Today is #worldprematurityday so I delved into the archives for this one. My girls were born at 33+4 & from the word go have been 2 little warriors. Because I was taken for an emergency section due to one twinnie squishing the other 🙈 I only had one round of injections to help develop their lungs after my waters had broken naturally the night before. I've never been so scared in my life but thankfully as soon as they entered the world they both proved straight away there was nothing wrong with their lungs 😂 They spent 12 days in neonatal simply to establish feeding & it was the longest and most emotionally challenging 12 days of my life. However I know we are very fortunate they were so healthy & had such a short stay. Sending love & strength to anyone who currently has a little preemie(s) in NICU before you know it these days will feel like a distant memory ❤ #preemiestrong
The dichotomy of time has me feeling these days. Our days feel like they crawl at times but all of a sudden, it's dinner, bath, bed and it's over.
Honestly there was awhile I was counting down until nap time. I just needed that quiet time. And then it was the countdown until dad got home and bedtime. I just needed the quiet.
If my kids weren't running around I would be able to think and make sense of things.
I thrive in quiet.
I realized last night as I was all by myself in my house that that's really not true anymore. While yes, it was nice to relish in the quiet, I have evolved into a mom that's able to function and actually thrive in the chaos of my days. Motherhood continues to refine me each day and something I never thought I would be able to do all of a sudden becomes part of me without even realizing. Continuing to mother with an open heart and hands ready to hold them or cheer them on is my favorite.
After bath time fun and play! 💓 .
This is so the softest baby towel ever. Kindly gifted to Annabelle when she was born by @jo_morris_dxb and @matt_m_dxb (thanks guys!) It’s gorgeous for post bath time snuggles and she also likes hiding under the hooded bit!! The personalisation is just perfect! 👌🏼
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Bonjour Samedi! .
Happy Saturday friends, enjoy whatever you may be doing - we just finished getting our Christmas photos done but my front porch still looks like fall 🤪🤷♀️
We have our gorgeous one year old niece Rosie for the first of many sleepovers. All going well so far, she’s enjoying watching the boys running riot & they have helped put her cot up. Jesse even tried to lift her in it 😅❤️ #auntylove#oneyearold#cousins
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"Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr. I love this quote! It’s so 100% accurate and true. Having children shifts our entire view on things as we, for the very first time, truly prioritise someone else’s needs before our own. That is special. That is true love.
Elliott recently got this amazing horse house from @playmobil and she has been obsessed ever since. So. Much. Fun! Did you have @playmobil as a kid? I had a big circus and hospital. Playing with this house brings back all the memories! 💕
Have you ever used a harsh chemical cleaner in your home and wound up coughing and choking on the fumes?! I have in the past, and you may think that’s fine, but I promise you it’s not fine, or normal, or okay for your lungs...at all.
2 years ago I started using Theives Household Cleaner. I was such a skeptic... “This stuff won’t clean as well as 409”....but it did. “This stuff won’t smell as good as Pinesol” ....but it smelled better. “This stuff won’t be able to clean ALL surfaces like they say”....but it did clean allll the surfaces, and it cleaned them even better than other cleaners.
The best part though, was that it was free of chemicals. So yes, what I’m telling you is that a plant based, home friendly cleaner, will impress you more than you could ever imagine...and once you use it, you’ll never go back! We literally do not buy any other cleaning products, because we don’t need to 👌 .
🍋 Non-toxic, 100% plant based 🍋 Never causes headaches or bothers my breathing or skin 🍋 Super concentrated! One capful + water makes a 16 ounce bottle of cleaner! VERY cost effective!
🍋 Used for glass, counters, bathrooms, tile, hardwood, carpets, stains and more!
🍋 Completely pet and child safe 🍋 The bottle lasts me about 6 months!
#clean#cleaning#toxinfree#chemicalfree#natural#health#wellness#life#lifestyle#ditchandswitch#mom#momma#mama#moms#mommy#mother#motherhood#motherhoodunplugged#motherhoodrising#motherhoodthroughinstagram#family # #momoftwo#momofboys#teachers#teachersfollowteachers#teachersofinstagram 🌲
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You know what I've worked out recently. I can't have it all. Well not at the moment anyway. It's seems I can only juggle two things at a time. It's usually being a mama and work which means the housework/admin stuff gets left behind ( like really left behind 🙈). I'm slowly accepting that. I have so many things to do in so little time, something has to give. One day I'll have a self cleaning house 😂 but in all honesty I would rather spend time with my girls than clean the oven 🙈 Days like to day are much better. Edith's first cinema trip! She loved it so much. Before going up to bed she ran back to give me a cuddle and said thank you for taking me to the "cin min ma" 😍😍 #EdithOliviaRae ❤️
Today is National Take A Hike Day so I am posting a photo from my favorite, longest hike with the girls clocking 5.5 miles on one trail in @grandtetonnps . Picture taken by Caelan, 6 yrs old. 🙌🏻 As we leave Salt Lake City today, I am leaving a few other things behind: caffeine, alcohol, procrastination, insecurity. I am replacing these things with: detoxing, a targeted workout routine, drinking more water (Adam calls me a camel) and ACTION. My new path is responsibility for self-care. ✌🏻
Hopefully, you can get outside this weekend, take a hike and find your own path.
