Saturday San Diego Zoo trip this weekend was a total success:) I love seeing my Nixon explore and run his heart out and I know Beaux isn’t too far away from joining him!! I’m really trying to soak up the sweet moments I have with my babies on the daily and not letting the little joys pass me by.
Postpartum bodies are weird. In my experience, my post-high school, post-college, post-first job, post-wedding bodies were ALL weird. With age, stress, goals — your body will change. You might feel good about those changes or you might live years punishing yourself for a lost illusion. I want to challenge you to stop the back & forth drama with me. Who cares if you’re 20lbs heavier than your wedding day — I am! Who cares if your skin has never been the same since your kid was born. No one cares but you, so give yourself a break. Fight not for a number on the scale but for a greater love of self. Pursue that fervently. Maybe in the middle of that journey you’ll look up and love the person you see looking back.
#lastnight @lokkumlondon was pretty special The food was divine, the company was awesome and we had a great time, I dressed up after ages and felt #great about just hanging with #mygirls Wore my @primark highwaisted skinny Jean's and my @hm black top with my black velvet top from @forever21 Had my @hudabeauty aphrodite highlighter for body on my face with my @beccacosmetics champagnepop highlighter for the cheekbones. I wore my @garnieruk BB cream as a concealer as I didnt need foundation thanks to the goddess that is @huda and wore my @marcjacobs Lipstick to complete the look. My boots are from @tkmaxxuk #food was to die for and it was beautifully presented too... cant fault anything and especially the #customerservice from our hostess was impeccable... #smashing night💋 #girlsqaud#happy#honestmama#whatiam#sheready#1vibe#ellen#mommyblogger#mydubai#t#djkhaled
We’ve nearly made it to the third trimester! I’m thinking boy this week! 🤷🏽♀️💙 The final stretch has been my favourite during both pregnancies although this third baby malarkey is a total different ball game! 😳🤦🏽♀️ In a dream world, nesting will kick in as soon as I hit 28 weeks, my house will be spotless until Christmas and I’ll be a super organised Christmas planning, baby planning, house planning domestic goddess! In a dream world. Let’s see what reality has to offer... Brogan...💖
You never actually think it’ll happen to you, until it does. Earlier this week, I became one of those Facebook posts you see from other mamas. I’m just now feeling like I can talk about it...it’s caused me so much more anxiety than I’ve already been having since moving here. I was minding my own business grocery shopping with Jemma when I realized the young man that was standing verrrryyy close to me in my aisle had been in every single one of the last couple aisles I had been in. Was he following me? I went down another to be sure. Yes. He was following me. I began to notice strange things about him - the fact that he didn’t have a cart or basket and only a few random items in his hands. He reached over to grab a box of pop tarts in the bread aisle, touched them, but didn’t pick them up off the shelf. I knew this was him trying to look normal. He wasn’t. I bent over to look at some bread and when I stood back up, he was literally standing so close to me I almost bumped into him. This went on for probably 30 or more minutes (longer than I should have let it, lets be real). I’d lose him only to find him following me again a few minutes later. I finally went to checkout and told the cashier (who actually wasn’t even finished with the older woman in front of me) that the young man in the adjacent aisle (he immediately went down the aisle right in front of my register when I went in the lane) had been following me all around the store. The woman in front of me actually confirmed it and said she had noticed him doing it too. I was shaking. The cashier immediately picked up her phone and called the manager and security. They were over to the register within minutes and went on acting normal, which I appreciated. I didn’t see him again after that, but made sure I had an escort out to my car and I didn’t drive right home, just to be safe. Mamas (and women and PEOPLE everywhere) it doesn’t matter where you are. Who it is. Be vigilant. I don’t even
At some point we have to take responsibility and say, I’m not where I want to be because of ME! Because I’m not managing my time well. Because I won’t stop eating late at night which makes me groggy and unable to awake in the morning early enough to be productive. Because I’m so busy scrolling that I won’t get going on what I know God has called me to do. Because I’m too concerned with what people think about me. Because I’m too fearful. Let’s just be honest and say, I am my biggest hinderance. Now…what are you going to do about it? Tag someone you wish knew just how amazing they are!
💕To every Mom who reads this: . You’re doing a great job. Your kids are blessed to have you as their mother. There’s nothing to feel guilty about, you’re killing it! . Breathe and give yourself grace. God trusted YOU with his precious creations. You’re beautiful and you’re amazing! 👇🏾 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 5 women will experience postpartum depression 🙏🏽 . Mothers are the glue of the family. We hold everything together. . Our families needs us! . The world needs us! . Let’s break the silence and start the conversation about postpartum depression— it’s time to open our hearts and show love to all mothers, especially new moms! . Join me tonight at 8pm CST for an interactive discussion on Instagram Live to learn more about postpartum, how to overcome it & ways help Moms get through this tough time 💕 . Tag a GREAT MOM & show her some love!!!
