SoFab on the Road - Chicago #SoFabUOTR #cbias

Have you purchased your Early Bird tickets to SoFab in Chicago YET? They are still available!

SoFab on the Road - Chicago #SoFabUOTR #cbias

There will be amazing sessions such as Video . . . which I totally need a big push to assist me; sponsored posts . . . which I love doing and want better range; networking . . . which I think I can do so much better; and even more learning opportunities. There will also be wonderful sponsors like MüllerKraft and iBlog, which without, these conferences could not take place. The agenda will be up on the webiste next week and I can't wait to find out all the great sessions SoFabU on the Road Chicago will be offering.

About SoFabU on the Road - Chicago - JULY 11

SoFabU on the Road is a unique event that allows influencers to take advantage of educational opportunities that will help set them a part from the rest.

SoFabU on the Road features hands-on, interactive sessions for influencers to implement what they're learning on the spot. The sessions are paired with fun city-specific adventures where attendees get to practice their newly learned skills.

Events are open to all bloggers and influencers! There is a SoFabU On The Road coming to a City near you!

  • June – NYC
  • July – Chicago
  • Aug. – Minneapolis
  • Sept. – Atlanta
  • Oct. – Bentonville AR

Disclosure: I am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine.

New to Netflix This May #StreamTeam

There's a lot of great series and shows coming to Netflix this month. Like,  Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde! And another great Netflix original is being introduced. Grace and Frankie, Netflix's new funny and fearless original comedy featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. It is the perfect example of how today’s families can shift, rearrange and blend in unexpected ways.

GRACE AND FRANKIE  5/08/15 In GRACE AND FRANKIE, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way. 

BETWEEN 5/21/15 BETWEEN is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.  **The show will air 6 episodes. One episode every Thursday at 8:30pm PT, starting 5/21**

JEN KIRKMAN: I'M GONNA DIE ALONE (AND I FEEL FINE) 5/22/15 A Netflix comedy special featuring renowned story-teller Jen Kirkman, best known for her appearances on Chelsea Lately and the award-winning web series Drunk History.

New to Netflix This May #StreamTeam

If you have not been watching Netflix original shows, you should be. Here are a few that my husband and I have streamed and love.

Daredevil - My son and I loved this show. Bloodline - My husband and I are watching this show now - awesome! Unbreakable Jimmy Schmidt - HIL-ARIOUS! Peaky Blinders - Oh My Stars - This is SOOO good! Borgia - EVEN BETTER!

New on Netflix for Kids and Families

Not to leave out your little people . . . here are some favorites beginning in May as well.
THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS SEASONS 1, 5 NEW EPISODES Available 5/08/15
H20: MERMAID ADVENTURES SEASON 1 Available 5/22/15
RICHIE RICHE SEASONS 2 Available 5/22/15
MAKO MERMAIDS SEASON 3 Available 5/29/15
LALALOOPSY: FESTIVAL OF SUGARY SWEETS Available 5/2/2015

Family Is What You Make It

For your little kids:

1. Lily's Driftwood Bay
2. The Tigger Movie
3. Guess How Much I Love You: S1E5 Big Like You
4. Angelina Ballerina: Superstar Sisters

For your big kids:

1. Crash & Bernstein
2. Life with Boys
3. Spy Kids
4. Russell Madness (Available 5/10)

And for teens and adults:

1. Raising Hope
2. The Fosters
3. Gilmore Girls
4. Life Unexpected

Check out the full rundown of what will be added to Netflix in May:

Coming to Netflix:

May 1
Longmire, Season 3
Shameless, Season 10
Witnesses
Legally Blonde
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blone

May 3
Royal Pains, Season 6

May 8
Grace and Frankie
The Adventures of Puss In Boots

May 12
Fruitvale Station

May 14
American Restoration, new collection
Dance Moms, new collection
Duck Dynasty, new collection
Hoarders, new collection
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Season 4

May 15
Dawg Fight
Granite Flats,
Seasons 1-3

May 19
Zombeavers

May 21
Between

May 22
Jen Kirkman: I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
H20: Mermaid Adventures
Richie Rich,
Season 2
Inglorious Basterds

May 23
The Boxtrolls

May 29
Mako Mermaids, Season 3
Hot Girls Wanted


DIY Mini Succulents In Mason Jars #CMYK

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of HP MyPrintly. All opinions are 100% mine.

