9/1/14

Thoughts and Pics

I feel like I have so much to say on here but finding time to sit down and get it all out is challenging.

And honestly I don't really know where my time goes. I wouldn't call my self a "busy" person. I think we tend to throw that word around a lot. Right now I feel like the only thing that keeps me busy is stopping every 3 hours for about 30 minutes to feed Annie. Now that's a major time suck.

In between that I'm trying to keep the house clean (key word is trying), working on various Scentsy tasks, working on household tasks, and keeping the children entertained. I've even let working out fall to the side lately which I hate.

But here we are at the beginning of September. It's the downward slide of the year, but oddly enough feels like a time for a fresh start. Fall is upon us, the routine of school days and meal planning and all of that is becoming the norm again. So I'm trying to incorporate blogging back into that.

Last week I went to Tulsa and kept my nephews while my sister and her husband went out of town. It was a fun and CRAZY week. Annie and my youngest nephew are two months apart so it made for some interesting days. luckily we stayed with my parents so by 4:30 I was pretty much "off duty".

Because I need time to gather my thoughts to write about all the things I want to write about (breastfeeding the 2nd time around, Eli's adjustment to Annie, the riveting Saved by the Bell movie I watched tonight (see not busy), possibly starting weight watchers again) I decided the easiest thing tonight would be for me to share some pics of my favorite products from the new Scentsy catalog that came out TODAY!!




(I already got this for the kid's bathroom since I was planning on doing a "you are my sunshine" theme in there)


(this warmer is 10% off this month and is beyond popular, I've already sold over 20)

(proceeds from this warmer go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation)

I don't know how Scentsy continues to come up with all these awesome designs but they do! I'm loving it all!

As always you can order from my website HERE

And if you are looking to make extra money please email me and let's chat about how Scentsy might be the right fit for you. Maybe you need extra money for Christmas this year or all the back to school needs? Email me! MeganTree84@gmail.com

Ok that's all for tonight, I'll be back with some real content hopefully tomorrow, but for now enjoy the pics!

8/20/14

Eli's First Day

Last year Eli started attending a Mother's Day Out program two days a week.

When he started we were in between homes renting a house that hapened to be pretty close to his school.  When we found and moved into our new house in November I quickly realized that his new school was a bit further than I wanted to drive.

It wasn't a horribly long drive, but now that I have a baby in tow I started thinking about how nice it would be if I didn't have to spend about 30 minutes in the car both ways. So I started looking for an opening at a school closer to us, and thankfully I found one.

I was sad to leave his school, it had a smaller feel and I really liked the teachers there, but I also know he's only three where he goes to a preschool two days a week doesn't define the rest of his life. And right now distance is important.

Although we had a great summer and stayed busy Eli was ready to go to school. He loves school and being around other kids, which makes me happy. I'm not counting on it always being this way so I'm enjoying it for now.

 

 

Because my car is still in the shop I had to drive Luke's truck to drop Eli off at school. I was more nervous about the truck than anything. I was so scared about driving the truck, especially in a crowded parking lot full of lots of children! I was the person who parked in the very back of the parking lot that day.

Eli had been SO excited all morning and was very wound up. He very confidently marched into school and his classroom. He went straight to his cubby hole that he recognized from the open house the night before and started putting his stuff up.

I got one really bad picture of him putting his lunch box up, I tried to snap it really quickly and discreetly cause I didn't want to look like a crazy mom taking pics of her child's every move. Then I realized other mom's were taking pictures also and I'm just the crazy insecure mom.


By the time I got done with my insecurity rabbit trail in my head it was too late to take a pic of him hanging his bag up, so I just told him to stand by it so I could take a picture.


Luke picked him up and said he had a great day. He said that music was his favorite part of the day (of course).

That night he was so tired and went to sleep early, now I remember why I like this school thing. I kid, I kid, but it was nice to not have to fight him at bedtime.

He had another great day again today and again said that his favorite part was music. I asked him who he played with and he said "the kid who runs fast and the boy with the firetruck on his shirt". Clearly they aren't on a first name basis yet.

So our summer is officially over. And as Eli goes back to "school" and I watch other moms send their kids to real school where they will be gone all day I'm thankful for yet another year at home with my babies.




Also.....




Almost all products are 10% off this month on my Scentsy website

Plus the following scents are being retired so be sure and stock up if your favorite is on the list! 



Speaking of stocking up, now is the best time to take advantage of the combine and save deals - six bars for only 22.50!!





8/14/14

New Struts

A couple of weeks ago my car started making a noise. Well it wasn't so much of a noise as it was a weird feeling vibration thingy coming from the right front side of the car. The combined noise and weird vibration feeling made me certain that my tire was going to fall off at any point.

