One Sick Kid One Healthy Kid

Second day home not really doing anything. Why? Because AJ is sick. He has a cough and a little fever. Took him to the doctor yesterday, said nothing to worry about but wants him to use a nebulizer for a week and to take a cough medicine at night. It is so odd when he is sick because instead of his loud, bouncy self, he is quiet and cuddly.

It could almost be peaceful.

Almost because Ariel is either trying to take over for AJ or is just excited to have him home. Either way she has become the one that is bouncing around and being loud. So goes parenting right?

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Changing Names

I will be changing the name of my photography studio from Moon in a Cup to Living Faerie Photography. Why? The main reason being that when you search for Moon in a Cup you wind up with, ahem, moon cups. This is not what I want to happen. I wanted to keep with the faerie theme, but make it a little more easy to know.

I have chosen:

Living Faerie {photography}

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Glitter bombed Faerie

Outtake from my shoot with Tyler for our Winter Faerie themed session.  ^.^

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Getting Smaller! Getting Healthier!

If you have known me for a while you know that I have been having a weight struggle, pretty much all my life. But that really I have been having an issue since having the kids, or rather Ariel. See I gain a lot of weight with both pregnancies.

With AJ I was able to drop it pretty steadily, I lost about half of the "baby weight" when I wound up pregnant with Ariel. But with Ariel is was almost impossible to lose the weight, it took me a year to shed 20lbs and then I kept yo-yoing the weight on and off. Finally I have been shedding the pounds.

Somehow in the midst of my stressful life, happiness snuck in and I couldn't be more grateful for it.

I'm doing everything I can to make life better for myself and my kids. AJ is doing great in school. Ariel is cha-chaing through potty training. I am working for a magazine, doing more photography, and I'm with someone that makes me happy.

What really made me happy and notice how much I am losing was putting on the outfit above. I got the skirt last year and it is now loose on me. I kept having to hike it up. But the shirt was the big thing. My mom got that shirt for me two Christmases ago and I usually had to pull it down over my belly and even then it just covered it, to the point where I would sometimes wear a tank top underneath. Now? I can pull it down past my hips and it stayed put (except for when I needed to hike up my skirt).

The other things that have helped are keeping track of the inches I lose, it's a big boost to show me that even if I didn't lose a pound I lost something. I have more energy, therefore I am moving more. I have stopped buying junk food, and a lot of premade food, so I'm making my own food, or not if I feel too lazy. But less junk going into my body. I also like to do yoga poses when I can.

My goal is to get back to my pre-kid weight eventually, right now I would be happy with my pre-Ariel weight.

Me before the kids
I also wanted to share a few tips from Dr. Raj a nationally recognized Double Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at the Beverly Hills Orthopedic Institute, engaging in a few simple exercises can greatly prevent injury or the need for future surgery.

Below are Dr. Raj’s simple exercise tips for staying fit:

  • Don’t Forget to Stretch: Each morning when you rise and shine, there is a reason why your first inclination is to stretch before rolling out of bed. “Stretching not only lengthens muscles, it improves circulation which helps to release toxins,” says Dr. Raj. “To prevent injury, stretch both before and after physical activity.”
  • Walk Whenever Possible: Believe it or not, walking each day will keep the doctor away. The 10,000 steps campaign suggests that a daily count of thousands of paces has various long-term health benefits. “While walking alone isn’t going to win any body building competitions, 20 minutes of daily walking is the single best thing you can do for your health,” adds Dr. Raj.
  • Take the Stairs: Rather than riding the escalator or elevator, climb up the stairs. Walking up a flight of stairs strengthens the heart and lungs and burns calories as well. Even as little as one flight of stairs is better than no movement at all.
  • Hit the Green: Weight bearing exercises (including golf) are the key to building bone mass which has been proved to postpone osteoporosis and arthritis. From swinging those clubs to walking between holes, a day out on the golf course is good for both body and mind. 
  • Workout, From the Couch: Those who have weak knees and are prone to injury can avoid putting excess pressure on the knees by exercising from their seat. “Alternating leg lifts from a seated position provide a continuous range of motion,” says Dr. Raj. “Seated jacks, which are literally jumping jacks while sitting down, are another great way to get the body moving.”

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Tyler for Dulcelina Magazine

So you know how I mentioned that I was working for a magazine? Here is one of the photos from my first shoot for it. The model is Tyler Mock and she is just amazing. The magazine is Dulcelina and you can buy it in digital or print! Interested in working with me to be in the magazine? Head over to my photography site Moon in a Cup and contact me!

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Potty Training Girls: Not for the faint at heart

Whoever said that girls were easier to potty train than boys never met a girl like my daughter.

