Thursday, June 29, 2017

Exercise for Lazy Moms: How to (REALLY!) Get Fit and Lose the Tummy

Okay, here's the thing:

I'm. So. Lazy.

Like, back in middle school and high school when we were supposed to run the mile?

Never once did it.

I mean, I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma, but I milked it for all it was worth because I haaaated exercise.

But after having 6 kids in 7 years? My core was shot. My back was killing me by the end of every day. I was exhausted even when I was getting adequate sleep. And I had pretty obvious Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation) that had made my most recent pregnancy much more uncomfortable than it needed to be.


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Fed up, I purchased the MuTu System when it went on sale - I was hesitant to put money towards an exercise program, since (have I mentioned this?) I hate exercising. But I knew that for me, if I shelled out money for something like this, I'd have to follow through or I'd be incredibly annoyed at having wasted that money. Then I undertook the exercise regimen for Lent, because I also needed a little spiritual motivation to get off my lazy booty.

And you guys?

It works. 

I'll tell you right now, these pictures don't show a hugely dramatic change, but the change I feel is so much more important.

Before:

3 months post-partum, a few days after starting the program and I was already seeing improvement, but had only just gotten around to taking a picture...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

25/52: Babies and Beets


Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 60: A Sunday Miracle

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 59: Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! Do you have someone in your life you're celebrating today? Are you wishing your priests a Happy Father's Day?

I got Andrew and the boys adorable matching Tolkien t-shirts from Kaitlyn's shop (affiliate link!) and grabbed muffins for breakfast, so I'm feeling proud of myself for actually remembering a gift! Did you get your husband or father something awesome? 

Friday, June 16, 2017

7 Ideas for Summer Fun




Elizabeth (age 4) came running inside the other day to tell me, "MOM! There's a whole FIELD of hawkweed! Come see!!!" 

Hawkweed is a wildflower that looks a lot like a dandelion, only with a longer, sturdier stem.

She grabbed me by the hand and dragged me out to an area of the yard that hadn't been mowed in a while, and she was right! The scraggly section of yard full of weeds had turned overnight into a treasure trove of wildflowers.



It's one of our very favorite things to do together during the spring and summer - take walks and identify the new wildflowers around us, making bouquets out of our favorites (only at home - we never pick flowers when we're at a park). And because I'm always looking for more ideas to add a little excitement and adventure to our lazy summer days, I'll give you a list of our favorites.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

23/52: Digging Potatoes

Sunday, June 11, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 58: Picking My Battles (and Sister Pictures)

Happy Trinity Sunday! It was super-hot today, so we dressed as lightly as we could... I had pulled out a hand-me-down dress for Edith and decided to put her in it for Mass, and then remembered that I have pictures of all three older girls wearing that same dress, sitting in the same chair. Just in case you've been wondering who looks like whom, we have...


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Week by Week, 22/52: Cherry Picking and Baby Sitting

Sunday, June 4, 2017

My Sunday Best, Volume 57: It's Pentecost and We Never Wear Red

Happy Pentecost!

This is my "quit messing with the camera settings and just take the picture already" face...

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Week by Week, 21/52: Freedom!


I needed garlic for dinner, so I dug a head out of the garden and it was bigger than Edith! So obviously I needed to take a picture.
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