The Terrible Twos

I think after six months of being two, Ashton has crossed the threshold of the “terrible twos.”  These are the reasons I believe it to be true:

  • He threw a tantrum because he wanted to be upstairs AND downstairs at the same time.
  • He threw a tantrum because he wanted me to be on the couch AND in the kitchen at the same time.
  • He thought a celery stalk was disgusting, but freaked out when I went to throw it away.
  • He thought a baby carrot was disgusting,  but freaked out when I went to throw it away.
  • He says “I want to” (meaning I don’t want to) and crosses his arms to drive the point home.
  • He wants to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but then throws a tantrum when I put it on.
  • He only wants to watch the “Pirate Mickey” episode of Mickey (we finally moved on from the Christmas episode).
  • He only wants to eat Elmo pouches (overpriced yogurt pouches).
  • He gives Gemma pieces of his snacks, and then freaks out that she’s eating his snacks.

Thankfully he is sleeping good and sweet as pie when I put him to bed.  It fills my heart up enough to forget his craziness and start all over in the morning! 🙂 ❤

Happy Thursday! xoxo

My New Adventure

 

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UPDATED:

SINCE I FIRST PUBLISHED THIS POST, I HAVE BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY HOW THIS COMPANY HAS HELPED ME AND MY FAMILY IN ONE SHORT MONTH

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img_0584So a few weeks ago I made a big decision to jump on board with my friend Carey and start sharing a skin care line (Rodan + Fields) that I have been happily using for the last 8 or 9 months.  Sure, sure, you’ve seen people selling junk all over social media and the internet, but rest assured this is COMPLETELY different.  If you know me, you know that I only share things that I am confident in and passionate about.  And let me tell you, I am overflowing with passion and confidence in EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT that Rodan + Fields has to offer AND the doctors behind the products.

Something for EVERYONE!

Something for EVERYONE!

Let me back up just a bit and give you a little background on my skin.  There is a lot more, but I will only back up to after my son Ashton was born.  Shortly after he was born I had a huge flare-up of my Ulcerative Colitis.  I have written about on the blog before here and here (my writing about it is pretty “iffy” since I was over 9 months pregnant when I wrote those posts), but the short story is that it took TONS of steroids and medication to get me back in remission.  Remission is a fantastic place to be, but the downside was coming off of the steroids (prednisone).  While on prednisone, my skin was perfect, but after weaning off of it I faced all sorts of skin issues.

From perioral dermatitis to seborrheic dermatitis to just constant redness and dryness  that wouldn’t go away.  It was horrible, embarrassing and uncomfortable.  I tried everything from oil cleansing, sea salt washes, any product out there that said it could help.  Nothing worked.  I went on antibiotics to help the dermatitis, but they made me sick.  Even the esthetician I was seeing told me it’s just how it was going to be and “hey, at least you’ll never have to buy blush!”  Ugh.img_0585

I started watching my diet more and noticing how gluten affected my skin.  It made a big difference, but I still had  redness and dullness in my skin that I would use makeup to conceal.  Fast-forward to after I had my daughter Gemma 10 months ago.  I had been seeing my friend Carey post about Rodan + Fields and their incredible Multifunction Eye Cream.  With a newborn and a toddler, I would try anything for my dark circles, haha!  So I got the eye cream and cloths and fell in love.  It’s not magic and I can’t say it made me look like I was the most rested person on earth (let’s face it, that’s impossible when you’re up every 2 hours feeding a baby), but it brightened my eye area and replaced that dry tissue-paper under-eye feeling with a softer, firmer feeling.

Superheroes!

Superheroes!

This set of products intrigued me, so I started researching (through my bleary newborn phase eyes) and consistently read glowing review after glowing review.  I was tired of throwing money away on products that didn’t work, and Rodan + Fields had a 60 day empty bottle money back guarantee if I wasn’t happy (nothing to lose).  So when I read about the regimen Soothe (used for visible signs of redness, dryness, irritated skin), I decided to try it.

I literally noticed a difference within 24-48 hours.img_0583

I finished that regimen and tried another (Redefine).  I loved it just as much.  I told Carey about how much I loved the products and how much of a difference they made (something I couldn’t say about any other product I had used).  She put a bug in my ear about becoming a consultant, but I brushed it off.  Sure, it would allow me to have a bigger discount on the products, but I’m not a “salesy” person.  I kept seeing her post and talk about how this business was allowing her to contribute more money into and grow their Bryer’s Song Ministry (go read their story, it is pretty incredible).  Then I started seeing more people on Instagram post about Rodan + Fields.  Then one of my best friends told me how Soothe was saving her skin after a bout of dermatitis.  And then, and then, and then…

I started to feel like the opportunity at Rodan + Fields  was something I didn’t want to miss out on.  There are so many people out there who I could share these products with and help them with their own skin concerns.  The company is still in early enough stages that there is a lot of room for success and growth.  So a few weeks ago I pulled the trigger and became a consultant.  The only regret I have is that I didn’t start sooner.

