Monday, June 26, 2017

I Have 5-20 Minutes

Twin moms, hear me.  I need some reassurance from someone who's lived it and done it.  I feel like the most sucky friend on the planet and most anti-social girl when I do try to hang.  They're only two, which people say is easy, but I swear there HAS to be a reprieve coming, because this past month has simply been the hardest month in my time with my daughters so far.  They are fully mobile, climbing to stand on the countertops like monkeys, running at full speed in opposite directions, jumping readily out of strollers and shopping carts, and have zero concept whatsoever of danger.  Every time we walk out the front door, I jump into ready stance and wonder if it will be 5 minutes, 10, or by the grace of God 20 before I have to pull 2 screaming toddlers under my arms and smuggle them in to safety.

Last night I decided to take them to my husband's softball game, hoping we could run around the sidelines and enjoy the playground while he played a game.  We made it through the parking lot with me holding both of their hands.  Then they broke free.  We ran through the sidelines of the other team, saw the big kids on the playground, and quickly they were there.  Following up to the highest of heights and trying to do everything that the big kids were doing.  I follow one of them from underneath the structure, trying to guess where she is going to make her next move.  I wait at the bottom of the slide encouraging her to attempt it on her bottom (please please please don't try to run down it), when she throws me for a loop and tries to jump off the platform that is supposed to be the fireman's pole.  Then the other daughter is there walking towards me.  Thank God.  She survived.  At this point my heart is palpitating and brain flustered with worry.  We leave before the game even begins.  With screaming toddlers smuggled under my arm.

Then there was the zoo trip.  Thank goodness my husband was there.  We put them in the stroller to walk down the path towards the animals and didn't even make it into the park when one of them is legit jumping off the side.  She's free.  She wants to walk, but not with us.  Get her back in for a bit and the next time she's leaping over the top of the stroller towards me, no matter how much distance I give, grabbing and swinging herself on like a monkey and I don't care if if you're holding me or not, I am going to hold you.  We continued the battle and switched carrying and pushing until about halfway through when we decided to call it a day and go home.

For Christ sake, I would hope my front porch would be safe, and it was for about 20 minutes the day we set up the water table on the stoop until one went running down the street, up the driveways of neighbors with hands out ready to pet the snouts of growling barking dogs while the other moved full speed towards the truck pulling into a driveway 4 houses down.  Cue neighbors laughing and saying "Good luck!" quickly followed again by screaming toddlers in the nook of my arm, being dragged against their will toward the confines of safety.  At least in the kitchen the worst they can do is turn the TV on and off, rummage the cuttlery drawer, and climb up on the to countertops pulling out boxes and looking for snacks.  What I am saying is that two is a freaking zoo over here and I just pray we make it through unscathed.

So tell me twin moms, how do you do it?? When someone asks you for a play date at the park or to take the kids to the pool, how the hell does that work out??  How do you keep both children alive by yourself, let alone have half a conversation with someone?  Is this normal or are my kids bat shit crazy?  How do you keep your just turned 2 year old from jumping readily into the deep end with no life jacket and all of her clothes on because that's what the big kids are doing when you're trying to keep the other kid from pulling the entire fruit tray off of the table?

I know it's a season.  I know at some point they will listen to "no" and understand safe vs. unsafe, but in the meantime, I feel like I'm being a total standoffish B.  I avoid invitations and enter social situations with the kids with anything but a relaxing mentality.  No.  I go through life, through errands and visits, in the type of tense stance you take at arcade basketball game just waiting for the buzzer to go off, knowing it's got to be nonstop action and focus for the duration of the game, only the targets are moving and they're trying to elude you.  Sneaky little things aren't they?

So if I'm not hanging out that often or leaving after a 10 minute appearance, I promise I am not trying to put you off.  I DO want to be your friend and hang out and have a relationship like we used to.  But right now I am in a battle zone and weighing my risks and rewards on the daily.  THANK GOD for social media and text message or I shall surely never interact with another human again.  Advice welcomed.  Judgement denied.  Signed, an exhausted, yet very blessed mother of two year old twins.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Body After Baby: The Reality and What You Can Do

So you just had a baby.  Last month... last year... 15 years ago ;)  Whatever your situation, your body has changed.  All of the hype about "getting your body back"?  Forget about that.  If you're like me, you've literally had your intestines taken out, laid on a table, and put back in again.  And while it's all fully functional, you can tell that everything in there still feels a bit off and it probably always will.  Like the constant feeling that I must pee right this second, but then next to nothing comes out.  Or the sudden electric shock I feel deep under layers of muscle and fat.  Oh and of course, the beloved droopy belly button that ironically sits in the shape of a frown.  I can eat kale and brussel sprouts for every dang meal and those things will not change.  I accept this and I'm totally fine with it considering the amazing humans I got out of it.  I'm proud and you should be too.  So let's just start there.

What you CAN change is your relationship with food, your percentage of body fat, your gut health and overall level of wellness that allows you to live an amazing life.  Here I am sharing my 5 steps to body after baby, to be done in no particular order, to stop feeling like you're sitting on the bench and get you back into the game!  

1. Make fruits and veggies a priority.  I used to think my husband was a bad influence on my eating habits until toddlers entered my life.  While my head and my heart both say fresh chicken and veggie stir fry, my energy level says canned peaches and hot dogs.  Because that is the only thing I can get the rugrats to consume and you've got to be kidding me if you expect me to make 2 different meals every night.  It's just not happening.  This is where meal prep and planning ahead have been sooooo crucial.  When I take the time to do it right, I know I at least have something healthy pre-packaged at lunch, and last week's Hello Fresh box for dinners had me wondering why I hadn't jumped on that bandwagon earlier.  Sign me up, I'm sold.  Use my link to get $40 off your first box!  

