• Health & Fitness

    My Journey Through LIIFT4: week 1

    I have embarked on a new journey in my fitness; weight lifting.  This past week I began a new program called LIIFT4 which is focused on heavy lifting with hiit and core work mixed in.  I have decided to chronical my journey for myself but, also, for you all!  See what I thought about my first week of the new program…   Monday AM THOUGHTS – As excited as I am to begin LIIFT4, I am extremely nervous about it, as well.  I’m not nervous about the lifting, I’m actually pretty ready for that part.  I want to start building muscles that I can see.  I’m really more nervous about…

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle

    Exercise: More Than Skinny

    Exercise is many things to many people.  Your reason for exercising may be completely different from the reason I workout.  And reasons and goals for embarking on a fitness journey changes, because a journey is never meant to be stagnant.  It’s a journey because it’s a lesson.  And while I originally wanted to lose weight when I started making my workouts a priority, it’s not the main reason I have continued on my path.     Recently Little Bear asked me, “Mom do you do your workout stuff to lose weight and be skinny?” *UGH!* Talk about a gut check! My automatic, quick response was, “No. I do it to…

  • Lifestyle,  parenting

    Post Surgery Update

    We survived another surgery with Doodlebug.  Surgery number 4 to be exact. Four surgeries in two and a half years. *ugh*  It’s pretty exhausting. Even the quick trips seem to drain all life from me.  And I know it’s rough on Doodlebug!  But she’s such a champ; every time she does amazing. Doodlebug really is something special.  She’s 2 and I admire her bravery so much.  When she was in the NICU during her distractors, I came across a Shakespeare quote: “And though she but little, she is fierce.” This phrase encapsulates her so well.  Bless her heart!  She has been through so much and continues to face obstacles.  But by…

  • Create,  Lifestyle,  Planning & Organization

    June Planner Supply Haul

    It has been a while, Y’all!  I mean seriously.  It has been, what seems like, forever since I shared what I’ve picked up for my planner.  So here is video of the supplies that I have picked up over the last couple of months. I’ll be honest, a majority of the items that I picked up, like the pens and washi, I actually purchased at a surplus store.  Yes, Y’all!  Our local store actually gets lots of Target and office store items, so I try to remember to stop in every month or so to see what’s new. The rest of the items, like the happy planner items and washi…

  • Lifestyle,  parenting,  This & That

    Toddler Sleep Study & Specialist Visits

    Doodlebug had another overnight sleep study to check on her progress after her cleft palate repair.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the evaluation got pushed out to over a year from her last sleep study.  So this was going to be our first toddler sleep study! I wasn’t sure what to expect since the last sleep study was performed right after she turned one year old.  Plus, I was anxious for this time around because there had been significant changes in her sleep and behavior since then.  And I just knew she was still having breathing issues while she slept. *Ugh!* For the full story on why we were having the…