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In the spirit of the season, I’ve teamed up with three really lovely ladies to bring you one sweet holiday giveaway. One lucky winner will win shop credit to each shop listed below.
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T A G three friends (the more tags the more entries).
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B ON U S: Tell us your favorite holiday tradition!
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Giveaway not sponsored or endorsed by instagram* must be 18 years or older to enter. giveaway will run 48 hours. GOOD LUCK!
🌟G I V E A W A Y 🌟 . In the spirit of the season, I’ve teamed up with three really lovely ladies to bring you one sweet holiday giveaway. One lucky winner will win shop credit to each shop listed below. . L I K E this photo. . F OL L O W all. @chalkfullofdesign $30 @thisandthatetc $30 @pipandjpapery $25 @hillarymeadows . T A G three friends (the more tags the more entries). . B ON U S: Tell us your favorite holiday tradition! . Giveaway not sponsored or endorsed by instagram* must be 18 years or older to enter. giveaway will run 48 hours. GOOD LUCK!
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𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕤𝕨𝕖𝕖𝕥𝕖𝕤𝕥 𝕞𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤
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It’s hitting me this year that I’m just BAD at all things holiday 🙈 So it’s safe to say we’ll never be this perfectly coordinated family with a boatload of kids 🤪 Although Tyler and Grey look super cute in their Star Wars pj’s! And obviously I’m in love with the dog 🐶
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It’s all just “not me.” I judge myself HARD this time every year, and I’m finally accepting that it’s ok that I am how I am, and I don’t need to change for anyone. I don’t send out cards, we’re not doing Santa photos {for lots of reasons}, holiday music drives me bonkers, I’m terrible at gifting, I barely decorate... this is Tyler and my 7th Christmas together and we’ve never had a tree 🙃
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And I figure by pressuring myself to change only adds to my heightened holiday-time / end-of-year anxiety, so this year I’m attempting to just be in it. As me. And let that all be ok. Just me, Tyler and Grey being present, exchanging a few gifts, and letting the holiday spirit take its own, unique, beautiful form in our little family. It may not look fancy or festive, but it’s us.
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Anyone else struggle with guilt / anxiety / lack of doing it all “right” this time of year? And if you’re the person who goes all out and ticks all the boxes, more power to you! Come deck my halls for me? 😂🎄❄️🎁 #tistheseason #deckthehalls #holidayspirit #momguilt #starwarspjs #hannaandersson
It’s hitting me this year that I’m just BAD at all things holiday 🙈 So it’s safe to say we’ll never be this perfectly coordinated family with a boatload of kids 🤪 Although Tyler and Grey look super cute in their Star Wars pj’s! And obviously I’m in love with the dog 🐶 . . It’s all just “not me.” I judge myself HARD this time every year, and I’m finally accepting that it’s ok that I am how I am, and I don’t need to change for anyone. I don’t send out cards, we’re not doing Santa photos {for lots of reasons}, holiday music drives me bonkers, I’m terrible at gifting, I barely decorate... this is Tyler and my 7th Christmas together and we’ve never had a tree 🙃 . . And I figure by pressuring myself to change only adds to my heightened holiday-time / end-of-year anxiety, so this year I’m attempting to just be in it. As me. And let that all be ok. Just me, Tyler and Grey being present, exchanging a few gifts, and letting the holiday spirit take its own, unique, beautiful form in our little family. It may not look fancy or festive, but it’s us. . . Anyone else struggle with guilt / anxiety / lack of doing it all “right” this time of year? And if you’re the person who goes all out and ticks all the boxes, more power to you! Come deck my halls for me? 😂🎄❄️🎁 #tistheseason  #deckthehalls  #holidayspirit  #momguilt  #starwarspjs  #hannaandersson 
“How many words of slander could we displace if we were more intentional about speaking words of grace and encouragement?”- Adorned (Using big brother’s nap time some to read but let’s be real-mostly to sleep)
“How many words of slander could we displace if we were more intentional about speaking words of grace and encouragement?”- Adorned (Using big brother’s nap time some to read but let’s be real-mostly to sleep)
I absolutely love this picture. Because it feels amazing to be at a place for the first time in years where I am not self conscious about not being the size I was pre-baby. I can post a photo of me holding my sweet babe without feeling ashamed of anything. Because it feels amazing to be eating all kinds of foods without feeling any guilt, (which funnily enough has lead me to eat more nutrient dense foods than I probably ever have.) Because it feels amazing to be working out because I love the way it makes me feel and love that it helps challenge me, not because I feel pressured to look different. Because it feels amazing to allow my body to do it's natural thing vs. needing myself to lose baby weight. Because (sorry tmi ahead) it feels amazing to not feel self conscious about my body at all during sexy-time with my husband. Because mostly, it feels amazing to have the goal of being healthy and happy, in every way, and not the goal of being smaller or looking fit. 
I didn't even take this picture with the intention of making this a body positivity post. But when I went to post it, I thought, "I should probably post the cropped version that cuts out my belly." as a reflex to how I've always thought, and almost instantly thought, "Hell no." I don't want to waste my life thinking I "should" be smaller. I want to be enjoying moments with this sweet babe while listening to my body in confidence, and having humility enough to know that no matter what the size and shape of my body, I am beautiful and worthy. 
My body may look more toned one day. It also may not. I like knowing that whatever stage my body may be in, it's because I tried my best to listen to it, enjoy it, and care for it accordingly.
I absolutely love this picture. Because it feels amazing to be at a place for the first time in years where I am not self conscious about not being the size I was pre-baby. I can post a photo of me holding my sweet babe without feeling ashamed of anything. Because it feels amazing to be eating all kinds of foods without feeling any guilt, (which funnily enough has lead me to eat more nutrient dense foods than I probably ever have.) Because it feels amazing to be working out because I love the way it makes me feel and love that it helps challenge me, not because I feel pressured to look different. Because it feels amazing to allow my body to do it's natural thing vs. needing myself to lose baby weight. Because (sorry tmi ahead) it feels amazing to not feel self conscious about my body at all during sexy-time with my husband. Because mostly, it feels amazing to have the goal of being healthy and happy, in every way, and not the goal of being smaller or looking fit. I didn't even take this picture with the intention of making this a body positivity post. But when I went to post it, I thought, "I should probably post the cropped version that cuts out my belly." as a reflex to how I've always thought, and almost instantly thought, "Hell no." I don't want to waste my life thinking I "should" be smaller. I want to be enjoying moments with this sweet babe while listening to my body in confidence, and having humility enough to know that no matter what the size and shape of my body, I am beautiful and worthy. My body may look more toned one day. It also may not. I like knowing that whatever stage my body may be in, it's because I tried my best to listen to it, enjoy it, and care for it accordingly.
I was SO SURE I was destined to be a boy mom. I always imagined myself surrounded by little men. Honestly, Adam and I were just SURE that we'd have all boys and frankly the thought of having a girl terrified me because I know how I was. I remember those early days of pregnancy. It all just felt so different. I was having opposite cravings, I was SO SICK. I kept feeling a little nudge st my heart saying, "mama, I'm a girl. Get ready!" But I ignored it until the day the sonographer said, looks like you're having a girl! And even after that Adam looked at me and said, I won't believe it until I see it. And now she's here and she's all girl. Loves her babies. Loves her daddy. Loves her doggy. Loves my makeup and has coined the nickname danger baby for her constant stunts 😂 But she's so much more amazing than I ever could imagine. I LOVE being a boy mom, but turns out being a girl mom has it's own perks. It's so easy to love this sweet girl and I can't wait to watch her grow into a strong, independent, brave, KIND woman. I can't wait to walk WITH her in life. Most importantly I can't wait for the day that she realizes all this time I've said shes my best friend, that I'm her best friend too!
I was SO SURE I was destined to be a boy mom. I always imagined myself surrounded by little men. Honestly, Adam and I were just SURE that we'd have all boys and frankly the thought of having a girl terrified me because I know how I was. I remember those early days of pregnancy. It all just felt so different. I was having opposite cravings, I was SO SICK. I kept feeling a little nudge st my heart saying, "mama, I'm a girl. Get ready!" But I ignored it until the day the sonographer said, looks like you're having a girl! And even after that Adam looked at me and said, I won't believe it until I see it. And now she's here and she's all girl. Loves her babies. Loves her daddy. Loves her doggy. Loves my makeup and has coined the nickname danger baby for her constant stunts 😂 But she's so much more amazing than I ever could imagine. I LOVE being a boy mom, but turns out being a girl mom has it's own perks. It's so easy to love this sweet girl and I can't wait to watch her grow into a strong, independent, brave, KIND woman. I can't wait to walk WITH her in life. Most importantly I can't wait for the day that she realizes all this time I've said shes my best friend, that I'm her best friend too!
Yesterday we went to the snow for our annual Christmas tree search with our good friends🌲. There was a beautiful amount of snow and tears from those with cold hands and feet. What’s to be expected when you have 4 out of the 8 kids doing belly flops in the snow before you even have everyone out of the car 😆. I’m realizing more and more as we are on this journey that parenting looks a lot like joy and pain coexisting together. There are so many laughs and smiles and heart warming moments and there are usually an equal amount of complaints, tears and siblings arguments (and sometimes parents too 🤪). I’m slowly learning to be at peace with chaos and fun coexisting. I’m surely not perfect at enjoying it all the time, but I am becoming more aware of the ability to do both. That they’re almost inseparable.

