fulltime rv living, Mom life, Rv life

My journey to full time RV

Hey everyone,

It’s the new trend going around these days, I’m talking about selling it all and living life on the road. Have you heard about full time Rving? Pretty much all over pinterest, and if you haven’t heard them you’re missing out! I know some people might think I’m completely crazy, and well they might be right I’m ready to join the rest of y’all and live life on the road. I’ve always loved being outdoors, pretty much always up for an adventure. Growing up we used to camp all the time, and I absolutely loved it. Having two younger kids myself , I’m excited to share my love for adventure with them at a young age. I’m going to share out experience, how were doing it, cost, and the dirty side of things.

Starting out we are joing my parents, who happen to be doing full time rving themselves. We are thankful to have this opportunity, and learn different tricks they have. They have been camping for many years, and decided to take the jump and go fulltime. They just got rid of everything at home, and our leasing out their home. My kids and I will be camping with them at the one and only… drum role please…. DISNEY WORLD!!!! it’s a dream come true, now if you’re not a Disney junkie like we our you won’t understand it, however those of you who are a Disney junkie you are probably jumping up and down for me while reading this!

I can’t wait to share with y’all or adventure at Disneys Fort wilderness campground. Fun fact about this campground is, I grew up camping here and now I get to do the same with my kids 🙂 If you have never camped here, you’re missing out. There’s much to see and do without going to the theme parks. We will only be going for one week during our two month stay. However, don’t worry, we will have so much other things that we will be doing and Sharing with y’all.

I have a lot to catch y’all up on, I can’t believe we have been here for 3 weeks so far! They say time goes by faster when you’re having fun. Well they are surely right about that. So let’s get y’all all caught up on our RV life for the past three weeks! We started out in Norfolk, where my kids and I flew to Orlando. My parents were already at the campground all set up, waiting on us. Our flight was quick, which I’m very thankful for traveling alone with a 4 and 7 year old.

We arrived to Orland international and got on the Mmagical Express 🙂 what better way to start you’re Disney vacation than riding on the diseyes bus. My kids and myself were so excited, we boarded the bus and sat back watched a Disney movie and enjoyed the ride to the happiest place on earth!

When we arrived at the campground we got on a Disney bus that takes you into the campground. My parents were happily waiting on us at the bus stop. Side note, we don’t currently live in the same state as them so you can imagine our excitement seeing them. We arrived late, and were starving. We hopped on a bus and went to one of the restaurants, we had a quick bite to eat and then headed over to the beach/ marina to catch the fireworks from the magic kingdom. Talk about a warm welcome 🙂

after the fireworks, we headed to the pool for a late night swim. We had the pool all to ourselves! What a great way to start our trip. As you can imagine we were completely exhausted from the trip and slept very well that night.

Day 1! My sister was flying in, we were having a girls trip this weekend for her wedding. She got in very early! Like 6 am early!!! We went on a walk to the beach and had some sister catching up time while everyone else was sleeping.

We had breakfast, and some much needed girl talks 🙂

There was so much excitement, things to see, new palaces to explore. We got the kids up and fed, then we hit the floor running. Were off to the pool. Good thing about Florida is it’s pool weather year round. My kids ware so excited to go swimming. They have a splash pad and slides at the pool, they are little fish and love the water. We had a full day playing, and relaxing under the sun. We headed back to the camper for some dinner, and then went to the famous chip and dale campfire sing a long. I remember this from when I was a little girl. I’ve always loved going to the campfire and roasting s’mores!! Idk about you, but this girl loves her s’mores.

It was a successful first day. The next 3 days were for my sisters girls weekend, she’s getting married next month!!! My dad kept my kids for me. For the girls trip we stayed at Disney’s Bay lake towers. One of my favorite resorts. I won’t go into to much about girls weekend, however we had so much fun and laughs.

I’ll catch y’all up on the crazies of the hurricane, and the evacuation on the next post! Until then goodnight y’all!

Fitness, Mom life

How I Find time to workout

Hey ya’ll! I’m here to help you find time to workout. I know were all busy, you have a million things on your plate, and somehow your supposed to fit working out into all of this. Trust me I understand, I just started on the journey of private online school with my son. I’ve always wanted to do homeschool, however I didn’t want to hold him back, or not be teaching everything he needs. So here we are, doing a online school and trying to get used to a routine, usually my fitness would get pushed to the back burner. However my health and fitness are important to me and I make it a priority. If you want something bad enough you will find ways to make it work. I’m going to share with you what works for me, and what I do when I don’t feel like working out, because let’s be honest I don’t always feel like it, or in the mood to workout.

Ask yourself, why? Why can’t I find time? why can’t I be motivated? why do I always quit when it gets hard? why does it even matter? I’m not a athlete, why do i need to workout? why will this help me? the list of questions can go on and on. However if you are wanting to make a change you need to change your mindset. Start asking yourself how instead, how will this help me? how and I going to do this?  How will this affect my health? How will I see results? How can I better myself? When you change your mindset you start seeing things different. Instead of making excuses and asking why does it even matter, and start asking how can I benefit from this you will be eager to start making changes to better yourself. 

