Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day 2016 Gift Guide

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This Mother's Day I'm requesting a black pair of Birkenstock sandals.  Last year my husband got me a brown pair of Birkenstock thongs and I have worn them religiously - comfiest shoe ever.  But, if I were to make a wish list for mothers everywhere, these are some of the items that would be on it.

What are you doing to celebrate Mother's Day this year?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Calling All Dreamers

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Have you ever had a dream that you really wanted to make happen, but something got in your way?

Maybe it was self-doubt - that could never really happen.
Maybe it was money - it cost too much to make that happen.
Maybe it was time - I don't have time in my day to make that happen.
Maybe it was lack of opportunity - where would I even begin to make that happen?

That's sort of the way I felt after I had my son.  Before having him I would have never wanted to stay home, but shortly after I dreaded going back to work.  And my dream quickly turned into a burning desire to stay home with him.

But, I struggled with ALL of the above.
I "knew" it could never really happen.  It would cost too much for me to stay home or to start my own business.  I was too busy to devote time to something.  I didn't even know where to start!

For whatever reason something in my gut told me to go for it.  Thinking back it was probably looking at my gut in the mirror that made me go for it.

From the beginning I had pretty big dreams.  Top of the list being to be able to stay home with my babies.  Ever since having my son that has been my biggest dream.  Now that baby girl is on the way it's even bigger.  But, you guys, I was SO SCARED to share it with anyone.  Even my parents!

I just kept telling myself in the back of my head it would never happen.  And the other day I logged into my online office to see that I'm #184 in the company right now.  184 out of 415,000 coaches.  Way bigger news than I ever expected to hear.  And you know what it made me realize?

That little old me from the middle of nowhere can make this dream happen and if I can do it - you can do it, too! What if those dreams you've been dreaming aren't that far away?

I'm hosting a LIVE Glance into Coaching event TONIGHT on Facebook from 8:30-9:30EST.  I would love to share this business with you and how it has blessed me, my family, and every aspect of my life.  If you are even remotely interested, let me know!  Let's get connected so you can go for your dreams, too.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pregnancy Fitness Series | What's Different This Time Around?


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you know I've made several references to this pregnancy in comparison to my first recently.  And the other evening as I was running with a girlfriend she asked, "So, what exactly are you doing differently this time around?"

I couldn't come up with a response.  I was like, "Well, I'm eating better and exercising more frequently."  Duh - those are stupid answers.  

So I thought about it and thought about it when I got home that evening and I realized the reason I can't pinpoint what I'm doing different this time versus last time is because I'm a complete different person than I was three years ago!  In a good way.

This journey I've been on has just completely changed my life for the better.  My whole mindset is different therefore it's almost impossible to compare.  I have more confidence, I take care of myself, my priorities are different, my goals are different, my viewpoint on food is completely shifted.  And therefore, this doesn't feel like I'm sacrificing, it's just different.  In a good way!
Honestly, I'm not sure that I'm even conscientious of any of the things I'm doing differently.  Because at this point in my journey, they've become habits.  It's a habit to get my workout in each morning - I'm not saying I still make it at 5 a.m. every morning at 24 weeks pregnant, but most days I make it happen.  It's a habit to purchase healthy foods and therefore eat healthy foods.  I've learned over the past year if I don't keep the junk in my house then I don't eat the junk in my house.  Makes sense, right?

None of this would be possible without my challenge groups.  In the past Weight Watchers and 30 Day Shred and Whole 30 have worked for me for about 30 days.  Once I started to see results, I would jump off the bandwagon and go back to my old habits sabotaging everything I had worked for.  This is so different.  Because I have the support and accountability of a group of people that genuinely want to see me succeed and celebrate each milestone along my journey with me.

I realize that may be "available" at the gym or the app that goes along with other programs or by "checking in" with a hashtag on Instagram - but that didn't work for me.  Let me rephrase - it didn't last for me.  This did.

I've learned that healthy foods don't mean tasteless.  I've learned that there are healthy alternatives to all the sweets I love so much.  I've learned that moving makes me feel better.  I've learned that an active me serves as a great wife/mama to my family.

