Posted in Mom Life, Raising Kids, Ramblings Of A SAHM

Confession: I Have A Gambling Problem

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Hi, my name is Makala Clark, and I have a gambling issue. The last time I gambled was this morning when I let myself lay in bed an extra 10 minutes only for breakfast to not be finished in time & my Kindergartner having to eat breakfast in the car. She wasn’t impressed.

You may not know this, but Mom’s have MAJOR gambling issues. Our lives as Mom’s are a CONSTANT bet between which decision is going to be the better option.

If you have kids, you know EXACTLY what I am talking about.

Do you dare jump in the shower and risk flour being dumped all over the floor?

OR do you go on day FOUR of no shower and PRAY that nobody knocks on the door to see you looking like a homeless troll?

Do I hide the ONE green bean in his dinner and risk it being thrown to the floor?

OR do I just fold and give him his usual PB&J?

Do you go to the bathroom with the door open or shut?

Door shut means you run the risk of your child cutting her hair into a nice mullet and then moving on to her brothers.

While door open means you get to hear your children gag down the hall and ask what smells?

Do you get what I am saying? Mom’s risk their lives and their sanity DAILY for their children. We put our lives on the line here people.

So yes, it is true! I have a gambling problem. I have a mean poker face, I know when to hold em and when to fold em. Every day I roll the dice and pray that my decisions are the right ones.

Someday’s I walk away feeling empty handed and defeated while other days  I feel like I won a million dollars and hit the jack pot. But every day I keep coming back, because believe it or not I am ADDICTED.

Addicted to my family. Addicted to my job as a mother. And addicted to the thrill of Motherhood.

What is a gamble you have had to take recently?

Sidenote: All of the above accounts are real life, legit moments I have encountered in my life. They were not embellished for entertainment purposes, they did in fact happen, and are very much real. Thank you very much!

Posted in Mom Life, Ramblings Of A SAHM

Behind The Scenes: Living With Anxiety

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“I lied and said I was busy. I was busy; but not in a way most people understand. I was taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay. Sometimes this is my busy, and I will not apologize for it.” -Anxiety Doesn’t Knock First

Yesterday started out as any typical Saturday, and then my un-welcomed friend ANXIETY reared his ugly head. Many don’t know,but I have struggled a LOT with anxiety in my life. I was the girl who hated going to the Dentist so I would come up with ANY excuse not to go. It’s not that I didn’t want to, it’s just that the unknowns were to much to handle. Anxiety hit especially hard AFTER I had my babies.

At one point it got SO bad I refused to leave the house. I would make plans with friends, then have irrational freak outs about where to park, what would I say, etc. So I would then bail. I am not proud of it, not even a little bit but at that time in my life anxiety won every single battle.

I then found that exercise, a healthier diet (I still drink my daily Diet Coke and enjoy Taco Tuesday), and reading personal development helped me cope with anxiety. I have been able to control way better than before.

But I still have my days, and my quirks. For example, I still don’t dare to venture out to the grocery store alone with my son. What if he has a melt down, what if my card was accidentally declined, the list goes on and on. But we pick our battles.

Yesterday was a day where Anxiety started to fight. We had planned a fun little trip to the Mississippi River only 20 minutes from our house, where the kids could play on the beach and build sandcastles.

Sounds harmless, right?

Well for someone with anxiety, it’s not that simple. Sometimes the littlest things just aren’t so little. We turn little tiny molehills in to MAJOR mountains. We don’t mean to, but that’s what happens.

My brain started running a million miles an hour. What do I wear? What’s the beach like? What do I need to pack for the kids? It all started to be too much.

I was on the verge of tears, I thought my heart might beat right through my chest, I felt a tingle all over my body, I had to hold back the urge to runaway. Fight or flight is VERY real with me. I started snapping at my husband (again fight or flight) because then maybe the fight would lead to us not going (even though I wanted to).

I locked myself in the closet, took some major deep breaths, and started sifting through my feelings. Figuring out what I could let go of, what sounded irrational, and what I could do to mend what I had done and make this a spectacular day for my family

Eventually I was able to pull myself together and get ready. We ended up having a fabulous day filled with MANY memories!

Yesterday I’m proud to say, Anxiety did NOT win. Even thought she tried with everything that she had.

I don’t believe Anxiety is completely curable, I think it something that I will always have to deal with. But that shouldn’t stop me or you from living an incredible life. A life filled with achieving BIG hopes and dreams.

There are so many tools out there to help manage anxiety, so if you struggle please promise me that you will find what works for YOU! And if you need someone to talk to, know that I am here! I am a friend who understand, who will listen, and will love you for who you are.

“Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. It gets to the point when it’s the loudest voice in the room. The only one you can hear.” – Healthy Place

The above statement may be true, but trust me when I say YOU can overcome! You are a FIGHTER! You are NOT a prisoner to this! You can and you WILL win!

