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Tips For Traveling With a Baby 

We just got back from going on a trip! Our first vacation together. Even the dog joined! We had a blast! We used Airbnb and found a cute cottage home on Brooks Lake in Michigan. We soaked up the sun, splashed around in the water, and ate so many carbs! Perfect first vacation!

 

Parents everywhere know that when you travel with a baby it’s like packing your entire house. Especially when you’re visiting grandparents. Yes, bring that giant jumper! They need to see him jump!

When traveling further, there are a few key things to pack and do for your babe on the trip!

Entertainment

I don’t mean put cartoons in front of your baby’s face, unless you’re ok with that! What worked for us was one of us sat with him during the trip to keep him entertained and happy. Longer trips can take a toll on little ones, if they see a friendly face, it can make it easier on them.

Until they finally get fed up with the car seat of course 😳

Toys

Pack just the right amount of items that doesn’t take too much room, but you’re kiddo loves. I think it’s okay to leave that jumper at home this time- even though it is convenient to put them in it for a few minutes and take a breather on your trip! You could pack up the pack n play and smaller toys! The pack n play is easy to pack up, and if you’re child will, can play in there awhile while you enjoy some moments without them crawling all over you on your trip!

Food

At some point your sweet little angel will turn into a hungry beast. It’s important to be prepared for that while you’re driving. Whether that’s with puffs, melts, or having a bottle already prepared! If you can’t prepare your bottle ahead of time, make sure you can do it easily in the car or at a pit stop!

Hurry up and feed that monster!

These tips worked for us on our short vacation! Next spring we are taking a longer vacation with my side of the family! I can’t wait for that! It’s further away, and we will be staying for a longer period.

Sunshine Blogger Award 

It was around 10:30 at night when I heard the ping on my phone that indicated I had a Facebook message. I opened it and popped up off the couch and did a little jig. Oh so quietly of course because the babe was snoozing in my husbands arms. He just looked at me like I was insane…I then explained (quietly..it was so hard) that I had been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

I’m so happy to be posting about the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am one of 11 bloggers nominated for this award by For The Love Of Teachers , and it took me by surprise. I’ve wanted to be nominated for awhile now, but I never thought it would just happen. For someone who hasn’t been doing this long, I couldn’t be more appreciative or proud of myself. I love blogging and am so excited that my hard work is paying off. The coolest part about all of this is that the blogging community comes together to boost each other up. People outside of blogging don’t really understand what all goes into a blog, and this solidifies my feelings that the blogging community is truly out there to help one another.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.

  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.

  • Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.

  • Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

So, thank you again fortheloveofteachers.com  ! You are forever apart of my growing blog. For that, I am grateful to you. You are apart of making my blogging dreams come true ❤️.

Here are the questions from For The Love of Teachers:

  1. What is your niche? Tell us a little bit about your blog.

    My niche focuses around being a mom. I may discuss other topics, but it always rolls around to being a mom. In this blog I hope I can inspire, encourage, and make you giggle. I love making people laugh and if I can do that while having you ponder about certain topics then that’s a victory!

  2. Why did you create your blog?

    I created my blog because I stumbled upon the stay at home gig. It was a tough decision to stop what I was doing at the time, but it’s what was best for our family and our son. You can find more information in the post Why I’m home. I always enjoyed reading other blogs and decided I could do that too while being home!

  3. What are your hopes and dreams for your blog?

    I hope that someday my blog can be big enough to make a true steady income. Some blogs make tons of money, but I just want it to be enough to contribute. I know to really do that I need to provide some sort of service for people and I know I need to work on that. If I can do that, then I have succeeded. I have a long ways to go, but slowly and surely I think I can get there.

  4. How long have you been blogging?

    I began blogging at the beginning of April 2017.

  5. Which blogs do you follow that inspire you?

    I really enjoy scarymommy.com ! They have different categories, guests posts, videos and even a spot for Dads! It’s pretty awesome and I hope I can guest post on their someday! I also really enjoy lazymomsblog.com . Her page is beautiful, her writing is beautiful, and a page I strive to have (except my own style of course).

  6. Do you blog full time or just as a hobby?

    I currently am blogging in hopes to make it full time so I suppose it’s a hobby?

  7. What are some mistakes or lessons that you learned about blogging?

    I wish I would have had a few posts and following before launching. I’m also fairly new to this so I’m really not sure yet what mistakes are being done as we speak, haha!

