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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Weight loss update!

Ok so not really a big update but in the last month since I last blogged about my weight I have lost 2 more pounds. I still haven't had a chance to exercise yet so this is still all just because of the breastfeeding. But I'll take it 7 pounds to go to get me to wedding weight :)

I am however making huge strides in being able to put Sophie down during the day. Ok maybe not huge but it feels huge when you've spent two months of constantly holding a baby. She let me put her down for 3 hours while my friend came to my house to do my hair!

So although it was only two pounds I am fitting in my jeans finally! No better feeling than getting back into my pre-preggo jeans, except for if i was in them with no muffin top.... I'll get there. My goal date however is quickly approaching, with . I've tried on my honeymoon black dress and although i can get my self in it, its just a bad look right now. Next step will be to tone my belly and thighs because that seems to be where i need it the most in order to look acceptable in the teeny tiny dresses again.

As far as Sophie's gaining goes she gained a pound this month and is at 10 pounds 5 ounces and 24 inches. I'm so happy that she's so healthy so far considering both Chris and I have bad asthma and allergies. She's trying so hard to talk its absolutely adorable. It looks like a subtitled ninja movie where her lips are moving one way with sounds that don't match coming out. But she thinks its just great :) and so do I :)

Progress pics below! Along with a good thigh routine I'm going to try out hopefully soon! It's very similar to what I did in my bridal boot camp so I know it gets results!

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Typography/7723009


138! 30 pounds down in 2 months.  7 pounds to go to wedding weight
muffin top you've got to go

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stay at home Mom

Today I had to turn a huge decision into actuality. I am officially of the "Stay at Home Mom" occupation. 

It's been something I've always joked around about saying, "where can I apply for stay at home Mom/trophy wife" but I never actually thought it could be an option. Nor was I necessarily dead set and serious about not having a typical leave the house type of job. I mean this is what I know  I've had a job since I was 13 and not having one wasn't an option with all the bills I have. I was raised to understand that if you like nice things, want to have a car, go to school, and go on vacations then you need to work for it. I've always been very independent in this sense and its something I pride myself on. Which is why this was such a tough decision. 

I've been at my current job for a little over 5 years. I worked hard and was promoted to a manager position about 2 years ago in which I have 18 direct reports and I've more than doubled my salary since I've been there.  I really love the people I work with but lately have been having a hard time with where i feel the company is headed and the overall morale. Add a hour and a half commute time to both ends of a typically 10 hour day or unpaid on call monotonous weekend work and the enjoyment factor of your job starts to get heavily out weighed. But I still stuck it out in hopes that things would turn around and go back to the company I loved working at. 

Back when I was 5-6 months pregnant and it was time to look at daycares my husband wasn't interested in looking at them. He said "pick your top two and we will talk about it". Living in the city I can't say there was any that I liked in my immediate area that I wouldn't have to go an additional 20 minutes out of my way for. So I moved on to some of the daycares surrounding my work and also some I pass along the way. Of course the  suburb daycares were immaculate looking and big and flashy but they are also veryyyy expensive, especially for full time. My mom offered one day a week but I'd still have to pay full time rates for 4 days anywhere I looked. When I came back to my husband with the pricing of my top two he brought up the idea of me not going back. I laughed because I thought he was just messing with me but then he continued on about how he would feel better knowing she's in good hands. I said I'd have to think about it and lay out all my monthly bills and see if it was something he could handle on his own. Just to add to my self doubt I was offered a promotion to be the manager of both branches with an added tier below me.  

After much debate on whether or not we could afford it and could I really give up my independence and such a great opportunity like that Sophie was born. The very first day spent with her I knew the decision would be easier. How could I not want to spend my days teaching this beautiful little girl and watching her grow. Getting up the courage to make the call was extremely hard and once it was said I felt like a weight was lifted and I've moved on into what I was born to do. I loved my job, I loved having authority, I loved knowing that all my hard work had paid off and got me to where I needed to be. I was making a salary that some men don't make although I was told I would never have a salary comparative to any man and to just get used to it. But I have never been more happy then I have been these last 2 months. Sleep deprivation, cluster feeding, dirty diaper duty, and working on  an infant that refuses to be put down but I wouldn't want it any other way. I love my husband for pushing me to do this and for supporting me in all I do. He's my biggest fan and encourages me to show my creative side and get back to the entrepreneur side of me that has always wanted to get myself out there and show what I can do. 

