How to Use Periscope and Easy Prompts to Follow For Success

Last Month the gals over at Working Mom Magic and Girl On the Move Blog came up with the brilliant idea of having prompts to talk about on Periscope. If being in front of the camera isn’t your thing, like it isn’t mine this would be quite helpful to know what to talk about. I believe in turning up when you can add value.  I don’t want to waste anyone’s precious time babbling about nothing. These prompts will make things smoother.

If you are new to Periscope, it’s a social media platform that’s basically a webcam where people can see you or whatever you are showing/talking about and they can write comments, ask you questions as you are broadcasting.

You can toggle between allowing only your followers to see your broadcasts or have it be open to anyone in the world. One thing to keep in mind, if you are scoping from home people will be able to zoom in an see your location down to the street you might be on. If this is something that’s a bit too intruding for you, select only your followers can see your broadcasts. If you are live to the world, you can block people that might make an inappropriate comment by clicking on their name without exiting the screen.

You can only post comments when the scoper is live, be sure to give lots of hearts for encouragement.  You can also give hearts if you are catching the broadcast on replay. We love that too

Broadcasts will be available on your profile for replay for a period of 24 hours. You can save it to your phone, if it’s a broadcast you’d like to keep and post somewhere, like Katch.me for example, it automatically saves your scopes and people can check it out anytime.

October Scopers Challenge Prompts:

Don’t forget to use #OctoberScopers on your broadcast title so we can find you!!

You can find me on Periscope at Young Love Mommy, make sure to also follow Lauren from Working Mom Magic & Julie from Girl on the Move Blog.

Hope you all participate, and say hello!!Thanks for reading.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Coping With Stress Brought on by Motherhood

I don’t know when my obsession with silence started but I can only guess it was after I became a mom. I’ve never needed so much quiet time as possible as I need now. When you’re in mom mode you are in constant movement.  Saying NO for the millionth time in a row or keeping your child from electrocuting themselves is a perpetual nightmare.

When my son is napping that’s when I usually write or do something that would work out better if he wasn’t around like an important phone call. Maybe I’ll put on a movie or clean something.  But there are a few things I will not do, which are run the dishwasher or laundry (unless it’s just folding). I don’t mind certain noises, but even the sound of the AC turning on makes me want to get up and turn it off.

It gets worse when bedtime comes around. After he is down for the night, I DEFINITELY do not want to hear any noises at home. Doors opening and closing are something that truly irk me. I don’t mind having the T.V. on but it has to be a level next to impossible to hear (I usually just read the caption). I’m so paranoid that I will do something to wake Nico up that a pin drop will irritate probably.

I’m telling you this because I am truly obsessed. I haven’t run across any other moms (not personally) that obsess over noises as much as I do. It’s gotten to a point sometimes that I just feel it’s better for me to go to bed than get irritated by random noises. Could it be motherhood has caused me to go bonkers? (more bonkers than I already was?)  Being alone is also something I treasure like crazy now. I just need a few minutes to myself. Not making anyone food, not cleaning up after anyone, just me… alone… with a cellphone in hand. I know this one for sure most moms would agree on. Feels like a vacation doesn’t it? Ahhhh 5 minutes of silence and solitude.

I find peace in solitude.. truthfully I’ve never been one to enjoy crowded, loud places and I’ve determined that it’s okay for me. So tell me there is one of you out there that obsess with being left alone?  Motherhood is the toughest, most draining job there is and of course it’s rewards are incogitable but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it is HARD. De-stressing at the end of the day is necessary for every one and I hope you also have a healthy way of doing that.

We all joke about how moms are infatuated with wine. There are countless memes on the internet recounting of such tales. But I can tell you that they are true and wine is a great stress-reliever when consumed responsibly.

Having some time for meditation also is a great stress-reliever.  This one is a difficult one for me but I think it’s the most helpful. We always want to be “doing” something and having 10 minutes of silence can be a great way to re-compose ourselves. If you can go for a walk during your quiet time, even better. You can get your exercise in and clear your head at the same time.

Something else that helps me is reading books. I love buying new books and with mostly every book imaginable available at our fingertips now with online shopping, if you want to read something right now buying the kindle version of it, is just a few seconds away.  I have a few that I’ve downloaded all ranging in different topics, this way I can read something to go according to how my day went.

These are easy things we can do to make sure we remain sane throughout our journey through the very tumultuous thing they called motherhood.

I’m glad you’ve stopped by and hope I’ve given you some tips to help coping with stress. Do you have any tips for dealing with stress? Let me know in the comments below.

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Cuddle+Kind Artisan Dolls

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Cuddle and kind dolls

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I’m going to share this wonderful campaign with you all. Cuddle+Kind Artisan Dolls handmade in Peru for a FABULOUS cause. We can help them get reach their goal quicker by sharing. You can check it out here -> http://igg.me/at/cuddleandkind-onemillionmeals

Let me tell you a little bit about this company, the family behind it, their beautifully crafted dolls and the great cause for this campaign.

Continue reading “Cuddle+Kind Artisan Dolls”

When The Day is Hard…

I normally keep a pretty upbeat & uplifting vibe here, but there are days I really just don’t want to do any parenting. Today is one of them. The incessant need to say “NO” to everything your toddler does takes a toll on you and nap-time couldn’t have come at a better time.

