On April 21 & 22 come visit me at booth 202 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!
This event will be hosted at the University of Southern California.
This event will be hosted at the University of Southern California.
Last week I went to New York City for a work trip and had SUCH an amazing time! First up was an appearance on MTV’s TRL. I used to watch my fave hosts and celebrities on TRL when I was younger. If someone told me I would be making an appearance on TRL at any point in my life, I would’ve called them crazy.
When they told me I was going to be on with Spencer i was like 😬😬 because I was obsessed with The Hills on MTV and knew his reputation from that show, but to my surprise he was fucking hilarious and I cannot wait to get my bird feeders put in so I can also feed hummingbirds. We were able to relate to each other on so many levels, especially being painted as villains on our respective MTV reality TV shows. We figured out that everyone just loves to hate us lol!
I’m also so happy that I got to hang with Nessa. Usually I only get to see her for the Teen Mom 2 reunions and things! Hopefully Spencer and I can be on each other’s podcasts at some point in the future! You can check out his, Make Speidi Famous Again, here.
After getting to hang with Nessa and Spencer all day, my friend Wendy who’s also a photographer decided to do a spur of the moment photo shoot before we left the city! I posted some of the pics below for you to check out. I had such an amazing time in New York and can’t wait to go back. Hopefully I’ll get to do a signing there for my latest book, A Letter of Love, available for pre-order now at: www.13thandjoan.com/kailynlowry
Till next time guys!
Photos: Wendy Darling Photography
Kids crafts are both the best thing ever and one of the most daunting tasks for moms! If you know me at all, you know that I am NOT a crafty person in the slightest (seriously, that gene must’ve skipped me and been replaced with one that makes me obsessed with the ID channel!) I do love Pinterest though, and you can find my favorite ideas here.
So, what do I do when I’m feeling crafty for a second and want to make something with my boys? I grab the pre-cut, pre-packaged crafts that require minimal skill to assemble. Should be pretty easy right? NOPE! At least, not in my house.
With both Isaac and Lincoln doing the craft, and Lux hanging out with us, we decided to attempt our own DIY kids Christmas ornaments for the tree. Seemed simple enough at the time, until we opened the packages of course.
In true Kail fashion, I was out of Elmer’s glue of course. So, I improvised! I found some multi-purpose glue in the office and went to work helping the boys glue their projects together. Well, this glue’s purpose CLEARLY wasn’t to do crafts. Lincoln’s snowballs wouldn’t even stick together to form his snowman!
With Lincoln being only four, he was over it before we even started. Isaac on the other hand, mastered the glue dilemma and was busy creating his own felt ornament that was turning out great, and he was loving it!
After we were all finished and cleaned up (who am I kidding, after MOM cleaned up), I realized something. As much as I thought the crafts were going down as a mom fail, my boys still had fun spending time together and were proud of what they created.
So, if you’re part of the group of moms that missed the craft gene too, don’t worry! Your kids will have a blast anyway and there’s tons of pre-packaged options out there for us. If you’re a crafty momma, TELL US YOUR SECRETS! But really, kudos to you crafty moms out there :)
Drop your favorite crafts to do with your kids below or tweet me, @kaillowry. Christmas break is coming and I’d love to have some ideas to keep the boys busy!
Hope everyone has an amazing holiday!
Christmas shopping is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. As Christmas season is now upon us, I find myself being asked by friends and family what they can get my children for Christmas. I can’t ignore the little voice inside my head that screams “Please, no more toys!” As a mom, I’ve realized over the last few years that my kids love and remember experiences and meaningful gifts more than toys.
By the time holidays roll around, my kids have already gotten enough toys throughout the year that they don’t even remember to play with, so they really don’t need to add to the masses. Especially because birthdays fall a month before and a month after Christmas for Lincoln and Isaac.
This year, I’ve been giving practical gift suggestions for kids and I’ve decided to share it with you all. On this list are also some great gifts for moms, in case you need to drop some hints!
1. Personalized Name Blankets
Who doesn’t love a soft and cozy blanket to snuggle up with during the colder months? My kids LOVE to take naps with theirs, and I grabbed personalized ones for all of the cousins this Christmas.
