Worth it.

What is with society and thinking we aren’t worthy? YOU ARE WORTH IT. Spend that extra money on something that makes you feel better. Spend that extra money on wellness. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

I often see people complaining about life. What I don’t understand is why don’t they change it? I’ve ALWAYS had the mentality that I am worthy. I am good enough. If I want something I will make it happen. If I’m unhappy I will change it because I am the ONLY one who can change my own life. No one can make you happier than you can make yourself, lets just be honest. If you can’t hear in your own mind that you are worth it or you are beautiful or you are smart, no matter how many times someone else says it you will not believe it.

The negativity I hear daily is insane. WHY? Why sit there and complain about it?? CHANGE IT. You can, if you try. Nothing will change if you sit there and hope for change. Get out there, if its your weight, go on a walk, small changes make a difference over time. It’s the same thing with how you got there. You didn’t eat a cake and gain 60 pounds over night, it happened gradually with that one scoop of ice cream everyday. So take that cake or that ice cream and cut it out. It will help, eventually. Just try it.

If it’s your wellness, wash your hands. Get a product that helps your immunity. Probiotics, ever heard of them? They’re amazing. Essential oils, they work if you USE them consistently! Consistency IS KEY in anything! Just try it.

Have you ever heard of the compound effect? Its this thing where you should do something small consistently and overtime it will change things drastically.

Read about it – The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Its like $10 on amazon and worth every penny.

Start with the way you think about yourself. Tell yourself everyday, you are worth it. You deserve whatever it is your heart desires. God didn’t put us on this planet to be stressed and then die. We are here to spread wellness and joy. We are here to lift others up. We are here to GIVE. Give goodness everyday. Give positivity. Give encouragement. Give and you will receive! 

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Mom Life

Mom life isn’t for everyone. There was a time in my life that I didn’t think it was for me. I was sure I would never have kids or even get married and if I did, it wasn’t going to be before I was 30. I was sure I had bigger plans. I was going to go away to college and get a bangin career in a big city and I was going to travel, a lot. Experience all the world had to offer.

Now here I am 25 married with two kids living the small town life and traveling for me means up north for a week. HA! Oh how god has bigger plans.

It’s crazy how when you meet the right person everythingchanges.

I met my husband and while we married fast and young we waited years to have kids.

My dreams changed. I had Ellie and she turned my whole world upside down, for the better. I loved being pregnant. I loved the baby cuddles, I was ready to have 10 more! I still would have 10 more of my husband would let me! 😜

The most amazing thing about Mom life is seeing joy through a child’s eyes.

Today we were blowing bubbles inside and the look in Ellie’s eyes. Pure joy, undeniable fun. Over a bubble. She always reminds me that it’s the little things.

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e is nothing like it. The innocence they have. The way they light up when they learn something new and are congratulated. Whenever Ellie does something and is praised and her eyes light up, my heart just melts.

I used to not want kids because I always saw them acting out, being naughty, all that scary stuff. I didn't want anything to do with that. The crazy thing is though, my girls are nothing like that. Literally the sweetest most well behaved children I've ever met, AND I'm often told that not only by friends and family but even by complete strangers. Just today we went shopping and when we were checking out the cashier commented on how nice and quiet they were. Obviously they have their crabby days but they're far and few between.

I learned a lot in college about communication, what you should do and what you shouldn't. I grew a lot and learned not everyone is the same. I didn't have to repeat history and my children didn't have to be unruly and whiney. While I think there is a wide variety of things that affect the way children act, like environment, foods, health…. All I know is my husband and I are doing something right. I am so blessed.

I am so grateful that god had bigger plans for me than I thought. I love Mom life and thank god everyday for giving me my girls. I am so grateful that now that I have children we can travel with them. We can bring them places we haven't even seen yet and we can experience it not only through our own eyes, but theirs.

Oily hippy freak 

I know I know, people thought I was nuts 4 years ago when I started using essential oils and started sharing them. Its an MLM that stuff is a hoax blah blah blah. 
Well it’s real life people. It’s a lifestyle. Here I am 4 years later rockin this oily lifestyle and honestly the happiest, and healthiest I’ve been my ENTIRE life. Truly, and you know what else? I’m reaching goals I even thought might be impossible. 

I know ranking in an MLM people could care less about when they don’t know the business and the compensation plan but holy buckets I reached SILVER in Young Living and I am so damn proud of myself. This month I will make more money from my MLM business then I do at my FULL TIME JOB. This has been something I’ve prayed and prayed about. It is changing mine and my families life. 

Do you want to know how? Willable income. 

