‘You are going to miss this someday’... I tell myself as I pick another tossed aside noodle off the floor. . But seriously. I will. I love it. The mess. The curiosity. The squeals of delight. The look of confusion as the noodles slip between his fingers. . What will you miss when your child is older? . . . . . #whatmybabyeats#firstfoods
Anastasia is my dupe. My twin, my carbon copy, my personality clone. She is my firstborn, the leader of our family, the leader of our household and of the grandparents households🤣🤣. She is sassy, fierce, intelligent, opinionated, headstrong, insanely coordinated, adventurous, kind, the leader of the pact, can be sensitive at times and just an outright awesome kid. I feel so lucky to be her mommy and to have her as my dupe.👯♀️👯♀️❤️❤️
Time is funny. ⏳ . Were celebrating Wesley Kai’s FIFTH birthday, and I’m over here contemplating how is it even possible how 5 years have gone by so fast!! He was just my baby!! . On the other hand, I start thinking about all of the baby things-the onesies, nursing and bottles, diapers, new babble sounds, the sweet baby smell-all of sudden it seems like so long ago. . We’ve done so many ‘big-kid’ fun things together and been to so many amazing places together, it does seem like so much time has gone by. In fact, I’m grateful that it’s only 5 years. . I’m also grateful for this sudden realization. We’ve created so many amazing memories together during these last 5 years. I’m in love with our family and this lifestyle and all of the fullness it brings to our hearts. . It’s all about the presence, and we don’t need the presents.❤️💫 . . . . . #looserootz#inspiretoexplore#happybirthdaysweetboy#momlifebestlife#gratefullheart
The things I would do for my children. Baseball has never been my favorite sport, in fact it’s one of my least favorite things to watch lol. And little league is truly a league of its own...but this little guy right here....he really loves playing, so what’s a mom to do 🤷🏼♀️ .... we show up, we do what needs to be done, we nurture their minds, bodies, and souls....so when he says “mom, can I play baseball again next year” ....of course I smile and say yes. Hey I might not love the game, but I sure do love this kid!! Congratulations on a season win little man!! Love you go the moon and back! #preparingforanotherseason#bringonthemomjuice#probablyvodkainmycup
Just a reminder❤️: This world might seem big, but you’re bigger than the world... You’re much more powerful than you believe.. Enlarge your version, dream big & have faith. Wether you’re religious or not, Know that you were created by the same Superpower who created this universe. You were created for a reason, don’t ever doubt your power.
THIS IS 34. stronger, more confident, happier and oh-so filled up! while i still feel like i’m in my 20s, i wouldn’t go back! in your 30s you learn to be who you truly are without others caring. i’m blessed with the best family. an incredibly loving + supportive wife and the sweetest, cutest and snuggliest little boy in all the land. while 33 was filled with some fertility challenges, i’ve grown so much from them. i think 34 may be the best year yet! had a perfect start to my morning — my parker pie ran in to wake me up with the most adorable card and then i got my workout in while parker hung out with me. now he’s off to camp and we’re going to get manicures! have the best day, friends!! 💗🎈
Last Nights Thunderstorms were killer. . Awesome weather anomalies, terrible toddler sleeping lol . Got my workout in this morning and now for my Cup of Joe! & I have my shake while little man is in his school! (2hr class lol) . It’s all about balance; am I right?? . There isn’t a moment in the day that isn’t worth while to being implementing something you enjoy! . What are you going to implement today that you might not “think” you have time for?? You might find you have more time then you think! . Love you all! Drop a 💗 if you agree! Or DM me to chat! Have a Great Morning!!
We officially have a front facing toddler! 😯 There's something about being in a regular car seat vs infant seat that makes her look so grownup! 😥 It's almost like 🎶 A Whole New World 🎶 for her! She helps me drive and lets me know when she sees red and green lights. "More green" is said a lot. Me too kiddo 😆 Were you also a little sentimental with this milestone?
