SMILE

SMILE! What a great reminder for a Friday, eh?  And who better to show you how than the cutest little William!

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My parents watched William earlier this week, and they sent me photos and videos all day long which made my heart so happy.  My mom was sitting with William while he ate lunch and she asked him how much he loves Yaya and Pops.  Check out that grin!  If that doesn’t say love, I don’t know what does!  Now William will smile upon request.  It’s amazing, and I take even more pictures of him than before, if you can even believe that.

Of course, William got in some guitar time with his one and only Pops.

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As we’re a week into the new year, I’ve been thinking about goals.  I don’t really set resolutions, but there are things I’d like to improve on.  Granted, I could have written this post in July as they’re always areas I’m striving to get better in, but now seemed like a good time for a bit of a “refresh,” if you will. Here they are:

  • Fitness: I have got to get into some routine.  Right now, I do my before school workouts with my co-workers twice a week. Those are 15 minutes long, which is better than nothing, but definitely not the intense sweat sessions I used to have.  I usually workout once on the weekend while I have someone to watch William. I’d like to increase the number of times I workout to four.  Ideally, it would be five, but I want to make sure my goals are attainable.  This means I really need to try some at-home workouts, something I haven’t been too fond of in the past on a consistent basis.  Anyone have any suggestions?
  • Food: MEAL PREP! Even if I can prep just one large meal to get me through lunches during the work week, it would help so much. I’d like to do that on the weekend so I’m set for the week. I’m also looking for new crockpot recipes for weeknight dinners if you have any!
  • Blog: Blog more consistently!  I used to blog religiously Monday – Friday, but now two or three times is the norm. (Though this week, it was four times! Wahoo!) If I can get into at-home workouts, I’d like to share those with you.  I feel like I completely overload you with William photos (I mean, can you blame me?), but I would like to share ideas you find useful, too. If you have anything specific, let me know, as always!
  • Personal: Be more patient.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have a lot of patience.  A LOT.  I teach fourth grade, so it’s a given. I’m always patient with William. Sometimes by the end of the day, after William has gone to bed, I have zero patience left.  I need to remind myself to take a few deep breaths.

That’s all I’ve got.  I’ll leave you with this little winter bunny:

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Bunnies sniff with their noses, don’t you know?

What are your goals / resolutions for 2016?

Burn 1000 Workout

Over winter break, my mom, sister, sister-in-law, and I all checked out a new to us workout studio in St. Louis. It’s called Burn 1000 and it was HARD!  The last time we all worked out together was the month prior when we did an Orangetheory Fitness class.  After reading Burn 1000’s website, we learned it was similar to OTF in the sense that it was a high intensity workout using a combination of the treadmill and floor work.  We all agreed that we liked Burn 1000 better than OTF; however, we also all agreed that Burn 1000 was much, much harder!  Let me explain.

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So, OTF’s class is divided into two sections: floor and treadmill, both lasting about 25 minutes.  This is how every class is, to my understanding.  Burn 1000 is different in that we alternated between the treadmill and the floor, but did ten minute intervals; so we were on the treadmill and the floor three times each.

Since I’m not in the best shape right now, the treadmill portion of Burn 1000 felt a lot more manageable since it was just ten minutes.  That being said, it was more challenging because we never really got true recovery time.  We would get about 15 seconds, but that’s it.  (As opposed to OTF where we walked for a period of time to recover.)

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Pros of the Burn 1000 Workout:

  • INTENSE and HARD workout
  • Very sore the following day
  • Short intervals (10 minutes, though the website says the intervals can be 5, 10, or 15 minutes)
  • Great instructor! Our instructor was on point with keeping both groups – floor and treadmills – on track with time, moves, and intervals – impressive!
  • Fast paced – no time to get bored!
  • Tons of different moves
  • Total body workout

Cons of the Burn 1000 Workout:

  • No modifications given
  • Instructions are given so quickly for each move, could be challenging for beginners to follow (although our instructor was great at walking around and correcting form when needed!)
  • Not a lot of rest time (though this could be a pro as it keeps your heart rate elevated!)

