All the baby clothes in this photo were purchased for $4 total at a local thrift store! Cullen thrifted her son’s entire 0-2 year stylish and high quality wardrobe for a total of only $80. How did she do it? Here is part 1 of Cullen’s tips to thrift for kids!
—Thrift younger children’s clothes. These are outgrown so quickly they’ve hardly had any wear and are always in great supply. Shop your local thrift stores, Facebook marketplace, and even a neighbor with children a little older than yours you can ask for hand-me-downs (this is a compliment and help to them — less trips to the donation center and easier to part with items no longer needed when they are going to good use).
—Thrift around. You may find there are a handful of pre-owned children’s clothes stores around you. Ask if there are any discounts that apply to you (i.e. student, teacher, military discounts), coupons, text codes, or even days of the month that are more discounted. I’ve seen stores have a reoccurring day of the week when everything is an additional 10% off or children’s clothes are more discounted than everything else. Some thrift stores even seem “expensive” now that I know I can get a good quality clothing item for 50 cents just a half mile down the road. Finally, often thrift stores with the best quality clothes are located in affluent areas.
—Don’t take the size label too seriously. Not only do babies come in all shapes and sizes, but some clothing lines run small. Look ahead at the next size of clothing for your little one and see if anything looks to be about the size they are wearing now and incorporate it immediately — they grow fast! Jackets and outer gear can often be worn a size sooner, giving them a little room to grow into it.
When fake leaves give you this much joy 🌿 In other news we did a brand shoot for @𝕓𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕪_𝕓𝕚𝕓𝕤 featuring @𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕥𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕤𝕟𝕒𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖𝕤 and @𝕨𝕠𝕠𝕕𝕖𝕟𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪 captured by the talented @𝕖𝕝𝕫𝕒𝕡𝕙𝕠𝕥𝕠𝕘𝕣𝕒𝕡𝕙𝕚𝕖 and gorgeously styled by @𝕤𝕙𝕒𝕨_𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤. This is just a behind the scenes shot — imagine what the professional ones look like?!
Our weekend was filled with goodness 😊
Mama is Feeling grateful😃 time with good friends is so refreshing.
My Grown up interaction meter has been filled🙌
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things
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I saw you dancing around in my womb today, and all I could think about was how awesome our God is. You’re the size of a lime, measuring 11wks5 days, and stretched out (they say) you’re almost 3 inches long! I can’t wait to watch you grow. Your sister Evie will be such a good sister to you. I can’t wait to watch you both play together. My heart bursts thinking about it!
If you are a dinosaur say RAWR! If you are a dinosaur say RAWRRR. If you are a dinosaur and you really want to rawr, it you are a dinosaur say RAWR!!! - Stuart Gray 🦕🦖
Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will be ONE!
P.S. Prepare for a picture overload tomorrow! #sorrynotsorry
Throwback to beautiful Nadia + precious [tiny] Canaan! Now she’s a momma to another + 1 with a third on the way. She’s also #TattedMomGoals
GRATITUDE has changed my life
This business has taught me many many things but I think the most impactful has been the practice of DAILY gratitude for the insane amount of blessings I have in my life
I could list all the things I’m truly grateful for, but I’ll leave that to my morning routine & gratitude journal
Instead, I’ll just share with you that what started out as a way for me to gain better control over my health has turned into an amazing community of support and encouragement
As a SAHM, I knew I felt lonely, but I never really knew HOW lonely I truly was until God called me to this business
My prayers were answered when I became a coach in April of 2016. The community I longed for sat before me in my team and clients. The desire to serve others while simultaneously serving my family was uncovered in this business. The drive to BE the person I knew I was capable of being was discovered through everything I have learned in this business
I do this day in and day out because it’s seriously what has made SENSE to me since the day I said yes
So my question for you, will you join me? I am hosting an event this week where you can learn the ‘Unfiltered, behind-the-scenes’ work that is involved with this business and I’d love to invite you! Drop an emoji below and I’ll be in touch.
Today was one of those days where I got nothing done yet still did all the things😊
So blessed to be my own boss because I get to decide my schedule on crazy days like today.
I wouldn’t trade Mommin and Bossin for the world.
"It takes a lot more out of your soul to hate than to love". .
Dr. William G. Anderson .
Civil Rights Leader, personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, American hero. We don't all know him by name, but he was the pioneer of the civil rights movement in Alabama. He spoke at Orchard Grove Community Church yesterday. He talked about non violent protests, and how they received training to protest that way. He spoke about discrimination, and what segregation really was to live in it. He's 91 years old, and I'm reminded that if Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, he'd be 86. They were jailed together for their work in civil rights, they were on TV news together, they were spit on, beaten, screamed at. But most of all, they changed the world together. Had thing been different, they could be Grandpas together. .