I reached out and got you guys a discount code! Save 15% off your order with code KAIL15
2. Tinytags Personalized Necklaces
Personalized jewelry is one of the best Christmas gifts. You see me wear my tinytags ALL of the time, I literally never take them off. These pieces make a great gift that will be around for years. With so many personalization options, you can’t go wrong when shopping for your mom, sister, bestie, or even yourself.
3. Fujifilm Instax Camera
Okay, I’m obsessed with taking instant photos with my Fujifilm camera and so are the boys! I grabbed two cameras for them this year so they can take their own pics, and I plan on helping them to create memory books with their shots in the new year.
Grab one for yourself and snap away! Memories are one of the best Christmas gifts you can give your family, and that's why I love these cameras so much.
Among the best Christmas presents for kids are books you can enjoy as a family. A current favorite in my house, the Dragons Love Tacos series is a hit! Reading is so important for kids, so finding good books that hold their interest is key.
Both Isaac and Lincoln love these, and we also grabbed some for the other kids in our family for presents this year. What's your favorite book to read with your kiddos? I'd love some ideas!
5. Canvas Prints
I’m loving decorating my house with canvas prints of our favorite photos. It brings a new look to a basic picture, and the kids love getting to see photos of themselves throughout the years on the walls. Get a family favorite picture or another photo your child loves put on a canvas and wrap it up for them this year, it’ll be a great surprise under the tree!
6. Personalized Drinkware
Fun drinkware makes an amazing gift for everyone on your list. A lot of you may not know that I co-own a small shop, Day 1 Creations. We create custom mugs, cups, and kids tumblers and can put pretty much anything on a cup. My kids love theirs and carry them everywhere with them. Definitely a cute gift or stocking stuffer for little ones -- or for yourself!
I hope these ideas helped you guys think of practical gift ideas for your little loved ones! If you have other ideas, I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below or tweet me: (@kaillowry) with your favorite practical gifts for kids!
Happy holiday shopping!
As a single mom with three young kids, having a few easy dinner recipes that everyone loves is essential to making dinnertime easy as possible! Cooking together with your kids is great bonding time, and it also saves money over ordering out all the time. I love hanging out with my boys while we get dinner ready. The best recipes for families combine what they need with what they'll want to eat! My five favorite family friendly recipes are below.
Side note: all credit belongs to Pinterest for making TONS of recipes ideas available at my fingertips. Be sure to follow me to check out my pins and get ideas for yourself :)
My kids and I LOVE tacos! (I mean, who doesn’t?!). These chicken tacos are so delicious and easy to make. I’m a huge fan of easy slow cooker meals, so add this to the list of recipes you can pop in the crockpot and forget about until dinner time. Did I mention these are also healthy?? Can’t get any better! Just adjust the recipe to the amount of people you’re serving and you’re good to go :)
3-4 97% fat free chicken breasts
1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
1 packet ranch seasoning mix
2 cups low sodium + fat free chicken broth
Pico de gallo or salsa
Light or fat free sour cream
1. Put chicken, taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, and chicken broth in your slow cooker
2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
3. Shred chicken with fork and let it soak up the broth
4.Serve in taco shells topped with lettuce, tomato/salsa, and sour cream
Easy Italian comfort food is a must around here and baked ziti also makes great leftovers! This recipe is so hearty and cheesy, it’ll leave everyone in a food coma. Pair it with a salad for yourself or whatever veggie you can get the kids to eat and you’ve got yourself a tasty dinner! If you want to sneak some veggies in stealthily, you can always add a little steamed cauliflower, chopped fine, to the recipe below. They'll never notice ;)
1 pound ziti noodles (or penne)
24 oz marinara sauce
1½ pounds ground beef
2 cups grated Mozzarella Cheese
1½ teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper
1. Cook pasta until it's "al dente" (do not over cook the pasta) -- When baking pasta under cooking the pasta for a minute is so much better than overcooking it for a second.
2. While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef in a pan until it's thoroughly cooked.
3. In large bowl place pasta, marinara sauce. Add to it the ground beef, salt, and pepper to taste along with oregano, mix well.
