Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shear Madness information

As a mom, I always want my kids to look their best. That goes all the way to their haircut. However, sometimes cutting their hair can not only be a huge mess, but takes so long. They whine and complain about having to stay still. I have to go slowly as their hair is really thick. And then I have quite a mess to clean up. Oh and lets not go over those missed spots or uneven lines....
But there aren't too many kid-friendly cutters out there.
That's why Shear Madness is an awesome way to get the cuts and keep the kiddos happy. US Family Guide is partnering up with them to get reviews out there for your benefit. So for now, I'm sharing their information and soon will work towards writing and sharing a personal review. Let me know your thoughts!

Shear Madness - San Antonio/Selma is your Haircuts for Kids Place! With mounted cars for styling chairs, televisions and Xboxes at every styling station, our salons serve as Fun Centers that provide a positive distraction and a MADtastic experience for young dudes and divas getting their new do!

At our award-winning YOUniquey Boutiquey, you'll have fun shopping our awesome retail for your special someone - or you might want to just stay & play! From FIRST haircut to FIRST date, our MADtastic Stylin'tists are specially-trained to work with even the most daring haircut dashers! Mix in the La De Da SPA where parties kids are treated like royalty, our fabulous retail and Hair Bows selection, PLUS the Mad-tastic Styling Staff - and it's a Fabulous Formula for Fun! Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids - Where Every Child Matters!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Looking through broken glass

Life has its ups and downs. Mostly downs. Valleys. It makes us appreciate the view at the mountaintops more. But they can certainly be difficult to navigate. Especially when they interfere with the life you are setting up for your family.

In the past 3 weeks alone, so much has happened in my life. My great grandmother passed away. I moved into a new apartment. My dad visited from Florida. My fiancé was in a car accident - thankfully he was able to walk away, but the car was totaled. Two days later, I was laid off due to a reduction in workforce in the company.
I feel like I'm barely taking time to breathe. I tackle one task, one problem at a time. Tomorrow, I leave for Louisiana to say my final goodbye to my Nana. I look forward to it and dread it all at once. I have missed my parents and siblings and will be glad to see them. My mother will be meeting my baby girl for the first time. On the other hand, I dread having to face the reality that my Nana is truly gone. That its time to say goodbye. To move on. No matter how long I knew it was coming, I still wasn't quite ready for this. For the moment when her laughter, her fun-loving spirit, her heirloom stories would suddenly stop. But I have to accept that she is now no longer in pain as well. She has been suffering for so long. Physically and mentally. Her only child passed away, her sister has been suffering memory loss, her only nephew passed away, and all her other family members lived in other states. Those she had "helping" her, stole from her. Took advantage of her. A woman who worked hard all her life. Who gave so much to everyone else, but asked for so little. A woman who lived an amazing story and gave me the drive to excel as she did... She's now gone. My heart will always hurt. A hole will always remain where she was. And my memories of her will always be bittersweet. Its like looking through a broken glass. The view is distorted. Mixed emotions. Unclear depictions of the past. I have to piece some of it back together, while being mindful that it won't be 100%. I'm in a valley, but looking forward to that mountain top.

Her obituary as written by the woman who loved her best, my Mother:

To often life escapes us. We are born with no say in the matter and then 1 day, the end reaches us. It truly is what is in between that matters in history. Here we look at the life of Bonita Mouhart. She was born in 1934 during a depression. She lived through WW2. She learned the value of a dollar through sacrifice. She saw different automobiles, televisions come to everyone's homes, and men go to the moon. She saw phones come and then turn into what we have today. Not to mention all the progress in the medical field. She has seen countless friends and family pass through this life to go to the next. She had a great faith in God the Creator. She loved her fellow man (even when they mistreated her). Her last years she had the joy of sharing her one and only son's final years with him. After he passed, she looked forward to going to live with him for eternity. She didn't complain much and lived a very simple life. But the most remarkable accomplishment in her life was from this one woman came forth 26 people to date. She was very interested in her large family. Each new addition made her happy. She will be missed but never forgotten! The love and life lessons will be passed down from generation to generation.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sword Art Online is coming in movie form tonight only?!

And... I won't be able to go! Sadness... This series evokes mixed emotions from me. The beginning of it was amazing. Then they shifted and created a part two within the first season... Then came the second season? Or whatever. It didn't flow too smoothly. But I love the characters. Asuna is my hero and Kirito is... well, I have a fiancé, so I'll just say he is awesome.

