4/17/18

Healthy Life: My Journey back to health, My Journey back to me

This blog is a wonderful place for me to share my creative side and my love for all things baby and child inspired! With so much love that I have for my kiddos, my husband & The One who created all of these little loves of my life - there was one thing missing.... Love for myself. Belief in myself. Finding Joy within myself.  As a mom, a wife and everything else in between - I found myself lost in pouring into and filling others cup that I forgot about my own. This past year, I found out what it means to love myself again and in return those little loves of mine receive more love than ever before. After having our second baby Haines, I went through quite a bit of postpartum complications and hardships forcing me to go under the knife a second time within a 6 week period. Needless to say I felt like I had hit rock bottom. The weight the I seemed to lose fairly quickly after McKenzie was born didn't seem to shed that easy after our second child was born. The weight, the mommy fog, the disappointment, the frustration I found myself with was not working. It wasn't working for my kids, it wasn't working for my marriage, it wasn't working for my friends. Something had to change!

So a few months later, I began my old regimens to try and work off the weight. I returned to my old Whole 30 recipes and my Shaun T workouts and got busy. Accept this time around I had two kiddos to chase after and not enough energy to do both! So I chose my kids after just two weeks of working out and eating clean. I lost maybe a few lbs that came right back as quickly as I lost them. To say I felt defeated is an understatement. I actually told myself out loud that "This is the new me, I'm a mom now, I need to get over myself". The inner voice kept reminding me of that for the rest of that year. A year after having my son, I weighed just as much as I did when I walked into the hospital to give birth to him at 9 months pregnant. It was my sad reality.

After many nightly prayers and moments with GOD begging Him to help me  out of the MAJOR funk I was in - one morning my prayers were answered. After our morning routine of breakfast and Pre-K drop off I browsed my facebook and was shocked at an incredible post our babysitter posted of her own weight loss journey. I was floored by her results but told myself - that probably only works for young people who haven't carried two babies yet. So ignorant was I. After following along on her journey, I finally couldn't take it anymore and I messaged her asking what she was doing. She sent me a video explaining all about her new healthy lifestyle and the amazing nutrition rebalancing system that was helping her get back on track. After lots of back and forth and twisting my husband's arm - I went for it. I purchased my first 30-day nutrition system expecting the worst but was surprised after just a week feeling the best I had ever felt in a looooong time (I would honestly argue....ever in my life).

With so many failed attempts at past New Years Resolutions. I'm proud to say that I found something that has brought me back to life and something that I am actually sticking to for over a year now. Not only have the lbs continue to melt away, my overall health followed suit in an effortless, easy & MAJOR way! There is No Gym Time involved, No Spending Hours Prepping Healthy Meals & More Time enjoying my day to day life as a wife and mom! Within days my weight went down significantly, my natural energy level surged and my mental clarity was like no other time in my life. I thank GOD every day for this wonderful life he has given me.  It's incredible what faith can do when you're feeling your absolute worst. Just when you think you've hit rock bottom, the good Lord pulls you out of your funk and shows you the life of your dreams!



Today, I have since partnered with this incredible company and I am now coaching new members as they begin their own health journey using our nutrition as well as helping members, who choose to, start their own side business coaching and helping to change more lives also!

If you are feeling like you are stuck where you are physically or financially - I would love to show you a better way. A way that allows you to become the healthiest version of yourself for not only you but for your family. A way that allows you to bring a second or third stream of income by helping to  free others from physical and financial pain in the pockets of your time.  If this interests you, I would love to share more of my story with you and help you begin your own. Feel free to message me at nutritionallymindful (at) gmail.com.  Transformations are for EVERYONE and I can't wait to show you yours!


4/14/18

Freshly Picked Sandal Launch + Giveaway

Hi friends! Spring is here (or somewhat depending on where you live) and Summer is just around the corner! I always look forward to this time of year, Sun shining, Flowers blooming and the latest spring and summer fashion trends popping up on my social media feed! My favorite one that I just so happened to receive an email about was in regards to my favorite kid's shoe brand, Freshly Picked! Since my babes were born, I always had a sweet pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins waiting on them and loved how they protected their feet in the sweetest way.  Now that they are all grown up to the ripe old age of 5 and 2 (I knowI'm a little dramatic), their moccs have definitely seen better days, however thanks to the genius behind the brand, Mompreneaur Susan Peterson - Freshly Picked just launched their new line of gorgeous gender neutral leather sandals for small babes all the way up to Big Kids! These sandals are not only beautiful  they come with an amazing feature that ALL moms will appreciate!! Keep Reading....It gets good!




Freshly Picked is known for the innovative construction of the modern day moccasins for baby and toddlers, so it when it came time to create their new summer style shoe they did not disappoint! These sandals are made with PREMIUM leather (what FP is known for) allowing the straps to fit comfortably around your child's little feet. They are water-risistant so that our kiddos can still be kids!! They are constructed with a soft padded premium leather insole and cushioned sole for added comfort. My favorite feature that will have every mom reading this raising their hands singing Hallelujah! is the prong-free buckles???!!!  Can I Get An AMEN! Yes you read that right, see video below for demonstration and proof!

