Fit for Baby..and for Life

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Taking the time to workout and eat healthy isn’t always easy, but if you make it a lifestyle, it totally can be. By creating a lifestyle of balance, there’s room for all the fun stuff, and you don’t have to eliminate social situations because you have to stick to a certain “diet.” And, let’s be serious..we all need the fun stuff in our lives. 😉

I’ve always been a naturally healthy eater and lived an active lifestyle, so I guess I have a bit of an unfair advantage. But, since I’m often asked about my health and wellness regimen, I thought I would share my daily routine.

Let me start by saying that I don’t just do this to be “fit”-although, that is a nice perk that I definitely enjoy!-but, I do this to be healthy, to feel better, to be more energized, to feel more confident, to have a healthier pregnancy/better delivery, and to just take care of myself. I firmly believe that if you take time to take care of yourself, you can better take care of your family, because they get the best you. And, doesn’t your family deserve the best you?? 😉

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For everyone, taking care of ourselves looks drastically different. I’m not claiming to be a fitness expert or a dietician, I have just learned health tips and tricks over the years and have found what works for me! This is my current routine that I’ve been doing before and during this pregnancy with baby number two.

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Here is what taking care of myself looks like for me..

Nutrition

Morning-

First thing in the morning, I drink 8oz of water to jump start my metabolism and wake my body up. I’m not a huge breakfast eater, and I’m not one that is typically hungry when I first wake up, so to “warm up my stomach” I eat a banana and drink a peach mango v8 energy drink.

Mid Morning-

A couple hours after my banana and juice, I eat 3 hard boiled egg whites, and drink 8oz of water. This gives me my much needed protein and prepares me for my workout.

Workout-

During my workout I drink a 16oz bottle of water, along with my Plexus pink drink. This is an all natural supplement that gives me energy, boosts my metabolism, helps my digestive system, and helps my body function the way it was meant to! I can’t say enough great things about my pink drink and I definitely rely on it to help me get through my workouts.

Lunch-

For lunch, I usually eat approximately 4oz of grilled chicken, a bowl of mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries), and some sugar snap peas-sometimes cherry tomatoes, as well, but those veggies tend to vary. I also have another banana, because I’m obsessed, and I drink a bai coconut water. I love this water because it has no artificial sweeteners, its non-GMO, and it has electrolytes, which I need since I tend to easily get light headed/dizzy. I’m prone to passing out, and I have found these waters help me A LOT!!

Mid Afternoon-

About 2hrs after lunch, I need a snack. Haha! I’m not one that can eat a lot in one sitting, so I tend to munch throughout my day, which also helps to keep my metabolism going strong. For my snack, I usually have 2 light mini babybel cheese wheels and grapes. I also pick myself up a venti green iced tea from Starbucks, with a little stevia in it, nothing else. If you know me at all, you know I’m pretty much obsessed with green tea! Not just the flavor, but all of its health benefits, the antioxidants, the metabolism boosting goodness…it’s all amazing 😉

Afternoon-

2hrs later, I need another snack! I usually go for a handful of almonds, to give me some more protein and energy to make it to dinner. I also drink another 16oz bottle of water.

Dinner-

Dinner is always tricky, because our schedule changes so much, that I never stick to anything consistent. In a perfect world, I would have a chef that would prepare me all natural, non-GMO, healthy and delicious meals every night, but I’m not Kim Kardashian. And, let’s be serious, in a perfect world, I would just eat whatever I want and I would remain perfectly healthy 😉 HA! Although, for me, I tend to crave healthy food (most of the time), so as I said before, it’s not hard for me to stick to healthy choices.

