39 weeks pregnant 👉 6 months postpartum‼️ 33 years old and 2 babies later and I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt! 💙
Are you looking to feel YOUR best? 🙋♀️
Just released my NUTRITION ebook (PDF download) and it’s on sale for the holidays! 🙌 It’s all about balance and this book is meant to take you from where you are currently at, step by step, to where you want to go! No crash dieting, no starving, no eliminating carbs! 🚫 Instead it’s meant to guide you in finding a balance of healthy foods that satisfy you while achieving your goals! ❤️
Link is in my bio! 👆
Let me know if you have any questions! 😘
348125 hours ago
Guys what a week. Oh wait it’s only Tuesday!? Lol. We spent our night last night in the ER because Otto was dehydrated from coughing up his food all the previous day. We were so grateful that he didn’t end up needing an iv and were sent home with a new food routine for a few days and some blood work. He slept better than the previous night so I’m hoping we’re on the upswing. Mom and dad however were not so fortunate in the sleep department. Fingers crossed for endless coffee today and a better try at sleep tonight! #adventuresinabbyland#teamotto 📷 @ashleywierenga
Double tap to wish this tiny, sweet, bonneted baby face a Happy 3rd Birthday 😭 Tears will be flowing today because I cannot believe it's gone by so fast. Just two years ago I set out to work full time with this business, left behind the daily routine I knew to give these bonnets my all. While none of it came easy it was all so worth it. So, I'm going to ramble on telling you what she's brought not just to this business but to our lives.
She is the reason I started making bonnets. Sure, Elliot was the reason I needed to find something to make from home (hence the name Sweet as April... he was born in April, nothing will ever be sweeter than that) but she is the reason I gravitated towards bonnets. Framing her little face in this photo is the first ruffle brim I ever made & not much has changed with my designs since then 🙌🏻 What she has done for me creatively is make me design a product I didn't realize I'd love so much but then turn into so much more. Styling her outfits began fostering a love for photography I didn't know exist. It's created a level of communication between us that's both unique & loving. For our family, she has brought so much joy & although Marc and I both cringe when we see videos of her as an infant (she was the hardest baby) she's proven to be the most delightful toddler. Her joy is infectious, her love is endless & her personality is inspiring. I say it to everyone but she truly is a gem of a child. I wish I could let you all meet her, I want to share with the world the joy she has brought into our lives.
I wouldn't be who I am today without my children but I really wouldn't be who I am today without her. The confidence in myself that being her mother has brought for me is priceless. It's not something I feel I'll ever be able to convey to her until she is a mother herself. To go places now & be recognized because of my delightful child that they "know from Instagram" makes me beam with pride 😊️ Happy Birthday, sweet little lady Leia. We love you so much ❤️
400464 hours ago
Schönheit während der #schwangerschaft 👸🏼🤰🏼 Immer wieder hört man Sätze wie: wow, du siehst ja toll aus, schöne Haut, mega Haare, wunderschöner Bauch.. jaa es trifft oft alles zu, ausser im Sitzen 🤣 Ich habe mich so schön wie nie gefühlt in meinen Schwangerschaften. Vor allem mit Marie.. das ist eines der schlimmsten Fotos für mich aus dieser Zeit 😅 Ich bin genauso breit wie hoch 😂🤷🏼♀️ Ich habe jeden Tag (bis auf die letzten 2 Wochen vor der #geburt) meinen #babybauch geliebt 🤰🏼 Jetzt kann ich es mir gar nicht mehr vorstellen wie es sich angefühlt hat 😭🙈 Man vergisst es! Ich weiß, dass es unbeschreiblich schön war. Es war einzigartig das #baby im Bauch zu spüren. Aber fühlen kann ich es nicht mehr 😅 Wisst ihr was lustig ist? Als ich #schwanger war habe ich an jeder Ecke eine andere Schwangere gesehen. Jetzt? Läuft mir kaum eine mit kugelrundem Babybauch über den Weg.. dafür lauter Mamas, mit kleinen Kindern die entweder in der #trotzphase sind oder gerade mit dem Laufen begonnen haben 🙈 Schönen #dickbauchdienstag an alle Mommys to be 😉 und an alle anderen natürlich auch! PS: Achtung, man sieht @nutella 😆 #pregnant#pregnancy#preggers#babybelly#newborn#babygirl#postpartum#nutella#mommytobe#transformation#ssw35#pregnantstyle#babybump#mumlife#momlife#mommyblogger
Sweet mamas of littles, if I could offer one small tidbit of practical advice for you on this journey, it is this:
When your little wee ones want to talk, listen. Yes, I know they want to talk about the LEGO they are creating, the Minecraft world they are working on, or the imaginary world they think is real.
Honestly, it CAN feel boring. But sweet mama, put down your phone and look then full in the face, and listen.
