Wait….Winter workouts?!

So obviously we’ve all heard of “making summer bodies in the winter” right? I really never even attempted this until after I had little babes! You know the whole no shaving in winter? Haha let’s just say I used to hibernate my workouts all winter long pre-babies.

In today’s society I swear bullying is getting worse, and self esteem is dropping lower-let me re-phrase true self acceptation is decreasing no matter how much confidence people show online. I won’t get much into that today, after all this is about outer appearance I want to focus on!

After kids not only did my day-to-day life/school/work schedules change but my eating habits/workout habits/”lack-there-of” have all gone bonkers. After Avynn, and again after Ivory I developed umbilical hernias. This made my workouts super painful and made my stomach constantly bloat. After giving birth to these huge monsters my midwife suggested for me to grab a waist trainer and train 2 hours a day to help re-build my core. After undergoing a surgery to repair 2 huge hernias in July my workouts have fluctuated.

This post is for the Mama’s, or really anyone super busy who needs alternatives. Or maybe this post is for me-to motivate, to look back and see progress.

After Avynn my stomach was terrible. I carried a 9lb 4.5 oz 21.5″ beast , and once she arrived my skin was stretched, my stomach was scarred and marked. I did core workouts and used a ton of “wraps” on my tummy and almost 2.5 years later I was seeing results but never publicly would reveal my stomach (aside from family). However, my confidence remained because I gave birth to a mix of myself and the love of my life- life’s greatest gift.

It reminded me of childhood where I remember never judging myself, never caring about anything physically aside from how skinny I was and how hard it was for me to gain weight. I remember buying boxes of Twinkie’s and housing them before bed-lol gross.

After Ivory my hernias were worse-another big babe: 9 lb 1.5oz 20.5″ thanks Jamesy

Now after Ivory, I realized how much harder life was with 2. Guys….INSANE. Two girls is like having 20 I swear it. I love it though, I’m busy, or stressing 24/7. So when I’d want to bang out a workout I’d finally get Ivory down, while Avynn destroyed her room with dolls, clothes, and anything she could steal from my room.

I soon started chopping workouts in half-then I’d throw my waist trainer on and be out-the-door.

I slowly started slipping into a depression- life, unfortunate events, and lack of workouts took over me. So the waist trainer turned to a habit. Then I had my surgery. After surgery I had 8 weeks with no lifting-yikes

Depression grew and grew, I needed a boost quick. I hurdled over all of my downfalls and slowly started workouts again. Once I started my semester in September between classes I drove home while my mom still had my girls and I killed every workout. To speed up results I started using a scar cream from Celsus . They sent it to me just in time for my surgery and I finally whipped it out.

It’s now 5 months later and my skin is finally tightening, my abs are slowly creeping through, and my surgery scars are fading beautifully-esp with a fresh spray tan

Their scar cream is used for not only scars but stretch marks and also helps with anti-aging!

I’m offering a discount for anyone interested!

However, to complete this post I have a few tips to reaching those body “wins.”

First: Accept that you’re human, but don’t use that as an excuse. I did this for too long. Telling myself “oh well, you’re never going to look better you had two kids.” This is crap. Because I’m a strong woman, I bounce back; we all do. It’s mind over matter for sure, and I wish I screamed this in the mirror 4 years ago.

Second: Make time for you! I’m extremely blessed with way too much help from my huge family. My mom, my sisters, my brother, James’ family; everyone. Since day one if I had appointments, work, school, blog events, anything: I could count on someone. Don’t be scared to ask for help, or accept help. You’re not a bad person for taking some time for you. Don’t go crazy, just take a segment of time out of your day/week to get yourself pampered, go to the gym, escape life and read a book for an hour. Mine was going home and working out before picking the girls up

Third: EAT! No seriously, too many people stay so busy they skip meals. This was 2017 in a nut shell for me. First I started working 2 jobs trying to hustle-only eating breakfast then a late dinner after 9:30pm. Then I started classes and picked on snacks between classes-you could say the coffee diet was reaaaaaal. However I soon realized the only words out of my mouth each day was “ughh I’m so tired.” Breakfast is most important, we all know that, but all day we need to snack, and eat for energy- otherwise we crash, slump, and become lazy. Common sense right? So I learned to plan ahead. Left overs are perfect lunches. Eggs with peppers and onions cooks in 6 minutes-bam. And then, grab a protein shake, this gives me more energy than any coffee!