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All in all, I really enjoyed Burn 1000 and will definitely be back!  It’s a tough workout, but doable.  I could feel it throughout my entire body the following days.  If you’re in St. Louis, check it out!

Have you ever done a group workout class that alternates the treadmill with floor work?

Who is there for you?

Whenever I go through certain situations, good or bad, in life, I am reminded of who is there for me.  The answer is always FAMILY.  Don’t get me wrong – I have the most amazing friends a girl could ask for.  Friends who will be there in the drop of a hat, friends who text and call to check in or just say hi, friends who are shoulders to cry on, smiles to laugh with, and hearts to celebrate with.  But there’s just something about family that provides an irreplaceable bond and everlasting love.

Who are the key members of my family, my roots that keep me grounded:

My mom, William’s Yaya.

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My mom is an incredible woman, everyone would agree.  She’s selfless, caring, wise, and always there.  It’s no wonder William asks for Yaya 5,000 times a day upon waking up every morning and before bed each night.  “Yaya?” he says.  “Yaya says, ‘Good morning!'” I tell him.  “Or, ‘Yaya says it’s time to go night night. All the little boys and girls are going to sleep now,'” just as she would say to him.  Yaya reads William books while he sits at the big boy table to eat.  She gets him to eat more than I ever can. We both smile and our hearts are full every time we’re with her.  All kids who know Yaya, whether they’re family or not, call her Yaya.

My sister.

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Oh Stephanie. You can’t choose your family, but if I could I’d definitely choose you as my sister!  Stephanie has been my constant cheerleader, my best friend, my stylist, William’s second mom, my photographer, and I could go on and on. There’s truly no bond like sisterhood and she’s definitely the best.

My dad, William’s Pops.

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Smartest man I know.  Pops knows everything and can do anything.  He’s always right, never wrong (this is where I get it from!).  He’s been playing his guitar for William since the beginning, and William has learned a love of music from him.  I hope William grows up to be just like Pops!

My grandma, Mama, William’s great grandmother.

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I’ve always had a special bond with Mama. She was the first person I told I was pregnant. She can keep secrets better than anyone I know. Grandparents and great grandparents allow children to do things that normally would not be ok.  Putting William on the pool table is one of them.  Mama taught William how to roll balls on the pool table (as opposed to throw them as he does with every other object) among many other things.  When we go over to their house, getting on the pool table is the first thing William wants to do.  As you can see from his priceless reaction, it clearly makes him very, very happy.

My grandpa, Papa, William’s great grandfather.

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William got his first pool lesson from Papa last week.  Papa has taught all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren about pool and many, many other sports. While Mama lets William sit on the pool table, Papa has him stand on the bench he built over 30 years ago for small little ones to be able to reach. He shows William how to put two hands on the pool stick, aim, and hit the balls.  Everyone is continually impressed with William’s athletic ability and, undoubtedly, it comes from Papa.

Family is everything.

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Just some of my mom’s side of the family.  Family get togethers are so special, and even more so as we get older and bring our own children.

My grandpa, Poppy, William’s great grandfather.

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Poppy just celebrated his 87th birthday!  He’s the youngest and best looking 87 year old, eh?  I am proud to have William named after Poppy and carry on the “Williams” name.  As evidenced by the bottom photo, Poppy with his three sons, he’s instilled a love of family into his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  I know my siblings will have this same strong bond when we reach my dad and his brothers’ ages.

Audrey, my niece.

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Audrey is William’s youngest mother.  He is “her baby.”  She taught him pretend play and how to use his imagination.  In this photo, they were pretending to go to sleep.  Jacob wanted in on this photo, and she snapped, “No! William is MY baby!”  “You go up and I’ll go down,” she told William when posing for the picture.  She wants William all to herself and is the kindest and most gentle with him that I’ve ever seen her.  She’s four going on 14, so this is kind of a big deal.

