School is back in session and Dixon is headed to PreKII! 🚌 Extra thankful for waterproof mascara this morning.
Can you relate to feeling the need to slow down? This was me to a tee. Once I made myself a priority again I realized the other things that sucked up my time were just that...time suckers!
Amazing how much MORE time you can make for other things that become so important and beneficial, you never knew how you did without them before! 🤔
on the way to the library for storytime today, i was randomly thinking about a study tip my church youth leader taught us in secondary school (i still remember, Val!). she said that we should set a minimum of 2 hours, because the first hour was normally spent settling down and getting into the right frame of mind. this thought really helped me focus back then, going from borderline passes to As and Bs. so i was thinking that the 3-hour uninterrupted blocks of play for our kids mentioned in the last post was a really good idea.
now that i think about it, that's probably why my boys never sit through storytime 😂 they're busy trying to settle in especially since we're usually late 🙈🙊. I'm also guilty of pulling them around from one place to the next when we're out. so today i decided to stay at the library for as long as we could manage. i love this particular library. it has a huge duck pond. the boys picked up sticks and stones, and climbed rocks. we listened to the sound of stones plopping into the pond and watched as the ducks "walked on water" and fought even more agressively than my boys.
nature has such a way of telling us (especially me) to slow down and enjoy each moment. and kids just have a way of figuring out what they want to do, even the crazy baby who was running down the slope at top speed, towards the pond, and who initiated our learning of the sounds.
at the end of 3 hours, they were ready to go home and baby L fell asleep with a chuckle and contentment written on his face.
come Spring come! i look forward to longer days outdoor and some sunny warmth!
p.s. i find outdoor play very therapeutic in that, again there are very little restrictions and we can just follow along, rather than try to force usually reluctant tots to go along with our plans.
p.p.s. after we had washed our hands, L1 still wasn't ready to go, so we went back into the library and i had a sudden thought of playing a colour game. L1 likes to mix his colours up, so much so a nurse asked if he was colour blind 🤦😂 i know he isn't cos he can match socks. so i've been thinking of ways to reiterate colours in fun ways. twas quite fun!
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Show up for you.⠀
Show up for you.⠀
Show up for you.⠀
✨I had those words blaring from inside my ears when I woke up this morning.✨⠀
“Show up for you first, Katy.”⠀
You see even as a woman who works with others to lose 10, 20, 30, or gosh 80 pounds, the first person I’ve gotta show up for is me. 🙋🏼♀️⠀
Do you show up for you first?⠀
Do you make sure you’re focusing on YOU first before everything and everyone else demands your day?⠀
I show up early in the morning before the kids get up because I crave the quiet.⠀
I show up early and workout because it’s going to give me energy to play with my boys.⠀
I show up early because my mind races like a squirrel and it’s how I center myself.⠀
I show up for me because once upon a time I wondered if working out would ever happen again. ⠀
I show up because I’m worth that. ⠀
I show up because I deserve to feel my best.⠀
✨ What do you show up for? 👇🏼✨
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Nu was in bad gaan altijd al iets dat ik graag deed, maar met Manuel laat ik helemaal geen kans voorbij gaan! Er staat een gloednieuwe vlog live (link in bio) en daarin gaan we onder andere logeren bij het mooie @parcbroekhuizen.
En dat was zo fijn! Genieten jullie mee?
I can’t run anymore. Let me sit here with the most relaxing position 🧜🏼♂️
Сказка на ночь от Гриши ну и для размышления о вечном...)
