If All Else Fails, Shred It

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If you asked me when I was pregnant what my body would look like 6 months postpartum, I would have easily said the way it did prior to getting pregnant.  Duhh.   I've watched friend after friend drop the lbs so easily and return to their pre-baby weights.  Some even are skinnier and lighter than before they were pregnant.  I truly didn't think I'd have any problems.

Wrong.  Wrong.  Wrong. 

The weight did not fall off for me like my friends.  I rocked my maternity jeans for weeks months after giving birth.  I hated that I still looked pregnant months after having Vinny.  I'm sure people looked at me thinking "that poor girl is pregnant again, ALREADY?!"

I purchased a body slimmer and wore it religiously.  I don't know if I can attribute my stomach shrinking because of the body slimmer or not, but I can say it gave me a lot more self-confidence when I wore it.  I no longer "jiggled" and that, my friends, was the best feeling in the world. 

I blamed my c-section for so long.  I kept thinking if I didn't have to have an emergency c-section and had Vinny naturally that I would be skinnier.  The weight would have melted off like it did for my friends.  But, after weeks of self pity, I came to the realization that was not the case at all.  My c-section was not the culprit of me not losing the lbs.  Nor was my emergency appendix removal 4 weeks after having Vinny.  I wasn't where I hoped to be because I haven't done anything about it. 

Until now.  Better late than never.

I'd like to point out that right now I'm happy with my body except for my stomach.  It's not as flat and definitely isn't as tight as I hoped it would be by now.  It doesn't jiggle like it used to, but it also isn't pretty to look at.  And I no longer look pregnant -- HUGE plus.  But I'm no where to feeling confident in a bikini.  And since I just booked a girls trip to Arizona for the beginning of May, I need to get myself bikini ready stat. 

So.  In order to be bikini ready in 2 months I started working out this week.  I've always been a huge Jillian Michaels advocate. Even when I want to punch her in the face when she gives me the whole "pain is weakness leaving your body" line.  The girl's workouts really do work and my body has always responded quickly to them.  The 30 Day Shred is easily one of my favorite Jillian videos which also gives me fast results.

I started it this week and to say I'm sore is an understatement.  This stomach will soon look like Jillian's in no time.  I can barely walk up and down stairs and when I laugh my stomach feels like someone is poking it with needles.  But it's all for the greater good.  I will get my stomach back to where it was prior to Vinny.

 Just in time to get pregnant again...

Half a Year

Monday, February 25, 2013

Six months old.  Half a year down.  I can't even stand it.  How is Vinny 6 months already?  I know I say it over and over, but I seriously feel like I just had him.  I probably will be saying that when he's 8 too.

This last month has easily been my favorite.  Vinny is changing so much daily.  He's so happy all.the.time.  I swear he constantly has a smile on his face.  Especially when Chris is in the room.  Vinny thinks he is the funniest thing in the world.  I wish I could make him laugh and smile half as much as Chris can.  And I'm sure Chris wishes Vinny would snuggle him and sleep in his arms like Vinny does for me.  So there.  We are even :)

Vinny is starting to sit up on his own.  He needs a little guidance because the minute you think he has it down, he tumbles over face first.  He is just like his mama and still cries when whatever it is that he's eating is gone.  He prefers to stand over sit.  Just like his mama, he starts shaking his booty when he hears music.  He has a great set of lungs and makes himself crack up when he screams.  He's still mesmerized by Tiko and kicks his legs and waves his arms whenever Tiko comes over to give him a sniff or kiss.  He's starting to scoot backwards and I feel like crawling is on the horizon.  Slow down boyfriend!

The last 6 months has been the best months of our lives.  I love watching my little man grow and change.  I'm so excited for what's to come.  Seriously blessed. 

Must Haves

Happy Monday!  How is it Monday already? 
I want to share with you a few of my favorite things.  I consider these must haves.  I don't think I'd be able to survive without them. 
L'Oreal BB Cream. 
BB Cream.  Also known as “beauty balm or blemish balm."  It boasts soothing & skin repairing qualities as well as gives immediate coverage.  It reminds me of a tinted moisturizer + concealer + UV protection.  This stuff is amazing.  If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet, you're truly missing out.  My go to BB Cream is this one by Loreal.  It seriously is all I use on my face now.  No powder, concealer, etc.  Just this. 


