Working on my shit!

Ugh. All of my sites were hacked. It has been a complete nightmare to get them back up and running somewhat. I have lost so much content in the process and I am really pissed about it actually. Hoping to have all of my recent stuff back up soon, but in the meantime I have a bunch of new stuff coming and I am just going to have to move forward. I am writing a bunch of new content for this site as well as my other sites. I am tired. But I am happy to finally have some of my stuff back.

I’m back. And it feels fucking good.

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Bringing back the rambling videos

Hey everyone! I am back to blogging on this site again! And that means the rambling videos are back! Haha! I am actually going to be doing more than the long winded videos, but they will be here in the beginning while I am getting my blogging act together. Happy Wednesday guys!!

Oh yeah! I am having issues uploading to my old YouTube channel so I just started a new one. Please take a minute to subscribe to Cheryl Budge on YouTube! :)

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A little thing called life

One of the best and worst things about life is change. There are times in my life where I have been settled and comfortable and freak out at the thought of change. There are other times I crave it. Right now there are lots of changes happening in my life. I’m ready for my next chapter and can’t wait to share it all along the way.

Change. I’m craving it.

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Sunday.

Today was a good day. Lately I have been just trying to get through each day. Can’t wait for the day to be over. Counting the minutes until I can go to bed but then not able to fall asleep.

Trying to figure all my shit out all at once. Not being true to myself. Wanting everything to be everything I want it to be right this minute.

But I need to remind myself to stop and live and breathe. Enjoy this journey. The good and the bad. It makes us who we are. It is the stories my family will tell long after I am gone. I need to feel my life.

I am not going to figure it all out all at one. And in the end all that really matters are the small moments in my life.

Like today.

Cooking with Kevin.
Laundry.
Hanging out with Chloe.
Catching up on work I love.

Laughing with a friend for hours on the phone while watching and tweeting the Golden Globes and the Red Carpet interviews.

My many glamorous faces for the Golden Globes.

My many glamorous faces for the Golden Globes.

These are the moments that are important.

Cheers to starting a new week.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Happy 9th Birthday to you Chloe!

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Can’t wait to see Disney’s Frozen!

We are SO looking forward to seeing Disney’s Frozen when it comes out on November 27th. Who else is excited? Are you planning on heading to the theater Thanksgiving weekend?

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Oh yay! Let’s have a Giveaway!

Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week and have a fantastic weekend! I have been crazy busy this week finishing up some blog stuff. I just started a fun new adventure this week! I was picked to participate in the 5 Minutes For Mom Social Media Training Team! SO excited! More on that soon.

I also have a fun giveaway for you guys. I really appreciate you all hanging in there with me while I am catching up on my blog and well life in general. The support from my community is awesome! To say THANK YOU I am giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card! Fun right?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Super easy! Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Do you have a Clean Routine? #LetsTalkBums

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle.

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Do you have a clean routine? To tell you the truth, I didn’t have one or even think about one until just recently. No, I’m not talking about a house type clean routine. Nope. I’m talking about, well, bums. Yup. Bums.

When my kids were little I would have never just used toilet paper when I was changing their diapers. I wanted their cute little bums to be clean. But really, why wasn’t I doing the same thing for myself? It never dawned on me until I started seeing some funny commercials on TV and then had the opportunity to work on this campaign. We ALL want to be as clean as can be. I don’t think I know anyone who would disagree with me on that one. So why isn’t everyone changing up their clean routine? I know I sure am!

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My kids were cracking up at the message on the side of the box when we received some free samples in the mail. All night long all I heard was BUMS! Since then we have had some very funny conversations and jokes about all of our bums. It’s the perfect dinner conversation for my 12 year old son. But when we all talked and thought about it, we realized it was a great idea. Why were we NOT using wipes? Eeeewww gross! After using them, I really do not think my family will ever go back to just regular old toilet paper. It does take some getting used to, but once you get in the habit of the new routine you will not go back to your old ways.

I am in love with the Cottonelle commercials featuring Cherry Healey. I think they are hilarious.

Experiencing is believing. Incorporating cleansing cloths into your bathroom routine may feel weird at first but ultimately, it’s a clean and fresh feeling that leaves you ready for anything.

