I seriously BLEW Novembers Goals out of the water.
Lets recap on what there were:
1. Meal plan and preparation.
2. Get out and RUN.
3. Stay the FUCK away from the Candy Jar.
4. Take my multivitamin.
And boom………down 5 lbs!
On top of meal planning, running, no sugar eating I was tracking EVERY bit of food. I have to give myself a great big hug! It was hard work. I ran only a total of 15 miles last month, but it was more than the month before.
This all leads me to talk about my December Goals:
Relax and enjoy the moments with my family. The holiday season FLYS by way to fast and I really want to enjoy my boys!
Get out and run more. My goal is to run 20 miles this month. It’s already the 4th and I have ran 5.5 miles!
While I have already collected gifts for my oldest (3 year old) I was contemplating what Santa will bring Rogan. Now Rogan will be just about 8 Months old when Santa comes down our chimney. What does an 8 month old need?
Put a ribbon on my boob? Here you go little guy, have a boob for Christmas. While he does like the boobs, I thought a little harder.
It hurt, but here is what I was thinking of purchasing for my baby (under 12 months):
-Organic Pendant from JellyStone Designs- Not only is it for baby, but how cute and stylish for me! It’s a silicon necklace, bpa free, and ideal for a nursing necklace.
- I also picked up a new swimmi diaper from Bummis. We love all our other Swimmi Diapers and I still use them frequently. These diapers are trim and have attractive prints, easy for clean up, and adjustable as they grow.
- mOmma spill proof cup. f Round, ergonomic shape and soft grip handles are designed for baby’s hands to easily grasp. Rogan is so ready to start taking a spill proof cup.
Hey ya’ll. It’s Thursday and ummmm……….yeah I haven’t blogged in a while. So today I am here to fill ya in on the details of what the “FUCK” is up!
First off….. I am in a great place. mentally physically, emotionally. I think its largely due to the fact that I have awesome November goals in place. If you don’t know more goals for November you can take a look back at this post that I wrote explaining them all.
Speaking of goals I just need to pat myself on the back for a moment. (HUG) Why you ask? well I ALMOST did a whole YEAR of goals for each month. I got a LOT of shit done and accomplished because of the little fact that I wrote them out and make them clear. Yippie for me right? I am impressed!
I am running a 5K next week. I am not completely ready as it’s been hard to get in a run. But I can do a 5K with a little walking here and there. It should be a good time and it will be my first EVER Turkey Trot. A group of my mommy friends and I will be wearing these awesome Turkey shirts and tutu for the run. Be jealous, they are cute!and because no kid can have a cool mom wearing turkey shirt…….my 3 year old insisted I make him a cool turkey shirt too.
Just this week I talked about embracing life. This also includes my bad habits.
Bad habits sometimes get in my own way. I would like to concur my bad habits, but it can be a challenge.
If I could quit one bad habit with out difficulty what would it be?
It’s a bad habit. You wake up with two little boys. I may or may not have slept 5 hours straight. I nursed a little one during the night, sometimes up to 3 times!!! And on special occasions your 3 year old wakes and you find him in your bed, poking your eyes to get up AT 5 AM.
( I am writing this post drinking my first second cup of coffee. It’s cold as I have been up trying to write a post since 630am)
This mama needs coffee. Or do I?
I recently had to cut back on my habit of dunkin donuts coffee. It was literally making me poor. The more I drank, the more I wanted it, and needed it to function. It is time to be clear and admit to the fact that I’m addicted to caffeine (in the form of Coffee).
You’ve probably heard that coffee helps you lose weight but in reality, coffee spikes our blood sugar leading to higher levels of insulin in the body. After the spike in insulin, our blood sugar crashes and thus the nasty cycle begins. The blood sugar roller coaster and high levels of insulin send a signal to store excess sugar as fat. This is one of the reasons I have a muffin top .
I have as bought into social conditioning and brainwashed myself into believing that I need caffeine to wake us up and keep us going. See comments above. While it does wake me up and keep me going, there are other ways to do that too.
1. change morning routines. I commit to drinking one cup of water.
