Random and Mostly Awesome.

I had a bit of a rough week last week which started with a huge dentist bill. again. I already spent a butt-load last year at the dentist and I was really hoping to not have to do that again, but apparently that's not happening. I'm getting a root canal and crown next Tuedsay. Yay. At this rate I'm never going to be able to save for my boob repair. ugh. 
To top off the week I did this.

Yep, my nice pretty new car!! I don't know what happened, but I turned into a parking spot too sharp and rubbed the car next to me.  This was at Madison's dance class so I had to walk into a waiting room full of women and announce that I hit a car and who's was it. Good times. Then I had to turn on the water works when I called Oliver so he would be 'cool' about it. It's a good thing both car-seats don't fit in his truck or he would insist I drive that huge monster around.

Not everything was a bust. In fact the Easter bunny photos turned out fabulous, both kids were perfect!

I got their matching outfits from Lolly Wolly Doodle, sure glad I sized up for little baby Aiden. Already rocking 3 month clothes!

My top is Sugar Love Boutique // his is Carters.
Despite a few meltdowns {usually involving a falling binky} he's a really good baby. It's a good thing I tied my tubes cause I could have another if they are as sweet as him! Oliver's trying to steal my new best friend, not going to happen! This one is mine :)

My new Brady Bands came in yesterday, I'm loving this pink dressy one! They inspired me to get a few new workout pieces from Old Navy to accommodate my after baby body. A few loose flowy tops to hide the temporary muffin going on :) Madison loves to go and visit her 'family' in the front of the store and while we were there my sister caught her in the dressing room.

Love this kid.

We are off to a fun filled day at the Arboretum! Have a safe and happy Easter!



Small projects always lead to bigger ones!

It was such a gorgeous sunrise this morning I had to snap a picture on my way home from the gym. Those colors just make my heart happy - probably why I love to color up my home.

Remember when I used my birthday as a 'yes honey' day and had my husband go pick up a table off Craigslist?

Well this is the only 'before' picture I took, oops. The table and chairs have a pretty shape to them, but the oak top and red chair seats left much to be desired. I kinda wanted a coral table, but Oliver HATES orange - which is what he says coral is. I usually don't give him much say, but when he expresses extreme hate I try to work around it ;)

I decided to use a fabulous fabric instead of painting it, I found this at Hobby Lobby. 

I spent one day sanding the top and the lacquer finish was proving very difficult to remove. Plan B was to use the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation on it, which require no sanding. Either my product was old or I didn't mix it well, but it turned into a sludgy mess. Plan C was to text my awesome neighbors and beg for help, which would be why it's so beautiful and perfect now!

I moved my Over dyed Rug from my bedroom to in here for a better pop of color and I must say I absolutely loveeeeeee how it all came together. 
Curtains tutorial - click here.
Mirror tutorial - click here.

We will be having some big changes coming up! I happened to win a pretty fabulous prize - a house full of tile and granite for my kitchen! Eeek! We are going to rip out all the existing floors {that are not carpeted} and tile with planks of 'wood grain' porcelain.

I'm leaning more towards this color, but maybe a tad darker. I like the weathered look though.

and maybe a fun pattern....

and we thought while we were getting granite we may as well redo the kitchen cabinets. Now thats a huge undertaking and I just don't have the time so we are going to get some quotes. This is my color inspiration....

I love the grey cabinets with the white counters - gorgeous! Oliver actually liked this to so I hope it's not going to cost my first born to get them painted. We will likely start this when I go back to work so I have a few weeks to finalize my decisions. If anyones knows a great cabinet person in DFW please send me the deets!



Weghing In

Another week, another weigh in.
189 - which is a 1 pound loss for the week. Not bad considering I had a few slip ups. Saturdays are the hardest for me because I'm just gone from the house all day and usually let myself get overly hungry which leads to bad choices. Like a hamburger. My goal this week is to plan my weekends better! I do fine if I stay home, but Saturdays are my Mom's only day off so it's usually a shopping/errand/soccer/birthday party kind of day.

I have been back at the gym for a little over a week now and everyday it gets better. I'm playing in a soccer tournament in San Antonio in 2 weeks so I need to get my cardio up, 3 games is a lot of running! I find it helps tremendously if I wear two bras, the boobs are very uncomfortable right now. 

I'm easing back into weights, the biggest issue with that is how sore I am afterwards. Like can't sit to pee sore. I'm having absolutely zero pain in my csection area which is fantastic.

