My boy is 10 months old today. He is the sweetest human, he loves cuddles, is always giving kisses, and just wants to be close with everyone (especially his daddy). I've always seen a certain kindness in him and I still continue to see that grow. He's getting 6 teeth at the moment and not loving that but he's still my sweet boy. We are beyond happy to be his parents. Also, how socially acceptable is it to send out 1st bday invites two months early? 🙃
This week has been the pits- when it rains it pours and all that and everything that could go wrong has. .
It's really hit home this week that having no support network around me is going to be tough at times. I've had to juggle decorating the house, hole in the roof, potty training, thread worm, hubby in Ireland and applying for a job while just keeping everyone fed and alive. It's been a task that's for sure and I'm sure I've looked like an absolute horrific mess on the school run most mornings.
I've got one last push tonight- get Lukas to Plymouth and then head to Exeter airport to pick Rich up. I can't wait to have him home 🙌🏽 wish me luck nothing goes wrong this evening but knowing this week I'm sure it will! 🙄 .
This bunch might drive me mad but they are my world and I do love them- even if I've shouted at them all like a crazy lady most of the week 🙈
So excited to spend our first holiday together as a family of three. What are some of your favorite traditions? Jordan and I realized we needed to find a stocking and a first ornament for Elliott. I dreamed of this for years 😭
This beauty is my whole heart 💓 we had a big day yesterday, which I will share about later once I’ve got my head around it. But I can say that it’s made me love this little babe more than I thought was possible. She is beautiful, she is strong, she is so so determined to learn. She is my everything 💕💕
Friends!!! It’s that time of year to spread all the Holiday cheer✨ I am kicking it off with a group of amazing + talented ladies for one lucky winner to receive all of these prizes listed below:
$25 shop credit from @chasing_theblue
$30 shop credit from @radicalgirlgang
1 in stock tee from @grinsandgrace
1 18x24 poster of your choosing from @_motherofdaughters
$25 shop credit from @coveredhands
1 pin of choice from @milkmakingmama
1 tee of choice from @themotheringfront
$20 shop credit from @wildsunshine.threads
$20 shop credit from @freethemother
That’s a TON of goods!! Christmas is coming early for one of you🎄💃🏻
All you need to do is: •Like this post
•Follow me and all the rest of the accounts listed above, we will be checking that list twice😉
•Sharing is caring so tag all your best girls!!
**5 Extra entries for posting the giveaway in your stories**
The giveaway will run for 48 hrs and close 11/18 at 9am PST. The winner will be announced in our stories on 11/18. Good luck to everyone entering!!! This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram.
We had our first snow yesterday and we loved it! It took 45 min to drive 5 min away but hey that’s snow for ya. 🤷🏽♀️😂 trying to enjoy winter to the fullest this year! I’m not a snow person but I’m trying to appreciate all seasons ☃️❄️🌨🌬 I’m sure glad I was wearing my mom life hoodie out there though! 💨⛄️ cause that snow is no joke haha
Good morning. Today marks 12 weeks since we said goodbye to our angel baby number 4 (photo was taken when I was 8 weeks with a live baby). God continues to work in my heart and life to help me heal from this loss. I will glorify Him thru it all. 🙌🏼This WILL be turned around for HIS glory and good.🙌🏼 I’ll be creating a short 7-day workbook for moms who have lost babies thru miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion. This workbook will help in the early stages of grief for the mom to heal. The workbook will help the mom to connect with our healer, Jesus. Death and sickness are never the will of God. We live in a fallen world and we know who rules this world. However when bad things happen, we can turn them around for the good and perfect will of God and that’s my mission. I recently spoke with a spiritual mentor of mine and she told me to, “ask Jesus what he calls your child in heaven.” I did and I heard a distinct whisper of a name I’ve NEVER thought of naming my child... “Peony.” Over and over, “Peony.” My sweet peony girl. I knew she was a girl.😭 When I looked up the root meaning it means, “healing physician.” I believe God will use this workbook to help heal many people who even years after their loss are still hurting. I know they still hurt because many have messaged me and I’m so thankful for each of you sharing and allowing me to pray for you. We are 1-in-4 and we are worthy of emotional healing. 💛
It’s #globalentrepreneurshipweek — our Founder and CEO, Allison says “Being an entrepreneur is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I’ve never worked harder to follow my heart and chase my dream.” .
For all of you go-getters our there let us know your entrepreneurial motto in the comments below and keep up the great work! You got this! ------------------- #vivigzco#madeinamerica
Ahh!!! SO many gorgeous and unique projects from Wendy over at @sewknotcrochet for the Bequest Maker’s Tour!! I can’t decide which is my favourite but I’m pretty sure I suddenly find myself in need of a new sewing machine cover and slippers!! 😍 Way to be Wendy! You rocked it! Go check them out! #bequestfabric#staytuned#briarhilldesignsfabric#rjrfabrics
What to know a secret? .