Oh my cuteness!

When HP MyPrintly invited me to create something special from their inspirational material I couldn't wait to get started on an awesome DIY for my children's teachers. I visited HP's newest site, MyPrintly to peruse their DIY projects and ideas. MyPrintly.com will inspire you and turn you into a creative genius!

If you didn't know, last week was Teacher Appreciation week. I hope you all honored your children's teachers to show them how awesome they all are. I adore all my daughter's teacher at our homeschool consortium. They have a great passion for teaching my girls and I wanted to thank them with something special.

DIY Mini Succulents In Mason Jars #CMYK

I decided to create mini succulent gardens in Mason Jars and give them as  gifts

to all the amazing teachers!

DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK

My girls are learning from a large pool of other wonderful parents whose focus is on educating their children and mine. It is always so nice to be able to show appreciation for this amazing group of moms that help my girls grow every week!

My girls and I were ready to dirty with paint and soil making DIY Succulents in Mason Jars.

Since my girls are still young, I didn't want to overwhelm them with a huge project. These little mini succulent garden are perfect to put together in short time spans.

The first thing we did was paint the Mason jars with chalk board paint. I selected Mason jelly jars since they are the perfect size to plant succulents. Just one coat of the chalk board paint was perfect and using a mini sponge paint brush worked fabulously. I let these jars dry for a full day, but they really were dry in about an hour or so.

Next, we were ready to spray paint the Mason jars in the Robin's  Egg Matte spray paint and primer in one that the girls had selected. Simply remove the lid and spray paint the jars. My kids had a great time spray painting all the jars. We turned the jars upside down and sprayed fully and once they were dry, we turned them over and sprayed the top of the jars.

DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK

Once the paint was fully dry(we waited another full day), we got to work with a sponge sandpaper. Have you used one of these? My favorite tool ever! Basically, where ever the raised glass is on the jar, just run the sandpaper across and sand the paint off. This gives the jars a wonderful old vintage look and the black chalkboard paint shows through nicely.

DIY Mini Succulents In Mason Jars #CMYK

I had decided to plant succulents for several reasons. First, they are pretty. Second, they are low maintenance . . . I didn't want to create extra work for all these amazing women. IF you happen to forget to water the succulents for awhile, they pretty much won't die on you. Third, succulents would be easy for my girls to work with.

DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK
DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK
DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK

I purchased a bag of soil and had the girls fill up the Mason jars that we had painted and sanded with some soil, about 3/4 full. We took the succulents out of their little plastic pots and replanted them into the painted Mason jars. I filled in the gaps with extra potting soil. We had a nice little assembly line as we worked.

My girls were so excited to plant mini succulent gardens in jars for all their teachers. This was such a fun DIY project for my girls and I to complete together. This totally inspired my girls to grow something and take care of it. They each planted their own succulent Mason jar and are taking very good care of them.

I wanted to add another something special to the DIY succulent Mason jars so I added tags to the jars. I just printed mine on my HP Envy 5660 Printer, cut them out and attached the tags to the old fashioned colorful paper straws with wasabi tape and poked the straws in the jars. I love the results! Aren't they adorable?

DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK
DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK
DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK

What do you think of these DIY Succulents in Mason Jars?  The teachers LOVED them!

DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK

Take a look at these fun garden projects at MyPrintly.com, they are super cute!

Be inspired and learn more about MyPrintly.com. Right now MyPrintly.com is running an exciting giveaway! Entry is super simple - you just need to follow @MyPrintly on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest , or Instagram . THEN complete a brief entry form in order to be entered for a chance to win one of three (3) HP Envy Printers. (People, this printer is the Envy of all!) The contest will end on Friday, May 15th and winners will be randomly selected and notified the following week. Please note, only residents of the U.S.A. are eligible to enter.

Thank you so much to our friends from  HP  . . . we had such fun with this DIY!

DIY Succulents In Mason Jars with HP MyPrintly #CMYK

Disclosure: As an HP Smart Mom Panel member. I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experiences.

