There's been a lot of stress in our house these last few days, and someone told me that if I "just visualize my happy place" I'll feel a lot better... As much as I fantasize about kicking back with a good book in a big, comfy chair with a HOT cup of coffee, I would say that this right here is my *actual* happy place. The coffee may help the headache, but these goobers sure do help the heartache. 💕
With the start of a new year I’m continually evaluating what products my family uses and the food we eat because this momma has an important job...to keep my kids as safe as possible and to provide them with the healthiest options available. Now don’t get me wrong, my daughter will still get to eat her favorite donuts on occasion but on a daily basis I am continuing to educate myself and my family about what is in the products we use and the food we eat.
I’ve been using the very helpful and informative www.ewg.com website, which has guided some of the buying options on which products and foods are safer. The environmental working group, also has an app that you can use to scan items in the store while you are shopping. This app is great because it rates the items on a 1-10 scale 1-being the safest and 10-being the most harmful.
As a mom I know this can be super overwhelming on where to even start, but I just break it down to one area of the house at a time and swap as I go.
Have you ever used the ewg app while shopping? #makethecleanswap #healthyhabitsforlife #momlifebestlife #knowledgeispower #familyoffour #motherhoodsimplified #journeytohealthyliving
Finally Friday❤️ Wrapped up and ready for the -2 school run and it’s just started to snow ❄️.. Me and the hubby have date night tonight too🙌🏼 but seriously I really don’t like winter! Anyone else?..
We’re all smiles over here, happy Friday!
Weston joined our family early this morning and we couldn't be more in love with him! Everything went pretty smooth and we are just ready for a long nap now! Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers! @stertopp #familyoffour #boymom #myboyscouldbetwins
Can we go back, please?! 😫 Adaline was just 3 days old in this picture ❤️
Looks who’s 20! Happy Birthday Emily! 20 years ago the parenting adventure began. Thanks for being so patient with us as we figured and still are figuring it out. And thanks for being an amazing human. We love you! ❤️ #familyoffour #firstborn #howoldamI
This morning I had someone cheering me on! 🤪 my husband thinks he is funny and this thing definitely scared me when I came downstairs to workout this morning. .
You have to laugh in life and not take yourself too seriously.
My little bugletts... anyone else have silly names for their kids? I seem to use squidge, bug or chicken, God knows why or where they came from.....
🦉Endlich unter 100 Tage bis zum errechneten ET 🦉 Ben kam ja damals 28 Tage zu früh , also wer weiß , wie lange wir noch zu dritt sind 👪?! Ich glaube auch diesmal nicht , dass wir bis zum ET kommen 🙈Daher bin ich soo gespannt auf den nächsten Gyn-Termin, an dem auch zum 1. Mal ein CTG gemacht wird! Der Umzug ist in vollem Gange - ich merke auch direkt, dass ich mich schon ein wenig übernommen habe ... Heute werden in der alten Wohnung nochmal Kisten gepackt & Möbel abgebaut 📦📦 Abends geht’s für mich dann zum Yoga - das musste ich letzte Woche wegen dem Wetter ausfallen lassen 🧘🏼♀️Habt einen schönen Freitag,ihr Lieben ! #uhu #et #entbindungstermin #familyoffour #mamaleben #schwangerschaft #itsaboy #mamablogger #mamablogger_de #aprilbaby2019 #baby2019 #lebenmitbaby #schwangerschaftsbauch
This kid is so ready for school I honestly don't know how I will go with keeping Octavia home an extra year this mid year school cut off rule is ridiculous! Not only does it mean half the kids go to kindy a year later (at 5) but also means half the kids are 18 when they are in year 12 how are you suppose to get your kids to go to school and study when they can legally drink, move out and are classified as an adult? I am so grateful that Elijah was born in Feb so he can go to kindy at 4years old this kid is begging to go!
Any advice on preparing your kids for school? Elijah is excited to go and doesn't get seperation anxiety (he cries if I pick him up from daycare early 🙈). But I worry that he won't be good academically he is so uninterested in letters and numbers 🤔 What have you done to help your kids be interested in learning that has held their attention for more than two minutes 🤣
HEEEY 25 weeks 👋🏻 🤰🏼 It seems surreal saying there’s only 15 weeks to go 😱 I’m still feeling rather chilled about everything (which is not normal for me, I’m a stressy person) and just picking up things we need here and there, squirrelling away at work and preparing for our house move next month 🏠 The comments on bump size are increasing now, people love to touch it too, don’t they?! I actually don’t mind, I’m basking in having quite a neat bump this time round so I’m like YEAH HAVE A FEEL 😂 I’m starting to become more unbalanced and out of breath, and the toilet trips have become far too regular but other than that I’m feeling pretty great and the increased movements now are so bloody lovely 🌟 If my big child could just stop waking me up in the night with any excuse going, that would be super! 🤦🏽♀️ I think one thing I’m certainly prepared for is sleep deprivation...Ella has always, and still at 6 years old, woke in the night. When she was a baby she would wake hourly for months and months (the HV actually sent a sleep specialist round, it was THAT bad)...so I figure, it can’t be any worse than I’ve done before and I did that on my own 💁🏽♀️ It we get a sleeper, it’ll just be a really nice surprise! 💤 #rwlfitties #pregnancy #resultswithlucy #resultswithbump #babyonboard #healthypregnancy #fitmum #endometriosis #mentalwellbeing #healthyfamily #familyoffour #pregnancyworkout #transformation #slimmingworld #motivation #resultswithcecilia #sweatyselfie #mumbod #homefitness #newyeargoals #weightlossjourney #healthymummy #bosslady #healthyrecipes #toddlerlife
As you may have noticed in my stories I’m starting my days off with a positive affirmation.
