The Mom in Me

It’s finally happened! I woke up this morning and realized “The Mom in Me” is a Beast.

She’s afraid and sees awful things around every turn…

She’s a list maker of unknown proportions…

She’s a hoverer like no other…

and She’s not ready to let them go!!

How did this happen?? I was so sure that as I’ve seen my sons grow, become more steady, more independent, more sure of themselves. I’d be cheering them out the door, packing them up, and patting myself on the back for a job well done. I mean, I was ready, I am ready? Aren’t I?

What brings on this shutter of uncertainty?

It’s laughable, really. Not a huge thing at all. Just a small camping trip. A week away, Saturday to Saturday, just a few days away…no big deal, right? I mean right?

WRONG! I am not okay! I am freaking out! There are red flashing lights and neon signs saying, “NOOOOOOOO”, screaming, “NO”, and I am not okay!

I should be better than this. I have a freshman and a 7th grader, these boys are taller than I, they laugh at my everything and I often miss the joke. For a long while now, they’ve tied their own shoes, picked out their own clothes, and have developed and expressed opinions that differ from mine. The signs are all there.

Sadly, this is the first of many times I’ll have to hold the BEAST in and let them go…

I’ll encourage their steps…

I’ll cheer them on…

and cry on the inside. Cry for the forgotten moments, when they actually needed me. Cry for the times when my thoughts were their thoughts. Cry for the unspoken agreement that when they were ready, I would willingly set them free. Cry for the babies that are no more, and pray I did all I could to prepare them.

“The Mom in Me” is a BEAST and we’ll figure out how to let them go…one step at a time.

Daphne’s Legging Loft

Ah, here we go again…

another company? is she serious? what is wrong with her?

Honestly, YES! Another Company!! Did I leave Buskins? NO! I’m simply adding to the inventory I have to offer.

Legging Loft, like Buskins carries leggings that have a 92% Polyester and 8% Spandex blend…making both #peachskinsoft!

Legging Loft is BRAND NEW! Launching tomorrow…the “Brand Ambassadors” are limited, and for the time being, enrollment is closed.

Legging Loft offers 2 very distinct lines to their leggings…

“Basic” has an elastic band. Priced from $14 for Keiki to $30 for Mommy and Me Combos. The Basic line has a similar flavor to Buskins.

“Custom” features yoga bands. Priced from $18 for Keiki to $40 for Mommy and Me Combos. Customs are unique to Legging Loft.

Both lines are available in One Size and Tall and Curvy.

Legging Loft is so NEW, that there’s still a few kinks that need to be worked out. Our website, for example…may not always be a “live link”. Meaning the link itself will only be open for short spurts at a time. As a Brand Ambassador, I’ve had the opportunity to purchase wholesale items, and it’s during these times that I’ll post those for live buys…check my On-Hand Stock Albums for availability. When the link is LIVE, shipping is FREE to the US. Purchases from my on-hand stock, will have shipping charges.

I’m EXCITED to be a part of the start of a Company! To see the intricacies in building from the start, the stuff no one really knows about. And I’m Especially Excited to be able to offer a full range of Leggings!!

Please Be Safe! Love The Life You Live and Always #PrayItINPrayItout17626320_1946730648946807_2581399160791054294_n

My Thoughts on 40…

Like most, 40 seemed so far away. A place that was for “ole folks”, an age I’d see later, like MUCH LATER!!

And, here I am…staring it down…looking forward to the next couple weeks as it “approaches” and I am ready to HIGH FIVE that Action! Bring it 40! I TOTALLY GOT THIS!!

I suppose I’ve always been one of those strange people viewing certain ages as a mark of passage. A defining moment in one’s “Life Story”. Looking back I anticipated 16, as an eager youth ready to “rule the roads” with a Driver’s License. Then at 18, I would finally have a Vote in our political process. At 21, a drink at the bar, and 25, meant I no longer had to pay extra for things like car rentals or insurance.

Ah 25, now that was a True Landmark age! I was a New Wife and Mother, I finally made a Family. I worked fulltime, while breastfeeding, cooking and Living a truly beautiful life. I considered my self Grown, I had car payments, doctor appointments and the full calendar to prove it. Plus, I had another baby on the way! Life was AWESOME!

The 30’s were a little rocky…filled with a plethora of Peaks and Valleys, Blessings and Burdens, Joys and Pains. I was still reeling from being an “orphan”, having lost my Mom in 2006. I became a widow and single Mom…though I had no idea how to do it. I inherited a multitude of responsibilities from my only anchor in this world, when my Aunty passed. And I was Completely LOST!

