1. I said I would become a lawyer... then I permanently deferred law school and moved to Europe to "find myself" 😍🇮🇪
2. I swore I'd never marry a man younger than me... then I married Matt💏💍
3. I was going to be a working mom For Sure... I've been a #sahm for 7+ years now👼🤯
4. It was Never Ever going to happen that I moved back to my hometown... where we now have our forever home🏡🍀☘🌱🌲🌳
5. I was going to have only 4 babies... then I had 5 (before @joannagaines made it cool) 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆
6. I was going to love all my free time as a house wife after the kids got in school, yet now... I AM HOMESCHOOLING🎨📗📒🔖📖
Moral Of The Story: You make your plans and you hear God laughing
(spiritual-ish words from @thomasrhettakins)
Just another Monday being spent with my babies. We’ve done all kinds of playing, eating, singing, dancing, cuddling and napping. Maverick helped momma clean the boys bathroom and catching up on the laundry. Days like these may not seem appealing to anyone else, but to me they are like living a dream 🖤
But first, champagne...I mean coffee, it’s Monday, right?! And what’s in your cup?! My favorite mug is this Minnie Mouse one I bought for my mom from Disneyland. I inherited it back after she passed and I love filling it with almost everything (and hardly ever coffee) I only drink coffee in cold weather ☕️ But, my favorite thing to use it for is ice cream!
Hope y’all have a SPECTACULAR Monday! XO 😘 @thebarefootgypsyboutique
If you would have told me 5 years ago that today I would be doing what I do now, I would have laughed in your face. .
5 years ago I had a broke mindset. I believed working a desk job that didn’t challenge me and I wasn’t passionate about was going to be it for me. I didn’t know about purpose, personal development, empowerment or even that what you dreamed your life would be, could actually BE. .
It’s amazing how different life can be when you’re open to change and open to opportunities that you never saw for yourself before. With change, comes growth and when you work on changing yourself, from the inside out, life becomes bigger & better. I thank god everyday that this opportunity entered our lives when it did. I needed saving at that point in my life, saving from myself and saving from mediocrity. When life can be & feel this damn good, why would you not take hold of such an opportunity and run with it like your life depended on it? It just might.
So phase 1 of the bathroom renovations is about 2/3 done. We have a new medicine cabinet on order and another cabinet for the other wall to find and install yet. Then we redo the tub/shower. Not sure how that’s going to go yet. We may have to redo the walls yet, the verdict is still out there. But it looks better already! We moved here in 1999 & renovated, added additions & porches and redid 98% of the house. This was one room we never had a chance to do & it was wayyyyyy overdo. We are happy to finally have an (almost) presentable bathroom since it’s in the main part of our house. Super excited for phase 2.
Chest and triceps Day!
So thankful for my pre-workout and post-workout supplements today.
I am still feeling under water with the time zone change and having these supplements help me to be on top of my workouts! ♥️
P.S. Love having the weights back!!
A friend shared an article the other day that STRUCK ME HARD...
The woman who wrote it has kids. She’s a stay-at-home Mom. She was beautifully REAL and AUTHENTIC in sharing her feelings that I would say MOST Mom’s who stay home with their kids also feel...
She talked about bouts of depression, sense of not belonging, needing adult time, just a few minutes of the day where no one was tugging on her legs... this is REAL. And it’s a problem.
I myself went through a period of sadness, I wouldn’t say full on depression, but a time when I felt things mentioned above that I had NEVER felt before. It was a couple months after I had my beautiful baby. I know those feelings are real and too many Moms are out there feeling this EVERY DAY. It’s not okay!!!!
Every woman, EVERY Stay-at-Home MOM needs a TRIBE to BELONG TO! A couple hours a day for HERSELF! It isn’t selfish, so don’t think for a second that it is!!!!! Moms give of themselves DAILY and you’re never “off the clock”. While we LOVE our babies and would do ANYTHING for them, including giving our own life, we have to be honest with ourselves about our mental and emotional state. —
If you’re not taking care of yourself, you CANNOT take care of others! If you’re a Mom reading this, I hope it inspires you to join a Tribe. To hook up with other women, other Mom’s who will support + INSPIRE you!!!!!!✨✨✨
I was able to complete this workout thanks to Cherokee- who fed Bear Cheerios for the last 15 minutes of it. .