The person you desire to become...is already within you! You desire those things because you can visualize yourself as them. .
Were usually just too afraid to show the world what that is...afraid of judgement 🙌 I used to be...a year ago I wouldn't take a picture of myself unless I has makeup on & hair somewhat done...#sad I know! But it's the truth and I'm committed to showing the real person that I was, I am, and who I will become. .
But I'm getting over it ...the thought that it all has to be perfect and pulled together just right! I'm also learning to get over other people's opinions...#unapologeticallyme
I value other people's opinions and I know MOST of the time they come from a place of love or a place of their own insecurities....but I won't live to please everyone else. I can not be a people pleaser and be happy in my own skin simultaneously!! .
So as I lay here on the floor from my workout that just kicked my butt...I wanted to tell you that YOU are everything you want to be...UNLEASH your greatness 💜🙌💪 .
Do you have a favourite child? Everyone always says you love them equally, but I say bull shit! I definitely have a favourite, it just changes on a daily basis. ⠀
The two year old is being a NIGHTMARE at the moment, so my baby boy is the favourite this week. ⠀
If anyone wants a toddler, she’s free to good home, but needs training and apparently doesn’t understand English especially words like no, stop or come on.....
Love a good slow & quiet morning 🖤 ...because they sure don’t happen often!
Snow is falling, Christmas carols playing, hot coffee in hand and I finally have a moment to catch up on the girls journals (something I started when they were both born and have fallen incredibly behind on because...well life!🙈)
H A P P Y F R I D A Y!!❤️ Hope everyone has a great day!
It's not easy pressing play everyday.
Even the people who DO workout everyday still have days where's it's HARD! (Or days we skip 👌)
So if you find yourself unmotivated, lost, struggling...You're not alone!!!
But the answer to get through this is easy AND hard at the same time.
It's simply STARTING!!!!🤷♀️
Throw your workout clothes on and just do it.
We never regret a workout but we ALWAYS regret NOT doing one.
Am I right ⁉⁉⁉
Stay consistent because if there was a secret, that's what it is. Workout DONE✅✅✅ ( 5 hours later than usual 😂😂)
Last night my girl took me as her date to a Gatsby event/fundraiser and it was so fun!! We felt classy and rich in our faux fur coats and it was the best night! Love you Lyss!! You always make life fun.
Sleeping in the wintertime is like sleeping while your camping - socks, thermals, sweatshirt with the hood up and a bursting bladder because there’s no way I’m getting out of those warm cozy covers to brave the freezing night. “No no honey, don’t turn the heater up, I can do this, I’m a friggin hero” Anyone else? Or am I just a wuss in cold weather?
Happy Friday! We have a busy weekend ahead of us with birthdays, date night, Thanksgiving prep, errands, house projects and way too much more. But I really just can’t wait to have DJ home to spend some time with my two favorite boys ✨ What are your weekend plans?
Now THIS is what I call a monthly subscription box. Completely customizable every month so I don’t get anything I won’t use or don’t need because I chose everything in my box! I earn money back and that percent increases after 3 months. And FREE oils you guys... this month I got Nutmeg Vitality, Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Christmas Spirit, and an oil-diffuser ornament for FREE! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 This is the most amazing way for us to replace the products we were already using with a healthier, plant-based version. I’m not spending more money, just transfer buying. Ditch and switch doesn’t have to be complicated you guys! Are you on Essential Rewards?
Giveaway! 🎉 If you’re a Franklin/Nashville area woman, say hello in the comments!! And then tag your fellow local girlfriends! (I’ll tell you why in a min) Over a year ago I felt this calling to foster community within the women in our community. If you are looking to connect with other women in the area, send me your email to be added to the email list, and go to Facebook and join the community group within my page. Every single meet up or event has new people, so don’t be shy, you will feel welcome—promise!! Two of you will win a ticket to either one of our events coming up! • New events•
Dec. 7th at 7pm- Restorative Yoga with dinner at @sopapillastn to follow! Must RSVP and pay in advance. $10 Head to FB for event details in the community group.
