Thursday, September 18, 2014

Our First Citrus Lane Box!!!

I was tempted a few months back to try out Citrus Lane but since I was already doing Julep for myself I passed. I decided last month that I had enough nail polish from Julep so I cancelled it and decided to get Jude a box for himself since his big brothers have school everyday. Poor little Jude gets lost in the rat race so I thought this would be something fun JUST for him and me and him could play with it each month and have our own one on one time!! I had a special coupon to get my first box for $7 so it was a no brainer. Then my friends also told me that when you go to cancel your subscription they will offer you 3 additional months for $15! So I did that too! Now I am only paying $15 a month for the box. WINNING. Here is a peek at our first box! 
We got a wooden Melissa and Doug Puzzle. I am a HUGE M&D fan because their stuff is so well made! We already had this one but its new colors so Jude and Sam were excited. 
Boon bath puzzle. This thing ROCKS. I don't know about you but I rarely get a shower ALONE. So I always end up having toys in the shower and this puzzle sticks right to the wall. It's awesome! 
Barefoot Books Book. I have heard a lot about this brand but never really looked into it. This book is awesome. Its really well made and also comes with a audio CD for the car. And Debra Messing from Will & Grace is reading the book. AWESOME! 
So just those 3 alone were well worth it! We also got a snack but Jude ate it! haha! 

I would say hands down Citrus Lane is worth it!! Especially for $15 a box!! You customize it to your childs gender and age. This box is for Jude so its a 2 year old boy theme. My friend said her daughter got a cool cloud b nighttime light in her box! 

And after that box just go to "cancel" your account and they will give you your next 3 boxes for $15!! Or if you really don't like it just cancel but I have a feeling you will love it! PS it's all free shipping too! 
I hope you love it as much as we do now!! It's also an awesome idea for grandparent gifts. Spread the gifts out over a few months or a year!!! 
xoxo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

21....

Today I figured that I would break down my results and the reasons why I absolutely love the 21 day fix!! So I figured I would list the 21 reasons why I love the 21 day fix! Let me start by saying that I was always skeptical of home workouts! I always envisioned Richard Simmons and women doing Jazzercize. I also envisioned them being too hardcore for me similar to insanity and those intense programs. So I always thought the only way for me as a mom to get fit again would be running (which I hate) or going to the gym. Sadly I tried both of those after Luke and Jude and neither stuck or worked for me. Running made me angry and going to the gym was more work GETTING THERE than anything. I made no progress with either so after Sam I realized I would have to try another avenue. I gained around 45 with him and about 25 came off through breastfeeding and my post partum anxiety hell period. I literally could not eat there for a few weeks. I was forcing myself to chug Ensure and protein bars. Postpartum Anxiety is a horrible experience. But that hell aside I started this journey with 15 pounds to lose to get back to prepregnancy weight and I ended up losing 20!!! I have never dipped below 120 since high school.

Alright so let's start the list because obviously I am blown away.
0. Because this needs to be NOTED...You can do this while BREASTFEEDING. I started when Sam was 3 months old! He is still breastfeeding and I have ZERO issues!! 

1. This picture says it all.
I lost 10 lbs on the first round alone. Then an additional 10 on the months to follow.

2. The meal plan. I eat fairly clean so I did not follow the meal plan but if you have trouble eating this is completely AMAZING. Tells you exactly what portions to eat and what exactly to eat! So if you have trouble with portions and clean eating the meal plan ALONE will help you!

3. 30 minutes. The workouts are 30 minutes! 

4. Not too much cardio. PRAISE THE LORD. The days are all different. There are a few cardio things but you get to breathe in between sets and it doesn't kill your soul. I swear it's not that bad.

5. Autumn Calabrese 
I love her. She is so ENCOURAGING. She is also isn't too intense or scary fit. She is real and raw and such a fun person to do the video with!! She makes you believe in and push yourself 

6. Chocolate. You can still have chocolate with the meal plan.

7. Wine. You can still have wine.

8. Let's just REPEAT 6&7. You can still have chocolate and wine. 
Maybe I should just STOP there! haha!

9. It's only 21 days. I am a huge procrastinator so anytime I try a 60 day challenge or even 30 day challenge I usually burn out and quit. But 21 days was a tad easier to obtain. 3 weeks and done.  

10. Energy- I always rolled my eyes at people telling me how energetic I would feel from working out. Honestly I wanted to slap them because I was already dead tired how was physically exerting my precious energy going to give me any energy?? But it does!!! 

11. Never leave the house. I never ever ever have to step foot outside to workout! I never have to drag my boys to the gym to workout! 

12. $$$$ I wish this program would have been out before we joined the gym and signed a 1 year contract at $80 a month. Yep add that up. We literally threw money out the window. I could have bought the 21 day fix every single month and had 100's left over. Silly me.

13. Getting dressed. I look a complete mess when I workout and no one has to see me. I can legit roll out of bed and workout! No judgement zone in your own home. 

14. Back to the judgement. Since I am at home I don't have to worry about having to water down moves for myself. I don't have to worry when I have to hit pause. I do it at my own pace.

