Monday, March 11, 2019

Hello Again

I feel  like I've been out of the blogging game for so long, that I forget where to even begin.

What are people interested in reading about now?

What would drives you as a reader to keep checking back here?

Random Posts?
Hopefully not fashion tips.  As I'm rocking yoga pants and work out tanks for the majority of the days - so not fashion foward at all.

Anyways, while I get back into the swing of things, be patient, keep checking back.

Much Love,


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Isagenix Review

As some of you may know I  jumped on the Isagenix train for the past month, and as the month is coming to an end, I feel like its my turn to review it.

I did the 30 Day Weight Loss System

I'm sure the biggest question you have is..did it work?

And in short yes.

I went into it as a kickstart to help my start loosing weight in order for me to keep pushing myself to lose more and to finally get to that goal weight.  And it did exactly that.   I think the main thing if you decide to try this, is you have to know why. Its not going to be a miracle fast weight loss solution, as much as we all hope for that. As every mentor says, its not a fast fix, its a lifestyle change.

This brings me to my next point, and also the reason why I probably didn't lose as much as a lot of other people. It made me realize that we eat pretty damn healthy at our house. Sure we have our indulgences, as H makes me bake a blue cake every week, and I love my wine and craft beer, but other than that I don't eat that many simple carbs, I rarely use sugar (minus the blue cakes), I eat a lot of fruit and veggies, and my hubby is a hunter so we eat lots of lean meat. So my nutrition really wasn't an issue.

However, this has helped me be cautious of the fact that I need to eat every couple of hours and not forgetting (i.e- getting to busy with kids) to eat.

I also didn't work out as much as I probably should. I averaged 3-4 times a week, doing various home workouts like PIIT28 (blogilates), 21 Day Fix, 30 Day Shred.  But again,  this program has made a good dent in my weight loss journey that its making me want to workout more.

And finally the dreaded cleanse days...well those actually weren't as bad as I thought they would .  They left me cold, feeling great the next day, less bloated and kinda tired.

Will I continue it? Perhaps. Not in the strict sense that I was following it, as truthfully I miss eating real food for the majority of my meals. But I do think I will have my one shake a day and do the cleanse day once or twice a month. I may also have to order some ionix. it tastes like shit (there is no other way around this) - but I feel it helped give me some energy.

 While I did wish it worked a bit better, I also realize its not a fast fix, its a learning curve.

So my final tally:

Starting weight: 172lbs
Final Weight: 159lbs
Pounds lost; 13 lbs
Inches lost: 21.1 inches

Happiness Gained!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 In Review

Holy. It's been a while since I've been on here. Last I was still preggo with Sawyer. So I figured that a year in review would be ideal.

So,  the start of 2017 came and went.

Honestly, I can't remember much prior to June 13th.

Started and finished the basement!  Which made this house feel a bit more roomy and more like home.

Twelve:TwentyThree was extremely successful with me branching into the market realm.

Went camping with Hunter, and we realized that this was the first time we went when it was just the three of us. And also the last.

June 13th! The big day. An unexpected day.  Went to get an ultrasound as we knew Baby was breeched. So went in to determine when to set a C-Section date, just in case he didn't flip.  Turned out the little bugger kicked his way out of the amniotic sac and there was no fluid left. Enter having a baby today.  A month early.

Saywer Westin came into the world, kicking and barely screaming as we had to spend 2 weeks in NICU. The longest two weeks. Waiting day by day for the little guy to get stronger, hitting milestones like having the tube removed, moving to a cot, getting the green light for an overnight, to bringing him home! These 2 weeks were spent with a whole lot of emotions, me sitting there with 2 sons, but not being abel to see or hold either of them. Hunter was staying with grandparents.  It was such a  great day when we got to be home as a new unit of four!

Then reality hit in, and raising two kids under 2. Not as easy. I forgot how easy the newborn stage was and raising a toddler was the hard part.

Hunter turned 2 in September! I can't believe he is 2 already and starting to talk in sentences.

Went to Mexico for Christmas with the in laws! A great little break, where the  boys loved the sand and ocean. Also realized how difficult travelling with 2 kids is, and props to all those who do it on a regular occurrence.

Still getting used to small town living. Still getting used to having 2 kids.

Here's to 2018!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dear Preggo Kendra the Second

Dear Preggo Momma:

Wow! 33 weeks with baby number 2! This time is different. Just read what you wrote to yourself when you were pregnant with Hunter. And remember how lucky you were. This time, well to be honest it hasn't been bad, harder than the first for sure. But when you actually sit down and compare, you've been lucky this round too, just bigger feeling. But lets start at the beginning.

After H turned 1, you and G decided that yup, maybe its time for another one. Then bam. It happened. A lot quicker than either of you guys were thinking. But here we are.

The 6 week and 12 week ultrasounds all came and went. Happy that the babe was growing healthy. With that the first trimester came to an end. This is the first time you actually threw up with a pregnancy -although only a couple times. And felt that hungover nausea feeling constantly.  Also combined with having the flu and colds (thanks winter!) made it feel real. And shitty at the same time.