What’s that you ask? 

It’s this amazing thing where I can write my Young Living paychecks into my will to be given to my family even after I die. WHAT? so let’s say I die young. Morbid I know, but you need to know this. So if I die young, but have this written in my will, even though I’m not here to make money at a 9-5 job, and that 401k/life insurance policy will run out quick, my family can live off of my income from Young Living. This isn’t something that just goes away because I do. How incredible is that? 

And it’s not just my family I’m able to help. 

Can you guess how many families my team has helped? Over 100. That’s incredible. Over 100 people have had, more sleep, less upset tummies, less chemicals in their house, more money in their wallets. WHAT? This is incredible. This is something I live for. This is a movement y’all. It is literally THE best feeling when someone messages or calls me talking about how fast an oil took away their upset tummy or their worrying. I helped them with that. 

This stuff isnt hocus pocus if it was, I wouldn’t still be using them 4 years later. 
You know what else I’ve done? I’ve empowered women. I’ve helped with women getting their self esteem back, their confidence back. I have helped build women up as leaders. Nothing is more empowering than seeing these women rise up. 

Has it been hard? Have their been struggles? Oh man like you wouldn’t believe. But is was ALL worth is. 100% worth every single struggle. Have I been scared? Afraid of falling flat on my face? 100% absolutely. But did that stop me? Never. Don’t be afraid to take the plung. The only thing worse than failing at something, is not trying. 
These oils have done AMAZING uninaginablely amazing things for myself and my family. This is something I truly want everyone to experience. It’s unreal the things I’ve been able to accomplish in this life because of this business and these oils. Come to a class sometime, hear my story. It’s unlike anyone else’s and it will blow your mind. 

Be The Change.

Today I had a very unfortunate encounter with someone. Someone I don’t even know and all I could think was how awful this was.

She was so disrespectful and hurtful with the things she was saying. I reached out to her which was wrong on my part I should have left it alone but when someone is being an awful person to someone you care about its hard to let something go. It’s especially hard when someone is being downright mean to someone.

I truly couldn’t understand why someone would be openly saying these abusive and hurtful words. For no reason, out of nowhere. Literally lashing out because she what, felt like it? I kept thinking what if I didn’t have such thick skin? What if the next person she says this to can’t take it and hurts themselves, or worse, takes their own life? This is not okay. Bullying is not okay. saying hurtful things to someone and not thinking about how they feel about it or even having a care that these words just came out of your mouth is not okay.

When the world is already filled with so much hate why would someone want to put more hate out there? Why would someone want to opening beat down others with abusive and hurtful language?  It truly gives me an upset stomach thinking about the hurtful things that people say and how it affects others.

Why do people think this is okay?

There is so much negativity everywhere.

Lets be the change we want to see in the world.

Lets lift each other up instead of tear each other down. Lets love on one another because you never know who that person might be that just really needed someone to be kind to them today. You could literally change someones day by just being respectful and kind.  People have feelings. Even when someone looks like they have it all together and nothing hurts them, it does.

And truly, it costs NOTHING to be a nice person. Being nice, and positive and caring rubs off on others, imagine if the majority of the world was like this? Would the world be a different place than it is now?

Be the change. 

Freaky Friday

Do you ever feel like super stressed out and like you’re being strung way too thin? Do you ever feel like you’re putting SO much into something and not getting everything you thought you’d get out of it? Do you ever feel like you have SO much to remember to do and you wonder how it will all get done? Same here mama. 100% I feel you.

At least once a month I feel this way.

Today is one of those days. Today both of my girls were being crabby mc crab pants about everything. Ellie cried because I wanted her to read her book on the couch so I could vacuum the living room (among other things she “cried” about) and Mila, she was so over tired she kept rubbing her face/eyes which would then rip her paci out of her mouth. 🙄

A little back story? During the week I work 12 hour shifts and I commute to work. This doesn’t leave ANY time to get any housework done so when I get a day off it’s usually to play catch up around the house. So my dishes are piled sky high, there are 2-3 loads of laundry to do and just an over all garbage pit laying around my house mixed with toys and books and things the dogs probably chewed up.

Among all of that I really needed to get my bills paid today because I work the next 4 days in a row and if I didn’t do it today the bills wouldn’t get paid.

And let me stop and say, some days I leave the mess. Most days probably, but today I just really want to get shit done. I want to scrub this house with some thieves cleaner and smell that spicy cinnamon deliciousness. I want to fold that freshly washed laundry and smell that crispy lemongrass from those wool dryer balls.

