Monday, August 31, 2015

Finding Support During a Divorce

I was compensated for this post

Divorce is difficult for everyone involved: men, women, children - even family members and friends - will be affected emotionally. While there are many outlets of emotional support for women, most men either don't know how to cope with the emotional aspects of dissolving a marriage, or they're expected to be tough and stoic. The simple fact is, men are just as emotional and sentimental as women, and divorce hits just as hard, but societal conditioning makes it more difficult for men express their sorrow and anger or seek emotional support after a breakup. 

It's Ok to Grieve

There are several stages in the grieving process, and make no mistake, a divorce is like death in a way. Whatever the circumstances surrounding the separation, grieving, letting go and moving on are part of the process. You may not experience these stages in this exact order, but you will feel then all to some extent. How you cope with them will have a direct bearing on how fast you heal and move on. The stages are:

1. Denial

2. Anger

3. Bargaining

4. Depression

5. Acceptance

How to Deal With the Grief

- The first step in letting go is just that: letting go. Don't keep mementos or photos. If you don't have to heart to destroy them, pack them away - far away. 

- If you remain in the marriage home, buy new furniture or just redecorate a little. 

- Use mindfulness to acknowledge and process your feelings. It doesn't make you less manly; it simply makes you more human.

- Talk to a professional counselor or join a support group. Talking to people who understand what you're going through, but who aren't directly involved, is very cathartic.

- Do you. This means taking care of your health, taking care of your daily business and taking charge of your life. Support from outside sources is great, but you have to be your own strongest support.

Cordell & Cordell is an example of a law firm that fills a specific niche in the field of law. Whether you choose a large firm with many partners and areas of specialty or a small boutique firm that has one area of practice, make sure to choose an attorney who's in line with your values and goals. Divorce is never easy, but the right advocate can help you begin to heal and move on with dignity.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our Day at SeaWorld Orlando

I received 2 complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review

I have only been to Orlando twice in my life. Once I was 6.5 and it was over Christmas Break. That was 1996 and again in 2013. It was so fun to go back and have the experience all over again as well as see some stuff we missed last time. We got a chance to go to SeaWorld, it was so fun going again and now taking our youngest as he wasn't born last time we went.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Giveaway #ScorchTrials

I received the same prize in exchange for this post

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
20th Century Fox
In theaters September 18, 2015

Can you survive a day in The Scorch? Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials hits theaters September 18
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

Quick Cheat Sheet for Food Storage Guidelines

When it comes to food, one of the most frequently searched topics in Google is ‘how long will it keep?’ This handy infographic from is a great cheat sheet that covers pretty much every food group. You can quickly figure out how long your meats, fruits, dairy, eggs, and vegetables will keep using this simple storage guide. In addition, the helpful chart also has some great tips and myth busting advice to make sure you keep your food fresh and bacteria free at all times. Keep your entire family safe by printing this guide and keeping it on your fridge so you never eat bad food again!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake Recipe

Hello Mommy’s Favorite Things readers, Kristin from ChefBoyardee back again writing for Heather.  I hope you enjoyed the Ravioli Lasagna recipe I shared with you!  I got another one coming your way 

During back-to-school season, I like to rotate between a few options come dinnertime, so I have another easy, quick meal that everyone will love! This Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake is no ordinary casserole. With layers of spaghetti, meatballs and cheese on top of a biscuit crust, you get the taste of pizza in an Italian spaghetti dish. Hope you and your family enjoy this recipe!

Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake