Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thoughts & Confessions

I confess...

I am obsessed with this quote. I really want to finish the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (who by the way is the key note speaker at Hoopla in Vegas! SO bummed it's not working out this year, but I am so excited for all of the Stella girls who will get to hear her speak.    I think back to so many times where I felt the need to defend myself or explain for things, and during yesterday's devotional it really spoke to me as well.  There is NO need to explain why you tell someone no.  No need. Simple. End of story!


I confess...

I have not had a Starbucks drink in over 2 weeks!! Considering I was making it an almost daily habit of my Green Tea lattes, I consider this a small victory.  (It's to the point where my kids play "Starbucks" and will go to windows or my kitchen counter and order a green tea latte! I about died when they started doing this.)  These pretty things were floating around social media yesterday so I may have to treat myself to one on our upcoming vacay!



I confess...

I kept myself quite busy listening to books while Joe worked his butt off during his tent sale.  It was my 10th sale with him so I know the drill. No one is going to come and save me, no one lends out a hand to help out with the kids or ask if we need anything.  And ya know what? It's just something I have to learn to deal with.  I can sit and cry "poor me" (which I may have had one night where my girl Nikki talked me off a ledge---thank you mama!!) But the truth is, I'm a strong mama and I've got this.  I try to remind myself that we are living like no one else now, so that we can live like no one else later.

Know what else helped?  This book.  I am obsessed with GC.  I loved his 10x book and think I need to listen again, but this spoke to me in so many ways.  He reminds me of my husband and now Joe loves listening and watching him too.

They say you're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, and well other than the kids and Joe, I'd have to say my other "people" are authors.  Speakers. Podcasts.  I don't watch TV and really try to keep my mind right.  If you are looking for inspiration, buy Grant Cardone and listen to him speak the truth.


I confess...

As much as I love my personal development, I also need to turn the thinker brain off a bit.  I started this book awhile back and couldn't get into it.  I picked it up again and plowed through it pretty quickly.  It started out slowly but then took a turn and I was hooked!! One of those, "where the heck is this going?!" books...  I gave it a 3.5 and definitely recommend it if you like those murder mystery types of books.


Since I had no where to be or dress up for, I didn't take many pretty selfies haha! I traded them for sweaty selfies and have been working out almost daily.  It helps me stay sane for sure!!

I have been doing Beachbody On Demand and mostly Shaun T week.  I do Yoga too--pretty much no excuse to not workout with on demand.  Turn on the laptop and press play.

2 weeks of eating well (10 day cleanse) working out, etc. I'm down 6 pounds and I am starting to see leg definition!! I'm pretty pumped.  My little workout helpers aren't very helpful and it can be frustrating, but it's working so yay!

PS The apple watch was a game changer too! I love seeing how many calories I burn and how many steps I take in a day...it's a little addicting and I'm trying to not obsess.


I confess...

I was OVER the moon excited about our sparkle studs in gold.  I can't seem to find either my smokey studs or my regular clear studs, but I did order the new ones yesterday.  $19 and they look real!  I love a good stud in the Summer (especially a less expensive version of a diamond!) beaching it, pools, playgrounds, you name it and I won't worry about losing them.


Our ever popular white Gita tassels are now in black too! So fun.


I confess...

I love it when it's 90+ outside.  We always joke around that I'm a "SummerGirl" since that was my screen name on Match.com when I met Joe.  But really, we love the heat and just lounging in the front yard while the kids jump in and out of the kiddie pool.


I confess....

I did get to escape 2 times during the sale.  It's super hard to not have any help with the kids from the moment they get up until the moment they go to bed. I hit up a spa one day for a massage (she worked the sh*t out of my knots--quite painful actually!!) and acupuncture (which to me is more medicinal than just relaxing.) I go monthly for stress/reflux and simply tell her whatever is bugging me.  

Put those oxygen masks on mamas.  We MUST take care of ourselves.



I confess...

I feel like we all have our own paths that we are on.  I struggled for awhile wondering "what my purpose was" or just feeling insecure with what I was choosing to do in life.  I truly feel that the more I stay focused on me, Joe, the kids, our dreams, goals and our future, the easier it is to just be.  I also have dug a little deeper into my faith and see the bigger picture.  I'm not in control of anyone or anything, other than my own mental attitude.

Sometimes people will say that Joe works too hard or that I am too hard on myself.  I used to let that get to me a lot....but I've started to shift my thinking quite a bit and realize what a dis-service it would be if we just stopped. If we just settled for the average and didn't bust our tales out there, what greater good could we provide?

I have started making a list of the charities we want to donate to, the people we want to help, the places we want to travel to with our kids and all of the things that hard working money will be able to provide.

I heard Grant Cardone actually say that being poor is selfish because then you're only taking care of yourself.  You can't help anyone else if you're not able to really take care of yourself.  Wow.

