“Real” Women

I was scrolling through facebook and came across something a friend of mine posted. Her caption stated that the women were awesome. I probably would have agreed right off the bat as I scrolled down to look at what article she posted, but the title grabbed my attention instead of the women and it immediately pissed me off. The first thing I saw was, “here’s what Victoria secrets swimsuits look like on real women.” REALLY? Real women?! Don’t get me wrong, the non-models rocked the hell out of those swimsuits and I think more women should be comfortable wearing them, but that’s another post for another day. What I want to talk about is WHY we slam another woman down like this?

I’m sorry, last time I checked those Victoria secret models ARE REAL WOMEN! They are not fake, they are not dolls; they are real women, with real emotions just like you and guess what, being a model is their damn job! I can only imagine how hard they have to work to keep such a slim and/or fit figure in order to keep their job. I’ve worked out, that shit takes a lot of work to maintain. So not only are they having to work to keep those figures, they have to actually put in a ton of hours for their J-O-B! All so people can jump on their high horse because they don’t have that type of figure. It is so ridiculous how we are to love, like, and never put down a woman with curves, stretch marks, fluff, etc. because that’s what many women have and that’s perfectly fine, I have some of that stuff too and could care less what anyone thinks about how I look in whatever swimsuit I choose to rock, but…

guess what, at one point I didn’t have the curves and the little extra fat that I do have now, and I was on the receiving end of those too skinny remarks and I’ll tell you right now, it hurts being told “you look too skinny” or “you need to eat a cheeseburger” or hearing people say that a skinny women isn’t a real woman is just as painful as hearing “you’re too heavy.” That first picture, I was pretty darn thin, but I was sooo happy with my body, but all those little snide comments go to me and I started to feel gross and less “real.” I’ve come to realize though, in both those picture, where I have handlebars I’m hiding, spots on full display, extra fluff on my legs, a non flat stomach, stretchmarks, and all; and the picture of my slim figure, BOTH are REAL. I didn’t all of a sudden become fake by being skinny or become real by showing off those “worry spots” or having that extra fluff. 

There are plenty of people who are slender, athletic, fit, etc. who like to workout and keep their bodies in great shape {models included} and that doesn’t make them any less real. When you call a model or anyone slim, “not real”, it shows massive insecurity and I believe we should all be secure enough in ourselves as women, to look at another woman whose body is slimmer or fitter or whatever and be okay with how we look instead of slamming them down. Hell, I would love to be fit and have the body I want and eventually I will have it. If you don’t want to be fit, that’s great because it’s your body and your life and no one should be telling you how you should look, but claiming a woman is any less real because she is skinny or fit or has a nice stomach or whatever the case may be, is absolutely ridiculous.

We are all real women no matter what our body types are and it’s about time women accept that.

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Last day of school

I can’t believe the last day of school has come and gone. Just to prove how far behind I am, the last day of school came and gone almost two weeks ago. We have been super busy enjoying summer already! I really can’t believe I officially have a 2nd grader and a Kindergartner! I can’t believe how fast the boys are growing up!! I am so NOT ready for Kage to be going to school yet, but he is super excited to be starting school with Jay after summer so, I’m definitely not killing his vibes. I’m so proud of Jay for doing so well in 1st grade! His teacher adored him and he adored her. He also stepped out of his shell this year a little bit and made lots of friends! We celebrated by buying a pool and inviting my nephew + sister over to swim! The boys have been in the water every day since then! {minus the rainy days of course}

Is summer out for your little one{s} yet? How did y’all kick off summer?

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My June Ipsy Glam Bag

I absolutely adored my glam bag this month. The bag itself is so pretty! I love the mix of black and coral! So perfect for spring! I’ve already worn that lip crayon a couple of times now and it is beautiful!! I will post pictures soon! I love leave in conditioner and I can’t wait to try pure Brazilian one! 
What is your favorite product in this month’s glam bag?!
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10 of my favorite Nora Roberts books

Now that it’s summer, our days have slowed down and nights have gotten a little longer. One of my favorite things to do during summertime, either when we are out by the pool or after the little ones are all asleep, is reading. It’s no secret that I absolutely love to read and it’s not secret that I dream of being a published writer. Reading and writing are kind of my life and a huge passion of mine. Nora Roberts happens to be one of my favorite writers and every books I’ve purchased of hers, I’ve wound up loving. So, I thought I would share 10 of my favorites with you!

1. Time and Again. If you can’t tell, I’ve read this book several times and every time I do, I fall in love with it all over again. I think it’s one of the first ones I ever read and it’s the book that made me love her writing.

2. The Search. This one captured me right from the start. The characters, the story, the love – it’s just epic and every good book always is.