Of course, this isn’t really limited to parenthood. It pretty much flows into every area of life. Love and pain, joy and chaos, loss and gain, failure and success. It seems we always experience them together in some form or another. Life is beautiful, even in the winter seasons ❄️. Where have you experienced this coexistence? Is it uncomfortable for you or are you learning to accept it and go with it?
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Yesterday we went to the snow for our annual Christmas tree search with our good friends🌲. There was a beautiful amount of snow and tears from those with cold hands and feet. What’s to be expected when you have 4 out of the 8 kids doing belly flops in the snow before you even have everyone out of the car 😆. I’m realizing more and more as we are on this journey that parenting looks a lot like joy and pain coexisting together. There are so many laughs and smiles and heart warming moments and there are usually an equal amount of complaints, tears and siblings arguments (and sometimes parents too 🤪). I’m slowly learning to be at peace with chaos and fun coexisting. I’m surely not perfect at enjoying it all the time, but I am becoming more aware of the ability to do both. That they’re almost inseparable. Of course, this isn’t really limited to parenthood. It pretty much flows into every area of life. Love and pain, joy and chaos, loss and gain, failure and success. It seems we always experience them together in some form or another. Life is beautiful, even in the winter seasons ❄️. Where have you experienced this coexistence? Is it uncomfortable for you or are you learning to accept it and go with it? . . . . . #joyinthejourney  #creativeexpression  #darlingmoment  #expressyourstyle  #beseen  #beautyinchaos  #liveauthentic  #familylife  #familyfirst  #lifeisbetterwithfriends  #liveyourtrueself  #christmastime  #christmasdecor  #christmastimeishere  #tistheseason  #staypresent  #coexist  #joyandpain  #successandfailure  #momsofinstagram  #motherhoodunplugged  #authenticmotherhood  #thankfullife  #lifeisbeautiful  #momlife  #christmasmoments  #lifetogether  #authenticmotherhood  #authenticity  #bereal  #acceptance 
This little sweet thing has been my bed buddy while we have been snowed in at my parent’s this weekend. •

She had a rough last week, and we found out she had a double ear infection and a virus when we went to the doctor at the end of the week. I’m happy to report that she is feeling much better and is getting into all kinds of mischief! {Praise HIM! 🙌🏻} •

