Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I knew this would be a quieter week on the blog as I received all our LulaRoe inventory and took all the pictures, had an album sale and two live sales so far in our Facebook group. Extra busy but it’s been a fun week! I’ve been so blessed with how my children are jumping in and helping out. It’s exactly what I was hoping for, a business that my children could be even more involved in. Blogging isn’t very child friendly. 😉

This week I’ve had fun trying out a few few styles, and believe it or not, a pencil skirt is a new style for me! I’ve worn knee length skirts before, but they have always been more fitted. I really love this skirt and it’s so comfortable!

This skirt is like the long stretch denim skirt we sell, but it’s the shorter version! If you are looking for a modest pencil skirt, this is a great one! I love the classic look of this skirt. It will also be cute to pair some fun leggings under it.

Here is another fun look at how I styled this skirt. I wanted to style the Irma shirt from LulaRoe, a shirt that is commonly worn with the leggings because it’s a longer, loose fitting shirt. I paired it with the knee length skirt and I think it turned out cute!

For being down on the floor and playing with my children, I will want leggings on under it, but that gives me a chance to wear some of the cute leggings from LulaRoe! Or I can go with one of the looks above for a casual date night.

What I Wore

Skirt – Dark Denim Knee length Skirt – Deborah & Co.

Short sleeve sweater – ThredUP

Cardigan – ThredUP

Shoes – Walmart

Headband – Lilla Rose

Link Up Time!

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Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I promise I’m not going to start wearing LulaRoe in every Modest Monday post from now on! I’m excited to have a new outfit to put together though, and wanted to share!

This dress is a little shorter than I normally wear, but with tights and boots I really like it. I’ll have to get creative and think of ways to wear it in the summer months as well. What is even better…my husband loves it on me!

This is the Amelia Dress from LulaRoe. It’s a short sleeve dress, but I love wearing it in the winter months with the cardigan that Sean gave me for Christmas.

We were visiting family when we took these pictures, I love being able to go and be in the country for a few hours! The lake behind me in the pictures is just beautiful.

The Amelia dress has a zipper in the back and it’s overall just a really comfortable dress! I want to get more in some different colors that fit with my Type 1 personality with Dressing Your Truth better.

My hair has grown long enough that I was able to twist it up again! I was pretty excited to use some of my x-large flexi clips again! The Claire dangle clip is so beautiful, especially in the larger sizes.

Don’t forget to go enter the Flexi Clip giveaway I have that ends soon!

Homeschooling friends – Compass Classroom is offering a sale that is good for those of you looking for something new to try! Their online subscription classes are available to try for just $1 for the first month! That is a great deal to see if you like the classes! This offer ends January 20th, so hurry!

What I Wore

Dress – Amelia from LulaRoe

Cardigan – From Marshalls

Boots – Kohls

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

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My Postpartum Weight Loss Journey – Week 1

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Can I still call it a postpartum weight loss journey if my baby is 21 months? 🙂 I’m on a journey and it’s one I’m excited about. I started January 1st to be super serious about losing this baby weight. The first year with a new baby I never work on losing weight, because I’m nursing. Normally my weight comes off fairly easily, but not this time around. I’ve been so overwhelmed with a screaming baby that it’s not been until recently that I felt I could focus on this!

I thought I would give weekly updates here, to keep myself accountable and also to share with you what is and is not working for me.

To start out – my ouch moment of the week. A friend of my daughter’s from church asked if I was pregnant, and then wanted to know why I look the way I do. If I feel tempted to give up, I’ll remember that comment. I know I have a diastasis problem, (meaning my stomach muscles are separated), which can lead to me looking pregnant when I’m not.

Still. Never fun to hear. 

Here is my story so far. A warning first – this is my story. Everyone has their own personal story, and they have to decide what works for them. I tried Trim Healthy Mama a few months ago for a week. I was totally committed that week and lost 5 pounds. Then I chatted with a friend who had lost weight through Trim Healthy Mama, and she said that it was hard to keep the weight off if you don’t stay on that way of wearing forever. I got discouraged and decided to just stop and see if the weight would stay off.

Amazingly, it stayed off…until Christmas. 🙂

We didn’t go crazy with treats, but we had a baking day with family like usual and by the time Christmas was over I had gained some of that weight back.

January 1st came, and I decided to really tackle this. It’s easy to use excuses, it’s a lot of hard work and takes a great deal of discipline and focus for me. If I don’t see results in 3 days I tend to just give up. That’s not how weight loss works!

So what am I doing exactly?

I’m not doing any one plan. I decided that Trim Healthy Mama is a wonderful plan, but long term it’s not for me. I’m using some of the concepts and recipes, and even some of their own line of products, but I’m not committed to just that way of eating.

