If My Body Could Talk It Would Say…

Hey sis, it’s your body here. Yeah that thing you always talk so negatively about. You know what I’m referring to, all the hours of your day spent hating what I look like. You nit pick every inch of me, compare me to other bodys you see. You spend all of your free time and every minute in between wishing I were something else.

Better.

Skinnier.

Sexier.

Stronger.

Smoother.

Perkier.

Can you take a second to hush that white noise in your brain. Silence the negativity. Turn it off. And open your eyes. Really look at me. Please go stand in front of your mirror right now and take me all in. Look at me with fresh eyes and a softer perspective.

I have carried you through 25 years of life. Great days and terrible moments. You wouldn’t even be experiencing any of it without me. Those laugh lines forming are indicators of joy. Those wrinkles on your forehead show the worries and struggles we have overcome.

These arms that are floppier than they used to be craddle your most precious gifts.

All of those stretch marks and all the extra squish that you hate so much is a direct result of the AMAZING things I have done. I, your body, have twice created, carried and birthed two beautiful little humans.

These thighs and hips that no longer fit in your favorite pants set off a passionate fire within your husband.

Please stop and think about that magic the next time you start hating the way I look. I am a warrior.

I could use some care, it’s true. But I’m not as terrible and atrocious to look at as you let yourself believe.

Be kind to me. Give me some grace. Share some love my way. We’re in this together so stop treating me like the enemy.

Love you forever,

Your body.


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Free Valentine’s Day Printables

Love is in the air! Can you feel it? As a kid Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays. There’s a magic to this time of year that is infectious.

Since I’ve been bitten by the love bug I let my creative juices flow and I made some simple and cute printables for Valentine’s Day. There are a few coloring pages and some that you can use as decor or even as a simple gift.

Here are the coloring pages…

And here are the cutsie ones you can use as decor…

To get your hands on these printables all you have to do is subscribe! That’s it folks, it’s really that simple and you will receive these images WITHOUT watermarks directly to you inbox!

I hope you enjoy these and I hope you feel the same lovey dovey magic that I am right now. 🙂

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How to be Productive When You Want to be Lazy

I have the most difficult time deciding how to start each of my posts. Surely I’m not the only one? Or maybe I should take a class on how to improve my openers? 🤷

I am someone who struggles BIG time with self motivation. I mean B-I-G time. If given the opportunity to chose between sitting on the couch watching The Office and eating junk OR doing anything at all productive, my first instinct is to put on some comfy pants and plop on down.

That was fine and dandy when I had fewer responsibilities. But I’m like a mom now. 😮 And if I learned anything from TV moms from my childhood it’s that I can’t just lay around watching TV and shoveling junk food into my pie hole anymore.

So, what’s a naturally lazy person to do in order to be more productive? Stick with me to find out.

LISTS

Lists are an awesome way to be productive because they give you a visualization of the tasks you need to accomplish. They also come with that oh so satisfying feeling when you get to cross out a finished task.

TIMERS

Another great idea is to use a timer. Use the list you created of whatever it is you are wanting to do and set a timer for each new task. Example: you need to clean your kitchen, set a timer, let’s say 20 minutes, for each thing you need to clean. Once the timer goes off move on to the next task. This saves you from spending all of your energy on one or two tasks and feeling burned out.

CONSISTANCY

Find a routine that works best for you and stick with it, sis!

SELF LOVE

I bet you didn’t expect to see that did you? Self love is so freaking important in literally every aspect of life. You are human, you are not perfect, and sometimes you are going to choose to sit on your bum instead of scrubbing the toilets. As long as you understand that its okay, and you don’t hate talk yourself, then everything else will be okay!

2019 will be the year of productivity in my household! I want to be a positive role model to my children so that they can learn how to balance work and play. What are some things you hope to accomplish this new year? Let us know some things that help you stay productive, even on those days when you just want to be lazy!

Coming Soon…

I have BIG news people!

Drumroll please.

I, Chelsea, wife, mother, dreamer, am opening an Etsy shop!!!!!

OMG. I cannot believe I am actually working up the nerve to do this.

One of my biggest life goals for 2019 is to up my confidence in myself and my abilities to make my goals/dreams a reality.

BAM.

My confidence level is slightly more elevated than it was before I said it out loud that I am taking action towards my goals.

In my Etsy shop you will find Instant Digital Downloads. I am working so so hard to create amazing content to list! (Planner printables, cutsie inspirational quotes, holiday/seasonal prints).

I hope that you are as hyped as I am about this new adventure I am going to take on. My estimated date to open up shop is January 31, however, I will keep you all up to date if that changes!

Eeeek! I am so excited!!

