Fall is about the layers. Transitioning from warmer to cooler temps. I always gravitate to structured pieces with oversized elements that I can layer up……The boys and I just love to mix and match pieces…. It's a great way to look stylish and to be ready for any weather changes.... Let's just take a minute to say yesterday was 84 DEGREES... in OCTOBER!!! Im so ready for sweater weather.....Here are some of our favorites.....
1. That Classic Plaid.... A classic plaid is such a staple in a fall wardrobe. I have fitted ones, oversized ones, probably too many in between... (as Trav would say) but I just love them. I throw them on with a jeans and create a stylish outfit that I can run after kids.... Paired with a graphic T and some jeans, a plaid can also be that perfect coverup... I personally like the dimension of a plaid lace.... I paired a Graphic T with a lace bralette and threw a plaid on to give that extra pop... It also is a great way to be prepared for weather changes......
Apricot Lane. Sold out. Express- very similar- Gray and white
Rails - Navy and White
Local 618- Mustard and Black.
Im am so so very excited to have found Local 618. They are a local boutique that focuses on clothing for BOYS....... and young adults..... They have trendy pieces that can take my kiddos and myself from sport's fields to dinner and every where in between. Ive layered our favorite styles in several outfits.. YOU SHOULD definitely check them out... just look at this hat!!!!!
2. Sweaters for Days....... Sweaters, jumpers, cardigans, hoodies....... cool weather is coming......it keeps dropping bit by bit here in the Midwest..... With that being said, sweaters are my favorite go to piece that are just easy.... paired with jeans and you are good to go.....
Free People- Cream
Apricot Lane- Mustard
Local 618- Stripped Blue
Local 618- Midwest shirt
3. Denim, Denim and more Denim. Jeans with a detail are on trend. Ripped, frayed edges or cuffed for a classic look, denim is a must for Fall......even patch work or embroidery....... I have spent years trying different brands..... Ive been several different sizes so I can say for this Momma, these jeans and brands are my go to..... They have different styles for different shapes which is alway a must- in my opinion......
Express- skinny ripped jeans
Paige- classic straight leg with a cuff.
Articles of Society- frayed edge jeans
4. Booties with a Heel- There's not need to bring the "booties"back because they are here to stay....... This year booties with a heel.... a block heel are trending....Im a heel girl myself....I just think they add to an outfit..... block heels are so comfortable....I can wear for day....and do......just ask my students......This week I wore flats one day and I had a kiddo come up to me, look at my feel and then say....."Mrs Jones, I didn't realize you aren't actually tall.... you are my height." .......I just smiled....... They next day I was back in heels again.......
Nordstrom Vince Booties
Target Gray Booties
Nordstrom Camel Sam E Booties
5. Lastly don't be afraid to mix in pieces that are out of the norm..... I love taking dresses that I wore in the Summer or in early Fall and make them into a flowy tops.... Tucked in, a slight front tuck, or worn as a tunic, dresses can be a great way to transition your style from Summer to Fall.... I wore this dress to a wedding and knew I could dress it up or dress it more casually....
Hope everyone is well and you enjoyed our Fall fashion ideas......we sure love them!!!!
We've made it a year...... ONE YEAR..... Thousands of views and so so much more.... We can't THANK YOU enough for all the support..... To celebrate....Look for a Post this week to Officially announce details on our Anniversary Giveaway.... We are so so excited......
Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins…… Loving Fall Décor….. Neutrals, mixed with warm hues, are definitely my go tos.........Bring on the burgundy, forest greens, burnt oranges, black, black and more BLACK- ALL DAY LONG!!!.. Cool colors are just not in my color wheel so I gravitate to the warm autumnal tones of Fall…..
