Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inspiration and a Healthy Pumpkin Spice Treat!

You are what you tell yourself….



I am just so proud of anyone who steps up and starts changing her health habits, in whatever shape or form.  It's so easy to be stuck in a rut, eating fast, processed foods and not getting a move on.  So when someone takes the time to put herself first, I just love being the one coaching her along!! I know first hand how hard it is to get going.  

So today? Props to this mama, Rachel!! We became friends through blogging; you can find her over here #mommylife.  She is a SAHM with an adorable little girl!  

She's currently down 7 pounds on this challenge, and that was just from the cleanse phase!!  She has lost over 50 pounds with our products and has seriously seen some amazing results.



She has shared her results and products with others, resulting in the ability to stay home and earn an additional $500-$1000 income.  It makes me so happy to be able to help others like her, so she can stay home and not have to leave her baby girl to earn some extra income for her family.



The biz is super simple, but it takes dedication and you need to be teachable and coachable.  Rachel is all of those for sure!   Just keep reaching girl; I can't wait to see where you go!



Sidenote~~It is so so so very important to eat small meals all throughout the day.  It's also equally important to know what to eat, but this small change can do WONDERS for your metabolism.

Pretty much!! #truth


And for kicks, I saw these floating around. I have NOT tried any of these recipes, but I thought maybe one of you might?! Interesting for sure and healthier than some of the tradish pies and such that are out there.  So maybe you have a big event coming up, or want to get festive with some of our staples…



I wish I had this over the summer to try!  Muscle gain always help curb that sweet tooth.



Oh, and if you want to be festive AND keep it super easy--here ya go!! Pumpkin Spice Meal Shakes!


Holiday editions tend to sell out SUPER fast.  Get them while ya can! I've ordered and stocked up on my boxes!!


If you're on the fence of pushing yourself, just do it!! It's totally worth it….and seriously, it is fun to go against the grain.  




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brooke Lynn: 21 Months

What up? What up? I am feeling a-w-e-s-o-m-e.  Maybe it's the 70 degree weather, the sunshine, the fact that our baby boy's carpet will be installed in just a little bit!?! I just have been super busy playing single mom lately, as hubby just wrapped up his THIRD and final tent sale of the year! WOOP!  It is game on now.  What do I mean by that? Well, you see, he has a week of vacation coming up in November, January brings him home for a few days with a new bebe and he doesn't have a crazy sale again until June.

Home. Free. My friends, home free.  My man works so very hard and there is nothing I can do, but love him to death, support his desire to bring home the bacon, and do my best manning the fort when he's away.  I know I've mentioned his grandparents before, but I know that Joe is so much like his grandfather, (right down to marching out of the carpet store because they were being a bit ridiculous about pricing, money down, etc.)  As I told my mother in law about this scenario, she just laughed and said something about, how many countless contractors were hired/fired throughout the years her father did business.  Oh, I just love my Italian family!! hehe

Also?  I have a 21 month old. Ahhh!  

She's wearing 3T-4T really it depends on the brand.  I am loving GapKids because the 3 Year sizing is a little big, so she has some room to grow, the quality is excellent and it fits her well and looks great. Her 3T sleepers are getting tight, so I am holding out on buying more, because 4T is still big? Oh the struggle with a long tot!

She's about 32 pounds and I don't even know how tall.  Super long and really needs to be potty trained because she's far too big for the changing pad now!

Speaking of, she has had two great potty moments (both with a very proud Daddy) she was mid-poo and sort of made it to the potty one day, and just Sunday she legit peed in her potty!  She's very obvious  about hiding in a corner to "go" so I just need to bite the bullet and work with her a little more.  I just don't catch it sometimes, if I'm taking care of dishes, dogs, or laundry!  But she's getting there and we are very excited.

She has 3 of her last molars in; the bottom left is taking its sweet time coming in.

Bedtime is around 8(ish) sometimes we stay up to see Daddy come home.  She sleeps until about 7am and takes a 1.5 hour nap around 1:00 every day.  She does well with this routine.

Breakfast she eats her eggs, toast, and fruit.  Joe can't eat eggs without ketchup, and unfortunately she picked up on that too…so while I don't love that, whatever.  Choose the battles!  She is such a fruit and cheese monster. Girl loves both of these all day every day if I let her.  She's digging our pears and apples from our CSA.  But she's really good about eating whatever I make for dinner and prefers real food over any toddler food, which I find a blessing.

Her little personality is shining through and I am so excited that she's starting to really become a little girl, but a little sad too.  We are going to get her a nice bed/dresser and give her current crib etc. to baby boy.  I can't wait to see her meet him in a few more months!

 So here are few photos of what little Miss Brookie and I were up to while Daddy worked:

Playground by the library.



"Raking"


Breakfast for dinner.


Gymnastics!


Sorting through her baby stuff and organizing. She's such a helper! ;)


Mama being sentimental about all these curls.
Snuggles before our bedtime….prego mommy gets sleepy!




Some Halloween artwork…


She's such a goof and her hair---I just die.


