7.21.2016

Life Lately.


Aiden is still mostly bald up top, the hair he does have is super blonde and he's very tan. Oliver was blonde until around 3 I think, so I have no doubt it will turn dark eventually, but I love to rub his soft scalp like he's a baby still. He's still a great sleeper, hitting 3 and 4 hour naps, but do NOT let him nap until 5pm or you'll be sorry come 9:30pm and he's running around wild. He eats decently, but like any child some days he starving and others he nibbles. We've grown tired of bananas and the cuties aren't tasting great right now, he loves pretzels and cheese. 

He starts his second year of preschool next month, we are upping him to 3x a week. I'm sure the last few months he's been home will lead to tears the first few days, but he just learns so much there. 


Madison is just so grown lately, she's obsessed with Mine Craft and I honestly really don't know what it's about, but to hear her laughing at the videos is pretty hilarious. She's doing really well with her Math tutoring, still going 2x a week and doing her homework daily. I hope that gives her a strong start for 2nd grade, we are requesting she be placed with a seasoned teacher, are we allowed to interview a teacher? I may ask about that! We've been playing club soccer this summer, but we aren't quite ready to leave our rec team, we've been together for years now and they play so well together. If we can work it out we may do both. 

She's really a good girl, but let me tell you - I have had some flashes of her as a teenager. When she's tired or hungry she turns into the sassiest little turkey - can't imagine where she gets it from :) But, whoa. She really pushes my buttons, never Daddy's, just mine. I'm not ready for that attitude, I still smother her with kisses in front of her friends when I drop her off at Camp....and she lets me. 


We are going on month 3 of Crossfit and I've never felt stronger. I swear every day I feel like a badass when I walk out of there, even on days I don't do as well as others or lifted as much as I could've. I'm breathing heavy and sometimes wanna puke... I love it so hard.  I've PR'd my back squat and deadlift this last week, but alas I'll be gone soon for a long while it seems. 

My surgery is next Friday, but August 8th I have another appointment for a second opinion on my knee issues. The first ortho I spoke with was pretty vague on treatment plans and pretty much told me to never run again. I refuse to accept that so I have an appointment with a sports knee dude who was recommended to me from another running friend. When I have surgery on my knee I'll be out for up to 3 months. It's gotta be done though and better for me to overlap my recoveries at the same time. I'll be back lifting the 10 pound weights, but that's ok, just more goals for me to smash! 



I'm really gonna miss my girl time though, running and working out is so much more that a physical thing for me. It's how I connect with people who share the same interests as me, who I bitch to about my husband, it's my adult time! 


Who else would meet up for margaritas at 9pm and get up at 5am to run around? Only the craziest and best buds.

7.18.2016

Hey There.

Shorts // Hat // Shoes

Whoop whoop my surgeon called and the surgery center messed up so they had to move my surgery to next Friday, he's going to cover my overnight stay for the inconvenience. Friday actually works better than Tuesday anyways so I'm not too bummed. Oliver will take me Friday and then I stay for 23 hours and he'll pick me up Saturday - it's about an hour from my house. It will just be easier over the weekend because he'll be off work. 

I'm pretty prepared - heres my list of things I've gotten - please let me know if you recommend something I don't have!

1. Recliner - a friend is giving me one that she used. I'll be sleeping in it for a while so I don't get anything nasty on my bed or couch. 
2. Shower Wipes to use until I can take an actual shower.
3. A bath/Shower bench
4. a walker
5. A neck pillow
6. Go Girl - google it. ahhahahha.
7. pain pills and Arnica

I'm still waiting for my pre-op nurse call, but I'm not sure what to wear home. Maybe just a long nightgown that can go over my head? Not sure if I should wear pants? I also am not sure if I should purchase my own compression garments, I know they give you some, but some say they are super uncomfortable?

The surgery is 9 hours long and starts around Noon - I was telling Oliver how concerned I was about the doctor getting hungry - like do you stop to snack? He told me he was not at all surprised I'm worried about food. 


In other news I bought an Air Fryer! I messed up my first attempt at sweet potato fries, the above recipe is in CELSIUS which I realized after they came out not cooked. Then I tried pork chops and they came out ahhhhhmazing, best chops ever! The Air Fryer cooks stuff up with hot circulating air so you don't have to use a bunch of oil - we also tried sausage in them and they were perfectly cooked! 

I also did some Brussel sprouts in a foil pack with pecans and dried cranberries, faster than the oven too!


We took Aiden to his first movie - Finding Dory. He feel asleep on the way there and stayed asleep until the movie started, he then opened his eyes and got really excited about the huge screen, but like any typical 2 year old was up and down, walking around, and spilling the popcorn. Might be a while before we try again. 