I find most of my Fall décor at Hobby Lobby or Target…. The dollar spot gets me every time….. Last year, I was all into white pumpkins, gold, silver/metal and gray… such a classic look… ..this year, Im bringing back the orange…. I loving the fun pop of color on my porch… Im playing it up……
Fall scents.......Bath and Body Works have the best candles!!!! I just love them!!!! They make my house, my home.....warm and inviting. I match the scent to the season......I ALWAYS wait for a SALE....they will usually run a buy one get one.....or 50% candles.......that's when I stock up!!! Here are my favorites this year:
Marshmallow Fireside- Toasted Marshmallow, Smoldering Woods, Fire Roasted Vanilla, Crystallized Amber
Lets Stay Home-Creamy Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Homemade Marshmallow, Drizzled Caramel
Something in me this week wanted to make a list of our Favorite Fall/Halloween movies… I think it was this meme…. I literally laughed out loud… I just cant help it……Id like to hear your thoughts?
Here are our top Fall/Halloween movies:
1. Practice Magic….. Midnight Margs… I will watch this movie every time it's on!!!
2. Hocus Pocus…. I saw this movie for the first time when I was TEN!!!! We went to the Drive In!!!! Anyone else remember this movie at the Drive In……
3. Halloweentown…. Yes I am a Disney junky……
4. Hallmark Autumn MOVIES…. Love, love, love Hallmark…. This channel is on every weekend just playing in the background……
5. Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown…..
As you can tell, Im just not a scary movie fan…. I cant do them… over active imagination and all…. You definitely will NOT be getting me to watch the new IT movie… sorry Stephen… Im out!!!!
Harvest Checklist- WE are doing it again…. Here’s our list… some repeats because some things never get old… like pumpkin Reeses…. Can we just take a minute… I mean the pumpkins are my favorite…….
Share with me….. what are your favs… or your family's favs…..
School has started…. We are already off to an excellent start to the year….. I cant wait for apple picking, pumpkin spice, scarves, sweaters, hot coffee- anytime of year… I just love FALL!!!!! We’ve already started decorating and bringing out our Fall Décor… anyone else doing the same thing……
My babies….. these first days of school pics are my favorite…. So much joy and wonder for the new school year….such fun…
If there is one suggestion that I can give as far as a parent starting school with a child who has a disability or IEP OR any child….My best advice….. Get to know the teachers…. Let them get to know you as a parent and advocate… this way you can feel open and honest when sharing what you think your child needs.. AND the teacher can feel comfortable following up with you on things…. Be assertive and direct…. Asserting what is best for your child has to be direct and with a solid relationship between the school and you makes things so much easier…. Im speaking from sitting on both sides of the meeting table…….
Doesnt everyone have such fun in a Dr office…. My boys sure do…. Honestly sometimes I feel like this place is my second home…… LOVE our Dr, but we need a little break … (Side Note: All I can think of is Ross from Friends saying, “WE WERE ON A BREAK”... anyone else-lol)..… Back to the boys….. Unfortunately, Carter had a round of sickness over the last couple of weeks…. Life has ups and life has downs…. …...Trying times for this baby and his momma…… THANK GOODNESS for medication…. Trust those instincts Mommas!!!!! I knew something just wasnt right with Carter!!!! BUT in true Carter form, he takes after his Daddy on this, he kept going with a smile..…
Thankfully, he’s on the mend and slowly getting back to his old self….
Colby is thriving with auditory directions…. This kiddo picks up on everything… For the most part, Colby is non-verbal… I say that with pride….. His vocal cords need muscle strength, and Colby has low muscle tone… Speaking requires strength and so we know he will get it in Colby-Time…. YET, Colby doesn't let that stop him. He is very very receptive and picks up on everything… This little toy kept telling him what to do…. Eat, drink, or etc… he was cracking up at it and very very focused on what it said….. SUCH FUN!!!!!
Happy FALL!!!!! Much Love
Be honest…. How many of you have seen a family or parent with a child who has a disability and felt sadness… maybe even pity…. At Target, the park, mall, or etc…. It wasn’t intentional but it was there. In your heart… in your eyes….sadness/pity…. I know, I've been right there with you- I've given “The Look” ….. The one I now get countless times a day- at Target, baseball games, just living life…….
