Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Let's make a Bet to kick off 2017


2017 is seriously RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER #omggg

With that, I'm sure we'd all like to start our new year strong when it comes to our health. Making "health/diet" goals is one of the biggest New Year's resolutions, ever!

If I were to tell you, you can get paid to work toward your "get healthy" resolution, would you believe me?

YOU SHOULD!! 

For the second time ever, Beachbody is hosting its "Health Bet"from January 9th to February 5th.  This "BET" means BB is so confident that you could lose anywhere from 5 - 15lbs, feel fabulous, have more energy to chase your kiddies, and fall in love with yourself and fitness, they're betting up to $3 million dollars to prove it!

FOR REALS!


All you have to do is:
1. Work out for 30 minutes for at least days per week (I have a feeling you'll want to workout more by the time I'm done with ya ;))
2. Drink the amazing, superfood health shake, Shakeology, at least 5 days per week
3. Hold yourself accountable for doing 1 & 2 by logging in daily with the free "My Challenge Tracker" app.  Plus you'll have me for support and motivation! #illbeyourcheerleader


Do all three of these things each week, and then you'll get a cut of $1-3 million dollars! 

THAT'S IT!!

No fine print, no joke, all good stuff here!!  #promise

If you're at all interested (and you should be) in this, please email me at heather.nikola@gmail.com or message me on FB.  This is open to new and past participants in my accountability groups!

You must be registered for my Health Bet Accountability group by January 2th, 2016

Are you ready to make a bet- one you can certainly win in 2017? #letsdothis!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

First Trimester "Fun"..



As promised, here is my first trimester post, outlining the good, the bad, and the ugly of the first 12 weeks of pregnancy with Baby Nikola #3...

Let's go back to Columbus day weekend- it was our final week of camping and by the time we arrived in Lake George on Friday evening, I was so tired and had such killer back pain, I decided to go right to bed (DING DING DING)...

Fast forward to Monday evening, I decided to take a pregnancy test after determining "my friend" should've already arrived... Didn't look at the test until Tuesday morning..

"HOLY *(^*&!!" Were my exact words... #forreal

Fast forward to Tuesday night, I told Andrew while asking him if he liked my new shirt?



His reaction, "SHUT UP!  Are you really?"  

Yup!!

Weeks 5 & 6- I felt pretty good.  I was able to get-up and workout in the morning.  Had slight nausea but nothing crackers couldn't cure.

Weeks 7 & 8- HOLY BACK PAIN... I suffered from lower back pain with Brayden and going to a chiropractor throughout his pregnancy was such a life saver.  Needless to say, I made an appointment with my chiropractor and am going to him every 3ish weeks! Fatigue definitely started to kick-in, too! 

Weeks 9-11- OMGGGG.. SAVE ME...  Nausea went away but this full blown, unsettled and just BLAH feeling took over.  I honestly have a hard time explaining it.. It was worse than nausea.. It's like you think you should eat, but your body wants carbs, you cave and eat carbs..You don't feel any better.. Nothing is satisfying..  Cooking.. UGGH... Didn't feel like cooking, prepping food or eating at dinner time..  I'd feel up to eating when that BLAH feeling would subside which was usually around 8pm... Back Pain.. yup, still there...and throw in some pelvic pressure...The REAL FUN has begun! 

Went to my first OB appointment- everything looked great; however, I am considered a "high risk". This is because my sister's brain condition, Polymicrogyria, was diagnosed within the last two years (after I had Brayden) so now since there's an actual "diagnosis" my doctor thought it'd be a good idea to monitor me more closely.  She gave Andrew and I the choice of being considered "high risk" and we decided to go ahead and approve it.  Due date is June 21, 2017; however, I may go earlier as that is my "trend."  We are NOT finding out the gender of this sweetness! #yesimserious


Week 12, Feeling much better!  The BLAH feeling has subsided...I just need to make sure I eat something when I wake up (like within 1/2 hour) and snack throughout the day in-between meals.. Nothing new really..lol..  I can say, my body wants its carbs #sobadbutsogood Seen high risk doctor plus my regular OB- they have no concerns.  The baby is the size of a Tootsie Roll.  I expressed some concerns- Sensitive varicose veins in my upper legs, pelvic pressure, and working out...