Life has a wonderful way of humbling one’s ass!?!

Today, I look forward to a New Decade of Landmarks…

I’m living in Las Vegas, something my 20 year old self would have said…”Impossible!”

I’m happily married, something my 36 year old self would have said…”Never!”

I’m active in my ward, something my 17 year old self would have said…”No Way!”

I’m growing a business, something my 22 year old self would have said…”You Can’t!”

It’s taken me a long time! To heal and to come in to ME…and I am So Thankful to know, like really KNOW…that I CAN, there is A WAY, to Always TRY, because I am POSSIBLE!

In this defining moment of My Life Story, my heart is full. and I say, “Hello 40!”16999004_1272994346088459_3669526371014127536_nr

 

 

 

Daphne’s Buskins

What are Buskins?

Buskins are Legendary Leggings. An Affiliate Company based out of California. When I first started with Buskins, in October 2016, we had 14,000 affiliates…today, we are 20,000 and GROWING!

Here’s a Fun Fact: The name Buskins is pronounced, “Boooo-Skins”.

Why Buskins?

Yes, it’s true that there are a TON of Leggings Companies! As a Buskins Affiliate, I save 25% off EVERY Pair. I also make 25% commission on Every Sale. But, the BIGGEST reason is NO INVENTORY! While, I carry a small selection for community events…ALL of my sales are made online. Buskins has a Great website, they maintain it, and post new stock as the designs become available…I simply share my link, Daphne.MyBuskins.com

How do I Buskins?

Social Media, is my tool of choice! On Facebook, I have a Group Page called Daphne’s Buskins. I post 2 legging designs daily (except Sundays) and a fun video from time to time. I offer Birthday Giveaways Every Month and Like/Share Contests. All February long, I’m offering a FREE mesh bag with every order. Instagram(@DaphneViitala) and Twitter(@DaphneMyBuskins) are used as “funnel” sites…while I post daily on both outlets, I invite EVERYONE to see me on FB.

Where is Buskins?

Buskins offers FREE Shipping to the US (yes, the Hawaiian Islands too) and Canada. Buskins are where ever You are. The website is open 24-7. The warehouse is open all week long, and normal turn around time on any order is 3-5 days.

Can I Buskins?

Absolutely!! Buskins offers several ways to Join…

$9.99  1 set of Buskins Bands

$18.99  1 Sample Legging (for One Size. Pluskins, add $1)

$24.99  2 Sample Leggings (size options are available and will change pricing

$46.99  4 Sample Leggings (size options are available and will change pricing)

$99.99  10 Sample Items (3 One Size, 3 Pluskins, 2 Girls, 1 Buskins Bands, and a seasonal item)

All Sample Packages are a Surprise…you can’t choose the designs you get…just the size you want. There’s no monthly quota, no plan to follow…sell what you want with your personal link. We get paid weekly via PayPal, so having an account there will make things more convenient.

I Love Leggings! I mean #iloveleggings! I wear them daily and talk about them ALL the TIME. I work from home, from the car, from the grocery store…all from my phone and at the leisure of being a MOM and WIFE FIRST! I love being able to help other Moms share a Love of Leggings and I Love The Life I Live.

Be Blessed and #prayitinprayitout

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It’s Aloha Friday

The term Aloha Friday is a Truly Remarkable Phrase!

Growing up on Maui, this phrase meant the school day was ovah…a Saturday at the beach, with meat on the grill, and a fresh, sun-kissed tan was upon us. Aloha Friday marked the end of the work-week…no chores, no problem…it’s ALL GOOD! The weekends were RESERVED for Family, for Laughs, and Good Grinds.

Living in Las Vegas, I find that I have to mark the Friday, remind myself that Friday is HERE! I say, to myself, “Self, Friday is here, be Thankful”.  And I am. I’m grateful for the many Fridays that I’ve spent at the beach, soaking up 90 degrees of pure perfection! I’m grateful for being raised in a loving local community that taught me the value of ALOHA FRIDAY! I am especially grateful For the spirit of ALOHA…

While, Vegas is considered to be the 9th island, it is not quite the same. Here, calling someone that is indeed older than you “Auntie or Uncle”, is not an acceptable means of salutation…”Ma’am and Sir” will do just fine. Neighbors are just that, strangers that you happen to share a community area with. Then there’s a strange thing that happens when you smile at someone new…they’re either very suspicious or delightfully surprised…I do it, just to see which reaction I’ll get. But perhaps, the strangest of all, is parking…here, folks park front in…so when it’s time to leave, it’s a slow reverse with break light on, break light off, break light on, break light off process of stop and go…until they’ve safely negotiated the exit. How has the BLISS of reversing into a parking space FIRST, only to gain a quick escape After not made it’s way here???

