The Importance of Being Reese: April 2013

I'm Officially Official + Bloggy Boot Camp Dets

You guys may or may not have noticed that over the weekend, I officially became a dotcom!!! And to think, it only took a year and a half. Fail! I know. But every time I worked up the courage to take the plunge, I was instantly assaulted with images of accidentally deleting my entire blog, or all of my comments just suddenly disappearing.

I suppose it didn't help that I googled "problems with changing to a dotcom" or some nonsense like that. It was basically the equivalent to using WebMD when you're sick. We've all been there before. You just want to check to see if you're symptoms are consistent with a flu and then three pages in you're convinced that you have the Ebola virus. (Seriously guys, that site is evil. Stay. Away)!

Anyhow, as I mentioned last week, Bloggy Boot Camp is making it's way to Charlotte next month, so I wanted to be sure I had all my stuff together before then. In fact, I just ordered my new business cards to commemorate my dotcom status, and am already frantically tearing through my closet in search of that "perfect" outfit. BBC is two weeks out, so if I'm this anxious now, I'm probably going to be unbearable the day of. I've already apologized in advance to poor James.

I've also informed him that he will be the DD the night before since I will be attending the pre-party Friday night. I'm admittedly a terrible drinker. I seriously have the alcohol tolerance of a three year old child, so I typically don't indulge.  However, I'm planning on letting my hair down (so to speak) and having a wonderful time with you ladies, and considering Mirassou Winery is one of the sponsors, I decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

I've been connecting with some of you lovely BBCCers on twitter, but if I somehow missed you, be sure to leave me a little love in the comment section so we can link up. Also, if you've been planning on losing the "blogspot" part of your address, and are need some help, leave a comment and I'll walk you though the steps. It's super easy, super quick and super cheap. Fear not ;)

Until next time

 XOXO Reese


Crying, Bloggy Boot Camp and Other Announcements

First and foremost I offer my most sincere apologies. I realize I haven't been quite as active as I once was on this little ole' blog here. Mostly this is because for the past four months I've been buried under an insane amount of homework/projects.

By the end of the day yesterday I felt like doing a combination of this: 

And this:


But mostly I just did this:


Seriously, the past two weeks alone I've had to write a 14 page page paper, take 3 tests, 2 quizzes, turn in a few additional hw assignments, work on two group projects (one of which involves designing a 20 page product recall manual), work on 4 very lengthy case studies, oh and keep up with my little munchkin. I seriously haven't gotten more than 3 hours of sleep in the past two weeks. It's brutal. But I suppose somewhere in the world someone's got it way harder than I could ever fathom, so I'm just going to turn down my whine-o-meter a bit and be thankful for what I have. Which is quite a bit.

Hopefully in a few short weeks when classes end I'll be doing this:


I can only hope.

In other news, I've mentioned this on twitter a few times, but I'll be attending Bloggy Boot Camp in May. I'm really excited and pleased to see that some of my bloggy buddies will be attending as well. Photoshoot anyone??? Seriously I'm going to be snapping so many shots and photobombing you guys so hard, that not only will I be blind by the end of the night, but you guys will be able to play Where's Waldo: Reese Edition when looking though recaps posts of Bloggy Boot Camp 13'. It's going to be ridiculous.

That said, if you're attending the Charlotte Bloggy Boot Camp, leave a comment below letting me know so we can link up once we get there. Also If you've attended a Bloggy Boot Camp before, or any other blogging conference, what should I expect? What should I bring? Any tips and tricks would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Until next time,


 XOXO Reese


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Ladies, A.W.A.R.E

A few months ago I decided to step outside my comfort zone and cash in on the Groupon that James brought for me ages ago. So, I sucked up my fear, and attended my first gun safety class at Eagle Shooting Range in Concord, NC.

The course, Ladies A.W.A.R.E Firearms and Self Defense, is designed, taught by and taught to women, and is worth every penny. I'd had the Groupon for more than six months and had basically thought of every excuse under the sun to not attend.

My biggest fears? (1) The class would be filled with sharpshooters that could could shoot a smiley face on to a target at 50 yards... while blindfolded with a baby on their hip. (2) I would wound up an unfortunate internet sensation because the kick from my gun would knock me unconscious. (3) There would be some judgmental jerk in the back of the class loudly declaring how women wouldn't be in danger if they stayed in the kitchen.

Imagine my supreme relief when I showed up to a class filled entirely with women who all had the same fears as I did.

