A Fitness Journey Story

After I had quite a bit a positive feedback from my own fitness journey post (which you can read here  if you haven’t already), I wanted to give other perspectives on programs and journeys that have worked for other busy moms. I am starting a contributors section of my blog to help share other mom opinions and views on different topics . Sometimes I think it is nice to share other perspectives. This is my friend, Kelly’s, personal fitness journey. She has been training for a half marathon via long distance with me. We have really been inspiring each other and supporting each other as workout buddy’s, moms, and bffs.kelly2-2kelly4-2

My Fitness Journey

My name is Kelly and was asked to share my story of fitness.  I am a mother of two girls, 3 and 1. I also work part time, so making time for me is important, which can be difficult at times. When I gave birth to my first daughter, I belonged to a gym, but found it difficult to get to the gym consistently. After giving birth to my one year old, I decided the gym was not going to work. I knew I wanted to work out, but needed something that could keep me on track. I had a friend who was posting videos of working out from home, using Beachbody. I immediately signed up and found myself being consistent more than I had in years. I pay $100 for a year access to hundreds of programs, which include yoga, pilates, insanity, P90x, and PIYO just to name a few of the programs offered. If you are anything like me, I am always looking for something new to try. Each program gives you a calendar to follow along with nutritional guidelines. They offer tons of recipes to help you stay on track and offer online groups to check in with other women who also have Beachbody. I have always been one to work out on my own, but having this additional support has been great to know I am not the only one who struggles or has bad days. Each program runs anywhere from 21 days to 2 months, so whatever works for the individual. This last year, I have been the most consistent in years because it is so easy to go downstairs and press play. Some of my favorites thus far have been Insanity Max 30, 21 day fix, Shift Shop, and PIYO!  The best part is that often my 3 year old joins in on the workouts with me and sees her mom taking care of herself, which I love. To be honest, most of the time I try to get my workouts in before they wake up or during naptime, but then there are times it doesn’t go as planned. I have included my personal coach website, which also gives you a better idea of what Beachbody offers and types of programs they have. Obviously, you can pick any coach you want or go to the general beach body site and be assigned a coach. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out, as I am always happy to answer questions.

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Her name is Jessica Laska.kelly3-2kelly5-2kelly-2kelly6-2

I hope another perspective helps to inspire all you busy moms out there because I know a non-busy mom doesn’t exist. I want to think my good friend Kelly for sharing her story too. I am so proud of her.

Until next week, XOXO.

 

*This post is not sponsored by Beach Body

18 Months: Liam Edition

OMG! How is my little baby already 18 months old??!! Time really does fly by faster and faster. My littlest little man loves running and laughing. He’s not much of a talker yet. Although, he randomly surprises us with full sentences every once in a while saying things like “What are you doing Dad?” or “Read this!”. He isn’t a fan of snow and cold so he is happy its getting warmer. He can be pretty independant already but in the same breath can be soooo clingy to me… he’s still my little baby. He is kind and loves his animals. He loves giving sloppy kisses and wrestling with his brother. The wrestling drives me crazy and I am always worried someone is going to get hurt but they are usually laughing so hard. He is a very very picky eater and can some how create energy from nothing… Not sure how he’s growing so much. He loves making driving noises for cars, trucks, chicken nuggets and many more. He loves his big brother and everything he does. We just love seeing who he’s becoming every day. IMG_9825IMG_9833IMG_9863IMG_9837IMG_9841IMG_9844IMG_9873IMG_9883IMG_9885IMG_9891IMG_9903There is something super comfy about wearing distressed flared denim and a thermal for spring time. I like to mix up the straight leg with flared leg sometimes. A bit of a throw back style for the unpredictable temperatures of Spring time in Indiana. And they make running after boys look cute without having to wear leggings all the time. I really love flared denim! 🙂 Just a little mommy style to throw in because it is just something I enjoy and want to do more posts about.

Happy half birthday Liam! Hope you all have a great Friday and rest of the week. Until next week, XOXO.

Valentine’s Day Outfits: Toddler Boy Style

Just a little glimpse into behind the pictures type post today. I had gotten the boys and I cute Valentine’s Day shirts and wanted to share some pictures of us wearing them with you all. Of course, after I get a little photo backdrop set up and camera ready to go, Jake only wanted to wear his firetruck shirt. I had to bribe him to even wear his heartbreaker shirt. My hubby had gotten me a remote for my camera to help me take better tripod pictures, so as I am sure you can tell from the photos, Jake then only wanted to push the camera button. And he was mesmerized by it. haha. Anyway, thats real life.

