December 9, 2016

Disney Diamond Retreat

I don't even know what to say about this trip, honestly. I never in a million years thought that I would be given this opportunity to fly across the US on an all expense paid trip with a group of other amazing "moms" who I didn't know super well. Bryan took Thursday and Friday off of work to spend time with the boys, and I flew out REALLY early on Thursday morning.

When you're leaving 20 degree Arkansas weather to go to 85 degree Florida weather, it's really confusing how to dress. I ended up in a long sweater and sandals, and was BURNING up when I landed in Orlando.

My upline coach Jenn pulled out all the stops for us. She rented a huge house really close to Disney and had all these goodies set up for us when we arrived.

Out of the 10 diamond fitness coaches that were there, only two got up and worked out by the pool-- hey, it was vacation! ha! And technically I'm not allowed to workout right now so I don't feel so bad.
I drank my shake and put on makeup every day we were there.
We had a corporate rep fly in to talk with us and share with us the future of Beachbody and she also met with us one-on-one about our business goals, and we had some other coaches come and speak. It was REALLY great learning time, growing time and bonding time and really reignited my passion for the business. 
Then on Friday night Jenn took us to Disney world for Mickey's Christmas Party. It was incredible, a little crowded at first, but as the night went on it wasn't bad! We didn't get home until close to 2 AM, definitely the latest I've been up in a long time but it was an incredible night.

Then on Saturday we had professional pictures taken for our business and some group pictures. It was a blast. Then we went to City Walk and ate dinner at Margaritaville.
Sunday I flew home and came back to reality. It really was an amazing trip and I am so thankful that I had this opportunity. 

The Jenna that signed up to be a Beachbody coach two and a half years ago would have never gone by herself across the US to spend a weekend with a group of women who she didn't know super well. She was insecure and had little confidence in herself. She liked her comfort zone and her safe people. She was giving the business a month, unsure of what she was getting into. 
I signed up to be a coach because I was interested in making an income from home and because I believed in the products because they'd changed my life. Never in a million years did I think I'd be presented with an all expense paid trip to Orlando and Disney World to spend the weekend with 10 amazing "moms" just like me from all over the country. We spent the weekend laughing and crying and dreaming together. Bonding over a "business" that has changed all of us- from the INSIDE out. The confidence I've gained in myself over these last 2.5 years is probably the most exciting part of my transformation journey and the one thing that I least expected. 
All because of a little fitness journey and the hashtag #getfit2014 that I started in Jan 2014- my life is forever changed. A million thanks to Jenn and Annie for mentoring me and making this trip happen. I can't imagine doing any other job that I love this much.

December 8, 2016

Grocery Hero Status Achieved!

This post is sponsored by Walmart.

I love Walmart. I live in and have grown up in the hometown of Walmart. Sometimes we get fun amenities before the rest of the world, and that's why I am SO glad to share Walmart's grocery pick up that is now available in many regions in the US, but definitely all over NWA for my local friends. I've been using grocery pickup sporadically since it came out here about two years ago and let me tell you all of the ways that it's changed my life. I don't have to get out of the car in the cold, rain or heat. I don't have to drag my kids into the store and listen to them whine and complain about things I don't want to buy. I don't have to put shoes or jackets on my kids if I don't want to since we aren't going inside. Basically, it has completely changed my life and the way that I grocery shop especially during the busy holiday season!

I order my groceries from my pjs in my living room. First you choose a pickup location and time. Usually I order mine the morning several hours before I want to pick them up, sometimes I do the evening before.

Then you go to the main grocery page. I love that it saves the things you usually buy, it makes clicking through and adding things to your cart super easy.
Then I go down my grocery list and type in each item. It pops up all the brand choices and price differences. I really think this saves me money because I don't buy as much impulse stuff. I usually meal prep and shop on Monday mornings and choose a pickup time between when I pick Hudson and Rhett up from school.
Then when I am ready to check out, it pops up your whole lists and you can go through and choose things that you're okay with them substituting if they don't have that specific brand but they always give you the lower price no matter the item that gets subbed. I think that's awesome! Just this last week they were out of stock on our 1% milk and subbed in the Organic (much more expensive version) for the regular price!
Then you pay with your card, submit your order and you get a confirmation number and an email. Then you're done till your pick up time! A lot of regular stores have grocery pick up but we also have a separate free standing grocery pick up location that I usually use. The employees are SO nice and always bring the kids a snack.
You pull up to this little kiosk and enter in your order number or name and it tells you which stall to enter to. You can also use the Walmart Grocery App and check in when you're on your way and let the store know how far away you are. 
Then you pull in to your designated spot and wait for the nice employees to come out with your groceries. They have you sign to accept your groceries, let you know what substitutions they had to make, show you all of your produce and eggs and load your groceries for you! I did have a visit a few months ago that the bananas and pineapple weren't exactly what I was wanting so they ran back in and got new ones, easy peasy!
This time the store manager actually came out to check and make sure everything was up to my standards and I asked if they minded me taking a pictures of them loading the groceries. Everyone is always SO friendly and accommodating! 

