This post never went live! SO I am reposting it for you so you have the recipe! These literally are the best cookies EVER. So soft and chewy, crunchy on the outside, and the flavor is delish! Hope you enjoy! Send me pictures of you baking them and see the recipe below.
First of all, pinch me. These are MY kids??? LOVE THEM! Second of all, I am so thankful for my Aunt, Kathy Cole Photography, who captures the most precious memories of my family. We did a session for Mia's First birthday and she was such a turd...until the cake came out! Then she was all about it! She loved the cake and seriously cracked us up! Check out her cake smash photos below!
My aunt also captured some really great family photos of us, which by the way is so stressful. Why cant family photos be chilled out and easy? I was sweating my butt off and my kids had way to much candy (from bribing them). And my poor aunt was out of breath and all sweaty trying to keep Mia's attention. But she managed, as usual, to get some great shots! Here is a sneak peek of just ONE family photo, because the really good ones will probably be on our christmas cards hehe :)
And lastly, we tried to get some of me and my littlest, but she wasn't very interested.
Ill share the photos from her birthday party next! We seriously enjoyed celebrating this little lady. She lights up our life!
Can I get sappy with you for a minute? This mama is really starting to comprehend how quickly life goes by....how fast our babies are growing up and how precious life really is. I have always loved being a mother, but something about this past year has really changed and just increased this motherhood joy x100. Do I have moments of frustration? Yes. But loving on Mia literally makes my heart explode. Watching my son in his first year of kindergarten? UGH, I cant take it. I LOVE it. I love watching him do his homework and practice writing his name. I love reading with him and just seeing him truly thrive in his classroom. And my oldest, Brooklynn. I love seeing her be the first one awake, already in her uniform and reading because she just cant wait to get to school. Maybe its the postpartum hormones and emotions that are still running rampant through my body. Or maybe I just have truly come to a place in life where I find pure joy in motherhood. But a few things that I think have a lot to do with it is my decision to step back from work.
A few years ago I was working all week long, weddings on the weekends, blogging, traveling for work etc. I called myself the "Yes Man". If I got a call for work, I said yes. Being a single mom before my husband and I met, I tasted the bitterness of not having money, not being able to provide for my own children and facing the stress of it every single day. It was horrible. So in an effort to "never have to feel that again", I said yes to everything. But guess what? It didn't work. We still ran into financial troubles, we still did not have an abundance of money and we still struggled. The lesson? Where was I placing my faith and trust? In myself. And that just doesn't work.
We have had such a busy summer with the move and trying to sort out renovations, unpacking, school shopping, family in town etc. But I am so looking forward to this year. I want to hold on to every single day with Mia, because she will soon be ONE and it is literally breaking my heart. I feel like I just had her! and just for some sweet memories...look at this baby when she was still fresh...
I think of all the sweet memories I have with Mia and from my two older babies and it is something that I just hold so dear to my heart. Motherhood is incredible. Motherhood is a gift. An absolute gift. And I cannot imagine my life with out these kids.
So excuse me while I go sneak my babies out of their beds to cuddle me in mine...because why not. They won't fit in between mommy and daddy forever. And I think this mama might be super heartbroken when that happens.
Finally, guys!!! Here is my video of how I curl my hair! Hope you enjoy all my cheesiness! (I HATE videos! Lol)
Finally guys!!!! Check out this before and after!!
I am finally sharing our house! It's been a project. An emotional, expensive and challenging experience. It's not finished, and we still have SO much to do!! But here it is!!!
How gross is this before?!? Ugh! We knew we were going to re do pretty much any house we got, but I think we underestimated this. I thought I was chip and jo walking around the house like "redo the flooring, new back splash, new caninets etc etc etc." But there is so much that goes into it!
Tearing up the tile was a joke. And this tile was so gross and old. YUCK!
But the backsplash was even worse! I swear they cemented it on the walls! When we tore it off, we literally ripped all the dry wall off with it. We were not anticipating having to redo the drywall but thankfully our friend Jared came to the rescue with literally every issue we ran into!
And here we go! This is what it looks like now. We still need to put hardware on the cabinets, decorate and a few small painting touch ups, but how crazy?!? Such a difference!!
I have ordered bar stools for the bar area and I'll be painting or replacing the pantry door. Can't wait till it's totally finished!! Now who wants to help decorate?!?