I just can't put into words the difference this has made in my life.

I would LOVE to share it with you by inviting you into my next challenge group.  I want to hook you up with your soulmate workout + give you the tools you need to succeed + get you acquainted with the amaaaazing people on my team and in my group.  If you're ready to commit, just comment or shoot me an email (coachgarvey at gmail) and let's get you there!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Beach Weekend

Over spring break we decided to spend a few days a the beach and we planned it so that we could have 3 whole days with no rushing around.

To think these images only share what we brought into the hotel with us the one night we stayed in one.  Yes, you read that right...one.



It was pretty perfect.  We got to the coast Thursday night and pretty much went to bed so that we could wake up Friday morning and have the whole day to do whatever even if it was predicted to be rainy and chilly and windy.


After a yummy breakfast of yogurt, cinnamon roll, banana, oatmeal, sausage, fruit loops, and some fruit loops for the road.  CT literally ate one of everything or almost everything.  Cue the belly pop.  We headed to the outlets because....mom's day!  :)

In reality I had heard there was a Motherhood Maternity outlet in the area and got super excited because - big belly needs some pants and last time I was pregnant with CT my body was verrrrry different considering I conceived him at about the weight I am now (22 weeks pregnant).  BUT, unfortunately you can put the word outlet on the store, but that don't mean the store's an outlet.

Prices were identical to what I had seen in the regular Motherhood store which was a pretty big letdown considering I had gone in with the mentality that I had a budget and this was my reward for recently rank advancing in my business.  In a nutshell, I found a pair of beautiful grey pants on the clearance rack and my day was done.

So, we left after realizing no other stores on the face of the planet carry motherhood anywhere but online.  Seriously, people?!

And headed on our merry way to Broadway at the Beach where we ate during a hurricane at Margaritaville, fed the fat catfish, and wandered around the place betweenst rain showers.  I forgot to mention CT did get his first pair of Wayfarers at the outlets that morning.


He's a rockstar.  And he apparently owns it, too!

I'll share more about our windy day at the beach later this week.


Monday, April 11, 2016

That Time I Tried to be a Fashion Blogger


When I first started this blog it was really intended for family and friends to keep up with my newly married life down in the south.  Honestly, I just had no clue what I was doing, but I knew I loved to read blogs and wanted to feel close to my family and friends even if we were so far removed physically.

As I entered the blogging community and started meeting incredible women, I quickly wanted to be more involved.  And then I was told I needed a niche in order to be successful so I started hunting for one immediately.

I realized I loved looking at other people's fashion posts + I love shopping so - easy.  Fashion Blogger I be!  But then I actually started trying to do the whole fashion blogger thing and I really don't think I had any clue how much time, money, or the number of photoshoots it would take in order to be halfway decent (which I don't think I ever was).

So - yeah, about the niche.  I think my niche is just spilling my heart out via blog.  Does that count?

I'm not saying I don't think I'll ever take an outfit photo again.  I just genuinely don't know when I will find the time to do that - unless it's from my iPhone, but apparently that's not supposed to be happening either.  And really - if we have our DSLR with us, I'm typically the one behind it.

Things that will never make me a fashion blogger...
  1. My wardrobe is mostly thrifted, clearance racked, or sale bin.
  2. Makeup is 100% 24/7 minimal.
  3. I don't have a beautiful setting to snap pics
  4. ...and I'm not going to drive to one or pay someone to take them for me.
  5. I'm a mom and a lot of what I buy meets the "wash and wear" requirement.
I think I've also come to terms with the fact that I'm not nearly as stylish as I once thought I was.  Crop tops scare me.  Booty shorts make me grimace.  And my shoe collection consists of a lot of sneakers - so many sneakers.  

And I'm okay with that.  I've realized it's not about having a label or being any type of certain way.  It's about what's important to me and hopefully what is important to me is also important to some of you.  That way at least someone out there continues to read my little space on the Internets.  :) 


I can promise a few things about my "niche"
  • It's all real - painfully, uneditably, sometimes even fuzz-ily real
  • Motherhood is my jam
  • I'm doing the best I can and I will cheer you on as you do you the best you can, too
  • It's always 100% from the heart.  Always.
I hope you stick around for my lack of fashion posts.  xoxo

Friday, April 8, 2016

mine.


