Friday, November 14, 2014

'Twas two years ago...

...that I woke up from a crappy night's sleep with contractions that I was in denial about being actual contractions because at 40 weeks + 6 days I didn't believe the baby would ever come out.

...that I watched Mean Girls, Clueless and Sleepless in Seattle to distract myself from the fact that the contractions were in fact real and were coming faster and stronger all day long.

...that I ate a Spinach Omelet Jalapeno Cheddar Bagel with Bacon, because that's what you eat when you're in labor.

...that contractions actually got to 1 minute long, every 5 minutes for and hour and therefore Jason called the doctor's office and I heard him saying "Whose birthday? My birthday?"....still cracks me up.

...that I put on mascara before leaving for the hospital which is hilarious to me now because every fiber of mascara was cried or sweated off over the course of the following 9 hours.

...that I was on my hands and knees in the back seat of my car while stuck in rush hour traffic on the way to the hospital but still managed to take a selfie {I really did put on mascara, I swear}.

...that Jason and I somehow managed to go in the wrong door and ended up in some back hallway of the hospital that was nowhere near where we needed to be and therefore took like 6 contractions {one of which was in an elevator with a cop} to make it to labor & delivery.

...that I asked the nurse to "check me like a cow" because the thought of being on my back for even two seconds was more than I could bear.

...that I realized and accepted that my plans for a natural childbirth was just more than I could handle and asked pleaded for an epidural.

...that our nurse accidentally, by a combination of words that Jason and I can't for the life of us remember, called our unborn baby a bitch. She was mortified, apologized at least 100 times and we could not stop laughing. 

...that I hung out with my mom and husband in a hospital room watching season 8 of Friends covered in warm blankets until it was time to, ya know, push out a kid. 

...that our nurse said "OK, you're ready to go", we responded with "OK, so like how much longer? An hour?" and she answered with "No. Right now. It's time to have your baby."

and tomorrow morning at 1:07am my Kenley will be two years old. TWO. 

Hold me.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Our Little Family

Each year, when the calendar flips to November, I get a bit nostalgic. Jason and I have unintentionally reached each milestone in our relationship {except for getting engaged} in November.... 
first date Nov. 10th {7 years ago}
picked out Bailey Nov. 11 {6 years ago}
moved in together Nov. 29 {6 years ago}
got married Nov. 5 {3 years ago}
had our first baby Nov. 15 {2 years ago}

With all of these anniversaries on the horizon, I can't help but think of our relationship and how proud I am of the little family that we have built. I have known Jason my entire life {our dads have been best friends since 8th grade} and though I dreamed of being his wife when I was little, I never could have imagined or dreamed up that we would have the life that we now have. 
Kenley is our pride and joy, the apple of our eyes and our entire world. I am so proud of the parents we have become, am so excited to watch her grow and am very much looking forward to the time when we add another babe to the mix. Our relationship has definitely changed and grown over the past 7 years and while our responsibilities and priorities continue to shift, one thing absolutely stays the same - we have so much stinkin' fun together. 

To my JJ, happy November my love. Let's celebrate our awesome life all month long!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This is Fall

Minnesota has been ROCKIN' this fall. The weather has been PERFECT! We have had so many beautiful days and I am grateful we have been able to spend so much time outside so late in the year as we all know it's just a matter of time before it snows and I am permanently crabby for 5 months.

Over the weekend we took Kenley to pick out pumpkins! This kid LOVES pump-pins. Everywhere we go she spazzes when she sees a pumpkin - so imagine her joy when she saw HUNDREDS of them. She literally picked out the very first pumpkin she saw which was a perfectly tiny little Kenny pumpkin. Having a kiddo really does make everything more fun, doesn't it?

Monday, October 27, 2014

takin' care of my hair

My hair has been a hot mess for quite some time as you may recall from my post on postpartum hair loss. The haircut I got at the beginning of September definitely helped the health of my hair and my stylist gave me great tips on how to style my hair to cover up the massive regrowth, but there was a key ingredient I was still missing....
the right hair products. 

You guys, my prayers have been answered! Let me introduce you to the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection. 
For starters, the products are infused with pure drops of natural oils {you know how much I love oils} and use unique Dry Oil technology allowing them to absorb deep in to the hair resulting in perfectly silky hair. I kid you not, my hair has not felt this soft since I was pregnant and I noticed the difference after just one use.

Because I have been so focused on getting my hair to grow, I have been doing my best do avoid blow drying, straightening and curling my hair when possible. The last thing I want to do is damage it even more, but now that I have the Nourishing Hair Treatment at my fingertips, I feel much better about actually putting time in to styling my hair because I trust it is protected. I just use a couple of pumps on my wet hair and it protects and nourishes my hair without making it feel heavy or greasy!
The soft hair is great, the wonderful ingredients are awesome but for me, the best part of the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection is that is helps my style STAY! My hair is very heavy and thick so no matter how I style it it always seems to fall flat after an hour. I've been so impressed with the staying power of my hair style since starting with this hair care system.

If you don't believe me, try the products for yourself! Dove Hair is challenging all of you to a "Dove Silky Hair Dare" where you can try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil collection risk free between now and December 31st!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

essentially obsessed

Last night me and my buddy, Sara, attended the doTERRA 2014 Asprire Post-Convention Tour, which is a very long title to an awesome event filled with oil enthusiasts talking about oils.
And now, if it's possible, I am even more obsessed with essential oils! Any of you who have emailed me about oils have experienced my passion first hand with an incredibly lengthy email in return. I just can't help myself! I am amazed by what these oils can do! I had terrible cramps a couple weeks ago - rubbed some clary sage on my belly and they were GONE. I had a really bad wine related headache on Saturday morning - a drop of peppermint on my temples and it was GONE. Kenley has a really bad yeast diaper rash that was not clearing up with lotions or cream - made my own cream with Melaleuca + Lavender + Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil and it's clearing right up!

Seriously you guys, this stuff is LEGIT. Not to mention it is an amazing way to make some extra cash money for those of you who are in to that kind of thing. I am so filled with ideas and excitement on different ways to share the power of oils I just don't even know where to start! I am definitely planning on composing more oil related posts to share and teach all of you the benefits from all the different oils and doTERRA products but I want to know from you - WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW? I totally get being on the skeptic side of oils and thinking "aren't essential oils for hippies?" Believe me. I thought oil users were cray-cray. So what can I share with you to make you not think I've gone completely off the deep end? 

Also, I just had to share this video because this is TOTALLY who I am becoming. So-Dang-Funny.