If I make food, I tend to make grilled chicken or fish, sometimes shrimp, roasted veggies in the oven, brown rice or roasted potatoes and a salad. Oh, and of course, water to drink. 😉 That tends to be my “go-to.” If we pick up take-out, or eat out, I try to stick to somewhat of that same menu, unless we go with fast food. If that’s the case, we tend to pick up Chick-fil-a or Arby’s. At Chick-fil-a, I always get the grilled chicken sandwich with the honey roasted barbecue sauce, and I eat it with veggies and fruit and pretzels at home. At Arby’s, I always get the market fresh turkey, bacon, ranch sandwich, minus the bacon–honestly, that’s just because I don’t like bacon, not really a health reason. And, cue the gasp. 😉

After Dinner/Dessert-

After Charlotte goes to bed and its finally time for us to sit down and unwind, I always have a little bedtime snack, and typically (when not pregnant) a glass of wine. During this pregnancy, my nightly craving has been bing cherries. I know..crazy pregnancy craving, right?! 😉 haha! Honestly, I haven’t craved many foods or anything unhealthy really, and anything too sweet makes me nauseous. I’ve been sticking with fruit, mostly, and occasionally an ice cream cone from McDonald’s or I’ll steal some of Charlotte’s frosted animal crackers. When I’m not pregnant, I tend to opt for some sort of dark chocolate with my glass of wine. I’m a huge fan of the Brookside açaí blueberry dark chocolates or the dove sea salt caramel dark chocolates. You can’t go wrong with either, and a little bit goes a LONG way!

Fortunately for me, we have a gym in our basement, so it’s easier for me to slip downstairs and squeeze in a workout, without the hassle of going to the gym and having to drop Charlotte off. Although, I do have to say, I miss going to the gym tremendously, because I love the energy in the gym environment and working out alongside other people working hard. There’s just a vibe that puts me in the best mood and makes me work harder. Plus, I do miss my workout classes! But, for this stage of life, it is just easiest for me to utilize our home gym and take advantage of the easy access we have right in our home.

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Workout

To warm up, I start with a 10min power walk on our treadmill.

Then, for cardio, I do 20min of HIIT on our elliptical. I change the resistance and speed of my range of motion to constantly vary my workout and confuse my muscles, to make them work harder.

Then, I focus on strength training. Right now, it’s a little modified for pregnancy.

{Using 8lb weights}

Upperbody-

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of bicep curls, 10 reps of hammer curls, 10 reps of bicep curls, 10 reps of hammer curls, 10sec stagnant hold of weights out in front (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps shoulder press, 10 reps upright row, 10 reps bent over row, 10 reps lateral raise, 10 reps front raise (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps tricep kickbacks, 10 reps tricep overhead extensions, 10 reps right bumbbell row, 10 reps left dumbbell row, 10 lying tricep overhead extensions (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps deadlifts, 10 reps bent over row, 10 reps deadlifts, 10 reps lying chest fly, 10 reps lying pullovers (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps alternating weighted punches across chest, 10 reps alternating weighted punches out front, 10 reps alternating punches over head, 10 reps alternating punches under cut, 10 reps alternating punches to the side with side kick (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

Lowerbody-

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of squats, 10sec stagnant squat hold, 10 reps of squats, 10sec stagnant squat hold, 10 reps of low squats (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of sumo squats, 10sec stagnant sumo squat hold, 10 reps of sumo squats, 10sec stagnant sumo squat hold, 10 reps of low sumo squats (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of right side lunges, 10sec stagnant ride side lunge, 10 reps of right side lunges, 10sec stagnant ride side lunge, 10 reps of bent over right side lunges (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of left side lunges, 10sec stagnant left side lunge, 10 reps of left side lunges, 10sec stagnant left side lunge, 10 reps of bent over left side lunges (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

1 set/50 reps–10 reps of side lunges leaning right, 10 reps of side lunges leaning left, 10 reps of alternating side lunges, 10 reps of side lunges bent over right, 10 reps of side lunges bent over left (repeat 1x for a total of 100 reps)

By sticking to this daily regimen, I have had a very healthy pregnancy, so far. Here’s my progress bump pics from 10 weeks to 15 weeks to 20 weeks.

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This routine works really well for me and fits nicely into my everyday. I know not everything works for everyone, but like I said, this is what I have found works for me, and I hope this is helpful for some of you! Let me know if you have any questions!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

 

Pregnancy..Not My First Rodeo..

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It’s funny how the human body works.. It’s somehow capable of making you feel absolutely, incredibly super-human, and yet so fast to make you feel as if standing were impossible. Don’t get me wrong, this pregnancy has been a piece of cake compared to my first, and all-in-all, I can’t complain! Hardly any morning sickness, not nearly the amount of dizzy spells/passing out, or the amount of unbearable migraines..BUT, what is it about those freakin hormones that even on your best day, you can feel lousy??