Suave Dry Shampoo
I used to be the girl who washed, dried, straightened and styled her hair every.single.day.  Then I got lazy pregnant and that all stopped.  I started off with washing it every other day.  That turned into every two days.  And now, I wash my hair twice a week.  It's all made possible with dry shampoo.  My hair is 110% healthier from not washing/straightening it daily and I have cut my time in front of the mirror in half. 

Aveda Blue Malva
While we are on the subject of hair I have to mention my newest love.  Aveda's Blue Malva shampoo & conditioner.  Recently I tried a new stylist and she suggested I try this combo.  I've always had a weird obsession with shampoo and conditioner.  I always purchase a new kind to try and within weeks I am bored with it and buy a different kind.  The cabinet under my sink is stocked with just about every brand under the sun.  But since trying Blue Malva, it's all I use and love.  Blue Malva adds silvery brightness to gray hair, and neutralizes brassiness in chemically-treated hair and all shades.  Which means it keeps my blonde bright and pretty.  Not to mention it smells ridiculously good.  Blondes trust me - you need this. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
There's nothing more I hate than looking in the mirror to see that my eyeshadow has creased.  With this, you'll never ever have that problem again.  I've tried a few other eyeshadow primers and Urban Decay one is my favorite.  The tube lasts forever and, in my opinion, is worth every penny.  And for the days when I don't wear eyeshadow I just dab a little of this primer on for coverage.

Essie Nail Polish
Need I say more?  I used to be an OPI girl but a few years ago I made the switch to Essie and haven't turned back.  I've been wearing armed and ready for the past few weeks and have received so many compliments.

Seche Vite
This is the only top coat you'll ever need.  It dries so fast and gives off the perfect amount of shine.  I attribute my at-home manis lasting a week because of this top coat.  Once you try it, you'll never use anything else - I promise.

Teacher Gifts

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day lovebugs! 

How did Valentine's Day turn into a day to give gifts to teachers?  Anyone?  I initially was not going to give Vinny's daycare teachers anything for Valentine's Day.  As a kid I don't remember my mom whipping something up for me to give my teachers.  But, I don't want to be that parent who arrives at his Valentine's Day party empty handed.  So, I whipped up these little hand sanitizers, tossed them into a gift bag with a cute notepad and viola.  Teacher gifts DONE.

Easy peasy. 

We Are THAT Family

Monday, February 11, 2013

This boy.  His laughs are music to my ears. I only wish I could make him do it.

Now don't get me wrong.  I can get him laughing.  And the smiles - piece of cake.  I take pride in being able to get those big opened mouth, eyes brighter than the sun, smiles out of him.  But the big belly laughs that make you start cracking up also?  That's all the hubs.  Vinny thinks the hubs is hilarious.  All C has to do is bust out a fake laugh, make any sort of noise, or do a little dance and he has Vinny laughing uncontrollably.  When I try to do the same, I get nothing out of Vinny. 

Maybe I'm not as funny as I once thought?   

Last weekend the weather was supposed to get ugly.  Winter storm Orko was heading our way and I couldn't have been more excited.  Being snowed in, with my family, fireplace on, watching the flakes fly, drinking hot chocolate was all that was on the agenda. 

But, Orko failed us. 
We weren't snowed in. 

So we dressed in our red and black Valentine's Day gear and headed out for a sushi date instead. 

Yep, we are totally that family. 

So it Begins

Friday, February 8, 2013

Poor Vinny.
He couldn't even make it through his first week of daycare without getting sick. 

I'm going to be real honest here.  I, obviously, was not happy to hear he was sick and that I had to go pick him up after only being at work for 45 minutes.  BUT, I was secretly thrilled to spend the day at home with my man. 

And to put my yoga pants back on.
And to catch up on the Bachelor. 

Valentine's Day Favorites

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  This year I couldn't be more excited.  I can't wait to shower Vinny in Valentine's day gifts and dress him in adorable Valentine's Day outfits.  I, of course, even have my own little photo shoot idea for Vinny's Valentine's Day photos.  I'm just hoping it turns out exactly the way I see it in my mind. 
Here's a collection of some of my favorite Valentine's gear for my man.


