Life seems to come full circle in the the most curious of ways, and this picture perfectly captures exactly how I feel entering the most recent chapter of my life.
At first I had mixed emotions about how I was going to juggle all that I do now while maintaining how far I have come in my health journey. I sat with my thoughts for a couple weeks and really became intune to how I was feeling and realized that not only did I not feel stressed or overwhelmed, I felt at peace and whole. I have been waiting so long to be "ready" again to have another one and I am so unbelievably happy, excited and at ease about entering this new chapter that I even shocked myself. I dont know if it is because it is my second time around or the growth I have made since my first, but life just feels so right 🙏❤. Of course I researched exactly how to go about maintaining my health journey, now pregnant 😂. I was over the moon when I found not all that much needs to change but to make modifications as I go. I have so much to prove to myself during this pregnancy and I cannot wait for the love and healing that will come from it. I hope you enjoy this next chapter with me; I feel like it's going to be a good one 😉🤰💗. Photo Cred: @saltymermaidphotography#fitmom#fitjourney#fitspo#fitspiration#momblogger#pregnancy#healthylifestyle#nutrition#healthjourney#preggo#pcosmomma#happyheart#happylife#motivation
Today on the blog - another round of Friday Favorites! Today I'm sharing (and there is a video!) my all time favorite makeup bag for travel. It's actually good for way more than makeup. It's a must for anyone that doesn't like digging to find something OR for the person who loves a clean countertop! Check out the video and let me know your thoughts. ☺️ Link in bio!
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They have to snuggle in Aryas bed and watch Home on Netflix after bath time, every.single.time 😂 anyone else’s kids have their own thing they have to do on certain occasions?! .
I've been living in our Tiered Mini Dresses this summer - they're feeding friendly and the little fabric buttons are the perfect size for your babe to practice his pincer grasp.... the things you think about when you're a mum 😅
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1 43 minutes ago
👦🏼Who else feels so truly overwhelmed with the love they have for their little ones, to the point it's not always a positive feeling. You know you are going to love your child more than you imagine but is it literally supposed to hurt? The thought of anything happening to him is enough to paralyse me and it's something I find myself worrying about more than I should. If I hear any sad stories that's me done in for the day, I feel like it's me going through it, I imagine how I would feel if that was us going through it and often feel consumed with sadness, imagining the worst has happened to our little family. I try and remind myself that it's not me and I am so blessed but I can't seem to shake the sadness and can't stop thinking of the families that are dealing with heartbreak. In my head it just all seems too good to be true. It's such a cliche but I love him more and more every day. I feel like the luckiest mummy alive, I am truly blessed, as is every other mum with a healthy child/children.
I hope nothing ever breaks our happiness. Isaac, you are a dream some true, my best friend, my in house comedian, my everything. 💙💙💙💙
I S L A N D L I F E.
One of the many perks about living in Shetland is that we
are surrounded by the most stunning scenery along with the most beautiful white sandy beaches you ever did see. .
I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I’m so ridiculously thankful that our boys get to be raised in such a safe environment and breathe in the freshest of fresh air. .
Island life truly is the best kind of life.
1 64 minutes ago
Oh look, another damn snowday. While I love these human beings of mine to my absolute core, MAMA NEEDS A BREAK. We've been stuck in the house since last Sunday, letting husband take the SUV with fwd just to be safe. The cabin fever is real. The hot chocolates have been drunk. The movies have been watched. The cookies and the art crafts and the snowman have all been made. It's time to go boo, you were pretty for awhile, but looks aren't everything. ........*on standby for snow next week 😩
I am a lover of all things vintage and feminine now. But sometimes the goth girl in me cant help but wear an all black outfit!
Wearing pearls just adds to the femme fatale or 1940s look. The hubby was stunned when he walked through the door. .
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If you've watched my stories over the past 48 hours, you'll have seen two very polar moods. I had a whale of a time down in London with my fellow #JohnsonsAmbassadors, visiting the House of Johnson's and being treated to the most Instagrammable brunch ever at @feyacafe (they just need to add a bit more bacon to their menu!). I was looking forward to getting home to my boys, and I'd gotten a bit wrapped up in the Valentine's hype: I had visions of a romantic evening in, hours of witty, engaging chat and a feast of rich, aphrodisiac food. Instead... I had a late toddler bedtime, a hastily bought dinner and an argument on the sofa. Today, I feel like my emotions have been very close to the surface - know what I mean? Like I could explode at any minute.
And you know why? It's the expectation gap. The void between what we build up in our heads and romanticise, and the reality. Sometimes, sometimes, that gap is very small and it's marvellous... But sometimes, it's far too big. Yesterday the gap was wider than the English Channel. Tomorrow, I'm going to make sure it's much smaller.