Thank you to all who have been praying for h er and checking in!
This little sweet thing has been my bed buddy while we have been snowed in at my parent’s this weekend. • She had a rough last week, and we found out she had a double ear infection and a virus when we went to the doctor at the end of the week. I’m happy to report that she is feeling much better and is getting into all kinds of mischief! {Praise HIM! 🙌🏻} • Thank you to all who have been praying for h er and checking in!
@sheafishermusic is with her husband Tyson Durfey who’s competing this week at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in Tie Down Roping. Let’s wish him some good luck!
Shea says the Kaitlyn diaper backpack has been a must-have with her toddler at the finals.
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@sheafishermusic is with her husband Tyson Durfey who’s competing this week at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in Tie Down Roping. Let’s wish him some good luck! Shea says the Kaitlyn diaper backpack has been a must-have with her toddler at the finals. Good news!! ✨The Kaitlyn is now available on AMAZON with PRIME Shipping!! See the AMAZON listing in bio ⬆️😊 www.amazon.com/dp/B07GCX44C3
Last night we lit our second Advent candle, symbolizing that Jesus is the Star. In between slow bites of his dinner, Everett tried hard to keep up with “O Holy Night” (which put some perspective on the rest of the night, if you watched my stories 🤦🏼‍♀️). What would we do without Jesus? Without His light, His love guiding our way? I’m so grateful that though I often feel lost, I never am. He has called me, He has saved me, and He guides me. I pray that I can reflect that light to my children, my community, and to a broken world that needs Him! Even on those days like today, when I just want #allthecoffee 😣 #everettlevi411
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Last night we lit our second Advent candle, symbolizing that Jesus is the Star. In between slow bites of his dinner, Everett tried hard to keep up with “O Holy Night” (which put some perspective on the rest of the night, if you watched my stories 🤦🏼‍♀️). What would we do without Jesus? Without His light, His love guiding our way? I’m so grateful that though I often feel lost, I never am. He has called me, He has saved me, and He guides me. I pray that I can reflect that light to my children, my community, and to a broken world that needs Him! Even on those days like today, when I just want #allthecoffee  😣 #everettlevi411  * * * * * #slowandsacredadvent  #getaftergrateful  #oholynight  #advent  #wildandfreechildren  #motherhoodissanctifying  #risenmotherhood  #authenticmotherhood  #lifegivingsquares 
Fun fact: these girls had never played in the snow before! They were never really interested, and we never felt the need to force them. To be honest, they’re a little high maintenance when it comes to being absolutely comfortable, and so we waited until they asked to play in the snow to even attempt. Best decision, and our experience was only good! I’m a big fan of whatever doesn’t make life needlessly more difficult 😆😘
Fun fact: these girls had never played in the snow before! They were never really interested, and we never felt the need to force them. To be honest, they’re a little high maintenance when it comes to being absolutely comfortable, and so we waited until they asked to play in the snow to even attempt. Best decision, and our experience was only good! I’m a big fan of whatever doesn’t make life needlessly more difficult 😆😘
Monday sure is a sneaky one, I wasn't ready for the weekend to be over! We got dressed but hopped right back into bed to play and cuddle a little longer! 🙌🏻 I like to do simple things to make Monday's feel a little happier, I think today we'll get some treats at the grocery store and wrap daddy's Christmas presents 🤗
Monday sure is a sneaky one, I wasn't ready for the weekend to be over! We got dressed but hopped right back into bed to play and cuddle a little longer! 🙌🏻 I like to do simple things to make Monday's feel a little happier, I think today we'll get some treats at the grocery store and wrap daddy's Christmas presents 🤗
Happy Monday friends!! Thankful for hot coffee, a new mug, the smell of our Christmas tree, and 30 minutes to myself before the girls woke up 🙌🏻#joywithintheordinary #joygratitudeandcoffeeblog #thisismotherhood #authenticmotherhood #advent #heiscoming #mondaymotivation #gimmeallthecoffee
To the little girl who made us parents and who has given us the best 3 years of our lives. For decades I knew your name but never truly understood the ways you’d impact my heart, my life, and this world until I laid eyes on you. You are an absolute joy. So full of life; and personality, determination, love, and confidence. Being your momma is my favorite thing in the history of forever and I so hope you always know how ridiculously loved you truly are by mommy and daddy. Happy Birthday, our Poppy girl! @thompsonjerry
To the little girl who made us parents and who has given us the best 3 years of our lives. For decades I knew your name but never truly understood the ways you’d impact my heart, my life, and this world until I laid eyes on you. You are an absolute joy. So full of life; and personality, determination, love, and confidence. Being your momma is my favorite thing in the history of forever and I so hope you always know how ridiculously loved you truly are by mommy and daddy. Happy Birthday, our Poppy girl! @thompsonjerry
Sampson's preschool is going in 2 hours late today due to "snow and/or ice.😭😭😭
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.. ..So what else to do but make Christmas cookies! I love love love making Christmas cookies with my family. I've been making cut out sugar cookies with my mom since I can remember with vibrant food coloring, silky white sugar, and rich butter. ..
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..But this year, I opted for lazy keto Christmas cookies. Less sugar and less food dyes. Made @keto.connect recipe for coconut flour chocolate chip cookies (they are so, so good if you are missing sweet baked goods on a sugar-free diet). And let Sampson put real sugar Christmas sprinkles on top for that holiday flair. That's a fair compromise right?
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😀 He was beyond thrilled to dump those sprinkles on. Trying to celebrate the season daily this year, and spread the cheer as much as possible.
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Sampson's preschool is going in 2 hours late today due to "snow and/or ice.😭😭😭 ..🎄 .. .. ..So what else to do but make Christmas cookies! I love love love making Christmas cookies with my family. I've been making cut out sugar cookies with my mom since I can remember with vibrant food coloring, silky white sugar, and rich butter. .. 😍❤️😜 .. ..But this year, I opted for lazy keto Christmas cookies. Less sugar and less food dyes. Made @keto.connect recipe for coconut flour chocolate chip cookies (they are so, so good if you are missing sweet baked goods on a sugar-free diet). And let Sampson put real sugar Christmas sprinkles on top for that holiday flair. That's a fair compromise right? .. 😀 He was beyond thrilled to dump those sprinkles on. Trying to celebrate the season daily this year, and spread the cheer as much as possible. .. ..How do y'all balance all the sugary treats this time of year? .. 🌲🎄🌲 #keto  #ketofamily 
The world NEEDS you. We need you to show up for your life. Imagine if we all just decided it wasn’t worth it? The encourager, the builder, the administrative person, the deep thinker, the vision caster, the idealist, the prophet, the teacher, the helper, etc.
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What if those people sat back and decided they weren’t going to participate? That’s a detriment to our lives, right?
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Friends, I implore you. Take the time to inventory of your gifts. Then, USE them. Refine them. Build them up. Practice living your best life. Practice it daily.
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Stop right now. 🛑 Stop the comparison game. You weren’t meant to live his, her, their life. You were meant to live YOURS. Stay in your lane. Rock it. 😎🤘🏻👅 I’m cheering you on.
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The world NEEDS you. We need you to show up for your life. Imagine if we all just decided it wasn’t worth it? The encourager, the builder, the administrative person, the deep thinker, the vision caster, the idealist, the prophet, the teacher, the helper, etc. . What if those people sat back and decided they weren’t going to participate? That’s a detriment to our lives, right? . Friends, I implore you. Take the time to inventory of your gifts. Then, USE them. Refine them. Build them up. Practice living your best life. Practice it daily. . Stop right now. 🛑 Stop the comparison game. You weren’t meant to live his, her, their life. You were meant to live YOURS. Stay in your lane. Rock it. 😎🤘🏻👅 I’m cheering you on. . If you’re appreciating these posts, please share them with a friend. Love having you in my community. You are known + loved. 💗✨🌱
Quick quiz: are you an introvert or an extrovert? 
Believe it or not, I'm an introvert.
Married to an introvert.
Who gave birth to...
two introverts and an EXTROVERT.
Yeah. That boy in the blue shirt? My son? He needs to be with people.
Watching the two of them together makes me realize just how perfect dance is for both types of personalities.
He gets fed being surrounded by people.
And she can give it her all, paying attention to what she's doing and not being bothered by the fact that she's in a room full of people.
As if I needed another excuse to want my kids in dance class ;)
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Quick quiz: are you an introvert or an extrovert? Believe it or not, I'm an introvert. Married to an introvert. Who gave birth to... two introverts and an EXTROVERT. Yeah. That boy in the blue shirt? My son? He needs to be with people. Watching the two of them together makes me realize just how perfect dance is for both types of personalities. He gets fed being surrounded by people. And she can give it her all, paying attention to what she's doing and not being bothered by the fact that she's in a room full of people. As if I needed another excuse to want my kids in dance class ;) . . . . . . #blinkperformingarts  @blinkperformingarts #danceclass  #balletphotographer  #kissimmeephotographer  #kissimmeephotography  #orlandodancers  #kissimmeedancers  #kissimmeephotography  #timetodance  #dancingthroughlife  #reallife  #danceforlife  #dancephotography  #dancephotographer  #charmboxstudios  #alwaysdancing  #borntodance  #5678  #dancersworld  #dancelifestyle  #busymom  #dancemomlife  #raisingmytribe  #authenticmotherhood  #mymomlife  #kissimmeemoms  #dancingdaughter  #tinydancer  #boysdancetoo  #boydancer  @mikiarroyo
I get asked what it’s like having Russ travel so much throughout the year, and I’m sure many of you out there have an often-traveling spouse, too. This picture reminds of what it’s like :
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Russ : In his element. Speaking and coaching. Totally fine ♠️
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Me : In my element. Covered in kids. IT’S FINE 🙃
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Today @russperry and I are coming together for a new episode of the Good to Be Home podcast to talk about setting 90 day outcomes for your goals, whatever area in life they may be in. 90 is the magic number and what we have achieved over the years using this simple model has been nothing short of extraordinary.
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You may say BUT WAIT GUYS it’s the holidays there’s no way I can think about goal-setting right now! But that’s the advantage you can give you present self for next year - planning ahead. You don’t need to lay it alllll out now; we just want to plant the seed for some thinking and conversations we’ll be having further on the podcast and on here in January 🗓
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Listen using the link in bio or find us on the Apple podcast app. Have a happy Monday! #goodtobehomepodcast
I get asked what it’s like having Russ travel so much throughout the year, and I’m sure many of you out there have an often-traveling spouse, too. This picture reminds of what it’s like : • Russ : In his element. Speaking and coaching. Totally fine ♠️ • Me : In my element. Covered in kids. IT’S FINE 🙃 • Today @russperry and I are coming together for a new episode of the Good to Be Home podcast to talk about setting 90 day outcomes for your goals, whatever area in life they may be in. 90 is the magic number and what we have achieved over the years using this simple model has been nothing short of extraordinary. • You may say BUT WAIT GUYS it’s the holidays there’s no way I can think about goal-setting right now! But that’s the advantage you can give you present self for next year - planning ahead. You don’t need to lay it alllll out now; we just want to plant the seed for some thinking and conversations we’ll be having further on the podcast and on here in January 🗓 • Listen using the link in bio or find us on the Apple podcast app. Have a happy Monday! #goodtobehomepodcast 
