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2018, thats a wrap! Word of 2019

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Celebrating a family wedding in Bozeman

Wrapping up 2018 was definitely bittersweet, to say the least. It will forever be one of the most memorable years of my life with the birth of my second daughter and moving to a new home, but it has also been one of the hardest years. Change can be a tough pill to swallow and I am very proud of how far my family has come in 2018. The transition from one to two kids can be very tough. I thankfully have the help of my husband, but when he is working and providing for our family, I am outnumbered to my two crazy girls! Finding a balance has been the toughest part of my year, on top of trying to get used to a new home. Comfort was something that I felt I lost this year. I was extremely emotional moving from the first house my husband and I bought. The house we bought thinking we would ‘start’ a family in, not necessarily live there and grow a family for 5 years. We built a family there, we built community and relationships with our neighbors and friends, we built a life and a loving home. Leaving that behind left me feeling sad and empty when we moved. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE our new house, but leaving that home felt like we were leaving behind a big piece of our family and our life. Luckily I have come to learn that leaving a home is just that- you leave the home. All of your memories come with you, they don’t live in the house. The memories of us bringing our girls home from the hospital to that house is a memory I will forever have in my heart. I will drive past that house when my girls are older and be able to show them where they began their lives and how many memories were created there. After living in our new home now for just over four months, it is finally becoming home and not just a house. We have created memories here; celebrated holidays, fought illness, laughed, loved, cried, hugged, smiled, danced, sung, played games, entertained, praised, snuggled, and lived. I am incredibly grateful for the people I get to call my family and friends who have helped us share these memories and helped make this house a home.

Two big life changes in 2018 made for an emotional year with a lot of ups and downs. I have thought long and hard to come up with a word for 2019 in addition to a couple of resolutions (which I think may not even really be a thing anymore). I couldn’t settle on just one word as I have lots I can work on and strive for in 2019 which is why my word(s) of the year are going to be: BALANCE and CAREFREE.

For those of you that know me, you know that these are great words for me. Balance is always tough to achieve when you have families, friends, kids, a hubby, all the while trying to also squeeze in some ‘you’ time. I am going to find a balance that works best for me this year and brings an abundance of happiness. I am going to surround myself with the people and things that bring me the most joy. 

Carefree is also going to be a challenging word. Unfortunately, I am a very high-strung person who internalizes a lot and stresses even more. I am going to take leaps and bounds towards being more carefree this year and enjoy and live in the moment. Be present 🙂

I am excited to embark on a new year and journey with all of you!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Fitness Journey: Self-love or Self-hate?

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Happy hump day all!

After getting back into a rhythm at the gym over the last month, I was asked a very honest question by my workout instructor. She had asked if my fitness journey was started by self-love or self-hate. Truly, this question didn’t even need pondering because I knew in my heart that I started out this fitness journey with self-hate. I wanted to lose my baby weight, get back in shape, lose love handles, tighten my tummy, get rid of dimples, etc. As I began thinking of all the reasons I was back at the gym I came to realize that I have a heck of a lot of self-hate. I need to give myself grace and be much kinder to myself and my body. My entire body transformed to grow a human over 9 months, I can’t expect it to go back to normal right away. I am a role model for both my girls and would never let them know of any self-consciousness or body image issues I have. What I always tell them is what I need to constantly remind myself- I workout to get strong and to be healthy. 

After setting out on this fitness journey (it’s only been a month as I just got released to workout postpartum), I am now finding myself going to the gym for self-love. Am I one that is super hyped and always looking forward to my workouts? No. But the gym is the only “me time” I get in a day and I carve out those 60-90 minutes to get a good workout in, reset, sweat, get my heart rate up, breathe, and destress. This instructor also reminded me that if I don’t prioritize this time and make it mine, someone will fill it. I show up for my classes with excitement to give it my all, have fun, make new friends, sweat, gain strength, be better than yesterday, and hope that the transition I want to see in my body will eventually follow. For now I am just enjoying getting my strength back, getting my butt kicked by the motivating instructors, sweating out all of the negative emotions, exhaling my stress, and inhaling the goodness that the gym brings. Results will follow- but until then, I am going to love and take care of the body God gave me and enjoy my fitness journey.

Talk with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Maternity Style

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far 🙂

I had gotten lots of questions on where I got the turquoise maternity dress I wore in my Instagram story on Thursday. Well, unfortunately I had bought it for my last pregnancy, and never had an opportunity to wear it because it was way too short to wear without leggings, haha! So now that its winter, I was able to pair it with leggings! Although the turquoise one is no longer available (fingers crossed it will come back in the Spring) there are so many other colors of the same dress you can choose from and I see that it now comes in a ‘tall’ option which I could have used being 5’8″ 😛

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Don’t mind the books and toys that Brooklyn scattered before this picture 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Mom Guilt

Okay, so I’m hoping I’m not the only mom that has this and I have a feeling that I’m most certainly not. We wake up every day wondering what type of day we are going to have- are my kids going to wake up… happy? Sad? Cranky? Tired? Hyper? Hungry? Needy? Sick? Loving? It’s a crap shoot, you literally never know what mood you are going to be presented with. Some days I just don’t feel like there is enough time between when I put Brooklyn down and when she wakes up in the morning to start it all over again, but then I go in her room when she wakes up to morning snuggles and realize it’s a new day and a fresh slate 🙂

Morning snuggles with my little one- no makeup, no worries!