But I have a secret….. One I live with that makes me smile,. You see, seconds after Colby was born, I was sad, mad, scared…. I didn’t choose this, and I didn’t want my baby to suffer or be pitied- given “The Look” that I had given to others….. And so... I was SAD!!!!!!
All I could feel was sadness……. I was sitting there in the NICU, and it all felt wrong….. A nurse, who still to this day I don’t know her name, was assigned to Colby. She was my age and during those beginning days- nurses know that Mommas need time…… so she would come and go- checking vitals, making notes, and every once in awhile she would smile at me….. but this smile was different…. It was special. The kind of smile someone gives you when they know something you don’t…..it was like she knew something no one else did…..like she had a secret….. I just smiled back and again I was SAD so my tricky emotions swallowed up her secret smile….. hours… days went by….. those days felt like years…. Each moment bringing me new fears and questions and emotions….. but my friendly nurse wasn’t finished…. She approached me at the end of her shift… after rounds…. After she was off… she was supposed to go home BUT she stayed to talk to me……. Her words still resonate in my heart…. She said that she wasn’t sure when she would see me again- being a floating sub- and she needed to tell me this…. She said, “Life will be so much better than you know. Im just like you, my baby has Down Syndrome.” And just like that I knew she knew me… the real me… not the strong Momma trying to make decisions but the SAD momma whose heart was aching…. She and I had a sweet chat, but I still didn’t understand her SMILE… I wasn’t ready to…….BUT now…three years later….. I know….. NOW I understand…. SHE WAS PROUD……
Because we live in a special world…….one that most know nothing about…. It's like a secret club that others might pity but in reality it’s so so so much better!!!! AND we are PROUD…. Proud of our babies, proud to show the world, proud that we are a part of this secret group!!!! I can’t help but think of the book Secret Garden- the reading teacher in me- It's right in the middle of life and no one knows it’s there…. But those who do… share a secret smile…… So today I share my secret with the world…. I share my pride for my baby and I share my smile…. And LIFE is truly BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Oh how I missed you !!!! With the ending of Summer and the start of school, I just wasn't ready to give up those last days!!!!! Anyone else feel like this Summer has flown by!!!!! We had such a wonderful one!!!!
Now that school has started I'm ready for Pumpkin season.....Pumkpin spice, sweater, Fall clothes, Hot Coffee- well that's year round!!!! I'm so excited!!! Will be posting our Harvest checklist again!!!! Comment below any ideas that your thinking of trying this Fall!!! Places, restaurants, etc......So much fun!!!!!
I decided to try something to kick off the school year!!! Being a teacher and all, I decided to share my favorite eye makeup
tips in a live video!!!! Let me know what you think!!! I thought it would be fun!!!! Linked below!!
Hope your Summer is ending with lots of fun and love!!! Much Love!!!!
1/3 Cup vegetable or olive oil
2/3 Cup milk
1 1/2 Cup tapioca flour
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp pysillium seed (optional but I use in all gluten free baking)
1/2 Cup grated cheese (We used Cheddar)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Grease your mini muffin pan thoroughly with cooking spray.
With a mixer, combine the milk, room temperature egg, oil, cheese, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, parsley flakes, and salt until batter is smooth
Add pysillium seed and 1/4 Cup tapioca flour. Mix until smooth. Slowly add 1/4 Cup until all of the tapioca flour has been added and batter is smooth.
I used a small cookie scoop from Pamper Chef but you could easily pour the batter into your greased mini muffin pan. Don't fill to the top. Fill only 3/4 full becaus it will "popover".
Bake in the oven for 14 minutes or until light golden brown. Take out and lightly brush melted butter over the top (optional) Let cool and enjoy!!!
Side Note: Don't store in a closed container or plastic bag. They could/will become soggy! I stored in a bread basket.
Enjoy!!! Much Love!!!
