I feel like I’m still riding the high of Easter Sunday, its certainly  competing for my favorite holiday after seeing Wyatt and all the little kids go crazy over the eggs! Last year he was a little too young but this year he was all about it, literally picking up egg after egg and had no idea there was anything even in them until we sat down!

Gavin’s family did a hunt on Saturday so we were able to have two full days of family fun, and the combination of our two families had us surrounded by TONS of cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Sunday morning we woke up early and went to church with my parents an what I loved most was that 4 out of 5 siblings in my family were there, I swear my mom was floating the entire day surrounded by so many of her kids! After Church we headed to Donuts because as you may know, its our tradition and the only way we can get Wyatt to sit still for church haha! Before our family gathering, we headed over to our best family friends, the Ikeda’s house for a HUGE community gathering. Wyatt went crazy over the eggs and we enjoyed spending time with families from all the phases of our life. It’s so magical to build friendships and have babies with friends you grew up with. At 5:30 our family came over and we did our annual Easter Egg Roll, which is basically two people at the ends of either table, rolling two eggs together. Somehow only one egg cracks when two collide so the one whose egg doesn’t crack continues onto the next round. Doesn’t sound very interesting when I type it but my whole family gets SO into it, literally at one point the entire room was cheering. As usual I was out the first round, and my Uncle Craig took the trophy after a defeat over my Papa!

The day was full of love, family, and good friends, the best recipe for an amazing holiday. These crazy times of life have me more and more grateful for the community and people we are surrounded by. Good people are not hard to find where we live and I’m more than grateful for that.

 

Also, been struggling with  some serious mom guilt lately because we have actually decided to not take him to Tulum with us in April. We are going to have him stay with Gavin’s parents who are SO wonderful, and he will be so much happier but the thought of five days away from him is actually killing me, and Gavin. When did you guys first leave your little ones? Would love to hear advice from you all about combating this mom guilt I have!

 

 

 

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As I was powering on the air bike, head down and sweat dripping, the perfect pump up song came over the load speakers that roared throughout the place. Eminem, Lose Yourself, a song I haven’t heard since walking out to a CIF basketball game my Senior year in high school. I would have laughed to myself and sang the lyrics I still remembered but I didn’t have the time or the extra breath to be honest as my partner and I were heading over to our next station. There are some moments and places that make you feel a little more badass than you really are… this place and moment was one of them!

 

From the moment I walked into McAlister Training to the second I walked out, I felt like I escaped into a place where regardless of age, gender or physical ability, you were going to kick ass and work hard. Ladies and Gents, McAlister’s owners Michael and Lauren  have the recipe down… good people, detail oriented workouts,  top-notch equipment, and a community of people who all care and want the best for one another. Plus they had bobby pins and endless hair ties in the bathroom.. need I say more? If you want to workout at a place that makes you feel like you belong, look no further.

Somehow they made of mom of two kids feel like I was training in an Olympic Training center and  most importantly…. that I belonged there.

What I loved about this place is the fact that the groups are smaller, ours had 7 people so it felt a little like a personal training session. For 55 minutes went from station to station where we completed 3 rounds of the exercises, and at the end of each station we would gather as a group and do a few things to get our heart rates up before a few minutes rest. From TRX bands to weighted ball lunges, each station worked a different part of our bodies and kept us engaged. This workout flew by, in fact I don’t even remember seeing a clock there come to think of it!

 

 

 

I wasn’t the best at all the stations and I certainly wasn’t in the best shape but it didn’t matter, the energy that Micheal brought combined with the unbelievably good playlist had all 7 of us in the room pumped to be there.

 

The focus was not on who was best, but on how many reps I could do in a certain amount of time, so I never felt a pressure to keep up with those around me. I was at my own pace and motivated by those around me doing the same.

As mamas we are taught to stay in our comfort zones. Quite often people equate risk taking with bad mothering, and to be honest I haven’t found anything to be more untrue. Instead of giving ourselves reason why we can’t, we need to give ourselves reason why we can. We can and we should be out here pushing our boundaries and bodies.. heck we created humans, we can take on a good workout. This workout did more for me than just kick my ass, it showed me that I can still rock out to a good playlist and push my own limits. Never underestimate what a good workout with good people can do for you, McAlister fitness is the way to go.

 

 

Interested in a bundle of free classes? We are running a giveaway on my Instagram, enter HERE

Have the best week!

 

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Hey everyone! Hope this post reaches you at a happy time in your day, I am certainly grateful you guys are here. I just put both babies to sleep and am finally reaching my computer, still in my pajamas! On days that we go, we go hard and the opposite goes for the days we do little! Side note, why is it that the second we acknowledge that our kids are asleep or leaving us alone… we are jinxed. I swear two seconds after I wrote to you guys that they were sleeping I heard a loud cry from sweet Rosie who obviously heard my sigh of relaxation and knew it was her time to shine. She now joins me on the couch… motherhood!!!!

Anyways, as I sat today I thought I would share with you guys 5 things I’m extremely grateful to have lately in life/motherhood! These days, I have been on a serious chucking spree of all the crap in our house that we don’t use. Man, it feels SO good, way better than I anticipated to be honest. When I only keep in our house what we use and need daily or weekly, I am reminded of just how much I love the products that WORK. I am going to link them below, but here are a few I’m super into right now!

