Sometimes this sweet boy knows just what to say...we are always late or running behind which causes me to lose my patience and/or raise my voice, so I’ve really been trying to work on that. We were actually going to be on time today, but then Maddox locked us out of the house temporarily. Of course, I showed my frustration with him and I could tell he was sad. As we left the neighborhood, I apologized and we started talking about how I wanted to work on my patience and that I need to not get upset about little things. He immediately equated it to him not giving up when he was playing football with his dad yesterday. He said, “I just didn’t give up and then I caught the ball.” Then he quoted his bible verse from school.
Run this race with PERSEVERANCE.
What a blessing he is to everyone who knows him and I’m thankful for God’s answered prayers. Hope you are blessed by this verse today!
This is my favorite type of sleepy. The sleepy after you’ve been in the Florida heat all day, riding rides & having so many snacks that you want to crash by 3 p.m. The sleepy from playing all day instead of sitting at a desk all day. This sleepy is my favorite to see on my kids 💙
He’s my WHY. He works SO hard to achieve what comes easy for all of us, like eating and breathing. All of his “inch-stones” take so much work. But his determination and perseverance seriously amaze me! I never knew just how HARD things could be for a baby born too soon. So, every time I feel all woe is me.. “this workout is hard”, “I can’t do this”, “I’m not strong enough” I looked down at my sweet boy doing his own push ups and I pushed myself harder. If Sam can do the hard stuff, so can I! And let’s be real the challenge of a 20 minute workout is NOTHING compared to what he has had to deal with his whole life! Plus how could you not want to workout when your partner is as cute as him?! Find your WHY ❤️#everysweatmatters #momfirst
Sacred spaces capture your attention and pull you in. If your motivation to keep up your New Year’s fitness routine is ebbing, find your tribe and make an alter. Create a living invitation that gets you to show up for yourself consistently. Foundations is a 12-week program for this very reason. As a mom, abandoning your own needs is such a strong impulse. I am here to keep you showing up, even when your mind is telling you to quit. That’s how you make and keep the habit of putting your own needs and health on equal footing with those of your kids.
For a while, India has been asking for a date with Ben (which is the cutest little thing ever!) so at the weekend, these two shared a little desert between them and called it a date. Her little face just shows how thrilled she was ❤️ what an absolutely amazing stepdad this guy is, and a perfect role model for our two little ones 😍
Just did my workout.. at work! Thankfully my full time job allows me 20 minutes of self-care time per day so I can get my workout in on the clock! What did you do today to get active??
My go-to smoothie to sneak in some nutrients and tastes delicious too! High in protein and great flavor, without the added sugar. I won’t even pretend like I didn’t eat McDonald’s yesterday, which I don’t remember the last time I ate, but I don’t want to use this pregnancy as an excuse to eat junk. Taking it one day at a time and doing my best!
We had an injury this weekend and through out this entire process Ellie has taught me so much. The way she handled herself, how truly brave she was and continues to be, and how tough she is is just so inspiring. It’s been a rough few days but seeing this brave girl still playing with a smile on her face is so encouraging. You handled this whole process better than I or most adults ever could! Ellie girl I’m so proud of you and so proud to be your mama❤️ thank you to our family, friends and co-workers. Those who were there when we needed it the most, sent Ellie your love, checked in on her and @apierce27
and I. We can’t thank you enough!
Here’s a healthy dose of Instagram vs Reality for ya 😂👉🏼
I’m laughing at myself because I preach about having an open mind, and today found myself completely locked into my mindset.
I started my morning with a vision in my head, and a plan to perfectly execute my day.
I made a list. I planned it out. It was even in order by priority, and written in different colored pens.
This should help me slay today, right?
Well, the list is still just that—a list.
Everything took much longer than expected, and I spent over an hour navigating in a circle until I finally took a step back, and ask myself what the hell happened.
I got stuck in my method, and locked into my process.
So, here I am with the best intentions, a written plan, and the day is half over and I have nothing to show for it... because I didn’t want to wander from my perfectly curated list.
So I’m going to take a break, unplug, and start over again tomorrow with fresh eyes and an open mind.
And laugh at myself because it seems appropriate.
Who else has the tendency to get stuck in their mindset, and a process? 👇🏻
Can you do this? YES🙋♀️ The question you have to ask yourself is: Am I willing to do what it takes?