Monday morning routine ☕️ .
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.As much as I love the carefree spirit of the weekend with lazy Saturdays & extra family time...I look forward to the routine of the week. As a free spirit myself I’m surprised at how much I enjoy routine now. .
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.I was recently reflecting how I’ve been a stay at home mom for nearly 4 years now. After spending 10 years as a social worker, it was a tough transition to being a stay at home mom. I feel like I’m finally adjusted to it 4 years later.
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.Primarily I think I struggled with pride. My identity. My worth was wrapped it what I produced. How I helped my clients, teenagers I mentored or paperwork I completed. SAHMotherhood stripped away my pride & worth and forced me to look in the mirror and say “I am enough.”
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.Now please don’t read this and think that as working mothers this doesn’t apply. When I worked when Jules was little it was so satisfying to balance mothering and my professional life. I deeply admire women who can balance both as I think our world desperately needs mothers in the workforce. Staying at home allowed me the opportunity of pursuing my dream of teaching childbirth Ed. I never would have found this career without it. All mothers have to make hard choices. My choices are just different and that’s ok. ❤️
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Monday morning routine ☕️ . . .As much as I love the carefree spirit of the weekend with lazy Saturdays & extra family time...I look forward to the routine of the week. As a free spirit myself I’m surprised at how much I enjoy routine now. . . .I was recently reflecting how I’ve been a stay at home mom for nearly 4 years now. After spending 10 years as a social worker, it was a tough transition to being a stay at home mom. I feel like I’m finally adjusted to it 4 years later. . . .Primarily I think I struggled with pride. My identity. My worth was wrapped it what I produced. How I helped my clients, teenagers I mentored or paperwork I completed. SAHMotherhood stripped away my pride & worth and forced me to look in the mirror and say “I am enough.” . . .Now please don’t read this and think that as working mothers this doesn’t apply. When I worked when Jules was little it was so satisfying to balance mothering and my professional life. I deeply admire women who can balance both as I think our world desperately needs mothers in the workforce. Staying at home allowed me the opportunity of pursuing my dream of teaching childbirth Ed. I never would have found this career without it. All mothers have to make hard choices. My choices are just different and that’s ok. ❤️ . . . . . #sahm  #sahmprobs  #sahmlife  #sahmstyle  #stayathomemom  #motherhood  #authenticmotherhood  #honestmotherhood  #unitedinmotherhood  #instamom  #igmotherhood  #ohheymama   #momproblems  #momlife 
Throwback to newborn days with Cedar & Forrest 🌿🌿 ❤️❤️ #twins #momofboys
Throwback to newborn days with Cedar & Forrest 🌿🌿 ❤️❤️ #twins  #momofboys 
Waiting to join in on the snow fun, but content for now to sit on the porch and head in early to make hot chocolate and cuddle with Mommy ❄️🐻
Waiting to join in on the snow fun, but content for now to sit on the porch and head in early to make hot chocolate and cuddle with Mommy ❄️🐻
Favorite “clean” beauty products? Comment below! That recent article about females beginning puberty early due to exposure to their mother’s skincare products during pregnancy has me all kinds of ready to toss out my makeup. Well. That, and, my two year old threw my bag down the stairs and then flushed half of it down the toilet... 🤷‍♀️ #thecoldcoffeediaries #lessglamourmorebeauty #mamasgrowuptoo
Favorite “clean” beauty products? Comment below! That recent article about females beginning puberty early due to exposure to their mother’s skincare products during pregnancy has me all kinds of ready to toss out my makeup. Well. That, and, my two year old threw my bag down the stairs and then flushed half of it down the toilet... 🤷‍♀️ #thecoldcoffeediaries  #lessglamourmorebeauty  #mamasgrowuptoo 
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I've fumbled around with my parenting style. I really had no clue about what type of parent i would be. During pregnancy, I voraciously read about pregnancy, labor and birth - but didn't glance at the days, weeks and years beyond that. 
Following my boy's arrival, I've followed my instincts (which really just meant doing my best to meet his needs), and this has worked well for the good days. I've fed on demand, bed shared from 4 months (cosleep or no sleep became my cheery motto) and been the mother my child needed me to be (not necessarily the one that would get the most rest or relaxation 🙄).
I have found the hardest part of being a parent to be discipline. I've received advice to smack for any and all behaviors. I've watched people watching me do nothing while Eli has flailed around, hitting me in anger. And then there are my own failures- I've told him 'no' and received such a furious emotional response from him in tears and temper that I've given in, not really sure what other option I had- rather than hitting or yelling? 
Probably the most helpful advice I've read, went something like this: "it's not your job to prevent a negative response or stop them from crying or showing emotion. It's your job to comfort them when their feelings are too big for them to handle".
This is why, when he cries after I say no, I try not to distract him with food or toys in the middle of a meltdown, but instead hold him close (if that's what he wants) until he's released that feeling. It's why when he hits me in anger or does something that I've told him not to,  I don't ignore him or yell or meet his anger with my own. I sit with him and ask him to listen to me because I don't like what he's doing. 
It's been a lifesaver really, and for the million ways i get it wrong everyday, I feel like in this small way I'm building trust in him that I'll keep loving him through the good, AND the bad.
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🍃holding🍃 I've fumbled around with my parenting style. I really had no clue about what type of parent i would be. During pregnancy, I voraciously read about pregnancy, labor and birth - but didn't glance at the days, weeks and years beyond that. Following my boy's arrival, I've followed my instincts (which really just meant doing my best to meet his needs), and this has worked well for the good days. I've fed on demand, bed shared from 4 months (cosleep or no sleep became my cheery motto) and been the mother my child needed me to be (not necessarily the one that would get the most rest or relaxation 🙄). I have found the hardest part of being a parent to be discipline. I've received advice to smack for any and all behaviors. I've watched people watching me do nothing while Eli has flailed around, hitting me in anger. And then there are my own failures- I've told him 'no' and received such a furious emotional response from him in tears and temper that I've given in, not really sure what other option I had- rather than hitting or yelling? Probably the most helpful advice I've read, went something like this: "it's not your job to prevent a negative response or stop them from crying or showing emotion. It's your job to comfort them when their feelings are too big for them to handle". This is why, when he cries after I say no, I try not to distract him with food or toys in the middle of a meltdown, but instead hold him close (if that's what he wants) until he's released that feeling. It's why when he hits me in anger or does something that I've told him not to, I don't ignore him or yell or meet his anger with my own. I sit with him and ask him to listen to me because I don't like what he's doing. It's been a lifesaver really, and for the million ways i get it wrong everyday, I feel like in this small way I'm building trust in him that I'll keep loving him through the good, AND the bad. . . . . . . 📷 Lisa Lois Photography
Hand-me-down snowsuits, socks as mittens on their hands, drenched from head to toe while making a powdery snowman with Daddy. No one wanted the day to end ☃️💕
Hand-me-down snowsuits, socks as mittens on their hands, drenched from head to toe while making a powdery snowman with Daddy. No one wanted the day to end ☃️💕
Today, we’re snacking on pumpkin seeds 🎃 Our veggie patch is doing SO well and the pumpkin and cucumber plants are ginormous!! Hopefully next year we can nibble on pumpkin seeds from our own garden🤞
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The health benefits of these superseeds include:
🔸 Rich in magnesium for heart health
🔸 Full of zinc for immune support
🔸 A good source of Omega-3 fats
🔸 Relief from insomnia and anxiety
🔸 Reduces risk of prostate cancer
🔸 Boosts energy levels
🔸 Anti-inflammatory
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Enjoy them raw or roast them with a bit of sea salt and reap the health rewards!
Today, we’re snacking on pumpkin seeds 🎃 Our veggie patch is doing SO well and the pumpkin and cucumber plants are ginormous!! Hopefully next year we can nibble on pumpkin seeds from our own garden🤞 . The health benefits of these superseeds include: 🔸 Rich in magnesium for heart health 🔸 Full of zinc for immune support 🔸 A good source of Omega-3 fats 🔸 Relief from insomnia and anxiety 🔸 Reduces risk of prostate cancer 🔸 Boosts energy levels 🔸 Anti-inflammatory ... the list goes on. . Enjoy them raw or roast them with a bit of sea salt and reap the health rewards!
We live in a time of more is better, what do you own, who are you wearing and a constant pressure to have the newest and best of everything. It’s an unrealistic expectation causing unnecessary stress on our children and ourselves. I want to teach my children to appreciate what they have, understand how fortunate they are and above all remember that their material belonging are not what defines them. ⁣⁣⁣
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One Mom Creates a New Holiday Tradition on the blog now along with free template download. {LINK IN BIO} @theglauriouslife
We live in a time of more is better, what do you own, who are you wearing and a constant pressure to have the newest and best of everything. It’s an unrealistic expectation causing unnecessary stress on our children and ourselves. I want to teach my children to appreciate what they have, understand how fortunate they are and above all remember that their material belonging are not what defines them. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ One Mom Creates a New Holiday Tradition on the blog now along with free template download. {LINK IN BIO} @theglauriouslife
A MOTHER IS BORN 〰 Just as her baby is born, so too, is a mother. It's recognized in so many ways in a great many cultures, though sadly not enough in most of Western society 🌕
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Instead, many new mothers are left isolated, with little to no recognition of the remarkable, miraculous AF accomplishment of bringing of new life into the world. Of completely transforming oneself - physically, mentally, spiritually 🌙
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For first-time moms especially, we shift radically into a whole new identity. And this requires care. Love. Nourishment. Guidance. Time. We can't be expected to navigate this uncharted space alone 🌕
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Every single time I bundle up a Tenth Moon package, it fills my heart knowing that we are helping to take care a new mom. That someone has recognized that birth is about more than having a baby - it's about becoming a mother. And that that mother deserves all the TLC in the world 🌙
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Learn more about our postpartum care packages at tenthmoon.com 🔗 in bio ☝🏽️ Tenth Moon Essentials (shown here) includes: TM Lavender Mineral Soak; TM Herbal Stiz Bath; TM Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea; TM Yummy Mama Organic Granola; TM Organic Coconut Oil; + Shoosha Organic Rescue Nipple Balm 🌕 Shipping to new mamas across Canada 💕
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#tenthmoonmamas #birthofamother
