Monday, December 5, 2016

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Books

Good morning and happy Monday! Two and a half more weeks until Christmas break! I am beyond excited. These next few weeks better fly by.

Today's Mommy Style Monday is all about our favorite children books or our children's favorite books. I hate to admit this but I actually don't love to read. I like reading non-fiction, I like learning things. But just reading to read... there are so many other things that I'd rather do. As an elementary teacher I know how important it is for children to read and for them to enjoy reading. Ever since the day that Boston was born we have tried to read to him every. single. day. And you guys, it has paid off. Boston LOVES books. HE LOVES THEM! And it is the cutest thing. I love having him sit on my lap and read a book with me. Most of the time he is just banging on the book, trying to turn the pages, or trying to shut the book... but it is still so fun!

As a school teacher, I order books every single month through Scholastic. We own a couple hundred of books. Haha. I have a little problem. But it is so fun. And it is even more fun because Boston loves them!

These are Braden's favorite books to read to Boston.

This is just a cool way for Boston to learn his colors.

I love getting books for each season/holiday.

This is just the cutest book.

Boston's favorite books are touch and feel books and books that have flaps in them. As you can tell, he couldn't stay away from these books long enough for me to take a picture. Haha. He loves books!

Don't forget to check out the other moms and their favorite books!
Madeline at CaseyLand
Monica at It's All About
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Cayli at Nightchayde
Chelsea at Tessa Marie

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Real Life, Mom Life: Nursing Milestone

Happy Wednesday!
Today I am talking about mine and Boston's journey with nursing. My initial plan was to nurse Boston for 6 months. I wanted him to be on breast milk until he was 1 year old so I pumped A LOT and froze A LOT. Well, six months passed and we were still going strong. I pumped during work when I was off of maternity leave and I really didn't like it. I wasn't able to get work done during my lunches and preps. My next plan was to nurse him until August and then wean so that I wouldn't have to pump while I was at work. Well... August came and I wasn't ready to stop. So I decided that instead of pumping during lunch AND prep I would just pump during lunch. I had 1,000 oz frozen in our deep freezer that we bought specifically to hold my breast milk since we ran out of room in our regular freezer. Boston turns one on December 12th and I realized that I wouldn't need all of this milk and it wasn't going to be good much longer. I decided to donate 700+ oz. Now I have 300 oz for Boston. There are days that I don't pump enough for him to have the next day so we have had to use our frozen supply a few times and I am grateful that I built up a good stash. I am so grateful that I have been able to nurse Boston this long and that I had a good supply so that I could help out to babies in need. I know a lot of people struggle with breast feeding and I am so happy that Boston and I have had a fun journey. Now that Boston is almost one year old I have a lot of people asking me when I'm going to stop. And honestly, I have no idea. We both like it and he isn't showing any signs of weaning so we will stick to it! But I have decided that once Christmas break comes, I am done pumping. We will make it to 1 year and I don't need to pump anymore. I will nurse him when we are home together and he can have frozen milk while he is at the sitters!

I am so glad to be teaming up with PinkBlush today. I have worn their clothing through all stages of motherhood; pregnancy, nursing, and being a mom. What I love most about their clothing is that their pieces are so transitional and you can wear them through all stages of motherhood! 
The piece I am wearing is this gold flam fitted maternity dress

I am also doing a $50 giveaway to PinkBlush on my Instagram account (@kiana.probst) so make sure you go and check it out!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Workout Motivation with ZojiFit

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving weekend and filled yourselves up with some delicious food.  If you feel anything like me, you are ready to get back to your normal eating/workout habits. Don't get me wrong, I love good food. But after having TWO Thanksgivings (one with my in laws and one with my family) I am feeling like I overate. Which means, it is time to get back at it. I actually am proud of myself for working out every day except Thanksgiving day. We were out of town Wednesday-Saturday and I was still able to fit in a workout. My parents have a super nice home gym so it's always fun to workout when we are visiting them.

ZojiFit contacted me a while ago and they asked me to test out one of their products. I was really excited about trying out their Core Sliders. They looked super fun. The first day I got them I looked up different workouts that I could do with them (here). A lot of the workouts on this page I already do; lunges, burpees, curtsy lunge, knee tucks, leg crossovers, mountain climbers... So I decided to just start using these sliders in any workout that it seemed possible. I will admit, it made the workouts a lot harder! The sliders are slick so they want to just keep sliding so I really have to use my abs to stop the motion and come back. After trying out a lot of these workouts the first day of getting the sliders I was sore! It really did make the workouts a lot more challenging and FUN! You should definitely try them out! And they are on sale for a good deal right now! Check out their other equipment as well.

Thank you ZojiFit for sponsoring this post.