15. 4 boys under 5. Yep insanely I can complete a full workout with the boys at home. It is nice because they take breaks in between sets so if the boys need me I just hit pause and come back to it! Some days it takes an hour to make it through the workout but I get it done. 

16. Shakeology. Yep I used to make fun of people for their shakes. I was totally the "I only eat real food" for meals girl. When I started the 21 day fix I swore I wouldn't do Shakeology! But from the first shake I drank I was sold! I no longer crave coffee or Starbucks for energy. I drink one of these daily and it fills my belly and gives me energy. Plus it helps my digestion a TON. 

17. Did someone say Starbucks. If you follow me on IG and FB you know how much I still love sweets and the occasional calorie high frappe! And guess what. I still have them and I will always still have them. This workout allows me to be able to eat things that I love (in moderation) and still maintain my weight and body. 

18. And back to chocolate and wine. Those too! :) 

19. Oh hi I weigh less than I did at 19 years old. WHAT?? After 4 babies in 5 years. After gaining a combined 200 lbs during those. Yes I ate for 2 during the first pregnancy and gained 70lbs. I legit weighed more than Jordan. I didn't care one bit! 

20. 20 LBS LOST!!! Holler!!!! I have been chilling at 117 all summer long. It's so awesome to me that I am maintaining my weight and not having to kill myself to do it! 
(I feel super confident!! A feeling no one can ever take away from me!)

21. It's on sale this month. Of course I had to share that detail. I have been waiting for this baby to come back on sale since I started back in March! 
Super bonus: You get me as your coach!!! Heyo!!! haha meaning I am beside you through your journey and will help you achieve your goals!!! I wish I would have had a coach pushing my butt!!!

So there you have it ladies!! The reasons why i have been doing the 21 Day fix since March. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! Let's do this! Now is the time because it's on sale!! And we have a HUGE JACKPOT in our accountability group valued at $400 right now!!!! You get entries for purchase and also doing the workout and posting! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Let it go....

Last night I was reflecting on my crazy weekend with the boys. Jordan had a trip for his best friends bachelor party in Vegas so I was running this house solo for the weekend. And silly me also decided to take the boys solo to my parents last week for the county fair two hours away. Sleep away from home is pretty non existent so I was already running on fumes when the big weekend alone approached. I really should plan better. But oh well the fair was worth it! 
PS if you are terrified of heights riding with a squirmy 2 year old is not smart!! Seriously almost had a heart attack the guy running the ride said "do not rock because you will tip out". Well that doesnt correlate in the brain of Jude because when they stopped us at the top to let other riders out Jude threw a fit. I literally saw my life flashing before my eyes. Thank God I had my cell phone to bribe him with. Controlling a tantrum on top of a ferris wheel is not fun. or safe.... gahhhhhh! 
 "Hold hands so I can taje your picture" HOLLLLLLD HANDDDS!!! hahaha
 Sam's first Lerch's donuts experience. Heavenly goodness. They were still warm too. YUM. 
Now back to the real reason for the post.
Last night before bed I was recounting the madness of the weekend. The pure craziness of things that went down. To say it went smoothly would be laughable. Here is a quick tidbit of some of the things that transpired.
Peach yogurt mixed with dirty muddy feet from outside. yay....
Came out to climbing animals...."dad said we could"
Rice krispies....
The whole apples to apples card game on the floor.
(Sadly no pic of that)
Mass with all 4 boys. 
During mass I am pretty sure I was sweating bullets the entire time. We were stuck in a pew, meaning that if I had to exit someone had to move. Worst spot to be in. Jude of course had to pee. Everyone decided they were thirsty the moment we sat down and I had no cups. Jude ripped through my purse and yanked out a random pregnancy test in a bright pink wrapper. Then icing on the cake was my cell phone going off. I never take it to church but had it because J is out of town. So church was interesting. 
The boys all slept in my room both nights. So tons of jabs and kicking.

So as I was running down the list of complete madness through my head I wasn't upset or mad. I was a tad impressed that I was still in a good mood. I was proud of myself for conquering a weekend alone with all 4 boys.

 I remember the first day Jordan went back to work after having Sam. I was a mess. He called to check in on me and I was sobbing. It was so rough. The boys weren't listening and Sam was crying and so was I. It was a very very rough time for me. I was burnt out from up all night newborn feedings and trying to keep up with being a good mom to the boys and tackle everything. Back then never would I have ever imagined myself being able to handle an entire weekend alone with the boys ALONE. I would have legit broke down and cried about it.