2. While I don’t drink a lot of colas and carbonated drinks I will say no to them.
3. Make conscious and healthy choices. Bring my own water to play dates and say no to coffee.
4. replacing (slowly) regular coffee to decaf over a course of three weeks and then slowly going to green tea. I like my HOT beverage in the morning. Green Tea has a lot of great benefits.
5. Upon waking, ask yourself: “How am I right now?” Accept how you feel. Deal with what you can in those moments and put the rest firmly aside until later. Refuse to be overwhelmed. Remember depressed actually means suppressed.
Has anyone switched from coffee to tea? I could use some pointers.
The life I live, especially online, isn’t about the pretty pictures. I am real. I am vulnerable by placing it all out there, some may say brave. I just want to let you all know that I embrace it all, and I hope you do too, My weaknesses my strengths as I blog.
My name is Janelle, I’m really good at drawing. I’m passionate about cooking and my kids. I love grocery shopping and making new recipes up. I am a good teacher and enjoy my time in the classroom. I like vacuuming and my short hair.
I hate washing dishes after I cook. I haven’t changed my nail polish in over 6 months on my toes. Organization is not my strong point. I don’t coupon because I hate it and it takes organization. I have yet to finish painting my kitchen from 3 years ago.
I couldn’t pass this opportunity up by showing you these awesome printables I found from the blog iHeart organizing. She has fabulous free printables for daily routines, holiday gift tracking, a letter to Santa, menu plan, morning and night time routines. Take a moment to check her blog out.
Calvin’s routine has been less then perfect. New baby, and the start of school, he took matters into his own hands. While leaving a child to “fend” for himself, shit got out of control real quick. Between our nitenite sleep service from Binx, our night time routine has been wonderful (if we follow it).
We are not a perfect family, so mistakes are bound to happen. We learn real quick that putting him to bed at 830 is WAY TO late. Like any child, he strives on routine. Check out the printable from iHeart Organizing that we use for our Night time routine. It hangs right on his wall, and its the first thing he goes to once we say its time for bed.
Because we are cool like that, it’s nothing fancy.
I am still working on his daily schedule. I found another awesome printable from Cornerstones Confessions. I have yet to laminate it or even cut it out, but it’s a start. You’ll certainly love it too.
And because my kids are so stink’in cute………. here is a picture of Rogan sleeping.
Lets talk about things that are sticky. No it’s not the gum that Calvin dropped in the rug or even the baby food in my hair.
Kidecals are waterproof labels that stick to anything. These sticky waterproof labels come in a variety of funky and trendy designs. There were many options to choose from and the selection was easily organized.
I fell in love with the robots and was eager to stick them on my son’s personal belongings. It makes life more organized when things are labeled. I know once Rogan is older these sticky waterproof labels will go on his sippie cups and clothing items.
This is a photo of his tag blanket. I stuck it on one of the tags.
I put there waterproof labels to the test. I wanted to truly see how sticky there are. Below is a photo of my son’s home made burp cloths with a Kidecals waterproof label. That is what they look like after 4 washes. Durable, and still sticking where I placed it.
What makes Kidecals unique? They makes custom labels for gifts, weddings, and birthdays. This is a great way to personalize a party! I know once Rogan is older these sticky waterproof labels will go on his sippie cups and clothing items. I also fell in love with the canning and DIY labels. I love canning. Next year people are getting canned gifts with this awesome Kidecals sticker below.
Want to order your own?
Here is a wonderful discount code for 15% off any order just for my readers: kidecals15
First things first. I failed to write out goals for the last two months. I stopped writing my goals at August. Things go busy, I couldn’t focus, and I didn’t see any progress. WHY?
Because when I visually lay out my goals (to my readers) I hold myself accountable.
I get serious and when I get serious I meet my goals.
1. Meal plan and preparation. I lost my will to do this, causing bad, bad effects. I wrote a post not so long ago about ” Why Meal Planning can stop you from eating crap“. I probably should take my own advice. I will go back to planning meals on Sunday & I might even post them again (you peeps really hold me accountable).
2. Get out and RUN. Yup, I thought I could do it 6 week post partum and I could. But not with out pissing on myself with every step. Now 6 months post partum, whats my excuse? NOTHING. I need to plan my runs , bottom line. Plan if I need care for the boys at the Y and if I plan on doing it during the night. Last night I ran on my street in the dark. Don’t worry, its a dead end with hardly any traffic. I was safe. But I need to plan it out for the week. This week I plan on making two runs. One on Tuesday and one on Sat. Oh and I Have a race to prepare for. My first ever Turkey Trot. I am going to make this Tee-shirt for the run.
3. Stay the FUCK away from the Candy Jar. Plain and simple. Just kidding its not just plain and simple. Here is my plan. When I am craving something full of sugar, I will first drink ONE 24 oz bottle of water, after that I will eat one piece of fruit. IF and only if I find that my craving is still there, I will have ONE mini candy.
4. Take my multivitamin. I am going to set it out on the counter ever night and before bed pop that pill. I seriously need it. I can tell that I have slacked off from taking it. My nails are brittle.
Last year I was inspired to do a “be thankful this Thanksgiving Challenge”. It created such a wonderful feeling that I could do much more to share my gratitude, with those around me. Every year, the season would pass and I would wonder, “Did I tell those around me that I loved them? Did I tell them how grateful I was for them in my life?”
I realized that there is always a time to share your thankfulness with those around you and the things that bring you thankfulness. What better way to do it than to sit down, and blog about your true sentiments? Few things feel as wonderful as hearing that you are important and treasured by someone else.
I challenge you to do the same. Every Thursday in November, write, facebook or blog about someone or something that you are truly thankful for. I encourage those who don’t have a blog to hand write a letter and send it off.
Thanks for challenges Be thankfulfor each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Thanks for difficult times Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Thanks for limitations Be thankfulfor your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Can I stop you for a minute as time keeps moving at a rapid pace. Here we are, 3rd birthday for my little dino.
Where did the last 3 years go?
4 Days old
I remember giving birth to you like it was yesterday and I remember how I fell head over heals in love the moment I saw your face. You remind me how I can love you unconditionally.
Calvin has certainly grown.
No matter how difficult and chaotic things can get sometimes, you will ALWAYS be able to put a smile on my face. You have brought happiness and laughter to my life every single day of the past three years. You’re my motivation for everything and the reason I can get through days that are tougher than others. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about how grateful I am for you.
Cook boneless chicken breasts. Then slice and dice the chicken into small chunks and add to a bowl. Cut broccoli into tiny florets and add to the bowl. Toss in cheddar cheese and 1 can of Alfredo sauce (leave a little sauce to add to the bottom and top of the roll up) Mix well. Lay out one cooked lasagna noodle and add the ingredients from the bowl. Wrap them up and place on top of the sauce lined pan. Finish with a little sauce on top.
You thought getting up in the middle of the night with an infant was hard, try it with a toddler. Or maybe you still do?
I am so glad to have a knowledgeable resource available to help with night time. I was really (past tense here) at wits end with my 2 1/2 year old waking at least once a night. This mama and her dino boy needed their sleep!
BINX a baby boutique now offers a NiteNite Sleep service to help you with your child’s sleeping needs. BINX is owned and operated by Ilissa who is the guru of the best baby products on the market. She also provides awesome services that will really help your family along this process known as parenthood.
Awesome things about the NiteNite program:
it’s based on each child (not a cookie cutter service) meeting each child’s individual needs and parents preferences.
endless help from day one to months later
when things didn’t work (because my kid is stubborn) a quick reevaluation was done and a solution was provided.
Did anyone mention SLEEP. Sleep for all is a wonderful thing and Nitenite sleep solution can get you there just like it did for us.
How the process worked:
I filled out a quick question sheet. The sheet included our bed time routines, things that worked now for us, our child’s needs, dislikes and preferences (along with ours) , basic medical issues that need to be known.
Then we talked on the phone about her discoveries for further clarification.
Two days later she emailed me a detailed plan on how our night time routine should go and tips for our silent return sleep plan.
She would check in with us via email about how things went. I will be honest. Things didn’t go well at first for a few weeks. It was a struggle and we had to tweek a few items. For instance going to bed at 630 seems great in theory. But it wasn’t practical for Calvin as he became destructive. Why was he so destructive? He really wasn’t ready to go to sleep at that time and keeping a 2 1/2 year old up in his room for over an hour equals destruction. After conversing about the situation we moved the time to 730. Eventually our routine got better and old habits died. Slowly but surely we conquered more sleeping through the night then not.
