Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Long time no see!!!!

For the longest time I have stressed over making my blog something worth reading (and I hope you find that it is as well) I have taken a long siesta from writing in for the simple fact that I have been working on me and subsequently the blog. I found myself writing and doing this just to have something to blog about and that is far from what I wanted my blog or my life to be. When I started my blog, it was to share what I knew, what I learned and hopefully help a person or two along the way. I found myself dreading the everyday writing and that just broke my heart because at one point I really loved the idea of blogging.

After lots of praying and meditating, I realized that I am supposed to blog, but blog my way and not anyone else’s. God created me to be me and that is exactly what my blog is, me and my journeys with my children, as their mother, as a wife (at one point) and now as a single mom. What have I learned, what was my journey and how can my journey help someone.

About two years ago, you might remember me blogging about Mr. Barefoot and our life together. Well that came to a screeching halt when I learned that my life was not what it appeared to be. Mr. Barefoot was living a dual life. Now, before you start bashing, I have heard it all and been told it all, so please just save it and let me share the story. Mr. Barefoot wanted his cake and to eat it as well. I loved our life so much that I never realized that it wasn’t a life at all but a show.

Mr. Barefoot left about 15 days before Bean was born. Just up and left, I had been a stay at home mom and had no income. Well, as long of a journey it has been, the children and I are doing well. I have returned to work and adjusted my life to being a single mom of three adorable and loveable children. I hope that you can continue to share our journey with us and learn with us as we go.

One thing I have learned in the last couple of years is that, your faith is the only thing you can count on in this world. You must reflect, you must repent and you will be blessed. The children and I have purged and purged, not only things but emotional baggage that just tears you down. We have learned to live life with a purpose and share the blessing that we have been given with others.

I hope you enjoy our journey and continue to stay Barefoot in Paradise with us.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A new perspective?

I left my camera at home. I know what you are thinking you are crazy, but stay with me here. I am one of those moms, that has my camera or my phone all of the time. I love photography; especially those pictures of my babies J

Every once in awhile, I like to just enjoy my time with my kiddos and not worry so much about “capturing the moment.” Don’t get me wrong some of my favorite photos came from just playing and happening to have my camera, but lately I have found that I have been so focused on having my camera to catch those moments that the kids were living and I was not. Not cool! I don’t want my children to look back and be like “wow, these are great pictures, but where was mom?” I only ever remember her taking pictures.

This particular day, I found myself playing in the river with the kiddos and what a beautiful view it is.

We love to explore, we love to play and on this day was another day to soak up the sun and just love being with each other.

I watched as my children problem solved to figure out a way to get to another part of the river, I watched my Bean learn what happened when you throw a rock, I watched my pumpkin climb different rocks and work on her balance, I watched peanut be like George of the Jungle and swing across about 10 feet of river! Go Peanut. I was very impressed it took him three tries!

At times, I missed my camera especially when the kids asked me to take their picture. “Mama, take my picture!” Then I got a goofy face or a gigantic smile, I mean who wouldn’t want to take it? But the point was to enjoy the moment and make a memory not capture it in my camera! I would tell them that I was doing something more important, I was taking mind pictures.


We spent the next two hours playing in the water, catching crawfish, fetching rocks, digging in the dirt, pretending to hunt fish like our early ancestors, and just enjoying the day together.


It is by far one of my favorite days with them. I am not saying you should never take a picture but think about this a few years ago (ok, maybe more than I would like to admit.), digital was this new thing and not many people had them. You took pictures with a film camera, and you maybe had 24 tries! There was something about taking the pictures and hoping that it turned out, then driving the film to the store to be processed, drive back pay for them and then look at your pictures, holding them in your hand. As crazy as it sounds, I almost feel more appreciative of them, it seemed that you really had to work and wait for your pictures. Now, just as everything else that we have it is instant and onto the next thing.


Saw this sign on Pinterest and just had to add it here, how appropriate. Remember to breathe and just be every once in awhile.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It Works : Wraps and detox drink: Review

I have struggled with my weight since Peanut was born, I am pretty sure many moms can relate to this. I loose weight and then life happens and I am adding pounds again like it is my job. Sad cycle and scary at the same time because it plays havoc on your life and your health.