But time has passed. The boys have grown a tad. Sam now can play with toys and isn't attached to me 247. I can get some housework done at times. I could have easily got caught up in the horrible train wreck of messes from this weekend. I could have gotten annoyed and angry that my husband was hanging in Vegas with his buddies, eating dinner without kids, having to not wipe poopy butts and clean up messes. I could have been mean to the boys for all the messes they made. 
But what good would ANY of that do??
What would that fix?
NOTHING. 
Nothing at all comes from anger or resentment or dwelling. 
So last night instead of being upset I let it all go. 
I am slowly but surely learning ways to make it through this crazy life.
If you focus all your energy on negative things and things you cannot change you are WASTING time. Precious time you can never get back! Don't let the madness drag you down mommas. In 10 years our children will be old enough to wipe their butts and clean their messes. In 20 years our children will be gone. They will be living on their own. You will be wishing you hadn't spent all that time wasted on being upset over the messes or upset that your children were fighting with each other over the same toy for the 293th time of the day. 
It's tiring. It's exhausting. It some days brings you to tears.
But LET IT GO.
Focus on the fact that right now in these moments you are the center of your childrens lives. As much as I hate when my boys get hurt or fall I love that they run for me, every single time. They want me to comfort them. They want me to help them. They want me to SEE their new coloring project and how they can write their name. Soon enough they will not need me like they do now. They will be married and off with their own children. 
So this is why I am choosing to let it all go. I don't want their childhood years to drag by. I want to linger in the madness and chaos because soon it will be gone and I will miss it! 

So if you are in a rough patch, I promise it will get better. Let go of the madness and move on mommas. There are BRIGHTER times ahead. Don't let the crying and sibling fighting bring you down. As Luke and Jude are NO JOKE fighting over my cell phone now. SIGHHHHHHH.....
Happy Monday you all. 
Try to push away the low points from your past week or month. 
Let it go and rock it out! 
If that doesnt work go through the Starbucks drive thru! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Baked Peaches & Fresh Whipped Cream.

We have been on a peach kick lately in this house. We are burnt out on apples for the time being and soaking in as much fresh peaches as we can. I decided to make a dessert with them for something new and exciting for the boys. I was going to do peach cobbler but wanted it to be semi healthy. So I just decided to bake the peaches. 
 My little sous chef helped me chop them up and I tossed them in a tiny bit of coconut oil. 
Bake them in the oven for 30-40 minutes on 350. Half way through I drizzled a little bit of honey and sprinkled them with cinnamon to bring out some additional flavors. 

While they were baking I made my whipped cream.
I will now go into my quick spiel about WHY I HATE COOL WHIP.
Cool Whip my friends is NOT whipped cream, yes, I know, sounds crazy right? That they would sell it as whipped cream. Cool Whip is made of water, hydrogenated oil, and high fructose corn syrup, now that sounds awesome right?? Well, it grosses me out! So since I figured that out I have been whipping my own and it tastes a MILLION times better!!! So just a little FYI, it really creeped me out when I read the ingredients. No thank you!!! 

So to make your own it's easy. You just need some heavy whipping cream and I also use powdered sugar. I was out of powdered sugar so I put regular sugar in the vitamix and BAM, powdered sugar!
 Don't laugh, I thought you had to BUY powdered sugar. Never knew I could make it at home. 
 Just whip the heavy cream and as much powdered sugar as you like, I would say maybe 1/4 a cup, depending on how you want it to taste. Whip it on high for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it because once it starts to thicken it goes quick and if you dont catch it, it starts to turn to butter! haha!
 I promise you will be licking the bowl clean because this stuff is addicting!!! Peace out Cool Whip....errrrr hydrogenated oil whip?? haha 
 After peaches are done, top with the real whipped cream and ENJOY!!
Such an easy last minute dessert idea. You can also bake apples the same exact way.
xoxo

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Great Costume Decision.

Every year up until this point I personally picked what the boys would be for Halloween. I loved planning themed ideas and honestly its probably best because with 4 kids I was running out of ideas. This year Vincebt decided he wanted to choose. In my mind I wanted Vincent and Luke to be cops and Jude and Sam to be jailbirds and the older two pull them in the red wagon which would have a sign that read "Paddy Wagon".

I hadn't mentioned it yet to the boys but when Vincent said the other day he wanted to be a police officer when he grew up, I knew it was time to start laying the bait, " so buddy wouldn't it be awesome if you were one for Halloween", "I want to be Sonic, next year I can be a police officer" mom plan trumped. I googled Sonic costumes and he got all excited. Luke now wants to be Knuckles. I searched high and low for a Tails costume for Jude but all the tails costumes are girls?! Since when is Tails a chick? Did I miss the memo?
So alas, this is the costume plan for now.
 And because these two can't really fight me I will still do my idea. I mean honestly Jude will freak out and be so excited to be a police officer. Just no billy club for him, he would whack kids all night trick or treating!

 Last year costumes seriously were awesome. They even carried plungers. Good ole Mario and Luigi and Toad NEVER disappoint!
 But hands down my all time favorite year was this one. We did the movie UP.
Luke dressed as an old man killed me. I was cracking up! I even sprayed his hair with grey coloring! 
 I seriously smile so big over these pictures. I remember the night being so damn cold and those balloons flying wild, Jordan was out of town so my neighbor boy and I carted the boys around the block! It was fun!
What are your kiddos being??
Did they pick? Or did you nicely force them like I tried? ;)