Is this not the best thing since sliced bread?  When we received our Freshly Picked Sandals, I could not wait to try them on my littles, amazed at how incredibly easy and stable this buckle truly is. No worries about it coming loose or kid's who are sized in between buckle holes. You just slip through and go!! And the strap lays flat and comfortable on my kiddos ankles, so no irritation or rubbing. These are truly FANTASTIC!
This past Saturday, We went to our local SnoCone Shop Snopocalypse to take advantage of the nice day we were having and it was so nice to be able to slide them on, buckle and go without the hastle!



Outfit Credit: SnoCone and Leggins: Miss Artemiss





Outfit Credit: SnoCone Tee & Leggings Miss Artemiss

Outfit Credit: SnoCone & Leggings - Miss Artemiss
Wait! There's More!! For All My Freshly Picked Fans there is a special club just for us!! It's called THE FRINGE - have you heard of it? It's a membership that is only $10/month where you will get 20% off EVERY TIME you shop their website and you will also receive FREE SHIPPING on every order - no minimum required! If you don't happen to purchase a particular month, your credit rolls over to the next month! Think of it as like a savings account for your FRESHLY PICKED obsession! Not to mention, you will receive early access to all promotions and new releases!! It's pretty awesome and something you should definitely consider if you love this brand as much as we do!!

!!!GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

And The Fun Continues!! This Week (Mon-Fri), Fawn Over Baby & Freshly Picked are partnering to GIVEAWAY a pair of Freshly Picked shoes to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is Register with the Rafflecoptor Link Below & Enter All Prompts For your chance to win! I will be cheering you on and announcing the winner Saturday Morning! Good Luck Everyone!
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Our Little Summer Time Toddler OOTD Inspiration Flatlay
McKenzie's Outfit: Miss Artemiss & Freshly Picked + Haine's Outfit: Top and Shorts: Old Navy & Freshly Picked



3/22/18

McKenzie's Bright White and Pink Big Girl Room

Wow, I can't believe it has taken me this long to post McKenzie's Big Girl Room. Things have definitely become a whole lot busier around our house within the past year. With Two Kiddos to chase after and a side business that exploded out of now where, it hasn't left me much time for anything else.  Today though I decided to make time. I love looking back over this blog and seeing all the life that has happened since I launched back in 2012. McKenzie's room for one. This room has gone through several transitions - from crib, too toddler bed and now to her big girl loft bed. YIKES, where has the time gone? I swear it was yesterday I posted about this room as her nursery

Today, I'm excited to share with you what so many have inquired about as they peek in via my instagram stories or facebook photos.  Now mind you, there are A LOT of flaws that I just haven't taken care of, so this post isn't "PICTURE PERFECT". Lots of crooked wall frames, marker scribble on cushions and no fresh vacuum lines. This was the best I could do for today, I hope you'll forgive me lol! #REALIFE   

I was, however, able to pick up all of McKenzie's toys so that you can actually see what we started with before her exciting Dino obsession began. Just picture this room covered in Dinosaurs and everything else that comes with them and that's what it normally looks like on a daily basis.  Her love for prehistoric animals was definitely not something we imagined she would fall in love with but we have embraced her enthusiasm and have fallen in love with them too! I never thought I would know so much about dinosaurs and the time period from which they came from, I'm glad I can check that off my bucket list of things to learn about. 

With further ado, Here is McKenzie's Big Girl Room. You will probably notice quite a few pieces that I held on to from her nursery, but that's why i loved her nursery so much. I planned on keeping a lot of the decor hoping it would transition nicely which it has for the most part. I hope you enjoy this little tour and it inspires you to create a bright and beautiful space for your little lady!


This Loft Bed was a DIY we found off craigslist. We painted it white and made a few adjustments.


One thing about loft beds  - they are tough to make up every day but totally worth it.

Pardon the wrinkled sheets - this was a last minute adjustment ;)


I LOVE throw pillows. They just bring  softness to any space. The floral pillow above is from Laurel & Blush


These bookcases are from Ikea that we painted white and the picture frames are various frames from Potter Barn.


This area has become McKenzie's Favorite. Here she spends hours drawing her favorite dinosaurs and always has a story to tell about them. This Easel is from Ikea 

The Curtains were a DIY back when we first moved about 4.5 years ago. I had painted the chevrons since back then, this pattern was nowhere to be found on curtains. They've held up nicely!

If you haven't been to an IKEA - GO! We found so many pieces that fit Mckenzie's growing interests and room! This desk is adjustable so it will grow with her which is so nice.

Mr. Alfred The Deer Head has been around forever. He is from White Faux Taxidermy.




The Billy Bookcases are from Ikea also. The bench in the middle is from Lowes. I painted the numbers on them as a part of McKenzie's nursery decor. They have held up pretty well!

Pardon the spill stain and marker scribble on the cushion. This pillow and teddy bear set have been with us since before McKenzie was born - I love that they are still around :)

These blocks were a DIY while I was pregnant with our girl. I ended up posting a tutorial a after we had her here.





I love this print from Cheeky Albi Designs. The vintage map of Alaska is such a sweet touch since thats where McKenzie was born.








One of McKenzie's Many Dinos Peeking Over!

I had to share this little set-up. I removed it to take photos but thought it was too sweet not to share. This is a jar full of glow in the dark dinos that helps Kenzie fall asleep each night along with The Jesus Storybook Bible


I hope you enjoyed our Girl's Room Tour! Feel free to share a link to yours in the comments below! I'm a big fan of deisgn inso!
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