4. In a 13x9 pan, create two layers of the pasta mixture topping each with a cup of grated Mozzarella Cheese.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, until cheese is melted and when you stick a knife into the center of the dish, the food is hot.
Easy chicken dinner for the kids? This is a staple meal in my house. The kids love it and the best part? It’s a one pot meal! Less cleanup for me means more time to spend doing fun things with the boys. This is among the best healthy dinners for picky eaters, so all moms please try out this recipe!
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups green beans (canned)
1½ pounds white potatoes, chopped into 1” pieces
1 cup Kraft Lite zesty Italian dressing (about 1/2 bottle of dressing)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Season chicken lightly with a little salt and pepper.
2. In a 9x13 baking dish, line one side of the pan with green beans. Then place chicken in the middle and cut potatoes lined down the other side. Drizzle dressing on top of green beans, chicken and potatoes.
3. Place foil over the top and place in preheated oven for one hour (or until potatoes are soft and chicken is no longer pink on the inside).
4. Dish up on plates and serve with a side of fruit. Enjoy!
DIY pizza for the busy mama? Yes, please. These are one of the kids favorite dinners to help make! Super affordable, easy + delicious; this dinner scores high for this Mom. Being able to spend time with my boys while making dinner is awesome, and seeing them enjoy it makes it even better.
1 package crescents (8 count)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 cup marinara sauce
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Press two crescent triangles together to make a rectangle.
4. Brush your rectangle crescents with butter.
5. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of cheese in the center.
6. Place 3 pepperoni on top of the cheese.
7. Fold each side over to the middle and press the edges together.
8. Twist your breadsticks and place onto your parchment paper. Brush with butter.
9. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Serve with a side of marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!
This orange chicken is so easy to make and so flavorful! The boys ask for this all the time. I really scored when I found this recipe on Pinterest. Throw together quick sides and you’re ready to go!
4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup sweet orange marmalade
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1. Cut 3-4 thawed chicken breasts into bite sized chunks and cook them in your slow cooker on MEDIUM for about 1 1/2 hours (for best results stir half way through). There is no need to add anything. The chicken cooks well in its own juices.
2. While the chicken is cooking, mix together 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, 3/4 cup orange marmalade, and 2 tbsp of soy sauce until well blended.
3. After 1 1/2 hours, drain the chicken juices from your crockpot and pour your mixture in the crockpot with your chicken. Be sure that the chicken is well coated and mixed in with the sauce. Cook on MEDIUM for an additional 2 hours (you may need to add more time if the chicken is not done). The sauce may appear a bit runny at first but it thickens quite a bit as it cools.
Cooking as a family is one of the best parts of our day. I also find that anything I can throw together and easily clean up after makes dinnertime less stressful and more fun. These are my top five favorite meals for my kids and myself. I hope you found one or two you’d like to try at your house!
I know once I find something all of my kids enjoy, I am thrilled to make whatever it is as many times as they’ll eat it! I found these all on Pinterest, try taking a look there next time you want to try something new :)
Kail Lowry Blog: Introducing my New Podcast, Coffee Convos with Lindsie Chrisley and Kailyn Lowry
I’m so excited to let y’all know that Lindsie Chrisley and I have started a podcast! If you haven’t listened in yet, I recommend you jump on our bandwagon and subscribe to Coffee Convos ASAP. Lindsie and I sit down every week and dish about everything from being boy moms, to our fave 90’s memories and so much more. Even though we do of course talk about being moms, this is so much more than a parenting podcast.
Lindsie and I “met” through social media, and connected on being young mothers of boys on reality TV. In Coffee Convos, you’ll get to hear our unfiltered perspectives on topics like potty training and mom bods, as well as our differing opinions which leads to a great discussion.
The fact is, no two moms do everything the same. There are a lot of parenting trends we'll discuss and even though we don't always agree, it's fun to get a new perspective. Coffee Convos is like listening in on a moms coffee date. We want you to feel connected and involved, so tune in, comment, and tweet us with your own ideas!