Me & William

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William has taught me so many lessons during his 21 months of being here.  He’s taught me unconditional love and has brought me more joy and happiness than I ever knew possible. He’s taught me to slow down and cherish every moment in life.  There’s nothing more important than love and everything else can wait.

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Pure happiness. My little man. My everything.

Some days around here can be challenging, I’m not going to lie.  But William reminds me that everything happens for a reason. I need that reminder and I need to believe that.  It will all work out exactly how it’s supposed to. Regardless how it ends, my family is / has / will always be there.  Thank you, family.

Who is there for you?

new scenes

Happy New Year!  Now that we’re a few days in and my schedule goes back to normal, I thought I’d share a few new scenes from life lately.  I’ve been thinking about some goals for 2016 and reflecting on the whirlwind of 2015, but I think I’ll save those ramblings for another post.  After all, it is the Monday after a long holiday break, so let’s keep things light and easy today!

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Obviously we’ll start with the little man. :)  He’s been a bundle of joy this winter break.  William runs faster, talks more, and gets smarter every single day.  Lately, he’s been loving chase and loves it even more when he is caught as he bursts into a hilariously adorable bout of contagious giggles!

Speaking of giggles, I was in stitches when I noticed William’s hair:

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For Chanukah, one of William’s big gifts was this awesome play set.  (For those interested, it’s the Step 2 Woodland Climber and it’s amazing!)  It’s plastic, so as William climbs up the stairs and goes down the slide, his hair builds up some crazy static.  I always see how long his hair is in the bath tub when it’s wet and straight, but it looked even longer when it was sticking straight up!  So funny!

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Many of you know that Annette from Enjoy Your Healthy Life and I have been friends since we were just toddlers at the same Montessori school when we were two years old.  Every time she comes in town to St. Louis (which is far too infrequently, if you ask me!), we always make sure to get together.  Our catch up dates have become even more special now that we bring our little ones.  Just as we played for countless hours growing up, now our littles can, too.  This was the first time I got to meet Annette’s new little peanut, Lexi!

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(Stephanie, how in the world do you get such amazing shots of babies, toddlers, and families?  Clearly a skill I’m missing!  I used the one shot – out of 100 – where they were at least all somewhat looking!)

I’m grateful to have had this friendship in my life for 28 years!  Annette is such an inspiring woman who is kind, intelligent, and passionate in all aspects of her life (and bold!).  She’s an amazing mother, friend, sister, wife, and fitness instructor, and always has time to catch up!  While we live thousands of miles apart, we text often and always pick up where we left off from the time before.  Conversations between us are honest, lively, and endless and remind me what true friendship is.  Now only if I could convince her to move back to St. Louis…

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I love having time off work because it means a lot more time to have play dates with my friends!  One of my best friends, Diana, has a baby who is almost one named Emily.  We always laugh when we get Emily and William together because William can be a bit rough with Emily.  It’s funny because he’s not usually like that, but William usually is the youngest of his friends, so, really, he’s the one getting pushed.  Well, this play date was no different.  William threw a fit when Emily played with his toys (we are working on sharing), so I asked him to find Emily a toy she could play with.  He brought her one of Zoey’s dog toys… That was no accident, I’m sure!  Little stinker!

We definitely made progress when we moved the play date to the basement and William actually wanted Emily to sit at his table with him.  Baby steps!

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Another play date with William’s best bud Wolf happened.  Wolf is a few months older than William (and one that definitely beats up on William, at times… out of love!).  Wolf got a new tent for Chanukah and the boys LOVED playing in it.  It was so fun to watch them actually play together, instead of parallel play which is the stage that happens before kids playing with each other.  Sometimes their playing together led to quarrels (who was pushing the grocery cart first?! who gets to hold the bottle of ketchup?!), but in general, the boys play very well together!

