As we were working out the other day, our daughter joined us. She began kicking her legs and picking up her little purple weights, and we said to her, “You’re strong.” Her immediate response was to drop what she was doing and pose, showing us her muscles, showing us how strong she was.
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve worn the same 3 pieces (or sets) of jewelry. My wedding rings, a pair of opal earrings, and a locket my husband gave me for our first Valentine’s Day that was his grandmother’s.
It’s not that I don’t like jewelry. I do. And truth be told, I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls who has the unique jewelry that perfectly accents each of her outfits. But I’m not, and I’ve finally come to terms with that because I’ve realized one thing… Continue reading
If you’ve been around here very long, you know that nutrition is something I’ve struggled with for a long time…Before I was expecting my daughter, I’m not sure actual “nutrition” was even on my radar.
Sure, I had read all of the weight loss magazines and blogs about how to eat healthier and lose weight. But for me, it was always about that last piece – what I could do to lose weight.
You see, in middle and high school, I struggled with disordered eating, and while I was able to work through it with the support of my family and an effective workout plan and eating guide, I never really established a healthy relationship with food. I viewed it more as a means to an end rather than a life-giving substance.
But after the birth of my daughter, all of that changed. I knew I needed to learn and do better, not just for me but for her. I knew I needed to learn what nutrition actually looked and felt like so I could (1.) provide her with the nutrition she needed and (2.) help her develop a better understanding of and relationship with food than I had growing up.
I get questions all the time on how I make my own baby food, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips! I decided before little girl was born that I wanted to make her food because I wanted to stick to as natural as possible and know as much as I could about what I was putting into her body. And, let me tell you, I haven’t regretted it for a second! Plus, homemade is cheaper and tastes better! So, why would I not take a couple of extra minutes to prep food at home for my precious little one?
Now, that being said, I know as mamas we’re all crazy busy! So, don’t feel like you have to make all of the food for your little one, but if you choose to make some, here are a few tips I found to help.
I get it. I know having little ones (or even big ones) under foot all the time can make it REALLY difficult to exercise or stick to our workout plans. But, what if we quit using our kiddos as our excuse not to be as HEALTHY as we can and instead we started using them as our reason, as our WHY for making healthy choices? I know for me, that is when it all came together. When, I started incorporating my daughter into my fitness plan, it stopped seeming like so much of a challenge to have her be a part of it, ended up being better for both of us.
Now, we started out really simple. As I was exercising, I’d put her in her jumperoo or exersaucer so that she’d jump and move around as I exercised. She not only loved watching mommy (look like a crazy woman), but she also got the benefit of me setting the example for her and getting a little extra activity time herself. As I was talking to another one of my mama friends, she shared what a difference it made once she extended this same idea even beyond just doing her workout, so I figured other moms out there could benefit from it too! Continue reading