I see a big future ahead of us and know that although we are in a great place in our life, God has so much more in store for us and we have a long way to go.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fashion Friday

Happy Fri-Yay Style Babes!

I am soaking up the sunshine with my kiddos, staying busy as always and loving life.  Now that the weather is warmer (can I get an Amen?!) I love being able to air dry my hair instead of having to use the blow dryer all of the time.

Instagram filters are somewhat fun, no?


These are the same glasses above, but they change color in the sun, how cool? My mom's fiancé brought us up a pair when they came to visit.


One of my favorite necklaces is the Mina Drape --- it paired well with a nice can of rosé for an online style session I did a few weeks back.


I am still loving our mirrored blush Wesleys.


My sister rocked the Emme Choker when we finally went out for her birthday.


***THIS JUST IN***

The versatile fringe choker is SO fun and the must have necklace right now.

It layers so nicely with the Kari necklace and of course the large gold hammered wired hoops.


Here's some Summer Style inspiration for you too!




Happy Shopping!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cleansing & Thoughts for June

Holy smokes!!

I am not sure how it is June 8th, but here we are folks!   I don't like abandoning the blog, but life happens, I suppose.  We had a great May, filled with some staycation time, date nights, and lots of time with family.  We've been hustling hard, building our real estate portfolio and working diligently on our business.

I felt the need to check myself with my eating, as I could feel my clothes not fitting how I like.  I haven't been prioritizing myself and have been eating more like 50/50 instead of 80/20, so I knew it was time to reboot.

I love documenting my cleanses so that I know what I ate during them...sometimes I get lazy and busy and make excuses as to why I don't eat 'clean' but if I can look back here and see it wasn't so hard after all, it just took a little prep time, it helps!

I started my cleanse Wednesday June 7th.
Starting weight: 137


If you have followed me for awhile, you know I was super into Advocare.  I still love their products and truly believe they help! The 24 day challenge helped me learn how to eat correctly and what foods really make me feel the best.

However, as I get older and my body changes and I find what works and doesn't work for me as well.  As much as I LOVE Spark, with my reflux, I just can't drink it.  Same goes for coffee.  I could cry into my green tea latte, but to be honest I am ok without them.

I did however branch out and try Beachbody's Energize, which doesn't seem to irritate me.  Its main source of caffeine is green tea---which is the only form of caffeine I seem to be able to tolerate well.  I also have switched to Shakeology because quite honestly, I enjoy the taste much better than any of the Advocare's shakes.  I am not here to diss or knock, I am just stating what works for me and my body.

I am also a member of Beachbody On Demand because it is the ONLY way I keep up with my workouts.  I have no desire to drag two kids to the gym.  I can throw on my sneakers or pull out my mat and get to work.

I am doing the 14 day Yoga challenge and I started yesterday as well.

So for this 10 day cleanse, here is my raw, honest and real approach!!

I am doing Advocare's 10 day cleanse (includes probiotics in the AM along with a fiber drink and then cleanse tablets PM)

Eating clean-aka-

  • No alcohol
  • No processed foods (other than protein powder)
  • No refined carbohydrates
  • No extra sugars
  • No green tea lattes from the 'bux
  • Drinking lots of water all day long (1/2 my body weight)
  • Eating 5-6 small meals a day
  • Getting good sleep
Day 1:
MEALS


Meal 1- I had 2 eggs over easy, ezekial toast, avocado spread on top, few tomatoes
Meal 2- 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 cup of cashew milk, dash cinnamon & a few strawberries (overnight oats)
Meal 3- Vegan Cafe Latte Shakeology w/ cashew milk, 4 ice cubes, 1/2 banana & a tsp of pb
Meal 4- Chocolate Protein shake w/ ice and water after my yoga sesh
Meal 5- Thai Chicken Lettuce Wrap (cube chicken, grill pan, season, mix with broccoli, almond butter & Braggs liquid aminos (I dont have coconut aminos and lime juice. Sounds weird; trust me, it's good!)
Meal 6-  I felt a little hungry after dinner so I diced up turnips and sweet potatoes, evoo and seasoned in a pan.  They satisfied my salty tooth!


I saw this on the Advocare Facebook page and may have to try them! Use whatever protein powder you have.


Tip or trick:

Hardboil some eggs and always have easy fresh fruits and veggies on hand.  I ate these on Monday, as I was trying to prep for my meal prep haha.  I know that is the hardest thing for me as a busy momma of a 2 and 4 year old, plus having to cook separate meals for Joe because he cannot eat too many vegetables or whole grain/whole wheat items.


Lastly:

I constantly feed my brain.  I'm always listening to motivating podcasts, audiobooks, and looking at solid quotes.  Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  We as a society have learned to settle for average.  We continue to live our lives with tunnel vision, no expectations, not pushing ourselves over and beyond.  Sometimes I wonder if I push myself or my kids too much, but then I realize that's silly.  Joe and I work very hard to create our exceptional life and there is no better way to live.  Whether is being healthy, making more money, fueling your mind and spirit with good thoughts, prayers and words, you must make efforts every single day.  There is no rest for this; we have got to face our fears, push our limits and never, EVER settle. Each and every one of us is worth more.