I dusted off my Polar, the battery was dead and I had to get it replaced. I've been burning between 600-900 calories at the gym and right now I'm trying not to eat those back because I'm already adding in around 300 for breastfeeding. Like I stated before I've never had milk supply issues, everyone is different! 

I've found a nice selection of sauces at Sprouts that have made for some easy and yummy stir-fry's!  
Today I'm going to make some Protein Peanut Butter Caramel Cups, hopefully they are as good as they look. 

andddddd just because he's so freaking cute in his lil Polo outfit with his baby toes!



Make Your Bum Happy

Toilet paper is a hot topic in my house. Seriously.

I've been in trouble NUMEROUS times with Oliver for buying the wrong kind - this stems from my avoidance of reading labels. See we have a septic system with our house and I had to learn what you can and can't do when you own one. You HAVE to use "Septic Safe" toilet paper or you will be shelling out a crap ton of money to get it pumped. Which just sounds gross.
I prefer a nice toilet paper, like Cottonelle, which I can't always trust my husband to pick up from the store. So I got smart and used my Prime Membership from Amazon to get it delivered on a schedule. Prime honestly makes my life so much easier!!

Feel Fresher and Cleaner with Cottonelle Cleansing Cloths

We've all been there. 

Madison may be a 'kid' now that she's 5, but we STILL deal with 'wiping' issues. I don't know maybe her arms are short??? She can't fully reach around and get a good and clean bum so we still use Flushable Cottenelle Wipes for her.  Fresh As A Baby’s Bum!

Time to Come Clean! I use the Cottenelle Wipes as my 'omg I have to go RIGHT FREAKING NOW' backup running wipes. Any runner who has been there knows what I'm talking about and never trust a porta potty to have tp, I carry a few in a small ziplock in my bra when I do long runs. 

The Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing.

Product Details:
- Flushable
- Break up after flushing
- Sewer- and septic-safe
- Alcohol-free
- OneTouch dispensing tub
- Great for the entire family

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their flushable cleansing cloths is all my own!

Hop on over to the Cottonelle Facebook page for more bum info!
Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today's discussion


Party Weekend.

Thank you to everyone who helped me raise money for my March of Dimes walk this past Saturday! I enjoyed these girls coming out to walk the 5 miles with me and Baby Aiden was so good the entire time! Life sure is different with an 'easy' baby, now I see why people have multiple kids :)

Twilight Sparkle went with the g-parents and Oliver hunting for eggs, which was over in less than 90 seconds. You have to be aggressive to get those suckers! Also she had to be bribed to stand with the fancy bunny.

We celebrated her birthday on Sunday at Sugar and Spice in downtown McKinney.

Her dress is from Etsy and the quality is freaking amazing! 
Her cake is from Say it with Sugar - delishhhhh.
Her necklace is a Sprinklings.

They start out by picking whatever they want to wear from a great selection of dress up clothing - jewelry, shoes, and boa's too!

They worked on a craft project while everyone was getting hair and make up done.

The girls that worked there were awesome, the 'princess' hairstyles they created were amazing! I should have watched so I could try to recreate it.

Her favorite part of the party was the karaoke, also I'm never buying one of these for home :) Ever. I heard enough Frozen to last me a lifetime!

There was a fashion show which was hilarous, these girls and there poses!

After a 'tea' lunch of sammy's and muffins we sang Happy Birthday.

I'm was so impressed with the coordination of the party place, it made it much more enjoyable for me {and my mom} to just sit back and relax and not have to do all the work! Plus the girls had a blast and I didn't have to clean anything up afterwards.

In fact it was the perfect afternoon to take a rainy day nap while watching a movie :)



My Easy Beauty Routine

I get comments almost daily about how put together I look for having a newborn. I think Madison's preschool teachers are sure I never sleep :) I firmly believe that making a little effort to look nice helps my attitude, towards myself and everyone around me. When I look good I feel good and I make healthier choices {well, usually!}.

First off my hair - I've been growing it out and while I'm enjoying a little length it's so annoying when it takes longer than 10 minutes to complete. Normally I round brush it to get a nice full look, but that takes longer now that it's to my shoulders.

Instead I've been blow drying upside down and then doing a quick curl job with my HOT TOOLS 1 1/2 inch Curling Iron . I use large sections and only do the bottom, takes about 3 minutes.

Next is my big hair secret.
Kenra 25 Volume Spray

On the left is no Kenra on the right is awesome Kenra. If my house were burning down I might just grab this before I ran out - love it!

Next is make up. This is my bare bones - I just had a baby - routine. While I enjoy simple now when I go back to work I love to use more products {like eyeshadows} just because I like trying new products and new looks on myself.

