an easy reader

September 30, 2014 in Blessings, Blog, Faith, Family, Homeschooling, Intentional Living, Kids, Motherhood by lindsaymwright

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The process of teaching a child to read is …. interesting.  A struggle at times but with THE BEST rewards for both mama and child.  The foundations are laid loooong before the child ever reads his or her first word.  I’m already teaching Porter to read.  That may seem silly but studies show that children who are read to during early infancy have a better aptitude for learning letters, their sounds and then piecing those sounds together to form words.

Last year was our first homeschooling year.  I wanted to prove that I could do this – that I could teach my children.  That’s the sad part – there is a level of success that you need to show.  You must beat the critics.  Any homeschooling mom feels this pressure – any teacher feels this pressure.  So with the help of my MIL, I set out to teach Henry to read.  I gave us until Christmas (because I can’t half-ass anything).  Using Sing, Spell, Read & Write and as many workbooks as I could get my hands on, Henry and I set out on this adventure.  He won.  He learned how to read.  I helped but only in the most minute way.  I realize not all learning experiences have that satisfaction – we certainly had our own moments of frustration and angst.  But we stuck with it.  We read book after book after book.  Then we read some more books.  I got to watch his little brain work, sounding out each letter and then forming those sounds into actual words.  Oh my word.  It was (still is) a beautiful, GRATIFYING thing.

A year later and my son is reading chapter books with ease.  Yesterday I came up with the idea that our afternoon assignment would be to create an easy reader book.  From storyline to spelling to illustration, Henry did it allALL!

I just sat back, mesmerized by the grace that God has poured out on this endeavor.  He’s blessing this decision to teach.  To be home during these precious years.  He’s blessing this time.  All I can do is humble myself and lay down all my notions of perfection and the idea that I must prove myself because that’s so ridiculous.  All I can do is open up my arms and ask for more.  Because I have nothing to give.  Read that again: I have nothing to give.  I need more.  Patience, drive, grace, love, desire. 

More God.  MORE.

And He just keeps pouring….

splendid…lindsay

weekend scenes + bootcamp bash

September 29, 2014 in Blog, MoveMore Fitness by lindsaymwright

What A WEEKEND!!!

We had an awesome one!  Did you??

Travis turned 32 on Saturday so we celebrated him all weekend long!  Plus MoveMore Fitness held it’s second BOOTCAMP BASH and we had 18 people show up!  A smashing success!  I want to talk more about the dynamics of large group training and how much I love it, but I’ll save that for a different day!  I pulled out a fun training game (if you were at Blend 2012 you might remember it!) and they loved it!  If you’re local and you want to come to the NEXT Bootcamp, please like MoveMore on Facebook where I’ll post upcoming dates!

Anyway, the weekend was great – it flew by (as they always do) – here’s a glimpse!

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**Photo credits – Travis Wright**

QUESTION:  What did YOU do this weekend??  Best thing you ate?  Saw?  Heard?

splendid…lindsay

happy birthday travis

September 27, 2014 in Blog by lindsaymwright

I have THE worst memory (not exaggerating) but I think I remember the first year we were together and celebrating your birthday.  Didn’t we go to Elmo’s Diner in Carrboro??  I think we did.  You ordered your traditional biscuits and gravy and I probably had a hard time paying attention because I was sooooooo excited about the impending “waitresses and bus boys coming to sing the Happy Birthday Song” that was about to come.  It’s tradition.  You must embarrass the birthday boy.

Now here we are, eleven years later, and I’m still excited to celebrate you, Travis.  The kids and I worked REALLY hard on an ice cream cake yesterday.  You should have seen their little faces when I told them that we couldn’t tell you about it (or eat it right then and there).  We bought you socks too.  Boring, yes, but you need them so that’s what we thought was best.  (Actually Henry thought you’d like your own Lego set but I somehow talked him out of that one).

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We love you!  And I’m so happy there’s a WE.  Our little family.  Our children are BLESSED to have you as a dad.  And I’m BLESSED to share this life with my best friend.

We celebrate YOU today.

And we really hope you’ll share that ice cream cake.

splendid…lindsay

24 day advocare challenge – the RESULTS

September 26, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Body, Goals, Inspiration, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

Welp.

