99 Problems but a Zit ain’t one! (vlog & giveaway $80 value)

Dermagist Review and Giveaway!! Check out the pictures below, pretty impressive huh? Click on the video to learn more!

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Enter here for your chance to win Dermagist Detoxifying Cleanser and Clarifying Cream! Giveaway is open to all who reside in the US and Canada.

To enter simply:

1.Like Dermagist on Facebook

2.Follow Dermagist on Pinterest

3.Follow Mom on the go in Holy Toledo on Twitter (@mamaof3onthego)

4.Like Mom on the go in Holy Toledo’s facebook page

5.Once you have completed steps 1-4 post a comment saying you have done so.

Disclaimer: if you have previously won a Dermagist giveaway you will not be eligible to win this giveaway.

Winner will be randomly selected July 3rd @ 11:59pm

Disclosure: I was given the Dermagist Detoxifying Cleanser and Clarifying Cream in order to complete this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Stop Pinning and Pledge!! ($1000 towards a new grill!)

Summertime means long days at the pool, going barefoot, and grilling with friends!

Now I would love to say we have family, friends, and neighbors over practically every weekend to gather around the grill. But the truth is we haven’t had a sole over yet! Now I could run off a list of excuses. We had a t-ball game, birthday party, etc. and we are just too tired. Or I could blame it on the empty propane tank. But come on, those are quick fixes. Want to know the honest to goodness truth? This is really difficult for me to admit but, I am a recovering perfectionist and since being introduced to Pinterest I have relapsed.  See, in my mind in order to have a gathering in our backyard now it needs to look like this….

Source: http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2010/10/a-pretty-backyard-bridal-shower/
Source: http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2010/10/a-pretty-backyard-bridal-shower/

Ridiculous right!? Basically I need to try really hard to make it look like I didn’t try at all. Wait. Did that make sense!? I do believe my ‘crazy’ is officially showing, lol! See it is taking me some time to find the perfect chairs to sand, paint, and distress…or, basically make them look old again. And for some strange reason my husband is not onboard with us searching antique stores for the perfect sofa to sit in the backyard. Apparently you can have a cookout without a couch!?

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Source…http://pinterest.com/pin/100134791686707059/

Thankfully with the help of my hubby and Heinz I have come to the realization that waiting for perfection is a waste of time and I have taken the pledge!  What pledge you ask?  

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Heinz Ketchup, encourages families to gather around the grill to celebrate good food, good company and good weather this summer. And get this, it doesn’t matter what your backyard, table, or chairs look like…just have fun!  And the best part…by pledging before July 15th, you’ll also be entered into a sweepstake to win a new grill!! Click here to pledge and be entered into the sweepstakes.

Will you stop the pinning insanity and take the pledge today?  It is okay if you aren’t ready to stop pinning (just admitting you have a problem is the first step) I understand, but you can still pledge!  How many gatherings will you pledge?

In lieu of a card, a Video!!

This year the kiddos and I decided to do something a little different for Father’s Day. Instead of a typical card we decided to venture outside of our comfort zone and did a music video. Yes, I am just that crazy, lol! The kiddos selected a song that is pretty popular in our house. So without further ado, here is the premiere of the Rockin’ Out for Daddy (7yr old decided on the title).

How you can save at the Pump! ($100 giveaway)

Mom on the go is not a title exclusive to the school year.  In fact, we might even be more ‘on the go’ during the summer months than we are during the school year. And why shouldn’t we be? There are so many local activities and events that are offered in our community.  One such event is the city’s focus on Australia!

I have always wanted to go to Australia. Ever since I heard my first Didgeridoo when I was a kid the culture, animals, history, land, aboriginal art etc. intrigue me and I would simply adore the opportunity to fly there and visit. However, a family vacation to Australia isn’t feasible at this juncture in our lives. But thankfully the Toledo Zoo and Toledo Museum of Art are offering exhibits on Australia! Thus, if you can’t take Mom on the go to Australia, why not bring parts of Australia to Mom on the go?

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So, in addition to attending local concerts, story times, workshops, art classes, etc. we will be exploring Australia via Toledo, haha! 

Unfortunately, even though I try my best to seek out free activities for the kiddos and I to enjoy there are still some fees we incur. Well, one to be precise.  Gas!! I have a feeling you can relate, at least based on Facebook statuses, the following has been floating around Facebook for the past couple weeks…

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Though a tad crude, it gets the point across which is, gas prices are high! Thankfully I have found a way to save money at the pump!

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Right now at all Kroger’s stores they are offering 2 x the fuel points for all grocery purchases on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through June 30th!  That means that you could save up to $1 per gallon at the pump by redeeming up to 1,000 Fuel Points at any Kroger Fuel Center, and at participating stations. I know what your thinking, to good to be true, right!? But it is true, and so simple to qualify. All you have to do is click here for the digital coupon that will double your fuel points earned when shopping at Kroger on weekends, meaning every $1 spent on the weekends equals 2 fuel points. Can I get a woohoo? Look out Australia via Toledo here we come!!!

To help get you started with that grocery order and on your way to saving 2x fuel points Kroger’s has teamed up with Mom on the go in Holy Toledo and is offering a $100 gift card to one reader.

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. What are your plans for the summer? Will you be traveling around town, or perhaps you have an awesome road trips planned? Reply to this post expressing where you are going this summer…what is your summer destination?
  2. Like Mom on the go in Holy Toledo Facebook page.
  3. Follow @mamaof3onthego on twitter
  4. Tweet this post
  5. Share this post on Facebook
  6. Follow Mom on the go in Holy Toledo on Pinterest

Winner will be randomly selected June 23nd at 11:59pm. Good Luck and remember, everyone wins when you get 2x the fuel points! So get your grocery shopping on!

