Wyatt starts preschool in two weeks!

I can’t even believe this time has come and I’m sure like any mom my heart is torn in two directions, so sad my first baby is going to sit in a class and be a big boy, and so happy I get some free time with little Ro! With him going to school, and being my first child I can’t help but look a million places for the things i know ill look back on by baby 2 or 3 and laugh at. I remember being so set on having a wipe warmer with Wyatt and with Rosie I’m like hey no wipes gotta wet this paper towel real quick as I change her over my lap.I can’t help but laugh at what i’ll be doing for the third child when he/she comes, and nope not pregnant!

     

Anyways, back to the point. Preschool is coming and I have searched high and low for a cool lunchbox a for Wyatt since he doesn’t need a backpack. I decided to order a lunchbox from a company called State Rodgers, I love all their designs but decided on number 7 below! What i love about this company is with every single lunch box purchase they actually give back to a child in need.

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success – to a local child in need.”

 

He was so excited when it arrived, be has been filling it up with snacks every single day he literally takes it all around the house. He will tell me in the morning he has to go to his job, Preschool. Then packs his lunchbox up and sits in a random place. He kills me.

With all the searching I thought I might as well share with you guys a few of my favorites in case you haven’t ordered or bought one yet! If you click on the corresponding number to the pictures below there are a ton of color options as well!

 

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Hope you all have a great weekend ahead of you!

The past two months I have had the serious pleasure of watching people Show Up. It may not sound like much the phrase “Show Up” but if you experience it first hand, you realize it’s gravity. If you have been following along the past two months we have basically been gone more than we have been home, 8 of the last twelve days have been spent away and my kids have been on more than 16 flights in the past month alone. Funny part is, we are not alone in this crazy amount of travel for events. My parents, grandparents, siblings, Aunt, Uncle and cousins have all gone the distance to simply, Show Up.

Last month was my brother’s wedding in Tulum,Mexico. Two weekends ago we were all in Athens, Georgia for my brother Scotty’s College Graduation. After being home for three  short days we all packed up again and set out to Waco Texas to cheer on the last graduate of our family, my littlest sister Jenna. People Showed Up.

Twenty people, ranging from 9 months to 83 were in our group traveling together, so you can image the range of needs.

Over this past month I’ve had talks with my grandparents, cousins, and siblings about everything under the sun. I’ve watched the struggle of my grandparents walking a long distance in the hot Georgia heat, and I’ve seen my family constantly looking out for one another. I cant count the times on my hands someone has taken one of my kids to play or thrown them on their shoulders for a long walk.

There is power in showing up for people.

That doesn’t mean you have to fly across the country, sometimes its a drive or a phone call or making an obvious sacrifice. These past few weeks have really opened my eyes to how important it is to show up for your family. This society has really put an ugly emphasis on keeping “ourselves” happy and first but what it hasn’t done is recognize the pure happiness that comes from showing up for people and the community it creates. Enjoy some pictures from the past few weekends!

“Because with our family we know where home is, so instead of sending flowers… we the Roses”

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