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Life has been CRAZY busy….. With baseball games and getting ready for extended school year (more to come on this topic), we have been running here and running there….I say that with such love because I wouldn’t have it any other way…..but sometimes the craziness can get in the way of things we wanted to do.....So to help with this, we do a Summer Checklist… much like my Harvest Checklist…. It gives us a list to help accomplish things we have been talking about doing and enjoying……
Here is our list:
-Pool, Pool, Pool
-Tim Horton Coffee
-Peaches, Strawberries, Blackberries- Picking Fresh Fruit
-Plant Garden at Home
-New Day Gluten Free Cafe
There is no specific order….. We just pick one and go…… So far we can check off two places from our list….. Tim Horton and the Zoo!!!!!
Let’s start with the COFFEE shop!!! Tim Horton’s is known for their donuts and coffee…. Anyone else feel as if Donuts are the comeback dessert/breakfast food…. Donuts are all over the place this season: on shirts, towels, phone cases…..hitting the social media posts and dessert bars….Im loving this trend because I love donuts…. I haven't actually had one since we went gluten free, but it was so fun letting Carter pick what he wanted…. Colby went with a ice cold milk and veggie straws, and I went with an Iced Coffee……
Carter loved his Donut, and we loved the experience…. Definitely worth a trip!!! I'm on the hunt for a gluten free Donut!!!! More to come......
The Zoo is probably our favorite and most visited place in STL. Taking the suggestion of my BFF’s we always go from 8-11am. This not only helps with the Midwest Summer Heat but also with the crowds…. I always ask what animals each kiddo wants to see and then we start there…. Such fun!!!!
Sweet Colby was very very excited to be outside and see all the animals…. It's intimidating at times because he is a little peanut but seeing Carter’s actions allows Colby to mimic his behavior….this is exactly what I’ve dreamed about…… Such love!!!!
Is there any place you think we should add???? Comment below!!!! Off to another place on our List!!!! Much Love!!!!
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I called my Nordstrom, and they did a preorder.
Such a great way to stock up on your favs or mix and match different brands. My favorites are MAC, Chanel, and Dior!!! But you can choose any brand: YSL, Bobby Brown, Ester Lauder, Lancôme, Clinique, NARS, Smashbox, etc.....
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Oh how I missed you!!! It’s been quite a Spring!!!! Allergies are not fun in this household!!!!! Sweet Colby has tough allergies…....we’ve had quite a history......This sweet baby had to miss his last day of school!!!!
But, not to worry, that doesn't stop him…. He’s on the move…. He has official decided to be the BOSS!!!! Well this Momma could have told you that years ago....he's been calling the shots since he was born........
Since I lasted touched base, Colby has officially finished his first year of Pre-School….this half of year was amazingly wonderful….he just thrived!!!!
And I must say that he is very upset when Carter still is attending school for the final days… He grabs his backpack and wants to go too!!! I'm feeling slightly jealous of his choice of school over me..... but I would NEVER want to change that......school has allowed my child to explore, grow, change and be EXTRA-ordinary!!!!
For these "Missing School Blues”....Colby and I can have Momma and Baby time...Day Dates with my Baby!!!!
Target, Costco, Starbucks........
Carter is in full baseball mode….this little lefty eats, sleeps and breaths ball…. As Ive said before… I have to say again…. That acorn doesn't fall far from that tree….. Carter is kindly referred as Travis’s sidekick…. Such Fun….
Proud Momma and Daddy moment for Carter at school!!! Carter won a character award......we are so proud of his kind heart!!! Sweet baby!!!!
Summer is quickly approaching… End of the school year… beginning of baseball nights, ice cream, S'mores and so much fun!!!!! We started our Summer “To Do” List. We just started making our list so more to come with this one, but here is a glimpse of our ideas.......
Summer Bucket List
1: Plant Garden- tomatoes, zucchini, basil….
3. Zoo/Botanical Gardens- A MUST…. Multiple trips
4. Six Flags- I can smell the Funnel Cake and Black Top Now
5. Pool, Pool, Pool- Fun in the Sun!!!!
MORE to Come……..
