Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Cute Mom

Since having my son I've really started to put more effort into my everyday wardrobe.  I've always enjoyed dressing up for work, but I spent quite a bit of my free time in yoga pants and athletic wear.

There are definitely days when I lounge in sweats, but for the most part I enjoy doing my hair, putting on a little makeup, and dressing in a coordinated outfit.  If it's one thing I learned after staying home for almost 4 months: it's nice to have a reason to put your face on, do your hair, and walk out the door.

I always vowed to be one of those woman who did not define herself as simply mom once baby was here.  (But I also said I wouldn't post thousands of pictures of my little guy on social media and you see how well that's gone for me. #sorrynotsorry) 

Fact of the matter is I do steer away from certain fabrics, dangly earrings, and dainty jewelry because I don't want anything ruined.  I also find myself investing in quality pieces and fabrics because, let's face it, if I'm going to wear it it needs to hold up to a 9 month old tugging, spitting up, and wiping his face on it.
Sweater: H&M (similar), Denim: Old Navy, Sneakers: Target

I see many women (and I am NOT judging them) wearing baggy, ill fitting, unflattering clothing toting around their young children.  I just feel for them.  I know the guilt they feel when they spend money on themselves that they could be spending on their child.  I know the exhaustion they experience when they think about going to the mall.  I know the reasoning for not wearing their finer pieces in fear of a formula induced spit up sesh.  

I get it.  It's safer to wear the other stuff.  It is.

But, it just doesn't feel good.  Ya know what I mean?  Like, when I walk out the door with my diaper bag, baby in arms, toting a Tula, and multi-tasking 10 different things at once, I want to feel good.

I want to walk out the door with my head high, strutting my stuff, confident that I look as good as I feel. Because if anyone deserves to feel good, it's a mama.  

So, I put a little more effort into my outfit.  For me, that means cute sneakers instead of flip-flops.  Colored denim rather than holey jeans.  A relaxed sweater instead of a hooded sweatshirt.

Nothing major.  Just cuter.

It also means cleaning out my closet.  It means only keeping the things that will hold up because there's no reason to hang onto things I'm not going to wear.  It may mean less pieces, but more quality.

What about you?  How do you rock your cuteness?

Linking up with ThePleatedPoppy and Shanna

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fitmom Thoughts

Today is the last day to get a $20 discount for my Fantasy Fitness Challenge group starting October 6th.  Leave your email in a comment below if you're interested in participating or hearing more about it.

It occurred to me recently that it wasn't very long ago I started to just accept the fact that what everyone had told me about having a baby and getting my body back was true.  I had so many people tell me I would never be able to get my body back or my body would never be the same. 

I remember looking in the mirror a few months ago thinking, "Okay.  I'm okay with this.  I have a beautiful baby that means the entire world to me and I don't mind that things won't be the same."

Then I started with Beachbody and drinking Shakeology every day and that plateau I had hit is now just a memory.  In fact, you can get that body back in a new and improved way - I mean, it nurtured and birthed a child - that's amazing in and of itself!

I still would be okay, but I'm really glad I don't have to be.  I'm really glad that with a little hard work and determination, I can be an example of fitness and health for my family.

Scheduling workouts is hard.  Thank goodness my son loves to run in the stroller with me.  I'm not quite sure it would be as do-able if he didn't.

As women we need to lift each other UP.  Seriously, since starting on this Beachbody journey I have really noticed the amount of women that judge, degrade, or discourage healthy lifestyles.  Aren't we all in this together?  

I have to agree with Marion and assume that some people are disguising envy or even convicted by the posts I'm sharing?


Monday, September 29, 2014

Just so long as you go...

don't quit

The other day I saw that a friend had posted a quote to her Facebook page alluding the fact that it doesn't really matter how far or how fast you go, just so long as you go.

I loved it.  Then I read her caption she wrote to go along with it and I got frustrated.  Not with her, but for her.  I got frustrated for her because someone at some point had commented on the fact that she runs "slow" with "only" a 12 minute pace.  And I wanted to say, at least you're going.

At least you are doing something good for yourself.  Good for your body.  Good for your heart.

So many people don't go at all.  They make excuses or they don't have enough time, money, etc.

Since starting my Beachbody business, I've had people ask me, "Is this something I can do?  You know me.  Be honest."

And I just want to say, "Anybody can!  Everybody should!"

The fact that other people are faster or fitter or learner or stronger does not and should not matter!  I hate that things like this cause us to self-doubt and perhaps even stay put.

Get out there and go.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Moments of the Week

Whew.  It's taken a loooong time to get to Friday this week.  It's been a whirlwind to say the least.

I'm thinking I need to go back to Target and get this hat.  I mean...the cuteness!

We thoroughly enjoyed Talk Like a Pirate Day at Krispy Kreme.

Saturday afternoon we celebrated the beautiful marriage of 2 of our friends.

We napped because we needed it.

And, we discovered how much fun it is to eat (and play) with pasta!

How was your week?!

Oh!  We also officially registered for the Victory Junction Gang Run to Victory.  If you are able, we would truly appreciate your support and donation to the cause.  Thank you!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Elephants and Stripes

Scarf similar, Tee: Target, Skirt: thrifted (similar), Sneakers: GAP (similar)

Since using elephants as part of the theme in my son's nursery, I've had a thing for them.

I'm still kicking myself for not purchasing a beautiful elephant necklace I found at a craft fair this summer with my best friend.  Ho hum...

I'm really wanting this elephant dress, but it says it's sold out.  So I settled a while back on getting an elephant scarf (until I can find the next elephant piece I can't live without.)

I'm also partial to the red,white, and blue color combo.  So when I found this skirt at my local thrift for $2, I knew immediately that I wanted to try my hand at pattern mixing and pair it with my elephant scarf.  I know it's a very safe attempt at pattern mixing, but I like it.

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Personal Shopper

Tee: Forever 21, Skirt: Burlington Coat Factory, Necklace/Bracelet: Silpada

The other day I got a message from a coworker asking me about boutiques and shops I frequent because her daughter is looking for something specific for a trip later this fall.  She has a picture in her mind of what she wants, but of course, she can't find it in stores.

Don't you hate that?

It got me thinking about what a luxury it would be to have a personal shopper and how fun it would be to be that personal shopper for other people!  I mean, hello!

Shop all day and get paid for it?  I'm so there.

It also made me think about Stitch Fix and how much I appreciate the service it provides by doing some of the hard digging for me.  It's not often I have time for the dig these days.

Oh!  Ya know what's great about a maxi skirt?  It dresses you up on a day when you want to wear sweats to work, but it feels like sweats.

Ya know what's great about a lace maxi skirt?  It looks even fancier than a normal maxi, but it still feels like sweats.

pleated poppy
The Hump Day Blog Hop

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fantasy Fitness Challenge

One of the best parts of fall is football.  One of the best things about football is fantasy football.  I love that I can play fantasy football with my friends.  Since we're scattered all over the country, it's nice to have something to compete in that we can all do regardless of where we live.

That is the foundation behind my next challenge group:
No matter where you live or what you do, you can participate in this Fantasy Fitness Challenge because we will "compete" via the internets!  

I am really excited about this challenge group because you can grab a friend, make a team name, and email me to get put on the roster for the challenge!  We will check in periodically to see how your team is doing and you will be supported by others striving to reach their personal fitness goals as well.

I know so many of us are trying to find that healthy niche for our life and I have finally found mine.  I would love to help you find yours.  Please, comment below and I will be happy to share more information about the upcoming challenge!

For those of you interested, here is a video to share some details: