Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday

The weather outside couldn't be more gorgeous. The kids both woke up on the right side of the bed. I've already enjoyed Starbucks and my mom will be here at 1 so I can go get my hair done.  Happy Friday indeed! 

Today I'm linking up with DarciAprilChristina, and Natasha for Five on Friday and I'm also linking up with with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for Friday Favorites!


 Luke is now three weeks old. I've been home on my own with both kids for about 10 days. Hubs loves his new job but unfortunately has a bit of a drive each day. This means he leave at the crack of dawn and doesn't see the kids in the morning. I've had to get creative with how I get AG in and out of her crib, since I still cannot lift her because of the surgery. Thankfully we had a step stool that works wonders. I'm adjusting to life with two, each day is different. Some are easy, some are tough…all of them fly by. One thing I've been thinking about a lot lately is how I'm going to find balance. Balance with two kids (giving each little one on one time.) Balance with hubs, finding time alone for us while still adjusting to little sleep with Luke. Balance with work, setting time aside each day to grow my business and keep up with the everyday workload.  Balance with daily household musings…laundry, cleaning, unpacking and decorating!  There is a lot on my plate and I want to make sure to prioritize my time well enough to give all of the above my best.

Last week I talked about Old Navy and how much I've been loving their current items. 
This is my new favorite shirt. It's flattering on my postpartum body and so comfortable. I ordered a M, which was perfect. I am also rocking non maternity shorts. Let me be clear, these are not my pre pregnancy shorts. But, I'm getting there.  

I opened back up my shop this week. Honestly, I think it was a little to soon after the orders I've received over the past few days. But, I'm a people pleaser. I want to be able to get the holiday items out to my customers who have been by my side since the beginning.  I hired a mommy's helper this week which I'm helping will allow me to do work. I met our mommy's helper on a walk with the kids this week in the neighborhood. She was outside and when I said hi, she responded with "I babysit!" She was so sweet, I immediately asked her to start next week. She'll be here two to three afternoons a week for two hours. She'll just have AG when she's here and I'll be home when she's here, which is why she's a mommy's helper instead of a babysitter. I'm hoping that in time, AG will be comfortable enough with her so hubs and I could use her for date nights as well. Anyhow, I'm thrilled that AG will get some one on one time and I'll be able to hopefully keep up with work. 

My birthday is less than a month away and I've already started thinking about what I want to add to my list. One thing that is already on my list is this sweatshirt  (I'm thinking in an oversized M) with pockets from Fitspiration Couture.  

story of my life right now...

The weather here in FL has been gorgeous the past few days. Cool evenings are the perfect time for chili in the crockpot.  This is our current favorite chili recipe, if you're looking for a new one to try it won't disappoint! 

Happy Weekend Friends!  

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

{One Year and Beyond} Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler

Keeping in shape while chasing after a toddler can be difficult. It's starts with eating right, which is hard to do when you're on the run all the time or you have limited time in the kitchen. Then exercise comes into play. 

For me, I was on top of keeping in shape before I became pregnant. I was the strongest I had been in a long time and happy with the way I looked.  I went to the gym three days a week and ran on the days I didn't go. We were eating clean for dinner and I was being aware of what I was snacking on. 

Being three weeks post-partum, I am far from my happy place when it comes to weight and strength. I have also been eating horribly, more sweets than I care to admit. But, I just had a baby. I'm in survival mode right now. I gave myself three weeks (which ended yesterday) to eat what I wanted. Starting today, I'm limiting my sugar and planning healthier meals. Hopefully I'll be cleared to start running again at my six week check up, until then I'll continue walking for a half hour each day. 

Here are some things that worked for me when I was at my happy place when it came to being in shape.  

1. Meal Planning 
If you're not eating right, the hard work you're doing at the gym won't show. Meal planning is really important in our house. If I don't plan the meals, we end up eating take out or something that isn't healthy. When I plan, I use eMeals clean eating recipes  and we all enjoy healthy clean meals. We've recently started planning lunches as well. I'm the queen of skipping lunch and snacking if there isn't something I want to eat. So I started planning and prepping lunches which makes the world of difference and eliminates a lot of my snacking. 

2. Get Into A Routine 
Find favorite classes at your local gym that you enjoy going to. If you're working out at home, set time aside to get your workout in. Before I joined a gym, I ran every night with AG before hubs got home from work. It was part of our schedule. AG had her snack and milk while I was running so she was usually entertained which allowed me to get a workout in. 

3. Switch Things Up
I can easily get bored with my workouts. I utilize Pinterest a lot when I want to switch up my workouts. There are tons on there that are quick and can be done at home or at the gym. Most of the time when I did them, I was sore in places I hadn't been sore in before. Switching things up will not only prevent you from getting bored but it will produce more results. 

