A Mama's Photo Journal

 March 23.  I wish I were a kid so that I could just take really long naps and everyone would be proud of me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

March 23.

I wish I were a kid so that I could just take really long naps and everyone would be proud of me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

 March 21.  ย   ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒทSpring is coming! ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒท  "I wish I had a job that allowed me to never miss a day of sunshine," said my 2 year ago self.  Guess what! You can! ๐ŸŒž  We spent the afternoon soaking up fresh air and sunshine. Now, hopping on to host a call for our team!

March 21.

ย 

๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒทSpring is coming! ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒท

"I wish I had a job that allowed me to never miss a day of sunshine," said my 2 year ago self.

Guess what! You can! ๐ŸŒž

We spent the afternoon soaking up fresh air and sunshine. Now, hopping on to host a call for our team!

 March 20.  Adulting ain't easy.   Chris has been traveling for work, so I've been solo with this human tornado who also happens to be a threenager. Hes been singing the alphabet song on repeat for 8 days. 8 freaking days. He wakes up every night, climbs in bed with me, and despite the fact that we have a king size bed, completely invades my personal space and kicks me in the face. It's like sleeping with a drunk octopus. In my attempt to have a moment of silence, I wake up early. The earlier I wake up, the earlier he wakes up. It's like he has a sixth sense. Like wtf.   But here's the bright side. โ˜€๏ธHe's smart and healthy and spunky and cute. I don't have to be tied to a schedule, as my work fits around my life. Thank goodness, because trying to get out of house looking like a human seems near impossible right now. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I've just re-launched our New Coach Academy into a new self paced, online course, and am super excited about the new platform. It is going to give our team all of the resources they need to be successful!!   If you are that someone who is seeking a way to a way to make the madness of your life less maddening, we should connect. I'd love for you to have the opportunity to learn not what about what I do and you can too. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

March 20.

Adulting ain't easy. 

Chris has been traveling for work, so I've been solo with this human tornado who also happens to be a threenager. Hes been singing the alphabet song on repeat for 8 days. 8 freaking days. He wakes up every night, climbs in bed with me, and despite the fact that we have a king size bed, completely invades my personal space and kicks me in the face. It's like sleeping with a drunk octopus. In my attempt to have a moment of silence, I wake up early. The earlier I wake up, the earlier he wakes up. It's like he has a sixth sense. Like wtf. 

But here's the bright side. โ˜€๏ธHe's smart and healthy and spunky and cute. I don't have to be tied to a schedule, as my work fits around my life. Thank goodness, because trying to get out of house looking like a human seems near impossible right now. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I've just re-launched our New Coach Academy into a new self paced, online course, and am super excited about the new platform. It is going to give our team all of the resources they need to be successful!! 

If you are that someone who is seeking a way to a way to make the madness of your life less maddening, we should connect. I'd love for you to have the opportunity to learn not what about what I do and you can too. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

 march 19.  I texted chris this photo yesterday.   Chris : "best thing ever!"  Me: "I know! We made him! Go team!"   #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

march 19.

I texted chris this photo yesterday.

Chris: "best thing ever!"

Me: "I know! We made him! Go team!"

#teamworkmakesthedreamwork

 March 17.  Friday yoga moves with my boo? Sign me up.๐ŸŽ‰  Inspired by one of our new favorite books, linked in the comments below.   ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปFriYAY ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

March 17.

Friday yoga moves with my boo? Sign me up.๐ŸŽ‰

Inspired by one of our new favorite books, linked in the comments below. 

๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปFriYAY ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

 March 15.  ย   The only thing getting me through this mid March snowing weather is knowing that in a few short weeks my pale booty will be on the beaches of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! ๐ŸŒด  This is an all expense paid, all inclusive resort stay that I earned JUST for helping other people reach their health and fitenss goals in 2016. And if that weren't amazing enough, we have enough support from friends and family to leave Ziggy here and enjoy a real couples vaca!! ๐Ÿ‘ซ  So, go ahead snow, keep it coming. We have our eyes on blue water and white sand! ๐ŸŒŠ

March 15.

ย 

The only thing getting me through this mid March snowing weather is knowing that in a few short weeks my pale booty will be on the beaches of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic! ๐ŸŒด

This is an all expense paid, all inclusive resort stay that I earned JUST for helping other people reach their health and fitenss goals in 2016. And if that weren't amazing enough, we have enough support from friends and family to leave Ziggy here and enjoy a real couples vaca!! ๐Ÿ‘ซ

So, go ahead snow, keep it coming. We have our eyes on blue water and white sand! ๐ŸŒŠ

 march 14.  Every Tuesday and Thursday, I get to drop off and pick up this beautiful being from school. ๐Ÿ˜  You have the ability to design your life, and I would love to help you define the vehicle that will get you there โค๏ธ

march 14.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, I get to drop off and pick up this beautiful being from school. ๐Ÿ˜

You have the ability to design your life, and I would love to help you define the vehicle that will get you there โค๏ธ

March 10.

When you're presenting on a live video stream and your toddler comes in to tell you he has poop on his finger. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ™ˆ

#lifeunedited

 March 9.  If I was a flower growing wild and free, all I'd want is for you to be my sweet honeybee ๐Ÿ’ซ

March 9.

If I was a flower growing wild and free, all I'd want is for you to be my sweet honeybee ๐Ÿ’ซ

 March 8.  Grateful for sunshine and freedom of time. โ˜€๏ธ  I woke up early to get work done. We went to the library and had a picnic. Then to the post office and the bank, and there were no lines. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป    #itsthelittlethings

March 8.

Grateful for sunshine and freedom of time. โ˜€๏ธ

I woke up early to get work done. We went to the library and had a picnic. Then to the post office and the bank, and there were no lines. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป 

#itsthelittlethings

 March 7.   #transformationtuesday   When I was approached with this coaching opportunity, the first words out of my mouth were, "sounds great, but I don't have time."  I was working out of the house full time, had just celebrated Ziggy's first year, and chris and I were working opposite schedules. There were literally days where I felt like I couldn't take a sip of air! ๐Ÿ˜†  But, After some thought said "sure, I'll learn more."   I think about where I would be if I hadn't just said "yes" to learning more ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ still commuting over 1 hour each day, still handing off my growing boy to a sitter every day while I spent time with other people's kids, still being a passing ship in the night with Chris. And living to pack, unpack, and repack bags. ๐Ÿ™ˆ   Now, I'm on a mission to help other women find the same fulfillment and freedom. You're busy? Perfect! Because it's my experience that busy people know how to get shiz done ๐Ÿ˜‰

March 7.

#transformationtuesday

When I was approached with this coaching opportunity, the first words out of my mouth were, "sounds great, but I don't have time."

I was working out of the house full time, had just celebrated Ziggy's first year, and chris and I were working opposite schedules. There were literally days where I felt like I couldn't take a sip of air! ๐Ÿ˜†

But, After some thought said "sure, I'll learn more." 

I think about where I would be if I hadn't just said "yes" to learning more ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ still commuting over 1 hour each day, still handing off my growing boy to a sitter every day while I spent time with other people's kids, still being a passing ship in the night with Chris. And living to pack, unpack, and repack bags. ๐Ÿ™ˆ 

Now, I'm on a mission to help other women find the same fulfillment and freedom. You're busy? Perfect! Because it's my experience that busy people know how to get shiz done ๐Ÿ˜‰

 March 5.  Want to know something awesome?  We celebrated this sweet boy's third year today! He is so full of love and light, and he had such a wonderful time with his little friends on this perfectly sunshiny Sunday! โ˜€๏ธ  I was able to soak it all up--no feeling of Sunday anxiety about the work week starting. I have a to-do list, but it fits around what's most important. And it's all because I said "yes" to an opportunity to raise my coaching business, while raising my baby boy.   I'm putting the finishing touches on our new March coach training academy--completely revamped and updated ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Its not too late to jump in if you're ready to say "yes!" I'm just a quick message away  I'll be cleaning up the madness in the meantime! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

March 5.

Want to know something awesome?

We celebrated this sweet boy's third year today! He is so full of love and light, and he had such a wonderful time with his little friends on this perfectly sunshiny Sunday! โ˜€๏ธ

I was able to soak it all up--no feeling of Sunday anxiety about the work week starting. I have a to-do list, but it fits around what's most important. And it's all because I said "yes" to an opportunity to raise my coaching business, while raising my baby boy. 

I'm putting the finishing touches on our new March coach training academy--completely revamped and updated ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Its not too late to jump in if you're ready to say "yes!" I'm just a quick message away

I'll be cleaning up the madness in the meantime! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

 March 3.  Happy day, sweet boy. ๐ŸŽˆ You have blessed us in more ways than you will ever know. โค๏ธ  *mental note* buy birthday themed wrapping paper.๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ  ย 

March 3.

Happy day, sweet boy. ๐ŸŽˆ You have blessed us in more ways than you will ever know. โค๏ธ

*mental note* buy birthday themed wrapping paper.๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ

ย 

 march 1.  We spent the day at the children's museum, and I'm not sure who had more fun ๐Ÿ˜‚  This time last year, I was teaching full time. Chris and I worked opposite schedules, playing single parenting roles, with a sitter in between.   In August, I resigned from my teaching job to focus solely on my coaching business.   And, just recently, chris took a new job, which is going to require 9 weeks of remote training.   Sure, this being away is going to be tough. But, I am so grateful for a job that does not require me to hustle out the door each day before 630am while playing the single parent role.   We'll be looking for people to keep us company, so if you're in the area, hollaaaaaa ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

march 1.

We spent the day at the children's museum, and I'm not sure who had more fun ๐Ÿ˜‚

This time last year, I was teaching full time. Chris and I worked opposite schedules, playing single parenting roles, with a sitter in between. 

In August, I resigned from my teaching job to focus solely on my coaching business. 

And, just recently, chris took a new job, which is going to require 9 weeks of remote training. 

Sure, this being away is going to be tough. But, I am so grateful for a job that does not require me to hustle out the door each day before 630am while playing the single parent role. 

We'll be looking for people to keep us company, so if you're in the area, hollaaaaaa ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

 Feruary 27.  ย   I started a 3 day plant based cleanse today, to help get myself in the right mindset for a 30 elimination diet beginning Monday. To learn more about my journey to this point, check out the blog post linked below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ   http://www.sarahkaminski.com/my-journey-blog-1/2016/11/6/foodismedicine   And a day is never complete without a stretch sesh with Ziggy, obvi ๐Ÿ˜‚.   If you feel like your body needs some TLC, from the inside out, this cleanse may be a great starting point for you, too. I look forward to sharing my journey and would love to learn more about your current goals to see if it would be a good fit. I am just a quick message away!

Feruary 27.

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I started a 3 day plant based cleanse today, to help get myself in the right mindset for a 30 elimination diet beginning Monday. To learn more about my journey to this point, check out the blog post linked below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

http://www.sarahkaminski.com/my-journey-blog-1/2016/11/6/foodismedicine

And a day is never complete without a stretch sesh with Ziggy, obvi ๐Ÿ˜‚. 

If you feel like your body needs some TLC, from the inside out, this cleanse may be a great starting point for you, too. I look forward to sharing my journey and would love to learn more about your current goals to see if it would be a good fit. I am just a quick message away!

 February 26.  Monday morning library dates with my boo ๐Ÿ˜   Monday's used to be full of anxiety and dread--hustling out the door before ziggy woke, leaving him with caregivers, a long commute and wishing the days away until the weekend came.   I hustled hard to get rid of that anxiety forever and I'm looking to extend this opportunity to other mama's who want to escape the grind!   Women who know they were made for more. Women who are tired of working hard just to make ends meet and can't believe how much of their paycheck goes to childcare. Mamas who want to make a difference in the lives of others, without leaving their babies.   You don't have to be a mama to rock this gig. But you must be hardworking, ready to learn, and wanting to live your healthiest life! (Best job requirements ever.) 

February 26.

Monday morning library dates with my boo ๐Ÿ˜ 

Monday's used to be full of anxiety and dread--hustling out the door before ziggy woke, leaving him with caregivers, a long commute and wishing the days away until the weekend came. 

I hustled hard to get rid of that anxiety forever and I'm looking to extend this opportunity to other mama's who want to escape the grind! 

Women who know they were made for more. Women who are tired of working hard just to make ends meet and can't believe how much of their paycheck goes to childcare. Mamas who want to make a difference in the lives of others, without leaving their babies. 

You don't have to be a mama to rock this gig. But you must be hardworking, ready to learn, and wanting to live your healthiest life! (Best job requirements ever.) 

 February 26.  Chris has been adventuring with this beautiful child while I've been doing my momboss thing this weekend..  ๐Ÿ’ซPutting the final touches on our New Coach Academy. Our new coaches are going to find so much success with this training platform!  ๐Ÿ’ซHelping new clients decide on the right fitness + nutrition program to best fit their needs and interests. We truly have something for everyone, and I cannot wait to get this group started tomorrow!  ๐Ÿ’ซFinishing up my fitness program, and documenting my results. I am super exited to share later today, so stay tuned ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

February 26.

Chris has been adventuring with this beautiful child while I've been doing my momboss thing this weekend..

๐Ÿ’ซPutting the final touches on our New Coach Academy. Our new coaches are going to find so much success with this training platform!

๐Ÿ’ซHelping new clients decide on the right fitness + nutrition program to best fit their needs and interests. We truly have something for everyone, and I cannot wait to get this group started tomorrow!

๐Ÿ’ซFinishing up my fitness program, and documenting my results. I am super exited to share later today, so stay tuned ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

 Feburary 25.  ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปEvery kid deserves a strong mama ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป  It's not about having a super sexy mom bod, or having 6 pack abs. It's about feeling strong, inside and out, for all of the challenges that motherhood presents.   I couldn't do a tuck jump when I started. I just started, did what I could, and committed to showing up every day. And ya know, I learned I was a lot stronger than I thought I was.   We're putting the final touches on our next support and accountability group that begins Monday, and have one space left. It's yours if you're ready!

Feburary 25.

๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปEvery kid deserves a strong mama ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

It's not about having a super sexy mom bod, or having 6 pack abs. It's about feeling strong, inside and out, for all of the challenges that motherhood presents. 

I couldn't do a tuck jump when I started. I just started, did what I could, and committed to showing up every day. And ya know, I learned I was a lot stronger than I thought I was. 

We're putting the final touches on our next support and accountability group that begins Monday, and have one space left. It's yours if you're ready!

 February 22.๐Ÿ’ซyou are the author of your life ๐Ÿ’ซ  I knew from the time that I was very young that I wanted to teach.  There is something about being a part of the โ€œlight bulb momentโ€ in someoneโ€™s life that is so fulfilling and rewarding. I graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelorโ€™s degree in Child Development and Family Studies, and went on to earn my Master of Education from Carlow University. I began teaching in Charter schools throughout the city of Pittsburgh, and ultimately found my way into the virtual classroom with one of the largest cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania. I had found my niche.  Then, in March 2014, Ziggy was born, and my perspective on the world changed. Time no longer stood still as he grew. As we watched him observe the world, the little things suddenly werenโ€™t so little any more. He was a constant reminder of what was really important, and that my time was invaluable.  My maternity leave rolled into summer, and when it came time to return to work 5 months postpartum, I was torn. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do.   If you told me pre Ziggy that I would have shifted my career focus after spending years working toward my teaching credentials, I wouldn't have believed you. But, here I am. โค๏ธ  As we grow and change, our priorities grow and change, and we need to be okay with these shifting with the seasons of our lives.   Chances are, few of us are in our final chapter! Write yours.  ย 

February 22.๐Ÿ’ซyou are the author of your life ๐Ÿ’ซ

I knew from the time that I was very young that I wanted to teach.

There is something about being a part of the โ€œlight bulb momentโ€ in someoneโ€™s life that is so fulfilling and rewarding. I graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelorโ€™s degree in Child Development and Family Studies, and went on to earn my Master of Education from Carlow University. I began teaching in Charter schools throughout the city of Pittsburgh, and ultimately found my way into the virtual classroom with one of the largest cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania. I had found my niche.

Then, in March 2014, Ziggy was born, and my perspective on the world changed. Time no longer stood still as he grew. As we watched him observe the world, the little things suddenly werenโ€™t so little any more. He was a constant reminder of what was really important, and that my time was invaluable.

My maternity leave rolled into summer, and when it came time to return to work 5 months postpartum, I was torn. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. 

If you told me pre Ziggy that I would have shifted my career focus after spending years working toward my teaching credentials, I wouldn't have believed you. But, here I am. โค๏ธ

As we grow and change, our priorities grow and change, and we need to be okay with these shifting with the seasons of our lives. 

Chances are, few of us are in our final chapter! Write yours.

ย 

 Feburayr 20.  Toddler tip: Use cheap cookie trays to contain things like beads, playdough, watercolors...  What things do you use to minimize mess and madness?!

Feburayr 20.

Toddler tip: Use cheap cookie trays to contain things like beads, playdough, watercolors...

What things do you use to minimize mess and madness?!

 February 19.  ย   It's rare that he takes a nap anymore.   Today, after celebrating his great Grandmommy's birthday with cousins, he said, "Mama, I had a fun day." โค๏ธ  And just like that, he was out ๐Ÿ˜ด

February 19.

ย 

It's rare that he takes a nap anymore. 

Today, after celebrating his great Grandmommy's birthday with cousins, he said, "Mama, I had a fun day." โค๏ธ

And just like that, he was out ๐Ÿ˜ด

 February 18.  These 2 dudes. ๐Ÿ˜ 

February 18.

These 2 dudes. ๐Ÿ˜ 

 Febuary 18.  The weather in western pa today is on POINT ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผโ˜€๏ธ  I just finished up a call with one of the amazing coaches on our team and she said, "you know sarah, this is the first time I have ever been at this weight in February. I usually wait until may to get my shit together." ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป  And it's funny, because after Ziggy's swim lesson today, I thought, "you know, I'm not too disappointed with my pale ass mid winter reflection in this bathing suit." ๐Ÿ‘™  So, how did we do this?   ๐ŸŒŸ living by the 80/20 rule; fueling our bodies by way of the right foods, in the right portions 80% of the time, and enjoying things like chocolate, wine and pizza 20% of the time   ๐ŸŒŸa daily superfood shake  ๐ŸŒŸ25-30 minute workouts, streamed right to our living rooms  ๐ŸŒŸstaying connected with our online support and accountability group AKA the secret sauce

Febuary 18.

The weather in western pa today is on POINT ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผโ˜€๏ธ

I just finished up a call with one of the amazing coaches on our team and she said, "you know sarah, this is the first time I have ever been at this weight in February. I usually wait until may to get my shit together." ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

And it's funny, because after Ziggy's swim lesson today, I thought, "you know, I'm not too disappointed with my pale ass mid winter reflection in this bathing suit." ๐Ÿ‘™

So, how did we do this? 

๐ŸŒŸ living by the 80/20 rule; fueling our bodies by way of the right foods, in the right portions 80% of the time, and enjoying things like chocolate, wine and pizza 20% of the time

๐ŸŒŸa daily superfood shake

๐ŸŒŸ25-30 minute workouts, streamed right to our living rooms

๐ŸŒŸstaying connected with our online support and accountability group AKA the secret sauce

 February 16.  Never did I ever think I would drop the gangster rap for toddler jams, be cool with having poop on my hands, survive consecutive days on less than 4 hours of sleep, wipe peanut butter off the roof of someone's mouth or allow someone to lick my face.  Until I met this guy.

February 16.

Never did I ever think I would drop the gangster rap for toddler jams, be cool with having poop on my hands, survive consecutive days on less than 4 hours of sleep, wipe peanut butter off the roof of someone's mouth or allow someone to lick my face.

Until I met this guy.

 February 15.  Did you know we all have 168 hours each week?   ๐Ÿ”ธEven with sleep, hours spent at a full time job, commuting/getting ready and a daily workout, we have about 51 hours of free time. ๐Ÿ•ฐ   ๐Ÿ”ธOnly 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. ๐Ÿ˜ณ  ๐Ÿ”ธ24% are actively disengaged. ๐Ÿ˜†  ๐Ÿ”ธMillions of people spend 3-4 hours of their workday scanning Facebook and other social media outlets, and spend hours watching TV in the evening. ๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ“ฑ  ๐Ÿ”ธWhen you are unhappy and unproductive, you are liable to spread negatvity to others. ๐Ÿ™ˆ  Did you know that there' a better way?  ๐Ÿ”ธBuilding the roots of a successful coaching business takes only 7-10 hours per week. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป  ๐Ÿ”ธCoaching requires that you not only take care of your body by way of proper nutrition and exercise, but through personal development. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ“–  ๐Ÿ”ธIt also allows for mid day library dates in yoga pants with people that you love. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป  If you are sick of feeling unfulfilled and disengaged or feel like you're just rolling through the motions, you should start putting some of those wasted hours to good use. I'm hosting a totally informal, online informational coaching group and would love to have you. Check out the details in the comments below.  It's never too late to make the rest of your life, the best of your life โค๏ธ

February 15.