You ever just want to yell out… DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! It’s so exhausting having to repeatedly say the same thing over and over again. That’s not you? Only me. Okay. Usually the hardest days become even harder by the end of the day. But we keep pushing and telling ourselves we can do it. Yesterday’s post was a super upbeat one but today I am beat. I’m not out of my pajamas (if you want to call these pj’s, don’t picture something pretty… they are pj bottoms with a church Christmas shirt), and I haven’t even put a bra on and unless I decide to venture out of the house, this will be today’s look. Fashionable right?

So what do you do when “adulting” & parenting just isn’t on the cards today? It’s not like we can sit this one out. I gotta put on my big girl panties and huff & puff through the day, hoping it will tantrum-less.

My son is napping right now which is why I am able to write this post, but he went down fighting. Yesterday was an amazing Monday, and he slept for 3 whole hours!!!  I’m not so sure I will be blessed with such a long nap today. It usually ends up being the opposite when I’m not in the best of moods. Although I’m not feeling all that hot. I do have some things I want to get done today, writing a blog post being one of them. So checking that box!

I’m already starting to feel better as I write this. I wonder what else I can write to get me back on track for the day and finish strong? Maybe get out of these hideous clothes? The kiddo is asleep in the room I wouldn’t dare venture back in with the fear of waking him. So that one will be something to check off the list a bit later.. hopefully a lot later.

But getting some food in my belly would probably make me feel a bit better too.. another cup of coffee perhaps? This one I can definitely do. BRB! Okay, grabbed more coffee and some toast. I should really have some lunch but I don’t want to make myself anything. So I guess I just answered my own question. I will be going out to lunch later on and we’ll be dressing myself like a grown person.

Wow, you guys totally helped me today. Not kidding! Thank you so much for reading and helping me somewhat get out of my funk.  Check out yesterday’s post for a happier Me.

Thanks for reading. Leave me some positive comments to brighten up my day!

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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4 Reasons Why I love Mondays & Why You Should Too

I know! The dreaded Monday! Everyone has to be back at work (which most people also hate). Commuting, not making enough money or whatever the reason it may be.  We all struggle with something. ALL OF US! It might look pretty on Facebook or on Instagram but those are mostly highlights. Continue reading “4 Reasons Why I love Mondays & Why You Should Too”

#SeptemberScopers Challenge

Are you guys on #Periscope ?  I’ve been on it for a few months now but after we sold our house I haven’t done any scopes!!! Although I haven’t participated in the challenge yet, (I am planning on it) I thought it would be fabulous to share with you guys the inner workings of bloggers.

No idea what Periscope is? Well simply put, it’s a live streaming app. You can watch live stream videos and replay them within a 24 hours time-frame. You can see people all over the world, doing well? Anything.
There are some awesome fellow bloggers participating in this #SeptemberScopers Challenge, but you do not have to be a blogger in order to participate. Anyone can!!

It’s really a way to get us used to being on Periscope and to those who are camera shy like myself, it’s a great way to tackle that fear head on.

Here are the prompts for the #SeptemberScopers challenge, I hope you will participate and don’t forget to follow all of these awesome scopers.

Here’s the deal: The goal is to do at least one scope a day for the month of September. I have provided a list of prompts to help you out, but you can scope about whatever you want if you don’t like the prompt for that day. 

Follow these fabulous ladies, and make sure to Give lots of HEARTS!!
Julie at Girl on the Move Periscope: @jmdenouden
Lisa at Goofball Mommy Periscope:@goofballmommy
Laci at Sequins in the South Periscope: @SequinsintheSouth
Phyllis at Verified Mom Periscope: @verifiedmom
Jeannine at At Home with the O’Neils Periscope:@jeannine_oneil
Bev at Linkouture Periscope: @linkouture
Denise at STL Motherhood Periscope: @STLMotherhood
Jill at Ripped Jeans & Bifocals Periscope: @JillinIL
Amee at Inspired Housewife Periscope: @InspiredHseWife
Lauren at Working Mom Magic Periscope: @WorkingMomMagic
Don’t forget to follow me as well @YoungLoveMommy

Thanks for reading!!

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♥Books I’m Reading & Recommend♥

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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Happy September!

I’m so glad August is done and over with. We were supposed to have been hit by Hurricane Erika this past weekend, luckily it dissipated and we got some rain and thunder instead. That was about it!

Every time a new month starts I get excited because it kind of feels like  New Years! You get to write all of your goals down and hopefully at the end of the month, you gotten some things if not most out of the way.

I’ve been pretty slow with writing and following up on the things I’ve been wanting to accomplish for this blog. And life seems to get in the way sometimes. I am a creature of habit and it’s hard to get back on a set schedule once I’ve stopped one.

But I’ve learned to deal with that flaw of mine and keep going. Eventually (read soon I hope) I’ll get into the habit of writing regularly on specific days OR maybe I won’t.  Moms don’t really get to go by their own rules, especially moms with little kids.

I hope to bring you yet another giveaway sometime this September and write about some cool things.  Now that motherhood isn’t much of a surprise anymore to me things have died down a little.  And I’m totally okay with that. It was about time things were a bit normal as far as “normal” goes in parenting.  I’m glad you all are sticking around to see what happens next.  Still no word on where we will move to.

But hopefully we’ll have a place of our own soon. There are some projects I’d like to get started on that require that. Well, that’s it folks. Just jotting some things down and kick my butt a little bit.

Thanks for following!!

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Books I’m Reading & Recommend

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman

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