4. Involve Your Toddler 
Get outside and run around with your toddler. Take him/her to the park, play tag or kick the soccer ball. Every bit of exercise helps and will make you feel better. When I did home workouts, AG would pretend to do some of the moves with me. Sometimes she was fussy and wanted to be held, so I ended up doing wall sits holding a toddler. That was a workout! I learned the more I involved her when trying to get a workout in at home the better behaved she was while I was doing it. One thing I plan on looking into this time around is Stroller Strides. I'm not sure how it will work with two kids but I'm up for trying anything once. 

5. Splurge Once In A While 
Give yourself a cheat day. Hubs and I try to eat the best we can during the week and then splurge on the weekend. We don't go crazy but we eat what we want and don't pay attention to calories. I also allow myself a sweet a day (when I was watching my diet before baby came). If I go to Starbucks, that is it for the day. If I want that cookie at night, I stay out of the peanut M&M's during the day. Finding the right balance is key! 

There you have it. It's what worked for me during the time I felt the best about myself. Not only was I the weight I wanted to be but I was stronger than I had ever been before. Strength was number one for me and will be when I am given the go ahead to get started again. 


 How have you fit exercise into motherhood?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their stories.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life with Two {part one}

It's been a full week of being home alone with the two littles. Luke is three weeks old today.  That is just crazy to me. Life flew by at rapid speed with AG was a babe. But this time, it's going at lightning speed and I just want to press pause.  

I was really nervous about being home alone with both kids. AG had my mom at her beckon call for the first two weeks after Luke was born. She had tons of individual time and attention. I was afraid of how she would react when Nana wasn't there everyday. One week later, I'm happy to report that my child is a ROCKSTAR! Honestly, I couldn't be more proud of her. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. She's been a dream. Of course had some moments and a few tantrums but overall, such a big help and so understanding. She helps with getting me things he needs, cheers him on during tummy time, sshhh's him when he's crying and loves to hold him. She seems like such a big girl to me now, part of me is a little sad that she's no longer by baby but I love seeing her in her new role. I'll get into everything we did to help her adjust in another post. Today, I just want to talk about my first week of life with two at home. 

Luke is still eating every 2-3 hours, sometimes more frequently. That totals almost three hours a day nursing. During that time AG is usually watching TV, playing on her iPad or reading books. We have a two story house and most of her toys and all of her learning stuff is upstairs. Since I am still recovering from the c-section, I cannot go up and down tons of times a day. Plus, when we do go up to play, I usually have to carry a bunch of things for the kids which adds to my load. At first I felt guilty about all of the TV time she was getting. Then, I reminded myself that this is just a season and I needed to give myself a little grace. I did bring play-doh down for her, which she'll play with for about a half hour a day. I also encourage her to take care of her babies while I'm taking care of Luke. For now, what we have going works. 

I'm working on getting Luke on a schedule. I used Moms on Call with AG and am doing the same with him. Right now, I'm just waking him every three hours to eat unless he wants to eat sooner. There are days where he'll sleep the day away and others where he'll be up for three hours at a time. Overall, he's such a good baby. Only fusses when he wants something or is a little gassy. He sleeps 4-5 hour stretches with just one feeding session at night, which we are grateful for. So far, the kids have taken a nap at the same time each day. Luke doesn't sleep as long as AG but it's still at least a half hour of time to get a few things done. I plan on starting back to work next week so it will be interesting to see how that goes. I'm thinking I'll have a mommy's helper come for a few hours a week in the afternoon to play with AG in order for me to get some work done. 

Some of the most difficult times of the day are breakfast, lunch and dinner. Luke is already very spoiled and I'll admit I don't put him down much. He's my last baby. I will snuggle him as much as I can. All day long. He's usually awake when it's time for AG to eat and has his witching hour from 5-6. The only way I successfully get our family fed and keep him happy is wearing him in the Solly Wrap. Lifesaver. He loves it and falls asleep most of the time he's in it. I am able to have a few free hands to get food prepped and big sister fed. Another lifesaver is the BOB double stroller. I was intimidated by the size when it first arrived. After using it now for over a week, I'm so happy with our purchase. I take the kids for a walk every afternoon before dinner. It's the perfect way to get a little fresh air and pass the time before hubs gets home. The BOB is so easy to use and both kids love our walks.  

So there you have it, we've survived week number one. Life with two is chaotic, the days fly by and my heart couldn't be any more full right now. As time goes on, we will continue to adjust to our new normal and find what works best for our little family.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My FAVORITE Family Calendar on SALE!

I talk a lot about organizing here on the blog. I'm type A and cannot function if there isn't organization in my life.  I always have people ask how I get so much done and the answer always is because I make lists. I live by my lists, planner and calendar.

 A few years ago, I ordered this Erin Condren Desk Pad Calendar. I wanted something I could doodle on along with a monthly calendar I could hang on our fridge. This desk pad fit the bill. It has tons of extra pages for notes and a cute monthly calendar. I always wait to order it until it's on sale. This weekend it's 40% off using the code NOTEPADS40. The great thing is this sale also includes notepads!  These would also make fabulous Christmas gifts! Head on over to Erin Condren now and take advantage of this sale!