Did you know we all have 168 hours each week? 

๐Ÿ”ธEven with sleep, hours spent at a full time job, commuting/getting ready and a daily workout, we have about 51 hours of free time. ๐Ÿ•ฐ 

๐Ÿ”ธOnly 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

๐Ÿ”ธ24% are actively disengaged. ๐Ÿ˜†

๐Ÿ”ธMillions of people spend 3-4 hours of their workday scanning Facebook and other social media outlets, and spend hours watching TV in the evening. ๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ“ฑ

๐Ÿ”ธWhen you are unhappy and unproductive, you are liable to spread negatvity to others. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Did you know that there' a better way?

๐Ÿ”ธBuilding the roots of a successful coaching business takes only 7-10 hours per week. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

๐Ÿ”ธCoaching requires that you not only take care of your body by way of proper nutrition and exercise, but through personal development. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ“–

๐Ÿ”ธIt also allows for mid day library dates in yoga pants with people that you love. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

If you are sick of feeling unfulfilled and disengaged or feel like you're just rolling through the motions, you should start putting some of those wasted hours to good use. I'm hosting a totally informal, online informational coaching group and would love to have you. Check out the details in the comments below.

It's never too late to make the rest of your life, the best of your life โค๏ธ

 February 14.  I gained 40 pounds during my pregnancy. You wonโ€™t find many pictures of me during this time, or even in the months that followed. I was filled with the fear of "letting go" and allowing my body do what it needed to do in order to accommodate a growing baby. Instead of embracing the miracle that IS pregnancy, I found myself thinking about how I didn't have control, fear that I would never find my way back into pre-pregnancy clothes, or that I would ever have the resources I needed to bounce back postpartum. ๐Ÿ˜  Funny how everything changes the moment yout hold that baby in your arms. <3  Do you know what I've learned? That a woman's body has the ability to create, grow and sustain LIFE, and that is a miracle. I have learned that a tiny person can inspire us to be a better version of ourselves than we ever thought possible. I have learned that inward strength is what radiates outward, and that as a WHOLE defines who we are. That with support, we can achieve ANYTHING we set our minds to. ๐Ÿ˜Ž  As for those pre-pregnancy pants? I got back into them. And, I'm stronger in body and in mind than I ever was pre-baby. Should we be blessed with another pregnancy, I will embrace my body as it grows and changes, because I KNOW that I have a resources that I need to nail my goals, and fuel me both inside and out. And I will document the shit out of the journey! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป  Those home workout programs and that shake that I drink on the daily? They work y'all. ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ  You know where to find me when youโ€™re ready.

February 14.

I gained 40 pounds during my pregnancy. You wonโ€™t find many pictures of me during this time, or even in the months that followed. I was filled with the fear of "letting go" and allowing my body do what it needed to do in order to accommodate a growing baby. Instead of embracing the miracle that IS pregnancy, I found myself thinking about how I didn't have control, fear that I would never find my way back into pre-pregnancy clothes, or that I would ever have the resources I needed to bounce back postpartum. ๐Ÿ˜

Funny how everything changes the moment yout hold that baby in your arms. <3

Do you know what I've learned? That a woman's body has the ability to create, grow and sustain LIFE, and that is a miracle. I have learned that a tiny person can inspire us to be a better version of ourselves than we ever thought possible. I have learned that inward strength is what radiates outward, and that as a WHOLE defines who we are. That with support, we can achieve ANYTHING we set our minds to. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

As for those pre-pregnancy pants? I got back into them. And, I'm stronger in body and in mind than I ever was pre-baby. Should we be blessed with another pregnancy, I will embrace my body as it grows and changes, because I KNOW that I have a resources that I need to nail my goals, and fuel me both inside and out. And I will document the shit out of the journey! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Those home workout programs and that shake that I drink on the daily? They work y'all. ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ

You know where to find me when youโ€™re ready.

 February 11.  Advice I always give to expecting parents; never evaluate the state of your marriage between then hours of 12-6am.&nbsp;๐Ÿ˜‚&nbsp;  For real though.&nbsp;  We had a throwback to infant sleep patterns last night. Maybe he's under he weather, or growing. Maybe he's having bad dreams or waking up feeling scared? It's funny looking back and wondering how we ever survived these for months on end ๐Ÿ˜ณ  These moments though ๐Ÿ˜

February 11.

Advice I always give to expecting parents; never evaluate the state of your marriage between then hours of 12-6am. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

For real though. 

We had a throwback to infant sleep patterns last night. Maybe he's under he weather, or growing. Maybe he's having bad dreams or waking up feeling scared? It's funny looking back and wondering how we ever survived these for months on end ๐Ÿ˜ณ

These moments though ๐Ÿ˜

 Feruary 8.  It may seem like I have my shit together. Oh guys, I have you fooled. Are you ready for this one??&nbsp;๐Ÿ˜ณ  I won an all inclusive resort stay in Punta Cana for Chris and I this spring. I registered back in November, jotted he dates down in my calendar, and we carried on with our lives.&nbsp;๐ŸŒด  Just last night, we sat down to map out the details of our stay, and decided to extend our trip our trip by one day. We were super pumped! I shared with other leaders on our team that we were booked, and shared our dates!&nbsp;๐Ÿ‘™  Ready for the part that really sucked?&nbsp;  Back in November when I wrote the dates in my calendar, I marked the wrong week ๐Ÿ˜–  So, we essentially booked airfare for dates that didn't align with our trip dates. We were up until midnight cancelling everything we had just booked, also realizing that what is supposed to be our first day of our trip is conflicting with a huge and important event for Chris.&nbsp;๐Ÿ˜†  Ive been so, so upset, and have spent the entire day reflecting.&nbsp;  Do you know what doesn't suck?&nbsp;  I work with a company that provides incentives like all inclusive luxury vacations. That is amazing. We will map out our plan B this evening, and even if our trip is a day shorter vs a day longer, it will still be a blast. And, we've learned that I can no longer be responsible for keeping track of this kind of stuff ๐Ÿ˜‚  So, I just burned off some serious stress doing my workout with this maniac, just reminding myself that I really do have so much to be grateful for.&nbsp;โค๏ธ

Feruary 8.

It may seem like I have my shit together. Oh guys, I have you fooled. Are you ready for this one?? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I won an all inclusive resort stay in Punta Cana for Chris and I this spring. I registered back in November, jotted he dates down in my calendar, and we carried on with our lives. ๐ŸŒด

Just last night, we sat down to map out the details of our stay, and decided to extend our trip our trip by one day. We were super pumped! I shared with other leaders on our team that we were booked, and shared our dates! ๐Ÿ‘™

Ready for the part that really sucked? 

Back in November when I wrote the dates in my calendar, I marked the wrong week ๐Ÿ˜–

So, we essentially booked airfare for dates that didn't align with our trip dates. We were up until midnight cancelling everything we had just booked, also realizing that what is supposed to be our first day of our trip is conflicting with a huge and important event for Chris. ๐Ÿ˜†

Ive been so, so upset, and have spent the entire day reflecting. 

Do you know what doesn't suck? 

I work with a company that provides incentives like all inclusive luxury vacations. That is amazing. We will map out our plan B this evening, and even if our trip is a day shorter vs a day longer, it will still be a blast. And, we've learned that I can no longer be responsible for keeping track of this kind of stuff ๐Ÿ˜‚

So, I just burned off some serious stress doing my workout with this maniac, just reminding myself that I really do have so much to be grateful for. โค๏ธ

 February 6.  Waking up early each day to work my business so that I can enjoy a hike and sunshine with this stud mid day?&nbsp;โ˜€๏ธ  A sacrifice I am absolutely willing to make ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป  What I do as a coach provides freedom, it provides choice, it provides flexibility. All things that are important to our family, and things I didn't think were possible for me when I was teaching full time!&nbsp;๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง  What little things would you sacrifice to have the ability to live your life by design?&nbsp;

February 6.

Waking up early each day to work my business so that I can enjoy a hike and sunshine with this stud mid day? โ˜€๏ธ

A sacrifice I am absolutely willing to make ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

What I do as a coach provides freedom, it provides choice, it provides flexibility. All things that are important to our family, and things I didn't think were possible for me when I was teaching full time! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง

What little things would you sacrifice to have the ability to live your life by design? 

 February 7.  He requires snacks, reading materials, and 30+ minutes. He is definitely a dude.&nbsp;๐Ÿšฝ

February 7.

He requires snacks, reading materials, and 30+ minutes. He is definitely a dude. ๐Ÿšฝ

February 4.

This sweet boy lost his first balloon to the sky today!๐ŸŽˆ

He looked out the window for a while waiting for it to come back. I told him that the angels have it now. ๐Ÿ’ซ

What did you tell your baby when they lost their first balloon??

 January 26.  Every day, Chris and I have the overwhelming responsibility to teach this sweet boy the foundation of everything he needs to know in this life.&nbsp;  We hope to teach him to be kind, to have good manners, to be unselfish. To understand the value of hard work and collaboration. We strive to encourage creativity in all that he does, and laughter in every day. We hope to instill the value of true friendship and of family. And the importance of giving back. We must remind ourselves daily that he is learning in every moment, through every experience, through every observation. And that if he is loved, he will love.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   Man. What an awesomely huge task.

January 26.

Every day, Chris and I have the overwhelming responsibility to teach this sweet boy the foundation of everything he needs to know in this life. 

We hope to teach him to be kind, to have good manners, to be unselfish. To understand the value of hard work and collaboration. We strive to encourage creativity in all that he does, and laughter in every day. We hope to instill the value of true friendship and of family. And the importance of giving back. We must remind ourselves daily that he is learning in every moment, through every experience, through every observation. And that if he is loved, he will love. โค๏ธ

Man. What an awesomely huge task.

 January 25.  I spent years preparing for my education degree and credentials. (Partly because I partied too much in my undergrad  ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) Seven years, a few switched majors, a bachelors + masters degree, 30k+ in student loan debt, and I finally stepped into the classroom. I taught for 7 years.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ“   If you told me then that I would ultimately give it all up to focus on my own online health and fitness business, I would have called you cray. It's funny how priorities change as we grow and change.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ  ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ   So now, I spend my early mornings building my little empire, sometimes with an early rising toddler on my lap who is building his. I wouldn't have it any other way.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   My team is full of busy women--mamas, teachers, corporate execs, nurses, group ex instructors, bartenders, nannies. We all have one thing in common; the desire to live our best life, and help others do the same  ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป   If you're wondering how we do what we do, or are curious to learn more, send me a quick message!! I would love to plug you into an informational group to learn more. Our New Coach Academy with our next cohort of  #girlbosses &nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ &nbsp;starts soon!!   #thatmossbosslife

January 25.

I spent years preparing for my education degree and credentials. (Partly because I partied too much in my undergrad ๐Ÿ˜‚) Seven years, a few switched majors, a bachelors + masters degree, 30k+ in student loan debt, and I finally stepped into the classroom. I taught for 7 years. ๐Ÿ“

If you told me then that I would ultimately give it all up to focus on my own online health and fitness business, I would have called you cray. It's funny how priorities change as we grow and change. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ

So now, I spend my early mornings building my little empire, sometimes with an early rising toddler on my lap who is building his. I wouldn't have it any other way. โค๏ธ

My team is full of busy women--mamas, teachers, corporate execs, nurses, group ex instructors, bartenders, nannies. We all have one thing in common; the desire to live our best life, and help others do the same ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

If you're wondering how we do what we do, or are curious to learn more, send me a quick message!! I would love to plug you into an informational group to learn more. Our New Coach Academy with our next cohort of #girlbosses ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ starts soon!!

#thatmossbosslife

 January 23.  Benefits of cooking with your kids:  They are more likely to eat what you're cooking. ๐Ÿด   It provides the opportunity hone in on foundational math skills like counting and measuring. โš–๏ธ   It exposes them to a variety to different ingredients and foods. ๐ŸŒฏ  ๐Ÿš  ๐Ÿ    It helps them to understand the process--REAL food doesn't just come from a box or a bag at the store  ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿ†  ๐ŸŒฑ   And hello bonding time!&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ   It requires patience, but is well worth your time  โค๏ธ What is your favorite thing to cook with your little ones?

January 23.

Benefits of cooking with your kids:

They are more likely to eat what you're cooking.๐Ÿด

It provides the opportunity hone in on foundational math skills like counting and measuring.โš–๏ธ

It exposes them to a variety to different ingredients and foods.๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ 

It helps them to understand the process--REAL food doesn't just come from a box or a bag at the store ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŒฑ

And hello bonding time! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

It requires patience, but is well worth your time โค๏ธWhat is your favorite thing to cook with your little ones?

 January 23.  He's good at hiding it, but this little guy was under the weather today, which was a strong reminder WHY I began coaching.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผ   I was able to be home with him all day, be available for snuggles and snacks, hot baths and hugs. It is days like these that those early mornings and late nights that I spend building my coaching business pay of times a thousand, because having the flexibility to be home with your sick babe is priceless.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   We just wrapped up our coach opportunity group over the weekend, and I am so excited to welcome some amazing women to our team!&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘ฏ   If you want to check out the info and learn how you can be in charge of how you spend your time, comment below or send me a message! I'm a mama on a mission to help others find this freedom ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

January 23.

He's good at hiding it, but this little guy was under the weather today, which was a strong reminder WHY I began coaching. ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผ

I was able to be home with him all day, be available for snuggles and snacks, hot baths and hugs. It is days like these that those early mornings and late nights that I spend building my coaching business pay of times a thousand, because having the flexibility to be home with your sick babe is priceless. โค๏ธ

We just wrapped up our coach opportunity group over the weekend, and I am so excited to welcome some amazing women to our team! ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

If you want to check out the info and learn how you can be in charge of how you spend your time, comment below or send me a message! I'm a mama on a mission to help others find this freedom๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

 January 20.  We had friends over recently for dinner. When they walked into our tiny kitchen, they said, "wow, so this is where all the  magic happens!"&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜‚   Yup. In my tiny kitchen, with my potty training toddler. I didn't realize when I started, it this is part of where the roots of my business were born. Just me, cooking, snapping pictures with my iphone, and sharing them on social media.&nbsp; ๐Ÿด   My entire coaching business was built on my phone and an old laptop.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ“ฑ  ๐Ÿ’ป   I didn't have any special degrees or certifications. I didn't use a fancy camera or an office. I didn't attend special trainings. I didn't have a social media following or a huge network. I was not a fitness or nutrition expert. I had hesitations and fears, but decided to go for it.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป   I just committed to a healthy lifestyle, began sharing it, and inviting others to join me. I stared and showed up every day. That's it.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ’ซ   That decision led to an opportunity to leave my full time teaching job, and focus on living my life on my terms. It continues to lead me to a growing team of like minded people who I call my TEAM, and the opportunity to help and inspire so many.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   How different my life, and so many others would be if I had listened to my fears and hesitations.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™ˆ   Sometimes you just need to break outside of your comfort zone. THAT is where true learning, growth and opportunity happen  ๐Ÿ’ซ   _____________________________________  If you're interested in learning more about what I do, how I do it, and how you can too, send me a quick message! I am hosting a private group where I'm sharing it all and would love to have you!&nbsp;  And, no level of success is guaranteed from the coaching opportunity. It depends solely on work, commitment and skill. Basically just doing the damn thing. Obvi  ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 20.

We had friends over recently for dinner. When they walked into our tiny kitchen, they said, "wow, so this is where all the
magic happens!" ๐Ÿ˜‚

Yup. In my tiny kitchen, with my potty training toddler. I didn't realize when I started, it this is part of where the roots of my business were born. Just me, cooking, snapping pictures with my iphone, and sharing them on social media. ๐Ÿด

My entire coaching business was built on my phone and an old laptop. ๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ’ป

I didn't have any special degrees or certifications. I didn't use a fancy camera or an office. I didn't attend special trainings. I didn't have a social media following or a huge network. I was not a fitness or nutrition expert. I had hesitations and fears, but decided to go for it. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

I just committed to a healthy lifestyle, began sharing it, and inviting others to join me. I stared and showed up every day. That's it. ๐Ÿ’ซ

That decision led to an opportunity to leave my full time teaching job, and focus on living my life on my terms. It continues to lead me to a growing team of like minded people who I call my TEAM, and the opportunity to help and inspire so many. โค๏ธ

How different my life, and so many others would be if I had listened to my fears and hesitations. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Sometimes you just need to break outside of your comfort zone. THAT is where true learning, growth and opportunity happen ๐Ÿ’ซ

_____________________________________

If you're interested in learning more about what I do, how I do it, and how you can too, send me a quick message! I am hosting a private group where I'm sharing it all and would love to have you! 

And, no level of success is guaranteed from the coaching opportunity. It depends solely on work, commitment and skill. Basically just doing the damn thing. Obvi ๐Ÿ˜‰

 January 19.  He and I are on the same page today.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜‚   Don't you always wonder what they dream about?? ๐Ÿ’ซ   ย 

January 19.

He and I are on the same page today. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Don't you always wonder what they dream about??๐Ÿ’ซ

ย 
 January 19.  Full disclosure:  This day was a total sh*t show. I volunteered to help Ziggys class cook today at school. Which meant I had to get up, workout, shower, feed Ziggy, feed me, dress us both in something presentable, and get out the door by 845.&nbsp;  I used to do all of this, every day, before 630 am.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜ณ &nbsp;(Don't miss those days)  Today, I overslept, still somehow managed to get my workout in, spilled coffee on my white sweater, changed, knocked a box of Cheerios all over the kitchen floor. We were late to school, I had to make an extra stop on our grocery route afterward due to poor planning, and because running late was the theme, had to stop in a Panera parking lot to pick up wifi and register for next year's free trip to Rivera Maya ๐ŸŒด &nbsp;Ok fine, the last part did not suck  ๐Ÿ˜œ &nbsp;  Sooooo, if you sent me a message and are waiting for a response, I'll be in touch after Ziggy goes to bed tonight.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   Thank goodness I don't have to get dressed everyday  ๐Ÿ˜‚ &nbsp; #thatmombosslife    ย 

January 19.

Full disclosure:

This day was a total sh*t show. I volunteered to help Ziggys class cook today at school. Which meant I had to get up, workout, shower, feed Ziggy, feed me, dress us both in something presentable, and get out the door by 845. 

I used to do all of this, every day, before 630 am. ๐Ÿ˜ณ (Don't miss those days)

Today, I overslept, still somehow managed to get my workout in, spilled coffee on my white sweater, changed, knocked a box of Cheerios all over the kitchen floor. We were late to school, I had to make an extra stop on our grocery route afterward due to poor planning, and because running late was the theme, had to stop in a Panera parking lot to pick up wifi and register for next year's free trip to Rivera Maya๐ŸŒด Ok fine, the last part did not suck ๐Ÿ˜œ 

Sooooo, if you sent me a message and are waiting for a response, I'll be in touch after Ziggy goes to bed tonight. โค๏ธ

Thank goodness I don't have to get dressed everyday ๐Ÿ˜‚ #thatmombosslife

ย 
 January 18.  Thank you for all of the birthday messages, calls and love yesterday!&nbsp; โค๏ธ  ๐ŸŽˆ I had an amazing day and am confident that 35 will be the best year yet.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป   I always said that if I owned my own business, I would give all of my employees a PTO day on their birthday. While I don't employ anyone {yet!}, I am a business owner. And it's funny, because when Chris asked me what I wanted to do, work was in the list.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜‚    ๐Ÿ’ซ they say that when you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life ๐Ÿ’ซ   So, I woke up, worked out with Chris, we shared breakfast, I brought Ziggy to school, and listened to one of my favorite podcasts. I spent the morning replying to messages, developing content for the informational coach group I'm hosting over the weekend, and updating my blog. The afternoon was spent meal planning, reading through cookbooks { #admittedfoodnerd } and then I headed out for an early dinner in the city with these two.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜ &nbsp;  I loved teaching. But I didn't love the daily grind. If you are looking for a way to better fuel your life's balance, you should join us this weekend. There's no obligation to join or commit to anything, just the opportunity to open your ears and eyes to what it is that i do as a coach. Who knows, it could quite possibly be the opportunity that changes the course of the rest of your life.&nbsp; ๐ŸŒŸ

January 18.

