Kids are gross y’all.. And so are 80 year old Father in Laws who live with you 😉 BUT.. I wouldn’t change having them for the world, that’s why I buy tons of hand sanitizer.. But as you’ve seen me mention before I believe what you put on your body is as important as what you put into your body because it still gets absorbed..
So when school/flu season started back up and I needed to stock up I decided to go for a plantbased-betterforourskin sanitizer. I found Desert Essence to be my favorite! Their scents are pleasant, their botanical-infused formulas kept my skin from breaking out due to artificial fragrances and it contains probiotic-packed Kefir which keeps my hands from getting dry and eczema ridden.
It comes in mini and large bottles so the kiddos can clip it to their backpacks and I have big bottles at home for my germaphobic self..
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(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own)
🌲 I’ve decided to make a change. My Instagram and blog will be taking on a new vibe.. I constantly find myself stressing to find new pictures about food and health because that’s what I originally started writing about.
But as I’ve grown I’ve realized what I’m truly passionate about is being outdoors and taking adventures with my kids. I love to travel but I always felt so scared to post about it because that wasn’t my original “niche” and didn’t wanna lose followers.
I don’t wanna feel pressured or limited on what I post so from now on I’ll just be posting WHATEVER I want ✌ Y’all can feel free to continue following me and join in on our adventures or not.. The choice is yours 😘 I appreciate you ALL and I’m so excited for this more freeing perspective 🌸
Hey y’all – My friend Angela over at Mountain Mama Wellness posted this amazing article on a way to help your kiddos destress after all the back to school craziness and I wanted to share it with y’all because I love it and will be using it for my own kiddos who start school this week! *Eeek!
The back to school transition can be hard on everyone! Structure returns in many forms: morning routine, school routine, after school activity routines and lunch making routine! Children are small humans and need time and help to adjust to change just like adults. As adults, we deal with change in a variety of ways but for me allowing the time and space to process the change is so important. I need to feel all the feelings about the change to be able to move forward. When I give myself this space I often process the change much faster. Yoga is a tool I use for this often. I can use the time to move my body and then settle into the quiet space to process my emotions. If we can pass some of this wisdom on to our kids the back to school transition will be easier for everyone.
Yoga is a great tool to help kids transition too. Here is how you can use it with your kids!
1. Do a 10-15 minute asana movement together. This could include some cat and cows, some sun salutations and some balance poses. If you have a regular yoga practice it would be fun for you and your kids to create a flow together. If you would like to follow along with a video check out Cosmic Kids on YouTube, they have a lot of fun themed yoga adventures!
Tree Pose – a kid favourite!
Partner Boat Pose
2. After you flow spend 5-10 breaths sitting quietly just focusing on your breath. These breaths should be slow and deep. Inhale for a count of 5 and exhale for a count of 5. We love using our Hoberman sphere to help the kids visualize the inhales and exhales. You can click here to find it on my amazon list. These breaths are an important practice and will transition to their everyday life. My two year old utilizes her Magic Breaths when she is frustrated or scared!! Magic Breath with Hoberman Sphere
3. Settle into a quiet meditation. Have your kids lie down with something over their eyes, this helps removed one distraction. We love listening to New Horizons meditation on YouTube to help the kids stay focused. It guides them through a visualization that will take them out of their thoughts and into their imagination. This should be time for them to just relax and disconnect. I would suggest starting with just 2-5 minutes and working up from there. Also, gage your child. If you think they need more or less then adjust as needed.
Meditation and Visualization to finish!
Adding a yoga routine to your kid’s weekly routine will help give them the tools to manage the transitions and changes in their life. It is so important to empower them to take control. If they can recognize their feelings they can better communicate how they are feeling and what they need.
Again.. Y’all KNOW I love local places that have paleo/gluten free options and I found one that’s literally 8 minutes down the road. A new hip spot called EAT! It’s in the lively shopping centers across from Flatirons Mall seated on the edge of Broomfield.
When you first walk in, you’re greeted by an industrial rustic vibe and friendly staff! The menu is full of classic brunch foods with unique twists, but don’t be fooled because they also provide health conscience items to meet your dietary needs!
They had amazing sweet potato fries and were able to provide us with gluten-free options for our burgers! *They had three different GF bread options, how awesome is that?!
Their drink menu also included some very unique recipes that were delicious additions to our brunch! (They grew the mint in house and used it for their drink infusions.. I love that!)
As amazing as the food and people were at the restaurant (Talking about you David and Alex!) the thing that really stood out to me was their amazing kid’s menu. It doubled as an activity booklet that used a PENNY as the writing utensil.. How eco-friendly is that! No waste, no chemicals.. Just a penny. I love it and I am hooked on that idea!
We’ll absolutely be back again – The hospitality and atmosphere makes you feel as though you’re in a hip downtown eatery but it’s in our own backyard and it’s super kid friendly! Thanks EAT!