Not only is it giving me an opportunity to share products that can help others with ANY type of skin concern, it has been emotionally refreshing, energizing and forced me out of my comfort zone. Being a stay-at-home mom is my favorite thing, but sometimes it can feel a little like the movie Groundhog’s Day- the same thing over and over, every day.img_0582  This has been a way to shake things up the day to day, and for that reason alone it has been well worth it.  I cannot wait to see where this adventure leads!

WHEW!

There it is, that is my story that led to my new exciting Rodan + Fields adventure.  Oh, and not to toot my own horn, but in less that two weeks I received my first promotion!  I only say this because IF I CAN DO IT, ANYONE CAN DO IT!  The support & encouragement in this company is incredible!img_0581

I can’t wait to share more about the products.  If you have any skin concerns or want any more information, please message me because I would LOVE to help!  If you want to join me on this adventure and be a part of a rapidly growing company, I would love to talk  to you about an opportunity you won’t regret!!!

 

xoxo

 

 

Perspective

This time of year (heck, life in general) can get pretty crazy.  Worrying about getting all of the holiday shopping done, lack of sleep from one kid teething and the other getting a cold, responding to texts/emails, decorating for Christmas, etc, etc, etc.  I know I am not alone in feeling like I get swallowed up by these stresses.

But then something comes along and pierces you so sharply in the heart that everything is put back in perspective.

Today as alarm clocks were going off, coffee being sipped, people going to work and kids going to school, a friend of mine was going to the hospital to be induced.  Only this friend was probably not going to come home with her baby girl.  And she won’t.  Her baby was born and passed all in the same day.  They didn’t know what to expect (they’ve know about her Trisomy 18 condition since my friend was 20 weeks pregnant), but were hoping to just meet her, hoping for a miracle.  We all were.

I think about when I was going to the hospital to have Gemma almost 10 months ago, and I had nervous excitement and anticipation.  And then I think about the feelings my friend must have had today on her drive.  I can’t even imagine, can’t really even process it.  My friend has shown such grace and love and unwavering faith during this pregnancy, and my heart is just breaking for them.

I know that I am very far removed from their situation, but it has pierced my heart.  But if there is anything positive that I can take away, it is that I will not take my blessings for granted anymore- my kids, my family, my friends, everything.  They are all so important to me.

Heaven has gained a new precious angel today.  If you get a chance today, say a prayer for my friend, her family and their young daughters to have some peace.

Exciting Adventures Coming!

***No, I’m not pregnant***

Can you feel the excitement?!

Can you feel the excitement?!

I know I haven’t been posting a lot, but life with two kiddos can get busy! I’m not pregnant, but there are some exciting new adventures in the works.  From a new business-type adventure I am passionate about to an exciting leadership role through our church.

I can’t wait to write about it here in the very near future, but for now have a very happy (rest of the) holiday weekend!

 

xoxo

Friday Favorites: Things My Two Year Old Says

I’ve been wanting to write down all of the cute/funny stuff Ashton is doing and saying lately, and that time is now.  I want to remember it, and if I wait any longer I will forget.  He is 2 years and 3 months, and time is flying!

Yesterday we went trick-or-treating, and it was so much fun.  It’s really the first year that Ashton has been able to participate and be aware (a little) of what’s going on.  He wore the same costume as last year, and it just barely fit.

Trick-Or-Treat!

Trick-Or-Treat!

He would go up to houses, knock on doors, say a jumbled “trick-or-treat” and say thank you at every house.  He was so polite!  He also wanted to either go inside or stay with the people on every front porch, especially if they had a dog.  It was really the cutest thing to watch.

A couple weeks ago we were down in Florida visiting family and here are some things that Ashton said and did down there:

  • He had NO FEAR of the ocean.  By the end it was a struggle to get him to leave the water.

    Surfer Dude.

    Surfer Dude.

  • We were near Daytona Beach and it was “Biketober Fest.”  There were so many motorcycles, and Ashton started calling them “mycles” (pronounced like the name Michael).  Two syllables are much easier than four 🙂
  • He called our Aunt Anne “Onie,” and loved throwing shells into the ocean with her.
  • He got to meet his Aunt Jan, and asked about her everyday for a while.
  • He met his Nana and Grandad’s dog (he and Gemma both loved her).IMG_9532
  • Hotel was called “tell.”

