It’s Friday! Friday! Gonna get down on Friday! .
Actually to be truthful, the only “getting down” I will be doing tonight will be my head falling unconscious style down onto the pillow as I go to bed. #AndICantBloodyWaitGirlfriend
And this is because I am a parent. And even “easy days” (of which today was NOT one of those) have the potential to drive you to utter exhaustion. Yes sir, they do.
And because of that, there is nothing that I love more than seeing my husband walk through that door at the end of a long week, so he can entertain the kids for a bit so I can just Get. Some. Shit. Done. 🙌🏻 #MummasAreBasicallyMultiTaskingOctopuses
I mean take this pic for example.
I am pretty sure that I am telling my son to go the f@ck
to bed already and that I’m trying to thrust our daughter into my husbands arms so I can go and have a rare poo in peace at the end of a long day. #JokesButSoSeriousAtTheSameTime
Or maybe I just realised that I lost track of time pretending to be a transformer with the boy, and that I only have ten minutes to prepare and eat dinner and make ALL the meals for the following day. Coz it happens. .
Gulp. No matter what I’m thinking about in this pic, I am ordering everybody about with clenched teeth and a raging soul. That much I DO know lol. 😂
Who else is like this on a Friday night? Who wants to just tap the heck out and switch off once the partner comes home? 🙋🏻♀️
Leave a comment below and tell me that you are JUST as tappy-outty-let-me-poo-in-peacey as me lol. 🙌🏻❤️
Ps Rad pic by the bet-she-gets-to-poo-on-her-own @jessworrallphotography
The boy wears @threadsforboys_
The sweet babe wears @jamiekaystore
Mumma wears @forevernew_official
Daddy wears... all the rest of us. I honestly think we are sitting completely on top of him. Poor guy. We aren’t light 😂😂😂
If you’ve read my ebook you’ll know all about mirror neurons and the part they play in children learning through modelling. If you haven’t read my ebook yet and you’re interested in checking it out - you’ll find a link to purchase through the linktree in my bio 😊🌱
Work from anywhere 🌍
I love that no matter how I am feeling, or what I am wearing, what my little ones are doing I can work around it.
As I shared earlier I am under the weather but no problem. I work from my phone. Tonight was our business opportunity meeting. I had several ladies on the call that want to join my team. I showered with Alyssah so she is awake but calm. So mommy gets to work and tune in with ladies all around the world.
Thank god for technology! 📲
And social media for allowing me to connect with so many people.
Today’s been crazy busy sick and all I was able to help 4 new ladies get on their nutrition plans and a few join our business call.
Why not you?
Join my tribe ♥️
Oh my word guys. 72h since I had seen these guys, or the sun for that matter. I woke up this morning so excited to spend the day with my babies. I told myself we would have a day of cuddles and laughs and stay at home kinda snuggles. Ha. Who am I kidding 🙄 THAT did not happen. Clinging, crying and tantrum-ing square double happened. Allllll day long. She pulled his hair and shut doors in his face, he tried and tried me by doing exactly what I told him not to do, while looking me in the eyes. She cried about everything and nothing, so did he. I tried to accomplish a milllion and half things, but succeeded in none. It was a tough day. Yet. I can still count myself blessed. Because even after such a day, my love for them doesn’t waver. I love them just as much as I did yesterday when my heart was aching to hold their little bodies in my arms and hear their laughs. That’s what unconditional love means, I think anyway. A Love that doesn’t change with circumstances or behaviours, a love that even time can’t touch. What if God was real, and what if God loved us just like that? #foodforthoughts
Not to say that I wasn’t relieved when they both went to sleep tonight 😉 #candidchildhood #dearphotographer #motherhoodunplugged #stylishkids #mamawithacamera #clickinmoms #rawmotherhood #mamahood #parenthoodunplugged #love #unconditionallove #vsco #Helovedusfirst #vscocam #instagood #moody #childrenoftheworld #mybabes #workingmama #shiftwork #mamaisanurse #momlife
Left the boys at home for a Mama and Coco Disney date❤️
Stuffing my face is the go-to activity of parents without answers. .
Umm, like seriously though, if you want to laugh and be uplifted, follow @eatingheryoung
My favorite quote from the book The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today that Will Shape Your Child's Tomorrow.
