September 30, 2010

Kitty-Cat Hair

Royce: "Mommy!  I like your hair!"

Me: "Thank you!"

Royce: "How'd you do that!?"

Me: "I don't know..."

Royce: "You look like a kitty-cat!"  *He then proceeds to pet the top of my head*

Not sure if I should keep the kitty-cat style... LOL.  I had my hair pulled into a messy bun today.  :)

September 29, 2010

Brown Eyes

How can I resist those big brown eyes when they look at me??  :)

September 18, 2010

Imperial Elements DREAM Necklace Giveaway!

Congrats to Loretta R. for winning this giveaway!!

About Imperial Elements:

Imperial Elements creates handmade designer jewelry. Each piece is crafted with caring hands and a loving heart. At Imperial Elements, beautiful, stylish, affordable jewelry is our passion. Creating something amazing for people is what we're about. From exquisite seed-bead necklaces, luxurious wire-wrapped earrings, to hand-stamped metal custom orders, we are confident that you will find something as unique as you are. Which piece will you fall in love with today?
We are proud to say that all of our products are one-of-a-kind pieces. If you are interested in a sold item and would like a duplicate, please know that it will not be identical. We will construct it to look similar to the original piece, but add something special to make it your own!

We also offer custom opportunities. Email us at and we will do our best to create the perfect piece for you! The possibilities are endless!

About us:

Christina: Owner and Creative Director
I am a stay at home mother to two amazing little girls, Seyhan and Zoey. Being a Military spouse, staying home and creating jewelry is the best job for me! Creating jewelry is my passion! I've been able to work from home, doing what I love best, for 3 years now.

Krysten: Co-owner and Business/Marketing Director
By day, I work in marketing for a mid-sized book publishing company in Norman. I live with my fabulous husband and darling 18-month-old daughter, Violet. I am always looking for a creative outlet, and combining Christina’s amazing jewelry with my marketing background seems to be the perfect match! I love creating something new and beautiful with my hands, and can’t wait to see where Imperial Elements goes next!


I have a few pieces of Imperial Elements jewelry, and I just have to say I LOVE them!  Christina has always been great to work with when I wanted a custom piece done.  She made this really sweet necklace for me, because I like wearing crowns, due to my last name:

Even my daughters love wearing her jewelry!  They're always asking to wear my cute pink earrings from Imperial Elements.  :)

Imperial Elements is graciously giving away their DREAM necklace, worth $30!  It's a beautiful silver-toned "Dream" pendant with real kiwi jasper and magnesite stones:

One lucky reader will win this necklace!

Add Imperial Elements as a friend on Facebook.  Come back here and comment what your favorite piece of jewelry is!  PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN! :)

Extra Entries:
- Comment on a picture of jewelry on Imperial Elements' Facebook.  (link to comment, 1 entry each comment, up to 5 entries)
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This giveaway ends October 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.  GOOD LUCK!

September 11, 2010

Big Events This Past Week

There were a couple big events over at my house this past week.  On Monday, my sweet little man Royce turned three!  He had a great day.  He got to choose his birthday dinner... and the smart boy chose steaks, his daddy's baked BBQ beans, and macaroni and cheese!  He chose chocolate gooey butter cake for his birthday cake.  He got some cool toys too.  What better present for a future first round NFL draft pick than a football?  ;)

The girls this week started dance class for the 2010-2011 year.  Kaydence and Laila both take a combo tap/ballet class, and Kaydence was old enough to start pom this year!  Here are the girls making their usual funny poses before we headed to Kaydence's first pom class:

That was the happenings around our house this week!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

September 8, 2010

Mommy Tip- Make waffles

Mommy Tip of the Week:

Sometimes you won't feel up to cooking an extravagant meal for dinner... sometimes you won't even feel up to making a regular meal.  Sometimes you can stick some frozen waffles in the toaster and serve those up with syrup, and it's OKAY!  You will all live to see tomorrow... and hopefully you'll feel up to cooking again.  (Plus the little kids think it's the coolest thing ever.)    Just don't make it a nightly event.  :)

Lovin the Hubby

Lovin the Hubby Tip of the Week:

A good backrub does wonders! New Chapter Organics Vitamin Giveaway!

Congrats to Tim I. in MN for winning this giveaway!!!

NOTE: I've decided to combine my giveaway blog with my personal blog. This is the same giveaway as on Sugar Mommy, and your entries on that blog DO still count. You can enter here for even more chances to win!! Once the giveaways on Sugar Mommy end, that blog will be deleted, and all future giveaways will be posted here. Thanks for being patient with me! is a new website full of videos and articles on natural health. Kyle (a nutritionist that has worked with Doug Kaufman, host of Know the Cause) and Chuck (an engineer with a practical look at health) release new videos twice a week that cover a variety of topics. Anything from raw milk, to exercise, to IBS!

Their mission is to show people that they can live a healthy lifestyle without doing a ton of complicated things or spending tons on supplements. Kyle and Chuck fill you in on great supplements that are pretty cheap... things that work, things that don't work... and they're not selling any products so their opinions are honest! is giving away your choice of either Every Woman's One Daily or Every Man's One Daily whole food vitamins by New Chapter Organics to one lucky reader. These are awesome vitamins! You'll probably learn through clicking around their website, that whole food vitamins are definitely the way to go, since they are absorbed by the body much better than other vitamins!


You must be a follower of Be Real Mom via Google Friend Connect. Visit Healthshot and tell me something you learned in a comment below. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN!!
Extra Entries:

- Follow on Facebook (1 entry)

- Follow on Twitter (1 entry)

- Become a registered user on (2 entries)

- Comment on any of the videos or blogs with a relevant comment on (2 entries)

- Follow Be Real Mom on Facebook (1 entry)

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- Tweet this giveaway (leave link to Tweet, 1 entry)

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- Blog this giveaway (leave link, 3 entries)

This giveaway will end Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. central time. Winner will be picked using, and will have 48 hours to respond once I email telling them they're the winner.

Good luck!!

September 3, 2010

Friday Thoughts With My Hubby

So I'm giving my hubby a segment on my blog, titled "Friday Thoughts With My Hubby".  Every Friday you'll get to view a new video where my sweetheart expresses his mind on a variety of random topics.  :)  Any ideas or questions you'd like him to answer in future videos would be appreciated!

This week, he has compiled a top 10 list...

Top 10 Comebacks to, "Geez you guys have a lot of kids.  Don't you know what causes that!?"


Top 10 Comebacks from Lauren on Vimeo.

Stabbing Day

While enjoying dessert at the table, the dog tried to grab a bite of Maleah's dessert.  She didn't like that too much, and fought the dog off with her fork! So....

Me: Maleah don't stab Zola with your fork!

Laila: I thought it was stabbing day.


September 1, 2010

Mommy stuff

Mommy Tip of the Week:

Don't do something or act a certain way if you don't want your child to do it too!  Lead by example.

Date Night

Kaydence: Hey would you like to go to a fancy dinner with father?

Me: Yep!  I want to have a nice dinner with him.

Kaydence:  Then go to and you can find a sitter for us!

Too much TV?  Yes. 

Can't Sleep

Laila was in her room by herself for naptime.  She came out of her room and told me, "I can't sleep because I keep talking!"



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