But that seemed like it would be expensive to fix so I continued to put it off and not take it to the shop. 

This is what I do in my life, I procrastinate. I hate it about myself but I keep saying that tomorrow I'll change, I'll be better. And then I decide I'll change later.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

Eventually my car needed an oil change so I used this opportunity to explain the weird feeling/noise that was coming from my car. 

Good news: my tire wasn't just going to fall off while driving.

Bad news: I needed new struts. Struts are expensive. Wouldn't ya know something called "strut" is expensive. Just makes sense.

We dropped my car off on a Monday not knowing how much it would end up costing us at the end of all the services. So when they offered me a rental car I politely declined.

In my mind I felt like I could save us money if I didn't have a rental car. I couldn't run to Target to get "necessities". I couldn't go out to eat at lunch just because chick fila sounded better than a turkey sandwich at home. Plus I would save a ton of money on gas if I wasn't driving around.

Basically I felt like I was a regular ole Proverbs 31 woman sacrificing for my family.

So for the majority of the week Eli, Annie and I have been housebound. And for the most part it's gone pretty well.

Normally I would have run to the store to get groceries to cook what I wanted to eat for the night, but without a car I couldn't do that. So I became resourceful and made dinner (and lunches) from what we had in the house. It was like I was a Pioneer woman. Maybe even The Pioneer woman.

There  also haven't been any Sonic runs during the day, and we've all  managed to survive.

And the cherry on top of the whole story is that my warranty on my car is going to cover the cost of the repairs.

If that's not a reward for my sacrifice of living without a rental car then I don't know what is.

However I'm very ready to have my car back. It's been nice not feeling rushed around or on the go, but enough time has passed for that gig. Let's get my car back so I can actually go the store and buy some groceries.

I'm excited to drive my car around with new struts. That just sounds fancy!



8/13/14

This Time Around

I thought I had prepared myself for the reality of postpartum pregnancy this second time around.

You see the first time around I thought I would lose all my weight by the time I left the hospital. That's just what happens right? You gain 40+ pounds, pop out a 6 pound baby and then in the span of a couple of days you are back to your normal weight.

Skin all tight, body all shapely, everything back to normal.

You can only imagine how much of a startling revelation it was when I walked out of the hospital room looking all the nine months pregnant I had walked in there.

Eventually the weight did come off and I found myself back in regular clothes again. I quit nursing and was able to wear regular undergarments and clothes without needing to accommodate feeding my child. It was nice to get back to normal and I almost forgot just how out-of-sorts I felt after giving birth.

Almost.

Then I got pregnant again, and I vowed to not feel the same way after pregnancy again. So everyday, whether I felt like it or not I would do some sort of physical activity. Jogging outside while pushing Eli in the stroller or doing some sort of workout DVD. And then I found out I had placenta previa and couldn't do strenuous physical labor anymore. So then I had to walk. I tried to walk two miles everyday but towards the end it was more around three times a week. And then I quit completely at 34 weeks.

I also tried to eat better, not snacking as much, not drinking a soda every single day and just sticking to overall healthy eating.

And what do you know? I gained the same weight I did with Eli. I started both pregnancies at the same exact weight and ended both at the same weight. It's a little weird.

So here we are again....in that awkward after stage where my body doesn't really feel like my own. And getting dressed is a chore due to trying to find something that fits and also easily lends itself towards feeding my child.

But something is different this time around, and I'm not just talking about my mid-section that seems much flabbier than the first go-round.

The thing that is different is my attitude. First I'll admit that I still have "bad" days. Days where I wish I had my old body, or days where I wish I could go in my closet and easily get dressed without feeling like I'm trying to shove a square peg in a round hole, but those days are much less than they were in my postpartum days after Eli.

My attitude is different because I know that I am in this position because my body carried my child. And that makes it ok. I managed to lose all the weight with Eli and although my doctor drilled it into my head that "weight is much harder to lose the second time around" (I can hear her voice in my head saying that) I plan to lose the weight again, but all in due time.

Now that I've had two kids I'm more than certain that my body holds on to weight while I nurse. If you are one of those lucky girls that loses all the weight while nursing I am probably jealous of you, because my body tends to hold onto extra weight Which is frustrating but I'm trying to remind myself that it's temporary.

I was talking to my cousin about it yesterday and she reminded me that I have the rest of my life to lose the weight, right now is my time to feed my baby and just focus on her,  and it's so true. If I've learned anything it's that these baby days fly by in the blink of an eye.