A MOTHER IS BORN 〰 Just as her baby is born, so too, is a mother. It's recognized in so many ways in a great many cultures, though sadly not enough in most of Western society 🌕 . . Instead, many new mothers are left isolated, with little to no recognition of the remarkable, miraculous AF accomplishment of bringing of new life into the world. Of completely transforming oneself - physically, mentally, spiritually 🌙 . . For first-time moms especially, we shift radically into a whole new identity. And this requires care. Love. Nourishment. Guidance. Time. We can't be expected to navigate this uncharted space alone 🌕 . . Every single time I bundle up a Tenth Moon package, it fills my heart knowing that we are helping to take care a new mom. That someone has recognized that birth is about more than having a baby - it's about becoming a mother. And that that mother deserves all the TLC in the world 🌙 . . Learn more about our postpartum care packages at tenthmoon.com 🔗 in bio ☝🏽️ Tenth Moon Essentials (shown here) includes: TM Lavender Mineral Soak; TM Herbal Stiz Bath; TM Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea; TM Yummy Mama Organic Granola; TM Organic Coconut Oil; + Shoosha Organic Rescue Nipple Balm 🌕 Shipping to new mamas across Canada 💕 . . #tenthmoonmamas  #birthofamother 
I share my transformations with you because I know it’s easy to look at where someone is at in life and just think it’s always been that way. But usually that’s not the case.
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It’s taken a lot of hard work and loving myself along the way to get to where I’m at. I was introduced to this company YEARS ago and slowly started making changes. I turned it into a lifestyle and never looked back✨
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But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried after having my baby (you can see it in my eyes). I was worried that I’d never feel like myself again. That I wouldn’t be as strong or as confident. I didn’t recognize my body and I was terrified.
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Turns out, it’s better than ever. Sure it has some loose skin here and there and my baby pretty much sucked the life out of my boobs 🤦🏼‍♀️ (breastfeeding mamas, can I get an amen?!), but nourishing my mind & body was all I needed to feel like “myself” again - the updated, mama version❤️
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It’s really that simple. It won’t happen overnight, but balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and the right mindset is all you need. If you’re ready to get started, I’m always here to help.
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#postpartumjourney #investinyourhealth #mindbodyspirit
I share my transformations with you because I know it’s easy to look at where someone is at in life and just think it’s always been that way. But usually that’s not the case. . It’s taken a lot of hard work and loving myself along the way to get to where I’m at. I was introduced to this company YEARS ago and slowly started making changes. I turned it into a lifestyle and never looked back✨ . But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried after having my baby (you can see it in my eyes). I was worried that I’d never feel like myself again. That I wouldn’t be as strong or as confident. I didn’t recognize my body and I was terrified. . Turns out, it’s better than ever. Sure it has some loose skin here and there and my baby pretty much sucked the life out of my boobs 🤦🏼‍♀️ (breastfeeding mamas, can I get an amen?!), but nourishing my mind & body was all I needed to feel like “myself” again - the updated, mama version❤️ . It’s really that simple. It won’t happen overnight, but balanced nutrition, regular exercise, and the right mindset is all you need. If you’re ready to get started, I’m always here to help. . #postpartumjourney  #investinyourhealth  #mindbodyspirit 
Wohoo friends!!! Christmas comes early! ❤️
We are giving not one but TWO FOLLOWERS each an APPLE WATCH and a Starbucks Gift Card OR $375 CASH EACH!! To Enter follow ALL the steps below: .
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1.FOLLOW Me, We Check.
2.LIKE this Post.
3.GO to @classy_giveaways1 for next steps.
4.ANSWER Below for a better chance to win: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE DRINK OR DRINK OF CHOICE? ☕️🍺🍷🥛
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CONTEST ENDS ON: 12/12/18
For RULES see official giveaway post @classy_giveaways1 .
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Please Note: This contest is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram. Inc or any of the companies in the photo. By entering you are confirming you are at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use!
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#generosity #starbucksmom #toddlermom #workingmom #giftguide #applewatch #merrychristmas #motherhood #momtribe #authenticity #authenticmotherhood #momtribe #tribevibe #mindset #manifest #targetmoms #messybun #fitnessgoals #iwatch
Wohoo friends!!! Christmas comes early! ❤️ We are giving not one but TWO FOLLOWERS each an APPLE WATCH and a Starbucks Gift Card OR $375 CASH EACH!! To Enter follow ALL the steps below: . . 1.FOLLOW Me, We Check. 2.LIKE this Post. 3.GO to @classy_giveaways1 for next steps. 4.ANSWER Below for a better chance to win: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COFFEE DRINK OR DRINK OF CHOICE? ☕️🍺🍷🥛 . . . CONTEST ENDS ON: 12/12/18 For RULES see official giveaway post @classy_giveaways1 . . Please Note: This contest is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram. Inc or any of the companies in the photo. By entering you are confirming you are at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use! . . . . . . . . . . . . #generosity  #starbucksmom  #toddlermom  #workingmom  #giftguide  #applewatch  #merrychristmas  #motherhood  #momtribe  #authenticity  #authenticmotherhood  #momtribe  #tribevibe  #mindset  #manifest  #targetmoms  #messybun  #fitnessgoals  #iwatch 
This lady is an RN and her hubby is an MD and they are parents to 6 beautiful children!!!!! They might know a thing or two about health and wellness!
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She shares....Two years ago today I faced my fear of what people would think 😳😬 and I posted this picture of little Lily and I along with these words:
“Lily is 8 weeks old today!  Feeling awesome after a great work out and a little "pink drink." Losing inches, gaining energy, less cravings, sleeping more soundly, improving my health from the inside out, which is the best way to do it.  I'm telling you, people, I should not feel this great on 5-6 hours of sleep a night with an 8 week old.  This stuff is working 🙂. Happy mom, happy baby!  Who wants to join me?"
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Since then close to 8,000 people have joined me. 🤗🙌🏼 And here I am with another sweet baby.  Feeling good, best pregnancy ever, easy recovery, and looking forward to the year ahead of me. #noregrets  I remember being worried about what people might think.  Thomas is an MD, I'm an RN. ....🤣😱 It's the best health and financial decision we could have EVER made and I'd do it 100x over.  And I'll keep sharing cause after 2 years and thousands of success stories, from health and finances, and everything in between, I'm not stopping.  There is no fear and only excitement for the future!  If you've been watching, or you've started and quit, I invite you to come back!  It'll be the best decision you'll make!"
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 #mynameismama #thisislife #mommyblogger #authenticmotherhood #mymamahood #rn #motherhoodintheraw #nurselife #nursesrock
This lady is an RN and her hubby is an MD and they are parents to 6 beautiful children!!!!! They might know a thing or two about health and wellness! . She shares....Two years ago today I faced my fear of what people would think 😳😬 and I posted this picture of little Lily and I along with these words: “Lily is 8 weeks old today! Feeling awesome after a great work out and a little "pink drink." Losing inches, gaining energy, less cravings, sleeping more soundly, improving my health from the inside out, which is the best way to do it. I'm telling you, people, I should not feel this great on 5-6 hours of sleep a night with an 8 week old. This stuff is working 🙂. Happy mom, happy baby! Who wants to join me?" . ⠀⠀ Since then close to 8,000 people have joined me. 🤗🙌🏼 And here I am with another sweet baby. Feeling good, best pregnancy ever, easy recovery, and looking forward to the year ahead of me. #noregrets  I remember being worried about what people might think. Thomas is an MD, I'm an RN. ....🤣😱 It's the best health and financial decision we could have EVER made and I'd do it 100x over. And I'll keep sharing cause after 2 years and thousands of success stories, from health and finances, and everything in between, I'm not stopping. There is no fear and only excitement for the future! If you've been watching, or you've started and quit, I invite you to come back! It'll be the best decision you'll make!" . . . . #mynameismama  #thisislife  #mommyblogger  #authenticmotherhood  #mymamahood  #rn  #motherhoodintheraw  #nurselife  #nursesrock 
This is the face we saw every morning for 3 months. 😢⠀
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Swipe right to see the face we see NOW! 😀
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Our 1st 3 months in Mexico, were hard for the whole family.⠀
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As parents, it’s so hard to see your kids be uncomfortable. Can you relate?⠀
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In our case, going to school in a new language was met with *this face* on the daily.⠀
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This kid is now speaking (basic) spanish!⠀
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It blows my mind how far she has come since arriving in August.⠀
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Parents can be less resilient, in that we want to “protect” our kids from discomfort.
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The key to being okay with our children’s “growing pains”, is to be aligned as a couple.⠀
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We couldn’t have gotten through those intense first three months without daily talks to ensure that we were on the same page as a couple.⠀
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Want to get on the same page as your partner?⠀
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Watch the first video lesson of Couple’s Tune-Up! Totally free and worth 10 minutes of your time. Link in bio! 😘⠀
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#motherhoodalive #holidayprep #authenticmotherhood #torontomom #torontomoms #ottawamom #momlife #momlifebelike #newmama #healthymom #healthymoms #healthymama #healthyfamily #houseandhook
This is the face we saw every morning for 3 months. 😢⠀ . Swipe right to see the face we see NOW! 😀 .⠀ Our 1st 3 months in Mexico, were hard for the whole family.⠀ .⠀ As parents, it’s so hard to see your kids be uncomfortable. Can you relate?⠀ .⠀ In our case, going to school in a new language was met with *this face* on the daily.⠀ .⠀ But guess what?⠀ .⠀ This kid is now speaking (basic) spanish!⠀ .⠀ It blows my mind how far she has come since arriving in August.⠀ .⠀ We all know that kids are resilient. . Parents can be less resilient, in that we want to “protect” our kids from discomfort. .⠀ The key to being okay with our children’s “growing pains”, is to be aligned as a couple.⠀ .⠀ We couldn’t have gotten through those intense first three months without daily talks to ensure that we were on the same page as a couple.⠀ .⠀ Want to get on the same page as your partner?⠀ .⠀ Watch the first video lesson of Couple’s Tune-Up! Totally free and worth 10 minutes of your time. Link in bio! 😘⠀ . Photos: @jbsmith .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #motherhoodalive  #holidayprep  #authenticmotherhood  #torontomom  #torontomoms  #ottawamom  #momlife  #momlifebelike  #newmama  #healthymom  #healthymoms  #healthymama  #healthyfamily  #houseandhook 
This cowboy got a new hat today! (Look back through my feed to see the old worn out one that never left his head 😂) .
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He is going to get a felt one for a Christmas but he needed a good straw hat too, and that other one was rough! 😂
This cowboy got a new hat today! (Look back through my feed to see the old worn out one that never left his head 😂) . . He is going to get a felt one for a Christmas but he needed a good straw hat too, and that other one was rough! 😂
The other day while the kids were playing in the other room, I heard Grayson say “Cookie bakers you have 30 minutes remaining!” I think it’s safe to say we’ve been watching way too much @foodnetwork the past couple weeks 😬 Also I just learned not everyone loves sugar cookies! What?! Please tell me it’s not true! We’re a little sugar cookie obsessed at our house!