Spring Brunch With SunnyD

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias

Celebrate Spring with a simple and stylish brunch that everyone will love.

Spring Brunch With SunnyD  #WhereFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereFunBegins

I love to host Mother’s Day every year at my house. I love this day because I get to honor all the important women in my life. It’s a chance for everyone to gather and enjoy some spring weather. We are all like bears coming out of hibernating after this long, cold winter here in Chicago. I absolutely adore the casual Mother's Day Brunch I put together this year with SunnyD.

Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins

I created easy recipes, delicious drinks and fun decor to make Mother’s Day memorable for all my guests. I wanted to highlight the vibrant orange color of the SunnyD, so I selected fresh spring colors. I was inspired by blue sky and yellow sun since we have not seen either of these two for the past six months. I tied everything together with fresh flowers and the splash of bright orange adds the perfect finishing touch.

Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins

I created a fun, colorful display using SunnyD. I used a crystal pitcher to serve the SunnyD. I love that SunnyD adds a bold color to our gathering. I carried this around on a simple white tray. I tied a colorful ribbon around the pitcher for another splash of the blue.  Each glass has some lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange slices as an added pop of color in our glasses. I used yellow coordinating polka dot straws with a Mother's Day printable straw flag to tie everything together.

Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins

I didn't spend weeks preparing this either. I simply looked around my house for what I already had to make Mother's Day special for all the ladies in my life. Simple color ribbon is an easy and fun way to perk up any table.  All my simple color choices coordinate with the SunnyD color scheme.

Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins

I made Mother's Day dessert super easy on myself and purchased a gorgeous cake. I then simply embellished it with printable bunting to add more color to match the cake and the flowers. It is super easy to make, simply print out the bunting and glue or tape to some colorful twine. Hang the twine from two wooden skewers poked into your beautiful cake.

Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
I also stopped by the flower section of my local Sam's Club and picked up some pretty flowers that coordinated with all the colors of my Mother's Day Brunch. I trimmed the flowers and tucked them in a pretty pink pitcher I already had.
Spring Brunch With SunnyD
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
While I was picking up my flowers and cake from my local Sam's Club, I also grabbed the SunnyD. My kids love it, and all my gals were so delighted that I was serving a childhood favorite. I also grabbed a 24 count pack to add to school lunches everyday! During the spring and summer months, Sam's Club moves the SunnyD to an end cap versus the usual location in the refrigerated section AND they roll the price back to $5.38 for the summer.
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins
Are you hosting a Spring Brunch this weekend? Sam's Club has everything you need! Be sure to check out more fun in the sun with SunnyD at sunnyd.com. I'd love to hear how you have fun with SunnyD!
Spring Brunch With SunnyD #WhereTheFunBegins

Mom On The Go Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SkinnyCowMoments #CollectiveBias

Moms are busy.

Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments

My kids are young and busy. My full time job is just trying to keep up with their schedules. We are on the go a lot these days. School clubs, track, soccer, American Heritage Girls — this month has included one free day and I won't see another for two more weeks. Even with limiting the number of activities each child can do, it is not uncommon for me to pick my son up at school and head straight to the next activity or appointment. I have one day each week that has me running from 7am until 7pm!

I always thought when my kids were a bit older that the pace would slow down. Now we have an endless parade of homework, sports practices, music lessons and extra-curriculars. I need to add in errands, work, orthodontists appointments, my house needs to be cleaned and I really do need to keep my family fed, healthy and happy. My days become so busy that I let hours go by without recharging and taking a moment for myself.

I'm always careful about providing for my children and ensuring they are eating and drinking  in between all their activities. But I always forget to show myself the same level of care. Sometimes an entire day can pass and I have not eaten or drank anything at all.  When this happens, I know it affects my mood. When I hear myself being grouchy momma, I know I need to take a few moment to indulge.

Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments

When I forget to take care of myself, not only does it affect my mood, but it dulls my mental alertness. This is not too smart of me since I am driving my three children around all afternoon to their activities.  Additionally, around four o'clock everyday I hit a wall and literally could fall asleep wherever I am. I run out of the energy I need during the day because I am not recharging myself. 

Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
I decided in order to stay energized and on top of my busy schedule I need to keep a Mom On The Go Basket with me at all times. I headed to Walmart to get all the supplies I would need for my go to bag. I love Skinny Cow for their fantastic selection of deliciously indulgent and affordable chocolatey goodness to keep me happy when I'm constantly on the go.
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments

Simply locate a basket or bag to carry all your indulging items in. I selected a basket with handles for easy mobility. I then filled the basket with all my selections. I also added a sign that states: For Mom. That means it is for me and not the kiddos!

So even though I’d much rather spend a day at the beach, travel with friends, or head to a spa; I’m much more realistic and maybe that day will come after my kids graduate college. Here’s my way of treating myself whilst constantly on the go. Remember to take the time to do this for yourself and show your body and mind some love!

Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments

TREAT YO’SELF.

Here are my favorite go-to indulgences for busy days:

  • Skinny Cow® Blissful Truffle Candy Bars These are deliciously indulgent and you MUST hide them for your children! My daughters ate all mine! They have a rich, soft truffle layer, providing chocolate lovers a one-of-a-kind, decadent chocolate experience! (come in two flavors – Milk and Dark Chocolate)
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
  • Skinny Cow® Vanilla Almond Crunch Bar These are impossibly indulgent!(come in three flavors -creamy Vanilla Almond Crunch, decadent Double Caramel Swirl and tempting Triple Chocolate Ripple)
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
  • Skinny Cow® Mocha Latte Creamy Iced Coffee. These are insanely delicious! The indulgent Creamy Iced Coffee Drinks are a decadent blend of rich roasted coffee whipped with creamy milk. (come in three flavors -  Vanilla Latte, Mocha Latte & Creamy Cappuccino) I found mine in the refrigerated section.
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments

If I could, I would go to the spa everyday for some treatment or another. But real life gets in the way and it is simply not feasible. So I am able to achieve a spa moment any time I please on the go. If I am feeling stressed or tired, I can head to my Mom On The Go Basket and take some time to mentally refresh. Here are some other items I tossed in my Mom On The Go Basket.

Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments
  • lotion
  • lip balm
  • deodorant
  • moist towelettes
  • hand sanitizer
  • breathe mints
  • stainless steal mug
  • double tumbler (never have enough of these)
  • stain pen
  • note pad & pencils
  • tissues
Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments

I put this basket together for myself to regain some of my me time. Part of being a mom isn’t just based on shuffling my children around, there’s so much more to it than this! I need to remember to take a little more time to myself. I need to fit in some time to relax, rejuvenate, de-stress, and indulge myself for everything I do.

Be sure to check out more deliciousness from Skinny Cow at Walmart I'd love to hear your favorite Skinny Cow treat!

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What are your secrets for indulging?

Mom On The Go Bag #SkinnyCowMoments

5 One-Stop Shop Gifts for Moms with American Greetings

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BestMomsDayEver #CollectiveBias

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver
Mother’s Day will be here in a moment's notice! If you are looking for the perfect gift; one that shows how much you care and shows loads of love, then these Mother's Day gift ideas from Walmart will be right up your alley.
One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestMomsDayEver

Motherhood. Daughters grow up believing their moms hung the moon and are the most beautiful, most perfect mother on the planet! As daughters become moms themselves, they recognize how amazing, joy-filled and challenging(and sometimes scary) motherhood REALLY can be. Motherhood is a role more important than any other;  yet, a role which sometimes can go unnoticed or unappreciated.

I am not fortunate to have a biological mother in my life. My father died when I was 18 and I have been alone since that time. However, I have a wonderful women was has "(not formally) adopted" me, taken me in and guided me through my adulthood as a woman and as a mother. She was the one constant I had in my life and she is still around today! She even thinks of my children as her grandchildren as she has none of her own.

I believe some women are not fortunate enough to have a fabulous mom in their life growing up. I was on my own and really had to forge my own path. I met this amazing woman and she opened her arms to me. She showed me what a functioning mother/daughter relationship is all about. She has guided me through so much in my life. We are both quietly in each other lives; not overbearing, but always there when needed. She did not give birth to me, but I believe she was hand selected for me

I am so grateful for the mom in my life, and the opportunity I now have to be a mom to my own little people. There is no greater gift. As a mother myself, I think we love and desire to serve our family. We tend to live a life full of unselfishness and complete devotion. Our lives deserve to be applauded daily and not just on a specified holiday.

