Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Whats Up Wednesday

I can't believe it is the last Wednesday of the month already. July flew by with so much fun and exciting things happening. Before you know it the kids will be back in school. This summer was has been far to quick. We still have a few more weeks to knock some more things off our bucket list.

I'm linking up today with ShaySheaffer, and Mel for What's Up Wednesday

What we are eating this week?
We are on vacation with no real meals planned. Our hotel has Continental breakfast, we are having sandwiches most days for lunch, and finding somewhere to eat local for dinner. I also have my daily shakes. I brought a blender and single serving packs with me. We however are very much against my norm of being prepared with everything that I will be eating each day.

What I am reminiscing about?
We are up in Mackinaw City and Island for our vacation. The last time I was here I was in a wheelchair when I had my back broken at the age of 14. I dealt with a lot of physical setbacks due to the incident. I also try to "forget" a lot of what happened during that time. While we are on vacation I am trying to remember little things from the last time we were here. Plus being thankful that I am physically able to be here, enjoying life, walking, and sharing it with my wonderful family.

What I am loving?

Got a fresh new haircut and style. Noting to wild. It feels so much healthier. Maybe I will wear it down and straightened more now. 

What we have been up to?
July has been a busy fun month. We started off with lots of 4th of July fun. Read more about it HERE

Austin turned 2. We had a big family birthday party at our house for him. Read more about it HERE

There has also been lots of outside fun playing with the new swing set. Check it out HERE

What I am dreading?
I have to admit I am dreading and excited for Ella to start Kindergarten. It is a whole new world of excitement, learning, and her growing up. There will also be more of a schedule in our lives with bedtimes and dinner time. But I am not ready for that reality that I have a Kindergartner. 

What am I working on?

Brian and I are co-hosting an online health and fitness accountability group together starting next Monday with a new workout program called Shift Shop. We are going to helping, supporting and encouraging men and women on their health and fitness journey, while we do the same thing. Want more info. Check this out

What I am watching?

I have to admit I have a Christmas obsession. I have dvr'd and watched most of the Hallmark Channel Christmas in July movies. I am far from ready for Christmas, and decorations are not to be up until after Thanksgivings, but it is fun in July.

What am I reading?
Check back tomorrow I talk about my the books I have been reading this month with Carpool Book Club. 

What I am listening to?

I have been and forever will be a Linkin Park fan. They were my first concert and I saw them 5x. Their must helped me in the worst times in my life. When I heard about Chester Bennington death it was like a part of my childhood was brought back with good memories and sorrow. He will be remembered and loved by millions

What I am doing this weekend?
We are still on vacation. We are getting together with family, spending the day at a water park and coming home to get back to a routine.

What I am looking forward to next month?

Summer is coming to an end. We have a lot on our bucket list still to do. Find out about our summer bucket list HERE.

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Wordless Wednesday

Hey friends!!! I am back for the new Weekly Linky Party, Wordless Wednesday. Feel free to grab the image above, join in the party, invite your friends, and link up at the bottom of the post. Interested in Co-Hosting? Message me and lets chat.

Being on vacation and having crappy wifi wasn't part of my plans. Sorry up so late. 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday- Whats On Your Phone

Its Show and Tell Tuesday- Whats On Your Phone Andrea over at Momfessionals.

As a stay at home mom and a work at home mom, I feel like there are days I am on my phone a lot working and days where I don't even touch my phone (but some little man has it and is watching garbage truck videos on youtube)
I have an Iphone 6 with 64GB of memory. Only half of it is full, mostly with photos and videos. I am afraid to delete them that I will lose them. I have to eventually get them printed and save them somewhere safe. I have a lot of apps on my phone that I barely ever use, but keep for that random time, like Target, Walmart, Amazon, Wish, Twitter.

This is my home screen. I have my most used apps and folders easy to access on this screen. (Yes I have follow-up emails to reply to for my next virtual fitness group). Every day I listen to at least one Podcast. Pinterest is a horrible addiction, but I get lots of ideas and recipes off it. Sometimes I read from my phone instead of my kindle. Brian and I share our schedules on Google Calendar. I may not Snap much anymore but I do stalk. I love doing challenges on my Fitbit app. 

