Category Archives: Family

#SocialChallenge Day 24: Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs your family dynamic now

Family Dynamic of Childhood versus Family Dynamic Now

tarabuck_familyoffourAs a child, I grew up in your typical family of four household. My parents both had full-time jobs and I had an older brother. We grew up three blocks from my grandparents and with aunts and uncles within walking distance too. We were a pretty ‘normal’ family. Parents worked, we went to grandma’s when we needed a sitter after school. We played sports in school and at the local parks. We were in little league baseball or softball from age 5  through 18. Some years the parents coached, others, they carted us around and cheered us on. We were expected to take care of our pets (always dogs) and do our household chores which ranged from dishes to laundry or anything above, below or in between that we were told to do. We were in magnet schools through middle school and high school and took challenging classes therefore, we always had tons of homework to complete. Many a night was spent at the kitchen table completing homework before chores were done and we were able to go to bed. We never missed out on anything that I can remember at this time, but had a pretty fantastic childhood with vacations to places like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. We had summer season passes to Astroworld and enjoyed growing up in the same place for all our years as children.


tarabuck_familyAs a parent, I am now a stay at home mom. I am a former educator, so I understand the importance of education. I love to read to my kids and play games with them. I take the on adventures every week! We are usually out and about more than we are at home because they have their favorite places to go to, just like I have my favorites to take them to. It has been a HUGE blessing to stay at home with both of my children since they were born. My husband is a very hard working man and I love him with all I have for blessing our family with his awesome determination to always do better for us. I started my own small business when my son was 6 months old and have enjoyed learning the ins and outs of owning a business. There is always room for improvement, but I enjoy the challenges and the rewards. The biggest reward – staying at home with my kids and being able to work from where ever we might be.

So while I did not grow up with a stay at home mom, I know there were times when my mom was laid off from her job and she was there with us at home and we probably did more at that time than when she worked full-time, but we never wanted for anything and I want my children to be the same – to always have what they need and know that they are so very LOVED!

#SocialChallenge Day 12: A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life

You want to know what a typical day is like for me? Well I guess it’s just like any other day for a woman who is a wife and mother working a full time job and a couple of side hustles.

First thing in the morning the kids come in and wake me up because they want breakfast. So up I go to get the day started. After making sure the kids are dressed, fed, and ready to go to school/daycare, I settle in to schedule twitter posts for the day. After that, I get ready to start work. I work in managed care (insurance). It’s good work if you can get it and I probably know more about insurance than most mental health professionals. I get the joy of explaining to providers why their clients really don’t need to be seen 3 times a week.

Then after work it’s playtime with the kids. Have to get quality time in any way you can. The awesome hubby usually takes care of dinner. After dinner, we move into the bed time ritual. And by ritual I mean chasing the kids around the house trying to get them to take a bath and go to bed.

Now that the kids are in bed, my life begins. I have some private pay clients that I see online. I also sell items on Ebay. I then proceed to do my blogging, return emails, and work on products for future release. Anything related to my entrepreneurial endeavors gets done after the kids are down for the count.

So there you have it, a typical day in the life of me. What does a typical day look like for you?

#SocialChallenge Day 3: My Parents and I…

My Parents and I…

I love my parents. I really do. But I haven’t always been the best communicator. Our relationship is cordial enough. I call on holidays and birthdays. I make sure to see them when I come to town…

I know, I know. I preach to my clients all the time about building and maintaining relationships with loved ones. And I constantly harp on my teenage clients about how they won’t have their parents around forever. I have a horrible case of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Want to know a secret? Most people in my profession do as well. But I digress.

I think the reason I’m not as close as to my parents as I would like to be is because that’s the relationship that was modeled and I have reciprocated in kind. I wasn’t a bad kid growing up. They weren’t bad parents. They had a goal of getting us out of high school. Mission accomplished. But there weren’t many happy memories either. They weren’t the lovey dovey type of parents, but they made efforts to come to our events. I will always love and respect my parents. They did the best they could with what they had. I recognize that now that I have kids of my own.