We also want to hear what topics y’all are interested in us discussing, so drop your ideas in the comments below or use #coffeeconvos on twitter to tweet us your ideas. I hope you guys are loving the podcast thus far, and if you haven’t checked It out yet, you’re missing out! Click here to listen to our latest episode!
I would like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving filled with tons of food, relaxation, and lots of love!
Mom life is amazing and it's also so exhausting. Opening up to dating and relationships as a mom can be tough but we all deserve to be loved. Today I'm sharing my tips on juggling it all from mom bod stress to me-time.
Let’s face it: dating in this day and age is HARD. Dating as a young, single mom is even more difficult. As a millennial mom I feel constant pressure to be perfect in that role, and dating as a mom can be tough.
With kids' activities, homework, play dates, diaper changes and everything else that comes with being a mom, adding a relationship can be total chaos. Now, after finding that special someone you think everything would be pretty much smooth sailing right? WRONG! Try breaking up while being a young mom of three. I would go through the pain of childbirth ten times rather than the emotional pain of a breakup ever again.
Now, some may think I’m being a bit dramatic (my friends say that happens on occasion) however, if you’ve walked this path I’m sure you’re with me. Why does a breakup hit so.much.harder when you're a mom than it did pre-kids?
1. Your self confidence (or lack of it) takes a hit
I don’t know about you, but my post-baby body looks WAY different than before kids, no matter how much weight I lose. Most mommas (hell, women in general) myself included, struggle with self-confidence issues at one time or another. Going through a breakup, you can’t help but ask yourself, “What's wrong with me?” Your confidence takes a direct hit and can have you feeling pretty shitty about yourself. As a mom, I feel I take it more to heart then I did before I had children. Be kind to yourself during this time, do something to make yourself feel great about YOU again.
2. Use the time and energy you have (if any at all) wisely
There is just not enough time in the day when you have little ones running around. It can be absolutely exhausting at times! I know personally, I can’t wait until bedtime hits so that I can go to bed myself. Going through a breakup as a mom, one of the first thoughts that pops in my head is that I wasted so much time on a relationship that is now gone! Then I think of all of the things I could’ve done with that extra time and energy instead.
Let’s change our thinking! Relationships teach us things, both negative and positive. Embrace the lessons learned and don’t stress about the “wasted” time; it wasn’t wasted entirely. Dating as a single mom is important. You haven’t messed up by spending time getting to know (or in some cases rule out) a guy.
3. “Mom Guilt” is a VERY real thing
I put all of my time and energy into raising my boys, that’s what mom’s do right? So, when you finally begin to date someone and your attention is diverted to making yourself happy IN ADDITION TO raising your kids, you probably feel guilty. I know I struggle with the mom guilt a lot! I feel guilty getting a babysitter so I can grocery shop, let alone go on a date.
When you have been investing your time into a relationship and suddenly it comes to an end, mom guilt can strike hard. You worry that you should’ve been spending more time with your children and making memories with them instead of on this now-failed relationship. Remember that while you are a mom first and foremost, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE HAPPY. You can’t be the best mom you can be if you aren’t happy yourself. So go get your nails done or take a nap, your kids will still be there loving you at the end of the day.
5. Trust your gut
Moms worry a lot, so our guards are always up. We want to protect ourselves and our kiddos as much as we can. So when a new person comes into the picture, we question their intentions. Slowly, that guard comes down and we allow them more and more into our daily lives. We TRUST them (most of the time).
When a breakup happens, that trust is rocked to its core and we find ourselves questioning the intentions of almost everyone around us. It’s one of the most unnerving feelings to not know someone’s true intentions. My advice? Trust your gut! If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not.
At the end of the day, breakups absolutely suck regardless of what stage of life you’re in. I’m a mom of three, and this is where I am in my life now. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and find love whenever you feel you are ready. Even though mom life is crazy-busy, we deserve companionship, too.
I talk love, relationships and so much more on my podcast Coffee Convos with Lindsie Chrisley and Kailyn Lowry -- check us out here.
