Tag: #shenanigans

My day away

Recently I had the opportunity to take a two day one night solo trip for a sneak peek at the new products and catalog for Tealightful launching in September.  It was not something I ever did before and was intrigued by the possibility.  Not just the sneak peak, but meeting other people like myself who are trying to turn a passion into an income.  It defintely helped me confirm I made the correct choice in joining this company.

The others I met while at the retreat where all amazing.  As I never met anyone of them before, nor did I know anyone attending ( I do not have a TEAm) I was nervous I would get the cold shoulder.  The you do not belong to out group, your not welcome.  That was not the case.  In fact it was the opposite!

The ladies I met while in Rochester, NY greeted me like an old friend the minute we met at check in to the hotel.  As soon as they heard I was also there for the Tea Retreat they invited me to dinner.  When I mentioned I needed to see if they could accommodate my dietary needs ( I have Celiacs Disease) one of the group walked over to the restaurant and back again before I even finished checking in to confirm the restaurant was able to accommodate Celiac needs!

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Thursday nights dinner.  Chips made with Truffle oil, bacon and Asiago cheese. Yum!

After a bigger meal than I expected of truffle chips, I went back to my hotel room to settle in and rest.  I made the drive to Rochester, NY immediately after cleaning a home in New Hope, PA.  What started as a scheduled 5,5 hour trip turned into an almost 6.5 hour trip do to traffic and rerouting.  Yet the hardest part of my day was ahead, spending my first night away from the kids; something I had not done since before my now almost 3 year old daughter was born.

As soon as I returned to the room I called home to say sweet dreams to the kids.  I missed them and was afraid C would be frustrated with putting both kids to bed.  Surprisingly everyone was in good spirits.  My 5 year old wanted to know if he would see me in the morning, which he wouldn’t, but told him I would be home in time for good night kisses.

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The Tea Ladies at dinner Thursday night

After such a long day it was easy to fall asleep in a strange bed, and I still woke up at my regular time thanks to my internal alarm clock.  I do have to say the sound of my daughters morning siren wale for a diaper change and milk was not missed one bit!

Once I made my way to the breakfast area where I met another solo attendee we met up with the rest of the group from the night before, and we got to meet Tealightful’s founder and CEO Charlene Phillips.  She is even nicer in person!  She greeted us all by name and it was not rehearsed.  She truly was amazed that we were all there and was even a little flustered by it!

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In the gift bag from Tealightful waiting for me at the hotel

After some pictures of the group we walked to the Mansion where the tasting was taking place .  Again, the details Charlene took were impressive, she personally spoke with the kitchen and main chef to assure all my food would be safe and had me and one other guest with a food sensitivity go first to get our food to make sure we were able to eat before the others could take or cross contaminate.

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Ohhh the food!

Then there was the tea . . . oh the tea!  We were able to taste 4 of the new teas coming out this season.  The one I am most excited for is the Eggnog Butter Rum!  The Pumpkin Creme Torte was also vert tasty and will be featured at the Fall Open house I am hosting on October 7th.  There was also a Holiday Berry, which was very good.  It is not my personal taste with the licorice flavor from the star Anise, but I know others will love it! The forth tea we tried was Apricot Sunrise, which I plan on featuring at a vendor event in December, it is also very tasty white tea which means the leaves can be used up to 4 times making it a great value as well!

Ironically what I am most excited about this season are the accessories!  There is a beautiful stone gray tea pot I have my eye on with matching tea mugs.  There are “teaspoon” mugs that I not only want for myself but think will

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“Teaspoon” Mug

make great teacher gifts with some tea and honey samples.  Definitely going to watch my spending this season with all these wonderful additions!

After the tea finished, we took a tour of the mansion that houses a wonderful collection of Women’s suffrage memorabilia.  Then it was time for goodbyes . . . or more appropriately until the next retreat!

