Thursday, August 21, 2014

{Camo for Momma and Mini}


Maybe it's the whole being married to a hunter thing, but I could never have enough camo in my closet. It's like leopard to me, practically a neutral. It's a fun print that you can pair almost anything with and you can take it from day to night. Now, unlike my husband, I will never wear it head to toe. ;) You definitely want to keep it simple, maybe even just with a "pop" of camo. Like those fun studded flats, they'd add a nice pop to any outfit. 
I'm guilty of wearing camo all year 'round, which I don't think is a crime, but I am definitely reminded of the camo trend when fall rolls around. And guess what's going to be strolling into town any time now??? FALLLLL!!! My favorite. It's time for Henry and I to bust out the matching camo, grab a pumpkin spice latte and head to the pumpkin patch! Who's going with us? And who else is excited that the PSL is coming out tomorrow!? Good thing I have an early workout tomorrow so I have an excuse to swing by and pick one up! Plus I worked out so it's totally ok to drink one, right? Hehe. 
Where are you finding your favorite camo pieces right now? If you've spotted any cute pieces I'd love to know!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bloom

This Thursday, August 21st, Tulip is hosting an exclusive launch party for their new line, Bloom! Bloom is their new line featuring fabulously flattering styles in extended sizes. They're now offering size 14 and up and they want you to come celebrate with them! The event is free and there will of course be snacks and drinks! Also, for every $50 spent, there will be a $25 gift! How awesome, right? Even if you don't fit the criteria for the Bloom party, there is literally something for everyone. I was just there on Monday and picked up some sweet workout gear (more on that later) and I found the shirt that I wear practically every single day, at Tulip. It's seriously my go-to shirt. It's soo comfy and relaxing, but can be dressed up too. I need to share photos of that one. I'll do that, as soon as I can. :) There's also the fabulous Hello Cheeseburger line that you can find there.


Here are a few pieces from their new bloom line:

If for some reason you can't make it to the event tomorrow, you can buy any of the pieces see you here online.
They have some many cute items in house right now, trust me I was just down there Monday and scooped up a few pieces for myself. I highly suggest getting your girls together and heading down to the plaza tomorrow night.
Although the event is free, an rsvp is always courteous. A few clicks and you'll have reserved your spot! Follow this link.
xx,
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Week 5

I've started week 5 of 6 of working out at 5 am, 5 days a week. As I've said before, it has been so great for me. I've really enjoyed the "me" time and just getting back into fitness. It's boosted my confidence, my energy level and my attitude. I don't know if I'll ever want to quit these workout sessions. 

With all of that being said, I have a VERY important message for all of my ladies, my future mommas and most importantly, my new mommas. 

TAKE YOUR TIME. 

I gained 20 lbs in my pregnancy. That's pretty awesome, but most of it hung around after I gave birth and then some, once I was sitting at home all day and all that I could get my hands on were swiss cake rolls and chips. I didn't have a lot of hands helping me out when I first brought Henry home, so I just had to make due. 

So with my unhealthy eating habits, major lack of sleep and the stress of being a new mom, I really spiraled out of control. I of course started feeling down and wanted to make changes, but it was hard. How do you take time to get your body back when all you want to do is sleep or just enjoy a minute to yourself, doing nothing?

Could I have started working out sooner? The answer is yes, probably so, but I simply was not ready. There wasn't a definite sleeping pattern with Henry. We were still waking up multiple times a night to nurse. A day sleeping schedule was totally out the window, you know, since.he.never.napped!!! Nursing was also a factor since they say there shouldn't be any intense form of excercise while trying to maintain your milk supply. The pains of postpartum lingered far longer than I ever imagined. Stitches, clogged ducts and hemorrhoids, much? I could literally go on for days. They may all sound like excuses, and maybe they are, but they're damn good excuses. 