Pelvic pressure- I developed an inguinal hernia (you can google it.. I don't want to get too TMI, here) with Sophia and it acts up while pregnant.  It's an uncomfortable feeling, but there's not much that can be done.... #suckitupbuttercup #butithurts

Working out- I struggled for some time with accepting the fact that it was "OK" for me not to workout every day. #fitnesscoachproblems It wasn't until I read a FB post from another fitness coach, reminding me to listen to my body and give it some slack...After all, I am creating a HUMAN BEING and that takes a lot of work...

Now mix the hernia + working out= major discomfort when exercising using all modification moves.. This is HARD for me to accept... But as I was reminded, I must listen to my body.. So if that means working out one-two times a week.. That's what I'll have to do..

Sooo... That's it in a nutshell. #bringonsecondtrimester

Sophia and Brayden don't know, yet.  I'm trying to find a creative way to tell them on Christmas but nothing has hit me...yet..



Pinterest, here I come!!

Do you have any suggestions on how we should tell them another clan member will be joining us soon?




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Nikola Clan - Party of Five


Surprise!!!!

Yes, many of you will say, "I knew it!" 

The newest addition to the Nikola Clan will be here June 2017.

Big sister Sophia and soon-to-be Big Brother Brayden do NOT know their lives will change, just yet.  We plan to tell them on Christmas #magical

Yes, we will be out numbered... but we can't wait for the fun to begin!!  As The Hubs sees it, it's "Zone" defense now... Not man-to-man.. #amansbrain

Stay tuned to my future posts, outlining my first trimester as a fitness and nutrition coach #therealdeal #struggleisreal  




Saturday, October 15, 2016

There's No Label Here

"Sophia is now a preschooler with a disability."


#gulp

I can't begin to express the emotions that went through my mind after hearing those words.  

I looked at Andrew and I knew he felt the same way.

Upset, concerned, angry, and yet, relieved. 

Let's backtrack just a bit...  

This past summer, my sister-in-law was visiting from California and noticed Sophia couldn't pronounce certain sounds.  At first, I felt so embarrassed because I didn't pick up on it.  I mean, she is my child; I'm suppose to pick-up on these things.
We decided to call our school district and begin the process to have her evaluated for speech.  You can read more about that here. 

Fast forward a month later during Sophia's psychological, history and speech evaluations, it was determined she has delays in her articulation and phonology skills.   There are 40 sounds in which she can't articulate correctly, one being the hard "K/C" sound , 

So "colors" is "tolors" #mypoorgirl

Since she had a full psychological evaluation conducted, her IQ was measured as well as other areas which may show us any other areas of delay - fine/gross motor skills, verbal comprehension, working memory, and behavior.  All of these areas came out in the average(ish) range.  

I can tell you, as a special education teacher, seeing "AT RISK" for "ATTENTION PROBLEMS"... I nearly busted into tears. #deepbreath

However, after talking to my coworkers, and considering Sophia is just four years old, having to be redirected to a task (during psych. eval) in a classroom full of fun toys, and a huge playground outside-what do you expect of a curious four year old? 

This past week was her PCSE (preschool committee of special education ) meeting.  Andrew and I both attended to discuss her results (we had copies sent to us).  We asked questions, we listened, we made notes, and we laughed with the other committee members. 

With the recommendation of the speech evaluator, it was suggested Sophia receive speech services, twice a week, for 30 minutes.  

Of course, we were told there is currently a shortage of speech pathologists in our county. #almostlostit 
However, I am fortunate to know an amazing speech pathologists in my school who agreed to provide services to Sophia! #yayaya

Within the next two weeks, Sophia will start receiving her services and Andrew and I can't wait to hear how we can start helping her at home.

Although she has to face this little hiccup - this "disability", we don't see it as a "label".  We see this as an opportunity for Sophia to get the proper assistance she needs, so she can articulate properly and be understood without question. 

I'm not going to lie tho, I'm going to miss her "Otays"... I still think she's too cute when she says it.. #getoveritheather 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Let's Make A Bet... A Health Bet...



I don't gamble.  In fact, I hate the thought that I may lose money by chance.   

However, I am making a bet.. 

A bet that I KNOW I will win (mama cash, what what?!)... and guess what? 

You can win, too!! #nojoke

:::I am sooo flippin' excited about this!:::


In a nutshell, Beachbody is hosting a "Health Bet"from September 5th to October 2nd.  This "BET" means BB is so confident that you could lose anywhere from 5 - 15lbs, feel fabulous, have more energy to chase your kiddies, and fall in love with yourself and fitness, they're betting up to $3 million dollars to prove it!


Like seriously!!


