I’m just going to put it out there....
Kids are kinda gross...
This story starts with, Once Upon A Time...
We got a new couch; I was cleaning this new couch and found....
APPLE CORES!!! Yes, you heard me APPLE CORES; in behind the cushions! I will not fully shame the child of mine that was the guilty party but, let me just say IT•NEVER•HAPPENED•AGAIN!!!!
And today I found one of my children eating bunny crackers out from in between the couch cushions! .
Gross, please excuse me while I go and grab my vacuum!
Brian and I love hiking (duh) and being in the mountains. Our honeymoon was in Ruidoso, New Mexico in a little cabin in the mountains and it was so beautiful and romantic. We’d pick mountains over the beach any day!! What about you? Mountains 🏔or beach 🏖?
Sometimes you just gotta go back to the basics of the first oil you ever used and be reminded why these things are your jam🙌🏼 That’s Lavender for me.
I’ll say it again and again it’s the Swiss Army knife of oils and so so relaxing and as a new mom I could use all the help I can get, not too mention diffusing it at night in our room while the baby sleeps is a win for everybody #canigetanamen .
When sleep is in limited quantity I at least want the quality to be there and I truly think that one way to do that is to create an atmosphere where that is possible! Blackout curtains, sleep mask, and lavender are some of our favorite ways! What is your favorite basic oil??? #naturalwellness#youngliving
If I could give anyone my Top 3 Tips for Disney with an infant 👶🏻❤️, hands down it would be the following:
TIP 1) Get yourself a battery powered, clip-on fan! This was a lifesaver for us and I don’t see how other little babes survived the FL heat & humidity without it. We clipped that fan on her stroller, my @wildbird ring sling when I was wearing her, and even sat it on benches beside us. Best pre-trip purchase.
TIP 2) If for some reason you’re from crazy town and have never taken advantage of scheduling your Fast Passes, you’ll want to do so for this trip. Nobody wants to stand in a long ride line with an infant. 🤪
TIP 3) So you’ve packed an extra outfit in your park bag for babe (in case of a blowout)... Good job, Mama. Now go ahead and throw in an extra tank for yourself, bc heaven forbid you have to walk around World Showcase with a poop stain looking to buy another. Don’t ask me how I know! 😂🤦🏻♀️
Haha, in all seriousness, didn’t Dad capture a good one? 👏🏼😍 Finally! Might be my favorite from our whole trip.
You know when Oprah does that “You get a gift. You get a gift. EVERYONE gets a gift” thing? Yup 🤗 — that’s what’s about to go down in our teams Holiday Flash Sale ANNNNDDD I couldn’t be more excited to share some of our favourite things with all of you!!! BUT you have to get yourself into our private virtual shopping party!! 🎉🎄🎅🏻🎁🛍 We’ve bundled up our favourite products (note — “mommy juice” in hand — if you don’t have this in your life you are MISSING out — yes my all time favourite thing, and there’s a chance you could grab some for FREE 🤗) so we want to give you the chance to grab it while it’s HOT!
Ready to end the year off strong and kick off 2019 like never before? Then pop your favourite Holiday emoji below and the link to join will be on its way to see what this 🎁 HOLIDAY FLASH SALE 🎁 is all about!! 👇🏼
Wow this week.
My little princess decided to up her sass to the tenth degree!
We are gonna have our hands full with this one.
It’s my personal nightmare the oldest child raising the oldest child. 😂 I’m totally kidding not a nightmare at all just a circus and they let all the animals loose at once and everyone’s screaming and there are peanut shells all over the ground, and I just dropped my iPhone and the screen shattered, and my kid just peed her pants and is now crying #imnotcryingyourecrying .
Okay now I’m just being dramatic 🙃
But really though any other mamas out there who are the oldest of their siblings raising the oldest child who is stubborn, strong willed, and opinionated but equally lovable and adorable or is it just me??? How do you DEAL?! 😂
By the way, #thisismotherhood not the perfect insta feeds you see as you scroll and in case no one told you today you are doing a great job mama, yes leggings count as pants, I know you’re tired—me too, and Jesus loves you❤️ #storiesoflennoxhaven
A perfect quote to end Perinatal anxiety and depression awareness week. Most of you know I have dealt with my fair share of anxiety in the past and motherhood just presented a whole new batch of worries for me. .
