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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Whiny Wednesday: Find the Hidden Moments

I've been SO smitten with baby girl and her giggles lately. I'm just adoring the 6-month age. How did she get so big?! I'm trying to really, really enjoy her and not take for granted a single moment because now that she's my second, I know that in just a few years I'll wanna freeze time. I'll wanna hold her sweet baby rolls in my arms again. I'll want those precious open-mouth kisses and to see her smile at every little thing I say. I'll wanna watch her take her first bite...her first step...her first word. 

You know where all of this is coming from, right? It's not so much about baby L. little C starts preschool in just a couple more weeks and my heart is exploding. Up until now I've been SO excited, but lately I've gotten quite sad. It's. So. Crazy. I didn't know this would happen but I'm crushed that he's starting preschool because that means never again will he go to Mother's Day Out while I "take a break." He won't be home more days than not, just heading to the store or to get ice cream with me. We won't have a PJ day during the week. Ever again. I know it's going to be so good for him, but can we just rewind time? Back to when I was so darn mad that he knocked his Legos over and threw a huge fit because I wouldn't put them back together. Or back to us lying in bed for a nap, and he never would close his eyes to sleep. Back to me being so frustrated he wouldn't finish his peas or let me leave the room for just five minutes. 

I want those moments back. 

And so mamas with only one baby just know this. It won't always be so hard. You're going to miss every gosh darn second of it, in fact. Someday that tiny thing will go to preschool and get BIG and say he doesn't need help with something and walk away from into school without even looking back. You'll cry like me, but you'll realize, too. That life isn't about anything else really. It's all of the hidden moments that matter. The ones you pass over at the time, and look back on later. 

So basically I'm saying cherish your babies right this very minute. Because they won't always be that little. 

D. told me that one day I'll look back on my entire life and realize that staying home with the kids was the best thing I ever did. Funny enough, I've already realized that. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

I Tried Yoga Yesterday...

I can't believe it, but until yesterday, I had never taken a yoga class. Sure, when my Pilates teacher was absent, a substitute with "more yoga than Pilates" would come in and incorporate a few more yoga moves than we were used to. Yesterday, however, was completely new. An entire hour of pure yoga. Namaste, anyone?

There's a new studio in my town that has barre, cycling, and yoga, among a few other things, so I thought I'd be daring and try it out. After all, I like to mix things up in exercise or I get completely bored. A free yoga class offered on a Sunday afternoon was the perfect way to stay cool on our 100-degree day. 

The studio, as you can see here, was gorgeous with lots of white and natural light shining in. Of course, it was brand-new, so that also made it nice. I hung low-key to the back since I had no idea what I was doing.

Here's the gist of what I got. There's an awful lot of plank into downward dog...mix in a little warrior (which by the way you do not want to see my attempt at warrior 3)...and a little tree pose (which I'm proud to say I rock). Lingo? Instead of skin we say flesh and ground we say earth (melt into the earth together, shall we?). I'm fine with the yoga speak, but must admit when he told us to point the corners of our mouth up to share with the world, I had to laugh inside. This guy was good. 

He was so good that during the meditation period at the end (which had some fancy yoga name...update: my yoga lover friend L says it's savasana. I Googled it and it says "corpse pose." Freaky much? Ok, I'm over it.) that must've lasted at least five minutes (of dead silence) he nearly put me to sleep. We're talking best. five. minutes. of. my. life. If you have kids, you know. I should seriously consider a meditation room. 

Anywho, the whole experience was quite lovely but very different than Pilates (which is way more abs...way more fast-paced...in a good way!).  In fact, I never realized how much so until now. No offense yoga, but I think I'll keep my Pilates for now. Until we namaste again...

Urban Ears for Travel, Exercise and Everyday

Omg, gals. I'm loving my new Urban Ears. You know how I've been working out every, single day of my life lately trying to lose this baby weight, right? Love. These. And to tell you the truth I just love them for sitting in the bedroom lately when I have to be all quiet and stuff because I have kids now...snooze. Baby L is still in our room, so these are amazing for being able to be "normal" and not disturb her. 

A little insider info...I'm such a music gal. I'll probably use these way more than your average gal would. Plus, I'm all giddy over how gorgeous the teal hue is that I literally get excited to wear them. I know. I'm a huge dork. One who loves ordinary everyday items with big splashes of color. (Hot pink salt and pepper shakers? I'll take them.) 