Travis survived our first 24 Day Advocare Challenge!!

And “survived” is a drastic overstatement.  This was BY FAR the easiest and most straightforward challenge that either of us have ever done!  Before I jump right in to our results, I want to remind you of the reasons behind our decision to take on this 24 day journey.

For me:

Wanted to improve my digestion.

Wanted to get out of a sugar/junk food funk.

Wanted to have more energy.

For Travis:

Wanted to detox from coffee (he was drinking 4-5 cups a day!).

Wanted to lose a few pounds.

Wanted to break his nightly-bowl-of-ice-cream habit.

 Overall, we just wanted to FEEL better!!  And I can say that without a doubt – WE DO!!  We both accomplished the goals we set for ourselves AND found a few additional perks that we hadn’t expected.

The RESULTS – Aesthetics (The OUTSIDE)

Here are our Before & After shots:

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I lost 4 1/2 pounds and took nearly 2 inches off my waistline!  I can see more muscle definition, especially in my arms and shoulders!

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Travis lost 7 pounds!  We didn’t measure his waist but he clearly lost some inches.  Travis had some body acne that cleared up nicely (we think this has more a lot to do with cutting out dairy for the 24 days.)  The muscle definition in his back looks AMAZING!  #sexybeardedbeastman

The RESULTS – Habits/Health (The INSIDE)

Aesthetics are nice and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care about the improvement in our LOOKS, but the way we FEEL now that we’ve completed the 24 days is night and day better.  Like I said before, most of what prompted the desire for change was being STUCK IN A FOOD RUT!  I was making (and eating) a pan of brownies at least once a week.  We would sit down to nightly bowls of ice cream AFTER eating cereal.  It was just not healthy.  I’m all for sweets and comfort foods but when you take it to a place outside “moderation,” it becomes unhealthy.  Having supplements and a PLAN that helped to tame those sugar cravings was exactly what we both needed.

Some changes we’ve experienced on the inside:

Me – Improved digestion (!!!), increased energy levels, decreased sugar cravings, a decrease in mindless snacking, a focus on WHOLE foods instead of processed, packaged snacks.

Travis – Improved digestion, improved skin, an increase in energy, an improvement in athletic performance (Travis was able to complete two Trackstars workouts and a mud run EASILY.  He credits Spark and Catalyst).

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Moving Forward

What’s the plan moving forward?

Like any good human, I had to break the challenge with a cup of coffee!  It was AMAZING and I don’t see myself cutting out that daily cup (and especially now that it’s fall and there are Pumpkin Spice kcups to be had).  I also ate a BIG piece of pumpkin pie dessert bars that I made for a family get-together.  You guys – I was so SICK like 30 minutes after that.  TOO MUCH SUGAR.  For the first time in a very long time, I just don’t have that urge to keep something sweet in the house at all times.  It doesn’t make me feel my best.  I’d rather get the same amount of calories each day by focusing on treats that pack more nutritional punch.  Bananas and almond butter are where it’s at.  I’ll never live a life of restriction again (EVER) but I’m happy to be in a place where food is 80% FUEL and 20% PLEASURE!

Would I do it again?

Absolutely!  You can take the 24 Day Challenge once every 90 days so we’ll revisit it for sure! 

Any tips for others interested in doing the Challenge?

  • Do it with someone! 
  • Start on a Saturday (much easier willpower-wise). 
  • Take the add-on products (such as Catalyst and ThermoPlus).  They’re not very expensive and help with the process.  (If you’re nursing, however, you cannot take ThermoPlus!)
  • Choose a Spark flavor that you love!  For me, that’s Mango Strawberry! 
  • Clear out all the junk in your cupboards before you begin.  It’s only 24 days!  Take away all the temptation!
  • If 24 days seems daunting, try the 10 Day Cleanse pack!  It’s only $31.50 and comes with everything you need to detox your body!  (oh, and get the Peaches & Cream Fiber Drink!)

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If you’re interested in getting started, click here!  Feel free to email me any questions you might have to lindsayslist@gmail.com!

