Mascara & Lipstick...two things I now always carry in my purse. Makeup is on the go these days. 💁🏻♀️🚙💄 This mascara is not considered green but I just refuse to pay $20+ on mascara especially when you have to replace every few months. 🙅🏻♀️ #nope#notdoingit#makeuponthego
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Your finish line.
That scar that rubs against your jeans...it allowed life to make an entrance.
That scar that peaks out from your bikini bottom is a reminder that you endured a major surgery to bring more love into the world.
That scar is not a symbol of failure. It is a symbol of bravery. You wear it proudly.
It may not have been your ideal birth...it certainly wasn’t mine either...but it is a means to an end—a beautiful end at that.
Embrace your #finishline .
Drawing by @annas227. 💗
I have to admit that I was really nervous to take my little multi-ethnic baby to a state like Alabama, where I myself have experienced looks, comments, and discrimination because of my “alternative look.” But I guess Scarlett being such a cute, glamorous baby charms everyone because never have people been so nice to me in Alabama! I think mixed babies are not very common because we were a hit every where we went. Life with a baby ain’t so bad 😍💗Katy #scarlettamira
Nope she was not thrilled that tinker bell got cut off to workout 😏
I pushed play!! I screamed and shouted my way through the workout today!! I have so many struggles right now and the way I get through is by pushing play!! Today I choose to show up for myself!! I choose to push play but I also choose to eat healthy and have my shake!! My health has no price tag on it!! I want to be able to enjoy my children and run and play with them!! I want them to see me fight for what I want, so they will always know that whatever they want is there as long as they are willing to fight for it!! So again I am asking you!! What are you waiting for?? Join me let's do this!! Let's end this year strong and healthy!!
So I’m finally ready to face what has happened. Breakups are hard for anyone but definitely a lot harder with kids. I’ll be honest - it’s our 5th. They do not get easier, they do not hurt any less, they hurt the same amount as the first time. No one did anything wrong or bad, we decided together we are just two different people at the moment which really sucks but it is life. I don’t know what the future holds for us 3, what will happen will happen, yes we were trying for a baby as well which is hard to now stop everything and go back on the pill. He will and always will be my daughters dad so I will care about him but for now we do not have contact with each other, we do not see each other (we won’t be in the same room as each other) he sees Mckenzie during the week and has her every second weekend. She knows who he is and does ask for him which is hard to turn around and say “daddy’s at work” or “daddy’s not home” breakups with a little one are hard and terrible for anyone to have to go through. Mckenzie and I will carry on with our life’s and see where ever it takes us 😔❤️ #breakups#breakupssuck#breakupswithlittleones#prematurebaby#premie#premature#baby#babygirl#girl#youngcouple#firsttimeparents#firsttimemummy#firsttimedaddy#mumsofig#momsofig#stayathomemum#aucklandmums#newzealandmums#familylife#parenting#motherhood#fatherhood#daughter
This is the percentage of women who die postpartum from #preeclampsia . What the hell is that? Imagine coming home from the hospital and spending only a few days with your #newborn before you die. Three days of #babysnuggles ...then death. Tragic, isn't it? But it could happen. It's a HUGE reality in America right now. And it could happen to you.
Protect your family with #lifeinsurance . Because sh*t happens.
This girl is all about her dad 💙💜 You guys, it's hard not being her favorite 😂 but there's still time for that to change, right?!? Only kidding! I can't even blame her, her dad is totally awesome! Does your kid have a favorite?! Please tell me I'm not alone!😂😂😂
Happy Friday eve!!! The weekend is almost here! 🎉
Becoming a health & fitness coach was one of the best decisions I have ever made!
It has brought people into my life that I needed without realizing I needed them. It has shown me that strangers do have the capability of becoming family and that when you let people in, the sky is the limit.
It has also proven to me more than ever that sometimes, the friends you made when you were 7 years old were put into your life for a reason-For love and all of the support you need for all of your crazy ideas! 💜
They’re young, I know.
I’m young at this too, seven years only.
We are three percent into her childhood.
Nineteen percent and thirty percent with her next two brothers.
And forty percent into her oldest brother’s childhood.
With none of them have we stepped over the threshold of halfway.
But we will, and soon, I know.