So far I’ve found it works best to have a goal of eating great all week long, and then having a treat Friday night or on Saturday. I don’t want to become so extreme that I don’t enjoy relationships and date nights and time with friends. It’s been working well so far!

Here is what my meal plan has looked like this week.

Breakfast 

2 eggs and turkey bacon

Smoothie made with greek yogurt, protein powder, mixed berries, collagen powder and sweetened with Gentle Sweet (this is similar).

Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Lunch 

Salad with tuna or chicken on top. I get the large tub of organic salad mix from Costco and put carrots and shredded red cabbage on top, and peppers when I have them. I get my chicken breast from Zaycon and LOVE getting my chicken there! Lately I’ve cooked some chicken breast on a skillet with coconut oil and a meat seasoning from Costco. It’s super yummy!

I keep the cheese off of it and go light on the dressing.

If I don’t have a salad for lunch, I eat leftovers from dinner. Normally we don’t have any leftovers, but I have been making certain meals for myself, so I end up having some left.

Dinner

Creamy Bacon Swiss Chicken – My husband asked what he did to deserve this. LOL He loved it!

Burritos – I used a whole wheat wrap that was lower carb.

Sausage and cabbage – I cooked up sausage and roasted potatoes and mixed those together for my family. I held back some of the sausage and cooked cabbage in it for myself. It was delicious!

Brown rice, chicken and veggies

More salad with chicken on it!

Cheeseburger wrapped in lettuce (more info on this below!)

Snacks

Apples and Peanut butter

Skinny Popcorn

Veggies (carrots and peppers)

Skinny chocolate – recipe found in the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook.

Cheese sticks

Failures for the week 

I didn’t make wise choices twice, Carrianna wanted to make cookies and I ended up eating cookie dough and a cookie. Bad choice! I love cookie dough. I’m just not strong enough yet to have them in the house.

Another night we had cheeseburgers at home. It was a fun night for the children, they had earned ice cream so I picked some up at the grocery store. I ended up eating tater tots and ice cream, when I told myself I shouldn’t!

Victories for the week 

We have chocolate chips in the freezer, and I see them constantly when I’m cooking. I’m not eating them though! I love chocolate, and grabbing a few chocolate chips was an easy treat, but I really wanted to break this habit.

Sean just got done making a Fitness Planner (it’s available on his Etsy store), and I love using this to track my progress! I took my initial measurements, and will be using this to track my exercises, food,  and the pounds I lose.

So far I’ve lost 4 pounds, which is encouraging!

Next week I’ll share with you what I’m doing for exercising!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Ways To Organize Your Flexi Clips!

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Are you struggling to figure out how to store your flexi clips? If you have just one or two clips it’s not a problem, toss them into your bathroom drawer and call it good. But for the flexi addict who owns clips in all different sizes and styles? You need to figure out how to organize those beautiful clips!

It’s honestly taken me awhile to get a good system down.

First I had them all in a basket. If you have 5-6 clips and have a small basket, this is a good idea. But when you have more clips, they tend to get all mixed up and it’s hard to dig through and find the one you want.

Next I had them in this plastic organizer. I actually still use it for all my extra inventory.

It works well for holding them, but for daily use it is cumbersome. Unsnapping each tray to find exactly what I’m looking for takes time, and I didn’t always get each tray snapped back up again. I never took the time to find something else, but my husband came to the rescue!

Each Christmas he takes our children out shopping, and they normally go to Marshalls or Home Goods looking for gifts for me. It’s so sweet to see what the children pick out, with Sean’s help!

This is one of the gifts I was given.

This is perfect!! It works better than Sean even hoped! It’s a jewelry holder, but it works really well as a flexi clip holder!

I can put all different sizes on it. The XL clips go at the top.

Large Flexi Clips on a jewelry holder to organize them.

I actually clip them onto the organizer and they stay securely!

The mini clips even clip on great. I’m just now noticing that one clip is on backwards, but you get to see how the attached pin works! 🙂

If you have the hair bands from Lilla Rose and want to display those as well, you can just hang them on the hook!

If you have just a handful of flexi clips, you could even use this holder for jewelry and flexi clips together! I keep it on a white shelf that is behind our sink, and all my favorite clips and sizes are available!

This exact jewelry holder is not available online, but I found one on Amazon that is really similar!

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to organize your flexi clips!

If you would love a flexi clip, don’t forget about the monthly special that Lilla Rose is offering!

Spend $50 and receive a FREE mini flexi clip of your choice! 

Would you like to win a flexi clip of your choice of size? I’m giving away a clip of your choice size (Mini through X-Large) to one person in the USA! I will choose the style of the clip, but you can tell me what size you need!

Hoot Owl Flexi Clip, only available at Lilla Rose during October!

To enter – use the Rafflecopter form below!

 
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