I am a huge toilet paper snob and have been using Cottonelle forever. It is a joke around my house and with people who know me how particular I am with my toilet paper. DO NOT even think about bringing some cheap one ply stuff into my house. For real. I love that I can easily add these wipes to my family’s daily routine and they will match in all of my bathrooms. Love the simple design.

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Now that you have read this post I am pretty sure you are thinking about your own clean routine. Whether you really wanted to or not. Sorry! Seriously, once you think about it, it really does make sense. Are you going to make the change to a new clean routine?

Cottonelle wants to get you talking about your bum and on a better way to clean “down there” by using the Cottonelle Clean Routine. By combining the use of Cottonelle Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths, the Cottonelle Clean Routine is a revolutionary way to keep your bum cleaner.

Are you ready? Don’t be shy! Visit http://www.facebook.com/cottonelle to learn more about the Cottonelle Clean Routine and join the clean routine conversation.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle.

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We are jumping on the Hogwarts Express!

Family Forward

We have an amazing opportunity to attend the Family Forward Retreat at Universal Studios Orlando. Thanks to the awesome Mom It Forward team, along with fabulous sponsors Universal Orlando Resort, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Southwest Airlines, Cricut, Duct Tape, and National Geographic Kids, we are going to be making fun family memories.

From the Family Forward website:

Family Forward, a 3-day family retreat organized by Mom It Forward for social media influencers AND their families focused on helping families connect in the digital age.​

Family Forward gives families experiences, ideas, and skills to embrace bonding in the digital age through workshops centered on topics like charity, communication, creativity, team building, and trust. Our premise is that whether you are unplugged or are plugged in, you can maximize opportunities to create connections with your family.

This is perfect for my family! We have made it a mission to spend more time together as a family this year. We have been making time to find the fun in our everyday lives as well. We can not wait to participate in the workshops and spend this time together as a family.

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We surprised Jacob and Chloe on Thursday night. I can not believe I was able to keep it in! I could not wait to tell them! We made these Hogwarts Invitations that told the kids to pack their bags! They were in complete shock. They are both HUGE Harry Potter fans. So much so, they both became super emotional and I can’t show the video or they will hate me. We all ended up in tears at one point. But they were happy tears!

As much as the kids are excited for the trip, they can not wait to take a train to get there. Yup. You heard that right. We are taking an Amtrak train to Orlando Florida. 24 hours. Overnight. What were we thinking? I think we might have lost our minds, but I actually think we are going to have fun. We really wanted to make this trip special and have an adventure. We’ll see how it goes!

You can follow along with me and all of the other families at Family Forward by following #FamilyForward on Twitter and on Instagram.

If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, then you already know I will be tweeting and posting pics through the whole retreat. And if you are not following me, what’s up with that?

Disclosure. I was not asked to post about this trip. I am talking about it because I am super excited! We did receive a generous discount and some fun perks like tickets to Blue Man Group, and a fun dessert party. But I am paying for this out of my very own pocket.

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And then she went on a new adventure.

NYC has a new resident. My Chelsea has been in the city for college for about two weeks now. She was lucky enough to have to opportunity to go in early and learn how to navigate the city, public transportation, and take a couple of classes. She is the happiest person right now. I am so proud of her.

Lunch! Right after we moved Chelsea into her dorm.  It was fabulous!

Lunch! Right after we moved Chelsea into her dorm. It was fabulous!

I have always told my kids that they can be anything they want to be. Dream big.

I was kind of kicking myself for a minute about that. When Chelsea said she really wanted to be in NYC I knew it was the right thing for her. I knew it was in her heart and it was her dream. She has worked on this dream for years. To study theater in NYC. That was her big dream. I had to support it. Even though for a minute I really wanted to say no.

Unpacking in her dorm!

Unpacking in her dorm!

I am doing a lot better than I thought I would. I love getting texts from Chelsea showing me her view at the moment, how amazing Pippin was, and calls where I can her the confidence in her voice. She is learning the city and learning about herself.

I am so honored to be her Mom. I am really looking forward to this crazy, exciting first year of college. I love watching her turn into the strong person I know she is.

This was right before we said goodbye.  I didn't cry THAT much.  ;)

This was right before we said goodbye. I didn’t cry THAT much. ;)

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