Other things he’s saying:

  • “Bulls” for vegetables.  Which he loves now, especially peas.
  • He used to say “key” for Mickey, but this week he actually started to say it correctly, and he was so proud of himself.
  • He calls Aunt Lori “WahhhhWeeeee” and asks about her pretty much all day long.
  • When Dada is gone, he says “Dada airport!”  And he tells anyone who will listen (i.e. the random older couple we passed on our walk today).
  • He pronounces cars “Cah-eees.”
  • Trash day is an exciting day for him, he loves the truck.  He yells “tash!”
  • The other day he wanted to go into the garage to play with his cars, and he said “pweeeease” and had his hands in a prayer position.  I don’t know where he picked that up!
  • He’s been addicted to fries and whenever he sees Mcdonald’s he yells out “fwiiiiies!”  But after eating way too many fries on vacation, we started telling him no fries.  So now he won’t eat them, and anytime he sees them he says “no fwies.”
  • He loves yogurt (especially the drinkable kind he can use a straw with) and calls it “ahtoot.”
  • He knows my coffee mugs and k-cups I drink, and he points to it and says “fahfee.”

 

I know I am missing stuff, but I will keep adding to the lists.  He pretty much doesn’t stop talking until he sleeps, so there’s a lot of material.  I love watching him discover things, this age is SO MUCH FUN!

xoxo

 

Gemma Paisley 8 Months

Tap, tap, tap… Is this thing on?

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Oh, hi!  I am jumping back on here to dust the old blog off and give an update on Gemma.  Our 8 MONTH OLD Gemma!  Same thing as always, I cannot believe eight months have passed.  Wow.IMG_9708

Gemma is a happy, laid back eight month old, and she brings so much joy everyday.  Her two-toothed smile is contagious and makes my heart want to burst.IMG_9103  She loves attention from her brother, and seeing them start to interact with each other is so sweet.IMG_9613IMG_9722

She is eating baby food about twice a day, and formula in between.  She’s not big on savory items yet, but she will eat anything with bananas in it like it’s going out of style.IMG_9725

A few weeks ago Gemma started sitting up on her own.  I came into the living room to find her sitting up and she hasn’t stopped since.  It’s really cute how proud she gets just sitting around.  A few days ago she started crawling on her hands and knees rather than inch-worming like she had been doing.  She’s pretty quick and it’s looking like some new baby gates might need to be put up.

Just sittin' around.

Just sittin’ around.

Gemma’s sleeping great.  Two naps a day and about 12 hours at night.  Woohoo!  Her morning nap is usually during a walk and then she and Ashton both take long afternoon naps at the same time.  This is glorious!  She goes to bed around 7:30pm (after Jeopardy!) (priorities).

Morning nap.

Morning nap.

Other odds & ends about Gemma:

  • Her hair is filling in, and is the same color as Ashton’s was at that age.
  • She has two teeth, but I think a bunch more are going to poke through soon.
  • I’m guessing she’s over 20 pounds.
  • She’s wearing 12 month clothes and size 4 diapers.
  • She loves the Mickey and Super Why shows like Ashton.
  • She still sleeps in Zipadee Zip sacks from Shark Tank.

We love you Gemma Paisley!

xoxo

Friday Favorites: Things I’m Loving Lately

1. I went to Costco the other day by myself (what???) and had a chance to browse around.  I found these edamame noodles that have turned out to be AMAZING!

Edamame noodles for the win!

Edamame noodles for the win!

 They cook in 4-5 minutes, and even my picky toddler ate them (with earth balance (basically butter) on them).

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2. I tried “just mayo” and it is “just” incredible.  No eggs.  No dairy.  Just quality ingredients and quality taste.  You won’t know the difference between this and regular mayo.  (and they sell it at some Target stores now).

Get in my belly.

Get in my belly.

 

3. Love cauliflower but hate chopping it?  Here’s an answer to your prayers: pre-washed, pre-chopped cauliflower for the price of buying a head of it in the produce section.  You’re welcome.

It doesn't get easier than this.

It doesn’t get easier than this.

 

4. This book:

This book will make you laugh, cry, and feel like Jen Hatmaker is your BFF.  Whatever season of life you are in, you will love it.  Actually, get the audiobook if you are into audiobooks (that’s how I am reading it).  She reads it herself and it feels like you are just sitting across the table talking to her.  She is the best.

 

5. The Zipadee-Zip.IMG_9028  This has been amazing for moving Gemma out of the swaddle without any problems.  If you are a fan of Shark Tank, it was featured on that show.  Gemma sleeps 11-13.5 hours at night, so I don’t think the zipadee hurts!

 

6. My cousin Mandy KILLING it.IMG_9026

She wrote an amazing 10 PAGE ARTICLE for TIME, and I couldn’t be prouder.  She is an amazing writer and an even more amazing person.  This article is so good and SO important.  Click the link and READ IT.