Afterglow App

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

As I said previously, I'm addicted to Instagram.  I love documenting life with photos.  LOVE.  I can't tell you how much I love and cherish the photos I take with my iphone.  If I lost them all, I seriously would need to be admitted to a padded room for a while.  Which reminds me... I need to back those puppies up again!

Anyways, a while back I discovered the Afterglow App.  Seconds after downloading it I was in heaven.  It has turned into the only photo and image editor I use.  I actually deleted the rest from my phone.  Afterglow is jammed packed with editing goodness.  You can adjust the exposure and brightness, sharpen, add pretty filters (ten times better than Insta's filters) and even upload you edited photo directly to social media (INSTAGRAM!!)  It's like a mini photoshop that lives in my phone.  Genius. 

Here's a little sample of the Afterglow goodness.

Top Right: Original
Top Left: Olive filter
Bottom Left: Frost filter
Bottom Right: Ash filter
If you haven't already downloaded Afterglow, I suggest you do.  It's been the best 99 cents I have spent.  Ever.  Then come over and follow me on Instagram so you can get your daily dose of Vinny pictures. 


Monday, February 4, 2013

Target is killing my wallet lately.  They have the cutest everything.  Walking out of there spending less than $100 feels basically impossible.  Agree?  Or am I just a sucker for cute things?

While I was there scooping up a few Valentine's gifts for Vinny, I snagged these two journals and cute planner. 

I'm not a journaler.  I don't have a diary.  I had no clue what I was going to do with these journals.  All I knew is that they were cute and I wanted them.

So after bringing them home I decided what I'd use them for.  Journals.  (Duhh, that's what they are!)  But instead of journaling for myself, I'm going to journal for Vinny.  I want to document his milestones, quirks and daily memories.  Fill up these books with so many memories that can be shared and remembered forever. 

One day, when he's older, I plan giving him these journals in the hopes that he'll appreciate and love that I did this. 


I wrote my first entry last night.  And, man, it felt so good to actually WRITE!  All too often we are behind our computers/phones typing on a daily basis.  Eventho I can't stand my handwriting, it feels and looks so much more personal.  Even therapeutic.  I only wish I would have started this months ago.  But, I suppose there's no time like the present.  

The Drop Off

So.  I did it.  He's there. 
I dropped off Vinny at daycare school this morning. 
Right after snapping this pic of him.

Him in that hat makes my heart burst into a million little pieces.  I can't get enough. 

When I dropped him off he was loving up one of the teachers.  He was giving out his best smiles without even making her work for them.  My neighbor left me a sweet message this morning letting me know that when she dropped off her daughter, Vinny was laughing, smiling and so happy.  That makes this a TAD easier. 

I managed to walk out without shedding a tear.  My eyes were full of them but I managed not to let one fall.  That is until I got into my truck.  My drive in to work was a little blurry from the tears.

But I know he'll have a blast today.  He's in good hands.  I'm seriously counting down the hours until I can go scoop him up. 

Successful Trial

Friday, February 1, 2013

Oh sweet Friday.
It's heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere!!

So yesterday (here I go again with starting a sentence with "So".  I can't quit it.  Yesterday, on my day off, my last day off in a LONG time (cue the tears), I took Vinny to his daycare for a trial run.  I dropped off his diapers, wipes, extra clothes, and then sat back and watched from afar as he got acquainted with his teacher and new friends.  He seemed to love the new surroundings and was so amused by all the toys.  I felt good ok with leaving him.  So I did.  For an hour.  I had no idea what to do with myself since I'm never alone anymore.  So I decided to swing into Starbucks, grab a white chocolate mocha and sit and just be.  But that just resulted in me staring at my phone and counting the minutes for when I could return.  I knew I should have went to Target. 

An hour later I returned and peeked in the room (before flying into the room and snatching up my baby and smothering him with kisses like I haven't seen him in months.)  Vinny was playing and smiling.  And that's all it took to warm my heart and ease my nerves.  He's going to be fine in daycare.  Repeat: He's going to be fine in daycare.  He's going to love it.  Repeat: He's going to love it.

When Monday rolls around, someone remind me to repeat that to myself over and over, ok?  Thanks.

I'm kidding.
(I think.)

I will be fine dropping him off on his first full day of "school" (remember, that's what we call it now).  And if I'm not, you are sure to hear about it. 

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