So I wish I knew.... .
- that’s it’s ok to have no idea what you are doing, most mums don’t
- that my baby would thrive on formula and making it to 6 months breastfeeding through constant mastitis and 12 courses of antibiotics was enough
- that what works for me might not work for someone else and vice versa. Comparison kills happiness. There is no set way to balance #mumlife and #worklife - that I don’t have to feel guilty when I do something for myself. Scheduling in me time is just as important as family time, husband time and friends time. Still working on this one - that I can’t be everything and have it all at the same time, my earning capacity has changed temporarily however for me nothing is worth missing out on those precious moments and I have found my compromise - that everyone struggles at some stage and it’s ok to not hold it all together
- that my thoughts are not reality - time goes as fast as everyone says - that the mum community is one of the most amazing, understanding and inspiring communities around. - that despite the anxiety and struggles, becoming a mum is the best thing that has ever happened to me, the joy and happiness far outweighs any struggle I have had.
A little scary and confronting sharing these thoughts and reflections but powerful and I know I will look back and continue to add to these as I evolve and grow. Now off to a girls weekend with my tribe. ❤️#pandaawarenessweek#pndaawarenessweek#pndawareness#iwishiknew
In the past week we
✔️installed the car seat @graco ✔️saw our Chiropractor @drkhuber ✔️ meet with our Doula @indianapolisdoulas ✔️ had a Midwife check up @sacredrootsmidwifery ✔️ confirmed things with our Fresh 48 photographer @indianabirthphotographer
Feel like we are pretty prepared.
I still need to
1️⃣ sidecar the crib
2️⃣ buy a few postpartum care items
3️⃣ finish organizing/cleaning the house
4️⃣ add a few thing to our go bag
I remember the prep of the first baby, everything had to be just right. You had to buy the best of the best, toys, blankets, bottles, and so much more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After a year of trying to keep up with it all, and go above and beyond...I realized there's no winning in motherhood, not even close. However you can do your best, and that lady is beyond good enough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The kids are happy, smiling, and fed, there's not much to ask for when you lay down for bed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Remember everything you do is for them and hey that is all they need. ❤
There have been so many times in the last year of knowing eachother that we’ve said ‘Wow, God definitely had a hand in bringing us together’. I can not express how thankful I am to have met you and to have you and your family in my life Hillary! You are a strong Christian, boss babe, amazing wife & mother and such a great friend. Getting to spend time together last weekend and seeing the team you’ve grown I once again find myself thanking God for you! Who knew meeting Hill at the library would lead to a friendship, a starter kit and now building our business together! You are INSPIRING friend!!
Want to get or give #mommytobebook this #christmas or #mothersday ? Here are some ways you can learn more about it.
@98.5ktis #radio#interview where I talk about the #devotionalbook , #faith , as well as #swimming and
#mastersswimming . http://myfaithradio.com/2018/incredible-calling-motherhood/
https://www.hebrews12endurance.com/daily-wisdom-mommy-to-be-review.html by Aminata Coote
https://gailjohnsonauthor.com/2018/04/17/women-of-faith-and-fiction-with-stacey-thureen/ via @gailjohnson_87 of #womenoffaithandfiction
https://gailjohnsonauthor.com/2018/07/03/what-year-is-it/ via @gailjohnson_87
https://faithfirstparent.com/daily-wisdom-for-the-mommy-to-be/ via @faithfirstparent
http://www.sarahgeringer.com/books-inspire-christian-moms/ via @sgeringer
http://www.joanneviola.com/2018/05/daily-wisdom-for-the-mommy-to-be/ by Joanne Viola
Am I right or AM I RIGHT?!? The minute I take my eyes off of Averie, she either have taken all her toys out of the toy chests and thrown onto her bedroom AND living room floors or painted an entire wall with crayons. 😏🤦🏻♀️ #momhumor
The McCord kids are ready for Christmas! 🎄🤶🏼🎅🏽
I’ve decided to take a different look at Thanksgiving starting this year! There’s so much controversy with the actual history of Thanksgiving that I feel a lot of our traditions are confusing and I’m not sure how to explain it all to Delilah. For our family, I’d like to take a step back and look at the day as a time to gather family and friends in the name of humbled thanksgiving. A day to prepare our hearts for the Christmas season and to acknowledge the loving and giving spirit of Jesus. ♥️ A day to break bread with those we love, to give thanks for our blessings, and to remember that the holidays are not about receiving, but giving love to all!! So we aren’t decorating early... y’all are just late!😂😛😛
I just stare at her sometimes in complete awe of how fleeting motherhood is. Not in a bad way, just in a way that gives me the urge to have a baby every year until I die so I never have to mourn the Wile E. Coyote that is time.
