For those of you who don’t know, earlier this year I set out on a journey to get healthy and fit.
I have always believed in going to a gym over working out from home.
I told myself that I couldn’t stay motivated on my own at home.
Except then, you know what happened? I couldn’t find the time to go to the gym. Because going to the gym took me at least an hour and half by the time I drove there, worked out, and drove home. I didn’t have an extra hour and a half a day.
I told myself that I didn’t need to workout because there was just not time.
You know what happens when you begin to let your body and health go? You become depressed about how you look and feel, which affects how you parent, how you love your husband, how you approach your friends, how you treat your family…it affects every aspect of your life.
That’s when I decided I was going to try out an at-home workout program. I guess you can say, the rest is history.
You might look at my before pictures and think, geez, I’d be okay with those before pictures (I’ve heard that several times after posting these pictures).
It never fails, as soon as we open the pool…the boys want to be in it.
It doesn’t matter what the water temperature is, what the outdoor temperature is, whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring or whether it’s even been cleaned…they will argue “you should let us swimmmmmmm!” until I finally say yes.
One of the things I absolutely love about working from home and running my own business is that my kids see a strong work ethic in me.
On the flip side, one thing that I despise about working from home and running my own business is that my kids see me working. A LOT.
My work day doesn’t always end at 5:00 PM. Sometimes I am squeezing in things when I can because, let’s be honest, when you’re work is AT home…it never goes away.
It seems like lately, life has been flashing right before my eyes.
I am genuinely so good about capturing memories of the boys (maybe too good) and really bad about taking the time to post about them. It seems like with Marriage More and Happy Mommy Box, I have less and less time to write here. But, I am going to do my best to make it more of a priority.
I love both of my other businesses, but THIS? This is what I will look back on in 20 years and read.
And wish I could rewind time. Haha! (more…)
Just ask my husband, I used to proclaim that I would absolutely NEVER like protein shakes.
Ewww. Gross. Puke. No way.
Pretty much how in college I claimed I would never drive a minivan. Like never ever ever. (—> Andddddd then I had kids).
Proud minivan owner since 2011. What what.
When I started doing the fit challenges I forced myself to try the shakes that go with it. I honestly thought I would take one sip, say “heck-no” and move on.
But, I was shocked when I actually took a drink? AND LIKED IT.
I’m choosing to celebrate the small wins these days.
Like the fact that my kids are wearing something besides sports attire for once.
Like the fact that we made it to our Easter bunny breakfast on time (6 minutes early actually).
Like the fact that we got to spend our morning with great friends. (more…)
It’s been fun this week connecting with so many other boy moms (and girl moms too). One thing I have learned about parenting is that whether you are a boy mom or girl mom… we all share in the same struggles and joys.
Being able to hear other women say, “I know exactly what you are going through…” or “My little one does the same thing…” is comforting. It’s this common bond we have as mothers that can only be felt and understood by a mom.
If you missed my boy mom posts this week you can catch up by checking out our Land of Nod Play Table Knock-Off and some tips on boy bedroom decor!
The boys are currently obsessed with coloring and drawing. I’m not complaining since it’s better than them being obsessed with their iPads, right?! (more…)
I feel like I’ve exhausted every single boy room idea I could possible come up with so when it was time to switch the baby-ish boy room to a toddler room? I was pretty much at a loss.
If you have multiple boys? I know you feel me on this.
Here are a few things that helped me design their new bedroom: (more…)
In High School, most people called me a “goody-goody”.
Not in a “she’s so sweet and good” kind of way, but more in a “Gahhh, why does she have to be such rule follower” kind of way. (more…)
FIND OUT HOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO MY FITNESS GROUP >>>> HERE.
I don’t normally post stuff like this (especially because this is being super transparent). But here I go…
When I got pregnant, everyone and their brother gave me advice about what I should and should not do with a baby in my belly.
“Don’t eat lunch meat.”
“Limit your workout routine.”
Then when I had a newborn, I was given opinion after opinion on how to handle diapers and nap time and breastfeeding. I was told to never let a child “cry it out” and that my boobs would essentially “never be the same”.
I call it…”Welcome to Motherhood: Where Everyone You Know is Now A Baby Expert.” <— an entire post dedicated to the highly opinionated parenting expert. Thank me later.
Then, a few years ago I sent my (now) seven year old off to the big K. Yes, Kindergarten. (more…)