Today I’m choosing joy in the littlest of things, like finding happiness in something as simple as a nice hot cup of tea and drooling kisses from my favorite little man in the whole wide world 🥰😘but if you happen to not have a handsome little man to kiss, I highly suggest a good cup of tea ☺️✨😉 @artofteala #artoftea #ad
5 Steps to a PERFECT Ab Workout
👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇 ✔️Your Spine✔️ Let’s keep our spine safe, shall we?👍 Start with ab workouts where your spine stays straight (ex: plank, mountain climbers, toes touch, pilates, leg raises, etc.). Once you’re used to that, you can start doing more difficult ab exercises (ex: adding weight, russian twists, heel touches, etc.) ✔️Don’t leave your back out✔️ So you want abs, ...that’s cool😉 but don’t forget to add back workouts in the mix. Your ab muscles can only get so far if your back muscles are weak😕😐 A lot of back muscles actually come into contact with your abs. They all work together as part of your core. ✔️Make sure your ab muscles are contracted✔️ When you are doing an ab exercise, you should consciously make the effort of contracting your ab muscles🤔🤨 I know this probably sounds weird, but if you don’t, your leg muscles and your arms might actually be the ones ‘’working out’’ ✔️Activate your butt✔️ Contracting your butt muscles while you are doing your ab workout actually keeps your spine strong and alert. This minimises your chance of injury and maximizes your results. Who doesn’t want a nice butt anyway, right?😜 ✔️Spice it up✔️ Try to mix it up a bit. You actually have 4 layers of ab muscles😲 so you need a variety of ab workouts to target all of them.
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When best friends become workout friends 💕
Molly and I normally check in each day in my bootcamp to hold each other accountable, but getting to workout alongside each other today with this little nugget following along was so much fun! 😊 I love living this healthy life with you!
Spent some 1:1 time with this one this evening snuggled under a blanket on the sofa watching Harry Potter (her latest obsession!) I find it really hard to find time for us to have some quality time as the two little ones take up so much of my time in the day, and most of the evening too as Darcie is not the best sleeper! She is such a caring and helpful big sister and is so good with her younger brother and sister so it was nice to have some girl time and have a giggle and give her some one on one attention for a change. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will try my hardest to set aside some 1:1 time for us on a regular basis! .
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My boy, Murphy wearing his Seafarer Pullover and Nellie Bloomers. The best little outfit for those in between days ☁️🦆🖤
Strolling down memory lane this evening - rewind to when Aubrey was about twenty minutes old! 💛✨
Take me back to sunshine, warm days, fresh air, apples && family...
Come on spring, taking me closer to fall.
When you’re this level of dog obsessed 😭
〰️ Amongst all the noise, clutter and ‘things’ (for it’s all just ‘things’ until you choose to give it ‘value’ - such as a sentimental attachment)... the real gift is creating “meaningful” memories 💫 Being present, is the present.
How do you simplify your surroundings and sink in to the present moment? ✨
I appreciate your enthusiasm...and your honesty!
This may prove to be one of the best purchases we’ve ever made for this kid. It’s a watch / step counter. We just gave it to him last night and it’s insane the number of steps he’s already put on it. He had 6,000 when I saw him at recess today. Hopefully he’s not sitting in his classroom running his feet under his desk all day 😬
Will calls Evie 'sissy', it's the most gorgeous thing but I think it's going to be hard to convince him that her actual name is Evie 🙊😂
Nothing like a half term ice cream treat 🍦
I just can’t with these two. There so cute together. Gavin loves his daddy so much. Daddy has been working really hard the last few weeks so we haven’t gotten to see him a lot so Gavin and I met him for lunch today. We are so luck to have @bswansoncs
work so hard for us 😘😘
Travelling the world with two little humans is challenging and that’s an understatement.
This isn’t meant to be a “woe is me” post. Our life is incredible and we’re blessed to be living it (trust me, Jess and I are constantly pinching ourselves). But even the most amazing adventures have difficult moments, and I think it’s important to occasionally share those moments with you to keep things in perspective. This picture was taken on one of those difficult days.
We typically change destinations every 7 days, so to say that we move at a brisk pace is putting it lightly. There’s a certain stress associated with that pace that we accept because we love the experience of waking up in a new city every week.
Like all parents of small kids, it’s a daily stress dealing with meltdowns, whining, or tantrums, or even all three simultaneously. With all we’ve got going on, there’s not a lot of emotional capacity left to deal with added stresses. So when your day plans fall apart, or when the shower you’re standing in suddenly fills with raw sewage, or when your lumpy pull out couch smashes you in the foot as you pull it out, or when you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a child whose diaper has exploded and no change of clothes, the added stress can be a bit much. When all of those things happen in one day, you start questioning everything, and that’s a dark hole you don’t want to go down.
Fortunately, I have an incredible partner who grounds me when my emotions are pulling me into oblivion. Somewhat poetically, this picture was taken at a new creative art hub in Guayquil where a number of the murals depict the wonder and challenge of motherhood and womanhood. I’m not sure I fully appreciated that in the moment though.