•Dec. 13th at 10am- Vinyasa + a FREE dance party for the kids with my friends at @artisticelementsdance ! $15 in advance to secure your spot! **Contest ends tomorrow night at midnight** #franklintn#nashvilletn#thefranklinmama
3 Day post-turkey trimdown & refresh to be more present.
☝️This is going down….. because I want to wake up less like Medusa and more like Sunshine 😉. Midway through the holidays it's so good to give our body, our mind, ourselves, some good ol' fashioned self-care so the reason for the season can be alive in us instead of hustling endless hours in effort to make everything perfect. And what we put in our bodies matters. So with it being common to consistently gravitate toward the comfort foods & the holiday treats, unfortunately that's not what is going to insure we have the best holiday season that we can. We need a little refresh to keep us from goin off the deep end!
Join me and my gals (& guys!) & together we will:
🍎eat simple, clean foods (recipes provided)
🌊detox & refresh our body in a healthy and safe way
🐔get rid of the Thanksgiving bloat! And gain ENERGY! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✌ Be in the peace & joy of the holiday season.
📋have a plan for success and permanent change AFTER the cleanse is complete ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🚫 Avoid the typical holiday gain & sense of regret come Januray. This is a season that should be looked back on & celebrated!🎉
Commit TODAY to insure you get it in time to prep with us and start Day 1 on Nov. 27th. All the support & guidance you could ever ask for, and all the health & refreshing midway through the holidays that your body & mind will thank you for!
Sound off below with a "Tell me more" if you’d like more info and a "Gobble Gobble!"🦃 if you’re IN! (open to current and former fit group friends as well!)
I go back to work in two weeks and the thought of it is killing me. Thankful to be working such a limited schedule but it’s still going to be hard leaving my baby. Kudos to all you working mommas out there! It’s seriously no joke. We started being a little most strict with our sleep arrangement this week and it’s been so hard trying to find that rhythm and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to start it. I’d appreciate any tips if you have any! ✨PS crying over here at how big Moonie is getting. 😭 #littlewillamoon
The struggle is real lately with early mornings around here. Today I’ve been up since 3:30 am with this toddler who needed snuggles, then she had to pee. When she fell back asleep, baby girl started crying...once she fell back asleep it was just too far gone for mama to sleep more. I keep reminding myself, this too shall pass...in the meantime, more coffee please ☕️☕️☕️ #mamahustle#momlife#ArielleJeannine#tgif
this time of teething is so trying and i’m just so ready for those suckers to cut through 😫 (and i know she is too) 〰️ months ago she had nubs of white showing that got my hopes up but her gums just grew over them 🤷🏼♀️😂 how is she almost 10 months old with NO TEETH?! — crazy sauce. guess i’ll just get to soak up that gummy smile a little bit more 😉
Did you watch yesterday’s Instastories with my latest in the PARENTING TIPS series? I talked all about SHARING...how to teach our toddlers to share, what to do when they’re struggling with sharing, etc. Trust me, these tips works! Hazel went from wanting all the toys for herself and throwing a tantrum if she didn’t have all the toys, to happily sharing with her friends (well, most of the time. Ha!) If you missed it and want to watch it, I saved it to my highlights under “sharing”. // @liketoknow.it http://liketk.it/2yhDO #liketkit
This girl. She saves her best smiles for me. And I know one day just seeing my face won’t make her giggle and grin, but I’ll remind her that it used to. And if she’s anything like I used to be she’ll roll her eyes and go on with what she was doing.
But I’ll remember when she used to cry for me and bury her face into my neck. And watch me while I talked. And fell asleep so easily in my arms.
She will always be my first, and the one that showed me how strong I could be and how weak I could be all at the same time. And I will always love her for that.
Where has my tiny baby gone?! 😫 I can’t believe you’re 8 months old today. It has been an eventful month of “firsts”. You’re crawling like a champ now, pulling yourself up to a standing position and I swear you’ll be walking by the new year! 🤦🏼♀️ You’re eating solids like a big boy and your first two little teeth have popped through, thank God lol You celebrated your first Halloween as the Cheshire Cat, and went on your first desert camping trip! You hated the shower in the camper and sleeping in your pack n play was a fail.😂 You have the biggest personality in the world, are so friendly and love all the attention lol We all love watching you grow up Micah man, but time PLEASE SLOW DOWN! 😭💙💙💙
Little excerpt from @lysaterkeurst new book. I needed to read this. And reread this. Maybe you do too.
Who told you that you are naked?
Who told you that you are anything less than a most glorious creation of the almighty God?
Who spoke words over you and about you that striped you bare and broke your heart?
Whatever statement was spoken to you that came against the truth must be called a lie.
Gods word is the truth.
And his truth says you are a holy and dearly loved child of your heavenly father.
You are wonderfully made.
You are beautiful.
You are a treasure.
You are fully know by him and lavishly loved by him.
You are chosen
You are special
You are set apart no matter what you’ve done or what’s been done to you. These words of God are true about you.
May we carefully choose what we remember, and what we forget.