I have found that the more pregnancies and children I have, the more bizarre the questions and statements have become. For example, many people (even strangers) flat out asked if baby 3 was planned or a surprise and seemed to have no problem inquiring about my reproductive decisions. I heard “Won’t you be so disappointed if it’s another boy?” “When is your husband getting a vasectomy?” or something along the lines of “But you already have two such beautiful little boys, why would you have another?” “You won’t have enough hands!” or “You are going to be so tired, why didn’t you plan for a bigger gap in between kids?”
Ohhhh how style changes when you become a mother! I will confess that prior to having my first baby, I owned 45 Lilly Pulitzer dresses. I wore them everywhere. But, suddenly those short slim fitting dresses didn’t seem as appropriate when I was spending my days as a mama cow breastfeeding and crawling all over the floor. I traded in my heels for flats and tennis shoes, and wear my yoga pants and black solid leggings daily. I frequently have hand prints, sticky fingers, or stains on tops or pants from someone grabbing me as I run out of the door. Doesn’t faze me a bit these days.
When Palmer came home from his babysitter’s house last week and excitedly shared “Mom I went to pizza with Anna and Gray and Justin and he’s brown!” I said “Oh cool. I am so jealous you had pizza, tell me all about your new friend Justin!” He laughed and said “MOM – his skin is brown and it is SO COOL!” This opened up to a great conversation about race and how we all look different. We have talked about differences and diversity a lot, but it was the first time I could tell he was beginning to connect it all and recognizing someone he knows has different skin than he does. We talked about what color his skin is “It’s kind of yellow, kind of pink?” in his words and how the world is a much cooler place because we all look different and have different experiences.
Cassie, my Toyota Camry, was my first “big girl purchase” right out of grad school and I bought her new at a local Toyota dealership. We are in it for the long haul together. Cassie will belong to me until the wheels fall off, no joke. But, my husband’s Ford Focus on the other hand…it is tiny, absolutely tiny. Perfect for a small family or a single person but not for a growing family with young kids. My husband is 6”2 and he manages to fit his tall body in that car (still baffled by this). We’ve been jamming our two boys in the Focus since we became parents and it’s no longer working. It was time for the Focus to hit the road and find a new home. No tears shed on that one, no sir.
I am not sure about you guys, but every time I see a friend or log into social media someone is having a baby! It got me thinking, how did you announce to friends and family that you and your partner were expecting? Did you call, write, or share the news in person? Did you post a picture of a sonogram or create a photo op with a pet to share the news? I have gathered my favorite pregnancy announcement pictures with my all time faves for you all.
Cabin fever is a real phenomenon. I know, because, I currently suffer from it. I am not a fun mom that spends all day romping in the snow with my kids. I refuse to do so because 1. I hate cold weather. 2. I will not spend 45 minutes finding and layering on the clothes for them to cry after being outside for 5 minutes and want to go in.
So, what does that leave me to do so I don’t lose the tiny amount of sanity I have left? Bake quiche of course!
It’s no secret that I love Pure Barre – the community, the workout, the apparel, the form, the support from other girls in class to raise my heels higher, and shake for that final 10. I am constantly recommending barre to friends and family because regardless of your fitness goals, shape or size, its a killer workout for everyone that is low impact on the body but packs the punch with results.
What I typically hear in response is that barre is too pricey and they cant make the amount work for their budget. I have always felt that price is secondary to how much you love the fitness studio you belong to and the results you see, but as we focus more on our budget in 2018 I started to understand more and more why people were hesitant to pay the $135 annual member monthly price tag that Pure Barre held for me. So, I made the decision to end my contract in hopes to find a more affordable option!
So, I decided I would do a barre crawl in RVA and compare overall experience, cost and class options for your benefit and here is part 1 of my review:
My mailbox was filling up with free cards and discounts for various meal subscription boxes. I discarded them as a waste of money and not necessary for our family since I really enjoy meal prepping and planning. But, as they kept coming relentlessly I started to wonder – are they worth it? Would they help me try something new? Would the kids like it? So, like every marketer dream – I succumbed. I tried 2 meal subscription services: Hello Fresh and Blue Apron. Here are my thoughts, reviews and comparisons:
New Year, New You?
It’s time for packed gyms, resolutions, and emphasis on being healthier and fit in 2018. Part of fueling your body is making sure you are hydrated. Not sure how much water your body needs per day? Each body will vary depending on health factors and individual specific needs but overall here are good guidelines from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
- About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
- About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
Other factors that the Mayo Clinic highlights as being key factors for needing additional water intake:
- Pregnancy/Breastfeeding: 10 cups for pregnant women and 13 cups for breastfeeding women.
- Health Conditions
Before you head to the gym with limited water intake, think again! Fuel your body with the water you need! Here are 4 simple ways to track water that will get you and your body ready to go!!
#1 Are you a planner nerdlike me? I draw 8 water drops in my planner each morning and color them in after I drink each class. I always have my planner open so I can glimpse down and keep an eye out for how I am doing throughout the day.
#2 Drink a glass of water before and after each meal. It becomes habit. If you are a nervous or busy eater, you might find that you are actually not hungry at all, just dehydrated.
#3 Waterlogged app – free app for tracking water. It is easy to use and custom for each person based on your water bottle. Provides reminders to drink up and encouragement throughout the day!
#4 Water bottle tracker – There is nothing better than a cute water bottle to track your water. The Monogramming Teacher makes some amazing products and one of these is a tracker bottle!!
What are your tips and tricks for adequate water intake each day? Are you a water lover or struggle with daily intake?
Need a new water bottle to start you off feeling refreshed and ready to crush your goals? Enter to win the Monogrammed Teachers water bottle in our Instagram Contest. Head on over to https://www.instagram.com/fit_family_life to enter! Good Luck!
Happy New Year friends! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018!
I love Panera – endless bread, sweets, and the best soup ever? Need I say more? Their Southwest Chicken Soup is LEGIT. We’ve been sick and hanging out at home more so I decided to make my own version with what we had on hand. It was delicious!