My body may not look like it once did. And I may have an insane amount of pants in my closet that don't fit, and I may feel like the button of my jeans is going to pop right off when I button them over my new wider hips, but I have my baby. My healthy, breathing, laughing, growing baby.

And that's enough.

That's not to say that I won't have days where I'm frustrated with my body or play the awful comparison game and compare my body to other new moms (I'm bad about that) but this time around I'm learning to quickly adjust my attitude. I'm not letting it consume me like it did after my pregnancy with Eli.

After giving birth to Eli I wore very loose clothing and spent a lot of time trying to hide the fact that I had extra weight. This time I wear normal fitting clothes and don't obsess about what my midsection looks like. I'm giving myself some grace this time. Maybe even a little more grace since I didn't give myself any the first time. 
This time around I don't beat myself up if I don't workout in a couple of days (or a week). I don't even try and stuff myself into my old jeans only to feel frustrated that they don't fit and I'm trying not to obsess over when {if} the extra weight will come off.

Right now I'm just enjoying my time as a mom with young kids. Yes I do want to be healthy for them, and a mom that is obsessed with her self-image and losing a few extra pounds is not healthy.

Becoming a parent has taught me so much, I grow in this job a little more everyday and it's not always growth in how I parent but sometimes, like this, it's growth in personal issues. So this time around I'm learning daily to not obsess over my looks or the way I feel, and instead focus on this fleeting time with my babies.



8/6/14

Halo SleepSack Swaddle 100% Cotton Muslin Review

Oh the swaddle. It's a wonderful thing. Those first few days, weeks and sometimes months at home the swaddle becomes a magical thing when you have a crying baby. You don't know what to do to calm their crying so you swaddle them tight and before you know it they are sleeping soundly.

Since Annie was born we have used the Halo SleepSack Swaddle in 100% cotton muslin and dare I say this has been a lifesaver in our house.


I love using it for so many reasons. The first reason is because it is so soft, in fact it seriously gets softer the more you wash it.  The fabric is breatheable so I never have to worry about if it was to get over Annie's face. Secondly I like to use it because it's so easy to use. The velcro on the swaddle makes it easy to get Annie nice and snug and the bottom to top zipper is great for those middle of the night diaper changes.


With this SleepSack Swaddle you can choose whether to keep their tiny arms inside or outside the swaddle. As Annie has gotten older and wants her arms out this has been a great feature. I can still keep her covered and warm without worrying about using loose blankets and she can keep her arms out, which she seems to prefer some nights. It's really a win-win for us. 


 The Halo website offers a variety of SleepSack Swaddles. I can tell you this is all we will be using. Even without using the swaddle feature the SleepSack is perfect.

And in an added bonus Halo SleepSack Swaddles are safe for your baby and have become a standard in hospital nurseries.  Swaddling offers many benefits for your baby including helping them sleep longer and helping to soothe them.


If you are pregnant or even just need the perfect baby gift, let me recommend the Halo SleepSack Swaddle. You can visit their website HERE.

8/5/14

Our Summer Recap

Every year around the beginning of August I start getting that "fall-itch". I start yearning for days of boots and cardigans. Scarves and hot drinks. Pumpkin patch trips and football games and bonfires. It all sounds so magical when I'm surrounded by nothing but hot days resulting in a full body sweat just from stepping outside.

But this year is different. I can't quite put my finger on why I don't have the yearning for Fall this year, but for once I am not ready for summer to end. Our summer has been unbelievably cool. I mean we've had days where the temps were in the 70's. SEVENTIES. It was a bit freaky and made me wonder if the end of the world was rapidly approaching, but still the coolness in the air was heavenly.

Another factor in not wanting summer to end is probably the fact that Eli is at such a fun age. We have so much fun together. We go to the pool, go to the park, spend time playing outside and end each day with bike rides around the neighborhood and playing outside with our neighbors. It has truly been a perfect summer.

And through it all Annie tags along with us. Our second born has no choice but to have a "go with the flow" attitude and so she does. Never fussy or hard to please, she has been the perfect addition to our family.

In true Megan-I-will-always-find-something-to-worry-about fashion I was worried at the beginning of the summer that it would drag on. I was worried about keeping Eli "entertained" and I was sort of sad that we weren't planning on going anywhere for vacation, I just wasn't looking forward to the summer season.

But in true God I've-always-got-everything-under-control fashion He revealed many things to me this summer; not to worry about the future, don't try and plan everything, each day is a gift, and the most importantly through the mundane days of summer I was once again reminded just how important my job as a mom is. This life right now is my children's childhood. It sounds like such a obvious statement but sometimes in the day to day of getting all my tasks done I forget to just stop and enjoy every moment. Even the moments that don't seem special are special because they are moments of their childhood. I am helping shape them everyday so what may seem like just another day at home to me, is really a day for me to spend playing with my kids.

