Saturday, May 27, 2017

Starting Over For the Last Time

My postpartum mommas (or any woman trying to improve their health) can understand the struggle I've been dealing with lately. I am 12 month PP and I gotta say trying to get back into my groove has been so hard. In the beginning I was recovering and prayed for that six week mark to come quickly on a daily basis. When it finally arrived I became overwhelmingly aware of how different my body is now. My back is so sensitive from my epidural. Running was painful for my breasts (TMI? Not sorry, I'm being real here.) I could go on for hours but I won't bore you, and Law and Order SVU will be on soon so I gotta hurry up.

I tried taking things slow with Yoga and building my back strength, which did help. Time flew by and I was so shleep deprived before I knew it the holidays were here and  I was SURROUNDED by sweets and rich foods. So like a million other people when January rolled around I committed to a "new me" and joined in on the Tone It Up Look for Love challenge. It was great, I saw results, but once it ended I lost my motivation again. See a pattern here? Once again I committed to the TIU Bikini Series, and the challenge is halfway over and I've fallen off the wagon once again. To be frank, I'm sick of my own shit. I'm tired of waking up tired. I'm tired of having ZERO energy throughout the day. Of not being capable of doing what I want to do. Of not loving how most of my clothes fit. So this morning I hopped on Pinterest and found a few workouts/challenges that I'm committing to, and I thought I would share them with you.

For whatever reason my body tends to show progress upstairs first. Meaning my arms/chest/ stomach tend to lean out and gain muscle a lot easier than my lower body. I kept that in mind and decided that I am *mostly* focusing on that right now, because once I see change it lights a fire under me to keep going. After looking through my own pins and searching around I decided on two arm challenges, a leg and bum challenge, and in case I want to mix things up a sweat through the alphabet workout. If you want to check out all the other awesome pins I found, go to my fitness board here.

I will also be tossing in a yoga sequence a few times a week. It's good for the muscles and the mind, y'all. All of that combined with a 70/30 diet and lots of water should hopefully give me the kickstart I need. Let's be honest, it's really hard to take care of others when we aren't taking care of ourselves. As a parent I know it's hard to find the time, but I am going to make time, y'all. Who's with me?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Mini Style: Cat & Jack Favorites

It's Friiidaaaayyyy which means it's Memorial Day weekend! One of my favorite things to do is pick out Elizabeth's holiday outfits. Combining that with my love of Cat & Jack for Target and you have one extremely happy momma. There are so many cute options for little girls (and boys) that I had a hard time making a decision while I was shopping this week. I included a few of my favorites for you guys to check out and you can shop them here.  I am always down for anything patriotic/red white & blue and they did not disappoint! If that's not your jam, they still have you covered and the price points are super reasonable. I hope you all enjoy, comment below and tell me what you purchased! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

5 Tips To Grow Your Child's Library (budget friendly!)

I have always had a HUGE love of books, stories, fairytales... as a kid I could sit in my grandmas comfy blue recliner and read for hours uninterrupted. When I found out I was expecting Elizabeth I knew I wanted to start building her a little library of her own. As you probably know, she is my first baby so I had to start from scratch for baby gear, clothes, etc. It was EXPENSIVE! Y'all, I knew babies aren't cheap, but when you start adding up every little necessity it is staggering. I decided there had to be a more cost effective way to get my girl plenty of options for bedtime stories without breaking the bank, and I think I've been fairly successful! So buckle up, your about to fall down a budget friendly rabbit hole. Let's go!

I'm going to be totally honest here. I LOVE Target, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million... but they are not always budget friendly in the book department. I turned to google and was not disappointed.

1. Imagination Library. Dolly Parton has an awesome program for children 0-5years to receive one book a month, completely free. Sounds to good to be true, but it's legit. The idea is that from infancy to the age of five children will have collected an entire library of their own! We love it and enrolled Ellie when she was a few months old. It does take a month or two to get your first book, but we aren't complaining. This is a wonderful program and we are super grateful to participate. Below are the books we have received so far.

2. Half Price Books. I have been going to HP since I was a kid. I love the idea of finding good reads at a very reasonable price. There's also something cool about reading a book that has been loved by someone before you. I don't know, maybe I am weird. We go there frequently and peruse the kids section and are never disappointed.

3. Thrift stores. Whether it's Goodwill or another similar store near you, it's almost guaranteed you will hit the jackpot. Our Goodwill always has well stocked shelves and each book is $1. Yes, one dollar. You can't beat that!

4. Facebook Marketplace. (Or similar apps) I tend to check the kids section of FB Marketplace frequently, as people tend to list things often. Several times I've seen boxes of children's books in great condition sell for around $5. That's a steal in my opinion!

5. The Dollar Tree. If I am looking for seasonal books, I check out the dollar tree first. They usually have a decent variety to choose from, but they do sell fast! My daughters favorite Christmas book came from there, but I picked it up in keep your eyes peeled.

There are so many ways to build a library for your child on a budget. You can ask friends and family to donate the books they no longer read, check out local flea markets or clearance sections in your favorite stores, and of course utilize the five tips I listed above. Let me know in the comments below a book or two that I should pick up for my littles! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Catching Up

I feel so unbelievably awkward right now as I type this. I haven't updated this blog in around three months, and I gotta say I'm truly sorry. My life has been so hectic ( in both positive and negative ways) but I'll get into that some other time. I don't want to bore y'all. I've been poking around here I think the time has come for a blog makeover. I'm feeling a lot of change lately. My little corner of the internet originated with my pregnancy updates, so naturally I am going to bombard you with photos from Elizabeth's first birthday party! I have a post coming at you soon where I'll share how I've felt about the whole thing, but I can't keep all the photos to myself any longer.

Can you believe she's a year old? This blog is going on a year and a half old... my babies are growing so fast! I feel like I had her yesterday, blinked, and here we are. Its such a bittersweet feeling! I used to roll my eyes when people would say that about their children growing up, and now I feel guilty because it's definitely true.
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