Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why I chose to work for Rodan + Fields skincare

I first saw the opportunity on a sorority sister's Facebook page back in April of this year.  It read something like this: "My friend ___, has partnered with the doctors that created Proactiv and their NEW company Rodan & Fields. What the Drs. did for acne they are now doing for aging skin. She is expanding her business and building her team across the country and Canada and is looking for excited people interested in working part time/full time around their current commitments. It doesn't matter where you live or what your background is...you will be well coached! While Proactiv made $850 million in 181 countries, Rodan and Fields is positioned to make 3 billion. Needless to say, this is a fantastic opportunity! If you are interested in learning more please let me know and I will put you in touch with her." Interesting I thought, and went on with my day.  

You see, since having the twins (almost 17 months ago!), I have truly missed making my "own" income and having a business outlet. Before children I always longed to be a stay at home Mom. I truly and honestly do love it, but I'm also not going to lie. I really never knew how hard it would be, and I didn't realize how much I would miss my paycheck! A year ago, my husband ventured out on his own and started his own company. While I am so proud of him and he has done very well, toward the end of last year I started playing around with some ideas with how I can help our family make more money.  "Wouldn't it be nice to have a lot more savings?" I would always think.

Toward the end of last year I started personal training a woman at her home.  I did this once a week at 5:30 am.  It was perfect because I was doing what I loved and we didn't have to pay for a sitter...I made $50 and got home before the babies woke for the day.  At this point Abby and George were around 5 months old.  I didn't want to pack too much into my schedule, because let's be real, twins ain't easy and my schedule was packed as it was.  Even though I was only training once a week...it wasn't much money, but it was still something.  

Fast forward back to April of this year.  I heard of the Rodan + Fields opportunity.  I got on the phone with Sarah who told me all about it.  I had never heard of Rodan + Fields before, but I had heard of Proactiv and knew it was a great and successful company.  Ahh, no thanks, this was not for me.  I'm just not into "that kind of stuff."  I've done direct sales before and I wasn't successful with it, so yeah, no thanks.  My husband was even very skeptical, yeah...next.  

But the yearning and deep desire to make money was still inside of me.  I thought, "maybe I can work part time?"  But then again, working part time and putting TWO in daycare just didn't make sense.  Plus, I do LOVE being home with them.  Children are only small once.  They need to be around their Momma just as much as I need to be around them.  A huge part of me wanted to go back to work, but then another huge part of me cried at the thought of leaving them.  I thought more about personal training, but then again came up the child care issue.  By the time I was paid for my training, I wouldn't make much extra with paying child care.  Ugh!  What gives?

June came around, and Rodan + Fields was still in the back of my mind.  After hearing that I had 60 days to return my initial investment and get all my money back if it didn't go as expected, I decided to take a leap of faith and do it.  I sent Sarah a FB messaged and said "I'm in, let's do this!"  I was shaking as I bought my starter kit.  I was SO scared I would fail at this.  I told my husband I signed up, he laughed...he totally thought it was a joke.

Shortly after I started, a good friend of mine, Lindsey, decided to join as well.  I am so happy she did because we have really gone through this together...we have been such the perfect team to support each other through this adventure.  I know it sounds so clique, cheesy, and whatever else...but this truly has been the most amazing adventure I've ever been on.  I am SO glad I jumped on board.  This opportunity has allowed me not only to make good money, but I do it on MY time and around my children.  I am my own boss and I love that.  The fact that I have only been in this business for 4 months and I am almost making what I made at my previous jobs all while working very part time around Abby and George makes my heart happy.  And folks, this is just the beginning.  Oh, and my husband is a total believer now!  Who would have thought? I am proud to say I took the leap of faith to have partnered with incredible doctor's who have incredible products.   Thank you, Rodan + Fields!  Now I better run because two little toddler's are waking up from their nap and calling for "Mamma!"

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

12 months…1 year old!

Dear Abby and George,

Today you turn 12 months…one year old…I am honestly having a hard time believing this.  I remember as if it were yesterday that I met your Daddy at the doctor's office for my 34 week check up.  My feet and legs were terribly swollen, I felt tired and very large.  I kept wondering when we would be meeting you.  Your Dad and I met at the doctor's office as we didn't think you were quite ready to make your arrival into this world.  Sure enough, I was admitted into the hospital around 5:00 pm on that June 4, 2013 day.  I was developing signs of preeclampsia.  The doctor's decided you needed to come out before things got worse.  

Abby, you were born first at 10:44 pm.  I felt so much tugging and pulling and then there you came.  The doctor's were surprised at how big you were for 34 weeks…5 pounds, 2 ounces!  I heard your scream and a tear ran down my cheek.  A long two minutes and lots more tugging later, out came George.  It felt like an eternity until we heard your cry…another tear ran down my face.  George, you were 4 pounds, 6 ounces…such a cute tini-tiny thing.  

