Maximus 10 Month Update

This might be a miracle…I’m only a day late in posting Max’s monthly update. Life is crazy sometimes with three kiddos and posting updates on time has been a challenge. What is not a challenge is our sweet Maximus.

This kid is the happiest, easiest baby right now, as long as he naps, lol. Seriously though this kid is so happy. He smiles all the time. People stop us daily to interact with him and call me biased, I don’t care, that perfectly shaped head and bright eyes are the cutest darn thing I have ever seen in my life.

Sleep

Every month I’m hoping to tell you that this magical thing has happened and Max is the best sleeper in the entire world. Unfortunately that is not this month. Has it gotten better? Yes but it’s been horrible. Just in the last couple days have we started establishing a more strict schedule with Max. Two naps at the same time, food – at the same time, and bath/bed at the same time. This is certainly not easy with two big kids running around like crazy monkeys. I have faith that someday Max will sleep all night and wake up laughing in this bed at 7 am.

Movement

Still no walking. I feel extremely relieved by this. I’m just not ready. Part of me gets excited about it and think how amazing it would be to not carry him everywhere but the seasoned mom in me knows how much harder this job gets when your chasing after that cute little person that wants to get into everything. He’s still a crawling, cruising machine and recently found he can stand on his own for about two seconds and crawl up the stairs, which terrifies the crap out of me, lol.

Likes

Max is pretty much obsessed now with his siblings. If they are in the room you are basically non-existent. If they laugh at him he thinks its the greatest thing life has done yet and will do whatever it is over and over. He’s going to be silly just like them.

He loves the pool! We got him a little float thing and he loves just floating around. I’m so thankful for this since this is how we spend most of our days in the summer and he can be such a big part of that.

Max also loves all the food. He’s our chunk. At 20+ pound at 10 months and eats pretty much everything we put in front of him EXCEPT ice cream. No clue why but this kid hates anything super cold. He currently 6 teeth and 2 more that have almost broke through!

10 Month Picture Drop of our sweet Maximus 

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#MomCrushMonday

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Mom Crush Monday so naturally I wanted to start it back up with one of the coolest mommas I know – Ashlea Bennett. I got to meet this sweet lady a couple years ago when our boys had class together. She is a oh-so-stylish mom of three cute boys and a entrepreneur with a mission we all need to hear!

Our interview with her is below ❤️

Tell us about yourself.

After being born and raised in Ohio, my husband, Mark and I moved to Dallas 7 years ago.  We arrived in Texas as a wee party of 3, but have since have expanded our brood to 3 crazy boys ages 8, 5 and 2.  We love the south, but man I miss the seasons and being close to the water.  I am a huge history nerd buff and love reading up on all things Kennedy.  I’m also addicted to coffee in any shape or form and love Barre workouts.  Brings out my inner ballerina 😉

What drew you to become a  BeautyCounter consultant?

Two things, honestly.  1) I had just started my journey into learning more about “clean beauty” and could not believe the information I was finding.  Information about potentially harmful ingredients linked to infertility, hormone disruption, allergies and even carcinogens in the products I was using on myself (and my kids!!) every. single.day.  I was blown away.  And I was even more shocked to find out that there had not been a federal law passed in the US governing the personal care industry since 1938.  As a country, we are light-years behind other developed countries regarding what is allowed in our personal care products.  For example, the European Union bans and restricts 1400 ingredients from use in their personal care products.  The US?  Only 30.  I was blind-sided and felt like if this was information I was unaware of, then chances were that most of the people I held near and dear were unaware of it, too.  So I made the decision to partner with the brand so I could arm my friends and family with information to make better, safer choices with the products they were using! And 2)  I had spent the previous 6 years at home, as “Mom.”  I was feeling the itch to get back to work, (my brain had started to melt – you know what I’m talking about!!)  but couldn’t figure out how to make a 9-5 work with my young kids still at home.  This little business I started from home became my escape, and gave me the platform I needed to make me realize I could be so much more than just “Mom” – having adult girl-time, being able to financially contribute to the family AND being part of a mission creating significant social impact have all just been icing on the cake!