With the second trimester you met a lot of back pain and hip problems. Massages and baths didn't always help and there were times you were stuck on the floor until you could muster enough energy to get up - although H thought this was fantastic.  The cravings, while nothing weird definitely hit. Baked goods and ice cream. And chocolate.

Then the 20 week ultrasound. The big gender reveal. A boy. Another one. To be honest, you weren't happy with this news.  You had your heart set on a little girl. Apparently gender disappointment is a thing too, you googled it, checked different forums, and realized (after a few tears) that another boy wouldn't be too bad. In fact it will be great to have that brotherly bond between H and little no name. Sure you still get a little sad that you won't get to have that mother-daughter relationship, but hell I can become a crazy mother in-law one day!

Now you are just under 2 months  away from giving birth. You pray its as easy as the first one...but have a feeling its going to be a complete 180. The back (and hip)  pain and exhaustion is definitely in the forefront. Sleeping is harder this round.  But the biggest difference between this pregnancy and the first one; the lack of time to relax. You have to chase a toddler around, bend down and lift him up constantly.  You also have the guilty SAHM feeling that you didn't have the first round. You feel that you should keep the house tidy and food all ready and cooked, when all you do is want to nap at the same time H is.  I know its all in the head and that G doesn't care, but ya...

This will most likely be the last time you are pregnant and you should revel in  it, but you are also so done with feeling like a mammoth and not being able to crawl on the floor and play with H.

 7 more weeks!

Love, Kendra

(now go put your feet up and have a fake beer!)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Easter Wreaths

Easter Wreaths

With Easter always comes by want to become more crafty. I suppose its' the spring fever thing. Anyways, I was searching for some inspiration and these are some of my faves that I may have to craft out, or more realistically buy. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why
Netflix just started airing Thirteen Reasons Why, and I thought I would reshare my review on the book. I am excited to start binge watching it as I really liked the book. I will let you know what I think of the show as soon as I am done.

I picked up this book without knowing anything about it. I was swayed by the title “thirteen reasons why’ because my husband has a saying /motto of “seven reasons why” and I thought, hey maybe its going to be the same reasoning  (It most definitely wasn’t). I also loved the cover art and the inside art sleeves. A+ for wherever designed that! (see- I still fall for the cover when picking up a book)
Clay Jensen is a regular teenage kid until he comes home from school one day and finds a package left on his door stop with no return address. Upon opening the package he discovers a bunch of cassette tapes. These tapes contain a recording by Hannah Baker, a crush and classmate who just so happened to commit suicide two weeks earlier.

These tapes contain 13 reasons why Hannah Baker killed herself.  Each tape side is dedicated to a person who made an impact on her decision. The catch is that every person, once listening to the tapes has to pass it on to the next person she talks about.  Changing not only the view on Hannah but every person mentioned.
I loved the duality of writing. Having Clay’s thoughts appear beside what he was listening to was genius. I’m so glad Jay Asher pulled it off.  
This book should be considered a required reading for teens, as it makes you think of the effects of bullying that we do not even see. It’s crazy to think that something so small (that is then turned into a rumor) can snowball into a girl wanting to kill herself. I know some people who have criticized this book saying that Hannah’s reason to kill herself was too insubstantial to be real. That’s the problem in today’s society; we don’t think that making a snarky comment on facebook about someone will matter. Little do you know that little snarky comment just may be the icing on the cake on top of all the other bullshit someone has to go through. The reason given for each of the 13, is small and trivial and from the outside is stupid. All the things she could have changed but Hannah asked for help in the best ways she knew how. And recieved help in the best way she knew how. Yes, she didn't scream it and straight out asked someone what to do if one has suicidal tendenceis, but really what teen actually does? When she tried to mention it in her class and was met with obstacles and more taunting. Even if in the writing it didn't come across as severe, you never know what is going on in the head on someone else.
In the end, I believe she made the tapes instead of just writing a suicide note, to have the people who affected her decision know why. That’s a problem with suicide you never know what was going through their head.   Yes, the tapes may seem like the blame game; but I see it as being a way for Hannah to warn others that rumors have consequences- to think things through before they do snowball into something irreversible. I believe she gives the tapes to Clay  because she liked him and wanted him to know why and not to wonder.
As for characters, I enjoyed Clay a lot. He was a believable teenage boy. His emotions were in tuned with what I would feel hearing the things Hannah said.  Hannah also made me like her. It made me feel sorry for her, that she felt like she had no other way out. A lot of teens have been there and her story was believable as to what a teenage girl goes through with rumors. Not everyone knows how to deal with it, and unfortunately for Hannah she was one of them.  He had no part in the story line, but I loved the waiter at Rosie’s. He saw this kid was having a hard time and was like, ‘dude, don’t pay, and figure your shit out’ (a bit more eloquently than that though). Just shows that some people genuinely care about one another.

  ***SPOLIER*** I liked how Clay wasn’t the last person in the list. He still had to pass it on and witness how other people interpreted the tapes and how their views of him changed. ***SPOLIER OVER***

I also heard it was being made into a movie as well.