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.)
Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Bear in mind that I link this company because of my genuine belief in their service and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases!
Y’all already know my insane obsession with eating paleo – But now that I’ve had my twins it’s becoming increasingly harder to stay on track when I am busy tending to my home and my three little princes.
But, I need to make sure I also tend to myself so that I’ve got enough energy and strength for my kids, so I decided to begin a meal delivery service to give myself a little break AND help stay on my health track! I’ve tried several companies before but none of them could quite give me the paleo options that my family needed.
That’s when I found Sun Basket and it seemed as though it was made for me. They locally source all of their meats, all of their packaging materials (Besides the ice packs) are completely recyclable and they have many different diet accommodations!
Soon I’ll be posting all about our new delicious paleo recipes that I would’ve probably never thought of because I’d have to hunt the aisles for ingredients and take the time to prep (Which I don’t have at all) so be on the lookout for delicious recipes and pictures SOON.
I loved them so much I actually began a partnership with them! So NOW I’m able to give my readers $80 OFF their first 3 orders! That’s $80 off incredible, nutritious foods that makes life easier. Treat yourself y’all – Try it here!
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)
Did you know that babies aren’t born with food allergies? They simply develop overtime as their immune system grows, which is why it’s best to introduce certain foods to their diet at an early age to help their bodies learn to tolerate them!
That’s where Lil Mixins comes in! They’ve made a specific 100% organic peanut powder for babies that can be started at age 4 months (They also have egg powder!). As soon as your baby is ready for solids you can slowly begin adding it to their foods, milk, or formula! Unlike other peanut powder, Lil Mixins won’t turn into peanut butter when mixed with foods, making it easier for them to get down and digest!
As a family with gluten-sensitivity I want to help my twin boys’ with a fighting chance at being food allergy free! Only one more month until I can begin this process and I did the same with Hudson – But I didn’t have a formula specifically made for babies! I can’t wait to try it!
You can serve it to them three times a week for regular exposure and continue until they’re a year old – By then they should be old enough to start eating peanut butter and hopefully be peanut allergy free! It’s proven that 100 servings of a food between the ages of 4 months to one year is the best way to teach their bodies to tolerate it. This information is crucial for every parent and with it we can help fight back against food allergies – One baby at a time!
Right now my readers can use promo code MOMSMEET20 to get 20% off your entire Lil Mixins order clicking here or visiting momsmeet.link/lilmixins.
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
Anyone else SO excited for school to start again?! Not that I don’t love my kids being home.. But it’s so nice having a set schedule again.. Hudson is in swimming and soccer and is starting preschool in September and Marret starts school this Wednesday and has dance every Wednesday night..
It’s just nice knowing what to expect.. And one thing I knew was coming was my kids’ brain being stuck on Summer mode – As much as I love it I needed to kick start their minds before school started to give them an edge. The Moms Meet website had a ton of recommendations for the odddot TinkerActive Workbooks so I gave them a try and the kids LOVED them (I do too, secretly 😉 ) There are Math and Science books from grades Kindergarten to 2nd and they’re not like any of the the ones we’ve tried before.
The workbooks are hands-on and very visual. They aren’t just boring equations on a sheet – The exercises flex our children’s’ brains with projects that allow them to tinker, create and engineer at home! It is very STEM based which I am all. about. Plus, they’re FUN and we all know if our kids enjoy something it won’t be considered work to them 😉
Looking for something extra for your kids to do to help develop their fundamental skills before school begins (Or even as a supplement during school!) then y’all MUST check out TinkerActive Workbooks – You won’t be disappointed and neither will their brains 😉
They can be purchased wherever books are sold – And if you decide to purchase on Amazon, please leave a product review directly on Amazon – That’s how us parents figure out what actually works! ❥
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)
I’ve survived! Oak and Bäer are turning three months old.. It went by incredibly fast and as much as I’ve enjoyed the newborn phase it’s a LOT harder with two, so I am excited they’re getting older 😉
I’m a huge research person – If I’m going to be buying anything I do as much reading up on it as I can, because I like to be prepared. So I did all my hunting for “Twin/Newborn Must Haves” as it’s been awhile since Hudson was a little babe..
But even those lists didn’t prepare me for the chaos that is being a multiples Mama.. That being said I wouldn’t trade it for the world! So to help other Mamas expecting twins soon – Here is a list of products and tactics that got me through! *None of these are affiliate links, I’m genuinely just trying to let y’all know what worked!
Y’all, NOT even kidding this was a lifesaver! If you know you’re going to have a cesarean buy these now. With Hudson I had a natural birth so I was in no way prepared for undergoing surgery but these panties not only made me feel human again immediately after because of its slimming compression support but because of the silicone patch that applies pressure to your scar to make it feel less “vulnerable” and sensitive. The silicone actually treats your scars for a flatter and softer appearance.