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver
One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestMomsDayEver

I was so excited to see all the gorgeous cards and beautiful gifts Walmart has available for Mother's Day. I found the perfect card to express how I feel about the 'mom' in my life. America Greetings has such a choice selection of cards, I was able to find the perfect Mother's Day card that didn't state for my mom.  I was able to bring my children to select some items and I was able to select some amazing gifts as well. Walmart really has a One Stop Shop for Mother's Day to create the Best Mom's Day Ever for the special Mom in my family's lives.

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver

5 One-Stop Shop Gifts for Moms with American Greetings

Here are 5 One-Stop-Shop Mother’s Day gift ideas you can get at the One Stop Shop in Walmart to say I Love You with! I love that all these Mother's Day gifts are coordinated. They all look so gorgeous together!

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver

Magnetic Plaque: This is perfect for any busy mom. This magnetic plaque can be placed at the center of any mom's life--the kitchen! Never miss an important message again!

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver

Journal: I always love a fun journal to carry around. We moms are always so busy, a journal is a great thing to add to your bag for the day -- never forget anything again!

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver

Picture Frame: I love a great picture frame and one with an inspirational message is even better! Look how I was able to color coordinate my girls image with the frame!

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestmomsDayEver

Note Pads & Cup: I never have enough note pads in my house and I can always use a great cup that is just for me!

I hope you enjoy celebrating motherhood and hope your sweet babies make you smile all day long!

One-Stop Shop for Moms with American Greetings #BestMomsDayEver

Be sure to check out this "One-Stop Shop" at Walmart for your #BestMomsDayEver.

What are some of your favorite words to say about Mother’s Day?

31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring

I have a created a list for the month of May and on it are things that my kiddos and I can do to properly welcome Spring. These activities will keep learning alive when the spring weather is beckoning their attentions. .

31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring

Here are a list of 31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active this Spring

  • Search the variety of trees and look at the buds on them.
  • Hang the bird feeders and fill them up with birdseed
  • Bird watch
  • Draw with chalk all over the driveway
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
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  • Have a playdate at the park
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  • Have a media free day
  • Go to the forest preserve and search for milkweeds
  • Plant flowers in the front yard pots
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
  • Watch baby caterpillars and collect more milkweeds (they eat a lot)
  • Blow bubbles outdoors
  • Go on a nature walk and spot wildflowers
  • Get up really early and watch the sunrise
  • Have a family picnic at the park
31 Activities to Keep Your Kids Active This Spring
  • Plant a garden (after Mother’s Day in the midwest)
  • Watch the sunset
  • Have breakfast on the deck
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  • Have a nature scavenger hunt
  • Have a squirt gun battle
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  • Search for worms
  • Watch chrysalis form in the caterpillar housing
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And lastly,

Write a list with your kids of things they want to do this summer.

What are some of your favorite spring activities?

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

I have been flying for decades now. I have flown for pleasure and for business. There are some airports that I dread, and I mean absolutely dread traveling through, and there are others that I adore. They just know what they are doing . . . and they do it well.

Traveling has drastically changed in the past decade. . . . as the world has changed. I happen to think traveling abroad is much, much easier than traveling within the United States. I think the US airports are a bit on over drive these days and they are staffing employees that are perhaps some of the rudest people I have ever encountered in my life. 

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

Flying is a form of benign custody, I do think the guards can show some humanity. Now, not all guards are inhumane. I have found some to be quite pleasant. Like the time I forgot a water bottle in my back pack in Orlando. I mean, I really could have been in some serious trouble here . . . but she just took the bottle out, tossed it in the trash bin and told me to have a safe flight.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

I'm usually traveling with three kids in tow and that is not easy. It is getting easier as my kids get older, but it still sucks sometimes. I don't expect special treatment because I have three kids trailing behind me, but please, extend some grace.