Liam’s cute doggy Valentine’s shirt is an old hand me down from Jake. I got Jake’s Heartbreaker Tee from the Gap. I thought it was something fitting for Valentine’s Day but would work any other day as well. I found this anatomically correct heart sweatshirt on amazon for myself and I thought it was just too perfect. IMG_9774IMG_9775IMG_9778IMG_9779^OBSESSED with the camera remote!^

He’s so mesmerized by it and would not let anyone else push the button. haha. At least he did a pretty good job. IMG_9800IMG_9784IMG_9785

Boy mom life seems to always end in my boys getting rowdy… no exception here.

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At least my only little girl Emma is always up for kisses and cuteness. ❤

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Next week we plan on making some cute heart shaped cookies and some special Valentines for our friends. I got them their own special Valentine’s Day chocolates to surprise them next week too. I can’t wait to see their excited faces. What are all your Valentine’s Day plans? I hope they are good ones! Until next week, XOXO.

Playroom Garage

Slowly, I have been working on home projects to class up our new house. Eventually we will get to where I want it to be, but what fun is life without some home projects? At least for us; we love doing home projects. I am slowly working on upgrading our playroom space to something way cool for the boys. It is a challenge with all the cabinets in there now but is actually nice for toy storage. Only problem is I constantly have boys standing on top of the counter. Not sure what to do about that, but I am brainstorming ideas and hopefully I can come up some something cool. Meanwhile we had this random empty under the counter space (maybe it used to be a desk type area) that the boys started parking their cars and trucks in. It made a pretty cool garage but mostly turned into a pile of trucks.

First I went to Target (woo whoo!) and Hobby Lobby for a couple supplies… a shower curtain rod and some garage door looking fabric and matching thread. Once I was ready to start, I busted out the dusty sewing machine. *Side note: I used to love to sew things and made alot of cute clothes actually but deciding to purse a degree in Fashion Design really killed my passion for anything related to that.* I don’t have a studio space right now for my painting or projects so I have been setting up on the random sink and cabinet area in the playroom basement area. Like I said before, its not perfect but I am working on it all… over time. 20180119_171828-220180119_170025-2Gotta love my little helpers always. 20180119_210315-2^Curtain rod detail.^20180119_174526-220180119_174537-2Once the curtain was hung up, it turned out to be a pretty cool place to hide and peek out of. 🙂20180119_210224-220180119_210232-2The next step was to paint it to look more like a garage door and less like a grey curtain. I drew a chalk outline of what I wanted to pain then I mixed up a color with acrylic paint I already had and went to town on it. 20180123_164208-2.jpg20180123_164722-220180123_172205-2A quick paper towel and water on the chalk after the paint dries takes care of the chalk lines really quick. 20180124_102737-2I had the hubby add a shelf in for more levels of vehicle storage in the garage. 20180127_135635-2IMG_9763IMG_9756IMG_9754

Then we just play! IMG_9743IMG_9744Jake was the photographer remote button pusher. He was really into it… we had a bit of a fit when I told him we had to put up mom’s camera equipment because it wasn’t a toy.  😀 IMG_9728IMG_9731IMG_9734IMG_9738IMG_9740IMG_9741IMG_9749Hope you all have an wonderful weekend and if you need any Super Bowl party inspiration check out my Super Bowl Sunday! post from last year and my Super Bowl Sunday! post from the year before that. Pretty much have all the same decor so I am sticking with it!

Until next week, XOXO.

Sleep Training Diary

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The past 8 months, we have been having quite a bit of trouble getting baby Liam to sleep through the night. First he was a newborn then he started sleeping all night like normal… then he got sick, then he started getting teeth, then we traveled, then he got sick again, then he got more teeth and finally he just seemed to have gotten in a bad habit of not being able to put himself back to sleep. It makes it super hard when you never seem like you get a full nights sleep. So, after making sure he’s not sick or in pain from teeth and its just a middle of the night habit, we began to do some re-sleep training. I am a super light sleeper and cannot sleep if my baby is crying even if dad is helping him. So each night I lie awake watching him on the baby camera, waiting to see if he can try to put himself to sleep. I usually spend those wee hours looking at social media. That gets old and not too much updating at 2 am so I started a little diary while I was awake with my most intimate middle of the night sleep re-training thoughts.  I hope no one takes it too seriously and gets a bit of a little laugh.