 

BABY JUMPER

Being the second child, I’m certain Rosie spends too much time in this, but to be honest its been a total lifesaver. She jumps and jumps until she sometimes falls asleep and I feel like a horrible mom when that happens but she loves it! We hang it right next to our kitchen so she feels like she’s hanging with us all. Find it HERE

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MUNCHKIN FOOD TEETHER

You guys, these are like 3 dollars a teether and Rosie loves them! This morning I actually put a little banana in there for her and she gnawed on it for about 25 minutes. If her teeth are hurting I will put a frozen berry or something in there and she gets so excited! Plus it helps them with hand eye coordination! Find it HERE

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KIDS PLATES

Wyatt is getting better each day at eating off a plate with his utilises. These are the cutest and best plates I have come across! I wash them over and over because Wyatt will only eat off the blue plate and they retain the same quality and color.  have seen them SO many places way overpriced but Wal Mart has them in a bunch of different colors for 2 dollars a plate so buy them there!  Link is HERE.

 

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PASSION PLANNER

I recently started writing things out in my new planner and I can’t tell you how much better I feel about my life. I am 100% fly by the seat if my pants mom and not nearly as organized as I should be but I’m trying! When I’m able to look at my month on paper its much easier and really helps! This passion planner also includes areas where you can talk about your highlights/goals and reflections so it makes you stop and think! You can find it HERE or personalize your own HERE

 

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BEDTIME READS

Reading goodnight moon 173 times can get a bit boring so upon listening to Oprah’s Podcast with Maya Angelou, I decided to pull this book from our little library. Reading something written by someone who has such compassion, drive and determination to make this world a better place makes reading it really special. I like shaking things up and bringing in new, fun books and this is my current favorite. I found it on Barns and Noble, a hardback for just THREE DOLLARS! Find it HERE

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Hope you guys check these products out! I am going to try to do more posts about my favorite items whether it be motherhood, beauty, fitness or places to go! I am currently in the process of looking for summer bathing suits because we are headed back to Kauai and bringing Gavin’s family with us!

Have the best day!

Stephanie

 

I know, it takes a village to raise a child. I would be rich if I had a quarter for every time I have seen a quote on Pinterest or heard the wise words from a grandparent. What even is a village? Is it the grocery man, the local pharmacist, the grandparent, aunts and the milk man? Or is it the immediate family and close friends? I’ve always chopped it up to the people in your life that mold and shape who you are. The ones you can love and hate all at once but they generally have your best interest at heart. I never appreciated our village as much as I do now that my vilage is helping raise my child.

It’s taken me a lifetime to realize just how deep and far-reaching our village is, and children certainly have cleared the foggy window and allowed me to really focus on each and every person in it. Our village is more than just individual humans. It is deeper, full of different religions, nationalities, genders, ages, demographics and species, all working together to help me mold my children.

But Nobody told me.

Nobody told me how powerful, loving, thoughtful, and giving our village would be… to those in my village, I see you.

I see from a distance you squinting your eyes and wiping my kids boogers with your hands, and I know that’s nasty because I’m his mom. But I see you, I see you doing that because you care and you care more about them getting into his mouth than you do about your hand.

I see you tired on the couch, relaxing only to be approached by my child trying to show you his car. I see you sit up and listen, putting your tiredness aside to engage with my (what can be) annoying toddler.

I see you taking that extra five minutes to start-up the chainsaw just to see my child’s eyes light up one more time.

I see you bending over after a long days work only to push my child around on his favorite red car throughout the house just because you know it makes it happy.

I see you letting my kid drink from your water bottle 67 times, over and over and you gladly share.

I see you look my child in the eyes, listen to him and have a conversation. What you may not realize is that your conversation with him is our topic of conversation the entire way home. The energy you use, fuels him.

I see you throwing them up in the air five more times than you wanted, your arms are aching but my Childs smile is huge so you keep going. I see you, and I appreciate you.

I see you sometimes not letting my child have his way, taking a harder yet much appreciated route. That sacrifice you’re taking by teaching him fairness is one I am extremely grateful for.

To my Village.. here’s what you don’t know…

You don’t know that sometimes I reach my village tired, exhausted and hoping to just relax for a moment. You don’t know that by taking my child to play and introducing him to new things rejuvenates him, and myself. You give me the opportunity to reset and for that alone I’m grateful.

You don’t know how much it means when you show up at my house and take my child for a few hours while I clean the house and make a nice dinner. You don’t know how much sanity that brings into my life.

You don’t know but I see it all, I notice the details, i’m a mom. I am trained to watch how people are with my children, and there is no better feeling in the world than to feel my child is truly benefiting at the hands of someone else.

You don’t know that I’m okay with you making mistakes, you’re human. You love my child and just like anyone, you won’t be perfect either. So when my child falls in your care and cries, know that it’s not that big of a deal. What you don’t know is that I know it tears you up inside  because you love them, and that to me means more than any bump or bruise they get.

You don’t know that I appreciate you doing things your way with my child, they usually only see my way and my way isn’t always the best. That way you showed him how to put his thumb up actually worked, and you don’t know but I’ve been trying to get him to do it for months. You don’t know, but I appreciate you teaching my child the way YOU know how.

I get it, its fun. Its rewarding and you want to build a relationship with my child, and I appreciate that. But what you don’t know is I see those moments where you push a little harder, joke a little longer, take the extra time that you normally wouldn’t take and treat my child the amazing way that you do. Sometimes as a mother we can get caught in our comfort zone and want everyone to do exactly as we do, but I’ve learned in 2 years just how much I appreciate the exact opposite.

Having my child in the hands of someone who loves them, is wiling to put in the effort and help me raise them, is the greatest gift of all.

To my village, you definitely know who you are, and I’m incredibly thankful and blessed to have you.

 

xoxo,

Steph

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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