You guys! I debated writing this post because there are obviously graphic details, lol but also because I don't know if I could ever convey what the night actually looked like. Let me start off by saying, both Isaac and Lincoln had pretty long labors. Isaac's at 13 hours and Lincoln's at 16 hours. The doctors (among others) always said after the first child, labors are generally shorter and get easier. But with my history being second was longer and harder, in my head I was predicted labor with Baby Lo would be at l ast 10 hours... so long but shorter than the other two.
Anyway, I had heard Chelsea's story of her incredibly short labor and I thought to myself, that's great... but has to be rare... well apparently not. I had some friends over the night I went into labor... made dinner, played cards then sat on the couch to watch the Crossfit games. Around 1 am I literally FELT AND HEARD a noise... *graphic, TMI to follow*
It was my mucus plug... literally heard it and felt it, WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. So, again, going off history of labor with the other two, at this point it could be days before.
Lost it the night before with Isaac and a couple days before with Lincoln. Anyway, I call Chris to let him know what's happening and that if my water breaks or anything else I'll keep him posted. And sure enough, MINUTES later... my water breaks. Get to the top of my stairs, thinking ok I should shower and try to take a nap (at 1:30 am, LOL) in case I'm gona go into labor. Water starts breaking at the top of my stairs and contractions are instantly 3 mins apart... consistently. I get out of the shower and the rest of my water smacks on the floor........ coooool. LMAO. I call Chris tell him my water broke and meet me at the hospital. At this point, my friend Bone is sitting on my bed, like here for moral support or whatever, and I happened to look over, the scream looking emoji was the best way I can describe the look on her face. Meanwhile, her sister Quay is panicking, strips down to nothing and freaking out because she can't find this dress I asked for for labor... So I'm like screw the dress and I'll wear something else.. Again the contractions from the beginning are 3 mins apart. We've called the doctor and haven't heard back yet. Call again and he finally calls back saying go to the hospital now... I literally say NOW?!?!?!? Here I am thinking I have a good 10 hours. Once the doctor said to go to the hospital right now Quay is calling Chris to come to the house to get me instead of meeting me at the hospital. Finally, we are in the car & my friend Rachel is essentially my doula in the backseat all while looking both ways while we run 3 red lights. So it's 2:24 AM and I'm like omg I have to push. So if we get pulled over right now, I'm giving birth in the car. I get to the hospital at 2:45 AM. I can barely sign my name on the papers... they're struggling to get the IV in, I'm 6 cm... I'm begging for pain meds but the paperwork isn't done... minutes later the IV is in and I'm ok now can I please have pain meds. Nurse comes in to check me and I'm 8 CM but dilate 9, 10 cm AS SHE'S CHECKING ME... Last thing I hear is "I NEED HELP" from the nurse who literally I just dilated in her hand lmao... I said "I CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT MEDS" and all the sudden I feel my body almost like curl up into a ball and then I turned into Super Saiyan, as Chris said, and sprawl out, arching my back, the nurses are yelling now, "chin to chest" and baby was out 2 pushes later. 3 am on the dot. I look at Chris and it's like he was STILL while everything else was moving in fast motion around him. They put baby on my chest and ask "do you want to know what you had?" I'm in tears, and say yes! "IT'S A BOY!" i'm crying, I cannot believe how much hair he has. Literally everything, from start to finish was 2 hours. Meanwhile, I realize, my doctor never made it to the hospital in time. So gets there in time to deliver my placenta.
I asked my friends to type up what they remember from the night and here's what they had to say:
Wow, how time flies. I know this post is super late but things have gotten... a little crazy... to say the least. But I'm finally getting to it!
Over the summer I was nervous about not getting a chance to spend some quality time with the boys before the new baby came. Last year, we went to Puerto Rico and I wanted to see something new, so we decided on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. MTV came along for the trip and here is my take on the island!
Cons: Island time x10... meaning everything seems to move extremely slow.
We booked semi "last minute" so EVERY place was booked... not sure if it was just our hotel or every hotel but it was pretty far from all the beaches and good dining.
Pros: BEAUTIFUL beaches. Aside from Hawaii, I think these are some of the prettiest beaches I've seen.
The people are soooooo nice and accommodating.
There is so much history on the island, that is interesting for both adults and children... like the Pirate's Museum. The pirate here, looks just like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean... Was so cool to see how well he plays his part, lol!