But I strive for something different with my own children. I make sure to give the unexpected hug and kiss. I do my best to let my children know they are loved even when they are mad at me for daring to enforce the rules. I’m not going to lie. It’s a struggle sometimes when all I want to do is stay in my room all day. Then I remember what I used to long for as a kid. So when the kids come in and want a story, darn it they get a story. What about you? What’s your relationship like with your parents? If you have kids, how do you want the relationship to be different than what you have growing up?

Children’s Books We Love Part Two

Children’s Books We Love Part Two

Let’s begin with a read aloud of one of the featured books. Click PLAY to listen along. You will see that shortly into the story my daughter can’t help but start counting the snowflakes on the page. She would have normally counted all of them aloud, but I told here we were making a video, so she was very quiet listener.



children's books
Number and Color Recognition Children’s Books

Ten Shiny Snowflakes by Russell Julian This book is great for exposing children to winter activities, especially if you don’t live in a snowy region. It also showcases a variety of animals and the fun they have in the snow. The story helps children practice counting in reverse order from ten to one and has rhyming words as well.

Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth Illustrations by Laura Huliska-Beith This book is a colorful story of how the ladybugs end up back at home, one by one. It is great for practicing counting in reverse order from ten to one, but also helps with the recognition of various animals in the story that the ladybugs encounter. It also has rhyming words so kids begin to pick up on the rhyming word and number word. Great for developing listening skills as well!

Five Little Ducklings Adapted by Melanie Gerth Illustrated by Eric Smith This book is hard to read without beginning to sing the words. It is adapted from the song and we like to sing along as we read it aloud. The soft, colorful ducks in the story are a very good way to keep the interest of the little ones and it helps the older ones practice their counting skills in reverse order from five to one. Each duckling is wearing a different color bow or bandana so they can practice color recognition as well.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear (Slide and Find) Bill Martin Jr / Eric Carle This book is a classic! The repetition helps the children to follow along easily as you read the story. As they recognize each animal, then they will also begin to associate the color with the animal in the story. The slide and find windows in this version allows the child to interact with the book and as they slide the window open, they get to tell what is there to see.


children's books
Rhyme and Rhythm Children’s Books

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins Illustrated by Eric Gurney This book is filled with rhyme, rhythm, and sound words. It shows how the monkeys come together to make the sounds on the drums using their hands, fingers and thumbs. Excellent for reading aloud. The children will be repeating the words with you after the first reading!

The Ear Book by Al Perkins Illustrated by William O’Brian This book is a collection of rhyming words that when read aloud helps your child to hear the rhythm of words when they are spoken. It is one of those fun books to read with great sound words.

You can tell both of the copies above are well worn. They were hand-me-downs from family. I am sure they were read to many children in their time. We will continue to share them with our kids and hopefully they will last long enough to be passed on to their children.


Heart Warming Children’s Books

10 Short Stories & Poems from the Mind of a 10 Year Old by The Decade Author Jay Simone This book is a collection of stories from the life of the 10 years young Jay Simone. She introduces herself and shares how she decided to become an author. The writings in the collection have descriptors that share when the items where written and how she has been inspired and supported. Her writing has a lot of VOICE for such a young author! If you think your child may want to become an author, this book could be an awesome tool to show them that young children are certainly qualified to be authors. From the words of Jay Simone on page 15, “I want to be all I can be!” and she IS living her dream!

Smitten by David Gordon This book is a touching story of a sock and a mitten that find each other lost in a big city. They make there way around the city helping one another through tough times and find a true friendship. They become ‘Smitten’ with one another. True friendship makes perfect pairs.

My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel Illustrated by H. B. Lewis This book is about a little boy’s Christmas letter to Santa. He have never received exactly what he asked for in his letters for various reasons, but he thinks this year will be the year Santa comes through. Santa sure does come through with his gift of a penguin. Then the little boy realizes how much work is involved in keeping a pet penguin at his home. He realizes that he may have not asked for the best gift and writes Santa again. Santa gives him a new gift and with this new gift he realizes what he needs to do for the penguin so the penguin can be happy too. Touching story, but also told from the point of view of a mischievous little boy. We read it all year round!