Lastly: Find balance. It’s the hardest part of becoming a parent let me tell you. It’s a tough feeling knowing you have to rely on someone else to care for your children so you can selfishly go to school or go to work. This is why I understand why people wait until career stages to have children. Or why people marry then have children-I don’t know how single parents do it-I’m so blessed to have James. I’m so blessed for my family for helping me. However, as I said it’s tough finding balance/accepting balance. You want to dedicate all of your energy into one thing; being a good parent, but spending time away from the girls to go to class or work kills, especially knowing someone else is with them so much. Or wanting to put all of your energy into taking care of your body but instead skipping meals. But we can all be selfish. Again, take an hour a day to do something for yourself.

I find flexibility in motherhood. I won’t workout every day, but I find 5 Days. I throw some Celsus on my stomach, clip on my waist trainer and keep it on for a few hours after my workouts. Not only has my waist trainer helped with workouts, but after workouts it makes my stomach feel so much better. You have to find what works best, what boost helps results come quicker. I always thought it was harder to workout than to be lazy but I was 100% wrong. It’s way harder being lazy. Because all the results we’ve built up, restarts and it’s 10x harder to step back up again.

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To all the Mama’s 

Without Mothers, who would we be? Nothing, no one, non existent. Since becoming a mother I’ve appreciated life 100x more. Not only was pregnancy an amazing feeling for me, but giving birth changed my life. Pushing through the struggle made me witness my own strength; a strength I never knew I had. Watching James smile the biggest I had ever seen made me fall in love 1000x over again. Then staring into Avynn’s eyes, realizing him and I made the perfect little child. Round 2 came 3.5 years later. Pregnant with Ivory was an entire different experience. I was scared shitless. Two children, another birth, how could I handle this? 

Avynn made me excited, James made me brave. 10 months later we had two beautiful children, and felt our family was finally complete. It’s taken time to adjust to being a younger mother of two, especially when I didn’t finish college yet.  

In life so far, 25 years of lessons taught me to not ever reflect on the negative; it takes you back 10 steps. Instead, I use my downfalls as inspiration. I signed up for school, and BAM September will be here and I will reach a goal I have neglected, and made excuses for, for too long.

Adjusting into motherhood never meant I stopped my low maintenance daily routines; hair in a bun, slap on mascara, throw on fitness attire, tomboy vibes.

Our rugs have never seen more stains, my cheeks have never witnessed more tears; of frustration, and pure blessed happiness. This is my fifth year as a mother. Because of my lifestyle, creativity and drive, I’m so proud to share with you something I’ve designed and waited months to share with you all! 

With back-to-school on my mind, and having to be hands-free at all times (carrying Ivory, while holding Avynns hand) I decided a backpack was necessary. And the fabric we design with is so perfectly baby-proofed; stain and water-resistant! 

A Diaper bag Back pack!  This is unisex, durable, and the front flap turns into a built in changing mat! 


This diaper bag will last through multiple children, and let’s be honest-how chic?!

I hated walking around with an ugly diaper bag, and how gorgeous is this pearl white?! 

Feeling relaxed w/ The Floating Market 

If you didn’t already know, tomorrow is our due date for baby #2! What a long, but amazing 40 weeks it’s been! Being pregnant while staying home with a 3 year old has been stressful, but rewarding! As the days creep closer to having a family of 4 my anxiety has been through the roof.

If you were to ask my family and friends all they would say is that I haven’t sat still, I’ve cleaned the house a trillion times-the car over and over, tried to get rid of every last piece of dirty laundry and sheesh I’ve even given Avynns fish a whole new tank haha! Talk about nesting right?!

One thing I’ve learned since giving birth to Avynn was that we are never fully prepared. Nothing makes us more ready than the simple pure fact that we are women and this is what we were born to do. I remember how proud I felt after bringing Avynn home…all 9lb 4.5 oz 21.5″ of her….yikes!

Happy and healthy, and we treasured her. Just knowing I will feel that explosive amount of blessedness any day now is nothing but motivating. In the mean time I could lie and say I’ve been relaxed, but I’ve been non-stop.

A little company in Denver, CO called The Floating Market spoiled me with a box of goodies this week!


I dove right into the box a few days ago! As seen in the top right corner in that little purple wrapper is a “shower burst” known commonly as a bath bomb! I had a rough day with Avynn and to get her to relax too, I filled the bath and dropped one of these in!

Ave loved watching it fizz and I looooved climbing in the tub with her, while we both relaxed and I sat there brushing through her curls.

The smell filled our entire bathroom and I even used the silky water to shave my legs haha

Last night Avynn begged to use another one, so I saved this last one for me!