I did the different fad diets and the weight watchers programs. I did and was very successful on weight watchers, the problem was I didn't feel accountable until I went to the weekly meetings and well on a single mom budget, something has to give. Now, onto why I am super excited to share this review with you.

It started with seeing an advertisement to help loose the yucky skin (not their advertising words, but mine). I spoke with Josie of Josie's Got Wraps and here we are.  It works  is an amazing company and I am very excited to have tried the wraps and a detox drink in order to help and share it all with you. First the wraps smell amazing, I was so excited when the package came in the mail, I was like woo hoo, they are here. I know I get excited over the little things!

The wraps are individually wrapped for your healthy and safety. The wraps smell amazing (I Know I already said that but I wanted you to know that!). I started by going to the bathroom, a little much but I felt it was important because it would have been difficult for me to go because the wrap moves a little. After the bathroom, I rolled my shirt up and tucked it into my bra, again, a lovely visual but it is necessary. Using a marker I marked my measurements on my tummy, and wrote them down. To take your measurements just use a regular sewing tape. Once the marks were made, I proceeded to open up the wrap and peel it off of the plastic lining.

Once I felt that everything was peeled, peel very slowly as the wrap is sticky and you don't want to rip it! I almost did! I placed the wrap on my stomach and smoothed out the wrinkles. It is a very odd feeling at first as you can feel the wrap start to tingle immediately. I took it as a sign of it working!  I wouldn't say it is a bad feeling, like when your foot falls asleep but more of a clean feeling. The wraps are designed to help you detox your body. To be 100% honest with you I was very skeptical at first and kept saying to myself that this was a load of baloney and all I was doing was wasting time.

After the wrap was placed on, I added a layer of plastic wrap to help it keep from coming off, by no means do you have to do this but I felt more secure with knowing the wrap wasn't going to move :) Josie also sent me a wonderful detox drink to try and drink while I was doing my wrap.

It was simple, dump the packet in with water and drink. At first I looked at it and was like it looks gross, the color was dark green and grainy. It reminded me of a spinach smoothie, even my kiddos looked at it with a funny face saying "Mama, you are really going to drink that?"  "Yup, every last drop!" After I wrapped with plastic wrap and took a few sips of my drink, I went about life as normal, you know all the fun stuff, did the laundry, made lunch for the kiddos, cleaned the kitchen and before I knew it time was done. Good thing I set a timer (I highly recommend that you do that!) For the first time wrapping it is suggested that you only wear the wrap for 45 minutes, to make sure that you do not have any complications.

After the timer went off, I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror, before the wrap even came off, I could feel something different about me, not sure what it was but it felt good. My skin felt new, yes new, like I had replaced it in the last 45 minutes. It was smoother than it was when I started the wrap (ok, so my skepticism is starting to fad a little bit here). I stood in the mirror and just looked at myself for about two minutes and I could visually see a difference in my skin and my body felt smaller. I looked and the marks I had made were in a different location. Took out my handy tape and sure enough, I had lost an inch and a half! I about died. I couldn't belief it. What a transformation and not only did I look better but I felt better. I had a jumpstart to get healthy again and more importantly, I could feel my body felt healthy! Once I was done doing my little dance in the bathroom, I rubbed the rest of the lotion (from the wrap) into my skin as it suggested and went on about the rest of my day.

Not only would I do (and hopefully soon) another wrap but I think anyone looking to become healthier and more confident should try these.

After 72 hours, as it is suggested, I took measurements again and I had lot a total of 3 inches! I couldn't believe it, it jump started my detox and my skin felt great!

helpful hints from my experience:

Do this over a weekend or sometime you don't have a lot of errands to do, the toilet and I were good friends for the next few hours! When they say detox, they mean detox.

Enjoy the experience and don't worry so much about how much you loose.

