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DIY Disney: Winnie the Pooh Party

Bounce on over to the Hundred Acre Woods with me, as I share (far too many) photos and tips for hosting a BUDGET FRIENDLY Disney themed party!

For the last few months our daughter has been in love with that silly ol' bear we all know and love, Winnie the Pooh. So I put on my thinking cap, and headed over to Pinterest for some inspiration. With technology and accessibility of things such as Amazon Prime, it's easy to burn through a huge amount of money on something like I party.

It's only natural to want the BEST party ever for your kid. You love and cherish them, why not throw the biggest, baddest, most pinterest worthy party ever?!!

Friend, please if you click away from this post before reading until the end I beg you to please remember this.
Build Memories with YOUR children,not a pinterest board of activities never completed.  Time with our children goes so quickly, and especially in the toddler years, they LOVE to be with YOU. 

Now that I've stepped down from my soap…

Motherhood Diaries: Empowering Words

I recently read an article that claimed, "your voice becomes your child's inner voice". As a stay at home mom (SAHM) where my children hear my voice almost all day long, this thought inspired me to rethink how I speak to my girls.

If my words become the words that motivate them, and stick with them throughout their lives, what am I saying?

Am I showing kindness, and respect?  Am I modeling the behavior I so desire them to have?
I fail. 
I have found myself pulling my toddlers onto my lap sometimes more than once a day asking for forgiveness.  I want my girls to know that their mom is not perfect, and their mom is learning new things every day just like they are. 
So, how do I guide their inner voice? 
Empowering Words. 
I've made a conscious effort to share empowering words to my girls daily. For example, each night before my girls fall asleep, I whisper empowering words to them. 
You are Brave You are Strong You are Kind You are Loved  You are Treasured You are Enough You …

Disney Nature: #BornInChina

On Earth Day, 2017 Disney Nature will be releasing another film in their collection of nature films. Our family had the opportunity to see it before it was released to the general public, and if you want to hear our thoughts or find out if we felt it was a good idea to take our two oldest (3 & 2) to the movie, Stay tuned...

About the Movie: 
#BorninChina takes you into three animal families living in the wilds of China. In the short 1 hour and 16 minute film, you will have the opportunity to see a year in the life of some adorable Panda's, Snow Leopards, Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey and a few others.

The film is narrated by John Krasinki.
Rating: G

The visuals in this movie were absolutely stunning! If you want to see the beauty of wild China where the animals roam, go see this movie you will not be disappointed. However, if you are more interested in learning facts about the habitats and survival skills it might not be the right fit for you. Yes, you will learn about how…

What's in My Diffuser: Morning Routine

Anyone still hanging in with me on the 30 day shred? I must confess, I am slacking... I've had a hard time getting it into my routine, but I am trying my best!

In an ongoing effort to remove heavy perfumes and candles from our home, I have turned to the diffuser. My parents have been using a diffuser for years, and I just recently received my first one as a gift and have been hooked ever since. My recent morning blend has been 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of wild orange essential oils.

Why Lemon and Wild Orange? Wild Orange Uplifting AromaPowerful cleaning agentLemon Promotes positive moodPowerful cleaning agent I find using this blend of citrus helps uplift my groggy-mood, and is a pleasant start to my day! 
Want more information about Doterra Essential Oils, contact my mom (Kitty)

DIY Disney: Tangled Tower

Happy Wednesday Friends!

This week I did a really simple and quick Disney inspired craft with my toddlers, and here are 3 things to love about this craft!
Hardly ANY supplies requiredHardly ANY set upGreat for developing those FINE MOTOR Skills!  I guess my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education is getting some use as a stay at home mom. I can't help but see the teachable moments in our every day life, and my prayer is that by doing these crafts with my girls they are inspired to keep learning and trying new things.  I can't encourage you enough to craft with your toddlers, they learn SO much through the process! 
Here's what you need for your Tangled inspired craft! 
Supplies: ScissorsYellow YarnConstruction PaperHole punchStickers of Flowers (optional)
The Process:
Poke a bunch of holes in a piece of paper and have your children practice threading the yarn through the holes. This can be tricky for your toddlers, it's important to guide them through the process so …

30 Day Shred - Diet Plans?

How did we do with our first couple days of the 30 Day Shred?

Someone recently asked me if there was a diet plan we were sticking with for the program, and the short answer is simply, No. I'm not following any "diet". I am however, make a few conscious choices when it comes to the food I'm putting in my body.

Using the tools learned during my first round of the 21 day fix, I am portioning my food and increasing my veggies while decreasing my carbs. I will not be as strict as I was while on the 21 day fix, but at the same time I plan to eliminate all beverages except water and my mothers milk tea.

Nutritional Goals for April 2017

Eliminate Soda & Coffee Drink more waterIncrease VeggiesUse the tools learned during the 21 day fix for portion control Here's a look at some of the things we ate during round one of the 21 day fix, we will be incorporating these back into our meal plan for the month of April.

What are some of your tips and tricks for eating healthy, li…

30 Day Shred Day 1 - To Do List.

Welcome to Day one of the 30 Day Shred!

This is a program designed by Jillian Michaels, and one of the programs I used back in 2012 to kick start my weight loss journey. Since 2012 I have lost over 70 lbs and given birth to the three most beautiful girls in the whole world.

I believe in this program, as it was one of the first programs I used and saw results! I'd love to have you join me on this journey!

Let's get started!

Before you begin the program, I believe it is essential to do the following 3 things.

Take your measurements This is something I didn't do in 2012 and I regret it. I had to rely on the way I felt and I wasn't able to see numbers... This discouraged me quite a bit. So, take those measurements. Take some Pictures! Take the pictures!!!!!! Even if NO ONE sees them but you, YOU  are worth it! 
Identify a time that YOU will push play. What works for you? Does a 5 a.m. workout work best for you? How about after dinner and when the kids are in bed? What works …