high fives & secret handshakes


I love snuggling, daydreaming, reading, adventures of all sorts, makeup & skincare, the ocean, cholula hot sauce, trying out new recipes and learning new things. I'm a bit of an introvert. I find company in music and books. I'm socially awkward and never say the right thing. I find myself over analyzing everything. I'm a hopeless romantic. I have a new little love in my life, Mr. Elliott James & I'm looking forward to the many adventures that are in store for us.

This is a collection of mainly my son, along with the little things in life that put a smile on my face, with bits of rambling here & there.

1. When your friends ask you to hangout, and you don’t feel like it, don’t go. Don’t ever do things halfway or do something that makes you uncomfortable. With everything, give all of yourself, even the pieces you never knew existed.



2. It is okay to not know. Everyone always despises the phrase, “I don’t know” but no one tells you that it is okay to not know. The becoming is more important than the being, anyways.



3. If someone ever makes you feel less, in any way, you have every right to walk away. You have every right to cut out toxic people in your life. To close the door on people who make you feel bad about who you are or what you stand for. Friends don’t tear down, they build up.



4. Loss is always going to happen. Just like paint will always chip and rain will always fall, loss will always be part of life. No matter how much I don’t like it, or avoid it, it is going to walk my way at several times in my life. Learn to embrace it and learn to get closure.



5. Give yourself a chance. Stop saying, “I don’t think I can” or “But what if I am not able to?” and give yourself a chance. This may be cliche, but try to believe in yourself. When you get older, your knees won’t work the same and you won’t have the best memory, and you are going to wish you’d given yourself a chance years sooner.



6. Fall in love. Don’t be guarded before you fall in love. You could fall in love three times and still not find the right one, but none of it is going to make “the one” matter less. Don’t fall into that idea that your first love has to be your best love. Fall in love as many times as it naturally happens.



7. Firsts are going to be messy. First loves, first kisses, first dates, first failed tests, first college class, first time you drive a car, first time you ride a plane - first times were made to be imperfect. Just because it’s messy and all over the place, doesn’t mean it can’t be good or worthwhile.



8. You want another scoop of ice-cream? Go get it. Get three more scoops of ice-cream if that is what you want. “Fat” is not the opposite of beautiful and it is not the opposite of happy. Don’t let anyone tell you that your body type isn’t beautiful. Beauty is a social construct, create your own, become your own.



9. Let yourself be alone. Loneliness is not a bad thing. It is healthy and normal. Everyone needs to spend a good portion of their life alone. We learn who we are when we are alone; life is less crowded and more clear when we are alone.



10. If you aren’t happy where you are, change it. Quit your job, move, become a vegetarian, get a new hobby, pick up an old hobby, whatever you do - make sure it benefits you. Life is too short to not be alive, to not be passionate, and overflowing.

Lots of fun apple picking today. Can’t wait to make some apple-y treats!

Adventures with Batman!

Eating his sandwich like a big boy. :-)

Eating his sandwich like a big boy. :-)

Yup.

Yup.

Can’t believe my once itty baby is now one year old and such a big boy.

Elliott’s favorite foods are hummus & crackers, pancakes, kiwi, and cantaloupe. Was fully walking a day before his first birthday. Says yes, yeah, and hi. He has 6 teeth and 3 on the way. Hates his socks unless he has shoes on. Loves shoes. Gives hugs. Pretends to talk on the phone. Hates diaper changes. Picks his nose. Loves to climb. Likes the slide at the playground. Helps clean up his toys and put laundry in the washing machine. Loves to ride on the vacuum!

2ft 5in / 20lbs 10oz

To let go isn’t to forget, not to think about, or ignore. It doesn’t leave feelings of anger, jealousy, or regret. Letting go isn’t winning, and it isn’t losing. It’s not about pride, and it’s not about how you appear, and it’s not obsessing or dwelling on the past. Letting go isn’t blocking memories or thinking sad thoughts, and doesn’t leave emptiness, hurt, or sadness. It’s not giving in or giving up. Letting go isn’t about loss and it’s not defeat.