Ok, clearly I can be goofy too.


She hates the carwash, but we are singing songs and trying to see the joy in the bubbles…


My living room looks like this on a nightly basis. It's getting super hard to pick up with this big ol' belly!


We had such fun shopping date with my friend Ann yesterday; it was just what I needed.  Brooke saw these silly carts and was obsessed.  She wanted to play, so I let her for a bit.  Funny how it much resembles her little red car she has here at home, but doesn't want much to do with.  Maybe it needs a safety belt?? Oy!


We've got a busy week and I'm grateful for that.  Tomorrow we have gymnastics, a mommy meet up (kinda like an interview of sorts, I'll keep ya posted on that for sure!) Thursday brings me a hair appointment--wahoo--and Brookie has swimming.  Friday I have my Glucose test and Daddy is going hunting, so we are having lunch with Grandma Maria!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall: A Wedding

We attended a beautiful wedding last night and Brooke stayed at my in-laws.  I told my father I'd sleep in today, and he laughed and said, "No you won't!" He was right.  I was up at ready to go at 6am with a bit of a dry throat, as the heat is pouring through the vents; isn't that the way things work?  It's a chilly 40 degrees [feels like 32] and hubby is currently stacking firewood as I sip on some Coffeecino in my flannel leopard pjs.

I sit here typing verrrrry gratefully!! You see, we left the house in a bit of a rush yesterday.  We had fun  taking Brooke to soccer, went looking at big girl beds for her, then dropped her of at Joe's parents.  By the time we got home, I still had to shower and get my prego self looking wedding ready! We have been leaving Holly out of her crate when we leave because she's been really good.  Well, that is no longer the case!! On our way to the wedding, I said to Joe, "OH no.  We didn't leave the muffins your mom made on the table, did we?!"  He replied with yes, but don't worry, they're in a ziploc bag and in a plastic bag, she won't eat them…

Once again, Mama just knows!  I know my dogs and I know not to leave any remnant of food in their reach, otherwise it's gone!  So there was nothing we could do other than to just go to the wedding and hope for the best.   Well, when we got home a few hours later, not only did she indeed get into and eat about 5 or 6 muffins, and some of the wrapping, she also knocked over Joe's cup that had a little water in it…and my laptop was RIGHT next to it!!

I saw red for a few moments, picked the computer up and heard a gushing sound. To say that I freaked out was an understatement…I was really upset.  It's not even a year old Mac Book Pro, and I really love this computer!! Joe rigged up some fans and we ran them on it all night---and here I sit today, so so lucky to be able to type on it!! I don't think there is any damage! Thank goodness. 

So aside from yet again, more dog drama, the wedding was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful we have been to.  Well, who is it that got married?  You may be asking.  It's an interesting one to explain, but one that gives true strength to the meaning, family isn't always blood.  

I've mentioned before how I am the oldest of three girls;  I have two younger sisters.  We were very close growing up, but something happened to the youngest of us, and without going into grave detail, she became addicted to drugs and alcohol and has some major mental instabilities.  My heart will always be with her, but unfortunately you cannot help those who refuse to help themselves.  About 5 1/2 years ago, she gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, and despite all efforts, my niece was sent to live with her father…

That man got married yesterday to a wonderful woman.  She has taken my niece into her heart and became her 'mom' when her own mother could not.  This couple wrote their own vows and shared their hearts with their guests; hearing all of their love and sentiments, it was hard to keep a dry eye for sure!  

Now, I know weddings affect all of us differently, and I'd be lying to say that a little part of me felt a pang for 'what could have been' if only my sister were healthy.  While I am so grateful to see the life my niece, her father and new mom have together, a part of me was reminded of what will never be.  More than anything, my heart burst with happiness, to know that this little girl is loved beyond all measures and will be safe, protected, and loved in a caring environment.  And?  We are all a part of her life; never once has her father shut us out of her life.  We have been there every step of the way and will continue to support her and them, as their newfound family of three begins.  

I know that I am pregnant and more emotional than usual, but it really was such a sweet and beautiful day.  Weddings like that remind me of my own special day, and all of the words we say to one another, the vows, the poems, the meanings behind all of it.  It makes me wonder if we heard those words more often, and actually listened, maybe people wouldn't get divorced…

The ceremony was outside and although chilly, it was simply stunning.  It was followed by cocktail hour inside, and dinner/dancing in a tent outside.  The brides father gave a heartfelt speech and it moved me; he spoke of how his daughter enjoyed the small pleasures in life as opposed to the grandeur.  He reminisced of a particular Christmas, where he didn't have much at all to provide but a little tiny tree and some inexpensive ornaments, hung while sipping some hot cocoa.  While he felt funny about that Christmas for so many years, his daughter told him one day that, that was her favorite Christmas of all.  

It made me think of all that is life; how hard we try to give our kids everything, and in reality, what they need and want is so small.  Moments; thoughtful, intentional, love-filled moments, more than any pricey toy or gadget, is what they'll remember most of all.  
Hubby and I were blown away by the gorgeous golf course views and just loved it!