This movie is limited release. Only select theaters are showing it tonight. At 8 PM. ONLY TONIGHT! Why?! So if you are a SAO fan, check this website to see if there is a theater near you is playing it.
Let me know what you think of it! Hope its a great one.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Beauty and the Beast - Remade?

This movie was highly anticipated by yours truly. However, I have my doubts about how good it will actually be. At first, I wondered if Emma Watson was the Belle I grew up with. Then Lumiere's character has the wrong voice actor. Sorry, but the one from the animated version, Jerry Orbach, is perfection in my mind. Instead they have used Ewan McGregor who, in my opinion, can't get the accent correct for this French-based fairy tale.
He is Scottish for crying out loud! And now I am finding out that Disney has decided to create LeFou as a gay character. He is finding out what he feels. He is realizing that he has these new feelings. As the director stated, "I keep saying it's more like the first gay moment," he said. "Because I think it's a very fluid character." The director added: "You can't help but wonder in his adoration of Gaston ... (is there) something more going on?"
"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon told Attitude. "He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings." (Featured in the British gay magazine, Attitude)

This is not the story I grew up with. Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite. I could care less about the movement and desire to have equal opportunities for the LGBT groups. All I care about, is the fact that my favorite Disney Princess story is being taken apart and patch worked back together in an obscene mess. I wanted to see the animated version come to life, but in the same vein as the one I saw as a child. After all, she was my hero. And the supporting characters brought her dreams to life. Why can't Disney stick with that? You want to change something? How about you create your own new story? Even Russia is banning children under 16 from seeing it. According to their laws, which are strict in comparison to American laws, you can't put out gay propaganda to minors. Nothing to promote that type of lifestyle.

Again, I don't care what you believe. I don't care what other people's sexual preferences are. I don't care what you deem an acceptable as far as relationships or sexuality goes. What irks me, is that my favorite Princess story is taking changes of such proportions. Why does the children's version need an adult upgrade? Or is it that we are giving adults a new look at the childhood classics because those animated versions are no longer of value to us as adults? Are we so head over heels with Fifty Shades that we are giving the classics a makeover? And if you need to have movies with more tendencies towards the LGBT movement, create your own stories! Or better yet, remake a movie just for you. But leave my favorite alone!

And Disney, come up with something new if you need an outlet to share your pride and garnish more followers. You have a huge following from the past movies as they were. In order to add more, you need to reach towards another audience. Not make changes to what was already considered great. That's how you lose followers and money in the long run. People like me watch the previews on YouTube and never think twice about you again.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Leadership Lessons From Mom

There are few things I greatly pride myself on in life. But today I can say I have another thing to add to my list of accomplishments. I was the editor for International Best Seller, Mark Villareal's, new book.
The title, Leadership Lessons From Mom, says a lot. He takes great pride in quoting lessons he learned over his life time from his mother. And while doing so, he ties everything together to show applications towards business.
I loved the correlations and portrayals of how these lessons came to be told and how they related to situations he encountered later in life. His mother truly had a wonderful mind for business, but great care for her children as well. I enjoyed reading and editing Mark's book. I would suggest this as a must read for Moms, for business women, and those who enjoyed Mark's first book, Shortcuts Get You Lost!

But don't take my opinion. Check it out for yourself. You can read a sample chapter on Amazon. It is available for purchase on Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dysfunctional Demands