What are your top five BeautyCounter products all selfish moms should own?

I have to say the safety component was my first reason to try the products, but the performance of them is what kept me coming back!  It’s hard to narrow down to 5, but I’ll give it a try!
 
1)  , Cleansing Balm   This stuff is like a little pot of gold.  It’s an all-in-one facial cleanser, make-up remover, overnight hydrating mask, cuticle cream, lip balm, highlighter. . .the list goes on and on.  It’s hands-down my favorite product and is by far the most luxurious product I’ve ever owned.  This product single-handedly made me look forward to washing my face.
 
2)  Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30.  I don’t have time for a bunch of makeup (remember those 3 kids?!?) and living in Dallas, the sun is out most every day.  This product gives a nice sheer coverage, sun protection AND leaves me with a dewy-glowing look that’s perfect for running around town.  It’s the one product I don’t leave the house without wearing.  
 
 
3) Overnight Resurfacing Peel  Here’s the thing.  I’d LOVE to be able to hit-up the spa or my dermatologist’s office for facials and peels, but 1)  I don’t have the time and 2)  I can’t justify the cost of the services (plus the cost of a sitter so I can go!) on a frequent basis.  In comes Beautycounter’s Overnight Resurfacing Peel to the rescue (LAUNCHING TOMORROW!) This peel is gentle enough for all skin types, and easy and quick to use (apply, wait 5 minutes and then apply moisturizer and hit the sack!).  Love a good product that works for me while I (literally) get my beauty sleep 😉  This peel smooths and clears the skin, reduces fine lines and the appearance of pores, plus brightens the complexion and reduces the appearance of dark spots.  I’ve been using it for the past month – there’s perks to working for the company!- and it’s quickly becoming one of my faves.  I need this peel.  You need this peel.  We all NEED this peel.  Plus, it’s  like a quarter of the price of a treatment at the dermatologist office and this bottle will last 3-4 months!
 
4) CounterSun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30   Know what I hate?  Toting around 15 different bottles of sunscreen every time we left the house.  My face sunscreen, the baby’s sunscreen.  Spray sunscreen for the boys bodies and a lotion for their faces.  And a separate sunscreen for my husband.  Gah!!  The worst.  This BRAND NEW sunscreen is all I use now.  On the entire family.  The spray is air-powered so no harmful propellent chemicals in the air and being inhaled by the kids.  And it provides protection from UVA/UVB and Blue Light, so bye-bey sun burns and aging properties from the sun.  Bonus:  You can spray it from every angle – even upside down and twisted as your kid runs from you toward the pool.  It’s awesome.
 

5) Touch-Up Concealer Pen   I mean, we’re all moms here.  And we have plenty of sleepless nights.   This concealer pen is so good.  Perfectly covers dark circles and imperfections in the skin without being thick or cakey.  I love this one so much I carry it in my handbag, too.

 
Honorable Mention – I told you I couldn’t narrow it down to 5!!  Ha!
6) Color Intense Lipstick. Every woman, no matter how young or how old, 
needs a gorgeous, bold pop of color on your lip. I promise it will change your 
day. This one has an incredible peppermint taste will awaken your senses after being up for that 4 am feeding. And bonus – the long-wear formula means it will stay on a 
good, long time so no need to re-apply over and over again!

What is your biggest parenting struggle?

Feeling like I’m a failure because I’m not the “best” at everything. The best mom.  The best teacher.  The best wife.  The best housekeeper.  The best story teller.  The best cook.  The best business owner.  The best . . .the list goes on  and on.  sometimes it’s like – “The kids are alive, their bellies are full and they have been loved today – that’s got to be good enough.  Tomorrow is another day.  I can bathe them then.”