I am young at this, wading through uncertain and sometimes scary waters. Gripping tight to my husband’s hand and the hope of God. Blessed assurance calms those seas.
We all, no matter our age or stage or phase, are winging it a bit. A consistent current of prayers upholding our everyday needs.
Those needs are great. He is greater. And oh what grace that He sees the big and the small in our lives. Not a thing goes overlooked. No space or need or plea of our heart is hidden.
He sees how desperately we want to do this well, and how desperately incapable we find ourselves. And He doesn’t leave us there. No, He meets us there.
Wherever your “There” is today, He sees. He cares. And He wants to step in.
He is on our side.
And the very power that raised Jesus from the dead is freely extended to us every moment of every day.
“Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21
//Fake it till you make it. //
I'd like to say today was rainbow and sunshines...but in all honesty can I ask why do people just want to see the "highlights" of people's life instead of something real and relatable? We all know that your life isn't always sunshine! Why not share real? Someone can post a picture like this and you would think, "she looks happy!" You don't see the behind the scenes. Past the smile. You don't see how some people who post pictures like this may be in the middle of a divorce. May have just found out they have cancer. May have just lost a best friend. May have moved to a city where they don't know anyone and feel very lonely. Stop the fucking stigma! Maybe it's because at the end of the day we don't care what others are going through because we all have own shit we are going through so you come on Instagram to get a false sense of reality.
This post may not be here tomorrow but just something that is on my mind right now
...and cue the unfollows....
Little man came home today!! He passed all of his tests at the hospital and were getting him adjusted to the “real world” outside of the nursery world! 💙
His sisters have already helped feed him and try to give him ALL of the toys. Thank goodness he’s a good sleeper with the amount of noise going on here!
I hope your day was just as blessed as ours was! 💙
Thank you to @cuddlesleepdream for this ADORABLE baby boy outfit!!
#TBT of our #BatmanDay Family Fun Day last weekend, thanks to @kidsembrace @SilverBuffalo @sunstaches @bumkinsbaby & @buckledownproducts who partnered to hold this event benefitting @raiseachild and @vanderpumpdogs 🦇🦇 The boys had a great time!! More photos #ontheblog | Recuerdos del pasado fin de semana cuando estuvimos en un evento de Batman para beneficiar a dos organizaciones sin animo de lucro. Los detalles en el blog. #Batboys#BatmanFans#BoyMom
It’s been easy for me to get lost in my new role as ‘mother’. I find myself putting everything I have into being Jackson’s mom and having no energy left for myself, my husband, my friends. All of a sudden it’s hit me that although things have changed I’m not defined by being a mom. Slowly learning how to take care of myself while also having a tiny person to take care of. It isn’t easy but I’m making progress a day at a time 🖤
HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF BULLETPROOF
I’ve been a writer all my life, but it was only after my eldest daughter was born five years ago that I was inspired to actually share this part of my soul with others.
It was one day during my maternity leave when my daughter was napping that I wrote and submitted my first piece to the Huffington Post.
To my surprise, it was accepted three hours later and published on their front page!
I was so excited and overjoyed to be published that I spent the rest of the day sharing it on various social media channels and checking the comments and response to my article.
And then something happened that crushed me.
I got a negative comment.
And it wasn’t just a negative comment...this person attacked my writing and me as a person (without even knowing me)
To be criticized in such a public way left me feeling heartbroken. It didn’t matter that I had gotten so many positive comments...my mind held on to that ONE negative one.
I took some time off from writing to explore why I was reacting this way to someone’s comment who was completely irrelevant to my life.
And I began to realize that I was making their negative criticism of me become my SELF criticism.
What I learned over time is that when someone criticizes us in a very negative way (not constructive criticism)—-that is when we have to step back and ask ourselves what advice we would give to our child.
I had to become the parent to my own inner voice.
Would I tell my daughter that those negative comments are true? Or that she should probably not write again?
It has taken some years, but over time...training my mind to become the parent to my own inner voice has filled me with the self-compassion that I lacked.
I’m still not completely immune to all criticism (I am human after all)—-but I have learned to deal with it in a healthier way.
And a side effect of this inner work was that I stopped looking for praise from others because I already had it within myself.
As the singer Lecrae said, “If you live for people's acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection” 🙏🏼💯
Did you know we have a HEARD devotional book?