I feel like a broken record to myself because I'm constantly reminding myself of these things, but I think it sticks a little bit more every time. And also watching Eli grow and become more independent helps me understand these things even more.

A glimpse into our summer:

After being cooped up inside all winter we ventured outside and met our neighbors in our new neighborhood. We have had so much fun getting to know everyone and have made some great friends. It's the highlight of Eli's day every night to go outside after dinner and play with all the kids. We have even had the occasional water balloon fight

 (these photos were clearly not taken by me)



Eli mastered riding his bike. It was hard for him to pedal at first but eventually he got the hang of it, and has even since graduated to a bigger bike. Such a big boy.


Annie went from a tiny newborn baby, to a loud and active baby. She's still a tiny girl at only 11 lbs but she is definitely full of personality. She spends a lot of time laughing at her funny brother.


We started going to a weekly playgroup where I've been able to make some new friendships and Eli has fun playing with the other kids.


I  mastered the art of "wearing" my baby and Annie spends a lot of time in a baby carrier. It makes life easier


Eli abandoned his love of The Polar Express and found a new love with The Sandlot. Which resulted in countless hours of playing baseball outside. According to Luke he has gotten really good for a three year old!  He also is always sure to wear his "Benny hat" which is an LA Dodgers hat that Benny the Jet wears in The Sandlot




Luke and I celebrated our sixth year of marriage. We went out to eat which is a rarity for us. It was such a fun night as we reminisced on the past six {wonderful} years. So truly thankful for Luke and the Godly man he is and all the ways he serves our family.

Luke took a Sunday off and we spent a long weekend visiting both our families. It was our "vacation" this year. It was relaxing and just what we needed. 


Have I mentioned that we spent A LOT of time outside? I usually wear Annie or put her in the stroller and then we go outside and Eli rides and rides and rides. At night he likes to play basketball with the boys from down the street



Those were just a few of the fun things that kept our summer occupied. We also had a lot of time inside playing, watching TV, movies, and the occasional childhood temper tantrums. It was a well-rounded summer. 

Eli starts "school" in just a few weeks. He will once again go to a Mother's Day Out program two days a week. I'm so glad we aren't at the "big" school age yet, two days a week is enough for right now. This summer has shown me just how much I love these lazy days at home with my babies.

And I'm sure, before too long I will be ready for Fall weather with those hot drinks and cute boots and football games. Just a few football games - let's not get carried away.

7/14/14

A List-Maker

I'm a list maker, it's what I do, I sit down and make a list and it makes me feel 100 times more productive than if I make a list in my head, or even on my phone or computer.

I need paper and a pen. I need to physically write down every single thing that needs to be done. In black ink. Not blue, pink, red or green. It needs to be black. And then when I complete the task on my to-do list I mark it out with red ink. Must be red.

I've even been known to make a list and include tasks that I've already completed just so I can feel the relief that comes when I cross through the word with red ink, knowing that it's done, completed and in the past.

If I make a list I accomplish more, for some reason the act of making a list spurs me on, it flips a switch in me that causes me to get to work.

But for the past six months or so I quit making lists. I've made a couple of lists here and there. Lists of things we needed to get done before Annie came, lists of bills that need to be taken care of, and I made a list of everything in my house that needed to be deep cleaned, however I only got to about half of them.

Because of my lack of list making lately I haven't been as productive in many areas of my life. For some reason when I was pregnant with Annie I figured I would just bounce right back into my groove after she came, but I didn't and I still haven't.

I keep waiting to wake up one day and decide that it's the day to get back into my groove, and then I don't. No reasons or excuses. Actually I do have an excuse I blame summer. It's sunny and pretty and we spend our time outside having fun. It's a good excuse, but mama needs to get productive again.

So today I woke up and made a list, and it felt good. I made a list of Scentsy related tasks, home related tasks, calls to make and things to organize. I also added "write a blog post" to the to-do list.

I hate that I haven't been writing much lately. Well actually at all. I hate that I haven't kept track of Annie's monthly milestones (I love reading back at Eli's) and all the fun things we've done lately. So here I am writing so that I can mark it off my list. I miss it too much when I don't do it.  Plus the satisfaction I get of using my red pen is something I don't want to miss.

I have given myself grace for not getting back into my groove so easily and I'm still giving myself grace, but I'm also ready, ready to mark through some to-do lists!