Motivation for this SUMMER!!!! Summer is coming.....And that means schedule changes....… Im not the best with change....Ok so honestly I'm terrible with change..…. I like routine, but that doesn't deter me from looking forward to Summer and all it has to offer….. Ive been asked by several people how I stay motivated during the Summer….My go to is Lean, Clean and Green…… To help me stay on track, I eat by this motto…..This helps with the day to day life…. I also rely on my friends….we set up workout sessions and this helps me stay accountable… since others are relying on me…. I have to be there…..I still cant get enough of Piyo…..Did anyone try?????….. Bootcamps and workout groups are such a great motivator… comment below if you and your besties have a workout group…...What type of workouts do you do? What type do you love?…...or better stated…..what type do you prefer?
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What a crazy last few weeks!!!!! Such a busy yet fun time...running here...running there!!!! This leads me to this week's blog post and my Workin it Wednesday link up for this month!!!......I get asked a lot… how do you do it all….Well I don't always have it together!!! Some days I'm better than other but being a full time mom, working full time- what keeps things balanced…. For me… it is about breaking things down into small pieces…. One of the things is cleaning. I actually like to clean… I consider it part of my workout routine… burn some calories and get a chore done too…. Like a two for one….. But let’s be honest. I want to enjoy life… enjoy my weekends- sit on the couch and drink coffee. I don’t want to spend them cleaning….. The only way I can get deep cleaning accomplished, and continue to enjoy my weekends, is to break each room or task down per day- gives my house a deep cleaning without hours and hours on a weekend. Some things I do daily, weekly or every two weeks…..
So how does it work…. I always do the cleaning as soon as I get home from work on the week days- before I make/warm dinner. My dinners take less than 30 minutes to make – more to come on my go to weekly dinners. Cleaning takes me less than an hour for each day. Most days it is about 20-45minutes.
Here is my routine…. It has become part of my day and just something I do….
Monday- Deep Clean Kitchen: clean and Windex countertops and appliances, disinfect door handles, light switches, dust and pledge cabinets table, stairs and fireplace. I should add that after every meal I wipe down counter tops and sweep kitchen floors but that is just part of my dinner cleanup.
Deep Clean Bathroom: sink, toilet, dust and pledge
This is the longest day. Probably 45 minutes at most but I get it out of the way on a Monday so that the rest of the week is less.
Tuesday- Sweep and Mop Kitchen and Bathroom Floors
Wednesday- Organize, Dust and Pledge Living Room and Game/Toy Room
Thursday- Sweep and Polish hallway and stairs, Living Room and Game Room floors.
Friday- Bathroom Sinks and Toilets Clean
Monday- Master Bedroom organize, dust, and pledge. Sweep and polish bedroom floors
Tuesday- Upstairs Bathrooms Deep Clean sink, toilet, dust and pledge. Sweep and Mop bathroom floors
Wednesday- Colby’s Room Organize, Dust, Pledge, Sweep/Polish Floors
Thursday: Carter Room Organize, Dust, Pledge, Sweep/Polish Floors
Friday- Bathroom Sinks and Toilets Clean
Then REPEAT!!! Sure, life gets in the way and sometimes I take a night off, but when I do, I then MUST double-up the next night! This helps keep my weekends free from cleaning and allows me a quite early morning with a cup of coffee!!!
A Look At Life: 100th Day of School, Boys' Birthday, Valentine’s Day.... Sneak Peek at my Favorite Finds.....
We sure have packed a lot in during this last week…. Starting with celebrating the 100th day of school…. Little story- I get asked a lot how I keep it all together. With Trav working most nights, sports games, full-time job, PTA, Meal Prepping, Life, and etc…. Well…. Im no different than anyone else…Some days I feel like I have a handle on things and then other days I commit major flops…. Last year 100th day was one of my flops…. Rewind to last year when Carter was in Kindergarten. Im a teacher, but I teach older kiddos so 100th day really wasn’t on my radar… When the letter came home, things sounded pretty simple: send in 100 of something…Carter and I talked about what he could bring in: candy, toy cars, stickers, etc…. BUT the ever efficient Jackie decided that paperclips were the way to go and talked my child into taking paperclips… dual purpose: he could use them for 100th day and then we could give them to his teacher for a gift… every teacher loves paperclips… WIN-WIN right… no, WRONG!!! Little did I know that 100th day of school was WAYYYYY more complicated.… t-shirts, balloons, signs/posters made by kiddos… and then there is Carter with his bag full of paperclips… PAPERCLIPS… goodness what was I thinking…. Fast-forward a year later- NEVER again will I make that mistake… so this year, I went to Pinterest….Found this gem and with a little help from my besties, Carter and Colby were set….. Truth be told… Carter and I didn’t really count the gum balls… it was more of a guess, but they sure looked cute!!!!!!!! Even though Colby didn’t actually attend 100 days of school, I had to match the boys… too cute!!!!!
