Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Five

  1. This quote is available as a free download for your desktop from one of my favorite and inspirational brands.  If you aren't following @soworthloving on instagram then add them. While you're adding follow @eryneddy , the owner as well. Her feed is dreamy. I love the monochromatic-ness of it. 

2. We've been on spring break this week. We have a big surprise roadtrip planned for the kids so I was trying to come up with some local fun for them and we found a new fun outting. Indoor rock climbing. It was very challenging for the kiddos and adults. But also, tons of fun and great exercise. 

My brother  - Preslyn, Hayden, Ella                                        

3/Tried this recipe for a simple salad that I found on @buenobrandi instagram.  UM. YUM. Seriously. I loved it. So did my gang. She also posted a breakfast idea with red quinoa that has been great. I could literally eat it every single day. 

4. I got a fresh cut. Really digging it. Trying to change up my color for a grow out. Yeah yeah I know you've all heard this before. But I have an idea in mind, so we'll see if I can meet it. 

 5. I set a PR for push press this week. 95#. Getting  back in my groove. Still have a ways to go 

It's the weekend! Get out there and live it up. 
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Maternity & Petites

I'm anxiously awaiting my next Stitch Fix but until then I have big news from Stitch.

So if you have been holding out on signing up for either of these reasons. Then jump on over now and get your short, small-framed  or pregnant self styled right up.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A dream I never knew I had

There you are . Like a dream I never knew I had.
always dreamed of having children. Never decided on what I wanted --boy or girl or both. Just healthy happy babies. 

After my girls, I felt complete and happy. Never longing or wishing for a son. Yet the moment I saw that you two were boys, my heart immediately lept with excitement at what was to come. Oh but now my heart is complete and so so full. 

Today, Liam, you said "Hayden" and your sister melted into the palm of your sweaty little hand, instantly.  Rivan you CRAWLED today and made my heart break a little at how another milestone has been met and how you are growing bigger each day. 

I love you little people that I never knew I was missing. I'm so excited for our lives together. 

The seven.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Stitch Fix #1

Ok, I jumped on the bandwagon. I signed up for Stitch Fix.  I've been eyeing it for a while and finally decided to give it a try. If you are clueless as to what I am talking about, let me enlighten you. Stitch Fix is a personal shopping experience. They send you 5 items based on your style profile and budget that you fill out. Then you try them on at home and decide if you want to keep them or not. SO cool!

I was on the fence for a while but this is what did it for me:

I have a real live person, that reads my notes, looks at my pinterest style board and tries to get to know me, so they can really help with getting styles I love to me.


I mean, I love shopping, and fashion, but being a mom of 5, including two babies again, just leaves little to no time to update my wardrobe. Those that know me, know I live in my workout clothes, but when I do have a chance to get out, I like to look nice. Honestly, I buy most of my clothes from Target because its a one stop shop. Food, clothes, household, gifts AND they have a shopping basket. It's a girls dream.

Anyway, so I decided to purge my closet, house, get rid of everything I don't use and wear and put that money toward my stitch fix fund.

I anxiously awaited my first fix. My friends started getting theirs left and right and mine felt like it took an eternity. FINALLY mine arrived. The girls and BJ were excited too. Hayden even said, "be careful not to stretch anything, so I can wear it." That girl. She is really close to being my exact height. I'm sure she will be trying to borrow my stuff any day. She's already snagged some boots and a cardigan or two.

 Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top   (Keeping)
 This is perfect for me. Great lightweight material for transitioning to spring, blousy to cover that muffin top that I haven't lost yet, dress it up with skinnys and boots and a blazer or down with jeans or shorts and sandals.

Dear John Niki Cropped Skinny Jean  (Returned)

I went back and forth on these, but the fit was awkward for me and the pattern just threw me. I couldn't fully accept the style which told me that I wouldn't wear it so I sent them back.
41Hawthorn Rocco Faux Wrap Tank Dress (Returned)
I had mentioned that I had a wedding to attend this weekend so my stylist threw this in, but to me it was more of something I would wear if I were IN the wedding. Not something I would choose to wear as a guest and a little too plain for my style. Plus, I have a bridesmaid dress almost exactly the same as this should I ever need it.

