Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coffee for Two || April

Welcome to the second month of Coffee for Two. I loved hearing from each of you last month. Part of the perk of joining us for a little girl talk is one lucky blogger is treated to free coffee from Courtney and I. March's winner is Sandy from Keepin' It Real One Day at a Time. Sandy shared with us a honest look on how we need to love ourselves as much as we love others. Her post is a must read! Thank you Sandy for "chatting" with us last month!


If you and I were to have coffee, this is what I would share...

... life has been tricky lately. Usually I'm one to give all the details but not with this. I've learned a thing or two about myself and thanks to the love and support of my husband, I now know more about what's important, valuable and what's worth walking away from.

... I'm going to be taking a whole week off from blogging and it couldn't come at a more perfect time. I have no clue when I took time off last but I can tell you that I am going to love every single second of being unplugged. It doesn't hurt that I'll be laid up on a sunny beach in Cabo. #roughlife, right?

... My first 5K is just 1 month away and I'm no where near where I should be, time wise. But that's okay. I'm going to run that race to the very best of my ability and use it as a platform for all future races. 6 races have been schedule and when my "running season" is over this winter, I would be besides myself with joy if I could rest with a 5k time under 45 minutes.

... Our to do list keeps growing and growing. At this rate, we will be doing projects every single weekend until we are 90. I was able to knock a few things off the list this week but man oh man, I would pay good money for a sitter and a handyman during the day. Imagine having someone to watch your child, while you were able to tackle tasks with a trained professional all before your husband got home from the office? That's a SAHM's dream come true.

... Connor has been amazing lately. You can often find me saying how awesome of a kid we have and it's so true but lately, he he has been sleeping well, eating good and been in the best of moods. Seeing as he is a 2 year old, I'm constantly wondering if the Terrible Twos is lurking underneath, ready to ruin life as we know it. Maybe we will get lucky and they won't show up? I've heard 3 can be a beast... good thing he is going to school in the Fall, huh?

... I listen to Christmas music. Every single day. Usually when I'm blogging or cleaning or whatever. But as crazy as that makes me sound, something about it calms me. Maybe because I absolutely ADORE the holidays. I don't get stressed like some folks do. I start celebrating the holidays October 1 (Halloween/Fall) and move into November (Thanksgiving and more Fall) and kick things up with Christmas overload.

What's weighing on your heart or mind this week? I am always an email away so reach out if you need someone to chat with! And if there is anything you'd like me to pray about for you and with you, please let me know!

Wife Mommy Me

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Our Favorite Learning Resources

One part of parenting I love the most is teaching Connor and preparing him for school. Finding ways to teach him his letters, numbers, ABC's and to explore our world has been such a fun challenge over the last year or so. It would be so easy to just chill all day in front of the TV or knee deep in the playroom but I want to provide Connor a good foundation for school. My motto is that Connor is a direct reflection of me as SAHM so I take that role seriously by focusing a part of our day, every day, working with him on one topic or another. I've compiled a list of what we've been using and I hope it helps other Mommas out there.


Resource #1 :: Kate from Gift of Curiosity is my go to site and resource for printables, lessons and even ideas on new topics/concepts to share with Connor. Subscribe to her email list and you'll get weekly emails with exclusive content. As a subscribe, you'll be able to access Kate's printables by season/holiday and they are fantastic!

Resource # 2 :: The public library! We visit the library at least once a week. We first enjoy story time. This week's Wiggly Worms class offered up 40 minutes to read stories, dance, sing songs, and complete a simple craft. Not only is the a wonderful way to get your little one to mingle with others, but there is usually a theme to each story time.

Resource #3 :: Mommy School with Leah over at Leah with Love has great ideas for little ones. Her daughter and Connor are close to age (think 2-3) so the ideas Leah shares are perfect for C. She is great at putting theme lessons together. Our favorite one was the unit on transportation.

Resource #4 :: Your local mall. Our mall in Texas and the one here both have wonderful childrens programs. The last Friday of each month we have a chance to spend an hour or so with 25-30 other kids, receive goodies and enjoy a presenter. This past Friday we had a gentleman that brought different animals with him and had a small show and tell. It gave the kids the fun opportunity to see and touch animals that aren't usually in their habitat.