The other day while the kids were playing in the other room, I heard Grayson say “Cookie bakers you have 30 minutes remaining!” I think it’s safe to say we’ve been watching way too much @foodnetwork the past couple weeks 😬 Also I just learned not everyone loves sugar cookies! What?! Please tell me it’s not true! We’re a little sugar cookie obsessed at our house!
They do NOT understand the importance of my Sunday matching pictures. #afterallivedoneforyou #icarriedyouforninefreakingmonths
Hey mamas, take the pictures with no makeup, 4-day-old hair thrown in a ponytail, and bags under your eyes. Wear the pants that are a little too big, or a little too tight, but remind you’re on a journey. I fear that in America we’ve become so accustomed to “made up” beauty, we forget what it looks like in reality. I love getting dolled up (rarely happens!) but the last few years I’ve come to fully appreciate the “just me” look. I look at my precious daughters and only see beauty in their lit up faces, big smiles, bright eyes. Why can’t that be true for us as adult women?! It totally can! If you struggle with thinking you’re beautiful without a darn thing on your face, I challenge you to start changing your mindset! Especially if you have daughters. Someday they won’t believe you when you tell them they’re beautiful just the way they are if they don’t see you believing it about yourself. 😘
Hey mamas, take the pictures with no makeup, 4-day-old hair thrown in a ponytail, and bags under your eyes. Wear the pants that are a little too big, or a little too tight, but remind you’re on a journey. I fear that in America we’ve become so accustomed to “made up” beauty, we forget what it looks like in reality. I love getting dolled up (rarely happens!) but the last few years I’ve come to fully appreciate the “just me” look. I look at my precious daughters and only see beauty in their lit up faces, big smiles, bright eyes. Why can’t that be true for us as adult women?! It totally can! If you struggle with thinking you’re beautiful without a darn thing on your face, I challenge you to start changing your mindset! Especially if you have daughters. Someday they won’t believe you when you tell them they’re beautiful just the way they are if they don’t see you believing it about yourself. 😘
How is it already Monday tomorrow? I honestly feel like since having my second son last winter, time will not slow down.  Sometimes I lay in bed at night and do not understand how the day flew by or even where the week went. It got me thinking ....is this life after kids or simply the season I'm in with little ones ? Seasoned mamas....does time ever slow down again ? Or is this my new "normal "?
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#lettherebelight #letterfolk #letterboardquotes #manicmonday #justmomlife #juststaylittle #rawmotherhood #authenticmotherhood #uneditedmotherhood #weekendmood #mondaysbelike #motherhoodslens #thisismotherhood #lifeasmama
How is it already Monday tomorrow? I honestly feel like since having my second son last winter, time will not slow down. Sometimes I lay in bed at night and do not understand how the day flew by or even where the week went. It got me thinking ....is this life after kids or simply the season I'm in with little ones ? Seasoned mamas....does time ever slow down again ? Or is this my new "normal "? . . . . . . . . . . . #lettherebelight  #letterfolk  #letterboardquotes  #manicmonday  #justmomlife  #juststaylittle  #rawmotherhood  #authenticmotherhood  #uneditedmotherhood  #weekendmood  #mondaysbelike  #motherhoodslens  #thisismotherhood  #lifeasmama 
Can’t deny that I love having a baby small enough to almost fit inside of a wreath 😍
Can’t deny that I love having a baby small enough to almost fit inside of a wreath 😍
i landed last night around midnight from an amazing soul filling work/play/celebration quick trip to Seattle to come home cold rainy weather- typically i would find it wretched and unwanted but it’s seriously the best for a sunday after being gone for a few days. i mean it’s legit perfect day for cozy sweaters, hot tea on repeat, a sunday clean up, garden soup making, little boy under foot playing, christmas oils diffusing and one hundred percent exactly what i needed. happy sunday, sweet friends. i hope your day is filled with yummy aromas, light hearts and lots of laughs.
i landed last night around midnight from an amazing soul filling work/play/celebration quick trip to Seattle to come home cold rainy weather- typically i would find it wretched and unwanted but it’s seriously the best for a sunday after being gone for a few days. i mean it’s legit perfect day for cozy sweaters, hot tea on repeat, a sunday clean up, garden soup making, little boy under foot playing, christmas oils diffusing and one hundred percent exactly what i needed. happy sunday, sweet friends. i hope your day is filled with yummy aromas, light hearts and lots of laughs.
REAL TALK. LET ME TELL YA HOW I REALLY FEEL 😉❤️
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I, too, get annoyed with the sales pitchy posts and the false claims of products and the constant group adds and the picture tags.  And BLOWING UP newsfeeds.  Seriously.  I'm human and that mess gets annoying...
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I talk to SO many women who are SCARED to give this business a try because they don't want to fall into categories listed above. Some are even SCARED to message and ask about it!!! And I had the SAME fear.
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I GET IT.
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But here is the deal...
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Every transformation you see is ME! I am MY OWN FREAKING PROOF that what I teach--->> works. ✌🏻️
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I don't "sell" anything. I share what works for me and inspire and teach people how to create a HEALTHY LIFE the good ole fashioned way.
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SWEATING AND EATING RIGHT.
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And if someone DOES decide that an at home fitness program would really help them out -->> then guess what??? They get 100% of my help along the way!!!
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My "job" is to TEACH people how to stay accountable, how to eat clean, how to become confident, how to create meal plans, and honestly how to do anything else they need to know!
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My "job" is to shine a little light of happiness and inspiration to SOMEONE every single day.
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My "job" is to workout for 30 minutes a day, get fit, eat clean, and cheat a little here and there so that I can TEACH YOU a realistic solution to your health and fitness difficulties.
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And here is the REAL proof...
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Most of you know me. Small town girl in a cookie cutter house with a cookie cutter job and a cookie cutter lifestyle.
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But because of this business??? Our little cookie cutter life is rapidly approaching being DEBT free. AND we are able to pay for things without taking on any more debt. We have FREEDOM. We have CHOICES.
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My WHOLE FUTURE is changed. Isn't that worth a TINY risk???
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Please don't be afraid to just ASK me about coaching-->> there is EVERYTHING to gain.  Sneak peek into what this takes, is, and can do starts Tuesday... want the link?
REAL TALK. LET ME TELL YA HOW I REALLY FEEL 😉❤️ . I, too, get annoyed with the sales pitchy posts and the false claims of products and the constant group adds and the picture tags. And BLOWING UP newsfeeds. Seriously. I'm human and that mess gets annoying... . I talk to SO many women who are SCARED to give this business a try because they don't want to fall into categories listed above. Some are even SCARED to message and ask about it!!! And I had the SAME fear. . I GET IT. . But here is the deal... . Every transformation you see is ME! I am MY OWN FREAKING PROOF that what I teach--->> works. ✌🏻️ . I don't "sell" anything. I share what works for me and inspire and teach people how to create a HEALTHY LIFE the good ole fashioned way. . SWEATING AND EATING RIGHT. . And if someone DOES decide that an at home fitness program would really help them out -->> then guess what??? They get 100% of my help along the way!!! . My "job" is to TEACH people how to stay accountable, how to eat clean, how to become confident, how to create meal plans, and honestly how to do anything else they need to know! . My "job" is to shine a little light of happiness and inspiration to SOMEONE every single day. . My "job" is to workout for 30 minutes a day, get fit, eat clean, and cheat a little here and there so that I can TEACH YOU a realistic solution to your health and fitness difficulties. . And here is the REAL proof... . Most of you know me. Small town girl in a cookie cutter house with a cookie cutter job and a cookie cutter lifestyle. . But because of this business??? Our little cookie cutter life is rapidly approaching being DEBT free. AND we are able to pay for things without taking on any more debt. We have FREEDOM. We have CHOICES. . My WHOLE FUTURE is changed. Isn't that worth a TINY risk??? . Please don't be afraid to just ASK me about coaching-->> there is EVERYTHING to gain. Sneak peek into what this takes, is, and can do starts Tuesday... want the link?
not even going to say how long it's been since I have worn pants that weren't held up with elastic string.
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just know... today, I ventured into the nearby snow village to snag our Christmas tree + grab some family gifts... wearing jeans.
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there may be enough dry shampoo in my hair to keep it looking "fresh" for another few days, but no one is perfect.
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the holidays are here, love.  break out those jeans and flannel but make sure to keep the dry shampoo in endless supply... and just embrace the beautiful chaos around you.
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what's one thing YOU are hoping Santa brings you this year?  I could use some good gift ideas while out shopping today!
not even going to say how long it's been since I have worn pants that weren't held up with elastic string. 🙍🏼‍♀️ just know... today, I ventured into the nearby snow village to snag our Christmas tree + grab some family gifts... wearing jeans. 👖 there may be enough dry shampoo in my hair to keep it looking "fresh" for another few days, but no one is perfect. 🎄 the holidays are here, love. break out those jeans and flannel but make sure to keep the dry shampoo in endless supply... and just embrace the beautiful chaos around you. 🎅🏼 what's one thing YOU are hoping Santa brings you this year? I could use some good gift ideas while out shopping today!
“Here’s to Christmas. A time of remembering. A time of loving. A time of hope. A time for giving. A time of believing. A time of gratitude. A time to slow down. A time to simplify. A time of magic. A time of peace.”
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“Here’s to Christmas. A time of remembering. A time of loving. A time of hope. A time for giving. A time of believing. A time of gratitude. A time to slow down. A time to simplify. A time of magic. A time of peace.” • 🌿Hoping the simple moments that matter most fill your heart & home today! . . . . . #organizedwithkids  #sleighride  #christmasmagic  #christmastimeishere  #intentionalliving  #wholeheartedliving  #authenticmotherhood  #makeroom  #simplify  #simply  #yeg  #yegmama  #yegblogger  #simplesundayslowdown  #sundaymotivation  #seasonoflove  #gratitudeattitude  #encouragement  #reflections  #grace  #peace  #breath  #wellness  #flashesofdelight  #presentoverperfect  #joyinthejourney  #ohheymamas  #livesimply  #gracenotperfection  #whitechristmas 
The Lizzie diaper backpack is the perfect Gift! 🎊
The 5 accessory pack is always included - wet bag, insulated bottle holder, padded changing pad, stroller straps and clutch with messenger strap!  Today use code ✨Lucky15% ✨for 15% OFF your entire order.
The Lizzie diaper backpack is the perfect Gift! 🎊 The 5 accessory pack is always included - wet bag, insulated bottle holder, padded changing pad, stroller straps and clutch with messenger strap! Today use code ✨Lucky15% ✨for 15% OFF your entire order.
This little one is truly the best miracle in the world. I was worried I wouldn’t be a good mum. That I wouldn’t love her enough or that she wouldn’t love me. All those fears were erased the moment she entered the world.