I have been wearing these two foundations lately. They are the only two in my personal make up kit right now and I love both for different reasons. One is from the grocery store and the other is a more expensive brand. For my every day wear, I love the coverage of the Loreal Foundation. It is a good, clean and fresh coverage. Not too heavy but not too light of a coverage either. I love when my skin shows through slightly and the foundation leaves a dewy/fresh finish. It lasts fairly good through out the day with minimal touch ups. The Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has always been a favorite of mine. It is a heavy coverage that lasts FOREVER with no touch ups. Its great for all day if you aren't planning on being able to touch up or for special events.
Both are very different but both are must haves for my personal kit!
What is your favorite foundation right now? Do you use different foundations for different seasons or one all year long?
Happy Monday! Are you ready to start your week or are you dreading your first day back to morning chaos? Life with kids can make you feel both sometimes...But we have learned a few ways to calm our mornings down and jump out of bed.
I shared 4 Steps to a Stress Free Morning a few weeks ago, which helped show you how to prepare for your morning the night before. But these next tips will ensure you start your morning off right and jump into your schedule with ease and maybe even a smile on your face! They are in no particular order, as you will want to order them to fit your wants and needs.
1. Let there be light - Get out of bed, and open those shades! Let that gorgeous sunlight in. A dark room is a sleepy room. Especially if its cold and dark #WinterMorningsSuck. But we don't have to worry about anything being cold right now in Phx, because well...its PHOENIX.
2. Tunes are Necessary - We are not morning people but we are music people. This is one thing that ALWAYS ensures happy kids (and parents) first thing in the morning. Have a play list queued up. Music that you enjoy. It can be a slow, calm coffee house mix to keep things calm. Or if it was up to my 8 year old it would be Meghan Trainor and Beyonce. My son? He loves the Biebs. Whatever play list you decide on, just hit play and enjoy!
3. Make that Bed - If your bed is made first thing in the morning, you are less likely to sneak back in it and it literally takes 5 minutes, people. And your room feels cleaner. Which is always a good thing.
4. Stay off your phone - Don't check your emails first thing in the morning and definitely do not check social media. Good God, those are 2 things that just suck me in the black hole of "I'll just lay here in bed a little bit longer". Don't do it. Don't give in.
5. Stretch it out - Stretch that body! Take 5 minutes and stretch or do a 15 minute yoga routine. My husband and I actually utilize an app on the Apple TV for our Yoga Routines . I like that you can choose a 10 minute routine up to 90 minute routines. But keep it to a minimum, unless you are one of those freaks that wakes up early to work out. You are ahead of the game.
6. Treat Yourself - Do something you love. I love taking a hot shower in the morning. But let me clarify....not to wash my hair every morning. I only shower to wake me up. And hair washing only happens at night when I can blow dry it or when I don't have a deadline the next day. If its drinking a cup of coffee, do it, and enjoy it. Take your time with this thing. Mark out a decent chunk of the morning for this. Self care is important and necessary.
7. Get Dressed - this is to everyone. Stay at home moms, work from home moms and working mothers....GET DRESSED. If you stay braless and in jammies all day, I promise you will do nothing. If getting dressed means cute yoga pants and a loose top and your nikes - do it. Get dressed. If it means jeans and a cute top and bare feet - do it. Just get dressed, friends.
8. Do your hair and make up - Yes, I said it. Do your hair and make up. Mommas - I am talking to you. I don't mean perfected beach curls and a full face (unless thats your jam). I mean, fix your hair and spend a few minutes doing so. Then do your make up. If you are clueless about how to do your make up, here are a few posts for you. Or shoot me an email to schedule a one on one lesson!
While these 8 tips aren't the only suggestions to help have a more productive morning, they are all tips that have helped us out. The kids really enjoy the music in the morning and it helps alleviate the morning complaining. What are some ways that help you jump into your day?
I started a bible study this week and the first day was SO good. Our Church's Women's Ministry is doing the "Gideon" study by Priscilla Shirer. I have done a few studies by her and each one is INCREDIBLE.
Our first session, we discussed Judges 2:10 and what it looked like within this context and looking outside of it as well. If we take a look around, I feel like we are a similar generation as they were talking about here. We are a fallen generation, a lost generation and a generation who does not know the Lord or the work He has done for us. And as much as I want to expand on this and complain about this generation, I am not going to. Because I cannot control what is happening right now with the parenting, kids and teenagers. But what I do have "control" over is my children. I have been given these children temporarily. And one day, these babies will go out into the world and have to function properly. They will have to survive in this culture, maintain jobs and relationships and be an integral part of our society. And what a big job that is to raise another human to be able to function in society. But I don't want my children to just survive. I want them to thrive. And I want them to reflect all of Gods goodness in everything that they do.