With this being said, mom guilt is a real thing. No matter the mood, I do my absolute best to make every day great for Brooklyn, despite being completely exhausted some days. I feel like the mom guilt has been layered on a bit thicker recently counting down the days I have left with Brooklyn being our only child. I want to make sure that I spend quality time with her, fill her days with laughter and fun, take her to museums, the zoo, music class, etc. Sometimes I can have the most perfect day with her and one mistake can turn it all around and make me feel like a horrible mother. Just right before Christmas I caught her from falling off the couch and splitting her head on the table and not but 3 minutes later she tripped on the dog bed and split her eyebrow open on the table. Mom fail. Slipping in the bath tub, losing patience and getting frustrated, saying a bad word, not knowing they are in pain from teeth coming in, the list goes on for reasons why I have mom guilt. I always reflect and think how I could have done things better, but in the moment I did what I thought was best for my daughter, and sometimes it’s not always what I would do after thinking of other ways to handle certain situations. I’m still learning and so is my daughter, and that’s just going to be how the rest of life goes.

I have come to the realization that no matter how hard I try I’m not going to be able to protect her from everything. I won’t always be there to catch her when she falls, but you better believe I am going to try my best. People will always ask me about her cuts and bruises that somehow magically appear, people will judge me when she is having a complete meltdown in the middle of King Soopers or screaming throughout the mall because she loves the sound of the echo, how I handle certain situations, or really when I do anything different than they would. At the end of the day we as moms are always doing the best we can. We love our kids more than anything, we want them to be the best they can be, we want to let them explore and figure out this thing we call life. In order for that to happen mistakes need to be made and you cannot always blame yourself and be so hard on yourself. I am very guilty of always being extremely hard on myself, but at the end of every day when we have bath time, story time, prayers, family hugs and smooches, and tuck her in that I have done my absolute best to be the best mom that I can be to Brooklyn. I put her needs ahead of me own, I teach her everything I can, take her to do fun things, love her, feed her meals and snacks, snuggle, read, laugh, dance, and just all things kids should be doing.

For all you moms out there, try to let go of mom guilt and know that you are a TERRIFIC mother. We are all doing our best and need to worry less about what others are doing or thinking. Comparing yourself to others or judging them for doing something different than you would isn’t going to get you anywhere. Keep your head up and mom on!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

One Year Blogiversary

Oh my gosh, congratulations I did it!  I have had my blog a year, and instead of being super proud of it- I literally only blogged for 6 months of it!! Oh man, I can’t even begin to tell you what a whirlwind year it was. As I had every excuse coming to mind about why I stopped blogging, I came to realize that there really is no excuse. I have come across many mommy bloggers who are WAY busier than I am that continue to blog every day even though they are responsible of taking care of multiple little humans! So, instead of boring you with a thousand reasons why I stopped blogging, I decided I am going to pick it back up and catch you up from where I left off. In June :).

I absolutely love being a stay-at-home mama, but I actually ended up taking on some work-from-home opportunities from my previous job. I am incredibly lucky that my company allows me to work remote and I am able to complete my work during nap time, before Brooklyn is awake in the morning, and after she goes to bed in the evenings. Her transitioning to one nap a day killed me in the sense of ever having a free minute to get literally anything done.

My family had an absolutely incredible summer where we were able to visit Newport Beach, CA for a week on the beach and a fun-filled day at Disneyland. Oh, and yes, Brooklyn is a bit spoiled and got to go to the beach, Disneyland, and Disney World all within her first year of life! We escaped to the mountains a few times, whether it be to Steamboat or Winter Park for weekend getaways, got to relax at the pool, go to the park, host BBQ’s, attend a few weddings, and just enjoy the nice, long, warm days.

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Enjoying some mountain time in Grand Lake, CO

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Relaxing weekend in Steamboat- Brooklyn loved playing in the river

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Hiking to the top of Winter Park over 4th of July

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Family night out at the Rockies game!

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Cousins playing in the sand in Newport

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Brooklyn couldn’t get enough of sand crabs

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Snuggling her Minnie at Disneyland

 

 

After a couple of weeks of feeling completely hung over every day in July, I found out that we were pregnant with our second baby!! We are super excited to welcome baby Tamminga #2 this year :D. This pregnancy has been a lot easier in some ways and a lot harder in others. There are days that it kicks my butt, and then there are days I forget I’m even pregnant. I never truly realized how demanding and difficult it would be when I am responsible for another child and can’t rest when I need to. Shortly after finding out we were pregnant, we arrived at Brooklyn’s first birthday party.