Однажды жили мальчик и девочка. Мальчика звали Костя, а девочку бабушка Таня .... потом пришла лягушка и чуть их не съела🧐
Что то тут не так, да? Мальчик и бабушка😂 даже ребёнок понимает, что мужчины никогда не стареют и вечные дети, а у женщин то почему так не выходит🤨
Вас стало так много😍🙏🏻 спасибо вам за то, что после того как, вы получаете пресеты в подарок #пресетывподарок
остаётесь с нами♥️ Я Вас всех очень люблю♥️
Ну и конечно давайте познакомимся! Вы рассказываете о себя, а я о себе💋 Очень интересно знать почему вы со мной, Мама ты или папа, может вообще нет ещё деток и ты в поиски своей ♥️, сколько лет и из какого города? Все интересно почитать о вас💋
Я Дарина и мне 23 годика, мужа зовут Иван и ему 25 годиков♥️ и самый взрослый наш товарищ Артём ему 1 годик и 7 месяцев♥️, ой совсем забыла у нас же есть девочка еще😀 наша пушистая шиншиллка Анфиска💛 вот такая у нас семейка проживающая на побережье чёрного моря в г. Новороссийске💙 любим этот город, но не факт, что проживем здесь всю жизнь😊
Если вам ещё что-то интересно, Вы спрашивайте не стесняйтесь💋 Постараюсь на все ответить💋
Всем отличного денёчка♥️
meet Kiki-Cat. just before the holidays i went to collect Henry from school and she was waiting, in a cardboard box, for us to take her home. she’d suddenly appeared in the class room and Henry had taken a shine to her, and must’ve told his teacher we could take her. how could i refuse? luckily she’s cute. and, of course, the boys love her.
Когда папа помогал надеть сарафан🖤☺️
I get to spend the whole day with these two guys today 🎉 but first we have a few errands, and I’m in the mood for some list making 🤣 anybody else obsessed with making lists just as much as me? They honestly give me life 😅
Hanging out on Sunday afternoon about to go do some downtown exploring, until we find out they’re closing down from all the forest fires smoking out the town..
So Darren brings up that we should go on this quick hike right down the road..
Somewhere along the way I heard it’s a quick ten minute hike & think oh that’s no big deal..
After being sure a bear would come attack us on the way, every kid whining, wanting to be carried, one of the kids having symptoms a stomach flu, and TWO HOURS of hiking, ONE whole hour of it up-hill, we got back to our cars! 🙌🏼
Was quite the adventure...
So glad we did it and so glad we didn’t know how long and hard it was or I would have refused... Got our exercise out of the deal & kids all exhausted and ready to hit the sack!
When Wynston wasn’t feeling good on the way up, in the middle of his misery he whines, ‘I hate scorpions! They bite people & it hurts!’
(As if it’s really relevant at the moment, had to find something else to complain about & focus on)
That’s one way to deal with the hard stuff!
We did find a creek with fresh water running through it at the bottom of the hill..
Come to think of it, the hardest hikes I’ve been on in my life were brought on by Darren.
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The girls are starting school in a few days and I ALWAYS prepare this Back to School Wellness bag for them. We leave the glass rollers by the door so I don’t forget to spray and roll them before they head off to school. The bandages, lip balm and hand purifier go in the little blue pouch to put in their backpacks. If you’re on my team, I’ll be popping on LIVE in our product group (Fir and Flora)tomorrow at 8pm EST. I’ll be sharing ALL THE THINGS with Young Living and back to school. I would love to have you catch it live. If you’re not a member yet, but want to watch, it’s not too late. Sign up for your Premium Starter Kit with me and I’ll get you added to the group right away. #backtoschool #wellness #younglivingeo #diy
Life with this kid is an adventure, for sure.
He is so sensitive and so caring, but boy does he frustrate me sometimes. We have each made huge strides in learning how to handle the daily struggles and each emotionally charged moment these past couple years, but we still have our bad days...days like today.
On days like this one, sometimes it’s best just to give him a bath to calm him down and put him to bed early. Then I go stare at his cute sleeping angel face and remember how much I love him.
Two outta my three started school today! It’s hard to wrap my head around this season! I’ve said it before- I’ve thought I’ve understood it before, but i never have, the days are long but the years are short! I’m sure 50 year old me will laugh at the 32 year old me who thinks she gets it and 85 year old me will laugh at both the 32 year old me as well as 50 year old me and I’m pretty okay with that because it sure as heck feels real right now!
Signed her up for soccer & preschool. Hard to believe this is her last year before elementary school. Although some days are hard as heck it’s been completely worth it to be at home with her.
Gosh she’s a good one. Still feels surreal that i get to be her mom.
i asked her to do something today and she said “yes mommy”
i about fell out of my chair
thank you for that bennytt 🙌
This week is already off to a busy start. Decluttering and organizing for our kindergarten year. Mapping out our curriculum for the school year. Starting a new therapy schedule. Fitting in work pockets throughout the day. But I am not going to let busy be the reason why I push myself to the bottom of my priority list this week.