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Political cartoons of the Women’s suffrage movement 
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“Swag” worn by the Women during movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drive home was a little easier and only took 5.5 hours.  Though there was a brief time when I got nervous when I GPS rerouted me avoid some traffic and took my through some mountain back roads and I was on empty.  Thankfully I was able to fill up just before getting back on the highway and made it home just in time to get the kids ready for bed.

It was an adventure for sure, and one I will make again.

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The Ladies at the ROC Retreat
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Saying good buy to our leader and CEO of Tealightful

A day out

This week shaped up into a good week for me and goals set.  I was afraid that it might be the opposite with son finishing school last week for the summer.  I LOVE this kid and I can admit he is needy. He currently likes playing with Momma and Daddy. Sometimes to the point where we cannot get anything else done. We are working on getting him into some more independent play. Not to much though as we know he will not want us around forever, I, for one, am dreading that day!

Everyday this week I have gotten in some good study time. This is something that has not happened consistently in about a month. My original goal after loosing my day job was to be finished school by now. Failed that goal miserably! New goal is to finish by end of July. I also do not want to miss this opportunity to be with my kids.

Yesterday afternoon we took a break from the standard and made use of our Season passes to Sesame Place. The kid’s Dad stayed home to work on our son’s big boy room (this will be a different post when finished!). This made me a bit nervous to take both kids without someone to either watch our 6 month old or take out 3 year old on rides.

In order to keep both kids happy and safe we stayed mostly in the Tiddly Winks section. My son loved it! He played alligator in the wave and splash pools. Ran around Ernie’s Water Works. Made and smashed sand castles in the sand box.

My daughter took it all in and frequently laughed at her brother’s antics. She fell asleep on the way home and still slept through the night! We also get to see some furry friends while we were visiting.

G was a little shy, but Oscar the Grouch eventually won out.
G was a little shy, but Oscar the Grouch eventually won out.

After meeting Oscar, my son was on a mission. To find Cookie Monster and Big Bird. We did not see them, but we did run into another furry friend!

It's Murray!
It’s Murray!

As you can see he was more open to meeting Murray!

Family Time at Sesame Place!
Family Time at Sesame Place!

On the way home my son and I chatted as his sister slept. I promised him we would go back soon and see Cookie Monster and Big Bird. As we pulled into our development and got closer to home he said “Today good day.”

Yeah it was, so glad to have the opportunity to have these days too!

An afternoon of shenanigans

Have you ever tried coming up with an afternoon activity with two children, the oldest only 3? It’s not an easy feat. Especially when you are looking at this challenge as the only adult supervisor.

On Thursday my man asked if I could take the kids for a few hours so he could work on what will be our son’s big boy room and we can finally transition our daughter into the nursery. Of course I said yes, but inside I was thinking, how the heck am I going to pull this off?

My kids are good kids, just young. My son is full of energy and curiosity and often wants one of us to join him the first time he does something as a just in case and to see how it’s done. We often hear “Look momma, look daddy!” as he plays and explores. This is awesome when we are both present, but now we are adding in my very clingy 6 month old who also wants to be held constantly!

Thankfully I received a call from a good friend saying she had the afternoon off and wanted to know if I was open to hang out! Told her I was taking the kids out for a bit, but if she wanted to join then she was more than welcome, she said YES!

We took the kids to the Garden State Discovery Museum! It was a blast! As you can see, having my friend with me was a huge help!

We spent a great deal of time in the Dino room, they are my son’s favorite!

Dino Hatch-ling
Dino Hatch-ling 
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Dino Puzzle Time!
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Look at these fossils!
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What’s this one?

There were lots of areas to play and expolre!

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Who needs our help? We are on our way!
I got this!
I got this!
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Aunt Amy holding my girl while her brother has me off and running!
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Oink Oink!
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You want me to build what?!?!
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Love you Momma!
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Thank you for joining us Aunt Amy!

Yes, thank you Aunt Amy! The day would not have been as fun without you!