DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

A SPLASH OF CONFIDENCE

A QUICK POST ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONFIDENCE AND SELF LOVE. 

I WORK FULL TIME AND I MOM FULL TIME. I AM A VERY CONFIDENT PERSON WHEN MAKING DECISIONS, BUT I AM ALSO INCREDIBLY HARD ON MYSELF BEHIND THE SCENES. I COMPARE MYSELF TO MOMS WHO STAY AT HOME WITH THEIR CHILDREN. I COMPARE MYSELF TO MY MALE PEERS WHO HAVE A SPOUSE THAT STAYS AT HOME TO RAISE THE KIDS.  I HAVE A FEELING OF CONSTANT GUILT FOR MOVING MY KIDS 1,500 MILES AWAY FROM THEIR GRANDPARENTS AND COUSINS. I DOUBT MYSELF EVEN THOUGH I KNOW I COULDN’T PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY TRY HARDER AT WORK OR AT HOME. I FIND MYSELF DWELLING ON MY FAILURES, OR EVEN POSSIBLE FAILURES THAT MAY NOT EXIST. BUT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE AFTER A LONG DAY OF TRAVELING AND WORK MEETINGS I REFLECT ON THE DAY AND I CATCH A GLIMPSE OF MYSELF IN A HOTEL MIRROR AND IT REMINDS ME THAT I HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT MYSELF. I HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT MYSELF. I HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT THE WAY I PARENT. I HAVE NO REASON TO DOUBT MY BEAUTY. 13 YEAR OLD AWKWARD MICKI NEVER EVEN REMOTELY DREAMT OF THE LIFE THAT 33 YEAR OLD MICKI IS LIVING. HERE’S TO LESS DOUBT, TO MORE LESS DOUBT, TO MORE SELF LOVE, AND TO THE RARE BUT MAGNIFICENT BATHROOM LIGHTING ENCOUNTERS THAT GIVE YOU THAT EXTRA BOOST YOU NEED TO START THE WEEK!

 

A SPLASH OF FEMALE LEADERSHIP

A QUICK SNEAK PEAK OF THE WOMEN’S SUMMIT I ATTENDED THIS WEEK AT MY COMPANY’S HEADQUARTERS IN OMAHA. I HAVE SO MUCH TO SHARE ABOUT THE PANEL I WAS ON AND WHAT THE COLLEGE FEMALES AND MALE EXECUTIVES HAD TO SAY ABOUT INCREASING FEMALE TALENT IN OUR COMPANY. HERE ARE A FEW PICTURES FROM THURSDAY AND FRIDAY – STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!

A SPLASH OF HUMOR

IT’S COLD IN VANCOUVER BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP ME FROM BUYING 3 BOXES OF POPSICLES FROM THE STORE THIS MORNING. YES I LOVE POPSICLES BUT I MAINLY BOUGHT THEM FOR CHARLIE. SHE BIT THE INSIDE OF HER LIP THIS WEEK WHEN SHE WAS PLAYING WITH HER COUSINS IN OMAHA. SHE WAS JUMPING OFF OF MY MOM’S COUCH AND HIT HER LIP ON THE COFFEE TABLE AND BIT A CHUNK OUT OF HER INSIDE LIP. SO AS ANY MOM WOULD DO I SELF DIAGNOSED HER ON WEB MD AND PUT HER ON A STRICT POPSICLE DIET. AND WHEN WE GOT HOME THE LETTERBOARD I ORDERED FROM ETSY ARRIVED ALONG WITH THE CUSTOM SPLASH OF HUMOR WORDS (ALSO FROM ETSY). CHARLIE AND I HAD SO MUCH FUN TODAY CREATING THE LETTER BOARD AND ORGANIZING THE LETTERS IN THE STORAGE CASE (YES WE ARE BOTH NERDS WHO LOVE ORGANIZING). SO MUCH MORE FUN TO COME WITH THIS LETTER BOARD. HAVE A GREAT WEEK ADULTING AND EATING WHATEVER YOUR GROWN ASS HEART DESIRES!

A SPLASH OF travel

I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO PURCHASE A JETKIDS SUITCASE FOR A LONG TIME NOW AND THIS WEEKEND I FINALLY DID IT!  THIS SUITCASE IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR FLYING WITH CHILDREN.  THE SUITCASE CAN FIT ALL OF CHARLIE’S ITEMS FOR THE PLANE AND  SHE CAN RIDE ON IT THRU THE AIRPORT (IT RIDES GOOD ON CARPET TOO).  CHARLIE HAD THE BEST TIME SCOOTING THRU THE AIRPORT ON OUR WAY TO OMAHA YESTERDAY.  SHE SAID “I AM SERIOUSLY IN LOVE WITH THIS SUITCASE” AT LEAST 50 TIMES THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE SUITCASE FITS EASILY UNDER A SEAT FOR TAKEOFF, EVEN ON A SMALL REGIONAL JET IT COULD FIT UNDERNEATH THE SEAT.  THE BEST FEATURE IS DURING THE  FLIGHT IT CAN CONVERT TO A BED!  GENIUS. 

THE SUITCASE IS AROUND $200 (CAD) AND THE BED ADD-ON IS $70 EXTRA AND SO WORTH IT! IT IS SOLD ON AMAZON BUT YOU CAN ALSO BUY IT ONLINE AT JETKIDS WEBSITE AND SHIPPING IS FREE. I PURCHASED MINE AT WEST COAST KIDS IN VANCOUVER. THE SUITCASE COMES IN DIFFERENT COLORS BUT I CHOSE BEIGE BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAPER AND I WANTED BOTH CHARLIE AND THOMAS TO BE ABLE TO USE IT.  EXTRA FEATURES INCLUDE PERSONALIZED STICKERS TO DECORATE THE OUTSIDE OF THE SUITCASE, A LONGER STRAP TO PULL THE SUITCASE IF NEEDED, AND A SMALL MATTRESS THAT TAKES UP ABOUT 30% OF THE INSIDE OF THE SUITCASE. AFTER YESTERDAY I AM SO GLAD I BOUGHT THIS SUITCASE, IT MADE CHECK IN AND GOING THRU SECURITY SO EASY. I DIDN’T HAVE TO CARRY ANYTHING FOR CHARLIE AND SHE WAS SO HAPPY THE WHOLE TIME. IF YOU ARE DEBATING BUYING THIS YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

UPDATE: A FEW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ME HOW MUCH THE SUITCASE HOLDS. IT FIT THE MATTRESS, HER BLANKET, AN IPAD, HEADPHONES, 4 SMALL BOOKS, A DECK OF CARDS, A GAME FOR THE PLANE, A WATER BOTTLE, AND HER TOY UNICORN. I CHECKED MY SUITCASE BECAUSE I GET A FREE CHECKED BAG ON UNITED AND I CARRIED ON A SMALL SUITCASE FOR CLOTHES AND SHOES. THE JETKIDS SUITCASE IS NOT MEANT TO FIT EVERYTHING A CHILD NEEDS FOR A TRIP. BUT IT IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR GETTING THRU THE AIRPORT AND STAYING ENTERTAINED AND COMFORTABLE ON LONG FLIGHTS.

SPLASHES OF SOCIAL MEDIA HUMOR

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