The devotional book has 80 pages of memory verses, activities, crafts, prayers, and more to help you guide your sweet girl through conversations about:
+ Her God-breathed Identity
+ God's Love for His Creation
+ Inner Beauty vs. Outer Beauty
+ Her Life's Purpose
Inspired by The Adventures of Rooney Cruz book series, HEARD: A Devotional for Girls will help your girl discover how God prepared her to go out into the world and make #ADifferentKindOfNoise .
Click the photo for details! Tag someone to share! #HeroesForHer
I did my measurements today and I'm down another 1.75 inches this week. And that's without counting my abdomen measurements. I'm down two inches on my abdomen. I know a huge part of that is sticking to this lupus friendly diet... and working on getting the appropriate amount of sleep. As well as removing stress! Stress is such a killer! Yay week 2!
Could it get any better?? I don't think so. It's amazing how healing the ocean can be. All my struggles and worries and doubts and fears all seem to disappear as long as I can hear the waves crashing and feel the sand between my toes. I think my kids feel the same way...we can spend hours there doing nothing. No toys, no electronics, not usually any sibling squabbles...just the peace of the ocean.
10 Things I Want My Oldest Child to Know
Written by: @thereganlong
1. There has been many times I've been too hard on you. Yes, my heart aches at how often I've expected more from you than I should have.
2. You were the one who gave me the title of Mommy. We experienced all of the firsts together, my Love. .
3. I've never felt such exhaustion in my life until you came. It was a tired that I will never be able to fully explain in words. There surely is no comparison. .
4. It's suffice to say a lot, ok the majority of this journey, has been trial and error; it may be a fair assumption to make that as we encounter more firsts together, it will remain the same. .
5. I still ponder on how something so perfect could come from me. You were the first, best thing that I've ever done. Please always hold tight to this.
6. I am too hard on you; I know this. Forgive me, my Love. I will try to remind myself more often to show more grace and tolerance to you. .
7. Being the oldest is hard; please know that I know this. I see it. Sometimes I think we should talk about it more than we do. .
8. You've naturally inherited tiny humans after you. Although you didn't ask for them or have a say as to if and when they came, you've accepted them with open arms and an open heart. Oh, your heart ... it is so, so good. .
9. There are many days where I need to remind myself that despite barely fitting upon my lap, you still would like to be held like one of your younger siblings. Yes, just to sit with my arms around you, you need this...you still need this. .
10. I may have asked you to grow up quicker than I should have. I have called your name for help countless times. I know this isn't an easy job, but I want you to know, I need you to know ... .
... how much you're loved and how much you mean to me. I couldn't get through a day without you.
I get asked often , how did I knew there was something wrong with my child.
Let me now answer you with the heart and wisdom I should’ve had then! .
There’s nothing wrong with my child, there never has and there never will be!
Does she have difficulty’s in her speech and behavior , Yes she does!
But that doesn’t mean you or anyone have the right to label my child and ask rudely if there’s anything wrong with her!
We are all grownup here, we should know how to ask things properly if we cannot contain our childish curiosity .
I say this so harshly and plain as daylight because I’m tired !
Tired of random strangers and society labeling us all the time.
They are not about to label my child...
As mothers we will defend them with everything we’ve got! And we will raise them better so they don’t ask dumb questions as what’s wrong with your kid to random strangers! .
God has given us parents a 6th sense, if you ever feel your child needs help in any area of their lives, please seek help!
Seeking help doesn’t make you a bad parent, doesn’t mean anything you did or didn’t do was wrong! The fact that you worry about your child makes you a wonderful parent.
Don’t hesitate in discussing what worry’s you with their pediatrician, they will point you in the right direction, the sooner you point things out the better ...and remember, your child is perfect in every single way! 💜
Pictured above is my daughter Willow receiving her speech therapy, since then she has progressed tremendously with the help and love of all of us! 💜
Yoga pants, ponytails & no makeup have been my jam lately. Not because I don’t have time...simply because I literally stare at his face all day long. Time is such a thief & before I know it he is going to be grown. 😭 #bodysuitdaysweepstakes
“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood - finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.” - Jodi Picoult .
Thanks to Harps for being bored at brother’s football practice & capturing me in my happy place with my baby boy 💙