...more to come on that topic.

For now, Day 2 of my cleanse has commenced and I am ready to take on the world. Happy Thursday!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

I hope that everyone had a nice day yesterday!  Hubby was so sweet and made 'my breakfast' of spinach, eggs, tomatoes & feta. I even had a little mimosa to start the day!


We relaxed and took it easy; Joe decided it was time for the kids to have a Power Wheels.  We hit up the sidewalks and headed out to the back parking lot.  Maiden Voyage!


Here he tried to make it go faster, aka 5 miles an hour. Neither kid liked it!


They love 'balancing' on this log.


He's getting so big.



Behind the scenes, #momlife




I wanted to get a few photos of just the kids and I...


I just love her little grin.


Thanks for the photobomb dad!


"Girls Rule, Boys Drool."


I think I got a few good ones for my mother in law to print off for me haha!


Of course I may have ended with one more little glass of bubbly.


Cheers to all of you who work your tail off each and every day.  You put everyone else before yourself, take pride in washing, folding, putting away little pajamas. You clean up countless crumbs and wash off never-ending sticky surfaces.  You still find time to love your husband and be a good friend.  You shower at 4pm and sometimes forget how nice jeans feel. Cheers to being awesome; no matter what season you're in, I am sure that #momlife is no easy task, but once you're living it, you'd never go back.  I'm not going to lie; I got quite emotional looking back at newborn photos wondering where on earth these last 2 & 4 years have gone.  Being a mother has certainly challenged me, changed me and for sure has made me a better human being.  Such a special task that should never be taken too lightly.


We ended the day with Joe's ribs & grilled asparagus. I also had him grill me up some chicken breasts to eat for lunch all week!


For dessert I made this Tastefully Simple sugar cookie wafter thing---I dont know but it was SO GOOD.  Joe wanted to put ice cream & fruit in it.


I was "SORT OF" healthy with some greek yogurt and fruit...omg. Addicting!


How did you celebrate Mother's Day?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fashion Friday

Happy Fri-yay!!

I thought I'd share with you a few of my favorite shops I have been loving lately! My wardrobe needed some help, since I am finally at a size where I am happy and know that I won't be gaining 70 pounds for another baby any time soon.  

Express has been a favorite of mine...I love the choker neck and the cross/tie/strappy top look.  I also grabbed this cardi since it's still kind of chilly. I also picked up these gray stretchy ankle jeans--SO comfortable!


My other obsession is Apricot Lane Boutique.  Jena Green (a fellow Stella Stylist) is on point when it comes to fashion and trends.  I trusted her and ordered her "Spring Box" and wow.  I was so impressed! I received this bomber jacket (something I would NEVER have tried otherwise!) and I love it. I also got this strappy bralette --it's like a sports bra-score! It looks adorable under Z-supply tees, another item I received.

Apricot Lane Boutique

As for my go-to bag lately? Our Covet Highline Bag.  It's from our luxe line and it's only $149!

Covet Highline Bag
This white top is another item that was in my Spring Box.  I got so many compliments! It is sheer, but the ruffles cover all the right places and I wore a sticky bra so you couldn't see anything in the back.  I felt girly, sexy and feminine all at the same time!  Our Gita tassels are going to be on repeat this Summer too. I adore them.


I went with a white manicure and accented with my gold Trove Ring & City Slim Clutch. Both from Stella!


I had been on the hunt FOREVER for a moto jacket. I knew I wanted one I just had a hard time deciding which one to get.  I saw this on Express and could not be happier! I love that it's got so much stretch to it.  I am wearing a lot since our May weather has been rather chilly. Total score!
Express Moto Jacket

I have my eye on these.  I had never heard of Vince Camuto, (how dare I?!) And during a fun little incentive I actually won $100 gift card from my Stella team to pick out a pair of shoes.  I'm thinking I will go with these, because I can't stop thinking of them!!

Ankle Tie Sandal

Our Trunk Show Exclusives are going fast! We had to replace the sold out bags with this adorable Capri wrap.   Spend $50 and get any of these for half off!!


A customer favorite, we will soon have rose gold hammered hoops!! I love my small silver & large gold, and for sure will be grabbing a pair of these beauties! Rose gold are currently available through our hostess boutique.  If you've recently hosted a trunk show or book one today, they are yours!

Hoops

Tip of the day:


Every girl needs a good arm party.  Stack up some gold (or silver, or both) and layer it on!  Our sweet deal right now is to buy 2 and get the 3rd half off!
Arm Party
If you see more jewelry than your budget allows, host with me!! I do quick and easy online Facebook Styling Sessions and most of my hostesses earn over $150+ in accessories!  Let's chat.