The workouts have always been the easiest part of my program. Where I've struggled was with my nutrition. I have been following our nutrition plan to a T this time around and can't believe my results so far!🥑🌶🍌🥕🍓🍗🥗 My one week transformation:
I'm 5 pounds lighter and lost a total of 7 inches from my bust, waist, thighs, arms and neck. 🤗
What I learned: You can't only follow half of a program, you are either all-in or you are just not ready. 💛
Bubba has his first day of Preschool today so Brynlie and I had girls day! We shopped @sephora
and she LOVED it! Like, she didn’t want to leave! 🤣 Then it was our first mommy daughter lunch date @chickfila
of course. She kept saying “I’m having so much fun mommy!” Loved solo time with my princess and can’t wait to pick up Cam and see how his first day went!🥰
Month 6- visiting my family in Kenya. Last trip home without a baby making the most of the sunshine, food and family time. One thing I realised was that lots of airline providers have different rules on you being able to fly after a certain point in your pregnancy. Make sure you check before you book and always have your doctor's note as a back up. Can't wait for my next trip home with the little baby- and it's going to be the longest trip yet 😊
I’ve been on this kick of White Angelica for like a month now. It’s funny how we go through favorite oils & I’m obsessing over the lovely oil. I apply a couple drops to my wrists to ward off that negative energy. The aroma of it just perks me up!
It's high time to ditch the dummy but we always end up buying her the new one because don't sleep without it.
Some one please make my work easy here 👶👶🙅♀️ @areeshas_sugarmoments
This little girl was a surprise for Daddy and I. She completely disrupted our life, and although we were worried about what would happen to our current situation when she finally came into the world, she only made it better. She made room in our hearts to love more, she has taught us to really work as a team, and she has only brought out the best in Naiomi. Kai is one special babe, and I am seriously blessed to be her mama.
Mama has a new favorite blanket. It’s from @poppylaneandco
and it is the softest swaddle we have ever owned. I haven’t swaddle baby Kai since she was 2 months, but wrapped her up the other day and it totally knocked her out within minutes. I couldn’t believe it! Plus I love the cute little pattern💕 I really love @poppylaneandco
Staci has everything needed to make your baby comfortable and cute. From her stylish mommy and me bracelets, to her essential oils and more! She is a small shop I love supporting. Her swaddles release Thursday! Go follow her now and snag a swaddle on her release date!
Nor can a broken man lead a happy or successful family!💯 This statement is the main reason I sought therapy for myself. I loved a broken man as a broken woman and we became this toxic tornado. We damaged ourselves and our families because we refused to heal pains we grew up with. It was never my job to heal him or save him, but it was my job to save myself. I waited and waited for the broken love to be whole. I wished for it. I prayed for it. I should have been praying for myself. My strength. I see now how toxic that love was. I recognize false truths I internalized from my childhood. I sometimes see and even feel the pain my parents carry from their childhood and their past relationships...I know Malia will see and feel mine too. It’s the nature of the human experience but it doesn’t mean we have to let these generational curses continue. I don’t want to raise her with that pain from my past guiding us. I don’t want that pain to find its way into her heart and spirit. It’s my job to ensure she understands love and what it truly is...what it looks like...what it feels like...how it behaves. In order for me to do that, I have to heal my understanding of it. I just started Make It Work by @tonygaskins
and it’s already opening a new door for me!🙌🏽 Happy Tuesday my angels💕💕
My mornings look much different now and I’m so grateful. It took me waaaay too long to take the leap of leaving a job I had for a decade that I didn’t love. Guess what? It was worth it. ♥️ #taketheleap #becauseofblake
Who loves being Fancy? Who’s unique, one of a kind?! 🎀
This little love bug LOVES dressing up! 💗
WHY nutrition is such a crucial component of any healthy lifestyle🌱
The picture to the left is the result of eating crap for 6 weeks over the holidays. I was bloated, uncomfortable, felt exhausted most of the day, and was dealing with digestive issues. The picture to the right is 8 days into this program. Out of the 8 days, I stuck to clean eating for 7 of them and let myself indulge a little on the weekend. (I told you, I'll NEVER say no to birthday cake 😉). But I feel AMAZING! My energy is back, my thoughts are clear and no stomach problems.
The kicker? In BOTH pictures, I was working out 6 days a week! 🤯
I thought I'd share because I believe many of us underestimate just how much nutrition plays a part in not only reaching our health goals, but really in the quality of our lives. Working out and staying active is important, but learning how to fuel our bodies properly is KEY!
It's not about quick fixes, cutting food groups, diet pills or depriving ourselves, it's about finding the BALANCE that will allow us to live happily and healthy longterm 💖
Find the link in my bio and fill out my bootcamp form if you're ready to jump in with me!
This unmade bed is calling my name. I can’t decide which is worse. Being completely sick or staying in that strange, run-down “sickish” state. 🤔
I don’t know another #toddler
who demands eggs and toast EVERY morning. 😂
22-01-2019 || Are you really?
Sad soppy story: Had my phone stolen last week with sooo many pictures and content I'd been planning to share with you guys😲. My WiFi has not been working since last week too. I did a SIM swap on Friday night and I'm using my son's scrap( SORRY I mean phone😌). The network disappeared on Sunday. My friend dialled my number on Monday and got a voice recording that my number doesn't exist and because I was in disbelief,I dialled it too to verify. I called my service provider and they say they will sort it out in 72 hours,it's only been 24! Initially I was like whaaaaat?!