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Wolf’s momma is Julie, one of my closest friends.  We went to a St. Louis Blues hockey game last week.  While we may have been more interested in taking selfies, talking, and deciding what food to get for dinner, we had a blast and did watch part of the game.  We brought home a winner!

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New Year’s Eve 2015 was wild and crazy over here!  William played with his cousins Audrey and Jacob, they partied with crowns, and William was out by 7:30.  Oh baby, oh baby!

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Too early to wake up!  No pictures, Mom! C’mon! Ok, fine, just one.

Maybe how some of you were feeling on New Year’s Day? 😉

What new scenes do you want to share? What’d you do for NYE?

From the bottom of my heart, I wish each of you a healthy, happy New Year full of love and laughter! Thank you for your ongoing support. xoxo

Ultimate Fried Egg Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

You guys.  I made something ridiculously amazing.  Like for real.  Like it should probably be on the menu of some cute, trendy restaurant.  And I ate half of it in one sitting.  It’s that good.  Obviously, as this post title name implies, it’s the Ultimate Fried Egg Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust.  It does take a bit of prep work, but it’s definitely worth every minute.  It’s really not hard to make at all, and it can be modified based on your preferences and what you have in your kitchen.

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How good does that look?

Fried eggs are all the rage right now.  Just the other night, I went out to dinner and ordered a burger that had a fried egg on top.  It was decent, but my pizza was WAY better.  Like by a landslide.  And oooobviously I used Eggland’s Best eggs.  Why?  Because compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer, have 10X more Vitamin E, 25% less saturated fat, have more than DOUBLE the Omega-3s, have 4X more Vitamin D, 3X more Vitamin B12, and 38% more Lutein. [more nutritional facts HERE]

All Eggland’s Best eggs are produced by hens that are fed an unique, all-vegetarian diet of healthy grains, canola oil, and an all-natural supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  The feed contains no animal fat, no animal by-products, and no recycled or processed food.  Eggland’s Best never uses added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics of any kind.

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I’ve been indulging quite a bit this lovely holiday season.  I enjoy every minute of it, but it’s not to say I still don’t try to make many healthy choices.  Swapping out regular pizza for this cauliflower crust pizza loaded with vegetables is one of them.  There are tons of cauliflower crust recipes out there.  I used a combination of this one and this one. (Make sure to add plenty of cheese and cook it long enough!)

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After the cauliflower crust bakes, spread your favorite sauce, cheese, and add the veggies.  I sauteed baby portabella mushrooms (SO GOOD!) and added green pepper, red onion, and sun-dried tomatoes.  The combination was phenomoneal.  Then, of course, I topped it all off with three fried eggs (Eggland’s Best make the perfect fried eggs!).  Every bite was incredible.  I kept cutting the pizza and telling myself it would be my last slice.  However, it was so light and delicious I kept nibbling away!  Before I knew it, half the pizza was gone.  (Don’t worry, I shared the other half which was enjoyed just as much as it was by me!)

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So the next time you decide to make pizza for dinner, give this one a shot.  It’s much healthier than traditional pizza, yet packs way more flavor.  I promise whoever you decide to share it with (if you decide to share it, that is) will agree.  Mmm, I’m getting hungry all over again.

Are you a cauliflower crust pizza lover?  What are your favorite toppings?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.

very merry

Oh hello there!  It’s been almost a week since I’ve blogged, and I hope everyone has been busy sharing their time with friends, family, and loved ones.  We certainly have.  William hopes YOU…

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…had a very Merry Christmas, if you celebrate.  We don’t, but I couldn’t think of anything else creative to say while posting this picture of William pointing.