Two MUST GO to beaches:
Coki Beach - On site food, drinks, snorkel renting, super cool "rock wall" where there are a ton of wild iguanas... look but don't touch lol, pictured below.
Lindquist Beach (There was a fee to get into this one but it was well worth it.) Very quiet & clean. Clean bathrooms and shower for afterwards.
Overall, it was a great trip to spend time with Isaac and Linc and I'm glad we were able to experience a new place this year!
Hello everyone, for those of you that do not know me I am Becky (with the good hair), and I am making my first guest appearance on Kail’s blog. We decided to switch some things up and have people ask me some questions and well... here are my answers…. Enjoy :)!
What is Kail best and worst habits? - @kailsteam
Best: I would say Kail’s best habbits are always striving for more for her and her boys
Worst: By far putting way to much trust in people … and cursing… a lot
How did you and Kail become friends? - @kailynlfans , @Morales_Dee
Well, one of my ex’s.
what is your favorite part about being friends with @KailLowry? - @smartashh_29
My favorite part about being friends with Kail has to be the connection that we have. We are such different people but we listen and communicate well with each other.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? - @Lipstiick_lezz
Happily married, starting a family, and just enjoying life to the fullest.
What is one of the things you girls love to do when you get together? – @MHynes33
It is interesting because Kail is not a fan of going out, meeting new people, drinking, and well that’s kind of what I live for. We also don’t get to see each other often so when we do we love to just sit down and talk or do something with the boys. Basically every time it’s me giving Kail advice and her not taking any of it J
What is your fave show to watch together? And fave thing kail cooks? - @lizy_horan_13
We don’t watch TV when we are together, and now that I think about it she has never cooked for me.
What is your favorite thing about kail? - @ksuther29
Honestly, (when she is in a good mood) we just have so much fun together. We laugh and joke around and make fun of each other (mostly me making fun of her) I hit on her and she welcomes it with open arms.
How do you find genuine friends that aren't looking for publicity? - @srmcgivney90
I think that this was directed to Kail, but I will answer this for her. She does a bad job at it.
Funniest blond moment @KailLowry has had in your presence? - @smartashh_29
How does she handle all the negative comments from ppl? - @DawnFroehle
How does it effect you to hear the shite kail gets as her friend do you sometimes want to scream at theese people. - @JessicaFarnham1
Everyday is different. What happened that day, how she is feeling, what’s the topic of the negative comments. I have said it before, she is tough but isn’t bulletproof. Myself over the past couple years have completely blocked off any emotional reaction to people for the most part. It really comes down to their own personal issues they are dealing with.
Were you and javi friends and if so have you been able to maintain that friendship? - @nalosi2
Javi and I were friends. Through the divorce the dynamic really changed throughout the entire friends group and we no longer have a friendship at all.
Would you date a cop? Asking for a friend. - @Defendthed9n
If this is to me – I don’t discriminate, but I am happily taken.
If this was to Kail, I would go with no she wouldn’t.
If you could roommate with anyone, friend, family, celeb, who would it be? - @updatesonkail
When is she gonna have her own cooking channel - @brosario08
I know my snaps make me look like I am a master chef but all the credit belongs to Plated
How often do you filrm? Pros and Cons?
Thinking this is to Kail but I will answer anyways. I do not film often but then again I also do not see Kail frequently, which needs to change. Time to move to NJ Kailyn. Pro’s – I like making people uncomfortable on camera Con’s Kail complaining and them catching you picking your nose
Will your delivery be filmed? Is Becky going to come see you when you have Baby Lo. - @updatesonkail , @Jaytexbmoney , @KriistyHahn
No it won’t be filmed, and I hope to make it there for the delivery
Will the baby have your last name? - @TeenMomTalk_FB
Yes, the baby will be a Hayter .. just kidding.
Are you two together? - @SydneyHysell
Have you & Kail ever hooked up - @Chelsdeboerfans
No, she wishes.
How has it been with everything going and everybody saying that y’all are dating? - @DArealmeko
Honestly, any girl I hang out with people always assume I’m dating or hooking up with them, even my parents, I am used to it.