After another one of Madison's soccer jerseys was ruined in our stupid dryer we broke down and bought a new set, I prefer a top loading washer which are slim pickings, but everyone recommended a Samsung so I'm glad they had one. 


BAE has been busy busy - she hasn't spent the night at home in almost a week. We only have a month until school starts so I'm letting her have her fun - Mimi's house is much more fun - she has a pool, 2 dogs, and a huge craft room. Can't blame the girl :) I spent most of my summers at my Grandma's house and it some of my fondest childhood memories, right down to the Mentos she used to bring me home from work. 

7.14.2016

My First Year in Business - Part 1


I've been trying to write this post for a few weeks now, but honestly blogging has taken a back seat to pretty much everything else I have going on and I miss it! If for no other reason than I can go read back and see what my life was like 5 years ago, the babies, and the journey I've taken. 

This last year has been one of the biggest for my personal growth - I feel like I've found my life niche. I am happy and content with all aspects of my life, not that they are perfect, but that I sleep well at night when I lay my head down on my pillow. I don't lie awake worrying about things, I knew that feeling too well. 

Starting OMB was scary - you can read here for my story on how it all began. I'm going to share all the things I've learned during our first year in business. You can watch my You Tube Video on how I got going. 



1. Talk to an accountant. 

Being a business major in college did not really prepare me for running my own company, ask for a recommendation and find a knowledgable accountant. You will need taxes filed - monthly and quarterly. 



I also recommend you ask what documents they will need to file theses things for you. I was working a full time job when I started OMB and I was not great a keeping up with all the paperwork, but again I didn't ask or know what I would need to have on hand later. For example - Cost of goods sold. I use Shopify to run my website and they don't have a clear cut way to track what you pay for an item, I've found a place to put it in, but you have to run a report and sort it to find this info when you need it. 

Another piece of information I didn't track closely was damages, I can pull a refund report from Shopify, but not all refunds were damaged product some were exchanges or returns. I now am sure to use the same wording in the description box so I can sort the report more accurately. 

The first year will be hard to estimate for taxes, my strategy was SAVE SAVE SAVE. I put back tons of money, nothing stressed me more than having a huge tax bill with not enough cash to pay it. This was smart, but also cut into the amount of inventory I could buy. This year will be easier, my account has estimated my quarterly taxes so I know my payments ahead of time. 



2. Free Shipping.

I started off with $5 shipping and decided to change over to free shipping. This was scary for me, our shipping costs each month run about 4k a MONTH. That's a lot of cash capital I have to cover, it does help at tax time, but until then it eats up my money for shopping. 

Still, if you can cover it I would, free shipping it incentive to be able to shop more often and with restocks, new arrivals, secret releases, etc each week it seems unfair to charge shipping every time. 

Beach Tank.


3. Programs.

Highly recommend you ask other business owners for advice on what programs they use for certain things - for example shipping. I started off with a shipping software program that can me daily grief, finally I switched to Shipping Easy and it's been smooth sailing, but I wasted money and time for a few months before I made the switch. 

Wedge.


4. Employees.

This is hard. Seeing as I run my company from my house I obviously don't want to just hire a stranger, so instead I turned to my friends. Natalie and Amber have both been with me since day one, they offered to help FOR FREE and were so awesome at supporting me! Once things got busier I made it more official by paying them, they are both 1099's which means they are responsible for their own taxes and not really 'employees' . After talking to an accountant this can be a tricky relationship so it might be better to just cut payroll checks from Quick Books.

Right before Christmas I hired on someone full time, we were slammed for the holidays and doing construction on the house, I was very overwhelmed. After the Holiday rush it became apparent that I really didn't need full time and part time help, with our offices being upstairs I felt like I had to be there every time one of the girls was, but I work from home so I can have my own schedule, not someone else's. Does that make sense? 

I failed to think about how I wanted to structure my work days, but sometimes you don't know until you're living it. I now know I want to be able to take off a Wednesday and take the kids swimming and then nap if the mood strikes me. I suggest you really think through how you want to run your companies office and where you want it to be located. 

Something else I failed to do was set expectations with the employees, they can't read my mind, I needed to be clear about what I wanted done and who was doing which job. There is no employee handbook. I found it slightly uncomfortable to be bossy to my friends, I mean Oliver - NO PROBLEM :) Once I did it though things worked a lot more smoothly for all of us. 

Tanks


Well this post is getting long so I'll save the rest for Part 2 tomorrow. 

If you have a specific topic you'd like to know about leave me a comment here or on Facebook. 

7.12.2016

Orlando.


We had a great family vacation in Orlando last week! Oliver drugged himself enough to get on an airplane, he didn't freak out, and we got in around midnight. The WiFi on the plane was terrible which meant Aiden was too, hahahah, no videos to distract him. I booked a night at the hotel in the airport so we wouldn't have to rent the car, etc, with tired kids.