My sister Stephanie had William last week when his school was closed and I still had to work.  She made an impromptu stop at the studio with William and her kids.  Well, Stephanie has always been a briber, especially when it comes to getting kiddos to smile for the camera.  Apparently, she bribed William to smile (though clearly unsuccessfully here… good thing he’s cute!) with M&Ms.  She thinks it’s hilarious since I literally don’t feed William anything like that at all (personal preference).  I’m not mad because how could I be mad when she takes William to the studio for pictures? But… I was sure to load up her kids on sugar last time I was with them.  Yeah.  You’re welcome. :)

The night before Stephanie watched William, Audrey woke up in the middle of the night and told Stephanie, “I know how I’m going to get William to smile!  I’m going to say ‘what what chicken butt!'” Oh the mind of a four year old!

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They’re both getting so darn old.  These two plus Jacob make the three musketeers.

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Doesn’t that look like the cover to a CD or something?  No?  Just me.  Alright…

How about the three of them on Christmas?  When we actually celebrated Chanukah with my immediate family.

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Back to studio shots…. and the best baby ever…

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…with the wildest hair ever.  I know I say this at least once a week, but he is turning into such the little boy.  His words increase by the hour (literally!) and he grows bigger by the day (literally!).  Looking back, the newborn stage went by quickly, but this toddler stage is FLYING by.  I know I’m biased, but in addition to being extremely smart, silly, loving, and sweet, William is quite possibly the most beautiful baby ever!

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Stephanie knows how much I adore black and white photos.

Anyone and everyone agrees that William is definitely a “Williams” (my maiden name).  He has all the classic Williams features, so it’s no surprise that people repeatedly mistaken him for a brother of Jacob and Audrey.  Do you see it?

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Such cuties!  I adore all of them!

How has your last week been?  

all photos by stephanie cotta photography

so strong but scared

I do a lot of reflecting.  I think it may have to do with the teacher in me.  During college, as an education major, after every field experience we had (which was A LOT – multiple times a week), we were always required to write a reflection.  I would have to sit and think about what I observed, what I learned, and how I can apply it to my career.  Still to this day, we as teachers must do a lot of reflecting, both on and off the record.  I reflect on each lesson and strive to improve.  This carries over in my personal life, as well.  Let me explain.

Over the weekend, we went to a birthday party for one of William’s friends.  It was at a kids’ gym which is always a blast.  William took a class at a gym over the summer, so he’s familiar with a lot of the equipment.  It’s amazing  how much more William can do now compared to over the summer.  When we first began classes, he was pretty apprehensive.  In fact, the very first class he wanted to be held most of the time. (Granted, he was just 14 months old at this time.)  Now, he gets right in there from the very beginning!  We’ll definitely be signing up again this summer.

Anyway, one of the activities there are the bars.  During the summer, the instructors would have the kids hold on and they would support them to help them experience what it feels like to hang in order to begin building their upper body strength.  Well, back then William pretty much vetoed any activity that involved an unfamiliar person.  He wouldn’t even touch the bar.  Now?  He can totally hold himself without any support!  However, once he got there and was holding on and hanging, he was terrified!

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Even though he was completely safe (his tiptoes could touch the mat), the unsupported hanging sensation must have been what scared him.  I quickly helped him down and told him what a strong baby he is!  The photo sure makes me chuckle though. :-)

Back to my reflecting, this made me think of life.  William is so strong, but got scared when he experienced that new feeling.  Babies, kids, and adults go through this all the time.  New situations can be challenging and terrifying, yet possibly gratifying and worthwhile at the same time.  How do you get through these tough times?  Rely on your support system and persevere.  For William, I was right there keeping him safe and encouraging him.  He did hang on the bars again; he didn’t give up.  This is like life.

We go through life experiences that require us to be very, very strong.  We pull out this inner strength that we might not even know we had within us.  It’s ok to be scared.  It’s not ok to give up, stop trying, or dwell on negative situations.  Keep on going, STAY STRONG, and there will be a light at the end of the tunnel!

Did you follow all that?

Moving on to a lighter subject… how about one more black and white bath photo of William? You can never have too many with this cute face!

