Ever see that girl on Christmas Eve in a minor panic, awkwardly shoving an embarrassing amount of items in her cart at Target? That’s me. There are certain things in life I have a very hard time understanding, and how people finish their Christmas presents before December is one of them. It will forever remain mystery to me how people can be that organized.  In fact, being a mom you would think nap times would allow me to shop like crazy but honestly the situation goes a little like this; adds 162 items to my cart, get anxiety, click exit. Anyone with me?! anyone haha? I swear the happiness of the holidays is equally paralleled with Holiday Mom Stress.

So what do I do when I’m literally headed in the same boat for the 10th year in a row?! Rally up my girls and ask for help! Y’all, meet my team of mom elves..prettiest elves you’ve ever seen! Together we have worked hard, taken a few trips to the North Pole and back, and created the PERFECT list for anyone buying gifts for children 0-10! No need to do the work, we got you covered!

A mom elf representing each age and gender picked ONE toy or gadget that would be their choice if they only had the option of choosing ONE TOY for their child! Grandmas, Aunts, Mamas, Friends, this is a goldmine and these mamas did such an amazing job you won’t need to look any further! Plus, its not a list full of items from a million websites.. one stop shop all from Amazon.com! Not to mention, if you’re like me you love Amazon Prime, we have plenty of items that will arrive to you in no time! Scroll down to see the amazing  faces behind this golden list and the details on each individual item!!

So take a look around, find your age and gender and get your Christmas shopping done!! These mamas were so much fun to work with and gather ideas from. There is nothing better than uniting and coming together and this mama list is just that! Special thank you to ALL the beautiful mamas you see above, I think we made Santa proud! Take a look around and click on the corresponding links below to go directly to the item!

xo,

Stephanie

 

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0-3 month / 0-3 Month Boy /

3-6 month old girl  / 3-6 Month Boy /

6-9 Month Girl 6-9 Month Boy /

9-12 Month Girl /  9-12 Month Boy   /

1 Year Old Girl   /  1 Year Old Boy    /

2 year old girl  / 2 year Old boy  / 2 year old boy (option 2) 

3 Year Old Girl  / 3 Year Old Boy 

4 Year Old Girl  / 4 year old Boy 

5 year old girl  / 5 Year old Boy

6 Year Old Girl   / 6 Year Old Boy

7 Year old Girl. / 7 Year Old Boy

8 Year old Girl   / 8 Year old Boy

9 Year Old Girl    / 9 year old Boy

10 Year Old Girl  / 10 Year Old Boy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four months ago you could find me with an In N Out double cheeseburger, animal style french fries and a big ice water all balanced on my 9month pregnant belly. The days approaching delivery were a total free for all and I took serious advantage of it. Fast forward to today, 4 months postpartum, exactly! My In N Out order looks a bit different, and my belly not so big. The adjustment has been tough. I’ve had my great moments and not so great but all in all, completely worth it.

Postpartum fitness can really suck, I equate it to our bodies being thrown into a blender with little to no direction of how to put all the pieces back together. To be honest, it’s much harder going back to working out when your main priority is being a mother, and your body feels so different. Somewhere in our brains is this giant area called mom guilt and I don’t know if you have it, but I do and it weighs heavily on me! I felt like investing in “me” was a bit selfish but boy was I wrong. Taking care of myself means taking care of them.. Gavin Wyatt & Rosie. The second I realized that, I pushed through.

Three pieces of advice I would give to you that work for me are:

1. Get Up Before them or Stay up later: I ️ ️ found that if I worked out during a time I wouldn’t normally be with them made me feel much better. Mornings for me are by far the best time, I set my alarm and pack my clothes the night before. I literally roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and roll to the gym. My alarm is set at 5:30AM with the quote “Now or Never. Get Up.”

2. Tighten my Ponytail and get after it: Y’all better watch out when you see a girl tighten her ponytail, it generally means it’s about to get serious. When i’m at the gym, I work hard. It is my time, I want to use it wisely. It’s easy to get distracted on your phone or doze off in distraction but I know the time I have is limited and if I don’t use it wisely, it’s gone before I know it.

3. Get Ready! immediately after! Once I get home, it is no time before my babies wake up and my job is back on. When I get back from the gym I jump in the shower and get “ready ” even if that means putting leggings and a tee on. It makes me feel like my day is beginning and even if I don’t leave the house, I still feel ready and I don’t smell haha. Being dressed is a small act that really changes my attitude and outlook on the day ahead. That brings me to my favorite pair of leggings that have aided in my postpartum journey… Lalabu Leggings.