Just because I remain active during my pregnancies doesn’t mean that I don’t have hard times too-
hip flexors that feel like they’ll snap any minute, sciatic pain that makes both standing and sitting painful, insomnia, veins that feel like they’ll burst as soon as my feet hit the ground every morning.... I’ll stop there ✋
Not complaining! Just want to shed some light on the fact that pregnancy is hard for me too- I just choose to stay active anyways because I know that these pains would be SO much worse if I were to throw in the towel do just the bare minimum (which is still quite a lot with 2 toddlers ❤️❤️). .
Every millisecond of pain is 100% worth it. No doubt.
Today I had some one on one time with Alec. We played outside with chalk and bubbles. Sometimes I worry about being home and not working outside the home as much. Though I am EVERYDAY reminding myself I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I can work from home and still be present and for that I will always count my blessings.
Our interview today is with the lovely Laura Wheeler, a mum of two who runs her own children's clothing company - @whistlebrook1
Laura spoke to us about her children's favourite stories, why an old favourite by Enid Blyton is the book she most loves to share with them and why she thinks the Maisy series by Lucy Cousins is fantastic for helping kids prepare for new experiences.
You can read the full interview on our site. Link in bio.
If you are a fan of unique and traditional children's clothing then definitely take 5 minutes today to have a look at the range Laura offers. Each design is beautifully handmade in small quantities so you know you're getting something really special. We're off to order one of the gorgeous playdresses for Ivy!
This post will most likely get a 🙄🤬🤔 or 🤐 whether people say it or not. 😉
But this is MY truth. Last summer I had a major 14 hour reconstruction surgery and was still in cancer treatment (week in the hospital and long recovery). Soooo, I had help with my girls throughout the 3 months off school.
The previous summers since having kids I had at least one of them in preschool or had a sitter at our house a couple times a week while I was working from home.
This was because I needed focus time and, being honest, some peace for my sanity.
Our sitter situation fell apart a couple of times the beginning of this summer and I said...it’s a sign for me to just balance the best I can but be with them full time. And we did it! It wasn’t always smooth or pretty but whereas I worried about how my energy level would be...we had an awesome summer together and made lots of memories.
Today begins my first full week of having 3 hours to myself 4 days a week during preschool. And all I can say is HOORAY! I love them and love having the opportunity to miss them even more.
Time for me to get back to rediscover ME and reignite my passions. Time for me to have lunch and coffee dates, run errands alone and follow through with all the balls dropped this summer. Time for me to get back to WORK! But first...I will eat a HOT lunch (of leftovers) and sit in the quiet house actually being able to think. 😜🤫 To my momma friends who are honest about #momminainteasy I stand in solidarity with you my sisters! But oh so worth it.
A Monday well spent 🎋🐘❤️🦒 This sweet girl is headed to Kindergarten tomorrow and I wanted to soak up one last day together before she goes!
How is it possible!? Pretty sure she was just born....😭 #mybabygirl#zooday
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Yoga was my escape years ago. I had a 2 year old and a new born. Everyday I would practice as they would play. It was my normal routine.
This is day 1 of bringing my practice back everyday. Along with my other workout program this will be a must!
I need the mediation!
I need the challenge!
I need the passion!
After I finished Kooper asked me why we don’t do yoga anymore. She said she loved it and wanted to learn more so she could teach kids like me.
So after that we did some yoga. Kids style!
Now they are in there going through all of my kids poses! Page by page! Practicing and remember the name. Stilling here listening to her teach Corbyn I know she will be a great yoga teacher one day!
And just like that....Quinn is 10 months old!!
🎉😍🎉😍🎉😍 She said “Mama” and reached for me this weekend!
She’s walking along furniture
She can zoom up the stairs
She LOVES to eat...especially snacks 😂
She loves to be out and about and social
She’s ALWAYS smiling and making others smile (I pray she never loses that! It’s so precious!) We love you so much Quinn!!
