This guy. How is he FOUR today!? He did a quick limb check, and tested his running speed cuz he couldn’t believe it himself. He’s an incredibly hard worker for such a little guy. He’s an undercover sweetheart and cares so much more than he likes to admit. I love his snuggles for mama and the habitual wake up call 5 mins before my alarm for Cheerios and milk. Happy Birthday Lukey. You’ve kept me on my toes since barely making it to the hospital the day you were born. (2 weeks early and arrived with 9 mins to spare.) I’m loving seeing the different stages of his life, friendships and character develop on the daily!
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Twinning with my girl today.
We’ve been speaking lots of truth into her heart these last couple of days. Because sometimes the world may tell her otherwise, but she is seen and loved and beautiful. 💕💕💕
I feel like I have waited so long to be excited for the holidays with the little boy- for him to grasp the concepts and to share his understanding with me. The other day I was getting supplies out and a paper Santa fell to the ground. The little boy said “ ho, ho,ho!” Somehow, I was shocked that he knew who that was. I asked him who is this and replied a word very much like Santa. That evening, while tucking him in, I asked him who Santa is. He replied again with the, “ ho, ho, ho!” And then said, “ bring!” I asked him bring? And he replied “ Batman house bring me”. I was holding back floods of tears. I decided to ask him what is Halloween. He replied “ Boo! Boo! Candy!” I pressed on asking what is thanksgiving and he replied “ gob gob eat”. ( gobble gobble ) My little boy is excited! He understands! And he is expressing it. I’ve never felt such joy for the approaching holidays like I suddenly am right now. I sang Christmas songs to him at bedtime tonight. It’s not about the holidays really— it’s that he is a little boy who underneath not being able to truly speak, is actually taking it all in. He awareness often catches me off guard. But it makes me so happy. Talking with him at bedtime about these things has given my brain a little secret space for joy. I’ve got a lot of things moving about in my mama Brain right now— so this pocket of joy filled with holiday cheer is so welcome. #christmas#ourjourneyforwords#thestorybeforethewords#childhoodapraxiaofspeech#apraxia#apraxiaawareness#apraxiakids#apraxiaofspeech#speechdelay#daybyday#pocketsofjoy#holidays#singallthechristmassongs#mamasheart
Day 140 (week 20) - and I’m feeling the need to do an homage to Kingston post because he’s driving me bonkers right now....you know? Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative? 😂😂😂
One of the things I can’t fault Kingston on is his ability to big brother. From the moment he found out I was pregnant - thanks to the nurse who let it slip when I was just 5 weeks - the pure joy and heartfelt emotion he has shown towards the baby has been the sweetest thing. He is a very hands on big brother, always making sure Milan is happy and warm and safe. Sometimes it gets to the point where I have to tell him nicely to just leave her be lol. I’m sure though the roles will be reversed soon and she’ll be all up in his face just like he is with her now 😂😂😂. If for some reason he hasn’t held the baby in any day he gets upset. He makes sure he kisses her goodmorning and goodnight every day and when we do school dropoff and pickup. He tells her he loves her a million times a day. He is her clown and her comfort and if you know Kingston’s genuine love for the younger kids, you can only imagine how amazing he is with his sister. If he had it his way I’d be popping out a baby every few months....yeah mate, not happening 😂😂😂
🎉EASY TEX MEX PASTA SALAD🎉 ✨INGREDIENTS✨
1 (12 ounce) package bowtie noodles
1 can roasted corn
1 can black beans
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Optional: queso fresco cheese, fresh lime ➰➰Dressing➰➰
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste ✨INSTRUCTIONS✨
➰To prepare the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. If making this ahead of time,store in the fridge.
➰Prepare the noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water for about 30 seconds. Drain well.
➰Toss with a few tablespoons of the prepared dressing (make it while the pasta is cooking) and place in the fridge to chill.
➰Drain the roasted corn. Drain and rinse the black beans.
➰Halve the cherry tomatoes. Remove the skin and pit of the avocado and chop. Coarsely chop the cilantro.