Ended up being the perfect idea, we got to sleep in, go to breakfast, and swim before checking out to rent our car and head to the house we rented in Orlando.


The rest of our family trickled in throughout the day, most of them live up north so we only get to see them once a year on vacation.


We spent the 4th drinking and lounging at the house by the pool - I made the most of my $10 Wal Mart swimsuit. Just trying to be festive ;)


Tuesday we went to Magic Kingdom, ended up renting a stroller there, it was great because it's low enough that Aiden could get in and out by himself. 


We got there at 7:45am and Oliver took this picture of me while waiting for the park to open - sweat beaded up all over my face. Y'all I'm from Texas and all, but DAMN it was hotttttttttt. I will say if you have a choice do NOT do a Disney vacation during the summer there, it would've been much more enjoyable in the Spring or Fall. 


I think Disney does a really good job of running AC's when you're waiting in line and the Fast Pass is worth every cent, also someone told me to download the app My Disney Experience and it was so so so helpful!! You could check your Fast Pass times and change them as needed, see a map, check for restroom and food. It helped immensely!! 


Madison declined going to see any of the Princesses - I think we missed that window with her.  She's now old enough to realize they are people in costume, she only wanted to ride rollercoasters and honestly the rides were really babyish for her, but she still had a great time. I may take her to Universal again when I go back to Florida in April. 


Aiden came away with a new obsession for Mickey Mouse and the way he say's it slays me!!! 



We found a slightly shady spot and caught the 3pm parade which was fantastic! 


He only caught a 15 minute nap the entire day, actually he only had 1 decent nap the entire week. We went to get dinner around 6, Madison was complaining her stomach hurt and ended up throwing up, we worried she was dehydrated so we left before the parade of lights. She then proceeded to tell EVERYONE how I 'didn't watch her' and that's why she got sick. That kid. It's always my fault, never Daddy's LOL


A reader suggested DeLeon Springs to me and we decided to stop there for their famous pancake breakfast. It's a natural spring they have enclosed {AKA no gators} there were people kayaking and paddle boarding on the other side with viable gators in the water!! I was appalled. 


The restaurant they have next to the springs is really cute, you make your own pancakes with toppings at the griddle in your table. Go early! They fill up fast, but if you have to wait you can swim and they will call your name outside. 


Be warned, that spring water is COLD. I put my feet in while Madison swam, but that's it! My parents took Oliver and Aiden on the boat ride to tour the area, of course Aiden loved it. It was a big week for him - airplanes, boats, trams, etc hahahah You Tube in real life!


New Symrna beach is about a 30 minute drive from the springs and is freaking awesome!! I may say it's my favorite beach so far that we have visited! The sand is compact and they let you drive on the beach and park, less walking to unload the van and kids #winning


It IS known for the high amount of shark bites, but we just waded in the shallow parts. We looked up the shark bites and they seem to be surfers and mostly happen at dusk and dawn. We stopped at the dollar store and bought some sand toys, Aiden had a blast, no fear of the water. 


Some of the gang, I slacked and never got an entire group shot :(


Our flight left at 7:30pm on Saturday so we spent the early part of the day at Disney Springs, I wish we had more time because they kids didn't get a chance to go to Disney Interactive which looked really cool. It was fun to see all the Flagship stores they had there and the restaurants were amazing!! 


Aiden was so tired that last day, he had a COMPLETE meltdown when he had to give up Mickey to go through security. It was so busy and he was screaming his head off, but you can't even be mad at a tired baby. He got it out though and was an angel on the plane, even fell asleep on me at the end. 

6.27.2016

Meeting at the Bar.


The weekend started pretty good, Friday was crazy busy and somehow I managed to muster up enough energy to pick up the toys. It's just a fantastic feeling to sit down on the couch and know the house is picked up - Aiden's at the 'pull out everything and drop it' phase. The balls in the house multiply over night too. 


Saturday I went for a run before Crossfit, came home and made a 1 carb waffle - Oliver begged for me to make him one with his favorite protein powder and I have to say it was DELISH! The Protizyme powder is super fine and mixes up really well, the flavor was great! 


We spent the morning swimming before Madison's soccer game, the temps are already going to hit triple digits this week. After soccer we stopped for snow cones, went home to nap for an hour before heading to dinner. 


It was Aiden's first time at Babes Chicken and he made the most of it, the corn, the potato, the salad, and the smoked chicken. He's got his money's worth!


I was meeting up with some ladies who drove in for the Cycle Bar class on Sunday - my Babes girls as I now call them in my head. I love that it was just a laid back chill dinner, nothing fancy - I didn't even brush my hair. Oliver tagged along and talked about his love the whole time - CF and macros. We came back to the house for a little shopping and gossip.


