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I love being a mom guys.

I freakin' love it.

I mean I have a whole website basically talking about how much I love it.

Something that has been weighing on my heart lately though is my identity. Am I alone there? Like you know when you look in the mirror after a long night with a teething baby and you look la lot like a Bergen and less like Princess Poppy. And you think to yourself, who is this person? Hahah! (que the Mulan song; whoooooooo is that girl I seeee). Well I'm referring to those moments!

I feel like these little babies, bless their little hearts, just consume us! Which is beautiful and great and a true honor. But I feel like it's important to remember that I am more than "mama".

As moms we put others before ourselves every hour of everyday. Until those little eyes drift off to sleep or that sitter/knight in shining armor comes to save the day! And it's in those moments where I think it's important to do something for yourself.

Something that you enjoy, something just for you. Because you can't pour from an empty cup.

What are somethings you enjoyed doing before babies? Chances are you could still do most of those things! Once a day, once a week or once a month, carving out that special time to just be you is important. I have found that if I'm able to get at least a few hours a week to myself I will 100% be a better mom. So in honor of #tbt I thought I'd share something's I have loved to do in the past and will make time for again.

Oh SUP how I love you! Hard to do this with kids unless you have mad skills.

Sweet, sweet quiet time with Jesus. Creating brings me so much joy, creating with my creator is the cherry on top!

Yoga, weird workout classes, and just exercising in general. Those endorphins!

School. I LOVE school. I can't wait to go back.

Fishing! I used to go salmon fishing with my husband in Washington and it was the best! Just me and him.

Hunting, my dad put me in camo pretty much as soon as I could handle a hike haha! Truth be told I used to think it was lame. Until I had to do hard adult stuff and realized how freakin' peaceful it is to be out there with no distractions.

So mama whether you feel rested or weary I'm going to challenge you to do something for YOU. Whatever that may be! I would love to hear what your perfect mama's day out would be? (really give me ideas because I'm past due for a break haha)

Talk soon friends!

In love, Rachel

10 Things I Didn't Know About My Baby's Gut!

Hi Friends!

After two kids I was feeling pretty confident in my baby knowledge. One thing I love to do is research. I researched everything, when I was pregnant with Avery I was constantly on my computer probably overthinking 90% of things. Because that's what first time moms do! Especially when they are too pregnant for life. Like I was here: 

One thing I can honestly say I never typed into my trusty Google search was gut health. I have heard things about probiotics for adults and I am Kombucha obsessed but I just never thought about the tiny baby guts! So when Evivo invited me to talk baby gut health at the most adorable restaurant I said "yes please!" 

Evivo is a probiotic made just for our tiny babes! Here are some things I learned that I want to share with my mama tribe:

1. "A microbiome is a collection of tiny microorganisms that live within one's ecosystems— on our skin, in our eyes and mouth, and in our intestines, or gut. Put them all together and you have your unique microbiome. Babies receive their unique gut microbiome from their mothers’ microbiome the minute they are born." (From Evivos site)

2. Most babies, 97%, are not born with B.infantis in their gut microbiome

3. B.infantis is a good bacteria that keeps harmful bacterias at bay.

4. Evivo is a powdered probiotic containing B. infantis, when mixed with breastmilk it can restore babies gut to the way it was supposed to be protecting your little one from the inside out.

5. It is ideal to start once a day Evivo during the first six months of life. You can start the day you come home from the hospital!

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6. 15% of the energy in breast milk is not used by baby. This portion, called HMOs or human milk oligosaccharides requires (you guessed it!) B. infantis in order to be digested by baby.

7. Studies have shown that  babies with B. infantis growing strong inside them have a smaller risk of allergies and diseases. Even a stronger immune system and less inflammation!

8. A healthy gut could mean less, more solid poops! Less blowouts and less poop sounds good to me. p.s if you're new to motherhood get ready to talk about poop! So. Much. Poop.

9. Evivo not only will treat the poop problems like, constipation, gas or colic but fix them! Bye bye fussy baby!

10. Once the good gut is established baby should keep the good bacteria for life! Good job mama!

Learning about this stuff was so interesting to me! It's crazy that something so small (like bacteria) could have such a huge impact on our heath.