➰Toss all the salad ingredients together.
➰Toss with the salad dressing and enjoy if desired with crumbled queso fresco and a squeeze of fresh lime.
Is it possible to love someone toooo much?! Because I’m pretty sure I’m over the limit! 💕
I’ll never forget the pain in my heart when I had to return to work after having London. 😭 It was worse than any broken bone or labor pain I experienced and I vowed to turn my side hustle into a full-time gig so I could be at home with her.
I sacrificed a LOT of sleep in those few months, I said NO to a lot of social gatherings and family get-togethers, I skipped anything that was fun or a distraction. I put my head down, hustled hard, and was able to retire right before Christmas a few months later…the best 1st Christmas gift I could’ve given her - a mom who was at home but also generating way more than her teaching salary.
It wasn’t easy, but I built this success in the middle of the night while nursing her, in the early mornings when I chose to get on my phone instead of crawling back in bed for a few more minutes of sleep, in the pockets of my day instead of scrolling Facebook or watching tv, on the weekends instead of going on date nights.
I didn’t get “lucky,” I just decided that my family was more important than those short-term pleasures. And now I get to sleep in, create my own schedule, travel every month with my family, and love on London every second of the day. ❤️
If you’re one of the ladies who tells me “I wish I could…” STOP that BS because you CAN. This is what I do - I help other women create this same success and freedom by getting in their best shape and inspiring and mentoring others online. .
Set a goal and I’ll help you reach it. I’ll push you. I’ll give you tough love. But I’ll do what I love doing- teaching you exactly how to be successful and create the life you and your family deserve. #followmylead#linkinbio
#Momlife reality check ✔️No babysitter = taking Leona to Ananda with me. My usually calm and chill baby was miserable!!! Right after this sweet little picture she started screaming. She didn’t stop screaming until we went outside to put in my foils 😲. Thank god for the sweet staff at @anandahair and @moira_ashevillehair !!!! Of course we got in the car and my little babe was back to her chill self. And then we get home and the A/C is broke and it’s 81 degrees inside 🙄. All while my hubby is out of town!!! Thank god he is coming home tonight!!!!! It’s amazing how someone so small and tiny is the boss of us!!! I’d love to hear your Mom and Dad stories below 👇🏻
Some may look at me and just see a mom with a lot of kids ... but the truth is, I decided 3 years ago I was going to be a mom who changed other moms’ lives ... a mom who went out every day & did what others thought was impossible.
When I told people 3 years ago that I was going to work my tail off and retire myself, so I could be home 🏡 WITH my children, raising my babies & paying off debt, some people laughed ... I went on and brought myself home just 8 months later ... just by working off my 📱 phone.
You see, I’ve never been one to follow the crowd or to assume the status quo. Conformity isn’t my thing. So I didn’t care that people thought I’d just be a mom with a lot of kids, living life stressed to the max ... I set out to prove them all wrong. I’m a top leader with a Christian company who’s changing lives every single day for people who WANT it. I make a full time income working off my smartphone, with my family, and I teach other mamas how to do the same.
I have what others can’t have, because I do what others won’t do ... and I live for an audience of ☝🏼. You can have it, too... you just have to want it as badly as I do! I’m mentoring just ✌🏼 more business partners this month. If this strikes a chord with you and you’re ready for more, message me or text ‘MOM’ to 334/663/4708. I can’t wait to talk to you.✨
Have you come to a sudden realization that you honestly don’t know what you truly want to do in life, or what your purpose is? I’m almost 31 and I still question a ton about what I’m “going to do”. The one thing I know for sure is, I have an amazing family! They are the ones that I desire the best for in this life. I just want to encourage them, and others around me! Show them just how truly special they are! Not by gifts (but I do love blessing them that way), but by walking with them as they figure out who they are, guiding them in their faith, and helping them to be individuals of great, honorable character.