Why do you two pretend to date when Becky has a girlfriend? Doesn't Leah get offended? - @nellzhater
But are we pretending? …. Leah is saint.
What’s your advice to all the ladies out here with mad crushes on you? 😍🙃❤ Are you flattered? Annoyed? Thankful? Xo. - @bbgirl_dee
Someone really made a twitter account just to say this. Keep the crushes coming ladies :)
You meet a lot of interesting people through social media, and through my scrolling I came across Millie's page, obviously double tapping every art piece she posts... you'll understand when you go follow her. Well! She offered to do a piece for me a while back so this past weekend my girlfriends and I took a mini road trip to Newark, NJ to meet her and pick it up!
So so thankful for Millie doing this for me and I can't wait to order one of the baby when he/she arrives! Now just to find a place for my new fave painting!
Will update once I decide on its permanent location! :)
I am so excited about all the new baby things that I've gotten because it's been some time since I've bought cute baby things! I thought it would be fun as I've been sharing some of the cute gifts that I've gotten in the mail to round up some of my favorite things so far that I just love.
You might have seen this wooden ruler on my SnapChat. I know so many of you loved it! White Loft has quite a few different wood options and even a canvas option too. I can't wait to get one for the nursery and for the new baby.
Skip Hop's new bouncer is really something I am so excited about! I have never had a bouncer like this with the boys and it's so cool that you can have it at different heights. Skip Hop is definitely one of my favorites for the baby gear. They have so many great things! I can't wait to use them all.
When I announced my pregnancy I shared these new baby books from Polka Dot Print Shop which I'm excited to document this baby with and remember everything about this pregnancy too. I might even get one for the boys because they have toddler and school aged books too. I love to remember those special memories. Isn't this black and white print great?
How cute are these onesies from Twelve & Faye? I can't wait to try them on Baby Lo! I never have had milestone blankets with the boys so I can't wait to take photos with these milestone blankets from batz kids. They are just so adorable and of course, I love anything black and white!
Tell me below in the comments what are some of your favorite products or gear you bought when you had a baby? I want to know!
Hair by @trueexpressionsglammom (Instagram)
Once it starts to feel like summertime I try to put away the make up and keep heat away from my hair. Between the pool and the gym plus going back and forth between sports, I don't have time to do my hair and make up anyway!
My top 5 fave products right now are oil for my hair, anti-frizz cream, a little curl product, my fave summer scent and moisturizer.
After I shower I will towel dry my hair and put some of the Redken oil on my ends and a little above... I'll put about 2-3 pumps of the anti-frizz cream throughout... from roots to ends and then wait a little while and through some curl product in to let it air dry.
I did get the little bottle of the Clinique moisturizer because I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it, it's almost empty and I love it so I'll def be getting more. Then, I love my Ralph Lauren 3 scent for summer... and I say summer because I def wouldn't wear it for any other season. It's airy and fresh.
If you're curious about the stacked bracelets in the background, you can find them here and the bracelet holder here
With Mother's Day around the corner I wanted to do a little something special for those who might not be able to pamper themselves.
A few months ago I got some really cute necklaces in the mail from Tiny Tags and one of them, I never take off. It has my inrials KL engraved on it and it layers perfect with my other necklace I never take off.
In honor of Mother's Day I've teamed up with Tiny Tags to give one winner and deserving Mom a gorgeous necklace (up to a value of $800) just so you can have something special this holiday.
Most moms never get anything special for themselves or treat yo self so I wanted to help!
To enter to win make sure you're following Tiny Tags on Instagram here and me too of course! Once you take a look at the Tiny Tags website, leave a comment below of which necklace you'd love to win!
I'm wearing the 14K Gold Monogram necklace and never take it off!
Good luck!! Winner will be announced on Friday!
If you follow any amount of the show, you know I've been struggling to get through school and earn my bachelor's over the last 6 years... Yes, 6 years. Between teen motherhood, financial hurdles in the beginning, then moving to a new state, marriage, babies and divorce... and then of course just wanting to give up, I (barely) held on and I'm FINALLY graduating May 13! This has been an extremely long and emotional road for me and for my family. Yesterday my good friend, Jenn was sooooo sweet and did my graduation pictures with the boys and of course my baby bump!