Along with the bursts were 3 bars of soap! “The Naked Bar” can be broken into smaller pieces and used for Ivory when she arrives! And the Lemongrass one is a vibrant green and yellow and smells so nice!

I cannot wait for my shower later because let me tell you this raspberry lemonade soap smells like heaven! And you have no idea how much the slightest smell of something has satisfied me this pregnancy! This is to die for.


I also am in love with the look of the soaps, everything about this company is perfect down to the packaging!

Another smell that I’m crazy over is this Grapefruit Sugar Scrub pictured in an orange-tone below! Kristine encouraged me to use now and after baby on my belly, especially for stretch-marks!

I have a ton of goodies for post-baby as well…for a nice calming bath with Ivory, and even some tea to drink! Like I said, this company spoiled me! 

Pictured above is their Organic Lemongrass and Hibiscus Tea! I can’t wait to try!

I encourage you all to check them out through the link above, and to see sneak peeks of new products they’re making make sure to follow them on Instagram ➡️ The Floating Market

These bath and body products are the perfect gift, and hey-treat yourself too! I’m finally feeling relaxed, the house is ready for Ivory and so are we!!!  P.s. Wishing my older sister a huge Happy 30th Birthday!!!!!!

Xx, 4O1Fierce 

Mom’n on a Monday!

Guyssssss….we are at our 4 day countdown and it’s so so crazy! I’m feeling so anxious more than anything and I’m trying my hardest to turn the anxiety to excitement.

Since Ivory is my second birth I know what to expect now (for the most part), and that’s enough to throw me in panic mode…have any other mommies of 2 or more experienced this? I sound so selfish but I’m being honest. My nerves are getting the best of me. Regardless it’s all always well worth it!

Today I switched hospital bags because a company from LA called HAPP brand reached out to me and sent me this amazing bag. Im.in.love.

I love the backpack style, and you can never go wrong with denim! I love the California vibes it brings. That’s also why I decided to throw on my fringe nude top from Cali Trends

The backpack has so much space, and the pops of lime green have me obsessed!


So crazy to me that we are packed and ready for the hospital, I know I’ll miss my bump soon enough (we always do)!


I’m sure you will all see more of this diaper bag in future posts! Today we have our 39 week appointment at 2:20 p.m. And I’m so excited to see if we are 2+cm dilated!


This diaper bag can be found on their site at Happbrand.com it is called the “Levy backpack”

Also give them a follow on Instagram ➡️ HAPP

Stay tuned for baby number two!!

Leather + Lace 

It’s officially our 1 week mark, baby number 2 could arrive any day….so so crazy!

Looking at old photos from the hospital with Avynn’s birth experience is making me so anxious.

I’ve been staying so busy and everyone around me keeps reminding me to rest, I swear it’s so impossible. It’s mind blowing that I’ll be a mother of 2 little girls. I just feel so overwhelmingly blessed. Having James through it all definitely fills my heart.

I try to capture every moment, always have and always will. I purchased the cutest high-waisted lace bell bottoms for Avynn a month back at H+M and although I wanted to wait for fall to whip these out, I couldn’t help but throw them on Ave for a leather + lace vibe.

Taking these photos for my blog has always just been something to keep us busy and it was a way for me to transform my love for “modeling” into an every-week lifestyle.

I just signed with a blogging site who is now actively paying me to write. It’s amazing to be appreciated for both passions of mine, fashion photography + writing.


Keeping this post short and sweet, attempting to get some rest today before photographing my youngest sister. I didn’t mention she was just signed to a local modeling agency, I now get to style her shoots!

Baby Ivory is the size of a mini watermelon today, can’t wait to kiss her cheeks and finally have my family of four!!

 

Jypsy in the 4O1 

Hello!!

So I’ve been dying to connect with more lifestyle brands and when I finally jumped on the phone with founder of Jypsy Life, I fell in love! Her story was completely inspiring!

It’s always so important to understand and believe in a companies vibe and vision!

The Jypsy Life is a movement, focusing on both it’s people and growth. This is no doubt the most organic underground movement of this generation.


Everyone who has a custom-made Jypsy item has met a Jypsy and has been linked into the movement.

The company has even refused to grant access of the website to the general public.


The Jypsy Life is the wanderlust of mind, fashion, art, relationships and celebration.

Getting lost in our lives on purpose serves a purpose and in the end we as Jypsies realize the best things in life were never the things we can touch, but the things we feel!


I never planned to become a mother of 2 at 25 years old, but that’s what life’s journey is really about, the unexpected. We get thrown these rocks and we either catch them and stack them, scatter them, or we can choose to let them weigh us down.