All you have to do is:
1. Work out for 30 minutes for at least 3 days per week (I have a feeling you'll want to workout more by the time I'm done with ya ;))
2. Drink the amazing, superfood health shake, Shakeology, at least 5 days per week
3. Hold yourself accountable for doing 1 & 2 by logging in daily with the free "My Challenge Tracker" app.  Plus you'll have me for support and motivation! #illbeyourcheerleader

Do all three of these things each week, and then you'll get a cut of $1-3 million dollars! 

THAT'S IT!!

No fine print, no joke, all good stuff here!!  #promise

If you're at all interested (and you should be) in this, please complete this form so we chat!  This is open to new and past participants in my accountability groups!

You must be registered for my Health Bet Accountability group by August 29th, 2016.

Are you ready to make a bet- one you can certainly win?! #letsdothis!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Birthday Month Celebrating You!

Although I'm a few days behind welcoming my favorite month, (it's my birthday month), I wanted to show my appreciation for all my amazing readers who follow my craziness called, life.

As you know, I am a fit mama with a love for fashion and beauty.  So what I'd like to offer you are
two of my favorite nutrition & beauty essentials that I live by,
Every.
Single.
Day!


I am giving away 2 sets of my favorite superfood and nutritious, health shake, Shakeology.  
You've seen me RAVE about it:
How it helped me lose more weight when I plateaued. #thankyoushakeo
How my husband, Andrew, lost 10 lbs, just by replacing breakfast with this deliciousness.
We live by this shake, every morning, and our bodies crave all the 70+ superfoods if we go without it!! #healthiestmealofourday


I am also giving away a set of my favorite mascara- Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara! This mascara seriously enhances your lashes to make them look AMAZZING... False lashes are "in" and they are a perfect avenue to achieve full, beautiful lashes!

How can you be qualified to win my favorite goodies? 
 You must:

First, "Like" Born to Wear Diamonds FB page and follow me on IG "Heather@borntoweardiamondsblog
Then, share this post on your social media page- FB, IG with the hashtag #lashandshakegiveaway
Finally, tag 3 people who you feel would love to win these items, OR who would enjoy my tips, stories, and sharing all the craziness of the Born to Wear Diamonds Blog family #nikolaclan.

*You must complete all three steps in order to qualify for the giveaway.
Three winners will be chosen via randomnamepicker.net on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. 

Good luck and from the bottom of my heart, Thank you!!


GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.. CONGRATULATIONS TO
ERICA W- SHAKEOLOGY
TARA B- SHAKEOLOGY
CAIT C- LASHES!





Monday, August 1, 2016

The Unthinkable Lesson to Teach Our Babies

Mamas, this post is dedicated to one of my dear mama friends, Jess, who has just experienced the

UNTHINKABLE

yet, sadly it's something we have to worry about in crazy world we live in. 

Please read her PSA and educate yourselves and your babies of the dangers that may linger anywhere!!!!     

"My PSA for fellow parents.......I don't want any of our friends to go through a day like we had. Brian and I have talked to our kids about poison ivy, hot stoves, strangers but never hypodermic needles! Trevor and Giuliana found a dirty needle on our FRONT LAWN (we live behind Spackenkill high school) and the curious kids they are opened it and Giuliana got pricked as Trevor handed it to her! 😩 

We took her to Vassar ER and she was tested for HIV, hepatitis and other infections.

Please please have the talk with your kids, its a crazy world we live in. Thank you to "our village" that dropped everything (especially my sister), phone calles, text messages, and pure love for our family!!! You all know who you are and we are blessed to have you in our lives!"


I don't think my goosebumps have gone away along with the pit in my stomach for this dear family

As Jess stressed, please talk to your babies about this danger that unfortunately is so real and can hit close to home.  

We showed Sophia the picture of the needle as well as the brave baby Giuliana.   We told her to never pick up anything like this and if she were to ever see it, tell an adult! 

Mamas, we try to do everything we can to protect our babies.  Unfortunately, there are some lessons we wouldn't think to teach our kids.  But consider this one, something to teach and share with EVERYONE.  

Please keep this sweet family in your thoughts and prayers as they wait for the blood results to come in. 

Thank you, Jess and Brian, for sharing your story.  Without a doubt, many children will now know what to do when they encounter this horrific object. You're heart wrenching experience is touching so many families.

