Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10 Expert Tips for Buying Lingerie this Valentine's

Valentine's Day is upon us and it means the malls are flooded with people trying to find just the right gift for the person who their heart swoon. But let's be honest, with the upcoming release of 50 Shades of Grey, everyone's minds are a little more focused on
 what usually comes at the end of Valentine's Day--Sex.

I've been helping people spice up their sex lives for years. No, I don't have a red room of pain. What I do have is an extensive knowledge of intimate apparel.

I have been in the lingerie business for nearly 10 years, and a lingerie connoisseur for even longer. I've seen countess customers completely lost when it comes to buying lingerie, so I know people could use some tips when shopping for lingerie for themselves and when shopping for something sexy for their partner.

Here are my 10 tips:

Change is the Only Constant

Change is the Only Constant- Why fear it?

Have you ever stopped to contemplate life, past and present, and just been dumbfounded by it all? I admit, I don't usually have time to sit and think. I mean I have a wild three year old boy, more dogs than I need snorting around me, multiple jobs, a boy band to keep updated on, and I still have to eat and sleep somewhere in between. But today I thought.

I wasn't intending on being reflective, I was just the perfect moment for it. I'm leaving my day job of nearly 10 years, and it made me think about change.

No matter how comfortable or routine our lives become, things always change. We age and grow, though it seems slow. We only notice it when we get tagged in a throwback Thursday photo that we wish the internet never saw. Our children age quicker, perhaps to remind us how precious time is. Our neighborhoods, jobs, and dreams change too. Think about your dreams as a child and your dreams now. I'm pretty sure 5 year old me wasn't dreaming of a well funded 401K and a work-life balance. Nope, I wanted to fly just by jumping in the air and to raise wild jungle cats. Seriously.

But silly (although pretty kickass) dreams aside, there is a something to take out of this.
No matter how controlled, routine, and repetitive our daily lives may seem, things WILL change. -Me
So, if change is so constant, why do we fear it so much? Why does the thought of starting a new job (or choosing to leave a job) make us panic, sweat, and kind of freak out? Why is moving to a new place scary? Shouldn't it be seen as an adventure and a new life experience?

I fully recognize that I am not like everyone else in most facets of life. I don't get embarrassed, I have never seen Titanic or The Notebook, hugs make me feel like I'm covered in spiders, I'm just different. And I've always been different in my view of change. I mean I change my hair color practically as much as I change my underwear.

I welcome change, and I actually crave it. If things aren't changing in my life, I feel lost. I chalk it up to moving a lot as a kid. No, I wasn't a military brat, my dad just worked retail and was willing to relocate. I've moved a lot and had to leave friends and make new ones time and again. Once we rooted ourselves in San Diego when I was 12 or so, I quickly planned my next change. I set a goal to buy a VW Bus and move out on my own at the age of 16. I regretfully never did accomplish that goal, and the only reason that I say regretfully is because how awesome of a story would that be, right? As I grew up in a stable household and attended the same schools for my teenage years, my addiction to change was fed with my appearance. I was constantly reinventing myself.

VW bus
That could've been home.

Once I entered the adult world I fell back into the comfortable pattern of moving every 1-2 years. I still never developed a love for the act of moving though. Packing is not my strong suit. As my life begins to settle in in San Diego again for the long haul, I guess the need for change popped back up. Naturally, I left my job to start a new. That's where this revelation came in. I'm not feeling sad, or nervous, or scared really. At first I thought I was just dead inside. Then I realized that I am okay with change. That I need it. That it's what I've come to know.

By welcoming change, we open up our lives to grow into something we never dreamed of--or better something we always dreamed of. -Me again

Now don't let my crunchy ways and talk of change and dreams make you think I some hippie just letting the wind guide me. Nope. I'm still a control freak who needs to plan things out complete with plan A, B, and break glass in case of emergenCy. So I feel even more in control when I take control of change. It's like I'm Zeus grabbing a lightening bolt from the sky, or whatever he did. When life gets too predictable, I mix it up and beat the Universe to the punch. Change is inevitable, so don't fight it.

So, what's something you've been afraid to change? Why haven't you? Maybe it's time to take that step.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This Mom Thing is Serious

I was just chatting with a friend the other day about motherhood and where life has taken us. I pointed out that no matter how much someone tells you "becoming a parent will completely change you life" you just don't realize that it literally changes YOUR ENTIRE LIFE! I mean every aspect has been affected since I had The First Mate. 

