Thursday, May 25, 2017

Life Lately


It has been a while since I have done a Life Lately post.  I have so much to catch you up on.  I am going to over indulge you with photos, some dating back to the beginning of the month.

We are closing out this school year and jumping into summer and we are all so excited over here.


Ryan has a little to much fun at church.


Earlier this month we celebrated our biggest boy's 10th birthday.  He is such a good boy.  I can't believe it has been ten years.   Happy Birthday Newman!


We had a cookout and birthday party up at Nana's house for Newman.  Complete with cake and ice cream and a Paw Patrol piƱata.  




Shibley had a little cake and ice cream... 






Berries don't last ten minutes in this house.  I brought two packages home, rinsed,  drained and turned around and one was already eaten.  


Monday morning didn't go over so well!  This is what happens when you try and let your two year old help make your coffee.


We took a ride up to NH to meet with our builder.  They needed to take measurements of the kitchen. It was a long drive for a quick visit but this view and a new kitchen is totally worth it.


We had a mini heat wave and we took a trip to the zoo.  Regardless of the heat the boys had a blast.  Earliest bed time we have had in a long time.





I think I see goats in our future.  Ryan was in love.



They each had a turn on one ride.  Ryan picked the cars, Evan picked the plane.





After t-ball this week we hit up our first patio dining of the season.  Lunch on the patio at Cheesecake.  What better way to end a t-ball game.




My boys love dining out... For the most part they are really good.  They have moments when they act up but we do really enjoy being out together so it is nice to enjoy the same restaurants.  Where we actually split real entrees instead of eating off the kids menu.



We came home later to Bob Apples and a few of our other chickens... the boys collected eggs for Sunday breakfast.


That is a little life lately for you.  

We have two days of school left and we are out for the summer.   WoooHooo, yet we have so much to do around the house.  I am starting to finally feel better.  The nausea is a little less and I am super excited about that.  

Hope you guys have a great holiday weekend.  

See you soon.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Latest Obsession


My newest obsession is cooking with fresh ingredients and this book is so helpful for just that.  Going into summer months I tend to feel inspired by fresh produce.  I love smelling different fruits and veggies at the farmers market.


Summer cooking tends to be my favorite.  So much is in season.  So much of it is light and refreshing.  I am so excited to start diving into all these new recipes from this book.


Summer salads are the easiest and most creative way to try adding different ingredients to your daily cooking.  

This book will not disappoint.  Get it!


Monday, May 15, 2017

10 Super Foods to Eat while Pregnant



As you know, most women are pregnant for 40 weeks, or close to that. To be sure that you are staying healthy with your diet when those pregnancy cravings hit (and they will hit!), here are 10 super-foods to add to your pregnancy diet:
Berries
berries


Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are delicious fruits that are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Snack on them throughout your day, or add a handful of berries to your pancakes or cereal in the morning.Yum!



Quinoa
quinoa


Did you know quinoa is considered a complete protein? So, if you are vegetarian or vegan while pregnant, you definitely want to include this in your diet. Serve it up cold as a replacement for rice, or add it to your salad. You can also serve it warm in stir-fry.



Leafy Greens
leafy


Dark leafy greens like spinach or kale are a great source of fiber, folic acid, and iron. For many pregnant women, salads are hard to consume during pregnancy, but there are many alternatives to eating these leafy greens. One of the easiest and yummiest ways to eat leafy greens is by putting a handful of greens into your smoothie.



Avocado
ganze und halbe reife avocado isoliert auf weissem hintergrund
Speaking of green, this green fruit is packed full of potassium, folic acid, and several vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin B6. Consume this “good fat” by adding it to your salads, or use it as a dip for snacking. Or, eat it plain with a splash of fresh lemon juice and salt.



Beans
beans


Beans like black, garbanzo, or kidney are another ultimate source of fiber and protein. Add beans to soups, burritos, or salads. Or smash them up to make a dip out of them. Either way, the combination of fiber and protein is a perfect pregnancy combination to keep you full and ease any constipation you may feel.



Yogurt


Yogurt is usually thought of as a breakfast food, but you can also eat yogurt as a snack or for lunch. Since yogurt has more calcium than milk, yogurt is a great go-to with a meal or as a snack. Add fresh fruit, chia seeds, or honey to naturally sweeten your yogurt. Or, add it as a base to your favorite 
smoothie recipe.



