That Moment When..

Yesterday was quite comical.  It was the day of “that moment when….”

Baby D woke up early for his “breakfast”.

Breakfast:

That moment when you realize you no longer have time for a sit down meal…

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Smoothie per usual.  Cookies n’ Cream smoothie to be exact.

Hello yum.

Baby D has been quite clingy these past few days.  I think tooth number 6 is coming in.

That moment when baby cries unless being held… I mean ugly crying turns into…

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That moment when mommy’s lap becomes baby’s playground.

I’ll take it.

Lunch:

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Quinoa Power Bowl.

Easy peasy, and I could cook it with one hand!  Recycled pic of course because I didn’t have an extra hand to take the picture.

Since Baby D rebelled his afternoon nap, he was quite vocal in letting me know his disdain of having his diaper changed.

That moment when… you are changing said diaper, have the baby’s legs straight up in the air to “take care of business” when the Fedex guy comes to the door with out you noticing.  Since you are painting the baby’s room, the changing table is right in the living room.  Right when he knocks on the door, you jump out of your skin, scare the baby, make the baby pee everywhere, and then he ugly cries again.

That moment when… you no longer like the Fed Ex guy.

Pretty stinking hilarious… you kinda had to be there though.

Dinner:

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Leftover spaghetti and spaghetti squash with Applegate farms sausage and pasta sauce.  It got the job done.  We had to get back to painting!

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Baby D had yummy white sweet potato.  He loves sweet potatoes now!  yay!

That moment when you put that sweet baby to bed and realize what a blessing it is to work so hard to be mommy all day!

I seriously couldn’t imagine life without that sweet boy.

Snack:

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I see a big bowl of this in my future.  Last little bit of it!

Love Grown Power O’s must come to Louisville asap or it might lead to desperate measures…

I can’t wait to have the baby room and bathroom painted to show you all!  Our eats have been boring lately, but we have good reason.  There is work to be done!

Have a great What I Ate Wednesday friends!  Make sure you head over to Jenn’s for more good food!

What is the best thing you have eaten lately?

What is your go- to meal when life is crazy?

Inconvenient Blessings

I have found in my short 29 years on this earth that it is easy for me to see blessings when they are apparent.

Like… Beautiful weather on my day off, a parking spot at the mall that isn’t 1 million lightyears away from the entrance, or even the blessings of family, friends, and people who love you.

It is hard for me to see the inconvenient things as blessings.

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There are several big changes coming soon in our lives.  Change is inconvenient to me.

I’m working on looking at them as inconvenient blessings.

It took me a long time to get here though.  See, I’m a structured creature.  I like a routine.. normalcy… things going my way.  You know, that terrible Type A person that drives you insane.  That’s me.

When I look back at inconvenient things, I can see how they turned into blessings.

Our house was sold several months ago, but that fell through… inconvenient blessing…

We are now taking that opportunity to give Baby D a for real nursery.

Those late nights when you are up feeding a newborn… inconvenient blessing….

Goodness, even infertility and the adoption process… inconvenient yet a total blessing!

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I mean really… how could you not say he isn’t a blessing???

I’m learning to be content in all circumstances just like Paul talks about in Phillippians 4:12.  “…I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

I like to be in control, know what is coming, and be prepared.  God continually shows me that I’m not in control, I don’t know what is coming, and HE will prepare me.

Things are going to come up in life unexpectedly and fast.  We can either take these “inconveniences” as burdens or see them as inconvenient blessings.

I pray God gives me the grace to do the latter.  I’m a work in progress though.

Next stop is seeing these as opportunities of growth… baby steps y’all!

Do you find it hard sometimes to see the inconvenient things in life as a blessing?

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

This weekend, I had a working weekend.  I sat through a 4.5 hour continuing education course on Saturday.

I was shot after that!  Today I thought we could do a super fun and random post to keep things light for a Monday!

I first saw this a while ago on Tina’s blog, and thought it would be fun to do.  Plus, I would love to know some of your answers!

So.. here goes…

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

1. I’m happiest when.. I’m with my 2 boys.

2. … especially if it involves a lazy day at home.

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3. I’ve always wanted to travel to Australia… Greece… I have a long list!

4. My family and I live far apart….

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5. I was a terrible softball player.  I quit t-ball after 1 day.