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It’s almost 9pm on a Monday night and I’m sitting here thinking.... I know there are mamas out there who work full time away from their babes all day - who are dreading having to go to work tomorrow morning.
I know there are soon to be mamas wondering how in the hell they are ever gonna go back to work after their employers shitty 6 week unpaid maternity leave.
I know there are #sahm
‘s who freaking love being at home with their babes. But want to have something of their own, something that helps contribute to their family financially.
I know there are badass ladies out there into health and fitness wondering how they can turn that passion into a full time income or side hustle.
I know there are women out there in search of something MORE.
And I for sure know that I’d be the biggest asshole on the planet if I didn’t share the opportunity I have found with all of them - with YOU. This “coaching thing.” This amazing gift of community, passion, support, that breathes fire into my belly. That keeps me accountable to my health and fitness goals. That allows me to pay that forward to other women. And also allows for an income.
Im running a FREE, no strings attached, glimpse into coaching beginning WEDNESDAY. Come check out what this “coaching thing” is all about. What it is and what it most certainly is not and how YOU can do it too. My team has a warm spot ready for ya, babe. #youcansitwithus
Click the “Rockstar” link in my profile, fill out the application and I will get you added! Or drop your favorite emoji below 👇🏼❤️ See you there 😘 #sidehustle #cometakealooksee #ificandoitsocanyou
Laugh so hard you find new dimples in your smile 😆
Sums up our 3 day weekend perfectly. We did a whole lot of nothing because it was just ridiculously cold. And Hanky managed to get himself a runny nose so I tend to go mama bear protective. I think he got the runny nose bc he peed through his diaper and slept who knows how long in a semi wet shirt. 😢 is that a boy mom thing? Do girls pee through diapers and get it on their shirts? Anyway- back to reality tomorrow. Back to work and back to school, but I love my job and the kids go to a great school so no complaints here. #moranbrothers
What would you do if you were a SAHM & your spouse lost his job??
What would you fall back on?? Would you #panic
? Worrying about where your next income will come from? How you’ll provide for your family?🤔
If you missed my stories, this is very much our reality Friday.
So many families are stretched thin with BOTH #parents
working. I remember being torn between wanting to be FULLY present & ENJOY my time home with my #girls
, yet wanting to contribute financially.
Finding myself torn, losing my identity. What's your hobby? Uhhh taking care of everyone??🤦🏻♀️
I talk to so many women who have HUGE dreams, but when the first NO comes along, or busy season arrives, or an obstacle gets in the way, or it's taking too long, they ditch the dream.
I hear, "God must not want me to do this." I've heard more times than I can count.
If it’s TRULY what you’re hearing from Him, I get it.
🤔But why do we assume that the things he calls us to do will be easy?
What if he’s using that dream to bring you to your knees that forces you to depend on Him??
Dreams don’t change, but the pathway to them will. You have to SHOW UP, & KEEP showing up! You will have to FIGHT for that dream. There WILL be struggle.
You will have to GROW into the woman God created you to be if that dream is going to happen.
I know you have a lot on your plate Sister. The question is… are you willing to do the hard stuff to get there?
To pursue where he’s calling, you will have to get your ducks in a row.
🛑 waiting, wishing, wondering.
Our faith is being STRETCHED right now, but I’m thankful for trusting his lead, bc until hubs is back, I’m able to help support our family. To think I kept saying “No thanks, I’m busy!” for years…
I have no doubt, God is just waiting for us to RISE UP and do the things he planned for us.
Are you ready to RISE UP together?? Message me or fill out top linK in B I O
This cardboard playhouse was a cold day project we all worked on together. It was so much fun! And now I kinda wanna live in it. 🤘🏻🌵🌈
So much more control with his little hands now and he is so strong🖤 #cash
Earlier today I was in the other room getting some work done and I heard Hans cry from his swing. When I got up to go check on him I peaked around the corner and saw Sawyer putting his pacifier in his mouth and rubbing his stomach to calm him down. Guys....I died.
Throughout my pregnancy I was so nervous about adding another baby to our family and how it would effect Sawyer. But man...he just continues to amaze me. Not to brag or anything, but in the big brother department he's a game changer.
different year, same delicious vegan chocolate cupcake 🧁
I get a lot of supportive comments and a lot of the exact opposite. I let the opposite roll off because most people mean no harm.💕 I’m five weeks away from the point where I stopped working out during my pregnancy with Ny. I try not to think of that, but I feel it’s normal to compare experiences.