So what did I do? I put some lavender essential oil on the girls and they are having an early nap. And here I am not getting shit done and writing a quick blog post about it. Why? Because if I don’t write it now, it will be gone and forgotten about. That’s because my brain is trying to remember the million things I still need to get done. Truly though sometimes I just need this 10 minute breather of peace and quiet because it’s he last one I’m getting before bedtime so I better take advantage of it, right? I know you feel me.

So mama it’s ok if you can’t leave the mess. Its ok if you feel like you’re losing it… us other mamas, we get it. Even the ones who look like they have it ALL put together, trust me when I say, they don’t.

But really I can’t be the only Mom who can’t relax when the house is a complete shit hole?

Its ok to ask for help if you need it. Ask a friend to come fold laundry with you while your kids destroy the rest of your house.  ha!

OR do what I do and get yourself some lavender essential oil, lather your kids in it and get yourself some stress away essential oil and diffuse the SHIT out of it and get yourself the MAC DADDY of oils, Frankincense essential oil and lather yourself up with it…  really though you don’t need to lather, 1 drop will suffice.

 

XOXO from the mama who definitely doesn’t have it all put together

Easy Meal Prepping

For busy mamas meal prepping can be life changing. I’m serious. It has saved me so many times! Also, being dairy free means I can’t always just grab something on the go. I know if a few solid meals that I can grab in a pinch but I’d rather make my own. Plus it saves money!

What I really like to do is meal prep stuff that’s easy and versatile. For example I brown up 3 pounds of taco meat – with this we can have tacos one day, I can make it into enchiladas another day or even a Mexican hotdish! OR bake 6 chicken breast in the oven with some seasoning and we can have chicken and potatoes one day, I can make up a chicken salad, or we can add them to quesadillas!

 

Other than being versatile I love meals that are colorful and delicious. Like sheet pan meals! You can’t get much simpler than that and you can really tailor it to your taste buds!

My favorite sheet pan meal combo is

3 different colored peppers
1 onion
1 or 2 keolbasa
frozen green beans or broccoli, really whatever frozen veggies I have on hand

Chop all that up, toss in 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp oregano, garlic powder and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper.

Bake at 425 for about a half hour or until the veggies are done to your liking!

 

Another favorite sheet pan meal is Fajitas! I have done this in the crockpot and its pretty good in there if you’re wanting something you can throw in and forget about.

Chicken Fajitas:

I dice up
3-4 colored peppers
1-2 onions
1/2 Jalepeno (or less/none if you’re not a fan of spice)
2-4 garlic cloves – minced

1 can of diced tomatoes and green chillis (if you’re not a fan of spice just do a can of diced tomatoes)

I mix the spiced into the can of tomatoes:
1 TBSP Chilli powder and Cumin Powder
1 tsp Coriander, salt and pepper

 

Start by laying 4 chicken breast (whole) on your sheet pan, dump on all your diced veggies then cover everything in your tomato/spice mixture. Toss this around a little to get everything coated.

Cover with tinfoil and start baking at 350, once it heats up to 350 or after about 15/20 minutes at 350 then you can uncover and turn it up to 400! I cook it at 400 for another 20/30 minutes, or cook to your liking of tenderness for the veggies as long as your chicken is cooked through.

Once its all done I shred up the chicken and mix it all up!

 

 

Best ever pumpkin muffins 

Okay okay so remember when I said I wasn’t ready for fall… here in Minnesota we had a mini heat wave… well that changed my mind. IM READY! I’m so ready for no more 100 degree days y’all! Today it’s rainy and cold and glorious! So to celebrate we’re being basic bitches in our household and making pumpkin muffins!!! An added bonus…. they’re dairy free

Ellie has already had 3! So it’s safe to say these are winners! 

They’re so simple! 


INGREDIENTS1¾ cups all purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 large eggs

1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin puree

½ cup coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Whisk to combine and set aside.


In a small bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and fold to combine. The batter will be thick.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.

Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan. Serve.

Diary of a dairy free mama

Both of my children have had a dairy protein intolerance. Ellie grew out of hers around 8 months old and miss Mila well she still has hers but we will try to reintroduce dairy around 8 months old like we did Ellie.

Ok so what does that mean!!???! When I first heard about it with Ellie I thought it meant lactose. Ha! I was so wrong. It’s anything that has the protein from cows milk. So even if it says non dairy, nope. They’re allowed to market it non dairy if it has below a curtain amount of cows milk protein. Makes sense right? 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

How did we know?

