Once upon a time, I was a mom blogger in the height of the mom-bloggy boom. (It's a real thing, I googled it.) I flew around the country, got to review the hottest toys, games, household gadgets and gizmos. I felt like I was someone important.
Then life hit me. Hard. And without support, I faltered.
My son's Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (as well as his various other processing, functioning disorders) threw me for a loop.
My daughter had some unexplained health scares, that while they're not as scary as they once were, they're still pretty damn scary.
My mom died. It happens, but it's not supposed to happen until your parents are old and wrinkly.
My baby (who's 3 and may forever be called "the baby") also got a diagnosis of Sensory integration and processing disorder.
I started a new business, to try to supplement my income, and did pretty well with it.
My best friend (since the 9th grade) passed away unexpectedly at 34 years of age.
My marriage was falling apart, and while I have a few good friends where I live now, I was still missing something.
An outlet. A place where I could be me- free of judgement on how fat or skinny I am, how pissed off at the world I sound, or why I'm excited because I found a bag of Cheetos on sale. I'm not a crazy coupon mom, and while I might post a recipe or two, this blog is not for that.
Primarily, it's for me. To help me through this slump, and to help me find my voice again.
It's for my kids- so that they can experience all of the fun things it is to be a kid of a bloggy mom.
It's for my fans. Because once upon a time I had a shit ton of them, too.
And it's for other women. Maybe they can read my stories, or experiences, or reviews, or whatever and relate. Know they're not alone, and they're not completely bat shit for feeling the way that they do.. about life.. about grief.. about parenting.. about everything.
So... hey, I'm Lauren. I've lost myself in the past 2-3 years, and am actively looking for me again. I like books, music, travel, food, movies, wine, booze with the girls from time to time. I don't smoke, and I hate to exercise, even though I really need it, and should exercise more. My favorite place on earth to be is the beach, and while I love the change of seasons, most of the time (until it's 90* in November) I like living in the Tampa Bay area.
Thank you for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to seeing some comments, so I know I'm not just talking to the walls. Or the computer. Or .. well, you get it.