If You Survive Parenthood, You Can Survive Anything

It’s late at night and I just finished reading a hilarious blog post from a website I recently came across. Well, at least I thought it was hilarious – but after all, it is 12:34am!

(What am I doing up this late?!?! Reading hilarious posts, I guess.)

I love the way she writes and how open she is. It makes her relatible because I can see part of my life in hers and, frankly, she cracks me up.

Her article was one of her “Confessions” – a fitting and inspirational title for my new blogging category. It’s going to absorb my “Day in the Life of a Mom” category, “Multiples” category, as well as many others.

It’s fun to read what others are doing, what fun they are having, and even the tough stuff that makes them want to wring someone’s neck, pitch a computer out a window, or run and hide from the pressures of the day – things we can all relate to.

AndrewLipnickiComparison If You Survive Parenthood, You Can Survive AnythingI thought all parents out there could understand and connect with the week I had last week. Boy, did I have one little testy dude on my hands (occasionally, it was 2 testy dudes) – this one in particular stood out.

(Did I also tell you he’s a Jonathan Lipnicki look-alike? “The human head weighs 8 pounds!”)

Perhaps it was his non-chalant “no!” when I asked him to do things or his brief thinking about it first. Or maybe it was the grin on his face as he casually did exactly what I told him not to, while looking directly at me.

It’s not like his twin, who you can tell he knows better just by looking at him – he looks to see if he’s busted. No, it’s quite different.

This little man is so wrapped up in his world that he doesn’t care if yours intersects with his or not and certainly doesn’t care if you ask him to do things… or not. He’s just going to do in his world what he wants to… or so HE thinks.

I’m getting to know his personality and what makes him tick. He’s so aloof and distant sometimes, but always cracks me up – even when he’s grinning at me doing the exact opposite of what I’ve asked.

Come on, I know you have been there with your kids – hiding back the laughter or grin when you see them disobeying with pure cuteness. Ugh – it’s tough being a parent sometimes. Ok… more than just sometimes!

I recently posted on my Facebook this very fitting statement: “Parenthood: if I can survive this, I can survive anything!” So, so true!

I wonder if we ever make God laugh when we disobey Him knowingly?? Hmmm… However, He always seems to correct us, just like we do our little ones.

Can you relate? Comment below with your fun stories of behavior struggles and fighting back the laughter.

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JessBio200 If You Survive Parenthood, You Can Survive AnythingJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

If You Survive Parenthood, You Can Survive Anything

Life as a Single Mom… with Multiples & Special Needs

Jumping into a life that is laid out so differently than one you lived just months before can be a bit intimidating, yet exciting. Life as a single parent sure does throw a curveball with every passing day, it seems. Especially when your life is full of multiples and special needs!

I have embarked on this new journey in life that is very interesting, entertaining, chaotic, and fun, though, too.

singleparenting 223x300 Life as a Single Mom... with Multiples & Special NeedsThere is certainly an aloneness that comes from being left after 12 years of marriage. What’s interesting to me is that out of all of the possible areas I could feel alone as a parent – be it dressing the kids, playing with them, feeding them, bathing them, getting homework done, making sure they have their needs met – the place I feel it the most is knowing that I’m the sole responsible party.

I can’t just say “I’d like to go out with some girlfriends this Friday night if you are willing to watch the kids” anymore!

They are my responsibility 24/7. All 11 years, 7 years, and two bundles of energy at 3 years old! It’s up to me to make sure their physical needs are taken care of, but also their mental, emotional, and spiritual ones, too.

The twins, of course, have also chosen this time during the past few months to start letting their inner toddler ‘tude come seeping to the surface and explode in my face every once in a while. I’m pretty much guaranteed to get tears and screaming at some point in each day – because such is the life of a special needs 3 year old that can’t seem to get all their words out, has to defend themselves and their toys from the other 3 year old (gotta love brothers!), and generally just gets cranky because they can’t figure out if they are interested in napping or not… or fighting it all the way. Fun! Fun!

