Warrior Princess

First of all, this whole blog post was inspired by a scene I saw today in one of my favorite TV shows, Reign. I actually uploaded a video of it to YouTube specifically so you all could see it too. Short disclaimer here, this video will not be professional quality, I just took a video of my TV and then posted it right afterwards so hopefully that doesn’t bother you too much, it’s only a minute long so try to bear with me. You don’t have to know anything about the show to appreciate the clip but a brief explanation is that the girl in the scene is Princess Claude and she was just forced to marry a man she didn’t know to gain money for her family. Take a look at what happens next:

Now I don’t know about everyone else in the world, but I thought this scene was AWESOME. I actually can’t stop thinking about it and every time I do, I feel inspired all over again. The scene was perfectly set up and the whole concept of it literally combines all of my favorite things; princesses, renaissance fashion, and women kicking butt. It isn’t just that though, it made me think about how everyone has the power to write their own story. We’ve all seen that situation time and time again on TV or on the news or heard about it from people we know, and it doesn’t usually end that way. So much so that I bet if you weren’t seeing the video for the first time in a blog post titled Warrior Princess, you would’ve been really surprised to see Princess Claude stand up and kick that guy’s butt.

What I realized is, you don’t have to respond to difficult situations in the way most people do. Your story doesn’t have to follow a specific plot line, if you don’t like what’s happening to you, change it. If the first ten things that happen in your day make you feel like you must have been a terrible person in your past life to deserve it all, just take a breath. Stay down for a second and think about all the reasons you have to fight and all the reasons why you deserve better than what you’re getting and then get up and write your ending the way you want it to be written. Nothing can make you feel worthless without your permission and you always have control over at least one thing, your attitude. Your attitude whether it be optimistic or pessimistic, courageous or cowardly, it is never out of your control. Everything else around you can fall apart and sometimes we have no say in it whatsoever, but what makes a princess a princess is that she holds her head high and never forgets who she is, even if everyone else does. I know that every single one of us has a warrior princess inside and I find it extremely comforting to know that no one can ever take that away from us. Have a good day mommas and don’t forget to write your story however you want it to be written.

 

 

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The Overzealous mom

If you’re wondering what overzealous means, or maybe I’m the only one who was unsure, don’t count on google to be too helpful. The definition of overzealous when I looked it up was: too zealous. So I was like okay call me crazy but I’m not positive exactly what zealous means so I looked for that and found something super helpful: full of, characterized, or due to, zeal. At this point I had to assume that everyone else in the world knew what these words meant but I finally found a definition that used a broader spectrum of adjectives to describe overzealous to me. It defined overzealous as ardently active, devoted, or diligent. Synonyms were enthusiastic, eager, intense, passionate, and warm. Now, I am not always these things, I do tend to be a bit over enthusiastic most of the time but some days more than others.

This morning I woke up feeling actually awake for the first time in a long time. I think we actually went to sleep at 11:30 last night and this morning Nick overslept for work so we didn’t wake up until 7:30. That’s 8 hours of sleep folks! I know we should go to bed earlier every night but night time is really the only time we have to get things done so usually were up until midnight or a little after.  Anyways, I woke up feeling very active so I had an idea to let the babies help me make a smoothie. This seemed like a full proof plan to me at the time, measure out the ingredients  let the babies dump them in and then we’ll all say cheers and drink our delicious healthy smoothies together. Let me be clear, this is not what happened.