My beast! It's game day...love him and that mean mug of his! He even requested that we listen to Metallica on the way to school this morning!😎😤 Ready to watch him and his teammates take on Daniel Morgan this evening at Yellow Jacket Field @ 6pm. Go Jackets! 💙🏈💛 #92#mamasheart
Grace takes this baby everywhere! She does all the mommy things and it’s quite possibly the cutest thing ever! 😍
This is the definition of a #motherhustler to me! .
I Mom all day, we send Luke off to school, we eat a yummy breakfast, send daddy off with kisses, then we workout together! Never perfect, always humbling, mostly entertaining. .
& when she naps & Luke is finishing up his day at school I work. I work in the Mom pockets of my time. They see my love for them all day, and they see mama work hard for her family. .
Teaching children will always be something I love. I’ll never say teaching doesn’t bring me joy, but teaching children has always come easy to me. Building this business, aside from being a mama, is the most humbling experience of my life. .
I’ve had to learn to grow internally if I want to grow financially. I’ve also had to be willing to fail, and get back up, in order to see that success on the other side. Humble is the perfect word for it all. .
So shout out to all the mother hustlers out there! Whatever you do, however you show up for your babies, you are doing an amazing job! You got this, keep fighting! 🧡
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Darling, Anais. You never cease to amaze me with your courageousness. This past week has been quite a task for you. We’ve moved cities, downsized to an apartment, changed schools, and bumped you up to the toddler class (where you are five months younger than the next youngest child...and the only child not walking)! Through it all, you’ve smiled, soared, giggled, and won the hearts of all your new teachers. And, to top it off, you were growing your first tooth in the middle of all this change. You are the bravest little lady!
I’ve written to you about change, and all the words of wisdom in the world will never make change easier. The good news is that change is what propels you forward. Change is what gets you to the next step in life. And change is what breaks you down, and reshapes you into something so much more beautiful. But only if you let it work.
Sweet girl, I am so honored to walk alongside you in this life. Being your mama has forged me into someone new, and someone more selfless. I am so very proud to call you my daughter, and I pray that one day you will be proud to call me your mama.
Luca: (lu•ca) - a well dressed, highly opinionated baby who enjoys flipping through children’s novels over a sippy cup of free range mama’s milk on draft. believes life is too short to share your toys and that the best method of making your point is to holler it in high octaves at inappropriate times.
I’m 3 days away from turning TWENTY SEVENNN (🙌🏼) and instead of taking fun birthday photos and writing a ridiculous blog post (about my pet peeves or favorite things or best birthday memories?), I’ll be hiding from the camera. Because I look like I escaped a leper colony. Because I have insane poison ivy. Because I tried to do yard work this past weekend. 🙄🙄🙄 #MyLeperLife Should I just tell people it’s an allergic reaction to some high-end body wash I special ordered from France? Probably. 😉 •
Anyway, these cuties are keeping me distracted from my skin struggles. Every time Emma wakes up from her morning nap, Aiden demands to be first in her room: he wants to “get her up” a.k.a. get in her crib and play with her. 😍😍😍
Day 136 - sahliiiddddd 😜. I’d love to tell you that Milan’s first solid eating experience was great and that pic number one is the perfect representation of our experience, but I’d be lying :/
I prepped the high chair and Milan’s food (apple and baby rice) before she woke from her nearly 14 hour sleep. When she woke though she was still quite tired so when I was trying to feed her she kept trying to suck her thumb lol. I persisted and got a few spoons in, although, I don’t know how much exactly she consumed because she kept spitting it out. It looks like I’m trying to feed her super fast but I’m wiping the excess with the spoon a lot.
Shortly after her first feed, her face flared up and her hand got so swollen that her fingers went purple! This all subsided about 10 minutes later but Man....🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️
A quick trip to our gp advised nothing alarming at this point and we were told she might just be ‘a rashy baby’. Great.
What happens when we fall off the horse? We get back on. What happens when we are the fallen horse?? I’ll let these aunties @pasifikamum @misskau8 @nah.z answer that one hehe x