Little did we know the next six months would be the hardest months of our lives.  The constant feedings, diaper changes, bottle/pump cleanings, laundry, etc. consumed every single second of our lives.  All of this on little sleep was hard.  Even with so much wonderful help, there were times we wondered if we would survive.  

Once we hit the six month mark, life started to get a bit easier…although, let's be honest, easy and twins don't go together. :)  You both were smiling and laughing.  You were sleeping through the night.  This alone made everything better.  Abby, you were a pro nurser and George, you loved your bottle of pumped breast milk.  We were able to get out of the house more.  We went to music class, to the gym, out to eat, to play group and on trips.  

Now that you are one year old (did I just say that??), you are so.much.fun. You both are crawling everywhere…and fast.  You are pulling up on everything and wanting to walk.  Just when I say you are at such a fun age, the next day is even better.  I love watching you learn and discover new things every day.

Abby, you are my sweet, silly, wild, woman in charge.  One of my favorite times of the day with you is nursing you before bed at night.  I love holding you close to me and snuggling with you.  The one time of the day you are quiet, still, and wanting to be held.  I love how you like to dance when music is on.  I love how you giggle so hard when I tickle you on your neck. I love how you crawl up to me and get in my lap and hug me really tight when you get scared, sad, or when you just want love from Mommy.  I love you so much sweet girl.  

George, you are my precious, little, curious boy.  My most favorite time of day with you is in the morning.  You are always up for a good snuggle in the mornings (and after naps).  Other than that, you don't sit still for long so I enjoy these sweet moments when I can get them.  I love how you do a ADORABLE little head bob when you are happy.  I love how you giggle…it's so contagious and makes everyone laugh around you.  I love how sweet you are with your sister.  I can tell you love her so much.  I love how you are all boy.  When we are out of the play room you crawl super fast for the dog's water bowl and then for the stairs.  You LOVE water…Dad and I joke that you will be the next Michael Phelps.  I love you my sweet boy.  

I never thought this whole Mom thing would be so hard, yet so glorious at the same time.  I pray every day that God keeps you both healthy and happy your entire life.  Here's to many, many more years of birthday celebrations. xoxo


Friday, May 9, 2014

11 months!!!!!!!



11 months.  No possible way.  I am working hard at planning their first birthday…it is going to be so much fun.  I am loving 11 months so far.  

Abby has four teeth now.  And George!  His teeth have decided to come in at once!  But thankfully it hasn't affected him much.  He got his first tooth on Easter, and then his second bottom one the same week.  He's just about to cut his top two teeth.  Both are eating their solids great.  George has recently gotten a bit pickier about what he eats, but I'm still pretty happy with what and how they eat.  We just went down to two nursing/bottle feeds a day!  Man, it feels so good for me.  So much more freedom.  I was worried about how the babies would do with it, but it didn't phase them one bit.  Instead of the middle of the day bottle/nursing, I'll give them water and a snack if they want one.  We've been doing an earlier lunch instead and that really helps (around 11:30/12 instead of 12:30/1 lunch).  



Sleep is going great!  And the even better part is that these babies are starting to take awesome naps!  This makes me a HAPPY momma!!!  They typically have a long morning nap (sometimes 2 hours!) and then a 45 minute to an hour nap in the afternoon.  I think all their crawling around and never sitting still anymore tires them out.  People ask what I do when they nap.  HA.  I never sit down.  There are always chores around the house and things to get done.  I typically prep our dinner in the morning so that come dinner time it's easy for me to throw in the oven or do whatever I need to do to have a yummy, healthy dinner on the table at night.  I also try to clean, do laundry, and a million of other things while the babies are asleep.  When they are awake they want Mom to be near so it's hard for me to get things done when they are awake.  Much less I have to keep my eyes on them all of the time b/c they get into everything!

They are fast little crawlers.  Abby still wants to walk…seriously girl is going to be walking soon.  She is "couch surfing" as we call it and pulling up on everything.  George has no interest in walking yet, but that's totally fine!  No rush, son! :)





Both continue to love their bath time…esp. George.  We joke that he's going to be a future Michael Phelps.  Boy LOVES the water.  He loves to lay in the tub on his belly and put his face in the water.  I have taken him swimming a few times already and he loves it.  He is such a water bug.  Abby is too….it's so much fun.  




We have enjoyed our walks, going to the park to swing and even going to the children's museum on rainy days.  




We had a fun first Easter with the babies.  We went to Raleigh when all of the hub's family lives and had a nice time.  





