Christmas shopping - round 2! A lot more pleasant than round 1! We’ve finished all the cousins and the boys picked out gifts for each other, which was actually incredibly sweet and thoughtful! I’m so excited to see their joy as they GIVE presents in 9 days!
We've got some issues in our house with the ability to stay on task beyond the norm. I've played around with a few different blends since March and this seems to work really well for us. 🌿
Focus Roller Blend (10ml, adult)
8 drops Cedarwood
8 drops Vetiver
3 drops Rosemary
2 drops Orange
2 drops Copaiba
Count down to Christmas: 9 days to go! Emmy was not to happy about Santa so we decided to get a family picture instead. We had so much fun in New Jersey yesterday but it feels extra cozy being home. We are baking bread today and spending most of the day snuggled up. These are my favorite especially when Dan is home.
I love love love cooking💚
5 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen. I’d stress out and get all the timing wrong. I was much more comfortable as a baker. But, becoming a stay at home mom pushed me into the kitchen a lot more frequently and allowed me to discover something that I am passionate about✨
The kitchen is my space to creativity express myself. And the diversity keeps it so interesting. I could make the same dish 10 times, but every time it’ll taste different. It depends on my mood, the amount of time I have and what my taste buds are craving that day.
This dish, for example. Salads are an obvious, but my butternut squash soup is always different. Some days I want it savory, some days I want it sweet. Some days I want LOTS of roasted garlic and some days I want a lot of herbs. The possibilities are endless and you just have to have fun with it!
Stop viewing cooking as another chore and savor it. Enjoy it, express yourself✌🏻
Donovan stole my phone and took a picture of me. This is a pretty darn good representation of what our Sunday mornings look like. I sit on the floor in my P.J.s for an hour usually. The kids aren't happy if I'm on the couch. .
What does your Sunday morning look like?
Dear life, thank you for the crazy head spinning year. I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into 9 mths ago. It was REAL TOUGH the first 3 mths. I couldn't see the light. No sleep, barely eating, fought mastitis 3 times was no joke. But the hard times are so easy to let go of now that I'm constantly showered with daily giggles, smiles, and cuddles. NOW I can say I'm really enjoying motherhood and am blessed to be able to stay at home and see Emma's daily wins. I just want to eat my adorable little dumpling up everyday. Thank you for an amazing 2018. Thank you for my loving, caring, but annoying at times husband 😂 Thank you for my friends and family who are near and far. #havingthetimeofmylife#momlife#sahm#reflection#twoweekswithoutdaddyisurvived
Day 2/21 🥒🤗. I swear I can already feel a differences my energy levels! Which means I’ve been living depleted of vitamins and minerals. But #freshjuices are THE BEST way to replenish in a hurry . •
Day 2 #greenjuice Recipe: Apple 🍎 cucumber 🥒, celery, lemon 🍋, carrot 🥕, green leaf lettuce 🥬, ginger 🥤💫😊
If your kids never see you chase after your dreams, why would they ever chase after theirs? 🌟. Do you remember when you were a kid and you thought you could do anything in the world and be whoever you wanted to be? So often life hits us hard, we listen to other people as THEY tell us how we should live OUR life, and we realize that our dream is not going to pay the bills. Or can it?? There is a better way! And we are making it happen little one 👪.
Give me all the ShadowSense colours!! I’ve been playing around with the purple tones and loving the eye looks I can create. ShadowSense is smudge proof, budge proof, water proof & basically mom life proof to last throughout the day.
I didn’t have an ideal family dynamic growing up, and most memories are pretty crazy ones, so it makes me so sooo happy to be able to create good, fun, and stable memories for my own growing family. I learned what not to do and hopefully they learn what to do 💛 family is everything and spending time with cousins 👆🏼as much as we can is on the to-do list of life.
Anyone willing to do a 20 minute workout and drink water on Tuesday? .
My team is having a challenge to see who can get the most people to participate! No commitment required! Giveways all day! .
Drop an emoji to join my team!💕
You know your winning the day when you get yourself, the sick toddler ready and the presents wrapped (all we have so far 😉) all while getting dinner into the crockpot before an hour drive to our 1st Christmas Party 🎅🏽 How many parties do you have this season?
This little guy isn’t my excuse, he’s my reason why 😊
He’s the reason I work so hard at my full-time job M-F and still make time for myself 5 days a week to workout and take care of myself as well.
He joins me during my weekend and evening workouts and sees me showing up to achieve my goals on a daily basis.
He’s going to grow up knowing the importance of hard work and dedication when t comes to achieving his own goals.