This is a great YA read. 5 stars for this baby.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Freshen Your Home Up for Spring

With the nice weather finally starting to creep in, and dare I say it,  no more snow in the forecast; the end of March makes me want to dive right into spring cleaning and freshen up the house.  I guess its called spring cleaning for a reason, but being 5 months pregnant I definitely do not have that drive in me. Thankfully you can get that spring fresh feeling by changing up the decor slightly in your house, all conveniently located on

Here’s a few ideas to get started;

Time to reflect: Hang a mirror across from a window to reflect natural light and make a room feel bigger.

Lighten up
: If bold colours aren’t your cup of tea, neutrals like white or light gray can really make a space feel fresh and clean. This couch is perfect for that, and some throw pillows, or a pop of colour of a different table is also another way. A light-colored rug on top of an otherwise dark floor is a great accent. Or if you’re up for an easy DIY, save some cash by whitewashing an unfinished end table or some stools!

Embrace the colour of nature: Now is the perfect time to emulate blooming flowers by experimenting with small pops of color. Try sneaking in pinks, blues and greens by incorporating small pieces like bathmats, dinnerware or other decorative objects.

Get creative with planters: Try using a basket to house larger plants on the floor, or a terrarium to add a little green to a table. Don’t have a green thumb? There’s no shame in incorporating some artificial greenery. Plus, you’ll have it for next year!

Take a deep breath: If winter is all about the scent of sugar cookies and pine trees, spring is about floral and clean scents. Lavender and other floral scented-candles are always a good go-to, but scents like citrus or cotton can add that just-cleaned feeling to your home (with a lot less work).  

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Organic Coffee Scrub

I've been feeling crafty these days and finally and since one of my boards is called  "for when I'm feeling crafty", I decided to cross one on my list.

I have always wanted to try my hand at making my own bath stuff, and this one seemed simple enough. Only 3 ingredients! Plus all the benefits of coconut oil are well a benefit.   Plus coffee is supposed to be good for cellulite, or so the rumours say, this seemed like the best bet.

Use this scrub in your morning shower and you will feel invigorated.  You will be left with super moisturized skin thanks to the oil and super soft skin thanks to the exfoliant power of the sugar and coffee.

So how to make it:

- Coconut Oil (1/4 cup)
- Brown Sugar (1/4 cup)
- Coffee (1/2 cup) --->I used fresh ground French Vanilla because I'm classy like that... Actually no, its the only non K-cup type we had

You mix them all together.

Then you put them into a pretty mason jar. 

(yields about 8 ounces.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

To Read Lists
I've fallen away from my love. Reading. Just lately I haven't been able to pick up a book and finish it. I read a few chapters and then forget about it. And not because they didn't hold my attention, because some definitely did. So I got to thinking on how I should get back to making time to read, and I believe that a good portion of back when I was doing more full time book blogging (through netgalley) is that I had lists upon lists of To Be Read Lists, To Be Reviewed Lists, etc. While this may make it sound more like a job - I feel like it actually made me want to read, to cross off those books.

So, I am going to try that again.  There isn't as much pressure to review them, just to enjoy them.  And while I know my time off to just sit and read is going to greatly lessen come July, I am only going to put 5 on my list.  All randomly just picked at random with me just looking over to my bookshelf. 

To Read:
1. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
2 .Homegoing by Ya'a Gyasi
3. The Nest by 
4. Naked by David Sedaris
5.  Draongfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Thursday, March 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I enjoyed this book immensely. Not only is the cover art beautiful and is something I would pick up based on that alone, the writing is superb.

Rules of Civility

The story initially begins by Katey Kontent and her husband at an art gallery featuring photographs of strangers riding the subway. Two of these photographs feature Tinker Grey. This year is the year that was worth a flashback in Katey’s life. It was essentially the year she stepped out of her best friends shadow and lived her own life.

On New Years Eve of 1937, Katey Kontent a New York native and her best friend Eve Ross, who is transplanted to NYC from Indiana, find themselves in a Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with a bit of a secret side, happens to sit down next to them.  The three of them instantly click and start hanging out, becoming an unlikely threesome. And as all threesomes go, one poor soul  is always left out. At the beginning you can see that Tinker, despite Eve’s raw sensualism, is developing a little crush on Katey. Eve who is very outspoken and always looking to be the life of the party does not like the way Tinker’s mind is going. While Katey never shies away from the dramatic flair, you can tell she is more reserve and cannot compete with her best friend’s advances and ‘this-belongs-to-me’ attitude.  This especially comes clear when they end up in a car crash.  Tinker guilt plays a large role and him and Eve shack up propelling Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society where she goes from lowly secretary to a well-respected business woman.
Towles is a great writer. He writes with ease and romanticism. He makes you feel connected not only to 1938 New York but to each of the characters as well.  Katey was a great character. She was a hard worker, hard partier, loved to read and loved to shoot guns.  She was very believable and likeable. One thing that I did not like about Towles writing style was his lack of quotation marks.   I found it confusing at first, second guessing who was actually saying what. You get used to it, but really? Why did you have to try something different?

I give this 4.5 stars!  You should check it out!
I want to write more, but I fear too many spoilers would be given away!

“ careful when choosing what you're proud of--because the world has every intention of using it against you.”