These are all the apps I use for editing videos and photos. Most often I use PicPlayPost and Rhonna. 

This folder is my Beachbody, work at home and health and fitness apps. The 21 Day Fix is where I track my color coded containers I eat. My Challenge Tracker app and Facebook Groups I use the most often, I host virtual fitness groups with them. Spark people I sometimes track what I eat by calories. BOD is where I can stream my workouts from anywhere. 

Photobucket, I sometimes add my photos there then onto my blog. Other times I just upload them in the blogger app. Bloglovin I catch up on some of my favorite blogs. 

I have a few apps on my phone for the kids. Austin's favorite right now is Youtube and watching garbage trucks. Ella loves the shopkins game.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Road Trip Essentails

We are leaving in a little bit for our first road trip as a family of 4 with a brand new 2 year old facing forward and a "I'm bored" 5 year old. The longest car ride we have ever taken was 2 hours. This time it is 4 hours, taking a break for a few hours then another 3.5 hours to our destination. Wish us luck. When Aubriella was 3 we went on road trip that was supposed to be 9 hours and ended up taking us 12. I so hope that isn't the case this time.

I have been up for a couple of hours finishing everything and getting my workout done. I know personally being suck in a car for so long I am going to be antsy and I will not get my workout done later.

Everything is all packed, and in place for easy reaching. We have neck pillows, blankets, toys, snacks, water, kindles, and so much more. I need a bigger vehicle for road trips. Or learn to condense.

What are your road trip essentials? Here are a few of ours:

I am a snacker when on the road. If I don't have something to snack on I either sleep, or stop for fast food that I don't need. I love grab and go snacks. Lara Bars and RX bars are my go to and I always have them handy. (I honestly have some hidden in the arm rest of my car at all times) Before you even think it, No I will not be eating these all in one day, this is my supply for the whole trip.

My other go to snack that I like to make are my Shakeo Balls. Not only do they keep my fuller longer, are filled with super foods, but they also give me that little energy boost to keep going. This time I made chocolate (my favorite) and vanilla. Want to try them? HERE is the recipe. 

Since we are leaving so early in the morning, the kids will be asleep (hopefully), there will be no breakfast before we leave. I made these cute little mini banana chocolate chip banana muffins. They can pop a few in there mouths and be content for a little bit before we stop for breakfast and coffee. With them being mini the hope is less of a mess. 

As well as food I have a cooler filled with water. It is always so expensive to buy a bottle of water anywhere so I am prepared. Yes I also know the more you drink the more you pee. Whenever we drive anywhere Brian has to pee every hour anyways. We also will need to let the kids run around a little bit. Plus it is an excuse to buy and use my Mickey Mouse cooler. 

A few years ago we invested in a portable DVD player. This will honestly only be our 3rd time using it, but well worth the investment. Hopefully the kids enjoy watching there movies in the car, and we can use it in the hotel also.  I have packed some of their favorite movies including Trolls, Sing, Beauty and the Beast, and Mickey Mouse Club House. 

I saw these the other day at the Disney store on clearance. They are activity pads that come with markers and have a hard back. Ella will love them and Austin loves anything Mickey. I like that they have a hard back so they have a surface to color on. 

Coloring books, markers, and crayons are always a cheap, simple activity. Who doesn't love coloring? The Disney coloring books have a hard back also, plus they flip at the top instead of the side for easy coloring.

Something new and exciting always catches kids eyes. I bought these two books from Usborne. Ella loves Look and Find books, this will give her lots of fun. Austin, I got a fun slider book. Usborne has so many different options of books. Check them out here.

The kids will both have their kindles. To make things smoother I deleted any app that need wifi (we are not spoiled to have a wifi car) and downloaded a few new ones that don't require wifi. 

I am hoping by being prepared our road trip goes smoothly. Not to many tears or screaming, just lots of singing, laughing and smiling. 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Favorites- Swing Set fun

Hey friends!!! How has everyone's week been going? It's FRIDAY We have been recuperating from everyone being sick, Austin's birthday party last weekend, and preparing for a road trip next week. The weather in Northern Ohio has been gorgeous, the kids have gotten lots of fresh air this week, and I have also watched way to many Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel than I would like to admit. 

