Egg-cited about Eckerts

Over the weekend, my hubby, Shiloh and I, along with a few other bloggers and their families’,  were invited to the annual Eckerts Easter Egg-citement kick off.  Easter Egg-citment is happening all month long leading up to Easter weekend, and I was especially excited because I hadn’t been to Eckerts since I was a kid.

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My husband and I are always looking for new traditions to start as a family, and we thought it would be the perfect outing for our 8 month old, Shiloh.   It was a beautiful Spring day, perfect for Easter Egg Hunt festivities!

We arrived a few minutes before they started the first of 5 egg hunts.  It’s really neat the way they have the hunt broken up by age groups.  Shiloh’s 2 and under group went first, and although he had no clue what was going on, he had a blast.

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Next, we stopped to spend some time petting the bunnies and chicks.  Shiloh wasn’t scared the least, and I was so  surprised that he was eager to pet the animals.  We headed on a tractor ride after and then to a few other activities like: face painting, taking pictures and touring the grounds of Eckerts, which is quite beautiful.

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We didn’t get a chance to stay for lunch, but we did get to shop the Eckert’s grocery store and found some delectable goodies.  Easter Egg-citment is happening now through March 31st  with events like Breakfast with the Bunny as well as adult cooking classes.  There’s something for everyone.

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It was so great to hang out with my family and connect with other families at the Easter Egg-citement event.  Eckerts is a great place to make family memories and you still have time to get in on all of the fun.  Check out the Eckerts calendar and maybe I will see you there!

XO

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5 things you can do right now about your post-preggo bod

That moment when you’ve lost your pregnancy weight but your clothes still fit weird what do you do? I want to share few things that I’ve learned along my postpartum bod journey.

1. Keep calm
The Snatch or SnapBack is possible but its a process. It’s a process in which I’m currently experiencing. Weight has also been an issue for me, but when I started focusing more on being fit that how much I weighed, I got better results. I trained with a local trainer at HD Fitness and I was in the best shape ever. After training, I kept working out at the gym and also did a workout program from http://www.fitnessblender.com . So now that I’m 3 months postpartum, I’ve started to workout consistently again and to be patient with the progress. Fitness Blender is great because I don’t have to worry about a babysitter and my husband and I can work out together! When Shiloh starts crying while we are working out, we just incorporate him. I use him as my dumbbell. That’s 10+pounds. So he’s helping me get buff lol.

2. Love your bod no matter what
Discover the things you like most about your shape and play those up. Maybe you’ve gained some new additions from pregnancy. In my case a little more junk for my trunk and now some things fit me a little better than they did before. So don’t fret about a little extra.

3. Strengthen your Abs

The jackknife is an amazing exercise to strengthen your abs and it’s something that you can do easily in-between feedings, diaper changes and playing with your little one.

4. Sometime you gotta Spanx or double Spanx
The celebrities do it why not you?! If you have a special event to attend or want to feel a little more confident, slip on a Spanx! They are awesome and worth the investment.

5. Here are my top 6 clothing/accesories that make me feel good about my post preggo bod.

Dusters: They are great for camouflaging areas that you are still working on.  You can wear something fitted underneath and you still look slim.  Beanies: Sometimes I hardly have time to come my hair so I throw on a beanie and I look super hip:) Jumpsuits:  They’re chic and flattering not to mention effortless.  They are also good for easy access while nursing  Red lipstick:  For getting your sexy back  Boots/Heels: Make you feel longer and leaner and if you’re like me it feels great to get back in them!

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Baby Love Our Baby Love


So, our baby Shiloh Joaquin DeShields was born 6 weeks ago on July 17th at 4:09 a.m. weighing in at 7.8lbs and 21 inches long.  My delivery was the most euphoric experience of my life, that I would relive over and over again.  It was my most amazing husband and an awesome team of nurses and a hilarious doctor that cheered me on through each push.  I felt like a superhero.  Needless to say, this beautiful little person has challenged and changed our whole life and we wouldn’t change it for the world.  He’s growing and changing every day and I almost can’t keep up.  When he was first born he looked exactly like my baby picture, but he’s starting to look more and more like his father every day! We are so excited for this new adventure with the three of us!  Here are some pictures of our little guy below.


~xo