Baby It's Cold Outside!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Boots (old) similar here and here (Both are under $30!)

So remember how I was going on and on about how good the weather was? Well, I guess I spoke too soon because snow dumped on us all day Friday and Saturday morning! I told myself it was okay though because the kids were in heaven when Chanse built a snowman with them. 

It also looked absolutely beautiful outside when we took these pictures because the trees were still covered with snow. I love how fitted this dress is, but I would recommend sizing up. I got a small and feel like a medium would've fit me a bit better. 

I just wanted to thank everyone who comes and reads my blog! I love that I am able to have it as a creative outlet and I appreciate everyone who reads and follows along. It means the world to me! I am excited about some of the posts I have coming up and I hope you guys will be too! :)

xoxo
Rachel  

The Most Comfortable Dress And My New Obsession!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Dress- Shop Stevie
Boots- (old) similar

Hey Guys!

This is another one of the cute dresses that I got from Shop Stevie and I love it! It is so comfortable and I love that it has more of a looser fit. It isn't nursing friendly, which meant I had to get kind of creative when I was nursing Clint at church, but I made it work ha. I even braved heels with an infant, which is kind of a big deal for me. ;) 

So guys, I have been obsessed with listening to motivational podcasts and audiobooks lately! I have read self help type books off and on since I graduated from high school, but I am seriously LOVING them right now! I have listened to a variety of podcasts that get me excited and encourage me to be a better mom, be my best self, make and reach my goals, and honestly just make me feel better overall. Right now I am listening to Girl Wash Your Face on Audible and I am loving it! I especially love that the author Rachel Hollis is the one reading it! It has really opened up my eyes and has already helped me to realize that I have so many positive changes that I want to make in my life! I'm excited! :) 

What do you like to read/listen to?

xoxo
Rachel 


This Weather Is Amazing!

Thursday, January 10, 2019




This last weekend we all went to Chanse's new office to check it out and drop off some stuff. The kids loved seeing Chanse's new space and we spent sometime outside because it felt so good! I mean no coat in January?! It's like a dream come true! ;) If you know me, you know that I loathe the cold, so this has been such a nice change! 

Rose and Riley have loved being able to play outside more too, and even though our backyard is tiny, they don't seem to mind one bit. I even brought Clint outside the other day because it was 60 degrees! 

I sure love all of my sweet kiddos, and I feel so blessed to be there mom. Rosalie starts gymnastics and ballet next week and Riley is also in gymnastics. I love that we are getting into more of our normal routine here and doing things with the kids because it makes it feel more like home. :) 

Anyways, I have probably rambled for long enough. Oh, but first, I'd love some ideas for what to do with your kids indoors on the days when it is too cold to go outside? I am always trying to come up with things to do, but I swear my kids get bored of them in two seconds! I'd love to hear what you guys have come up with to entertain your kiddos and keep them busy!

xoxo
Rachel 

P.S. If you want to see a tutorial on how to do this braid, you can visit my YouTube Channel. A little embarrassing, but it will show you how to do it. 

My Must-Haves For Baby #3

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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I have never been the type of person who feels the need to buy all of the new baby items that are currently on the market. With that being said, there are some things that I think are well worth buying and can make all the difference in the world! Another thing I have realized is that each baby is so different and I've had to purchase some different things with each one of them. These are the must-haves that I have for baby Clint.

1. Halo Swaddle
I didn't swaddle Rosalie or Riley, I tried, but I failed. I just couldn't get the swaddle tight enough and they would always wiggle out of it. I realized that I needed something that made swaddling easy. This Halo Swaddle was perfect! All I had to do was put Clint inside of it, zip it up, and close the little wings.

2. Boppy Nursing Pillow
I absolutely love Boppy pillows. I have used them with all of my kids and they are so nice to have while nursing. They keep my arms from getting exhausted, and they lift my baby up to the perfect nursing height.

3. Rock N' Play
With my other two kiddos, I just used the Rock N' Play during the day for naps, but with Clint he actually sleeps in this at night. He spits up a lot more than the other two ever did and I suspect that he has acid reflux. The way the Rock N' Play elevates his head is perfect for stopping the spit-up. I will also get a crib wedge when he is bigger and I move him into his crib.

4. WubbaNub Puppy Pacifier
If Clint has taught me anything, it is that each baby is SO different! I couldn't get Rosalie or Riley to take a pacifier, but thankfully Clint will. I especially love his WubbaNub Puppy Pacifier because the little puppy weighs the pacifier down on his chest and makes it harder for him to spit it out and lose it. They have other animals too, which I think is super cute!

5. Fisher Price Baby Swing
My mom bought this swing when Rosalie was about 6 months old and it was so nice to have! Rosalie slept so well in it during nap time, and she was transfixed by the little mirror and mobile at the top. It also has music that plays, as well as nature sounds, all of which my kids have loved! I don't know about you, but anything that helps my baby sleep and keeps them happy and entertained is a must in my book!

6. Owlet Smart Sock Monitor
I bought the first version of this sock with Riley, but he was so small when he was born (only 5 pounds) that it didn't work properly and the alarm would sound incorrectly. I ended up returning it, but knew I wanted to try it again with my next baby. This time around it has been amazing! I don't know if it is because the sock was updated or because Clint was bigger when he was born, but it has worked perfectly since day one! This sock has given me more peace of mind than any item I have ever purchased for my babies. I would recommend it to anyone! I sleep so much better because I know that Clint's oxygen levels and heart rate are both constantly being monitored and I will be alerted if anything is wrong.

7. Gerber Baby Gowns
I used these gowns with Rosalie, but for some reason I forgot they existed with Riley. They are so nice to put on Clint at night time because he is still pooping all of the time and I have to change his diaper multiple times in the night. These make the process quick and easy and I'm not fumbling around with buttons, or even a zipper, in the dark.

What are your must-haves?

xoxo
Rachel

3 Things That Keep Me Motivated To Exercise

Tuesday, January 8, 2019




From the time I can remember, I have loved to workout. That doesn't mean that every workout is great, or I don't have days where I am super tired and don't think I can do it, BUT I do love how I feel when I am done and I never regret working out. For me, there are some huge motivators that always keep me going and keep me excited to workout. It may sound cheesy, but for me it's true!

1. Endorphins
I am all about endorphins and exercising gives me some amazing ones! I love how good I feel both mentally and physically after a good workout! It really is so true that exercise has just as many mental benefits, if not more, than physical ones. I definitely notice a difference in my day when I workout vs. when I don't, and I find that I am more positive and more productive on the days that I exercise and get those endorphins. 

2. Results
Like probably everyone else reading this, I am motivated by results. When I see that I am getting stronger, looking more cut, gaining more endurance, etc., I feel good and I get excited! These results make me want to keep going and work harder to meet my goals. Like I said, it may sound cheesy, but it's a fact!

3. My Kids 
I want to be able to do things with my kids for years and years to come. I also want to set a good example for them. Because of both of these things, I am super motivated to exercise. It is fun for them to join me for bits and pieces of my at-home workouts. One of their favorite things to do is stretch with me or do short portions of HIIT workouts and I love it! Rosalie even has her own little weights and she is so cute with them. :) 

What motivates you?!

xoxo
Rachel