  8. Why should others read your blog?

    Others should read my blog because I feel like I have a personal touch to every post. I can make you really think and I hope I can provide insight on specific topics you care about.

  9. How do you inspire others?

    This is a tough question, I’m not really sure? I know that I hope I can inspire others with my posts. I can inspire others by being honest about the topics I’m posting about. I also could be inspiring others knowing that I’m out here doing something I love and not in an everyday rut.

  10. What are the biggest challenges with blogging?

    For me, the biggest challenges come with posting something I write and truly liking it. I have a ton of drafts hanging around that I’m just not to confident about. This makes me not post as often as I would like.

  11. In what ways do you support others (bloggers, friends or family) in helping them grow?

    I am super active on the Facebook blogging groups. Everyday they have some sort of activity for bloggers to participate in. I love sharing, commenting, and giving advice to other bloggers. Once I get bigger I hope I can do more to help other bloggers. I also encourage/support my friends and family in any venture they do. I have family members who have their own business- including my sister at Halee B Photography 😉 she’s the best.

Now I get to nominate 11 others! Please comment below if you are interested and I will check out your blog!

Here are my questions for you:

1. What is a goal for your blog?

2. What or who inspires you?

3. What does a day in your life look like?

4. How did you find or decide on your niche?

5. What is your favorite post that you have ever written?

6. What is your favorite post that another blogger has written?

7. How did you decide on the name of your blog?

8. What do you love about blogging?

9. Do you have a day job as well as blogging?

10. If you could give any advice to new bloggers, what would it be?

11. Where do you see your blog in a year from now?

I’ve got sunshine-Now It’s your turn to spread it 🙂

Relationships Matter

For our entire lives we have relationships that surround us. I have many relationships that I cherish deeply that include Family, friends, and God… to just name a few. It’s important that these people in your life understand how much they mean to you. You lean on them and they will lean on you.

My family has always been super close. My parents worked really hard to ensure that we are close and always will be. The memories I have growing up make me laugh so hard. My sisters and I definitely had our moments. Once, my older sister was driving me and our little sister to school. There was snow on the road and we were taking the back way. My oldest sister and I were screaming at each other over clothes while my little sister in the back was sighing at our argument. We come up to a stop sign and begin to slide, the three of us start screaming in unison……we barely tap the stop sign. We all burst out in laughter so hard we’re crying. We have had a lot of laughing until we cry moments, but we have also had the moments where they tell me how I’m being and I tell them. Even if it makes us mad. It’s important to have your family. They will be with you to make you laugh, and be brutally honest with you.

How do they fit into my fit journey? Well, my little sister has always been a fit chick! She had abs the day she was born. My older sister has had two babies and bounced back like her skin was a rubber band (I’m the Oompa Loompa middle child)! They are also both amazing people with booming careers ahead of them (one in grad school, the other is a great photographer     <check her out!) …They motivate me to be more like them more than they know.

Friendships are also a major part of my life. I have a few people that make me smile everyday. To them, it seems like all of my ideas and thoughts are awesome! I tell them I’m losing weight- “AWESOME, go Hannah! Let’s compete on Fitbit!” I tell them about a new business venture I’m thinking about- “yes!!! You should do it!” I tell them that I’ve cheated on my diet- “hell, me too!! Don’t worry about that!” I love the support I get from them and when going through this fit journey, it’s awesome having people like them by my side.

I have a son that I can’t wait to see where our relationship grows. I hope he always needs me. Even when he is my age someday. I talk to my parents almost everyday, and as he grows I hope he feels the need to talk to us too. Since my son can’t really talk to support me in this journey of mine right now, our relationship motivates me. I want to be able to keep up with him in his future. I’m scared if I don’t do something now, I won’t be able to then. As much as I am proud of him, someday, I want him to be proud of me.

Someone else by my side who I don’t talk about often enough is God. I don’t go to church as often as I should, but there aren’t many nights that I go without talking to him. He has helped my family through some difficult times and he is also helping me through this journey I’m on.

So why do relationships actually matter? You might believe differently, but they make us who we are. They help up evolve. Without my family I wouldn’t have learned the necessary lessons or what Love truly is, without my friends I think I would be insane, without God there would nothing. 

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I’m not going to lie, this week was difficult. I wasn’t able to get out and workout as much as I wanted and I really just did not like my salmon meal prep as much as I thought I would! With that being said, I did have a couple cheat meals. UGH…I’m so disappointed in myself. Last week I did so good! When I do workout everyday, I am more prone to eating how I should. Positive note, at least I am figuring out how to work through this and what works for me and my body. OH! I did find a good article solidifying my morning oats!! 5 Things That Happened When I Ate Oatmeal Every Morning For A Month

I love having them in the morning and this article says exactly how I feel about having them. If you haven’t tried to eat them lately and you’re looking for a change (especially if you are on a diet) I recommend eating them!

Next week I don’t think I will be getting fancy with my dinner meal prep and just keep it simple. Stay tuned!

Wine Down

It’s no secret that I’m a wino! Hell, there’s not many drinks I will turn down, honestly. Even beer. My husband interned at Triton Brewery one summer, and ever since he has been a Craft beer guru. Which means I get to taste too! Wine is my absolute favorite though. Even if my tastebuds don’t agree on the wine I’m drinking, I will still drink it. It’s easy for me at the end of the night when my son is in bed and it’s just the hubby and I, to grab a glass of sweet red whatever wine is in my kitchen. Sometimes that one glass turns into two, and before I know it the whole bottle is gone! Some of you may be thinking, “oh my”…but let’s be honest…I know there are many of you out there who are thinking, “yeah, I do that too!” I don’t do that as often as I once did, but I can’t say it never happens. Sometimes I’ll leave a little bit in the bottom of the bottle just so I can have half a glass the next night before bed 🙊…..OK, I’m a little embarrassed now….

When did I become such a wino? College for sure, but not until junior and senior year! Or was it my first year teaching?? So, my husband went to Wabash College (WAF!!) and was apart of Lambda Chi. A lot of late nights, hanging with our friends, playing drinking games, and keeping up with whatever sporting event was going on. Beer can be cheap and so can wine. However, games were played with beer and big parties had the ever so delicious (sarcasm) jungle juice.

Those years were the best, but I don’t think that’s where my obsession began. No… it was my first year teaching. My first year I taught 3rd grade. I was so excited and nervous! All of the first year jitters! I didn’t realize how stressed out I was going to be.

As you all know, 3rd grade is the year state testing begins. Those poor kids get content jammed in their tiny brains, it’s up to us to make it fun and engaging!! Behind the scenes of the fun and engaging lessons is the amount of pressure.

EVERYTHING was data driven and inside the front office was a collection of our classes reading data broadcasted on the wall for educators and administrators eyes only. When I first saw it I was so intimidated. Wine down. Data was also displayed outside our rooms. Wine down. Data was inside our classrooms. Wine down. Once, the principal approached me and the conversation went something like, ” no pressure Hannah, but last year our 3rd grade had an IREAD passing percentage of 98%..”oh, really? 😐 wine down.  In case you’re all wondering, we went 98% passing (woot)! Oh, not to mention ISTEP. Wine down. wine2And then there were evaluations! She would sit at my desk and go through all of my lesson plans and watch me teach for what seemed like an eternity. Wine down. 

If you didn’t get it, wine down meant that I was drinking my night away, haha. 

You can say that I had a close relationship with wine that year. There were also a few people in that building that shared my love for wine or having an occasional drink. My classroom aid was an angel from above! I’m pretty sure she loves wine as much as I do. I vented to her about everything and we shared our dreams. My team teachers were also pretty awesome. We had some good laughs. They were my comic relief. I could probably write a book about my first year teaching and it would become a movie- a comedy of course.

So, what does all this have to do with being healthy and fit? Now that I’m on this fit journey I don’t drink as often and don’t feel the need to wind down (or should I say, wine down?) as much. I think I feel this way because I work out so often now. I know we all know that exercise helps release stress. Some of you are thinking “why are you stressed, you’re a stay at home mom..” well, because LIFE.  Other ways I wind down include taking a bath, going on walks with my cutesy family, or I’ll just go on a quick jog. I do feel better replacing wine with these healthy activities. When I do want to have a drink of wine I do so in moderation. Side note- I’m also a grandma these days and go to bed pretty early, which gives me less wine time.  I cherish my sleep now. I also think that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you deprive yourself from the things you love. Living a healthy lifestyle also means you’re keeping your mental state in tact too. If I want a glass of wine or two, I’m going to have it.

Speaking of moderation. I was so proud of myself this weekend. I went to a bridal shower and didn’t over do it on the food there. I did have a cupcake, though. Let’s be honest here! If you don’t have a cupcake at one of those things it’s like an insult to the people who bought them and the person who made them! …right?

Stay tuned of what I did for meal prep this week!