Resource #5 :: Childrens museums are a excellent way to kill an entire morning, learning about fresh topics while allowing your little one to stretch their legs and visit with other children. Often there is a special attraction or series and those make for a fun experience for Connor. Along with museums, we love visiting the zoo and aquarium. Both provide loads of fun and teachable material.

How do you incorporate "school" and learning into your child's every day schedule? I'm always look for new ideas so please share!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MTT :: Sharing Our Faith with a Little One


There are always tough parts of parenting. While some obstacles seem obvious, I find the daily lessons to be the hardest sometimes. Ones of those is teaching a 2.5 year old about God, Heaven and religion. It goes without saying that I am still learning what it means to be a Christian and being the Godly example that is expected of me. If I fail, I know without a doubt it will be tough for a little one to really grasp the concept of faith and God.

We have found a church here in Dayton and we love, love, love it. It's exactly what we've been looking for in a church. Connor goes with us and plays in child watch, receiving just a bit of Bible study each week. I want nothing more than for our son to be someone that is comfortable about his faith, where he stands on religion and to be proud to be a Christian. Connor was dedicated 2 years ago and one day, he will be baptized. Until he accepts Jesus Christ into his heart, it's up to James and I to share what we can so that Connor understands more and more about Jesus Christ. We've found that it's easier than we expected to share with Connor the importance of faith and being a Christian.

Each day, we pray at lunch time and at bedtime, giving thanks for our blessings. This has been something that Connor has picked up easily and has even reminded us that we need to do our "Night Night Prayer". Our prayer is simple right now. Connor repeats after us: "Dear Jesus. Thank you for our blessings. Thank you for Mommy and Daddy. (He usually thanks him for a random toy). We love you Jesus. Amen".

We read from Connor's children's Bible, Treasury of Bible Stories. It's more of a story than scripture and that's perfect for a 2 year old. And if I'm being honest, I've learned quiet a bit from this book, too. We read a bit daily and Connor enjoys the pictures and has picked up on the theme of the book and knows that it's a book about Jesus.

I started our Toddler Bible Study and it's been a great way to share concepts that are familiar to Connor, while sharing verses from the Bible as well. We've learned that Jesus LISTENS, LOVES AND SMILES. Connor knows what those words means so tying them back to Jesus has been easier than I imagined. Later this week, I will be sharing how God watches.

As Connor gets older, our talks of faith and Heaven will become more serious. One thing I want to express to him is that Jesus or Heaven or religion isn't something to be scared of. As a little girl, I recall hearing someone say "They went to be with Jesus" and that person was never seen again. This was a little frightening at first. I want Connor to have a solid understand of what wonderful things lay ahead for him in his relationship with Christ. I was raised in church and knew Jesus as my friend, but that statement was bit unsettling for me. As I grew in my faith, I understood the statement that much more.

Along the way, I've learned so much about myself as a Christian and more than anything, it's been a growing period for us as parents. There are so many lessons we teach our children and I truly believe that sharing Jesus Christ is a very important one. How do you share your faith with your little one(s)? As always, I'm constantly looking for ways to share more and be a better example and any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Bucket List :: Update 1

With April coming to an end and summer slowly moving in, I thought today would be a good day to check in on our Spring Bucket List. I love the idea of bucket lists. It provides a fun way to make memories as well as give me ideas of things to do when days are long or I'm running low on creative ways to have fun as a family.


Connor's List
Visit three new parks :: Thanks to warm, sunny days, we got to visit a handful of parks over the last few weeks.
 
Momma's List
Set up deck for warm weather fun in the backyard :: not only is it set up but we've spent many an afternoon out there playing!
Dinner with Sarah :: done! It's so nice being home and having close friends nearby for dinner dates.
Schedule Connor's 2.5 year old photos :: I've decided to put the photography skills I have to use and take a stab at this myself. Eek!

Family List
Enjoy an afternoon at Young's Dairy :: Connor loved being out at Young's! We took a train ride, enjoyed a petting zoo and played golf!

We have a ton of things to check off our original list! It looks like May is going to be a busy month with all that we have left to do!
Happy Monday friends!