I waited 8 months to start this workout class. EIGHT months, ladies. Some will think that's an eternity, but to us mommas, 8 months is gone in the blink of an eye. I needed to wait. I needed to feel normal again. I need Henry in a definite sleeping pattern so that I would feel comfortable enough to leave, knowing that he wouldn't even know that I was gone. Which is why I go at 5 am, so that I'm sure to be home by the time my pumpkin wakes up. I didn't want to miss a second of him. I needed to know that my husband was ok with it and that he could manage daddy duties if for some reason Henry did wake up before I got back. Ultimately, waiting was good for me and I'm in such a good place now. 

So even though I've been flaunting my workouts all over social media, I want everyone to know why I waited and that it is more than ok to give yourself some grace and take.your.time. Focus on being a momma. Take care of yourself and love yourself, but do all things in moderation. Mommahood, and just life in general is a balancing act!

And with that, here are my week four results. Down 9 l-b's!
I cringe a little, but then I remember my beautiful baby that was in my tummy for almost 10 months and how hard I've worked in the last 9 months!

xx,
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Henry's Baptism}

This past weekend we had our sweet babe baptized. It was a little later than the norm, but hey, better late than never, right? I just wasn't ready or organized when he was first born. I was still coming into my own as a momma, so we decided to wait until we were all ready and could make it something special and enjoyable for all. It was a quick ceremony after mass and we only invited the Godparents, the grandparents and a couple of our closest family members. We wanted to keep the celebration simple and intimate and we achieved just that. Henry was a gem throughout the entire ceremony. He was a little squirmy at times, but that's to be expected from a 9 month old. :) He was happy the entire time and looked absolutely handsome. Afterwards we all did lunch at our favorite Kansas City Italian restaurant (go Anthony's!!), where we celebrated Henry a little more and got our grub on of course!

I want to thank my brother and my beautiful cousin, Kara, for stepping up to the plate and showing their love for our son. They're going to be amazing Godparents! We're ever so grateful. Thank you everyone else who joined us and made this day special for Henry. It was a big moment for him.
AND, my brother and his fiance asked Henry to be their ring bearer!! Can you imagine this little nugget in a tuxedo!? We are honored and totally excited!!!! (!!!!!!)
 xx,
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

{9 Month Must Haves}

Walker Tupperware Cabinet Locks Sippy Cup Mega Blocks

The must haves are getting a little lame around here, but that's NO indication of the fun we're having! Henry is a go-getter. There is never a moment to rest around here. Such is the life of a boy momma, I suppose? Since day one Henry has been on the move. He wanted to be paced all around the house when he was a tiny baby. Now, he still must be on the move. Whether he's crawling all over the place or pushing his walker all over Tego's paw, he's always the happiest on the go. Hence the reason for the walker pictured above. However, recently he discovered our coffee table has wheels and he now prefers to push that all over the dang living room. Another preferred choice of mobility for our son is to get a book under each hand and scoot those all around the house. So really we don't need to buy him any toys, ever. Which I'll reinforce with my next two items...
My new way to get things done in the kitchen is to let H crawl around and play in there with me. This of course meant safety locks on the dangerous cabinets. We have one cabinet for cleaning supplies, so we locked her up. I read somewhere that it is nice to make your little ones feel involved in the kitchen and to give them some utensils to play with while you cook. The article (I wish I could remember which one, maybe Everday Parents?) suggested dedicating a cabinet to your babe. A cabinet at their level obviously and one that has objects they can pull out safely and play with. I thought this was genius, so I did a little rearranging and put some of our hardcore kitchen gear in the pantry and moved my tupperware to the lower cabinet that H always gets into. Now he has an entire cabinet full of things he can get into and he LOVES it. The tupperware has been a lifesaver. He loves to pull it out and bang them together and slide around the room on them. Best free entertainment so far ;) and now I can prep my meals!
He does still love his mega blocks, though. Boys will be boys. He loves to bang them together and of course chew on them when his teeth are giving him trouble.
Last, but not least, Henry has been taking a sippy cup since he was about 4 months old. I'm hoping this will help us transition from the bottle. He's become quite the big boy and can hold it and drink from it all by himself. He can handle it at dinner, in the high chair and even in his car seat. Such a big boy. Tear. They grow up so fast. :(
Really the moral of the story here is that we're using less and less stuff. If I could hug the mommas who warned me and told me that less is more and we won't use have the stuff we buy, I would. Man were they so right. SOOO much stuff goes unused and wasted. The baby industry definitely has us fooled. Our little ones need a chance to be creative, they don't need a new gadget with every growth spurt. They need love and attention. They need communication and adventure.
While I have plastic toys listed just about every week, I must share that most of them are hand me downs or stuff that we have borrowed for the time being. The things that are most used by our little man are common household items that he uses his imagination to enjoy. Truth.
Happy Tuesday, friends!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Monday, August 11, 2014

