Motherhood and Beyond

To be a mom is the most rewarding job in the whole world. But it can also be the most difficult. Motherhood and Beyond is peeping into the world of being a mom, but at the same time a wife, a friend and much more. Life doesn't always go easy and some may not know it now, but there is nothing more precious than life. So I welcome you to join us. Follow in our daily routines, our special activities and just enjoy the ride!! TO MOTHERHOOD AND BEYOND!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

30 Day April House Cleaning Challenge

I am participating in the 30 day house cleaning challenge!! With our move to Sioux City coming quickly, (blog post to come about that), I decided to start getting things organized and cleaned while I can. So I found this fun challenge, and I am going to blog daily about it!

April 1, 2013 Project

Your project for today is to surface clean your living room and kitchen.

  • Set the timer for 15 minutes and pick up and put away everything that’s out of place. Bonus project: Find 7 things to get rid of.
  • Next, wash the dishes in the kitchen (if there are any), wipe down the countertops and surfaces in the kitchen.
  • Finally, vacuum the living room.

If you want to follow along, join in, or just see the progress---join us:

Twitter: #Cleanin30 is our hash tag key word!  

Facebook: CHALLENGE OWNER FACEBOOK challenge owner

My Facebook: MY FACEBOOK 
 MY Twitter: IowaMomma

So, I am off! I am going to take before/after pictures of each project.  I also am hoping to get all bonus projects done as well.

I didn't take any before and after pictures. I got to working and then it hit me that I didn't!  So I will start that tomorrow!

As for today---kitchen is done!!! I found three things to get rid of.  All of the dishes are done. Countertops and surfaces are all wiped down. Living room is next!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

National American Miss


Hi, my name is Liliann Jones. I am 7 years old and a 2nd grader at my local elementary school. I just learned that I was chosen as a state finalist for the National American Miss pageant in my home state of Iowa. The pageant will be held the first weekend in April.

Now, I know you hear the word pageant and think Toddlers and Tiaras. But this is the exact opposite of that! This pageant focuses on community service, public speaking, formal wear (poise and posture), and my introduction speech.

There are fun things too, like photogenic contests, talent, top model and others. Feel free to read up on the Pageant and all the good it does for its participants at

In order to go to the state finals in April, I have to raise my fees myself.

As a potential sponsor, you are being asked to help Liliann participate in the program by providing a portion of the sponsor fee for her.  As a sponsor, you or your organization will be featured beside her photo in the state program book.  The sponsor fee is tax deductible for businesses as an advertising expense.  On average, Sponsors donate anywhere from $10.00 - $50.00. Every dollar is so very much appreciated.

To break everything down for you that she would like to get:
$440 is the total for the fee to enter the pageant
$50 fee per entry for talent (2 entries)
$50 fee per entry for casual wear (1 entry)
$50 fee per entry for photogenic (4 entries)
$175 fee for top modeling (this includes a professional photo shoot, in which she will be judged on how she does with the shoot, how she acts when given directions, and how well she enjoys being photographed)--it also includes a full CD of all the pictures for us to take home!

We need all the help we can get to send her to this! It is her dream and passion, and as her family, we want to give her the boost up in the world to help her in her future. Thank you! 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Time to Catch UP

Wow...I have neglected this blog for way too long!!!!! Time to get my butt back into gear and really start writing again. I have missed it dearly, but due to life's unseen circumstances, I just haven't had the time. No more excuses!!!! Time to catch up!!!!!!