Samson will NOT give up that bone 🦴😆🐶 That’s me with Pizza & Ice cream! HA but, I’m On Day 9 of Timed Nutrition & I’m so in love! I just needed someone to Tell me What to do & I’ll DO IT! After 9 days, I can See & Feel the Changes in my Body, My energy, my mind! I’m on Cloud 9⛅️ and Speaking of clouds... If the Sun wont shine ☀️ I’ll wear the Sun!! 😃 I have 2 Spots left in my June 24th Group! If you tried things in the past & failed - I WANT YOU to join me! It’s my PERSONAL MISSION to help those that are ready to give up on themselves! Fill out the form in my BIO right away! 😚
I got a PILE of amazing friends out there that need to read this! I’ve talked with so many this week that don’t see their worth, and need a reminder of how precious they are! I’ve been here myself on a regular basis, haven’t we all? . You’re running your house, caring for kids-husband-grandkids, encouraging others, working yourself to exhaustion, making it to church services, volunteering of your time, pulling late nights housekeeping and projects, planning ahead while rolling along with the last minute plans too. . Married. Single. Careers or stay at home... You wear all the hats, do all the things, are all the many faces you need to be by all those that are relying on you. . Some nights you are tired, under-appreciated, feeling like you’ve failed the day, going to bed teary-eyed from the stress, insecurities and anxiety you struggle with inwardly. Why?! Because. Momming, wifing, working, shuttling, caring, serving... ain’t always easy, but YOU ARE MAKING IT ALL HAPPEN! . You are loved more than you can imagine by God Who chose YOU for this exact moment, this exact home, these exact people, this exact spot. He chose YOU, friend. Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you’re a failure. We all have em. You just rest, mama, and show back up again tomorrow and get right back at it! You are enough, I promise. You are priceless. . Proverbs 31:10 - “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” . . #beautyofstillmoments#momlifebestlife#womenoffaith#awomanwhofearsthelord#proverbs31#livingthatmomlife#blessedwife#encouragingmoms#ithinkmyselfhappy#faraboverubies#thankfulheart#youareloved#momstrong
I’ve heard this at church about reading the Bible or doing a devotional and I think it rings true for anything I do.. ⠀⠀ Find out when you are most productive in the day and do the things that require the most brain power then!! ⠀⠀ My girls are up at 7am and I am up at 5am and I know that mornings are when I’m most productive ⠀⠀ So I choose to hit the ground running in the morning and to do my housework, any phone calls or computer work (if I can) all before lunchtime ⠀⠀ So by lunchtime when my energy slowly starts to deplete I’ve done all of the things for my day that require the most #brainpower ⠀⠀ What time of day are you most productive?! 👇🏻👇🏻
We made it!🙌 Local time, it's 9:45 pm. Our bodies say it's 12:45am. The position of the sun laughs at us and is like, nope! it's actually somewhere around 6pm?! 🤣😂 We are way upside down, time wise, but despite the confusion, it's breathtakingly gorgeous here and we cannot wait to explore this beautiful place!🌞
You know what’s so special about this Hump Day? It’s Juneteenth. What is Juneteenth you say? Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery within the United States. And that’s how you turn a thirst trap into a history lesson my friends 😏 Often growing up and still to this day I get asked, “what are you?” Or “Your mom is white, right?” My family looks like a rainbow, and while we had many theories about our ethnicities, no one truly knew. As an adult my curiousity peaked and I finally took an @ancestry test and voila - the majority of “me” is from various parts of Africa and a nice chunk is from parts of Europe (I’ll save the deets for a video one day 😉). Needless to say, I wasn’t really “surprised” but it also validated what I always thought: I’m a product of slavery. I’m not definitively Kenyan, Nigerian, British or Irish (or the other 14 ethnicities I’m made up of). My ancestors mixed - willingly and unwillingly - with other ethnicities and I’m a byproduct of that. I didn’t learn about Juneteenth until college. And even then, I didn’t realize its value until maybe a few years ago. My ancestors’ freedom should not be in vain. My ancestors history is all Americans’ history. I have been fortunate to have this platform - this privilege to reach many. I truly am my ancestors’ dreams personified yet we still have so 👏 far 👏 to 👏 go 👏 I’m reminded of this daily. I’m not the typical embodiment of beauty: My hair is wild. My hips are wide. My thighs are thick thick. My booty could use some encouragement lol. It’s taken me years to appreciate my type of beauty, to realize I don’t have to be black enough nor white enough. That being called an Oreo is NOT a compliment. That having conversations about race and differences while uncomfortable are needed because how can I expect you to understand me if I don’t share my story which is my ancestors’ story. So today, in celebration of Juneteenth
