In the kitchen with model meals

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Have you ever been so hungry but you're like "ugh, I don't feel like preparing a huge meal" or "ugh, I haven't gone grocery shopping and we have nothing!" or "ugh, nothing I make tastes good!" 

Well I have. Pretty much every day. So what do I do? I end up eating junk, snacking on whatever I can find, or something going out to get something that's fast and easy.  

That was before Model Meals, however. Model Meals is an organic, locally sourced, paleo and whole 30 approved, meal delivery service in Southern California. You order your meals online, and they come to your door ready to pop in the oven or on the skillet. Easy. Fast. Healthy. AMAZING. 

My life has been changed.  

For $125, I was able to order 8 meals, 3 RX bars, a jar of ghee, and some chicken jerky. Β 

Instead of going out to buy a meal at a restaurant that may or may not be organic/healthy, i'd rather spend the same amount or less on a meal that IS organic, that I can make in the comfort of my own home. 

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Seriously delicious. I will definitely be ordering from them in the future. 

ALSO,  

they have a referral program. So if you refer a friend, they get $25 off their first meal, and you get $25 off your next meal. Β 

Here's my referral link for $25 off your first meal: Β https://www.talkable.com/x/LFAH3y

5 minute booty burn

I love getting a little workout in during naptime on the days I'm not teaching barre, even if it's only working one are of my body, it's better than nothing. so here's a fun glute workout that I've been loving. 

Remember to keep your core tight, and squeeze your glutes everytime you lift. If done right, you'll feel this in your glutes, hamstrings, inner thighs, thighs, and even abs!  

Do 10 of each (lifts, pulses, squeezes).

let me know if you try it! 

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bra: here (on sale!)Β 

leggings: here (use code MORGANSUA50 for 20% off at carbon38!)

when sisters visit

when sisters visit

My little sister just graduated high school, as I stated in my "Utah in May" post. So a few days after we got home, she flew in to stay with us for almost a whole week! It was so much fun. I hardly ever get one on one time with my younger sister because the rest of my family is usually there, so it was super fun to get to know her a little better and show her all my favorite places (and try to convince her to go to art school here). 

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mothering thoughts + lazy days

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I recently was asked how I don't go crazy with spending so much time with my daughter. That question took me by surprise, and I wasn't sure how to answer. 

Of course, it got me thinking. 

I don't get much alone time, other than nap time. I don't get much time to myself. I don't go out much by myself, or even really take much "me time". So how is it that I'm still sane? Am I even sane? Have I gone crazy and there's no turning back so it's just the new normal?

I don't consider myself a stay at home mom because I do work (only 3 hours a week..). But I pretty much am a stay at home mom. Which is great, because that's always what I wanted to be.

In 2nd grade when we were asked to write about what we wanted to be when we grew up, while all the other kids wrote about being astronauts and firefighters, I wrote about being a mom. 

Today in our culture kids are seen as a burden rather than a blessing (at least here in southern california), people put it off until the last second. Like, there are much more important things to do and kids ruin everything, so put off having children until you have 2 eggs left and you can't wait any longer. We, as a society, are so obsessed with money and career that family is becoming less and less of value. "Don't you have dreams and aspirations?" "You didn't buy a home before having kids?", is what I imagine they're thinking when they see me. What they actually say is "you're too young to be a mom." 

Oh, I am? Well somehow it still worked... the sperm found the egg despite my age and economic status. But thank you for your opinion that you stated as a fact.

I've often heard about or seen comments like "you're so strong and brave and independent for leaving your baby to go work". Not too long ago, you were looked down upon for leaving your child with a caregiver to work, but now it's the complete opposite where you're looked down upon if you don't  leave your child with a caregiver to go work. Neither are right, in my opinion.  I have a great respect for ambitious women because I wouldn't necessarily consider myself one. The world needs ambitious women. But the world also needs "just a mom"s. Isn't that an equally brave and strong thing? To sacrifice your dreams and ambitions for the wellbeing of your child. To spend your days pouring yourself out to rarely be filled back up. Isn't that equally empowering? 

I've always felt kind of ashamed of the fact that I just wanted to be a wife and a mom. I always felt so much pressure to be more than that, as if there's anything better and more fulfilling than motherhood. I always thought I wouldn't be satisfied unless I was doing big things for the Lord, and like I wasn't called to an ordinary life. Or If I didn't graduate college (which I didn't) and establish a career (which I didn't), but instead got married and had babies (which I did) that I would somehow be a failure. 

But, now, here I am in this ordinary life, and I'm realizing it's exactly where I'm supposed to be and that there was never anything wrong with desiring to be "just a mom". It's the most important job in the world. I, personally, can't see a greater definition of feminism than motherhood itself.  

No woman should be looked down upon whether they choose to be a "traditional" wife and mother, or whether they choose to chase their dreams via career. We're all strong and we're all brave. My daughter will grow up knowing that she can do anythign she wants, even if that means being "just a mom" like her mom. 

treat yo self | mother's day gift guide

treat yo self | mother's day gift guide

It's my second mother's day, and I'm so excited! Last year Jesse woke up early and made me a huge feast for breakfast (see the post here). The year before that we still celebrated because I was pregnant, and I bought myself this bag (because I needed an excuse). Ha! 

This year, I treated myself to some goodies (some of which are in this guide). Jesse got the day off work, too, so I'm excited to be able to spend the entire day together as a family. 

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parenthood diaries

parenthood diaries

Parenting and motherhood are the most beautiful God-given job on this earth, but it also really sucks. We're given these precious lives to nurture and take care of, but only for a short time, until they develop their own dreams and desires and opinions and leave us high and dry for the next best thing. 

It's the most fulfilling, yet heartbreaking job. Knowing that I cannot hold her safe in my arms forever. Knowing that I can't keep her to myself forever. Knowing that I will eventually have to let go. 

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