Sunday was cycle day - Cycle Bar invited me to fill a class up for a free ride. 


So that's what we did! I've done lots of spin classes at different gyms I've been too, this is my first time at a cycle only kinda place and I loved it! Having great bikes, clip in shoes, and loud music makes all the difference. It was an hour long class and I worked up a great sweat! I liked that they had a TV that shows the class stats, you can compete with each other, and they even email you the link to the Spotify playlist they used!! I'm ALWAYS on the look out for new music. 



It's a little weird for me to do meet ups with large amount of people, I always feel bad that I don't get a chance to talk to everyone. I love getting to meet so many people who follow my journey and even more when they are local! I've met so many great women and it's just a great community we have going - online and then in real life. 


I really really wanted Hash House afterwards, but the wait was insane so we walked over to Katy Trail Ice House and got sat immediately. 


The drinks were cold and the food was good - the company was a bit stinky ;) Just kidding Poppy, you smelled like roses. 


Overall it was a fun day, I got to meet new friends and try something new. I have a to do list 3 miles long this week, we leave for Flordia on Friday. I think it's more stressful to fly even though driving 16 hours sounds terrible too - trying to pack enough but not too much is hard for 4 people. Do I take a stroller? Can I rent one at Disney? What about my protein powder, bars, other need food items? I'd like to pack my essentials, but I don't want to pay for all those baggage fees on the airplane either. Then I have Oliver's fear of flying to contend with - so 3 children on the plane. 

Oliver insisted on a night flight so we leave at 8:30pm and arrive at midnight -  with a 2 year old who is not going to be happy to be missing his 9pm bedtime. Orlando does have a hotel in the airport so I rented a room there hoping that will be easier then renting the car and trying to drive somewhere at 1 am with tired kids and a drugged husband. 

I think we decided to only do one park at Disney while we are there, Magic Kingdom was the most recommended. I'm mostly excited to just see all my family, there will be about 20 of us so lots of great memories to be made! If anyone has recommendations of fun things for all ages - minus Disney - to do in Orlando please let me know :)

6.23.2016

Diet Bet Update


I think probably the hardest part of CF right now is the heat, it's already humid and hot by 8am, adjusting to working out in it will be tough. I'm glad I decided to take my hair extensions out for the summer, no way I can go more than 2 days right now without washing. 


I'm still hitting the Y some mornings for a bit of cardio or shoulders, back, and legs. Adorable muscle tank from Brady Bands! You HAVE to try the Limeade Spark, so so good ice cold during your workout!! I just ordered a few boxes of the Pineapple Coconut too - it's limited edition. 

I've been having pain with a Baker's Cyst behind my knee, soccer is what really aggravates it, the twisting and turning. I asked my plastic surgeon to take it out, but he said I need to see an ortho unfortunately. So I'm planning to see if I can do that procedure after my skin removal so I can recover all at the same time. He did give me some steroid pills to take temporarily to give me some relief, I only took them one day and it felts a million times better! I've never been on a steroid before so he didn't recommend I get a shot until I was sure I wouldn't have any side effects.


Oliver being on the fitness/macro train with me is increasing my workout load for food - he made me search out this protein because it's his favorite and I'm having to cook more chicken weekly because he keeps eating it. 


I typically put my foot down at weighing out and logging his meals, seriously. Last night I was feeling generous because the kids were swimming at Mimi's house, but I told him not to get used to it. If you haven't tried this combo with the WishBone EVOO Basil and Garlic dressing you MUST, it's flavorful and EASY y'all. Plus low calorie for a huge plate of food. 

Zucchini {raw}
Peas
Heirloom Tomatos
Avocado
Chicken or Shrimp
EVOO dressing

Spring Piko + Leggings.
I'm below my Diet Bet weigh in goal, but have a lot of eating out planned for the weekend, I'm going to have to be very mindful of my portions and choices!! I'll probably skip on adult beverages too, my choices after consuming tend to be less than stellar. 

I think what's been the biggest change for me lately is timing out my foods. I'm trying to push back my meals to avoid mindless snacking, for example I eat breakfast around 10am, lunch around 2, snack around 4, dinner at 6:30, and Halo at 8. Planning is the #1 way you will be successful, if you go into your day having no idea what your going to eat it's going to be much harder to stay on track. That's why meal prepping is also very important, it's basically planning out your week ahead of time.  I start every morning with a 1 Carb Waffle or Mug cake - they are protein filled and keep me full for hours. Lunch and Dinner are a protein and veggies and I fill in my carbs and fats with snacks. Keeping my Yeti Rambler Tumbler  and Bubba big straws with me always and full of ice water is huge, this cup is what I attribute to my large consumption of water! 

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