Happy 4th birthday, Ginny

Happy 4th birthday, my Ginny girl! You bring so much life, love, and energy to everyone you meet and everywhere you go. You’ve always been ahead of your time, but your brightness shines even more this year – not just because of your crazy extensive vocabulary and concepts you grasp, but your emotional intelligence and sensitivity.

You were there for ME – your adult mom – YOU, a 3-year-old – through so much. You were there to be pure sweetness and give me hugs when I was sad about Grandpa; you were there when I was sick for 10 months and when I could hardly even walk. You have been so patient and loving when your sister has been having some two-year-old mood swings. You do all of this, and it’s hard to remember that you’re only 4-years-old because you’re truly ahead of your time.

People always say it, and it’s true – you just have this specialness about you – it’s hard to describe, but to know you is to feel this about you. Grandma Ginny and Grandpa John maybe sense this the most; you’re so loved, Ginny, and surrounded by people who are crazy about you. Grandma, Papa, Nana, Grampy, all of your aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends – you are so loved, and daddy and I are amazed and proud of you every day. In fact, there’s not one night that goes by that we don’t lay in bed and recount the magical things you said and did that day.

Happy birthday, my love, my Ginny who made me a mom.

Superfood Quinoa Bowl

I’ve been on a healthy food kick after coming off of the worst third pregnancy and am finally able to eat and be excited about food again. You can follow me on Instagram and check out my weekly meal posts (here is part 1) for more inspiration and ideas, but I am especially excited about this Superfood Quinoa Bowl.

What is a superfood? While there are no such foods, nutritionally speaking, it’s a marketing term coined to label nutrient-rich, healthy foods, and this quinoa bowl is packed with them.

Prepare yourself to see lots of quinoa bowl recipes from me in the future! They’re extremely easy to make ahead of time or on-the-fly, it’s a great way to get your veggies in, and they’re packed with nutrients and flavor. Hello, new favorite lunch.

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Healthy eating meal plan- week 1

Who’s ready for my healthy eating meal plan, week 1 edition? My Instagram followers have requested me to share my healthy living progress after my third baby, so each week I’ll post what I’ve been eating and updates with my results.

Here’s the background – before I was pregnant with my first, eating healthy and working out was a huge part of my life. During my two-year engagement, I lost 30 pounds the healthy way – slow, steady, and by making a daily commitment to cleaner foods and actually heeding portions and serving sizes.

Working out was a part of my daily routine, which is where my AB CHALLENGE circuit came from (it also happens to be my most popular pin on Pinterest).

I’ve given birth to three darling girls in January 2015, January 2017, and January 2019; each pregnancy proved increasingly more difficult, to say the least, and in the end, it was just about surviving day-to-day.

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12 rules for visiting a newborn

There’s really nothing better than babies, except maybe newborn babies; it’s only natural that out of your love, support, and excitement for the new baby in your life that you want to visit right away. In the midst of all of your love and enthusiasm, there’s something you might overlook – the wishes and needs of the family, especially the momma.

Before popping over for an impromptu or even scheduled visit, take these 12 tips to heart and mind. Keep in mind the mother just gave birth; she’s most likely not rested, not eating or drinking properly, and is adjusting to life with her new little one.

Even the most well-adjusted moms are going through a very delicate time, physically, mentally, and emotionally, whether they realize it or not, whether they show it or not.

If you plan on visiting a new baby soon, take these rules into consideration.

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How to get your breast pump for free

This post is sponsored by Aeroflow. All opinions are my own.

As I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of our third baby girl, I find myself spending a lot of time on mommy Facebook groups, and one question I see all the time is, how do I get a breast pump? Does insurance cover it? Do I have to contact insurance?

I see women looking for used breast pumps because otherwise they’re so expensive, and I want to say NO, NO, NO! You get a free one! And it’s easy. There are SO MANY QUESTIONS when all you want is your pump, am I right?

This time around, I got my Medela Pump In Style Advanced Starter Set from Aeroflow Healthcare, and the process was so simple.

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A letter to Grandpa

12/13/17

Dear Grandpa,

Everyone thinks their grandpa is the best, and that’s really nice and everything, but the truth is, mine actually was the best.

You were the actual best grandpa, great grandfather, dad, neighbor, worker, and friend. You’re the man everyone aspires to be, the one great character every reader is completely enamored with and that every author hopes to write about – but quite honestly, it may be impossible for even the best writer to capture your wit, smarts, quirks, and charm.

Last night, you died, and when I held your hand, it was still so big and warm, just like always. You looked like you; you still looked so handsome; you looked finally at rest. I can still feel you holding my hands, cupping them around mine since I was a kid to keep me warm, and until the very end, you were still my warm protector.