Monday, August 3, 2015

Cooking with Kids SIMPLIFIED

I love cooking, and I love baking but I wish I loved doing it with my kids. We do cook and bake together sometimes, usually I try to when its just me and the oldest but more times than not the littles want to join in the fun and it turns into a WWF brawl no matter how prepared I think I am for the madness. This weekend we decided to make cookies and I no joke kept pushing it off and pushing it off until finally at 6pm on Sunday I couldnt push it off any longer. I got everything out and looked at the directions and thought, what the heck? Why dont I just premeasure it all into cups so there is no fighting over who scoops what and who cracks which egg. So I measured everything and put the ingredients away before the troops piled in on their chairs! It was FLAWLESS!!!! Minus they both wanted to do the chocolate chips so I just split them up into two cups and voila, no drama! By far the quickest and most stress less batch of cookies ever made in the Darr house. Hope this helps you mamas as much as it helped me!

Friday, July 10, 2015

The END of exerCIZE!

Okay I AM NOT a dancer! I did cheerleading in high school and college but I was always the tumbler and not so much the dancer. Homegirl doesnt have rhythm at ALL!!! Shaun T is launching a new dance program which TERRIFIED me at first because I usually get UBER embarassed at dancing but since I am at home I dont really give a crap....unless Jordan walks in, then I STOP! So I gave it a shot and tried the sneak peek of it on Beachbody on Demand (our netflix for workout programs, free 30 days if you're interested just holler and Ill get you set up) and I WAS IN LOVE!!!!

Shaun T teaches you step by step a dance routine, and breaks it down to a beginner level, sure it took me a lot longer than the normal person but HOLY SWEAT pouring off me. I HATE cardio so to be dancing it didnt feel like work but you are working your buns off! Here is a sneak peek of me mixing in some GOD AWFUL cheerleading facials and the sneak peek dance. I had to make it fun with facials or else you would focus on my not so hot moves hahahahaha


The program officially LAUNCHES on July 20th. We are doing a fun TEST GROUP starting in August! If you would like to join us leave your email below or email me

Thursday, June 18, 2015

4 kids and hundreds or pregnancy tests.

“I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

When you have 4 kids you become very familiar with pregnancy tests. You can see a faint pink line a mile away. I have always bought First Response to check with each of the boys pregnancies. Even if my cheaper brands read clear, I always retested with First Response pregnancy tests because they are over 99% accurate!
I honestly have a cupboard full of them for each month. I am that person who takes a test 5 days before a period is supposed to start just because. Taking tests has become second nature to us but I am honestly obsessed with First Responses early detection tests. I am that person who has to know the MINUTE I am pregnant! Jordan totally thinks I am insane at how many tests I take but it's just a ritual and something I have to do or else I will be anxious until the minute my period arrives. Jordan and I also use plenty of tests because we do not use birth control. I get asked a lot why that is and how it is even obtainable. We do not use birth control because of our faith first and foremost and I am honestly not a fan of birth control and added hormones, I have enough crazy hormones that I don't want to pay around with them! haha We have never actually "practiced" it to its full effect until after Sam, clearly 4 pregnancies and 1 miscarriage in 5 years proves we werent very accurate but now we honestly have it down to a science with Pink Pad tracking and paying close attention to other details (I will do a while post on NFP another time) but pregnancy tests are still a part of my every month routine because no matter how closely we follow our charts I am a very anxious person who has to take tests regardless a few days before a period is due just to clear my anxious heart! The best part is that their technology can detect up to 6 days before a missed period which means less anxiety for testing ladies! Their new design has them easier to handle as well with a curved shaped design to fit perfectly into a womans hand, there is also longer handle and a 50% wider tip to ensure you get the correct amount of urine for the test. So every month you will find me with a bright pink box in my cart because the tests are available at drugstores and grocery stores and easy to spot! The best part is that you also can test ANY time of the day so you dont have to worry if you missed your first or second bathroom break of the day, you can test ANY time! You can read more about their tests here 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Insecurities...and Keeping it REAL!