But first you have to be willing to try!

XOXO

Makala

Need someone to talk to? You can find me here > Makala Clark

Posted in DIY, Mom Life, Not A Pinterest Mom, Ramblings Of A SAHM

The Great Cookie Debate

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Can you help us out here? There has been a GREAT divide in the Clark household since it all began…Seven years and counting.

We refer to it as “The Great Cookie Debate” and neither side seems to think they are wrong. I personally know I am not, and just wish my husband would humble himself and just admit HE is the wrong one here.

Have you ever heard of No Bake Cookies? I’m sure you have! They are DELICIOUS! One of my all time favorite treats as a kid. My husband feels the same.

Yet when it comes to the RIGHT recipe…we can’t agree!

You see HIS mom has her way, and MY mom has hers.

There is only ONE ingredient that separates these two cookies…

PEANUT BUTTER!

If you look below you will see that I have shared BOTH recipes. One is right…the other is ALMOST right *wink* wink*

Can you help us settle this great debate?

Whose No Bake Cookie is the RIGHT No Bake Cookie?

PS: If you are a Clark your vote does not count…unless it leans to the Peanut Butter side.

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Makala’s Mom’s Recipe
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Struan’s Mom’s Recipe

 

Cast your votes below!!

XOXO

Makala

Posted in Products I <3, Ramblings Of A SAHM

It Just Makes Sense: LipSense Review

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January 2016 – Chapped Lip Life

>>Now This Is A Story All About How…My Chapped Lipped Life Got All Turned Around…And I’d Like To Take A Second Just Sit Right There…I’ll Tell You How To Have Soft Lips & Some Gloss To Spare<<

One year. It’s been one year since I woke up to this. A BIG, FAT LIP!  Apparently, I am allergic to Parsnips…of all things. Thanks Home Fresh for helping me try new foods.

I remember it like it was yesterday, I was headed out to California for a special trip. My lips were dry, cracked, swollen, and hurt. After popping Benedryl I tried SO many products to help the pain. Carmex was my BEST friend…or so I thought.

You see, dry lips have been something I have ALWAYS struggled with. It doesn’t matter WHAT the season, my lips are always peeling and honestly just gross. It’s amazing my husband married me.

Anyway last Spring, I started getting added into a LOT..and I mean a LOT of Lipstuff groups on Facebook….I was annoyed…

Don’t these ladies KNOW me? I’m CHEAP…I have TERRIBLY dry lips! I would NEVER want this product…

So I left…group after group after group.

Sidenote: To my MLM rocking #GirlBoss friends…a little advice…don’t add people to your groups unless you know they want to be there. You may think we will LOVE a product…but we are humans and a simple message goes a LONG way!

Back to story:

I then noticed that some of my friends were using this product and it looked AMAZING!!! Like totally legit! It got the wheels turning…but I wasn’t quite ready to commit.

Money WAS a major issue for me…I mean hello we had just moved back to Idaho and I was living in my parents basement! So I watched..and I waited…

And then I heard a fact that changed EVERYTHING for me. ONE tube of LipSense was equal to FOUR tubes of regular lipstick! I didn’t realize it but every time I went to town (small town girl) I was stopping at Ulta to pick up my favorite tube of NYX Transylvania. Which doesn’t sound like but..but $7 a tube starts to add up.

I was sold…so I asked a friend for a combo of colors to achieve my FAVORITE color. I instantly LOVED the product…yeah, it burned a little when I first put it on (sensitive lips) but it looked AMAZING….

And then it started to happen…the DREADED exfoliation process…I had been told about it but really didn’t “GET”it. My lips looked TERRIBLE! The color would flake..and I would have splotches EVERYWHERE!

Quick Tip: I don’t recommend a super BOLD color for you first time! Go with something a little more subtle because your lips WILL peel. Trust me.

What I have learned about the exfoliation process is that the products I have been using my WHOLE life, the products I thought were HELPING my dry, chapped lips were NOT! They were actually causing lots of problems!! So if you have sensitive lips like me…put the chap stick down and WALK AWAY!!!

I really love the product…but still wasn’t 100% sold on the colors I chose for myself. I even contemplated becoming a distributor for a hot second…but I think I’m better suited to be a customer!

Anyway…fast forward to a couple weeks ago when my girl Raegan @LipLoveWithRaegan watched a video I had posted on Instagram talking about how my lips have been so DRY, CRACKED, & BLEEDING! She reached out and saved the day!

She recommended using Coconut Oil and I’m not kidding you..within an hour my lips felt TEN TIMES BETTER! She then asked if I would be willing to try LipSense and give her feedback….

I told her I had tried it before but that I was TERRIBLE at picking colors! She offered to help me choose, she listened to my feedback, and I am SOLD! I mean, you can be the judge for yourself but I think she NAILED the perfect colors for me!