As much as I have to deal with the craziness that, some days, feels built into my household, I love the fact that I can still focus on the great relationship I have with my kids and what I alone can teach them.

They spend most of their time with me, so I’m choosing to pull them into this exciting time of the unknown and embrace it – the sky is the limit!

It’s critical to me as their mom that I’m maintaining the kids’ schedules and rules of the house, and even encouraging them to step it up a notch. I’ve even started a new chores plan and included new ways for them to earn money.

There are things in life that only parents can teach or else your child will learn by default from someone else (or may not even learn at all). I’m not letting that happen to my kids.

I’ve determined these are the areas I’m going to focus on with raising my kids during the rest of 2013:

~ how to give, save, and spend wisely with money

~ which foods are important to eat and how to eat a healthy lifestyle

~ how to cook

~ how to clean and keep an organized house

~ how to maintain a good attitude while doing something you don’t want to do

~ how to be disciplined to work, even when you don’t feel like it

~ how to treat each other kindly and with respect

~ how to trust God in everything, no matter what the circumstance looks like

~ and to always, ALWAYS be thankful for everything in your life

I learned some of these things, thankfully, from my own parents growing up, but others I’ve had to learn the hard way. Now is the time to instill these into my kids so they don’t have to go through as much as I have and will have a solid foundation for finances, relationships, keeping a home, and even making smart food decisions.

I heard on the radio this morning about a dad who removed all possible items from his son’s room for 3 days because the son was so ungrateful. Now, his son thanks him for everything!

We live in such a “ME” age where people think they are owed things from their family, neighbors, friends, even the government. They aren’t thankful for anything they have and expect to be given more with no effort on their part. And unfortunately, our children in this society are picking up on that attitude, too.

My children will not be ungrateful nor expect a handout. They are being trained and groomed for success so they can take their lives into their own hands and have hearts to bless others. Hopefully, I won’t have to go to those same measures as the dad did in the story above, but my kids are going to learn it one way or another… sooner rather than later.

What kinds of things have you done with your kids to teach them how to honor and respect others, be grateful for what they have, and know how to be wise with their money? Share with me in the comments section below!

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JessBio200 Life as a Single Mom... with Multiples & Special NeedsJessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Life as a Single Mom… with Multiples & Special Needs

Skin, Skin Everywhere and What Are We Teaching Our Kids?

I’m tired of skin. I’m tired of it showing in places where it needs to be left up to the imagination, and I’m tired of everyone making such a big deal about what everyone’s looks like.

We have become a very shallow society when even our children are thinking they need to dress a certain way or look a certain way to be “sexy.”

How do they even know what that word means at age 5 & 6?

I’m not saying I don’t think people should look their best and be sexy ~ however, we need to look at how we have defined “sexy” and see how well that lines up with reality.

I’ve always been thin. Actually, I’m one of those people that was so thin growing up that I’d hear quite often, “do you have to jump around in the shower to get wet?” (I still can hear me saying it in a whiny voice in my head!)

Then… I had kids.

THEN… I had twins.

Bodies don’t stay the same shape as they age, have kids, go through stressful circumstances… doing life!

We can’t expect our significant other to stay the same, nor ourselves. It’s just not reality. Most of the girls in magazines have had eating disorders, are on the verge of it, or just plain have a body-type that’s totally unusual.

Because I gained weight with my pregnancies and had to lose it, it gave me a new respect for people going through weight loss issues, those who work out all of the time, and those that feel so bad in their skin because of the cloud of “sexy” society has put on them.

Fortunately, through some great workout programs and eating healthy, I was able to drop back to my pre-pregnancy weight fairly quickly. Of course, I still have my “twin skin” that wouldn’t go away without surgery… but my muscle separation is getting better… which means my tummy is flatter.

Yes, I want a flat tummy. Who doesn’t?

