Make Friends While You Drive with CarMoji by MotorMood

Being on the road could be very stressful sometimes, especially when you are driving by angry drivers full of road rage. When I used to get cut off by other drivers, lets just say I would have my choice of colorful metaphors to exchange with them. Now that I’m a parent, I try to just keep it as calm as possible so that I prevent any accidents because I have my kiddos to keep safe.

That is why I think the CarMoji is such a unique product. MotorMood has come up with such a fun product that any driver can use! The CarMoji is a light up “emoji” face that you attach to the rear mirror. You simply touch the remote button that is placed on your window visor (much like a garage door opener) and your CarMoji lights up its pretty little emoji face.

The CarMoji has interchangeable color faces, I have the blue and the red face – which works best at night for me since my car windows are tinted. There are also other emoji faces available, as well as a “thumbs up” icon. The remote is battery operated but the neat thing is that you only have to replace the AA batteries about twice a year.

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Honestly, it makes driving something to look forward to and my son loves seeing the CarMoji face light up! I got a few friendly waves from using it, making friends on the road – now that’s something new for me!

So”kill them with kindness” if you will. Or use it as another way to give a friendly thank you to that driver who let you in the lane the very last second. Check MotorMood here out and get yourself a CarMoji! Make sure to use coupon code “THANKSGISELLA” to get $5.00 off your purchase!!

 

Printed and Proper

I always try to stay true to myself and my personal style. I love rocking graphic tee’s that express more than just a trend, but that just personally get me and exude my personality. Now to find both of those things in a brand and on top of it, add faith to its purpose – I’m sold!

Printed and Proper not only offers pieces with a purpose but some of the shirts have some of the most funny slogans for us foodies who just love to laugh and a good eat. When scrolling through the brand’s site, it was really hard to just narrow it down to just two pieces to pick out because her line is so adorable and has a broad range of cute tees to fit any personality. Whether you are strong in your faith, need a rocking mom power tee, or are just looking for a shirt to express how much tacos mean to you – this is the shop to buy from!

One of the first pieces that stood out to me was the “Be You Bravely” tee. One of the reasons this piece resonated with me was the Bible verse that it represented – which is:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:2

This is one of my favorite Bible verses, mostly because as a young girl and throughout me growing as a Christian – I felt the tug and pull of being a Christian in this modern world. Being of the flesh but trying to live in Christ is a huge challenge, especially for young girls. It is important to “not conform” to what this world expects of young women, many things that are not godly – such as premarital sex, promiscuity, vanity, etc. I have always struggled to be myself, sometimes not so bravely – so I feel this shirt is an awesome message for not only young women, but all women. Because even when you grow up and become mothers and wives, we still have to hold true to the will of God and the examples we have to uphold in Christ.

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I also fell in love with the t-shirt “Taco’s Are My Love Language” because, well who doesn’t love tacos? I know I do, I especially gravitated towards this graphic tee because tacos has been my number one craving this pregnancy. So, it was only natural to pick this baby up!

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Audrey Deprenbok is the shop owner, and she is seriously the sweetest person you will ever meet! Her packaging is adorable, well thought out and personalized to make you feel extra special. Great customer service always has me wanting to come back for more – which I definitely will be back for more! Not to mention, the fabric of both the shirts I received were so soft and the cuts are very trendy! So I encourage every one of you to check out her shop, here – and she is also on Etsy. Make sure to use coupon code “GKNOWSBEST” to get a special discount! Make sure to shop small business ya’ll!

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Until next time!

~G

Staged By Social Media

It has taken a few weeks for me to finish this post, mostly because I really wanted to make sure it didn’t come across too negatively to my readers. After coming back from my trip to California to visit family, and then during the 4th of July holiday, I really took some time to be present in my family and reevaluate a few things.

I have mentioned before that I really struggle to be present and focused sometimes, over indulging in my technology due to social media, emails, blogging, etc. It get’s very challenging sometimes, trying to keep up with this social media game where you’re constantly chasing after more followers or likes in order to maintain some sort of relevancy on social media. It’s just the nature of the game- blogging is a competitive thing where there are so many talented bloggers out there that you have to make sure you are always creating great content. It gets challenging for me because I have to constantly remind myself why I’m doing it all the while trying to stay true to myself.

Lately it had been feeling very forced for me, always chasing after that perfectly staged picture that just never feels natural. Getting overwhelmed by trying to finish writing a post, product review, all while making sure my toddler gets fed, bathed, watched, etc. I’m in my third trimester so running after him and making sure all his needs get met is physically exhausting because I’m caring another little in my belly. He is a handful and he needs my patience more than anything, but there are times where he really pushes me and I feel badly for having my attention elsewhere all because I’m doing the “blogging” thing.

So why did I start this blogging adventure?

I did it because I wanted to share my experience. I know I’m not the only hot mess mom out there, still trying to hold on to the little bit of identity left within her. You know, everything you loose in the process of motherhood because you are no longer just for yourself – but you belong to your children. You start to dedicate your life more to shaping and creating the lives and atmosphere of your tiny humans. Whatever time left you may have for yourself, you will probably find it schlumped over the couch trying to catch up on sleep.

I did it because there are stories to tell, that could help others like myself. Especially when it comes to my faith. I try to stay true, I try to provide a hope and an outlet for others that may be struggling with the same experiences. I want to give others hope through my failures – maybe provide for a reason to laugh. I am not perfect, and thankfully God does not require you to be, but it’s my way to reach out there to people I may not have ever gotten a chance to meet personally – and maybe form a connection. Through that connection, maybe I could offer support or healing.

I did it because, I enjoy to write. Not everyone is going to like what I write, but its always been an outlet for me to let it out and keep my sanity. Ever since I could remember, I’ve had a notebook full of thoughts, poems, stories and songs.

So then, why have I become so obsessed with the number of followers and likes on my pictures? Why have I become so focused on the number of comments on my pictures? Am I getting away from why I started this in the first place?

I took a few weeks off just so that I could ground myself and realize that although I may not have all the followers or picture likes in the world – that is not why I started all of this. I do not want to force real connections or real engagement. If that means it may take me more time to build those relationships, then so be it. I want to be able to present during life and not miss out on every milestone that my kiddo goes through. I don’t want to force him to take that “perfect” picture only for him to hate being in front of the camera because mommy is making him take another picture. I want to laugh, I want to live, I want to be present and just be in the moment.

So I encourage you to let life happen and just be apart of the ride. Take that picture, post it, and who cares if it isn’t in the perfect lighting. Be blind fully present, take in the moments because one day, they will just be pictures and memories. Enjoy your lives, don’t live it for others or for that perfect moment of product placement. Be authentically you, even if the picture doesn’t agree, or the hashtag doesn’t fit. Be true to yourself.