{Workout Progress}

I told you guys that I was going to post updates on my baby weight loss journey and keep you posted on my 5 am workouts, to keep myself accountable. I just started week 4 of 6, so I thought it was time to share an update.

When I first started I weighed 146.9 and I'm happy to report that I'm down to 140. It's not much, but after 3 weeks of hard work, I'm pretty proud of myself. Small steps are totally ok in my book!
Week 1:
Week 2:
Week3:
I realize that my selfies are super lame and I apologize for that, but I have to take progress pics! They're what keep me going. To see even the tiniest of improvement has been such a boost for me. It lights a fire in me to keep going and to keep challenging myself. 
The workouts have been absolutely amazing. The toughest is part is controlling my appetite, 100%, hands down. It's a struggle every day, even 3 weeks in, so no, it doesn't just take 2 weeks to break a habit. Just FYI. ;) Without the workouts though, I don't think I'd be as motivated or disciplined. It's been really awesome to see myself get stronger. I was always an athlete, I'm not really sure when I lost that, but it has been so good for my soul to get back into running and lifting weights. I've already seen major improvement in my belly fat, but honestly, the most fun has been to watch muscle definition come back in my arms and in my legs. Truthfully, in the beginning I just wanted to lose weight. I wanted to be skinny and rid of the baby weight. Now that I'm knee deep and really watching my body physically develop again, I just want to be strong. I want to be an athlete again, not just a skinny girl. I want to be able to have deep lungs to run around with my son and strong arms to throw him in the air. I want to be healthy and happy, for him. And myself, but he's a big part of my motivation. :)
I only have 2 weeks and 4 days left of my 6 week workout session. I plan to make the very most of these last few weeks and I hope to continue the class. I don't want to start seeing all of this definition to just lose it again. I want to keep going!!
Thanks for hanging out, guys. If you're following along, I sure do appreciate it!
xx,
Melissa Loren





Friday, August 8, 2014

In Honor of 40 Weeks...


In honor of Henry being 40 weeks old today and just incase I over-glamourized pregnancy in any way, here I am on the morning of the day I gave birth. I was 40 weeks to the day and I had been having contractions since about 3 o'clock the day before. I got zero sleep that night and I had lost all of my color from the intense pain. I felt nauseous, heavy and I was just plain over the pain. Kory was lucky to get this pic and even luckier to get that half ass smile out of me. I had a fairly "easy" pregnancy, and I enjoyed it for the most part, but it did not come without it's sacrifices and intense symptoms. Sometimes I really think that I am terrified to be pregnant again, which is crazy since I did enjoy my first pregnancy so much. Those last few weeks are what getcha. You're swolen, you're huge, you can't bend over, food makes you sick, not eating makes you sick, then there's that awful sciatic pain and those little baby toes digging into your ribs. You can't forget that you pee when you sneeze, or just plain move too suddenly or that every part of your body goes numb and gets tingly every time you try to fall asleep. And those AWFUL LEG CRAMPS at night. Gah! I cringe just thinking about them. 
With all of that said, 26 hours of labor later, you have the most beautiful human being in your arms and in your heart forever. Our little ones make it all worth it, 1000 times over, but that doesn't mean it isn't hard. :)
Cheers to all my mommas out there! You're doing a GREAT job! And if you're preggo, you're almost there! Hehe. :)
xx,
Melissa Loren

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