Thankful Thursday: Start each day with a grateful heart.

Thankful Thursday by Baby Gators Den

Happy Thursday! This week’s Thankful Thursday is  short and sweet. My laundry room’s mess is growing by the minute and I need to go tackle it before it takes over my house. Here are a few things I’m thankful for today:

  • The Waterlogue app: this fun little app makes any of your pictures look like a watercolor painting (see the top left image: this was Jackson and his buddy scooting in the snow).
  • No more baby gate! Well, on the downstairs anyway. Sidney is proficient in stairs and since her brother is always opening the gate for her anyway I decided to remove the downstairs gate. It’s the first time in 4 years I have had naked stair and it feels so GROWN UP!
  • Eating clean. I wish I had known how different my body felt by only putting quality food into it because  I never realized how great I could feel by eliminating gluten and eating real, unprocessed foods. I’m about halfway into our nutrition challenge at No Risk CrossFit and I’ve made so many PR’s (personal records) while working out, it’s clear my body runs better on real food. Think of it this way, your body is your vehicle and runs better on 93 octane. Don’t put the cheap stuff in, its’ the only body you get in this life!
  • Like-minded friends to lift with and lean on when you need motivation, thank you Heather & Katie for being my accountability buddies during this challenge!
  • The image below. I didn’t watch the Superbowl except for a few plays and as someone who makes a lot of  facial expressions herself, I totally feel for Peyton but is the image below not the funniest thing you’ve seen? I couldn’t stop laughing when my husband showed it to me. That pup is so cute!

Have a wonderful day! 


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi 

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Jim Rohn 

First Day of School Pictures: Keeping it Real

My Facebook news feed has been filled with first day of school pictures. Smiling faces, shiny new backpacks & trendy little signs that declare that it’s the sign holder’s first day of school. Sometimes with the student’s name and date on it (both in Jackson’s case because I’m an overachiever it’s the Virgo in me).

I’ll admit it, I hopped on the bandwagon. What if my son asked me in 15 years why he doesn’t have a collection of cute pictures on our front porch with handmade signs? That’s highly unlikely, but I’m not a risk-taker, so at 9pm last night I threw together a sign using and printed it on cardstock paper.

After a few takes, we got the above picture. I whipped a collage together using the Diptic app on my phone using a picture snapped on the way into his preschool and BOOM, uploaded to Facebook for the masses to enjoy (or non-parents to curse me under their breath).

Since I like to keep it real in all aspects of my life, I waited about an hour to upload my favorite outtake from this morning’s pre-preschool photo shoot. Here is my son in all of his threenager glory: the “Jackson face.” Established 2009 on the day of his birth and kept up on a daily basis to fill my life with drama:

Don’t worry, Jackson LOVED school. The only reason the “Jackson face” came out this morning was because he was *cold*  in his fuzzy fleece jacket for the 15 seconds I asked him to stand outside.

I love that dramatic little face. I hope he thanks me when he wins his first Oscar.