How is this going to happen when I am always distracted with everything else that is going on in life? Its not. It is a privilege to be their Mom. And it is the most important work. And I am slowly learning that. I am learning that I don't juggle work, home, kids etc very gracefully. Or maybe I do and God is just pushing me more towards more important work recently. I don't know what all this looks like for us, but I know that I am so thankful for Gods word and his guidance and the peace it brings me in a world of Chaos. And I am so thankful that he has shown me how to break the cycle, enlighten my kids, push them towards Jesus and foster an environment where they can be a graceful leader in a world if confused and lost people.
Lord, I pray for our world, or society and our future. That you guide us into love, peace and unity...not just as a nation, but as a human race.
Lets talk about our kids, life and motherhood for a minute. Life is busy. (Ugh, I cringe at that word busy, more about this later). But we have so much going on. Cooking meals, dishes, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, working, errands, church, dance, gymnastics or soccer etc. But then we still have to care for ourselves...so haircuts or colors, mom needs new shoes (because her Nikes have holes in them), or mom gained weight from her pervious pregnancy and nothing fits so time to go to the gym...Its never ending. But in the midst of all these demands, how many of them are eternal? How many of these demands are pushing us towards Jesus and our relationship to him? Better yet, our childrens' souls? Their Do we even have time to think about that? And how crappy do we feel when a lightbulb goes off and we realize our kids are not babies, and they are actual humans and we haven't spent two seconds praying for their future. (Or am I the only one?)
They are in school now, and making friends. They are socializing and their personalities are beaming. But what have we done in preparation for this? And what can we continue to do to ensure that they are not only making good choices, but also leading other children to make good choices?
Before my son started Kindergarten, we went over some scriptures together. We talked about how to shine Gods light when he starts school. One of our favorite things to do is say our affirmations together. Scripture based affirmations. We like to speak life over the kids and foster an environment where they can speak life over themselves and BELIEVE in what they are speaking. One of the affirmations that has stuck with my son is, "I am the head and not the tail, I am a leader and not a follower". For memory sake, we combined two scripture based affirmations. (Deut. 28:13 & Josh 1:6). He loves these, and it has seriously changed his behavior, especially in public settings. But we repeat these and it amazes me how many times he encounters situations where the other boys at school are misbehaving and he is recognized by his teachers for not engaging and also for leading the other boys in a different direction.
When I came across Proverbs 1:8-19, it totally jumped out at me. I've read Proverbs 1 a dozen times, but when I read it in "The Message" version, it meant something totally different. So this week, our family will be in Proverbs. Reading together as a family, studying what it means and finding ways to apply it. But I challenge you to pray for your children's future, for their friends or future friends, their one day boyfriends or girlfriends and eventually their spouses. And to pray for an unending amount of wisdom to guide them and support them through out all their relationships.
Lord, I pray that you equip my husband and I with the wisdom needed to raise these children in a way that would honor you. I pray for protection and that you guide them in their decisions about friendships and relationships. I pray that the children, teens and adults that enter my kids lives would bring them closer to you. I pray that their friendships & relationships honor you and shine your light through them. I pray for protection against broken hearts, disappointments and expectations, that the might Trust you and your provision throughout out their lives. Amen.
What are some of your favorite scriptures you like to pray over your children? I would love to hear! Comment or shoot me an email!
We went to Cali a few weekends ago with the family as our last hoorah before school started. It was incredible! But one thing that made our beach trip so great was this wrap. I wear my babies everywhere. One place that makes baby wearing difficult is the beach. Most wraps have so much fabric and it's just too hot to be skin to skin. Beachfront Baby has created wraps and ring slings specifically for this. The mesh fabric is light, airy and cool. You can take it in the water, on the beach or in the shower. SO GREAT!! Our first day at the beach, I put Mia in the wrap and with in 2 minutes she was fast asleep and slept for 2 hours! The cool breeze & the sound of the waves was incredible and so relaxing
I chose the black ring sling because it's easier to throw on, light weight and adjustable. I also love ring slings because you can use them as the baby gets older and wear them on your hip for added support!
Check out more slings and get yours here....
