HousePurchaseDisneyRight before I left to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (DisneySMMC), Randy and I stumbled into the best house in the whole world. He’s wanted to move out of our current house for a long time. I’ve been standing ground. I didn’t want to move. I didn’t want to deal with the drama. No no no no. (We’re a classic case of Love It or List It.) We have the most wonderful neighborhood and I love our house.

But this new house. It’s SUCH a cool house.

And we figured out a way to put in an offer… The day I got into Orlando for DisneySMMC. I signed the first offer while riding on the Magical Express bus. The couple who owns the house we love countered on our offer that night – while I was at the new Trader Sam’s. I stepped out to talk to my husband and consult my Realtor parents and had a chance to watch the Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park from the Polynesian.

The next day, I was riding the Great Movie Ride when I signed the sale agreement. Seriously. I signed all the digital signatures needed to buy a house while I was on the ride. Isn’t technology awesome?

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From that point forward, I was helping Randy manage all the craziness that comes with buying a house and prepping one for sale from Walt Disney World. Seriously. I was attending a really awesome conference while juggling the craziest and emotionally taxing process from very far away from home.

I’m not sure how we did it. But the mortgage paperwork is wrapped up, we’re finalizing all of the details and our house is prepping for sale. (I know a really wonderful neighborhood to move into if you live in Columbia, Missouri!) But things got very suddenly quiet around here because juggling my travel, a work conference after the Disney conference and getting ready to move is a lot. But you guys, this house is special. I can’t wait to share it with you for many years ahead.

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This is the front of the house… But there is so much most to this house that you can’t see. We close soon and I promise to share all the amazing details.

The kids are excited but I know Jordan is nervous. She’s never changed anything about her environment beyond travel. She’s only known this house. She’s always had her best friends across the street. She will probably have to change elementary schools. This is a huge change for her. For me, it is just a really big 0.9 mile move that takes a lot of juggling. I moved to a new state every two to four years when I was a kid. But this move could have a bigger impact on the kids. I’m hoping all of this will lead to a lot of smiles. There’s just a lot of hard work to do first!

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disneysmmc-welcome-conferenceI’m attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World. Today is a day full of learning from some of the park’s finest creative minds and other smart people as the hand picked group of attendees also learn from each other. It’s a really awesome opportunity that I’ve followed online for a number of years. I’m honored to be here and can’t wait to learn. This conference is a way to help me do a better job here at Born Just Right and at my job as a social media trainer. I love it when all sides of my life can merge like that.

Oh, and we’re at Walt Disney World. This opportunity offered a discounted rate to stay at an amazing resort – Disney’s Beach Club Resort. We have access to the parks and we’ve already seen some cool stuff. Last night, we were hosted at an event by Disney Citizenship – a division of Disney that is focused on “efforts to promote the happiness and well-being of kids and families by inspiring them to join us in creating a brighter tomorrow.” That’s pretty great, right? Plus, the citizenship team’s huge and awesome dinner included awesome food, dance and a chance to take pictures with some of my favorite Disney characters. I am so dang lucky for this experience. I just wish I could have brought the family along. But instead, you get to join me!

I work for a non-profit, membership-based organization that focuses on making a positive impact. It’s so cool to see how one of my favorite brands is making an impact in the world of social good. Heck, look at what we do here at Born Just Right: We focus on the good of our families and helping encourage everyone to live a healthy life while educating others that being different is awesome. Some of Disney Citizenship’s campaigns include ways our kids can get involved to improve our communities, conserve nature and learn new ways to be active and eat healthy food.

I’m excited to learn and grow and will continue to share some of the takeaways I gain from this experience!

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A hard-headed update

May 5, 2015

My mom visited this past week and it was SO great to have her in town. It’s also so interesting to have her around to watch our household dynamics from an “outsider” perspective but since she isn’t really an outsider, she’s able to actually tell me what she sees. You know, she noticed Jordan is […]

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GIVEAWAY: Mother’s Day cards from #lovehallmark

May 4, 2015

Disclosure: Hallmark Cards sent me a set of Mother’s Day cards to review for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed from here on are my own. I’m headed into a crazy month of travel where I’m missing time with the family for Mother’s Day and my birthday. So it was really great to have […]

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Making things official with Camp No Limits

May 1, 2015

Earlier this month, I celebrated the announcement of a really special fundraiser for Camp No Limits. You know, the summer camp that means so much to our entire family. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium offered to match $20,000 if the Camp No Limits board raises $20,000. I’m even more excited about this fundraiser because I’m honored […]

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New Year’s Eve at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

April 30, 2015

I’m one week away from attending the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) at Walt Disney World. Leading up to the event, I’m sharing details about Walt Disney World adventures I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. I’ve shared Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park, our Wild Africa Trek experience, tips for doing Disney with one hand and fun […]

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Looking for ways to help Nepal

April 29, 2015

If we learned anything after the terrible earthquake in Haiti five years ago, it was that a tragedy like this causes so many amputations. I know this is true as well in Nepal after a 7.9 quake killed thousands – so many that the death toll may be unknown for a long time. But we […]

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A new level of softball

April 28, 2015

Game on! Jordan’s softball season kicked off last night and she was very excited. She has the new baseball shoes, the cool pair of shorts, new hat, shirt and a batting glove. Even better? She is focused to do her very best. Her team launched into their first year of machine pitch softball and it […]

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Trust your gut every time

April 27, 2015

This past week, I had a chance to hang out in Portland, Oregon for a work trip. The cool part about working for an east coast organization while visiting the west coast, if you wake up super early and keep up with the east coast meetings and schedule, you can still enjoy the day. I […]

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A Frozen experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

April 23, 2015

In advance of my first opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) next month at Walt Disney World, each Thursday I’m sharing details about Walt Disney World adventure experience I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. So far, I’ve shared Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park, our Wild Africa Trek experience and tips for […]

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A colorful running adventure

April 22, 2015

Not long ago, if I told you I was doing a color run, you wouldn’t believe me. I wouldn’t even let the kids use finger paint when they were younger and I go out of my way to avoid face painting. Why? Because of the clean up. I never want to deal with the clean […]

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Don’t worry about my kids while I travel

April 21, 2015

I’m a little more than two and a half years into a job that is based in Washington, DC. We didn’t have to move there because I’m a teleworker. But that means I need to travel. These days, that means I travel at least once a month. I just wrapped up three straight weeks home […]

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Summer plans change for a special experience

April 17, 2015

Every year since Jordan was three and a half, we’ve traveled to the eastern side of Missouri to take part in Camp No Limits Missouri. We’ve grown with the camp that started with four families and now has more families than I ever imagined. Kids of all ages and experiences attend the special camp. And […]

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Playing games with one hand at Disney

April 16, 2015

In advance of my first opportunity to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration (#DisneySMMC) next month at Walt Disney World, each Thursday I’m sharing details about Walt Disney World adventure experience I haven’t shared yet on Born Just Right. So far, I’ve shared Jordan’s 9th birthday at Magic Kingdom Park and our Wild Africa Trek experience. After spending […]

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Make a big impact for Camp No Limits

April 15, 2015

For years, we’ve spent a lot of time and energy raising money for Camp No Limits. It’s a camp that has helped empower Jordan to be as able and strong as possible as a nine-year-old. Our six years with the program has introduced us to wonderful mentors and friends along with families who have become friends […]

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