My All Time Favorite Social Media Platform

There is no doubt that social media plays a MAJOR role in our daily lives. It’s an addiction, really. Some of us are wise though and get to use it in excess because our business depends on it, right?! 😂🤷

Everyone has their preferences of which platform is the best, and everyone is right. Social media works differently for each of us, that’s the beauty of it. Some people swear by Facebook while others love Instagram. (I have a love hate thing going with Insta at the moment).

For me, and my blog, I found my true love in Twitter. The whole vibe on Twitter is so much more welcoming and accepting than the other platforms. And people are so dang SUPPORTIVE! I truly couldn’t believe how supportive the blogging community on Twitter was when I first started. I expected a dog eat dog kind of mentality and boy was I pleasantly surprised when that wasn’t the case!

As far as how Twitter helps my blog, I see pretty decent consistancy on page views from my links on Twitter. The thing to understand about my relationshiop with Twitter is that I don’t use it soley as a marketing tool. I love to use it as a way to give and receive support with other bloggers.

I’ve messaged bloggers with WAY bigger followings than me to ask questions, and they have always been eager to help. It is very refreshing to have make friends with such amazing and caring people!

So, this post is dedicated to my Twitter fam! I love you all so so so much!

How to Make Christmas About More Than Just Presents

Hey, buddies! I’ve had this topic on my mind for a few weeks now as the mad rush to Christmas has been upon us. I think that sometimes it’s very easy for us to be swept away in the pressure of affording gifts for everyone we love that we forget to slow down and truly enjoy this season.

For me, in years past, I’ve been so stressed out about if I was going to be able to get so and so a present that I ended up dreading Christmas. Sis, I’m here to tell you that it’s not worth it. Christmastime should not be about spending money, it’s supposed to be about spending time.

This year I’ve been very intentional with my thoughts about Christmas. Any time I’ve felt stress or worry about affording gifts or such, I stop and think about the people I’m trying to buy gifts for and how grateful I am for each and every one of them. Once I get into a grateful mindset I’m often relieved from the pressure and able to go back to enjoying the little things that make this season so magical.

I hope that if you are feeling crushed by pressure to buy the best gift or spend the most money that this post will help you take a step back and reconsider how you should be thinking about Christmas. ❤️️


🎄 Bake Christmas Treats.

🎄 Drive around and look at the lights.

🎄 Watch ALL of the Christmas movies you can!

🎄 Turn on some Christmas music and have a sing-a-long with your kids.

🎄 Make big cups of hot chocolate and watch the fireplace video on Netflix. (Or a real fire if you have a fireplace.)

🎄 Make homemade Christmas cards…

🎄 Or homemade Christmas crafts.

🎄 Visit loved ones you haven’t seen in a while.

🎄 Go caroling.

🎄 Read Christmas stories with your kids.

🎄 Go to a nursing home and read some Christmas stories.

🎄 Ring the bell for The Salvation Army.

🎄 Volunteer at a homeless shelter, food pantry, or any sort of community resource center.

🎄 Most importantly: Spend time with the people you love and make sure they know how much they mean to you! ❤️️


I would love to hear what some of your favorite ways to enjoy this season are! Thank you so much for reading! ❤️️

I’m Counting Calories, and that’s OKAY.

Hi, friends! If you have been following along you know that I am on the road to a healthy life. I’ve had 2 kids in under 3 years and the result is my body being close to 70 pounds heavier than before my first pregnancy.

In my last post I said that I would not be obsessing over the number on the scale. That’s still my game plan! I aim to only check my weight once a month. However, I am in fact counting calories. Not to starve myself, but more to have some accountability in my every day life.

I am a stress eater. And in this season of my life I am facing a lot of stress. So my idea of losing weight and getting healthy was all fine and dandy, except I wasn’t paying any attention to what I was eating, or in what quantities.

There is a mixed opinion in our society about counting calories. People warn against it because there are a lot of people who take it to the extreme. I’m using an app on my phone that makes it super simple to log what I’ve eaten each day. The app asked me a few questions to help give a safe and healthy allowance of calories. I’m using that number as a guideline.

I cannot stress enough that I am NOT starving myself.

Looking back on last week (my first week counting calories) I averaged about 2,100 calories a day. That number right there is a big thing holding me back!

This app has my daily calorie intake limit at 1,637.  That may seem like a drastic change, but it’s only about 460 calories. It predicts that if I keep my daily intake right around this number I will hit my goal weight by August. Of course I could adjust the calorie limit to speed up my end result, but that would be moving towards the unhealthy side of calorie counting.

My goal for this week is to come close to the daily limit this app has set for me, and most importantly my goal for the week is to not give up on myself.

If my posting about my journey does only one thing, I hope that it helps you realize that you can have goals for youself and you CAN accomplish them.