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's The Little Things I Love The Most

As I've gotten older, I've realized that life is all about the little things. Each little thing, stacked up with other little things, really makes my world go around. I think it's safe to say I have a fairly uncomplicated life. For that I am so grateful because Lord knows it wasn't always that way. Taking a moment to reflect on all the little things I enjoy makes for a perfect way to kick off the weekend.


+ fresh flowers on my dining room table
+ snail mail
+ good bargains
+ dates with my husband
+ office supplies
+ dinner with friends
+ sunny days with a cool breeze
+ hearing Connor's imagination at play
+ laughter
+ finishing a good book
+ creativity
+ holidays
+ White Chocolate Mochas
+ hand-written letters
+ a germ-free home
+ music, specifically Christmas
+ family date night 
+ surprises
+ paper invitations
+ finding a new favorite author

There is no doubt that life gets crazy. It can be just as hectic as it is calm. It's easy to get wrapped up in the madness of it all. Sometimes, it's a simple things - sunshine, fresh sheets or a phone call - that can turn your day around. After all, it's the little things that matter most, that make life worth celebrating.

As a special treat to say THANKS for supporting WMM, I'm giving 1 lucky reader coffee on me! Just share a few little things you love the most for your chance at winning!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Books & Bloggers :: Book Swap Reveal


When I stumbled across the Books & Blogger swap when visiting Angie's blog, my book-lovin' heart nearly burst with excitement. The moment I discovered I could join a book swap, I signed up and added 10-15 books to my wish list, hoping to get some good reads!  

I have been slacking on reading this year. I don't know what it is but I have zero time to sit down and read. I'm currently reading The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes. While I'm a huge fan of Jojo, this book has been a tough one for me. It may have something to do with the fact that I can barely read more than 5 pages at a time. #momproblems, right?

But back to the swap... I was partnered with Kaylee of Chair in the Shade and have to say, she did a pretty good job of finding me books that I am looking forward to reading. Maybe they will be the push I need to get through The Ship of Brides. Here is what Kaylee send me:


The rules of the swap are as follows: Your package must include ... 
  • A book from your partner's wishlist.
  • A book you have read and loved.
  • A book you haven't read, but think looks interesting. (Can also be on their wishlist.)
  • *Optional* Other book-related goodies. 
Along with my books, Kaylee sent me some green tea to enjoy when I (can find the time to) sit down to bury my nose in one of these books.

My wishlist book was The Dinner. I can't wait to read this book. It's been on my Goodread's To Read list for the longest of times. Now that I own it, maybe I will actually get to read it. A book that Kaylee has read and loved is The Lights Between Oceans. Like The Dinner, I've been eying this book for a while. She sent me her copy that she just read and said she hoped I liked it as much as she did. Me too, Kaylee! For the book she hasn't read but thinks looks interesting I received two: Promises to Keep and The Mother-Daughter Book Club. Since my partner sent me a used book, she thought it would be nice to get a new, 4th book! Such a kind gesture.

Now, I have 4 new books to add to my never ending bookshelf. As of right now, I'm in the middle of 3 different books. My goal is to get those knocked out over the next month and tackle one of the 4 Kaylee sent me. What are you reading right now? While I have more than enough options on my desk to choose from, I'm always on the lookout for a good read! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dear Internet Trolls :: My Letter to You

When I started blogging, my only goal was to document life as we started our adventures into parenthood. Three years later and so much as change. I still document our life but Wife Mommy Me has grown so my posts have expanded to include a variety of topics. I still share the in and outs of life with James and Connor but I also include sponsored post and product reviews. Such posts have earned me a small income and that's been a fun perk of sharing our world with ya'll on a daily basis. I took the leap and expanded my network and now have folks that think enough of my dot com to sponsor me. I'm truly flattered that my readership has grown and is so faithful and rewarding.

With all the good that comes with blogging, there is an awfully lot of ugly too. I am floored by the trash that is found on sites, bashing bloggers, judging them, name calling and oh gosh, this gets me like no other, bringing their children and husbands into the mix. Yes I get that we put it out there so it's open for interpretation but at no time is ever okay to be downright ugly and hateful. Ever. Lucky for me, I haven't had things said about me, my family or our blog but there is enough ugly out there that I still think it's something any blogger can relate to. These people that write and share such negative remarks are nicknamed Internet trolls. For those of you who don't know what an Internet troll is, here is the definition: is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. And with that, you have the topic of today's post.

