I was a little concerned that they would not stay in her thick hair, but they do! Their one of a kind flexi clip is really great and didn’t pull her hair.
I love the story of how they started in a garage and tried a go with big retailers, then realized small business model was best for them. You can buy them via Kelly’s website and if you are local to Kansas City, check out her website for upcoming events where you can buy them in person.These would make a great stocking stuffer for all the women in your life. The collection is unique and beautiful and would be the perfect way to dress your hair for the holidays.
Per usual, my review comes with a give away! Kelly is offering: if any of you sign up to receive Lilla Rose e-mails from me, I’ll enter them into a drawing to win a free clip (anything from the website up to $16 retail value). They can receive another entry for each purchase they make. To sign up for e-mails, just go to www.LillaRose.biz/KellyJohnsonand click on the purple “Shop Now” button. Then on the next page, click on “Account” in the upper right corner and create an account. That will register you to receive e-mails. (I’ve attached a graphic that you’re welcome to use if you want that shows how to sign up for e-mails.) I’ll do the drawing on December 1.
It’s my birthday month! Yes, I celebrate the whole month. Blame my Mother, it’s a learned behavior. Anyway, that means I am giving myself 1 year (and 25 days) to get my stomach flat before I turn 40!
Having 3 babies does this to your stomach each time. If that wasn’t enough to stretch it way out of shape, being close to 300 pounds does this to your stomach.
As you know, I’ve been on this fitness journey for a few years and have recently kicked it into high gear. I’ve achieved most of the goals I’ve set, so this #FlatBy40 is just the latest goal on my journey.
I hear a lot of wonderful things about 40 & I’m excited to see what a new decade will bring. I’ve started studying how my body reacts to certain foods and really trying to nail down what works for me and how to ditch the mommy pooch.
I’m sure there will be blogs as I figure out what works and whatever set backs I’m sure I will have. I’ve been taking weekly pictures and hopefully at the end of this, I will have a progression of pics to share.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you will start to see the hash tag #FlatBy40 and you can search it and follow along with my progress. If you are thinking about joining me, use the hashtag, so I can see your pictures.
Here’s where I’m starting:
And to be perfectly honest, if this pooch never goes away, it will serve as a reminder of the 3 babies I was blessed to carry and a reminder to not let myself get anywhere near that unhealthy 300 pounds.
All of my children are in school for the first time in 16 years, so this stay at home mom headed back to work full time. The new routine has been an adjustment. Even with all my meal planning and packing lunches at night and laying clothes out, I hadn’t found a way to eat breakfast. As part of my health and fitness journey, breakfast is really important and I just hadn’t found a way to get it in, without waking at 5 am. I was excited to review Atkins first non-weightloss product. It’s Called Atkins Harvest Trail Bars and they are, low carb, low sugar and there are great flavors. The bars’ first ingredient is nuts and they contain NO artificial colors, flavors,preservatives or sugar alcohols. So far, Dark Chocolate Peanut is my favorite. Other flavors include: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Vanilla Fruit & Nut and Dark Chocolate Cherry.
Instead of skipping breakfast, I put these in my desk. It is not a meal replacement, but it is a great alternative to not eating or some of the other “diet bars” that have a lots of sugar and carbs.
My new job is at a school and let me tell you, the teachers lounge is a wonderful place…filled with treats!
I am determined to stay on track with my goals and avoid the treat trap in the teachers lounge.
They are available in stores now and are a great snack option if you are needing something low sugar with fiber and protein. They are simple, delicious bars that are keeping me on track on this weightloss journey.
*Disclosure: I was given the bars to review and compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine. NO ONE tells me what to say!*
Fall is here and what better time to ditch a few things. Here is my list of things to throw away. No really, toss them!
1. That stained crusty plastic container that you lost the lid to years ago.
2. The expired $5 bed,bath and beyond coupon. I mean, when’s the last time you shopped there? If you shop there all the time, the coupons are in your email.
3. The fondue set, cotton candy maker or any other novelty food maker that you thought you’d use all the time.
4. Extra cocktail shaker
5. Boardgames/puzzles with missing pieces. They are gone, you will have to replace the game.
6. Single socks. I don’t know where they go, but there is no reason to keep them.
7. Old text books. Um, you graduated 20 years ago. Your kids won’t need it, it’s all online.
8. Empty box from the cell phone you had 5 years ago.
9. VCR – don’t try to justify it.
10. Novelty sunglasses that have “beach party 2000″ on them. Not saying I have those, but just in case you do.
11. The pile of wine corks that you were going to do a cool pinterest project with.
12. Old invitations. That party was 3 months ago.
13. Hard copies of bills that you’ve paid online. In fact, go paperless.
14. Old coffee mugs that are stained and sit in your caninets. No one uses them, they are gross.
15. Maternity clothes, your kids are in college.
16. Old exercise equipment. No, you aren’t going to use it. I know this because there is an ab roller and a pull up bar I’m looking at as I type.