I’m 21 weeks along..so, I’m to that point where sleeping is really fun. You play that guessing game of “do I?” or “do I not?” have to pee..all. through. the. night. You can’t sleep on your stomach, because that’s not super comfy, and heaven for bid you sleep on your back in fear of your baby not getting enough oxygen, so to the side I roll. Then there’s the kicking. The most beautiful, amazing feeling in the world..that seems to happen late at night and early in the morning. Can’t she kick me mid-day, so I can feel the joy when I’m already awake??..No?..ok, I’ll just lay here and soak it all in until about 2am and then sleep until 6am when I’m woken back up by those jolts to the stomach. It’s great.

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I’m also in that really fun in between stage of “is she?” or “is she not?” pregnant. Of course, I can totally tell, since my body doesn’t look (or feel) like my own anymore. But, to the random passerby, it may look like I just ate a large burrito from Qdoba. And, with the frequent heartburn, it feels like that too. 😉

The constant state of sleepiness is just preparation for the many months (who am I kidding, YEARS) ahead. And, because I have an almost 2-year-old, I have to run around and take care of/pick up after her, as well. Gone are the pregnant days of getting to nap when I needed to or simply just rest and have a snack break. No..my days are constant go, go, go. Oh, how I did not truly understand the beauty of first-time pregnancy. Even with all my horrible symptoms, I was able to take care of myself.

All joking aside, I wouldn’t trade this pregnancy, or the precious baby girl growing inside of me, for the world. In the midst of the crazy, I always take time to smile (mostly laugh) and thank God for the beautiful, little girls he has blessed me with. They are truly the greatest gift I have ever been given, and the fact that I was chosen to be their mother is the greatest honor. If receiving these perfect miracles means going through hell, then bring it on! Ok..maybe, don’t bring it ALL on.. 😉

Scroll down to see some ultrasound pics of my sweet, little Savannah, as well as some of the bump pics I have taken during my pregnancy, thus far! 🙂

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So cool to see the baby’s development from each pic to the next!

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The body changes aren’t always fun, but they are always welcomed, as I know it means a healthy, growing baby girl. 🙂

So, incredibly thankful..

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From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

It’s a GIRL!!

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Yes, thats right!! Our little family of three is about to be a party of four, with a house full of ladies. Sorry, babe..we didn’t quite even out the playing field, but at least you’re still the King of your castle. 😉 ..Honestly, I think he kinda loves the idea of being the man of the house, protecting his princesses.

With our first, the excitement was in the fact of having our first child, so the gender was just another added fun surprise! Not a whole lot of thought went into it, until we found out what we were having, and then I went in to full on girl mode. The nursery was planned in days, and the shopping lasted for weeks. Ok, who am I kidding..the shopping hasn’t stopped! 😉

But, with our second, we dreamed of how our family dynamic would be if we were to have a boy or a girl. How different would our family be?? We always imagined multiple children, but the vision of those children was unclear. I think we had this thought that “we had a girl, so we’ll probably have a boy,” and we tended to play out scenarios of what it would be like to have a boy. We had this idea in our heads, for whatever reason, that we were most likely having a boy, so I began envisioning our lives with a little more blue and a little less pink. HA! God had other plans..

Finding out we were expecting was a huge surprise in itself. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, therefore I do not ovulate on my own, or have a cycle at all, for that matter. Because of that, trying to conceive is nearly impossible without a little medicinal/hormonal help. After being on my medications for approximately 6 months, I finally saw those 2 pink lines and completely lost my mind! I fell to my knees in tears, and I’m pretty sure I scared Charlotte! I assured her that mommy was ok, and immediately called my husband, Blake, to tell him our news.

From that moment on, it was non-stop, “is it a boy? or a girl?” “how do you think Charlotte will be?” “what about this name or that?” “what should we do with the nursery?” and so on.. That news completely consumed us and hasn’t stopped! Of course, we were anxious to find out what we were having, and because of certain medical conditions that run in our family, it was recommended that we do a chromosomal blood test that checks for several health abnormalities/defects, and also tells you the baby’s gender. So, at 10 weeks, I filled 10 vials of blood, and anxiously waited to hear the news!