We enjoy all these as bedtime stories or when we just want to curl up together and read. What I am really beginning to LOVE are the times when my daughter takes my son by the hand and says she is going to read him a book. I know she can’t read yet, but she does a fine job of explaining the stories based on her recollection or the pictures as she turns the pages. I hope you add some of these to your collection if you don’t have them yet! If you want to check out the prices of the featured books, they are linked to for your convenience. ENJOY!

Teen Skin Concern

Teens on Summer Break? Having a BLAST or SHYING away from the spotlight?

teen skin concern
Teens on Summer Vacation

Some teens may not be experiencing a summer break like the ones pictured above. Why? You ask. It may be that the fear of returning to school with a skin concern is weighing heavy on their heart.

As a stay at home mom, I don’t stay at home all the time or I might go silly from singing and dancing to way too many children’s songs. Therefore, I take my children out and about weekly! When I am out, I see and interact with teens in the service industry (grocery stores/local restaurants/entertainment places for children) that are suffering from a lack of self-confidence because of a skin concern. This breaks my heart. Having 2 children, I often think to myself  I would do anything I could for them so they would not have to feel self-conscious about looking someone in the eye when speaking to them because of a skin concern. I want to reach out to each of these teens that I encounter, but I feel that would only make the situation more awkward than they already feel it is. There are solutions though and this is where you come in! 

teen skin concern
Click here to view a video of real results with the Rodan + Fields products.

The biggest issue I usually see teens facing is ACNE. But did you know, 100% of acne is preventable and controllable? YES! There have been new developments in skincare technology over the years that will assist those suffering with acne so that they don’t have to feel like they are not putting their best face forward. Some teens may not be worried about it, but that is NOT the majority of teens. Most take acne personally and suffer with low self-esteem because they blame themselves for their skin problems. They think, if I only scrub my face more with soap, it will get better, but it doesn’t. They think, if I wash my face more times a day, it will get better, but it doesn’t. They feel hopeless because they just can’t seem to make the acne go away. They feel hurt inside and ask, “why me?”. Some shy away from making friends because they fear others won’t see past the acne on their face. It is a cruel world out there and teens are tough on one another. There is peer pressure, growing pains, the desire to fit in……don’t you remember your teenage years? It can be life changing if you exclude yourself from them world because of a skin concern.

I am reaching out today, to ask you if you know of any local teens that are dealing with acne that would like access to a possible solution? If one comes to mind, I would love for you to inbox me his/her story of why you think this could possibly be a life changer for them and include a photo of him/her if you have one. When you submit the story to my iamtarabuck@gmail account, please add the subject line “Teen Skin Concern Candidate”.  I want to bless one of these local teens each month over the next 5 months with 60 day supply of the Unblemish Regimen so he/she can start on the journey to better skin!

Please remember though, he/she has to be committed to use  the products as directed so they can see the results. It won’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen if they are not committed to caring for their skin. To begin, I would first like to meet with the teen and his/her parent so I can share the products with them and make sure the directions are clear. I want to receive his/her commitment, their word, to completing the journey in person! I will ask him/her to capture their journey over the 60 days with photos emailed to me weekly so I can put together a CHANGE collage for him/her so they can see the changes in their skin over time. I know most teens have phones, so capturing 8 -10 selfies over the time span of the journey should not be a problem for most of them. Please take a moment to think about who you know locally and if you see this as a blessing to them, please contact me TODAY! The first blessing will happen on Friday, August 22nd. Thank you for submitting possible candidates and their stories! I can’t wait to make this happen!

blessed to be a blessing


Declare Your SKINdependence!

Beat the Summer Heat and Sun Damage!


Did you realize…..your skin is exposed to UVA (aging) rays 365 days a year in all daylight hours, rain or shine, and even through glass windows. “It is estimated that sun damage impacts more than 100 million Americans,” state Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. When it comes to sun damage, it is often NOT what you see, but what you don’t see that is causing your skin to look dull and aged. “You can reverse the appearance of pigmentation marks. It’s a fixable condition,” states Dr. Kathy Fields. It is a FACT that ZERO people are born with freckles!