Mondays, after the kids have gone to school, I jump right into my weekly plan sheet. This is where I literally sort my brain out, get everything on paper and how I function as a mom of 3 + business owner. Monday's are normally difficult for most. We have our weekend blues and just wish we could lay in bed a little longer. Were not ready to be slapped in the face with school papers, to do lists, grocery shopping, cleaning etc. As a mother, our demands are endless. But My hope is that my "Time Management for the Modern Mom" Ecourse will help alleviate some of that stress and bring some sort of peace for you and your family.
What are some of the things you struggle with during the week? Do you feel unaccomplished? Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed? Do you want to lock in a weekly date night with your husband but don't have time? I would love to hear your struggles and some things you wish you knew about managing your time better!
Also, I will need some beta testers once it is completed so drop me a line if you want one of the 5 spots to get his course for FREE before anyone else does!
This week we celebrate "world breastfeeding week". As a mommy of 3 littles, nursing is so very important to me. I follow the concept of "attachment parenting" and have had incredible success with it. For me, keeping my babies close to me is what feels natural. It's how it was always intended to be. I don't like to get caught up in all the "newest baby trends" or "coolest baby gear". I think the more simple we keep it, the easier it really is. So I have compiled 5 tips for new mamas to help you breastfeed successfully.
1. Nurse right away. After the baby is born, place your baby on your chest and just have skin to skin contact for as long as possible. Baby doesn't need to be weight or measured yet. As long as your baby is in good health, keep your baby on you. When the baby is ready, he or she will do the breast crawl and find its way to your breast on their own. Think about it- do dogs need to teach their puppies how to nurse? No. They just are born wanting to eat. Babies are the same way. They want to nurse.
2. Nurse on Demand - first of all, your baby knows when he or she is ready to nurse, when they need comfort, when they are hungry etc. They do not need to be (nor should they be) put on a nursing schedule. Don't look at the clock, don't stretch feelings, don't worry. Sometimes it's every 2-3 hours and sometimes it's every 20 minutes. And that's ok. They will not be consistent. It's normal. Their bodies go though stages of massive growth and stages of sleepiness. Just nurse on demand. Secondly, your milk supply is "DEMAND and SUPPLY". The more the baby demands, the more you will supply. The less he/she demands, the less you supply.
3. Do not have bottles or formula in the house - this step is KEY. Nursing is hard. It's frustrating and it's sometimes painful. The first 6-8 weeks are challenging. But when you are exhausted and irritated and haven't showered, you will hand the baby to your husband and tell him to give the baby a bottle if you have them on hand. And this WILL negatively affect your milk supply. I promise. If you skip a feeding, that's one less feeding you will produce the next day. Causing the baby to be frustrated and a downward spiral to a formula fed baby. (Which by no means is a bad thing. But this post is about successfully Breastfeeding, not formula feeding.)
4. Have a support system - it is SO important to have a support system of people who encourage you to nurse and push you through the exhaustion. If you don't have a circle of people who know much about nursing, go find a moms group. There are SO many out there and you will need support, encouragement and you will have hundreds of questions. But just remember, our bodies are meant to create life and sustain life. Trust Your body & eliminate stress as much as possible.
5. Side nurse at night -(I am side nursing in the photo in this post) I am all about anything to simplify this whole newborn phase. For us, that meant co sleeping. Which doesn't necessarily mean that we are sharing a bed, but that the baby is very near to us. So our nighttime routine looks like this -- bath, lotion, jammies, nurse baby to sleep and then gently place baby in their co sleeper or bassinet in mommy and daddy's room. Then go to sleep yourself! Once baby wakes up in the middle of the night, pull baby in bed with you and side nurse till you both fall back asleep. As the babies woke up in the night I just switched from side to side Until they fell back asleep. Consleeping is very controversial, but you have to do what is right for you and your baby. For us, that meant keeping baby close by so I could nurse on demand. (Safety note - obviously don't co sleep if you or your partner have been drinking or on any medication. You have to be conscious enough to know where your baby is).
I will leave some links below to some great articles that expand on these concepts. A few other tips: Drink lots of water - I mean chug a glass or bottle of water every single time you sit down to nurse. Keep taking prenatals or supplements to give the baby and your body the most nutrition possible. And enjoy it. Because they won't nurse forever. And they won't always wake up in the night. Babies aren't meant to sleep all night. So cuddle them, love on them and keep nursing. It's the best thing ever.