But am I going to beat myself up because it hasn’t fully happened yet? No. I’m going to celebrate the successes I have had and continue working out and eating wisely.

If people would only realize that “sexy” is a bi-product of strong, there would be a total shift of focus. We need to work on getting healthy bodies, not just sexy ones. You can be super thin and extremely toxic and unhealthy. Ask me how I know!

Our focus needs to be health from the inside out ~ eating more veggies, adding exercise 4-5 times a week, and pushing ourselves a little bit more every day… more fresh veggies, more reps of bicep curls. Sexy will follow. Get strong first!

The use of essential oils with health amazes me. A friend of mine has lost 10 pounds in about 8 weeks just simply using grapefruit essential oil in her water and rubbing it on her core mid-section. She is also using other oils and drinking NingXia Red, a wolfberry (goji) drink with Orange, Tangerine, and Lemon essential oils, to get even healthier on the inside.

Could you imagine a life where your head is clear (no more “brain fog”), your eyes are bright, your teeth are white (without the use of harsh chemical whiteners), you have the endurance to race around the field with your kids playing soccer until it gets dark without getting winded in the first 10 minutes… a life of strength, health, beauty. Imagine popping out of bed every morning, ready to take on your day… and you only had 6 hours of sleep because you don’t need any more. Imagine feeling great inside with no IBS, bloating, cramping, mouth sores, or constipation. Imagine feeling good after a workout… getting your muscles stronger and stronger.

Now, imagine your kids seeing what you are doing, how you are feeling, the changes you’re making, and wanting to participate and be just like you!

Why are you putting this off? Why are you so settled into your life of mediocrity that you aren’t willing to just see a glimpse of the other side of health? Why are you so tired of being tired, yet you won’t change shoveling in that greasy burger or make time in the morning to even exercise for 10 minutes? Why haven’t you thought of yourself as special enough to get the essential oils you need and use them for optimal, vibrant health?

There is only one you. No one can replace you. No one can come close.

Your health is the one thing that’s the hardest to replace in your life. Don’t wait! Get your exercise program, your healthy foods, and your essential oils started today.

There are people in your life counting on you. They depend on you.

Why not jump on this? What’s the worst that could happen? You get healthy, strong, AND sexy?!?!

Wow. That seems like a real bummer (NOT!).

Now, get off your rear and get in gear.

I’ll help you every step of the way…

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JessBio200 Skin, Skin Everywhere and What Are We Teaching Our Kids?Jessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

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Uniquely Made

The bulb blew out. Crud, crap, or whatever other expletive you want to insert here.

It was dark and I wasn’t about to get on the tippy top of a stool on a concrete floor to change it. However, I knew what was coming in the morning. The shouting. The screams. All because a little man of mine doesn’t understand light bulbs burning out, mommy not fixing them in the middle of the night, and why they still aren’t on in the wee hours of the morning before dawn.

But I knew it was coming. And sure enough, as soon as he entered the kitchen, Andrew was pointing and questioning first.

Quickly it went to shouting.

Then it moved to screaming and crying.

Fortunately, with another light in the room, we weren’t completely in the dark, and neither was he for eating his breakfast. And soon, he got over it because food was more important.

Oh, the many crazy, difficult, and hair-pulling-out things we go through sometimes with our special needs kids.

They don’t quite understand everything fully.

They think any kind of communication is ok and can be used at any time.

They know they struggle to get their thoughts out so others can hear and understand them. That makes the communication all the more difficult on some days. Starting in frustration is never good.

And riddle me this… (I have posted about this before on my Facebook page) why do parents of special needs kids have to jump through so many hoops on top of the yelling, shouting, screaming, frustration, tears, and whatever else smacks you in the face, literally and figuratively, during all of those outbursts and emotions?

Why do doctors’ offices, therapists’ offices, and even labs sometimes make it so hard just to get records, equipment, or, frankly, even an appointment. Ugh!

One thing I have realized, though, in my many years of living with special needs little ones, there is a certain something in us parents that is particular.