Thank you for all of the birthday messages, calls and love yesterday! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽˆI had an amazing day and am confident that 35 will be the best year yet. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

I always said that if I owned my own business, I would give all of my employees a PTO day on their birthday. While I don't employ anyone {yet!}, I am a business owner. And it's funny, because when Chris asked me what I wanted to do, work was in the list. ๐Ÿ˜‚

๐Ÿ’ซthey say that when you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life๐Ÿ’ซ

So, I woke up, worked out with Chris, we shared breakfast, I brought Ziggy to school, and listened to one of my favorite podcasts. I spent the morning replying to messages, developing content for the informational coach group I'm hosting over the weekend, and updating my blog. The afternoon was spent meal planning, reading through cookbooks {#admittedfoodnerd} and then I headed out for an early dinner in the city with these two. ๐Ÿ˜ 

I loved teaching. But I didn't love the daily grind. If you are looking for a way to better fuel your life's balance, you should join us this weekend. There's no obligation to join or commit to anything, just the opportunity to open your ears and eyes to what it is that i do as a coach. Who knows, it could quite possibly be the opportunity that changes the course of the rest of your life. ๐ŸŒŸ

 January 17.   #transformationtuesday   I gained 40 pounds during my pregnancy. You wonโ€™t find many pictures of me during this time, or even in the months that followed. I was filled with the fear of "letting go" and allowing my body do what it needed to do in order to accommodate a growing baby. Instead of embracing the miracle that IS pregnancy, I found myself thinking about how I didn't have control, fear that I would never find my way back into pre-pregnancy clothes, or that I would ever have the resources I needed to bounce back postpartum.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜   Do you know what I have learned? That a woman's body has the ability to create, grow and sustain LIFE, and that is a miracle. I have learned that a tiny person can inspire us to be a better version of ourselves than we ever thought possible. I have learned that inward strength is what radiates outward, and that as a WHOLE defines who we are. That with support, we can achieve ANYTHING we set our minds to.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜Ž   As for those pre-pregnancy pants? I got back into them. And, I'm stronger in body and in mind than I ever was pre-baby. Should we be blessed with another pregnancy, I will embrace my body as it grows and changes, because I KNOW that I have a resources that I need to nail my goals, and fuel me both inside and out. And I will document the shit out of the journey!&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป   Those home workout programs and that shake that I drink on the daily? They work y'all.&nbsp; ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ   You know where to find me when youโ€™re ready.&nbsp; โค๏ธ

January 17.

#transformationtuesday

I gained 40 pounds during my pregnancy. You wonโ€™t find many pictures of me during this time, or even in the months that followed. I was filled with the fear of "letting go" and allowing my body do what it needed to do in order to accommodate a growing baby. Instead of embracing the miracle that IS pregnancy, I found myself thinking about how I didn't have control, fear that I would never find my way back into pre-pregnancy clothes, or that I would ever have the resources I needed to bounce back postpartum. ๐Ÿ˜

Do you know what I have learned? That a woman's body has the ability to create, grow and sustain LIFE, and that is a miracle. I have learned that a tiny person can inspire us to be a better version of ourselves than we ever thought possible. I have learned that inward strength is what radiates outward, and that as a WHOLE defines who we are. That with support, we can achieve ANYTHING we set our minds to. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

As for those pre-pregnancy pants? I got back into them. And, I'm stronger in body and in mind than I ever was pre-baby. Should we be blessed with another pregnancy, I will embrace my body as it grows and changes, because I KNOW that I have a resources that I need to nail my goals, and fuel me both inside and out. And I will document the shit out of the journey! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Those home workout programs and that shake that I drink on the daily? They work y'all. ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ

You know where to find me when youโ€™re ready. โค๏ธ

 January 12.  Having a picnic--sharing cake on a truck puzzle, listening to a goal setting training  ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ &nbsp;   #nopantsrequired &nbsp; ๐Ÿšฝ   Baby steps, but so far so good! How did you potty train your kids?!

January 12.

Having a picnic--sharing cake on a truck puzzle, listening to a goal setting training ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ 

#nopantsrequired ๐Ÿšฝ

Baby steps, but so far so good! How did you potty train your kids?!

 January 11.  In June 2013, we learned that we were expecting a baby. We werenโ€™t ready. I cried. A lot.&nbsp;  If in that moment I knew what an incredibly positive impact this one tiny person was going to have on our life, I probably wouldnโ€™t have cried so much. He has taught me about self respect, about inner strength, about the power of my body. He has re-taught me the simple joys of love, light, laughter, and the importance of simple acts of kindness. He inspires me to be better every.single.day.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   ย 

January 11.

In June 2013, we learned that we were expecting a baby. We werenโ€™t ready. I cried. A lot. 

If in that moment I knew what an incredibly positive impact this one tiny person was going to have on our life, I probably wouldnโ€™t have cried so much. He has taught me about self respect, about inner strength, about the power of my body. He has re-taught me the simple joys of love, light, laughter, and the importance of simple acts of kindness. He inspires me to be better every.single.day. โค๏ธ

ย 
 January 11.  There was a Stanford University study done recently that showed 78% of people increased their daily exercise by staying connected with an accounabitly partner through a biweekly call.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ“ž   You guys, it's the secret sauce.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ   I wonder if chris would have still said "I do" if he knew he would wake up to his accountability partner daily  ๐Ÿ˜‚  ๐Ÿ˜‚   If you want support, don't know where to start, feel like you're too busy, feel like sh*t from all the sugar and crap you ate in December, want to stay accountable to your goals, or anywhere in between, you should message me. I have a free 25 day firness challenge beginning today and can get you plugged in!!!&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ   ย 

January 11.

There was a Stanford University study done recently that showed 78% of people increased their daily exercise by staying connected with an accounabitly partner through a biweekly call. ๐Ÿ“ž

You guys, it's the secret sauce. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

I wonder if chris would have still said "I do" if he knew he would wake up to his accountability partner daily ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

If you want support, don't know where to start, feel like you're too busy, feel like sh*t from all the sugar and crap you ate in December, want to stay accountable to your goals, or anywhere in between, you should message me. I have a free 25 day firness challenge beginning today and can get you plugged in!!! ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

ย 
 January 10.  When your baby, who's not really a baby any more, falls asleep on your lap  โค๏ธ   Perfect timing for this busy human to fall into dreamland, because I am about to hop on our new coach call. We host these monthly as part of our new coach training program. This is one of my favorite calls we do--sharing exactly what we do to help our new coaches to be successful!!&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘ฏ   And yes, our Christmas tree is still up  ๐Ÿ˜‚ &nbsp; ๐ŸŽ„ Anyone else??

January 10.

When your baby, who's not really a baby any more, falls asleep on your lap โค๏ธ

Perfect timing for this busy human to fall into dreamland, because I am about to hop on our new coach call. We host these monthly as part of our new coach training program. This is one of my favorite calls we do--sharing exactly what we do to help our new coaches to be successful!! ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

And yes, our Christmas tree is still up ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐ŸŽ„Anyone else??

 January 8.   ๐ŸŒŸ They say that if you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.&nbsp; ๐ŸŒŸ   You guys. When I started this business less than two years ago, there were people who judged me, people who disconnected with me on social media, and people who, absolutely, hands down, did not believe that I had anything of value to offer.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜ฑ   And do you know what I did? I kept showing up. I continued to share and invite people to amazing support groups we offer. I continued to grow, train and mentor my team. I continued to stay focused on where I was going  โœจ   All of those early mornings, late nights, skipped series on Netflix series and passing on lunches out with friends? It's paid off, y'all.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ   Last week, I woke up to a paycheck earned in one week in that I had never earned in one week during my 7 years of teaching. That choice to leave my full time teaching job back in August to focus on this #momboss &nbsp;thing?&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜Ž   I'm always teaching and mentoring go getters that are interested in building an online coaching business. If you think you have what it takes and are interested in learning more, send me a quick message.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ“ง   It could, quite possibly, be that thing that changes the course of your life  โค๏ธ   _________________________________________________  ***Because nothing comes without hard work: There is no guarantee of any level of success or income from the Coaching opportunity .Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. Obvi  ;)

January 8.

๐ŸŒŸThey say that if you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done. ๐ŸŒŸ

You guys. When I started this business less than two years ago, there were people who judged me, people who disconnected with me on social media, and people who, absolutely, hands down, did not believe that I had anything of value to offer. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

And do you know what I did? I kept showing up. I continued to share and invite people to amazing support groups we offer. I continued to grow, train and mentor my team. I continued to stay focused on where I was going โœจ

All of those early mornings, late nights, skipped series on Netflix series and passing on lunches out with friends? It's paid off, y'all. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

Last week, I woke up to a paycheck earned in one week in that I had never earned in one week during my 7 years of teaching. That choice to leave my full time teaching job back in August to focus on this#momboss thing? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

I'm always teaching and mentoring go getters that are interested in building an online coaching business. If you think you have what it takes and are interested in learning more, send me a quick message. ๐Ÿ“ง

It could, quite possibly, be that thing that changes the course of your life โค๏ธ

_________________________________________________

***Because nothing comes without hard work: There is no guarantee of any level of success or income from the Coaching opportunity .Each Coach's income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill. Obvi ;)

January 5.

Current obsession: Puzzles!! (And anything on wheels ๐Ÿš—๐ŸŽ๐Ÿšš๐Ÿ๐Ÿšœ๐ŸšŒ). He blows me away with his attention to detail. 

What are your toddlers currently obsessed with?? And, has anyone else resigned themselves to the fact that their house will be clean in 20 years? ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐ŸŒช

January 3.

They say that when you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. ๐Ÿ’ซ

Well, I wake up every day eager to check my inbox, my accountability groups, collaborate with my team and our leaders. I'm always excited to participate in training calls, to continue to learn, grow and be challenged. And, to be a hands on part of raising this incredible human. โค๏ธ

Today on the to do list: first photo booth โœ”๏ธ

ย 

January 2.

Tablets and toddlers; among the list of things I "wasn't going to do" before becoming a parent. 

Oh man has that list of things changed ๐Ÿ˜‚

What was something you swore you weren't going to do until it became your reality??

January 2.

Momboss (n): a woman who is raising babies, and a business. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

We spent the morning setting goals, planning content, and establishing the foundation for a clear VISION in 2017 and beyond. All while these two nuts built trains, listened to jams and acted like human tornados ๐ŸŒช

 December 31.   Itโ€™s hard to believe that we are about to wrap up another year, isnโ€™t it?! Every year brings its challenges, but there is are always achievements worth celebrating...&nbsp;   ๐Ÿพ     Chris and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. We havenโ€™t even tried killing each other yet!&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ‘ซ     Weโ€™ve kept a human alive for almost 3 years. Heโ€™s smart, spunky, adventurous, and, in my opinion, stunning.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผ     I broke outside of the โ€œnormโ€ and made a big career change--leaving my teaching career to follow my passions as a online health coach and entrepreneur. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป   We designed and launched our tee shirt and tank line; The Veg Out Project. A brand designed to help others integrate more plant based meals into their life, and to spread the message.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ   I am leading a team of coaches in the TOP 450 out of a network of over 460,000 coaches!! Whatโ€™s crazy is that I didnโ€™t even know what I was doing when I started--I just started. Now, leading a growing team of other badass women who are making a HUGE impact on their lives, and the lives of others.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ  ๐Ÿ‘ฏ   My business achievements earned Chris and I an all expense paid trip to Punta Cana in 2017!&nbsp; ๐ŸŒด   Most importantly, I have spent 6 solid months prioritizing my TIME by things that are most important to me. And, I am working to help others find the same freedom.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ’ซ   So 2016, thatโ€™s a wrap. 2017--I look forward to all that you have in store!!&nbsp; โค๏ธ

December 31.

Itโ€™s hard to believe that we are about to wrap up another year, isnโ€™t it?! Every year brings its challenges, but there is are always achievements worth celebrating... ๐Ÿพ

Chris and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. We havenโ€™t even tried killing each other yet! ๐Ÿ‘ซ

Weโ€™ve kept a human alive for almost 3 years. Heโ€™s smart, spunky, adventurous, and, in my opinion, stunning. ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผ

I broke outside of the โ€œnormโ€ and made a big career change--leaving my teaching career to follow my passions as a online health coach and entrepreneur.๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

We designed and launched our tee shirt and tank line; The Veg Out Project. A brand designed to help others integrate more plant based meals into their life, and to spread the message. ๐Ÿ

I am leading a team of coaches in the TOP 450 out of a network of over 460,000 coaches!! Whatโ€™s crazy is that I didnโ€™t even know what I was doing when I started--I just started. Now, leading a growing team of other badass women who are making a HUGE impact on their lives, and the lives of others. ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ๐Ÿ‘ฏ

My business achievements earned Chris and I an all expense paid trip to Punta Cana in 2017! ๐ŸŒด

Most importantly, I have spent 6 solid months prioritizing my TIME by things that are most important to me. And, I am working to help others find the same freedom. ๐Ÿ’ซ

So 2016, thatโ€™s a wrap. 2017--I look forward to all that you have in store!! โค๏ธ

 December 29.   We've been working hard the last 2 days and are super exited!!! We are helping people to get set up for a strong YEAR with the     ๐Ÿ’ฅ   Annual All Access Pass   ๐Ÿ’ฅ   --AKA the Netflix for workouts.&nbsp;

December 29.

We've been working hard the last 2 days and are super exited!!! We are helping people to get set up for a strong YEAR with the
๐Ÿ’ฅAnnual All Access Pass๐Ÿ’ฅ--AKA the Netflix for workouts. 

 December 25.   So incredibly blessed  ๐ŸŽ„ &nbsp;  Merry Christmas!&nbsp; โค๏ธ   &nbsp;

December 25.

So incredibly blessed ๐ŸŽ„ 

Merry Christmas! โค๏ธ
 

 December 24.   I caught him drawing on the wall with a pen before this    ๐Ÿ˜ณ     Merry Christmas Eve!   ๐ŸŽ„

December 24.

I caught him drawing on the wall with a pen before this ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Merry Christmas Eve!๐ŸŽ„

 December 23.   We're in the spirit! I mean seriously    ๐Ÿ˜     Love that he loves to give as much as receive.&nbsp;   ๐ŸŽ

December 23.

We're in the spirit! I mean seriously ๐Ÿ˜

Love that he loves to give as much as receive. ๐ŸŽ

 December 21.   Ziggy had his first school holiday dinner tonight.&nbsp;   ๐ŸŒŸ   He loves his school and I love that I have a schedule that allows the flexibility to be an active part in his events.&nbsp;    Because these moments...   โ˜บ๏ธ

December 21.

Ziggy had his first school holiday dinner tonight. ๐ŸŒŸHe loves his school and I love that I have a schedule that allows the flexibility to be an active part in his events. 

Because these moments...โ˜บ๏ธ

 December 21.   An excuse that I hear often: "I don't have time", or "I'm too busy."    You guys! I am currently working with a group of 27 ladies that are busy. Many are moms, many work full or part time jobs. All are preparing for the holidays--cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping gifts, delivering people and things, and well, just doing the damn thing.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป     You know what sets these women apart from everyone else?&nbsp;  They made a CHOICE. They are no less busy than anyone else. They don't have 26 hours in a day either. They just decided that yes, I am worth it.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป &nbsp;  How freaking inspiring is that?!  So if you're wondering how to make a positive change, whether it be for your health, your career, or anything else that will generally be a vehicle to create more happiness in your life, you just need to decide that yes, I am worth it.&nbsp; ๐ŸŒŸ

December 21.

An excuse that I hear often: "I don't have time", or "I'm too busy."

You guys! I am currently working with a group of 27 ladies that are busy. Many are moms, many work full or part time jobs. All are preparing for the holidays--cooking, baking, shopping, wrapping gifts, delivering people and things, and well, just doing the damn thing. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

You know what sets these women apart from everyone else? They made a CHOICE. They are no less busy than anyone else. They don't have 26 hours in a day either. They just decided that yes, I am worth it. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป 

How freaking inspiring is that?!

So if you're wondering how to make a positive change, whether it be for your health, your career, or anything else that will generally be a vehicle to create more happiness in your life, you just need to decide that yes, I am worth it. ๐ŸŒŸ

 December 19.   The small person in this house is like a waterfall of boogers  ๐Ÿ˜ณ &nbsp;Thankful for a slow morning, followed by a long, hot shower. I also mixed up a little peppermint+eucalyptus oil into a balm with coconut oil for his chest. ๐Ÿšฟ   What do you do to rid the funk for your babes this time of year?&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™Š    ย 

December 19.

The small person in this house is like a waterfall of boogers ๐Ÿ˜ณ Thankful for a slow morning, followed by a long, hot shower. I also mixed up a little peppermint+eucalyptus oil into a balm with coconut oil for his chest.๐Ÿšฟ

What do you do to rid the funk for your babes this time of year? ๐Ÿ™Š

ย 
 December 16.   He napped for almost four hours today.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜ณ   &nbsp;that happens like 3 out of every 365 days.    So, while he dreamed sweet dreams, I did my  #girlboss  &nbsp;thing. Then, we read Dr Seuss' Oh the Places You Will Go. Because I want him to know he will succeed in all that he sets out to do in this life, 98 3/4 percent guaranteed    ๐ŸŽ‰

December 16.

He napped for almost four hours today. ๐Ÿ˜ณ that happens like 3 out of every 365 days.

So, while he dreamed sweet dreams, I did my#girlboss thing. Then, we read Dr Seuss' Oh the Places You Will Go. Because I want him to know he will succeed in all that he sets out to do in this life, 98 3/4 percent guaranteed ๐ŸŽ‰

 December 14.   He's been singing "jingle bells" and "1,2,3, follow me" on repeat for the last 48 hours.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜ณ   &nbsp;    He drives me crazy, but I often wonder how I was the lucky one chosen to be his mama.&nbsp;    Slow down time; you're moving too fast.&nbsp;   โค๏ธ

December 14.

He's been singing "jingle bells" and "1,2,3, follow me" on repeat for the last 48 hours. ๐Ÿ˜ณ 

He drives me crazy, but I often wonder how I was the lucky one chosen to be his mama. 

Slow down time; you're moving too fast. โค๏ธ

 December 11.   I spoke with a friend recently who was like "Sarah, I don't know how you do it all!"    I told her something, and I want to share with you too.&nbsp;    I shower an average of 5 days a week. I raise my voice. My small kitchen is always trashed. I drop f bombs. {Sometimes in front my 2 year old.} Ive learned to complete most things in shifts. I eat chocolate. We're always late. When I can, I stay in my PJs   all day and cook. I shop the sales rack at discount stores. I give Ziggy lollipops and let him watch cartoons. My car has a tape deck. Yes, a tape deck.&nbsp;  I am no different than anyone. I am just a thirty something first time mom. Like many of you, I am trying to figure out how to raise a toddler, take care of myself, keep my marriage and friendships alive.  It's easy to get caught up in the highlight reel. Do what makes you feel good, share it, and continue to live in a way that makes you feel good and inspires you--let the rest go. It's your highlight reel.&nbsp;  And above all, remember that you're doing a great job.&nbsp; โค๏ธ

December 11.

I spoke with a friend recently who was like "Sarah, I don't know how you do it all!"

I told her something, and I want to share with you too. 

I shower an average of 5 days a week. I raise my voice. My small kitchen is always trashed. I drop f bombs. {Sometimes in front my 2 year old.} Ive learned to complete most things in shifts. I eat chocolate. We're always late. When I can, I stay in my PJs all day and cook. I shop the sales rack at discount stores. I give Ziggy lollipops and let him watch cartoons. My car has a tape deck. Yes, a tape deck. 

I am no different than anyone. I am just a thirty something first time mom. Like many of you, I am trying to figure out how to raise a toddler, take care of myself, keep my marriage and friendships alive.

It's easy to get caught up in the highlight reel. Do what makes you feel good, share it, and continue to live in a way that makes you feel good and inspires you--let the rest go. It's your highlight reel. 

