September 23, 2016

Fashion Show! Fashion Show! Fashion Show at Lunch!


A couple weeks ago I was contacted by ProFlowers about a campaign they were running with some bloggers about some new bouquets this month.

I love Flowers. I love Fashion. So of course I said YES!

They asked me to help draw some style inspiration from the Fuchsia Fun bouquet and I had a blast doing so! I wanted to do an outfit for several different occasions!

I have three weddings to attend in October. My mom bought me this maternity dress from Ann Taylor Loft and I think it will be perfect for one of the weddings when it's not too cool out! 

I do a lot of running around and school volunteering. This is a perfect every day outfit! 
I am secretly (ok not so secretly) pining away for fall. And I love this ensemble. I'm ready to break out my boots too!
And this is another great every day outfit in that hot fuchsia that I love.

And sometimes you have to make sure your lipstick matches too! duh!
(this is Marc Jacobs "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang")

I've loved having these pretties on my counter this week! And I love my new outfit ideas!


Thanks for the fun flowers and inspiration ProFlowers! Please go check out the new ProFlowers Celebrate Color bouquets as a part of our ‘Color Me Pretty’ initiative, and Color Yourself Pretty this fall!

(Bonus points if you can comment with where I got the title of this post... and GO!)

September 22, 2016

17 weeks!



Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 17 weeks 4 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a turnip, 5 inches, 5 oz

Maternity Clothes: Yes and No. Pants for sure yes, wearing regular flowy shirts. SO ready for fall and my fall wardrobe. I am just trying to make the summer stuff work. Can't Arkansas get the memo that we are over summer and want 70 degrees stat?!

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony.

Movement: Yes every night when I lay down! The boys are so anxious to feel him move too but its usually when they're in bed.

Sleep: This week it has been a host of new problems. I've been having some nerve pain and arm tingling and numbness. It's been switching arms too. I started work out again this week so that might have something to do with it.

What I miss: I've been sleeping better this week so... hmm... maybe really HARD workouts?

Cravings: SALAD. OH MY GOSH. I've been averse to veggies since like 6 weeks and I am SO happy to be eating them again! And hard boiled eggs.

Symptoms: Nausea comes and goes. Nerve pains, back pain, leg cramps. That's about it.

Best Moment this week: Sleeping well again. I love my sleep. And eating vegetables. And working out. It's been a pretty good week. Emotional. Eek.

And besides that it has been a pretty normal week. I'm a four days into Hammer and Chisel, with today off. I've been eating a LOT more clean. I'm feeling more normal, maybe a smidge emotional, if you were to ask Bryan... but for the most part it is going ok! Next week we get to see this little guy on Ultrasound (and make sure he is in fact a little "guy" ;)) and we are taking Hudson with us, I can't wait! 

September 21, 2016

DIY Milk Bath

I live in my bathtub. My body aches and hurts and each of my pregnancies I have lived in the bath tub. I recently discovered Lush Bath Bombs, and some more economical ones on Etsy. And when you're taking a bath every day that can get a LITTLE pricey. I've been out of my fun bath stuff and started researching and made some of my own...


DIY MILK BATH
1 cup dry milk
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
5-10 drops of Essential Oils 
(I used Lavender and Stress Away from YLEO)

Add 1/4-1/2 cup to warm bath and enjoy!

Do you have any DIY bath recipes? I want to start making my own bath bombs but haven't gotten the stuff yet!! I'd love to hear your ideas :)



September 20, 2016

Pregnancy Fitness... and what's to come!


This is my first "fit" pregnancy. And it hasn't been very fit so far, so I am using that term VERY loosely. But that is changing!

My husband somehow got motivated this last week, and its made me motivated. So the last two days I've lifted weights, stuck to my containers and I am feeling SO sore. It's only taken 17 weeks to feel somewhat like myself again.

BeachBody on Demand has an active maternity program. There are workouts for every trimester. And they're with my favorite trainer Autumn Calabrese from 21 day fix. I did that yesterday and decided that it felt so good to lift weights that I was ready to start Hammer and Chisel again. I've been on a Heart Rate restriction, and really I've just taken that to mean that its ok to just sit on my butt and not workout. But those days are over! Just because my tummy is growing doesn't mean I can't keep my legs and arms toned, right?!

Which brings me to the reason for this post. This is a TOUGH time of year for everyone. A time where we're all busy with football, soccer, making lunches, school pick up, some of us homeschool... and we let ourselves as mamas slip. But I am saying NO. I'm going to keep working out at least 4-5x a week and I am going to keep making healthier choices.

I have opened up a Back to School, Back to Fitness group that's starting next week. You pick your program and join us to keep ourselves sane this fall! Like I said, I'll be doing Hammer and Chisel with some yoga added in... I have people doing Country Heat, 21 day fix, PiYo, 22 Min Hard Corps... and more... and even better-- they're all on sale right now! Woot!

If you feel like you need something like this-- motivation, accountability, healthy recipes, tips, tricks, etc. I would love to chat and send you more info. You can email me at jennachoosingjoy@gmail.com


I can guarantee that I won't be perfect. But I will be present and I will help keep you accountable. 
You'll see this pregnant girl doing push ups and jumping jacks and snacking on weird stuff.
I want this to be a FIT pregnancy, not loosely fit, but FIT. Won't you join me?