If you find yourself having a less-than-great day, I hope you remember that you’re stronger and better than this day. Find something or someone that can remind you of this. Tomorrow you will shine again. If you’ve read this far, I love you. Thank you for your love and support, friends!
Have you had a not-so-good day recently? Sending you positive vibes wherever you are today 💙
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You can be the most outgoing person in the room and still have social anxiety. You can be loud or brash. You can be the life and soul of the party.
I’m an outgoing person. I appear confident. I have a laugh and in social situations I look as though I feel comfortable. I do, to some extent. Yet I have a crippling fear about what people think of me. “Oh no, did that come across wrong?” “Oh god, why did I have to say that?” “Will they remember I said that later on?” “Ok, they hate me now.”
I like to be surrounded by people but I also like to be alone. Probably most of the time I would choose to be alone, which might shock some people who consider me to be an extroverted person. I am both.
My social anxiety is not as bad as it once was, but that feeling to be liked is innate within me. It’s within all of us.
Thousands of years ago to be liked meant to survive. You were part of a pack which hunted and lived together. We had to work together to get food and to protect ourselves from predators.
Even in today’s society those instincts are still deep within us. It’s a natural feeling to want to be accepted. To assess what you said, to fear being judged, to feel so awkward that you end up saying the wrong thing anyway. Yep. Alllll. Natural.
So many people say to me ‘how do you have social anxiety? And I just say, ‘how do you not?’ We all want to be liked. We all think about how we act in certain situations. We all try to think about what we say before we say it. (Except sometimes we don’t then BAM - anxiety).
But come on people, let’s just be kinder to each other. Let’s not judge each other or look at someone like they don’t belong. If someone cancels an invitation don’t be mad at them - ask them if they’re ok. If a friend doesn’t talk much on WhatsApp - don’t write them off, be there for them when they do decide to message you. And let’s just talk about how fucking awkward it is when we say or do the wrong thing. Let’s laugh about it. We’re all human.
📸 From the North West Charity Awards
Lately I’ve been honestly feeling a lack of inspiration on my feed lately...I’m striving to get more organic engagement and I want to post more raw posts about my life. This is the start I guess, I’m okay knowing life isn’t always perfect and we don’t always have it together (social media often portrays the “have it all together” feel). The truth is social media if taken too literal can become toxic. So I want to take a moment to say, don’t compare yourself to others, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. I, personally compare myself too many times to other influencers who have amazing photos, or a huge following and better engagement... but you know what I have to stop feeling sorry for myself. I need to stop the comparison, that’s always my biggest downfall. Without a little storm there wouldn’t be a rainbow right? Not that my life is so bad... I mean look at my two miracle children in matching jammies 😍 that’s enough to turn my day around. So if you’re like me and feeling a little bleh note that your brain has the capability to change your emotions in less than 10 seconds, it’s all your choice what you decide to do with that. SMILE FRIENDS 😊#spreadhope #spreadjoy
Today I came face to face with #thequittingmind
I have been having back issues for a while and today I finally went to one of those courses. One of those rehabilitation sport courses full of grannies in sharp bras and grampies in expensive sport wear. 🏋
I immediately felt out of place. I was #theonly
. The only black person, the only (young) person.
🏋I remembered Goggins, so I squared my shoulders walked into the room prepared to show off to these senior citizens.
Our trainer was a friendly, soft-spoken 6ft4 inch man, about 55 years who looked like he still played rugby in between the sessions. He was RIPPED to his eyeballs & as nubile as a kitten. He smiled as he quietly reminded us to breath and squeeze in a bit more. Oh that punk was enjoying watching us suffer.
Which is what I did. I walked in over-confident because I do some yoga and cycle to work. Within 10 minutes I was dripping with sweat barely managing
I wanted to quit. It was soooo hard. I wanted to put my leg down because my glutes were quivering in agony. He made us do some twerk like moves that ABSOLUTELY destroyed my thighs. He made us do some alien planks and some shoulder strengthening exercises that left my hands feeling like rubber I went Goggins on myself
🗣",you're soft!'look at.you! All these grannies are whopping your ass. How dare you say you're tired. Get that leg the f up!! "
I imagined psycho-pete screaming.in myface as I struggled to maintain those positions as wave after wave of pain broke over me in my own tiny version of surf torture.
I shook, I wanted to lie down, but Goggins on one side and Psycho Pete on the other took turns taunting me. Was I going to quit???
I did. And I met myself. the quitting mind. Right there on the sweat drenched yoga matt.