For those of you who don’t have kids yet, believe people when they say that these days will FLY by! I feel like I blinked and Brooklyn was no longer my little baby but a little girl. It has been the most incredible experience to watch her learn and grow each and every day. I love being able to teach her all that she knows- how to be kind, how to love, how to laugh, have fun, crawl, walk, dance, sing, clap, and the list goes on. She absorbs everything that my husband and I say or do (which reminds us of how careful we need to be :)). We did a flamingo-themed birthday (Brooklyn’s request ;)) and had our family and closest friends there to celebrate her special day.

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Flamingling Family 😛

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Pink on pink and lots of flamingos!

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Homemade cupcakes

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Finally dug into that cake

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A stool my mom painted for Brooklyn- she painted one for me when I was a little girl

After her birthday in September, we hit the trifecta of holidays- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We had so many fun events planned for these that the months just went by faster than we could have imagined. I am very fortunate that both my family and my husbands family all live in Denver so we were able to spend time with both family’s for the holidays. Then New Years we dedicate as our little family time to come up for a breath and reflect on what a wonderful year we had before embarking on another crazy adventure come the new year.

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Brooklyn absolutely loved carving pumpkins and cleaning them out 🙂

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Our little elephant ❤

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Thanksgiving feast at the Wilson’s house (my family)

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Tradition continues decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving!

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One of my favorite ornaments from Beaver Creek for Brooklyn’s baptism

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Official kickoff of the Christmas season- lighting of the City and County building

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Our family dressed in our best for Christmas Eve church service

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She liked the boxes much better than any of the gifts, haha!

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Getting to snowshoe up in Winter Park

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Low-key NYE with some Gordon Ramsay steak sandwiches

Phew! Okay, I think I probably caught you all up on the main events of July 2017 to today. I need to apologize to all of my followers for not posting and being consistent throughout the year. I had several people asking me about my blog and every time I just shrugged and said I need to get back to it. Well, what better time than now? I hope you enjoyed catching up on my crazy life, and I look forward to sharing ideas and stories with you all throughout the year 🙂

What’s your fit?

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I think that weight and self-image are a constant battle for many people, myself included. We are always striving to ‘lose weight’ or get ‘skinny’ or get in shape for that ‘summer bod.’ I think that the media has skewed our vision of what the average person can and should look like. We are bombarded with the image of these tiny models and we all think we need to look the same in order to be pretty.

News flash- these models might look ‘skinny’ but at what cost? They aren’t ever allowed a french fry, or ranch dressing, a burger, pizza, dessert, a cocktail, and the list goes on. I’m not sure about you, but having the ability to eat what I want brings me a lot of happiness 🙂 I think that there should be a happy medium between eating healthy majority of the time but not necessarily ALL the time. It’s following the 80/20 rule. Eat well 80% of the time, but save up for that 20% where you can eat those delicious (not so healthy) foods. This allows you to live a life worth living. These models and celebrities are society’s example of ‘skinny’ but how is that word even defined? People are constantly trying to achieve this ideal weight they see in magazines or on TV and it just isn’t realistic.

In addition to eating right (majority of the time), I think that fitness plays an important role in staying healthy (notice I didn’t say skinny). Since having a baby seven months ago, I have fought hard to get back into my pre-pregnancy shape. I have been eating healthier foods more often, and I have since gotten back into a gym routine where I workout 3-5 days per week. Now that I have a little girl looking up to me as her mama, I need to make sure that I give her the confidence and positive body image that she should have through my own actions and lead by example. I have made a conscious effort not to talk about getting ‘skinny’ or ‘losing weight’ but rather to be healthy and a strong woman. I think it is important as we become role models for our kids to be positive about our bodies no matter the shape or size. We need to build confidence in ourselves which then shows them to be confident and love the body they have.

Fit to me is getting strong so that I can tote around my little girl everywhere I go. To show her the strength and confidence I have about my own body so that hopefully that same strength and confidence is passed through to her as she gets older and feels pressure to be ‘skinny’ or look like her favorite celebrity. My daughter has been the biggest reason I have changed the way I treat and talk about my body- she will follow my example, not my advice.

You’re only given one body, and your job is to love the one you’re in. What is your fit?

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

St. Patties Day Attire

I cannot believe how close St. Patrick’s Day is. Denver is celebrating an entire week before the holiday since the actual day is next Friday. Green beer, lucky charms, Irish car bombs, fun in the sun, etc. is just a few short days away. If you don’t have something green to wear, you better start shopping so that you don’t get pinched 😀

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This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate (this year may be a bit different having a six-month old, haha) but if you need some outfit inspiration check out my look- sorry my dog, Paisley is not a look you can shop for from my blog 😉 I pair anything green with gold for this holiday, and there are plenty of basic green tee’s similar to this one that you can find. I found my necklace at White House Black Market, but unfortunately it’s no longer available. I have also had luck finding cute statement necklaces at Express.