Salmon
salmon


Though certain fish is to be avoided while pregnant because of high levels of mercury, salmon is safe to eat. Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids that are great for baby’s brain and eyes. Salmon is okay to eat, up to 12-ounces, per week and can be added to salad, or all on its own.



Nuts
nuts


Nuts are considered a healthy fat that will help keep you full throughout the day. Keep a bag of almonds in your car to help squash salty cravings. Add nuts like silvered almonds or walnuts to your favorite salad to give it an extra crunch. Or, you can always opt for your favorite nut butter to top on apple slices or celery.



Citrus Fruits
citrus


Grapefruit, oranges, or even orange juice with low amounts of sugar, will help your body fight infection and help bone and cell growth. You can also add fresh squeezed lemon into your water to help drink all the water you need throughout your day.



Eggs
eggs

Eggs are another great alternative to add protein to your diet. Did you know that eggs contain choline, which is helpful for baby’s brain development? Eat your favorite type of egg in the morning for breakfast (make sure they are fully cooked), or add hard-boiled eggs into your snacking regime or topped on a salad.
With these 10 super-food alternatives, not only will you stay full throughout the day, you’ll also be doing wonders for both you and your unborn baby’s health!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday

Every Friday I link up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea to bring you my favorites of the week.  

I have one this week and I am excited to finally share it with you.

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It hasn't been the easiest pregnancy so I just wanted to say thank you for being so patient with my lack of posts.  I promise when I start feeling better I will get back to a blogging schedule.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

I'm Having a Baby


Since most of you have followed along my fertility journey, sent me messages,  & emails etc... I wanted to tell ya'll that we are having a baby....

Probably most of you have guessed since I have been a little MIA. 

It is dang hard guys... pregnancy is hard and I don't like to complain about it seeing as though I went through heaven and earth to get here but hells bells, I'm struggling.

I hope to make it through the rest of this trimester and as I remember... second trimester brings life back to your soul... 

so cheers to a few more weeks.  I will get there eventually.  

Thank you for all your well wishes,  positive thoughts and direct messages.

Fertility is no joke.  IVF is no joke.  

xo


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday


My plans today were to post for Stonyfield (which I did) but I couldn't help myself.  I had to post for our link up on Show & Tell- memory lane.... 

Twice a month I link up with Andrea from momfessionals and we tell you something.  Today I am telling you about my fun memories growing up in the 80's.  


LOVE LOVE LOVE TGIF!  My favorite was Full House.  I never got into FULLER HOUSE but this was my jam.


I remember I used to LOVE these sweatshirts.  I had one in red and I treasured it.  


These are maybe more late 90's but Oh my, they bring back so many memories.  I wore these shoes until they broke.  I loved my Steve Madden's.


I made a bet with my dad one day about a football game and our bet was if I won I would get a Redskins starter jacket and if I lost I would have to clean the garage.  I loved this jacket.  I actually remember exactly when it was stole.  I was trying out for the basketball team and Shanna McAbe just put on my jacket and wore it out the locker room.  Everyone was afraid of her and so I just let her wear it out and Oh my!!  My dad was furious and I remember I refused to tell them who took my jacket.  That was a sad day.  



Sun In, YES!!!!!  I loved this stuff... and baby oil when I was in high school.  I would spray so much in my hair... haha, thinking back is hilarious.


Speaking of hair, I started perming my hair when I was young.  My gramma would take me to get her hair permed and I remember loving it so much she finally got mine done and we would get our perms together.  I still love the smell of a good perm solution.


Thanks for following.  I just had to jump on this memory lane wagon this morning.  Seeing all your posts made me laugh.  I'll see you tomorrow.





The Whole You, your version.


Being a mother can be a rewarding but stressful experience. Oftentimes, in the busy world of motherhood it's easy to get caught in small details and set backs. Many mothers worry about passing on a stressful mentality to their children. If you want to relax a little to be a better mom, practice regular self care, spend quality time with your kids, and try to develop a sense of perspective.  Celebrating you, and taking care of yourself first will allow you to be the best version you want to be...   Being the best mother doesn't mean you will be the best at your job but these easy steps will certainly help you release some of what may be holding you back.  
Here you go.
1. Stop Comparing. Your kids need you.  You. You’re the perfect mom for those kids of yours. I know sometimes you might not feel like you are or you might even be thinking how in the world you got stuck with such a crazy spitfire of a little human that refuses to ever stay in bed. Yeah. I get that. I’ve had those moments wondering why I’m qualified to teach, to raise, to train, and to be the mom to my kids. But, I’m telling you, that you, right now, are the mom that they need. Not your friend next door. Or the mom at soccer that seems to always always always have it perfectly together while you come racing in with your double stroller late. Again. (That doesn’t matter. You made it there.) Not the mom on facebook with the cool fall craft and clean kitchen.