I'm joining in with ErikaNarci, and Andrea for another week of Friday Favorites. For Austin's birthday a bunch of family chipped in and we all got the kids a Swing Set for the back yard. We put it together a few weeks ago and my kids, the neighbor kids, and friends have all enjoyed it. 

Ella's favorite part has to be the "order taking" window. 

She is also a monkey who loves to swing and hang upside down from the monkey bar. (I really need to get her back in gymnastics)

This girl really reminds me of my younger self. Always being wild and giving me at least a million heart attacks a day. 

Austin is also a wild man who has no fear. The first day he learned how to walk up the side without any hands. 

He also loves the rock climbing wall. It took him a few days to figure out how to climb it but now he is a pro. There is also a ladder on the other side that he can climb up and down in a blink of an eye. Guess we can get bunk beds now.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Hey everyone!!! I am starting a new Weekly Linky Party, Wordless Wednesday. Feel free to grab the image above, join in the party, invite your friends, and link up at the bottom of the post. Interested in Co-Hosting? Message me and lets chat.

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Tuesday Talk

Hey friends. Thanks for stopping by again, if you're new, welcome take a look around and feel free to drop a comment. Today I am linking up in a fun Tuesday Talk with Erika and Ashley.

Today I am going to talk about my health and fitness journey

My Story:

I am a 32 year old mother to two beautiful children, Aubriella age 5 and Austin age 2. I have an amazing supportive boyfriend, Brian. I am a retired hair dresser turned health and fitness nut. I wasn't always into working out or eating healthy. I use to hate working out, fitness = torture in my eyes. Healthy meant eating 100 calorie packs and prepacked high sodium microwave freezer meals. Now I have learned to love working out and making clean healthy meals for myself and family. 

After having my son I knew I needed to make changes. I was not happy with how much weight I had gained or the way my body looked. I had no energy I lost the confidence in myself. I wanted to be that mom who could go run around and play with my kids and not be out of breath. I visioned having an active family that went for family walks, bike rides, and played sports together. I knew that the way I was living my life previously that wasn't going to happen. I needed to make a change for the better for myself and my family. 

I had been following my coach on social media for almost a year, watching her journey. Plus watching those she had helped along the way also. I reached out to her about joining her next accountability group. I got all signed up and decided to give give coaching a try. I started with the 21 Day Fix program. I had previously done it before and knew it worked. I had lost over 5 lbs.

I started in Septemeber of 2015, 6 weeks after having Austin. In just 21 days I had started seeing results. I was getting more energy, I was losing some weight, and starting to get some confidence back. The scale hadn't moved that much, but I was still breastfeeding and not sticking to the meal plan very well, with of fear of losing my milk supply. (I have since learned how to properly eat to keep milk supply)
I a little hiccup along the way with being able to drink Shakeology. My son was diagnosed with a heart problem and I wasn't allowed to have any caffeine including my beloved Shakeology. There was a little time where I wasn't allowed to drink it, coffee, have any chocolate, or anything that had even a trace of caffeine. Once I gave up breastfeeding I was back at it drinking my shake, eating according to the nutrition plan, and working out daily. I was no longer having the afternoon slump, and started losing more weight.

Fast forward almost 2 years. I am in the best shape of my life, but still a work in progress. I have gained an abundance of confidence, I can honestly say I am happy, my relationship with Brian is the best it has ever been, our family eats pretty clean with lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I have lost and kept off 25 pounds. I still have more weight I want to lose. I am fully committed to focusing on my health and nutrition and completing the new program Shift Shop, starting the end of July 2017. 
I love all of Beachbody's products. I have done many, and tried all of the programs we offer. All the flavors of Shakeology are delicious, my favorite being Vegan Chocolate. Energize from our Beachbody Performance line is my best friend for early workouts, or just giving mye that extra kick of energy throughout the day. 

I’m nobody special; I’m just a girl who decided to chase her dreams of staying home with her kids and found her passion for helping empower women in the process. I am blessed to be able to work for myself, be a stay at home mom and do what I truly love and to work with some pretty amazing people. I really love helping women to find the confidence in themselves again, love themselves, lose weight, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. 
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