It comes in waves, the feelings of joy and fear, as my pregnancy progresses I realized that the days of just Oliver are coming to a close, and quite honestly this makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong, we are so excited to meet our sweet baby boy and see Oliver enter the role of big brother, but we just can’t imagine how we will be capable of loving another human the way we love Oliver. He is just starting to point to my belly when we ask about brother but I’m sure he has no clue that he is about to lose out on mama and daddy’s constant undivided attention. We have been very intentional with our time and doing our best to spend quality time with our boy before he has to share mommy and daddy. Last week he kept asking to go to the park so we grabbed our bikes and headed out and it was so much fun! He just got a KaZAM balance bike , we weren’t sure if he would be able to ride it but once again he blew our minds with his determination and unwillingness to give up, this is when strong willed kids prevail. The joy and satisfaction in his face made it so worth it. Moments like this one make me so excited for another boy and all the fun crazy adventures he will bring to our family.

 

Bicycle and Balance Bike c/0 KaZAM Bikes and Kent Bicycles

wearing:
Noble Carriage Green Jumpsuit  
Native Kids Shoes 
 Red KaZAm Helmet 

 

 

We are so lucky to live so close to many fun places including Disneyland. We spent a good half of the day at California Adventure and Disneyland yesterday and now that Oliver is about to be three years old each visit gets better. I knew that Disneyland would be much more magical with kids and also exhausting but no one prepared me for this. As soon as we get on the tramp to the park Oliver starts planning out our time there, I know hilarious, and one of my favorite pieces of the day. We always start at California Adventure because all of his buddies live there, Radiator Springs and Buzz and Woody all within walking distance, he is one happy kid. We love seeing his eyes light up all day long and love hearing him say over and over again “thank you mami and daddy! This fun!” We are pretty lucky because so far every visit has been pretty smooth and we chuck that to not having a plan. I feel that planning the day creates more chaos, I mean he is a toddler. We have season passes so its easy for us to just wing it and see what Oliver wants to do, I know that this is different if you’re purchasing a day pass. We keep things minimal with a simple and comfortable stroller, healthy snacks, and allowing our guy to spend as much time as he needs gushing over Lighting Mcqueen and his pals.  I shared a few photos of our day below, all taken with an iPhone 7. Sometimes we lug around a camera but most times we don’t, an iPhone is all you need to capture great memories.

 

 

 

 

 

If you follow me on social media you’ve most likely heard me rave about the iTOVi Scanner. There are many reasons why I love the iTOVi scanner but I’ll keep this nice and simple by just sharing my top two. This device is freakishly accurate! You will seriously feel like “who and what told this thing what I am dealing with, both physically and emotionally,” yep thats how accurate this little device is. Ask anyone who has been scanned before (yep I just did that) and they will tell you the same thing. I love scanning my son when he is acting like a wild child because the information I receive from the scan helps me understand him better, if you have a toddler then you know that they are very emotional little people. I also love that we can scan our pets which is really cool.  Secondly, as a business owner the iTovi has helped me turn many essential oil skeptics into complete believers. Again, this is because the device is pretty accurate so this gets people asking questions about the essential oils and supplements that the report suggest. As a business owner and natural wellness educator this is a great thing because it makes educating and getting essential oils onto their hands easier. I have been practicing natural medicine for over 5 years and similar technology is used daily by chiropractors, nutritional therapists, and naturopaths. So how does the iTOVi scanner work and whats the technology behind it? I am so glad you asked, below I will share straight from the iTOVi website how the device works and if you’re a local I am happy to offer you a FREE scan so you can determine for yourself if the device is accurate or if I’m just plain crazy. Any iTOVi users out there? How do you feel about the device? I would love to hear what you have to say.

 

How does the iTOVi scanner work? 

ELECTRICAL FREQUENCY

Every biological or non-biological thing has a unique energy signature that vibrates at certain frequencies, don’t believe me? Google it! I am about to change your world. A frequency is the number of times a wave repeats itself within a second, called an oscillation. iTOVi has measured and recorded each unique frequency of essential oils and supplements for each product company. Through the electrodes on the iTOVi scanner, these frequencies are sent into the skin, inducing a measurable response from the body.

 

BIOIMPEDANCE

Bioimpedance is a technology commonly used to measure body composition through resistance to electrical frequencies. During an iTOVi scan the device passes small electrical currents through the skin to measure the body’s resistance to frequencies, each of which is the natural energy signature of various supplements and oils. The passing of electrical frequencies induces a measurable response from the body which is then recorded and shown in the iTOVi report. This isn’t new technology folks! Think fitness watches.