It’s Aloha Friday! Be kind to You, to those Around you…Friend or Stranger…Smile at them! Take a moment and be Thankful. Remember Who you are, Where you’re from!

Know, that I’m Grateful For YOU! Love The Life You Live and always #prayitoutprayitinblog

 

 

Thoughts on Stake Conference

Yesterday, my sons and I had the Privilege of attending Stake Conference…I emphasize the word Privilege, because there was an Absolute Difference in THIS Conference!

As a Mormon, we Believe in Prophets, Seers, and Revelators. Living Apostles, that walk amongst us with a Direct Call System to Our Heavenly Father. These Men are Worthy Priesthood Holders, who carry special keys that Gift them many Talents.

Being born and raised in the Gospel, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing many of these wise men speak…BUT I’ve never seen them LIVE and in person! Imagine my delight, in learning that Elder Bednar would be a speaker at this Stake Conference. It was explained that the doors would open at 8:00am…The Conference didn’t start till 10:00am…I knew we would be there by 7:30am!

If you’ve ever been to Vegas, you know that rain is few and far between, yesterday, we had a glorious pour…as though the Heavens themselves poured Special Greetings upon us, cleaning our air and clearing our streets of any disturbing residue. Making way for one of Heavenly Father’s Chosen Sons passage in Sin City, that we residents may have a slate free of clutter to ponder his message.

Conducting over the Conference was our Stake President. He gave us Such Profound Blessings and Promises. The Love with which he spoke evoked, such a Joy, it was as if Heavenly Father were speaking from the pulpit. He used the words, “those within the sound of my voice…”, like a meaningful invitation to Do BETTER, to TRY, to Be Worthy of these Blessings Heavenly Father WANTS to bestow upon us.

We were offered the Testimonies of 2 Beautiful Sisters and 2 Wonderful Youth Speakers. Each having a rich understanding in their roles in the world, in the Gospel. Expressions of Thankfullness poured easily from their own varied perspectives. It was all too easy to see that they Loved the Gospel and worked to Live Worthily. May we be mindful to “have a Greater Capacity To Be Obedient”.

Our concluding speaker was indeed, Elder Bednar. I am STILL is such AWE at his poise and eloquence. I’ve seen many a concluding speaker struggle to weave in the thoughts of the previous, to pull together all the words that were spoken, and add a cohesive thought to the talks before…

Elder Bednar, wrapped up and presented us with a tangible Gift of Heavenly Father’s Love and Promise to Each and Every One of us.

He opened with a plain explanation of “Called To Serve”…as in Called To The Work, NOT to the place. A distinction, I too, have missed. Elder Bednar used the phrase, “It cracks me up…” this demonstrated a human quality, made him more like us. He behooved us to the knowledge that each Call is personal and individual, that only 15 Men upon this Earth have both the Duty and the Privilege of Calling these Missionaries to Serve.

As an Apostle, he weaved in a course of Scripture-

  1. Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
  2. Moroni 7:26-28

    26 And after that he came men also were saved by faith in his name; and by faith, they become the sons of God. And as surely as Christ liveth he spake these words unto our fathers, saying: Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you.

     27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?

     28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.

  3. 2 Nephi 2:Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

My thoughts are so full, my cup runneth over in such a way that I cannot forget these impressions of a Truly Remarkable Stake Conference! I am FAR from being a Perfect Mormon Mom, but I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can become perfected. That my time on Earth will be one spent in Repentance, gaining Knowledge of my Christlike Attributes, and becoming Worthy of Temple Blessings. I know Heavenly Father Knows Me By Name, and that the Holy Ghost is my constant companion. This is my Testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Monday…Monday

Monday…Monday…so Good to meeee!

Did you just sing those words?

That is my theme song! Every Monday! Doesn’t matter what’s happening that day…if it’s Monday…it’s Monday…Monday…so Good to me😃

Monday signals a Green Light! Like my mind has been jump started. And the race begins!

I ponder my goals for the week, check in with Friends, and make a checklist! Yes, Goals are Great and when you have a Checklist, it becomes a Plan. Checking in with Friends that’s Just FUN and necessary! Friends keep you grounded. If you’ve got a Really Good Friend, they’ll be a gauge for you to know if you’re on the right track…or if you’ve lots your marbles…either way, human contact is Mandatory!

So ENJOY your Monday…

Make Human Contact…

💜Be Blessed and always #prayitinprayitout