Favorite way to show self love?

Every Monday I have a sitter that comes to the house.  I take that time and divide it into “me” time and “mom” time and  “business” time.  Me time can be a Barre Class or a hair appointment.  Mom time can be a grocery run or a volunteer shift at the school and business time can be client appointments or product drops.  It’s the best way for me to feel accomplished in all areas of my life.  It’s a fantastic feeling.

Whats your favorite BONUS way to be selfish? (massage, mani/pedi)

When I skip my “mom” time on Mondays and take an extra-long bike ride around the lake listening to old-school John Mayer albums.  And just order groceries for delivery when I get home.  Ha!

Don’t you love this woman?! I love anyone that has intense passion for safer anything and John Mayer as much as I do! Check me out on IG stories all week showing all my favorite BeautyCounter products that I can’t live without.

Want more of this darling Mom Crush? Here’s all the ways you can find her:

Facebook:  BE YOU {tiful} Beautycounter by Ashlea Bennett <-This is a great group y’all!

IG: @Asha4145

Shop BeautyCounter with Ashlea HERE

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Are you interested in being our next #MomCrushMonday? Send us a message at tapperfitness@gmail.com.

xoxo,

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I’m off to Camp

Earlier this year when I made a vision board I decided I needed a solo adventure. I also put on it more yoga and more meditation.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to happen – going on a solo trip. I’ve never left Max for longer than like 12 hours but my heart and soul were begging for some open air and alone time. Really some quiet time. Like he always does, God provides and puts the opportunities right in your face to take advantage of. As I’ve made more of a commitment this year to follow his breadcrumbs, I decided that yes, my husband could handle all three kids for the weekend. And yes I needed this adventure.

After lots of research I found the perfect solo adventure. Camp Yogi down in Wimberly, Texas. Three days of yoga, meditation, the great outdoors, solo is exactly what this momma needs and today is finally the day I get to leave. Take a look at this place? How could you not want to go?!

Over the last five weeks they owners of the retreat have worked extensively with us to help us create our intentions for the weekend and establish good routines to prepare us for the weekend so that we get the most out of it.

To say I’m excited is an understatement. To say I’m nervous is an even bigger understatement. This trip is bringing out fears I have, but they are also fears I need to face head on.

Being alone. Or better yet walking into a situation/place where I know not a single soul – terrifying. I really thought hard about inviting a friend on this trip with me and decided against it. I feel like my heart and soul really need to discover something this weekend. I’m not exactly sure what that is but I am sure that its something huge and it needs to be discovered on my own. I also thought bringing along a friend would keep me in my comfort zone and the entire goal is to step OUT of it to create some magic and possibly new friendships. I will be sharing a cabin with four others bunk bed style.

Activities for the weekend are all the things that make me nervous. Zip lining, brazilian style dance (sounds amazing yet terrifies me to dance around people I don’t know without a glass of wine or five in me), rock climbing, SUP yoga, being on water, being close to water, away from home, what if I fall from the zip line and die…you know the usual things.

Let’s not forget to mention my fear of not being worthy enough to be there. I also put this on my vision board to FEEL MORE WORTHY, feeling this is the perfect weekend to get this in check right? My fear surrounds the fact that I haven’t taken my yoga practice to the level it really needs to be at. The camp ensures us that this is a place for all levels but even though I’ve started taking more advanced classes I still don’t stop considering myself a beginner yogi.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Will certainly be my slogan this weekend.

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Please pray for me this weekend as I go on this journey to conquer fears, find myself a little more, and pray they I find joy in all the experiences that present themselves to me. Pray that I feel Gods magic and stop and listen to him.

Oh and pray for my husband. Who is graciously taking all three kids for the weekend without any complaint and letting me enjoy the quiet. I couldn’t be luckier.

Can’t wait to share everything later next week with you guys! Life is a journey and I’m always thankful your here to help support me in mine. <3

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