August 29, 2015

Rhett is 2 1/2!

Bryan mentioned that I hadn't done an update post on either of the boys lately... and while you do that SO much when they're little-- it's true-- I don't do it as much as they grow. So Rhett turned 2.5 last week so I thought I'd do a little update for him (this is more for me than anyone else so that I can remember)...

Oh Rhett Joseph-
When I was pregnant with you I wondered how I could love another baby as much as I loved Hudson. I wasn't "worried" because I knew it would happen but I just wasn't sure how. After having you, and as you've grown, I totally understand. You are a different creature than your brother. You are my wild child. You have so much energy. You're curious, always happy, the funniest little jokester, and you're our cuddle bug.

You love your brother. He's your best friend (and most days, your worst enemy). Sometimes you play super good together... and sometimes you fight and fight until I cannot take it anymore. Then I have to let Hudson lock himself in his room so he can play in peace.

You love any kind of crackers and your "milky". You also love eating peanut butter/almond butter on a spoon (a boy after my own heart). And you love "bars" (granola bars and momma's bars) and popcorn. Other than that you're a pretty picky eater... except not. If I put it on your plate you want nothing to do with it, but if it's something momma is eating you say "I try!" and want to try everything.

Lately you've loved cooking for us in your little kitchen. You also like to play cars and blocks. You do everything JUST like Hudson does it. It cracks me up but also shows how much you look up to your big brother.

You wear mostly 24mo/2T clothes now. Some 18 mo stuff still fits you. You weigh around 27 lbs. Your favorite things are your "B" (blanket), "doggie" and paci. We've been working on just having Paci at bed time but you've started climbing up on your changing table to get it... oh yeah, you're a HUGE climber. Momma can barely let you out of my sight.

You're in size 5 diapers/pull ups. You potty in the potty about 50% of the time. You like to hide from me and most of the time you're in going potty when I can't find you. We're getting there. Hudson didn't "get it" until he was closer to 3 so I'm not too worried about it yet.

We think that you have asthma. We have a follow up with an allergist soon. You have the most sensitive skin and I think there are some food allergies that play into that too. I'm not looking forward to the testing, but I am interested to see what we find out.

You're so funny, Rhett. Daddy and I crack up at you all the time. You're also a HUGE stinker. You don't always grasp the concept of "NO" and a lot of the time take it as a challenge and not a command. But we're working on it.

You LOVE your Daddy. I think he's probably your favorite person on the planet. You love Daddy's jeep and say "ride jeep" all the time. Last night you even said you were "Daddy's buddy".

You love your puppies. You play and play and play with them and they're so good to you especially since you pull their tails and ears and tried to ride on them 97x a day. You love petting them and say "Good girl".

You're also my little shadow. You never let me out of your sight during the day (which is good since I never let you out my sight either). You love to help me cook in the kitchen and you love to "help" sweep. You are talking pretty good when you don't have your Paci. I can understand most of what you say and love hearing the little sentences you come up with. My favorite is when you get mad at daddy for taking your paci away and say "DADDY, give paci ME!!!!"

Last night as I was getting ready to make dinner you said "Ride Back Mommy?". So I stopped what I was doing and took you for a ride on my back around the house. I love that you want time with me and how much joy it brings you if I just give you my undivided attention. I need to do that more. As the "long" days don't seem so long any more and most days I really enjoy you and your brother as you've gotten a little older... I can see how quickly you're changing and growing. I know one day you will be a teenager who doesn't think his mom and dad are so cool any more... so today I want to cherish every time you say "Hold you, Momma." and pick you up and give you a million kisses and tickles.

Rhett-y Joe. I love you more than I ever thought was possible. You and Hudson are SO different and I love different things about you but mostly I am so proud of both of you and so proud to be your momma. You make me laugh all the time and you're truly my "baby" (for now at least...) and you're more spoiled at this age than Hudson was and you're more attached to me than Hudson was because you haven't been away from me as much. You just started preschool two days a week and so far you're loving it and doing so great. I know you're going to be a shaker and a mover. You've got your daddy's looks and your daddy's personality, which I love. Happy 2.5 years with us sweet baby boy! :)


August 28, 2015

Confessional Friday

It's FRIDAY... which means it's time for some confessions...

I confess that...

I got the sweetest surprise packaged yesterday from one of my sweet friends/coaches on my team!

I confess that...
I am LOVING being back on 21 Day Fix and using my Fixate cookbook! This chili was dinner last night! SO yummy and filling. Tonight I'm making broccoli and chicken mac n cheese!

I confess that...
I love being part of a company that rewards it's coaches for hitting huge milestones in their businesses! I got this fun package in the mail yesterday for hitting One Star Diamond! The sky is the limit!!!

I confess that...
This boy has kept me on my toes this week  every day since he was born. It is so fun to see their little personalities develop and to see how incredibly different siblings can be! He loves our furry friends SO much. He chases them and rides them and pulls on their tails and ears and they just sit and let him. We have really great dogs.