6. My first job was a carhop at Sonic!

7. I could probably eat Thai food everyday.  Yummy salmon curry!!

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8. I stole… my husbands heart?  ;)… this survey from Tina??

9. I was born on the same day as Will Farrell and Barry Sanders

10. My all-time favorite film is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Little Mermaid.

11. I do a pretty mean cat meow… or at least I do it… ;)

12. I’m still mad… I didn’t get a double major… I was 2 classes away!

13. I met my husband in college… on leap day!

14. I always knew I wanted… a boy.  Actually, I want a house full of little boys!… not that I would be sad about a girl!

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15. I’m not afraid to… tell the truth.  Truth’s the truth!

16. I make the best… no bake cookies.  Just ask my hubby!

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17. I have almost no… singing voice (copying Tina here) but it is sadly true!

18. I always cry when… I talk about adoption.  It has been the biggest life changer for us!

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19. I’m a Tennessean, but I don’t really care about the Tennessee Titans.  Go Peyton Manning!

20. I spent 22 years in Tennessee before moving to Kentucky.

Tennessee Vols

 

21. I wish my folks… lived closer.

22. At 5, I was deeply in love with The Little Mermaid and my mamaw. 

23. I believe if everyone loved their neighbor as themselves, the world would be a better place.

24. I can’t stand… when people chew loudly.

25. Whenever Live with Kelly and Michael is on, I’ll watch it.

Hope you all have a Marvelous Monday friends!

Pick 3 and answer them!  I love getting to know you better!

Friday Five and Favorites

TGIF!  Y’all I was ready for Friday!

1. PSA: There is a recall on several almond and peanut butters.  Check this out for more info.

Of course, I had a jar of Trader Joe’s almond butter that had been recalled.  Thankfully, they will give me a full refund!

2. Every morning should start like this.

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I have no desire to do anything but play with my boy in the mornings.  Plus, naked babies are cute!  :)

3. I tried something else new this week!

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Clare invited me to her 502 Power Yoga class Monday night.  I’m not usually a fan of yoga, but I loved this!  They keep you moving there, and my body got such a good stretch!  Clare was killing it with her headstands and such. I’m so excited to go back and get better!

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4. Baby D started a new baby sitter this week.  My good friend is now watching him.  He loves her and her two girls.  He is out numbered there!

5. I have a 5 hour continuing education course on Saturday.  Please feel free to follow me on instagram and twitter to keep me company!  :)

Shhh…. don’t tell.  Something has to keep me awake!

In case you missed it:

New Things, New Friends

Stock Your Kitchen: Freezer Edition

Essential Oils for Allergies

Tea Time

When to Lower Your Standards

Baby Delight: 7 Months

Favorites:

Food/ Nutrition:

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites via Nutritious Eats

Peach and Peanut Butter Granola via Almost Getting It Together

What We Eat to Maximize Recovery and Fight Oxidative Stress  via Cotter Crunch

Chili and Lime Roasted Salmon with Blueberry Corn Salsa via Heather Christo

15 Lunch Ideas for Busy Professionals  via The Almond Eater

. creamy maple roasted almond butter via Running with Spoons

Butternut Squash Red Curry via MJ and Hungryman

What’s the Best Diet? from Survive & Thrive

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing  via Organically Mo

Protein Granola Bars from Jill Conyers

Sweet Potato Energy Bites via The Lean Green Bean

Workout:

Body Weight HIIT Workout  from Your Trainer Paige

Is It Time to Fire Your Personal Trainer?  via US News

on overexercising and when it’s time to rest from Lindsay’s List

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn’t Working  from Eating Bird Food

Blog:

5 Simple Ways to Get More Visitors on Your Blog via Slim Sanity

Does closing comments turn blogging into lecturing?  via Carla Birnberg

Life:

The Secret to a Strong Marriage After Kids A Healthy Slice of Life

If Your Pants Don’t Fit…Don’t Have a Fit. via Candy Fit

Losing Weight Won’t Make You Happy via Erica D House

What are you up to this weekend?

Favorites from the week?

Baby Delight: 7 Months

Happy 7 Months Sweet Boy!

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It doesn’t seem right that we are in the second half of his first year of life!

I love how his sweet personality comes out more and more.  One thing is for sure, this boy likes to play and have fun!

He is constantly playing and laughing.

New this month:

He now has 5 teeth!