With Ellie we thought it was colic. She would cry, more like scream, every single time she was awake. Nope. Our doctor suggested I cut dairy but just to start with the obviously things, milk, cheese, and yogurt.  As soon as we started her with a chiropractor and I cut dairy cold turkey BAM, she was a whole new baby. This is a huge reason I love our doctor. She takes a natural approach and doesn’t just try to mask the symptoms. She wants to find the problem internally and fix it, really fix it. With Mila her poop was green and mucousy and she would vomit EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME. It was so awful she didn’t start gaining weight until all the dairy was out of my system around 2 months old. 😩😩😩
Pretty much if we have a 3rd in cutting dairy before they’re born. 🙄
I hear all. The. Time. How selfless it is that I do this instead of formula. Honestly I don’t even think twice about it and I don’t even get upset about not getting to have dairy. It’s not hard for me. It’s easy. It’s easy because seeing my baby happy, not screaming, sleeping in peace, no vomiting – that’s all worth all the hard work it takes to be dairy free.

 

So let me share with you 10 dairy free hacks that are liiiife savers for me. 😁
1. READ EVERY SINGLE LABEL. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE! 

It has to be listen in plain site where it says ALLERGENS: it’s not hidden in there, well sometimes natural flavor can be but my girls haven’t reacted to it before but we also don’t eat a ton of processed stuff that would include that anyway.

 

2. You can still have desert AND CHOCOLATE!

Wacky cake or crazy cake is what I’ve found it to be called. It was actually a cake they made back during the depression because it has minimal ingredients and can be made in the same pan that you mix it in! WIN WIN!! Just search it on Pinterest – or better yet I’ll make a blog post about it for you.

Some icings in the baking isle are dairy free and most brownie mixs are too!

You can easily tweak a recipe too with coconut cream from the can (you can find this in the Asian isle) that can replace heavy cream. You can use any kind of nut milk to replace milk and you can use coconut oil or earths balance butter as a butter replacer.

 

3. Tweaking meals is EASY.

We still eat the same meals as before we just adjust the ingredients :). You can still have tacos just no sour cream/cheese. You can still make tator tott hotdish, instead of cream of mushroom soup you can use golden mushroom. You can still have pizza 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁. Just do everything except put cheese on it. Trust me it’s still so good, I like the veggies high and love it.

 
4. Going out to eat?!

Yes it’s still possible. You can find a lot of menus/allergen information online. I just google it and usually its right on their website. Also if I go out to eat I tell the waiter/waitress I have the allergy, no my baby. They don’t take it as seriously if you say your child is allergic. I know. Seriously dumb.

 
5. Meal prepping will literally save your life. 

This way you have stuff to eat especially when you’re busy and can’t just make a quick grilled cheese or go thru a drive thru. I will make another blog post on my favorite dairy free meals too!

 
6. YOGURT?!?? COFFEE CREAMER!?

Yep. Silk makes almond yogurt and it’s the bomb.com.

Many coffee creamers say NON DAIRY – like i mentioned before this still has trace amounts of dairy protein! Casein and whey are both cows milk protein. Silk makes excellent coffee creamers or if you’re a Prime junkie like me, try NutPods – they’re the same consistency as half and half and SO GOOD.

 

7. I’ll save you money and tell you, do not try any cheese substitute.

They’re all trash. All of them. SO Delicious just came out with shredded cheese – this one hasn’t come to stores near me yet so I haven’t had a chance to try it. I’ve heard it’s actually good though.

 

8. Two things you wouldn’t expect to have dairy protein in them – vaccines and WINE. 

WHAAAT? Yup.

 

9. A quick list of my favorite dairy free stuff:

  • Aldis Peanut Butter Pretzels
  • Tyson Chicken Nuggets
  • Birdseye lentil pasta (in the freezer section)
  • Anything Udis brand (also in the freezer section)
  • Anything Amy’s brand (also in the freezer section)
  • Newmans O’s (organic oreos, yes regular ones are dairy free too)
  • Graham crackers, Ritz crackers and poptarts are too
  • Not a favorite but MAYO IS DAIRY FREE.

 

10. Cows milk is made for baby cows – not humans.

Number 10 isn’t really a life saver its just a little note for you to go research if you’re really interested. Truly milk isn’t actually not good for us anyway. I lost 60 pounds when I first went dairy free with Ellie and I feel AMAZING without dairy.

 

Does that mean I will be dairy free forever? Not exactly. Once Ellie outgrew her dairy intolerance I still mostly didn’t have dairy but ya girl loves ice cream and string cheese – so those I will eat again one day. But for the most part I still avoid adding cheese on stuff or replacing cows milk with almond milk when possible.

