WEEK 2 of the @cleansimpleeats meal challenge is underway and I couldn’t be happier about ordering my groceries online! All thanks to you guys. I even went a step further and had them delivered so the only effort I put in was coming up with this victory dance. 💃🏼
HOW’D I DO? 👍🏼 or 👎🏼 or just 😂🤦🏼♀️
Head to my Instastory to see what week 2 groceries cost compared to week 1...
Always chasing this one everywhere. I think I’ll cancel my gym membership now 🏃🏼♀️🤪 (jk, I love OTF too much). At least he’s finally mastered the finger hold.
HOW DO YOU keep your little ones from bolting away in public?
c) Daddy holds them
d) None of the above (please explain 🙏🏼) http://liketk.it/2ufxV @liketoknow.it #liketkit#LTKfamily
Feels good to be back in my local @orangetheory studio and today’s workout was pretty killer (check my Instastory for a behind-the-scenes).
I’ve tried lots of workouts over the years and there’s one main reason I was sold on OTF—I don’t have to (over)think, I just show up. With the regular gym, I often hesitate when deciding what workouts “I feel like” doing and don’t like waiting around for certain machines to open up. And with at-home workouts I don’t always push myself hard enough (#accountabilityprobs).
With OTF, I literally just show up. The workout is decided for me and I go at my own pace based on my personal heart rate zones. There’s accountability, a 60-minute time limit (#momlife approved 🙏🏼) and I ALWAYS leave feeling satisfied and mentally CLEAR.
Head to the link in my bio to sign up for a FREE class in your area and try OTF for yourself! http://izea.it/aZ2wbCC #OrangeNation#KeepBurning#littlemissfearless#LMFreboot#ad
WHAT IS YOUR WHY?
A year ago, I was on a quest to find my purpose. I tried different formulas, took personality tests and quizzes, and read TONS of audiobooks. But one thing, above all others, helped me find what I believe now is my purpose AND my most authentic self.
Head to the link in my bio for a blog post recapping it all and some takeaways that may help you on your quest to find your WHY.💗
Who’s cleaning out their closet this weekend? 🙋🏼♀️ If you’re planning a lil purge for the new year, I’ve done all the work for you! Head to the link in my bio for the steps I followed to LET GO OF CLOTHES I DON’T WEAR. And don’t worry! These are the steps I used for my capsule wardrobe, but they’ll work even if you aren’t letting go of ALL the things. Lol. 🙌🏼 #closetcleanout#simplifylife#capsulewardrobe#liketkit http://liketk.it/2ueeY @liketoknow.it
Capsule wardrobe favorites. 🖤 Shop this and any of my instagram outfits via the link in my bio or by following me (@littlemissfearlessblog) on the free LIKEtoKNOW.it app! http://liketk.it/2udHz #liketkit#capsulewardrobe#BeMonAmie#nordstrom
Why hello there! I’ve seen some new faces around here this week and it’s Friday, so, why not get to know each other better before we cross paths again this weekend? 😚 Here’s a little about me...
1️⃣ I value motherhood above all things in this world, but it’s also been one of my biggest struggles, from IVF to working full time to #toddlerprobs (ya feel me? 🙋🏼♀️). I guess it makes me feel the most alive.
2️⃣ If you saw my last post, you know I work for the coolest digital experience company there is (@Adobe) with the nicest employees and a 6-months-paid maternity leave policy that EVERY working mom deserves (comment below if you agree!).
3️⃣ My husband and I watch Seinfeld before bed EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. 🤷🏼♀️ What do you watch?
4️⃣ I can’t go very long without a banana peanut butter protein smoothie from #redmango 👌🏼
5️⃣ I’m a self-appointed advocate for @BreneBrown’s work. Putting it into practice, not just studying it, has changed my life and taught me how to let go of perfectionism and truly love who I am. This is where my #wholehearted hashtags come from.
6️⃣ I love people, but I began loving them more when I learned how to love myself. We’re complicated. We’re funny. And we all have fears, but with those fears come our very unique stories. “If we own the story, we can write the ending!” - BB
7️⃣ I used to spend lots of time and money buying clothes but recently simplified my life and transitioned to a #capsulewardrobe, which is a collection of 30-40 items per season that you REALLY LOVE and can mix-and-match for endless outfits (check the link in my bio for more readings on my blog!). 🙌🏼
WHAT DO WE HAVE IN COMMON AND WHERE DO WE DIFFER? Tell me about YOU in the comments, and thank you for being here! #fridayintroductions#littlemissfearless#adobelife#risingstrong#liketkit http://liketk.it/2udjO 📷 @paigenicollephoto
No better place to practice the backpack kid dance than the place that brought my backpack back. 👩🏼💻😛 If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go here 👉🏼 #backpackkid (or YouTube). But I mean, everyone’s doing it. 🤓🕺🏼 #coolkids#adobelife#workingmom
HELP! WHERE MY TODDLER MOMS AT? 🙋🏼♀️ We’re over here in that stage where tantrums are at an all-time high, and with it, the ultimate test of patience and self-compassion. The only thing really saving us is our ability to laugh at the fact that WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE’RE DOING! 😂 ... said every new parent ever, right?