Life is often complicated by the trivial things. In the end if you do what makes you happy and find someone that makes you happy then you have it all.  There will always be someone there to judge you, no matter what you do. So why not do what you love and own the shit out of it. 

The next few months could be life changing for me and I can't wait to start exploring my creative side again while having the worlds most adorable assistant and muse. 💗




Monday, August 5, 2013

Headbands, Tutus and other Frilly things

I am finally starting to be able to put Sophie down long enough to get some things done around here. I was able to do some extreme couponing today and my goal for the day is to make one headband for this little lady. Months before she was born I had bought a ton of supplies to make baby headbands and made sure to bring all of my fabric scraps, felt and glue guns over from my parents house.

Probably 2 years ago I bought a ton of stuff to make my own headbands for myself. I ended up making two and getting busy and completely stopping. But the two I made I loved check em out. Old pictures so pardon the quality. I made an obnoxious yellow one and an awesome "beer and bowling" one where I used a bottle cap from our favorite local brewery.

I made both of them using fabric that I cut into circles and used my hot glue gun to glue them to some a felt circle. The bowling balls fabric I folded and overlapped then in a circle and just glued a bottle cap to the center. The yellow fabric I just used the hot glue in the center of each circle and bunched a ton of them onto a headband. Sorry that's a piss poor tutorial but I made them about two years ago so I'll have to make another and do a step by step. 

Anyway, I'm trying to get back into doing these but for Sophie. So months and months and months ago I bought a ton of flowers from Shabby Flowers (if your making headbands beware this site is so addicting) and bought the extra thin elastic also so I can make her more of these head bands: 

I just love them and they fit her head so well and don't leave awful marks! I plan on getting back into the swing of thing making these for her, getting back into making clothes (baby clothes this time), and hoping to be able to make enough that I can open an etsy shop to bring in some extra cash around here. Stay Tuned it will happen!

I also wanted to share this pin that I found that opened my eyes too many different types of bows you can make! Sophie will certainly be sporting some of these soon! 

Hair Bow Tutorial
41 How to Make Hair Bows

And for Christmas this year Chris bought me tons of crochet books and starter kits. I have yet to spend much time on it but there are SO many things I'm dying to make. So I also found this awesome pin on crocheting that I think will be really helpful, visual learner over here!!
Crochet for Beginners {Crocheting}
Crochet for Beginners Tutorial
Any pointers? I'll try and put up a few tutorials once i get into the swing of things!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Things I'm lovin' Thursday

Top on my list of things I'm lovin Thursday is actually an oldie that I've recently been able to pick back up on now that I'm home during the day.....


The Hills!!! BTW check out the pic with Heidi pre-plastic surgery overload. Seriously though how awesome is it that MTV is rerunning all the episodes of The Hills right now?! If you didn't know, now you know and you should get on that. It is a little depressing that this was on when I was a junior in college (feels like yesterday but was actually 7 years ago) and they are calling it "Retro MTV". I also just found out that my husband has never watched the Hills or Laguna Beach.....this really saddens me for him. My room mates and I would have our guy friends over every Thursday night in college to watch the Hills and have different fancy drinks, and yes they were all straight. It was a great reason to drink during the week! I think you'd be surprised by the amount of guys who's secret indulgence was keeping up on their Heidi and Spencer, LC, and of course the lovely Audrina (my male friends fave). If you never watched Laguna or the Hills I think you will be surprised by how much it can suck you in so do yourself a favor and check it out.

And my other recent TV love fest is with Full House. I watched it when it was first out, and then again while getting ready for high school in the AM, and full circle here I am watching it again folding laundry as a mama on maternity leave. I just can't get away from Uncle Jesse! 

Haveee Mercyyyy! Those Greek yogurt commercials even make my heart skip a beat! And wow....did you see the Jesse and the Rippers reunion on Jimmy Fallon??!? I sang along loudly to each song as if they were NSYNC. Ugh and that smooch that lucky bitch Aunt Becky got at the end!! Ok, ok here's the video...


Ok that's my loves for the moment, more to come next week :)