The Ladies A.W.A.R.E course is held about four times a month, and is taught by Aaren, who has a certificate in darn near everything including: 

    •     NCDOJ Certified NC Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor
    •      NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor
    •      NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
    •      Ladies A.W.A.R.E.™ Creator and Instructor

    This course is a FANTASTIC introduction to firearms. Especially for women who are a bit jittery about the concept of firing a gun. And the instructor, Aaren, is amazingly friendly and knows her stuff when it comes to firearms.

    Some of the topics we discussed included:
    • Some of the biggest misconceptions about guns
    • The importance of gun safety
    • An overview (including video) of how a gun actually fires
    • How to properly hold a gun
    • How to stand when shooting 
    • How to load and unload a gun
    • Proper maintenance and storage
    • Information concerning the legalities of owning a gun
    Once the educational portion of the class concluded, we were suppose to head out to the range for some shooting time, however, because of the current issue with gun control laws, people have started stockpiling ammo. So we were given the option to come back for one-one-one shooting time with Aaren (which I actually preferred).

    By the time I left the range, I felt so relieved. For years I have been trying to work up the nerve to learn how to shoot a gun. My personal belief is that every woman should learn how to defend herself. Our dads, brothers, boyfriends and husbands can always be there to save the day. It's 2013 and the world isn't getting any safer, in fact, it's only getting worse.



    According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, “22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime. 63.84% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date.” Don’t wait to become a victim. Now is the time to learn how to defend both yourself, and your family.
     

    If you live in the Charlotte area, and you really want to learn how to handle a gun (the right way) I highly suggest you give Aaren a call. As I mentioned before, this class is taught about four times a month. She also does private at home courses for ladies in groups of four or more.

    If you live in a place other than Charlotte and you see a gun safety class, I highly suggest you try it out before brushing it off. Who knows, it may just save your life one day.

    XOXO Reese


    BTW) I did not receive any compensation whatsoever for sharing my review and opinion of the Ladies A.W.A.R.E. course.

    Running Playlist + Electric Run Discount Code

    electric run logoAfter months and months of waiting, last week registration for The Electric Run opened up for my town. It officially opened up at 9:05 a.m., and it took me over an hour to register. Why?? Because apparently more than 4000 other runners were also hovering over their computers in anticipation of the registration. We all flooded the site at once, and shut it down. Within 8 hours of registration opening, more than 4000 people had already registered for The Electric Run in Charlotte. Something tells me this run is going to out do The Color Run last year, where we had more than 15,000 runners.

    Based on what I'm seeing, this is definitely going to be one of the funnest runs I have had the pleasure of participating in. I'm sure James will enjoy this one a bit more than the Spartan Race he ran a few weeks ago. In the rain. While it was 41 degrees. No Bueno...

    charlotte electric run
    Yes. Just Yes.
     With the date for my next 5k rapidly approaching, I've decided I am in dire need of some new tunes to get my run on to.  Seriously guys, my playlist is in need of a major overhaul, so I'm hoping you guys will share your workout playlist with me. It seems that I can never find a song motivational enough, or fast enough, or just fitting enough to make me concentrate on something other than the fact that I want to pass out by mile 5.

     So far here's what I rock out to while I'm running:

    Macklamore: Thrift Shop
    Bruno Mars: Locked out of Heaven
    Bruno Mars: Just the Way You Are
    Pit Bull/T-Pain: Shake Senora
    Pit Bull/Christina Agulira: Feel this Moment
    Maroon 5: One More Night
    Shakira: Waka Waka
    Sergio Mendez: Mas Que Nada
    One Republic: Good Life
    Flo Rida: Wild One
    Far East Movement :Like a G6
    LFMAO: Sexy and I Know It
    Linkin Park/Jay-Z: Numb/Encore
    Linkin Park/Jay-Z: One Step Closer/99 Problems
    Fort Minor: Remember the Name
    Britney Spears: Till the World Ends
    Katy Perry: Last Friday Night
    Drake: YOLO
    Will.I.Am: Go Hard

    Also, if you guys are interested in The Electric Run, here's a  promo code that will save you a few dollars:

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    Hopefully these work for you guys. Best of luck to all of you lovely runners. BTW, if you're going to be running The Electric Run in Charlotte with me, be sure to give me a shout out so we can link up!

    Still not interested in The Electric Run? Check out this cool vid. It will change your mind.

                         

    Until next time,

    Happy Running
    XOXO Reese

     Photo Cred) Electric Run 
    Video Cred) Electric Run

    *Btw* This is not a sponsored post. This is just me spreading the love! 

    To Leash or Not To Leash

    "I would never..."