{ONE}
As a blogger, I may open myself up for criticism but I am still human. As are my child and husband. Like you, we have feelings and a heart and both can be bruised and broken by ugly comments. We are more than aware of our flaws and areas of our lives in which we need to improve. I don't need you to pick apart the pieces that I allow you to see. You only get a glimpse of our lives; not the whole picture. 

{TWO}
If I share a photo of a freshly manicured hand, holding a Starbucks cup while shopping at Target it would be ignorant of you to assume that I'm basic, uppity or even shallow. On the contrary, I'm a stay at home mom who gets pampered every six months that needs caffeine because my kid hasn't slept in weeks and Target brand diapers are the only diapers that don't break my son's butt out.

{THREE}
I put a face to the words on my screen with every post, photo and tweet I publish. I don't hide behind anything. You on the other hand have a ridiculous screen name and no photo uploaded on your profile. Who is hiding what, bro? It takes more guts then you know to be able share so much with the public, to know that with each sentence I write and post, I'm leaving an impression with everyone who comes across my page.

{FOUR}
If you don't like or agree with what I think or say, then do yourself the favor and hit the red ex in the right hand corner. I am not doing this for YOU. I blog for me, my family and friends and the tight community I've built. If something I share upsets you, that is no my intention but that doesn't give you the right to belittle or name call. Again, we are all humans; show some kindness

{FIVE}
In the big scheme of things, this is a blog. I can stop writing as easily as I started. There are bigger issues in the world than if you think my son needs to eat more organic or if I have too many sponsored posts. The blogger who you called fat and poked fun of in a less than flattering photo has to explain to her child why adults (!!!) are mean and gossip because she walked in on her Mommy crying. The blog that is now set to private is so because the writer wasn't able to handle being picked apart, having her marriage judged and torn to pieces. 

It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there theses days. In real life, on social media and in the blogging community. You never know what may be picked apart and talked about on some lame forum. But by sharing your life with your faithful fans, by overlooking the pettiness of those that lurk behind a computer, you are proof that nothing everything online is evil or tainted. You are showing the Internet trolls of the world that they words mean nothing, that they have no control over your happiness. From one blogger to another: forget the ugly and spread the beauty. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My New Adventure :: Jamberry

Just when I thought my life couldn't get any more full, I went and added another hat to my rotation! As of Monday, I'm officially in business for myself and family as a Jamberry Consultant. And before you say "Here we go again! Another person wrapped up in direct sales.", let me share the what, how and why of my new adventure. 

The story of Jamberry Nails begins with three sisters who possess distinct personal tastes, but share a love for style. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands looking polished, while still spending time together.

After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps of Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared. A new era of nail art was born.

Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of the single colored manicure. Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money.


 
Are you wondering what made me take the leap into starting my own business and why I choose Jamberry? Here is why: as a SAHM, I have been experiencing a sense of "what's next?". Before Connor, I worked full time out of the house. While I don't want to a typical 9-5 that would keep me away from home, not to mention Connor, too, I thought I would start with something small and work my way up as I see fit. With Jamberry, I'll be calling the shots and can work as little or as much as I want. I can work from home and don't have to worry about Connor going to daycare, needing sick days off or working family events into a work schedule.

I choose Jamberry from all the other direct sales options for one reason: it fits into my lifestyle. As a wife, mom and blogger, I wanted to support a product that I would be proud to wear, use and promote. As a busy Mom to an always on the go 2 year old, I don't have to time to visit the nail salon, making Jamberry nails my go to manicure solution ... the in the comfort of my own home. I joined Jamberry because I love their products - reasonably priced, super cute, no dry time, and easy to apply! Jamberry nails are the perfect addition to any outfit. Wedding, graduation, date night or holiday, there is a Jamberry vinyl perfect for every occasion. 

Another selling point for me was that the product itself is inexpensive. As a one income family, it's important to us to spend our money wisely. A visit to the nail salon can run upwards to $45+ and usually ends up with chips and smudges within the first 2 days. For that amount, you can 4 sheets of vinyls (buy 3 at $15 and get a 4th one free) that will provide 2-3 manicures per page! That's the equivalent of spending less than $5 (!!!) on a fun, fresh manicure that will last 2 to 2 1/2 weeks. 