Here is the preview of our photoshoot!
Email Jenn Glasser if you're looking for a photographer: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a select few people around me that have helped make this possible for me, they know who they are and I'm so thankful for them. I love you!
These workouts were approved by my doctor, so check with your doctor for approval while pregnant!
So recently I started having some pain in my lat area when I was laying down - whether it's pregnancy related or not, I'm not sure - but I decided to try some of these work outs my coach put together for me to see if they helped and so far things have been much better. I need to spend more time on specific muscles each day... although lunges are not my favorite the day after. ;) The idea with these work outs (for me) is to tone through the rest of my pregnancy and not elevate my heart rate too much since I haven't been truly consistent since the beginning of the pregnancy. Whether you're pregnant or not I hope these help or give you some ideas when you're not sure!
Day 1 -
Warmup & stretch
Seated dumbbell press - 10
Lat pulldown - 10
1 min rest
Tricep Pushdown - 10
Bicep curls - 10
1 min rest
Day 2 -
Warmup & Stretch
10 dumbbell RDL (Romanian deadlifts)
20 Weighted (dumbbells) lunges
:30 second plank
Rest 1 min
15 Side lateral plate raises - 5 lb plate in each hand
15 plate front raises - 15 lb plate
Rest 1 min
Day 3 -
Warmup & stretch
12 single arm dumbbell rows
12 incline bench press
Rest 1 min
12 Dips off box
12 Ring rows
Day 4 -
Warmup & stretch
21-18-15-12-9 Dumbbell cheat press
30 sec light bike after each set
30 second rest
10 step ups right leg
10 step ups left leg
:30 battle ropes
Rest 1 minute
Day 5 -
Warmup & Stretch
12 landmine rows
24 (12 each leg) weighted lunges
1 min light row
21-18-15-12 Push press & RDL's
Day 6 -
Warmup & Stretch
15's - EZ curls
8-10 inclined hammer curls w/ AMRAP drop set
10 1 arm incline curls
Partner curl ladder for 5 minutes
10 tricep kickbacks
20 box dips
20 tricep push downs
My friend Casi is the founder of cupcakeMAG and it was so much fun to be featured as a #momboss in the latest issue that just came out today! Head over to cupcakeMAG.com right here to read my entire interview as we chatted about mom life, school and the new baby! You might notice Beverley Mitchell and Christine Lakin on the cover -- who didn't watch 7th Heaven?
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot:
I've gotten a lot of questions about my hair so I thought I'd get all the details from Nickole who helped me with my look during the live after show! You can follow her on Instagram, @jonesn2 and on Facebook she is Nickole Jones! I know so many of you asked on my snap how to get my look so here is just how she did it.
1. Wash and air dry hair add a mousse scrunching hair while drying.
2. I suggest using Bumble and Bumble mousse.
3. Once hair is completely dry wrap the hair around a 1-inch wand.
4. I used T3 whirlwind trio 1inch attachment.
5. Wrap the hair from the root to about 1 inch from the end.
6. Hold the end out from the iron so it doesn't curl.
7. Follow that step on the entire head alternating directions( very important for fullness)
8. On the sides wrap the hair in a backward direction
9. Give it a light spray with hairspray. I used Sebastian shaper in the white can.
** alternating directions with your curls helps the hair to be fuller because all the curls don't become 1 curl
You might not believe it but I love to cook! As a single Mom, I have to always think ahead of recipes that are quick, easy and kid-friendly.
Right now I'm not really craving anything but I'm eating a lot of chicken and potatoes. I'm not a big breakfast person so when it comes to dinners, I love anything I can add cream cheese too and could never give up pasta. If you follow me on Pinterest here you will see I pin a lot of chicken recipes and easy go-to crock pot recipes too. I thought I'd kick off this week with sharing some of my favorites! Make sure you pin them for later too. They are all fast, easy and seriously the best with kids.
What's your favorite dinner recipe? I want to try it! Tell me in the comments below!