Happy 10months! 😘
Monday’s always provide a good canvas for some self reflecting...am I doing the things today to get me to the place I want to be a year from now? Don’t just say “yes” because you think it’s what you’re supposed to say...The key is to really think about what you want in life. Do you want to be able to have the flexibility to go on field trips with your kiddo? Are you sitting there, like I was for so long, with intense back pain from sitting at a desk thinking, “I just can’t keep doing this for years to come”? The biggest thing to realize is that if you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, there are other opportunities out there! You are your own worst enemy and often times, it’s a fear of change that holds us back from trying something new. 18 months ago, I decided to step into the unknown and slowly change my trajectory...I took baby steps at first, but now I’m running full speed towards living my dreams, finding complete financial freedom and I’m already loving the flexibility!! God is good and I’m so thankful I said “yes”!
Energize - helping momma’s push through the “after school homework” phase one day at a time! 😩🤦♀️🤪
And also, is the most Mondayist Monday ever?!? Yes I think I just made up that word, but you get the point! 😂 But please tell me I’m not alone!
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Let me just say that this is my Monday-est Monday ever. And I definitely did not want to workout.
But that's the beauty of consistency and mindset and a HUGE group of women working alongside you and also looking up to you... You kinda can't hide from that.
I'm so grateful for my tribe because without them I definitely wouldn't have pushed play today. But now that it's over, I guess I'm kinda glad that I did. Lol.
I'll be posting my end of week 5 progress pictures later today. I had a rough weekend and wasn't up for photographs. But to hold myself accountable I said I would post them every week and I will. Just a day late.
Hope everyone is having a less Monday Monday than me. And if you're having a Monday Monday then I hope you're kind with yourself and allow yourself some Grace. You deserve it mama.
Happy Monday mamas! Lord knows how much we love our kids but he also knows how much we need a break! Monday’s are like Saturday’s for us stay at home mamas. I know every mom gets tired and has their daily struggles, being a mom is hard! However because I have the best of both worlds I can say being a SAHM to my special needs girl is much more work than with my son...it’s actually a big difference and there is rarely any down time with my little mama...so yes this mama looks forward to Monday’s🤷🏽♀️ It’s needed!
As seen in my stories...I did NOT want to workout today at ALL. I didn't want to do anything for that matter. My sleep schedule is super out of wack. No sleep means cranky, no motivation, blah mood, etc. For me it means majorly pushing past the "don't want tos" and just getting it done.
So I took my workout outside because it feels amazing! I knew it would perk me up a little.
I'm also still trying to get used to a new schedule. My youngest is in school now which means this momma needs to get a lot of work done between the times of 8-2:30. I'm a work from home stay at home mom. I'm an insurance agent while I build my fitness business. I thank GOD that I can do both from home too. I dreamed of this! Forever! Now I just have to be successful at it. So...this is a new, uncharted territory for me. I've never been home alone all day every day, no kiddos, making my own work schedule. That right there takes some major will power and determination. Because let's he honest...it would be super easy to keep putting it off. Which is sorta what I'm doing now.🤦♀️🤣
This smile is a teeny weeny bit misleading. I wasn’t smiling each time my little bundle of joy whimpered for milk last night... I mean, who would if it meant getting up every 30 minutes for four hours straight? I may have even grumbled about it while I nursed him. Like, a lot. But this morning I woke up and saw all the smiling faces that look up to me as Mom, and I couldn’t help but be grateful and joyful to start a brand new day with them. Cleaning up the high chair twenty times in one morning? No biggy. Goldfish crumbs all over the couch? That’s what a vacuum is for anyway. Baby poop on my husbands clean white shirt? ( that I happen to be wearing). Who cares. All I know is I have a mission. A mission to raise these little people up so they don’t annoy the rest of the population. Just kidding... kind of. I happened to be watching Jordan Peterson on Fox News last night. ;) kidding aside, it’s a mission that requires me to have eternity stamped on my eyeballs so that I don’t lose heart or faith. A mission that forces me to learn to love beyond my own abilities. A mission to truly know Jesus and accept His control. Raising these beautiful babies to know Christ and to love Him... what an amazing task and privilege. Amazing grace, indeed, for this wretched soul.