The other thing is, did I tell you I've got every little chic detail booked for fashion week in SIX weeks? Yep, these are def going with me on the plane (they're collapsible, so they'll fit in my purse!). Oh, and maybe I'll wear them some on the street. Ya know, to look and feel like a local? So completely urban. I die over these, y'all. Only $59.*

P.S. These have a Zoundplug, which is an extra jack that lets you share your music with a friend. Hey, maybe sis will wanna join in on the flight. And eek, eek eek. It even has a built-in microphone to answer calls and a remote to rewind/fast forward music since your music is prob on your iPhone, yes?

*mine were sent free for testing. all opinions here are my own. ;) 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Trimdown Thursday: Eating for Weight Loss AND Nursing

Ok, soooo I kinda slacked this week on photos, so I'm sorry if you follow on Instagram and already saw this. It rained yesterday, and my husband was out of town part of the weekend. I also had to schedule almost all of my "scheduled" exercise for the end of this week. This means for the next three days I'll be working my lil' seat off. Literally. Cardio...Pure Barre...Pilates. It's not over yet (although I kinda sorta wish it was. Did I tell you I zipped my skinny jeans this week? Major.). I'm due to lose all the baby weight the week I leave for NY, which is the goal I've set. Can I just tell you that a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity awaits? 

Speaking of diet. Since I haven't done the bulk of my exercising yet this week, I thought I'd talk a little bit about Weight Watchers (who has not paid me a dime to say this, by the way). I started the WW for nursing moms program in mid-March and have since lost 23 pounds (hey, there was a beach vacay in there, so cut me some slack.). Like I've said before, I wouldn't be taking my time and being near as strict about points if I wasn't nursing. But I need to make sure I'm losing at a healthy pace, which is 1-2 pounds per week. I love WW because I can still eat good, healthy meals and know I'm eating enough for both me and baby. I'm not starving myself as fad diets do! Just eating sensibly. 

So what do I do on WW and what do I eat? I initially signed up for three months to get me going, and for the last couple months I've been paying month to month. If all goes well, I only have one more month! Since I'm doing the program online (versus attending meetings I don't have time for), Weight Watchers has this neat iPhone app where I just input my food every day. That's the key...every. day. You can't slip!

I love how easy the app is. This is my third time to do WW, but my first to try online/the app and it's by far my fav way. It only takes a second to track your weight once a week and I love seeing it visually on the chart/table. You can also look up tons of restaurants and know what's ok to eat without going over your daily points. I use this all the time and practically have things memorized. My fav Starbucks coffee = 3 points. 

Here are some things I've been eating. Right now the variety sucks, but that's always been my weight loss strategy. Stick to the things you know are good; that work. You can spice things up later! Eye on the prize. 

1. Weight Watchers frozen meals 
These might sound gross to you, but they're actually not bad. (Although I'm not an incredibly picky eater.) Problem? There's just not much to them. Thus, the reason WW has def taught me portion control. These meals usually range from 6-8 points and include lots of chicken pasta, Thai pasta, enchiladas, etc. I eat them for dinner a lot so I only have to worry about everyone else when I'm tired. Three minutes in the microwave for me and voila. They're two for $5, so not cheap. (P.S. Not so much a fan of their desserts. Might as well eat a couple mini Kit Kats and save the 3 points.)

2. Almond butter and apples
This is my go-to snack so I can get in my fruit. I'm obsessed with Maranatha nut butters...soooo good. And just 5 points. 

3. Starbucks 
Like I said, my fav frappuccino is just 3 points. It's a nice treat for me, a necessary pick-me-up and much better than chocolate cake. ;)

4. KIND bars
These are my world. My everything. I looooove these bars. I eat one for breakfast every day for just 6 points, and of course I love the ones with chocolate. They're also a great snack, but def not cheap. I love how they're low glycemic and the protein keeps me full. 

5. Salads
Chick-Fil-A has a Grilled Market Salad that I eat at least once a week. It's only 3 points and you can't beat that. It has blueberries, strawberries, apples and nuts, in addition to the grilled chicken and blue cheese. I order light Italian dressing because there's no points and the sugar is low compared to the honey mustard (which has about 20 grams...eek!). 