It’s so easy to convince ourselves that our needs don’t matter. They matter - YOU matter - even more on the hectic weeks. You can make the time.
What are you doing to care for yourself this week?! 👯♀️🖤 #selfcarematters
P.S. Look at the star of the show and his beautiful smile (and eye contact)!
Tonight my self care looks like a bath while I listen to an audiobook + diffusing my fav blend (smells like Anthropologie! 😍) and starting a chapter of my workbook that I’ve been putting off for over a week.
When I got to the end of the last chapter, it listed a bunch of different scenarios from 2 different categories, & said to put myself into 5 from each category before starting the next chapter. Things like sitting next to a stranger on a bench, being approached by someone asking for money, being in a small room with no windows, sitting in a big room with no visible exits.. y’all. I couldn’t even finish reading the list. I haven’t had a panic attack in a very long time but reading those scenarios started bringing one on. It was BAD.
I do this thing.. I had always thought it was normal until recently when I started sharing it with people & realized that it’s not.. but I watch exits, & people, & plan escapes. When I enter a public restroom, I check the ceilings to see if they’re shiftable tiles & plan how I’d get up to move them if I needed to escape, if the ceiling isn’t tiled then I gauge access to the air vent. Sometimes I won’t even use the restroom if I can’t find an alternate escape. When we go to restaurants I watch the doors. When we’re in public I gauge everyone standing around me. Tonight I stood in line at Publix & watched the body language of the man in front of me, determining his strengths & weaknesses. When I walked to the car I noticed he was parked right next to me & I had to breathe myself down from paranoia.
I’ve ALWAYS done this, & often take it to extreme levels. I had no idea it wasn’t normal, it’s not something I had ever thought about. Physical touch will cause me to stop breathing if it’s not on terms I’ve set - IE hugs or someone bumping me when they walk by or Joseph tickling me. I’ve had a lot of people tell me, “Oh, I hate that too” so I figured it wasn’t out of the ordinary. When reading those scenarios put me into a panic though, I decided to tell a couple friends how my mind works, in great detail, & they were stunned. It WASN’T normal. It was yet another response to trauma.
Tonight I’m being brave. Chapter 4, here we go.
I wasn't a baby person till Harry came along and now he's gone and grown up!!!! SIX months today!! What's next, big boy, COLLEGE?!? Stop it right now!
Why thank you August for sending the perfect ending to our Summer with one final puddle jumping to add to their memory banks. 💦
School starts tomorrow you guys and I’ll just be here, doing that thing we mamas do... barely holding up the dam—the one that’s always just a first day of school, another “Happy Birthday” song, or a drive home from college drop-off away from breaking. #backtoschool
Life is so, so good.
Photos by my favorite @elletilby
Happy Monday friends!! Who else needs some motivation?! .
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“I’ve tried to write this story a zillion times! ✨After being diagnosed with an auto immune disease, hypothyroidism, and adrenal burn out at 16 we saw all the specialists, Western doctors, Holistic doctors, dietitians, nutritionists and the like... at one point I was taking 37 vitamins a day. I didn’t notice anything... I was tested for lymphoma... I wasn’t myself.. once Josh and I got married at 19 and 20 the Lord started to leave breadcrumbs of hope. That led me to food blogs (when they were just starting to be a thing) which led me to all kinds of resources 🙌🏼 I spent the next 10 years being obsessive with health and could not get enough! After radically changing my diet I didn’t even notice the symptoms anymore that plagued me 🌿 we are what we eat 🌱🤛🏼👏🏼🙌🏼 Once you shift your mindset to health and not a number or weight, your weight is effortless, and your mind is clear of the headspace.