2. Drink a good quality protein shake daily.  If you need to lose weight, choose a meal replacement.  If you just want to slim and tone, the standard blend will do just fine. I recommend IdealFit due to the amazing flavors and specificity for women and IdealRaw for breastfeeders or those just looking for an affordable vegan option.  There's even a 6 week Fit Mommy Program in there!  Of course, check with your physician before starting with any supplement.  

3. You NEED a belly band.  Not just for a week, but for as long as you can stand it and until you feel like your skin is mostly back in place.  I seriously wore mine for months and I will 100% do it again if I have more.  It holds it all in place and literally trains to stomach to do what you want it to do.  I'm not positive how it would work if you did it later on down the road, but I'd imagine it's worth a try!  I used one like this UpSpring Baby Shrinkx Belly Postpartum Belly Wrap

4. Make sure you have some at home workout options.  I used be a gym rat because exercising at home just had way too many distractions, and I still agree it's not preferred.  But the truth is, when you are the one responsible for wee humans, you cannot just pick up and go to the gym.  And for the first 2 years they are either rolling around on the ground or sticking everything they encounter in their mouths so no thank you, I do not want to utilize the gym's kids space. Two potential life savers include Beachbody On Demand and Aaptiv, an audio app that allows you to hook up your earbuds, step outside with stroller in hand, and experience a virtual fit coach telling you your next move each step of the way.  How cool is that?! 

5. Shift your mindset!  It makes me sad when I see moms so down on themselves because they know they will never look the way they used to and so they just sit under the umbrella in their t-shirt all day watching the kids play from afar.  No, your body will not look the way it used to, but you can still get it back to a point of pride and know that you worked dang hard at it too!  Join my group for that added lift, that bit of motivation, and your own personal cheerleaders to keep you going strong! 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Amazon Finds to Perfect the Morning Routine

Mornings... ugh.  Even as a true morning person, as a working mom, the word typically makes me cringe.  Waking up knowing your hectic work day hasn't even begun and you're probably doing it before you're truly ready is hard enough.  Let's make things easy on ourselves and at least make the morning routine something to smile about! Lately I've made a few purchases that although small, have definitely given me a sense of ease and control to start the day.  What are they?? I thought you'd never ask! ;) 

1. Joy Mangano huggable hangers.  If you follow me on Facebook you know I've been gushing, but I'm posting the link here for anyone who missed the memo.  I know it's so bizarre and yes it took me 35 years to decide it was worth it to spend actual money on hangers, but trust me when I tell you it is.  When you wake up in the morning in a grump and walk to your closet to find something to wear, what is the first thing you see?? Nicely displayed organization?  Or a mismatched mess with garments half falling off and you can't find the one thing you were actually looking for?    Don't underestimate the value of an organized closet.  When you use these hangers, the clothes do not fall off, they're super slim and space saving, and everything is at the same level, making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for.  I prefer a neutral color because it allows attention to stay on the clothes and not the popping color of the hangers, but to each their own and if you want bright pink hangers, I certainly won't judge. 

2. Organized products and makeup.  I literally had my face and makeup products just lying all over the top of my dresser in no particular order and my makeup bag I am pretty sure I got as a freebie back in high school and was still shoving makeup into it, along with old old old products I didn't even remember were in there.  After the hanger revelation, I decided I needed a new makeup pouch as well.  Picked this adorable Scout print and then bought some plastic organizing baskets at Walmart for like $.99  or something like that which keep my face products contained in the bathroom cabinet.  

3.  Pretty brushes.  If I have to put my face on before I'm actually ready to be awake, I'd rather do it with brushes that make me smile a little bit.  Got these pink ones on Amazon for $10 bucks for 14 brushes.  I'll admit I was a little skeptical at the price, but they had good reviews and I have to say I'm very happy with them.  When they first come they will smell like paint, but but the company acknowledges this and when I followed the instructions to simply wash them with shampoo before using, the smell was totally gone.  Not a bad buy!  

Ok, I realize none of these little items should be life changing, but when it comes to getting through your morning and starting your day right, it's the little things that count!  What are the products that help you start your morning?!  Feel free to share in comments below! 

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

May Swimsuit Slay!

YOU are invited to the May Swimsuit Slay!  I don't know about you but in the craziness of baseball season (my husband coaches), two full time working parents, and raising twin toddlers, I can't say I am anywhere near where I know I should be.  Luckily there's something about the last minute that works wonders for your motivation, and I'm right there with you when it comes to chasing that body I can be proud of come summertime.  

What am I doing?
I'm theming this month "Swimsuit Slay" in my private Facebook group.  I'll be sharing a combination of fitness, nutrition, and beauty posts to keep up motivated to keep going and ensure that everyone who participates goes into their first pool or beach day feeling confident!  

How will this help you?
In today's world, most of us "live" on our phones.  Studies have shown that it is actually one of the best motivators when it comes to helping people eat healthy.  When you participate in a group on social media, you add a layer of accountability that helps you to stay on track and connects you with people who push you forward.  You have nothing to lose.  

What should you do?
Go to the group, Bar Nunn Bombshells, and request to join.  It doesn't cost any money.  You don't have to purchase a thing.  Oh, and add a friend too.  The more the merrier ;)  

See you in the group and get ready to KILL IT!  xo

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