And above all, remember that you're doing a great job. โค๏ธ

 December 9.   Oh you know, just getting in on a little nose pinching action    ๐Ÿ˜‚   &nbsp;  #truelove    This is what our afternoons usually look like-he no longer naps, so he does a movie while I "work." On today's list--creating content for our upcoming sweet holiday hacks group, checking in with my rockstar team, and responding to messages from women who are ready to end the year stronger than they started    ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป      ๐ŸŒŸ   when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life    ๐ŸŒŸ

December 9.

Oh you know, just getting in on a little nose pinching action ๐Ÿ˜‚ #truelove

This is what our afternoons usually look like-he no longer naps, so he does a movie while I "work." On today's list--creating content for our upcoming sweet holiday hacks group, checking in with my rockstar team, and responding to messages from women who are ready to end the year stronger than they started ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

๐ŸŒŸwhen you love what you do, you never work a day in your life ๐ŸŒŸ

 December 7.   Wednesday Santa visits with no lines got me like    ๐Ÿ˜     And this Santa?&nbsp;  #legit

December 7.

Wednesday Santa visits with no lines got me like ๐Ÿ˜

And this Santa? #legit

 December 5.   This child    ๐Ÿ˜     How blessed am I to be running holiday errands with him?! This time of year does not need to stressful--it is possible to fit it all in without feeling like a maniac {been there done that}.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜ณ    ๐ŸŽ„    ๐Ÿ˜–    ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ    ๐Ÿ˜ต     Sometimes, it just requires a leap of faith, a strong vision, a little hustle, and a group of people who are there to support and guide you along the way.&nbsp;    I continue to be on a mission to help others find the same freedom and life balance. If staying connected to a group of uplifting and empowering people while creating a vehicle to make your other dreams a reality sounds like something you are interested in the arming more about, I am just a quick message away    ๐Ÿ’Œ

December 5.

This child ๐Ÿ˜

How blessed am I to be running holiday errands with him?! This time of year does not need to stressful--it is possible to fit it all in without feeling like a maniac {been there done that}. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜–๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ต

Sometimes, it just requires a leap of faith, a strong vision, a little hustle, and a group of people who are there to support and guide you along the way. 

I continue to be on a mission to help others find the same freedom and life balance. If staying connected to a group of uplifting and empowering people while creating a vehicle to make your other dreams a reality sounds like something you are interested in the arming more about, I am just a quick message away ๐Ÿ’Œ

 December 4.   We had the opportunity to ride in a fire truck today!!&nbsp;    #itsthelittlethings  .&nbsp;   ๐Ÿš’    ๐Ÿš’    ๐Ÿš’

December 4.

We had the opportunity to ride in a fire truck today!! 

#itsthelittlethings๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš’

 Dcember 4.   People tell me all the time that they don't have TIME to workout and plan healthy meals for their family.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ™ˆ     Let me tell you something...    I would be willing to bet that not one person, ever, has said, "Wow! I have so much extra time to dedicate to my fitness and nutrition!"&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ•     Here's the thing guys. We all have 24 hours in a day. It comes down to a choice. You choose to make time to your health a priority. Or you don't.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ   Strive for progress {a stretch sesh among a toddler and Christmas decorations in boxes}, not perfection, and it becomes impossible to fail.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   If you're ready to start, I have 2 spaces left in our 21 days of FITmas group that kicks off TOMORROW. We are committed to ending the year strong together, and would love to have you. I'm just a quick message away!&nbsp; ๐ŸŽ„

Dcember 4.

People tell me all the time that they don't have TIME to workout and plan healthy meals for their family. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Let me tell you something...

I would be willing to bet that not one person, ever, has said, "Wow! I have so much extra time to dedicate to my fitness and nutrition!" ๐Ÿ•

Here's the thing guys. We all have 24 hours in a day. It comes down to a choice. You choose to make time to your health a priority. Or you don't. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

Strive for progress {a stretch sesh among a toddler and Christmas decorations in boxes}, not perfection, and it becomes impossible to fail. โค๏ธ

If you're ready to start, I have 2 spaces left in our 21 days of FITmas group that kicks off TOMORROW. We are committed to ending the year strong together, and would love to have you. I'm just a quick message away! ๐ŸŽ„

  Question I get all the time: How do you get your kid to eat healthy?&nbsp;     ๐ŸŒŸ   &nbsp;Offer them a variety of healthy foods. If they have a choice between sliced carrots, peppers and cucumbers, chances are they will favor at least one of the three.&nbsp;     ๐ŸŒŸ   &nbsp;As a general rule of thumb, keep crap out of the house. Ya know, the stuff marketed to kids with a cartoon character on the front. Im talking unsweetened full f  at yogurt vs flavored; low sugar cereals like Cheerios and plain rolled oats; whole grain crackers and air popped popcorn vs "kid snacks;" fruit leather vs fruit snacks, lots of fresh fruits and veggies.   ๐ŸŒŸ &nbsp;Be a role model! Do it now, while they still think you're cool. If you wait until they are 13, you may have missed the boat.   ๐ŸŒŸ &nbsp;Don't MAKE them eat anything!! Encourage them to TRY everything! If they don't like it, praise them for trying, and give it go again in a few weeks.   ๐ŸŒŸ &nbsp;Strive for balance, not perfection. Life without a lollipop or a cupcake for kid is like life without wine for a mama.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜‰

Question I get all the time: How do you get your kid to eat healthy? 

๐ŸŒŸ Offer them a variety of healthy foods. If they have a choice between sliced carrots, peppers and cucumbers, chances are they will favor at least one of the three. 

๐ŸŒŸ As a general rule of thumb, keep crap out of the house. Ya know, the stuff marketed to kids with a cartoon character on the front. Im talking unsweetened full fat yogurt vs flavored; low sugar cereals like Cheerios and plain rolled oats; whole grain crackers and air popped popcorn vs "kid snacks;" fruit leather vs fruit snacks, lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

๐ŸŒŸ Be a role model! Do it now, while they still think you're cool. If you wait until they are 13, you may have missed the boat.

๐ŸŒŸ Don't MAKE them eat anything!! Encourage them to TRY everything! If they don't like it, praise them for trying, and give it go again in a few weeks.

๐ŸŒŸ Strive for balance, not perfection. Life without a lollipop or a cupcake for kid is like life without wine for a mama. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 November 30.   One thing I don't miss: Feeling like my life was happening on fast forward.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ     When I was teaching full time, I was in constant hustle mode.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜ณ   &nbsp;Wake up early, cram in a workout, pack bags, commute, long work day, commute, pick up Ziggy, cook, bathe, bed, unpack bags, repeat. That was no way to live!&nbsp;   ๐Ÿšซ     So thankful for an opportunity to soak up slow afternoons.&nbsp;   โค๏ธ

November 30.

One thing I don't miss: Feeling like my life was happening on fast forward. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

When I was teaching full time, I was in constant hustle mode. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Wake up early, cram in a workout, pack bags, commute, long work day, commute, pick up Ziggy, cook, bathe, bed, unpack bags, repeat. That was no way to live! ๐Ÿšซ

So thankful for an opportunity to soak up slow afternoons. โค๏ธ

 November 29.   Appreciate moments as you have them. They are fleeting and you'll wish you had treasured them more.

November 29.

Appreciate moments as you have them. They are fleeting and you'll wish you had treasured them more.

 November 27.   My calendar said core de force recovery, but the sunshine called us out for an adventure.&nbsp;    It's on autumn days like these that heaven peaks through and paints the trees.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ     I am certain that my dad continues to watch over us, and is the reason why I am still here after many not-so-great decisions over the years. He gives me a reason not to fear death and to see him again one day in Heaven.   โœจ     His life is that reminder that you can make a big impact in a short amount of time. To follow your passions. To love. To laugh. And that sometimes, rules are made to be broken.  He made himself present today.&nbsp; โค๏ธ

November 27.

My calendar said core de force recovery, but the sunshine called us out for an adventure. 

It's on autumn days like these that heaven peaks through and paints the trees. ๐Ÿ

I am certain that my dad continues to watch over us, and is the reason why I am still here after many not-so-great decisions over the years. He gives me a reason not to fear death and to see him again one day in Heaven.โœจ

His life is that reminder that you can make a big impact in a short amount of time. To follow your passions. To love. To laugh. And that sometimes, rules are made to be broken.

He made himself present today. โค๏ธ

 November 26.   We didn't feel like leaving the house today. So, we didn't!&nbsp;    Oat cakes made for the week, content drafted for our challenge group, core de force day 20 in the books, and a movie with my favorite blonde haired boy.&nbsp;    All in our PJs    ๐Ÿ˜Ž     #beyondblessed

November 26.

We didn't feel like leaving the house today. So, we didn't! 

Oat cakes made for the week, content drafted for our challenge group, core de force day 20 in the books, and a movie with my favorite blonde haired boy. 

All in our PJs ๐Ÿ˜Ž

#beyondblessed

 November 26.   Want to know something awesome?    Just a few short months ago, I taught first grade full time. Now, I get to stay at home with this amazing small human each day.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜€     This happened with the support of my partner and biggest cheerleader in life, Chris. It happened with the support and guidance from my upline sponsors and mentors, Ashly and Megan. It happened with the collaborative efforts of a of an i  ncredibly driven, passionate and growing group of people who I am blessed to call my TEAM. It happened with a little village of people who help us to care for Ziggy. It happened with those in our challenge groups who inspire me to do better, to be better, and to continue to propel forward every.single.day. My most recent project with the creative force of people I am so fortunate to call my friends (10 Jones!) And, the support of every one of you. Every single interaction, every message, every shared photo &amp; post--they do not go unnoticed.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   I am living proof that anything can be done with a clear VISION--with consistency, perseverance, a positive outlook, and with 10 million things on your plate. Cause let's be honest, busy people know how to get shit done.&nbsp; #youcantoo   So, I continue to be a woman on a mission to help others find the same freedom. If getting paid to lead a healthy life, staying connected with a community of uplifting and empowering people and creating a vehicle to make your other dreams a reality sounds like something you are interested in learning about, I am just a quick message away.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ“ง   Happy Small Business Saturday to all of the women who have followed their passions and made them a reality-keep doing the damn thing. You inspire me every day!

November 26.

Want to know something awesome?

Just a few short months ago, I taught first grade full time. Now, I get to stay at home with this amazing small human each day. ๐Ÿ˜€

This happened with the support of my partner and biggest cheerleader in life, Chris. It happened with the support and guidance from my upline sponsors and mentors, Ashly and Megan. It happened with the collaborative efforts of a of an incredibly driven, passionate and growing group of people who I am blessed to call my TEAM. It happened with a little village of people who help us to care for Ziggy. It happened with those in our challenge groups who inspire me to do better, to be better, and to continue to propel forward every.single.day. My most recent project with the creative force of people I am so fortunate to call my friends (10 Jones!) And, the support of every one of you. Every single interaction, every message, every shared photo & post--they do not go unnoticed. โค๏ธ

I am living proof that anything can be done with a clear VISION--with consistency, perseverance, a positive outlook, and with 10 million things on your plate. Cause let's be honest, busy people know how to get shit done. #youcantoo

So, I continue to be a woman on a mission to help others find the same freedom. If getting paid to lead a healthy life, staying connected with a community of uplifting and empowering people and creating a vehicle to make your other dreams a reality sounds like something you are interested in learning about, I am just a quick message away. ๐Ÿ“ง

Happy Small Business Saturday to all of the women who have followed their passions and made them a reality-keep doing the damn thing. You inspire me every day!

 November 24.   Chris has run the Turkey Trot for years.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿฆƒ     Until pretty recently, the thought of an early morning, let alone a run after Thanksgiving Eve    ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ    ๐Ÿ˜†    ๐Ÿ™ˆ    ๐Ÿ˜ฆ   because of   ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ   &nbsp;   ๐Ÿพ    ๐Ÿท    ๐Ÿป    ๐Ÿšฌ   &nbsp;    I'm proof that it's never too late to make a change   ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ    ๐Ÿ    ๐Ÿ’ช    ๐ŸŽ     Thankful for all of the memories made during those late nights spent with people I love, and now my early mornings with people I love. And, beyond blessed for a healthy, mobile body.&nbsp;  Do what makes you feel good, stay inspired, and most importantly, show gratitude  โค๏ธ   Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

November 24.

Chris has run the Turkey Trot for years. ๐Ÿฆƒ

Until pretty recently, the thought of an early morning, let alone a run after Thanksgiving Eve ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ฆbecause of๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿท๐Ÿป๐Ÿšฌ 

I'm proof that it's never too late to make a change๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽ

Thankful for all of the memories made during those late nights spent with people I love, and now my early mornings with people I love. And, beyond blessed for a healthy, mobile body. 

Do what makes you feel good, stay inspired, and most importantly, show gratitude โค๏ธ

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

 November 23.   Ziggy is terrified of snap chat filters    ๐Ÿ˜‚

November 23.

Ziggy is terrified of snap chat filters ๐Ÿ˜‚

 November 22.   Fun Fact:    I wasnโ€™t an immediate believer in Shakeology. I mean, I didnโ€™t need to supplement my diet with some processed powder in a bag. I eat a super balanced diet. I eat so healthy! I didnโ€™t need this stuff--Not me!    What I quickly learned is that for a mere $4 a day, it would replace my daily multi vitamin, pre/probiotic AND guarantee that I had at least one healthy meal to plug into my crazy   mama life. It's comprised of WHOLE foods, many superfoods, from around the world, packing in vital nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients (those are the good guys who boost immunity). And you all know how I like my whole foods  ๐Ÿ˜‰   Youโ€™d have to eat a whole lot of fruits and vegetables to equal the nutrition in a single glass of Shakeologyโ€”and you probably couldnโ€™t do it for less than 170 calories. Truth be told, the majority of people are WAY MORE nutrient deficient, than they are protein deficient. So why just stop at a protein shake?  7 trips to the salad bar while toasting with my main squeeze? I'm in.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜œ

November 22.

Fun Fact:

I wasnโ€™t an immediate believer in Shakeology. I mean, I didnโ€™t need to supplement my diet with some processed powder in a bag. I eat a super balanced diet. I eat so healthy! I didnโ€™t need this stuff--Not me!

What I quickly learned is that for a mere $4 a day, it would replace my daily multi vitamin, pre/probiotic AND guarantee that I had at least one healthy meal to plug into my crazy mama life. It's comprised of WHOLE foods, many superfoods, from around the world, packing in vital nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients (those are the good guys who boost immunity). And you all know how I like my whole foods ๐Ÿ˜‰

Youโ€™d have to eat a whole lot of fruits and vegetables to equal the nutrition in a single glass of Shakeologyโ€”and you probably couldnโ€™t do it for less than 170 calories. Truth be told, the majority of people are WAY MORE nutrient deficient, than they are protein deficient. So why just stop at a protein shake?

7 trips to the salad bar while toasting with my main squeeze? I'm in. ๐Ÿ˜œ

 November 21.   This sweet angel had his first preschool program this morning. He didn't sing at all  ๐Ÿ˜‚ &nbsp;but it was super cute.&nbsp;  What's awesome is that I didn't have to shuffle my work schedule, take a PTO day, or run around like a crazy person to make it there in time. It was what was most important today, so it was what came first. This is a lot different than it was this time last year, and all possible because I said YES to the opportunity to raise my son and raise a coaching business  ๐ŸŽ‰ &nbsp;  You can too.

November 21.

This sweet angel had his first preschool program this morning. He didn't sing at all ๐Ÿ˜‚ but it was super cute. 

What's awesome is that I didn't have to shuffle my work schedule, take a PTO day, or run around like a crazy person to make it there in time. It was what was most important today, so it was what came first. This is a lot different than it was this time last year, and all possible because I said YES to the opportunity to raise my son and raise a coaching business ๐ŸŽ‰ 

You can too.

 November 16.  I don't think anything can really prepare you for being a mama. No one tells you that you will learn to function on an interrupted sleep schedule for years. Or that you will rarely have the opportunity to eat it an uninterrupted meal.  They don't tell you that you will have to rediscover your sense of self. Or that you will have to work at your marriage with great intention.  No one tells you that your mind will constantly be turned on, thinking about tomorrow, reflecting on yesterday and everything in between.  So sometimes, when your baby falls asleep on the way home, even when the timing is not right, you let them sleep. So you can have a moment of solidarity, a moment to reflect, to move and stretch your body, to de-stress.  Because what no one tells you is on most days, you will sacrifice just about everything for this small person. Just remember to find pieces of yourself as you grow along the way.   โค๏ธ

November 16.

I don't think anything can really prepare you for being a mama. No one tells you that you will learn to function on an interrupted sleep schedule for years. Or that you will rarely have the opportunity to eat it an uninterrupted meal.

They don't tell you that you will have to rediscover your sense of self. Or that you will have to work at your marriage with great intention.

No one tells you that your mind will constantly be turned on, thinking about tomorrow, reflecting on yesterday and everything in between.

So sometimes, when your baby falls asleep on the way home, even when the timing is not right, you let them sleep. So you can have a moment of solidarity, a moment to reflect, to move and stretch your body, to de-stress.

Because what no one tells you is on most days, you will sacrifice just about everything for this small person. Just remember to find pieces of yourself as you grow along the way.

โค๏ธ

 November 16.   Fit tip to avoid mindless snacking    ๐Ÿ     If you think you're hungry, think about grabbing an apple. If an apple doesn't sound appetizing, you are probably facing a craving, not real hunger.&nbsp;    Bonus? Monkey see, monkey do, and your little ones will grab one too!&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ’

November 16.

Fit tip to avoid mindless snacking ๐Ÿ

If you think you're hungry, think about grabbing an apple. If an apple doesn't sound appetizing, you are probably facing a craving, not real hunger. 

Bonus? Monkey see, monkey do, and your little ones will grab one too! ๐Ÿ’

 November 15.   Core de Force day 8 summary:    We overslept. Chris had to run out the door for work. Seรฑor toddler pants is in rare form.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ™ˆ     This workout was not perfection. It included lots of pauses, modifications and a shared mat.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผ     But, it's done. Perfection doesn't exist, mamas. It's just about doing the very best that you can.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

November 15.

Core de Force day 8 summary:

We overslept. Chris had to run out the door for work. Seรฑor toddler pants is in rare form. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

This workout was not perfection. It included lots of pauses, modifications and a shared mat. ๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿผ

But, it's done. Perfection doesn't exist, mamas. It's just about doing the very best that you can. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

 November 14.   I had big plans this morning to knock out my to do list after my workout.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜€     Ziggy also had big plans to wake up early and throw puzzle pieces all over the living room.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜‘     Just last week, I began writing in a gratitude journal each morning. Even though an early rising toddler in rare form can be frustrating    ๐Ÿ˜–   , I have to encourage myself to look at the positive...He is eager to learn and explore his world. Not all kids are able to do that.&nbsp;    And I am blessed.&nbsp;   โค๏ธ

November 14.

I had big plans this morning to knock out my to do list after my workout. ๐Ÿ˜€

Ziggy also had big plans to wake up early and throw puzzle pieces all over the living room. ๐Ÿ˜‘

Just last week, I began writing in a gratitude journal each morning. Even though an early rising toddler in rare form can be frustrating ๐Ÿ˜–, I have to encourage myself to look at the positive...He is eager to learn and explore his world. Not all kids are able to do that. 

And I am blessed. โค๏ธ

 November 11.   Fri-YAY! SO much to be proud of and thankful for today:    โ†’ This first school picture in my inbox this morning.&nbsp; Chris , I mean seriously.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜     โ†’ Learning that my team is ranked in the TOP 500 in a network of over 460,000 coaches. I am speechless, mindblown, and beyond proud of the work that our team does day in and day out to help others to reach their full potential.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป     โ†’ Every year on this day, I am reminded of those here, and in heaven, who put their lives on the line for our country. Thank you  โค๏ธ   Focus on the good, y'all. There is so much to celebrate and be grateful for in this life.&nbsp; ๐ŸŽ‰

November 11.

Fri-YAY! SO much to be proud of and thankful for today:

โ†’ This first school picture in my inbox this morning. Chris, I mean seriously. ๐Ÿ˜

โ†’ Learning that my team is ranked in the TOP 500 in a network of over 460,000 coaches. I am speechless, mindblown, and beyond proud of the work that our team does day in and day out to help others to reach their full potential. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

โ†’ Every year on this day, I am reminded of those here, and in heaven, who put their lives on the line for our country. Thank you โค๏ธ

Focus on the good, y'all. There is so much to celebrate and be grateful for in this life. ๐ŸŽ‰

 November 9.   Every day, no matter the circumstance, is an opportunity to surround yourself and the people you love with respect to one another's differences. In each day, no matter how light or dark, is an opportunity to teach and practice love and kindness.&nbsp;   โค๏ธ

November 9.