After I received the confirmation that all the tests came back normal, and the baby was healthy, my mom picked up my envelope with the gender-so I wouldn’t be tempted ;)-and she took it straight to the baker who was making our gender reveal cake pops. I’m pretty sure it took everything in me to not peak at either envelope or cake pops..and, luckily, I only had to wait 4 more days. The longest 4 days of my life!!

At our reveal, we wanted our family and friends to be involved, so everyone received a cake pop to bite into! I assured everyone to wait for my count, so that no one would risk spoiling the surprise! 1…..2…..3…..It’s a GIRL!!! We all revealed our pink colored cake pops, and my eyes filled with tears. I was so excited and completely surprised, as were most people!

Of course, I tore open that envelope, just to be sure no mistakes were made 😉 and, sure enough, it confirmed it’s a girl! 🙂

We couldn’t be happier with our news, and the party was such a fun celebration to “kick-off” this pregnancy and start looking forward to the brand new life that will be joining our family.

Charlotte didn’t know what to think…other than that she loved her cake pop! 😉

I can’t thank God enough for this beautiful blessing, and for sparing me the horrible pregnancy symptoms that plagued me the first time around! 😉 Stay tuned for pregnancy updates, bump pics, maternity photos, and the anxiously waiting birth announcement! 🙂

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

Disney, Baby!

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Ahhhhh…Disney World. Oh, how I love your magical moments, your special memories, your insanely, unhealthy food, your Mickey ice cream sandwiches, and, pretty much, your Mickey shaped EVERYTHING, because, let’s face it..there’s a lot of it! And, even though our Disney vacations have changed dramatically with a child in tow, they have become even better and that much more special. Sharing the “magic” with my daughter is indescribable, and seeing her little face light up, beaming with that perfect smile, makes all the craziness worth it.

This trip, we got to experience all the fun with our cousins, which included Charlotte’s best friend, Emma! It was so much fun to see the two girls excited together and see how much they just loved being with each other! This was Charlotte’s second time to Disney, so as a veteran, she appreciated and understood Disney that much more! I couldn’t believe some of the things she remembered from last time, and how much more she was engaged and enthralled with everything. It was such an incredible feeling, to see her get so excited to meet her favorite characters. And, I’m pretty sure I watched her more than the shows, because she would sing and dance the whole way through! Talk about precious!! And, oh, so rewarding.

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Last time in Disney, the first thing we did was have our classic Mickey ear hats personalized in Magic Kingdom, and headed straight to the castle for some photos. So, in keeping with that tradition, we did the same thing, and had a special hat made for our second daughter that will be arriving this November! I couldn’t wait to see her name on her hat (the first thing I’ve seen her name on since finding out the gender) and race to the castle to make our announcement photo! I couldn’t keep our secret in any longer! Of course, it took several tries of convincing Charlotte to wear her hat, and making sure we had proper position of all hats so we could read the names, but we did it! And, I’m so in love with it. I just can’t wait for her little head to fill out her hat and to be able to experience the joy of Disney with both my girls!

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We had such an incredible vacation, and I think we already have the next trip in the works! 🙂 Check out some more photos from our vaca and see below where I like to shop for our Disney gear-because, you’ve gotta rock Disney wear in “the happiest place on earth.” 😉

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My Mickey tee is from Target. They have such a cute selection of comfortable, lightweight shirts that are affordable and so fun!

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My Minnie bow tee is from The Disney Store. They have a pretty extensive selection of Disney wear and they usually run several sales throughout the year, including free shipping and discounts on clothing!

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My Best Day Ever tee was made on Etsy. Check out their site, full of shops that make any Disney shirt you can imagine! And, don’t see what you want? Many shops will create a personalized shirt designed just for you, with whatever saying or colors you want!

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Charlotte and Emma’s Minnie shirts were also from Target. This is definitely a favorite place for me to stock up on the Disney wear, because you can find so much for so little! They really have a pretty large selection for both girls and boys.

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Charlotte’s Minnie Mouse travel vaca tee is from Kohls, which you can find here. This is where I found her Disney princess tees for the trip, and right now they have several of their Disney shirts on sale for buy one, get one half off! Check out their selection here. (This is also where I found Charlotte’s pink Ariel tank from the photos above)

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Charlotte’s Magic Kingdom outfit is from the Kingdom itself! But, we had so many questions about where we found her Minnie Mouse moccs! Those would be Etsy! They seriously have everything, and I love that it’s all so unique! You can find them here.