Happy Tuesday!!


September 16, 2016

16 weeks and other stuff

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 16 weeks 4 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a avocado, 4-5 inches, 3-5 oz

Maternity Clothes: Yes and No. Pants for sure yes, wearing a regular t-shirt today and its not going to work for much longer. Ha! 

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony.

Movement: Yes and Bryan felt him move for the first time last night. He was kicking hard!

Sleep: Between back pain and allergies I am having a hard time sleeping, well I guess just staying asleep. I fall asleep super easy but I wake up a ton to go to the bathroom and reposition.

What I miss: Sleeping well.

Cravings: not a whole lot this week. Nothing has been sounding good. I finally could stomach coffee this morning and then proceeded to throw it up. Pregnancy highlights for ya right there!

Symptoms: Nausea comes and goes. Back pain has been better this week but I woke up today with leg cramps. It's always something!

Best Moment this week: Bryan being able to feel Sawyer move.


And besides being pregnant.. some other stuff happened this week. I got to go out and eat dinner with my best friends from high school. One of my friends lives in Japan so we don't get to all get together very often so it's special when she's home and we are all together! 



Our homeschool adventures have been getting better and better. I am really enjoying teaching Hudson at home but this week he's starting to read on his own and I am just so proud of him and love getting to literally "see" him learning. It's not always easy and it takes LOTS of patience but I am so glad we've chosen this path for his education.

And lastly...
My sister in law, Jordan, is going for an appointment today to check out baby Lucy. You can read more about Lucy and her condition here. I am asking you join in us prayer for Lucy. 


Psalm 139 has been on my mind since I woke up this morning and it is no coincidence that in my morning devotion one of the verses is Psalm 139:13-16. 

"For You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in that secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." 
Believing that truth and praying over baby Lucy. 

Happy Friday.

September 14, 2016

Hudson's Birthday In Review!

Hudson had a GREAT 6th birthday! And we had a super weekend, but it WORE. ME. OUT.

We got Hudson this legendary master Yoda for this birthday, he wanted it last year for Christmas when it was $200, and I saw it on clearance for $45 last month and decided it would be a fun gift for him! Paid off for being a little patient. He was SO excited.

Friday night we went to watch the Naturals (our local minor league baseball team) in the playoffs. Hudson LOVES going to the Naturals game with my parents, he's gone weekly almost all summer, and he was really excited that they made the playoffs so we could go  on his birthday! He even got up on the big screen for his birthday!


Saturday we had his birthday party at the lake house.  It was rainy and cool in the morning and I was a little worried about it being nice enough to swim but it warmed up and ended up being PERFECT weather for a lake birthday party. We just invited his two best friends and their families, who happen to be our close friends too, and it was seriously the best birthday party every. No stress, just fun and lots of playing and we wore those kids out!!

My friend Robin always makes cookies for the boy's birthdays (if you're local you can find her on IG here) and we tried out a new bakery for his cake (Wow Bakery) and were SO pleased with both!

 We did pizza and chips outside with the cake and cookies! Low key and easy! Just how I like it!
All the kids eating out by the fire pit! They seriously had a blast! This is the only picture that I took of the party, thankfully CJ took some and sent them to me. I was too busy having fun!



And thankfully Katy took this Selfie ;) bestie for the win
Then on Sunday we had Narrative and then went to Hudson's friend Ethan's birthday party at Chuck-e-Cheese! I am telling you we PARTIED this weekend! ;)


It was a great weekend but I am still recovering! Happy Wednesday! 

September 9, 2016

Six.

My baby boy turns SIX today! How is this possible?!


Hudson,

It seems like just yesterday that I saw those two pink lines and about keeled over. I wasn't ready, I wasn't prepared, we were too young (At 24 and 25... ha), I had no idea how to be a mom. But God knew. God knew the next few years were going to be full of trials and tribulation and He knew that we needed you to be our ray of sunshine on the dark dark days.

We love watching you grow up. You are passionate and kind. You love people. You are sensitive and a planner and very type A. You definitely fit the first child mold. You're a lot like me and that's good in a lot of ways but also really scary to be raising someone with your same quirks. You thrive on a schedule and consistency. You are a loyal friend and brother. You try REALLY hard to keep Rhett out of trouble. You're a great big brother and Rhett looks up to you and wants to do everything that you do.


You have a passion for people and for making Jesus known. I've loved seeing how secure you are in that and you have NO fear in sharing the truth with others. You are so loved by so many.

You love to play Disney Infinity, Ride your bike with Daddy, Swing or play outside, swim, go fishing, go to baseball games, play Mario Kart or Lego's with Pa, Go on Adventures with G-Pa, and you love to snuggle with mommy and watch house shows.

You're around 48 lbs. I'm not sure how tall you are. You love to learn and it's been a pleasure seeing you in school and getting to home school you part time this year. We are both learning a lot.

You were absolutely born to be a life changer for the Lord. I cannot wait to see where He takes you. I love you so much, more than you'll ever know. Happy Birthday Hudson.

XOXO,
Mommy
 
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