 

THE BODY’S RESPONSE

Bioimpedance relies on the body’s autonomic nervous system in order to elicit reactions. The autonomic nervous system is the body’s central command center, connected to every other part of the body, and can be relied upon to give reactionary results. There are lots of ways to measure those results (i.e. blood pressure, blood flow, skin or body temperature, breathing patterns, eye dilation, sweat glands/skin moisture, etc.) One particular way to measure the reaction is the tissue will become more or less resistant to electrical current flow. Changes in temperature can also help us understand how the body reacts. During an iTOVi scan hundreds of frequencies are sent to the body, one at a time. The body has a unique reaction to each of these frequencies. As the body reacts to the electrical current flow, iTOVi measures these reactions.

 

ALGORITHM

The way iTOVi calculates the body’s reaction is highly accurate. It uses a complex algorithm to organize the data from the reactions. An algorithm is simply a set of mathematical equations. This process is often referred to as the translation process. The iTOVi algorithm translates what your body is communicating to you. While running one scan, the iTOVi scanner is actually running the algorithm several times to find the body’s true response.

 

REPORT

As the iTOVi scan runs, your body will naturally react to frequencies and the scanner will record these changes, identifying supplements and essential oils that match. As the scan ends, these frequencies are recorded, analyzed, and compiled into a personalized iTOVi report. Based on the information gathered during each session, the iTOVi App will recommend the oils or supplements to which your body had the strongest reactionary response. These recommendations are presented in your report, ordering each product by the strength of their reaction. Using the recommended oil or supplement will bring your body’s frequencies back to its optimal state.

 

If you’re anything like me then you will probably still have a ton of questions. Not to worry the peeps at iTovi have us covered, head on over to their website and do all the research your heart desires!

This past Thursday we woke up to thunder and lighting even though my weather app said that it would be sunny, liar. I would usually be excited over rain, thunder, and lighting, except that we are in the middle of a heat wave and the forecast promised temperatures in the low 110, can you feel my sarcasm? Did I also mention that we had a power outage due to lighting striking some very important electrical equipment, no power meant no AC. So we said “hell nah” and decided to drive the hour down to San Diego to enjoy cooler weather. We had breakfast in one of our favorite spots, Eat Market Place (they have the best paleo toast) in Temecula. After breakfast we decided that Thursday seemed like a good day to head to the aquarium. I absolutely recommend that if you’re going to visit the Birch Aquarium that you do so on a weekday because its empty, this gave Oliver the opportunity to explore freely without having to worry about the weekend crowds, according to pass holders it can get crazy in there. The aquarium is small but we found it to be perfect for our almost three year old and my pregnant self.

 

So magical…we were looking for all the fishes and characters from Dory. 😉

Austlen Entourage Stroller c/o Austlen Baby Co. 

Ok, so this topic will be different for everyone, some will find that they connect with it and some might just roll their eyes and move on, which is totally fine. This topic is very specific to me, so if this is not you more power to you. When I first became a mom I really thought that my body would just bounce back, you have no idea how many times I heard that, I was fit and young and therefore my body would naturally go back to normal. I was not prepared for the reality of my postpartum body. Never did I expect to feel the way I did about my body, part of me was in awe and so grateful for the gift of child bearing and my beautiful son, but the other part of me wanted to scream and cry and escape from this new body that I absolutely HATED. There was absolutely zero “bouncing back” for me and breastfeeding did not help me lose weight like everyone promised it would, if anything I felt like my body was holding on to every single pound.

One night I was laying in bed scrolling through Instagram and suddenly I found myself crying, actually more like sobbing. I kept scrolling pass woman after woman who had just had babies, just like me, except their bodies looked nothing like mine! At two months post baby I still had a belly and most of these girls were back into their skinny jeans or in two piece string bikinis. I just could not understand why that was not me, I didn’t know it then but that was the beginning of  some serious self-hate, I hated my body for letting me down, for betraying me, silly I know but at that time those feelings and thoughts suffocated me. So one day after another episode of self loathing and comparison I made the decision for my health and sanity to press that unfollow button, please know that not once did I blame these strangers for how I felt, this was an issue of my heart and mind and I recognized that and knew what I needed to do to fix myself. People, the road to self-love is HARD but its even harder when you are constantly being reminded of your “shortcomings.” After much thought and lots of work I decided that just running away from social media was not the solution so I went ahead and started to follow women who I could relate to! Women whose journeys and struggles reminded me of my own, funny but suddenly I didn’t feel so alone in my struggle. These women helped me so much and we don’t even know each other, they like myself recognized that everybody is different and that pregnancy is a season. These women and their willingness to share their struggles helped me to start a journey of self-love and acceptance in a world of unrealistic expectations. I hope that if you are reading this and can relate, that you will know that you’re not alone, your body isn’t broken, yes the old you is gone but the new you is a bad ass that brought life into this world and  with time and work you will be even better than before, because, you now have a strength you didn’t know before.

 

Disclaimer : these thoughts and feelings are my own and we can be grateful for the gift of child-bearing all while struggling with all the changes that happen to our bodies.