Wheel to Walk

As most of you know, my son Joaquin has some developmental delays – mainly gross motor delay.  A few months ago Joaquin’s physical therapist suggested some medical equipment to help get him mobile.  I was all for it! The process of getting the equipment wasn’t quite as easy as I’d hoped. We found the right piece of equipment, a Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer, but got some disappointing news from our insurance. Yes, medical equipment was covered but only AFTER we met the deductible and after that 80/20. Our high deductible ($2,000)  was basically the price of the gait trainer! We couldn’t believe it! We’re a one-income family of 5 and Joaquin’s medical bills have been piling high, we really didn’t know what to do. Joaquin’s occupational Read More

Recovering From a Break

Sometimes you just need to press pause on an aspect of your life and take a break, that’s OK! But how do you recover? How do you get back into a routine when you’ve been out of one for so long? Well, it’s simple! You do the work and take it day by day! Recovering From a Break Step 1: Make a short-term and long-term plan. Took a break from working out? Start a new program but plan it week by week. Don’t overwhelm yourself with looking past week 1 and into week 6. Step 2: Prepare. Haven’t posted a blog in a while? Write out a few blogs and keep them in your drafts so you’re prepared and working ahead! Step 3: DO! Dive back in! Read More

Healthy Lactation Cookies

All of us nursing mamas know that supply is everything! Some of us (gasp) want to get in shape and lose the baby weight but it can be a struggle to maintain supply while doing that. I was having a little trouble with supply and I started looking up ways to increase it. Lactation Cookies kept popping up but one thing I noticed was that I couldn’t find any healthy lactation cookies recipes. I tried a recipe that I loved, I played with it a bit and I adjusted it to make me feel better about incorporating them into my diet. Are they extremely healthy? Well, no. But they are healthier than what I was making and I think they are a good start! **affiliate links Read More

What They Don’t Tell You About Having a Baby

There’s a lot of things you’re mentally prepared for before bringing your precious bundle of joy into the world and mainly it’s the pain of giving birth. Yes, giving birth is no walk in the park, it hurts! I had an epidural with my first pregnancy but this time it all happened so quickly that I chose to go all natural. And yes, it really does hurt. But there are other things that happen during labor and after giving birth that you may not hear about. So here you go, what they don’t tell you about having a baby: The bleeding afterward! Holy cow! How do I still have that much blood left?! Where is it coming from? Am I dying? Tummy Massage. Don’t get it Read More

Dilated at 35 Weeks, this is not a drill ?

I had a routine checkup today with my doctor and while I was there also had my Group B Strep Test, my doctor asked if I’d like to go ahead and have my cervix examined. Sure, why not? Come to find out I’m dilated at 3 cm ? wait, what? What does that mean? My doctor said it basically meant that I was off to a good start and if I have signs of labor “just head on over to labor and delivery”. Oh my gosh. This is not a drill. I’m not ready! I’ll admit I panicked quite a bit right away, I mean we are still 5 weeks away, I’m supposed to have more time! After the hubby and I went to lunch and Read More

Goal Crushin! Making 2017 My Best Year Yet!

It’s that time of year….people are starting to think about the New Year: what lies ahead for them, thinking about all the things they want to accomplish, maybe setting a new goal or two. New Years Resolutions may seem cliche but you have to admit there’s something about a fresh new calendar year that just makes you reevaluate and makes you believe that things can, in fact, be different. The problem I’ve had with New Years Resolutions (and the reason I rarely make any) is that they are just so hard to stick with. Just like the majority of people I start off strong then life gets in the way and I slowly start making excuses to not follow through. My fitness and health has Read More

Time Blocking – Making your time WORK for YOU!

I’ve been talking about Time Blocking and how it can work for a Stay At Home Mom  recently, but what exactly is Time Blocking? Put simply, its the process of blocking out specific times of the day for specific tasks. Or put in Stay At Home Mom speak, its a way to LOL at yourself for believing you can actually schedule your day ?! But… what if I told you….it kinda works? I’ve been on this “get organized, be productive” kick recently (and if you want to find out why you can head ➡️ here) but realized that at the end of the day I’m left feeling like nothing was accomplished and kinda wondering where my day went. I just started Time Blocking and can already see Read More

Monkey See ?, Monkey Do ?. Why organization is so important to me now, more than ever!

Finding out that I’m having a daughter has really had a strange effect on me. I was NOT expecting to have daughter, for some reason I had it in my head that I was going to have a little army of boys – my very own personal bodyguards! I was already planning all the things my boys would do together, what their rooms would look like, the sports they’d play together…it was just obvious to me, I’d have boys only. But then I heard the ultrasound tech say “It’s a girl” and I was completely floored. It took me a few days to process and probably an entire week to even let myself get excited. But in that week I started thinking “what can I Read More

Today Was Tough

Since my son was born we’ve had our share of doctor appointments, ER visits, I mean we spent 13 days in the NICU. But today, today was tough. As I mentioned in a previous blog post I kept hearing a click in my little mans hips and our pediatrician referred us to an Orthopedic Specialist. I was really nervous going in to that appointment, I didn’t want to hear what they were going to tell me and I didn’t want to see any x-rays. Turns out my guy has some hip problems. Hip Dysplasia, well super early hip dysplasia. Basically if we don’t take steps to actively help him now he could have full on hip dysplasia when he gets older. His sockets are shallow, his Read More

Get Your Hustle On ? My Review of the 2017 Hustle Weekly Start Planner

Let me just start off by saying that this isn’t going to really come off as a Start Planner Review as much as its going to come off as a “brag”! Imagine me enjoying my new 2017 Hustle Weekly Start Planner and saying “na na na na na” because that’s kinda how I feel ?? My 2016 planner was the Hustle Business Start Planner and you can see my post about that here. I was really struggling to pull the trigger on this new Hustle Weekly because I loved my Hustle Business so much but let me tell you…I’m so glad I did! I’m fairly busy but not the kind of busy that requires me to track my To Do’s daily. I’m more of “at Read More