17. Really high, uncomfortable heels. You mostly wear yoga pants these days, so make some room in your closet.
18. Broken furniture
19. Kitchen sponge/dish rag, it’s nasty- Get a new one.
20. That really great lipstick that you thought you were so trendy in- I’m pretty sure it’s expired by now.
21. Old remote controls. Seriously, you don’t even own that TV anymore.
Yeah, that’s not a thing. I just can not be single and fat.
I will admit that it took a little heart break to get me to really kick it into highgear, but guess what? You can actually eat well, work out and take care of yourself at any time! You don’t have to wait until you experience a life altering change, like divorce or sickness to make changes toward better health.
This is truly a lifestyle change and sometimes those changes take years. Those years can have setbacks and victories. It is all part of the process and you have to know when you are doing your best and when you are making excuses. Your body is going to keep an accurate account of what you’re eating and how much you’re working out- no matter what your fitbit and food tracker app says.
As much as I’d like to think, I’ve conquered this, I realize that I have always eaten my stress. Recognizing when I am mindlessly stress eating is a huge step. Realizing it and not letting a little stress eating, turn into a weeks worth of bad food choices and not moving is another step in the right direction.
Oh, and there’s this guy- we ADORE him! Yes, he’s a trainer, but he is so much more. When the single Mom thing is kicking my butt, he reminds me that I am strong. When I’ve skipped a few days, he reminds me to get to the gym and get it done. Even when I’ve skipped 3months, he smiles, hugs me as I walk in and makes me sweat!! When I want to stop, he tells me if I can keep breathing, I can keep going. He believes in my crazy dreams and is getting me fit to build my empire. I. ADORE.HIM.
I also remind myself daily that I don’t want to be single and fat!
1. Label everything. Your child will not be the only one with a super hero backpack, so make sure first and last names are on all items. Using a Brother PTouch label maker, makes it super easy!
2. Buy something from the teachers wishlist.
3. Tell the teacher (and your child) how they are getting home. Walk, bus, car rider..etc. Make sure the contact numbers are up to date in the office.
4. Practice opening milk/juice cartons.
5. Learn how to tie shoes or get shoes with velcro. Practice zipping jackets too.
6. Send a water bottle. Unless it’s over 100 degrees, there will be outside recess. It’s easier for each child to have a water bottle, then to send 25 kids to the water fountain all day.
7. Read and practice math facts.
8. Do a trial run to see how long Iit takes, but factor in the traffic.
9. Make sure all medications are in the nurses office and the nurse has a release to dispense to your child.
10. Prepare some easy/quick breakfast options.
I am begining anew.
It’s been more than a year since I’ve not been someone’s wife. I have been really just going day to day, mostly on auto pilot, surviving, maintaining, trying to keep the kids alive. I’ve been trying stop the after affects and the devastation that comes when you end a marriage.
Because survival mode is so powerful, somehow it looks on the outside that I am positive, upbeat and just fine. I am not much of a downer, people who complain constantly irritate me and I try my best not to be that person. Most of it is just having to put on a brave face for the kids. I also believe in some faking it until you make it, but it has been hard.
I am now off of auto pilot and starting to move forward.
If you’ve followed me, you know I do not like clutter. I have no problem getting rid of stuff, but I hadn’t. I had not packed up anything. There is something to be said about sleeping on the same sheets in a bed that you shared together, driving in a car that you made memories as a family in, looking everyday at items that were purchased for a life together.
That life has come to an end, it is time for a fresh start. Time to put those physical items in a box, schedule the donation truck and move to begin anew.
Planning a day trip to Omaha? There’s an app for that! You can download the app and save $100 on the cities most popular attractions.
The savings include multiple attractions, so you can pick which great places to visit. There are so many family fun activities, you may want to make it a weekend trip, so you can visit more than one place.
Attractions such as:
Henry Doorly Zoo:
“World’s Best Zoo” and home of the world’s largest indoor desert, under the world’s largest geodesic dome next to America’s largest indoor rainforests.
Joslyn Art Museum:
Explore this pink marble masterpiece and come face to face with works by Monet, Rembrandt, Degas and more. The new interactive space, Art Works, let’s little artists run wild with creativity.
100 acres of botanical beauty including rose and Victorian gardens, an Arboretum, a model railroad garden and a 200,000 sq. ft. conservatory filled with rare plant collections.
Omaha Children’s Museum:
Learning and fun go hand in hand, where a colorful array of interactive exhibits focus on art, science and early childhood learning. With more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, special events and jam-packed calendar filled with daily programming, OCM continues to engage imaginations and create excitement about learning.
The Durham Museum:
Hop aboard history and explore one of the country’s best examples of art deco architecture. See some of the rarest coin collections, walk through fully restored train cars and stop by the authentic soda fountain for a phosphate.