3. Tribute. Definitely love this one. The two main characters are just perfection and the story is pretty interesting, but it was absolutely the characters that drew me in. 

4 & 5. I love a good series and this one is perfection. The characters are amazing and the story that is told seems so real and possible. It’s beautiful! 

6. Angels Fall is an absolute favorite. It’s got romance, mystery, action, and everything a good book holds. It’s a must read.

7. Chasing fire. I love a book that sucks me in and makes it to where I can’t put it down. This is definitely it. 

8. Northern Lights is myALL TIME FAV! I serious fell in love with the characters and when I started reading it, you couldn’t pry this book out of my hand. I love action mixed with romance and this book just kicks ass and has the absolute perfect characters.

9. Birthright. What if one day you found out you were stolen as a baby and your family is not your family? Yeah, that definitely screws with your head and makes a damn good story And she told it epicly.

10. Hot Ice. This was is action packed and fun. If you want a fun, fast, and funny book. I definitely recommend this one. As soon as the story takes off it doesn’t stop!
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diy gummy bear popsicles

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Texas, it gets soooo HOT during the summer!! One of our favorite ways to stay cool during these hot summer days is with Popsicles! I normally just keep our freezer stocked up on Popsicles that I’ve bought, but this summer I want to create my own Popsicles that are yummy and fun! After almost an entire month of rain, we have jumped right into hot and humid days so, I went ahead and made these yummy gummy bear Popsicles to kick off the summer! The boys and I loved them!

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DIY Gummy Bear Popsicles
Serves 4
Your little ones are sure to love these delicious Popsicles! Not only are they delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day, but I love that they were surprised to find gummy bears inside!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Popsicle maker molds
  2. 2 kool-aid drink pouches
  3. A bag of gummy bears
Instructions
  1. Put the straws in the kool-aid drinks and pour them into the Popsicle mold! {You can easily cut the tops off and do it that way as well}
  2. Drop 3 to 5 gummy bears in each Popsicle
  3. Place in freezer for about 2 to 3 hours to allow plenty of time to freeze
  4. When they are ready let them thaw for about 2 to 3 minutes before trying to take them out of the mold
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. These are so simple and easy to make! They were a huge hit with my boys and I!
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I love him even more

When my husband and I were dating, it didn’t take long for my seventeen year old self to fall head over heels in love with him. It was that young, wild, passionate, love that makes every nerve in you come alive. That love that makes home go from being a place to a person. The kind of young love that you know deep down in your bones, is going to last a lifetime. I had never been in love before, but I knew the moment I loved him, that I was going to love him forever. That one day I was going to be wearing white and saying “I do.” That one day he was going to be the father of my children. Most people probably rolled their eyes when I told them I wanted him forever and I’m sure people reading this, don’t believe I could have known that at seventeen years old. Those that fell in love young, know the feeling I’m talking about though. As I type this a smile plays around my lips because I’m happy that I was right. When I fell in love with him then, I never possibly dreamed I could love him more than I did in that moment.

I was nineteen when we had our first born. I remember the moment Jay came into the world and the moment Hubby got to hold his son for the first time, the look in Hubby’s eyes had me falling even more in love with him. I knew that look, I knew it because it was a reflection of what I imagine my eyes held and it held everything I felt about holding our son for the first time. We had become a trio just like that. Our relationship went from me and him, to the three of us. It’s amazing how much love the heart can hold because, not only had my heart made room for the love of our baby, it made room for the love that grew for my husband. In that moment, I never dreamed I could love him more than I did. I was sure this was it, this was how much I was going to love him, and it was brilliant and bright and beautiful.

Fast forward to three more kids, too many surgeries, the ups and downs of life, the good times and the bad. Fast forward through our first apartment, our first home, our first SUV, and our first family vacation. Fast forward through many birthday’s and holidays celebrated. Fast forward through anniversaries where we always take a walk down memory lane. Fast forward through endless laughter and countless tears, so many memories and a few fears. Here I am at twenty six years old. The book of our lives started in October 2005 and there have been so many beautiful chapters and there have been sad ones. We’ve been pushed and tested and yet, here we stand. If you were to read our book from then until now, you might be amazed at how many times I found myself falling in love with my husband all over again. It’s not because I ever fell out of love with him, it’s because each time I fell, I fell a little deeper.

At seventeen when I fell in love with that nineteen year old boy, no I never believed I could love him more. At twenty six, I love him more than I ever imagined I ever would and unlike when I was seventeen, I know as the years continue to go on and more chapters of our lives our wrote; I will love him more than I do now. That’s hard for me to imagine, but I know with a love like ours, that love just gets deeper and grows stronger.

I know that every time I fall, the wings of his love will always catch me, and our love will continue to soar.

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