12.04.2017

Fun things that I hope we get around to doing AKA a bucket list

Raise your hand if you attempt some sort of bucket/family activity list during the winter.


Now who crosses off items on that list?




That'd be a yes to the first and a nay to the latter from me. DOH!


I have every intention when creating a list of family activities, to do every single one, but gosh darn it, its hard for me.  I try every year and we never complete our list. Something I often struggle with is finding the balance of, having fun adventures/experiences with my kids but keeping their expectations low.  That may sound bad, but I'm just not the mom that's taking their kids to do something every weekend. I just can't do that. So when we do something its like SUPER exciting, but then I feel bad we don't do things like that more often...then the cycle just keeping going and going. Its madness, but creating a silly bucket list can be so stressful. 

So, in order to keep my self-confidence up & stress levels down this year I've decided instead of making some grand list, I'm going to try and just enjoy and make the things we are already doing this winter/holiday our family bucket list. I'm hopeful that this will help the time we spend together as a family more meaningful. 

  • attend a family Christmas party
  • have one date night & day date
  • attend Evelyn's orchestra concert. get treats after.
  • watch Amelia be baptized
  • sing Christmas songs
  • hug my children and tell them I love them
  • pay for someones meal at a restaurant/drive thru
  • send a letter in the mail
  • send a gift in the mail
  • make treats for neighbors
  • read Christmas stories
  • serve our friends & neighbors
Whatever we do, small or big, I know I just want my family by my side enjoying the holidays. 
 
Thanks for stopping by! 

I'm linking up this post with the Mommy Style Monday ladies. Click the links below to see the different bucket lists they've got going on. 

Kiana // Glitter&Donuts
Madeline // CaseyLand
Monica //  It's All About

If you'd like to sign up and join us in the next Mommy Style Monday link up visit Kiana at Glitter&Donuts or Madeline at CaseyLand


11.14.2017

2018 LDS Mutual Theme Peace in Christ YW Binder Covers | FREE Printable

2018 is just around the corner!

Time to get things in order for next year LDS mutual theme: Peace in Christ

I've created some simple but cute binder covers, and I'm not using them so I thought i'd share and hopefully help someone else out. Binder covers for YW presidency & class presidencies: CLICK HERE to download your FREE binder covers.

I hope you use and enjoy them!







11.10.2017

Slow and Steady

November 2017 vs 3 Weeks postpartum April 2016
obviously same shirt 

This is what slow weight loss looks like after having a baby.  I don't understand why so many want to just "bounce back" so soon after having a baby. I don't know about you but not everyone has the ability to do that. We're all different inside and out, and some take longer to loose weight gained during, and after pregnancies.

I've tried many times to loose weight too soon after I've had babies and it back fires... every.single.time.
Why? Because my body & mind are not ready for it.  It takes at least a good year for my hormones, and hips and all sorts of other things to recover from creating life and bringing that life to the world, but its mostly mental.

I am not even close to being mentally ready to change my eating, let alone exercise.  I try a little at a time. Everything clicks, eventually, but if it doesn't then I know its time to stop and start again later instead of beating myself up about it and causing even more mental and physical abuse to myself.

It's clicked quickly this time around because it was an absolute must that diets change in our household. Leo is 20 months and I've started and stopped many time and I was very much ready for a change. My body was screaming at me to change, even a little. I was ready cause its for the health of Chris, but it also needed to be a family change. Its much easier to make a change if you have your closest support system right there along with you for the ride.

We've cut way down on carbs, still have them though, cause I just can't not have it, boosted our protein, vegetable and water intake, and its having positive effects already. We still indulge a little, but we're already to the point that it would make us sick if we went too far over the edge. Which I see as a good thing. Our bodies are resetting.

We've been a little over a month in and I've lost some weight, Chris has too, we just feel a little better and that's the whole purpose in this, feel better. It's not about a weight loss number, although its been a positive side effect.

I did an Instagram post about not caring about the number of my weight. I weigh a little less now but seriously who really cares. Weight is such a weird thing with women, when it shouldn't be.



I've gone way off, and if i kept talking about it I would just blow up. So I'm going to end this with thought of weight loss, especially those postpartum...

Just because it's what's done doesn't mean it's what should be done!


By the way, the tortoise did beat the hare. Just saying.


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