It was actually nice to put in some effort and get all dolled up…


Bump & booties.


My sister.


The bride did a stunning job with her Fall theme, intertwining their love of music and simplistic joys in life.  Their wedding favor was a CD of some of their favorite songs…they're really good ones too!



This drink is such a great idea for a Fall party!! 
Apple Cider
Sprite
Cinnamon stick
(Bourbon if you feel like warming it up, clearly mine was without)


May the rest of their lives be filled with much love, peace, and everlasting happiness.  Congratulations!


One of their readings was one of my favorite Robert Frost poems…

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost1874 - 1963
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five on Friday

1.  First things first, if you're looking for a HIGH quality firming body lotion--look no further!! I have always looked for something like this and the heavens have opened::: ahhh ::: Not only does it smell terrific, it soaks right in and legit is helping my skin stay firm, yet soft to the touch.  If you know what I'm talking about, it helps any lumps and bumps that may be appearing… I am not working out like I was a few months back, which I know helps the most, but this seriously is working its magic!

I legit squeezed every last drop!

SYS BODY


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I'm loving the whole SYS line, and want to review more--but since I ran out of that and had to order more, I wanted to share stat!

2.  Dressing up is fun.


I don't have a ton of options lately, so I am making up for it with my accessories!  Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, headbands, smiles, you name it!! I know soon Jr. will be here and pulling on all of it, so I won't be able to wear it for a bit.  My best accessory is my daughter, of course. So when I can, I dress her up so all the attention goes to her!!


3.  I about died when I saw this graphic!! SO true.  If you're pounding coffee or energy drinks to keep up with life, talk to me. PUH-LEASE! Everyone needs this awesomeness in her life!  If I can help as many people feel as amazing as all my friends and I do when we drink Spark, I know I'm doing good in the world. hehe.

Spark



4.  Chiro in a bottle.  Obvs my pain is OOC, and very little helps…I refuse to take medicine unless it is absolutely necessary, and this seems to really help the sciatic nerve pain!  I apply it on the bottom of my feet and seriously it's one of my favorite smells.   It grounds me and helps me get through my tasks without completely crying in pain.  It also helps you with anxiety, courage, and clearly helps align the body.


5.  Roasting all the veggies!! I just cannot get enough. I tend to crave salty things, so instead of reaching for chips, I'll try to throw a bunch of veggies w/ some sea salt/pepper and evoo in the oven.  Oh, and see that yellow/green striped veggie?  That is Delicata squash. Aka lazy squash! You just cut it in half, scoop the seeds and slice!  You don't have to peel the outside, you can actually eat it! PERFECTION.  It kind of almost tastes like a sweet potato.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Turn that Frown Upside Down

Sorry about that mini whine-fest.  I was having a moment. or two or three and although I'm still in pain, I am not going to let myself just sit and cry about it.  I will sit more often, but I will not complain. #pinkypromise

So, hubby is at swimming with Miss Brooke. I have dinner simmering on the stove.   I wanted to sit down and reflect a bit...

25 weeks 5 days

A few quotes and pictures I found amusing or inspiring…

I woke up today and told this to myself:


And I learned a long time ago, you should never say, "I'll be happy [when]"… You should just always be happy with whatever stage or moment you are in.


Sometimes us girls need to be each other's cheerleaders.  Life can be crazy and moms seem to mostly have it all in their control.


I thought this was great---replace the wine with some Spark and it pretty much sums things up, am I right?


I saw this, as I scrolled…and it hit home.  You really just never know who is watching or listening to you.  In fact, you may be changing someone's life and not even know it!  I always want to inspire others to be their best selves, so I made mental note that I had best be working on me.


So, during my sweet angel's nap time, I sat myself down, watched some videos, listened to some calls, and sipped on some awesome chocolate protein shake.  I had been meaning to, wanting to, whatever you want to call it, putting more time into my Advo biz.  So I made time.  I took some great notes, felt inspired, encouraged and renewed.  It's amazing what just a little bit of effort does for you.  I was SO miserable with myself before I was introduced to AdvoCare.  I cannot explain to you, what this company and all of the people I have met have truly done for me.


Let's face it; I'd love to lay around and be all rich and fancy like--jetsetting off to Florida on a whim.  But really….let's be honest. I'm not on a reality show nor would I most likely be okay with that type of life. I do enjoy working for something, helping others, and really seeing myself grow in so many ways.


For kicks--um it's October.  Next month is November.  Then it's December….then baby time!! So I just need to SMILE!! It will all happen so fast.


Truth: No one wants to be around a negative person.  I've been around them and I run away! I have ended more than one relationship because some people are just so toxic and draining…you just don't need that energy in your life.  Certainly one must look at herself and recognize that if you don't enjoy being around, no one is going to want to be around it either!


I'd much rather be the happy bubbly person in the room, then the witch in the corner complaining.


It may be impossible to paint my own toe nails now, but all the more reason to get a pedicure.  #optimism

{images all via google}

How do you turn yourself around when you're in a slump?  What motivates you?