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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Loving My Body Post Third Baby



My body is so different then it was the first time I had a baby ten years ago when I was in my early twenties compared to what it was this last time with baby number three. In my last trimester there where times I couldn't even walk I was in so much pain from all the pressure on my pelvis and my joints being too loose. It seems that over the course of these pregnancies I have become less and less mobile and the pain has become more and more intense. Within 24 hours after having my little sweetie pie I already felt better and more mobile than I had in six months. I remember the first time I went on a walk after I was pregnant and how much I was in awe of how far I could walk and how tired and good it felt at the same time. And when I went on my first bike ride in over a year I had this incredible moment where I just fell in love with the power of my body. I thought to myself "look what I can do with this body! This body (stretch marks, flabby skin, fat rolls and all) is so amazing!"

This body that has been put through so much (especially in the last year) and it keeps on going! There was this point during this last pregnancy where I thought to myself that I've totally ruined this body, its never going to work the same again. There's no coming back from this, I can't even get up the stairs to make myself a sandwich... time for another nap.



I have a new found respect for my body that Ive never had before. And because of this I want to treat it better and help it be healthier and stronger so I can enjoy it longer. Part of that means doing something active everyday, getting to a healthier weight, reduce sugar intake, do at least one super fun thing a day that I love and start shaving my legs more often now that I can reach them. Oh and download lots of fun apps that will help encourage my new goals.

Right now Im not really ambitious about getting back to pre-baby weight but I do know its important for me to be tracking my weight especially because I found out this last year that I have one of those body types that when I gain weight I gain fat around my organs which is super dangerous. I am also at risk for developing diabetes because I had gestational diabetes with one of my kids. So weight loss isn't just about looking hotter in my jeans it's really important for my over all health. So right now in my first steps I am focusing on getting stronger, trying out new activities, being accountable for my weight and reducing my sugar, and making healthier food choices.

KEEPING IT REAL: OUT OF SHAPE BUT LOVING BEING STRONGER

Being successful at loving my post baby body means making life style choices at an easy pace and making it fun and enjoyable. Don't like working out? Instead explore activities you love and just do them more often. Hate dieting? Make a list of all the healthier food options you love and buy them more often and have them ready instead of the junk food. Also for us moms out there; something that really worked for me was having my family eat the same stuff I was eating. Find lots of yummy healthy recipes and snacks the whole family loves. No one has time to make two dinners.

And last but not least, if you don't feel like you have time to track your weight and progress not only is there an app for that lol, but there is a scale for that!!! Check out my new handy dandy Weight Gurus scale...


This sucker sends my progress (or lack of progress) strait to my smart phone with a quick snap of an app! After I step on the scale it pulls up my weight then it flashes a bar code that my smart phone reads. No more writing down numbers, memorizing or punching in digits. It's so easy! I love it!

When its all said and done getting healthy is great and all but it's important to remember the number on the scale means very little if you don't love yourself and you don't cherish your body. We only have one and it does incredible stuff for us everyday and we've got to give it a little love back. I know as moms we can get caught up in the medias distorted views of beauty and a lot of times we don't feel beautiful especially after a long day with the kids and we are still in our pajamas. And sometimes after having a baby, or three, we look at our battle wounds of stretch marks and think I'll never be the same. Thank god we will never be the same, isn't that the point? I look at where my amazing body has been, and is coming back from! My body is a warrior and these are the marks and traits that tell of it's amazing journey. When it comes to body positivity, being the change I want to see in the world starts with me showing a little more love to myself.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Zoltar The Fortune Telling Machine (Costume Tutorial)


This Zoltar costume (inspired by the movie BIG) wasn't just fun to show off at all the Halloween events but was fun to make with my son as well. The best part was that I only spent about $20 in all including the battery lights and fortune teller hat. 


I had to come up with how to make this one on my own but you guys are in luck because I took photos along the way to bring you EMI readers a tutorial to make it easier. 

1. First of all I found some cheap battery operated on Amazon for about $3.00 and the Zoltar Hat for about the same price as that. Next you're going to want to get a box big enough for your kid to slip on and move easily around.

2. Make sure all your flaps are either securely taped or glued down before cutting out your shapes. I like masking tape best because its easy to paint over than the others and holds great. 

As you're going along have your kid try on the box frequently to make sure its comfortable so you can make adjustments as you go along. 

3. Put in the shelf by taping a piece of cardboard across the top area and the bottom. If you are giving our Zoltar cards like we did I recommend adding a little box on the bottom inside shelf to hold the card in for easy access. And don't forget to cut a wide enough opening for the cards to come out of. 

4. Now you can paint! It doesn't show it in any of the pictures but I made shoulder straps to rest the box comfortably on the shoulders so my son could use his hands freely and not have to hold up the costume. I just used duct tape folded in half and adjusted them to my sons height and made sure to leave extra room up top for his hat to fit under. I secured the duct tape straps by stapling them to the bottom of the box with a regular stapler. You can use fabric as well. 

5. Be patient when waiting for the paint to dry. You want to make sure its all dry before adding the details. It should take about 1-3 hours. Let it dry overnight for best results. 

6. For the shiny background of the Zoltar Coin Machine I found some fun wrapping paper at the dollar store for ... well a dollar. And it worked great. I just had to glue it on. It was just that fast. Then it was time to put on the lights. I taped the battery part under the shelf for my son to be able to turn it on and off when he needed. Than hot glued the lights up and around where I wanted them to go. If you want to reuse the lights don't worry about the hot glue the lights come right off with a little tug. 


7. As you can see I added just a few small details that were really fun but added a lot to the costume. I just found some pictures on google for the tarot cards and printed them off. Cut, glue, done. Then my boys had some play coins in their toy box that we added to the side. 


8. I used 2 yards of frilly fringe from a fabric store for the trim and glitter paint for some of the wording in front. You will need lots of coats of glitter paint if you use it. 

And then Voila! I made mine in just one evening (no patients here) so it really doesn't take that much time but I recommend taking your time especially with waiting for the paint to dry. I had to learn that the hard way.


If you would like cards to hand out through the slot in the front of the machine I made it easy for you and included the front and back of the cards I designed for my son and his costume below... 


I would love to see how your own costume turns out so please send me a link or pictures or you can even post them to EMI's facebook page.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's My Birthday!!!


I'm big on birthdays! When someone tells me about a bad birthday they have had my heart just breaks for them. No one should have a bad birthday. NO ONE! I think birthdays are so important to celebrate and its important to celebrate each and every one of them. It's the one day in a whole year where we celebrate that person being born and how happy we are about it. Nothing makes someone feel more special and loved than having a good birthday. When I was a kid we never had extra money but somehow my mom always made our birthday a blast from sun up to sun down they were epic and so full of love. 

 Even though Im turning 31 I still get so excited for my birthday and I hope I always do. Thats not to say that Ive not had my share of disappointing birthdays where Ive ended up alone and sad, Ive had those as well. But Ive also leaned to take a lot of my special day in my own hands and share it with as many loved ones as possible. That being said... I hate birthday parties for myself. Id rather do some big activity or adventure than do the whole cake a presents thing. I hate opening present in front of people. Yuck! My husband on the other hand loves birthday parties and so do my kids and I love giving them to them. 

So far for my birthdays Ive gone white water river rafting, river tubing, ropes course, and hiked into a cave. This year we are taking it a bit more mellow. I did just have a baby. I am going to pamper myself and get my hair done then the hubby and I are off to see an amazing play and a fancy Brazilian dinner afterwards, while my sweet sister watches the kids. One of these years I'm totally going hot air ballooning or hang gliding though! 



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