I’m wearing one as we speak even because it’s still working it’s magic at getting my tummy back to pre-pregnancy size!
I could not IMAGINE our twin life without our Brezza. Our kids help us make bottles, we aren’t making a mess every time which keeps us from wasting formula, it’s the perfect temperature EVERY TIME and it makes nighttime wakings a brezza (Pun intended). Seriously, if you’re expecting twins GET A BREZZA. (They’re usually really affordable on Facebook Marketplace! Got ours for TWENTY dollars!
I didn’t have this pillow for the first two weeks and MAN was that rough.. As the link above states it literally has 6 uses in one pillow. We’ve used it mainly for bottle feeding and having them together (They can’t sleep without being arms length from each other) **One con is that it is causing their heads to not shape properly, so our Doctor recommend us to discontinue use 🙁 But it’s great if you’re only using it in small doses!
Okay.. I am terrified of having a carrier on my back – I never did it with Hudson and I can’t imagine doing it with two babies to keep track of so I was SO excited to find a carrier that had slots for both babies in the front – This has been a LIFESAVER.
We. Love. Our. Twin Table for Two! An amazing way for our boys to sit up and eat together! They sleep in it, eat in it and lounge in it. It’s a little pricier but MAN it’s so worth it! And it goes towards an amazing cause, a charity for parents who cannot afford prosthetics because of the creators own beautiful daughter, London.
Twindom is an amazing roller coaster ride that I wouldn’t change for the world. These two little guys are the biggest blessings and these products have made it SO much easier than I could’ve imagined!
Being the Mom of three boys now it’s necessary for me to take time for myself to breathe and recenter. But I’ve never stopped to think of how my older children may be needing the same thing. With the new household dynamic with the twins here it can be stressful on my three year old to share attention and constantly hear crying.. So I realized I needed to get something for my sweet boy that’ll allow him to also have some meditation time for himself.
That’s when I found Zafooz. It’s a spirit animal cushion that helps children focus on mindfulness and meditation.. I feel it’s as important for them to have time to slow down and just be within themselves as it is for us.
Since the twins were born Hudson has had his Lotus Ladybug with him everywhere throughout the house. He takes it outside when the sun is getting low and back up to bed with him when it’s time to unwind.. There are a few different stuffed animal friends to choose from and each one has their own description and children’s emotional/spiritual needs. It’s fantastic!
Along with the cushion, Zafooz has guided meditations on the their website to help your children ease into their relaxation mode. It’s been such a wonderful, peaceful friend for Hudson and I’m very thankful we found it! Because again, I feel it’s just as important for them to have self time and these cushion allow them a comfortable, safe space to do so.
Right now, you can save 15% on your zafooz.com/shop purchase by using the promo code breatheBhappy. Valid until July 22, 2019.
(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)
Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Bear in mind that I link this company and their services because of my genuine belief in their program and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases!
Throughout my health journey these past six years I’ve had many people approach me and ask, “How do you do it?” or “Where do I start?”. I’ve always had the answer when it came to the way I ate. Wholesome foods, natural foods – Meats, fruits, and vegetables! Easy enough right?
Well, when I realized that my food advice wasn’t enough it took me a long time (Til now, honestly!) to realize that it’s really not that easy. Knowing what to ingredients to use and what “meal plan” to follow is a great first step – But the biggest part of weight loss / beginning a healthier lifestyle starts with a persons psychological mindset when it comes to food.
Everyone has a different relationship with food. I used to have a very toxic relationship with it where I was incredibly negative towards my body and starved myself. But when I began to realize what wholesome foods really did for me I started to see it in a new way. And from that blossomed a beautiful respect and love that made transitioning into exercise and healthy long-term habits that much easier.
Now – I am one week away from having my twins.. And it’s been an incredibly long and exhausting pregnancy. Unfortunately, I have not been nourishing my body the way I should’ve been or exercising which I had promised myself I would.
BUT.. I am very proud of myself for creating two little sweet boys and want to reward myself with getting back on track – Not just for weight loss but also for energy and confidence. I already know the foods I need to keep my body strong but where I know I’ll need an extra pair of hands (Because I’ll literally have none with twins) is my recommitment, which is why I’ve decided to start this journey with Noom.
You may have seen their commercials and thought, “Oh – Another diet / weight loss fad.” But they actually touch on exactly everything I had mentioned above. They’re not just about losing the weight, they’re trying to help each unique individual understand their needs to develop those healthy food relationships and habits with psychological encouragement.
They keep you on track, quickly answer any and all questions that arise, and give you the information you need to grow and move achieve your goals! You get paired with the right expert whose picked based on your personality and destination and they’re with you for the long haul! So you get real human interaction with a person you build a foundation and relationship with. I love that aspect.
I’m really excited to officially become partners with this company because I genuinely believe wholeheartedly in their psychology-based program and mission. You can start this journey with me and join their proven-lasting program right now with their two week trial*.