Makin’ Mommy Happy

July 22, 2014

After a weekend out in the woods, I had a little time to decompress.

Oh it was so nice. We went out to Colorado to celebrate Lucas’ birthday. We stayed in this beautiful  old timey cabin with my family [me, Lucas, Logan, Mom, Dad, brother, and grandad]. I think the best part about staying there was having more people to help me watch Logan and play with him. I was even able to take a few naps and go out exploring with the boys while Grammie and Logan played finger puppets together.

So here I sit, back at my kitchen table [it's 6:15 in the morning] and I just lit one of my new summer-y candles. Reflecting on the weekend and thinking about the little things I can do for myself to just help me relax and unwind here and there, taking away a little of the stressors that come along with being a stay at home mom.

1. Fun Nail Polish 

This may sound silly, but the other night after Logan went to bed, I pulled out my container of polishes and calmy sat and painted my nails while Lucas and watched a movie. Having a fresh coat of summer color on my nails just kind of made me smile.

2. Homemade Mocha Frappe

Homemade, because, let’s be honest…going to Starbucks with a toddler is almost impossible! Unless it’s a drive thru, and only if we’ve been in the car for less than 20 minutes. You laugh, but it’s true. Things as simple as a coffee shop visit go out the window when you’ve got a kid. So to still feel that relzxing coffee shop vibe, wait til nap time and then pull out the blender and maybe even give yourself an extra shot. That extra shot helps you get through the afternoon tantrums that are sure to ensue when you try to remove your babe from the dog food bowl for the hundredth time.


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3. Dark Chocolate

Uummm, don’t really think I need to explain this one. It’s just mandatory sometimes. And these Speculoos Stuffed Chocolate Bars are heaven. Just sayin — 1 minute alone with a chocolate bar and the world becomes normal again.

4. An Hour with a Good Book

Getting lost in the words of a writer for 10, 15, 20 minutes is enough to transport me to a far away place, get lost in someone else’s life, problem, love story, drama, struggling, success. Finding time to actually sit down and read is few and far between, but I realize that when I do it, my mood and temperament is so much better. A few of my recent favorites are The Fault In Our Stars, The Storyteller, and The Husband’s Secret.


Fitness Friday

July 18, 2014
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Our days get busy, things get crazy, and sometimes we don’t have time for a full blown, hour long workout. Instead of just skipping the gym all together, I’ve got a fast, quick workout for you that will help you get that body moving. The best thing about this is that you can do it […]

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Drawing a blank

July 17, 2014

Oh help me. Please. I don’t know if it’s the toddler tantrums that have been happening at the drop of a hat, or the constant non-stopness of life, maybe even the waking up at 3:45 every morning [except the weekends]. But. I’m drawing a blank. On everything. This last week I’ve struggled with motivation. With […]

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Our daily life

July 15, 2014

Confession time: I have a new obsession — vlogs on YouTube. I am going gaga over watching daily vlogs of people and families on YouTube. There’s something that’s so intriguing about watching someone’s everyday life. It’s kind of like reality TV, but um…more real[?]. Basically people film themselves everyday and post the videos up on […]

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Fitness Friday

July 11, 2014
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Lately I’ve been loving arm workouts. My favorite workout [or body part to train is legs] but, suddenly I’m finding myself loving arms more and more. So, I wanna make you love arms too! And the only way to do that is to help you get those lean, toned arms, so that you start to […]

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Logan: 15 Months

July 9, 2014

This little man is growing up before my eyes. And I say little man, because this month Logan seems to really have come in to his own. He’s got his own personality now and is totally a little dude. The biggest thing that we’re experiencing right now is fits and tantrums, mixed in with cuddling […]

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July 8, 2014

Oh you guys. Lately I feel like my motivation is just lacking. I don’t know what it is, but I’m feeling an urge to just calm down and take a break from everything. I’ve been blogging now for almost five years. Fiver years. And while I love it, it’s a lot of work, especially now […]

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AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

July 7, 2014

Well, as you know I am a HUGE supporter of the 24 Day Challenge that AdvoCare offers. I actually fell in love with AdvoCare back in October, but since I was still nursing, I was limited to the products that I could use. Even with the nursing restrictions I was able to get my body […]

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Happy Birthday America

July 4, 2014

It’s America’s birthday!! And I couldn’t be more proud to wear my red, white, and blue today. I hope everyone takes just a minute to appreciate, reflect, and celebrate everything this great country provides us. Also remembering and honoring all of the people who served, are serving, and have fought in some way for our […]

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