Zad Dawson Hammered Layered Metal Bib Necklace (Returned)
A little too brassy gold for my liking.

Laila Jayde Aldez Asymetric Sleeveless Tee (Returned)
This was a close keeper. It was a little awkward on. And a little too snug on my back love handles. EEK! Can't wait to kiss those goodbye sooner than later. But the style was more my taste. Nice material and color.

One of my favorite parts of Stitch Fix is that they sent me little outfit cards along with each item of how to style it. I stuck pretty close to one outfit style in each of the photos.

I'm excited to get the next one! If you want to try it out, click my link above so I get credit for referring you.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Surprise Galentines

So after my last post Valentines was upon us. Leading up to the day, my sweet husband kept asking me what I wanted. I'm a minimalist at heart and frivolous gifts are not my thang. I told him I wanted nothing and needed nothing (I mean we are just a short 40 something days out from Christmas and my birthday, so I'm good). He asked me if I could go somewhere, where would I want to go. That just stressed me out. Just thinking of securing a place for all 5 kiddos, while also taking care of the weekend activities like birthday parties and volleyball games, was just overwhelming to me. So again, I just said, no I can't deal with getting away.

Well a couple of days before Valentines day, a lovely bouquet of roses was hand delivered by my one and only. They were beautiful, I promise. I totally didn't take a picture, but they were. It was a nice pop of love and life in my daily view, and I loved them. He kept hinting at a super secret surprise and getting silly and giddy about it. I don't know about you, but I don't like surprises. They make me nervous. Between us both we've totally bombed on some "surprise" gifts for each other so we both have reason to get a little nervous when the other says, oh I've got a surprise planned.

The night before Valentines our church provided a date night for parents to drop their kiddos off and have a date. We signed up immediately. We had plans to eat at a new sushi spot that BJ hadn't tried yet and then see a movie. So we dropped off the minions and headed to our date. Again, no pictures, just an enjoyable time together. We exchanged gifts. I gave him the cologne he wore in high school when he swept me off my feet and some hair stuff he has requested before and was out of. Then he hands me an envelope that looks like a ticket brochure or plane ticket or something. I got nervous. Oh where was he sending me? How would I relax enough to enjoy it while I was gone?

He had gotten me tickets to Cyndi Lauper's "Kinky Boots" and a night away at a hotel with my best friend. It was close enough where I didn't feel overwhelmed but far enough away that I felt like I could unplug and be away. I knew immediately that it would be perfect. I was thrilled. It was the perfect gift. A whole night of sleep!!!

Off we went to our movie after out yummy sushi dinner and what a fun valentines celebration!

The next day my bestest and I headed out to our Galentines (get it Gal-Valentines....) I saw it on another blog I love. Anyway, we ate at Salata and then headed to our hotel. It was fancy!


When we walked in there was this ultra soothing music coming from the TV . I told Deb that I was sure that I needed to start playing that song in my home constantly. It was so relaxing!

So we got dressed and headed downstairs where we decided to try UBER, instead of drive ourselves. It was super easy, professional and a bit of an adventure. Plus we both got free credits from each other so we paid nothing. Cha-ching!

The musical was great. A little strange, but the music was fantastic, and it was funny and it was great to be out and dressed up and having a lovely time with my friend. We got back to the hotel and were so hungry and just wanting to get in our pjs and veg, so we ordered dinner and I took a bath in the most fantastic bath EVER! (that was one of the main things BJ looked for when booking. He knows my love of baths) Then our dinner arrived and we watched some funny reality tv.

The next morning we ventured out for breakfast. I love trying new places when I go out of town and pretty much refuse to eat anywhere that is locally available to me. So we tried Common Bond bakery and it did not disappoint. We both had a breakfast sandwich and a mocha, then packed up some pastries to take home with us.