Do not let you children get a little bit of the drink (yes my little one took a sip and was detoxing right along mama)

This isn't a magic trick to get you skinny, this is to help your body detox and jump start your healthy lifestyle, don't eat like garbage and expect that it will work for you

Enjoy the new you!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mia Mariu' Review

One of my favorite things about blogging is having the opportunity to review products. Most people think, you get these fabulous products for free or at a very small price and yes more often than that it is true. That is not the entire only reason I loving reviewing products, how many times have you walked into a store or sat at home and wondered how you would like a product only to find out that you hated it and then felt like you wasted the money?  The way I look at it, you can read my personal opinion and think of it as a friend telling you about a product that she loves and why you should try it, not because I am trying to sell you something but because it truly is something that it great and worth your time and money. You’re welcome!

I jumped at the chance to review Mia Mariu (click on the name to be taken to their site) and their natural make up and cleanser. As many of you have followed my journey for the last few years to help remove as much of the junk (chemicals) out of my children’s lives, and mine this is just one more amazing chance I can to do that.


I received a make up kit, the touch up kit, the deluxe kit to be exact, three lipsticks  and a sample of the hydrating anti-aging moisturizer and the thermal activator. I started by mixing the thermal activator with water and then rubbing gently on my face.

I adore this stuff; I would do it everyday all day if I could. It looks and feels like sugar but when the water and the thermal activator hit your skin, it heats up and it like a mini massage for your face. As it heats up, your pores open and you just start to feel clean and warm. I loved sitting in the bathroom and letting the thermal activator work on my face. I actually kept it on longer than I was supposed to because it just felt so good. When I finally washed it off, I was sad for a couple of minutes because my me time seems to just end L wow, I cant believe I just wrote that, but let’s face it, (no pun intended), feeling good and having great skin is just a bonus!


I then used the hydrating moisturizer and it felt like I was rubbing my face with satin. Just smooth and perfect, I kept rubbing my face for like 15 minutes, going feel how smooth and healthy it feels. My kiddos were looking at me like I was crazy. I probably should have washed my face again from all of the dirt that I had now put on by having everyone feel! With that being said, I was so excited to try the make-up, I started with opening the kit and I instantly fell in love, the make up actually has a magnet on it, to fit into the compact. How genius, that way you can easily change it up and add new! I love simple things. The make up is fantastic, I love make up that is mineral based (always a plus) but better yet, is simple to apply. Using the little brush Mia Mariu supplied me with, I couldn’t have been happier with results. Simple, elegant and healthy for my skin, what more could a girl ask for?



Finally came the fantastic lipsticks! They felt so good on my lips, like melted butter. Well maybe not butte because that didn’t sound good but you get the point. The best part is my lips were softer and more hydrating after using them because of all of the vitamins and minerals that are used in the making of them, the next day my lips were still soft and hydrated.


I have now become a believer and a loyal customer of natural make-up Mia Mariu style.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Graduation Hats and Pom Pom balls (poofs)

I recently shared with you all about the graduation that I planned, oh the places you'll go! I love how it turned out and thought it was only right to show you how to make the items! 

Starting with the tissue paper balls. Now, depending on the size you want, I made two different sizes, one about 8" and the other about 10".  You will need a pair of scissors, tissue paper and yarn/string.

Starting with the bigger ball, I opened one packet of tissue paper, about five sheets in a pack. 
Lay them flat, try to smooth out some of the wrinkles. It's not that big of a deal. 

Then accordion fold the entire paper. Like the old paper fans!

Once the paper is folded, tie the center. You can use anything really, I like yarn because you can adjust the tightness accordingly. 

Cut the ends, you can do a round shape (that's what I did) or a pointy end. Whatever you desire.

Slowly pull the pieces apart and gently, twist towards the center pulling each sheet. 

Fluff as needed and you have yourself a wonderful pom pom ball!

The next item we created were the graduation caps. There are many different ways to make these hats, but I like ones that are easy and dont require a lot of work from the children. Have you ever tried to measure a bouncing 4/5 year olds head? exactly!  For these hats, you will need, plastic bowls, foam sheets (about 4 x 8"), ribbon, hot glue.
Starting with the foam sheets (we got our as the dollar store, they were already cut), I wanted the different colors so the children could each pick their favorites. 

Then we glued them to the plastic bowl, using hot glue. I glued them a little off center, so that the weight of the tassel wouldn't overwhelm the hats and have them sit funny.

Next, I had the children choose which ribbon they liked better and cut a piece about two feet long. Folding it in 3" pieces. Again usuing hot glue, slowly glue the tassel onto the front corner. 

