Five Things I Do Daily To Stay Healthy

Being intentional about my health is one of my biggest goals for this year. I have a huge task at hand – building a business while caring for my family – and the only way I’m going to succeed is if I’m at my very best. Pregnancy takes its toll on your body and mind and I was at a very low point with both last year.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that my mental health is just as, if not more important than my physical health. In fact, the two are so intertwined that the word ‘health’ to me is so much greater than it was when I was younger.

I want to be a healthy mom and good example for my kids, so I have started doing these five simple things each day that have made a tremendous impact on my overall well-being.

Take a vitamin.

I started taking a prenatal vitamin right after I found out I was pregnant with Finn. I took one daily until I stopped breastfeeding him at around 8 months old. I didn’t take one for the year between that and when I got pregnant with Reese and I doubt I’ll stop taking them ever again.

Not only am I sick less often, but when I am sick, I’m not as sick and for a shorter amount of time. Even better? My skin, nails and hair are all so incredibly healthy, it’s insane. I’ve never had my hair longer than I do right now and I’m obsessed with it. It’s so strong and silky and I contribute all of this to taking a prenatal vitamin. I get comments on my hair a lot and when I do, I always mention that it’s the vitamins! I recommend any woman of child-bearing age, whether you are planning on getting pregnant or not, to take a prenatal vitamin. There is magic in those things.

Drink my weight in water.

I recently heard a stat that felt like something I could totally get on board with – my daily intake of water should equal, in ounces, half of my body weight in pounds. For example, if I weighed 100 pounds (which I promise I haven’t weighed since about sixth grade) then I should be drinking 50 ounces of water per day. Challenge accepted.

Since I’ve started doing this I can tell a positive difference in my energy level, in my mood, in my skin, and in mental clarity. I’m also eating less, which is awesome! It’s fairly easy for me to make this happen, too. I found a jug that was given to me in the hospital when I had Reese and if I drink about three full jugs per day, I’ve more than reached my goal.

Move.

Once upon a time I was a college athlete and was running six miles per day. Now, I’ve got absolutely zero time to myself, but I know how good I feel when I do get out and move. Since having Reese and quitting my job, I’ve made a habit of getting out of the house and walking four miles at least three times a week. For the days that I don’t go walking, I do a twenty minute YouTube workout.

I used to work out to be fit, but these days I work out for the mental benefits. I usually have an audiobook or podcast playing or completely let my mind wander. It’s in these moments that my creative juices get flowing and I feel the most energized.

Count my blessings. Literally.

I’ve fully accepted that the power of attraction is everything in life and whatever attitude you put out into the world is what you will get back. I have started making a habit of taking time out of every day to reflect on everything I have in life. However, I try not to get too big with my thankfulness. For example, of course I’m thankful for my healthy and happy family, but I try to find a single moment out of the day that made me smile.

  • Reese napped so well today and every time I went to get her out of her crib she had that goofy smile.
  • Finn told the funniest story about his friends at school. He is learning new words every day!
  • David brought me coffee in bed this morning and texted me out the blue to tell me he loves me. Gosh I’m lucky!

By focusing on the little things throughout the day, I find myself stopping in those moments to take them in. I go out looking for those small moments that I’m grateful for, which in turn creates more of those moments!

Rest.

I allow myself to rest. I have to. I need it. My body and my mind need to be completely distracted from motherhood and work and laundry and bills and every other aspect of crazy adult life. If I don’t rest, I burn out. It’s just a tendency I have. I become complacent and start to procrastinate and things start to fall to the wayside. I have been intentionally giving myself permission to take a break every single day. Nothing good was ever accomplished by forcing myself to do it.

How do I rest? Well, sadly I’m not a napper, because that would be my first choice. But I do love a good reality tv show. I watch way too much garbage tv to even care to admit, but by getting wrapped up into a world of ridiculousness, I’m so far away from my to-do list that I come back to it feeling fresh and ready.

If you are in some kind of rut in your life right now, I highly recommend taking a break from whatever it is that you have been doing and rest. It’s by far the best thing you could do for yourself.

What do you do to stay healthy?

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Life Lately – March 22, 2019

My jaw just dropped as I wrote that date. OMG! Where has March gone? It certainly feels like my days are flying by even faster now that I am self-employed. I love that I can do what I want and what I need to do with my days, but now more than ever it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Life lately has been a bit transitional. I think it’s the weather to be honest. Some days are warm and bright and others are cold and gray. I have a feeling this is going to be my new normal in my journey as an entrepreneur as well. Some days I feel on top of the world and like I have my shit together, and other days I’m like what the hell am I doing?!