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Crawling!  He figured out how to crawl on Saturday,and now it’s game on!  Baby proofing the house happens this weekend.

Eating solids… and not fighting me!  Hallelujah!

He is also sleeping 11 or so hours a night now!  Those nights of getting up 2-3 times seem like a distant memory.

Likes:

Feet!  I’m not talking his feet.. he loves other people’s feet.  Odd right?

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Laughing and smiling… all the time!  He is such a happy boy.

Crawling and getting into things he isn’t supposed to.

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Screaming at the top of his lungs.

Playing with friends.

Dislikes:

Being hungry, dirty, or wet.

Getting fingernails clipped.

Sitting still.

Being quiet in restaurants.  :)

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Now, can we please slow down time a bit… these months are passing too quickly!

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Check out his past updates to see how much he has changed from 6543, and 2 months!

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7 month baby

Trying New Things

I’m such a creature of habit.  I never really try new things.

Well, that’s not true… I don’t usually COOK new things.  After I’ve had it somewhere else, I’ll buy it and experiment, but I don’t usually get something new to try on my own.

Breakfast:

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Creamy rice and coconut porridge with figs!  This was to die for… except all my nut butter kept sinking.  There was almost an entire tablespoon at the bottom on the bowl.  Saved the best for last?  ;)  Plus, the addition of figs made it even better.  I have been waiting for these to come out!

Lunch:

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Lentil Dal.  I have decided that anything you can eat out of a bowl is a good idea with a baby.  When they are on the move like baby D is, it’s good to be able to hop up and carry food with you!

Notice my little peeper in the background??  Can you believe that today is his 7month birthday?

Dinner:

Sizzlefish grilled catfish

This was what was new to me… Catfish!

Sizzlefish sent me a sample box, and I honestly had been afraid to try some of the new to me fish!  We put some herbs on there and grilled it.

We absolutely loved it!  I have found so many new great fish thanks to my sample box!

I’ve decided I want to start trying more new to me things.  I never knew what I was missing out on until Sizzlefish introduced me to some new fish.  No telling what else I’m missing out on right?

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends!  Make sure you head over to Jenn’s for more good food!

What is the best thing you have eaten lately?

Do you enjoy trying new things or are you a creature of habit?

When To Lower Your Standards

For most of my life, people have told me to have high standards in every aspect of life.

My family had high standards when it came to education and how I was to behave.  I held myself to very high standards in high school and college.

I wanted to be the best.  I’m a competitive person by nature.  If I don’t have someone else to compete with, I’ll compete with myself.

I strived for perfection.  In fact, I frequently found myself dissatisfied with my best because it wasn’t the best.

In my adult life, I have learned I have to lower my standards.

Lower Your Standards

Perfection isn’t possible.  

After Baby D came along, it was no longer possible for me to keep my house spotless, keep groceries stocked, laundry done, errands ran, workouts completed, meals cooked, and still spend time with family and friends.

It was hard for me to lower my standards of myself.  I still get a nervous tick when I can’t mop my floors weekly, but some things have got to give.

I’m not perfect, and I’m not trending to get any better.

Lowering standards of ourselves and others will increase quality of life, contentment, and greatly decrease stress.  Sounds pretty good to me!

So what if my house isn’t spotless?  I played all day with my little man.

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Besides, I don’t want to pass on my anxiety of too high of standards on to my kid/ kids!

Of course I want them to do their best, but if they work hard and do their best I want them and us to celebrate that.

Now, I just need to work on celebrating my best!

Tell me: Do you need to lower your standards?

Have you ever set unrealistic expectations on yourself or someone else? 

Tea Time

Let’s catch up a bit shall we?

Go ahead and grab your coffee or tea.  I love having coffee and tea dates with friends!

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I feel totally refreshed after taking a 3 day weekend.  Friday I wasn’t feeling up to being on social media or the blog, so I called in sick. ;)

I started a new Bible Study and played with Baby D all day long.  It was pretty perfect.

Tea Time

I never want to feel like I have to blog.  I want to enjoy it.  Agreed?

If we were having tea, I would tell you how excited I am to finally have my NASM personal training certification behind me!  I’m also really excited about opening up training and health coaching this fall.

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I would also have to tell you how stinking excited I am for Paige’s bootcamp to start up again!

Yes, I am a personal trainer.. However, I think everyone benefits from someone else training them.  You should check it out here!