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1. Razzberry Lipsense 2. Blackberry & Razzberry Lipsense 3. Praline Rose Lipsense

So here’s my thoughts on this whole CRAZY lipstuff train! I get being skeptical…I really do! I was the EXACT same way! Too much money, annoying groups, won’t work, yadda yadda yadda.

But I have really & truly found a product I love! My husband even comments on how SOFT my lips are! I don’t have to sacrifice my soft lips, for a gorgeous color! And I get to stuff my face with Tacos, and a Dirty Diet coke without it transferring! HOLLA!

If you want to know more about Lipsense be SURE to hook up with my girl Raegan! She is even offering YOU a DISCOUNT for mentioning Me (Hi, my name is Makala) or this blog post!

So if you have had any interest in LipSense be sure to connect with Raegan (see info below!)

Remember: “Joy is the best makeup. But a little lipstick is a closer runner up.” Anne Lamott

XOXO Makala

Raegan Anderson @ Lip Love with Raegan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/liplovewithraegan/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liplovewithraegan/

 

Posted in Making Memories, Mom Life, Raising Kids, Ramblings Of A SAHM

Enjoying The Journey

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Before We Walked Into The Zoo.

Yesterday the Clark family went on a fun adventure to the Memphis Zoo, something we ALL love to do.

Struan and I decided we would surprise the kids, so we got them dressed, packed them a snack, and headed out.

The kids were so excited, and spent the majority of the drive making guesses. The Fish Store (Bass Pro Shop, you can guess where Daddy likes to go!), Walmart, Mississippi?

But the minute we pulled up to the Zoo they knew EXACTLY where we were! They couldn’t WAIT to go in and see the animals.

As per family tradition, we asked them each their FAVORITE zoo animal (we always make it a point to visit each favorite animal).

Adeline squealed FLAMINGOS (this truly is her favorite animal, and she always is disappointed when we don’t get to see a flamingo egg hatch. One day!)

Tavi thought for a moment. His usual answer is a giraffe, but this time he yelled ELEPHANTS! He recently discovered a HUGE stuffed elephant on one of our shopping trips, and sobbed the entire time because mean ol Mom wouldn’t buy it.

Struan and I then chose our favorites, his is the giraffes and mine are the penguins. If only I could figure out how to smuggle one home! Kidding…or am I?

We then set off on our Zoo adventure.

We showed our Zoo passes (which I TOTALLY recommend) and went towards the penguins exhibit, they were the closest.

Immediately, Tavish (4 years old) was upset. He didn’t WANT to see the penguins, he ONLY wanted to see the elephants.

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“I JUST Want To See The Elephants!” 

He pouted through the penguins, the komodo dragons, the monkeys, and the pandas.

We FINALLY made it to the elephants. He was SO happy. But then it was time to continue our adventure & leave the elephants behind. The tears began to flow.

He continued to pout the rest of the time while we were there. His legs hurt, his tummy was hungry, he was sleepy, he just wanted to go home.

Even though we had a GRUMPY Gus on our hands, the rest of us still enjoyed ourselves.

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Adeline & Daddy at the flamingos.

When I got home last night, I couldn’t help but think that sometimes I’m like my little guy was at the Zoo. I refuse to see the BEAUTY of my life around me, because I’m not where I thought I would be at the moment.

So many time we tell ourselves, When I reach *this* then I will be HAPPY.  I CAN’T be happy YET,  because I haven’t reached what I set out to do.

We fail to ENJOY the actual journey!!!

My son was SO wrapped up in seeing the elephants, that at times he turned his back to rest of the animals. That photo above was taken in front of a BRAND NEW baby monkey that was SO adorable, but he REFUSED to look because it WASN’T an ELEPHANT!

Because he was so FOCUSED on the elephants, he missed out on so much!

Should we have goals and dreams? Absolutely! But should we be SO focused on getting there that we fail to see what is actually unfolding around us, right here, right now? No way!

“Life is a journey, not a destination. There are no mistakes, just chances we’ve taken. Life is a challenge, not a competition. You can still smell the roses and be on a mission. Just take a moment to get in touch with your heart.” India. Arie

Remember that in between goals, there is this thing called LIFE! LIVE it! As my good friend Ferris once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Excited To See The Zoo! 

Yesterday, was an AMAZING day! One that will be remembered for years to come, especially the lesson that my little four year old taught me.

No matter our circumstances, ALWAYS remember to “Enjoy The Journey”.

XOXO Makala

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“Enjoy the Journey” wood carving by my father in law Wade. 

 

Posted in Mom Life, Ramblings Of A SAHM

Bloopers Are The Best Part…

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Behind The Scenes Sneak Peek – This Is My Reality Show.

Where are my movie lovers at?