Because, I promise you, soon enough, they will come to you and want to talk about bigger issues, life issues, and you want to be the one they come to talk to.
A while ago, I saw a video on Facebook about moms making fun of how boring it is to listen to their little kids, filling in the child’s voice with, “blah,blah, blah.” I get it.
In the moment, it seems so dull. But start listening now, start building their trust, start being their “person.” I’m so glad an older mama shared this with me when my kids were young, because now it is truly my great honor to be my teenagers “person.” I pray the same for you.
Raising kids for the glory of the Lord is our great privilege. I’m praying for you today, sweet mama. You are doing good work. Amen.
156105 hours ago
Craft time with my girls (well Willow always thinks it’s lunchtime 😂) I absolutely love seeing Harper get creative and try new things with arts and crafts! I remember when I was a kid it was one of my favourite things to do. I grabbed a tonne of kids stuff from @officeworks Learn and Grow range. They stock everything you can think of; paints, stamps, activity books, reward chats and let’s just say I can’t wait to organise all their new craft 😂🙊
What are some fun craft ideas you do at home with the kids? .
I’ve also put the link for the @officeworks Learn and Grow range in my bio for you to check out
This is Gatlin. She is the daughter of one of the top earners on my team. Now, she too is a consultant and it is because of her results.
Did you know you can start your own business when you’re 18? Or that some of our company’s top earners started while in college?
Guys, everyone has skin concerns whether it’s acne, dark circles from late nights, wrinkles from aging, skin spots from sunning and hormones... everyone has something, so that’s why this business is for everyone! Message me if you have questions or just want to know the facts! #rflife#bossbabe#skincare#giftsforhim#giftsforher#momlife#hustle
Still in our PJs cause it’s my birthday 💁🏻♀️🎉 27 you feel like heaven .....& you also feel like I’m 80. 👵🏼
014 hours ago
Stories of redemption almost always move me to tears. This morning's devotional focusing on Rahab was no different. Rahab was a prostitute living in a town that did not know God. And yet, Rahab believes. Nothing you can do or have done can ever be too much for God’s amazing grace. "There are swags and garlands and ribbons, and Advent gives away the Truth - we're all wishing for a lifeline...In a place of faithlessness and doubtfulness and godlessness, God gives God. The God who can reveal Himself wherever, whenever, to whomever; the God who is never limited by lack or restricted to the expected...the God who gives the gift of faith in the places you'd most doubt. That is always the secret to abundant life: to believe that God is where you doubt He can be...Rahab, the scarlet woman, flings a scarlet cord out her window...that scarlet line running from the animal sacrifice covering Adam and Eve's nakedness in theGarden of Eden to the crimson marking of blood on the doorframes of the first Passover to the willing drops of blood in the garden of Gethsemane - and Rahab is delivered by that singular scarlet cord and tied into the Jewish family. And God makes the former woman of the night into a woman of the court...Nobody and no situation - no sin, no mess, no decision - meets the diagnosis of despair. Because there's God's cure of amazing grace. No personal choice that muddied your life can ever trump the divine choice to wash your life clean. No situation is more hopeless than your Savior is graceful. That scarlet cord Rahab threw out the window? In Hebrew, that cord is tikvah. The same word in Hebrew means 'hope.'" ~Ann Voskamp
Radical thought, right?! You don’t have to be pretty to earn the right to exist.
I didn’t have stretch marks before pregnancy or even during up until week 34ish. I woke up one morning and BAM stretch marks ALL OVER! I carried all belly in the front and that’s exactly where most of my stretch marks now call home. It’s taken me a long time to say this and sometimes, honestly, I still struggle. I DONT HAVE TO HAVE A SMOOTH TUMMY TO EARN THE RIGHT TO EXIST IN OUR UNIVERSE. Some days I think those “stripes” are beautiful and some days I don’t.....but, I am working toward always showing them respect and love for what they helped my body accomplish during pregnancy. You don’t have to think that every part of your body is perfect and pretty....but you do have to think that your body is awesome the way that it is!! Your body deserves respect. Your body deserves love. //// what is your opinion??
The beauty of women is that we come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We are all Gods children; made with love and connected through our souls.
There is true beauty in real, supportive sisterhood. Don't believe the lie that women can't get along. We need one another and are much stronger together. Our sisterhood is here @growingupgorgeousmoms#growingupgorgeous
Beautiful capture 📸 @makingmommymoves
HAPPY PLACE - Rust. Dat is dit plekje. Zolang je de deur achter je dicht doet tenminste. Want anders zit je niet alleen, maar met z’n viertjes op de wc. Wat vast ook heel gezellig kan zijn, maar stiekem geniet ik meer van dit plekje in mijn eentje.
