. A word which is often underrated. I realized that in 2016, what I want most of all, is JOY.

Initially, I dismissed JOY as being a weak word. I felt that it lacked the substance that linger had, and it lacked the comfort called up by words like nurture, tend and soothe. But JOY is more powerful a word than I think many give it credit for. It has been stitched onto one too many Christmas stockings, and is now a word we tend to pass over. However, if you consider what JOY actually means, it’s so much more than a simple Hallmark go-to. JOY is unbridled happiness. It is glee, without restraint. In order to feel JOY, one must be fully open, one must be free of emotional burden. You cannot be JOYFUL and dismayed. You cannot be JOYFUL and afraid. No, indeed when one is JOYFUL, that is all they are. Hence the saying, “pure joy”. JOY is pure. It is all encompassing.

I may find myself calling upon the comforts of tend and nurture as I move through 2016. It will be through taking care of myself and lingering over the things which make me happy, that I expect to find my way to JOY. But find my way, I will.

And so, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a very Happy New Year. In 2016, may you find exactly what you’re looking for.

 

P.S. – The fun little grouping of items you see above is my Word of the Year Alchemy Kit, from WishStudio!

P.P.S. – It’s not too late to choose a word of your own for 2016! If you’re interested in following the same path that I did, find Susannah Conway’s free course here.