Thursday, April 23, 2015

From Blogging Mom of 1 to Work at home mom of 4 in 5 years!

A few years ago when I started blogging I finally stopped feeling alone. I started blogging honestly at first to have a place for our family to follow our lives without having to call everyone weekly. Soon I started finding other moms out there in the interwebs that were just like me and semi lost in the world of motherhood. As the years went on I stopped pretending that life was all rainbows and butterflies and loosened up a tad on what I blogged about. I started to share a real look into our lives and honestly I have pulled a tad back on blogging and started IGing the madness but I hope to come back to blogging in the coming months. Instead of blogging about how amazing my children were ( I mean hello child prodigies) I started shifting the focus to the real behind the scene things that was going on. My children wreaking havoc through our house (that Jude is special) and letting go of what I thought motherhood should and would be. Through the years I went from being an expert mom of 1 to a mom without answers of 4 little men. I have thrown in the towel on pretending to be perfect and have embraced the craziness of mom life. Instead of trying to be supermom I have decided to just rock out as a normal mom.  There are so many stigmas attached to motherhood and I hope through the months as I revamp this blog I can confront so many of those issues a lot of my friends and I also have felt the past few years. I still can rock out some crafts from pinterest and sometimes I bust out my fancy camera to document them. 

I have made so many amazing friends and have grown so much over these years JUST from blogging and surrounding myself with motivating people. I haven't chatted much about this on my blog because I have been so busy switching from mom mode to working at home mom mode this past year. A year ago I teamed up with one of my mom blog friends from years ago for a new job as a fitness coach. When I started I had 30 lbs to lose so I was far from a fitness expert so I did not expect much to happen. I started with a program called the 21 Day Fix and honestly just started for the sole purpose of getting myself back in shape. (The past 5 years contained 4 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage and a combined 200lbs gained) so I had a lot of work to do. Well I summed it up in this video because like I said videos are easier for me. But this past week I was sent on an all inclusive vacation with our company (that company I just started with a year ago...insane) and felt compelled to share a tad more of my story. 

I cry through this so please do not hold it against me. Hopefully my feelings on motherhood will help you work through your life as well. I love my children more than life itself so it was hard to finally get those words off my chest.

Here is a peek at the vacation. Cannot wait to share the full details on Jenn and I's blogging love affair that brought us together and opened this amazing door for me. Who would have thought blogging would have brought my best friends into my life....and now we are coworkers!?
So with that said it's time to jump back into blogging....more to come on motherhood, marriage, and the madness of life. xoxo

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mothers Day Gift Idea ::Our Family Trees::

My amazing and talented best friend just opened a new shop specializing in the cutest personalized family plaques. They are clothespin families and the way she paints them blows me away. Here is the one she made our family. 
I seriously about fainted when I saw what she dressed Jordan in....OVERALLS and he is BAREFOOT!!!!! Spot on!! And then the boys in bowties. This is going to be the most treasured family keepsake. She just opened her shop and its the perfect time because Mother's Day is right around the corner. I hope you all will stop over and give her some loving. Even if you don't purchase follow her on IG to see all the adorable stuff she makes. Rumor has it she is doing a GIVEAWAY this week so dont miss it! 


 I am literally obsessed and have a feeling this will be my new go-to gift for weddings and families. 
Happy Shopping lovers!! 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SIX....

Vincent turned six on Monday. I didnt get a chance to blog because the poor guy got an ear infection. I am stunned just how much can happen within 6 years and I made a video chatting about what was transpired. I never imagined any more children than Vincent so to have 4 now is insane. On my drive home from the airport (will share my whole Cancun trip soon) I was talking to my mom about Vincent turning 6 and honestly I block out a lot of our past because it doesn't really do much to dwell on things but 6 years ago I was about to give birth to our little Vincent, Jordan and I were only engaged and I had no insurance so I was on medicare (or medicaid I get them mixed up) and Jordan was working 40 hours a week and doing his MBA at night so we barely saw him. We were struggling bad with finances and I honestly am not sure anyone knew that about us, because I wasn't on social media back then. But anyways its insane all that can happen in such a short time. I never imagined 4 kids, I never imagined having a kick butt job (sans a college degree) and being able to stay home with my children. I honestly feel like a lot of my drive comes from seeing Jordan bust his butt for us during those rough years. Its insane to think of all that has happened and I hope this makes sense.....this is me. Sun poisoned no make up raw off the plane but I just had to share this and get if off my chest. PS videos are easier for me than typing clearly! ;) 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kombucha 101

I made a video last week on what Kombucha is. I have so many questions and emails regarding this amazing wonder drink that I am obsessed with. I have been brewing it every since last summer and it's so darn easy and saves so much money! Here is a quick video on the details!!! And yes the scoby terrified me for months. I refused to touch it and used tongs to move it! haha!

PS I got my hair cut and got bangs. I am loving the change up!! It has been such a fun switch because I wear my hair in a messy bun a ton so now I semi look put together because I have bangs! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

2 HEALTHY treats for your family.

Last month I was invited to share some recipes on Rebecca Regnier's show Full Plate. I love Rebecca because not only is she a boy mom, she is so laid back and cool! I shared two of my favorite treats for my sweet tooth addiction! I love chocolate and getting my body healthy again I decided that the only way to make it work was finding ways to incorporate healthier sweets in my diet. Here is the clip from our segment! 




Here are the two recipes in full:

Cookie Dough Balls. 
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut (either sweetened or unsweetened)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup nut butter of choice (i love almond butter)
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Melt the coconut oil and mix all ingredients together. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper and freeze. Transfer into a freezer bag or container and store in the freezer.

Shakeology Protein Balls-
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup honey
1 cup chocolate shakeology powder.

Mix all together and roll into small bite sized balls. I store mine in the fridge.  

Thanks again to Rebecca for having me on the show! If you have any questions about these recipes or other recipes let me know!  xoxo