I get comments on social media all the time thanking me for sharing REAL life vs just the pretty picture perfect version and I honestly spent years trying to pretend life was perfect. When I would snap a picture I would angle it so you couldn't see the messy kitchen sink full of dishes or the dirty clothes and shoes sprawled all over the floor. I didn't want people to start assuming that I was a slob or not a good housewife, so I would angle the kids just right to get the most picture perfect shot. 

That was the old me. Through the years of play dates and meet ups I have loosened up a tad. I have met other real women who arent afraid to share the real details of life and the truth that God forbid they dont have it all together. 

I cant tell you how REFRESHING it is to find other women who are open with the fact that life isnt perfect and that their kids also eat off the floor and that there is really NO 5 second rule, let's not kid ourselves, there have been days where Sam finds food from yesterday and downs it like it's filet mignon. I have the two of the most amazing friends that shockingly are both named Sarah and married to a Matt and have 4 kids....we all live on the same street weirdly enough. (Talk about friendship fate) but I feel at home in their homes. I dont feel like I am walking on egg shells when I am with them because they are so real and raw. When I told the one that her house was so clean so drug me upstairs to show me the bedroom and the piles of clothing and it made me LOVE her even more. 
We assume that everyone has picture perfect homes and their children are dressed to the nines each day. We assume that they have perfectly portion meals and their kids never spill their drinks on the floor. That their bathrooms are sparkly and clean. That their children never fight or hit eachother. That them and their spouse never EVER fight. That their children stop at the first "NO" and never push the limits. We assume that their house is a magical land of rainbows and butterflies with cleaning fairies and glitter. 

But lets be real. 

Some days my house is clean. But more times than not there is dog hair all over. Their is dirt everywhere. I steam the floors and within minutes the giant dog runs through with muddy paws. Our mud room which could be a beautiful picture perfect room with lined up shoes in their a legit MUD ROOM with dirt chunks all over and shoes covering the floor.  My kids want to wear only PAJAMAS. All day long. They even cry if they cant wear their PJ pants under their real jeans. Even when its 70 degrees out. Our dinner, while always at the table is far from conventional, most nights are side dish is just red peppers and broccoli (not steamed or cooked). Jude spills drinks at least every night of the week. I cannot tell you the amount of times the entire jar of honey or maple syrup has spilled. Our table is sticky almost daily and covered with glue and glitter. Our bathrooms no matter how many times I clean them still smell like urine. Sam never fails to PEE all over the floor the minute I take him out of the bathtub. We have numerous times out a day and sadly I raise my voice a LOT! I feel like a complete failure of a parent at least a few times a week, if not daily. The boys can be downright amazing or downright hellish. Just depends on the day :) Our house is complete and utter madness but it's our madness and I love it.

So please I beg you not to compare yourselves to others. Some just share the picture perfect pictures but that's not the real deal. We all have madness in our lives and our children make us want to drink a lot of vodka and slam our heads into walls. We all lose our cool and yell. We all say things that we regret. We won't always get along with our spouse and see eye to eye but it's OKAY!!! Life isnt about's about making the most of what YOU HAVE. Some days you might have it all figured out and go to bed feeling like a rockstar and the next day your baby rips his diaper off during naptime and spreads poop all over his crib and the other flushes a wash cloth down the toilet and floods the bathroom to where it is leaking through the 100 year old walls into the office below while your husband is out of town.

Enjoy the madness of life, you guys. 
We all have behind the scenes madness and that is why I love sharing ours with you. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Postpartum Hell {feels good to get this out there}

I finally made a video on my journey through post partum depression and anxiety. I talk a pretty good chunk about it to my close friends and family but decided that I needed to get it off my chest because it is a very heavy burden to carry along and I want to try to completely free myself from it. This wonderful situation is the sheer factor of why I am terrified to have more children. The fear of living that hell again is far too much for me to consider at the time being. Also there is not a lot of information out there because a lot of women do not want to talk about it which is why I felt that I needed to. 

This is nothing to be ashamed about. EVER. Your hormones are all out of whack and its such a hard transition as is, so this just creates a firestorm within you. Although I never ever want to feel this again,  the fact that I went through this and made it out stronger is a huge blessing. It has formed me into who I am today and I am a much better person than I was before. 
I pray this helps someone.