I hope this helps you prepare for your own Disney trip! If you’re thinking Disney is crazy with little ones, you are RIGHT. 😉 BUT, it is SO worth it, and I can promise you the fun, the laughter, the memories, and the moments, far outweigh the crazy. Happy shopping!

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From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

 

 

Travel In Style

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If you know me at all, you know I have a passionate love for the beach, warm weather, sunshine, and all things vaca. I’m pretty much obsessed with traveling, and my extremely understanding husband is so supportive of my addiction. 😉 Because I work from home, I have the flexibility to take off at any moment, and I have taken full advantage of that perk! Our most recent travels took us to my parents’ vacation home in Naples, FL, which we tend to frequent…A LOT.. 🙂

This vaca was a fun girls’ trip with my mother, my best friend, and her mother, which we do annually, and, now that I have a little girl of my own, I get to bring her along to join in on the fun and make so many amazing memories. I love that our mother daughter trip now includes my daughter, making it that much more special. AND, to make it even more special, my bestie is pregnant with her first little girl, who will soon be added to our girls’ trips, as well! 🙂

So, because I now have to pack for two, I decided to take note of all my travel must haves, as well as some of mine and my daughter’s favorite vacation looks! Check out some of our styles from the trip, and some of our favorite swimwear that we rocked this past week, and see where you can find them for you and your mini!

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My travel staples include a fun, floppy hat for added UV protection and style to your swimsuit, a cross body collapsable bag for easy travel, sunglasses..because, sun..duh..,sunscreen, spf lip balm, and after sun lotion to take care of my skin in and out of the sun, comfortable sandals for everyday, and a bikini, of course!

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My floppy hat was given to me as a gift from Calia by Carrie Underwood! They sent it to me, and I was completely surprised and fell in love with it instantly! You can find my hat here.

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My cross body fringe bag is from Free People, and I’ve had it for YEARS!! It has been a loyal companion that has stood the test of time. I highly recommend investing in a similar bag, and you can thank me later. 😉 My bag is sold out, but you can find a similar style here.

My pink aviator sunglasses are Betsey Johnson brand, which I found majorly marked down at Nordstrom rack! SCORE! My exact pair is currently sold out, but you can find the same shades in a different colored lens here.

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My Sun Bum Sunscreen, Cool Down lotion, and SPF lip balm are the absolute best! Not only do they smell amazing, but they really do their job to protect and nourish your skin, and they smell INCREDIBLE. I also love this brand because they are cruelty free, gluten free, and 100% vegan, and rich in vitamin E. These products are a perfect travel size and can be purchased as a set for only $19.99 here.

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My floral sandals are from Target and they are so, extremely comfortable! I love the fun, floral print, which surprisingly goes with so much more than you would think! You can find my sandals here.

My floral off-the-shoulder bikini is also from, none other than..Target! Pretty much my fav place-but, you already know that. 😉 This is a super flattering suit, and the floral pattern, mixed with the crochet print, is to die for! You can find my bikini top here and my bikini bottoms here.

Mine and Charlotte’s airport fashion. We travel in style 😉

My floppy hat and fringe bag linked above.

My black tribal print backpack is from Target, and this exact style is sold out, but you can find a similar style here.

My fringe booties are from American Threads, and are sold out, but you can check out their super cute and comfortable shoes here.

My black distressed denim cut-off shorts are from Dottie Couture, which you can find here.

My fringe tank is from American Eagle, and is currently sold out! (don’t hate me!!) Check out their super cute summer tank selection here.

Charlotte’s gladiator sandals are from Old Navy, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s navy leggings are from Gap, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s tassel, ruffle sleeve top is from Babies R Us and is currently sold out. Check out their cute section of summer fashion tops here.