Basketball is in full swing… We love to watch the games… this season something has changed.......Carter and his friends look like ball players…. Fundamentals are coming along, and they are actually playing the game… it is super fun to watch… Yes, I’m that momma cheering for my kiddo in the stands…..just call me a Number One Fan!!!!
Super Bowl Sunday!!!! Such a FUN time!!!! Food, Family, Football.....can it get any better......well- YES.....add in a Birthday Party........We celebrated the boys' Bday on game day!!! So you might be thinking about their actual birthday....it's in Dec..... Even though we love to get together with family, the boy's birthdays are so close to Christmas....it gets too hectic!!! To help with this....we spread out parties! Super Bowl is the perfect get together with a double purpose!!!! In true Jackie form, I love THEMES.....so, of course, we do a themed party........and with the help of my BFFs and Pinterest, we pull off a different theme each year!!!! This year Carter picked the theme!!! So Blues HOCKEY it was....Football on the TV and Hockey as the theme!!!!
Valentine’s Day is all about love…..... Love to others, love to yourself........It's why I started this Blog. I wanted others to see that Life isnt different. It's life!!!! I truly believe that acceptance and support is the finest quality in a person........I try and ask myself daily: Would you be friends with you? If the answer is YES!!! You are doing something right? Sometimes the answer is No, and I need to self evaluate.....what I want to love about me..... I want to be that person… that person others want to be friends with because I want to be supportive, loyal and kind.....saying that aloud sounds superfluous, but how often life and negatively can squash happiness....so I must choose kindness!!!!
We celebrated V-Day with dinner at home…. Sweet Colby wasn't/ still isn’t feeling well so a night of relaxation is needed…. Does anyone else find staying at home the new party scene….or am I really just getting older……
SNEAK PEEK of my FAVORITE FINDS… With February being the month of love, why not share more of my favorite finds… Look for a blog post soon…. Here’s a sneak peek of my favs…. Which one would you like to hear about FIRST!?!?!
Sports seasons are in full swing. Whether it is hockey, basketball or football, there is always some sort of game on in this house….. and what better than sports games…. the food!!!!! Appetizers!!!! For my boys, snacking is just as important as the game..... Here are my healthy go to appetizers …..I LOVE finding new recipes that that taste delicious but are not loaded with unhealthy ingredients……These are some of my family’s favorites…….
Garlic Cheddar Bay Bread Clouds- think of Red Lobster biscuits but without the carbs!!!
2oz- Cream Cheese
3tbsp shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper
1tbsp Dried Parsley
¼ Baking Powder
Sweet Potatoes, Brie, Red Pepper Jelly Melts
3 large Sweet potatoes
Round 8oz of Brie Cheese
Red Pepper Jelly
Best Oven Fries- Garlic Parmesan
This recipe is a must… it is from one of my favorite food vloggers- Laura Vitale. Here is her recipe. Click on the video to watch how to make these…. They are absolutely delicious…..
3 Large Russet Potatoes, peeled
3 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp of Finely Chopped Parsley
1/4 cup of Freshly Grated Parmiggiano (parmesan cheese)
Salt and Pepper
1) Cut the potatoes into thin “(French fries) shape. Place the potatoes in a bowl full of cold water and allow them to sit for 30 minutes.
2) Drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly. Place them on a microwave safe plate (you will need to do this in batches) and microwave the potatoes for about 3 or 4 minutes or until the potatoes have softened a bit.
3) Meanwhile preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place a nonstick baking sheet in the oven to preheat it as well.
4) Toss your partially cooked potatoes with your vegetable oil and place them in a single layer on the hot baking sheet.
5) Roast the potatoes for about 20 minutes (or longer depending on how hot your oven is) flipping them over if you need to get them nicely colored on both sides and crispy.
6) When the potatoes come out of the oven, sprinkle over the salt, pepper, parmiggiano, garlic and parsley and toss them while the potatoes are hot.
7) Serve right away!
Recipe By: Laura Vitale
Link to video
Much Love!!! Let me know if you try for your Game Day treats!!!!
What we've been up to……..this weekend we had a family wedding… So much FUN…I'm from a large family and when we get together, it's always a super fun time.......
Music on… AND AWAY Carter GOES…. He loves to DANCE!!! I CANT say I blame him.. he does have my rhythm…..
Family is Everything!!!! It’s something I take pride in….. we don’t get to see each other as often as when I was younger, but when we do…. It makes for a really really good time…. Growing up we lived closer to each other, but now some live far and some live near…. My family is super supportive, and my cousin was quick to bring up the blog and how he liked to read it (super proud moment for me-Thanks A) .……My aunt suggested I do a blog on “How I lost weight” and since Ive been asked about it by several readers as well, I decided to go for it……… (bring on my awkwardness)
Soooo.....How did I lose weight… Yeek!!!! NOT a comfortable subject to talk about… I try to seem confident about it and try to be proud of my accomplishments, but honestly…. It is HARD for me to talk about-weight is an awkward subject…..years in the making and hard to change … First off, people have judgments about weight and weight loss, and I'm my worst critic…to me, there is no perfect size… there is just you..... and how you feel…. so I figured to help me “get over" my awkwardness, I might as well write about it…..
One year ago, I set out to be healthy and lose the “baby weight.” I wanted to feel good for myself and to be healthy for my family…. So I set out with a goal… lose the baby weight…. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but I was determined…I’d done it in the past so I could do it again….. Arggggg but totally true…… I have tried all different types of plans, diets, programs, etc…… I still go on a sugar cleanse and/or a detox-especially after the holidays, but in general, what really works for me is calorie counting and meal planning….Here is what I did and what I do to stay on track......
Be Honest with YOURSELF.......
So “they” say that staying healthy is 20% exercise ( click pic for my blog post on my workout regimen) and 80% nutrition…. IM definitely not “they” or any kind of expert… I have to be honest with myself… Long term speaking, I know IM going to eat dark chocolate- not every day but sometimes… so if I do, I have to add in those calories…. If I plan to go out for drinks, then I have to eat lots of veggies during the day to save up calories…. I think of it like my bank account… If I don’t have it, I cant get it…. So I must save for it…. I want to enjoy life but also have a healthy long life so to maintain things; I have to calorie count…. This makes life realistic for me….
One bite DOES count- if I don’t know the calories and cant Google it, then a small bite is always at least 100 calories… better to be over than under.
Staying organized and making things easy on busy workdays is a MUST…. I wouldn’t and wont be successful without it….
I meal PREP and PLAN on SUNDAY … Sunday Funday…. I prep lunches. It helps me stay healthy during the week and makes packing lunches so simple… I don’t have to take time or make time… I can just grab and go….. I actually do the same for Carter’s lunches- super simple.
My Lunch.... I make ALL my lunches and snacks on Sunday for the entire week.... I just stack them in the fridge so they are ready to grab and go!
(Recipe for these Cheddar Bay Bread Clouds- soon to come…..Delic)
Carter Lunches.......For Carter’s lunches, since they DO NOT stack nicely, I use a large plastic Rubbermaid bowl and in goes everything…. I separate each item into sections so I can just grab and put into his lunchbox..... 5 lunches DONE all on Sunday....