Back then, working out was my only “happy” time. I was progressively becoming depressed due to SI joint dysfunction that impaired me to the point where I struggled with walking. A toe touch to the floor was painful. AC would carry me upstairs and around the house. He’d pick up up and put me in bed, too.
I couldn’t rollover without crying. I still remember painting Nyla’s room with tears streaming down my face. I was CRAWLING around my house with a huge belly!
Three weeks of battling high blood pressure & preeclampsia was to follow. In and of out the hospital until I begged for them to keep me. Four days of failed induction methods and then finally... success.
Most of my pregnancy I didn’t feel pretty, confident or sexy.
This time around I take pictures of myself. I don’t feel ugly (most days😂). Still making workout videos despite my growing stomach and thighs. I’m not hiding. I’ve been able to walk pretty well minus some occasions of SI joint dysfunction. I’m teaching Zumba PLUS still following my workout programs. I can still chase my toddler, too!
If you have pregnant gal pals, encourage and support them. Don’t deter them from working their tail off in a workout. Don’t tell them to STOP working out (their doctor will if/when necessary). Don’t assume someone is harming their baby by doing burpees in second trimester 😉
I will keep working out for as long as I can because I remember how hard the end of my last pregnancy was. I’m blessed to be able to take care of myself and inspire people in the process.💕 #fitnurse #pregnancyblog #preemiemom #pregnantnotpowerless #afrogirlfitness #pregnancydiary #melaninfitness #babyspam #realmomlife #momoftwo #motherhoodintheraw #mamahood #preeclampsia #mommyblog #toddlerwearing #motherhoodslens #selfcaretips #selfcareroutine #womenofcolor #blackmomblog
Our first day with Zach on second shift, and it's been loooong, to say the least. Lots of playtime, lots of cleaning, lots of cuddling one kid while the other cries and having to maneuver nursing while lifting a toddler. Lots of snacks and movies. But, I got to wake up with my husband (after he got a full night's sleep I might add. 7 hours vs 4 before 😩) we can now have two meals together instead of one. The kids will need to adjust to all of the newness though, but, that's okay. I'm hoping this will be the adjustment our family needs. It will give me a better opportunity to get Kodiak sleeping in his own bed/night weaning (he still wakes 3 or so times) As for me, I definitely have more time in the day for cleaning, working out and getting my steps in (since usually I'd sleep in until it was almost time for Zach to come home 🤣) I'm counting down every second until he gets home, but I know it'll be a nice change for him especially 🖤
we’re finally all moved in — it’s safe to say noah is loving his new home.🖤
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Sick season is in full effect & with a toddler and newborn in our household staying healthy is key! 🙏
When I heard about @matys
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Our babies deserve to use products without harsh chemicals. Thank you @matys
for making this possible & sending me these natural alternatives to keeping my babes healthy during this season❤
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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” - Dr. King ❤️ We had a productive holiday that started with serving our community in making over 7000 sandwiches to feed the less fortunate, followed by learning & spending time with friends ✨ #MLKDay #MLKDayofService
pretty sure it’s been over a decade since I’ve had pistachios ... and guys, WHY do I not eat them more often LOL 😂 they’re SOOO good. // but today, with the kiddos not having school and it being cold AF outside we spent the whole day in our pjs baking so many yummy GLUTEN-FREE thangs! and OHMYGOSH you guys... the gluten free chocolate chip cookies I made, that are MEAL PLAN APPROVED were the BOMB 💣.com ! now to try and figure out how to wrangle these hyper children and get them into bed cause this mama is ready to tap out 🙋🏼♀️ oh and before I forget, I’m putting together an #influencer
workshop 📝 for those wanting to do what I do or just learn more about how the heck to grow a business using social media on THEIR time .. so if you wanna pop in and be a part of it and just learn (it’s only three days) drop your email below without the .COM so I can send you the info 💻
I feel my worst today. My face is swollen. I’m nauseous. My head is throbbing. I was checked for a concussion in the ER early Saturday morning, but it didn’t appear that I had one. And I don’t think I hit the ground hard. My children’s father caught me on the way down. Next thing I knew, I had paramedics standing over me. I’m tired. I’m sore. My anxiety is in no way under control. But. After being under a tornado warning yesterday (yes, in California) the sun is pouring through the windows today and it looks like Foxy is a red head. Which makes me smile. 🦊
Vulnerability is something I have always tried to be intentional about on here, and for that reason I feel the need to share this... for the longest time I always believed that being a great mother + wife consisted of always putting your children + husband’s needs before my own. While I still believe that is extremely important, I have recently learned the dangers of not caring + listening to my own needs. It completely dawned on me during a recent flight when the stewardess was rattling off the safety guidelines, + said, “if you are sitting with young children, apply your oxygen mask first before helping them.” Which was a perfect analogy for what I was doing wrong. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The past few weeks I have let my mental health take a toll on me + control me. I have tried and tried again to take control but haven’t found the answer. Until now. Now I am learning the importance of self care. That if I don’t make time to listen to my needs, i can’t fully be there (like I want to be) as a mother + wife. So starting now, I am going to more intentional about caring for myself as well. I am still not sure exactly what that looks like but here’s to finding out... ☺️✨
My son has been using the word “hate” a lot lately. When he disapproves about a thing or when someone does something he doesn’t like, even with me for instance, I was telling him to stop annoying his sister, and he told me “I hate you!” I wasn’t shocked because he has also said that to my father and to his sister. I just don’t know where he heard that, and I’m not quite sure he knows what it means, because he usually just says “I don’t want you to say/do that anymore.” So, being told “I hate you” by your son is pretty heartbreaking. Well of course he’s still just a baby. So, past midnight he woke up crying, I had to calm him down by telling him nice things, I told him “let’s close our eyes and imagine beautiful things. Hey, I see a field with beautiful flowers.” And he said the word again.