We are craving SUNSHINE here in not so sunny California. Spring is just around the corner and I’m fantasizing about blooming flowers, warmer and warmer days, and even warmer nights. Everyone in my house has a cold, which means this mama hasn’t been able to work out for almost a week... which is driving me crazy. Also, I am a week into my third trimester! So, needless to say- my energy levels have been low as low can be. With this cold, and this lack of energy, I haven’t even wanted to cook. I ALWAYS love to cook. Today I’m going to force myself to make my detox soup from scratch, and hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be able to start going to the gym again. Until then, here is a picture of my merbaby fae love doing what she loves most- playing by the shore.
Take some vitamin C and drink some green drink, kids. This cold is no joke.
This perfect, adorable family!! ❤️
I wake up at 5:30 am every morning because of 👇🏻💗
I want to be my very best for them and my husband.
I want to live a long life.
I want to be able to keep up.
I don’t want to be out of breath carrying them or running after them.
I want energy to run and play.
I want to be confident in my own skin.
Unashamed of my flaws and rather embrace them with confidence.
I want them to have a role model to look up to.
I want them to know their mama’s strong and determined.
I want them to be proud of me.
I want to be here for them and in the best shape possible to do whatever, whenever with them. 💕
I workout because of them. 👇🏻💗 There are days we all feel like we are losing are 💩 for sure! ✌🏻💗 Trust me even the mamas you watch on social media that have the perfect pics are losing it too! 😉They just choose to post and see the positive and so do i. But that sure as hell doesn’t mean they don’t deal with all life has to offer too. My pics just aren’t as Pinterest like 🤪. Love my little crew and the crazy, perfectly imperfect chaos we call LIFE. It’s ours and I wouldn’t trade it. Always striving to be my best, feel my best, and give my best FOR these babes.
And yes that would too be the floor they are sleeping on! 😬🤷♀️ My kiddos love to sleep next to each other and yes on the floor not their beds every night🤣🤷♀️🙈 #worksforthem
❤️ and that is all that matters! ✌🏻
There are still a few spaces left in our workshop tomorrow night! Sign-up today! You will be so glad that you and your partner carved out the time to prioritize your relationship. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Throughout this course, you and your partner will learn effective communication skills so you can truly "hear" each other. You will receive tips and strategies to aid in the development of your postpartum plan, which will focus on working as a team. Expect to gain understanding of the moods and emotions that come with the birth of your baby. And, just as important as anything else, you’ll also learn how to hold space for sex and intimacy in your relationship during and after this transitional phase.
Come ready to ask questions and share your own experiences. This is not just a lecture format, your participation is highly encouraged.
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Today marks day 6 in a row that we’ve taken Chewie for a walk & it’s become my favorite new habit in the last week. I think it’s the mid-morning walks with my little crew that represents freedom to me. The kind of freedom that I CRAVED whenever I turned off my 5am alarm every morning to prepare for a 45 min commute, work a long overwhelming day in an area that didn’t fulfill me, crawl back home in rush hour, and finally let the dog out after being crated. He was our only baby then & it absolutely broke my heart.
I wanted to be able to walk my dog in the sunshine at noon on a Tuesday if I wanted to. But this desire left me feeling guilty because it made me feel lazy for not wanting the hustle and grind of what my life already was. It felt like wanting a slower, more fulfilled life meant I was taking the easy way out, so I just pushed through-and became more frustrated & stuck.
Enter coaching. I realized I had an opportunity here to help myself get healthier (it was a major struggle) AND bring in some extra income without leaving the house even MORE for a part time job.👏🏼
It didn’t take long to realize this was what I wanted my days to be. 💆🏼♀️Stay home with my future babies, take Chewie for walks regularly, create a healthier life AND contribute financially...it makes perfect sense for me.
And I still pinch myself on days like this: a beautiful Thursday afternoon where I’m now sitting in the grocery store parking lot as he naps, having already received one of my highest paychecks to date, knowing THIS is the simple happy life I’ve created because of the decisions I’ve made. And the future makes me so damn excited. Is it easy? Absolutely not. But I’d choose the hard days I have now over the hard days I had before, ten times over.
What kind of changes are you willing to make to create your ideal life? Apply to join my coaching crew using the link in my bio 😘
When papa bear naps and baby bear is keeping watch. 😆✨ don’t you guys love baby expressions?! I swear Levi has just as much facial expressions as Audrey. Haha #babybear
Anyone who knows Cayleigh knows this is totally a Cay Face 🤣 the sass & the attitude.
Sometimes the best pictures are the ones you didn't know were being taken ♥️ .
Thanks for the candid 📸 @cgmonroe06
My little baby isn’t so little anymore😭 I can’t believe in just two short weeks you be a big 1 year old❤️