My New Work Life

I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago telling you all about Scout Creative, my digital marketing agency. My days are pretty full with work to get Scout Creative rolling. I’ve been attending networking events, taking webinars, writing content, reading about launching a business, etc.

I have been getting out of the house with Reese so my days don’t look the same. I’ve also been doing a lot of work on Simple & Inspired both on this blog and over on Instgram. (Go follow me!) Keeping my creative juices flowing with Simple & Inspired has kept me motivated with Scout Creative. It’s a new balance I’m trying to figure out and it’s been fun so far.

Family

Our little family of four (five with Juneau) has gotten into our groove the last month or so. We are at a point where we can’t really remember life before Reese. Finn and Reese are so cute together! Finn loves his sister and is so proud to show her off. I love being their mama!

Reese and Finn go to bed around the same time each night which gives David and I time to hang out together. We were even able to sneak out for our first date night since Reese was born a few weeks back (thanks Aunt Tori!) and it felt so good. David has been crazy busy with work – both in the office and traveling a bit. It’s only going to get crazier as spring continues, so I take whatever I can get with him!

Coming Up

Next month we are making the trek up to New York to visit my parents. It will be just me and the kids and I’m already gearing up for a looooong car ride! But these are the types of trips I wanted to be able to take with the freedom of owning my own company, and I’m so happy to be able to do this.

The whole family is headed to Colorado in May to celebrate my older sister’s graduation. She will finally her PhD! I’m excited to see my sisters and the rest of my family and see Finn and Natalie play together. Wish us luck flying with our crazy kids.

Our Life in iPhone Photos:

Bath time for my monkeys!
Nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby!
Hashtag Dad Life.
Crappy photo but the best date night with my love!

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Reese at Three Months Old

My sweet little baby girl is already three months old… really three and a half. It’s insane how slowly time goes by the last twelve weeks of pregnancy, but once baby gets here, time whips on by.

I recorded each month of growth for Finn starting at three months old, and I want to do the same with Reese. I just read through my blog post from Finn’s three month update, and boy are things different with Reese!

Parenting

I’ve mentioned this before, but I feel like an entirely different person this go round. Going from zero baby to one was a huge adjustment. This time, we knew what to expect and rolled with it. I feel like a seasoned pro some days, and on other days I still question how the hell I’m old enough to have two children.

David and I have tried to carve out some time for just the two of us, but admittedly it’s tougher with two. However, Reese is a good little babe and will go along with anything, so dates now just include another girl as well.

Physical Growth

Reese was almost 12lbs at her two month checkup. Since we haven’t been to the doctor since, I’m not sure on her exact weight. She is holding her head up quite well and I did witness two rolls from belly to back just this week! She is swatting at toys, and loves to chew on her hands. She’s a solid little babe just like her brother was.

Brain Growth

Reese loves to coo and tell us stories. She definitely recognizes me and her dad, and absolutely loves to stare at her brother. She is tracking things through the room and is starting to respond to noises. She is smiley, but she makes you work for it!

Sleeping

Where Finn was a great night time sleeper and sucked at naps, Reese is the opposite. And I can’t even complain that much, because although she wakes up once or twice a night to nurse, she eats and goes right back down, and has done this since about a month old.

Currently, I put her down around 6:30-7pm each night. She usually wakes up around 2-3am and then for the day around 6:30am. However, she’s been teething a bit and has started waking up around 11pm and then again at 2-3am.

Reese is a solid napper, though. She currently has about an hour of awake time and then goes down for a nap that lasts about 90 minutes. We just cycle through this routine all day. She naps and sleeps in her crib at night, and has been since about six weeks old.

Eating

Reese is exclusively breastfed. Those are words I never thought I’d say. After the struggle I had nursing Finn, I never thought my second baby would only eat from the boob!

Reese hasn’t taken a bottle yet, and I’m to blame. Here’s the thing – I pumped exclusively for Finn for eight long months. The thought of pumping milk is literally a nightmare for me. I haven’t taken my pump out in about two or three weeks, and I don’t intend to anytime soon. I know Reese needs to take a bottle, but right now, I love breastfeeding her! One, it’s so easy – there’s nothing to clean, nothing to carry around, nothing to measure. Second, it has created such a bond between her and I. And third, I kinda want her to stay my baby forever.

Things I Don’t Want to Forget

  • The way Reese looks at her daddy is absolutely heartwarming. She is attached to my hip, but when David is around, she smiles so big.
  • The way Finn likes to help with Reese. He “changes her diaper”, gives her kisses when she cries, and brings her his toys.
  • The way Reese scrunches her nose and sticks out her tongue when she wakes up and sees me over her crib. I’m one lucky mama.
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Scout Creative Agency

madewell bellflower ruffle dress

About a month ago, I announced that I was leaving my corporate job to go out on my own. The past few weeks have been spent doing a lot of brainstorming, a lot of networking, and a lot of coding. I’m finally ready to announce that I’ve officially launched Scout Creative Agency!