Today I’m teaming up with Lalabu, featuring their leggings because these suckers are life savers. Not just for postpartum bodies although that is what they are intended for, they suck in and push back, work their magic. If I could wear leggings every moment of my life, these would be them. I’ve tried all brands of leggings, and these certainly win. They are high up reaching just below the belly button, perfectly hiding the kangaroo pouch that held my babies. They are thick and dark for full coverage, because nothing is worse than a pair of see through leggings. I’ll continue to wear them for months because they squeeze tight in my abdomen area and give good support to my back as I lug around my kids! Check out their options here

I am doing an awesome giveaway on my Instagram, go here and Enter to win your own free pair!!!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

xoxo

Stephanie

This morning I woke up to the cry of my little boy, picked him up, kissed him and within seconds he was soothed, happy and full of smiles telling me about his dream. Yesterday he fell and scraped his finger, I was superwoman and made it better with a single kiss. Last week I sat with him, held his knees and cheered as he pooped in the potty, then wiped his bottom.  Three years ago I spent every single day tracking his growth in my belly, investing every bit of my life into the idea of having a son. Two years ago, every single emotion flew threw me when he was born. Nobody questioned where his crying 7 pound eleven ounce body was to be laid in order to comfort the cries of a newborn, I was his mom, he goes to me.  The closest, most comforting person he had in his life, and 20 plus years from that moment (years being his soother, guider, teacher, superwoman, protector) I’m supposed to “happily” take the back seat. To my future daughter in law, give me grace.

I have prayed and prayed for you, but nothing seems more terrifying than the moment I’ll realize he’s met you. His dad and I will spend every day  teaching him the importance of you, his future wife. Praying for you at night, teaching him that he must put you before us all, and treat you with respect, kindness, and most importantly unconditional love. Give me grace when you come around and all I want to do is hug my son a little tighter, keep the little boy I’ve spent my life loving, my little boy a little longer.

Give me grace if I overstep my boundaries. I’ve dug through his backpack for years by this point, been a part of every basketball team, the main contact for every single thing he’s taken part in, and known his life down to the details. I’m supposed to, that’s what I’ve been taught a good mom does. His happiness is mine, his pain I’ve felt, and his frustrations I’ve done all I can to understand. If I overstep, please give me grace because turning off these emotions and hiding them to let you take them over is new to me. I’ll get the hang of it I promise, but it won’t be easy.

Give me Grace when I get emotional at your proposal, bridal shower, wedding. I would like to say all these tears are happy but they won’t be. I think a part of me will cry a tear or two of sadness that my little boy is no longer all mine but my wish is that they will be overcome by happy tears that you are here. What a bittersweet feeling the idea of all this is. I’m sure you’ll catch my eye, chop it up to the fact I’m his emotional mom, and then all I ask is… please give me grace.

Give me grace when your child is being born and I want to be there. The mother in law always gets jipped, I know. But when you are quietly talking to your husband about how you don’t want me there, give me grace. I love my son, I love you and I understand you don’t want me seeing your hoohaw but I do know the feeling of love you’re about to experience. I hope that the love you’re going to have when they lay that baby on your chest gives you an understanding that is the same kind of love I’ve experienced too. Except that tiny baby is now a big hairy grown adult man about to have a baby of his own. Give me Grace, because that love you’re about to experience doesn’t fade,  it grows. I feel the same way I did all those years ago as I do today, if not more yet  I have to channel all those emotions differently, so give me grace.

There are books and podcasts, magazines and movies about being a mother, but so little talks about how after 20ish years of doing all that we have to change it all. Mothering is easy, to most like myself its the most natural feeling I’ve ever experienced. However, the letting go.. not so much. So all I ask is that you give me grace, I know ill make mistakes, overstep, and bother you that’s what mother in-laws do. I’m well aware that mother in laws are the easiest ones to take frustration out on, I’ve heard endless stories. Please know that I’m doing all I can to grow through this, to understand my new role and be amazing at it. Because you deserve it, and so does my son.

You see, I’m one of the lucky ones. In fact, I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing this if my relationship with my own mother in law  wasn’t as great as it is. She is respectful, loving and finds comfort knowing that we both love Gavin but in different capacities. There is no need to compete for a spot in his heart because there is room for both of us. Give me grace as I navigate through it all and follow the example she has taught me.

This very awkward balance will be difficult to master but give me grace as I figure it out. It’s all out of love, and I pray you will see it. I can’t wait to meet you someday, but for now ill hold on tight to what’s all mine, my son.

Love,

Your Future Mother in Law

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Ever look back on a day and wish you could bottle up all the feelings you were feeling and keep it on endless supply? August 1st was one of those days… the happiness and excitement was on a level that no mother can really explain, its honestly heaven on earth for a moment. Then reality hits… haha just kidding. But really, the day Rosie was born was the easiest, calmest and most peaceful day that I wish I could relive over and over, minus the contractions of course.

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It went a little like this.

Doctors told me I would deliver a few weeks early, so in true mom fashion I was ready for weeks and weeks thinking she was coming early. All you mamas know, the anticipation of waiting for your child to arrive is brutal, I felt like I was at an airport waiting for a plane whose arrival time was unknown. I was over thinking she was coming early so I happily joined my sister and my (now new sister) Gracey for a bachelorette party in Los Olivos! It was the best, we had massages and then went out to eat where I naturally ordered an entire bowl of hot wings and in true 39 week pregnant lady fashion, didn’t share. I actually don’t even think I made eye contact or took a breath and before I knew it the entire bowl was gone haha.

Cue the labor.

I went back to the hotel, knew I was starting labor and drove home to Gavin and Wyatt. Timed my contractions, and as they got closer and closer I was able to take a shower and get into game mode. I didn’t wake Gavin up because I knew that if my labor was going to be anything like Wyatt’s he would need a ton of energy and could use some sleep. Fast forward to 5:30am when my contractions were 5 minutes apart. I called my mom of course, and my Dad came and stayed with Wyatt until my Aunt Stephanie scooped him up and took him for a day of fun. His last hooray as an only child I guess. I swear the best thing I did was put Wyatt into the hands of someone I trust and love because I didn’t worry about him a single second that day.

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6:45 we arrived at the hospital – 4.5cm

Get me the epidural. I am tough, but I’m all for modern medicine.

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^ My mom and dad ^ Could they be any cuter?!

Within an hour of having the epidural things got moving quick. The hospital room was packed, just how I liked it. My adorable Papa who I am sure you have seen in videos is our favorite, and was an OBGYN for 30+ years and delivered over 3K babies… so I obviously wanted him there. Fun fact, he actually delivered me! The nurses at the hospital were on their best behavior when word got around he was in the building, they flooded in and out saying hi taking pictures as if he was a celebrity.

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My Mom, Sister, Dad, Mother in Law Maile, Papa and Grandma all joined Gavin and I for the birth and it was a decision we made together. They were all amazing, having them there was a decision I still feel so good about because they all mean the world to us.

Rosie was born after pushing 12 minutes at 11:53am , on her due date August 1st.

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^ As Rosie was being born my dad got this shot. my favorite ^

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We were in the hospital for for four hours before she was born, and like any new parents we were in awe. Her tiny features and calm demeanor set the tone for everyone that came in to meet her. Wyatt was one of the first and he loved her, and the present “she” got him even more. As time went on and once Gavin took her, Wyatt sat in awe, almost as if he knew it was something really special. But just as any 2 year old, he was over it and onto the next thing within 5 minutes. The waiting room was flooded with the greatest family and they all came in to say hi and meet little Ro. I could almost cry thinking of how amazing the support we have is. We are blessed, and Rosie will grow to see that.

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We were excited to get home and just be. Our short hospital stay of 24 hours was wonderful, the staff was incredible especially our dear friend Marilyn. Is it weird I’m excited to go back for our third? Kidding, we are waiting a little bit before our next!

Rosie’s birth was incredible, and Pinhole Press gave me the opportunity to create this memory in a keepsake form of a little Petite Photo Book. If you want to, you can order one below! It is literally the easiest little book to create, its $9.99 takes five minutes.   I even wrote her birth story in the front page and on the back a little note for Rosie to read when she gets older!

Take Me To The Layout Photo Book!

Hope you all have a fabulous week!!

xoxo.

Stephanie

 

 

 

 

It’s Friday! Feels good just typing the word Friday haha, I hope you guys all have some good plans for this weekend and are enjoying the beginnings of the Holiday Season. I am a Holiday junkie I love doing all the cheesy fun traditions and creating new ones with my little family! In fact, I spotted Santa at Costco and decided that its time to start the Christmas music and begin persuading Gavin that we need to get our christmas tree BEFORE Christmas! In my opinion there are not enough days between Thanksgiving and Christmas! Anyways, I wanted to share with those of you who follow me a few fun things, hope you enjoy!
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Family Day! So many of you have messaged me asking about it! It’s December 10th and its a day out at our property that will be full of fun for young families on the Central Coast! The idea behind it was that we live in such an amazing area full of amazing young families that need to be celebrated and connected! Literally it’s a day to just enjoy the good things about life! It’s free and there will be fishing, bounce house, BBQ, music and more! If you are interested just fill out the info form and we will send you details! It will be a blast.

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We are joining an Off-Road 4×4 Club. Never in my wildest dreams could you have told me that I would be joining one, but I can’t tell you how excited we are. It is so easy to get in the trap of doing what everyone else does and finding something unique and out of our comfort zone already feels refreshing! The club goes on weekend camping trips and little daily adventures and I can’t wait to meet a whole new group of people!

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Girls Night Out! I am hosting an event with Ambiance December 5th 7-9pm for the Holidays! I will obviously go into more detail when I officially announce it but thought I would tell you here first! It’s for all my people, including you! We will have the store to ourselves and girls to help style us all! Cant wait, hope you can make it!

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There are some fun things on the radar as far as my fitness journey goes but one thing that I just started was a personal trainer two times a week with my Dad! It is literally the cutest thing, 6:30am twice a week I meet him while Gavin has the babies! I can hardly tie my hair in a ponytail i’m so sore but I know its going to get me closer to my goal of killin’ it in 2018!

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Fifth and final is the Tiny Home! I had some pictures up in my InstaStory the other day and a bunch of you were asking if we were going to live in it! Not permanently but you will certainly be staying there often. Its pretty unreal with some amazing features. Tuesday is a huge day because we are craning it into the permanent location so get ready for some story updates and maybe even a live video!

Hope you all have the best weekend! Talk to you soon!

xoxo,

Stephanie