First of all, my children who never eat any random fruits I put in front of them, started chowing down on the frozen mangos and raspberries like they were candy. That was okay because they’re good for them but I was slightly concerned about them choking or something because they were too hard but they melted in their mouths and they were fine. But then they didn’t really want to put their new favorite snacks into the food processor so I had to do that part. Except after I put it all in and mixed it up it was too thick to pour as a drink, I added some water and it was still too thick to pour so whatever I just spooned it into their cute little cups thinking they could use a spoon. Definitely not. Basically our entire carpet right now is stained red raspberry because they spilled those smoothies every place you can think. On the ottoman, on the couch, on the floor, on themselves. Then, I said okay well just forget it if you’re not going to drink them then I’m going to so this can all just be over with, and I went to take a drink and it was pretty thick so I just kept tilting it back thinking I mean it has to come out sometime right? Yes, on that I was actually correct. Half the cup plopped out onto my face and the babies just stared at me and I just bursted out laughing. In trying to show them how not to spill a smoothie I actually realized its really very easy to spill your smoothie. I gave Nicholas a big kiss that got smoothie all over his face and then gave Ava a paper towel and she helped to clean me up.

Then I gave them milk and cheerios and sat down to write this. Even though I was laughing at the end, I’m still left with a bunch of red stains on the carpet and a bunch of dirty dishes that all could’ve been avoided if I just hadn’t tried to do something fun with them. I always feel this way after something like this happens, I get out the finger paints thinking they’ll be so happy and after 5 minutes I’m running away from them in fear covered in paint, or all the other times I’ve been a little overzealous and regretted it afterwards. The thing is, as many times as I do stuff like this and regret it afterwards, I keep doing it. I guess that’s just who I am but every once and a while one of my ideas works out and then it’s all worth it. And either way, successful or not, it’s always an adventure and always a funny memory. I’ve got to go pick up a bunch of cheerios off the ground and decide which baby had which toy first, so wish me luck with the rest of my day, and I wish you all good luck with yours (:

 

Belated First Birthday post (Part 1)

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Okay, so even though this won’t be chronologically perfect for my blog, I absolutely have to do a blog post about Nicholas and Ava turning 1. I’m going to do it in two separate posts because it will be ridiculously long if I put all of it together especially with all the pictures.

As a first time mom, their first birthday was a huge deal to me. I started planning for it somewhere around January and it wasn’t until June. YEAH. But, in perfect rhythm with the way I tend to do things, I was trying to plan it way before I could actually start planning it and then when the time came to actually plan it I felt like it had somehow snuck up on me. In the end, everything got done and we got some great first birthday pictures and they had a wonderful birthday party.

In this post I’m going to talk about their first birthday photo shoot. I went Pinterest crazy with this one. There were a couple of ideas from Pinterest that caught my eye in particular. First of all, I LOVED the birthday chalkboards that tell a couple cute things about your babies. I’m pretty sure you could’ve bought them on Etsy or a couple other places but I just free handed mine based off of some inspiring ideas I saw on Pinterest. Nick just cut and sanded 2 rectangular pieces of wood and then painted chalkboard paint on them and I used chalkboard markers to draw everything. It took me about 2 hours to do each one and I did it all in pencil first and then went over it with chalkboard markers. I just used 5 different colors I got from Michaels (red, blue, green, gold and silver). I was especially proud of how their favorite TV shows turned out, I tried to stick as close to the actual logos as I could. Here’s how the chalkboards turned out-

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There were a lot of cute poses and outfit ideas for first birthday shoots on Pinterest and I thought the baby in a basket idea was adorable. I also loved the idea of balloons and luckily our photographer brought some because we left ours in the car overnight and most of them deflated. Also, we couldn’t afford a really expensive photographer but Nick’s coworker knew an amateur photographer just out of school so she did our photoshoot for only 100 dollars for an hour and then sent us all the pictures and a DVD. She was really wonderful and we went back to her again for our Christmas pictures this year. I bought most of their pink and blue outfits here and there when I saw stuff that looked cute. Nicholas just wore white pants and suspenders with a blue velcro tie. Ava wore a pink and gold tutu with a pink hair bow and some play jewelry.

The other outfits they had on were rainbow colored customized outfits that I got off of Etsy. They each had a onesie with their name on it and I just used Nicholas’ white shorts and Ava had a rainbow tutu and hairband that came with hers. They were just too cute.DSC_1984_Snapseed

My favorite part about our photographer was that she was constantly taking pictures and some of my favorites ended up being the candid ones of the babies being silly or us just playing with them.