Every day, no matter the circumstance, is an opportunity to surround yourself and the people you love with respect to one another's differences. In each day, no matter how light or dark, is an opportunity to teach and practice love and kindness. โค๏ธ

 Novmeber 7.   "I constantly go between wanting you to be my baby forever, and being excited about all of the things you will do in this life."

Novmeber 7.

"I constantly go between wanting you to be my baby forever, and being excited about all of the things you will do in this life."

 November 6.   The best part about gaining an hour? Waking up at 6am on a Monday really feels like 7am   #winning  &nbsp;   ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป     People tell me all of the time that they don't have enough time. Not enough time to focus on their health, or to start their own business. ๐Ÿ•ฐ    Guess what? I didn't either!&nbsp;    Want to know what I've learned?&nbsp;  That if you want something, you make the small changes necessary to make it work.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ   I was able to fit fitness back into my life in 30 minutes a day.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ’ช   In the first year, I built my business in ONE hour a day while teaching full time. One hour!&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป   Now, fitness is a part of my daily groove.&nbsp; โœŒ๐Ÿผ ๏ธ  Now, I also have the freedom of waking up whenever I want, working my business where it fits best into my life, and being here every morning when this sweet boy shows his face. All in my pajamas.&nbsp; โค๏ธ &nbsp;  We all have the same number of hours in the day, y'all. How do you use yours?

November 6.

The best part about gaining an hour? Waking up at 6am on a Monday really feels like 7am #winning ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

People tell me all of the time that they don't have enough time. Not enough time to focus on their health, or to start their own business. ๐Ÿ•ฐ

Guess what? I didn't either! 

Want to know what I've learned? 

That if you want something, you make the small changes necessary to make it work. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ

I was able to fit fitness back into my life in 30 minutes a day. ๐Ÿ’ช

In the first year, I built my business in ONE hour a day while teaching full time. One hour! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Now, fitness is a part of my daily groove. โœŒ๐Ÿผ๏ธ

Now, I also have the freedom of waking up whenever I want, working my business where it fits best into my life, and being here every morning when this sweet boy shows his face. All in my pajamas. โค๏ธ 

We all have the same number of hours in the day, y'all. How do you use yours?

 November 5.   Chris is running a trail marathon    ๐Ÿ˜ณ   &nbsp;and we are doing this.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ˜      ๐ŸŒŸ   There's no place else I'd rather be.&nbsp;   ๐ŸŒŸ

November 5.

Chris is running a trail marathon ๐Ÿ˜ณ and we are doing this. ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŒŸThere's no place else I'd rather be. ๐ŸŒŸ

 November 3.   This sweet boy will be 3 years old exactly 4 months from today--oh my how the time flies.&nbsp;    He is spunky, he is busy, he is curious. He pays attention to detail, soaks up everything like a sponge, and is a constant reminder of how the little things....aren't so little.&nbsp;   โค๏ธ     He inspires me to be better every.single.day.    Who inspires you?

November 3.

This sweet boy will be 3 years old exactly 4 months from today--oh my how the time flies. 

He is spunky, he is busy, he is curious. He pays attention to detail, soaks up everything like a sponge, and is a constant reminder of how the little things....aren't so little. โค๏ธ

He inspires me to be better every.single.day.

Who inspires you?

 October 31.   Happy Halloween!!&nbsp;   ๐ŸŽƒ     {photo captured before the epic meltdown and quitting trick or treat    ๐Ÿ˜‚   }

October 31.

Happy Halloween!! ๐ŸŽƒ

{photo captured before the epic meltdown and quitting trick or treat ๐Ÿ˜‚}

 October 25.   How did dinner go at your house?

October 25.

How did dinner go at your house?

 October 24.   Life becomes more meaningful when you realize the simple fact that you'll never get the same moment twice.

October 24.

Life becomes more meaningful when you realize the simple fact that you'll never get the same moment twice.

 October 23.   I often look at him, and find it hard to believe that we made him.  &nbsp;

October 23.

I often look at him, and find it hard to believe that we made him. 

 October 20.   Each day, we are presented with a choice.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ”ธ   A choice to stay in our current situation, or a choice to push outside of our comfort zone and go after what we want in this life.&nbsp;  4 months ago, I was tied to my computer screen for 8 hours every Thursday.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ’ป   Today, I made some new connections, met some beautiful young ladies on our team (with their babies on their lap) for a training call, went grocery shopping and didn't stand in line, then we stopped for the final touch on Ziggy's Halloween costume.&nbsp; ๐ŸŽƒ   Because I made a choice.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ”ธ Life's too short, y'all.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ”ธ    #youcantoo

October 20.

Each day, we are presented with a choice. ๐Ÿ”ธ

A choice to stay in our current situation, or a choice to push outside of our comfort zone and go after what we want in this life. 

4 months ago, I was tied to my computer screen for 8 hours every Thursday. ๐Ÿ’ป

Today, I made some new connections, met some beautiful young ladies on our team (with their babies on their lap) for a training call, went grocery shopping and didn't stand in line, then we stopped for the final touch on Ziggy's Halloween costume. ๐ŸŽƒ

Because I made a choice. 

๐Ÿ”ธLife's too short, y'all. ๐Ÿ”ธ

#youcantoo

  October 19.    The only thing better than your "baby" sleeping through the night in his new bed for the first time, is being there in the morning when he wakes up

October 19.

The only thing better than your "baby" sleeping through the night in his new bed for the first time, is being there in the morning when he wakes up

 October 18.   The photo on the left popped up in my memories a week or so ago. The photo on the right was taken during our last days in Colorado just a few weeks ago. So, what has changed in that time?    On the leftโ†’ Ziggy was 7 months old, I was teaching out of the home full time. I was struggling with a lot of things-- I struggled with being a nursing mom who spent a lot of time away from her baby, with fin  ding time for myself, with keeping things in my life as organized as I like them. I struggled with guilt--the guilt of leaving Ziggy again on the weekends to spend time with Chris or with friends. My weekends became this ongoing cycle of preparing for the week to come. Pack and unpack bags just to repack bags, repeat. I had this constant battle with myself because I was half assing everything--my role as a mom, a wife, a homeowner, a friend, a teacher, a colleague. I had totally lost sight of myself.&nbsp;  On the right โ†’ Ziggy is now 2.5, I am still teaching, itโ€™s just different content. And I do it in my own time from anywhere with wifi. I donโ€™t struggle with that much any more-- I donโ€™t have to kiss anyone good-bye while they dream so that I can rush off to work before the sun shows its face. I know that if we have another baby, I will never have to sit in another marketing stock room and pump. I will never miss that first morning that they are standing in their crib, or the first few steps. And, I have embraced the chaos that is parenthood.&nbsp;  I have pulled myself off of the backburner, finding a way to fit fitness back into my life, and fuel my mind with personal development daily. I look forward to social obligations, and seek out time with the people that I love. Iโ€™ve learned that internal transformations are what radiate outward, and that true self love exists. That sometimes, you have dig a little deep for it. And that when you find it, you follow your own passions, not someone elseโ€™s.&nbsp;  Not all things change. My house is still trashed, Ziggy doesnโ€™t sleep through every night, and I will never be as organized as I was in a previous life. But, I am present.&nbsp; &lt;3 &nbsp;   #transformationtuesday

October 18.

The photo on the left popped up in my memories a week or so ago. The photo on the right was taken during our last days in Colorado just a few weeks ago. So, what has changed in that time?

On the leftโ†’ Ziggy was 7 months old, I was teaching out of the home full time. I was struggling with a lot of things-- I struggled with being a nursing mom who spent a lot of time away from her baby, with finding time for myself, with keeping things in my life as organized as I like them. I struggled with guilt--the guilt of leaving Ziggy again on the weekends to spend time with Chris or with friends. My weekends became this ongoing cycle of preparing for the week to come. Pack and unpack bags just to repack bags, repeat. I had this constant battle with myself because I was half assing everything--my role as a mom, a wife, a homeowner, a friend, a teacher, a colleague. I had totally lost sight of myself. 

On the right โ†’ Ziggy is now 2.5, I am still teaching, itโ€™s just different content. And I do it in my own time from anywhere with wifi. I donโ€™t struggle with that much any more-- I donโ€™t have to kiss anyone good-bye while they dream so that I can rush off to work before the sun shows its face. I know that if we have another baby, I will never have to sit in another marketing stock room and pump. I will never miss that first morning that they are standing in their crib, or the first few steps. And, I have embraced the chaos that is parenthood. 

I have pulled myself off of the backburner, finding a way to fit fitness back into my life, and fuel my mind with personal development daily. I look forward to social obligations, and seek out time with the people that I love. Iโ€™ve learned that internal transformations are what radiate outward, and that true self love exists. That sometimes, you have dig a little deep for it. And that when you find it, you follow your own passions, not someone elseโ€™s. 

Not all things change. My house is still trashed, Ziggy doesnโ€™t sleep through every night, and I will never be as organized as I was in a previous life. But, I am present. <3 

#transformationtuesday

 October 17.   One thing that is better than sitting in a cubicle on a sunny autumn day.

October 17.

One thing that is better than sitting in a cubicle on a sunny autumn day.

 October 13   Ziggy was never a bath babe.&nbsp;   ๐Ÿ›     Ziggy also wasnโ€™t an easy babe. I remember those first few months from 330pm on standing by the exhaust fan in the kitchen swaying him in an attempt to calm him down. Each minute between then and 6pm, when Chris usually arrived home, felt like an eternity. We tried everything--drives in the car, walking him in the stroller, wearing him, feeding him, music, pacifi  ersโ€ฆ.&nbsp;  One evening, in an attempt to calm him, I stripped us both down and jumped in the shower. The warm water, coupled by the white noise immediately soothed him. This became a go-to for us when he needed soothed, but also became our immediate solution to the hour long bath time routine. When he was tiny, one of us would take him in the shower with us, bathe him, and then pass him off to the other so that we could finish our shower. When he began sitting up, he would sit on the shower floor and play. Once he began walking, he would just walk right into the shower with us.&nbsp; ๐Ÿšฟ   This accidental routine has proved to help us in a few ways--not only does it save a ton of time by killing two birds with one stone (my shower and his), but he has also never developed a fear of water. He is a fish in the pool; confidently jumping right in and under. He is on track to be an independent little swimmer by next summer.&nbsp; ๐Ÿณ   So, it turns out that those little things that we did in the beginning in an attempt to survive ended up being one of the things that we did right.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป   Keep your head up mamas--youโ€™re doing a great job  โค๏ธ    #tbt

October 13

Ziggy was never a bath babe. ๐Ÿ›

Ziggy also wasnโ€™t an easy babe. I remember those first few months from 330pm on standing by the exhaust fan in the kitchen swaying him in an attempt to calm him down. Each minute between then and 6pm, when Chris usually arrived home, felt like an eternity. We tried everything--drives in the car, walking him in the stroller, wearing him, feeding him, music, pacifiersโ€ฆ. 

One evening, in an attempt to calm him, I stripped us both down and jumped in the shower. The warm water, coupled by the white noise immediately soothed him. This became a go-to for us when he needed soothed, but also became our immediate solution to the hour long bath time routine. When he was tiny, one of us would take him in the shower with us, bathe him, and then pass him off to the other so that we could finish our shower. When he began sitting up, he would sit on the shower floor and play. Once he began walking, he would just walk right into the shower with us. ๐Ÿšฟ

This accidental routine has proved to help us in a few ways--not only does it save a ton of time by killing two birds with one stone (my shower and his), but he has also never developed a fear of water. He is a fish in the pool; confidently jumping right in and under. He is on track to be an independent little swimmer by next summer. ๐Ÿณ

So, it turns out that those little things that we did in the beginning in an attempt to survive ended up being one of the things that we did right. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Keep your head up mamas--youโ€™re doing a great job โค๏ธ

#tbt

October 10.

My Monday mornings didn't always look like this. ๐ŸŽจ

Just a few short months ago, they involved an early morning hustle, a long commute, followed an 8 hour workday. ๐Ÿš—

I'll choose this any day. โค๏ธ

#youcantoo

October 8.

People ask us often how we get our 2 year old to eat a balanced diet. The answer is simple:

He's 2. There are days that he sustains life off of peanut butter and bananas. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

We don't โžก๏ธ Play the "clean plate club" game, and we don't make him eat anything that he doesn't like just because it is good for him. 

๐Ÿ‘†๐ŸผTHIS is how picky eaters are made. ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ

We do โžก๏ธ Fill his plate with a variety of small choices (typically what we are eating, deconstructed), and we encourage him to try everything. 

Does it always work? No.

Do we have to sometimes bribe him with lollipops? Yes.

Do I allow myself to lose sleep over it? No.

I will just continue to be a positive role model, and, hopefully while he still thinks I'm cool, he will follow suit.

#monkeyseemonkeydo ๐Ÿต

October 6.

When you earn a free hat just for helping others work toward their health and fitness goals

October 5.

When your boys are cutting the grass and they pick flowers and bring them to you instead of mowing them ๐Ÿ˜

October 5.

Filling the gap between the 3 Week Yoga Retreat and the Ultimate Reset that begins Friday! Yoga fix for the win ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

That little guy with all the trucks? He's my reason to continue to be strong, inside and out

October 4.

Every day, Chris and I have the overwhelming responsibility to teach this sweet boy the foundation of everything he needs to know in this life. 

We hope to teach him to be kind, to have good manners, to be unselfish. To understand the value of hard work and collaboration. We strive to encourage creativity in all that he does, and laughter in every day. We hope to instill the value of true friendship and of family. And the importance of giving back. We must remind ourselves daily that he is learning in every moment, through every experience, through every observation. And that if he is loved, he will love. โค๏ธ

Man. What an awesomely huge task.

October 3.

Well Colorado, that's a wrap. ๐Ÿ”

Thank you for your snow capped peaks, your trails, your views and your wildlife. Thank you for your massive rocks, your wild sage filled plains and your golden aspens. 

Most of all, thank you for providing a place to gather with old friends and new, in your big natural playground. 

Until next time.. ๐Ÿ’ซ 

October 2.

While Chris went for round 2 in the tent, and Ziggy and I went for round 1 in a hotel room ๐Ÿ˜Ž

We cozied up and spent the morning putting final touches on our New Coach Academy, free 3 week yoga retreat support group, and getting everyone set up in our challenge group!! 

If you are interested in learning more about any of these, it's not too late! New month, new beginnings, exciting things happening

October 2.

You guys! 

We are sharing our adventures here:

โญ๏ธSarah Kaminski: Veg Outโญ๏ธ 

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September 30.

Ziggy asked us to "turn down the wind" the higher we climbed ๐Ÿ˜‚

Even with the cloud cover, the view was simply breathtaking.

September 29.

Dirt. Tye dye. Childhood.

September 27

Tuesday morning feels

September 26.

Pure joy is...

binge eating lollipops on road trips ๐Ÿก

#YumEarth

September 25

Today, we hiked 1,000 vertical feet to this ridge. Chris taught me about Avalanche chutes, and we taught Ziggy why grasshoppers chirp. We played with snow, shot some incredible photographs, had a picnic lunch among the yellow aspens. 

This moment made possible by a strong desire to be more present in my life with the people who matter most. And, I'm a woman on a mission to helping others find the same freedom. 

If you ever find that you are struggling with your life's balance, or have a desire to do MORE in LESS time, please connect with me. Life's too short, y'all

September 24.

Camping success

September 23.

This car is a huge upgrade from what I drive at home. It's doesn't have a tape deck ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

To the mountains to we go..

September 22.

Airplane survival kit:

Don't worry, I've ordered all of the travel things you guys suggested yesterday, so they'll be waiting for us when we get home

September 21.

Fun facts:

๐Ÿ”Chris and I met in Crested Butte, CO, but are both from Pittsburgh, PA.

๐Ÿ‘ซWe just celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. 

โœˆ๏ธTomorrow, we are headed back to the Centennial State to celebrate the nuptials of friends, to play and to explore. 

๐Ÿ• Two of those nights will be spent like this. I was worried about Ziggy escaping until I couldn't figure out how to get out ๐Ÿ˜‚

Any tips on tent camping with a toddler welcome.

September 19.

This time last year, I was waking up at 5am to workout, rush out the door for a 30 minute commute, just to work an 8 hour day and commute 40 minutes home. I would pick up Ziggy, play or run errands for an hour, before it was time to cook dinner, unpack bags, repack bags, eat dinner, shower, book, bed routine. I would check in with my challengers and my team before mentally preparing to repeat this grind tomorrow. 

I decided I would change that. 

So now, we can take a 12 day vacation in September. We leave Thursday. ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป Today, I chose to send Ziggy to a caretaker for the day so that I could update my blog, collaborate on updating our New Coach Academy, prepare upcoming challenge group content, and squeeze in a mid day yoga sesh. I picked Ziggy up early this afternoon, in my yoga pants, and we hung out in the yard with Chris after sharing dinner. We went for a walk. We got ice cream (because, #balance). And I'm not stressed about tomorrow. 

Why would I settle for the first scenario when I could have the second?? #youcantoo

 ยท September 15

I was in labor for 32 hours before Ziggy came. Between that and the whirlwind of adjusting at home those first few days were exciting, full of a million emotions, and flat out exhausting. 

They have you take the babe to the pediatrician a few days after they are born to be sure they are adjusting well to being earth side. Chris and I sat in the waiting room, completely disheveled, completing our paperwork. We got to the part where they ask for the parent info and we, naturally, began filling in our parent's names. It wasn't until we reached the part where it asked for SSN that we realized that WE were the parents. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

And, we've continued to figure it out as we go and have laughed a lot since. 

#tbt

ยท September 13

It's what we do when summer days are still sunny.

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 ยท September 11

"Daddy. Shoes off, hat off, glasses off, shirt off, pants off, play trains."

"You want me to take off all my clothes and come play trains?"

"Yes!"

๐Ÿ˜‚

 ยท September 9

When you wake up with a strange little man in your bed ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

But seriously, I remember having to get up and out the door each morning regardless of how the night went. My schedule now allows us to have slow mornings after long nights. How awesome is that?!

September 8 ยท 

Well, this beautiful human began preschool today!Chris and I were able to drop him off together this morning, I worked on new coach training videos all morning, and I picked him up his afternoon. What a huge change from this time last year ๐Ÿ˜ 

I built this freedom while working full time, opposite hours than Chris, in one hour a day. 

Did I have to make a few sacrifices? Sure. Was it worth it? In more ways than you know. #youcantoo

September 6 ยท 

When I asked Chris for a napkin at dinner, Ziggy jumped up, gave everyone a napkin, and proceeded to ask us to help him put his on his lap. 

I think we are doing something right.

September 4 ยท 

He already appreciates each pebble, each plant, each little creature. And, he actually napped after this.

#itsthelittlethings

September 3 ยท 

This sweet boy is 2.5 today. 

He's busy, he's quirky, he's smart and funny. He's determined, fast and witty. He's my blonde haired, blue eyed partner in crime. He has changed our lives in so many ways. People ask us all the time if we remember what life was like before him (um....weekends involving late brunch with mimosas...yes, we remember ๐Ÿ˜‰). But we can't really imagine a day moving forward without him. 

Happy day, Ziggy. โค๏ธ๐ŸŽˆ

  September 1 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Ziggy had his preschool orientation today! He loved it so much that he didn't want to leave. This was the best of about 10 pictures I tried to snap on our way out   The best part? I was present. Since I am my own boss, I didn't have to ask anyone or have it approved. I won't have a docked day of pay, or have to take flex time. It was important, so it came first.

September 1 ยท 

Ziggy had his preschool orientation today! He loved it so much that he didn't want to leave. This was the best of about 10 pictures I tried to snap on our way out

The best part? I was present. Since I am my own boss, I didn't have to ask anyone or have it approved. I won't have a docked day of pay, or have to take flex time. It was important, so it came first.

  August 30 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   This day   There's not a Pittsburgh resident that is complaining about the weather today. It is perfection.  I woke up this morning to an influx of positivity in my inbox. And to think I used hope for an empty inbox each morning.&nbsp;  Ziggy peed on the potty today. TWICE      Our team page is blowing up with end of the month accomplishments. The passion and drive behind everyone is so.inspiring.&nbsp;  We were invited to spend the day at the pool with family. So we did.

August 30 ยท 

This day

There's not a Pittsburgh resident that is complaining about the weather today. It is perfection.