 

If you’re a newly dairy free mama, or looking to be dairy free, YOU CAN DO IT!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Mila’s birth story.

Pregnancy and birth with Mila was completely different than Ellie. I was sick in the beginning, had no swelling at the end and barely gained 30 pounds. And her birth…. if I could be promised that all my following births would be like hers I would be everyone’s surrogate and have 20 of my own babies. ha!

Since Ellie came 2 weeks early I was convinced I would never make it to my due date. Even my doctor and chiropractor were convinced she’d come around 38 weeks! I had been sitting on my exercise ball 24/7 and walking so much. I remember I was so uncomfortable, felt contractions all. the. time. but I was only dilated to a 3. I had my last OB appointment May 30th and my doctor talked about how if she still hadn’t come we would have to induce since Ellie was a big baby we knew she would be too, especially since she had made it to her due date. He was fine with waiting a whole week after my due date but no longer than that. I was so thankful for this because I wanted to avoid any interventions at all costs. May 31st was my final shift at work before my maternity leave started the following day.  I was getting so anxious because I didn’t want to waste any of my 12 weeks on being pregnant.

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So here we are June 1st 2017… I woke up to go to the bathroom around 2AM and was just really uncomfortable, I didn’t think they were contractions but I just knew I was so done being pregnant. 4AM I woke up again but this time I was pretty sure these were contractions, they didn’t really hurt but they were irritating and consistent.  It was a weekday so that meant Devin had to work, I decided to wait until he had to get up for work to tell him we needed to go to the hospital, since I had a few hours I had a snack, some water and sat some more on my exercise ball. 6AM I told him how I was feeling, he wasn’t convinced I was in labor, he said no way was I in labor, he reminded me of how painful they were last time. So he decided to just let his work know that I “thought” I was in labor but that he was bringing work clothes with him in case it wasn’t the real deal. OK. So we call nana to tell her we’re dropping Ellie off so we can go to the hospital. On the way in to town I had a few painful contractions that I had to breath through, yep this was it I was in labor.

We get to the hospital and do all that check in stuff, when we get to the room they hook me up to the monitors and the nurse checks me around 730AM. I was at 6CM! woohoo! My painful contractions were once again gone and I thought how crazy this was that I wasn’t feeling them. I thought to myself, great they’re going to want me to start pitocin again just like last time. ugh. The nurse asks AGAIN if I want any pain meds because soon I wouldn’t be able to get them. I was determined this time to do it natural, I was so close last time, one hour, if I would have waited one hour I could have done it pain med free last time. SO I decline, again.

Around 8AM my doctor strolls in, jokes with me about how he was headed out on vacation and how much trouble he had trying to park his truck with the trailer/four wheeler on the back in the hospital parking lot. Lol! But when the nurses let him know I was in labor he wanted to come check on me, he checks me, I’m at 8CM! I remember saying “WHAT this is crazy!” I turned to my husband whos been just chillaxin in a chair and we joked about how insane this was because last time I was a raging bitch at 8CM.

My doctor asked if it was okay if he broke my water, he thought after that it wouldn’t be long before baby would come! He broke my water, that didn’t hurt a bit, and said he had some other patients he could visit with for a little while and when he got back we were gonna have a baby!

Okay this is insane, I’m legit not feeling a thing, laughing/talking with Devin about the babies name… Mila still didn’t have a middle name and here we were about to have her! He’s filling out the paperwork and he goes “what was that middle name you wanted?” I wanted Lorren after my little sister but he had vetoed that in the way beginning. Next thing I know that’s her middle name!

So here we are 830AM, my doctor is back and we’re ready to push… meanwhile I’m still talking and not feeling any pain! I start pushing, now I’m feeling tons of pressure but nothing I cant handle. I remember pushing so hard saying “holy shit” because I could feel how huge she was. After a few pushes my doctor told me to stop pushing. She was so big if I didn’t stop she could have broken her collar bone! Then I felt the most weirdly insane pressure, not even pain just pressure as he grabbed her to turn her. Then just like that, one more push and just after 9AM, Mila was born! She came out not crying at all, peaceful as can be and when they put her on my chest all I remember was saying “I did it! Mila, we did it!” and exclaiming how much she looked like Ellie. I remember feeling like I had an endorphin high, you know that runners high people talk about, yeah it was like that but on steroids. I literally felt on top of the world that I could concur ANYTHING. My doctor joked about how I just gave birth to a 2 month old and he wanted a scale in right away, he needed to know how much she weighed before he left. ha! My little turkey was an oz away from 10 pounds!

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