Well, I am off to put another shrimp on the barbie!

Disclosure: I will be receiving a $100 Kroger gift card. All opinions expressed are my own.

Is society controlling your life?

After getting the kiddos situation in the kitchen with an art project this morning I set off for the family room to fold clothes. Exciting I know!  While folding I turned on the TV and quickly found myself being pulled into a talk show. The topic was unconventional marriages.  The host was interviewing a traditional Orthodox Jewish marriage.  First I found it ironic that the topic was unconventional marriages and the couple was in a traditional marriage. My second thought was, when did the traditional marriage become unconventional? Then I listen further and found myself mesmerized by the tradition, romance, and respect that this couple shared.

They explained that when they dated there was no physical contact. Their religion teaches that physical touch is powerful and very holy and should be reserved for husband and wife. They further explained that when you have physical touch you lose the object or purpose of dating, to get to know each other on a psychological level. If physical touch is present the focus is broken and lust can take over mimicking an artificial bond.  The question that then begs to be asked, how do you know you have the physical chemistry? They so eloquently expressed how the love and intimacy builds and from that romance and the physical components naturally follow.  It sounded so beautiful! Who would not want such a deep, meaningful, spiritual, and magical moment on their wedding day! Why does society tell us that this is the exception to the norm, why did the audience find this couples story to be so absurd?

 

Society, the media, social media, reality television, etc. tells us that the norm is premarital sex, birth control, and multiple sexual partners. That you have every right to experiment and get what you need physically, after all it is biological. Man or Woman, you need to be in control of your sexuality. Women specifically need to practice responsible sexual behavior and take control over their sexual health. Women should be on some form of birth control. Birth control has practically become an accessory for life for most women. Shoot, after asking what class are you taking, and what time do you get up in the morning, the next question going around college dorms is what birth control are you on? But by engaging in premarital sex and taking birth control women are depriving themselves of the natural biological means for selecting a mate.

When women take a hormonal contraceptive, they interfere with their biology and risk producing a hormonal imbalance that might make them more attracted to men with similar chemical makeup. If you were on the pill when you met your mate, you might, therefore, feel less attracted to him when you stop taking it—or worse, you may have greater trouble getting pregnant. Needless to say, either of these scenarios could cause problems within the relationship.  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/29/using-birth-control-pills-alters-womens-mate-preferences.aspx

According to neuropsychologist Dr. Tim Jennings: “When you have premarital sex, your reward circuitry is bonded to them now (like when a mother gives birth to a baby and nurses the baby the hormone Oxytocin is released and produces the bonding experience…same hormone is released during sex) , and it will be much deeper and hurtful. Oftentimes, in breakups of people who’ve been sexually active, they can’t tolerate the sense of emptiness, so they rush into another relationship. The neuro circuits did not have time to reset, and so they’re impaired in their ability to bond with the next person, and they may become sexually active with them. This is just a repetitive cycle, and there are real impairments in bonding going on.   http://www.conquerseries.com/2013/01/10/how-premarital-sex-rewires-the-brain/

Thus, when you add the biological and hormonal imbalance of a contraceptive with premarital sex the results can be devastating. We officially rob ourselves of all that is beautiful and magical in this world. We rob ourselves of true love, a true biological and emotional connection to a mate, a lifelong partner. Why is society encouraging our young adolescents to get on birth control and ultimately destroy what God so perfectly created?

And then to take it a step further. For those who are fortunate to still remain married after all that hormonal imbalance, and are able to bear children, society then takes ahold and dictates yet another magical component of life, the gift of life!  Through innuendoes and stumble implications in society, a family should constitute 1-3 children. Anything else is absurd. After all children are an inconvenience, they cost money, and you should be happy with what you have…to have more is just irresponsible. So a step must be made to make certain no more children enter the marriage. Having the male get a vasectomy seems to be the preferred method. Shoot, it is practically a rite of passage these days. Men joke around about it and it has most recently been tokened as the March Madness procedure. If you are still questioning societies influence on the topic perhaps this will make it clearer, vasectomies are covered by insurance; and a reversal can cost thousands of dollars. What anyone fails to discuss is the emotional and physical strain it can have on a marriage. Every woman I have spoken with whose husband has had a vasectomy have expressed that they were not 100% comfortable with their decision. To add insult to injury, most of those men had a vasectomy when their youngest child was under a year old. Thus mom was still dealing with her own hormonal imbalances from child-birth.

I lost trust in my husband’s decisions for the family, but all the while I never expressed my heartache because the vasectomy changed my husband in many ways as well. He became very focused on his work, his career advancement and the money that he could make under the guise of “providing” for the family. He continued to seek his own will and not that of God in his decisions, and I felt afraid of the control that he had over me. In hindsight, taking away someone’s fertility against their will is one of the most controlling things that anyone can do. http://onemoresoul.com/contraception-abortion/testimonials-contraception-abortion/a-womans-story-of-her-husbands-vasectomy-reversal.html

 

In conclusion, what kills me is that I am in my 30s and it has taken me this long to realize the truth and the control society has if you allow it. How the beauty of the miraculous has been lost, we have replaced it with synthetics. My wish is that all young ladies understand the effects that birth control has on you and that premarital sex doesn’t make you an adult, self-control does! Addressing the religious component of our sexuality doesn’t always come across clearly to adolescents but scientific proof might.

Perhaps if we share the truth with younger generations the rate of divorces and infertility will be less. There would be less synthetic hormones streaming through female bodies and less synthetic love from premarital sex. They can base their mate selection on pure biological and psychological connect as God intended. 

 

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