We hit up a few local shops and found the coolest wall to take a picture in front of. It was an absolute blast.

Luckily for BJ, the boys slept through the night for him. And his mom helped him out by taking the girls to a birthday we had previously committed to. I even got to make a quick stop at Urban Outfitters to use a Christmas gift card and shop alone, without any children! Bliss!!! I picked up a new vinyl and we've all been jamming to it ever since.

Galentines might have to become a new tradition. I'm so glad my husband honed in on my need for a refreshing time away. I came back rested and ready to take on the world again. It was a lovely 30 hour vacation.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Getting Real

So my cousin Bethe challenged her readers to "get real" for a second on their blogs. Social media sometimes gives the biggest appearance of fraudulent lives being led. You get a small glimpse into a persons day or week, but that's it. That perfectly captured moment doesn't have sound, or show the moment right before the photo or the the moments right after. It doesn't show the mom wearing her pj's while the baby is perfectly dressed. Since the boys were born, one of the funniest comments I get is "You make it look so easy." Well, dear readers (ha! Stephen Bell) let me just be real with you for a second.

It's not easy.

And its by far, not pretty.

I sometimes feel so mentally scattered and exhausted that when I do magically get them both to nap at the same time, while the others are at school,  I just sit and stare and don't even know where to begin.

I try to take each day in stride. I feel like I have a pretty good balance for the stage I'm in.

But the other night. I. LOST. IT.

It was ugly. Like ugly cry, yelling, crying more,reality check tone of voice, and  i may have thrown a laundry bag. It was not a pretty moment. I did not make having five children look easy. I did not making being a mother look desirable. I'm sure single people would have left my house, had they witnessed my tantrum, and said "NEVER having kids".

So let me share some things leading up to my explosion.

I have been trying so hard lately to teach the girls how fortunate they are. Not to be wasteful, overly picky, respectful of their things and those around them. They each have chores that are required of them. But they also have many rewards, because I know they are great kids. They have hearts of gold and they are respectful and kind and gentle some of the time and I see that.

But this moment, just all of it at once was too much. We were just winding down for the night and they were asking for a movie on a school night after dinner. Everyone started getting settled on the couches and I looked around and saw dishes, clothes dropped here and there, toys scattered on every available surface,  lots of "mom I don't know where my uniform for tomorrow is" and "I don't know where my snack bag went" and it not being a second thought that Mom will do it or find it.

And I Snapped. TV was off and they all got a really extreme version of what Mom's actually do all day long while they get to escape to new environments. How I do not look forward to walking around picking up the same exact series of things every morning once they leave for school, or seeing the same pile of nick knacks on the stairs instead of taking them up and putting them away and wondering how in the world do they think their clothes magically appear clean each day. Full hearty lunches in their backpacks each day, when children all around the world are thrilled to have a piece of bread or fruit for the DAY, if they are even that fortunate that day. Asking me every day to go to ToysRUs, but not bringing home their jackets, lunchboxes, library books and it being no big deal that "oh well, I have other ones, or mom will find them if she cares." AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

After my loud lecture. I had to go cool down. I overheard my husband talking to them and saying "You're mom is the best mom in the world" (What amazing grace. I sure didn't deserve that right then and they probably didn't believe him in that moment.) "Your mom loves you so much and it is not easy to have 5 children to care for. She thinks about one or all of you in every single moment and action of her day."

It is hard, people. Whether it is one or five. It is hard to raise children that are selfless in our self-centered society. Its hard to care so much. I'm sure it would be so much easier to wake up and say "Eh, I don't care. " But what a disservice that would be to them one day when they are all mothers, and don't know how to teach their own children respect and responsibility and selfless thinking.

So as Bethe concluded, and every parent can agree, parenting is a like a marathon. A very, very long marathon. So I'm lacing up my shoes again today and running a little further. 

What about you?? Are you brave enough to share your "getting real" moment?? 

Here's a post that was super encouraging to me. 

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

This Beauty Blog

I had the privilege to be featured on last week. Take a look. I hope you are inspired in some way.

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