Sending lots of prayers and strength your  way ❤️❤️





Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gluten Free Playdoh {DIY}


While doing a quick makeup demonstration on my FB LIVE, Sophia asked if she could play with the play dough Brayden took out of the spare room.
RED ALERT!
RED ALERT!
PLAY DOUGH IS NOT GLUTEN FREE!
I told her "No" because mommy needs to find out how to make it gf. 
Then BOOM, one of my lovely followers sent me a pin via Pinterest and I was in business.
Sophia's cousin Anthony stopped by and played along with us!
I was really quite surprised how easy peasy this play dough was to make.  It's gluten free and edible, too!  Both Sophia and Brayden played with it for hours.  
So here's what you'll need:
1 Cup of Baby rice cereal
3 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
 1 Cup of Cornstarch 
1/2 Cup of Applesauce (water can be used to substitute)
Gluten Free Food coloring (optional)

Here's what you need to do...
In a large mixing bowl, combine the baby rice cereal and cornstarch. 
Mix it up good.  
Add cup applesauce, vegetable oil and any food coloring (if desired).  
Mix it up really good.
 Knead the dough by hand(your hands can become colorful) or you can use a Kitchenaid.  Do this until it becomes smooth. 
**If dough is sticky, slowly add more baby rice cereal until stickiness goes away.
***If dough is dry and cracking, run your hands under the faucet and knead the dough with your  wet hands.  

Store the dough in a ziplock bag or sealed container in the refrigerator for a few days before throwing it out. Be sure to make sure it's not moldy or funky smelling before you use it :) 

The dough will be stiff once taken out of the refrigerator.  Let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes then wet your hands and knead it so it becomes pliable again! 

There you have it! 

Edible, gluten free play dough! 
 Who would have thought gluten was in play dough?  Not me, but that's alright.. This concoction, adapted by Fun at Home with Kids,  is a great and safe alternative for our princess! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Zucchini Lasagna Rollups {Yum, Yum, Yum}



Zucchini.

Zucchini.

And more Zucchini!


We had such a crop of zucchini's this past week, I can't believe it!  I was all over Pinterest as well as my asking my friends, what should I make with all this deliciousness?

I came across this recipe, tweaked it a bit and created, "Zucchini Lasagna Rollups"!  

And yes, this is 21 Day Fix friendly and gluten free :)

You Need:
1 8"-x-8” baking dish* double recipe for full size baking dish
1 (15 oz) container of light ricotta cheese
3/4 c. grated parmesan
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup mariana
2-3 large zucchini, sliced 1/8" thick (I used a cheese slicer)
1 cup grated mozzarella












    Do This:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Make ricotta mixture:
    •  In a small bowl, combine ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan, egg, and garlic powder
  • Spread a thin layer of marinara into the bottom of a 8"-x-8” baking dish.
  • On each slice of zucchini, spoon a thin layer of sauce (I didn't do this), then top with a thicker layer of ricotta mixture, and sprinkle with mozzarella.
  • Roll up and place in baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  • Bake until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

I had leftover turkey meat in marinara sauce, so I threw it in some of my rollups!
Popping this bad-boy in the oven!


Say it with me now, "Yum, Yum, Yum!"

Please feel free to send me your favorite zucchini recipes!  I have a feeling we have more coming soon!!! 

Recipe adapted from: Delish.com

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Phone call hitting home...

When I am not chasing around the kiddies, working out, or writing a blog post, you can see me teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies in my local school district. This upcoming school year will be my fifth-year as a special education teacher.

Yesterday, I had to make a phone call in which many of my students' parents made at one point.

I called to have my child evaluated for early intervention services...More specifically, speech.  #deepbreath

It wasn't until my sister-in-law pointed out, that Andrew and I noticed.  

If you ask Sophia to say, "OK" her response is,

"OTAY".

Just like "Kangaroo" is "Tangagroo".

She can't make the hard "K" sound.  
I mean, I noticed she said "otay" but I thought it was cute.  I didn't think of the fact that maybe she actually can't make the "K" sound.

I have to admit, I had a mini-freak attack when Andrew said, "We have to call and get her evaluated!"

-> Teacher in me: Yes, I totally agree we should so she can get the necessary services, if she qualifies.

-> Mommy in me: Nooo!!!  Why does she need something else to battle?  Why her?

Now, I know the "Mommy in me" is a bit dramatic (have you met me?), and OF COURSE this is something minimal compared to what it could be.. But NO ONE, ever wants their child to struggle or have something "wrong" with them.

A little fact about me- I struggled all throughout my schooling career.  I tell this to my students time and time again.  I was in speech and in all the remedial classes.  I never had a "study hall" or "academic prep".  I had to work my butt off to be in the mid-80's.