Don’t forget to fill your cup too, mamas ✨ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I remember the days where I was recovering from my C-section...I was sleep deprived, struggling with nursing my son, and we were both crying... a LOT. This one specific time I was trying to get him to latch and it just wasn’t happening. We were both crying in frustration and I called my mom pleading for help. I remember giving every waking minute to this little human, who I adored with my whole heart. But my cup was empty! I needed ME time, I needed rest, I needed my cup to be full ☕️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once we started getting into the swing of things, I made a commitment to make morning times for ME. I said to myself, “No matter how tired I am, I’m getting up to fill my cup.” I knew I couldn’t keep giving giving giving. Or I was gonna lose it 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And ever since, 5AM has been MY time. There were the days I’d hit snooze, but I’d regret it every time. But now it’s so much a habit that I look forward to that I never wanna go back! 😭 These are the moments I get movement in which gives me SO much energy in my day⚡️ They’re the moments I read my devotions and pray over my home 🙏🏻 They’re the moments I fill my cup to overflowing, so that when I hear that faint cry of my son, I’m READY to fill his cup with the overflow of my own ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mamas, in all that you give, remember to give back to you too. You’re WORTH it. You NEED it. And you DESERVE it ✨
Take care of your body or your body will take care of you. This quote was shared with me in my 20’s and has held more weight as I have gotten older. The first 6 months of this year have been TOUGH for our family. In November we began caring for my mom who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the second time, under went a double mastectomy in December and last week she wrapped up 3.5 months of aggressive chemo. Fast forward a couple months... In April my husband unknowingly began to experience heart complications. After countless diagnostic tests, doctors visits, medical procedures, heart monitors and even an ER visit, today we can happily say he is in the clear. Personally I was mentally stretched at times. Through it all, my morning routine (daily gratitude, prayer, reading, workouts), vent sessions with a handful of family and close friends and a good cry or two in the shower, were instrumental in keeping my sanity. Good healthy is a blessing. “If you have your health, if you have people in your life to love, you are blessed. Slow down and enjoy the simple things in life” - Joel Olsteen.
It still amazes me that these little bottles of oil can help balance my postpartum hormones, keep my mood in check & uplift and inspire my days. I truly didn’t realize essential oils could help in all these ways when I started using them years ago. But I’m so thankful and am not going back! 😂 I’m not saying they’re the end all be all, but I’m glad I don’t have to go a day without them! 👌🏼 . PS, my monthly oils box arrived today- I shared in my stories what I got! 😻🙌🏼👌🏼💌📦
I shouldn't have to be my own boss to bring my kids to work. And, no, I don't have 4 kids! But, I did bring my 3 kids to the office last week since there was a gap between the end of school and the beginning of summer program. My scribe had the same issue, so I told her she could bring her son into work as well and the kids had a wonderful time together in our peds play room. Hence, the 4 kids. Though it can be a bit crazy at times, I love having the option to bring my kids to work. But, I shouldn't have to be my own boss to do this. I wish this was available to everyone. To be able to bring your kids to work, to be able to breastfeed them on demand, to have them with you when they are sick or don't have school. This is a life changer. It makes us, as parents, happier about the daily choices we make between work and family. My staff do this when they need to - as long as they feel like they can work with their child there, we encourage it as an alternative to calling out. This should be normalized. If I can fit my work to my life and vice versa, then I don't have to make choices about which is more important. And, I think it's so crucial for kids to glimpse what their mothers do when we aren't with them. Do you have child care at your work? Have you brought your child to work or did you go to work with your parents growing up? . And Arya is standing under a picture of herself at 10 days old (it’s our “art” for our peds waiting room- and my patients love seeing it!). . #worklifefit#worklifebalance#bringyourkidstoworkday
Today was Everson's last day of kindergarten and now we officially have a 1st grader! 🙀His school has a "year round" #balancedcalendar schedule, so that's why he gets out late and only has a 6 week summer break. 🍎 We couldn't be any prouder of how hard this guy worked in school this year--he grew in leaps and bounds academically, socially and emotionally. All praise to Jesus for leading us to switch schools this past October and a huge thanks to the AMAZING teachers and staff at @grandrapidschristian Evergreen! You all are incredible blessings to us!!!