Then you drive home, unload and put away your goodies. I just need them to add that to their service, ha, I kid! That's what I had kids for, right? 

Basically, I feel like a grocery hero. I'm never going back to the old fashioned way as long as I can help it! 

Want to be a #groceryhero too? Check out this service! And I'd love to hear your experience in the comments! 

This post is sponsored by Walmart.

December 6, 2016

27/28 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 28 weeks 2 days.

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a head of cauliflower (16 in. 2.5 lbs) 

Maternity Clothes: Yep. Almost all Maternity at this point.

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes. ALL the time. He is SO active.

Sleep: It's getting hard to get comfortable. Sleep hasn't been great lately.

What I miss: Feeling normal. I think I say that every week. I'm just ready to have my body back to myself.

Cravings: Water. Tums. ;)

Symptoms: Indigestion!!!! holy moly. I don't remember it being so bad with the other boys.

Best Moment this week: Taking Sawyer to Disney World. More on that to come! 

By this point in my pregnancy with Rhett I had been hospitalized twice (and had surgery). This pregnancy is going so much better, and I attribute a lot of that to how healthy I was going into it. My blood pressure has been great so far, we just need it to stay that way as long as possible!
25 weeks with Rhett vs 28 weeks with Sawyer

November 25, 2016

Meeting Lucy- Thanksgiving 2016!

We had a little bit of an unconventional Thanksgiving. We decided last weekend that we would make the trip down to Little Rock to spend Thanksgiving with David and Jordan since they'd be alone and we wanted to take the boys to meet Lucy. Little Rock is only about a 3 hour drive from where we live so we packed up Wednesday morning and headed south.

Children's hospital has an amazing playground on the 3rd floor rooftop that my boys loved.

David's sister lives in Little Rock and since they were going to be gone for the weekend, she let us use their house for our Thanksgiving meals. David and Jordan are staying at a friend's apartment, and we were able to stay in the same building in a different apartment when we were there but there aren't ovens or enough space for cooking. I debated cooking the whole meal, but after looking at our options, we were able to cater in the entire meal from Mimi's Cafe for less than $100. It fed us two whole meals and David and Jordan kept at least another meal of leftovers and all we had to do was cook the turkey and heat everything else up.

My plate! That stuffing was SO yummy!
We went back to the apartments and put the boys to bed and stayed up late playing Catan and that weird game with the mouth piece. Bryan took this pic of Jordan and we all thought it was hilarious.
Yesterday we got up early and grabbed coffee-- thank goodness Starbucks was open! And headed to the hospital to see Lucy again. Unfortunately she was still intubated when we were there so we didn't get to hold her or see her for long but the boys were so happy to meet her.
I just love these three little boys. Hank and Rhett look more like siblings than Hudson and Rhett do, it cracks us up.

We weren't sure what the boys would think about Lucy being hooked up to so much stuff. We were a little unsure of them meeting her like that after she was first born, but they've seen enough pictures and stuff since then, and Lucy looks SO much better than she did then that we decided it was okay. Plus they've been begging us to take them to see her since she was born. They did really good. Rhett asked lots of questions about what everything was. She was extubated shortly after we left and she is doing well! We are praying every day for forward progress!!!

Bryan had to work today- perks of working for Walmart Home Office in electronics on Black Friday, so we headed home last night. It was a short trip but time well spent!

This weekend we are celebrating Thanksgiving with my family on Saturday and putting up the Christmas decorations because I will be in Florida next weekend on a Beachbody trip-- AHH so excited! 

Hope y'all had the best Thanksgiving! Happy Friday!

November 23, 2016

The Faithful One. When It Wasn't Meant to Be. And 26 weeks!

As I was driving yesterday I was reminding of a song that Bryan and I had his stepbrother and his wife sing at our wedding. It talks about the Faithfulness of God in our lives (Faithful One by Selah and Christy Nockles). We saw that in our friendship/dating relationship... and I thought the song spoke volumes about us... little did I know that God would reveal his faithfulness to us over and over again in the next 8 years in bigger and harder and more painful ways than we could ever imagine.

In March we found out that we were expecting our third baby- a Thanksgiving day baby. 
And just a week or so later we lost that baby before we'd even told anyone that we were expecting. Although it was brief, it still shook me to my core. I was healthier than when I got pregnant with Hudson or Rhett and it just wasn't supposed to happen this way. 

It's been on my mind this week a lot. That that baby would probably be here by now. But it isn't.