Disclaimer: this sleep plan was made specifically for my child and our needs. If you want and need a sleep plan please contact BINX directly.
Embracing Failure is not my strong point. It certainly takes me a while to evaluate and move forward when I fail. So why can’t I embrace it?
Well for starters Oprah Winfrey said, “So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.”
Falling down on the ground hurts like a mother fu@$er. You usually end up with bloody knees and cut up hands. Take it from a three year old, he falls a lot. I see the damage. This part is the external part of failure. The part that easily heals with a band aid.
But lets talk about the emotional part of failure. The part that “hurts’ the most. Ever fall down around people? They laugh at you like you’re an idiot for tripping over your own two left feet. Your pride is stripped away, your ego bruised. THIS is the part that takes me a while to heal from.
I don’t like to fail……….at anything. EVER.
I do however look failure as a stepping stone to get back up on your feet. A learning process that happens through failure.
If I open myself up to failure I will find lots of success. Just getting there is often hard.
So here are a few times I felt like a failure:
breastfeeding my 1st child
cutting my own kids hair
not landing a teaching job out of college
Not making it to a team in HS
I lost my phone because i was so busy
when i leave the house with two different shoes
Here is what I learned from my failures:
I pumped for 5 months instead of breastfeeding and regardless how I choose to feed my 1st child, he will always be my spit fire redheaded boy.
a number 2 is always the perfect length when attempting to cut hair, especially a wiggle child
teaching is hard work, and while I didn’t land an art teaching job, I did work as a preschool teacher and learned LOADS of child development that I now use in my classroom.
I tried out for a team in HS and didn’t make it, but then forced myself to try out for tennis. Can i tell you how much I love playing tennis now? Glad it all worked out
Not to self about phones. They are things. Things get lost. Glad you didn’t misplace your children as much as you do your phone. End of story.
While leaving the house with two different shoes on feels slightly embarrassing, it makes for a great story with kids. Kids learn from adults, and when you make mistake they laugh and that feels good.
How have you failed lately and what did you learn from it?
I struggled with it before and felt it was time to seek help.
The anxiety is taking over.
So I gave myself a time out.
I went for a Therapy Session.
Craniosacral Therapy to be exact.
Craniosacral therapy (CST),is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy focused primarily on the concept of “primary respiration” and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. To do this, a practitioner will apply light touches to a patient’s skull, face, spine and pelvis.
Why this type of Therapy for me?
Well medication for my anxiety is not my answer.
Like last time I took medication for it and IT WASN”T FOR ME.
NEVER AGAIN would I subject myself to such strong medication.
My problem lies with myself.
I don’t take much needed time outs.
I don’t exercise as much as I should.
I don’t sleep as much as I should be ( not always my fault as Rogan still wakes during the night to feed). But I need to manage an earlier bed time for myself, even if this means I leave both kids for my husband to put to bed.
Everyone warned us about the potty-training regression.
But it didn’t happen when Rogan came along.
Regression happened when we started school.
It’s the pooping that is making me feel crazy and angry. He is pretty consistently pooping his pants (underwear, not pull-ups or diapers) at school in the mornings, and will poop in them at home (usually outside) unless we are super-vigilant about keeping an eye on him and rushing him to the toilet when we can see he is starting to go.
Sure enough, we have had more accidents in the last 4 weeks than we had in the previous 4 months of being potty trained.
I resisted going back to diapers or pull-ups because I worried that would set him back even further, but then got so frustrated over soiled clothes and bed sheets that I bought some disposable pull-ups and started making him wear them at nap and nighttime ( refuse to put them on during the day to catch the poop).
It might be a power struggle, so far now shit in your pants kid!
When Scooby-Doo is too afraid to volunteer to help with a mission, Velma often offers him a dog treat called a Scooby Snacks as a bribe. Her catchphrases are: “Jinkies!,” “Jeepers!” and “My glasses! I can’t see without my glasses!”
Here is what I gathered so far for my Costume :
I still need orange socks and glasses! I am sure I can find those at Target. So excited to dress up this year and teach! Oh and I can’t wait to hand out Scooby-snacks!