Lastly, using a hole punch or the hot glue, cut a ribbon and attach to the plastic bowl in order for the hat to remain on the children's heads. For the girls with their long hair, we used bobby pins on the ribbon and this helped as well. 

Aren't they adorable! I wish I could share with you a picture of the children in their hats, but legally there is just much too much red tape! 

Friday, July 12, 2013

OraMD Review:

A few years ago, when I turned 30, I did a turning thirty countdown to make myself feel better and a goal list for one thing a month that I wanted to work on. You can read all about those here. One of the biggest life changing (duh, that was the point!) goals that I did was to introduce as much natural or organic items into mine and my children’s lives. Get rid f the chemicals. When I was asked about trying a product that can be a mouth wash and a toothpaste plus more and the best part, it’s all natural, I jumped at the chance.

ORA “The mouth doctor,” I can do this, right? Sounds a little something right? So, as I usually try to do, I gave it a whirl. Let me tell you this is now my next best friend. It comes in a little glass bottle 15ml to be exact and it packs a punch. The first time I tried it, I was taken aback at how strong the flavor and cleaning  power it had. To be perfectly honest, I almost gave up on it and said, “Umm no!”  I decided that just like most things, I need a few more times using it! I couldn’t be happier that I did.

I use it as a mouth rinse, you simply add a couple of drops to a swig of water, mix it gently and drink. After a few swishing moments in the mouth, you spit. Talk about an amazing clean. I kept running my tongue on my teeth all day. I don’t have a sense of smell (I know right? Sucks, well unless I have to change a diaper), I couldn’t smell. I am paranoid that my breath stinks. You know what I am taking about, that moment when you are speaking to someone and you worry that you are offending them because you just ate something or it has been awhile since you had something in your mouth? I ALWAYS, chew gum. It was almost torture to give up the gum so I could try and give a unbiased review. The first time I spoke to someone, I almost wanted to put my hand over my mouth. I went up to Peanut and asked him “Does my breath smell?” He looked at me and laughed (as he usually does) and told me I was fresh and clean.

I waited a few hours and then tried brushing with the Mouth Doctor. This time you just put a couple of drops on your brush and go to town. At first, it was a shock, as I was used o the consistency of toothpaste and in the back of my head, I kept thinking, I am going to need to brush again. When I was done, I couldn’t help but smile. My teeth actually felt cleaner than they normally do. I was super excited.I had clean teeth, no tartar build up and even a whiter smile. yes, this is my new must have item! 

Another bonus that I noticed from using the Mouth doctor (has a nice ring to it doesn't it?) my teeth were not as sensitive. I could eat certain foods and not feel the pain anymore, it not only took the sensitivity away but I swear (jumping on my soapbox here), that it helped to restore some of their health. Now, I know I don't have proof of this, but I could ice cream without having to cringe and that is good enough for me :)

My favorite part of the product is the fact that I can easily slip it into my purse and if I am feeling a little funky (again paranoia) I can add a few drops to a glass of water and clean away. No fumbling with a toothbrush and toothpaste in my purse. Yes, I do carry them at all times.

I am excited that I was able to not only review the OraMd but share it with you; try it you won't be disappointed! OraMD is made with three botanicals, taken from their website:

Peppermint: Effective against 22 bacterial strains in laboratory studies. Possesses highly potent antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. 

Spearmint: Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-spasmodic properties. The antibacterial effects have been found to be very potent against the proliferation of several pathogenic bacteria.

Almond: Acts as an emollient for the other two oils as it is an excellent carrier oil.  

Now, I know what you are thinking, how much does this cost? and how do I get some?

One 15ml bottle is 29.95 and well worth it when you sit down and realize you will not have to but toothpaste, mouthwash and mints anymore! Loving this! You could purchase three (15ml) bottles for $75.95.

Make sure to check out their website. www.

 “The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out OraMD and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge.  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports called 1) “The 6 Hidden Dangers In Toothpaste” and 2) “Why The FDA Requires A Warning Label On Your Toothpaste.”  That’s a total value of over $40.00.  Click here to get your FREE bottle and FREE reports now.”

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