PROTECTING your skin with a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen is key! CLICK HERE to see IMAGES of test subjects, at Canfield Scientific as they sit for a VISIA® Complexion Analysis System scan, which compares the skin as it appears in normal lighting to ultraviolet and digitally processed images that show subsurface spots and skin damage. (Canfield Imaging Systems) 

men and their skin
Click here to hear more about Bill’s story.

Rodan + Fields Product Philosophy: “While everyday skin conditions can be complex, the solutions don’t have to be. That’s why our products are based on a philosophy of Multi-Med Therapy—using the right medicines and active cosmetics, in the right formulations, in the right order. As practicing dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields know that treating the underlying cause of a problem works and yields long-term benefits.
To see real changes in your skin, you must use real medicines. Our product development strategy is to combine OTC (over-the-counter) medicines and active cosmetic ingredients to create safe and effective formulations. We take safety and efficacy very seriously, and we know that it takes the right concentration of an OTC drug or active cosmetic to achieve the desired result without adverse effects. This understanding and expertise comes from Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields’ years of experience in treating their patients, and they are the inspiration for the products we create.

Want to learn more about what products are right for your skin concerns? Contact me today for a FREE skin consultation.

skin product offer
Special OFFER for NEW Preferred Customers!

All preferred customers are eligible to receive one order over $80 per month with FREE shipping, your PERK for being a loyal R+F customer. Therefore, if you are in need of more products this month, simply update your order and contact me. I will assist you in letting our sales support team know you want to have your order processed ASAP. Then you can take advantage of this FREE offer from me. If you have any questions, just text, email or ring me, I will be glad to help you!

skin product offer
Free OFFER for CURRENT Preferred Customers!


Hometown Fun in Tomball, TX

The Lone Star College – Tomball Theatre Department presents DreamWorks Theatricals’ “Shrek: The Musical.” Performances are scheduled for July 10 through July 13. Visit for reservations and more information. Reservations can also be made by phone at 281.401.1889.

July 12 is 2nd Saturday at the Depot an event for families. Themed activities and games, concessions, music and a feature length film on the giant inflatable movie screen at dark. July’s movie is “Disney’s Teen Beach Movie”. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for family fun under the stars. 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

July 18th is the Friday Night Creature Feature at the Depot. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic or grab some grub from SnookiesNonnie’s Soda Fountain, or The Empty Glass. Then enjoy some great 1950s style Sci-Fi under the stars. Need more information, call 218-351-5484.

As always, you can learn more about what is going on in Tomball, TX, by viewing the official city website or connecting on Facebook at Tomball Texan for Fun.

Living Life

Living Life….What is that all about?

So many times we get caught up in the day to day hassles, what others are doing, what we need to do, what we have to do, what others think of us, or what others want us to be that we forget to LIVE our life. Truly living life is what we were placed here to do. Our Creator, Our Father, God, placed us here on Earth to live our life to the fullest and not be so worried about all the small stuff. Live life and do it BIG as I so often hear from my mentor, Portia Chandler. So As I look back at this past month, so many things have happened and they give me great perspective to really think to myself, am I living life? Why YES, YES I am! Here are two examples of how I am living life.

Seize the Moment

It was Father’s Day and we were celebrating at my in-law’s house. The kids were splashing in a wading pool and practicing ‘jumping in’ and it was so cute. My daughter does not have the best balance, so to see her ‘jump’ in was quite funny. Watch the quick video. She is the second to jump in, if you were wondering.


But then, my brother-in-law decided to get the kids a slip and slide. He ran up to the store, purchased it and we laid it out for the kids so they could try it out. Well, being at the ripe old age of 4 years or younger, my kids and niece had no idea what to do with the slip and slide. Never in a million years, did I think this would be me, but click play on the video and think about what I taught my kids.