Hosting a Jamberry party is EASIER than you ever imagine thanks to Facebook. I'm currently scheduling Facebook parties to get my name out there as a new consultant. I do all the work and you reap the benefits. How it works: I create the event on Facebook and you invite friends. We play games, win prizes and as the host, you walk away with FREE Jamberry vinyls and nail care just for hanging out with friends online for an hour or so. Easy enough right?

If you are interested in free Jamberry product and want to schedule an online party, please reach out! I've created a new email for all things Jamberry so that your correspondence doesn't get lost. Let's schedule a party today: StephanieJAMS@outlook.com. And if you would like to try Jamberry for yourself, complete this sample request form and I'll get one out to you in the mail ASAP! 


Monday, April 20, 2015

The Blogger Life Photo Challenge :: Round 2

Who's up for another photo challenge? The last challenge I hosted resulted in over 1,600 photos being shared on Instagram! How fantastic is that? Pretty damn fantastic if you ask me! With such great turnout with our first challenge, The Blogger Life group has decided to give it another shot (see what I did there?). I've put together an unique list of phrases to get you thinking and sharing. Here is our list for May.



While making the list, some fun ideas popped up in my head for what I could photograph for each prompt. As always, the prompts are designed to make you think outside the box and give your Instagram followers a peek into your word.

Please keep in mind that you don't have to be a member of our Facebook group or even a blogger to participate. If you have an Instagram account, join in the fun. Be sure to use the hashtag #BLPhotoChallenge so that we can easily find your photos. 
I hope you will join us. With summer just around the corner, this challenge is the perfect way to usher in the warm weather Summer always brings with it's arrival. If you would like to follow me on Instagram, you can do so HERE.
 
Happy Monday!

Friday, April 17, 2015

A New Fave :: BZees + a GIVEAWAY

I keep thing pretty simple and basic when it comes to my wardrobe. Comfort is a must and I have to be able to wear something from park to Target to the grocery and back home. While yoga pants help keep the comfort in check, I've been struggling to find a pair of shoes that provide style and comfort. While strolling through Instagram one afternoon, I discovered BZees and my feet have never been happier!


Are these not the cutest? I may be a Mom but I don't want to be stuck wearing "mom shoes" and BZees offers the comfort and fashion I'm looking for. Playful without being impractical, fun and sporty. Whether spending a day at the park with your little one or heading into the farthest reaches of your favorite shop with girlfriends, Bzees are easy-to-wear, easy-to-wash (yes machine washable!)… and make it fun to be easy.


What makes BZees different than other shoes on the market? I'll let the science speak for itself.
  • Bzees shoes are made with molded, low density, EVA soles that have micro-cellular air bubbles trapped within that enables them to be lightweight, extremely soft and bouncy resulting in excellent flexibility and cushioning.
  • Every Bzees shoe is designed with a dynamic fitting stretch upper material over/across the top of your foot that enables your foot to move freely and naturally but have the necessary support. This lightweight, unrestrictive stretch upper material provides an amazing comfort and fit experience. It also provides for expansion in key areas where you need it the most.
  • Free Foam is a specially blended micro-cellular polymer foam that delivers high resiliency (bounce back), and doesn’t compact. It creates a low pressure walking experience that’s like walking on a cloud. An additional viscoelastic memory foam arch support provides a compressive customized fit to accommodate a wide range of arch heights and enhances the “cloud walking” experience. In Bzees speak, these free foam footbeds are squishy and shape to your foot while wearing. 
  • Every Bzees shoe has been designed using wash-friendly materials that allow them to be machine washed in cold water and air dried without losing their shape and colors or comfort and fit. Each new product is rigorously tested.


Since receiving my BZees Dash Sneaker, I've worn them non-stop. From playgrounds to the grocery to running errands and everything in between, this shoes have been my go to pick. I can pull them on and hit the ground running. When the day is over, I can pull them off with ease and my feet don't hurt or feel cramped after wearing the light weight sneakers all day.