1.  Urban Decay Naked Foundation put on with my it Cosmetics Dual Ended Concealer/foundation Brush: Seriously one pump on the top of the bush for each side of my face and we are good to go. I love the light coverage and the 'glow' I get from it.

2. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee Poppy Paradise put on with my Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush: This is a new product I tried and loved - the color is a perfect coral for summer and the texture is great for a glow. The secret to a good 'wet' blush is using a brush to put it on!

3. Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings - Medium with my brow brush {no clue on the brand}: this product has a wax and powder for perfect application! Now if only I had time to actually get my brows shaped...

4. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick (Get Ready): Got this is an Ipsy bag and really like the consistency and color!


Finished just in time to throw a load of laundry in and dress the baby is a suitable matching outfit.

How adorable is he in a pink polo?? It was so freaking cute I didn't even tear up at the fact that it's a 3 month outfit. ALREADY.

My pretty top is from Sugar Love Boutique!



Am I doing it right?

There are so many things I want to teach Madison; how to be happy with yourself, how to live an active and healthy life, and how to be respectful of others - these would be the top of my list.
So many life lessons happening right now - like how to twist the hair towel on your head. 
Or how to clasp your own necklace. Important stuff for a girl.

I've noticed lately there are MANY things she's picking up from her environment.
While planning her birthday party I asked her who she wanted to invite and she specifically told me to invite one girl from her class, but not another because they would play together and leave her out. I was really surprised that girls already feel excluded at 5 years old!  

She's also told me several times that she doesn't want me breastfeeding in public, Mommy Milk is for at home she says. Where in the world would she learn that? We've always been very open with how babies are fed so I was pretty shocked she would be embarrassed to have me whip out my boob in public!  

I also read an article recently that talked about how kids by age 5 already have body image ideas, that fat is considered bad and skinny is good.  As much as I try to show her a positive body image at home, she's still picking this stuff up and it worries me that she's feeling it so young! The earliest I remember being unhappy with my body was middle school. I don't know why this is surprising to me as I have numerous comments about her weight from grown adults. People who KNOW better than to comment negatively on a child's weight.

The older she gets the more stressful it is for me to feel secure in my parenting. It's hard to know that I'm making the right choices. I want to protect her from so much, but I can't. I never want her to feel left out or insecure with herself, but that's part of life and we all have to go through it.
God Bless, I may have a nervous break down when she's a teenager - I'm not ready for this!



Advocare 10 Day Cleanse Results - Weighing In Wednesday

Another week has passed and it's time to weigh in:

So I stayed the same this week, which is OK I guess, better than a gain. Brightside and all.
I had a few slip ups over the weekend mainly due to being busy and not planning well.  Even when I ate poorly I tracked it and stayed within my calorie goals for the day, but that dang sodium will get ya.

I finished the Advocare 10 day cleanse - lost 5 pounds. I didn't track my inches because things are shifting and such after baby so I didn't feel it would be a good representation.
I did take before and afters, trying to keep it real around here :)
Honestly who the heck takes bikini photos after giving birth? I am obviously an over-sharer. I just know that sharing how not everyone goes back to flat abs and tiny waists quickly can be helpful to many, because the few that do are in the minority.

I still have a long way to go, but I'm all for any and all progress. It's ok to be in your 'before' because as long as you put in work you will get an 'after'.

I'm back at the gym, not going full tilt just yet but everyday it gets a little easier.
Spin class is great, not a lot of bouncing, but a great way to get my heart rate up.
Step/Turbo Kick is hard, like I'm pretty sure I had an easier time when I had a 39 week belly! I did some light leg work, squats and lunges - unweighted - and could barely walk for 2 days. It's going to take a while to get back to where I was.

pants are from JCPenny's. Love them!

I felt freaking amazing after running 3 miles on the dreadmill yesterday. Sure it was an 11/min mile, but I was running and my Gina didn't want to fall off - winning.

I've had a ton of questions about my milk supply while I diet and exercise. I've never had a supply issue so I don't foresee any problems, in fact as long as you are eating well and staying hydrated you shouldn't have any issues. I'm not marathon training or anything crazy! Also you can eat all the veggies you want, it's a myth that it causes gas in the baby. Babies are just gassy because their digestive tracts are developing, usually dairy is the culprit if your having milk issues, not broccoli.

my lashes are totally fake, no great mascara recommendations :) Sorry!

Speaking of food I found the most delish cookie recipe! Madison and I spent yesterday afternoon baking them and they are kid and husband approved!

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Cheers to a great week!



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