What is Scout Creative?

Scout Creative is a full service digital marketing agency. I help businesses optimized their digital presence by creating rockstar content and managing social media. I will also be producing video and photography content and consulting on strategy as well.

These are all skills that I’ve developed over the past 10 years working in this industry and I’m confident that my experience will maximize growth for companies I work with.

My bread and butter will be content creation as that’s what I’m most passionate about. I have been producing video and photography for a living for the past 4.5 years, and I’m pretty good at it!

Why ‘Scout’?

For those of you who know me, I have loved the name Scout for a little girl for as long as I remember. When I found out we were having a girl, I begged and begged David to name her Scout, but he wouldn’t budge. I couldn’t change his mind. (That’s okay, because Reese is the perfect name for our little babe.)

So when it came time to name my business, Scout was a natural choice. This company is my third baby (well, fourth cause I’ve got my Juneau, too). I have been and will continue to put my heart and soul into this thing!

What’s next?

Now that I’m officially open for business, I will be taking on clients to help with their digital marketing needs. I’m not limiting myself to the central Virginia area (thanks to the internet, lots can be done remotely from anywhere!)

I already work with several small businesses and am looking for more. If you know of anyone who may need my services, please pass along my information. I can’t wait to see where this thing goes!

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Life Lately – January 28, 2019

As much as it feels like January has lingered around forever, it also feels like Christmas was just yesterday. Having kids changes your perspective of time – the days are very long, but the weeks fly by.

There has been a lot of change around here lately, and all of it for the good. As I alluded to in this post, the newborn stage with Reese has been dramatically easier than the first time around. I’ve really been trying to take it all in and appreciate her snuggles as much as I can. At the same time, it makes me realize just how much Finn has changed and it breaks my heart that he isn’t a little baby anymore.

Maternity Leave

My maternity leave has been very relaxing and it came at just the right time. With Finn, I let the days take control of me and by the end of leave, I was craving a schedule again. This time, I’ve been trying to be as intentional as I can be with my time. I wake up with David and Finn each morning to get my day started, regardless of how many times I’ve been up with Reese at night. This usually gives me some time to enjoy a cup of coffee before Reese wakes up for the day.

I’ve also been trying to get out of the house at least once a day. It’s not as intimidating to get out with Reese as it was with Finn, especially since I’m nursing and not pumping/bottle feeding.

Lastly, I’ve been putting in work on this blog and in other ventures as well. I’m excited about 2019 in ways I haven’t felt in a long time, and I can’t wait to share more.

Reese

Reese has been such a sweet baby. Like any newborn, she has her moments, but since the first week we’ve had her on a pretty nice schedule of feed-wake-sleep that has made our days fairly predictable. I learned quickly with Finn that a schedule helps everybody – especially the baby. I read a little bit from BabyWise and Moms on Call and put into place a schedule that works for Reese and me.

At this point, Reese is waking up once a night, at about 3:00am. She goes down each night at 7:30pm. She has been waking up for the day between 5:30am and 7:30am, it really fluctuates. She’s only 9 weeks old, and I think this is about the same schedule Finn was on at this age, however I went back to work at this point with Finn.

I plan to write a lengthier blog post about Reese’s schedule this week.

Finn

Finn is back in daycare and as much as I’m grateful for that, I miss him a lot. I kept him home in December, and it was exhausting, yet so satisfying to just be a mom for that time. He likes school, so it’s just me who struggles with it.

It’s crazy to think that Finn will be 3 in just a few months. I cannot wrap my head around how big and mature he is. Two has been a tough age in terms of tantrums and a little attitude, but it’s also been so much fun! I finally feel like I can have conversations with him and we can go do things with him that he truly enjoys.

What I’m Watching

Spending time at home has allowed me to watch quite a bit of television. Even when I’m doing something else, I enjoy having something on in the background. David wanted me to watch Game of Thrones since he has been watching it all along. I wasn’t interested at first because I thought it was like Lord of the Rings, which I hated. However, I can say that GOT has been the best show I’ve watched in a long time. I’ve even been re-watching it because I felt like I missed so much the first time around. I can’t wait until April!

David and I have also been watching Billions on Showtime. It’s such a smart show and makes you think – but it has all the right things: love, corruption, crime, etc. Definitely worth the watch.

Our Life in iPhone Photos:

getting the hang of tummy time
daddy’s little girl
finn on the left and reese on the right – both at 2 months old. think they are related?
mr. independent brought us jelly and bread from the fridge and asked for a pb&j 🙂
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