It starts with wanting to have a baby. Suddenly you start caring about your ovulation schedule and things you never mattered to track about your body's behavior before. Then you conceive and you care about doctors, birthing options, over the belly or under the belly maternity pants, foods you shouldn't eat, which stroller is best, what cloth diapers to use, where to place the crib, the list goes on and on. Then this tiny wrinkled old man of a baby shows up and you change even more. You see, once that little person joins your family, everything you do affects them, so you want to do better. 

I never imagined 3 years ago that I would be eating chia seeds, spreading my natural deodorant on with a wooden stick, and brushing my teeth with clay. This is my new normal, and although it may not seem at all related to parenting, it is. I want to eat better, be healthier, use better products, make my family safer, and all around change the world so my child will grow up in a better place. It's a full time job to navigate all of these things. Someone should just have an event where they cater to natural parents who need to see and learn about all these things that are now all they ever think about in between diaper changes and trashed living rooms. 

And then I discovered they do-- It's MommyCon! 

What's MommyCon, you ask? MommyCon is a convention focused on modern families and natural parenting. There are numerous speakers (over a dozen) in addition to great products and shopping, workshops, and even more. It's a place to bring like-minded families together to learn and grow. Here's an idea of what you can expect:

It'a ultimately a mom-lebrity bash. By that I mean, it's full speakers who are celebrities in the mom (and dad) world. Speakers like Alanis Morissette, Jessica Martin-Weber (The Leaky Boob), Jamie Grayson (The Baby Guy), and Jennifer Labit, who I'll call the actual cloth diaper genius herself. Check out the full list of speakers and the follow the MommyCon facebook page for further updates on who will be attending the last two MommyCon events.

I'll be attending this year (yay) and I'd love to see some of you there. I'm a MommyCon affiliate, so if you use my coupon code PIRATEMOMMY you can save 10% of your admission! MommyCon Philadelphia is October 5th and MommyCon Newport Beach is November 1st. 

Purchase you tickets here: MommyCon Events

Monday, August 25, 2014

Life is Hard, But I'm Still Sailing

Life is complicated. Far more complicated than one blog post could ever explain, and I don't really want the responsibility of writing that post anyways. 

Life is a constant battle between the things you want to do, the things you need to do, and the things you have to do. Sometimes you find balance between all of them, and sometimes you have to let something slide to have any sort of success at life. I chose the latter--which became the blog.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Shedding My Pirate Booty Week Forty-Nine

It's been another week, and it's been a mixed bag of emotions. I have had some awesome moments and some down ones too.

The awesome-- I needed to buy more clothes again because I just couldn't pull off my baggy work pants any more. I grabbed 6 pairs to try on. I always grab multiple sizes because I usually think the smaller size will fit and it doesn't. I grabbed two size 12s, three size 10s, and one size 8, because it was on a crazy sale. 

I got into the dressing room and decided to try on the size 8 first, and just get it out of the way. I knew it wouldn't fit, but I thought it might be close enough that I could buy it at the sale price and have it for when I lost more weight. As I pulled them up to my hips I scrunched my face in confusion as I didn't need to wiggle to pass the barrier. Then, as I fastened the button, raised the zipper, and closed the claps (work trousers are serious business) I couldn't believe they fit. A SIZE 8! What the hell? I gladly returned the untouched 10s and 12s to the rack and grabbed another size 8 in a different brand to make sure this wasn't a fluke. It fit too! 

This was a great milestone, but the week wasn't all smiles. I didn't get in a single workout. No run, nothing. I just couldn't find a time in my schedule with working a surprise 7 days straight at my work and a tough time catching up on my sleep. I did manage to get more steps than I have in a while though. 

Shedding My Pirate Booty Week 49

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Little Man Giveaway *CLOSED*

Little Man Giveaway

Green Scene MomAs a mom to a  rambunctious boy, I'm always looking for things that will keep him busy and entertained. He knows what he likes, (trucks) and isn't going to settle for anything less than awesome.