That's it for me today! Off for a walk with my friend Katie! Happiest of Fridays, loves!

August 27, 2015

Three Day Refresh Results and 10 days into GAMMA Focus T25!

So I begrudgingly finished 3 Day Refresh last night. I didn't stick to it 100% because I only had a partial kit and am working out so hard that I needed some extra protein but I am still very pleased with my results!
Proud of these results! 
I am down 5 lbs in 10 days (4 from just refresh in the last three days) and 8 inches (mostly in my arms, legs and upper chest--) so we'll give the props to Gamma T25 for that one! You can see more about 3 Day Refresh or order here. I'm offering a special right now on the challenge pack with 3 Day Refresh and Shakeology too... you can email me about that one!

I am a happy girl with these results and now I am hoping on my 21 day fix meal plan using mostly Fixate recipes. Breakfast this morning was an omelet with goat cheese and portobello mushrooms after I busted out the Pyramid Circuit with T25... and I'll follow with a Shakeology around 11 before I meet Katy to run 3 miles. When I get back I'm going to eat some lettuce wraps and fruit. And for dinner tonight I'm making the Turkey Chili from Fixate! It looks SO good. It feels good to be fueling my body right. You can look at Fixate or order here.

This program was JUST the boost my body needed. I cannot believe I am almost finished with week 12 of 15. It is killer but I am SO much stronger and getting so toned it's insane. Katy and I are starting or Half Marathon training again today too so I'll be adding in running 3 days a week on top of this until I am finished with Focus T25. Then I am thinking maybe a round of PiYo with my half marathon training... and sticking with a Whole30/21 Day Fix hybrid diet.
I'm also offering a free Fixate cookbook for anyone who signs to coach/be a brand rep this week! I'd love to chat more with you about this opportunity that's changed my life!

Anyways... that's it for today. Love to share more with you if you need some refreshing in your life!

Happy Thursday, loves!

August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday!

Today I thought it would be fun to link up with some other super cool ladies (ShayShaeffer, and Mel) and and do a "What's UP Wednesday..."

So I'll be answering these questions...

What we're eating this week...
Well I've been doing 3 day refresh. I'm officially done tonight! And this morning I was down 4 lbs and back to where I was after Whole30. Bryan has been so sick this week. We've just been off of whole30 for a week and feeling SO blah. So starting tomorrow I'm going to be doing a 21 day fix/Whole30 combo for us. To see if we can start feeling better. Something else I also found interesting was that since I've been eating good again (doing 3 Day refresh) I've hit my sleep goal of 8 hours again after sleeping only 6 or so hours and being so exhausted last week. This goes to show it effects SO much other than body weight. We have a three day refresh/21 day fix group starting in September that I would love for you to join us for!! Email me for more info!!

What I'm reminiscing about...
Summer time?! I don't know... not really because I am a happy momma that my boys are in school. Maybe just vacation with my hubby. I'd love to go somewhere alone with him again soon.

What I'm loving...

QUIET and having two whole days to myself to get "work" knocked out. I love being a SAHM... but I REALLY loving being a WAHM. This summer just REALLY did me in on trying to do both. I think this new schedule is great.

What we've been up to...
Not a whole lot. Getting back in the swing of things with a schedule (I love schedules so it's been nice). Hudson started Soccer on Monday night. He loves it.

What I'm dreading...
Not really anything?? I love this life I am living! I turn 29 a week from today and I am convinced it will be my best year yet!

What I'm working on...

Several new BeachBody groups. I also just start a biweekly email newsletter (sign up is at the top right of your screen) where I am offering free fitness advice and recipes. I'll also be sending out exclusive discounts on my BeachBody stuff. Love to have you join my list! It's way outside of my comfort zone, but since I like to write, it's fun! 

What I'm excited about...
THIS TRIP!!!!!!!!
I am taking the leaders on Team Joyfully fit to our own little private island in February! It cannot get here soon enough! I love being able to spoil my girls like this- they've worked hard for it!

What I'm watching/reading...
I've been mindlessly watching some Flip or Flop on Netflix (what's your fav home reality show on Netflix??). Bryan and I watched the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead last night. It was good! I'm reading Seven by Jen Hatmaker still. I will eventually get through it! I just don't ever sit down and read like I want to but with two beach trips coming up hopefully I'll get some books knocked out!

What I'm listening to...
Currently I am listening to Top 50 Weekly Alternative Hits on iTunes radio... and besides that SILENCE. I love it. 

What I'm wearing...
This picture is from last week but I am wearing the same thing and drinking coffee out of the same mug! I got up at 6 and worked out and showered AND blew my hair out before I took the boys to school-- winning!!!!