I feel pretty ashamed to admit that I spend more of that time than I would like glued to my phone. One of the boundaries I’m trying harder to implement in myself is unplugging. You think this would be an easy task, but i struggle. Between calls, texts, client emails, and running two businesses on the side; I feel the pressure of needing to be constantly turned on. It’s not fair to my kid, who wants nothing more than to play with me uninterrupted in the evenings when I get home. I know that as moms we wear many hats, but when it comes down to what matters, who are we letting down by allowing distractions to take us away from irreplaceable moments as a result from pouring too much of ourselves into the wrong cups? Run on sentence be damned, it’s just a little food for thought.
Love every single one of you beauties! Have a wonderful weekend.
The poor air quality is making it v difficult for this mama (in terms of trying to entertain indoors alllllll day, everyday 🙈) any mommies have any fun indoor activity recommendations? Please, help. this. mama. out. ASAP.
Today our only outing so far was to the grocery store (our fridge was looking preeeetty sparse!) I’ll blame it on you guys 😉 - you’ve been keeping me busy in the best of ways!! This is so fun ♥️♥️♥️
But boy was it ever amazing to see the perfectly snow-covered trees everywhere and to feel the snow land so lightly on our faces (... of course I won’t be this enamoured about it come January❄️). I actually really like taking Aubrey grocery shopping and she loooves the fast ride when we bring the cart back into the store when we are done 😄 (if you see a crazy lady running through the parking lot with a toddler giggling away, that’s probably us🙋🏽♀️) My goal in the past couple months has been to do one big grocery trip every 2 weeks & it is working out well! (Mike does a couple little quick trips as needed in between👍🏼😄) Anyways... I hope you all have a lovely weekend - stay safe! And warm! ☕️
⬆️Oh and this is the 13mm gold disc with font 4
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They will learn to dress themselves. And read and write. To make friends. And be independent. What they won't do is be with you forever. 💓
☃️ Looking like Toronto! 👶 Spring and summer will always hold a special place in our hearts but seeing the city like this today made me feel so happy! It was also Tommy's first snow but he slept and didn't see a thing.
🚪 I was still kinda upset about the "why-people-don't-hold-doors-anymore" thing that happened earlier so I went for a short walk after the appointment! ❤️ Glad I did!
Today I'm sitting here feeling the mom guilt creep in. I am what most would probably call a helicopter mom 🤦.
I have a hard time leaving her. I don't know why it's so hard for me. In fact I can remember going back to work after maternity leave last year and crying non stop. Everyone reassured me that it did get easier. I just had to give it time, but for me it didn't. I was constantly thinking of the next school break and how I was missing so many parts of her day until then. .
She was the entire reason I gave up my teaching career after ten years, because my first year without her was terrible. I hated it, so now I stay home with her all day. .
Most would say that I probably would grow tired or need a break from her by the end of the week, but I don't. I absolutely still love every moment of our time together. .
I've only left her overnight one time so far 😬 last June and the second time is coming this weekend. Last time I left her with daddy, but this time he's coming with me. I know she'll be in great hands, have a blast, and be spoiled non stop by grandma, but it still literally breaks my heart. .
So today I am trying to soak up every snuggle and will probably rock a little longer at bed time because I feel so guilty that I'm leaving her tomorrow. What if she needs me during night?! What if she worries I've abandoned her?! What if she falls and I'm not there to console her?! The thoughts are running wild. I'm trying to remind myself that she is just fine without me, and that it's always tougher on me than her. .
The mom guilt is so real some days. Any other moms have trouble leaving their kids?! Please tell me I'm not alone! .
6 years ago I found myself driving to the gym in tears.
I had just been cleared to workout after having my last baby, I was tired, I was emotional, and I felt like I didn’t even know who I was any more.