Even rust, even mooie fotootjes kijken. Ik begon hier ooit met een collectie memorabele momenten op te hangen. De dag dat ik hoorde dat ik (voor de 2e keer) afgestudeerd was, onze laatste vakantie met z’n tweetjes, de dag dat we hoorden dat we een drieling verwachten, de eerste keer al mijn mannen samen in 1 beeld gevangen…. Die foto zie je rechts van mij. Het was de foto die destijds mijn insta deed ontploffen. (Logisch natuurlijk, 4 van die leukerds, zonder shirt). Ik blijf me verbazen over die kleine lijfjes. Luiertjes maat 0, waar ze echt in verzopen. Die ieniemini vingertjes, oogjes en oortjes. Vooral die oortjes. Die intrigeerden me. Want opeens waren het oortjes. Toen ze geboren werden, waren het nog flubbertjes huid. Zonder kraakbeen. Die je elke keer netjes goed moest vouwen als je het kindje van positie wisselde. Opeens waren het oortjes. Begon er iets van kraakbeen te ontstaan. Hoe fascinerend is de vorming van zo’n ieniemini mensenlichaampje!
Maar goed, fotootjes kijken dus. Ooit was het idee om maandelijks (of twee of drie maandelijks… het leven met een drieling is druk) een of twee nieuwe exemplaren toe te voegen. Het meest recente exemplaar is er eentje van de dag dat Kars voor het eerst op zijn buik draaide. Een kunstje wat hij inmiddels een kleine 13 maanden beheerst denk ik. Missie niet helemaal geslaagd dus. Mooi projectje om met terugwerkende kracht op te pakken in ons nieuwe huis.
En tot die tijd geniet ik in alle rust van mijn kleine supermini’s. Als ik de deur niet vergeet dicht te doen tenminste.
What are you doing for YOU right now?🌟
I walked into @thewonderjam studio yesterday and took a deep cleansing breath. My world has been spinning so fast lately with baby cries, toddler no’s, spit up, diapers, potty accidents, so much nursing, pumping, crying and no sleep. None of it has been for me. That’s motherhood, I know. But something I’ve learned through all of these babies is that you can’t lose yourself in the mix. You have to find things that make you feel REAL. If you only allow yourself to get swept up in the day-to-day #momlife responsibilities, you’ll begin to play the role of the crazy hot mess mother that never spent time on herself. I don’t ever want to wake up one day and feel resentful or like I never got to live my own life because I had kids. I think you certainly can do both - put your family first and still find time to be who YOU want to be. For no one else but YOU! •
So I’m making time for me. I read books, take baths, go to breakfast by myself, go to the spa, practice yoga, and even get awesome photoshoots with confetti just for fun because I know deep down, I deserve to be the one showered with glitter ever now and again. 🎊✨
Two weeks until Christmas! I hit the shops today and it was hectic - hopefully don’t have to go back again with both kids in tow 🙈 So no better way to unwind at the end of the day than with a nice hot bath, Christmas movie and @nespresso coffee ☕️ #Nespresso#NespressoAU#NespressoCollab
214 hours ago
This is a real message. I didn't know why I was growing away from some people.. I didn't know why the conversations we had didn't interest me anymore. I didn't know why I no longer cared to please those & help those who didn't help me..I started feeling bad (I'm such a lame) but this is Gods plan. Thank you 🙌🏽🙌🏽.
Mak.. Aku memang belum menjadi anak yang terbaik..
Aku belum menjadi seorang perempuan yg dewasa..
Aku belum menjadi kebanggaan sebagai seorang anak.. -
aku sering merasa sakit hati dan sedih jikalau engkau memarahiku keras. sehingga aku menjauh dan tidak bercakap sama skali selama berbulan bulan.. dan ketika hari ini dirimu harus ke pekanbaru untuk beberapa hari ke depan, tiba2 aku merasa kehilangan.. aku memang mempunyai mertua seperti ibuku. tp tidak bisa menggantikan sosok ibu kandung sepertimu.. aku lupa dan buta akan semua pengorbananmu selama aku menjadi seorang ibu... - Engkau menjaga anakku dengan penuh rasa tulus
- Engkau merawat ku ketika aku lahir caesar
- Engkau memasak keperluanku agar ASI ku banyak
- Engkau memilih duri2 saat aku makan
aku Buta akan hal itu semua mak.. sangat buta.. dengan sifat emosional ku yg tak terkontrol. dengan apa yang aku lakukan itu tidak menghalangimu untuk tetap memberikan perhatian penuh untuk aku dan pahopumu mak....
- dan saat inilah aku menyadari.. setiap orangtua akan kembali seperti anak kecil. itulah tanggung jawabku untuk mengalah. dan menuruti kemaunanya. jika dia emosi. aku tidak perlu emosi... . makasi mak untuk semuanya.. makasi untuk semua jerih payahmu. aku menyangimu. dan maafkan aku.. ..umur panjang dan sehat selalu.. -
PROS + CONS OF COFFEE☕️
I get flooded with questions on here and from clients about coffee..