Night 1. It is 3:30 am. Liam is not really crying but not really sleeping. Watching him on the camera until he falls back to sleep on his own…20 min tonight. Now he’s awake again at 5:30. Hungry. Not much to do except be awake too. Everyone else is sleeping. Im tired. 6:20 hubby offered to go watch tv with him.

Night 2. 1:30 am. Liam is doing the same thing. Lets hope faster fall asleep. Jake keeps coughing. YES! Only 15 min tonight. I hope we are making progress.  Liam woke up Jake… thank goodness he’s a good sleeper! 3am and Jake came down. I jinxed myself. I think he doesn’t feel well. 4:45am. Liam’s awake again. SOB! what a terrible night. I don’t think i’ve slept at all. I can see Liam yawning. Did I mention it’s officially Mothers Day now too. Im just going to nurse him at this point I’m too tired and the hubby is snoring anyway. 5:15… all boys asleep… maybe ill get a few hours. I really wanted to go to the beach today. (Jake had a bad dream and I was able to get enough sleep to go to the beach.)

Night 3. Holy shit! Is it really 6:00am?! Did Liam really sleep all night?! Omg I’m so happy!

Night 4. 3:30 am. Not luckily enough to have an all night repeat… damn…sadness. 15 min now…he’s getting louder not sure if I continue to let him try to go to sleep or go up there…going up there. He’s crying hard. Broke down and nursed him. Maybe he was randomly hungry. 4:08 am now and hoping to sleep until morning. Morning wake up at 6:44. Not bad except the 3:30 problem.

Night 5… it is 5:44 am. Seeing if hell fall back to sleep but he’s probably hungry. He did way better. A little early but at least he slept all night.

Night 6… 2:05 am. He’s doing his sleep whining. Waiting for him to put himself back to sleep. I just cant understand why we cant always sleep all night. ☹ Update… 2:21 am he’s looking around, rolling, standing and crying on and off. 30 minutes to fall back asleep (at least i think he is now). 2:51 am. I have no idea if I’m doing the right things to get him to sleep. Broke down and I’m downstairs rocking him. Maybe he’s got a cold like jake? Teeth? Do i give him tylenol? Ugh I’m tired frustrated and have no idea after 8 months and a kid before. The cat keeps bothering my feet now too. Ended up waking the hubby for help. I needed someone to help me figure out whats going on. Determined he’s not feeling well. Gave some meds and let him nurse. 3:43 am and I’m going back to sleep. (We concluded he had an upset/gassy tummy)

Night 7: Its 6 am!! He slept all night!

 

That was just the nights this past week. I am hoping we get a night 7 repeat going. 🙂 Over Mother’s Day weekend, I bribed Jake with fruit snacks to do a mommy and me photo shoot. I do really love these boys more than anything… sleep or sleepless nights included. IMG_8413IMG_8423^He discovered he loved pushing the self timer button and kept running back and forth.^

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Hope you other sleepless moms out there know you are not alone. Let’s raise our Starbucks and cheers to all the hard working mama’s out there. Until next week, XOXO.

Mom Hair Inspo and Thoughts

This week I have been so busy. Liam is cutting teeth again and isn’t sleeping well. I hope he gets done soon. I’m new to this teeth issue. Jake’s didn’t seem to bother him at all. At least Liam is happy during the day. Just has a bit of trouble going back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night. But really this week I feel like we’ve just been running around everywhere! I have several projects I have been trying to work on but I really haven’t found a good balance of when to get them done yet. One day this week Liam randomly didn’t take his nap and now today Jake isn’t napping. And now on top of the boys and the animals to take care of, it’s also been sooo dry down here that a bunch of our trees are dying and we have to make sure to water them all the time. SOOO much stuff right now!

I think alot of time most everyone thinks I am a crazy stressed out person who needs a break. Actually I love staying home and taking care of everyone… well I could really care less about the trees. I am not normally crazy either, it is just hard when people question what I do or try to confuse me. And I do get stressed out but not usually from the boys; I get myself stressed out about what other people think of me. I have a hard time and worry that everyone thinks I am a crazy bad mom who doesn’t do the right things for my kids. I also know I am not the only mama that worries about these things and with Mother’s Day approaching, make sure to tell mama’s you know how much you appreciate what they do and that they are doing a good job. I know it will mean tons to anyone.