I really don’t know what my life would have turned out to be, but my shifts in job titles, career, friendships, and future goals have all slowly changed and now finally are aligning.



Based on true journeys and experiences, the jypsies are nomadic people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds that share our individual style, secrets and philosophies to eachother.

We live to inspire, to give back, to take life as a journey, and as it comes.


With another little girl on the way any day now, embracing how life has turned out for me has done nothing but humble me and fill my heart. Red is the most powerful color, I am a powerful woman. We as women, mothers, daughters, sisters, wives; we are the future. Embrace your journey, even when it feels like you’ve hit rock bottom. The grass sometimes shines greener on the other side.

 

Friday in the fields!

Today marks 38 weeks, I can’t even believe it. And even dresses are getting so so sticky. Also let me just add sandals are just not an option anymore….I think my swollen feet have broken 2 pairs already haha

So sneakers (especially these netted ones) are so necessary! I’m either in sneakers or barefoot, that’s all I can do!

Driving up to class every day I always go past these gorgeous fields which I’ve known about for years, but today I decided I loved how vibrant the corn stalks looked, and we pulled over to shoot!


Today I chose to mix prints, you can never go wrong with stripes, and I threw in some camo on this bandana to match with the green in my sneakers.


I’m almost always without makeup these days so I always have some sunglasses on to hide my tired eyes-yikes! I’m obsessed with these black “cat-like” QUAY sunnies!



This is the stretchiest dress I own, I found it for $15 at Old Navy . I’ve been checking in there non stop for the girls because their baby/children section has come such a long way. I always find something perfect for my girls!

Pictured above is this beautiful bangle sent to me from Pairie …later on this week I will be hosting a giveaway for their collection-so stay tuned!


 

Wednesday Whites!

Finally some rain to get rid of this sticky wether! I know all of you are probably thinking, shut upppp, we wanted a beach day….but my 9 1/2 month pregnant butt is so sticky this summer!

We are now at 37 weeks 5 days, and I have no idea if I’m more dilated this week than last, but I will find out Friday. It’s so scary now thinking about where I’ll be when my water breaks (if it does), mostly because I’m always on the go this pregnancy! I have 3 nights of class left!!!! And I’ve been taking a small few days off of work to rest because my feet are so swollen. Cankles on cankles!

Spending these last few weeks with Avynn is so important because soon it will be all 3 of us girls. So what better than matching head-to-toe with her?!


I finally found a pair of Reebok classics in her size, and they’re the cutest little things!


We got completely rained out today, so we will do some laundry + studying!

Also did I mention I finally gave into a pair of maternity shorts?! I shouldn’t say “gave in,” maternity clothes are actually so cute these days….I mainly just never find the perfect fit, and these shorts were the perfect match! I found them on clearance at H+M for only $7!!!?!

Avynns entire outfit was found at Target … I’m so in love with these little spandex shorts on her!

                                Until next time!

Xx, 4O1Fierce 

 

Sporty Sunday

Hi!!!

So I’ve waited a few days to post this because I haven’t even had time to breathe these last few days. We had our 37 week appointment on Friday, and found out we are already 1cm dilated with 3 weeks to go! So insane.

With Avynn I wasn’t 1cm dilated til 4 or 5 days before my due date, and then we ended up getting induced. I’ve been trying to focus all of the energy that I have left into nesting, nesting, nesting!

No one ever is completely prepared for baby, but we cleaned our car out, James panicked and set her swing up, we packed the hospital bag…and now I have to get a ton of tests done for my summer course.

After finding out the shocking news that Ivory could come at any time, my mom, Avynn and I had a relaxing night at my brothers house grilling out by the water.


I decided that any clothing items I’ve purchased for my pregnancy (in pregnancy sizes) had to be whipped out now just incase she makes her arrival!


This dress is a size M and was still too short for my liking, so thankfully I whipped it out just in time. I haven’t even attempted a weight training exercise in over 3 months so therefore my “love handles” have been my biggest insecurity, and a jiggly booty hasn’t been so cute. I use a jacket to hide both, haha

I went cheap for this dress, I love how deep the army green was so I snagged it right away. For maternity dresses I always either stick with H+M or Forever because they shrink after 1 wash which is great for post-baby, and I also don’t feel bad spending a cheap $15 on a dress that I can just throw on!


I’ve also resorted to sneakers this entire pregnancy, they’re the only thing that can hide my swollen feet, and also support every single pound of me as I walk up 3 flights to my apartment daily, phew

I found these Nike’s for only $60!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer, can’t believe the first week of August is over!! But I sure am excited for fall and this babe!