1 106 minutes ago
Am I the only one that gets weird crazy dreams if I eat too much sugar before bed? 😒 It happens every time & I wake up so scared! I have a serious sugar addiction though, which is weird because I never had a sweet tooth before I was pregnant 🤷🏼♀️ // anyway I was so excited to finally find these leopard shoes I’ve been looking for! 🙌🏻
A family of a coworker experienced a tragedy this week. Their sweet son was born still just a few weeks before he was due. It hit me hard. My sister, Anna, was born still at 33 weeks. I was only a few years old, but I think of her often. I wonder what it would be like to do life together with a sister. .
This comforting book, Here in the Garden, is a great resource for addressing the subject of grief and loss with kids. Here are a few lines from the book...” The wind is raking through the falling leaves and I wish that you were here. We’d skip over fallen branches and search for leaves that were the biggest and the brightest. You’d help me plant seedlings in the garden as we chatted and hummed like the birds.” .
STAY AT HOME MOM ENVY 🙅♀️ I never had a thought that I would not work. I’m a worker. I can clean house or work in the yard all day. I can hang with some seriously tough jobs. I’ve done a little bit of everything and I’m no quitter. My dream to be home with my kids was less about not working and more about just wanting to be there. To be HOME. When I had my first baby (single and 22 years old), I dropped him off at daycare 4 days a week (my mom took the other day) starting when he was 8 weeks old. Someone else gave him bottles and changed his diapers. Held him until he fell asleep. And got to watch him get chubbier by the day. When I had my second baby, part time felt stifling. 3 days on and 4 days off sounds ideal. But I was gone or sleeping more than I was with my boys. By the time baby #3 came I was over it. I was over having to work when I didn’t want to. Crazy thing is, I didn’t want to NEVER work. I just wanted to work when it was convenient for me. And everyone laughed at me when I said this. Like “yeah, don’t we all?!”.
Well I don’t suffer in unhappiness. If something doesn’t feel good to me I either confront it, or run away from it. Unhealthy coping mechanism aside I knew I didn’t have the personality type to hate my job. When @beautycounter came along and I saw that their comp plan meant I could earn $1000 a month without a team underneath me, I signed up. In one month I earned over $1000 and I never went back to my nursing job.
It’s not perfect. Some days the balance is tough. I want to be everything for everyone, and I can’t be. But at the end of the day, I’m here. I’m here when they wake up and when they go to bed. I am here when the school calls and someone is sick. I am here. Of course life and work pulls me away sometimes but I get to decide what does and what doesn’t. Maybe I’m a control freak. But I’ll take that any day and twice on Sunday.
My babies are only young for a short time. And I like that I can have both. My time with them. My career I love. And everything in between. 💕 If you are looking for the same, let’s talk. 😘
1 66 minutes ago
I know I am a handful, but that’s why you got two hands!🤷🏻♀️😂 #loveyouforever
@nickolecunningham she is adorable😍
Sucha lil cutie and fashionista already ❤️
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1 38 minutes ago
SHEEEEE's BAAAACK (referring to myself in the 3rd person OBVI). I'm back to tutoring full-time again and loving it. Help me and some other amazing mama's grow our business and learn more about dyslexia from me tomorrow. "Alone we can do so little, together we can so much #sipportlocal"
- #sip Seems super appropriate to post what is right in front of me right now since I have a very exciting event I'm a part of tomorrow that is dedicated to the hard working mamas out there (I think you're the hardest working if you're a stay at home mom btw)!! Come talk to me tomorrow at my booth and learn about local small businesses like mine.... especially mine!! 😀🤓 #allstaracademyaz www.allstaracademyaz.com - call or text me at 602-935-0868 if you need directions or have questions. Otherwise just pop on by..and bring your kids, your dogs, no makeup, gym-clothed sweaty selves over to this awesome event.
Attached is the lineup so you can see what other amazing vendors will be at the event tomorrow. Can't wait to see you there! #scottsdale#supportsmallbusiness
He has started reached for my old stuffed animal, “Bobo” , and it warms my heart! I’ve had him since I was one, a gift from one of my uncles. 😍
So you have any childhood keepsakes that you are now passing on?? 💕
Step # 2 to Starting a Date Night
Make a list!