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My favorite summer shoe selection made it all the way to Florida with me! I’ve listed where my shoes are from, which include some of my favorite places to shoe shop year round! From affordable, to durable, to stylish, to unique..each place has something I love! From left to right, the dark brown sandal heels are from Charlotte Russe, the dark tan gladiator wedge sandals are from a boutique in FL (can’t remember the name!!), the tan peep toe heels are from Altar’d State, the tan peep toe suede heels are Kristin Cavallari from Chinese Laundry, the cream criss cross heels are from Nine West, the fringe suede booties are from American Threads, and the floral print sandals are from Target.

These are some of my favorite looks from FL. All extremely comfortable, airy for hot days (and nights!), breathable material, lots of off-the-shoulder, which is my current fav trend, and oozing with beachy, summery goodness! Follow me on instagram, here, where I have detailed where each of these outfits are from! Some of my favorite places to find inexpensive and fashionable accessories are Dry Goods, American Eagle, Francesca’s, Dottie Couture, and Altar’d State. Of course, shoes and bag are listed above.

One of my favorite looks from Charlotte! Her floral dress is from Matilda Jane, and no longer in stock, but you can check out their super cute summer line here.

Her blush butterfly sandals are from Old Navy, and currently on sale for $12.99! You can find them here.

Another one of my favorite looks from Charlotte! This romper is EVERYTHING!! Ah, she just kills me in it! 🙂 Her floral romper is from Old Navy, and currently on sale for $18.99! You can find it here. Her gladiator sandals are also from Old Navy and linked above.

I like to buy swimwear from places where the sets are mix-and-matchable, affordable, and trendy! Some of my absolute favorite shops for swimwear are TargetAmerican Eagle, and Altar’d State. Check out those links and find yourself a new ‘kini in time for summer! I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

We had so much fun at the Naples Farmer’s Market on Third Street South. Lots of sunshine, tropical ice tea, key west acai bowls, people watching, dog spotting, and plenty of photo ops! 😉 Her adorable watermelon swimsuit is from Target, which you can find here. Her floral flip flops are from Carters, and the floral pair is sold out, but you can get the same shoes in a fun, pineapple print for only $4!! You can find them here.

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Hope these links and sites are helpful for your own vacation planning or simply summer shopping! This vacation was so much fun, and I’m so excited to be returning to Naples with my girl and our girlfriends in June! But, for now…we are off to Disney this Saturday, so I better go unpack our beach wear and re-pack our park wear!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

This girl comes with a bow

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I’m pretty sure a pretty, floral, wrap bow was the first thing I bought on Etsy, when I found out I was having a little girl. Because…priorities 😉 ..And, voilà! My bow obsession began. She wasn’t even here yet, and I was already imagining dressing her up and adding that little finishing touch to her hair. I mean, isn’t that the fun of having a little girl? 😉

There’s nothing I love more than finding fun, cute little hair accessories to complete my daughter’s outfits! I have tried all different types of bows, head wraps, hair ties, elastics, clips, you name it. I love it all, but I have become such a fan of the classic, delicate, girly bows that go with absolutely everything!

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Also, in my shopping, I want to find bows that are made of the softest materials, to ensure my daughter’s comfort, as well as hope that maybe she will leave them in, if she can’t feel them! 🙂 And, I have to say, for the most part, it works! Is it because the bows are so soft and comfortable, is it because they are made of light materials, so she can barely feel them, or is it because I’ve been sticking a bow on her poor, little head every day of her life, from the moment she was born?

Either way, for whatever reason, she leaves them in, and I’m not about to question it! I’m not sure if she likes it, or if she just gave up, knowing i’m going to repeatedly place them on her head, but I’ll take it! 😉

After spending money/time searching for the best bows, I came across Little Poppy Co, and my world was forever changed. Ok, so maybe not that drastic–I’ve been told I can be a bit dramatic–BUT, I will say I fell in love with these bows and their concept. Little Poppy Co is a stylish bow subscription, online boutique, providing a set of three bows a month-all of which you don’t know what you’re going to get-for $11.99 a month! It’s such a fun surprise in your mailbox, each month, and an even more fun surprise when you open your package to see what this month’s bows entail!