But God IS faithful. As I am typing I feel kicking and squirming from my rainbow baby that God blessed us with, somewhat unexpectedly, just two months later. And as this due date passes and his due date approaches,  I am sad but also joyful. That baby wasn't meant to be here with us, but this one is and I rejoice every time that I feel him squirm and move and hear his sweet heartbeat- a complete miracle from God.

Anyways, it's just been on my heart and mind this week. What might have been that wasn't meant to be. I'm reminded of God's faithfulness in my life. And counting down the days until I get to hold this baby boy in my arms.

So I'll follow that up with my 26 week post. 

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 26 weeks 3 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of an Eggplant. 14 inches, 2 lbs. 

Maternity Clothes: Yes. Just yes. And Bryan's t-shirts... which are now starting to have some belly hang. It's a glamorous life. ;) 

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes all the time. I am carrying him super low and he is starting to move from side to side occasionally- it's THE weirdest feeling.

Sleep: Up going to the bathroom at 11:30, 2, 4 EVERY single night. Like I look at the clock and it's always at the same time. 

What I miss: Not peeing 12x a night. Bryan and I always compare our fitbits in the morning and his is like all blue with no waking up and 7.5 hours of sleep and mine is full of "wake up" lines and like 6 hours of sleep. ha! The joys of pregnancy. It's just preparing me to be up with a newborn in a few months!

Cravings: Coffee. Carbs. Scrambled Eggs. Weird stuff!

Symptoms: Indigestion and headaches this week. Probably because I am trying to wean myself of the massive amounts of caffeine I was drinking last week.

Best Moment this week: I had my 26 week check up on Monday. I am measuring slightly ahead and his heart rate was 157. Everything looks great, my blood pressure was good. 

We are heading to Little Rock today to be with Jordan and David and Lucy for Thanksgiving. So Thankful for all God has done in Lucy's little life and can't wait to see the big things He will continue to do.

Have a happy Wednesday and a super great Thanksgiving! 

November 22, 2016

Nesting and Prayers Please!

Hudson is finally home! I left him with my dad at my grandma's last weekend and we were SO happy to have him home on Sunday. I think Rhett was the happiest of all! And I am happy to have my helper back for sure.

The weather in NWA has been cool but beautiful! Bryan worked on teaching Rhett to ride his bike on Sunday.

I think I started nesting this weekend. I sorted both boy's clothes and cleaned out their rooms. I purged toys in preparation for Christmas. And I have three huge bags of 2T stuff that Rhett has finally outgrown to take to Jordan. It feels good to have it all sorted out and we're getting closer to moving the boys to the same room before Sawyer comes. We're going to attempt that over Christmas break.

Speaking of Sawyer. I did an online Target registry for the few things that we need and got to pick up this amazing swag bag of goodies! I love a good freebie bag!

...and in other news... Lucy had a little set back this weekend. She has been doing so well but on Sunday her heart started acting up again and she has to be re-intubated and taken back to the ICU. Jordan and David are so weary, and with the holidays coming up we were all hoping she'd get to go home soon.

Bryan and the boys and I are heading down to Little Rock tomorrow to spend Thanksgiving with them so they're not alone. We're looking at doing takeout for Thanksgiving, which this preggo isn't complaining about, but really just wanting to go and spend time with them. That's what the holidays are all about, right? 

We'd really appreciate prayers for Lucy and for David and Jordan. This is a very tough season and we want to see Lucy pull out strong! We know the Lord is in control and can't wait to see the amazing things He does in her little life.

Happy Tuesday!

November 18, 2016

Northwest Arkansas Mom's Blog Launch!

I shared in a previous post about NWA Mom's blog, but I am so excited to share that the Northwest Arkansas Mom's Blog officially launched this week! My childhood friend, Brittany, has poured her heart and soul into making this blog happen and it is definitely something our area needed. I am a contributor for the blog, which basically means you'll see two posts from me there every month. I'll also be at local events representing and I really am SO excited about it. It's been really fun so far and pushed me outside of the normal things that I write about.

Last night was the launch party at a little boutique downtown. We did contributor pictures before hand too and it was really fun to get to meet a lot of new faces and catch up with old high school friends who I haven't seen in so many years!

I wore the maternity dress that I got from Stitch Fix for our fall weddings that we didn't end up getting to attend because Lucy came early, but it was a warm 80 degrees in Arkansas yesterday so it was perfect. I love these shoes, and they were comfortable for 0.4 seconds... long enough for me to get out of my house without a backup pair, but at least they looked cute. First tall heels I have worn all pregnancy, not my best shoe choice.

And this was my dinner that I ate on my way out of the door. There were snacks there but I was too busy talking to grab anything to eat until the end of the party.

Grabbed this pic off of the NWAMB IG page of me and some of the other pretty contributors!

You can check out NWAMB here! And I'll be sure to link to my posts as they go live! Happy Friday!

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