Tired Of Being A Bully & #BullyNoMore Twitter Party


Have you ever had your son or daughter come to you for help because they are being bullied? Do they even know that the way they are being treated is in fact bullying?

As parents we need to be able to talk to our kids about bullying & how to handle it. The book Tired of Being a Bully is more then a book about dogs. It’s a story about Lucky, a junkyard dog, who isn’t quite the nicest animal on the block. In the book, Lucky learns that being mean to other dogs doesn’t gain him friends.

I was able to read the book not only to my children but also to my oldest daughter’s class & my youngest son’s teacher read it to their class.


It was awesome talking with my daughter’s class after we read the book. We talked about what they thought about the book, how it helped them & about when they were bullied.

I asked them to raise their hand if they had ever been bullied, the entire class raised their hand. It’s astonishing to me that so many kids have suffered & been mistreated. I was so amazed to hear how well they handled it though when it did happen.

One student said “if I was bullied, I would tell them to stop. In a very firm voice, and I would keep telling them until they stopped”. Another student said “if I was bullied again I would ask them why they were bullying me & try to work it out before telling an adult”.

I am so honored to be a part of the #BullyNoMore campaign with some awesome bloggers, the author of Tired Of Being A Bully Dicy McCullough & someone I really look up to Dr. G {Deborah Gilboa, MD}.

I hope you will be able to join us for the #BullyNoMore twitter party n April 2, 2013 at 9:30 PM EST. We are going to have a Twitter party to celebrate Dicy’s new book and to discuss this ever-rising issue of bullying.

Join myself {Rachel @rachhabs of To Hab and to Hold} & these other panelists during the twitter party as we discuss bullying!

Greta @gfunkified of GFunkified

Lydia @lydrich of Cluttered Genius

Jeanae @jeanae of Waiting for Supermom

Shannon @ShannonMSander of Aries Mommy

Theresa @Reese22 of  The Importance of Being Reese

Please RSVP for the party here.

Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a copy of Tired Of Being A Bully!

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Mamavation Monday: Back From My Weekend In The Woods


We had such a fun weekend with Grandma & Grandpa!

The girls & I just got back from a weekend at the cottage yesterday. We had so much fun! Most people who know me, know that I am not a big nature girl. The closest nature and I get is when I run outside or on the trails. When I say I am not a nature girl I mean that Adam will laugh almost the whole time as I jump, scream and run faster just to be done. In fact while we were on the trail at the Tahquamenon Falls this weekend I spent a lot of time up close with nature & screaming.

Once we got to the cottage we unpacked, went sledding down the big hill & then the girls went for a walk across the lake with Grandpa. They loved being out in the middle of the woods where they could be as loud as they wanted to!

After sledding we went to dinner. I decided that I was going to ditch my diet. Not forever, but just for a couple of days. I wanted to have a fun weekend, and not have a care in the world. The Whitefish was a cool place! I think they knew I wasn’t a local from the moment they saw my shoes when I walked in. It’s not very often that you see a pair of pink, glitter Converse in the woods! image-4
We played the lottery, won some money, ate some awesome food & witnessed a fight. The bar fight became the joke of the weekend!

I am in love with Tahquamenon falls! It’s so beautiful and I was so excited to walk down the trail. That was until I couldn’t stand up and walk more then 5 steps before me & the back I was carrying would slam into the ground! I am not kidding, it happened so often that we could not stop laughing and then my butt & legs weren’t the only thing hurting! Thankfully the DNR had snowshoes for visitors to use.


Before I continue telling you about this adventure remember the following things: I am so clumsy it’s ridiculous. I have broken a few bones in sports. This adventure was taking place on an icy trail & a ton of people around. After the helpful DNR officer helped me I was able to walk more then 10 steps at a time, in fact I was able to do the entire trail. That was a LONG trail, especially in snow shoes for the first time! I did it though, and after completing it I figure it’s great training for a half marathon. I signed up for my first half this fall, and after hitting the submit button I almost cried. Ok, not really cried but fear was my greatest emotion! I will do it this fall & like this weekend be so proud of myself for finishing!

This weekend make me realize how much I missed living in the UP. How much I need to just unplug & go take some time to myself. That it’s ok to ditch my diet, and pick it back up monday! I don’t have a scale picture this week since I choose to eat chicken tenders, french fries & lots of ranch! I also had one of the best burgers I have ever had & soda. Today is a new day & this is a new week. It’s back to the daily workouts & diet.

Hope you all had a fabulous week!


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This post is sponsored by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway

Breast Cancer Bracelet Giveaway!

Who doesn’t love pink, jewelry & a giveaway? If you are a fan of any or all of those things then pay close attention to this post!

I am managing the social media for Up North Beads. UNB is a business that was created by my mother in law Marge & my sister in law Sarah. Marge makes the lampwork beads out of glass & stained glass. Sarah makes the beautiful jewelry. Sarah originally started making jewelry in her teens & selling at craft shows to pay for college. Now she is a stay at home momma to my adorable nephew & continuing to make jewelry.

What better way to celebrate Up North Beads being on Twitter & Facebook then a giveaway?

The Prize


Enter the giveaway here: http://bit.ly/X23jHK

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Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway ending. Winner will be notified by email.