I'm going to have some raw honesty here. Sometimes I feel like such a bad person because of my anxiety. This weekend Melina painted her nails by herself. I so badly wanted to fix them, to just clean up the edges, make it as perfect as possible... But then what message am I sending her? It's ok to do your best but it's not good enough. You tried but here's mom right behind you to fix it. Don't even try next time?
My ocd was just going crazy but I took a breath and her dad and I gushed over the great job she did, and let's face it she did do pretty dang awesome!
I never want to be that parent who stunts their kid's mental growth and makes them full of second guesses and feelings of disappointment.
Each day I see her getting more confident in the things she does and tries to do and it just makes my heart swell. Be that support, it starts at home.
Memory Monday | someone told me over the weekend that, in order to make it through my current issues, I need to remember who I am. Remember my strength. I think what I need to remember, honestly, is that I can only affect what is in my reach. My reach is far, to be sure, but not infinite. Some things I have absolutely no control over. Which is petrifying to a control freak like me.
But we’re making progress. The plumbers come this week. We got ahold of our homeowner. We figured out why our lights keep going out in the basement. Now if I can only stuff enough virology material into my brain before tomorrow, I’ll be happy.
We went to the Christmas on the Potomac celebration at the Gaylord yesterday to go see ICE. It was cold AF. I cussed about it and posted some more pics on my blog. 😘
If the views aren’t worth the drive, the fresh pow 💥 sure is. What a difference! I can appreciate the mountains a little closer to home but seriously, nothing shreds like these inches of fresh snow. If anyone is looking for an epic ski/board resort on the east coast that’s also way accommodating + family friendly, I HIGHLY recommend traveling north to @stowemt 🚠
Are you feeling the Christmas overwhelm? 🎄 I mentioned on here recently that it was getting on top of me but I’m starting to feel better now, my to do list is getting smaller and more manageable and I’m feeling less overwhelmed! When I was feeling stressed though, I asked a bunch of bloggers for their tips of reducing stress at Christmas and they had some good ones! Like did you know there were gift wrapping services to do ALL your presents?! Head over to the blog to read them all, link in bio.
Spending this Monday reminiscing about weekend getaways and first snow time adventures for this little man❄️
We love a good book with our little one too @mummyandrayaan 🤗. Share an Ocean Adventure with your little one for Christmas!🎄 get 2 books at 20% off (code 2BOOKS20). Every book comes wrapped in a book themed wrapping paper with a sweet ribbon for your little one. 🎁
All I want for Christmas is my two biceps. 🤣🤣
I get asked a lot how I compete and #momsohard I will say it isn’t easy. Being a stay at home mom, with a side hustle is exhausting. However competing is my passion. Going to the gym is my #mommytime It’s usually the only break I get during the entire day so even on days when I just don’t wanna I still tie up them sneakers and force myself to go because I know I need that alone time to focus and fill my cup back up. It also is great time for my babies to play with other kids and get a minute away from mom.
So while some of you ask “how do you do it” my question is why/how don’t you?? They say you can’t pour from an empty cup and I couldn’t agree more. Try using the gym as your time to fill your cup back up. Giving you time to focus on you and your health so you can teach your babies healthy habits and burn off some steam so you have more patience and more energy with the littles.
Don’t get me wrong it isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. #fitness#motivation#npcfigurecompetitor#figure#npc#competitionmom#mommymoments#fillbackup
It’s just another picture Jack took of me (my budding 10yo paleontologist/game designer/photographer), and it’s not a pic of me looking fab or anything, but when I look at it it makes me smile bc I remember how excited Jack was when I told him that yeah, I’d let him take some pictures of me, why not? 😊 He gave me direction, and a couple of times he even came up and moved my head with his hands, and I could see he was in his creative element. I felt kind of stupid and ugly and embarrassed at first, when people were giving me looks, but his eyes were sparkly and he was having a moment so I stopped caring about everyone else.
Being vulnerable is something special. Being vulnerable in front of your children is something magnificent. ✨
One, I'ma lean in to kiss you
Two, say a little too much too soon
Three, try not to forget to breath
I need a 1-2-3, Mississippi ✨
Lately I’ve been tired 😓 like straight exhausted if I’m honest. We don’t talk about this much in the insta world.
It’s curated. The highlight reel.
The moments of genius that spark when we’re peeing at 5am and we write a note in our phone and it’s revelatory and then we post it with the perfect shot amidst 100 other shots we don’t love. So the words and image are perfect and so our lives look perfect.
I know better.
We all do.
Life is messy and imperfect and bumpy and awkward and consuming and it’s beautiful and sublime and laughing until you pee a little. 💦
It’s all the things.
For me, right now, it’s her. My angel. She’s learning to walk. She says a handful of new words every day. The flying-by is in full motion. 🤱🏻 So I’m slowing down. I’m giving myself permission to go in. Hibernation season. To witness her grow.
I’m sitting in the joy of what I’ve created *21 women currently in my @female_rebels online group* 🎤 drop... I’m celebrating. But not with 🍾 🎉, but with quiet, solitude and rest.
We’re not going to see my family for Christmas because we are slowing down. And that’s ok.
In case you need permission, here it is — it’s ok to slow down. To pause. To celebrate your success in 2018 with a bath or a nap 😴
Sending you soft, cozy love. 🧻 **How are you feeling this holiday season?** Tune in. Are you buzzing? Are you ready for a nap?
Attempts were made to get out the door & do something fun. •
It didn’t go as planned. Tantrums were had, someone was bit (me). Kicking and screaming, lots of crying. •
They are now both napping & I’m fitting in my workout. Getting such much needed endorphins.
When they are up we will make another attempt at an outing.
These kids are always teaching me. Today’s lesson: allowing of other’s emotions and needs. Flow and flexibility. •
Happy Monday friends!
Look Ma! No hands! 😬
Okay.. okay..no you're baby can't tell you this yet but at 7 to 8 months they should have mastered sitting up right without propping themselves up with their hands. They also shoukd be working towards getting themselves into sitting without assistance after leaning over!
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"Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights" Peace Pilgrim.
I'm aiming my business dreams for Stages of FUN to the #thewashingtonmonument lofty height of 555 feet. (Thats taller than the Statue of Liberty!)
I dream to make it easier for busy familes to create fun filled memories with the best tools (toys, crafts, and education) out there! And I'm not thinking 5, 1000 or even 10,000 families. I'm thinking 10,000,000 families!
I told you I thinking of lofty heights and dreams! What's your biggest dream?