Tuesday Talk – Embrace

Processed with VSCO with m3 presetProcessed with VSCO with t1 presetMy baby is turning into a toddler and I’m in slight denial about it. How could he already be the age that Rocky was when I was pregnant with Ro?! It doesn’t seem possible. To gain perspective, I even dragged out the potty seat because he has shown signs of wanting to be potty trained. Are we really there yet? My mama heart hurts a little. Time please slow down! 
Reality hit me hard yesterday when I pulled out these star pajamas. Rocky wore these when Ro was just a new born. Are we really there yet? I mean yes truth be told we are, these jammies fit like a dream and Ro is just a couple months shy of Rocky in that photo. We really are there. My babies are growing up and there is nothing I can do about it. 

With motherhood there comes so many emotions. I could go on and on with how many emotions have been uncovered since becoming Mommy. With this new season the word embrace comes to mind. 

I remember feeling so scared and nervous once Rocky turned one. I felt pressured to have another baby or at least start trying because we really didn’t know if there would ever be another baby. My chances were so slim.

 I’d love to have another baby. Not now, but sometime. When I feel like it’s the Lord’s will and not just my own. Now that Ro is entering that stage of toddler hood and exiting baby hood I find myself wanting to change and bring new life because that’s just come naturally for the past three years. But right now I just need to embrace this season. Sit back and enjoy it. Stop worrying about the next thing or the next step. Love my two baby boys like there is no tomorrow. Breathe and only feel gratitude. 

Thanks for listening. 

XO, Bess 

Workin’ It Wednesdays


Processed with VSCO with x1 presetThis is usually how mornings go around here. This particular morning it was breakfast bars and milk for the win. Some days the easiest choice is eaten and then forgotten. No shame in that right? I’m workin’ it.

So I have been an avid blog reader for years now. Years. When I have a spare moment I grab my phone and go through all the bookmarked blogs and read them throughout the day. I love love love it. It’s free advice is how I look at it. It’s one reason I loved being a hair stylist. Free advice, right in your chair. Brilliant. So for years now I have been reading Shay’s blog, Mix and Match Mama and starting this year she is doing a Workin’ It Wednesday post every second Wednesday of the month. So I thought I would jump on board and join the conversation.

This month the conversation is how we are workin’ it to keep our New Year’s goals.

I touched a little on it in this post but I thought I would dig a little deeper.

All in all I would like for this year to be even more disciplined. Oh man, this is a hard one. I can’t tell you how many times I set the alarm clock for 6:00 AM only to hit the snooze 7 times. That is so bad and so not being disciplined. I would like to start getting up earlier. Specifics? Lights out at 10:00pm and lights on at 6:00am. I want to start drinking more water, 20oz every hour. Going to gym class three times a week. Read a book a month. I love to read. I used to read so much more than I do now. I got in this horrible habit of TV right after Rocky was born. I dealt with so much anxiety and fear when it was night time. I would lie awake all night just to make sure Rocky was ok and any time I would doze off, I would catch myself. I started watching TV during that time to take my mind off of all the stress and decompress from it all. Eventually the fear and anxiety went away but the TV didn’t. So this year I am limiting my TV.

And lastly this year I want to be more disciplined with what is going on and in our bodies. I want to start looking for more healthier options to eat and less take out. Last year I bought the starter kit for Young Living Essential Oils. I tinkered with them a little but this year I am really kick starting it. I bought all the favorite swag and I am even going as far as trying my hand at DIY dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent and liquid soap. All with essential oils. I haven’t started the process but I did put some orders in on Amazon and Young Living.Β I can’t wait to get started and I am hoping to do a blog post on it to fill you in on all the details.Β 

So that’s that! New Year and new goals.

XO, Bess


Happy New Year!


Happy New Year friends! These are some of my favorite moments/pictures from last year. I look back and a year ago Ro was still so little and just learning how to walk. Rocky was starting to get the whole potty training business and I was finally settling into the new routine of having two babies at hand. Boy what a difference it does to a momma when you go from one baby to two babies, both still in diapers mind you. We made it out guys and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I mean right now Ro tells me when he poops and several times I’ve sat him on the potty seat to see if he will go. I mean I just can’t believe we are almost to that stage with Ro. Wasn’t I just there with Rocky?! That’t what 22 months apart will do to you. You blink and bam! Two toddlers.

Last year we had very special memories. We traveled to the lake a few times and up to Wisconsin. We also traveled by airplane (a first with the boys!) to Colorado. We loved going down to my parents in the summer to swim and be outside out in the open country. We picked strawberries with friends and went to many pumpkin patches and got a first time visit to Santa over Christmas. We celebrated Ro turning one, Rocky turning 3 and Jasen and I celebrating our seven year anniversary! And lastly I posted a few fashion posts on the blog and really felt proud of that. Not very many people know how much I love and adore fashion so to be able to post about it was pretty exciting for me.

This year marks a new year! I am looking ahead and can’t wait to see what is in store for 2017! We have several ideas where we would like to travel this year so that is exciting. I will be turning 30! Ekkk! Rocky will start pre-school in the fall. I hope to continue to hit Fusion three times a week, a goal I hit last year. I’d also like to drink more water and start getting up earlier to have quiet/devotion time before the boys wake up. And lastly I would love to post a few outfit posts every now and then. In a dream world I would love to be a fashion blogger 24/7 (am I weird to admit that?!) and maybe someday that will happen, but right now being where I am, Momma, is just fine. I love it and am so thankful for it.

Cheers to a New Year!
XO, Bess