January 16, 2012

Why not travel?

It all started with a one word question, "why?"  My friend and I were having a discussion about travelling.  You see, before we had kids, there’s nothing Dave and I liked to do more than plan a vacation, hop on board a plane and spend as much time as possible running around frantically to see every site the city has to offer.  No town was too mundane for us; we would immerse ourselves in the culture as much as possible so our adventure would feel more authentic than touristy.  So when I told my friend that there is no possible way Dave and I could travel the way we love to, and we were bound to stay at home for the foreseeable future because our kids are toddlers.  He was quiet for a moment then asked me, "Why!" Well that one question sparked a fire in our wandering spirit and before you know it, all the grandparents literally moved into our house to spend quality time with their grandkids. We were shuffled into a taxi, boarded a plane, hopped on a boat, and in two shakes of a rabbit tail we were cruising the high seas. 

We decided to do the Southern Caribbean Cruise on the Celebrity Summit.  It was departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico then going on to St. Croix, U.S.V.I.; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Roseau, Dominica; St. George’s, Grenada; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and then ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  And let me tell you epic readers, it was seven days of elegance, relaxation, fun and adventure. 

Starting tomorrow, I will be publishing a new series of posts called Travel Tuesdays with Epic Mom.  This project will commence over the next few weeks and will hopefully brighten up your winter days, get you excited about spring break and have you dreaming about the summer.  I will be reviewing the Southern Caribbean Celebrity Summit Cruise, and through posts, photographs and vlogs, it will be like you were practically there yourselves.  So grab a Pirates Punch and let’s hoist off on an epic adventure in the Caribbean.


November 30, 2011

Kids can help heal the world

It is important for me to teach my kids about being good stewards of the world we live in. I want them to be aware of the global disparity between the haves and the have nots. I want them to be interested in coming alongside others, empathizing with the downtrodden and doing their best to contribute to a better world for all. To me, it is not enough to sit passively and lament the issues facing our world. We need to take action, mobilize and do something about it. Clearly I have a heart for advocacy. I always knew I wanted to share this part of my life with my kids but I didn’t know how long I would have to wait to introduce it, or even how to do it in an age appropriate way. The perfect opportunity presented itself this winter. As we were shopping for Christmas presents, I had the opportunity to share with my two year old daughter about kids as young as she is who wouldn’t be able to get a Christmas present this year. She thought about it and said, “Well Mommy we should get them a present!”  A week or so later, our church launched its annual hand out of the operation Christmas Child boxes.  I thought, “Lord, that’s a great idea!”  We were too late to get an Operation Christmas Child box (I was stuck in the nursery that day), so we decided to make our own.

Brie chose to get a gift for a little girl between the ages of 2 and 4. She was so ecstatic to go shopping for presents for her ‘friend’. When we got to the store I encouraged her to pick out things that she thought the little girl might like. Well, she’s clearly got my shopping gene because that child shopped till she was ready to drop. The next day, I wrapped a shoe box for Brie to put the gifts into and I realized we were going to need another box. She was so excited because she was going to get two of her ‘friends’ presents not just one. She joyfully packed their gifts; her little brother even tried to help. That’s when it hit me. It’s never too early to teach your kids about loving and caring for the people in their world. She learned that it is good to give. That it’s rewarding to share our resources. That she brightened someone’s day by thinking of them. When I looked at her, I saw the beatitudes manifested right there in her actions and her joy. And I learned that even a toddler can do her small yet significant part to help heal our world. 

Please consider donating to a charity this Christmas.  You can still pack an Operation Christmas Child box online, just click here.  Or check out World Vision’s gift catalogue here


November 8, 2011

Fashion Trends Vlog

Fashion is totally subjective but still illicits strong likes and dislikes.  In this vlog, I explore fashion from my perspective in the last few years since having my babies.  There are some trends that compel you to try them and there are others that you want to avoid like the plague.  I will show you some trends that I had absolutely no interest in pulling off. Other trends that I couldn’t wait to try and the subsequent lessons I learned along the way.

To my epic readers, holla at me and let me know what trends you’ve liked over the last few years and what trends you could totally do without!-)

October 11, 2011

Elevator Pitch

According to Wikipedia, “An elevator pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100-150 words).” – Wikipedia

So here is my elevator pitch vlog; I hope you enjoy!-)

September 6, 2011

Who do our kids look like Vlog

Sorry for the sound in some of the frames, we’ll continue to hone our craft of vlogging and hopefully one day nip all of these kinks in the bud.

So readers, we’d love to know, who do your kids look like?