What I'm doing this weekend...
Hudson has soccer and his birthday party on Saturday. We are doing a joint birthday party with his best friend, Ethan, at Jump Zone. They both turn 5 the first week of September! I can't believe it.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
My birthday and Hudson's birthday. Also we have a lot of family coming to the lake house for Labor Day! It will be good to have some chill time out there!

What else is new...
I found this first picture on my TimeHop this morning. I just wanted to point out that this wasn't at my heaviest and actually I only weighed about 5 lbs more than I weigh now... so it really goes to show that it ISN'T all about that number. I wear jeans 3 sizes smaller now and am much more toned. Love seeing this progress! One day at a time! 

Ok that's it! Happy Wednesday! Hope your day is GREAT!

August 25, 2015

Back To School with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice

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We all know how busy back to school season can be and I like to eat healthy but as easily as possible. I have two super active little ones so lunch time is often SUPER interesting around my house. That's why I love Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. It is so quick, easy and portable.

Minute® Ready to Serve Rice sent me a curated box to help with the craziness of back to school and while my boys were SUPER excited about the markers...  I was pretty pumped to try out Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. Back-to-school season means changing schedules for everyone in the family. Having staples in your pantry that require little to no prep and are portable are perfect for making a quick meal on the fly. Everyone has a few go-to products in their desk drawer. Keep Minute® Ready to Serve Rice in your office snack drawer for easy, wholesome desktop dining or snacking on the fly. It’s a versatile product that can be eaten for any meal occasion, from breakfast to dessert to a quick pre or post workout snack. 

I love Mexican food so my favorite quick and easy lunch is Minute® Ready to Serve Rice with some chopped bell pepper, black beans cheese mixed in. Sometimes I top it with a little sour cream (or greek yogurt!) and cilantro. You could also add chopped chicken or steak to make it a little heartier. Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is an ideal portable solution for a quick lunch or really any meal, because you can eat it on-the-go, straight from the cup. In just 60 seconds, you have fully cooked rice with nothing to add. Or, you can plus it up with a few other favorite ingredients you have on hand. If you’re looking for a wholesome option, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice provides easy portion control since it’s conveniently packaged in two individual single-serve cups.

Visit this link for recipes, including Stir-In recipe ideas, and more information about the Minute® Rice family of products. 

What are some quick recipes that you can make by mixing together Minute® Ready to Serve with other key ingredients for a quick lunch? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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August 24, 2015

New MacBook, First Day of Preschool, Hello Fresh and a Refresh... Weekend In Review!

Hip Hip Hooray! We started Hello Fresh back last week since we were done with Whole30 and I missed it SO much. I made this salad for lunch on Friday and it was so good. Like best salad ever. I love how everything comes prepackaged in little boxes so it's easy to store in the fridge and pull out as you're ready to cook. You can still get $40 off your first box using code 64C7H9!

Friday night we really just had a fun family night. We had a dance party and made cookies together. It was our last week day before school started and the boys and I literally staying in our PJs all day long. It was a really good day.
Also! My early birthday present arrived on Friday... Bryan decided he was tired of sharing computers with me (I guess) and ordered me a Macbook Air! I love it! Rhett was pretty excited about it too!

On Saturday we went on a Jeep ride and Bryan gave me another of my birthday presents early... A new pair of Raybans! I have never ever had expensive sunglasses so I am a little worried about breaking them, but I really like them! He also ordered some knock off ones for the boys that are so cute.
I started 3 Day Refresh this morning. My eating didn't really get better last week and I had a partial 3 Day Refresh sitting in my cabinet waiting to be used... my bestie is doing it too... and it's always easier with a friend! On that same note... it's on sale right now! I'll be doing a post with my results later this week... but usually I lose 4-6 lbs and I love it because you still get Shakeology and real food! Then I'm hoping into a round of 21 day fix eating until I start Whole30 again in a few weeks. I'll be posting my 21 day fix meals too. I love our meal plan, makes it SO easy to follow!
I love my little office. My desk is actually in our formal dining room that we don't use. This is a much better use of space because I can be working while the boys play or whatever in the living room. This weekend I worked on some webinars and a lot of personal development with goal setting. The program I am doing (Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Push) has been super good so far. Hoping to crush some goals this year!
And today... my boys started preschool!!!! Where has the summer gone? No, actually I was super ready for them to start and they were SO excited too. We love our preschool. It's actually the same school my brother went to 20 years ago... and a lot of the ladies there are like family to us. This picture literally took me 97 tries. Rhett was jumping around like a wild man.

And I had to get one of just my big boy. His very last "first" day of preschool before he starts kindergarten next year. He turns 5 in two weeks and I just don't know where time has gone. I blinked and my baby got so big. I love age 4. He is my little mini me. The other night as they were getting in the bath tub he said "Mommy, You're the best mommy anybody could ever have." So yeah, I think I'll love 5 just as much!
Happy Monday, Loves! 

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