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William took his first bubble bath the other night.  Most of you know that I’m really weird when it comes to harmful chemicals and my baby (and myself).  That’s what got me started with Ava Anderson Non Toxic (toothpaste for William, specifically).  I literally use their entire line now.  I didn’t dump all my old products.  I used them up, and whenever I needed more of something (face soap, dishwasher detergent, etc.), I simply purchased the Ava Anderson one instead of the toxic chemical laden one.

The avaBABY body wash and shampoo was one of the first products that I started with.  The lavender scent is light and the soap is so gentle on William’s sensitive skin.  Since I use it multiple days a week, it’s important that it’s completely safe.  A lot of the Ava Anderson products have multiple uses.  I just learned that if you put a few pumps of the baby soap / shampoo under running water, it makes bubbles!

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William was THRILLED!  He kept touching the bubbles, popping them, scooping them up, and squealing with joy!  If you’re interested in any of the products, shop at avaandersonnontoxic.com/itzlinz. Enter December’s party number 116739. Email me for free shipping and with any questions – itzlinz (at) gmail (dot) com.

Who is excited for a short work week this week?!

catching up from last weekend

I won’t say I’ve been a bad blogger because we, as bloggers, get to decide what and when we publish.  However, I will say I have not been very timely or consistent with my posts.  Life has just been getting in the way in the best way possible.  After William goes to sleep, some nights I choose to cook dinner (hello, chipotle cheddar burgers!), while other nights I choose to get some shut eye extra early.  And even better, there are nights where I do neither, but instead, enjoy time spent with special friends and family. :-)

Anyway, I have some photos to share not from this past weekend, but from the weekend before.  Maybe tomorrow’s post will be from these last couple of days.  A couple of weekends ago, the weather was unbelievable for December; we were in long sleeve shirts with no coats, so a trip to the park was a must!  William got to see his momma practice her split jump – something I haven’t done in way too long!

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I’ve still got it!  I love how he watches me – always lead by example!  Sometimes at my house, I practice handstands, and when I do, William goes down into downward dog – something he’s been practicing for months.  So stinkin’ cute!  Quick side story: we were at a birthday party yesterday and it was held at a kids’ gymnastic place.  The instructors were teaching the kiddies how to do forward rolls, and William was a pro!  He knew just how to bend over and touch his toes, and LOVED when I picked him up by the hips and gently toppled him over!

Speaking of birthday parties, the weekend before, William went to his girlfriend’s second birthday party.  He enjoyed the carousal, but really found the balloons to be the hit of the party!

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Random fact: when I was a kid, I was terrified of balloons.  The way they would move on their own (with helium / wind / a draft / etc.) really freaked me out.  William is the total opposite and LOVES balloons!  After his first birthday party, I kept balloons in the house for as long as they lasted and he played with them every day.

William was really enamored by lighting the Chanukah candles this year.  On the last night, we lit them in the morning and the evening.

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And to be honest, we’ve lit them almost every day since Chanukah ended.  Sometimes William doesn’t like to sit in his high chair and one way I can get him in is by asking him if he wants to light the candles.  Let’s just call it a little bit of extra practice for next year!

You know how I love my black and white black photos…

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How hard is he cheesing here?  I don’t think he could smile any bigger!

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Apparently I was really into the black and white photos this weekend, because here’s another:

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Color is cool and all, but there’s something just so classic about black and white.  William has always adored Zoey, and the older he has gotten, the more Zoey has begun to like William.  I captured this moment of the two of them giving each other kisses.  And William’s crazy morning hair tops it all off!

Since we started this post with a photo in color, let’s end it the same way.  Even though there are times when William cries for ridiculous reasons (like when I stopped vacuuming and he wanted to continue…), most of the time he’s such a happy, giggly little thing.  Before bath the other night, all he wanted to wear was a hat.  He was so silly on my bed that I had to snap a photo (or ten).

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And yes… THAT CURL!