It wasn't until I was in college where things started to come easier and I was more successful, academically. 

So maybe my little "freakout" brought me back to those experiences, but what I can say is that between Andrew, who is a first grade teacher, and I, we'll make sure both Sophia and Brayden will receive whatever services they needs now and throughout their academic career.  

We will not only be their loving and supportive parents, who will teach them every trick in the book to solve a number bond problem or use a graphic organizer to help organize their writing, but we will be their advocates. #always

So now...  We wait for a call from the Early Intervention Department for someone to come do a speech screening on our little miss.  In the meantime, if you come to our house and hear the word "Kangaroo" about one million times, you know why...


Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Favorites {OCMD Inspired}


This weeks Friday Favorites is inspired by our improv vacation to Ocean City, Maryland.

1. Sophia and Brayden both agree, the OCEAN and searching for crabs!!   I honestly never noticed sand crabs before.  Thanks to her cousins and Uncle from Cali, that's what most of our time at the beach consists of- digging up crabs!
Props to Sophia picking up those suckers like its her JOB... I still squirm when she asks me to hold one.  Lol.

2. I love my high waisted bathing suit bottoms!  I was hesitant at first when I ordered them because I was worried about my "short girl" problems.  Turns out, short girls can rock high waisted bottoms!!!  Plus, it covers the love handle areas and ruching is super flattering.   I am not wearing the matching top (oppsie) because I wanted to even out my tan lines. #beachbumproblems

3. When I asked the Hubs what his Friday favorite was, he said, "My Kids".  I 110% agree because not for nothing, Sophia has been a CHAMP here when it comes to eating out.  I mean, we brought her food with us into a restaurant and she totally understood she couldn't eat the food the restaurant was serving because it wasn't gluten free.  (OCMD- not a gluten friendly place, that's another post..) She is seriously so mature when it comes to her celiac. 
And Brayden... Where do we begin with our little man who didn't like the ocean, at first....But now, runs toward the ocean and as the wave crashes, he turns around and says, "Run, run, run!"  
He's become an expert at "Monkey-Box"... (Monkey Preschool lunchbox app)
And no lie, he really is a happy child with a love for fire trucks and trains!
On the train ride at Jolly Roger theme park. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!  We are leaving here and heading home tomorrow!!!   Have to get ready to gear up for an upcoming camping trip!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nowhere to go besides up!!

I don't even know where to begin… I'm just going to type and we'll see where this takes me…. 

Saturday 4:40 AM, we were on our way to my in-laws to catch a limo with my sister-in-law and her family visiting from Cali. 

Limo -> airport -> Florida -> Disney cruise. 

Arrive at airport and Hubs checks the Jet Blue App... Notices our flight is rescheduled to Sunday, 7:30 pm. 

"Shut up!!!!!   That can't be right!"

Run into airport... It was right.  

Called travel agent.

Called Jet Blue. 

Called travel insurance. 

Called numerous airlines..

Tweeted and started a social media SOS to Donald Trump.. (He has property close to the airport.. Figured it was worth a shot..) #trumpsaveourtrip


All resulted in no flights available (either cancelled from previous nights weather or booked) in the surrounding areas to accommodate all 11 of us..

Left airport after four hours, in shock...  

We are not going on this family cruise that was talked about for the past two years.  Sophia was not going to show Minnie Mouse she had her toe nails painted like the polka dots on her dress...

Got back to in-laws and cried..

We decided to start looking into renting a house for a few days..

Four hours later, called numerous rental homes, searched dozens of sites, still no rental home... 


Thought what if we flew down to Florida yesterday?!   The severe weather may have not allowed us to go then, as well. 

Cried again...

But cried at the fact so many people are showing so much kindness and love toward our situation. 

Go to bed, asking God, what was his reason behind all this?   Why do this to us?  My father-in-law has been talking non-stop about this trip since January... We held off "trying" for baby #3, for this trip.. 

What is Your plan?!

Wake up on Sunday morning... Pinch myself...

Nope, not a dream.. Still all very real..

Called a realtor in Ocean City, Maryland... 

Had 3 rental homes available. 

Booked one- jumped in the car, (luggage was still in there), added some beach chairs and sand toys and made the 5 hour trip.  


Had a great drive down.. Learned a lot of what OCMD has to offer.  

Still couldn't help but think, "What would we be doing on the ship, right now?  Princess Meet and Greet?"

Sophia saw a plane in the sky- "Let's get on that plane and then it will take us to the Disney Cruise..." Still.. More tears...