IKEA kitchen hacks and @targetstyle decor accents - just a few of my favorite things 😍❤️
5 1324 minutes ago
meine beiden ❤️
wir hatten einen tollen tag und eliah ist am weihnachtsmarkt sogar das erste mal bummelzug gefahren 😍
ansonsten konnten wir am flohmarkt ein schönes xylophon abstauben und waren spazieren.
was habt ihr schönes gemacht heute? ich finds im winter jetzt schon schwierig mit dem kleinen was zu unternehmen, die spielräume haben am wochenende alle zu und spielplatz ist auch etwas blöd, weil eliah ja noch nicht läuft.. habt ihr tolle wintertipps für mich? ☺️
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We took our favourite dolls with us on an adventure today. Filled with glorious sunshine, sweet treats and heaps of giggles. .
.A handful of sets remain which I have now photographed on my own dolls. If you would like to have a peak please get it in touch! Sets are £22.00 plus postage. ♥️
There is just something so extraordinary when you look at life the way your child does. It brings you to a complete moment of awe when you appreciate every little thing. This year we decided no fancy ornaments or obsessing over our tree looking perfect. We are using our family ornaments and I have never loved a Christmas tree so much in my life!! And Layla loves the bright colors and pretty lights. 🎄✨
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Today is an afternoon filled with baby giggles, nap-less babes, and cartoons. And that’s ok. 🌈
Quite pleased with this current Saturday view. Hubs took my big girl to the football game so it’s just me and this little nugget for a few hours. Hallmark is on the tv and she is bound to take a nap within the next hour. With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s the little things like that I’m thankful for 😂✨. What are you guys doing today? Relaxing or lots on your agenda?
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Double tap if you agree😊
1 1126 minutes ago
Heading to New York for the last time before we move. Missing these silly loves SO terribly. Hoping to put an offer on a house this weekend...or else we may be homeless come the New Year. Also hoping this baby does NOT decide to come early. Prayers, good vibes, good energy, whatever you’ve got would be so much appreciated right now 🙏🏻❤️
Sophie’s been showing a lot of interest in STEM activities lately and Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set stood out as something she would totally be into. Botley teaches early coding skills to kids as young as five and advances with the child!
He can detect objects, be programmed for if/then logic, follow looping commands and take on obstacle courses.
He is 100% screen-free and ready to use right out of the box. We took a family trip to @Walmart today and snagged him up for our busy little lady to play with on this lazy Saturday. It makes me so happy to see how proud of herself she is when she completes the different challenges. Just one more awesome way to have fun while learning! You can grab yours in the toy aisle at Walmart or learn more about him using the link in my bio!
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Attn: Mama friends and anyone shopping for a Mama this year! Deal alert!!! I have had a crazy amount of people complement my backpack (which is actually my gorgeous diaper bag 😍) and what I love even more is telling the awesome deal I got on it! Anyone that knows me well knows I try to buy the best made products but at the very best deal. Last Spring just before the @freshlypicked 1/2 yearly sale I heard about their Fringe program. Basically once I joined I would get access to the sale (and my butterscotch diaper bag) before any non-Fringe members and an extra 20% on top of the sale price! I kept looking for the catch but there isn’t one. I pay $10 a month to be in the Fringe and its immediately added as a credit to my account at @freshlypicked 💁♀️! So when the next sale came along I had credits built up and was able to treat my self without draining my bank account!! Even better for you guys you can use the code FPxAshleyE and get your first month of the Fringe FREE!!! The next 1/2 yearly sale starts this Monday at 11CST and you do not want to miss it!
They have gorgeous diaper bags, handbags, kids shoes, and clothes! How sweet are Delaney’s Little Mermaid moccasins? They are in the sale too 😉! Disney products on sale 😍!?!! There will never be a fee to cancel your membership but once you see these deals I cant imagine you’ll want to 🙌🙌🙌! Honestly friends this is my very favorite program I’ve found as a mom and I’m so excited to be able to share such a awesome deal with you just before the holidays ❤️🎄🎒! #Sponsored#FreshlyPicked 📸: @lauriann86
i remember the first time olive had her very first bottle. i wasn’t there and i felt so anxious leaving her alone. did i have enough milk? would she even take the bottle? well, she was fine and she completely downed that @philipsavent bottle in less time than it’s probably taking me to write this. when was the first time your little one had their first bottle? did you get to share in that joy or did someone else get to feel all the feels? #mamalogues#ad
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I’m not any less deserving of love because of my size. I’m not any less deserving of respect because of my size. I’m not any less deserving of sexy lingerie because of my size.
Do you see a trend here?
Being plus size, too thin, too short, too tall, having saggy boobs or loose skin doesn’t make you any less worthy.
Any less beautiful.
Any less visible.
I used to be obsessed with being thin.
It was more important to me than my happiness.
Being thin was all that mattered. And what for? I was unhappy, starving, anemic and just a shell holding in who I was really meant to be.
I have wide hips and love handles.
I have cellulite and a huge gap between my breasts.
I also have a soul.
A heart. A personality. Strong opinions.
A loving husband and a beautiful daughter.
But most importantly, I have self respect.
Because even if I don’t fit into your mold, I am still worthy.
All women are beautiful.
And they ALL deserve to feel that way.
In response to the @vogue interview with a @victoriassecret executive. A movement started by @knixwear & @thebirdspapaya
We will not be silenced.