I will never forget how helpless and defeated I felt sitting in that cold, dark parking lot, staring at the door to enter the gym and wanting nothing more than to run away from life.
It wasn’t long after that that I was invited to join an online health and fitness support and accountability group. I very quickly said no for a plethora of reasons until I decided to join to support my sister.
There I was, once again, doing something for someone else because the thought of doing it for myself was too daunting. Because I was already defeated, remember?
However, after being loved, supported, encouraged, pushed, and taught by the group of women that virtually surrounded me all while incorporating healthy habits, I found a woman in me I never knew existed.
I was strong. I was confident. I was hopeful. I was no longer afraid. I was healthy. I was happy.
I knew I HAD to share this with other moms just like me. I had to offer them the same journey that I had avoided through fear and excuses for my whole life.
And so here I stand, perfectly imperfect, full of failure and mistakes but also bursting with hope and belief because I KNOW the changes that can happen when feet are planted on the right path and encouraged along the way.
Come join me starting December 3 for 30 days. You will become healthier physically, emotionally, and mentally. You will find confidence in YOU and uncover the greatness that is in there. You will find comfort in your skin and reach your goals.
Stop defeating yourself and let’s do this together.
Are you in?
If I can do it, you can do it too! I’m not special, the starts don’t always align, I have obstacles and sometimes I make it down right hard for myself. But friends...
There is VICTORY in every OBSTACLE. .
Every obstacle or dilemma, you get a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can wipe the sweat. My goal is to help you realize there is room for grace but you push for the grit in every opportunity that forces you to choose! .
When you are totally devoted, the obstacles that you overcome is your victory!!
What will you crush today? .
I chose to assess and adjust today! I’m really excited about a lot of the opportunities and people in my business and I got carried away with all the things, so I chose to do my (longer than normal) workout after the kiddos got on the bus. But then, shenanigans and distractions and next thing I know I was at the point of no return. .
I could have thrown my hands up and said I couldn’t workout because the one I wanted to do was too long, but instead I assessed and adjusted, then got it done with a shorter workout hat was just as fun! .
Even though I enjoyed that workout and how I felt when I was done, it wasn’t without stalling and frustration! I had lots of technology issues with my rushed workout. I knew it put me behind in my day, but once I was done and felt the victory of follow through, all that frustration just faded away! .
You can choose victory too friends, you can!!!
His nickname is “squishy bear” because he’s always been squishy and that fat ain’t let up since he’s been walking 🤭
But on a side note we have been inside the last three days cause of these fires, it’s now considered hazardous around here in Sac so we haven’t left much 🔥😔
I like BIG stalks and I cannot lie!
Guess what tomorrow is — the @littleitalymercato! Time for mama to go snag these big, beautiful bundles of CELERY for the week!
I start my parasite cleanse on Monday! Eeeek! You all seem REALLY interested in what I will be doing and the products I am using, so I’ll be sharing lots of info on my story as I prep! STAY TUNED!
New Wonderland Shadowsense Collection now available! 😍😍😍 I can't decide which one i'm most excited about! The deep plum is super pretty! And the glacier glitter❄ is gorgeous and would be an amazing highlighter 😍
When you get handed the most beautiful bunch of blooms from a wonderful Mama who you supported as she brought her baby earth-side! 😭
How lucky am I?! Talking about lucky, the biggest kid is having a movie night with me tonight, and you know what his film of choice was.....school of rock!
What a legend! ✌🏻
The past week has been an incredible experience. When I released Flora by R&T, I hoped that I might able to use the gifts I’ve been given to make a little extra money for my family. I never expected a deeper result. .
So many of you have send me meaningful dates to memorialize- days of celebration and those of mourning. With your dates have come your stories. Stories of victory and suffering, stories of joy and sadness. .
As I sit and sketch, my heart has been full of thoughts and prayers for the recipients. We’re told that loving our neighbor requires us to rejoice with others who rejoice and to mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). With each peek into your lives, I’ve been able to do just that and for that, I am grateful. .
My afternoons and evenings of sketching have stretched me beyond expectations and led me to a place where I am challenged to carry the stories that you have all trusted me to keep. .
I’ve been blessed by that trust and feel honored to be sharing these moments with you, no matter the context. .
So thank you for those of you who have entrusted me with your stories. If you’d like to work together to create a memory, feel free to DM me to talk more.