But that’s why we have to stick together. How do/did YOU deal with tantrums? 🙏🏼 I’ll be forever grateful for your tips. #reallife#toddlerprobs#benjaminbear#LTKfamily http://liketk.it/2ucqT
Give me all the double chins and wrinkles that laughing like this can bring. If that’s a consequence for living my life with my whole heart, I’ll take it every time. Because this moment right here has already passed, we’re BOTH already a little bit older, and while that thought makes my throat swell, I have no regrets about being fully present in this moment with him. ❤️#littlemissfearless#wholehearted#lessonsfrombenjamin 📷 @travisj_photo
Our bodies were made to MOVE. Something that’s really opened my eyes with Instagram lately is how inaccurate a photo is—even the prettiest of photos—at capturing our true beauty. We weren’t meant to be one dimensional. We’re here to walk, talk, hug, smile, laugh, dance, jump and serve one another. All of the prettiest girls I know are girls I know in REAL LIFE. A photo could only capture a memory of them, but it could never ever capture their living spirit.
Tag a #reallife friend below and tell her she’s beautiful today! 💗 #littlemissfearless#bodyimage#risingstrong#LTKfit http://liketk.it/2uaty
MERCI for entering my #notsponsored giveaway with @MonAmieWatches (winner has been announced) and for sharing your opportunity stories with me! If you haven’t read them, go check out the comments in my original giveaway post. We all have a story, don’t we?
I love this incredible brand and their mission—Do good. See good. Share good—and I’m grateful to play a small part in spreading good by giving 10 women in Kenya the opportunity to receive financial literacy training. Opportunity is everything! Let’s never take it for granted by focusing on people who have more than we do when we have so much ourselves. 💗 #BeMonAmie#maketodaycount#opportunityknocks
HOORAY! Week 1 meal prep is finally complete! Today I started the 6-week #csechallenge and I’m feeling good, despite my cry for help after grocery shopping Saturday night (it’s in my Story Highlights if you missed it). 🌱
More people than I can count came to my rescue and I think It’s official—I’ve been living under a rock! But maybe I’m not alone? RAISE YOUR HAND IN THE COMMENTS IF YOU BUY YOUR GROCERIES ONLINE 🙋🏼♀️
This is a game-changer, People. I can’t wait to try it for week ✌🏼 meal prep. Thank you. Love you. 🙏🏼❤️ #LMFreboot#2018resolutions @cleansimpleeats
Are you a fan of setting new year resolutions?
I am! 🙋🏼♀️ And every year I learn a little more about how to see them through. Head over to LittleMissFearless.com to read my mantra and top 10 resolutions for 2018. Link in bio.
GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congratulations, @chelseahillyard! DM me to claim your prize! Thank you all for entering and sharing your incredible stories with me! // One of my goals for the year is to find more opportunities to support those who are doing good in the world.
When @monamiewatches asked me to wear one of their watches to support their cause, I jumped on board and chose the “Opportunity” watch, of which each purchase provides financial literacy training for 10 women in Kenya.
These past few months I’ve been doing A LOT of self work, and I’ve discovered the more I know and understand, the more open and fearless I am about new opportunities. KNOWLEDGE is POWER is CONFIDENCE. So if I can help just 10 women in Kenya find confidence through increased knowledge about their finances, then think about how many more opportunities they’ll be drawn to because they feel powerful.
Since my watch was gifted, I purchased another Mon Amie “Opportunity” watch to GIVE AWAY TO ONE OF YOU! That way we both feel the joy of making an impact. TO ENTER: 1️⃣ Comment below and tell me a memorable opportunity you’ve taken that made a big difference in your life. 2️⃣ Follow @littlemissfearlessblog and @monamiewatches 3️⃣ Tag 2 friends to complete your entry. Winner announced here on Monday 1/8.
Can’t wait to see all the good we can do together in 2018! ❤️ #littlemissfearless#BeMonAmie#partner#payitforward#liketkit
I’m usually not in any rush to take down the Christmas tree because I love the soft light at night, but I think it’s going down this weekend. I caught the purge+organize bug that’s been going around. Is your tree still up? 🌲❤️
Walking away or walking toward?
I’m always so sad when the holidays are over and it’s back to the daily grind, but one thing I’m trying to do better this next year is STAYING POSITIVE and choosing faith over fear (maybe that’s two things?? 🤷🏼♀️). I truly believe we attract the type of energy we give off and I’m ready to cultivate more compassion, love, joy and FUN for myself and anyone I interact with.