Shop more than 60 specialty shops, catch a comedy show or a free outdoor concert on Saturday nights all summer long.
Amazing Pizza Machine:
Enjoy 60,000 square feet of indoor rides and attractions including laser tag, go karts, mini-bowling and more. Dining is unlimited at the 100+ item buffet.
Of course, I tell you about an awesome place and include a giveaway!
Omaha Adventure Prize Pack (1 winner):
· 4 tickets to each of the following attractions:
o Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo (www.omahazoo.com)
o Omaha Children’s Museum (www.ocm.org)
o Durham Museum (www.durhammuseum.org)
o Lauritzen Gardens (www.lauritzengardens.org)
· 4 special event passes to the Joslyn Art Museum (www.joslyn.org) – Joslyn Museum is currently free to all visitors. However, they have special exhibits which cost extra. They are good for the following exhibits this year:
o American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell (through May 17, 2015)
o Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln (June 21 through October 11, 2015)
o Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
To win: visit my Facebook Page and “like” this post. You will be entered into a drawing to win!
Kansas weather has finally decided that it’s summer, which means time to hit the water park!
Schlitterbahn is one of the most fun (and frugal) ways to do it because of all of the free things they offer: parking, life jackets, free tubes and you can bring in a cooler of your own food/drinks (no glass bottles or alcohol).
In addition to the included items, it is perfect for a family like mine. My kids are 15,10 and 5. It is almost impossible to find something that all three want to do. That problem is solved at Sclitterbahn with the tallest waterside in the world, inland surfing, splash zones and more.
We are heading there next week to cool off and have some summer fun, so be sure to add this water park to your summer love bucket list. Before you head out, don’t forget: water proof sunblock, water shoes/flip flops, towels and cooler for your lunch. You still may want to bring money for the turkey legs and funnel cakes!
If you head out this summer, use #BahnLove, so they can see all your pics!
Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a giveaway! Head to my Facebook Page and “like” the post and you are entered to win 2 tickets!
1. I am strong.
All the quotes that you see of “you never know how strong you are until it’s your only choice” are all true.
2. Dating is hard, almost impossible.
I have really strong feelings about my children being around men who aren’t thier father, so for me go on a date takes almost a ‘mission impossible’ feel. Secret phone calls to make plans, hiding in the bathroom to have a private conversation, dropping them off with my parents, meeting somewhere really early for dinner, so my children stay on their schedule and we won’t even talk about the time, which I have none of with 3 kids, 2 jobs, sports activities and a blog.
Not to mention, I truly struggled putting my husband first, so you can imagine where a new guy would fall on my priority list!
3. I was ill-prepared for the financial impact.
Going from a full time income (and my part time income) to just my part time income is a mess. There is child support, but in no way does that replace a full time income. Budgeting had new meaning.
4. There is peace in making a desicison.
The back and forth, pro/cons list and the what if’s are all agonizing. After you make the desicison, there is a sense of peace that comes with making a choice.
5. I have wonderful friends.
My friends have stepped in big time! They have listened to my cry and complain. They’ve encouraged me to take care of myself, bought me wine, told me to take a nap, taken the kids on play dates and served me toast (I know, sounds weird, but it’s special toast)!
6. My family rocks.
Not once did any of them judge me, tell me I was making a mistake. They picked up the pieces, helped me pay bills, took care of the kids and more things than I can list.
7. My ex is trying.
I realized that I mostly did everything while we were married. I did all the fun outings, bed time stuff, baths, knew all the special request for dinner, how to pack a bag for an outing, scheduled all appointments..etc. The divorce has allowed him to be a Dad that does stuff, instead of a Dad who is home when we get back. Co-parenting is a true exercise is patience, but I do realize he is trying.
8. Children are resilient.
There were nights that they cried, days that they asked why he couldn’t stay all night, times that they hated what I made for dinner- they were short lived and we got through it. Not that everything is sunshine and roses,but those conversations no longer send me sobbing out of the room.
9. Kid first, even when I’m pissed.
We were married for 11 years, so it goes without saying that he can still irritate me to my very core. The spiteful thing to do is keep the kids away because I’m mad. Nope. There is no reason the kids should suffer because I’m pissed. I just roll my eyes at him when I hand them off
10. I am important.
It is important to take care of me. Working out, eating well, taking a few hours for a girl’s night out are all vital to my health and sanity.
11. Sometimes you need to cry (and eat a cookie).
Strong all time eventually has a breaking point and you cry and eat a cookie or brownie or pint of icecream. You just don’t unpack and live in the tears. You dry them and get back to being a kick ass woman.
12. I see hope.
Even on the darkest, most lonely night’s I have hope. Hope that the financial part will get figured out, hope that there will be love again and faith that my children will turn out to be compassionate, grateful adults who follow their dreams and realize that it is okay to live in their truth.