SeaWorld Wildside Blogger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My family has gone to SeaWorld as long as I can remember. I have so many fond memories and was always looking forward to the day that I could take my child. Today I am so excited to announce that I have been selected as a 2014 SeaWorld Wildside blogging ambassador!

I’m very honored to join an amazing group of bloggers and am especially excited as this is SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary! They will be hosting a year-long celebration called, “A Sea of Surprises!” The anniversary will include new entertainment, special animal encounters, festive new shows, a SeaWorld Surprise Squad delivering prizes, plus a new evening Shamu show to top off summer evenings! This is definitely the year to visit SeaWorld!

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclosure: I’m a SeaWorld Wildside blogger. I receive complimentary passes for my family and other perks throughout the year. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Road Trips and Vomit.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I’ve been trying to get over my funk all this past week. The week was crazy busy…filled with doctor appointments and tests, work meetings, media pitching, and a weekend trip to Houston that didn’t get started out well.

Luke had a massive coughing attack and puked everywhere. There are many things in life that I can handle but vomit is NOT one of them. If I smell it even slightly I’ll start gagging all over the place! Luckily my mom was with me and the poor thing cleaned it up while I gagged on the side of the road as Luke yelled at me, “Mom! Are you ok?!”

I elect to show you the pretty pictures on my blog. The ones where we are smiling, I’m wearing make-up and cute clothes, Luke is being seemingly well-behaved. But trust me….this is not my every day life. But I think if I started getting too real and posting pictures of my vomit covered kid you’d probably all run and never come back!

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Luke Outfit:

Shirt | Roo & Me

Hat | Roo & Me

Pants | Zara

Shoes | Zara

photography by sunday sky

 

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Hurting.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hurting… Emotionally. Mentally. Physically.

When you are hurting in any of these forms it’s tough to go about your daily life – being a mother, working, being a wife and friend – trying to keep up with everything when you feel like you can barely take care of yourself. Pushing through the fatigue and pain.

It’s hard for me to admit – I’ve been struggling. And it’s time I said it out loud…I’m hurting.

Unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with some health issues for several months now (luckily NOT heart related for once and for that I am grateful). But frankly, this weekend I hit an all-time low. Daddy Russ was out of town but thankfully my mom swept in and has been a big help for me. Running errands with me, pitching in with Luke, even doing my dishes. But she also has helped heal my emotions – placing a band aid on my sadness.

I strive really hard to not get down when my health isn’t quite what I want it to be. But after months and months of an issue that is even puzzling the doctors and feeling like a constant experiment with medications; I have to say I’ve been feeling pretty sorry for myself.

I realize that not only do I have sickness of the body but I have allowed it to become a sickness of my faith and heart. Fighting against an inward suffering – allowing hopelessness to surround me in isolation. Feeling alone and forgotten.

People write open letters all the time. Today I write an open prayer for myself and for others who are reading this and might be hurting as well. Please join me in prayer.

Dear Lord,

I reach out to you today and receive healing. I acccept your grace that testifies of healing, hope and restoration. I lay my pain and brokenness at your feet. Restore me to your heart. May my brokenness be repaired for the beauty of Your glory. Thank You for healing me and making me whole.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

(This song has really been speaking to me this weekend. I heard it for the first time many months ago on my friend Casey’s blog and it has stayed with me I think just waiting for the perfect time to effect me. It has helped me feel Jesus’ arms wrapped around me as I am HELD. Click here to read her post featuring this song).

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  “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1, NIV).

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Windows To The Soul (Giveaway)

Monday, April 7, 2014

I have had so many people ask me how I get my long and thick eye lashes and now I’m ready to reveal my miracle product! It’s called Younique 3D Fiber Lashes and I can’t rave enough about this product.

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The product includes an easy three-step process combining Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. The 3D Fiber Lashes are water-resistant but easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day.

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The pictures speaks it all…just look how much my eyelashes standout! You’d think they were extensions! And it retails for only $29!

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Would you like va-va-voom lashes too? If so, enter to win a set of Younique 3D Fiber Lashes for yourself or order a sest from my friend Shawn Porche (click here).

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Morning Wake-Ups

Friday, April 4, 2014

Many mornings Luke wakes up early and climbs in bed with me to watch cartoons. I frequently take advantage of this time to snuggle and doze a little bit. This was one of those mornings where I was super tired and was still trying to catch some zzzz’s.

I was lying in the bed and felt him lean up against me and put his face right up by my face. Then his little hands tried to open my eyes and he sang perfectly in tune…… “Do you want to build a snowman?”

There has never been a time in San Antonio where I have ever wished for snow more than I did on that morning!

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

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