As I prepare to schedule this post, the newest terror attacks in France are on the news. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for America, hasn’t it? I don’t enjoy talking politics, so I don’t. I certainly don’t blog about it. Most lifestyle bloggers like me adhere to a “no politics on the blog” rule. I’ve decided to ignore that rule for today.
All week I’ve been down and depressed about the violence in America. My heart is breaking. I realize how ridiculous this may sound to someone of color or a low socioeconomic status. Sure, a privileged white woman’s heart is breaking for America. My heart my be heavy, but I have no idea how rough life is for many people right now. I’ll probably never understand.
I try to be optimistic and remind myself that the world is a beautiful place. I know it is. I’m happy that we live in a time where gay marriage is legal and black people are beside white people on TV. I am confident that we live in a better place today than we did 30 years ago. I’m also pretty happy that recycling is the norm for most people. But that’s not today’s issue.The world is a beautiful place Click To Tweet
Better is not enough. The world may be better, but I want it to be an even better place. Earlier this week I didn’t think there was anything I could do to make the world a better place. After a crazy couple of days, I now know that I can attempt to make the world a better place just by starting a conversation about the world.
Let me explain in more detail. Just this week I realized that my silence on issues is no better than being against them. While my heart was breaking for America and everyone involved in the violence of the last week, my friends took my silence to mean something else. You can read this Facebook post to get a better understanding of what happened.
What’s the point of having almost 10,000 Twitter followers if all I ever do is use it to make money? I’ve been so excited about making it big in the social media influencer world that I forgot how to use my influence for good things.
This doesn’t mean I will have poignant political or social justice thoughts to discuss on the blog. I doubt that will ever happen. I still hate discussing politics. However, I do promise to be more real and stop being silent.
Since today is Friday, I’m sharing my weekly spending and my reviews of the week. It seems strange to share these tedious things after such a heavy post, but I’m a slave to routine. Friday’s mean weekly recap in my mind so weekly recap I will do.
Here is how we did this week. Much better after last week, right?
Groupon- $59.99 (yearly zoo membership)
Shutterfly- $78.17 (yearly photo book)
Auntie Anne’s – $6.89 (field trip)
Trader Joe’s- $133.13 (my family moves here this weekend so I bought groceries to feed them)
Bad Ass Coffee- $17.20 (a good friend came to visit so I treated her and her family to treats)
It’s still way more than I’d like to spend each week, but we really didn’t buy things we didn’t need. Feeding two boys is proving to cost more than I’d ever realized!
I’m participating in The Food Desert Challenge next week and will only shop at The Dollar Tree for the better half of the week. Wish me luck! I’m nervous to see how far $5 a day will go to feed each person in my family. I’m also excited to use this blog to raise awareness about real hunger issues that people in America face everyday.
This week was a fun one for testing out new products.
This Beets BLU scale has been so much fun to review. It’s a scale with bluetooth that goes straight to my phone. How cool is that? Expect to see more info about this soon!
I’ve also stumbled upon a new face product, About Face Skin Protection. I’ll be posting more about it in the coming weeks. It’s a steal of a deal because you actually mix the chemicals yourself.
Finally, I’m still working with the same old Word of Mouth Marketing groups. Just this past week I was able to try these meatballs from Plum Organics with the kids.
Tonight is #datenight! Woot woot! The kids always eat what we eat so I never know what to make them when we have a night out. Tonight they are getting meatballs from @plumorganics. It’s so nice to have an option that’s easy and nutritious. You know what’s even better? I got these for #free! Want to learn how to review products and get freebies? Search “free stuff” on my blog (link in profile). . . . . . #mylittlemeatballs #bzzagent #gotitfree #review #freestuff #getfreestuff #beautifulbudgetlife #toddlereats #toddlerlife #momlife #replayrecycled #syblbloggers #bloggersgetsocial #momblogger
I also got to try these Oh So chocolates with a play date group through Mom’s Meet.