I absolutely LOVE movies…especially in the theater. The popcorn, the candy, the previews, the sticky floors, and the squeaky chairs. I laugh, I cry, I cheer, I clap, I enjoy every single second at the movies.

But my all time favorite moment, is when the credits finish rolling, there are very few people left in the theater, and they start the blooper reels.

You know what I’m talking about. The scenes where the actors mess up, play pranks, and in those moments you see them as HUMANS. Real human beings, who are exactly like you and me.

I soak that stuff up. I just love RAW & REAL life. The people I look up to and relate to, are those who share the nitty gritty of their lives. Those who aren’t ashamed to share their vulnerable side. Those who inspire others by living their lives OUT LOUD (the good and the bad).

I strive to be the same way. Because as we ALL know. Life is not all highlight reels, it has MANY scenes you wish could be deleted, scenes of sorrow, scenes that are scary, and yes there are those beloved bloopers.

But yet, as humans we have this problem where we tend to forget that others are just as HUMAN as we are. For some reason, we think WE are the only people on the planet who have issues, who have trials, who are failures, etc.

We forget one tiny detail, that NOBODY, I repeat NOBODY’S life is perfect.

No matter if they live in a 6,000 square foot home or a cardboard box down by the river. Each human on this planet HAS problems. Problems that are unique to each human being.

If I hadn’t told you before, would you have ever guessed that my family was completely broke? That our home was in foreclosure, that our boat was repossessed, and that our family had to split apart in order to survive?

Probably not!

The point I am trying to make is STOP with the comparison game. Stop looking at others WISHING you had their life, their body, their whatever.

Just because someone chooses to only show their highlight reel in life, does NOT mean life is all rainbows and butterflies for them.

The truth is. You have an INCREDIBLE life. Your life story is being written every single day. Every day your pages are being FILLED. You hold the power to CREATE the story.

So what kind will it be? A drama or an adventure? Horror story or inspirational tale?

I don’t know about you, but all of my FAVORITE storybooks contain a villain, a hero, a tragedy, some sort of inspiration, and a victory. All the ups and downs are there for a reason, they teach the hero (YOU) a lesson. Whether you will stay knocked down, or get back up.

I love this crazy, tragic, sometimes almost magic, awful beautiful life. So should you.

Oh, and do yourself a favor. Laugh at your bloopers as much as you possibly can. It makes life a whole lot easier to manage when you can laugh it off.  Life is way to short to take it so seriously.

XOXO Makala

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Posted in Making Memories, Mom Life, Not A Pinterest Mom, Wanna Be Chef

Wakey Wakey Eggs & Bakey

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6 AM Morning Glam Shot

Mornings are SO not my jam! So in turn BREAKFAST is not my jam either! I can do breakfast at 10 am if I don’t have to make it. My husband is the KING of breakfast and I let him proudly wear that title.

Unfortunately, my daughter inherited her Daddy’s love of breakfast. For years I have been able to get by with mediocre breakfasts, but a few weeks ago Adeline BEGGED me to make FANCY (her words) breakfasts before school.

There I sat with a decision to make. How was I going to look at that sweet, adorable face and say NO? But how was I going to pull my body out of bed every single morning at 5:30 AM to make breakfast. Trust me when I say, LOVE just isn’t enough. (Kidding, or am I?).

So, I decided the BEST solution would be to rely HEAVILY on my Slow Cooker & Instant Pot.

There were a few MAJOR let downs (french toast in slow cooker…big thumbs down) but we also have had some BIG wins as well.

So I’m excited to share with you our family’s Top THREE favorite breakfasts thus far.

  1. Apple Crisp found here. This recipe was made in the Instant Pot and took only EIGHT minutes to cook. I know Apple Crip is considered a “Dessert” but think about it. Apples – GOOD  Oats – GOOD! Therefore we count it as a delicious breakfast. Did I mention we had NONE left in the pot?
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Apple Crisp Recipe Found At CenterCutCook.com

2. Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza found here. This one actually took a little extra prep. No slow cooker & no instant pot. BUT the kids devoured the pizza, so it was totally worth the 30 minutes I lost in sleep time. Plus, it makes a LOT of pizza, so we were able to save some for snack later in the day.

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Sausage Gravy Biscuit Recipe Found At Flavorite.net

3. Slow Cooker Peach Oatmeal found here. Oatmeal is a STAPLE item in our home. Usually I rely heavily on good ol’ Mr. Quaker, but this was just as easy to make. We put it in the slow cooker right before bedtime, and woke up to a yummy breakfast that was ready to eat.

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Slow Cooker Peach Oatmeal Recipe Found At YummyHealthyEasy.com

So while breakfast still might not be my favorite cup of tea. I am slowly warming up to this style of breakfast & the smile on the faces of my kids each morning totally worth it.

“If more of us valued food & cheer above hoards of gold it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien

XOXO Makala