Friday, May 6, 2016

Healing Hearts and Rebuilding Lives at Primrose Hill

My Prim Goods Beauty Bundle
*I received a complimentary Prim Goods Beauty Bundle in exchange for the review of and blog about this unique skin care line. All opinions about the products are my own...and my hands are super soft now!**

Mother's Day is coming up - have you mailed your card or shipped the flowers or made the reservations yet? Personally, I made my own brunch reservations for Sunday and I've been shopping for myself for a good week or two already. Although some of you may not think shopping for myself and making my own brunch plans are very romantic, it works for us. I feel so grateful to have the choice to celebrate Mother's Day in my own way. We'll be together with all the kids and grand kids next weekend, when we attend grandchild #5's baby shower. Hallelujah! And really, how lucky is my husband? No pressure, everything fits perfectly and he's happy to enjoy brunch, at one of Oklahoma City's best restaurants, with his favorite girl.

In the life before I found my lucky husband, I was a struggling single mother. At the ripe old age of 25, I had a 22 month old daughter and a 5 week old son when my first marriage came to an end. I was working full-time and spending most of my paycheck at the daycare center. For the next ten years, I did my best at motherhood. On same days it was glorious, on others I just wanted to give up. And to be honest, there were lots of ways that I gave up...most of all on myself.

I compromised. I settled. I did lots of stupid things, because I was hurting and afraid. I had friends and family that would help me, but I was too proud to ask most of the time. And now, some 28 years later - I know that I was one of the lucky Moms. The story of our lives would've turned out very differently, had I made the wrong, stupid decision at the right time. I had regrets and so much guilt about my choices, but once I made peace with my past and forgave myself, I found the strength to make a better life for myself. As Maya Angelou said "...when you know better, you do better." And I did.

Recently I had the opportunity to review skin care products with the Missouri Women Bloggers and because on my story, I jumped at the chance! Prim Goods is that line of skin care products, handmade soaps and sugar scrubs. Yeah, I know there's a bunch of skin care lines in the world, but this one serves a greater good; it helps mommas rebuilding their lives. These products are made exclusively by young mothers, not much different than my 1988 self. These young woman live and work together to create a new future for themselves and their children.

Primrose Hill is a faith-based, 12-month residential recovery program in central Missouri. It offers young mothers, affected by drug or alcohol abuse, a second chance. It's one of the few organizations in the country that allows women in a recovery program to keep their children with them. This project is affiliated with Teen Challenge USA and because it's a non-profit organization, all this life-changing work depends on donations and profits from Prim Goods sales.

Speaking of these ladies, they're learning new skills by producing this skin care line. Social, life, parenting, working...they develop all the skills! What is born from their recovery process is a lovely line of products. My Beauty Bundle included a lip balm, a colorful soap bar, a tub of brown sugar scrub, the most heavenly lotion and a matching shower gel. My bundle products, just like all Prim Goods goodies, were signed by the gals who made them. Hi Caila, Krista, and Jean; such a personal touch - thanks ladies!

Hubs and 'his soap' 
That lucky husband I mentioned earlier, he made off with the soap bar, almost immediately. It's okay, I plan on ordering more anyway. The lotion I received is the Primrose scent and I love it! It's light and sweet; I wish I had a travel-size bottle. The Prim Goods line features 7 different scents but all the products are available in a fragrance-free version a well.

Thank you Missouri Women Bloggers for this blogging opportunity.

A big hug and thanks to the women of Primrose Hill, for treating me to the fruits of your dedication and recovery. I believe in second chances. I'm a happy and healthy result of second chances and I believe in you! Keep up the good work, you can make a difference in this world by becoming your best self and raising healthy children.

For more information and product details, please visit the Primrose Hill Teen Challenge page and read the stories of these brave and determined women.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas. Just like the ladies at Primrose Hill, I believe we are "Made better by our story" and we can lift each other up, by sharing those experiences.

Rose Marie B

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Leap Year with the Oklahoma Women Bloggers

Leap Year comes around almost every four years, how did you celebrate the bonus day this year? I registered a new company name in Oklahoma and filed for a federal tax id number! I went a little crazy by taking a leap for me.

I can't take all the credit or blame for this impetuous decision; it was the Oklahoma Women Bloggers who convinced me to do it. I attended their first mini-conference this weekend and they gave me the courage to invest in myself. Between their impressive speakers and nurturing pep talks, I believed enough in myself to crawl out of my recent personal and blogging funk.

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Conference Swag: Links to conference sponsors below.
"You do you" they waxed poetically. My silly entry in the caption contest won a bottle of wine, how fun is that? I met brilliant women bloggers of all genres and their camaraderie gave me permission to claim my own creative self. Inspired by their accomplishments, I was reassured of my own talents. There aren't many phrases more comforting or empowering than "me too."

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A wine called Cupcake? Don't mind if I do. Thanks to Moore Liquor for this donation!
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Reflected in their confidence, I saw myself in a new light. We shared common goals and insecurities, so by the time we took our group photo, I felt my self-imposed isolation steadily fading away. We were a small group this year but I'm hopeful that'll change next year. I'll be there. I'll have stories to tell and accomplishments to share. They have no idea how much they saved me from myself...I'd almost quit believing. Thank you ladies!


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2016 Oklahoma Women Bloggers Mini-Con at Sequoyah State Park
Big thanks to the 2016 Oklahoma Women Bloggers Mini-Con sponsors:

Arkansas Women Bloggers (I loved meeting our conference Fairy Godmothers - Stephanie Buckley, Debbie Arnold, and Jackie Wolven)

Riceland Foods

Oklahoma Agritourism

Prairie Bloom Bodycare

Vacant Wheel

Dining With Debbie

Also a special thanks to Sequoyah State Park in Hulbert, Oklahoma for their cool bunkhouse and southern hospitality.