I woke up this morning to an influx of positivity in my inbox. And to think I used hope for an empty inbox each morning. 

Ziggy peed on the potty today. TWICE


Our team page is blowing up with end of the month accomplishments. The passion and drive behind everyone is so.inspiring. 

We were invited to spend the day at the pool with family. So we did.

  August 27 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Winding down summer with some crazy busy days. With his stud

August 27 ยท 

Winding down summer with some crazy busy days. With his stud

  August 26 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Big Friday cheesin

August 26 ยท 

Big Friday cheesin

 August 24.  Isn't it crazy that this giant toddler was once a baby in my belly?!&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜ณ   When I learned I was pregnant I was terrified about what would happen to my body. I learned quickly that I would have to just let it do what it needed to do in order to accommodate him as he grew and to prepare for bringing him earth side. ๐ŸŒŽ  I also learned that our bodies are powerful and resilient. They have the ability to create and sustain LIFE. I learned that true confidence radiates from the inside, and that involves taking care of the outside. And, I learned that 30 minute workouts in my living room, paired with a daily dose of superfoods and clean eating, would give me obliques that my pre mama self didn't know existed.&nbsp;  Will still always be mind blown that he was once a baby in my belly.&nbsp; โค๏ธ

August 24.

Isn't it crazy that this giant toddler was once a baby in my belly?! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

When I learned I was pregnant I was terrified about what would happen to my body. I learned quickly that I would have to just let it do what it needed to do in order to accommodate him as he grew and to prepare for bringing him earth side. ๐ŸŒŽ

I also learned that our bodies are powerful and resilient. They have the ability to create and sustain LIFE. I learned that true confidence radiates from the inside, and that involves taking care of the outside. And, I learned that 30 minute workouts in my living room, paired with a daily dose of superfoods and clean eating, would give me obliques that my pre mama self didn't know existed. 

Will still always be mind blown that he was once a baby in my belly. โค๏ธ

  August 23 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   This time last year: Traveling for beginning of the year trainings.&nbsp;  This year: Connected with coaches and challengers this morning, spending the rest of the day enjoying my family's "Saturday."  Wishing everyone an amazing start to another school year! ๐Ÿ“š

August 23 ยท 

This time last year: Traveling for beginning of the year trainings. 

This year: Connected with coaches and challengers this morning, spending the rest of the day enjoying my family's "Saturday."

Wishing everyone an amazing start to another school year! ๐Ÿ“š

  August 16 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Just 7 weeks ago,&nbsp; Chris &nbsp;and I worked opposite schedules. We make a good team, but being passing ships through the night was for the birds. โ›ต๏ธ  We don't have to do that any more. So, we spent the day on the bike trail. We checked out the Bicycle Heaven museum. We had a late lunch. We ran errands. It was awesome.  And all because I made the decision to buy a fitness program, and stayed focused on a vision

August 16 ยท 

Just 7 weeks ago, Chris and I worked opposite schedules. We make a good team, but being passing ships through the night was for the birds. โ›ต๏ธ

We don't have to do that any more. So, we spent the day on the bike trail. We checked out the Bicycle Heaven museum. We had a late lunch. We ran errands. It was awesome.

And all because I made the decision to buy a fitness program, and stayed focused on a vision

  August 9 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   There's nothing quite like looking at another human and reminding yourself that you made them

August 9 ยท 

There's nothing quite like looking at another human and reminding yourself that you made them

   August 7 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   This guy braved a head plant into a fireplace mantle, and some liquid stitches. Thankful for friends and a healthy, happy babe.๐Ÿ’•  Never. Ever. A dull moment.  ย 

August 7 ยท 

This guy braved a head plant into a fireplace mantle, and some liquid stitches. Thankful for friends and a healthy, happy babe.๐Ÿ’•

Never. Ever. A dull moment.

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  August 6 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;    ๐Ÿ”ธ These moments.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ”ธ

August 6 ยท 

๐Ÿ”ธThese moments. ๐Ÿ”ธ

  July 23 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;    Chris &nbsp;took Ziggy hiking this morning, and I slept till noon. ( ๐Ÿ˜ณ ) It was awesome.&nbsp;  Then I worked out in the yard with my #1 fan. So far, this is basically the best Saturday ever.&nbsp;

July 23 ยท 

Chris took Ziggy hiking this morning, and I slept till noon. (๐Ÿ˜ณ) It was awesome. 

Then I worked out in the yard with my #1 fan. So far, this is basically the best Saturday ever. 

  July 22 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   I woke up early to get stuff done. So did he.

July 22 ยท 

I woke up early to get stuff done. So did he.

  July 12 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;    Chris : "He's a perfect combination of both of us. He has your curly hair and my brains and good looks."&nbsp;

July 12 ยท 

Chris: "He's a perfect combination of both of us. He has your curly hair and my brains and good looks." 

  July 9 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Since we've gotten back to our recent switch in schedules,&nbsp; Chris &nbsp;and I are able to switch off weekend sleep in days.&nbsp;  I slept until 10 and woke up to this.

July 9 ยท 

Since we've gotten back to our recent switch in schedules, Chris and I are able to switch off weekend sleep in days. 

I slept until 10 and woke up to this.

  July 7 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Thankful for the opportunity to soak up summer pool moments with friends and this stud

July 7 ยท 

Thankful for the opportunity to soak up summer pool moments with friends and this stud

  July 5 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Three weeks ago at 9am: Doing the mad rush back to work.&nbsp;  Today at 9am: Looking through the moments we captured this holiday weekend before getting a workout in and spending a focused day connecting with coaches and challengers.  You can, too.&nbsp; โœจ    #coachlife

July 5 ยท 

Three weeks ago at 9am: Doing the mad rush back to work. 

Today at 9am: Looking through the moments we captured this holiday weekend before getting a workout in and spending a focused day connecting with coaches and challengers.

You can, too. โœจ

#coachlife

  June 28 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Waterfall selfie!

June 28 ยท 

Waterfall selfie!

  June 26 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Always take advantage of the opportunity to unplug  ๐Ÿ˜

June 26 ยท 

Always take advantage of the opportunity to unplug ๐Ÿ˜

  June 24 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   This spring, Ziggy started doing this.&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜ณ &nbsp;  We saw that as a sign that he was ready for a toddler bed, so we removed his crib rail and he became big boy bed official. The weeks that followed brought a huge sleep regression, and he ended up in our bed most nights.&nbsp;  So, after about 4 weeks, we put the crib rail back up. He began sleeping through the night again, and the changing table resumed its role as a holding cell ๐Ÿ˜œ   Raising a human is no small feat. We are learning as we go, and trying to laugh as much as possible along the way.&nbsp;  To all you parents out here-you're doing a great job. Let's stick together and lift eachother up

June 24 ยท 

This spring, Ziggy started doing this. ๐Ÿ˜ณ 

We saw that as a sign that he was ready for a toddler bed, so we removed his crib rail and he became big boy bed official. The weeks that followed brought a huge sleep regression, and he ended up in our bed most nights. 

So, after about 4 weeks, we put the crib rail back up. He began sleeping through the night again, and the changing table resumed its role as a holding cell๐Ÿ˜œ

Raising a human is no small feat. We are learning as we go, and trying to laugh as much as possible along the way. 

To all you parents out here-you're doing a great job. Let's stick together and lift eachother up

  June 17 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   We felt like sleeping in before getting our workout in. So we did.&nbsp;  ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปHappy friYAY!&nbsp;

June 17 ยท 

We felt like sleeping in before getting our workout in. So we did. 

๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปHappy friYAY! 

  June 16 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Ok fine, I guess I'll spend time on my terms with this stud. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโ˜€๏ธ ๐ŸŒด  ๐Ÿ˜    #schoolsout

June 16 ยท 

Ok fine, I guess I'll spend time on my terms with this stud. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ˜

#schoolsout

  June 14 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Before leaving the house this morning: "Oh! Hi mama"&nbsp; ๐Ÿ˜ณ   The countdown to spending my mornings with this blondie is ON

June 14 ยท 

Before leaving the house this morning: "Oh! Hi mama" ๐Ÿ˜ณ

The countdown to spending my mornings with this blondie is ON

  June 12 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Summer feels with this stud.

June 12 ยท 

Summer feels with this stud.

  June 4 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   A little boy and his big world.&nbsp;

June 4 ยท 

A little boy and his big world. 

  May 27 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Sitting on an outdoor stoop eating dinner with a human tornado who refuses anything but a Popsicle ...it isn't what you're doing tonight?

May 27 ยท 

Sitting on an outdoor stoop eating dinner with a human tornado who refuses anything but a Popsicle ...it isn't what you're doing tonight?

  May 25 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Sunshine, freshly mulched garden beds. These two. Life is good.

May 25 ยท 

Sunshine, freshly mulched garden beds. These two. Life is good.

  May 23 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Some days I look at him and honestly can't believe we MADE him.&nbsp;  And no, it's not anywhere near his birthday

May 23 ยท 

Some days I look at him and honestly can't believe we MADE him. 

And no, it's not anywhere near his birthday

  May 13 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   On a trip that  Chris &nbsp;and I took to Florida a few years back, I wouldn't let him take a picture of me because I wasn't wearing any make up. I was always so self conscious about the way that I looked in pictures--and overly critiqued myself from head to toe.&nbsp;  Over the years, I missed capturing so.many.moments.&nbsp;  Beachbody Coaching has given me the drive and confidence to put myself back in front of the camera--with squinty eyes, bad lighting, toddler fingers up my nose, smile lines front and center.  I am so thankful, because this life is short and these moments are too precious to miss. Plus, I earned those damn smile lines

May 13 ยท 

On a trip that Chris and I took to Florida a few years back, I wouldn't let him take a picture of me because I wasn't wearing any make up. I was always so self conscious about the way that I looked in pictures--and overly critiqued myself from head to toe. 

Over the years, I missed capturing so.many.moments. 

Beachbody Coaching has given me the drive and confidence to put myself back in front of the camera--with squinty eyes, bad lighting, toddler fingers up my nose, smile lines front and center.

I am so thankful, because this life is short and these moments are too precious to miss. Plus, I earned those damn smile lines

  May 11 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   I don't think anything can really prepare you for being a mama. No one tells you that you will learn to function on an interrupted sleep schedule for years. Or that you will rarely have the opportunity to eat it an uninterrupted meal.&nbsp;  They don't tell you that you will have to rediscover your sense of self. Or that you will have to work at your marriage with great intention.&nbsp;  No one tells you that your mind will constantly be turned on, thinking about tomorrow, reflecting on yesterday and everything in between.&nbsp;  No one tells you that you will sacrifice just about everything for this small person. Just remember to find pieces of yourself as you grow along the way.&nbsp;

May 11 ยท 

I don't think anything can really prepare you for being a mama. No one tells you that you will learn to function on an interrupted sleep schedule for years. Or that you will rarely have the opportunity to eat it an uninterrupted meal. 

They don't tell you that you will have to rediscover your sense of self. Or that you will have to work at your marriage with great intention. 

No one tells you that your mind will constantly be turned on, thinking about tomorrow, reflecting on yesterday and everything in between. 

No one tells you that you will sacrifice just about everything for this small person. Just remember to find pieces of yourself as you grow along the way. 

  May 10 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   This child. He's busy. He's wild. He throws dirt. He chases birds through parking lots. He belly laughs with a mouth full of popcorn. And he's all mine.&nbsp; โค๏ธ  ๐Ÿ˜ณ  โค๏ธ

May 10 ยท 

This child. He's busy. He's wild. He throws dirt. He chases birds through parking lots. He belly laughs with a mouth full of popcorn. And he's all mine. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ณโค๏ธ

  May 7 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   I have believed in guardian angels for as long as I can remember. I guess it's my way of understanding a loved one's role in heaven. Today made present with a circle of light.&nbsp; โœจ

May 7 ยท 

I have believed in guardian angels for as long as I can remember. I guess it's my way of understanding a loved one's role in heaven. Today made present with a circle of light. โœจ

  May 2 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   These 2 important people were there to greet us yesterday as we crossed the finish line  ๐Ÿ˜   If you told me a year ago that I would wake up at 445am to go run 13+ miles in the rain on a Sunday I would have thought you were cray. The last 12 weeks have once again proven the power of my body--its ability to adapt, its strength, its resilience. I've learned a lot about myself--I've made a lot of mistakes, pushed myself past my limit, consumed way too many carbs, shed a few tears, and laughed a lot.  I want to thank  Keri &nbsp;for presenting me with this challenge--and send love to everyone who has supported me along the way--your encouragement was not overlooked and motivated me to push forward, even on the days I didn't want to.&nbsp;  You know, you're stronger than you think you are.

May 2 ยท 

These 2 important people were there to greet us yesterday as we crossed the finish line ๐Ÿ˜

If you told me a year ago that I would wake up at 445am to go run 13+ miles in the rain on a Sunday I would have thought you were cray. The last 12 weeks have once again proven the power of my body--its ability to adapt, its strength, its resilience. I've learned a lot about myself--I've made a lot of mistakes, pushed myself past my limit, consumed way too many carbs, shed a few tears, and laughed a lot.

I want to thank Keri for presenting me with this challenge--and send love to everyone who has supported me along the way--your encouragement was not overlooked and motivated me to push forward, even on the days I didn't want to. 

You know, you're stronger than you think you are.

  April 24 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Reason 17,594 I love being a Beachbody Coach: I know that I am working toward something that is going to give me the ability to get my joy on with the people in my life that matter most.&nbsp;  I mean, who would want to be missing moments with this kid?!

April 24 ยท 

Reason 17,594 I love being a Beachbody Coach: I know that I am working toward something that is going to give me the ability to get my joy on with the people in my life that matter most. 

I mean, who would want to be missing moments with this kid?!

  April 23 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   When you think you are pressing play for Rock-a-bye Baby, and your late 90s gangster rap blares from the speakers

April 23 ยท 

When you think you are pressing play for Rock-a-bye Baby, and your late 90s gangster rap blares from the speakers

  April 20 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   That dimple.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   We had a difficult evening yesterday. I must remind myself that the season of childhood is brief, and to enjoy and soak up every moment, even the not-so-hot ones. That my role as a mother will show my true strength. And that even on days that I feel like I am scoring a big fat zero on the parenting scale, I am still his shining star.&nbsp; โœจ

April 20 ยท 

That dimple. โค๏ธ

We had a difficult evening yesterday. I must remind myself that the season of childhood is brief, and to enjoy and soak up every moment, even the not-so-hot ones. That my role as a mother will show my true strength. And that even on days that I feel like I am scoring a big fat zero on the parenting scale, I am still his shining star. โœจ

  April 17 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Lunch date with my 2 main squeezes.

April 17 ยท 

Lunch date with my 2 main squeezes.

  April 15 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   I so often kick into survival mode as a working parent--I do whatever I need to do to just make it through the days (and nights) in one piece.&nbsp;  For us, that sometimes means 10pm bedtimes. It means Popsicles for dinner. It means letting him crawl into our big bed. While these things may may not be ideal, they're ours. And he's happy, bright and loved.&nbsp;  My love to all of the working mamas and papas out there--even in survival mode, you are doing more than you will ever know.&nbsp; โค๏ธ

April 15 ยท 

I so often kick into survival mode as a working parent--I do whatever I need to do to just make it through the days (and nights) in one piece. 

For us, that sometimes means 10pm bedtimes. It means Popsicles for dinner. It means letting him crawl into our big bed. While these things may may not be ideal, they're ours. And he's happy, bright and loved. 

My love to all of the working mamas and papas out there--even in survival mode, you are doing more than you will ever know. โค๏ธ

  April 8 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   "Mama, hug." {Heart melts ๐Ÿ’“ }  Finger immediately in nose. โ˜๐Ÿผ๏ธ   #datenight

April 8 ยท 

"Mama, hug." {Heart melts๐Ÿ’“}

Finger immediately in nose. โ˜๐Ÿผ๏ธ

#datenight

  April 5 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   A boy and his stick  โค๏ธ

April 5 ยท 

A boy and his stick โค๏ธ

  April 1 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   He wakes up like this. #thathair

April 1 ยท 

He wakes up like this. #thathair

  March 24 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Spring break, 30 minute workout in my living room, this kid. Life is good.

March 24 ยท 

Spring break, 30 minute workout in my living room, this kid. Life is good.

   March 22   &nbsp;   He zipped his own pjs tonight and points out letters on signs as we drive. He is so enthusiastic about the world--it's people, it's things, it's puzzles.&nbsp;  I am so thankful for the village of wonderful people that love him and have helped teach him all that he knows. He is one lucky little dude, and we are blessed.

March 22 

He zipped his own pjs tonight and points out letters on signs as we drive. He is so enthusiastic about the world--it's people, it's things, it's puzzles. 

I am so thankful for the village of wonderful people that love him and have helped teach him all that he knows. He is one lucky little dude, and we are blessed.

  March 15 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   I mean seriously.&nbsp; &lt;3&nbsp;

March 15 ยท 

I mean seriously. <3 

  March 13 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   It's the shortest day of the year.&nbsp;  The day began with my face being used as a highway for toy trucks, followed a crashed work computer, a toddler who refused anything but kidney beans and jelly beans for lunch, and who has the crib escape on lockdown. The day was feeling shorter and shorter.&nbsp;  And just like that. The opportunity to finish my unfinished projects--food prep--laundry--the start of tomorrow's challenge group-- presents itself. Let the lullabies play.

March 13 ยท 

It's the shortest day of the year. 

The day began with my face being used as a highway for toy trucks, followed a crashed work computer, a toddler who refused anything but kidney beans and jelly beans for lunch, and who has the crib escape on lockdown. The day was feeling shorter and shorter. 

And just like that. The opportunity to finish my unfinished projects--food prep--laundry--the start of tomorrow's challenge group-- presents itself. Let the lullabies play.

  March 9 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   If we were ever in the market for a another crib, this would not be our first choice

March 9 ยท 

If we were ever in the market for a another crib, this would not be our first choice

  March 5 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Oh you know, spending time with people that have positive attitudes

March 5 ยท 

Oh you know, spending time with people that have positive attitudes

  March 3 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Today,&nbsp; Chris &nbsp;and I celebrated the birth of this little boy.&nbsp;  He has changed my life and transformed my purpose on so many levels. He has motivated me to take care of myself better than I ever have, to push outside of my comfort zone, to start a business, mentor others, and to work toward things that I once never dreamed possible. If you told me 2 years ago that one person would make such a huge impact on my life, I wouldnโ€™t have believed it.&nbsp;  Hereโ€™s to an amazing third year, sweet boy. You have blessed us in more ways that you will ever know.

March 3 ยท 

Today, Chris and I celebrated the birth of this little boy. 

He has changed my life and transformed my purpose on so many levels. He has motivated me to take care of myself better than I ever have, to push outside of my comfort zone, to start a business, mentor others, and to work toward things that I once never dreamed possible. If you told me 2 years ago that one person would make such a huge impact on my life, I wouldnโ€™t have believed it. 

Hereโ€™s to an amazing third year, sweet boy. You have blessed us in more ways that you will ever know.

  February 28 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Our official second year celebration was a success, and my heart is full. This little boy has so many people in his life who love him! Now, it's time to hold onto the last few days of having not-quite-two year old

February 28 ยท 

Our official second year celebration was a success, and my heart is full. This little boy has so many people in his life who love him! Now, it's time to hold onto the last few days of having not-quite-two year old

  February 18 &nbsp;.   This guy is full of love and light, and is a constant reminder to me to be better everyday. It makes me proud when he signs please and thank you, when he waves hello, when he chooses a book without being prompted. He makes me proud when he fearlessly dunks his head beneath water, when he makes connections in his world, when he finds humor in things. He makes me proud when he shows signs of affection to those he loves, when he shares with a friend or when he waits patiently for his turn. His enthusiasm for LIFE is inspiring, and he makes me proud to be his mama every.single.day.&nbsp;

February 18 .

This guy is full of love and light, and is a constant reminder to me to be better everyday. It makes me proud when he signs please and thank you, when he waves hello, when he chooses a book without being prompted. He makes me proud when he fearlessly dunks his head beneath water, when he makes connections in his world, when he finds humor in things. He makes me proud when he shows signs of affection to those he loves, when he shares with a friend or when he waits patiently for his turn. His enthusiasm for LIFE is inspiring, and he makes me proud to be his mama every.single.day. 