We have a busy end of this month before their first birthday.  My sister in law is getting married (!!!!) so we are looking forward to all the festivities that her wedding will bring.  After her wedding we are headed to the beach in SC for a week with my family.  When we get back from the beach it'll be their first birthday.  We are really looking forward to the fun ahead.  

The other night after the babies were in bed I plopped myself on the couch and told the hubs that I was so exhausted and that I couldn't move anymore.  Then I reminded myself that this time last year I was on bed rest and could not WAIT to be able to move and get on my feet.  Oh how things have changed!  :)  Wouldn't change it for the world.  Love our sweet babies!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Double digits…10 months!!!!



10 months!  We are in the double digits…this is insane.  Our babies are getting so big and get more and more fun each day.  At their 9 month appt. (which was really when they were about 9.5 months old) Abby weighed 22 pounds, 3 ounces (!!!) and George was 17 pounds, 14 ounces.  Abby is in the 95th percentile for weight and height.  George is in the 15th percentile for weight and the 25 percentile for height.  Both are in size three diapers, although I'm starting to get size 4's for Miss Abby.  Abby is in size 18-24 month clothes and George is in 12 month sized clothes (some 18 month too).


  

Both babies are eating only solids foods now.  Horray for no more purees!  They feed themselves now and let me tell you, that makes my life a little bit easier!!!  I love this and they love it too.  For breakfast they typically eat pancakes (their fav!), buttered toast with cinnamon and some fruit, or cheese toast with fruit.  For lunch they usually have cheese toast with fruit and veggies, or turkey/ham and cheese with fruit and veggies.  Dinner is usually whatever we are having.  There is really not many foods they don't like.  They don't love hummus, but other than that they will eat just about anything.  They are my good little eaters!  They even will pick out the veggies in their dinner and eat them first.  I know this may change the older they get but so far it's awesome. :)  When I was a baby my brothers called me the "hurricane eater" because I was very big like Abby and ate EVERYTHING.  Like Mother, like Daughter.  Abby is just like how I was and now I totally understand why that was my nickname. haha.  

I am still nursing Abby.  I just stopped pumping for George (well except for my one morning pump).  Mainly b/c it's just getting too hard to pump with mobile babies.  All they want to do is crawl the opposite direction and get into things or try to pull the pump off of me.  It's very difficult.  The only time I'm pumping now is in the morning after I nurse Abby.  Only b/c I'm super full.  The good thing though is that that morning pump makes a full bottle so George gets that at his noon feeding.  They are still taking a bottle 4 times a day.  In the next month or so we will most likely go down to 3 times a day and do a snack in the afternoon instead of a bottle.



Both babies are sleeping great at night.  Is is so wonderful.  If it's a pretty day and they are happy we will push their bed time routine back to 7 pm so they go to sleep at 7:30 pm.  If not, we keep their routine at 6:30 so they are asleep by 7 pm.  They wake up anytime between 7 and 8 am.  It's glorious!  Naps are still hit or miss.  Some days they are great and other days they are awful.  They usually take their morning nap around 10 am and their afternoon nap is around 2-3 pm.  

Abby and George are MOBILE!  Crawling everywhere and pulling up on things.  Abby loves to walk when you walk with her.  We think she will be walking by her first birthday.  


We are more than happy that the Spring weather is here.  We are getting outside as much as possible!  A & G love to go swinging.  There is a park in walking distance from our house that we go to or we go to a park in my parents neighborhood for this.  So much fun!  And hooray for getting out of the house!  What a rough winter it was.


Abby with her Mimi

George with his Great Grandma


A & G met their Great Grandmother this past week.  She so enjoyed getting to meet them and play with them…as did we.  It was a lovely week and we miss her already!


A & G with their Great Grandma and their cousins!


Both love their bath every night.  They giggle, splash and have the best time in their baths.  They are going to love the pool and ocean this summer!  Abby HATES getting her pi's on after bath time.  She screams and screams until I feed her.  She's always been like this…she knows bed time is coming.  Once I feed her she calms down.  

We are enjoying watching the babies interact.  It melts my heart when they play and laugh together.  So much fun.  We are working on sharing and gentle touches.  



I am starting to plan their 1st birthday party and it is blowing my mind.  It really is.  I feel it was just yesterday that they were born!  We are going to have a fairly small birthday party for them with mainly just family.  

Happy 10 months, Abby and George.  You both bring more joy to our lives than we ever thought possible!