His little eyes are always watching and I want to set the best example for him 💙
Happy Sunday, friends. Biggest thanks to all of you who sent virtual hugs and kinds words over the past few days. Saying goodbye to a pet is never easy, but the loving support of others makes for a gentler transition to be sure.
Today we move on to happier things! Everyone in the Venator house is finally feeling well again, so we'll be heading out into the property to find our Christmas tree. It just doesn't feel like Christmas without it!
LAST DAY for our 15% off sale! This can be used on anything in our shop, including our new Mama’s Must-Have Restaurant Bag (only $21.25 on sale!). Just use the code NICELIST2018 at checkout! 📷: @laurenpvickery
diffusing Christmas spirit + NLBS (a current favorite), listening to worship music, + putting together little packages for my team + all newbies! ❤️🎄
I am also still offering $25 off to join our little tribe! 💫
My favorite Christmas gifts are ornaments! They are so meaningful to me. Our tree is full of amazing memories and I love it! But today we are taking down the tree since we are headed to Michigan tomorrow and the tree is already dead since I have neglected to water it. Oops!
Cardio! Cardio! Cardio! I think I’m going to give weight lifting a try being that I’m about 6wks post op from a carpal tunnel release and my hand is able to grip things better! So we shall see how this works out soon 😊
Feeling stuck? Overwhelmed?
I know it well! 😳
Here's what I do: I try to stay focused on priorities and to do next what needs doing most. While it's tempting in the midst of overwhelm to do nothing, doing nothing is actually making the choice to allow ourselves to sink deeper into the darkness of overwhelm. 💡
And in making your choices, do the best thing possible. It doesn't have to be executed perfectly, but making the second best choice instead isn't going to help you either. 💡
Done is better than perfect and it's amazing what we can pull off that's a C+ but comes out like an A+.
It's a busy and overwhelming time of year and making quick, good decisions and saying NO to non-priorities is going to save your bacon, trust me.
You've got this, friend. Keep going. 💕👯💕
Ahhhh the joys of motherhood 😫😆
Trying something different on here...tis the season for a giveaway! I’m going to give two items from my “Christmas Favorite thingy” to one lucky winner! A @beautyblender and a pair of cozy socks from @barefootdreams 👍🏻 .
Some of you might remember a while back I posted about encouraging your loved ones to take pictures of you...even if they end up not the “Instagram worthy” photos we all want. Well if you haven’t done it yet here is your chance! To enter:
1) Make a loved one take a picture/series of pictures of you. You don’t have to have kids! It can be with your dog/cat/houseplant. Husbands are great for this as they take awful pictures reliably (how do they not know to take from ABOVE not BELOW?!) but it doesn’t have to be a husband. Mine took this gem I posted here 😂🤦🏼♀️
2) Post the funny/not flattering/awkward photo and tag me in the caption! You can post a good one too (like Instagram vs reality). YOU MUST BE IN THE PICTURE 😁
3) Holiday theme is appreciated but not required. We see so many perfect holiday pics this time of year let’s shake it up!
4) I will choose 5 I like and then people will vote in my stories for their favorite 👍🏻
5) You have until Tuesday at 12 EST! This way hopefully you can get the items by Christmas 🤞🏻Your account has to be public for me to be able to see it!
6) Bonus but not necessary: tag someone you know has a good picture for this, or would enjoy doing this! I’m tagging @camwimberly1 and @amyschumer because you gotta shoot your shot right?? 🤞🏻🤞🏻And I would love to see what they would choose.
This is in no way sponsored, endorsed, affiliated with or administered by Instagram. Just little old me. Happy picture taking! 🥴💕 **details in my stories!
3rd Sunday of Advent. Trying my absolute best to S L O W down and reflect this Christmas season. 🎄Sharing and talking and teaching with Theo has helped me reflect even more, as I try to communicate all of the importance behind this season to the busy mind of a 3-year-old. Sometimes it’s good to view things from the eyes of a child. Sometimes that’s where things are most clear. 🎄⭐️🎄
If you're like me and you LOVE to use fresh ground seasoning when cooking but you struggle with how to measure them out when following a recipe here's your answer!! Use a small piece of wax paper and grind the seasoning out onto it then pour it into your measuring spoon. Tada!😄😃
I don't know why it took me so long to think of this...🤔
On the FOURTH day of FITmas I give to you…
4 TRICEP DIPS
3 push ups
2 minute wall sit
And a 1 minute plank
I added a video on my YouTube Channel for the fourth day of FITmas so I can completely do the workout with you! There will be timers so you will know how long each move should last!! Thank you so much for joining me!
I hope you’re having a very MERRY Sunday! Tage me or comment below if you are following along here! You can see a video version on my YouTube Channel!! Click the link in my bio and than click YouTube Channel!
Make today a great day!