Today is National Lipstick Day so I thought it would be The perfect opportunity to share how I keep my make up kit organized and how I manage all 900,000 Colors of lipstick that I currently keep in my kit. OK maybe not 900,000 but I definitely have a lot.
When I first started out as a make up artist I thought that I needed every single color of everything. Foundation, lipstick, blush etc. but after doing make up for sometime I realize that being a minimalist cuts down my application time, keeps me organized and is a hell of a lot lighter to carry when I'm traveling to all ends of the earth to glam some ladies up.
So instead of searching through a massive bag of lipsticks to try to read the bottom of the lipstick to see what color I am pulling out I decided to put all of my lipsticks in one or two cases. Simplify if you will.
I purchased this case that has 24 compartments and I literally took a small cake spatula that you would use to decorate a cake and cut the lipsticks into thirds and smash them into each compartment. (I did not have a photographer to take a step-by-step picture for this process so these will have to do)
I made a note on my iPhone in order with which color I placed in each compartment so that when I need to replenish a specific color I have it on my phone with me at the store.
It it has made life so much easier when it comes to the organizational part of working and trying to find the colors I need quickly!
Find the cases here // http://www.vueset.com/?product=tahiti
Year Three...And what a year it has been!
We didn't know the plans God had for us and our marriage. We didn't know what we were walking into and what the future held. But we knew that we needed to make a commitment to ourselves and to God, 3 years ago. As my husband said this morning... three Years, three homes and three babies, later. This year is special for us. We have walked through many challenges. But this year we brought our sweet Mia into the world and purchased our first home together. (Plus some additional special family moments including our other 2 babes). Marriage is hard, friends. Anyone who is honest with themselves knows this. It takes work, compromise, sacrifice and it challenges your every day decisions. I have said it before and I will say it again, I am so thankful for my Husbands unconditional love and insane commitment to this family. I am a hard one to live with, and he does it with grace.
Cheers to forever...
Happy Anniversary, I love you, Babe! X
Friends. Where do I even begin? Over on Instagram I've been sharing some sneak peeks of projects in the new house....if you have no idea what Im talking about, here's what has been happening the past few weeks!
June 24th we FINALLY signed & got keys on our house! This is our first home and it was super exciting for us! We got in the house around 330 pm. By 7:30 pm we had baseboards ripped out, carpet ripped out, flooring ripped out, etc. By the next morning all the cabinets were ripped off, backsplash was ripped off & tile was being removed. Yes...we are crazy. I mean, we definitely thought we were Chip & Jo walking around on "demo day" and planning our renovations. But we could not have done this with out our contractor, which I will share once he gives me permission :)
Before we found this house (as we were house shopping) we quickly realized how ugly homes are in Phx....and by that I mean, track homes. Because thats all that was in our budget. (hello 3 kids $$$). They are SO boxy, plain and boring. Cheaply made and dude - there is not one straight wall. SOOOO messy and crooked. So we decided to find a house with a good lay out and that we would redo flooring and then esthetics around the house to update it and make it look a little more styled. So we knew going into it that we were going to put a little bit of money into the home. ESPECIALLY flooring. With a little baby crawling around everywhere, I wanted NEW clean flooring.
So, we found our home, signed and then destroyed it. (insert crying emojis). Its been almost a month. And we totally underestimated the project. And I am not even going to include a before picture until the after pictures are done. Because the inside of this house was just that ugly. Literally, horrendous.
But here is our project list so far....and I will share photos and tag where we purchased everything room by room :)
- Hardwood flooring in entire downstairs & all bathrooms
- New Carpet through out bedrooms and loft upstairs
- New 6" baseboards & door trim in entire house
- Oak cabinets turned into White Cabinets via paint and some freaking hard work
- Crown Moulding along the top of Kitchen Cabinets + New Trim
- Beadboard/wainscotting around the base of the cabinets & on the breakfast bar + Trim
- White subway tile backsplash
- New paint in entire inside of house (outside needs to done next).
- All new toilets
- New toilet, vanity, sink and light fixtures in the downstairs bathroom
- Replacing ugly lighting with recessed lighting in kitchen and by the front door
SO, this list is long, but getting completed and its looking SO much better! Like a different house! I might need to get a full time job to complete the rest of the tasks around the house! haha! So expensive, but so worth it.