    The one statement guaranteed to make you take back whatever follows those three little words. Especially when it comes to parenting. Before Jasmine was born, I lived under the assumption that I knew exactly what it was that I wanted for my daughter. Including the sports I wanted her to play, the languages I wanted her to speak, and the acceptable career plans I had laid out for her. Little did I know children don't necessarily do as told.

    Flash forward 20 months later and I'm regretting every "I would never" I ever uttered. Especially the "I would never put my child on a leash" statement.

    "Perpetually Paranoid Peggy", "Nervous Nancy", "Mommycopter". These are all the nicknames that typically come attached to my name when making references to my apparently extremely over-protective approach to raising my daughter.

    In the beginning, it would bug me that people were constantly making fun of the fact that I happen to be concerned about the safety and well-being of my child. Every time I heard "Oh it's just your first one, by the time you get to your second kid, you won't be so overprotective. So according to that logic I suppose in about 5 or 6 years it'll be cool to let little James Jr. play with a pair of scissors while sitting on the roof of the house during a lightning storm? Yep, seems legit.

    It bugs me because the same ones who tell me I need to chill out will be the first to gossip and whisper about how I neglected my kid if anything were to happen to her. I have seen this over and over and over again.

    Lord knows you can't follow your kid around for the rest of your/their lives. At some point you will have to trust the people whose care you are leaving them in. But for those times that she is with me, I will unabashedly hover. As a mother, that is my prerogative. Which is why I have absolutely no problem with  purchasing a backpack leash for her when she gets a bit older.

    Now I'm not saying that I'll tie her to a pole outside while I go inside to leisurely browse in Macy's. In fact, I have no intention of using it when I'm not in a crowded area. But those times that I am in a extremely crowded environment, alone and am distracted, I would consider getting a leash.

    Why?

    It only takes one second.

    One second to turn you back and have someone walk off with your child.

    One second to lose your grip on their hand and have them run into traffic.

    One second can change your life forever.

    I understand that I can't be omniscient or omnipresent, but I can at least mitigate the risks that come with raising a child in 2013.

    The world is not the same place it was in 1970 when my parents were young. We are an overstimulated, constantly distracted society, and there are some truly evil people walking this earth. As a mother, I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that my daughter does not become one of their victims. If I have to take some flack for it, then so be it.

    So I did a little research and found some fairly inexpensive backpack leashes. I narrowed it down to two potentials. What do you guys think?

    kiddie leashesBoth are $14.99, the Bumblebee harness can be found at Target and the backpack harness is available at Babies-R-Us. I like the backpack because she can grow with it, but I like the bee because it's just so darn cute.

    would you put a leash on your child
    So my question to you guys today is what are your thoughts on leashes for children? Excessive or necessary? And more importantly, Bumblebee or backpack?


    Sound off in the comment section below. 

    XOXO Reese

    Photo cred 1)Babies-R-Us
    Photo cred 2)Target

    5 Things You'll hear Me say While Driving

    I like to believe that I am an extremely patient and forgiving person. Back when I was in Elementary school (an undisclosed amount of years ago) I even won an award.  I suppose it was the schools attempt to get me to internalize that belief and then actively behave in a manner that was consistent with that belief. Suffice it to say, it worked. 

    There are , however, exceptions to my patient demeanor. The most obvious being if someone were to endanger my daughters life. In which case, I will immediately transform into a maniac capable of pulling Liam Neeson moves on you in the blink of an eye.


    On those rare increasingly more common occasions that people engage in the aforementioned risky behavior of  driving recklessly and endangering my daughters life, I will sometimes attempt to quell my intense anger (and need to ram my car into theirs repeatedly), by using words to better communicate my dislike for the situation. I suppose this is considerably less criminal than grabbing the golf club that I keep on the drivers side and going to town on their car when we get to a red light. James sure seems to think so.

    Today, I would like to share with you guys some of the most common phrases and sentences you will hear me say while navigating through traffic in my tiny Reno. Of course I sometimes get pretty creative, but for the purposes of keeping the list short (and clean) I'm going to stick with the most basic phrases. Here you go:

    1. "James, get the bail money ready, I'm going to jail."
    2. "Don't do it, don't do it....awwww he did it."
    3. " Look, I have had nearly enough coffee for this yet."
    4.  "Seriously! Who taught you how to drive, Paris Hilton"!
    5. "Awww com'on, my 90 year old great grandmother drive better than you"!

    Of course these phrases are typically accompanied by a few hand gestures, but as you guys are all adults, I'm sure you have figured that out yourselves. So do you guys have any go to phrases and statements to communicate your anger when you're out and about driving with your munchkins??? What are some of the scareiest experiences you've had driving with your kiddos in the car?

     XOXO Reese
    Photo cred) iwastesomuchtime