Even though I love the gloomy, cloudy, ☁️ and rainy days, ⛈with littles in the house, they sometimes get long! 😝 Singing and music time 🎶 are a perfect rainy day activity that will help the gloom and grouchiness in the house. 🤗
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I’ve been a stay at home mom for over 13 years now and have been blessed to never have to work outside of my home. I have been home with all my kids!! It’s such a blessing, I don’t take it lightly. The first 8 years, we survived on one small income. We made it work, but things were tough at times. We couldn’t build a savings, we always accumulated debt, Christmas, birthdays, trips, were so hard financially. We had very little wiggle room in our budget. Then 5 years ago I started a home business, having zero sales experience, somewhat skeptical, unsure of myself, scared of what people would think of me. But we really needed something to ease the financial strain. I pushed aside my apprehensions and took a chance with my friend because I trusted her and saw her success. 5 years later I am still with my incredible company! Still growing, still making amazing income. ItWorks has the utmost integrity and truly takes care of our family of distributors. We have incredible products, tons of support, amazing leadership, and amazing financial potential to those who join and do the work! I am so thankful to still be here. People come and go. But I know I am exactly where I need to be, because God brought me this amazing opportunity, and I love sharing it with others! If you need a way to help your family out of constant financial struggle, please reach out to me, and let’s work together to make change happen! #stayathomemama#family#boymom#girlmom#momof3#monday#selfie#happy#healthy#sahm#picoftheday
The love these two have for each other is so amazing!
It makes my heart burst to watch them spend time with one another. I hope they always stay close and take care of each other. 🧒🏻💕👧🏻
Vegas is booked and paid for!! YES, I live here BUT my Team is coming!!!! No, not for my 40th, but might pretend it is, since we'll be at the Aria! 🎉
It's a Business Retreat! I've been working towards this trip for 4 years..yup, NO LIE! It's an earned Leadership trip that only a few qualify - and I we DID IT!!! 🎉
I used to hide my title as a Beachbody Coach from people, for fear of the stigma (some still judge, but 🤷♀️). But it's been such a blessing to me, that I could scream it from the rooftops!
In fact an exercise I asked of my Team - I challenged them to share 30 blessings this business has provided for them....
Here's a few I wanted to share....as I know there's some out there that are on the fence, and maybe seeing someone at it for 5 years, makes it become a REAL THING, not just a silly side gig!! 🤣
* Body positivity
* Financial reprieve (4 kids are NOT cheap!)
* An Outlet * Education * Fulfillment
I could go on and on...but I'll spare you. I had to share this, as I was so dang excited to get the email today that I qualified to register & earned enough to get a gorgeous room and bring a guest if I wanted.....
Hmm....shall I bring someone????
there’s rain in the forecast and we couldn’t be happier! my every being neeeeds this rain. i’m drying up (and so is my grass...)! looks like the naked rain dance i did in my backyard last night might’ve worked 🙏🏼 kidding! or am i... 🤭🤓
Monday’s don’t have to suck.
If you’re already looking forward to Friday...you may need to start looking for a change.
“Nothing changes if NOTHING changes.”
Make your passion your paycheck.
Wake up every day with a fire in your belly.
I promise you...you’ll start seeing the world in a new light.
It may look like I’m taking today off...but if you checked out my instastories...you saw that I woke up before my family, went down stairs in our hotel to do some work, got my workout in...and you’ll see later that on our 3 hour drive home I’ll be using that time wisely and working from my phone.
You don’t need to work on someone else’s schedule or for someone else’s paycheck...all you need is a phone, a dream and a damn good work ethic.✌🏼
I see you postpartum hair loss, and you are no match for me! Hair falling out in clumps, shedding all over the house, and clogging drains is not my idea of fun. So a big chop it is! Feels so much better, and this gal is so worth it! Now to get this postpartum acne under control...