These adorable products are designed especially for little boys to encourage imaginative play, inspire healthy eating and simple mealtimes, and cover the basic essentials. Check out Green Scene Mom's favorite products for little rambunctious boys to use and enjoy as they explore the world around them. Moms will also love these companies for encouraging eco-friendly lifestyles through their innovative product designs.
Green Scene Mom - Alex Toys GiveawayAlex Toys' Busy Fire Truck is a new twist to a classic wood toy! Baby will love playing with 8 fun colorful activities on every side of the Busy Fire Truck! Actives include rolling wheels, a curvy bead maze, a mirror, turning picture tiles, a spinning gear, a movable ladder and a discovery wheel. Includes a pop-up feature too. For ages 10+ mos. For more information, visit alextoys.com.
Green Scene Mom - Pacific Baby GiveawayPacific Baby thermal bottles keep liquids hot or cold for up to ten hours. These high quality bottles are versatile to use from birth to 5 years old and make feeding and drinking simple during outings and while traveling.

The wide neck offers greater visibility and the inner scale simplifies measuring out formula. The bottle nipples come in three speeds and are naturally shaped. Just add handles and a spout to transform this bottle into a sippy cup for older kids. For more information, visit pacificbabyworld.com.
Green Scene Mom - pediped Giveawaypediped's adorable shoes are perfect for going on summer adventures! These stylish shoes fit comfortably and ensure healthy foot development. They are available in more than 140 designs for boys and girls.

Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made pediped the fastest growing children's footwear brand in the United States. pediped footwear is sold in over 2,500 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide. pediped has also received many awards for their innovative footwear designs. For more information, visit pediped.com.
Green Scene Mom - BreathableBaby GiveawayBreathableBaby is a child product safety company dedicated to breathable innovations that address parents' concern for baby's safety inside the crib.

BreathableBaby products include breathable mesh crib liners which are designed to address the risks of suffocation and entanglement, breathable wearable blankets and blankets with moisture wicking mesh fabrics to keep your baby comfortable by reducing overheating, and breathable toys that are safer for baby to snuggle with. For more information, visit breathablebaby.com.
Green Scene Mom - Yummi Pouch GiveawayYummi Pouch makes eco-friendly snack solutions that encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Their reusable food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on-the-go, no spoon required.

Yummi Pouch also recently introduced cloth snack and sandwich bags, each lined with a water resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints. They're perfect for crackers, chips, and sandwiches and also make great little storage bags for hair accessories and cosmetics. For more information, visit yummipouch.com.
Green Scene Mom - Baby Bump Bundle GiveawayBaby Bump Bundle creates care packages for moms-to-be by trimester, newborn babies, and nursing new moms. Baby Bump Bundle also offers high quality products for moms and babies individually, so you can build your own bundle or just buy an item that catches your eye! For more information, visit babybumpbundle.com.
Green Scene Mom - oogaa Giveawayoogaa designs and manufactures non-toxic feeding products for baby and young children. Their award-winning divided plate is stackable, soft, durable and easy to clean. It's also dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven safe. oogaa's tugboat spoon makes mealtime fun! Toot-toot... open wide, here comes the tugboat! For more information, visit oogaa.com.
Green Scene Mom - Buttons Diapers GiveawayButtons Cloth Diapers are quality, affordable, and adorable cloth diapers that are an easy to use two-in-one system. Buttons' one-size diaper covers can snap to fit babies from 9-35 lbs, and are made of 2 layers of soft wipeable PUL with double gussets around the legs. Their snap-in diaper inserts are soft and absorbant, and come in two sizes. For more information, visit buttonsdiapers.com.

These wonderful companies have allowed us to give away an amazing gift set! One lucky mom will win these great Little Man Summer Essentials for their little guy!

Prize Gift Set - Retail Value $260

BreathableBaby buried treasure sheet, mesh blanket & toy elephant - $45.99
pediped pair of boys shoes - $35
Alex Toys Busy Fire Truck - $43.95
Pacific Baby bottle set - $50
Baby Bundle 3 item gift set - $30
Yummi Pouch Spunky snack bags & mustache dishwasher safe stickers - $15.99
oogaa silicone divided plate & silicone tugboat spoon - $16.99
Buttons Diapers diaper cover, 2 daytime inserts & 1 nighttime doubler - $24.50
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Shedding My Pirate Booty Week Forty-Eight

Although I've been quiet here on the blog lately, and owe you a post as to why, I also owe myself this weekly SMPB update. No matter what the scale says, I committed to documenting it here. It keeps me honest, keeps me going, and it's a keepsake of my journey. 

As life gets busier and more complicated, so does my ability to exercise. I haven't made the changes in exercise that I know I need to. My excuses are working, but sometimes it's because they are valid. I did manage a run, but it was fairly insignificant because I can't even remember much of it. My only reminder is the sports bra, now long dried, hanging in the hall bathroom.