If we were having tea, I would tell you that I’ve gone back to my coffee days.  Tea just wasn’t potent enough for me anymore.

It’s the best with a teaspoon of coconut oil in it.  Black coffee + coconut oil = a great morning.

Of course, we couldn’t have tea or coffee without talking about Baby D!  I would first have to tell you that he now has 5 teeth!

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The top ones came in, but they aren’t the middle ones… they are the ones to the side (the laterals)!  He looks like a vampire baby!

Crazy right?

Also, he started crawling Saturday!

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My life is officially changed.  Mommy has turned into goalie.  He is into everything!  :)

Also, we got his 6 month pictures back, and they are amazing!  Can’t wait to give you all a sneak peak soon!

I would also have to tell you that I took Luvy to a new restaurant for his birthday called Mussel and Burger Bar.

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Luvy was in heaven.  Sad fact… they put butter in their meat.  Butter is not dairy free!  Big bummer.

However, it is pretty cool that they serve their drinks out of a jar!

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If we were having tea, I would tell you that no weekend is complete without a trip to the farmer’s market.  I love to see what’s growing and pick out my veggies.

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It is a huge plus that my friend Audra is back home again!  I love having a partner in crime.  Baby D doesn’t mind either!

Have a Marvelous Monday friends!

Now you are all caught up on me.. what would you tell me during tea time?

Coffee or tea?

What did you do this weekend?

Essential Oils for Allergies

Baby sneezes are one of the cutest things in the world!

However, when those sneezes come from allergies, they aren’t as cute.  Poor Baby D comes by it honestly.  We live in the worst area for allergies.  Seriously, Louisville is the #1 worst place for allergy problems.

Maybe I should have been an allergist… ;)

Since he is so little, I didn’t want to give him a ton of medicine.  Honestly, I don’t like giving me or my husband a ton of medicine unless necessary.  Since my friends raved over using their oils for allergies, I decided to drink the kool-aid.

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I’m so glad I did!  My allergies have gotten so much better by using them, and Baby D’s aren’t perfect but they have improved!

So, what do I use?

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I use a mix of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint.  I diffuse it for 30 minutes about 3-4 times a day.  Usually when I’m feeding the baby.  That’s about the only time he is in one place long enough to breathe it in!  :)  That boy is busy!

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I also will dilute it with coconut oil and rub it on my chest.  I don’t do that yet with Baby D.  That may be why mine have gotten so much better and his are still bothering him some.

I’m no allergist… although I wouldn’t mind getting paid like one!  However, this is working for my family.  If you are interested in more info feel free to email me, or you can order using my ID# 1716727 with Young Living.

Have you ever tried essential oils for allergies?

Are allergies bad where you are?

Time to CELEBRATE

I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me!

Early yesterday morning, I left the house to go to downtown Louisville.

Breakfast:

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I had my new favorite smoothie in tow!  Recipe to come!

It was an early morning, but I had a big appointment.

After about 45 minutes, my appointment was over… and I was celebrating.

I was off to get Baby D and head home for lunch.

Lunch:

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Leftover black bean cakes from Saturday and rice and beans with veggies.  Kind of a throw together meal, but it worked!

Snack:

My last Kind bar on the go!

Dinner:

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We met up with Clare and her boyfriend for dinner at Clay Oven Indian!

It was absolutely delicious.

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The company was even better!  We can’t wait to double date with them again soon.

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Poor Baby D was throwing a fit during part of our dinner… then he crashed out hard.

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I think it must be the tooth he is cutting!  He was chewing on everything like a mad man.

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Good thing he is so stinking cute!  Plus, Clare was a baby whisperer.  He loves her!

(Thanks Clare for the pics!)

Snack:

I’m sure I’ll have the last bit of my Love Grown Power O’s tonight.  I’ve gone through 3 boxes in no time.  I’m a bit addicted!

They need to start selling them here in Louisville!

So… anyone curious about what I was celebrating today???

I am now a NASM Certified Personal Trainer!

For now, I am going to work with clients locally.  Eventually, I will add in online training and health coaching!  More to come on all that though.

I told you all… change is coming!  :)

Happy What I Ate Wednesday friends!  Make sure you head over to Jenn’s for more good food!

What is the best thing you have eaten lately?

Have you ever worked with a personal trainer?