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

Hey everyone! Hope your halloween was amazing! Ours was great, short and thanks to my cousin Grace, I didn’t even have to order my kids costumes! She came home with costumes from Chicago and told me what my kids were going to be for halloween, it was perfect. Wyatt was Spiderman and Rosie was Cinderella! We walked the Arroyo Grande Village and ran into all our favorite people! Sadly we didn’t leave with a single piece of candy, so I woke up wanting to make something sweet to make up for my lack of candy! My house now smells like delicious pumpkin and Wyatt and I have already downed half a loaf! Read more below about our pumpkin bread!

EASY PEASY PUMPKIN BREAD

Don’t we all want to be that person that has the “signature” dish?  Certain people come to mind when I think of those amazing desserts and I would love to be one of them, but unfortunately I’m not. In fact, most desserts I make turn sour a few times before the actually turn out good. If you’re with me on that I need you to try to make this pumpkin bread. Its a winner! It’s easy! And if your friends hate it then blame me!IMG_0857.jpg

Despite the fact I burned the first batch last week putting my kiddos down for nap, I redid it today and redeemed myself! I encourage you to try this, gift it to your loved ones and enjoy for yourself.

Ingredients

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

3 cups white sugar

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F + Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let me know if you try it! Enjoy!

 

 

 

Easy Pumpkin Bread

Easy to make Pumpkin Bread

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We got back from Texas on Sunday and I feel like I’ve finally stopped sweating. I don’t know how y’all do it but that heat and humidity is one vicious combo. I’m going to keep todays post short and sweet because Wyatt is outside attempting to move all garden tools onto the lawn, the only tool left to be moved is the lawnmower so its about to go downhill since he will try to move it himself haha.

We went to Texas to visit my little sister Jenna who is a senior at Baylor University and ended up doing about a million things! We ate Chick Fil A four times in four days, had my cousins Madi, Jordan and Macy visit from Dallas, my longtime friend Kady and Uncle Lucas drive in from Austin,! (hi Lucas!)  We visited the worlds most adorable trinket store and possibly the worst place to bring a toddler, The Spice Market. We  walked to Magnolia from our hotel 4 times because the place is dremier than I imagined and the perfect place to go pick up some food, watched the Baylor Bears play football, saw my ultra talented sister dance in her Sing performance two times and visited the school where she is teaching! All of this, in three days. It was constant moving and going and safe to say it was a crazy, crazy weekend that wasn’t easy despite the ridiculous amount of help I had from my entire family!

Our kids? They were rockstars and considering how much we did, they hung in like champs! My mom, sister and I laugh now at the realization that sometimes you just can’t do it all with two kids and I really learned that weekend that I need to set my limits/boundaries as a mama for what I can and can’t do. Being from a big family has me constantly loving and living in movement and chaos so I’m used to it…but with Rosie just shy of three months and a crazy toddler in tow I have to learn to stop and re-prioritize my plans! Live and learn is my motto and I did just that!

Here are a few pictures that capture a weekend full of amazing humans I’m so grateful to have in my life!

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Below is the Spice Market! Literally the worst place ever to take a 2 year old because I think there were over a million trinket items at toddler eye height!

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My adorable sister is the brunette on the right! She was nominated as a Baylor Beauty!LRG_DSC05795

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Hope you all have an amazing Halloween! Grateful for all of you, really am!

 

Stephanie

“Body after Baby” and “Bounce Back” are sayings in society that I hear and instantly want to roll my eyes. As I sat in the hospital after having baby Rosie 9 weeks ago, I couldn’t help but notice three things. First, my belly still looked like I was 9 months pregnant, my body wasn’t mine anymore, and everything looked like it had gone through a garbage disposal. It was tough, not going to lie but it didn’t take more than a second to realize how blessed I was to have been able to bring a life into this world. All these physical changes didn’t hold a candle to the amazing miracle that was our little baby girl.

However, I’ve always said few things feel as good as healthy. I’ve never been the skinniest or fattest, and frankly have never wanted to. My curvy athletic body is something I’ve grown to appreciate overtime and in todays’ world it makes me feel good to see so many young girls being taught to see healthy and curvy as a wonderful thing!

When I got home from the hospital, I longed to feel normal and I knew there was very little I could do to achieve that. However, I found a Bamboo belly band off Amazon that worked wonders for me. It gave me back support, helped engage my stomach muscles that I figured were long gone, and kept a smooth feeling when I attempted to try on my old t shirts again! I’ll Link it below for anyone interested!

A week after having Rosie I stumbled across a fitness group led by a girl named Carli out of Utah. The eight week challenge was a group of people who all followed an interchangeable meal plan for two months, lifting one another up and sharing our stories. I had to take a “before photo” which Gavin took for me. I remember thinking, holy crap this is shocking and in that moment I made a promise to myself that my after photo would be more shocking than the before photo. Looking back, I can’t believe how good my husband made me feel looking how I did. It wasn’t about the extra 30 pounds or the deflated Santa belly, but the fact that I should feel empowered that I was able to bring life into this world. His support in these moments mean more to me than anything else.

Fast forward eight weeks and we are here today! FAR from where I want to be and to be honest, sharing this photos wasn’t an easy decision. In fact, my entire post deleted as I attempted to post this 30 minutes ago and I thought to myself.. that’s it maybe its a sign I shouldn’t be posting it? I almost cried but I gave myself a quick Pep talk and started over fresh.  When I started this blog I promised myself one thing, keep it real, so here I am.

It’s so incredibly easy to share the pretty, put together, happy photos of me and my family but if I did only that you wouldn’t get to know the real us. I share these progress photos with you today to hopefully inspire you to share and BE more than just your highlight reel. We are human, imperfect and that’s liberating. I stand here today typing this at just a point in my postpartum journey. It isn’t over and I have a LONG ways to go to be where I want to be but ill enjoy this moment for what it is and be thankful for it.

Motherhood isn’t perfect, it isn’t easy, and it isn’t always what they show you in the media or the movies. I hope you all see my progress and are inclined to do a little to be your best self today, and find peace in your own journey!

xox,

Stephanie

Carli’s Fitness Program