Now mama, I know what you're thinking! You don't want to add another thing to your long to-do list. But Evivo makes this really easy! The probiotic is cold shipped to your door. You can store it in your freezer and refrigerate it when it's ready to use! You just need a tiny bit of breast milk to mix with it. 3-5ml is perfect! You can totally self express this or use one of these handy hakka pumps right before you plan to give Evivo.

Here's a short little video I made of Ryder and I getting his Evivo in!

Let me know what you think! Was baby gut health one of the things you researched?

Talk soon friends!

In Love,


In The Trenches Of Motherhood

The baby is crying.
The eggs are burning.
The phone is ringing.
Peppa Pig is whining in the background.
Your toddler just yelled "mama I peed on the stairs!"
And you haven't even tasted that first glorious sip of coffee.

Sound familiar?

A lot of my days look like this. Most of the time I can get a grip on things and execute the things I need to do and avoid as many meltdowns as I can doing so.  But some days

I just can't.

Somedays I feel like every single ounce of energy has literally been sucked out of my body and I feel empty. Somedays I look around at the 30 messes in every room and think I'm failing at this mom thing. Somedays I have to lock myself in the bathroom just two have two minutes alone without anyone touching me.

 And somedays I just feel like giving up.

I wonder when I will feel like myself again and not just a mom in sweatpants and wet puffs stuck to her clothes. I wonder if I'll ever be able to feel like I'm winning at this mom thing!

Yesterday I had a day like this and I read something that sparked some life into my tired eyes.

"There is no small job in the kingdom of God. "

You see, these day to day mundane things are actually huge things. These little things are making a big difference. These little babies are the future and what we do for them today gives them what they need to grow. Motherhood is like a garden, so much work goes into planting the seeds and caring for our tiny plants it's easy to forget that this is just a brief season in their life and in ours. In the end the outcome will be beautiful.

I guess what I'm really trying to say is it's okay to have bad days,

it's okay the feel like you are failing,

 it's okay to wish the time by.

 Because this season is hard! But it's also beautiful. Messy but beautiful!

In love, Rachel

Summer Bucket List!

Friends, this post is sponsored by Janie & Jack! 

Hey guys! It's been a little while since I've updated the ol' blog. To be honest, I attribute that to poor time management and just being generally uninspired. I have so many things I've been working on and so many posts in my drafts!

But I am feeling much better now and I even gave my blog a little make over! I am so excited for everything I have planned to create this summer. But the time spent not blogging is going to be spent with these two little kiddos! I wanted to get a little list together to look back on when we get cabin fever.

1. Go pick blueberries
2. Buy dinner at the farmers market
3. One day completely technology free (please no more surprise egg videos!)

4. Go to the zoo
5. Go camping
6. Eat ice cream for dinner
7. Teach Avery to swim without floaties!
8. Make pancakes together
9. Collect sea shells
10. Eat dinner outside

11. Spend the night at Disneyland (so magical!)
12. Visit daddy at work
13. Watch a movie outside (at the beach or park maybe even the drive in!)
14. Go on a hike
15. Play soccer
16. Feed goats at a farm
17. Make lemon pie
18. Go on a boat!

19. Leave the state
20. Visit grandparents in Florida (this would be amazing)
21. Watch fireworks
22. Go to a fair
23. See a concert

24. Build a fort
25. Make s'mores
26. Build a sandcastle

27. Make a strawberry shortcake
28. Go to the lake
29. Go fishing

30. Make slime
31. Play with a water table
32. Go on a family bike ride
33. Take Ryder to the baby gym
34. Try baby Zumba with both kiddos!
35. Have a picnic with friends

I can't believe summer is here! It's hard to believe that at the end of summer I will have a 3 year old and a big one year old! Can we please slow time down, just a smidge? This summer I want to try my best to be intentional with these little people. When I just stop and get myself out of survival mode it makes such a difference! Even if we don't do our whole bucket list as long as I can slow down and eat some s'more with my babies I will be so happy! 

For these photos the little ones were dressed in outfits from Janie And Jack! I love the quality of these clothes and all of the bright summer colors. I mean, did you see Ryder's chunky little thighs in his overalls?! My heart! My picks were easy and breathable, perfect for this Southern California heat. 

I hope you had fun reading through our summer dreams. Check out Janie And Jack's site to see if they have some cute things for your summer adventures!

In love,