But since I didn’t work on any projects to post about. I thought I’d share some hair inspo with you all. I don’t like to just wear leggings or yoga pants and top knots all the time. I do enjoy staying up to date with fashion and looking good. That is something important to myself and goes a long way to make me feel good. I spent my tiny naptime break yesterday searching pinterest for hair ideas. Some of these I have actually tried in some way or another and are pretty easy to do.

and here were some tutorials on how to do some easy mom friendly hair styles. As you can see I love the braid option especially since it’s so hot down here.

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I have tried a simpler version of this Pull thru braid and I just love the look of it. It really doesn’t take too long to do and give your side braid or pigtail braids a nice full look!

I also like this Braid into ponytail too. It is harder for me to do and mine never turns out quite as good as hers. But I still like the look and its just adds a little bit to a boring ponytail.

Here are some pics of different times I’ve tried these various styles and other fun braids.

And not to forget the classic mom go to top knot or messy bun or pony. I’ve tried to make mine not so lazy looking as well. Heres a few different tries.

Anyway just sharing a few of my go to mom hair styles and maybe inspiring a few of you to try them as well! Until next week, I’ll be enjoying mom life. XOXO.

Strollin’

We spend a ton of time driving the Little Blue Truck all around the driveway and sidewalks around the house. We got Jake the Little Tikes Cozy Truck for his first birthday and he just loves it. If anyone is struggling for a first bday idea, I highly recommend the truck or the coupe from Little Tikes. Super durable too! It has worked out perfectly since The Little Blue Truck books are some of his most favorite books. “Mama! I want to go drive my Little Blue Truck!”

For little guys, we have quite the small car and bike road ways. I always think it would be funny to see our little parade and I decided to set the timer on my camera and capture it. Randomly, it was not going well but my hubby showed up and snapped a few pics for me. I am glad whenever I get to see pictures of me with the boys too. Since I enjoy taking photos, I am rarely in my own pictures and they usually don’t turn out as nice as they would if I had taken them. A bit of a photographer’s dilemma. Well anyway here are a few pics of our Little Blue Truck Parade… I especially like this first one because we got Emma dog in it too. She will follow or led Jake anywhere!

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And just for some extra fun are a couple more snaps of the boys and I at St. Petersburg Sunken Gardens. They were really not into pictures.

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I am still working on a few new projects but we just returned from a little vacation up north to visit family. One day it will be nice to see family more often and then actually get a chance to travel to new places on vacation!

Until next week, XOXO!

Kitchen Helper Stool

It is so fun to have a little kitchen helper lately. I know he isn’t much of an actual helper and actually makes more work for me, but I love spending time with this wonderful little man. 2015-10-28 09.24.57

^Don’t worry! I was right there the whole time. He was not in danger of falling off the chair. ^

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I wanted to make something that my son could stand on and “help” me cook in the kitchen instead of just a chair. It is sooo much easier to have him right there playing with the measuring cups or helping stir than running around and climbing everything while I try to cook dinner. I saw some cool Ikea hacks made from the step stool. I decided to make my own. It was pretty simple to make and works great! My husband helped with the adding on to it so it is done a pretty professional, but you can make one without the fancy wood working.

First I built the basic stool from Ikea.

Next I turned it over to my hubby who added the railing on the top. Jake and Emma helped. Well, they tried at least.

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He made holes for the railing posts to go.

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Measure twice, Cuss once 😉

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After all the assembling we had to wait for the glue and wood putty to dry. Then of course some sanding. You do not want sharp corners and edge if a child is climbing on it.

Then the final step was painting. You can paint or stain any color or combo of colors you want. The nice thing about the stool is that it is unfinished wood so it is very versatile. I did a combo of two colors, River Rock and Sailor Blue, to create a cool effect. Make sure you do a top coat to seal it so you can wipe it down after using without worrying about messing up the paint.2015-11-10 15.21.372015-11-10 15.22.062015-11-10 15.21.542015-11-10 16.36.142015-11-10 16.36.27

And we tested it out by making a Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake of course!

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The Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake was delicious. I highly recommend it. These faces prove it was tasty…

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Until next week, XOXO.