…You Are Peculiar…

It’s peculiar. It’s rare, a bit strange, and something my Heavenly Father loves.


…You Are Special…

There is an extra special spot in our hearts for giving beyond measure, for standing strong in the face of the unknown and unfathomable, a spot that never gives up nor gives in, and it stands as an advocate for every child, adult – PERSON – that has no voice of their own.


…You Are Unique…

It makes us unique. It makes us resolute. It makes us tenacious and unwavering.

And you know what? God wouldn’t have it any other way for HIS little ones that He has so trustingly allowed us to steward.

As the song says that I grew up singing in church ~ “…they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world!”

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JessBio200 Uniquely MadeJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Uniquely Made

On Writing, Business, Family, and Noodles

I want to do what I want to do.

No more molds. No more following the leader. No more fitting into a cookie cutter shape that looks nothing like me.

I feel like I’ve been shoved and pressed into an area that’s too small for me. That area can no longer contain me.

I’ve been squeezed enough that I’m bulging at the edges. But no need to worry. Actually, this is exciting. Because you know who benefits? You do.

My writing has been strictly business, but it’s time to bust that mold. I’m ready to be me and ready for you to hear from the real me – the one that’s down on two knees some nights… the one that asks God to lead me in a specific direction… the one that gets so frustrated from not being able to communicate with my 3-year old without screaming in almost every conversation that I purposefully disappear into the bathroom, if only for a minute, just to breathe with a little bit of distance between the screaming and the ringing in my ears.

I want you to get to know me on a more personal level. The level that’s not afraid to tell you like it is – like you don’t exercise because it’s not a priority in your life and you won’t until you change that perspective. Yea… ouch.

I want to be able to share killer cool products with you without it being weird and you just think I’m trying to make a buck. Of course, I do need to make a buck. But you are a higher priority to me than the buck. And more good news for you – I won’t endorse a product I don’t believe in and don’t know for sure will help you. Yay, you!

My heart is for special needs families, because, after all, I have one. However, I know my message isn’t just for them. My knowledge, products, and help can spread to many, many more.

I hope you get on this bullet train that’s about to zoom right past you. Don’t get left in the station. Better yet, jump aboard and invite your friends!

Now, What to Expect

You will hear about my faith. It’s part of me. Get over it.

You will absorb many things about health and what can make one happy. I share. You apply. That’s how this relationship works best.

You will learn about awesome products that can radically change your life for the better. If you don’t do something with that knowledge, well… ‘nough said.

You will confront your own issues and judgments when you connect with my stories about family, relationships, and healing beyond just your body.

You will be given plenty of opportunities to engage to better your life and those around you. In sharing your own story, you teach me beyond what I know now, which goes full circle when I get to share even more to change others’ lives. Again, participation is on you. I’ll be here. Waiting…

I want to help you, but you have to let me.

My Promise to You

I will share with you those things that, to the best of my knowledge, will help you, heal you, and give you a better life because I care about you, your family, and your future.

I will continue my research.

I will offer excellent products that have been proven to work and have helped many others.

I will give you advice from my own life experiences if I know it will assist you in making better choices.

I will try to keep you from the traps I’ve fallen into and give you a way out or around before you ever see the hole 10 feet ahead.

I will extend information through ebooks, video courses, and articles with applicable steps to implement in your life immediately to streamline going gluten-free (and which noodle brands to avoid so your meal doesn’t taste like cardboard), time management, the best kitchen equipment to have and how to use it most effectively, great exercises for specific, targeted muscles, product reviews, and much more.

I love you, care about you, and want to see you healthy and healed in your body, mind, and heart.

Onto the new Love. Care. Heal. A better one… for you!

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JessBio200 On Writing, Business, Family, and NoodlesJessica Stone is a wife, mom to 4, and owner of her own businesses in the fitness and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her children’s health with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple, to help you feed your kids quick & healthy! Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

On Writing, Business, Family, and Noodles