Because I love my Dash sneakers, I asked BZee if we could give a pair away to one lucky WMM reader and they said yes! Enter today by following the prompts in the Rafflecopter below. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email. GOOD LUCK!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Our 7th Inning Stretch

On Sunday, April 19th, Foxy Coxy and I will celebrate our 7th dating anniversary. I can't believe how fast 7 years has flown by. Throughout the years there have been ups and downs, laughter and tears, love and sadness. But one constant is that I have never loved someone the way I love James. I know saying that he is my better half seems cliche but really, it's totally accurate. I'm such a emotional hot mess while he is always calm, collected and level headed. We compliment each other so well. Today, I want to celebrate you and us, James; the best duo... hashtag for-eva!


I love how we have the best of time together no matter what we are doing... even sitting in traffic. You make the most boring of moments enjoyable. 


You've learned to embrace the selfie and hashbrowing (James's version of hashtagging) thanks to being married to a (cough cough) blogger. 


Your desire to find me a drinkable wine makes me love you more and more. Like Target and yoga pants, you know a Momma needs her wine. Thanks for continuing the search... the flush thanks you!


I appreciate your support when it comes to my overwhelming need to watch all the football, all season long. 


It's so nice to know you appreciate the times I put effort into my appearance and even more so appreciated when you don't point out that it's 10PM and I haven't showered that day or brushed my teeth.


Experiencing life with you has been one adventure after another. The support we have for each other is second to none and I love your drive, your ambition and how you push me to find my inner champion.


No matter where life takes us or what we encounter along the way, there is no doubt in my mind that you and I can make it through anything and everything. With you by my side, the world truly is our playground. 

Today, tomorrow and always... 
I'm Yours

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Boy, A Fishing Pole & His Mammaw

When we decided to move out of state in December 2012 I really struggled with moving Connor away from his grandparents. I'm 32 and have no living grandparents so when starting a family, one thing I always said was that I hope Connor has a wonderfully constant relationship with his grandparents. Connor has 2 grandmas, on here on Earth and one watching over him from Heaven and one grandpa. I want nothing more than to see him grow close and appreciate his grandparents the way I wish I had the chance to.


Easter was one of the first sunny, warm days of Spring for us in southwest Ohio and Connor got the chance to go fishing for the first time. I'm totally clueless of what you should or shouldn't do when fishing so Connor has a knowledgeable teacher in his Mammaw.


My parents recently purchased a farm house with 30+ acres and 2 ponds. It's really a little boys (and some mens) dream come true. Connor loves being outdoors, going on adventures and being all boy. While his technique needs some work, there is no doubt he had the very best time trying to catch a fish.


And in true Connor J fashion "I'm a big boy; I do it myself", he did most of the work while Mammaw supervised. It's moments like these that make me so glad that we are back in Ohio. That Connor has the chance to see his uncles, cousins and grandparents. That he will get the chance to makes such precious memories with his family.


Our time in Texas was exactly what our family needed during a particular season of our lives. Now, we are home and more than ready to start carving out family time and spending afternoons together, making memories and experiencing firsts. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My DREADmill Playlist

I have 6 5k's scheduled from now until September. With that kind of commitment and investment, it's important that I train and use my time at the gym to my benefit. Since it's Spring in Ohio and it rains more than the sun shines, I find myself running indoors more than out. To help keep running inside enjoyable and my feet moving, I've created a iTunes playlist that gives me an upbeat tempo, pushing me closer and closer to my goals with each run.


As much as I would love to be able to turn on Pandora or I Heart Radio and just run, I can't. Slow paced songs and commercials totally kill my urge to push my limitations. Here are the songs I've been running to, that keep me moving.

Meghan Trainor
Bang Dem Sticks
Credit
Dear Future Husband
Lips Are Movin
All About That Bass

Katy Perry
Roar
Dark Horse

John Mayer
Wildfire

Mercy Me
Burn Baby Burn
Dear Younger Me
Greater

Maroon 5
Sugar

Lady Antebellum
Downtown

Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk

Taylor Swift
I Knew You Were Trouble
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Strange combination, right? I try to stay away from songs that I won't listen to if C was around. Little ears hear everything, you know? Meghan Trainor's album was a great investment. I love almost every song on it but not all are run worthy. The list above gets me through a 40 minute run. Unfortunately, it takes me a little longer to get through a 5k so I'm on the lookout for some new songs. What have you been listening to that gets the blood pumping and body moving?