To watch her grow and see the personality develop and come through makes my Mama heart grow exponentially. She’s the perfect mix of sweet, empathetic, strong, feisty, caring, and add in a whole lot of sass.

I know she’ll move mountains and change the world. I just hope she knows how much she is loved. It’s moments like decorating the Christmas tree together and seeing her eyes glow in the twinkle lights to having slow Sunday mornings with hot cocoa that I wish I could freeze in time.

I’m working to slow down. To really be present and to enjoy all these little moments.
This little one is truly the best miracle in the world. I was worried I wouldn’t be a good mum. That I wouldn’t love her enough or that she wouldn’t love me. All those fears were erased the moment she entered the world. To watch her grow and see the personality develop and come through makes my Mama heart grow exponentially. She’s the perfect mix of sweet, empathetic, strong, feisty, caring, and add in a whole lot of sass. I know she’ll move mountains and change the world. I just hope she knows how much she is loved. It’s moments like decorating the Christmas tree together and seeing her eyes glow in the twinkle lights to having slow Sunday mornings with hot cocoa that I wish I could freeze in time. I’m working to slow down. To really be present and to enjoy all these little moments.
A perfect little Sunday🖤 #AnnetteFerraroFamilies
There are many mysteries to the universe we were never meant to solve; but who we are and why we are here are not among them. Those answers we carry inside.
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In so many ways you have helped me to realize who I am and why I am here. Being a mother has been the hardest thing I have ever done. So much of me has been broken down in order to be molded into a better and truer version of myself. Through the season of raising you, I have raised myself.
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There is so much of your life left to unfold and I am excited to discover it with you. To learn every day more and more about who you are. To help you find your passions, your purpose and your place in this world.
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I love you always.
There are many mysteries to the universe we were never meant to solve; but who we are and why we are here are not among them. Those answers we carry inside. •Optimus Prime• - In so many ways you have helped me to realize who I am and why I am here. Being a mother has been the hardest thing I have ever done. So much of me has been broken down in order to be molded into a better and truer version of myself. Through the season of raising you, I have raised myself. - There is so much of your life left to unfold and I am excited to discover it with you. To learn every day more and more about who you are. To help you find your passions, your purpose and your place in this world. - May you grow into the greatest version of yourself, discover your passions early and walk confidently into your destiny. Happy 5th birthday Little Bear. I love you always.
I planned for weeks in advance to wear these earrings (a favorite pair I've had for years) for our anniversary date...because no way am I wearing them when Cyrus is around. I learned the lesson about baby hands and long earrings early on. So, real reason for dates post-baby: so mom can wear earrings and necklaces.
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We had a couple hours of kid free time tonight. 
Best friend, I freaking love ya.
We had a couple hours of kid free time tonight. Best friend, I freaking love ya.
My little chunker ready for a bath!  Tonight we started sitting in the baby tub.  And he quickly figured out that he can pull himself over onto his tummy and try to crawl out 🤣
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My little chunker ready for a bath! Tonight we started sitting in the baby tub. And he quickly figured out that he can pull himself over onto his tummy and try to crawl out 🤣 • • • • #letthembelittle  #bathtime  #clothdiaperbabies  #makeclothmainstream  #reducereuserecycle  #bathtimefun  #rollsuponrolls  #amberjewelry  #healingamber  #almostcrawling  #7monthsold  #supermancurl  #callmeclarkkent  #babyrolls  #liveauthentic  #authenticmotherhood  #motherhoodrising  #motherhoodsimplified  #childhoodunplugged  #momsofinstagram  #momswithcameras 
Happy Saturday!

We've had a lazy one. Which is amazing!

We tossed a ball, made paper bag donuts. Made hot chocolate, watched Christmas movies, built legos and had a dance break.

It was a great day. A good change from the routine of the week.

I wanted to let you know, I changed my profile pic to this picture instead of a logo.

It is easy to forget there are people on the other side of the phone.

And I wanted to make it feel more connected here on @thepreschoolworkshop

I created The Preschool Workshop to share all the preschool stuff we do here at home (the crafts, games, and all things that prep preschoolers for kindergarten). I'm in the middle of making a preschool curriculum that is over half way done sharing everything we do. That's in the shop on presale. Thank you to all who have purchased it! 
I love to doodle, so when I do that, I turn it into a pack for you all to experience. My most current one is the 12 Days of Christmas Pack about 4 posts back. 🎄🎅🤶 Anyhoo.. I am a SAHM of 3 kiddos (boy 5, girl 3 and boy 7 months). And I homeschool  my kindergartener and preschooler.

So, I do all the printables and lesson plans in all the little free time slots I find.

And they're kiddo-tested. My son has no problem telling me something is boring. 😳

Why am I sharing this? Really I don't know. Maybe I'm rambling... But, we are all mamas here. And what we all do is amazing. I want to tell you that you're amazing.

And thank you for being here in this community.