Today's society has gone down a very crooked and crazy path. Morals are thrown out the window while caution and care are things of the past. We rush through life. We blame others for the shortcomings we face.
In the business world, its all about money. Push until they collapse, is the business motto I think my own employer should embrace. Better yet, maybe companies should compile personnel requirements outside of work. Here's what I mean....
I work for a sales company. 8-5, Monday - Friday. Sales is all about money. The more, the merrier. For the owners at least. Doesn't matter how much I bring in to the company as I'm only an administrative assistant to one of their Million Dollar Producers.
That life doesn't compliment the personal side of my life. I have 4 kids. Oldest one is 8 years old. His school expects me to read to him every night, do several pages of homework every night, have him read to me, while also getting him to bed by 7:30 PM so he won't be too tired for school the next day. Normally, I get home a little before or right at 6 PM. I have an hour and a half to do the  following:
Reading (most nights my fiancé has their homework done before I get home)
Serve dinner (same as above, my fiancé tries to have dinner made by the time I get home)
Cleanup the dinner mess
Brush teeth and get everyone bathed
Make their lunches/snacks for school the next day (they have to tell me what they want)
And a final bedtime story.
This is not how it should be. And then I still get notes from the school that my oldest is failing first grade. That I'm not helping him enough. I need to read more and work harder with him at his homework. I'm sorry that the teacher isn't getting these done enough with him while she has him for 8 hours a day, but I also don't have enough time to cram more into him. Besides, by time I get home, he's dead tired and ready to eat and sleep. That's why its a fight to finish his homework.
I know I'm not the only parent out there with these issues. More studies are being done that show how this is a failing system. Kids aren't getting time with their parents. If they are like my kids, they probably watch their parents run errands or clean house on the weekends since they had no time during the week to. Studies also show that business people these days are burnt out from 8 hour days at work by the time they reach Wednesday. They also quit at an alarming rate because of the demands from their workplace. Taking time off is considered a hardship on the company and is frowned upon. My employer doesn't allow you to call in on the first, 15th, or last Friday of the month. My supervisor even told me that I needed to avoid taking off Mondays and Fridays. Understandable for business reasons, but it adds stress of trying to fit outside life into those guidelines. Job burn out causes people to stress more, have higher likeliness of illness, depression, and ultimately throwing in the towel. Some companies are seeing that lessening the workweek, say a 4 day workweek, has increased their productivity and overall happiness of their employees. Less vacation and sick days are taken. People have that day to take care of doctors appointments, take longer weekend trips, and spend time with loved ones. Amazon is one of those companies. I loved working my 10 hour days 4 days a week. If it weren't for my back problems, I'd still be there. The environment was great. They pushed everyone to care for themselves and well-being in order to, not care for the company, but to care for those they provide a paycheck for. Amazon leaders told their employees to watch themselves and do all they could to stay healthy. Not so that they would not miss work so much and cause hardship on the company. They did so while reminding everyone that if we missed time, we lose pay. We lose pay, we lose out on providing for our families. That is what companies are failing to do these days. Forget about telling your employees that they are a burden if they miss a day. Your employees don't care about that. Especially when you rake in millions-billions every year regardless. Remind me that my family is depending on me. Tell me that my paycheck is important to keep us afloat. That's what I need to hear to push myself. Give me one more day during the week to take care of those needs I otherwise have to avoid... and you have yourself a happier woman who is willing to drive herself to exhaustion to make it work.

So here is what I suggest. Companies should reevaluate the demands and amount of time they make people work each week. OR only hire single individuals, with no children, no outside life, and a love of money. Because people like me just don't fall into the guidelines of success they write otherwise.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Winds of Change

To pirates, that meant something good or bad was about to happen, depending on the feeling in your gut. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it means:

Forces that have the power to change things – used generally to mean change is going to happen.”
For me, the winds are bringing good change. It is time to admit that my current job has run its course. I gained what I needed from it to build up my knowledge and skills. I've also made connections. And now I’m ready to take them with me and make the next company I work for all the better for it. In addition, I’m going to use what I know in building my own business ideas. I have two in the works that I would love far more than anything I could do otherwise.

When you go home so depressed that you can’t even find the desire to have a normal conversation with the ones you love, when you find that you feel completely drained once you reach the weekend instead of feeling relaxed, and most importantly, when you feel that you have no drive to try for anything anymore… its time to realize that you need a change. The past few weeks have been just that. I felt hopeless. I was ready to quit. Ready to cry. Ready to scream. In my head, “I’m done” was all I could think about. Done with everything. That’s how bad my work weeks were.
They did great things, and yes, I might feel like they were amazing once, but that “once upon time” has ended. What I once loved doing, I now dread arriving for. I feel so burnt out. So lost in the tasks that are thrown my way by all corners of the office. I have read so many articles lately on how the younger generation in sales and growing businesses are losing energy. They are dropping off the grid of competitive goals. Why? They just can't keep up with demands. Demands that are unrealistic. France actually had to pass a law that employees CAN ignore work emails when they are off the clock. Seriously? My lead, not a manager, has clients calling, texting, emailing her, calling her through Skype - at all hours of the day/night. She works all day, goes home and works some more and then some on the weekends. But all she gets compensated for is the 8-5 work day. I can't live like that. I want a life outside the office. I have a family with multiple small children. I want to have that perfect life with lots of money saved up for future goals, but not at the expense of missing what I consider important now. My kids. My soon-to-be husband. They mean the world to me. I'd rather be poor with them, than alone at work and swimming in money.
So I'm now preparing for the changes to come. I'm looking to better the world around me. And if that means moving forward, then so be it.