  February 12 &nbsp;&nbsp;   We met a man today on the beach flying a kite. Ziggy was intrigued by the kite, so the man let him hold onto the string and "fly" it. We thanked him and told him to enjoy his day, to which he responded, "I will. I enjoy all of them."  You should, too.&nbsp; โค๏ธ

February 12  

We met a man today on the beach flying a kite. Ziggy was intrigued by the kite, so the man let him hold onto the string and "fly" it. We thanked him and told him to enjoy his day, to which he responded, "I will. I enjoy all of them."

You should, too. โค๏ธ

  February 10 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   When the flight attendant says, "you guys just go ahead and take the whole row."

February 10 ยท 

When the flight attendant says, "you guys just go ahead and take the whole row."

  January 25 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Every day,&nbsp; Chris &nbsp;and I have the overwhelming responsibility to teach this sweet boy the foundation of everything he needs to know in this life.&nbsp;  We hope to teach him to be kind, to have good manners, to be unselfish. To understand the value of hard work and collaboration. We strive to encourage creativity in all that he does, and laughter in every day. We hope to instill the value of true friendship and of family. And the importance of giving back. We must remind ourselves daily that he is learning in every moment, through every experience, through every observation. And that if he is loved, he will love.&nbsp; โค๏ธ   Man. What an awesomely huge task.

January 25 ยท 

Every day, Chris and I have the overwhelming responsibility to teach this sweet boy the foundation of everything he needs to know in this life. 

We hope to teach him to be kind, to have good manners, to be unselfish. To understand the value of hard work and collaboration. We strive to encourage creativity in all that he does, and laughter in every day. We hope to instill the value of true friendship and of family. And the importance of giving back. We must remind ourselves daily that he is learning in every moment, through every experience, through every observation. And that if he is loved, he will love. โค๏ธ

Man. What an awesomely huge task.

  January 20 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Before this happened, he was found outside of his crib using the light switch to make strobe lights in his room

January 20 ยท 

Before this happened, he was found outside of his crib using the light switch to make strobe lights in his room

  January 19 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Then, there is this guy. He always has the ability to bring me a step back to realize what is most important.&nbsp;  {Meals shared together, Facetime calls with those we love, ABCs, laughter, hot showers, football fast feet.}&nbsp;  I often wonder how I deserve to be so blessed.

January 19 ยท 

Then, there is this guy. He always has the ability to bring me a step back to realize what is most important. 

{Meals shared together, Facetime calls with those we love, ABCs, laughter, hot showers, football fast feet.} 

I often wonder how I deserve to be so blessed.

  January 10 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Welcome to the nuthouse. A place where I do planks in rooms that Christmas trees still stand, and toddlers use furniture as trampolines.&nbsp;

January 10 ยท 

Welcome to the nuthouse. A place where I do planks in rooms that Christmas trees still stand, and toddlers use furniture as trampolines. 

  January 3 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Maybe he will be an astronaut.&nbsp;

January 3 ยท 

Maybe he will be an astronaut. 

2015

  December 30, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Mission: tile &amp; grout.

December 30, 2015 ยท 

Mission: tile & grout.

  December 25, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Have yourself a Merry little Christmas!

December 25, 2015 ยท 

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas!

  December 24, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Merry Christmas Eve!!&nbsp;

December 24, 2015 ยท 

Merry Christmas Eve!! 

  December 21, 2015 &nbsp;&nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   The look on his face. PRICELESS.

December 21, 2015  ยท 

The look on his face. PRICELESS.

  December 19, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Who else lives with tiny people that start weekend days with reckless abandon?&nbsp;  I'm sometimes really impressed with amount of things that get accomplished under our roof before the sun comes up. Ideal for a Saturday? Maybe not. But some days you just need to do the damn thing.&nbsp;

December 19, 2015 ยท 

Who else lives with tiny people that start weekend days with reckless abandon? 

I'm sometimes really impressed with amount of things that get accomplished under our roof before the sun comes up. Ideal for a Saturday? Maybe not. But some days you just need to do the damn thing. 

  December 17, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Yesterday, there was this moment. Our current work schedules donโ€™t allow us to spend much time together as a family, so these are really special. THESE moments are what life is all about. Itโ€™s about playing at the park, building fires and burning grilled cheeses in the pie iron. Itโ€™s about watching Christmas shows and then wrapping gifts together on the unfinished basement floor.&nbsp;  I have been working toward freedom of time since April. Each and every Thursday, I am one step closer to that reality. Today, I received my largest paycheck to date from Beachbody. Moments like these will not be few and far between for much too much longer. And it is awesome.&nbsp;

December 17, 2015 ยท 

Yesterday, there was this moment. Our current work schedules donโ€™t allow us to spend much time together as a family, so these are really special. THESE moments are what life is all about. Itโ€™s about playing at the park, building fires and burning grilled cheeses in the pie iron. Itโ€™s about watching Christmas shows and then wrapping gifts together on the unfinished basement floor. 

I have been working toward freedom of time since April. Each and every Thursday, I am one step closer to that reality. Today, I received my largest paycheck to date from Beachbody. Moments like these will not be few and far between for much too much longer. And it is awesome. 

  December 13, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Thankful to get senior crank pants out for some fresh air

December 13, 2015 ยท 

Thankful to get senior crank pants out for some fresh air

 December 15 ยท&nbsp;   Same Santa, better attitude.

December 15 ยท 

Same Santa, better attitude.

  December 3 ยท&nbsp;   In June 2013, we learned that we were expecting a baby. We werenโ€™t ready. I cried. A lot.&nbsp;  If in that moment I knew what an incredibly positive impact this one tiny person was going to have on our life, I probably wouldnโ€™t have cried so much. He has taught me about self respect, about inner strength, about the power of my body. He has re-taught me the simple joys of love, light, laughter, and the importance of simple acts of kindness. He inspires me to be better every.single.day. I often wonder if my heart has room to grow, because it is bigger than it was 21 months ago.&nbsp;  Happy Day, sweet boy. You are our sunshine.  &nbsp;

December 3ยท 

In June 2013, we learned that we were expecting a baby. We werenโ€™t ready. I cried. A lot. 

If in that moment I knew what an incredibly positive impact this one tiny person was going to have on our life, I probably wouldnโ€™t have cried so much. He has taught me about self respect, about inner strength, about the power of my body. He has re-taught me the simple joys of love, light, laughter, and the importance of simple acts of kindness. He inspires me to be better every.single.day. I often wonder if my heart has room to grow, because it is bigger than it was 21 months ago. 

Happy Day, sweet boy. You are our sunshine.
 

  November 21, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Take me home, country roads.

November 21, 2015 ยท 

Take me home, country roads.

 November 17 ยท&nbsp;   A hiking we will go

November 17 ยท 

A hiking we will go

  November 14 ยท&nbsp;   Post workout laughter. The best.

November 14ยท 

Post workout laughter. The best.

 November 13 ยท&nbsp;   Today, I am thankful for an extra day off with this little dude. He's thankful, too

November 13 ยท 

Today, I am thankful for an extra day off with this little dude. He's thankful, too

  November 9, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Choosing locally grown apples with my main squeeze. This kid won't see a strawberry until spring.&nbsp;And he won't even miss it.&nbsp; #eatlocal

November 9, 2015 ยท 

Choosing locally grown apples with my main squeeze. This kid won't see a strawberry until spring. And he won't even miss it. #eatlocal

  November 8 ยท&nbsp;   Today, I am thankful for simple joys.

November 8ยท 

Today, I am thankful for simple joys.

 November 4 ยท&nbsp;   Today, I am thankful for this little guy, who will be a great daddy one day!

November 4 ยท 

Today, I am thankful for this little guy, who will be a great daddy one day!

  November 3, 2015 &nbsp;.   The role of working parent is not easy--most days are like a whirlwind. This balancing act has taught me a lot about myself, and a lot about what is important to me. I have learned that time is invaluable, and to soak up moments. It has brought my multitasking abilities to a whole new level, and given a whole new meaning to squeezing in as many baby snuggles as humanly possible. It has taught me that the world doesnโ€™t end when there is a sink full of dirty dishes, or when the clean laundry isnโ€™t put away. And that the party will go on, even if we are late for everything until 2035.&nbsp;  Today, I am thankful for the village that has helped Chris and I to raise Ziggy. Thank you for teaching him, for loving him, for laughing with him. Thank you for reading to him, for singing with him and for exploring this big awesome world with him. This balance is really hard, but it would be more difficult if he wasnโ€™t spending his days with people that he loves.

November 3, 2015 .

The role of working parent is not easy--most days are like a whirlwind. This balancing act has taught me a lot about myself, and a lot about what is important to me. I have learned that time is invaluable, and to soak up moments. It has brought my multitasking abilities to a whole new level, and given a whole new meaning to squeezing in as many baby snuggles as humanly possible. It has taught me that the world doesnโ€™t end when there is a sink full of dirty dishes, or when the clean laundry isnโ€™t put away. And that the party will go on, even if we are late for everything until 2035. 

Today, I am thankful for the village that has helped Chris and I to raise Ziggy. Thank you for teaching him, for loving him, for laughing with him. Thank you for reading to him, for singing with him and for exploring this big awesome world with him. This balance is really hard, but it would be more difficult if he wasnโ€™t spending his days with people that he loves.

  November 1, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Today, I am thankful for a meal out with these two. It's not often we get out anymore, and they were great company

November 1, 2015 ยท 

Today, I am thankful for a meal out with these two. It's not often we get out anymore, and they were great company

  October 31 ยท&nbsp;   This little monkey is used to 85% dark chocolate. He is in kid snack heaven!

October 31ยท 

This little monkey is used to 85% dark chocolate. He is in kid snack heaven!

  October 22, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Most days, I leave the house before anyone gets up, and  Chris &nbsp;doesn't get home until Ziggy is in bed. We make a good team, but man it feels good to enjoy a meal together.&nbsp;

October 22, 2015 ยท 

Most days, I leave the house before anyone gets up, and Chris doesn't get home until Ziggy is in bed. We make a good team, but man it feels good to enjoy a meal together. 

 October 17 ยท&nbsp;   This moment was captured last night. How awesome

October 17 ยท 

This moment was captured last night. How awesome

   October 15, 2015 &nbsp;   If there is one thing that I have learned in this crazy journey in finding the optimal life balance, it is that I am the only one who has control over my happiness. We can allow unexpected turns to take us in a downward spiral, or we can choose to take them as a learning experience to make us better versions of ourselves.&nbsp;  Donโ€™t be afraid to initiate change. Always work toward your dreams. Never ever give up.  Surround yourself by people that are uplifting and inspiring. Read books for personal growth. Say I love you. Get your smile on. Move your body. Hydrate and fuel. Never be afraid to ask for help. Most importantly, do things that make you feel good with people that you love. It is never too late, you are always worth it.

October 15, 2015 

If there is one thing that I have learned in this crazy journey in finding the optimal life balance, it is that I am the only one who has control over my happiness. We can allow unexpected turns to take us in a downward spiral, or we can choose to take them as a learning experience to make us better versions of ourselves. 

Donโ€™t be afraid to initiate change. Always work toward your dreams. Never ever give up.

Surround yourself by people that are uplifting and inspiring. Read books for personal growth. Say I love you. Get your smile on. Move your body. Hydrate and fuel. Never be afraid to ask for help. Most importantly, do things that make you feel good with people that you love. It is never too late, you are always worth it.

  October 12 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Opted for morning bedtime snuggles with this sweet angel on my day off.

October 12 ยท 

Opted for morning bedtime snuggles with this sweet angel on my day off.

  October 6, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Enjoying citrus among green tomatoes.

October 6, 2015 ยท 

Enjoying citrus among green tomatoes.

  September 26 ยท&nbsp;   Saturday floor sitting with the man.

September 26ยท 

Saturday floor sitting with the man.

  September 23 ยท&nbsp;   I could play this game all day.

September 23ยท 

I could play this game all day.

  September 20, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   We had a wonderful time away this weekend-but there's nothing like coming home to this little dude.&nbsp;

September 20, 2015 ยท 

We had a wonderful time away this weekend-but there's nothing like coming home to this little dude. 

  September 1 0 .   Your body. It is the most valuable asset you will ever own. Mine is constantly changing as I grow and change--and yours is, too.&nbsp;  Be kind to it. Love it, stretch it, fuel it. Hydrate it and allow it to rest. Let it laugh, let it cry, respect it. Do not allow it to define who you are. It is yours. And it is powerful.&nbsp;

September 10 .

Your body. It is the most valuable asset you will ever own. Mine is constantly changing as I grow and change--and yours is, too. 

Be kind to it. Love it, stretch it, fuel it. Hydrate it and allow it to rest. Let it laugh, let it cry, respect it. Do not allow it to define who you are. It is yours. And it is powerful. 

  September 4 ยท&nbsp;   So, this little guy turned one and a half yesterday. I look back and wonder where the time has gone and I just can't get a grasp on it. (Oh, wait! Perhaps in a sleep deprived haze!&nbsp;  ;)  &nbsp;)&nbsp;  It is truly amazing to watch him grow, change and learn each day. Even more amazing that  Chris &nbsp;and I created this perfect little person. Life is different. Life is busy. Life is crazy. But we can't imagine it without you, little Zig.

September 4ยท 

So, this little guy turned one and a half yesterday. I look back and wonder where the time has gone and I just can't get a grasp on it. (Oh, wait! Perhaps in a sleep deprived haze! ;) ) 

It is truly amazing to watch him grow, change and learn each day. Even more amazing that Chris and I created this perfect little person. Life is different. Life is busy. Life is crazy. But we can't imagine it without you, little Zig.

  September 1 ยท&nbsp;   Remembering summer: neighborhood hikes.

September 1ยท 

Remembering summer: neighborhood hikes.

  August 31 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Soaking up as much poolside action as possible.&nbsp;

August 31 ยท 

Soaking up as much poolside action as possible. 

  August 28 ยท&nbsp;  ย    Strait chillin' with my homies.

August 28ยท 

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Strait chillin' with my homies.

 August 25ยท&nbsp;   Remembering summer: A boy at work.

August 25ยท 

Remembering summer: A boy at work.

  August 21 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   This is my last Friday morning walk with this guy for a while--and the sunshine and blue skies are in our favor.&nbsp;  This transition isn't any easier than it was last year. I feel like we know one another so much better than we did one short year ago. He takes busy to a whole new level. His spunk and curiosity inspires me. He's my main squeeze and I am going to miss him.  I wish all of my teacher friends the best as they transition into a new school year. We are so fortunate to have this time to focus on what matters most.

August 21 ยท 

This is my last Friday morning walk with this guy for a while--and the sunshine and blue skies are in our favor. 

This transition isn't any easier than it was last year. I feel like we know one another so much better than we did one short year ago. He takes busy to a whole new level. His spunk and curiosity inspires me. He's my main squeeze and I am going to miss him.

I wish all of my teacher friends the best as they transition into a new school year. We are so fortunate to have this time to focus on what matters most.

  August 13 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Tiny little beach bum.

August 13 ยท 

Tiny little beach bum.

  August 9 .   So...traffic into the Outer Banks on a weekend is no joke. Also no joke? The giggles out of this little guy as he jumped his first waves.

August 9.

So...traffic into the Outer Banks on a weekend is no joke. Also no joke? The giggles out of this little guy as he jumped his first waves.

  August 3, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   This sweet angel is 17 months today. He's busy, he's quirky, he's smart and funny. He is determined, fast and witty. He is my blonde hair, blue eyed partner in crime. He has changed our lives in so many ways. Though I do remember what life what like before him, I can't really imagine living a day moving forward without him. Happy day, sweet Ziggy.&nbsp;

August 3, 2015 ยท 

This sweet angel is 17 months today. He's busy, he's quirky, he's smart and funny. He is determined, fast and witty. He is my blonde hair, blue eyed partner in crime. He has changed our lives in so many ways. Though I do remember what life what like before him, I can't really imagine living a day moving forward without him. Happy day, sweet Ziggy. 

 July 30 ยท&nbsp;   Change. A term that I have come to know well over the last 2 years. They say that all things come in waves--and they have certainly been crashing down over the last year or so. All positive, but not easy. Why canโ€™t making a positive life change be a walk in park?  I recently made a change in my life that I didnโ€™t want to make, but I had a million reasons WHY it needed to happen. The temptation to cheat or slack comes almost daily, and the fear of failure sets in. I remind myself of how far I have come and remind myself my reasons for WHY.&nbsp;  Hereโ€™s the thing: Change is HARD. Change takes TIME. It takes CONSISTENCY. It takes WILLPOWER and most importantly, keeping your eye on the prize. And that is your WHY.  We all have room to grow and make ourselves happier, healthier versions of ourselves. As I continue to grow and change, I am especially thankful for those closest to me, who see both the rays of sunshine and the thunder crashing down. with Ziggy and  Chris Kaminski &nbsp;

July 30 ยท 

Change. A term that I have come to know well over the last 2 years. They say that all things come in waves--and they have certainly been crashing down over the last year or so. All positive, but not easy. Why canโ€™t making a positive life change be a walk in park?

I recently made a change in my life that I didnโ€™t want to make, but I had a million reasons WHY it needed to happen. The temptation to cheat or slack comes almost daily, and the fear of failure sets in. I remind myself of how far I have come and remind myself my reasons for WHY. 

Hereโ€™s the thing: Change is HARD. Change takes TIME. It takes CONSISTENCY. It takes WILLPOWER and most importantly, keeping your eye on the prize. And that is your WHY.

We all have room to grow and make ourselves happier, healthier versions of ourselves. As I continue to grow and change, I am especially thankful for those closest to me, who see both the rays of sunshine and the thunder crashing down. with Ziggy and Chris Kaminski 

  July 21, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Hi. I just refused to eat anything but raisins and grapes for lunch. So basically, I had grapes for lunch. Some were just shriveled up.

July 21, 2015 ยท 

Hi. I just refused to eat anything but raisins and grapes for lunch. So basically, I had grapes for lunch. Some were just shriveled up.

  June 30, 2015 &nbsp;&nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days that the baby wants to be held. All. Day. Long. The kind of day where everything that is offered for lunch and dinner is angrily thrown on the floor. The kind of day where rain clouds come in around noon and trump the sunshine. The kind of day where dinner involves a required break for a barefoot walk in the rain to reset the tone.&nbsp;  People often ask me how I โ€œget it all done.โ€&nbsp;  When I made the decision to regain balance in my life, I had to reprioritize and there was a lot that I had to just LET GO of. I let go of the bathroom dust bunnies and weeds in the yard. I let go of the dishwasher being emptied each night. I let go of the cheerios sprinkled throughout the kitchenโ€ฆand my carโ€ฆand probably every square inch of our house. I let go of enjoying a baby-less shower, and blowing my hair dry. Most importantly, I made a conscious effort to let go of the negativity, and to see the positivesโ€”even on those days that the gray clouds continue crashing in. It makes days like yesterday seem okay.  Iโ€™m no different than anyone. We all have good days and not-so-good days. We accomplish incredible things each and every dayโ€”itโ€™s just about taking the time to sit back and reflect every now and again. So today, I encourage you to capture moments and take time to reflect on your accomplishmentsโ€”chances are you will find your inner superhuman.

June 30, 2015  ยท 

Yesterday was one of those days. One of those days that the baby wants to be held. All. Day. Long. The kind of day where everything that is offered for lunch and dinner is angrily thrown on the floor. The kind of day where rain clouds come in around noon and trump the sunshine. The kind of day where dinner involves a required break for a barefoot walk in the rain to reset the tone. 

People often ask me how I โ€œget it all done.โ€ 

When I made the decision to regain balance in my life, I had to reprioritize and there was a lot that I had to just LET GO of. I let go of the bathroom dust bunnies and weeds in the yard. I let go of the dishwasher being emptied each night. I let go of the cheerios sprinkled throughout the kitchenโ€ฆand my carโ€ฆand probably every square inch of our house. I let go of enjoying a baby-less shower, and blowing my hair dry. Most importantly, I made a conscious effort to let go of the negativity, and to see the positivesโ€”even on those days that the gray clouds continue crashing in. It makes days like yesterday seem okay.

Iโ€™m no different than anyone. We all have good days and not-so-good days. We accomplish incredible things each and every dayโ€”itโ€™s just about taking the time to sit back and reflect every now and again. So today, I encourage you to capture moments and take time to reflect on your accomplishmentsโ€”chances are you will find your inner superhuman.

  June 22, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Peanut butter on a spoon=best snack ever.&nbsp; Post peanut butter kisses=even better.