So, How are we going to fit this in our busy life? Well guess what? you don’t have to spend hours, and hours in a gym to be healthy, you don’t have to only eat chicken and rice, you don’t have to give up stuff you love, you can have your cake and eat it to! I used to do crossfit, I would spend hours and hours everyday working out. I would go twice a day and push myself to my limits. I loved being in the gym and working out. I would measure everything I ate, and wouldn’t dare eat any sweets. It consumed me, everything I did was about crossfit, and for crossfit. I didn’t see it at the time, however looking back I realized how much time and energy I put into. I got upset with myself because it took time away from more important things, and I didn’t even see it! I took a break from crossfit, had another baby, and then started back up. Only this time it wasn’t my everything, it wasn’t my drive. I bought some equipment for my garage, I was able to spend more time with my family and less time at the gym. I started to realized I could get a good workout in at home, while still spending time with my kids. Time has passed yet again, My husband is in the navy so we move a lot! I ended up getting rid of all my equipment and  now only use dumbbells. You don’t have to give up stuff you love, you can have the equipment at home, however for me moving it all the time is too much. I love doing at home workouts, and just using dumbbells. I’m able to get in a workout anywhere at anytime. Kids want to go play at the park? bring your dumbbells, live in a apartment with people living under you? Lift outside, want more space to run around? lift outside. My new favorite workouts include being outside, and the best part is my kids are right there with me playing, or working out with me. Let’s talk about a huge impression you are putting on your kids, by showing them how important your health is.

What do you have to give? do you spend hours and hours on social media? Can you wake up 30 minutes earlier? Can you do a workout while your kids are doing homework? maybe you take your kids to sports after work, guess what? bring your dumbbells and workout while you wait. Have a long lunch break? bring your dumbbells. Are you starting to see how easy it is to add a workout in? It all starts with you! yes it starts with you. If you want better health, better sleep, better appearance, the only person that can change all of this is you. So what’s it going to be? are you going to keep telling yourself you don’t have time? or making excuses why you can’t workout and be healthy? Be the change you want to see.

 

As you can see in this picture, my daughter is playing while i’m working out, I take my dumbbells to this outside gym on base, they play and I get to work on being the best version of myself. If you wan’t it bad enough you will find a way to turn your I can’t into I can, and I will!  I hope this gives you hope, and motivation to find time, make time, and put it to action. 

Mom life

30 minute body weight workout

On rare occasions when the weather is just right, I like to take my workout outside. This also means the little’s  will play while I’m working out. Also I’m blessed to have a free gym to go to when I feel like making the drive on base. Today we used the outside equipment. I absolutely love doing body weight workouts, today was a 20 minute circuit. If you don’t have access to a pull up bar you could sub dips instead. 

 

Every 2 minutes for 20 minutes total 
200 M Run
5 pull ups
10 push ups
15 air squats

If you are unable to keep up with the time, you can just do 10 rounds total, or stop after the clock beats you.

I added in a ab circuit afterwards, I did 2 rounds of
10 toes to bar
10 sec L hold
20 mountain climbers
10 around the world
10 plank up downs

Get outside and enjoy the nice fresh air! Hope you work up a sweat with this one.

Mom life

How to get your child to eat better

I have been trying to get my kids to eat healthier. Last year was a really hard year for us. We were living with a relative, and I was working long crazy hours. I was always running around and never able to cook for them. Half the time we would eat breakfast in the car while we rushed running late to school. This had become our normal, I would tell my son that we would wake up early so I didn’t rush him. However that never happened, going to bed late from work always got the best of me. My husband was deployed, and I was trying to be both mom and dad to my kids, and I always fell short. I would beat myself up because I wasn’t spending time with my kids, they were at school and then I would rush them to a family members house while I went back to work that night. I wouldn’t get off until 9pm and then had to pick them up and rush back home to get them in bed. 

Family dinners? That word didn’t exist to us, heck family meals weren’t even present. It killed me that we never sat down and ate together, it’s funny because I would eat all my meals while driving rushing back and forth to pick them up and take them somewhere. Isn’t it crazy all the things we put on our plates? I’m talking the I can work a full time job while also being a single parent and of course y’all can play two sports that I’ll somehow manage to take you to. Yes I can volunteer to serve in the morning and afternoon at church on Sunday’s, I’m free that day. You see we end up hurting ourselves trying to do more than we were ever expected to. 

So back to getting my kids to eat healthy, with no sense of normal. My kids would just snack on anything and everything I would buy them. I would get so upset that my 3 year old wouldn’t eat a single meal! I mean literally, she would only snack. So I started to pack a lunchbox full of snacks to keep her happy through the day. If only they were healthy snacks, but it ended up being whatever was easier for me. I felt so defeated, so bad because I would eat so healthy, and then would just give them whatever I could to get them to eat. 

Fast forward to today, we moved into our own apartment since daddy came home!! Normal is still a issue with him still being on a aircraft carrier, and working a crazy schedule. However I have managed to make a normal routine at home. I’m not working this time and I’m able to spend the entire day with my kids. My favorite thing to do is cook, and I’m happy to say I’m able to cook 3 healthy meals a day and sit down at the table to enjoy it with my family. 

Things I have found that worked for us, slowly changing their foods. This is the biggest recommendation I can give y’all who are wanting to change your diet. I start by swapping out their snack foods, I let them pick a fruit that they would like to try and that becomes their snack for the week. After making the switch with their snack I moved onto adding veggies to their dinner, either a salad on the side, or baking veggie chips. They love the salads, they see me eating them and slowly started asking for some of mine 🙂 winning! I’m going to be taking out more and more, and keep improving their meals. 

Sugary drinks! My 3 year old drinks apple juice like its water. Getting her off Apple juice has been a bit of a struggle, However we’re making progress. She loves green tea, I started making her decaf green tea and slowly I’ve been able to switch it for the apple juice. I have noticed a huge difference in her mood/ behavior! She always wants to try what I’m drinking so I give her my smoothies with coconut water and greens and she’s loving it. We call it hulk juice and she’s excited to drink it. Make these new changes fun for them and they will be excited to try them. 

 

Swap out a sugary drink for a healthy tea

There’s hope moms! With a few changes and a bit of normal you can do it as well. I hope you are able to make some changes to your toddlers nutrition!