One month ago, my heart exploded the moment I met Oliver Gray. I knew I’d love this little boy long before he was born, but the second the doctor placed him on my chest, I realized God had given me immeasurably more than all I could ever imagine.
I thought long an hard about who I wanted to be the next mom crush. I try to always find someone who inspires me and who I think will also inspire you. Meaghan is one of those women on social media that you can see is truly kind, happy, and real. I don’t think Tracy and I come off as perfect, got it all together, #fitmoms so we’re not going to interview those kinds of moms either. Meaghan was kind enough to answer our questions and has even more to offer us women than I expected. Meaghan shares her real life struggles and most importantly how exercise has helped her overcome them.
Life has been moving way too quickly. Between the video floating around Facebook this week and Mother’s Day I could just cry. Everyday I look at my baby and tell myself she’s growing way too quickly. Between work, cooking, cleaning, unpacking, projects around the house, and trying to squeeze a workout in I’m pooped. I have just over 3 more weeks of work before summer vacation when I can squeeze and hold my babies all day long. Maybe then time will slow down just a little bit.
I can’t take much credit for our new garage gym. My husband and I have been dreaming about how we would design our gym once we bought a home again for a couple of years. This is the first time we have built a permanent gym so my husband put quite a bit of thought into it. It’s still not finished, but here’s a sneak peak.
What a crazy couple of weeks it has been! My husband and I have more projects going than we should, we still have unopened boxes sitting in the living room, and Tracy delivered her little boy early on Friday. I told Tracy early last week I was planning on posting a new Almond Flour Chicken Parmesan recipe but had to tweak it just a little more before it was ready. When she had Oliver Friday I sent her a text saying I would bring it to her for dinner Sunday so she could test it out. Obviously I can’t speak for Tracy but she did send me a text last night that said, “Dinner was awesome!!!!”.
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Some days I feel like I don’t have even one second to spare. I tell my kids we have to move in “warp speed” all too often to get to and from school, the gym, wrestling practice, bible study… and the list goes on and on. Everything in our household moves smoother if I can manage the energy to plan ahead. Having a pre-packed gym bag with all the essentials is just one more thing that makes my life a little bit easier.
We’re all moved into the new home as of last weekend. I swear I never want to move again, it’s exhausting! I have boxes in every room still and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. My husband and I counted and we have moved 8 times in our 8 years of marriage! Wow! I’m a little relieved because I think this just might be the home my children grow up in.
I’ve been following Elisha on Instagram for quite a while now and each time she shares I am SO inspired by her journey! Not only is her transformation AMAZING, but she is kind and has such a heart for other moms looking to make changes in their own lives! It is my pleasure to introduce you all to this week’s Mom Crush Monday, Elisha Villanueva!
Before I went back to work a few weeks ago I spent my evenings watching Netflix until 11pm and enjoying the best flourless brownies ever! I seriously made these paleo brownies about 3 times and may have eaten almost the whole batch each time. They are the perfect amount of chewy and soft just the way I like them. I don’t usually make these when my kids are awake because then I would have to share. I pretty much whip them up and consume my first brownie all within the hour.
Pregnancy can be a hard time in a woman’s life. I’ve never been one to LOVE being pregnant, but this pregnancy really has been my easiest, and I think that is largely because of my decision to remain diligent in my exercise routine. I wasn’t able to workout as vigorously with my other two boys, so if you’re looking at the computer on bed rest or with high risk restrictions, please know that I have been there and I know how hard that can be. Give your body the rest your baby needs, and rest assured that you can hop back on or even begin a new CrossFit program after that sweet baby of yours meets you!