“I hate flowers!”
I thought maybe this is the best chance to explain to him. I asked “If you hate flowers, do you want us to hurt it? Pull it out from the ground and stomp on it? Or just burn it down?”
He shook his head.
I asked again, “Well what do you do with plants and flowers?”
He said, “take care of them, water them, and keep them outside to see the sun and get rained on.”
-The plants are happy when it rains” he added.
I asked one more time, “So do you really hate flowers?” He shook his head again. I was relieved but unsure if he understood it completely. We stayed in bed, kept conversing until he falls back to sleep, because I know he’s still sleepy. He’d giggle most of the time which means he is enjoying our conversation, then he kept quiet for a moment, and suddenly he blurted out, “Mom? I’m sorry.”
“You’re sorry for what?”
“I’m sorry for hating...”
My heart... is just overwhelmed. I hugged him immediately. I just said, “It’s okay.”
“I’m really sorry mom.”
“It’s alright. Just don’t say that again.”
“Okay... I love you.” Said the boy that makes me EXTREMELY PROUD.
This is one of those moments when all I can think of is “of all the things I did wrong, what did I do that’s perfect enough for me to be given such a sweet boy?”
We kept exchanging I love yous and kisses and hugs until he fell asleep with his head on my shoulder and his hand holding mine. #proudparent
Oh, baby two! I adore you so so much already. ☺️💕
But you guys...I would be lying if I said watching my belly grow has been easy this time around. 😕
With Vada, my fitness journey wasn’t even a thought in my mind. I was so damn excited to have a pregnant belly! But it’s totally different this time around because I’ve been working so freaking hard to get rid of my belly. So, watching it grow has been a bit difficult. 🤰
Don’t get me wrong...I am so grateful that I am able to carry and grow a new life inside of me. But that doesn’t mean it’ll always be easy. Mentally this has been a struggle. But I just take it day by day and continue to tell myself that regardless of my pudgy belly (that isn’t ALL baby, I might add) - I am healthy. I am fit. I am strong. And I am everything I wasn’t during my first pregnancy. ❤️
Staying cozy inside with hot tea, warm slippers, coloring, & planning next month..
MORNING WIN!!! I DID IT.... woke up early and got a ton of things off my to do list.
Read some pages on my first book of the year
Check in on Virtual Bootcamp 💪🏻 Check in on my girls 👯♀️
Lesson of the day:::: Believe you can do it and you’ll get it done!!!
Yesterday, we ventured over to Animal Kingdom, where the wild things are. Discovered some new areas I never knew existed within this park & just enjoyed being outdoors in this beautiful weather. Our fave is the Kilimanjaro Safari, because baby elephants & giraffes. Who wouldn’t want to see?
Now, let’s talk about this whirlwind weather. Saturday we were in swimsuits. Yesterday/today, dressed in double layers of sweaters with coats, who are we?! Better yet, Florida get your act together... your weather went from 78° to 50°, in a hot minute. Cause your hot then your cold, just make up your mind.
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If you missed it.... NANA’s here 😊
Ok, that was all, BYE!!!!!
Someone asked me the other night “how do you get your kid to be such a good eater?” •
Truth is, he has days when all he wants is apple sauce and smoothies. Sometimes for weeks and it’s very stressful because you want them to have a balance between sweets and healthy food. But at the same time, it’s all in my hands!
When that’s all he wants I make sure I get a yogurt with lots of protein and nutrients. He loves yogurt smoothies at night before bed time. •
In other words:::: I figure out ways to get him to eat what he likes while still integrating more nutrients. •
Do you have a picky eater?