To let go is to cherish memories, and overcome and move on. It’s having an open mind and confidence in the future. Letting go is accepting. It’s learning and experiencing and growing. To let go is to be thankful for the experiences that made you laugh, made you cry, and made you grow. It’s about all that you had, and all that you will soon again. Letting go is having the courage to accept change, and the strength to keep moving. Letting go is growing up. It’s realizing that the heart can sometimes be the most potent remedy. To let go is to open a door, and to clear a path and set yourself free…

This crazy kid is 11 months old! He’s the best. :-)
We got a new pup this month. Same age as Elliott. Her name is Sophie and she’s a golden retriever. She’s fully trained and is great with him. And he absolutely loves her! An early birthday gift for E.
We went to the zoo and Elliott loved the monkeys! Pretty much the only thing he showed interest in. He figured out how to climb on the couch. He pushes his motorcycle over and uses it to get up there. Has even got up on the table. Freshy! He says Sophie (‘eeeeee’) and Mickey (‘eeeeee’) now! Along with Hi, Mama, Dada, and baba. Started standing on his own and taking a few steps at a time. Definitely has a temper! He’s starting to be a crazy, energetic little boy and I’m loving it. :-)

This crazy kid is 11 months old! He’s the best. :-)

We got a new pup this month. Same age as Elliott. Her name is Sophie and she’s a golden retriever. She’s fully trained and is great with him. And he absolutely loves her! An early birthday gift for E.

We went to the zoo and Elliott loved the monkeys! Pretty much the only thing he showed interest in. He figured out how to climb on the couch. He pushes his motorcycle over and uses it to get up there. Has even got up on the table. Freshy! He says Sophie (‘eeeeee’) and Mickey (‘eeeeee’) now! Along with Hi, Mama, Dada, and baba. Started standing on his own and taking a few steps at a time. Definitely has a temper! He’s starting to be a crazy, energetic little boy and I’m loving it. :-)

Drumming with straws. :-)

10 months already! Time flies.

Nine months today! Such a big boy!
His first time at the beach was a fun, sandy mess! He ate the sand and loved the water. He likes to push his toys walking around the living room. His play table is his favorite. He stands right in front of the tv and tries to climb up to watch Mickey. Loves crackers and hummus. Has his four front teeth coming in up top!

Nine months today! Such a big boy!

His first time at the beach was a fun, sandy mess! He ate the sand and loved the water. He likes to push his toys walking around the living room. His play table is his favorite. He stands right in front of the tv and tries to climb up to watch Mickey. Loves crackers and hummus. Has his four front teeth coming in up top!

Daily Workout 👙

I’ve been doing this whole workout daily. I put together my some of my favorites and enjoy doing this rather than working out to a video. Just my preference. (Although I still use videos here and there.) I’ve been doing this as a minimum, and anything extra is a plus. I’d really like to get out and start running.

Each part is about 15 minutes, so workout is about 30 minutes total. Start with Part 1, go through once, rest and repeat, and finish with a 60 second plank. Then move on to Part 2 and do the same. Just sharing in case anyone is interested. If there are certain things you’re not a fan of, replace them with your own! That’s what I did to create this.

(I know many are doing the ‘squat challenge’. With this workout, you’re getting in 200, though they aren’t back to back.)

Part 1:
50 jumping jacks
10 burpees
20 alternating forward lunges
30 mountain climbers
20 plank toe taps (10 ea. side)
20 plank w/ oblique crunches
10 push ups
20 side plank dips*
20 side plank leg raise*
20 inner thigh raise*
50 squats

(*Opposite side 2nd time around)

Rest 30 sec & repeat
End 2nd set w/ 60 sec plank

Part 2:
50 jumping jacks
15 press outs (5lb)
15 lunge w/ tricep push backs (5lb)
15 chair squat w/ anterior raise (5lb)
30 scissors
50 bicycle crunches
50 bridges
20 reverse crunches
15 chest press w/ crunch (5lb)
15 chest fly w/ double leg raise (5lb)
50 squats

Rest 30 sec & repeat
End 2nd set w/ 60 sec plank

I wish you could freeze certain moments in time and go back to them for a bit whenever you’re missing them. I really don’t want my baby getting any bigger. Even though I’m excited for all the experiences & adventures we’ll have for the rest of our lives, I get really sad knowing we’ll never get to rewind and have those moments again.