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Easter Art

Hey everyone it has been a while since I have posted anything. Once again Motherhood and school has consumed all of my time!

I just thought I would share a little arts and crafts product Kenzy and I completed yesterday.

I seen the Easter Bunny idea circulating on my Facebook news feed so thought we would give it a try.

Here are the materials we used:

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  1. Cotton balls
  2. 1 Paper plate
  3. 2 photos of Kenzy ( 1 photo would work just as well)
  4. Glue
  5. Construction paper (which I pre-cut, please excuse the uneven mess)
  6.  Makers ( this was if we did not use the photos)

 

  1. So I went ahead and pre-cut the body and ears also I glued the pictures to the paper plate. 2. Next, I  glued the body and ears to the the plate. ( Older children probably would not have a problem doing that own their own.) 3. I placed glue on the body 1st and gave her hand full of cotton balls, which she basically threw at the bunny. We did this until the body, face and ears were pretty much covered!

 

Creating….

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The Kenzy Bunny!

This was a fun little activity which took me about 15 minutes to  prep and about an 45 minutes to an hour of fun!

 

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Just in case you werre wondering what happened with the Marker….. Here ya go! 🙂

Brand Representation

Christmas Shoot

Recently my job held an incentive and I actually won a Nikon 300! This was a PERFECT win for me, because I am trying to improve on the quality of photos I take of my daughter.

Our 1st photo-shoot was Christmas themed.

One of the things you will notice in these photos are location. I much rather take outdoor photos because I can be more creative and open with the background. However it was pretty chilly around the time of this shoot so I had to make do with what was available to me.

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Started off with Kenzy hiding her face from me!
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Until she decided to no longer hide her face from me! 🙂
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She had a little dance party of her own!
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She could not mask her excitement.
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Eventually she made her way into the tissue paper!
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Yea she thought that was cool!
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Soon she became tired of taking photos & I had to steal one when I could!
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But with smiles like this, she can take pictures anywhere she would like to! 🙂
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This photo isn’t from the same shoot, but I couldn’t resist!!

In relation to Brand Representation the quality of these photos are pretty good. What could be better and what many shops require are white or 1 color backgrounds that do not take away from the image. There are some shops who love outside photos with the background of trees or even the playground. As long as it doesn’t take from the photo and the product it will usually qualify for a good Brand Rep photo. One other thing to look out for are shadows. Shadows can be distracting. There are maybe 2 or 3 photos here with obvious shadows.

 

Instagram Profiles:

  • @Kenzy.Michelle (Brand Rep account)
  • @Preloved_goodies_kmw (Preloved items account)
  • @chellyyyyyann_ (My personal account)

 

*Photographs are taken by me unless stated other wise. Please do not re-post pictures without permission.
Health & Fitness

Today is a New day… 12/7/15

Yesterday I made the decision to stop being lazy and get back to my “fitness routine”.     *clears throat*

I have been thinking about how much I have been slacking the past few months; but that’s all I was doing…thinking about it. I kept telling myself that I don’t have the time or I needed to study, etc.  It was not until yesterday that I made up my mind.  I received a gentle nudge (more like violent shove down 100 flight of stairs ending in a face plant on hot coals) from a very very close family member! She helped me say “okay- enough is enough!”

Isn’t it amazing how brutally honest family members can be while showing love & being supportive…. haha

So as I mentioned before I did the 21 day fix, I am not doing that again! While I did have good results I know am not going to follow it to the ‘T’. However I learned some cool work outs that I plan to continue using.

After the 21 day fix, before I entered my slacking stage, I simply worked out 3-5 days a week. Everyday that I worked out consisted of leg work. I rotated ab work every other day, of course depending on if I worked out 3, 4, or 5 days. As for cardio I walked (power walked of course) 45 minutes to an hour.  I didn’t track how many miles that I completed; I just tried to keep my heart rate under 140. Also my walking usually consisted of pushing a stroller. If that means anything…

As for eating, I did not pig out and eat junk food all day and I don’t do that now. However I did take into consideration the type of foods I ate! For example I would chose grapes for a snack over chips. I completely cut out fast food, with the exception of salads from McDonalds. I drank water and green tea through the day & drank a soda or two on the weekends only!

These days I just kind of eat & drink whatever and maybe get 1 work out completed each week.

 

Yes disgraceful, I know!

 

Well, since I did make up my mind last night it would have only been right to get back on track today. I would have to say I’ve done okay, so far. My breakfast was not the best choice, but I have been chugging water today, no sodas! 🙂

To keep myself accountable I think I am going to keep track of everything again using Myfitnesspal. I absolutely love that app!!  At the end of each week I may post my work outs and foods & every two weeks post my progress (no pictures, just data- haha) but I am not sure yet!

I’m sure I can stick to it this time around, I just have to stop making excuses! 🙂

You know any fun work outs,healthy snack options, or just have any suggestions, please feel free to share!

 

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Mini Rant

Its the dreadful, scary “Week of Finals” and instead of studying my but off I have been house searching, fighting with insurance companies, running my kiddo to the Doctor (what seems like twice a week) and all other duties that comes with being a mother/maid/nurture doctor/repair person/cook. Oh, and I forgot my 8-5, Monday through Friday!