Catch me up – what’s been going on with you lately?

Ridiculous Reasons Toddlers Cry

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Want to laugh today? Then this post is for you!  If you’re a parent or an aunt or a grandma or an educator or really anyone who has been around a very tiny and young human, you know that sometimes, just sometimes, they cry, pout, and throw tantrums over the most ridiculous things.  Toddlers are at a stage where they are gaining their independence, pushing boundaries, sometimes, just sometimes, a tad illogical… or at least it seems that way older, larger, and wiser humans – like mommas who just want to help them grow, learn, keep them safe, and love those little beings as much as possible!

Lately, William is going through this stage.  Sure, he’s definitely happy most of the time.  But there are those other times that he throws fits, screams, and cries over some of the silliest and most mundane things.  Like how the other day he was frustrated that he couldn’t put his shoes on, so I asked him if he wanted me to help.  He said yes, I put his shoes on, and you would have thought I did the most horrible thing ever.  Or how about during Chanukah when I wouldn’t let him stick his hands in the flames on the menorah?  Yeah, I was really mean for that.  Not letting him eat dog food?  How could I?!  Or how about making him get weighed at the doctor?

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I don’t like scales either, buddy.

When William threw a fit and wouldn’t let me take him out of his car seat last night (really, you want to stay in it now? usually you don’t want to get in the thing!), I decided to reach out to a group of mommas on Facebook and ask for their own stories about ridiculous reasons why toddlers cry. No matter what kind of momma you are, you probably understand this silly toddler stage.  Just like these ladies shared their stories for my What NOT To Say To A Pregnant Woman post, they came through and definitely didn’t disappoint this time either.  So go ahead, read on, and get ready to laugh.  Because sometimes, in the eyes of a toddler, life just is not fair.

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Ridiculous Reasons Toddlers Cry

~real stories from real moms

  • My three year old cried because he isn’t a Power Ranger.
  • My 19 month old melts down when you give him two halves of a graham cracker instead of the whole sheet…. And don’t you dare try any hand over hand assistance to help scoop or stab the same piece of food he’s dropped 10 times. That warrants a scream and throwing of the utensil.
  • My three and a half old had a melt down yesterday because I wouldn’t let him have any of “daddy’s money” that was in the huge water jug, which he ONLY wanted because he had pockets in his shorts.
  • My almost three year old broke down today when I wouldn’t let him “eat” the ibuprofen I was taking for my migraine. Just what my head needed… screaming crying.
  • My four year old lost it when our elf on the shelf was found sitting on her My Little Pony.
  • Because we were raking leaves (he was picking up one leaf at a time and putting it in the bag) and I put the leaves in an empty bag instead of the full bag of leaves.

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  • My three year old broke down last night because he wanted chocolate milk… and I was in the kitchen pouring said chocolate milk into a sippy cup as requested.
  • My three year old has a meltdown when I peel his banana for him. But also has a meltdown because he can’t peel it himself. So I have to secretly start peeling it, then try to hide the seams so he thinks he did it himself.
  • My three year old had a meltdown when I wouldn’t allow him to use nasal gel as toothpaste.
  • My three and one year old both wanted to sit on my lap, but one leg for each was not sufficient.
  • Because I poured him a whole bowl of Cheerios for breakfast and he only wanted five.

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  • We wouldn’t let her shake the baby.
  • If I break my kids’ granola bars up instead of handing it to them whole, they spaz out and throw it on the floor.
  • My three year old asked for a show – I said sure. I turn on the tv and Thomas the Train is on – he lost it. It’s his favorite show…
  • Amelia flipped the other day because she wanted to climb into her car seat by herself and I let her. Then because she wanted her black Toms on and I let her put them on. Then because she wanted to go to the zoo and I took her. Then because I had to use the bathroom.  We’ve had a rough week. 😉
  • We wouldn’t let her drive the car home.