The photoshoot was so much fun, the pictures came out beautifully, and we were able to print them from Walgreens and have them sent out to everyone in the family.

Although in these pictures Ava looks like a happy little princess and she was so good during the photoshoot, unfortunately the next day she came down with a fever of 104 that turned out to be roseola.

She was okay after about a week but we had to push their birthday party back to the next weekend. But when your baby is sick you don’t care about anything else, and it all worked out for the best anyway.  So, I hope you liked this blog post and I didn’t bombard you with too many pictures! I’ve been waiting since their first birthday to show everyone all their cute pictures so I might have went a little crazy. Soon I’ll be writing Part 2 of this post and telling you all about the babies’ “two by two” Noah’s ark Rainbow themed birthday party. Once again, I went a little Pinterest crazy with it but how can you not? Anyways, thanks for reading and have a good day mommas!

Family snow day (or 20 minutes)

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It finally snowed for the first time here all Winter! It only snowed a little bit, not even an inch, but I was so excited to bundle the babies up and take them out I jumped at the opportunity. The thing about taking the babies out is that especially in the Winter it usually takes an hour to get them ready and then we’re only outside for like a half hour. But that’s okay, I think it’s worth it because it is truly my favorite thing to see them experience new things. The looks on their faces when they waddled outside were priceless.

They were so bundled up they looked like little sumo wrestlers, and within the first 5 minutes of being outside they had both fallen forward at least once and needed help to stand back up. Still though, they loved it. What’s not to love? Something you can eat or throw at daddy? A toddler’s dream! I have to admit it was also fun for mom and dad, we pulled them around on a little saucer sled and then we each took turns going too.

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Daddy pulling Ava on the saucer while Mommy and Nicholas chase after
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Ava looking back at Daddy
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Nicholas contemplating who to throw his snowball at

All in all we had a great time. The only problem is that their gloves are too big. We got them at Carters with their hats and they’re both 2T, but they’re mittens and it’s just too hard to get their tiny little fingers into the right places. I’ve looked for better gloves for them but haven’t found any. If anyone knows of any that work well for babies their age let me know! It’s been a hectic kind of week getting back into the normal routine since the babies got sick but I’m going to try to get posts up more often! Thank you to anyone reading this and have a wonderful day (:

Fiber packed Toddler Cookies

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This recipe has been a lifesaver for me. Ava has struggled with constipation ever since she was born, but a few months ago it just got so bad I couldn’t take it. I had tried everything but nothing was working. I found this recipe on an online forum and it immediately started helping Ava and the best part was that she loved them.

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It might seem like a lot of ingredients but the recipe makes a lot of cookies. You’ll need

  • 1 1/2 cups prune puree (home made or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup of oil (olive,coconut, etc.)
  • 2/3 cup sweetener (honey, agave, maple syrup..)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat or wheat bran (or more for desired consistency, I usually use closer to 1 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ground flaxseed (optional) I like to add some for a little extra nutrition

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl, beat well. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. Add more wheat bran to make it the desired consistency, it won’t be exactly like a normal cookie recipe but that’s okay.

Then coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and use a spoon (or whatever works, I used a melon baller) to spoon equal amounts of your cookie dough onto the sheet.

Then bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool. I put my cookies in a freezer bag and keep them frozen so I can just take one or two out at a time as I need them. I give my daughter two cookies a day and this keeps her stomach feeling good. This batch made 65 cookies! So I won’t have to make another batch for a couple weeks at least.

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And I have two happy, healthy campers (:

Fevers and Sleepyheads

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Me and Ava being lazy

Ava came down with a fever Thursday night, it lasted all weekend but she’s doing better now. The good thing I’ve realized about having twins is that usually when one baby is really cranky or not feeling good, the other one is super low maintenance. It’s like they know that you just couldn’t handle it if they were both freaking out at once. But no matter how good one baby is being, all it takes is that one little one needing you 24/7 to completely run you down.