Upside: ALTHOUGH I have been missing you guys with the downtime( true story😭), I managed to finish reading 2 books. I taught my son a new card game( without losing my cool😅). I LISTENED to him better with little distractions. I also realize this is God speaking to me with some of the changes about to occur in my life-Things I have prayed about😊.
ARE YOU LISTENING to your inner voice, spouse, children? There's a lot to learn by just listening even amidst the chaos.
I took this photo last week before we moved his mattress down because he’s officially STANDING UP in his crib 😅🙈. I swear, one day you’re pushing a baby out and the next they’re rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, taking, going to college, getting married... When you’re in the midst of it you hardly realize all the amazing things they’re learning every day, but wow! I babysat my friend @madlybymaddie
’s kids the other night and her little Freddie Anne (Leon’s gf) is only a couple months younger than Leon. Holding a (not even) newborn in my arms really made me stop and realize the incredible amount of learning and growing babies do in that first year 🤓. Like who taught you to crawl? Who taught you to stand? How’d you learn to babble? And what did you do with my newborn?! 🤷🏻♀️🤱🏻
How Owen feels about his Baby Cousin Sofia... 🤣
She’s so cute and LOVES Owen, and he’s just not having it, lol! 🤪 He says “No Baby Fia!!! No!” 😖 That kid is something else! 😂
Spent a GLORIOUS #ChildFree
morning at HomeGoods...seriously this is what DREAMS are made of 🦄
...now back to REALITY ✌🏼
What’s your fave GUILTY PLEASURE store?!
Happy Tuesday from me and my trusty side kick! 100% need to go get groceries today! This boy has been wanting to eat so much I feel like we are going storming through our groceries. I posted on my story a couple days ago about how I’m wanting to up my cooking game (because it was non existent) and I’m happy to update that I have not burnt anything and the meals were actually edible! Haha! But in all seriousness I’m getting there!
What’s your favourite go to meal for dinner?
New blog! Tamara is a small business owner who needed a supplemental income to ensure financial stability. Follow the link in our bio to read Tamara's story now!
I love this little moochie always trying to steal my food! 😆❤️On the blog today, I’m sharing my love of @realgoodfoods
and how their meals have helped me stay on track with making healthier choices! Link is in my bio! Which of their foods are you most excited to try?! #realgoodfoods
We are so different yet so connected on a deeper level!
Brittany is an amazing wife, stay at home mom of 3 littles and inspiring Yoga teacher! As well as a very good friend and leader in the EVOLVE wellness tribe.
But let’s back this up a little... I met britt through her sister 20 years ago, What?! 😳 it’s true! Thanks to social media we re-connected about 4 years ago. When I started this health and wellness journey I knew Britt would be the perfect addition and advocate. She knew the importance of health both mentally and physically thanks to her extensive yoga training.
I approached her to join our community and she very quickly shot me down. I followed up. Knowing with her busy mom life of 3 littles. She’d love the quick fitness and self love. Again she shot me down.
A year later she decided to try it. Fast forward 2 years and The transformation has been AMAZING 40lbs lost, major self love gained, control over her anxiety and developed some major HEALTHY coping mechanisms for life stresses.
Now back to the friendship. When we started with or online community we lived hours apart. I then moved home to the Edmonton area and found out after she lives only 15 min from me! WHAT?! Thank you universe!
We have crazy different schedules. So it makes getting together tough. But thankfully we are connected every day in our online wellness community.
Yesterday’s coffee date turned into a 3 hour brainstorm of what we want for our amazing businesses and LIVES! We just couldn’t stop talking!
I’ve got so much love for you girl and I’m so excited to have you in my life. Now let’s rock 2019!
364 days ago, I woke up thinking I had a few more weeks until I met my sweet Fritz. But my bags were packed and I was excited to see my little guy the following day at an ultrasound to check fluid. We had a scare the Friday before when I woke up and felt pure stillness, it was an eerie sensation I can’t even put into words and to this day gives me chills just thinking about it. Fritz looked great on the US on 1/23/18 and I confidently called my parents, “No, baby today!!”. Adam told me I should have waited....and for once 🤪 he was right. The nurse took my BP and I said “OH F***”. They wheeled me down to triage to monitor me for “a few hours”. Which turned into them admitting me 30 minutes later and telling me I was going to start the “process” of having a baby. A process it was, but one I will forever be grateful for. I still think about the nurses and doctors - pure angels. Adam was already an amazing dad before Fritz was even earth side. I can’t believe a year has gone by. I kind of miss my bump! 😂
One is freezing(and refusing to wear gloves)- the other is ready to take on the world💛
I want to hold you like this forever...so in order for that to happen @mjcheatwood
I don’t think you can gain anymore weight. In a little over a week this handsome fella turns 6 months old and my heart can barely take it ❤️