When we get home from school... its out with the old and in with the new..…..packed and ready to grab the next morning… .
Dinners....Meal Planning. I also plan out my dinners on Sunday......My weeknight dinners always take less than 30 minutes … start to finish….. it cant be more… I want to get it done and then enjoy my night. I use this calendar and plan out what we have for the week. I find most of my recipes on Pinterest or from Laura Vitale (she’s my fav) … I just experiment until I find what tastes the best….. Have I mentioned I love Pinterest….
Helpful Tip: My Fitness App makes things super convenient… it gives calories (micros if you’re into the little details) of items and lets you log a daily food journal….I started with this App to food journal….. Such a great way to start…… I highly recommend it….… This way, even on cheat days or when we go out to eat.… Im not really cheating…. It all must stay the same calorie count….:0)
A Look at Life this week… we started another sport's season… BASKETBALL!!!! Carter loves to play- takes after his dad on this one……. Colby loves to pass the ball to Carter…. Boys will be boys…. Much Love!!!!
Sticking with Workouts from last week’s blog, I thought about “What makes a workout easier”…. Cute workout gear of course!!!!!…… Does anyone else find it easier to work out when you love your tennis shoes (Im an Asics girl myself) or when you have a workout outfit that makes you feel like Alex in Flashdance….. This got me thinking… What is my favorite workout attire?.... Im pretty basic on top: black, black and more black, but what Im really picky with is workout PANTS…. Leggings to be specific….. Leggings and I have a very long relationship- they have taken me through all of my pregnancies, through weight gain and weight loss, and through it all , we have continued to love each other..... They really are my go to….….. I’ve tried all different kinds but three brands have passed the test of time and are my go to, tried and true, ride or die workout/lounge, live in pants…. Here are my favs:
2. Victoria Secrets Knock Out High Waist Tights….. The name fits these- they are a knockout…. These leggings, you must check out… I wear these for all types of workouts- mall-walking, kickboxing, yoga, piyo- these are my go to… They smooth out everything and will not slip or move- they pass the Yoga stretch test…. They are more casual and have small details that make them “workout” gear… that doesn’t mean I only wear to the workout …Nope , I wear these all over the place, but consider them on the casual side. Fit wise- they fit on the slightly smaller size.
3. Free People Capris….. Just call me a free spirit…. I love love love the brand Free People... the style and the look, but honestly the price vs how things hold up… doesn’t impress me… that was UNTIL….. I found their capris leggings…. I have several different styles of these…. They are pricey but I love them and they have held the test of time…… They are more stretchy than both the above leggings but still smooth thing out and provide enough movement without slipping down. I also wear these as workout pants AND/OR, because they have super cute details, for a casual look…. The details on the legs add the perfect “little extra” to a casual outfit. The fit is slightly on the larger side.
Im such a boutique girl!!!! These can be bought at Nordstrom- link above but I bought mine from Too Blue Boutique!!!! A local shop!!! You must must must check them out!!! the styles, the look- such a gem!!! Soooo wonderful!!!! Let me know if you shop there and what are your favorite finds!!!!
Here is the website: http://tooblueboutique.com/
I have my mental list of boutiques and favorite places that I shop at....let me know if you'd be interested in my favorite shops......
WORKOUT gear- CHECK ✔️. Give these a try if you are looking for an excellent pair of leggings or want to spice up your workout gear..…Let me know if you try them!!!….. Much Love!!!
Fashion Finds are something I love look for............What is trending? What are the "Looks" for the season!....... What can be added to my go to style!!! .....So I decided to add a little extra this week and share my favorite finds in fashion!!! Just for fun.....this week my obsession is Booties.... I love looking and making "wishlists" or "soon to purchase" lists! Here is my current list for tan booties.......
Style away loves.......Much Love!!!
Click each Bootie Picture for the Link!!! :)
Top Left: Sole Society Olive
Top Right :Sole Society Bridget
Bottom Left: Toms Majorca
Bottom Right: Lucky Brand Bashina
Fashion Finding -from the COMFORT of HOME!!!!