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Thankful Heart :: A Momma's Reminder

Life can sometimes be a lot to handle. It can weigh you down. Give you more than you can juggle. It can leave you feeling so overwhelmed. And it's really easy to get to the point where you feel nothing but despair and allow nothing but negative situations dictate your life.

Last week was a one for the books, friends. If you are a parent, you know how hard it is to take care of a sick child. While I wouldn't want the sinus or ear infection myself, I would gladly take it in place of Connor if it meant he felt better. The bulk of my week was spent taking battling his fever, administering medicine, making him as comfortable as possible, leaving little time for much else.

While trying to convince Connor to drink or eat something, I realized how aggravated I was. I just wanted my baby to be better. I was sick of the chaos of our week. I wanted normal back. The moment I realized how short and unfair I was being with my sick son and our situation, I felt this immense amount of shame wash over me. He can't help it that he is sick. I can only do so much. We have to trust in the process and let the medicine do it's job.

I need to be more thankful of what I have and how blessed I am. There are families out there that would love a child, who would love to be able to spend their days taking care of a little one, sick or not. I need to be more thankful of the every day. I need to know that this phase won't last forever so I need to suck it up and be thankful we have the resources to get C to the doctor, the money for his antibiotic, the ability for me to be home with him and not missing work to care for him. 

God has blessed me with more than I ever imagined I would have, want or need. I need to give thanks daily for all of those blessings. Yes life can beat you down but there has to be something you can be thankful for daily. We've all heard the saying "If all you had tomorrow was what you thanked God for today, how much would you have?". Let that sink in for a minute. What have you thanked God for lately? It's just as easy to give thanks as it is to complain. From one busy Momma to another... remember to give thanks. Every. single. day.

What are you thankful for this Monday morning?

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Week In Numbers


Happy Friday friends! Oh what a week it's been... let me tell you all about it with a little help in the form a number...

6 ... the number of weeks Connor has been sick. Either with a cold, virus or allergies. Care to pass the wine?

103.3 ... how high his temperature got on Wednesday evening. All the medicine in the world wasn't going to cut through the madness.

1 ... the number of antibiotics we finally got so that we can kick this sinus/ear infection's booty.

0 ... the number of loads of laundry I was able to do this week along with the number of times I made it to the gym.

2 ... the number of days it's supposed to be warm and sunny this weekend. I'm really looking forward to getting outdoors Saturday and Sunday. We need some Vitamin D, fresh air and the chance to stretch our legs.

3 ... the number of box swaps I signed up for... what in the world was I thinking? But hey... that also means I'll have 3 packages headed my way soon as well!

5 ... the number of caffeinated beverages I consumed this week. I'll give up caffeine when Connor heads off to college. 

20 ... the price I paid for 2 lipsticks... yup, you read that right! Lipstick. I'm on the hunt for the perfect shade of red and a fun every day color. (Who am I?)

13 ... the number of projects I've written down to tackle before our trip to Mexico. Anyone wanna take bets on how many I can accomplish? (I'd aim low if I were you)

22 ... the number of days until I'll be on a plane to Cabo. I can. not. wait! to get my toes in the sand and enjoy some one on one with Coxy.

While our week didn't go as I would have liked, things are looking up for Connor and we have warm weather moving in. And I always count on the next day/week to be better than the week before so that's something to look forward to! Maybe this coming week will be back to life as we know (and like) it.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

20 Fun Stephanie Facts

It's been a while since I've done an "about me" post and since there are some new folks following our journey, I figured I should share a bit about me for a change. Sometimes I get caught up in themed posts that I forget some of you may not know a ton about me. I thought today would be a good day to share a little. Nothing too heavy or important but that gives you a little Stephanie trivia.


Once I read these, I thought to myself number 20 sounds a bit extreme and cold. It's not at all. I could have used better wording. I'm not an emotional person or very sentimental. I don't cry often or get worked up easily. Folks joke that I'm dead inside. Since becoming a mother, that's all changed. I'm so much more emotional and transparent. I feel things like never before, thanks to the desire to have Connor grow up to have a happy childhood. I felt the need to explain that one... I don't want folks thinking I'm a empty shell of a person. Oh no... I feel all the feelings! #momproblems

Happy Friday Eve!