On a serous note.....Before I started to think of the renovations & esthetics of our home, I began with the question "What do I want my house to accomplish?". That might sound crazy to some, but this is a huge investment financially and its so difficult not to get caught up in the materialistic side of things. So before we entered into this, I really wanted us to have the end in mind. For me? I want our house to be life giving. I want our home to be comforting to those who come, a warm, inviting place full of food and laughter. I desire a place for my children to feel comfortable in and a place where we can serve & share God with those who enter in. So, bottom line, I want a life giving home. With that said....we jumped into creating that atmosphere! And it has been INTERESTING! lol Cant wait to share more photos!
Easy Morning? What is that?? When my parents read this, they are going to laugh! Jaime & mornings just don't mix! This post is coming from a person who just doesn't do mornings well. A mom who needs her kids to pull her out of bed and a complete night owl who just thrives at midnight. A girl who basically was late every morning to school and rarely could keep a job because I couldn't be on time. But once I realized that I suck at mornings....I had to come up with some little systems to help my blurry eyed, grumpy ass so that I could function like an adult.
Your morning routine is going to look different depending on your daily responsibilities. If you are a stay at home mom, this will be your jam. I promise. Most stay at home moms lack a schedule and consistency. And both are very important to keep yourself and the babes happy. Chaos sucks, friends. It really does. No one functions well in chaos, and no one feels good when their life is a mess. Toddlers throw more tantrums with out consistency, moms tend to be more depressed in a messy house, and lets just be real....mornings with kids are hard! It's like BANG, good morning mommy - feed me, change me, talk to me, play with me, read to me, etc etc etc. The just suck the life out of you from the get go. Its their job. And thank GOD they are cute. But here are a couple brief tips to help you have a better morning. These tips work if you stay at home, work from home or if you work outside the home. Just modify to your needs!
1. Pick your outfit out the night before & have it laid out and ready to go. For me personally, fashion is not my thing. I would rather sleep in or eat a fat, warm, bagel then try to find a cute outfit...especially in the morning. Stay at Home Moms - get dressed! Even if you are scheduled to stay home ALL day. Get dressed! (More on this later!) Work from Home Moms - Get DRESSED! You will be more productive and if a meeting or coffee date pops up, you are ready to jump in the car and go! Workin mamas, this will just ease your morning routine so you can slip in your outfit quickly with out stress and move on to more important things!
2. Prepare your Breakfast/Lunch the night before - This is KEY! Not only will this help you eat healthier, but it will also ensure that you actually get to eat! How many times do we realize its 2pm and we haven't eaten anything but a handful of fish crackers? Yea, not good mamas. We cannot care for our family properly if we don't take care of ourselves.
3. Have your hair "prepared" the night before - I have long thick hair, so washing and blow drying in the morning is just not going to happen. I make sure to shower the night before, blow dry my hair and most of the time curl it the night before as well. That way, when I wake up, I just have to touch up the curls and I am ready to go!
4. Map out your day the night before - Lists are my jam. And crossing things off my list just makes me a happy camper. The night before, write out a list of things you must get done, meetings you have, things you need at the store, phone calls you need to make etc. Then prioritize this list.
By implementing these nighttime routines, you will sleep better with a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of almost excitement knowing you have already crossed things off your to do list!
What do you do to prepare for your mornings? I would love to hear your routines!
Alright, let me just be honest for a minute. My daughter was born in October..thats 8 months ago. I am exclusively breastfeeding her, as I did my others. And guess what...I GAIN weight when I nurse. I don't lose weight, nor do I get all skinny. I gain weight in order to sustain my milk supply. I eat WAY more than I normally do. And it is honestly SO difficult to deal with. Postpartum already throws far too many hormones at you...you have no control over your body and you have an infant attached to you non stop. (I practice attachment parenting & "the second nine months", so when I say attached, I literally mean attached. The babe goes everywhere with me for at least the first 9 months, if not longer. More info on that here.)
Gaining 20 pounds on a smaller frame, is a lot. It feels like crap and doesn't look as cute either. I literally feel guilty every single time I eat. Why, you say? Maybe its because I am eating twice what I normally do. And maybe its because I have hormones raging around my body like a freakin monster. And maybe I am choosing not to work out like a meat head...for good reason. 1. I like to sit on the toilet and not cry because it was leg day. 2. I like to hold my kids without fear of dropping them because it was arm day. and finally reason 3. I don't get uninterrupted sleep right now...So I am tired. But its a season. (I say that a lot, I guess. But life is full of seasons and they are always changing). And I know its temporary. I fully put my infant (and other children) before myself, because she is helpless and fully dependent on me. And because I know that one day, very soon, she will no longer need me to nurse, and she will no longer be interested in sleeping on my chest or letting me spoon her in bed. So I am chubby, I feel like crap half of the time, I struggle with super depressing thoughts but ultimately I have to press into God, remember its a short season, and get some loose fitting clothes to hide my chubby ass.