Do you have a #summerschedule?! ⠀⠀ I’ve put them together in the past but have never stuck with them but I am attempting another one this year and so far it’s going well! ⠀⠀ With Lyla and Noel going into school full time in the fall, I don’t want her to forget all that she’s learned so I want to keep those skills sharp!! ⠀⠀ Below is our schedule (which I found on Pinterest obvi 😉): ⭐️ Make it Monday (craft/bake/cook) ⭐️ Take a trip Tuesday (library or something else free and fun we don’t normally go) ⭐️ Water Wednesday (water play) ⭐️ Thinking Thursday (read/write/math practice) ⭐️ Lake day Fridays (lake time!) Do you have a schedule for your kiddos?! 👇🏻👇🏻
I just can’t afford it. 🤷🏼♀️ • • I admit, that was me before 🙋🏼♀️. Also me - struggling hard to find the right workout routine, the right health regimen and the right support group that worked for me. I’ve tried different products and different routines, but nothing stuck. Let me tell you though, when you find something that works - you hold it tight and never let go! Oh and I also love to scream it from the rooftops to everyone else because I’m that passionate about it. 💁🏼♀️💕 • • Don’t let money be your excuse of why you’re not reaching your full health & fitness potential. I can show you how to be your best BOSS BABE and earn the money back that you put in - just like I did within a month. • • Be a product of the product, pursue your own health journey, share it with others and build your tribe. Are you ready? 👊🏻
Tonight’s work night brought to you by my hubby, who’s holding down the fort at home after a long work day so I can pursue my passion of encouraging and inspiring women! Most of the time I do this from my phone on the couch or at the kitchen table, sometimes poolside while the kids are happily splashing away, but once a week I try to get out to work a bulk period of time while sipping some form of coffee plus caramel. 😘 This part time job has fulfilled my desire to bring in an income while still being free to homeschool my kiddos and make the commitments that are important to our family. It’s fulfilled mt passion to speak into the hearts of women. It allows me the freedom to see some of the hidden parts of their lives, show them grace and inspire them to grow! I started by pursuing health and fitness in my own life and sharing it! Yep, those hot mess sweaty selfies have encouraged many to make a shift in their lives! Do you have a heart for others? Do you have a desire to be healthier while encouraging others? Do you have a passion to stay home with your kids but need to bring in income? If you said yes to any of these drop a 🙋🏼♀️ and I’ll invite you to an informational group in which my team will explain the details of what a virtual health coach is and how we make money by getting into the best shape of our lives! You can do this! You do not need to be fit. You do not need to be business savvy. You only have to be teachable! We’ll show you the way!
I hate heights. Absolutely hate them! I didn’t always feel this way but after I had my kids a very real fear came over me. But I hate the thought of passing this into them more. So I put my big girl panties on today and did a thing. Not only did we take a gondola ride across the Royal Gorge but we also walked across the suspension bridge (one of the highest in the world)! And you can bet your ass I wouldn’t have done this if it weren’t for my kids. I know for a fact that my kids make me stronger and braver (or at least I act like I am) because I never want them to look back on our times together and feel like they missed out because I held them back. I know I’m going to inadvertently pass some of my less desirable traits onto them but some stuff I refuse to make their baggage. And I really do want them to think of me as strong! Sometimes we have to tap into how we want our kids to be so we can have the courage to do epic shit for ourselves. They may never understand what today meant for me but I’ll never forget. I’m pretty proud of me and my kids get the credit. Plus, unlike flying, I didn’t have to take a Xanax to survive.