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  • My daughter is currently mad because her hot dog bites won’t stay on her spoon, but when I try to get her to use the fork instead, she screams, “No, Mommy! No!”
  • Because I opened his fruit snacks and poured them out… Apparently they have to stay in the package so he can struggle for 20 minutes with getting each one out.
  • Because I was taking him to see the Minion movie.
  • Because I wouldn’t let him eat stale Cheerios he stashed in his high chair.

Although these little toddlers may throw the most ridiculous fits, I think it’s safe to say, at least with baby William, that most of the time he is just the happiest little thing I’ve ever known and brings more joy to me than I’ve ever known.

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So Mommas, tell me in the comment section below: What is the most ridiculous reason your toddler has thrown a fit?

*This post is meant to be read in jest. Obviously, there are some real reasons babies / toddlers / kids cry and their needs should be met with love. But those times that they throw cry and pout and scream over the silliest things, well, let’s just remember that this stage won’t last forever!

Bang For Your Buck Workout

It’s no secret that I’m short on time.  My fitness level is nowhere near where I’d like it to be, but I do what I can when I can.  Something is better than nothing.  I’ve never been an all or nothing kind of person – a little bit here, a little bit there, get your body moving is what it’s all about.  Most weeks, I’m able to squeeze in a quick 15 minute workout before school with my coworkers.  I like to get to the gym on the weekends if I have time.  I’ve made it to the gym twice in these last two weeks.

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And you betchya I’ve taken a gym selfie both times!  Gotta prove to the world that I haven’t lost my fitness completely!  (Clearly, I’m joking.)  But I do like to document my gym visits since they’re kind of few and far between right now.

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Since my time to workout is not unlimited anymore, I’ve really got to get the most bang for my buck while I’m there.  I’m a big fan of compound exercises – moves that work more than one body part at a time.  My workouts are short, but get my heart pumping, my blood flowing, and my sweat dripping!

I usually start with some cardio to warm up, 10 – 20 minutes on the stairs, elliptical, or incline walking on the treadmill.  Then, I do a total body workout.  I make sure to stretch after, whether it’s at the gym or my house, since my muscles are pretty tight after working out.  Here’s the ultimate bang for your buck workout – this works your entire body with just a set of dumbbells in FIVE moves.  (Don’t underestimate it!)  The moves may sound complex, but I’ve explained them below the graphic.

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Bang For Your Buck Workout

  1. Squat with Front Raise: Take one dumbbell (or a kettlebell if that’s an option) and hold it between your legs.  Squat down, and as you come up, swing your arms forward, squeeze your glutes, and make your arms parallel with your shoulders.  Do NOT go higher and stay in control of your movement.
  2. Lunge with Bicep Curl: I prefer walking lunges.  Curl your dumbbells up when you go down in your lunge being careful your knee is on top of your toe (and not past it).
  3. Push Up with Tricep Kickback:  Do a push up and keep your core tight.  While in the plank position, grab one dumbbell, row up and kick back.  Repeat on your other side.  Push up.  Tricep kickback on both sides.  Try to keep your hips square and not rock back and forth.
  4. Plie Squat with Lateral Raise: Turn your toes out, so you’re in a plie position.  Plie squat down while simultaneously doing a lateral raise.  Again, your arms should not go higher than your shoulders.  Keep a slight bend in your elbows to avoid locking them.
  5. One Legged Dumbbell Row: Balancing on one leg, hinge forward, but keep your chest lifted.  Your arms should be directly below your chest, palms facing each other.  Row up (while remaining balanced) and squeeze your shoulder blades together.  Do 7 on one leg, then switch legs.

I’m telling you, you work your WHOLE BODY on this one!  My goal is to get through three sets of the whole workout, and trust me when I tell you that you will feel it in every inch of your body the next day!  So, if you don’t have a lot of time (or equipment) to workout, don’t even worry about it.  Give this bang for your buck workout a shot and thank me later!

What does your workout schedule look like these days?