I take as many pictures as I possibly can of these sweet little gals. Whether they’re fun matching ones or nightly bedtime ones. I want to remember them all. And most of the time, I just want to share ones like these ⬆️ the ones where my favorite people are so cuddly and happy and we’re living life in the moment, messy house, stained leggings, greasy hair, and all.
I want other moms to know nobody has it all together, but truly, I love that the most. The half washed face, toy-filled home, a tired baby wanting her mama to dance to country music with her, a toddler screaming she needs another bath bomb from the bathroom, and a mama who lives in comfy clothes 95% of the time.
I love taking pictures, they’re fun for me. But my favorite will forever be these ones. The ones where we’re cuddling and dancing and laughing in this little, yet comfy home. The ones where we are so content in creating memories with the people we love the most that we could care less about keeping up with the Joneses.
So I’m going to share more of this. Because it’s what makes me happy - the click and snap moments of real life when I couldn’t care less about what our house looks like, or what we’re wearing, or who’s watching. This is me. This is us. This is loving the simple life. ❤️
This weekend was just so great. So much quality family time! We went to the coffee farm Saturday (as always) and yesterday we went to one of our favorite crepes places ( @crepesnokaoi ) then walked around the farmers market. Ollie was so excited to get this balloon monkey with a banana.
I love watching how excited he gets over even the simplest of things. Kids have a way of making everything seem so magical.
Speaking of magic, we head to Florida in T-5 days! We purchased our tickets to Disney World and Universal Studios yesterday! I can not wait to see the joy and wonder on Ollies face when we walk into the most magical place on earth!✨
You bet I’ll be posting plenty of photos from that trip, stay tuned!
This pic pretty much sums up their relationship🧡 Day 1 of Luna-Roses routine👏👏👏Both these monkeys were in bed at 7pm.💫💫💫Its an amazing feeling and a huge milestone for us all. I know the routine won’t always go exactly to plan but I do love having some control over my day. In one sense I’m sad that my very last newborn bubble is coming to an end, but we were ready for some structure. Looking forward to incorporating exercise and self care back into my daily routine 🙏 #quinnandlunarose#11weeksoflunarose#18monthsofquinn#mumof4
Let’s talk ▫️MEAL PREP ▫️
Since I returned from maternity leave, I have found that preparing my food for the week is *critical* to my week running smoothly and eating healthy. I simply don’t have time to prepare breakfast + lunch in the morning on top of our morning routine. Here’s what I do to help the week:
1️⃣ Meal plan dinners + make grocery list. We plan out all dinners in advance, create a grocery list and shop for the items. We have every @skinnytaste book and usually pull recipes from there. We put each dinner in our family calendar so we know what we’re having each night. We are flexible and sometimes move dinners around in the week but try to stick to the plan for budget sake.
2️⃣ Prep breakfast. Lately I do breakfast burritos. Low carb tortilla, eggs, diced ham or chicken sausage and cheese 💯 2 burritos each morning for 8 pts. I make a huge skillet of the meat, eggs and cheese and then fold into tortillas.
3️⃣ Prep lunches. This week I did chicken Waldorf salad from @skinnytaste! I shredded chicken in my Instapot, chopped up 🍇 , 🍎 and celery and added light mayo! 3 @ww pts.
4️⃣ Chopped veggies and packed with light cheese! 1 pt
5️⃣ Chopped fruit bowls for us both with pineapple 🍍 blackberries and blueberries! 0 pts
How do you #mealprep for the week? Is it essential to your routine?
I’m a real mom!!
Just wanted to put it out there because leggings are awesome for holding in pooches and making us look “tighter”... but I have loose skin!! I’ve had two babies, and I’m damn proud of my body for what it’s done!!! Also stoked on the upper body strength I’ve built from my lifting program 💪🏻
That being said, today is Day 1 of my End of Year Bootcamp, and I want to work on some personal fitness goals before 2019 ends!! I’ve been slacking a little the past couple months, and I’m ready to get back on track! 😁 It’s not too late to join me!!
There has been lots of interest in how I do my once-a-month grocery shopping/menu planning. I’ve got my system alllllllmost perfected and I’ll have videos and tutorials and printables so you can steal my system for yourself 💃🏼 But for now here’s a quick menu planning tip...
🍲 If you struggle with menu planning because you don’t like planning what you’re going to eat way ahead of time, there’s an easy way to make it work for you! Figure out how many dinners you need for the month and plan accordingly (take leftovers into account...so if you need 30 dinners for the month, you’ll need 15-18 recipes because the rest will be leftovers) and then prep them and throw them in the freezer! See the photo to see how I organize them in my freezer. Then, I pull out whatever looks yummy that day!
So no excuses! 💪🏻 •
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We take family photos this week with our friend @gracebytwophotography (who also took this photo last year ☺️) so of course I’m running around town and scrolling through Amazon trying to find outfits for us. I’m the worst procrastinator, I swear. Anyways, I believe in investing in family photos. But you know those relatives that want to know what YOU want for Christmas and you never know what to say? Ask for money for family photos. Tell them you’ll give them a photo of their own to cherish. ⠀
I also have wrote a few blog posts on taking photos with a photographer that I linked in my bio if you are interested.
This man started putting the wooden legs we bought forever ago on our bed frame as soon as he came home from work ... WITHOUT me asking him to 😱 It’s small acts like this that make me so proud to call him mine. I guess it helps that my love language is acts of service (which is neck and neck with quality time), so I’m here like 😍😍 Love languages are cool - what is yours?
Woke up this morning with severe morning sickness? Weird cos I’m almost 15 weeks.. but any who, Jaco came home from work to look after me as I couldn’t even stand up to get the kids ready. The morning has gone on and I have vomited, have fever, chills, and abdominal pain. And realised this may actually be a stomach bug? Taking a second in between my nausea to post this sweet photo💛 praying it doesn’t last the week as I have so much to do this week and Tatum’s first birthday party on Saturday 🥴
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Easy + Fun fall craft comin’ atcha 👉🏽:
1. Get a bag and tell your kids what to look for on their nature walk. I drew pictures on the bag so they could see what they needed but you don’t have to get fancy.
2. Go on a nature walk (we just went around the block ☺️) and find pretty leaves, branches, acorns, whatever!
3. Use your branches and leaves to make your own pretty fall tree. I just used craft glue and construction paper to glue down the stick and leaves.
4. Enjoy your kid’s artwork! 🍁🍃🍂
Alexandra and Evelyn love each other. If you could see the way Evelyn smiles when she sees her big sister in the morning or hear the way Alexandra asks for "Ading" when she cannot physically see her little sister, I guarantee that you will become a puddle on the floor. Just seeing them together makes me happy.
I am going to put it all out there:
Yes, I am overwhelmed.
Yes, I am exhausted.
Yes, I question whether or not I am a good mom.
Yes, I feel like I am not enough.
Yes, I compare my motherhood journey to others'.
Yes, I lose my shit daily.
Yes, I yell more than I would like.
Yes, I have to take a break sometimes.
Yes, I am lonely.
Yes, I am touched out.
Yes, I wish my girlfriends would come to see me.
Yes, I feel like I am not being a good wife.
Yes, I let the house get messy.
Yes, I miss just being Janelle.
But no, I would not trade this for the world. This is exactly what I was made for. And because Instagram is just a highlight reel, I think my highlights are pretty fucking awesome.
Oh, and yes, they are holding hands again. 💕 #BabyBeanMcCarthy#AlexandraMcCarthy#BabyPeanutMcCarthy#EvelynMcCarthy#RaisingTheMcCarthys#MomOfGirls#MomOfDaughters#GirlMom#RaisingSisters