Get to house, made all 6 beds.. Cooked gf pasta for dinner... Sent the gentleman out for groceries (seriously took 2 hours.. Us ladies would have been back in 45 mins. Lol)

Monday, July 4th-

Overcast sky.. Spent the morning at the beach.. 


Freaked out when Sophia was knocked down by wave crashing down on her.  She was fine.  I was, too, after I talked myself out of a panic attack. 

Came back to house..

Lunch -> shower -> nap.

Went out to dinner to Macky's Bar and Grill. 


Ordered a "gluten free cheeseburger with no bun" for Sophia.  

Burger came out on bun.. Waiter noticed and sent it back.. He insured us it was a new burger.. I even looked at it- didn't look like it was on a bun.  

We all ate...

Brother-in-law had to eat outside.. He's allergic to shellfish and the smell was getting to him.  

Came home -> watched Chicken Little -> ready to go on beach to watch fireworks. 

Sophia starts getting sick... She was glutened...

Cleaned her-up twice, as well as myself.  

"Mommy, I'm sorry I ate the burger.. I hope you still love me even if I throw up."

Tears are rolling down my face as I type at the moment.  Feel like a terrible mama, who allowed her daughter to get sick...

It's 11:52, I'm going to end this and pray to God again and ask him... Please dear lord, let's start going up from here... I need this more than you know...

*i know this is not a typical post from me but I needed to get this out with the hopes that it's now in the past and the worse is now over.  I'm not looking for sympathy or criticism. Just needed to vent and one day look back at this and laugh... Or if someone wants to make it into a movie- just let me know.  😉

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Favorites

Each Friday, I am going to try to share our family's current "favorites".   This could range of an object, place, movie, truck, doll, ANYTHING...

So here are this week's Friday Favorites!

1. Sophia and Brayden are OBSESSED.. and when I mean, "obsessed", I mean OBSESSED with Zootopia!! They love Shakira's song, "Try Everything" and bust a move every time it's on- I think it's adorable.  The movie itself is great- good lessons and a lot of adult humor.  The Hubs and I love Flash, Flash, 100 yard Dash!! ;)
Someone is making themselves comfy
2. My Hubs makes our superfood health shake every morning for breakfast and I have to admit, I wake up craving it- it's THAT good!  He is the Shake MASTA!!  Here's how he makes it:
Scoop of Chocolate Shakeology
Scoop of Cafe Latte Shakeology
Cup of Ice
1/2 cup of organic, gluten free rolled oats
2 TBS of peanut butter
Dash of raw/organic Honey
Cup of cooled coffee

Blend and SERVE..


3. When I asked The Hubs what his current "favorite" is, he replied, "music"... Being his wife, I knew he meant what songs he and the kids have been jamming out to every morning, on the way to daycare.  Here's the Morning Crew's favorite-


Justin Timberlake, Can't Stop This Feeling!!  


If this song comes on while Brayden is around, expect him to jam out and ask to play it again, once it's over.  If it can't be played again, expect water works. Lol

OHHH....  As you can see, I gave my blog a little makeover, whatcha think?  I'm kinda obsessed with anything navy and with touch of sparkle- I'm in LOVEE!!


Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!  Happy Summer Break!!!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day

"To the world you are a dad
to our family
you are our world!"

Thank you, Andrew, for being an amazing father to 
Sophia and Brayden.  I couldn't imagine anyone else fulfilling such a roll in our babies lives!  
We love you!



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

W.W.W.W. {One Skirt, Two Ways}

What.We.Wore.Wednesday is back and I absolutely love these two looks.
One skirt.  Two fun ways to wear it!
I scored this adorable Talbots jacket from my local consignment shop.  Paid a whopping $8.00!! Love the ruffles!
Lose the jacket for more of a fun, yet simple look!
Spice it up with some accessories!!
For a more comfortable feel, throw on some slip-ons! 
There we have it, one skirt with two different yet, fun looks. This is a mommy friendly skirt, as well.  It's comfy and allows movement to chase after some crazy two year olds.  😜

 Don't forget about the power of accessories!  They can totally transform your outfit from "work" to "play"!!!

Skirt- Anne Taylor Loft Outlet (similar here)
Tank- Old Navy
Shoulder bag- Kate Spade Outlet (similar here)
Watch and Bangle- Kate Spade Outlet
Studded necklace- Ann Taylor (similar here)
Yellow necklace- Target
Fedora- Target
Sandels- Kohl's
Slip-on's- Walmart (yes, believe it)