June 22, 2015 ยท 

Peanut butter on a spoon=best snack ever. 
Post peanut butter kisses=even better.

  May 12, 2015 &nbsp;ยท&nbsp;   Our day started with smiles and ended with smiles, even with tibia breaks and casts in between.

May 12, 2015 ยท 

Our day started with smiles and ended with smiles, even with tibia breaks and casts in between.

 Sunshine and smiles

Sunshine and smiles

2014

5 weeks

Zygmund Rothrock 3/3/2014 942pm  7 pounds, 8 ounces, 21 inches long

Baby Registry: A Dad's Perspective

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Fun Fact

My rationalization when creating a baby registry list when expecting Ziggy went something like this:  "I am growing the human, so why on earth should I be expected to do all this other stuff, like figure out what he/she will need?"

 Thankfully, I have an incredibly supportive husband who gladly took on the task.

He recently put together this list for one of our most favorite couples who are expecting their first baby this fall, and it was too good not to share.  If you're wondering what your baby needs (and doesn't need), this is the real deal, modified from a general internet checklist.  

Find my thoughts sprinkled throughout in italics.  <3    

Nursery furniture

The necessities:

____ Crib or co-sleeper

Do a crib for sure and make sure it does not have an attached changing table.  In hindsight, ours was a bad idea.  It is really nice for the first year, but Ziggy uses it to crawl out of the crib and has for a while.  

____ Crib mattress

You would think they would be included, but they aren't...

____ Changing table

As I said above, get a separate changing table that will make a nice dresser later.  I wish we would have done that. 

____ Bassinet (though it's only safe until 3 months or 15 pounds)

We got a Moses basket with stand and loved it!  Super portable and easy to move from room to room.

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____ Rocking chair or glider

Huge!  We got a glider and still use it everyday.  Love it!  I think this is the one we got, or at least similar.  Gliders are easier to move when you are dead tired and look like a legit piece of furniture later. 

____ Humidifier or vaporizer

Helped Ziggy sleep better. Here is the one we got. (it's super quiet) 

____ Dresser/chest

We just bought an old antique with character.  Remember in reality, you won't really have many clothes out at a time cause they grow so fast.  Essentially changing all of the baby's clothes each season.  

____ Hamper

____ Baby monitor

Don't get a video monitor or you''ll just stare at all the time.  We got this one, and we still never use it unless we travel.  Get an extra receiver in case batteries die or so you have have it in more than one room at a time!

 Exhibit A

Exhibit A

 Linens

____ 2 fitted crib sheets

Make sure they are the right size...we made that mistake...

____ Crib bumper that ties on securely

We didn't use them.  Babies don't really move and when they do, they'll learn.  I also liked being able to hear the slats of the crib to know if he was awake or not.

____ Several thin cotton receiving blankets

Get these.  Best Ever! Super soft and dry super fast.

____ 2 waterproof mattress protectors

Self explanatory... 

There shouldn't be anything in the crib before the baby can roll or move freely.   Just a swaddle blanket or a sleep sack.  I can teach you how to swaddle.  I was the master and Ziggy couldn't get out all night.  Swaddling really helped him sleep, which helped us sleep.  {Once they can roll, it's a different story, see exhibit A above.} 

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Babyproofing

We didn't really do this.  Baby needs to learn how to live in our house, not the other way around.  We did lock the stuff under the sinks and medicine but aside from that, we just dealt with it.  If you want to babyproof, here's what "they" reccommend:

____ Gates at the top and bottom of all stairs

____ Cabinet latches

____ Drawer latches

____ Outlet covers

____ Fireplace bumper

____ Furniture anchors

____ Toilet lock

____ Corner guards for low tables

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Feeding

____ 8 or so bottles with newborn nipples (try several brands to find the one your baby prefers)

This is true.  Ziggy liked a couple but all babies are different.  Try 5 or so different brands and see which one she likes.  

____ Bottle-cleaning brush and dishwasher basket <- loved this thing!

 ____ Bottle-drying rack

Yep, it helps a lot: the grass drying rack (we still use it almost everyday)and the twig rack that fits inside.

____ Several weeks worth of baby formula to start

We (well Sarah) breastfed so I really don't know anything about formula. 

____ 6 or more bibs

Don't get white!!!  They stain quickly and look nasty regardless of how clean they are. Overall a good rule for the next couple years.

____ 6 or more burp cloths

Cloth diapers (prefold diapers) are really nice to have around.  They are designed to soak up a ton of moisture and are very useful.

____ Insulated cooler/carrier for outings

Any kind will work... small beer can coolers ironically hold the same shapes as baby bottles. Food for thought.

____ Dry formula dispenser

Don't know about these.  

____ Bottle sterilizer

They make microwave bags that are great and super quick!

____ Bottle warmer

We just used a pot and water...you'll get good at estimating the time...

For breastfeeding

____ Nursing pillow

A big old pillow worked fine for us--but yes, you will want something designated upstairs and down to getting funky. 

____ 2-3 nursing bras

I loved these simple cotton ones for around the house from Motherhood.  I never really found a great nursing bra for wearing out-so honestly just stuck to my regular bras and made them work.  These tanks from target were my fav--they come in a million colors--were great through pregnancy, postpartum, for nursing, and I still wear them now!  

____ 2-3 boxes of nursing pads

You basically need a case of nursing pads.  Be prepared.   

____ 6 or more burp cloths

____ Breast pump

Talk with your insurance company and see what they will cover.  Using a hand pump sucks, so do all in your power to get an electric one. 

____ Breast milk storage bags or containers

The bags are clutch!  Find the brand that goes with your pump.  

____ Several bottles and nipples if someone else will be feeding baby pumped breast milk

Get an extra set of bottles that are compatible with your pump.  Even if baby doesn't like them, you will use them to pump into and store milk in.

____ Nipple cream (for the first few weeks)

Earth Mama all day.  Others recommend that you wipe cream off before feeding baby.  Trust me, you will not be up for cleaning before each feeding.  

Solid-food feeding

____ High chair

We love this one. It doesn't take up a lot of space and looks nice.  And it was given to us from 3 very special people! 

____ Plastic bibs

This style is the bomb.  They catch a lot of what doesn't make it into their mouth.  (which is a lot), and can be rinsed clean!

____ Infant feeding spoons

All same but after a while I like these the most. (A backpacking company makes them) 

____ Infant bowl

Anything with suction cups on the bottom.  If it doesn't have suction cups, don't get it until they are at least 2 years old.

____ Mess mat for under the high chair

Get a cheap, cute, dark or patterned rug from Marshalls or Gabes.

____ Baby food mill (if you're ambitious enough to puree your own baby food)

Don't waste your money on baby food makers.  They are basically overpriced food processors.  Use your food processor or blender!

Basic Baby Care

____ 2 packs of newborn diapers to start

Newborns are pooping machines.  Like every two hours machines...  Aldi makes good diapers that are pretty cheap.  I honestly didn't find a difference between any of the name brands. 

Don't stock up on too many newborn diapers-baby may or not wear them depending on how big they are at birth.  They also grow FAST! We cloth diapered after 4 weeks.  Learn more here.  

____ Wipes

Same as above (we bought cloth wipes and made a simple solution.  I personally think that it stopped him from getting diaper rash.  He really only got diaper rash a couple of times.  

____ Diaper rash ointment

We didn't use it much but when you need it, you need it!  We like this one. 

 ____ Waterproof changing table pad 

____ 2-3 changing table pad covers

Yep, cheap changing table sheets. 

____ Diaper pail or trash can with a lid

We got one with our cloth diaper service and just bought it.  I love the thing.  We can have 4 days worth of used 2 year old diapers and the basement doesn't smell.  Here is ours...

____ 4-5 waterproof square or rectangular pads for under baby's bottom (protecting the cover that's protecting the pad -- you won't be sorry)

Our diaper bag (Jandd) has one build into it. Expensive but totally work it. Plus, built by a mountaineering and bike pannier company. PS, my panniers are Jandd  and you don't look stupid and girly. The front unzips and has a changing station built into it.  You will want one of these, too.

____ Baby Lotion

I just use my natural cream on his skin.

____ 2 hooded towels

All the same... You'll get tons of these given to you...

We started using our towels for him after about 4 months--you can cozy them up better in a big 'ol bath towel!

____ 4 washcloths

You'll get tons of them.  

____ Infant tub (for after the umbilical cord falls off)

These are a little weird.  We registered for one of these and hated it.  Great idea, but your sink has the be exactly the right size.  Then we bought a super cheap one for the bathtub and liked it..

____ Bath seat or inflatable tub-within-a-tub (for after 6 months)

Nope, just let him play in the bathtub...

____ Baby bath wash

We use this stuff... (expensive but no harsh chemicals or soaps)

A little bit goes a long way, and it's good for hair and body + no tears!

____ Baby comb and brush set

Don't know what kind we had.  That's how much we used it...

____ Nail scissors/nail clippers/nail file set

I found that real ones are better.  The baby ones are cheap and not sharp and thus, less safe.  Go with your own. 

____ Cotton swabs

Tons!

____ Cotton balls

Tons!

____ A baby-size robe

While these are insanely useless, they are so cute.  Soooo... you probably won't resist buying one.  Speaking of cute... 

Clothing

So first things first... the less snaps and more zippers you can find, the happier you will be.  When you are tired and want to just change a diaper snaps are the bain of your existence.  Zippers are the best things ever invented, especially if you don't need to worry about franks and beans!

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____ 7 or more snap-crotch bodysuits/onesies

More or less what your baby will live in and you'll get a ton of them (with really cheesy and more than likely dumb sayings) These things a the best.  They are snap closure but only three of them and you'll find that only snapping two of the three is perfectly fine and saves time in the end.  I think 7 is too little unless you really like doing laundry.  They become the socks or underwear of your laundry, ie, when they are all dirty, its time to do laundry...

Start with this one or maybe this one.

____ 3-4 T-shirts and/or side-snap shirts

They are functional but i feel like most of our 0-6 month tops were ones with 3 snaps around the crotch.  They are nice to through on in a pinch though.

____ Several snap-up rompers

ZIP UP ROMPERS!!! Not snap up ones.  Check out kid consignment stores for lightly used ones cause you'll only use them for 3-4 months before they are too small.

Examples... 13 snaps to close...or one zipper...

____ Several shirt-and-pant sets

 You'll get more matching sets than you know what you do with.  One note, many companies like Carter's sell combo packs where you get something like 2 pairs of pants and 3 shirts on the same hanger for super cheap.  Marshall's always has a good Carters selection!

____ 7 pairs of pajamas and/or sleeping gowns

Again, zipper and no snaps but even better is the sleep sack!!!  Especially for the first few months when you can't have anything in the crib, these things are warm and super easy to use! 

 ____ Sun hat

Nice to have and fairly important.  I thinking solving the whole world peace thing is easier than getting Ziggy to wear one though... Patagonia makes nice reversible ones...

____ Cold-weather hat

____ Cardigan sweater

____ Bunting or snowsuit if it gets cold

One note we heard about for these. Becareful with puffy material like down or similar materials as they will put a buffer between the baby and the straps in a car seat and can lead to movement in a car seat.  We never went with puffy stuff but rather went for a gently used Patagonia Synchila fleece.  same warmth but no loft.  I bought ours one ebay and washed it a couple times...

A nice full body fleece suit is nice to have for a winter baby when traveling though. 

____ 6 pairs of booties and/or socks

You'll get tons of these cause they're cheap and people think they're cute.  

____ Baby hangers for the closet

Many places let you keep baby hangers from the store.  The majority of places let you keep the hangers.  Don't really worry about them. 

It's nice to have:

____ A special outfit to bring baby home in and/or show her off

Just make sure you have clothes really.

____ A wearable sleep sack if it's cold, to use instead of a blanket

Strictly optional:

____ Shoes (until baby is walking outside, i.e., the toddler years)

Nope, useless unless you want to dress her up all fancy-like.  maybe 6-9 months you can make an argument for them.

We loved these Robeez boots for when he first started walking.

 

Going Out

____ Car seat that fits a newborn

Get the combo set.  I liked this one by far the best...

____ Stroller that accommodates a newborn

Nope, you'll just use the car seat for a while.  

Then, if you do anything off pavement ever, you must have this.  
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____ Diaper bag filled with diapers, wipes, and a spare outfit

____ Front carrier

We liked the ergo baby.

____ Sling (for the newborn stage)

We did use one.  I actually liked it a lot .  I got a bunch of shit for it but ziggy would fall asleep in it...

____ Baby backpack (for after 6 months)

Love this thing.  Pricey but I has used the hell out of it.  

____ Stroller that your car seat fits onto

Bob and Britax work together so everything fits well.  You do need to buy an adapter though.

____ Rain cover for the stroller

You're not going to go for a walk in the rain.  And if you get caught in it, you're not going to have a rain cover prepared anyway.  

____ Sunshades for the car windows

We have one but don't use it.  Don't get one. 

____ Big diaper bag for overnight trips

We just use an old backpack or something similar

No-nos:

Mirror to see baby in the car

They say this is a no-no.  But, we used it while he was rear facing to see him, and now it is one the back of the seat so he can see himself. 

Other Stuff

____ Bouncer seat

We borrowed one from a friend.  It was nice, but not worth buying.  I would put Ziggy in it when I showered.  (then again, for about $50, it might be worth it...just so much crap to keep in the house...

____ Stationary activity center 

____ Swing

Again, borrowed from a friend.  This is something we used daily for the first 3 months though! 

For soothing

____ Several pacifiers (try different brands to see which one your baby prefers)

true. Ziggy liked these: (MAM brand)

____ Mobile for over the crib or changing table

I'm making one for you... it will be much better than the screen door I made...

____ Lullaby CDs or other soothing music

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We bought and use this thing every night. Get it.  Night light, white noise, classical music, and ipod connection.  Also download Toddler Radio on Pandora for the car and prepare to never listen to anything adult-like while cruising ever again.

The medicine cabinet

____ Thermometer

We have a touch one... but prefer the rectal ones...they seem more acurate.  

____ Infant Tylenol

Yep.  Sometimes a life saver

____ Nasal aspirator

Get the nosefrida!  Yup, just when you thought you would never suck another human's boogers out of their nose..  

____ Teething ointment or other teething remedy

Some folks have talked about amber bracelets but we just used popcicles and frozen teethers.  Get a few sets of mesh teethers.  They are amazing.

____ Vapor cream and/or vapor bath

never used it

____ Saline nose drops

never used it

____ Antigas medicine

Huge!  Get gripewater!!!  it is like a magic potion!

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Well, that's all we know.  If you read this, it likely means you are trying to figure it all out.  Whatever you get (or don't get) will be perfect.  CONGRATULATIONS!  It's a wild ride. Be sure to ENJOY the time you have before your life is forever changed.  ;)

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xo sarah and chris

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Find this checklist as a PDF here.

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OH!  And a doula.  Get a doula. 

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The Skinny on Cloth Diapering

We have cloth diapered since the beginning...there is almost too much info out there, which makes it SO confusing when you don't know what you are doing, or how to really narrow down your choices.  Much like disposables, not all styles will work for all babies.  I feel like a lot of it is trial and error, so be mindful of that before deciding to invest in a lot of something.  I am excited to share our experience, and what has worked for us! 


The First 1-4 Weeks

Use disposables.  Their poop is really tarry and gnarly at first.  You are getting used to enough those first few weeks, so save yourself the hassle and mess of oil slick poos.  ;) 

The First 2-5 Months

Diaper service. {Green Cheeks}  If this is an option for you in your area, we could not recommend it more!  It was amazing for us.  Our diaper service brought us clean prefolds, covers and wipes each week.  We would put out the dirty ones, and they swapped for clean ones right to our front door.  If we were going to do it again, we would purchase our own covers and save a little on cost there.  There was a start up fee of about $80 that got us a diaper pail with a large liner, a small wetbag for on the go, and a few snappies (these are like modern diaper pins), as well as an orientation.  After that, the cost was about $80 monthly, which is comparable to buying disposables.

5-6 Months +

At 5.5 months, we purchased our own.  We waited until then because Ziggy was in his 3rd size in this short period of time, so if we would have purchased newborn, size one, then size 2 diapers.  If we were planning to have 5 kids, this may be worth it, but we aren't, so it just didn't make sense for us.  We went with Thirsties Duo Hemp prefolds as opposed to cotton.  They are a little less bulky, and gave us the opportunity to ditch the snappi, which we found was IMPOSSIBLE once baby started becoming more mobile.  We use a simple snap cover over them tri-folded and they work great.

Night Time

We use disposables at night and for long car/air travel.  Mostly because he can't feel that he is wet and he sleeps longer, or will be happier longer in the car/plane.  We buy whatever is on sale when it comes to disposables; nothing fancy! 


FAQ


Soooo...what do you do with the dirty ones?!

We keep a small wetbag upstairs and one down.  We keep the original diaper pail with a carbon filter in the basement, and take the small bags down to dump when they are full.  

How much did it cost?

We purchased one lot of diapers used from a neighbor, and a dozen used pocket diapers  from Craigslist.  We had our diaper service professionally strip and clean them.  Viola!  Like new!  The rest we purchased new.  

Used diapers ($180)  + 15 New prefolds ($120) and 8 new covers ($115ish)  + Diaper pail/wetbags, etc ($100ish) = Under $600.  Keep in mind that this is for his entire diapering LIFE.  So, from the time he entered a size 2 (5.5ish months-potty training) 

Why don't you have an equal number of prefolds to covers?

This is a HUGE pro to using prefolds + covers.  You only need 8-12 covers in rotation, as they can be hung to "air out" as long as they don't have poo on them.  I give them the smell test, and if they pass, they stay out of the laundry, usually about 5 wears per cover before washing.  We like Thirsties covers best.  Blueberry makes good ones, too!  Either way you go, always choose snaps over velcro; they get in and out of the laundry with less hassle.  

What is the difference between a prefold and a pocket diaper?

Prefolds are traditional, absorbent squares of absorbent fabric.  You know, like the Gerber brand that Target sells that you use for burp cloths!  These are easy to trifold and set inside a basic waterproof cover.  

Pockets are just that; covers with little pockets in them!  The liners are rectagular in shape, and slip right into the pocket.  These were great to have on hand, especially for the diaper bag or on the go, but we find that they leak for us.  We put a double liner in them, and they seem to be okay, but we much prefer the prefolds. Another downside is the entire thing needs washed after each wear.

How do you (GASP!) wash them?! 

We have about 20 prefolds, and 12 pocket diapers, and need to do 2 loads a week.  We do 2 washes with Charlie's Soap.  We started buying this soap in bulk (4 gallon powder) and washing all of our laundry with it; it is great soap!   

For diapers, 2 cycles, hot and heavy duty on both, with an extra rinse at the end of the second.  If I had a prewash option on my machine, I would probably do that too, but I don't and we have survived!  I throw in some bleach about once per month to keep the funk out.

So, do you just wash the poop?

A question we get often, and a good one!  Until baby starts eating solids, their poop is pretty runny, and there is no need to rinse prior to hitting the laundry.  Once food is introduced, and you enter the "little man poop" stage, you just roll the poo off of the diaper into the toilet, or give it a few dunks in the toilet water.  Kinda gross but gets the job done.  You could always invest in a sprayer, too.

Wait, you make your own wipes?!

I thought this was originally SO weird!  But, it is such a pain to use a disposable wipe with a cloth diaper--you have to make a stop to the trash and the diaper pail with each change.  I've found as he's grown, the more wipes we go through, so we tend to use a lot of disposable wipes these days.  But, we still keep a batch of cloth wipes wet with an antibacterial essential oil mix that I will share below.


And.....that's all I know!  Feel free to contact me anytime; I am happy to talk cloth diapers, or anything else baby/toddler/surviving parenthood any time!  Whatever you decide, it will be great for you and your baby.  


Good luck and congrats!!


Cloth wipe solution, courtesy of Judy from Happy Baby Company

Using a 4c pyrex glass measuring cup, and squirt 1/2-1 teaspoon of castile soap (Dr. Bronner's works great!), a 1/2-1 teaspoon of apricot kernel oil, 6-8 drops of lavender oil and 4 or 5 drops of tea tree oil, then add about 3 1/2 c warm water.

Layer clean wipes in an empty disposable wipe box or wipe warmer, and pour solution over top.  The key is including essential oils or something that will inhibit bacteria and mold growth if you want to store wet wipes, whether in a warmer or container.
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