Any time I can order a salad somewhere, I do. But the next best thing is ordering vegetables. I order extra and that way little C and I both get our nutrition. 

6. Smoothies
I also like to get a peanut butter and banana (and almond milk) smoothie at the gym, or a kale smoothie at Tropical Smoothie...an easy way to get the good stuff! 

Now...just 10 more pounds to go! I can totally do this. What do you like to eat when losing weight...what have you had success with?

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, so please consult yours before starting any new diet or exercise plan. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whiny Wednesday: How to Treat Cradle Cap

I know this looks like such a gross post, but bear with me. I've found a life-changing product for babies and it's the Baby Oil by Zoe Organics

I discovered this amazing brand on Instagram, as I've often done lately, and am so glad I did. I now want the entire product line-up from cream to bug spray. Baby L has had cradle cap since she was born, bless her heart. And luckily I've been able to cover it up with large bows. :) But honestly I just want it gone! At every doctor's check-up, she would say "still cradle cap. You should use Aveeno Baby or even Selsun Blue" (um, no thanks. Anything that doesn't even wash off is off limits for my babe. Love my doc, but no.). So we tried the Aveeno for weeks and literally nothing happened. My mother-in-law suggested something with Calendula. So, I got out the beloved Weleda Baby. Not much progress. 

Then. I saw where this oil was made with essential oils (sunflower, jojoba and olive oil and lavender and chamomile) that were great for dry skin, etc. I immediately thought it might work! And hearing other moms rave always makes me wanna try something. Right? 
So we've used this about a month now, but saw immediate results. As in, the next day. The above photo is the before. Below photo is this week. Ummm yay?! Notice there is still a tiny bit left under the hair, but pretty soon that should be clear as well. The key is to apply the oil each day (I dab two pumps just before bed because it contains lavender and it's seriously a sleep inducer...I'm convinced. It smells glorious!!) 

It's $18 and you can buy it at zoeorganics.com. Let me know your results if you try it!

Whiny Wednesday: Lost in lollaland

I can just say it right now: obsessed. with. lollaland. No, it's not some hidden gem of an amusement park ride or a kid's candy store with lollipops galore, but it's an adorable and convenient kids food and drink line. They're the makers of the infamous, swoonworthy Lollacup, seen here in pink. 

This is not your average sippy, folks. (It starts at nine months, so baby L still has a few more months to go.) At $16, it's made of all safe materials (no chemicals) right here in the USA and the magic happens in the straw! It has a weighted end so even if it's tilted, young ones  learning to sip can use it gracefully. The straw is valve-free (easy sipping again) and the handle is even removable! So it fits in the car seat (um except my darlings always want moi to hold the drink. Experienced that?) There are tons of cute colors (this is Posh Pink), and there's even a "Chic Black" for young fashion lovers. 

We were also sent the newest Mealtime Set to try out. And since baby L hasn't started solids yet, little C was the perfect candidate. He. Loves. 

It's only $20 for this three-piece set (plate, bowl and dipping cup). I love the simple design. The set is so completely simple and functional. Why did no one else think to make a flat, square plate?? It's seriously the first in our cabinet and we now use it all the time because it's so much easier to prepare food on it and just eat. The dipping bowl is the perfect size for ketchup or dressing. And keeps messes away. I also appreciate that it's just a normal bowl. I mean, thank you. (By the way, this is a typical meal for little C: gluten-free fish sticks by Ian's with Ranch and fresh green beans. Mmmm!) 

I'm guessing little C has taken over this set now. Sorry, baby L! She'll just have to enjoy her sweet new pink cup. :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Day! Jonathan Adler Warehouse Sale

I know it's not often I post home things on here, and I really don't know why. I LOVE my home. We moved in a mere eight months after we got married nine years ago and it's one thing I've never looked back on. This house is our home now, and I'd honestly be pretty sad if we ever had to move. It's always been a labor of love. Now if I could fill it entirely with Jonathan Adler? Even better. 

I'm a liiiiiittle late to the game, but thought I'd let you know it's the last day to scoop up JA warehouse sale treasures online. (There are sure to be major scores at this point!) 

It's 24 hours at JonathanAdler.com, so ya better get to clicking before it's over! Happy chic home shopping! Xoxo 

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