So, no more comparing. No more thinking that if I was just like her that life would be perfect. Nope. You are their mother. And they need and love you. Even if sometimes they slam the door shut to their rooms and yell I hate you. Even then.
2. Love yourself. Take care of yourself.  I know, kind of weird, right? But, it’s true. You need to take care of you in this motherhood journey as well. Now, I’m not talking about the kind of take care of yourself where you count your shower as your free time. Wait. There are seasons in life where that is free time. New moms – I want you to savor every single shower that you get. Savor. Okay, wait, again. All moms – savor the shower moments – or at least the 48 seconds between knocks and cries for mom.

But, seriously, take time for yourself. And love yourself – value yourself. Cultivate your gifts, your talents, and don’t let them fade away just because you’re mom. Let them grow and let them flourish. It is so good for your kids to see you doing things you love and to take care of yourself. That’s what they need to remember – not a mom who wore herself out completely. Rest is good. Laughter is good. Taking care of yourself is excellent.
3. Don’t expect perfection. From yourself. From your life. From your kids. From your friends. Just don’t expect perfection. Life is so far from perfect, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. In fact, I will argue that because life isn’t perfect that is what makes it most beautiful. The moments where you discover your strength and your bravery and your capacity to love another person aren’t in the moments when everything is smooth sailing. They are in the moments when you surprise yourself with this deep strength tucked inside.
They are in the times when you simply decide to give yourself grace and keep on trying. They’re when you pull up your bootstraps. When you decide that even if it isn’t perfect that life is beautiful. They’re in the simple seconds of breath in between the crazy moments of stress. It’s in simply being a mom and trying again and again and again.

4. Let Your Kids Be Kids. They are kids. They are not mini adults, nor mini-you’s. They are unique, fabulous, challenging at moments, wonderful, crazy, energetic, emotional, crying, laughing, jumping on couches, learning, unbelievably cool, independent people. And right now, they are kids. They are learning what it takes to be adults, they are growing, and they need to be taught.
But they also need to be kids. They need to spend times making messes. Playing with paints. Running outside. Creating. Building. Taking apart. Laughing. Learning. Jumping. Exploring. Reading. They need to be kids. And you can gift them with that space – that wonderful space called childhood that can so easily be sucked out of the everyday by the busy demands of our culture. Let them be kids. 
5. Celebrate the Little Things. Life is a collection of these little moments, these snippets of time, that when woven together creates your story, your life, your motherhood journey. It’s easy to constantly look to the next big event as the moment that will make motherhood amazing or your kid’s life fabulous. We all know those moments are fabulous. 

But so are the simple moments. Looking at the stars at night and pointing out Orion’s Belt. Letting your four year old dump the powdered cheese into the macaroni noodles and letting them stir. Playing in the sandbox together. Reading books at night. Being a family. Maybe your time is fragmented. Maybe you only have moments at night. Those times matter. Greatly. Your seven year old will remember the extra scoop that you put in the ice cream. Or when you let him stay up fifteen minutes later. It really is the little things.

Five steps.
Here’s the real secret -> You probably already do these things.
Maybe instead of this being a post about being a better mom it’s a post telling you why you’re a fabulous mom.
Onward brave mother. Onward.
Those kids grow. You’re doing fine. One day, one mothering moment, after another.


& when all else seems to be failing, get yourself to the mall and buy yourself a little something something.  My favorite stress release therapy it a little self shopping and I love to be able to buy stuff that I can wear doing fun things with my kids.  Bc, let's be real... I am not dressing up or going out but I am taking my kids out to play and my favorite go to is comfortable  yet stylish clothing.  I love any and all things prAna.  


prAna is a versatile, stylish and sustainable clothing line that you can wear during every activity, every adventure and every day with your littles.  They like to focus on details and aren't afraid to go bold.  They combine classic style with modern materials.  

Thank you Stonyfield and prAna for sponsoring this post.


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