You know a lot of people think because my job consist of sitting at a desk allay that I don’t do any work….

Please punch yourself; better yet, come here and let me!!

While my job my not be stressful on my back and my feet may not hurt at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean I don’t work. I deal with corporate level situations that can escalate to people that are over my bosses boss. I have to maintain professionalism while dealing with the most unprofessional things; I have to maintain order; I have to make people happy. Yea that’s not hard at all…..

 

Any-who… I love my life, no doubt about it, but I can easily get wrapped up in this feeling of being overwhelmed. I can easily forget how often there are others who have it worse than I do.  We are all probably guilty of this… Sometimes it feels good to get acknowledged or just slightly noticed for all your doing; I damn sure don’t expect it; I know I don’t need it, but it just feels good knowing that someone see’s all you do.

I am sure many people can relate

RANT over…. everyone have a good day!

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The Feast is creeping…

Well Thanksgiving is right around the corner! I am curious, what are your Thanksgiving favorites?

Every year we all go to my grandmothers (nana as I like to call her) house for a great feast; she generally cooks everything by herself. Well this year I would like to bring an item. Yes only 1 item, I know- I know!

 It does NOT have to be fancy, especially because I doubt anyone will touch it. But I am a Mother now and this is something I should do: Learn to start preparing Thanksgiving meals… right?

Any one care to share any of their holiday favorites?

Whatever I find, I will be sure to share my Thanksgiving cooking failure with you all. 🙂

“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something” – M.U.

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Morning Time in My House is like…

I am dreaming, I am dreaming, I am …… awake!

My day generally starts between 5am-6:15 every morning. I do not wake to the sunlight shinning through the blinds or the smell of coffee and breakfast cooking; I wake to the screaming of a toddler, a foot to the side or maybe slobber on my face.

Oh how I love my mornings.

I would not trade my mornings with my toddler. Some mornings she is all fun and games other mornings she is little Miss Attitude. Some mornings getting dressed is a breeze & others I have to chase her around the house while she screams.

Oh how I love my mornings.

Some morning she will just lay with me and watch a little TV and then there are most mornings when she rather not!

Oh how  I love my mornings.

“Kennnnzzyyyy….where are you?

Hey, get down from there!

No, No! You shouldn’t do that baby.

Lets put on your shirt!

You wanna sing Row your boat? ABCs?

I love you. You love me. We’re a happy family…. Hey I thought we were singing!”

Haha…Oh how I love my mornings.

About the only thing I am 100% sure Kenzy will enjoy doing in the morning, is brushing her teeth. (Its the most adorable sight to see.) She walks in the bathroom and says “Ahhh Ahhh.” I automatically know what she wants, but I try and get her to tell me. (We are working on the word ‘Teeth’.) Once I put toothpaste on her toothbrush she is in concentration mode! She doesn’t really ‘brush’ her teeth; its more of her eating the toothpaste than anything else! I try and get her to copy me, but for some reasons when she see’s my toothbrush she thinks we need to swap!

Oh how I love my mornings.

Those who actually know me understand that I have never been a morning person. I would wake up in just enough time to get dressed and make it to work/school and the weekends I slept until at least 11; 12pm if I was lucky. I had no desire to wake up early.

But I do not miss that! I thought I would miss sleeping in and my silent mornings, but I do not! My mornings feel much more complete these days, much more eventful! Yes I am tired 99.99% of the time. Yes sometimes I wanna ship her to her grandparents house on some occasions, but I honestly would not trade my mornings for anything!

Oh how I Love my mornings with my Daughter!

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Spankings? Right or Wrong?

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything; this is not because I lack things to say, but because I have failed at making time to say them. This post will be sort of all over the place; I apologize in advance for that.
Over the past few months things have been forever changing in my life. Two big events took place over the past few months, my daughters 1st birthday and my sudden change in Majors/career path. A lot of people do not understand my emotions for having to change my major; I have been dead set on what I wanted to do since I was in 10th grade & then next thing you know I had to reevaluate my choices. (That story is for another day.)
I am in a class called Sociology – Marriage and Family; the course is fairly interesting and we seem to always have engaging discussions of very different topics. Recently one of the discussions was over spankings. I realize this is a very controversial issue. The discussion left me questioning my decisions in how I disciplining my daughter. Although I may be judged I would like to share where I have stood on this situation for a while. (Please keep in mind, as I research and study more about human behavior I am a little perplexed with my current decisions!)
My daughter is only 1; I believe this is an age way too young for a spanking, which I read is defined as a swat on the bottom with an open hand. That is not generally how I would define a spanking. My definition was created from my childhood experiences. If Kenzy is to misbehave she is generally told “No No,” “stop,” or anything along those lines. I try to explain to her why she should stop or why she can’t mess with something in the best way I know how to a 1 year old! However there have been times I would pop her hand if her misbehavior was constant or she could potentially hurt herself. If I was to pop her hand, it’s just hard enough to get her attention and then I tell her why she was popped. (Not that she really listens.) I understand there are some people that may believe I am ruining my child because of my methods to discipline.
I would really love the opinion of other parents and grandparents on spankings. Are we expressing that we love our children less? Are we confusing them by using a physical form of punishment? Is punishment not the object when I child misbehaves constantly? Should we be focusing on reinforcement, reinforcing the good behavior of the misbehaved behavior? Are parents not reinforcing good behavior with the use of punishment or spankings?
Sure there are all types of studies provided from psychologist and other researchers regarding this matter, but I would like the opinions & ‘what worked best for you’ stories. I understand this is a touchy subject for most, but being open and honest helps everyone evolve