Mine.
My toddler's new favorite word.
It could be a slobbery dog bone and guess what?  "Mine."

He also loves to say no, but really mean yes.
And he just expects me to know when he's doing that.

Like I should know when it's opposite day or opposite time or something like that.

He thinks the bed in our bedroom is his and mine.  If Justin tries to get in it with us, he slides all the way over to the edge where Daddy should sleep and says, "My bed."

Granola bars are cookies and Greek yogurt is ice cream.  I'm not complaining because he's eating!

And the nights we go out to eat he usually has ice cream for dinner and a hot dog for dessert.
I guess the order doesn't matter as long as he's getting everything in, right?

He loves all things dino, trucks, tractors, and and play-doh.

On the way to school we have conversations about the trees being sad because monsters bit them or the frogs in the stream that are hopping.

He knows where "Baby Sissy" is and lets me know when she's crying - he is apparently very in tune with her already.

It's never a dull moment and I want to chronicle them here so that they are forever MINE.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to Survive Pregnancy with a 2 Year Old



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I'm not saying I'm an expert or anything, but I am over here surviving pregnancy with a 2 year old and let me just say.... it ain't pretty.  There are lots of things I wish I'd known before.  It wouldn't have changed my mind and I don't know that it would have prepared me more or less, but might have been nice to know ahead of time.  Maybe?

Anyway, I've found myself saying things like, "Man I need a drink."  And when I realize it's still 4-5 months before I can have one I start chugging my La Croix like it'll do the job.  When it doesn't I just curl up in a ball by the washer and dryer and cry for a bit.  (That last part is a joke...no really.)

If you thought pregnancy was tough on your body the first go 'round, just wait until you have a small human who really does not care if you rest, eat, sleep, or get to use the bathroom 99x a day by yourself.  It's fun!

So - my unsolicited advice on how to survive pregnancy while also keeping a toddler alive:

  1. Do something just for you every day.  Maybe it's just turning up Missy Elliott on the radio for the 10 minutes it takes to get you from work to daycare and totally jamming out.  Or waking up 15 minutes earlier than the rest of the house to drink your coffee in the peace and quiet.  But, you must do something for you each day.
  2. Delegate duties. I love bath time and bed time routines with my son, but I'm starting to realize it takes a toll on my body to do both by myself.  My husband helps a lot with one or the other (or both on tough days) so that 1. my son gets use to Daddy doing it since Mommy will be a little busy in a few months and 2. I'm not killing myself trying to do it all.
  3. Soak up the precious moments.  Your baby will not be your baby for much longer so soak in the moments you can.  Give him the extra time to do things on his own like putting his socks on and when he asks you to read to him, stop what you are doing and read.
  4. Don't sweat the Terrible Twos.  For a while I thought we might be skipping this stage, but I didn't realize CT was really just gearing up for a good bout of the Terrible Twos.  From what I Hear they only get worse as you get closer to 3.  I'm hoping that's inaccurate.  What I've realized is don't get upset about it - if you have to leave the cart of groceries in the store and carry your child kicking and screaming out of the store like a football under your arm...you're not alone.  (Seriously, you aren't alone - I've done this once or twice already.)  Those parents who haven't reached this stage yet, they may look at you pitifully, but they will see one day and those that have experienced it, totally sympathize with you.  It's a phase.  It, too, shall pass.
  5. Don't try to accomplish much during waking hours.  In fact, don't expect to accomplish much period in your first trimester especially.  Two year olds want and need attention and it's crazy to try to clean the house or get groceries when they want it.  During that first trimester, allow yourself to sleep while your child naps.  You will thank yourself later.
Pregnancy is totally unpredictable and if anything is more unpredictable, I'd say it's a 2 year old.  I mean, my son will tell me, "No, I don't want milk." and then sob uncontrollably when I put the milk back in the fridge because no really means yes some days.  

It's life. 
And it's blissful. 
And it's short and we need to soak it in while we can.