Disclaimer: I was totally going to get this post out earlier, but then I caught the stomach bug and then sweet Abby did!  Her first stomach bug, it was awful.  Thankfully she was a HUGE trooper (best little sick baby I've ever seen!  Even smiled in between throwing up as you can see in the pic below) and got through it quickly.  We first noticed her throwing up in her crib at 4 am Sunday night.  I had just stopped throwing up myself but thankfully God gave me the strength to feel better enough to care for her.  I cleaned her up and then she and I slept in the guest bed together the rest of the night and well into the day.  She threw up about 5 times, but the bug only lasted about 7 hours and then she was back to normal.  Thank goodness it didn't last long. I have to thank my breast milk for that and all it's antibodies!  The hubs got the bug a week ago…so far George hasn't gotten it and I'm praying he doesn't…only time will tell!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

9 months!



Again, I'm late on this post, but better late than never.  9 months, how the heck are we here?  9 months sounds so old!!!  I am starting to plan the twins 1 year birthday and I absolutely can not believe it.  I almost refuse to believe that they will be ONE in a few short months.  Time is flying.  I am really cherishing every moment (well, most of them, haha).  

So far 9 months is my favorite age.  The babies are just so much fun these days.  Their little personalities are so cute to see and it's so cool to watch them develop into little people.  They crack us up with their big smiles and belly laughs.  We love when they laugh…it's the cutest.thing.ever.  



They are still loving their solids.  We are doing more finger foods these days b/c they love to feed themselves.  To heck with the spoon, Mom!  Their favorite foods to eat are Cherrios (this is a top fav!), of course puffs, toast, cheese, crackers and avocado.  Just in the last couple days they have started to get picky.  It's like it just hit them that they could eat peas or a cracker and so they go for the cracker.  ugh.  I've had to start offering veggies first so that they aren't allowed to have the fun stuff until after they eat all of their meal.  Mean Mom I know.

I am trying to find places to go with spaces in the cart for two babies.  So far Costco and Target are the winners.  I haven't found any other place yet, although I haven't looked very hard!  The babies love riding in the cart and it makes it much easier for me to shop and get around.




I am still nursing Abby and pumping for George.  They are getting four bottles/nursing a day.  They have their bottles/nurse around 7 am (or when they wake up), then around 11:30 am, 3 pm, then before bed at 6:30 pm. 

Sleeping is going well and naps are getting a bit better.  They sleep 7 pm-7 am with no wake ups.  On occasion one baby will wake up at night but that is rare.  Although, every freaking time there is a full moon BOTH babies sleep horribly.  I SWEAR it has something to do with the full moon, I'm totally convinced b/c it's happened a few times.  I dread the next night when there is a full moon.  Both babies have started to take one "longer" nap a day which has been great.  Longer typically means a 1-1.5 hour long nap.  They will take one short nap a day (30-40 minutes) and then one long nap.  The craptastic thing is that they RARELY seem to take their longer nap together.  So say Abby will take a 30 minute nap in the morning, and George will take his long nap.  Then in the afternoon Abby will take her long nap and George his short nap.  This kills me!  If only they'd be on the same page and take their long naps together.  When it does happen, boy it is glorious!  I can actually get things done around the house!  Although I really can't complain b/c for 9 months old they are good sleepers.


Abby has two teeth and George still doesn't have any.  We are waiting!  Both babies aren't crawling yet but we keep saying any day!  They are getting around though by scooting and rolling everywhere.  I turn my head for a second and they are into something. :)  I call George, curious George b/c he loves to explore!  So cute.  For the past couple weeks they have been getting up on all fours and rocking so it really is any day that they crawl.  Life is surely going to change when that happens!    


Babies had fun playing with Ben, my sorority sister's baby boy!  (cracks me up of George!)

Both babies LOVE their baths.  Part of our bed time routine is to give them a bath before bed time.  They just love it.  They love to splash and play with their toys.  We are so looking forward to taking them to the pool this summer!  Both babies also love to go on jogs and walks with us.  They also love when we go out to eat.  They so enjoy going out in public and watching everyone…they think it's hilarious and such a blast.  


First bath together at Pop and Sush's!


The hubs and I spent my birthday weekend in NYC without the babies.  My parents watched them for the weekend!  We missed them so much but had a nice weekend away.  I was def ready to come home to see them though. 



Happy 9 months my sweet lovable and fun babies! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Snow!

We had fun taking the babies out in the snow for their first time.  We've had a couple small snows so far this year, but nothing too exciting.  We had not taken them out in the snow yet so thought we would for our recent snow.  We didn't stay out there too long because it was lightly sleeting and very cold, but it was fun to take a few pictures.  Abby is wearing snow bibs that are hand-me-downs.  They are toddler size but we still used them for her, a bit long, but they worked!  Abby and George didn't know what to think of the snow.  There were not many smiles nor cries…they were in awe!













Thursday, February 6, 2014

Just for fun...

1 month

 2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months

6 months (crap I messed up on this pic and put G on the left, oops!)

 7 months

Currently, 8 months!