Like the time when I handed the guard our tickets and my drivers license, after our tickets have been checked by the ticket agent, another ticket agent and one guard already and she freaked out and handed them back to me and stated loudly . . . "I will not take these in a stack . . . one at at time or you can get out of line". First time that ever happened to me. I always hand our tickets over in a stack and no one has complained.

Her, that day, needed some coffee! Me, that morning, bit the inside of my cheek until it bled so I would not say an unkind word to a guard that would forever get me banned from flying on any airline for the rest of my life. Also, I taught my children how to extend grace back to rude people.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

I know I am already setting myself up for dirty looks when I even step foot in an airport with my three kids behind me. They each have their roll-on luggage and their backpacks, as I do as well. I can see the dirty looks from other travelers and know what they are thinking. "They better not be on my flight: "Great, not just one kid, but three" "Hope she has some tranquilizers" Believe me, I have heard it all.

I know some passengers hate and despise kids on planes. My kids have been traveling with me since they were born, literally. My husband and I have been bringing our babies with us everywhere. I have even heard people mutter that kids should be banned from flights. Perhaps airlines should consider a kids club on airplanes, right? Or better yet, a special compartment underneath the plane, just for babies??

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

What I really want to say to these passengers is . . . should I have never had children? Should I never go on vacation? Should I not teach my children about this vast world we live in? Are they not allowed to see the Eiffel Tower? But mostly I want to say, my kids will be paying your retirement funds when they grow up (unlike you all) so get over it.

 

The world does not revolve around planet you. Earth to losers, get over it.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

Believe me, I want my crying child to stop as much as you do . . . probably even more. If you are irritated, believe me, I am ten times more irritated because I know I am getting death stares from everyone on the plane. I once endured a screaming child on a fifteen hour flight to China. Believe me, I wanted to jump off the plane more than you wanted me to.

When my baby or child is screaming their head off and I finally, through some miracle, get them to fall asleep . .  some food will turn on their light or bump my seat . . . and the entire process will begin again. Thanks arsehole!

My major complaint would have to be after many many hours of planning a family vacation . .  because believe me it is not easy planning a vacation for a family of five, and not the least bit cheap I might add. Why for the love of God do you change the flight number and move all my seats that I selected months ago. Now my five year old child is sitting by herself in the back of the plane! My son is somewhere, no where near my husband and I and my other child has no seat assignment at all.

This is the most irritating, most frustrating factor of flying for me. This has happened to us more times than I care to admit. I'm at the point now that I don't even like to select seats for the five of us, because I know it will not matter in the least. We will be bumped, moved, and casually tossed aside for someone else to enjoy our seats. There is no use complaining either. Because the airlines, just don't care.

I can't even image how frustrated the airline attendants who check in families are. Some are nice, some are cordial, some are flat out mean. The last flight I was on with my daughters, I really, really had to pull out all the stops to not tell her off. She was horrid, absolutely horrific to me. I don't even know how she has a job working for a major airline. She was quite literally, the rudest attendant I have ever come across in all the countries I have flown though.

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

So, here are my top five complaints:

The arm rest monopolizers.

Passengers who do NOT have a close personal relationship with soap and water.

The alcoholic who becomes the frequent toilet user.

Why does the single passenger always have to sit in the middle seat? {If I get the middle seat, I'm taking both arm rests. Don't even try to use one!}

What Bothers Me Most About Flying?

The instant we achieve cruising altitude, the passenger in front of me slams his chair back as far as it will go and enters a state of coma from which he can't be roused until landing. I have to sit like Quasimodo, I can't use my tray table and I can't see my console in the back of his seat, as his slumbers require the screen to be situated at nipple-height. Oh and I am left with about 10 cm of breathing space!

Quite honestly, I never know what to do about reclining my seat. On the one hand, if they didn't want you to recline your seat, then why'd they give you the option? You're supposed to recline your seat right? But I HATE it when the passenger in front of me does. I feel like I'm in a flying coffin. So I don't do it ... unless the person in front of me does it and then I do, which really isn't fair for the person behind me?

When flying I just accept there will be issues. I check in online, print my own boarding pass, travel light, and I show up two hours before departure. All this to just get on a plane. I keep hoping the privilege of flying will once again become a wonderful experience.