GIVE ME A 🙌🏼 BELOW if you’re working to be more positive in 2018. #goals#littlemissfearless#benjaminbear#wholeheartedliving#LTKfamily http://liketk.it/2u6Pe 📷 @paigenicollephoto
PERSONAL QUESTION: Do you work out while on your period, or do you take the week off? 🤒
I’ve always had really painful periods and remember some pretty awful basketball practices in high school and college where I literally ran out on a play to go to the bathroom. 🏀😑 Now, I give myself permission to take the week off, but I’m starting to wonder if I should reface this fear. WHAT DO YOU DO? #fitness#realtalk#littlemissfearless#LTKfit http://liketk.it/2u5Zk 📷 @paigenicollephoto
Now comes the season of gift-card spending (or returns). Which one gets you back out to the malls after the holidays?
I’m just so grateful for our @babyjogger strollers because Benj is like a dog off a leash these days. 🐶😅 #toddlerprobs#momlife#howistroll#LTKfamily http://liketk.it/2u5BU
What a year! It’s fun to look back at my Instagram #Bestnine2017, but I have to say, these weren’t exactly the best 9 moments of my year and I’m sure you could say the same about yours. Always good to remember that social media has holes and just because you didn’t post about it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I’m excited to continue facing my fears in 2018 around fitness, motherhood, my simplified wardrobe and lifestyle, and hope to have a positive impact on anyone who comes along. Thank you for your love and support. Let’s all go chase some dreams. 💗 #happynewyear2018#littlemissfearless
It’s a BIG night for us. Our 5th date in TWO YEARS! (If you are new parents, don’t be like us.) Head to my Instastory to see what we’re doing and something really funny that Matt said. ❤️ #datenight#happydance#saturday @mchez31
My cute sis-in-law pointed out to me the other day that kids having a meltdown means they literally MELT DOWN. We had a good laugh. I have no idea what she’s talking about. 🙈🤪 #notmykid#noreally#giftsofimperfection#momlife
CHECK MY INSTASTORY TODAY FOR A SPECIAL 🚫👖EDITION OF #BenjaminBear 😷💩😭
A quick note about my WINTER CAPSULE WARDROBE... My transition has been slow because I loved my fall capsule so much. That said, I saved this plaid @jcrew top from last year bec I think every winter capsule needs a few statement tops for the holidays (follow me on the free LIKEtoKNOW.it app to see the ones I linked for you). So if you’re starting your winter capsule now, be sure to save a spot for your fancy holiday tops. 😘
I’m also starting to realize I’ve created a capsule home, too. This pillow from @kaekooshop is a keeper and may have earned its place in my “spring home capsule” (if that’s a thing...yet). #happyholidays#capsulewardrobe#intentionalliving#liketkit http://liketk.it/2u3a3 @liketoknow.it
You know when your kid does something that drives you crazy and then you realize they probably got it from you? (Gulp 😐)
I’m starting to recognize the opportunity to practice more patience and compassion, not only with him, but with myself. We can all change and improve under those conditions. I also think humor goes a long, long way.👌🏼 Double tap if you agree. (And don’t forget to kiss their faces off! 😚😚😚)
#tbt to 10-month-old Benji.😭 #lessonsfrombenjamin#wholeheartedliving#perfectlyimperfect
QUESTION: Do you wait until the new year to start on your fitness goals, or do you like to get a head start before the holidays are over?
Head to my Instastory for my answer. Outfit from @lululemon. 📷 @paigenicollephoto #fitnessresolutions#fitgoals#LMFreboot
I can’t explain it. I’ve just always been really good at sour beer faces.
How awesome is my 96-year-old grandma making funny faces with us?! That’s one thing I plan to do more of in my next 70 years. Cultivate FUN. It all comes and goes too quickly, don’t you agree?
See more of our shenanigans baking Norwegian Christmas cookies in my profile Story Highlights. 🇳🇴🎄❤️❄️ #happyholidays#norwegian#granny
I DEDICATE THIS HOUSE TO THE GRISWOLD FAMILY CHRISTMAS. Our best and only family pic from today.🎄
Benji woke up during the night to puke, dirtying his most prized blue blanky and my Christmas jammies so I stayed up to do a load of laundry, and then we spilled hot cocoa on the carpet this morning. Like, a looot of hot cocoa. 🤪 Not our most graceful Christmas ever, and even when it feels like mom life should be perfect for just a day, I’m reminded that the only thing that matters is that I have these two in my life. We don’t need a perfect photo to forget how imperfect today was. We just need each other, lots of love, patience and support, and we can handle any mess life throws our way. Hope you had an incredible Christmas with people who make you feel loved. TAG THEM BELOW AND GIVE THEM A: ❤️🎄❄️🎁⛄️🍫😘 #lessonsfrombenjamin#merrychristmas#giftsofimperfection