All week Nick and I were doing a clean eating challenge we saw on Buzzfeed. We had tons of kale, acorn squash, kabocha squash, tempeh, and tons of other super healthy stuff we don’t usually eat on a daily basis. We were waking up early everyday to have our breakfast, eating regular healthy snacks every 3 to 4 hours, and getting our workouts in every day. We were PUMPED and ready for the new year. Then Ava got sick. and this was us-

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Nicholas 1 & 2 sleeping

I know that waking up early tomorrow will be the last thing I want to do after this rough weekend so I made breakfasts and lunches for Nick and I ahead of time. For breakfast I made each of us some no cook blueberry oatmeal in a mason jar. I just used rolled oats, almond milk, greek yogurt (tiramisu flavored, yummm), chai seeds, and blueberries. For lunch I made salads with baby spinach leaves, cucumber slices, shredded chicken (leftovers from dinner), edamame, and a homemade vinaigrette made with orange juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and a little salt and pepper. I’ll also probably have a pear either with my lunch or for a snack tomorrow. These are some of my favorite recipes I discovered this week with our clean eating challenge and it should put us back on the right track.

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This weekend I didn’t have two seconds to clean, I made 10 healthy home cooked meals that both babies refused to eat, and Nick and I were lucky if we had a chance to drink our coffee let alone eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Now, usually this would send me right back into eating whatever I can find and making excuses every day but I don’t want to do that anymore. I’m never going to be perfect all the time but I’m learning that it’s okay to give yourself a break. The point is, if something comes up right in the middle of your perfect supermom streak- don’t feel like you failed. Put your cape back on, tell yourself you can do it, and try again.

The Beginning

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Hello to (probably nobody yet). My name is Brooke, and I am 22 with 18 month old boy girl twins. I’m not sure how you usually start these things but I figure it’s easier to steer a moving ship so here I am. I want to blog because our situation is pretty unique and I think it could benefit people to see that you can be happy and healthy even if you haven’t got everything figured out yet.

I met my Fiancé, Nick, online about 3 and a half years ago and we were living over 600 miles apart at the time. We Skyped back and forth for a year until he finally drove out to see me. And that’s basically all she wrote. I fell head over heels in love with him and I moved to be with him for the Summer and never ended up going back. Truth be told we wanted to get married just a couple months after dating, and most people might think that’s crazy but when you know you know. Since getting married would’ve seemed crazy to most people we decided having a baby would show everyone we were serious. Now I admit, we were definitely young and lovestruck and crazy at that point. But to this day that has still been the best decision I’ve ever made. So I got pregnant, and then a few days after I found out I was pregnant, we found out it was twins. We were shocked, a little scared, but mostly we were just really excited and happy. Our families were extremely supportive because they could all see how much we loved each other and how excited we were.

We planned on moving out of Nick’s parents house when I got pregnant, but once we found out it was twins and everyone said how much help we would need when we first had them, it just made more sense to stay. Plus we fixed up the basement so that it feels like a nice little apartment and we have a nursery for the babies, a room for ourselves and a big living area. So truthfully we have been very blessed to be here, but currently we are working on moving out. The only problem with living down here is that there’s no bathroom, and not much of a kitchen. We have done a lot that allows me to do some cooking though. We have a nice fridge, a microwave, an electric skillet, a crockpot, and a toaster oven. Oh and a Keurig for coffee, have to have that.

So, my blog will be a lot about just every day life with the twins, but also a big focus of mine lately has been healthier, cleaner eating. It’s not easy especially without having a full kitchen down here but I am trying. Before I moved here I was living on a basic teenagers diet of skipping meals, fast food, and ramen noodles. So now I’m trying to adjust my taste buds to like fresh fruits and vegetables and all that good stuff. Basically before I turn my first blog post into a novel, I’m just going to say that some times I will blog about food, sometimes about the babies, and sometimes just about life. I hope people will like this blog and I hope it helps someone someday. Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this.