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QUESTION:  What’s your biggest food weakness (sweets, pizza, carbs, etc)??  Have you ever done the Advocare Challenge??

splendid…lindsay

wiaw – a month of clean eats

September 24, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Diet, Food, WIAW by lindsaymwright

It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in Jenn’s “What I Ate Wednesday” so I thought I’d share some of the food pictures on my phone.  I confess – some of these meals are pretty boring.  Travis and I just finished up the 24 Day Advocare Challenge so we had to focus on real, whole foods for the month.  We ate SO many salads (at least one every day), lots of healthy fats via avocados, nuts and coconut oil, and a lot of fresh fruit!  No junk food, no pizza, no brownies…no “fun” food.  BUT we feel WAY better and hope to continue this long streak of clean eating (with lots of treats mixed in :) )!  I’ll be sharing our before/after results on Friday so stay tuned!

A glimpse at our latest eats!

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^^Simple Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies (with stevia-sweetened baking chips!).  Would you like this recipe?^^

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QUESTION:  What type of diet would you say you eat (80/20, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, etc)??

splendid…lindsay

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postpartum update: five months

September 23, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Motherhood, Postpartum, Update by lindsaymwright

As I sit down to type this update, Porter is laying in the front room watching Henry put together Legos.  I can see his little brain learning – it’s one of my favorite parts of being a mom.  Henry asks every.single.day if Porter can come watch him play Legos.  He’s SO intent on making sure that Porter feels involved and welcomed in our lives.  Like if he’s not pleased, Porter’s just going to pack up his bags and leave the family.  LOL.

It makes my heart happy to know that this little guy has a perfect fit in our family.  It seems like just yesterday that I was in the hospital….and yet it’s already been FIVE months.  Dear Time.  You need to slow down, dude.

Five Months Postpartum – Me

 There’s normally a “belly and striped underwear”-shot right here but I decided to lay off those for a while, remember?  Besides I’ll be sharing a Before/After post for the Advocare Challenge that we finished yesterday – hoping to have that up later this week. 

So we’ll skip right to the BABY!

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I always divide Porter’s update into three sections: EAT, AWAKE and SLEEP.  We use (and have used for all three kids) the Baby Wise method and it works well for us.  If you thrive off of schedules like me, you should look into this book (I also recommend, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.”  Both books follow the eat, awake, sleep cycles that work well in my opinion!List-style, naturally.

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  • He’s still a big guy!  I’m not sure of his exact weight but I’d guess it’s close to TWENTY POUNDS!!  <-did you know that Travis and I were both BIG babies?  Both close to 10 pounds when we were born!
  • At 5 months old, Porter nurses every 3 hours.  He’s QUICK – he can “drain” both breasts in about 10 minutes flat!
  • We haven’t introduced solids yet, but I did receive a care package of pureed baby food from Gerber (as part of their #GerberTasteTester program) so we’re going to try that out this week.  More thoughts on introducing solids to come.
  • I’m still employing the 10pm “dream feed” and it’s working well – see SLEEP section below!

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  • This last month has been my most favorite – he’s just got so much more personality! 
  • Newest discovery:  ROLLING BOTH WAYS (back to front, front to back)!  I can put him down, leave the room and by the time I come back he’s on the opposite side.  Needless to say, we have to take special care of the things that are on the floor (i.e. LEGOS!).
  • He grunts.  A LOT!  He laughs.  A LOT!
  • Porter’s thighs fit in his Bumbo chair for about a second and that was months ago.  He likes to hang out in his bouncy chair, swing and activity chair.
  • He can now spend 1 1/2 to 2 hours of awake time before he gets tired.  I’m always careful to watch for signs of sleepiness, but he’s definitely staying awake for longer periods of time.
  • By next month, I think he’ll be SITTING UP!

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  • The 4-Month Sleep Regression is a thing of the PAST!!!  He’s sleeping through the night regularly now (from about 9pm-7am!!!).  Hallelujah!  Sleep is so VERY underrated!  I don’t know how us mamas survive on such little sleep.
  • He naps 3-4 times a day.  Two of those naps are longer, two are 30 minute cat naps in the car or in his swing.
  • Still sleeping in his bassinet during the night.   <-yep still. 

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For more postpartum updates:

One Month

Two Months

Three Months

Four Months

splendid…lindsay