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Each month’s bows correlate to the season, which allows you to not worry about finding that perfect bow for whatever month’s holidays/parties/events, etc. You also get your choice of having the bow in a clip or a headband. The headbands are made of super soft and stretchy nylon, that doesn’t leave a mark on your baby’s head! That definitely sold me, as well! Also, as a subscriber, you get access to the online store to shop previous month’s bows you might have missed out on, and other fun extras/bows they are bringing out for each season! I love that it does the shopping for me, and I just get the fun of styling my girl in her bows each month! And, don’t worry, the upcoming month’s bows always ship out at the end of each current month, to ensure you receive your bows in time for the new month. In these photos, my daughter is wearing the April bows, and they are seriously, TO DIE FOR!! (You can check them out on the site here.)

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Little Poppy Co April Bows in their packaging

If you’re not already signed up..what are you waiting for?! Girl moms, go treat yo self!

Charlotte’s outfits linked below!

Beauty and the Beast collection dress is from Target, which you can find here.

Blush pink butterfly cut-out sandals are from Old Navy, which you can find here. Also, they are currently on sale for $13!!

Sterling silver personalized “Charlotte” necklace is from Tiny Blessings, which you can find and have engraved here.

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Koala Kids pink pinktuck top is from Babies R Us, which you can find here. Her top is currently on sale for $10.49!!

Jersey leggings in light denim are from Old Navy, which you can find here.

Sand fringe leather moccs are from Love Winnie James, which you can find here.

Cat and Jack white tee is from Target, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s Oshkosh olive green vest is from Target, but it is currently sold out! I couldn’t find an olive vest, but I did find a similar denim vest, which you can find here.

Charlotte’s Cat and Jack denim joggers are from Target, but they are currently sold out. I found a similar pair from Cat and Jack, which you can find here.

Lace-up gladiator sandals are from Old Navy, which you can find here. Also, they are currently on sale for $18.00!

Happy Shopping!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn

 

She Can

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As a mother, it is my job to teach my daughter about the world around her; about who she is, what she means, and what she brings to this life. How she views herself starts with me, and I am making it my mission to show her love, show her self-love, and show her that she can do ANYTHING.

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There are so many times I look at myself, and think negative thoughts–I’m not pretty enough, if only I looked like this, I’m not strong enough, if only I had that talent, I’m not smart enough, if only I could achieve that accomplishment… Blah, Blah Blah… You know what that is? That is CRAP. PERIOD. Those are just hurtful words I tell myself when I feel inadequate, and it NEVER makes me feel better, so why do I do it??

Unfortunately, society, and the world we live in, shames us, exudes a false sense of perfection, and fills us with unrealistic expectations of who we are supposed to be. We get images thrown at us daily, that further self-hate and self-doubt, that we aren’t good enough, we aren’t worthy, or we can’t do it. All of that is complete garbage, and I want my daughter to know that. To know that another person’s beautiful doesn’t diminish her beautiful. That someone else’s smart doesn’t take away from her smart. That another talent doesn’t take away from her talents. She is beautiful, she is smart, she is talented, she is funny, she is affectionate, she is creative, she is joyful, she is loving, she is CRAZY! And, for all those things, and more, she CAN do ANYTHING.

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Yes, I am confident in who I am today, but I would be lying if I said I never experience insecurities. BUT, I think it is extremely important for me to keep those insecurities to myself, and not “bash” myself in front of my daughter. What is that teaching her if I do?? What does that do to her own self-image?? I don’t want her to look in the mirror and search for flaws, and, I definitely don’t want the focus to be on her outward beauty. I want her to know that she is so much more than that.

I strive to tell her that she is loving, that she is smart, that she has a pure heart and a beautiful soul. I want her to remember those things and use them to empower her. To some, I may sound crazy, because my daughter is only 19months old, but, I believe she understands more than I even know, and by instilling these habits now, they are more likely to stick with her, and me, as she grows up.

I know my daughter. I know her determination. I know her strong-will. And, I don’t doubt that whatever she sets her mind to, she will do it. I don’t want anyone or anything to ever tell her otherwise. There is no, “she can’t,” there is only SHE CAN.

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I absolutely love these shirts from Rachel Rene Designs, and I am 110% on board with spreading the message behind them! If you don’t currently follow her, go check out her website here, and like her Facebook page and/or follow her insta for up-to-date info! She makes handmade apparel, decor, accessories, and gifts, and specializes in customization. I promise, you will LOVE her stuff and the quality of her products!!

From my heart to yours,

Janalyn