Heres the deal. We just birthed another human. We created life. We spent 10 months growing this thing...its going to take longer than a few weeks to get our bodies back..or in my case - maybe a year lol. BUT, I am so thankful for the ladies at The Tickled Pink Boutique for making mom shopping so easy and fitting me with clothes that I totally feel comfortable in.
So Cheers to online shopping. Put those kids to bed, or hide in the bathroom and buy something you feel good in. Its the small wins in motherhood.
I work from home, most days. When I am not at events, I am in my office. When people find out what I do, they always say "You are so Lucky!", or "how nice to be able to work whenever you want!?", and "how nice that you can be with your kids all day long!".
The truth? It is freaking hard work, and it never ends. I don't work 40 hours a week. My hours don't end nor are they numbered. I am constantly torn between finishing the dishes or scheduling clients & making a deadline. I don't get a lunch break. As I am writing this, I am nursing my 7 month old baby. I am in yoga pants and I look like shit. I am exhausted from my 3 kids, taking them to school and all that goes with that, water day for my 2nd grader, appointments in between and being stressed all day because I should have sent an email out to a team member a week ago.
Is my schedule flexible? To some degree, yes. But one thing that most people don't understand is, I am NOT a STAY at home mom. I am a WORK from home mom. There is a big difference. No, I cannot chat on the phone all day, because I am working. I cannot go on play dates, because I am working. It is a funky blend between feeling so depressed because my 7 month old doesn't talk back to me and I am lonely and "Why do people call me all day?? I cant talk! Don't they know I am working?" Its a problem, and I still haven't found the solution to it.
And this whole, it takes a tribe to raise kids? Well my tribe is all over the world. Our parents and siblings are all spread out and aunts and uncles are a flight away. So the tribe in Phoenix, is at a serious minimum. Meaning date nights are basically non existent, I am trying to shoot for my blog with kids running around and I grocery shop with all three kids.
Why am I sharing this? Because, I am in a rough season of life right now with big transitions, stressful situations and sleepless nights. Am I blessed? Absolutely. Am I thankful? You bet. I LOVE my littles and I LOVE the chaos. Is this a complaint? Not really... I just have three children, we are living in a condo, under contract on a house, transitioning my business, shooting some major things for the website, my husbands new position at work, and some massive family changes as well. We are in a busy season. We are in a season of change. And change can be uncomfortable. Right now, I am feeling that discomfort. I am itching with discontent and comparison is really the thief of joy. Which is what brought me to this post. When we mindlessly flip through Instagram, know that these are small blurbs of peoples lives. I might post a cute picture of my kids, but 5 minutes before that - they were screaming (or maybe it was me doing the yelling).
Some people might be envious that I "work from home", but its hard stuff, friends. And to be honest, I crave the consistency of a full time job (as well as the consistent paycheck). I am so thankful for my job (all of them), and love it. I honestly, do. But I want to clarify the juggling act that I partake in daily. Being a mom is a busy job anyway, but tack on "running your own business" (or businesses), and just call me cray cray.
How do I juggle it all? What is my saving grace? My schedule. My OCD, color coded, plan sheets and a grace filled schedule. And Jesus. But we will save that for another post....or series.
Till next time friends.... Cheers to motherhood/entrepreneur-hood.
Every year we love to gift our teachers with something special. We want them to know how truly special they are and what a gift they have been to us for the past year. One year we did a glam bag packed with some of my favorite make up products. Last year we did a summer basket filled with treats from World Market, a cute tumbler for summertime drinks and lots of chocolate. This year, we decided that we wanted to support a local company that we love so much. (I LOVE buying things from shops that directly support PEOPLE, students & fellow mamas!)The Shine Project came out with the most adorable apple necklace, perfect for teachers. The company employs at risk, inner city kids and helps them go on to further their education. How appropriate, right?? I feel like this gift comes full circle..... Read more about The Shine Project here.
And a very special thanks to ALL the teachers out there. You guys are superheros and I could NEVER do your job! lol
And a special thanks to Ashley, at The Shine Project for being so brave and selfless! You are making such a difference!
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