𝕋𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕜 𝔾𝕠𝕠𝕕𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕚𝕥’𝕤 𝔽𝕣𝕚𝕕𝕒𝕪 . What a week it’s been between sickness , doctor appointments, dance , school events it feels as if I can’t catch my breath . I woke up feeling massive anxiety over a list of things I want to get done but haven’t gotten to for one reason or another . I’m pretty sure I need to just own the fact I’ll never have a prestine clean home. I will have clutter . I will have dishes . My floors will need to be swept and mopped and pile of clean laundry will most likely be on my couch. Because the last thing I could do was peel myself off the floor where I face planted as soon as I got home each day. . . To my friends and family. Please give me grace . Please know I’m not ignoring you. It’s just feeling like I’m carrying the weight of the world these days and I have every intention of texting or calling back but by the time I go to do it , it’s either really late at night or really early in the morning. I’m just remembering this stress too shall pass
Growing up I knew that there were a lot of soaps, deodorants, and cosmetics I was “allergic to”. I would get hives, swollen lymph nodes, and crazy breakouts trying all kinds of store bought products. Looking back this kind of blows my mind, because you see I was raised with homeopathy, alternative medicine, and can count on one hand how many times I saw a doctor. So the fact that my parents never really crossed that natural health mindset over to the other products we were putting on our bodies baffles me. But I don’t think it was their fault. I think they assumed that if a product was on the shelf then it must be ok...right? - Did you know that there are over 1300 chemicals banned for use in cosmetics in the European Union because they are deemed unsafe, toxic, deadly? Did you also know that only 11 of those chemicals are banned in the US? These are products that we are putting on our faces, in our mouths, on our babies. These are ingredients that are KNOWN to disrupt your endocrine system, affect your hormones, cause infertility and cancer. If it doesn’t scare you then you aren’t paying attention. - I pride myself on keeping it real around here. It is never my intent to shame others and I am in no way perfect. But I do believe in ‘know better, do better’. We slowly ditched and switched all of the products in our home from store bought to Young Living. I could go on and on about why they are the only company I trust wholeheartedly, but that’s a post for another day. I am obviously passionate about living a toxin free lifestyle, but I’m also passionate about sharing that authentically with my friends and family. I would love to help you get started supporting your family’s wellness in a new way. - - - - #toxinfree#toxinfreeliving#toxinfreehome#toxinfreebeauty#naturalbeauty#savvyminerals#yleo#inspiredliving#truthbomb#honestmama#instamom#pnwmom#momoftwo#nursingmom#theycallmemama#naturalmama
I’ve been a little quiet on here as my little friend and I had a last minute hospital stay on Tuesday night! 🏥 👨🏻⚕️ 👩🏼⚕️ We’re home now and he’s ok - we’re just both knackered on account of being monitored every 2 hours 🙈. A fun few days of 4 hourly medication lies ahead - poor little chap! But it made me think it could be useful to jot down what I found useful to bring and what I wish I had - comprising my last minute list for a trip to A&E as unfortunately most mama’s will probably experience this at some point - although I hope you don’t have to! ⭐️ If like me you like to think you’re pretty good at guessing the diagnosis (and often mamas intuition is right - along with doctor google ofcourse 🤓!) but you have no idea of hospital policy on letting you go home! So don’t assume you’ll be in and out - an unexpected overnight stay just makes it harder - so assume you’re going in for at least 1 night to be on the safe side (and if you need more you can hopefully get someone to bring you things!). ⭐️ Several spare pairs of clothes for your bub (even if they have nothing wrong with their tum in my experience something will usually make them vomit - whether it’s a major meltdown, coughing or medication making them sick) ⭐️ At least one spare change for you (when bub is sick - the first place it usually lands is on you - as I found out the hard way in the a&e reception! What a way to make an entrance - although it did get us seen super fast!) Continued in comments 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
Sol Summer: Day 90! The weather has cooled off a bit between 6pm to 8am which means....Sol and I have both caught an end of summer throat infection. We had a long day of errands and waiting for the doctor's office to open at 2pm, but we got some much needed medicine and hopefully will be all better soon. And fingers crossed our voices go back to normal ASAP. ♡ . . Sol loves picking up or pointing at things and asking "what is this?" And sometimes she repeats it back to me. But honestly at the end of the day I am tired of hearing so much "what is this?" Lol keeping it real, anyone else?? I heard the "why" stage is worse. ♡ Floral liberty laces: @pollen.australia code: SOL10 lots of other great goodies like; scrunchies, button ponytails, bonnets and more!
School mornings be like... ~ “Come on time to get dressed. Stop teasing your brother! I’m sorry but you have to wear a school uniform. Come on put your trousers on. You’re going to love school soon! Look what you’re doing please Concentrate! Be careful on the stairs!! Don’t tease your sister please! It doesn’t matter who sits where for breakfast just sit down please. If you do that one more time I’m going to have to tell your teacher. Come on eat up. Eat please! Quick cuddles because we’re going to be late. Right let’s get your hair done. Well if you kept still it wouldn’t hurt! Sorry but you’ve got to have clean teeth, you don’t want a smelly mouth! Right shoes on! Everyone wears black shoes for school you can’t wear red trainers. Come on you’re going to have so much fun today! Right LETS GO GO GO!!” ~ Apparently it gets easier? Brogan...💖