Food is fuel, it’s life giving. 🌱
Enter pregnancy, babies, nursing and no sleep (which is really bad for auto immune issues to not get sleep) some things were flaring up again. I was getting skin rashes from food allergies..... despite my dialed in diet 🧐 I did my research. I lost faith in supplements back in the day, but trusted my sister and Mom. I researched and what I found was I needed some support for my immune system. 🎯The rest is history. My body was allowed to heal itself with that immune support. I was able to get off my thyroid medicine of 15 years, my hormones officially balanced out, the energy...🙌🏼 and not having skin rashes and food allergies anymore 💗🙌🏼 ask my friends. Certain foods broke me out in skin rashes. These foods were health foods. I could go on. And I continue to. Even the healthiest (like me eating so well) need some supplementation and immune support. Especially when I was giving a lot of myself to raising babies 🌱 it’s never been about a sale. It’s about hope. I prayed for something to get rid of my skin rashes right before my sister and mom shared with me about this stuff. The biggest difference I’ve noticed with this over anything else?
An adventure, his dada, room to run, and a stick in each hand—we had ourselves an extremely happy camper/why even buy toys?🌲👶🏼 #therealodp
Полина такая трындычиха, если честно🙈 говорит-говорит-говорит🤪 ‘Мама, хочешь расскажу о всех героях Грозной семейки? Нет? Ну тогда слушай!’, ‘мам, а мы с Мишей тут Лего-город построили! сейчас тебе о нем расскажу!’, ‘мам, а ты знаешь, как делают бумагу? Слушай!..’, ‘а мы придумали новую игру! Послушай!....’
Спрашиваю Мишу ‘откуда синяк?’, Миша даже рот открыть не успел, Полина ‘а, это его Костя толкнул! Они же гуляют с нами на участке ... трата-та-та-та-та-та-та....’ и так весь вечер🤪 зато не скучно и всегда есть с кем поговорить😂
Oh look, an outfit to match the weather today ⛈
There was just no way!!!!!!!! 🙀2 years ago before I started coaching there was no way in hell I would be posting a pic of me like this one! 🤷♀️ I don’t think I ever even posted my face on social media! Didn’t even know what a selfie was 🤳 I was way too shy, lacked confidence and cared way too much about how people perceived me. I simply hid. 🙄
Today I confidently put myself out there daily...way out of my comfort zone at first, now it’s not as scary because I know the reason for doing it...which is to help inspire and encourage others to take the leap of faith and jump into this life changing journey with me! 🤸♂️🤸♂️🤸♂️🤸♂️ If a few think it’s a scam, annoying or fake that’s okay! Because I know what I do is genuine, not a scheme and it’s from my heart... passionately helping other people with their health, fitness, confidence, self love 💕. And the icing on the cake is that I am providing for my family because of the amazing compensation plan put out by this wonderful company! 🙌
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first day of school already has me missing those long summer days 🌞who is with me?!
Parenting is, in fact, rocket science.
"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe?
How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness." - GK Chesterton ***
just when i thought we could move on to more exciting adventures last week, L1, then L2, came down with high fevers, cough and runny noses that lasted the whole week. high fevers always put me on high alert, after L1 had the fits twice in the same day last year. to see your baby go limp and lifeless (even when you know it's short term and not damaging in the long run) is the scariest thing ever.
needless to say, it's been a week of waking up every few hours to check and administer meds and sponging. and through the day, all that plus lots of cuddling and carrying, while attempting to get chores done. it's not easy but i can't complain because physically i'm still going strong so I'm thankful.
having said that, not having the extra energy to do other things that energise me took a toll on my emotions. i felt so pissed not just at the fact that my boys were so ill, but that this whole *ordeal* had wiped out any extra energy to do something fun; and i think that's the hardest part about being a stay home mum. most of us probably feel that loss -not being able to do things that fill us- because of energy and time devoted to our kids. and there will be seasons where we have to give some things up just to focus on what is at hand, esp when the kids are sick.
I'm just trusting that God is faithful and in due time, He will lift us up to where we need to be. and in the meantime, let go of any resentment and be there for the kids. because motherhood is not a small task. we have the privilege of being everything to someone.
#thankyouMrChesterton #mumlife #justkeepgoing #wecandothis #inJesusname
magic moments are like this - when ALOT of ducks come toward you and stand around expectantly even when you have 2 toddlers ready to chase them. clearly these ducks have been fed well by humans.
fact of the day: do not feed ducks bread. it's actually like junk food for them. now i need to go google healthier options for ducks.
#mumlife #healthydiet #fortotsandducks #bekindtoducks
📷 these were the not so clever HALF that hadn't figured out we didn't bring them anything