Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Solutions to your Resolutions"

Hi Mamas!!
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday filled with lots of laughter, smiles, and joy!!!

Our Christmas was one of our best yet!  So glad to have so many sweet memories of Sophia and Brayden Christmas morning and playing with their cousins Christmas day. #stillsmiling

Now that Christmas is over, it's on to New Years and with that, many of us (including me) set resolutions and goals for ourselves for the upcoming year... 2016 #icantbelieveit

Any of these sound familiar?
1. Cook healthier meals
2. Lose weight
3. Exercise more
4. Smile everyday
5. Be more organized
6. Do more activities with my kids
7. Not yell at my kids

I'm not going to lie, these are among a few things I'd like to strive for this upcoming year.   

If you and I have any of these in common, I am personally inviting you to participate in my upcoming fitness and nutrition group held on Facebook, "Solutions to your Resolutions."

By participating in this group, I will guide you to live a healthier lifestyle, from the inside-out.  It's not about starving yourself, it's about living the 20-80 rule!  
 I have personally discovered that if you take care of yourself (yes, mamas, you can take care of you first!), you become a much happier mommy, wife, and individual! #nomoreyellingatthekiddies
"Solutions to your Resolutions" starts January 4th.  You will receive;
*Daily accountability
*Simple & Family Friendly Nutrition Plan 

*Fun at home Exercise program

*Daily Encouragement & Motivation
*One-on-one support from Me!

*Other like-minded individuals supporting you!

Why join a gym (I haven't been to one in over 5 years) when you can lose anywhere from 7-14 lbs in just 21 days, just like my past participants!?‪#‎yesitispossible‬

(from one of my past participants) #yayjessica

It's my honor to help you start 2016 feeling fit, happy, and healthy!!
Mamas, you totally deserve it!  You need to take care of YOU because if you don't, who's going to take care of your babies? #truth #lessonoftheday

If you want to change your habits, be truly healthier and happier from the inside-out, then I encourage you to fill out my application (link below) and join me on January 4th to start the new year! 
Space is limited and I can't wait to turn your resolutions into solutions, diamond style ;) Who's joining me, mamas!? 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Monday Message

Happy Monday!!

Yesterday was my father's surprise 60th birthday party and my dear friend(who happens to be Brayden's god-mommy), Lisa, captured this moment.

It is one of my favorite photos from the party.  There is so much joy in this photo... 
and it is all because of balloons.

Balloons!  Not the latest and hottest toy on the market (Sophia is all about the Doc. McStuffin's Pet Vet), just balloons.

My message to you on this Monday is to remember, 
it's the simple things that bring so much joy...
A smile at a stranger
A hug
A compliment
A  beautiful sunrise
A warm shower
I encourage you to step back and reflect, what simple/ordinary things bring you so much joy?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

All Aboard!

I was in second grade.
 I saw the maroon colored book sticking out from the bookshelf.  
The Polar Express.

I took the book out of my school library at least a dozen times. 
It quickly became my favorite holiday book, of.all.time!

Fast forward 25ish years- it's still my favorite holiday book and movie!
This year, we decided to climb aboard the Polar Express train ride.. which is about 45 minutes away from our hometown.   
We purchased our tickets (moderately priced, in my opinion) and let me tell you, I would do it again in a heartbeat!  
There was music, dancing, hot chocolate, elves, hobos and even Santa himself!  I couldn't stop smiling.. See for yourself! 

I'm looking forward to making many of my childhood memories come to life, with my babies!
Let the memories continue!!

What's something special you are planning to do with your family this holiday season? 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our family to yours, 
Happy Thanksgiving,
 Remember, there is always something to be grateful for...
 Count your blessings.
 Be Thankful.

Have a memorable Thanksgiving! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween Treats for EVERYONE!

Although Sophia is full of smiles, she knows she can't eat most of this candy she earned while trick-or-treating last weekend during our camping trip.

 Sophia and other children who have celiac disease or food allergies, as well as their families, have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  

LOVE the excitement of dressing up and saying "Trick-or-Treat!"

HATE telling your children, "No, you can't eat that because it will make your tummy hurt." Plus, dealing with the disappointment or meltdowns because they can't eat their well-earned candy.

However, thanks to the "Teal Pumpkin Project," Sophia and other children who can't eat candy due to celiac disease, food allergies or for those whom candy is not an option, are offered an alternative 'treat' on Halloween.  It keeps trick-or-treating a fun, and positive experience for all!!  #thankgoodness
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season...
To Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters, paint a pumpkin teal and place it in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available...
Of course we needed to paint a teal pumpkin to show our support for the #tealpumpkingproject, and let others know we are a non-candy friendly, trick-or-treat environment.
Along with your teal pumpkin, you can also download and print this sign and display it in your window.

Please consider having at least a few non-candy items as treats this Halloween... Don't forget about school/daycare and preschool parties.  Here are some ideas for "non-food" treats which can be purchased at local dollar stores.
Glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, pencils, pens, crayons or markers, bubbles, Halloween erasers or pencil toppers, mini Slinkies, whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers, finger puppets or novelty toys, spider rings, vampire fangs, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils.
I know we are going to a few locations this Halloween that will have a teal pumpkin outside its door.  The Nikola Clan THANKS YOU from the bottom of our hearts. #heartsbursting
  We hope you join in on making Halloween special for EVERYONE!! #tealpumpkinproject
 #foodallergies #celiacdisease #nonfoodtreats

Monday, October 5, 2015

Glamping... Camping..

Glamping... Camping...
Whatever you call it, the Nikola Clan absolutely loves it!!!

We spent the weekend in one of our favorites places, Lake George.  There were a bunch of our family and friends at Lake George Escape campground and we had a blast!!!  Plus, our close friends from Vermont made a trip down to see us.  Sophia played with her BFF, GiaBella, and Brayden and Layla had fun following around the two older crazy kids! 
Walking around the World's Biggest Yard Sale in Warrensburgh
Showing off our new hats!
Very proud Mommy Moment here.. Used my body scarf as a carrier for B!!
Tractor ride Fun! And YESSS it was FREEEEZING!
Campfire and cuddles will keep you nice and warm!

Our "Little House" as Sophia calls

VTers and NYers together!!  
Andrew with his BFF, Kurt
Yes, our child must take off her shoes to run in the sand when it's 45 degrees
Ready to roll!

Vincenza and Layla going for a spin!!
"Faster Mommy, Faster!!!"
LOL.. Love us!!!
Relaxing after the playground and pedal kart fun! 
Layla, BradyBoo and Jake
Take One...  
Take Two.... 
Andrew and his Mini Me!
Running around the camp sites
Mac and Cheese Smiles.. LOL
Crockpotting it up!  It's a must while camping!!

One side of the tractor ride
Other side of tractor ride!
Tried getting all of us in it.. I spy Vincenza's eye!!! 
Tractor rides are exhausting!
Some Camping 
How we know where Brayden is at night time... LOL!
When we first thought about investing in a travel trailer, my cousin told me, 
"You don't make memories in a hotel room."
That stuck with me.
I'm hoping to have a sign with that saying made this winter and it will be displayed in our "little house."
We have one more camping trip left for the season.. Looking forward to the last hurray!