Is it good for me?
I can’t imagine living without it!
I need i to poop, is that normal?
Is it a good preworkout?
Well, as always, I got you boo! Let’s break it down to the pros and cons of coffee intake:
☕️Energy: caffeine in coffee acts as a stimulant and may just increase our energy and stamina in a workout. I usually recommend coffee or matcha as a pre-workout and for my clients to ditch those shady powders! Energy from matcha is a lot less intense!
☕️MOOD: when we drink coffee, this stimulates the release of dopamine- which makes us more alert and can improve our mood! Ever notice how sitting down with your cup gives you all the feels?
☕️LIFE (literally): caffeine may even help you live longer, may decrease your risk of diabetes, and mayyyy protect you from Alzheimer’s disease
☕️POOP: yesss coffee can help you poop BUT you should not be dependent on it for you to go to the bathroom. If you need coffee to go, then there’s an underlying issue
☕️ANXIETY: when I work with women who have elevated cortisol, lives stressful lives, deal with gut/hormonal imbalances (aka most women)- I almost always aim to lower and eventually cut out coffee altogether. The reason being: caffeine could make things worse!
☕️DEPENDENCY: coffee is addictive. You may notice when you don’t have your regular cup, you get withdrawal symptoms that can be migraines or even flu-like. You don’t want to have to depend on something like that
☕️SLEEP: if you have coffee too late, it may interrupt your sleep and we all know how crucial sleep is for our wellbeing
Bottom line, experiment with yourself. Ask yourself important questions: are you dependent on it? Does it make you anxious? Do you need it to poop? Then it’s probably time to seek out other options. My faves are:
🍵matcha (I love the @baatcha brand on amazon)
🍵tea: dandelion root tea, teechino, and dandy blend are all great “herbal coffee” options!
And tbh, my gut health improved DRAMATICALLY after I stopped drinking coffee💩
Are YOU a coffee drinker or matcha/tea lover?
WOW! WOW! WOW!
What an amazing 20 minute workout that left me energized and sweating... It was 20 minutes of continuous movement 💪🏼 I thought this NEW 20 minute workout would be too hard, but I loved it!!! I am so excited 😆 for this program in January 2019.
Do you have 20 minutes to devote to yourself? Let’s do this together!!! Message me for the details 😊
All Grace knows is living in a hotel. She’s going to miss our hotel family when it’s time to go. I will too but we need more space. Any who, I love the way they treat my owl. It warms my heart the way everyone loves on her here. She’s so blessed and doesn’t have a clue that this is a unique experience. I hope she never forgets this. ❤️. Today Grace’s favorite housekeeper came by and played with her blocks with her 😊. I’m getting teary, ok bye 😩😂
Day 11🌟! Today’s challenge is to slow down as you nourish your body💪🏼💆🏼♀️. Fuel it well and spend some time connecting to those around you when you do - if only for a few moments. All we need is you today, sweet ones. You are the most important to so many in your world. Be good to you today amazing one. ❤️ #drjodychallenge#bottomhandsonly#kidsthesedays 📸: @leighagraf
214 hours ago
New toys have arrived! Shop our website or visit us late! Check out our hours! 🎅🏻🌲🎀 www.littlejillco.com
If you need me, I’ll be right here 👆🏻 a little National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, my @mukluks, and alllll of the wrapping paper. I got an early jump on wrapping presents 💃🏼 I usually buy my paper at @hobbylobby because I can get the biggest rolls for the cheapest. And most years I buy plain brown kraft/packing paper, and then spruce it up with ribbons or cheap @dollartree ornaments. This year I’m walking on the wild side with buffalo plaid, because, well #buffaloplaid. I have a box of clearance ribbon/yarn/tulle that I have bought through the years and use for presents. It is SO much cheaper than buying the Christmas ribbon that you can find in stores now. A small spool of tulle @hobbylobby runs around $1 with their discount, while I can get basic colored yarn for $2-4 that will last me several Christmases. And I’m still using leftover ribbon from my wedding crafts 10 years ago 😂 Do you have any tips or tricks for wrapping pretty presents?
214 hours ago
✨New pretties added to the inventory! 🎥I'll be going live on Facebook showing all the cute creations! Join us there!👍
🎁Need to shop for your babe friends? Any cute babies?
Or just treat yoself 😘
014 hours ago
I finally had the chance to ride an electric scooter! It was SO.MUCH.FUN! Does anyone else love these things?! How can we get them in Chicago?! I rode it along the BeltLine in Atlanta while we were there last weekend. Today’s post shares our trip and ALL the delicious food we ate while there! #atlanta#beltlineatl#meckertravels#vacation