And sometime in the next couple days, I'll be sharing a DIY Snow Globe. Whoo hoo! Save those baby food jars. It could be an epic fail. So, I'll share that too. 
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Happy Saturday! We've had a lazy one. Which is amazing! We tossed a ball, made paper bag donuts. Made hot chocolate, watched Christmas movies, built legos and had a dance break. It was a great day. A good change from the routine of the week. I wanted to let you know, I changed my profile pic to this picture instead of a logo. It is easy to forget there are people on the other side of the phone. And I wanted to make it feel more connected here on @thepreschoolworkshop I created The Preschool Workshop to share all the preschool stuff we do here at home (the crafts, games, and all things that prep preschoolers for kindergarten). I'm in the middle of making a preschool curriculum that is over half way done sharing everything we do. That's in the shop on presale. Thank you to all who have purchased it! I love to doodle, so when I do that, I turn it into a pack for you all to experience. My most current one is the 12 Days of Christmas Pack about 4 posts back. 🎄🎅🤶 Anyhoo.. I am a SAHM of 3 kiddos (boy 5, girl 3 and boy 7 months). And I homeschool my kindergartener and preschooler. So, I do all the printables and lesson plans in all the little free time slots I find. And they're kiddo-tested. My son has no problem telling me something is boring. 😳 Why am I sharing this? Really I don't know. Maybe I'm rambling... But, we are all mamas here. And what we all do is amazing. I want to tell you that you're amazing. And thank you for being here in this community. And sometime in the next couple days, I'll be sharing a DIY Snow Globe. Whoo hoo! Save those baby food jars. It could be an epic fail. So, I'll share that too. It really are the moments that matter most. 📸 @theresawoonerphotography • • • • • #homeschoolmom  #momsofinstagram  #motherhoodrising  #unitedinmotherhood  #momlifeisthebestlife  #mommyblogger  #sahmlife  #momlifestyle  #mommymoments  #authenticmotherhood  #motherhoodunplugged  #momcommunity  #motherhoodintheraw  #communityovercompetition  #ig_motherhood  #mytinymoments  #simpleliving  #momtribe  #documentingmotherhood  #honestmotherhood  #momtogs  #lifegivingsquares  #graceupongrace  #preschoolathome  #iteachtoo  #iteachprek  #iteachpreschool  #earlyyearseducation 
I took this guy out for some much-needed one-on-one time today. Of our kids, he tends to get the least amount of positive attention from us, something we are determined to work on. Beneath that tween attitude lies a tender heart that loves to take care of his family, and filling up his tank helps to bring that out ❤️. We got a treat, did a little shopping for me (and he didn’t  complain once), and then he picked out Christmas gifts for his siblings and dad. ‘‘Twas a good afternoon.
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I took this guy out for some much-needed one-on-one time today. Of our kids, he tends to get the least amount of positive attention from us, something we are determined to work on. Beneath that tween attitude lies a tender heart that loves to take care of his family, and filling up his tank helps to bring that out ❤️. We got a treat, did a little shopping for me (and he didn’t complain once), and then he picked out Christmas gifts for his siblings and dad. ‘‘Twas a good afternoon. * * * * #sawyermichael212  #oldestchild  #boymama  #getaftergrateful  #letthekids  #mamasondate  #intentionalmotherhood  #authenticmotherhood 
Do you have increased stress over the holidays?⠀
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According to Greenberg Quilan Rosner Research findings on “Holiday Stress”:⠀
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The home decorating, baking, travelling, shopping, gift-wrapping, and festivities add A LOT more onto our plate.⠀
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Boost Your Couple-Connection This Holiday Season in 1 Simple Step⠀
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Do you have increased stress over the holidays?⠀ .⠀ If you answered “YES”, than you are not alone.⠀ .⠀ According to Greenberg Quilan Rosner Research findings on “Holiday Stress”:⠀ .⠀ “It is women who shoulder the majority of the family burden for shopping and holiday celebrations and they feel particular stress from the time crunch required to get everything done.”⠀ .⠀ On top of the usual life pressures, we work so hard to make the holidays magical for our kids.⠀ .⠀ Right, mama?⠀ .⠀ The home decorating, baking, travelling, shopping, gift-wrapping, and festivities add A LOT more onto our plate.⠀ .⠀ So, how do we prevent the overwhelm?⠀ .⠀ Get your partner on board ASAP.⠀ .⠀ Seriously.⠀ .⠀ I wrote a blog to help your couple get through the season with ease:⠀ .⠀ Boost Your Couple-Connection This Holiday Season in 1 Simple Step⠀ .⠀ Link in bio. ❤️⠀ .⠀ There *may* even be a free tool in there to help you to take action.⠀ .⠀ You know how much I want to see your couple thriving!⠀ .⠀ Let’s make sure you stay awesome through the pressures of the season, too.⠀ . Quote design: @ahaak71 .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #motherhoodalive  #holidayprep  #authenticmotherhood  #torontomom  #torontomoms  #ottawamom  #momlife  #momlifebelike  #newmama  #healthymom  #healthymoms  #healthymama  #healthyfamily  #houseandhook 
I found this pretty copy of Little Women and couldn’t resist reading it once again. This book holds so many memories for me! I used to watch this movie countless times at my grandma’s home when I would visit as a little girl. ✨💗 It’s become a tradition to watch it ever Christmas now with my little men.⠀
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When I flipped over the book I found the quote that my boat tattoo on my foot is connected to! It was meant to be, this book and me. ✌🏼This quote and my tattoo hold so much, it’s a reminder to me that no matter what - I should never be afraid. The world needs you and me, our unique voice and story can bring so much light + encouragement to others! #authenticmotherhood #inspirationtattoo #motherhoodintheraw #littlewomen #cultivatewhatmatters #motherhoodquotes
I found this pretty copy of Little Women and couldn’t resist reading it once again. This book holds so many memories for me! I used to watch this movie countless times at my grandma’s home when I would visit as a little girl. ✨💗 It’s become a tradition to watch it ever Christmas now with my little men.⠀ ⠀ When I flipped over the book I found the quote that my boat tattoo on my foot is connected to! It was meant to be, this book and me. ✌🏼This quote and my tattoo hold so much, it’s a reminder to me that no matter what - I should never be afraid. The world needs you and me, our unique voice and story can bring so much light + encouragement to others! #authenticmotherhood  #inspirationtattoo  #motherhoodintheraw  #littlewomen  #cultivatewhatmatters  #motherhoodquotes 
There were a lot tears but I think Santa and Mrs. Claus understood 🙈I didn't grow up visiting Santa so this was a fun little tradition to start with Eva! I think she'll eventually learn to like them 😉
There were a lot tears but I think Santa and Mrs. Claus understood 🙈I didn't grow up visiting Santa so this was a fun little tradition to start with Eva! I think she'll eventually learn to like them 😉
Lucca made a new little friend 🥰
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Thank you so much @abbey_simps for your hospitality, it was so wonderful meeting your beautiful family ♥️
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Lucca made a new little friend 🥰 . Thank you so much @abbey_simps for your hospitality, it was so wonderful meeting your beautiful family ♥️ . #luccaryecalderwood  #rhysadelaide 
Guess what.... it always passes. 
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Motherhood : the ultimate sport - tests resolve, endurance and strength, daily. 
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#doingmydamnbest #authenticmotherhood 📸 @jenni_boo__
Guess what.... it always passes. _______ Motherhood : the ultimate sport - tests resolve, endurance and strength, daily. _________ #doingmydamnbest  #authenticmotherhood  📸 @jenni_boo__
She might be a little rough when she’s loving on them, but they don’t get up and leave... 🤷🏻‍♀️😍
She might be a little rough when she’s loving on them, but they don’t get up and leave... 🤷🏻‍♀️😍
Today was so full of all the good stuff 🧡 I loaded up the kids this morning and we headed to town to see a holiday parade with our loved ones who help make our world go round when my husband is away. And then, the moment we got home, Poppy wanted to know why the reindeer in the parade with Santa were fake 🙈 so back on our boots went and outside we go looking for Rudolph 🦌 Praise Jesus ‘he’ was grazing some beach grass in our neighbour’s backyard which instantly made sense why he wasn’t at the parade (because: dinner 🥕). Also, we decided his nose was off because it was plugged in charging up for all its deliveries on Christmas Eve. Lovin’ all the magic in their imagination this holiday season!
Today was so full of all the good stuff 🧡 I loaded up the kids this morning and we headed to town to see a holiday parade with our loved ones who help make our world go round when my husband is away. And then, the moment we got home, Poppy wanted to know why the reindeer in the parade with Santa were fake 🙈 so back on our boots went and outside we go looking for Rudolph 🦌 Praise Jesus ‘he’ was grazing some beach grass in our neighbour’s backyard which instantly made sense why he wasn’t at the parade (because: dinner 🥕). Also, we decided his nose was off because it was plugged in charging up for all its deliveries on Christmas Eve. Lovin’ all the magic in their imagination this holiday season!
The only thing that’s gone according to plan today was this mornings waffles.
Mateo was struck with a tummy bug and we had to resort to a diaper because we had a few accidents this morning. Despite that he’s in good spirits.
So that has left mama to cleaning bathrooms, carpets and unexpected loads of laundry.
Missing out on Joaquin’s hockey games today because of that so a sad little buddy because I wouldn’t be there to cheer him on. 
Isabel is as happy as ever but won’t leave her boys side because she knows he’s not feeling well- love there bond.
So there’s the story behind my food pic. 
Remember there is always more going on. The nice pics that flood our feed are amazing- but life behind the scenes may not always be as put together as what the photos portray. :
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The only thing that’s gone according to plan today was this mornings waffles. Mateo was struck with a tummy bug and we had to resort to a diaper because we had a few accidents this morning. Despite that he’s in good spirits. So that has left mama to cleaning bathrooms, carpets and unexpected loads of laundry. Missing out on Joaquin’s hockey games today because of that so a sad little buddy because I wouldn’t be there to cheer him on. Isabel is as happy as ever but won’t leave her boys side because she knows he’s not feeling well- love there bond. So there’s the story behind my food pic. Remember there is always more going on. The nice pics that flood our feed are amazing- but life behind the scenes may not always be as put together as what the photos portray. : #faithfulfitfun 
The new #SpiderVerse movie got two thumbs up from our crew. @spiderversemovie
The new #SpiderVerse  movie got two thumbs up from our crew. @spiderversemovie
The raw kindness breaks me open in ways pain never did. Watching my friends tear up with happiness over a struggle I’ve overcome, a victory they celebrate with me, a gesture to let me know I’m not alone. May I never be so ‘whole’ again there’s not enough room for friends. ***
As the fall season winds down and the winter season gears up, I find myself often at a loss for words. I find myself regularly hiding in a bathroom stall, still crying out the remnants of the summer and the struggle that followed on its coat tails into fall. 
I find the days passing with incredible speed for the first time in my life, flashing before my eyes like a stop-motion film. 
And inbetween the sticky, goo-ey not so great moments are moments of uninhibited lightness. Moments that take my breath away from the sheer kindness and abundance that is shown to me. Sometimes I wonder, “is this really my life?” As I watch it fall apart and come back together like a magnet losing and gaining polarity. Or maybe a puzzle in the hands of a child. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes a mess. 
I watch those around me struggle to make sense of it all, the chaos and the warmth. I ask God, “why?” But more often, “thank you” as I teach my impatient heart gratitude in the face of its longings. I embrace my friends warmly as they speak gentle words my heart needs to hear so badly. 
We are so temporary and fragile here. And all so full of love and also hurt. It’s finally coming together that life isn’t meant to feel ok all of the time or we stop growing, we stop striving. Shortly after, we stop being. The struggle is there to make you stronger. To break your heart open to make room for all the warm, soft moments that you don’t have the capacity to hold right now. 
Trust the process. Trust your own guidance. Pray, love, be kind. But also weep and rest and play. 
Listen to your friends when they tell you it will be ok. Apologize for the days you struggle and fall short, but not the struggle its self. You are a beautiful, wild mess and God wouldn’t have you any other way. You are whole and complete and right and your place here is meaningful and necessary.
The raw kindness breaks me open in ways pain never did. Watching my friends tear up with happiness over a struggle I’ve overcome, a victory they celebrate with me, a gesture to let me know I’m not alone. May I never be so ‘whole’ again there’s not enough room for friends. *** As the fall season winds down and the winter season gears up, I find myself often at a loss for words. I find myself regularly hiding in a bathroom stall, still crying out the remnants of the summer and the struggle that followed on its coat tails into fall. I find the days passing with incredible speed for the first time in my life, flashing before my eyes like a stop-motion film. And inbetween the sticky, goo-ey not so great moments are moments of uninhibited lightness. Moments that take my breath away from the sheer kindness and abundance that is shown to me. Sometimes I wonder, “is this really my life?” As I watch it fall apart and come back together like a magnet losing and gaining polarity. Or maybe a puzzle in the hands of a child. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes a mess. I watch those around me struggle to make sense of it all, the chaos and the warmth. I ask God, “why?” But more often, “thank you” as I teach my impatient heart gratitude in the face of its longings. I embrace my friends warmly as they speak gentle words my heart needs to hear so badly. We are so temporary and fragile here. And all so full of love and also hurt. It’s finally coming together that life isn’t meant to feel ok all of the time or we stop growing, we stop striving. Shortly after, we stop being. The struggle is there to make you stronger. To break your heart open to make room for all the warm, soft moments that you don’t have the capacity to hold right now. Trust the process. Trust your own guidance. Pray, love, be kind. But also weep and rest and play. Listen to your friends when they tell you it will be ok. Apologize for the days you struggle and fall short, but not the struggle its self. You are a beautiful, wild mess and God wouldn’t have you any other way. You are whole and complete and right and your place here is meaningful and necessary.
I feel like Caleb and I are just lucky to even be in a photo with Charli really... ✌🏼😂
I feel like Caleb and I are just lucky to even be in a photo with Charli really... ✌🏼😂
Putting the gifts under the tree this early probably was not the best idea 😬🎁 #countdowntochristmas
Putting the gifts under the tree this early probably was not the best idea 😬🎁 #countdowntochristmas 
It's been a week! We are dealing with more teething over here, which means a crabby baby...and sometimes a crabby mama 🙈 I do try and keep it together but sometimes you just can't, you know? But I've got my coffee and a few minutes to myself, thanks to my amazing husband, so I'm going to go rest and recharge! Happy Saturday!
It's been a week! We are dealing with more teething over here, which means a crabby baby...and sometimes a crabby mama 🙈 I do try and keep it together but sometimes you just can't, you know? But I've got my coffee and a few minutes to myself, thanks to my amazing husband, so I'm going to go rest and recharge! Happy Saturday!
one day, when they have their own babies, they’ll know how lucky they are to have had him for a dada....
one day, when they have their own babies, they’ll know how lucky they are to have had him for a dada....
I forgot how pretty this diffuser is, and I remember it being louder... 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ This one is brand new out of the box just today even though I have had it for a couple of years. I’m spending the day downstairs working on my paper and doing laundry and I remembered The “kids living room” needed a diffuser. I almost bought a new one for this space- either the lantern or the desert mist and then I remembered I had this one!
I forgot how pretty this diffuser is, and I remember it being louder... 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ This one is brand new out of the box just today even though I have had it for a couple of years. I’m spending the day downstairs working on my paper and doing laundry and I remembered The “kids living room” needed a diffuser. I almost bought a new one for this space- either the lantern or the desert mist and then I remembered I had this one!
Old toys bring so much joy! It wasn’t long before all the big kids came in and took over all the toys I thought they didn’t like anymore. 😂 She was happy to have them playing with her.
Old toys bring so much joy! It wasn’t long before all the big kids came in and took over all the toys I thought they didn’t like anymore. 😂 She was happy to have them playing with her.
Hmm..... are they twins?! 😳 Never thought they looked much alike. 🤔 it’s the eyes. .
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Nothing melts my heart like watching my kids cuddle or play together!! ❤️
Hmm..... are they twins?! 😳 Never thought they looked much alike. 🤔 it’s the eyes. . . Nothing melts my heart like watching my kids cuddle or play together!! ❤️
how many cups of coffee is too many?
how many days with the same clothes on and tangles in your top knot is unacceptable?
how many days can i run on too few hours of sleep?
how many consecutive days of working and not leaving the house is too long?
ha! well, friends, i am working hard to find the bottom of this list and I’ll let you know when i find out.... ✌🏼✌🏼#diamondbecauseoflavender
how many cups of coffee is too many? how many days with the same clothes on and tangles in your top knot is unacceptable? how many days can i run on too few hours of sleep? how many consecutive days of working and not leaving the house is too long? ha! well, friends, i am working hard to find the bottom of this list and I’ll let you know when i find out.... ✌🏼✌🏼#diamondbecauseoflavender 
if you were wondering what i want for Christmas you now have all the details....
if you were wondering what i want for Christmas you now have all the details....
i know i am a day late and a dollar short with the whole small business saturday thing, but i couldn’t let it go untalked about on my end and i would like to thank everybody who has supported this small business family! it is an absolute dream come true for both of us to be able to chase hard after our purpose and work along side each other in the wellness field while owning our own businesses. 
supporting small businesses not only directly effects that family but it supports the middle class of america while minimizing the damaging effects of large cooperations, it insures jobs for tens upon thousands americans, it prevents the homogenization of our culture, it's more environmentally sustainable, creates product diversity and creativity, while keeping dollars in the local economy. we often want to place blame on the government however we have a responsibility to support our neighbors. our neighbor farmers, craftsmen's, our neighbor wellness providers, our neighbor restauranteurs, our neighbor shop owners. be the change! 
again, thank you for all of your continued support and check out my stories for some of my favorite small businesses! one of them obviously being my fave plant shop ever, @haegur
i know i am a day late and a dollar short with the whole small business saturday thing, but i couldn’t let it go untalked about on my end and i would like to thank everybody who has supported this small business family! it is an absolute dream come true for both of us to be able to chase hard after our purpose and work along side each other in the wellness field while owning our own businesses. supporting small businesses not only directly effects that family but it supports the middle class of america while minimizing the damaging effects of large cooperations, it insures jobs for tens upon thousands americans, it prevents the homogenization of our culture, it's more environmentally sustainable, creates product diversity and creativity, while keeping dollars in the local economy. we often want to place blame on the government however we have a responsibility to support our neighbors. our neighbor farmers, craftsmen's, our neighbor wellness providers, our neighbor restauranteurs, our neighbor shop owners. be the change! again, thank you for all of your continued support and check out my stories for some of my favorite small businesses! one of them obviously being my fave plant shop ever, @haegur
happy Black Friday, sweet friends! if you need me I’ll be right here with this cup of coffee lily made me (y’all, she hand grounded it and made it in the french press🙌🏼). my Black Friday sale starts NOW! 11 oils, a diffuser, membership for $160 with a choose your own adventure of oily swag, $25 cash back OR a $25 YL product credit!!!!
happy Black Friday, sweet friends! if you need me I’ll be right here with this cup of coffee lily made me (y’all, she hand grounded it and made it in the french press🙌🏼). my Black Friday sale starts NOW! 11 oils, a diffuser, membership for $160 with a choose your own adventure of oily swag, $25 cash back OR a $25 YL product credit!!!!
happy thanksgiving from the Wild James Clan!!! (who got zero documentation of today- including a family photo 🙄 but it was a great nevertheless!).
happy thanksgiving from the Wild James Clan!!! (who got zero documentation of today- including a family photo 🙄 but it was a great nevertheless!).
young Living just released a sneak peek at their black friday deals and they are incredible, like out of this world incredible... but no premium starter kit sale. so i’m doing it on my own!

it’s Black Friday Rachael James Style, y’all! and it’s a choose your own adventure! with any new member psk (11 Oils + diffuser + whole sale membership + access to Wild Thyme Essentials + support from me for $160) you can choose a surprise welcome kit curated by me with crystal and petal rollers, resources, a ornamental glass reed diffuser, and more... OR $25 in a PayPal or Venmo gift card. totally up to you! shoot me a message and feel free to ask any questions you have! 
i am so excited to have you join me!
young Living just released a sneak peek at their black friday deals and they are incredible, like out of this world incredible... but no premium starter kit sale. so i’m doing it on my own! it’s Black Friday Rachael James Style, y’all! and it’s a choose your own adventure! with any new member psk (11 Oils + diffuser + whole sale membership + access to Wild Thyme Essentials + support from me for $160) you can choose a surprise welcome kit curated by me with crystal and petal rollers, resources, a ornamental glass reed diffuser, and more... OR $25 in a PayPal or Venmo gift card. totally up to you! shoot me a message and feel free to ask any questions you have! i am so excited to have you join me!
happy wednesday, friends✌🏽
happy wednesday, friends✌🏽