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Flashback

The week leading up to September 30th 2014 was an unusual one. I felt like everything was moving so fast and so slow at the same time. I felt anxious, happy, angry, uncomfortable, irritable, huge, disorganized, & rushed! I felt all these things at the same time. It’s like these emotions couldn’t take their turn for the spotlight. They all wanted to be center stage at the same time! Yes Exhausting, I know!

My original Due date was Sept 26th, a Friday! But as we got closer to September they pushed it to the 29th. (My body was showing no signs of being ready.) So as we get closer to the 29th, I’m feeling all these emotions and not knowing what to do with myself. (I am about to have a baby people!! How are you supposed to handle this?) Well on the Friday, 26th I go to the Doctor expecting to find out what time I am supposed to be at the hospital on Monday morning. I don’t! They told me someone will call me over the weekend. Okay, cool!

Well they aren’t calling fast enough! So I am calling every hour on the hour to get information. (I know I may have annoyed some people. But I wanted everything to be perfect Monday.) By the end of the weekend I have absolutely no information about what is supposed to happen Monday. And I had given up. I was worn-out, frustrated & just didn’t want to be bothered at this point!
September 29th about 7am I get a call, “Michelle, Hi Michelle…are you at the hospital?”

WHAT?!?!?! At this point I flip out…the poor lady on the other end of the phone didn’t deserve the yelling I imposed on her, but I was so upset that I could have been prepping to have my daughter this day & I was not. The sweet lady did all she could to get information from the hospital. And yes, Kenevery and I called that hospital faithful all day to get information ourselves. Finally around 4pm that day I received a call telling me to be at the hospital at 5am Tuesday morning. I remember saying thank you a million times to the lady. And as I hung up the phone I just started crying. Haha, yes I cried! I cried my little eyes out. I couldn’t believe this was it!

That night I’m unpacking and repacking my bag. I’m sure I did that about 10 times. I’m pacing around the house; I’m trying to see what I forgot or what can I clean. When I finally got in bed I was tossing and turning all night. Kenevery, on the other hand, sure did sleep like a baby! I didn’t fall asleep until about 1am and I was back up at 3am, dressed and ready to go!

The drive to the hospital was quiet. The roads where silent, there were barely any cars out. The night/morning air was very peaceful. I tried to sleep on the way there, but those emotions were coming for their spotlight again!

So we get to the hospital & go through the boring checking in part. They hook me up to everything ask me a million and two questions and all I can think is, “This is it. OMG this is it.” They asked me if I wanted medicine or if I was going to do this naturally. I really wanted to try it naturally, so I asked to wait on the medication. (You know how you hear all those horror stories about Natural birth? Well i thought I was tough enough to do it.) Welp by about 4cm and 3 and a half hours in, I WANT THE DRUGS! (So much respect to mothers that deliver their babies naturally.) So they are giving me the epidural, I want to say around 11-12. And this process was not easy. I apparently have onset/ early signs of slight scoliosis (YAY me) and it was hard for the anesthesiologist to place the needle in the correct place! Consequently he stuck me about a million times; it was also difficult to get the medicine distributed to both sides of my body! But after about 30 minutes & a lifetime of needle sticks he got it! We were done with the needle! About another 30 minutes after the epidural I was numb. I couldn’t feel my legs at all! This freaked me out a bit. I would tell my legs to move and they would not, leaving me with this helpless feeling. This in turn left me restless! But the medicine was during its job so I wasn’t upset. I just felt extremely weird!

Time is passing at what seems like turtle speed! They are coming in every so often to check on me and the baby! And then “IT Was Time!”

“Grab her legs!” “Okay, when I say push, you push!” “Oh my God is happening!” are just some of the things I heard people saying, because at this moment time feels warped. Everyone that’s in the rooms doesn’t seem real, they are all just figures. All I can focus on was pushing!
Well I’m pushing; at least I think I’m pushing, because I feel absolutely nothing! I even had to ask if I was pushing! I felt as if I was pushing forever before I heard “here she comes”! And then BAM at 310pm, the most beautiful, precious, pure sound I have ever heard, my baby’s cry!
As they put her in my arms and I look into her eyes, to me there was no one else in that room. I felt like the world had completely stopped and it was just me and my baby girl, Kenzy!

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This day was marked as the best day of my life! I already knew I loved my baby before she entered the world, but actually looking at her face & touching her skin just made that love so much stronger!

September 30th 2014, what a day!