Sit down together and write a list of fun things you have been wanting to do together --a restaurant downtown, an activity (putt-putt, pottery class, kayaking, skating, bowling, or even just a walk around a park you’ve been wanting to visit), a movie, etc! Pick something off that list each week and go do it!! My husband LOVES to see movies…I enjoy them but I would rather take a walk around a park and chat! Sometimes he gives up his desire to see a movie to do what I would like...and other times I give up my desire to do something outside to see the movie he’s been wanting to see! It’s just learning to work with each other!! You have basically endless weeks of dates!!! So do whatever!!! #mom#momblogger#photographer#marriage#kids#marriedwithkids#parenting#dating#life#family#faith#joy#blog#blogger#momlife#motherhoodsimplified#motherhood#sutterdatenight
Photo Credit: @Sarah_Beth_Sutter
0 79 minutes ago
Sport und regelmäßige Bewegung waren schon immer ein wichtiger Teil in meinem Leben. Ich habe über 20 Jahre getanzt und am Ende auch Gruppen trainiert und Choreographien erstellt. Mit Eintritt ins Mutter Dasein rückte all das in den Hintergrund. Das war für mich lange ok, aber irgendwann hat es mir gefehlt und vor allem hab ich mich in meinem Körper nicht mehr richtig wohl gefühlt. Also hab ich Anfang Januar diesen Jahres wieder mit regelmäßigem Sport angefangen und meine Ernährung komplett umgestellt. 4,5kg sind weg und ich fühle mich wieder wohl. Jeder Mensch fühlt sich anders wohl und ein richtig oder falsch gibt es nicht. Jeder muss für sich herausfinden was und wieviel er von allem braucht. Und jetzt lasst mal hören! Sport Lust oder Sport Frust? Und wenn Lust, was macht ihr? #sport#sportfrei#sportygirl#sportlover#fitness#momoftwo#happyme#mommy#momblogger#workouttime
1 129 minutes ago
Another day, another drop in my standards 😂🤷🏻♀️
Hopping outta the shower to this view😍. Tell me the honest truth... what time of day do you shower? Or maybe skip it all together?😂 Sharing my secret to success with shower times in the comments...You know you wanta know!🤣😉
4 1410 minutes ago
So what a couple of horrible nights I've had with this little one being ill than daddy being ill as well so I had to take a day off work to look after everyone 😪 mumma is tired and in need of a massage, how's everyone's start to the weekend? Better than mine I hope?
1 1611 minutes ago
Can’t believe my baby boy turned one yesterday!! 😭😍🎂. Of course his party was cloud and star themed to celebrate his new bedroom! ☁️⭐️
Happy 11th birthday to the boy who made me a mommy. I love you tremendously even though you drive me insane sometimes (life with a preteen)🤦♀️ I couldn’t imagine life without you ❤️ You’re my whole world 🌎
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34 132an hour ago
One of my favorite quotes is “We take pictures as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” 📸💙 I’m a nostalgic & sentimental person at heart and am constantttttttllllyyy taking pictures. One thing I’m determined to do more of this year is get those pictures off my phone and onto something that I can hold onto now & forever. Thankfully @Shutterfly is making my resolution a little easier with their app!
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I made this album for family to share our snaps from our recent trip to New Mexico. 💙🏔 We had the best time hiking and soaking in the scenery & and some of the pictures we took of Annie on this trip are my favorite of all! What would you put in your photo albums each month?! #shutterfly#ad#travelstyle#familytravelblogger#houstonblogger
32 4963 hours ago
Now live on the blog - all my favourite makeup items! Not going to lie, most are drugstore because I have issues wiping off $50 foundation at the end of each day 🤷🏻♀️ Who’s with me? Click the link in my bio to check it out - my everyday makeup and the makeup I use for photo shoots! #linkinbio#newblogpost
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15 20347 minutes ago
Happy Friday! The big kids are gone for a sleepover and I’m deciding between Netflix and a bath or go buy a bunch of organizational baskets and a label maker to clean out all the closets in the house. This is the story of my life. Always caught somewhere between the “relax and treat yourself” type of self care and the “this mess is causing me so much stress that cleaning IS self care”. Anyone else? What’s your go-to when you get nap time all to yourself?
10 months of sweet Nora and I can’t get enough.
She has 2 teeth
Smells like honey
Crawls faster than lightening
Loves peas 🤣
This baby is a such a blessing. Every morning I sprint to her nursery to give her smooches and snuggles. Life is good, y’all!
17 18467 hours ago
Hoping I can convince them to match me forever 💓 I’m literally obsessed with it. [ #sponsored] Took the girls shopping at Academy Sports + Outdoors because of their big clearance event and we found so many great things. Luckily it’s running until from the 8th until the 18th so make sure to stop by your local @academy to see what’s in store for you! ✨ additional 50% off their clearance! #academybigdeals#ad