When potty training AJ is it was pretty easy, once I got him in the habit of going on the potty, with help from his stepmom, he was good to go. He had a few accidents, if he got overly excited about something. Once he wanted wear big boy undies he was done with pull ups.

Ariel is another story. It's a dance almost. A cha-cha if you will. One step forward, two or three backwards. We go on the potty, we wear big girl undies, we even go out in said undies and come home dry, then we hide and refuse to have our pull up changed.

There are a few things that have helped along the way though. The Pull Ups Time to Potty app is a great help, especially now that the celebrations are working for us. Another thing is the Super Undies (da-DA) while she seems to only like to wear them at bedtime they are a big help.

What are Super Undies? The only way to Potty Train your Super Hero!

Arrival of the Super Undies!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its…Super Undies to the rescue! Super Undies are a line of innovative potty training pants and accessories that improves the time it takes to potty train.

Cheaper than disposable pull-on diapers and easier to clean and reuse than typical underwear, Super Undies defeats the villainous embarrassment and stress of potty training and bed wetting and adds a much higher success rate to dry days and nights!

Super Undies line of Pull-On and Snap-On potty training pants are completely waterproof through the wet zone, but made with super stretchy side tabs for easy on and off action. The undies come in a variety of bright colors for both boys and girls and are most like real underwear, which makes for an easier transition from diapers into the potty training mindset.

Both the Pull-On and Snap-On are superbly crafted, are waterproof, and include extra layers of built-in microfiber absorbency.  Unlike disposable diapers that don’t allow children to feel wet, Super Undies are designed with a pocket that runs strategically from the front to the back, allowing parents to customize the absorption level, causing the child to feel wet, without ruining your furniture!

As anyone who has bought disposable pull-up diapers knows, they are extremely expensive and wasteful.  It is easy to go through an entire box of disposable pull-ups in one day of potty training.  Super Undies are such a great alternative because they are washable and reusable! You'll never run out and you'll never have to buy more! You are helping both your wallet and the environment!

Super Undies make the stresses of potty training much simpler with its entire arsenal of accessories, including a line of Nighttime Undies, Soaker Bombs for boys, Step-Up Inserts, and Waterproof Sheets.

Don't let potty training scare you! Let Super Undies turn toddlers and children into the super hero they always wanted to be.  Children can now stand proud, with their fists on the sides of the elastic waistband of justice!

Ariel definitely loves them, and they provide a little more protection than regular undies meaning that I don't need to clean up the floors if she has an accident. I ask her do you want to wear a pull up or your Super Undies? She puts her arms up in the super hero pose and goes da-DA and whooshes around the room.

We received 3 samples, the overnight, a pull on, and a snap one. Ariel says the overnight one is not comfortable but she likes to wear both the snap on and pull on ones. I add an extra insert in them since she is not really down to the habit of going on the potty yet.

They hold up well, the first time she actually wore them she over peed them. But there wasn't a big mess on the bed. Which is a big plus for me. So Super Undies are a super idea!

I received 3 sets of Super Undies free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

New Design

What do you guys think of the new design? I'm quite happy with it, might tweak a few more things now the road but I think it looks great. And what about my little mermaid logo?

It took a little figuring out but I was about to get the textured look I wanted over the mermaid.

Let me know what you think!

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Updates from the Faerie Cafe

What I've been up to lately 

Let's see the magazine I'm working for was officially released this week. I got my print copy yesterday, and am super excited for the next issue. Already have two photo shoots lined up.

AJ started kindergarten! Which means a full day of school and he still comes home and wants to go immediately to the park. Ariel has been getting upset she wants to go on the bus with him.

My fitbit flex band broke, so if you have been wondering about my non-activity that's why. I am waiting for the replacement to be shipped. Meanwhile my mom has been being crafty and making fancy dress fitbit bands.

I lost two more inches off my waist! Huzzah for my belly shrinking.

Been talking and dreaming about a future that I'm really excited and happy about. Things are good and I'm glad to have someone that understands me.

I also set up my short stories as a Kindle ebook! 

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Back to School Project {Blurb}

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The Slide

My kids love the old metal slide at the park. I love that it's still part of that old history of my childhood is still around, that they like it, love it even. Reminds me to not throw all those old thoughts and ideas and toys out the window.

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Queen of the Sea #MermaidMonday

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Hail to thee
Mistress of the waves

Hail to thee
Siren of the song

Hail to thee
Queen of the sea

I follow the sea, I feel the waves, the current pulls me
The ebb and flow of the sea
It is my guide, my queen

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Sneak Peek of Carly Anne

Dulcelina Magazine will be released soon and I can't wait! Go over and like us on Facebook and follow on Instagram!

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