I don’t think I taught them how to slip and slide on the new toy, but I think I taught them more: how to seize the moment and enjoy life. In five years, will they remember that I went on the slip and slide fully clothed, got soaking wet to the bone, and had fun with them in the moment? Maybe not, but I am sure I will! I was pretty wet after hopping up from the toy, but I loved seeing their smiling faces as they continued to try the slip and slide and get a little better at it as the day progressed. I was present in the moment for my kids and I do believe that is what living life is about.

Be That Mom

I want to be that mom. No, I am that MOM. I am the mom that is taking my kids everywhere so they can be exposed to LIFE! If I am living life, my kids must do so as well. I plan a full week every week and sometimes we may not make it to everything because they are too worn out to wake up the next morning on time, but we just regroup and change the time slot and off we go again. I don’t ever want my kids to think that all you can do is sit at home and watch television. We play everywhere, from parks to museums, to places they will most likely take field trips to once they are in school. But the best thing is that I was able to take them there FIRST!

I am that mom, I am blessed to be able to stay at home with them, but clearly we don’t just stay at home. We go on outings all the time so that I can teach them the ways I expect them to behave at these places. I love when my new, four year old, big girl tells me about something that she sees –  that she has learned is not the right way to behave. I guess that is just reinforcing she does hear me and she knows our expectations. I am not preaching about right or wrong or trying to make kids conform to rules, and all that hoopla, but in living life, we must respect the others around us. So if we are out and about and in a location where they should be walking, I expect that and I correct them when they step out of line, I see too many moms let it slide. Later in life, if you have been the mom that let it slide, think about the actions of teens that are not respectful, I am sure some have crossed your path. How do they make you feel? What do you say about them later?  So that is why I am setting the expectations early. If there is a line we need to wait in, we do that nicely and patiently. If there is something she wants, she must use her manners and say please and thank you when she receives it, if she does. I am certainly not the mom that gets something for the screaming child just to pacify them. So living life, that is what we are up to on a daily basis! If you want to join us in our adventures, check out our playgroup!

Want to meetup with us for a playdate?


Men and Their Skin

One Face, Two Stories

men and their skin
Click here to read more about Bill’s story.

Does Bill’s story shock you? Does it make you think about YOUR skin any differently? I invite you to discover the difference that great skincare can make in your life. Skin is skin no matter your gender, age or ethnicity. We control 80% of our skin’s destiny – what will you do today to look even better tomorrow? As an independent consultant with Rodan + Fields, I am able to offer my clients a full-face regimen that will help address any concerns they have! Men and their skin need as much care as women do, but they may NOT want to admit it…to other men! Look at the results below and imagine what these clinically proven products can do for your skin too!

Steve Drinkard_tarabuck
Click here to visit Steve on Facebook.

We are all aging all the time, but what that looks like is up to you. Decide today how you are going to look tomorrow with our Redefine Regimen and Redefine products. REDEFINE is a comprehensive skincare regimen that layers cosmetic ingredients and proven peptide technology to help defend against and reduce the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.


men and their skin
Cory’s Unblemish Results


Breakouts? Unpredictable? Unreasonable? Unfair? Take control with our UNBLEMISH Regimen. Clinically proven to combat the entire acne cycle, this sophisticated regimen helps unclog pores, clears breakouts and calms your complexion to keep pimples, blackheads and post-acne marks from making an unwelcome appearance on your face—and in your life.

Since many acne sufferers have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), the remnant red/brown marks following a healed blemish, we offer UNBLEMISH Spot Fading Toner. However, if you are one of the lucky few who does not experience PIH, use our UNBLEMISH Clarifying Toner as an alternative.


men and their skin
Donald’s Reverse Results


It’s not what you see, it’s what you don’t see. Exposure to the sun and the environment can leave you with less-than-youthful skin. Erase the signs of premature aging, including brown spots, dullness, and sun damage with REVERSE regimen. REVERSE regimen exfoliates, lightens, brightens and protects your skin for a more even tone and texture. Recognized in Allure Magazine’s A List!


men and their skin
Ken’s Soothe Results

SOOTHE Regimen

Where do you turn when your face can’t take it anymore? Calm the flush-blush reaction of a hyper-sensitive complexion with SOOTHE. Clinically proven to reduce redness and irritation in as little as 5 minutes, SOOTHE shields against the biological and environmental aggressors that can trigger inflammation, helps fortify skin’s natural moisture barrier, calms visible redness, and reduces irritation so that you can take comfort in having a healthy-looking complexion every day.

SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash doubles as a calming shaving lotion to help reduce razor burn and irritation, and SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment is an excellent aftershave treatment for men with highly sensitive skin.


Enrolling as a Preferred Customer in the PC PERKS Program during the month of June for the one-time cost of $19.95 with your first order of $80 or more will give you a chance to try one item FREE from the ESSENTIALS product line.
The ESSENTIALS are everyday dermatological necessities! As as Preferred Customer, you will also receive 10% OFF all Rodan + Fields products, all the time; FREE SHIPPING on all regularly scheduled orders; and Exclusive Promotions!

Rodan + Fields Essentials



I would love to share the Rodan + Fields products with your friends and family! If you have someone in mind that would love to hear more about the products, please SHARE this information with them. Should he/she place a Preferred Customer order, you will receive your choice of one item from the ESSENTIALS product line for FREE! EVEN BETTER….If you refer someone interested in hearing more about the business opportunity and he/she joins my team as a consultant, I have $50 cash for you and you can support them with your first order!


Click to watch the clip of Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields. They were featured on Fox Business Network’s “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” on June 3, 2014.

Rodan+Fields is a unique direct sales company which has experienced triple digit growth the past 3 years. And now, Rodan+Fields is getting ready to kick off our international expansion in 2014 with the first stop being CANADA! If you need a plan B, I would love to share more about the opportunity with you.

Transformation Tuesday


No matter whether it is Transformation Tuesday, Throwback Thursday or Freebie Friday, every day you wake up to see your beautiful face in the mirror. When you look in the mirror each morning to get ready for your day, do you LOVE what you see? Or do you think I wish I could change this or that? Do you have a skincare product graveyard under the bathroom sink? Well, like many, you are NOT alone. There are so many products on the market to help you take care of your skin. There are commercials on the television and advertisements in magazines suggesting new products all the time. There are celebrity endorsements for various products. There are products that are tested on animals and others that are not. There are products made in the United States and others that are made in foreign countries.

So with all that said, do you ever sit and think, where do I begin?

Wondering What to Use for Your Skin Concerns?


Now, on the other hand, if you are taking care of your skin, then you have made the decision that the wonderful piece of real estate from the neck up is worth taking care of. Congratulations to you! What have you decided to use? Are you seeing results you like?  If you don’t get the results, do you return the product to get your money back or do you just stash the product in the graveyard?

If you are not seeing the results you are looking for, check out these transformations!

Rodan + Fields REVERSE Regimen for brown spots, dullness and sun damage

Transformations with REVERSE regimen

Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Regimen for the appearance of lines, pores and loss of firmness

Transformations with the REDEFINE Power Pack
Transformations with the AGING REDEFINED SPECIAL

Rodan + Fields UNBLEMISH Regimen for acne and post acne marks

Transformation with UNBLEMISH Regimen

Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Regimen for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness

Transformation with SOOTHE Regimen

AWESOME RESULTS! Transformations you can see for yourself when you begin on your journey. Let’s get started TODAY, so you can begin tracking your TRANSFORMATION and post your Transformation Tuesday pictures as well! What are you waiting for? Contact me today!


What is HONOR? How does it apply to your walk in life?


If you are a business owner, you may think of honor as


If you are in the military or formerly in the military, you may think of honor as


If you are a parent you may instill this in your children, when you think of honor


If you are a teacher, you may think of honor as


If you are a person of faith, you may see honor as


No matter your walk in life, it is probably best to feel this way…


As we embark on Memorial Day Weekend please take time to remember and HONOR those that gave all for our freedoms in the United States. Blessed are we to have a Happy Memorial Day 2014!