I’ve always found it hard to focus on the positives, instead consuming myself with every possible negative. So to start the year off on a positive note I’m starting each day with two positive thoughts.
Since starting my days off with a positive thought I find myself lighter, less aggressive, not tight chested, not as worried, less frustrated (with the kids), clear headed and excited for the day ahead & wanting to explore the day with my munchkins.
I know it doesn’t seem like much but it has really helped my headspace, and I’m feeling happier and more content 🥰
It’s the small things that make the biggest difference.
#positivevibes #positiveaffirmations #positive #affirmations #anxiety #positivity #yeargoals #goals #happiness #mentalhealth #mumlife #parentlife #family #familyoffour
Anyone else’s children big Lego fans? Evie loves it! We recently discovered the Lego Life app which allows children to share their builds with the community. She also loves searching the app to see other creations and enjoys trying to recreate them herself. You can download the app from the App Store for free! #LEGOLife @lego #ad
over winter break my moms and I had a talk and we decided to grow our family! I felt as I would be a great big sister and be able to shape little Keith into a well-rounded and final addition to our family. I am so excited to have adventures with him and cannot wait to see what's in store! 👯🐠🐠💗🎉 #new
KAREN & Keith bffs forever
“You may be up against a giant today, but don't focus on how big your giant is. Focus on how big your inner power is.” 👊🏻 We all have giants in our life that will try to bring us down.... Maybe for you it’s someone being unkind to you.
Maybe you feel left out, stood up, attacked or alone.
Maybe your anxiety and stress feels so heavy you can’t take on any more.
Maybe you’re dealing with loss, chronic illness or addiction.
Maybe you’re dealing with body image or postpartum depression
Maybe you’re dealing with debt and stuck in a job you are unhappy with. .
We all have struggles and they are all very real, but the LAST thing we should do is take ourselves off the priority list. I know for me that’s the first thing I would do if I started to face my giant. But NOT anymore💪🏻
Just remember that YOU are powerful, even on your weakest and hardest day 💗
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I couldn’t do life without this man here!
Thanks to him I’m able to function like a normal human being while taking care of a newborn and an almost 4 year old. He stays up every night and gives Hunter his last feed which gives me an opportunity to get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. He makes us all breakfast in the morning. He works all day and comes home and occupies Quinn, feeds Hunter and gives me a break. He supports me and tells me I’m doing a great job, even when he comes home and the washing isn’t done and the kitchen is a mess. He’s gold. I couldn’t do life without him! #partnerappreciation #love #newborn #newbornlife #forthtrimester #familyoffour #twosons #blessed #mumblogger #instamum #mumsofinstagram #nzmum
I'm so happy I found these photos 🤗 I thought I deleted them from my phone but alas here they are! This was the day I was released ( because by the end, it felt a little prison-ish 🤷🏿♀️) from the hospital and we were going home as a family of 4 humans and 2 fur babes 😁🐶
What craziness has ensued and miraculous moments had, since that day☺😚😒😫😢😭😪😴🤤😌
I swear you guys, I've been SUPER emotional since New Year's ( I was passed out by 9:30 PM so we're not talking THAT emotional) but also very introspective about life and family and how we decide to nurture these kids; What path are we unconsciously leading them down? *
My biggest wish is that my children feel hope, happiness and responsibility and use those principles to guide them in their everyday. I'm also glad they got their father's eyelashes, big money saver 👀👶🏽👨🏻👧🏽❤ #ig_motherhood #momswithcameras #motherhoodunplugged #toddler #mixedkids #ig_kids #toddlersofinstagram #canadianmom #postparrum #momlife #dadlife #motherhood #goinghome #newbaby #family #familyoffour #wetheadams
Date night. Landis and I have only had 3 date nights in 2.5 years. Ordering mussels and clams was a highlight which is something we typically wouldn’t order with the kids. Tonight we celebrated each other and getting excited about the future. 💕✈️🚞🚘 🛥
2 hrs later. Let’s walk home and put the kids down. 😂😉 #hotwife #travel #dadlife #momlife #familyoffour #adventure #family #familygoals
Some of my favorite people in one of my favorites places! Christmas Tree Farm, Mountains, and Family. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Algunas me han hecho el comentario de que Omar mi esposo casi no sale en las fotos que subo. Es verdad! En eso (y en muchas otras cosas) somos diametralmente opuestos, no sale porque no le gustar salir 🙈. Es muy discreto y reservado, y casi siempre es él quien me toma la foto. Me encanta que a pesar de lo opuestos que somos, tenemos la firme resolución de amarnos todos los días. Creo que eso es el verdadero amor! Así que aquí les presento a mi guapetón. Tenemos muy pocas fotos juntos porque siempre esta uno o el otro tomándola y nunca nos hemos dado la oportunidad de hacernos un estudio nada más él y yo. Esta foto es de hace 3 años, cuando apenas éramos 4 en nuestra familia y en ese entonces no podía ni imaginar lo llena de bendiciones que estoy ahora con otros dos hijos. No cabe duda de que los corazones enamorados siempre reciben más de lo que dan... 📸 @mariamadrazophotography #tbt