This past weekend my dad, Ry, and I ran our second Half Marathon (21.1km). It was the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Run (WFPS). It was 0 degrees out but it was the perfect weather for me to run in. It wasn’t too cold and I’m so happy it wasn’t hot! This picture was taken right when we got to our race around 7:15am. I couldn’t believe how dark it still was!
The morning of race day I don’t like to eat too much, thanks so much to Cranked Energy for giving me the perfect amount to eat with all the nutrients my body needs to sustain a half marathon! Perfect running fuel! When I woke up I had two energy bites and an hour before the race I had another one. Have I mentioned how delicious they are?!?! Well they are absolutely delicious and come in a whole variety of flavours & also have a vegan option! My favourite flavour is the Choco-Expresso! Go give them a follow on Instagram here! —> Cranked Energy
At the start of my run I was feeling pretty good and running beside the 1:55:00 pacer, I was ahead of them until around the 9 mile mark where my legs started to seize up and I had to slow down my pace. I can’t tell you how upset I was when the 2:00:00 pacers passed me. I may have started to cry… all this hard work and I only beat my time by one minute… At least I was able to finish the race! My race time was 2:05:48. Having Cayson and Brexleigh on my mind the whole time and wearing my lucky “This is for you Cayson & Brexleigh” t-shirt on during the race helped me push through. I kept thinking how lucky I am to have them and then I would start to cry all over again lol.
I can’t tell you how much of a mental game running a half marathon is. It’s absolutely insane. You feel like giving up every second, every mile but you just keep pushing through and telling yourself you can do it! If you’ve never ran one I highly encourage you to do so, you will never regret it. Well you might during the race but once you cross the finish line there is a feeling of euphoria! A “runner’s high” some even say! It is 100% worth it!
I’m also super proud of Ryan for beating his last half marathon time by 8 minutes and finishing his race in 2:10:00 and my dad in 1:56:00.
I’m hoping to do three more half marathons and then do my first full by the time I’m 25 years old. Wishful thinking? We’ll see. 😉
Welcome to Brexleigh’s room! Before I start getting into my emotional side of my blog I would like to show you Brexleigh’s room. Her room doesn’t really have a theme to it yet because I’m not quite sure on what she likes. However, I did add flowers here and there so I guess we can call it the ” flower room”.
Over her bed I hung a white canopy with flowers that I glued on. The canopy I got from Ikea and the flowers I bought from Dollarama. Adding the flowers to the canopy added some beautiful character to the room.
A few of us pitched in to buy Brexleigh this Teepee tent for her birthday. I didnt expect it to be as big as it is but I think its the perfect space for her teddy bears and “reading space”. We ordered this Teepee on Etsy from iloveteepee. I added some greenery from Dollarama on the top of the Teepee & also some lights that I got from Ikea a few years back. It is SO cozy in the room when all the lights are off except for the ones on the Teepee!On this shelf is a picture of Brex with her Aunty Ashley ( her Godmother) , a wooden sign with her name that I made before she was born and a zebra figure that my mom bought for her first birthday and got her name put on it by Spruce Corner Creations. My daughter was diagnosed with Infantile Rickets & Ehlers-Danlos type 3 this year. The zebra is Ehlers-Danlos symbol and that is why it is in there standing proud with Brexleigh’s name on it. You are a fighting Zebra Brex!
Here is a better view of her room. The measuring plank was also made by my talented friend Erin from Spruce Corner Creations you can follow her on Instagram or Facebook! I’m excited for Brex to grow up in her room and be able to sleep in it every night. P.S how cute is her little unicorn storage box from Winners?!
A huge THANKS to everyone who has checked out or followed my blog this past month!
In exactly a week our beautiful little girl turns ONE! I cannot believe it… We decided to throw Brexleigh a Unicorn birthday party! I will be posting a blog on Sunday of her birthday party. For now take a look of how her cake smash went! I was lucky enough to win this cake made by Cake & Co in an Instagram giveaway! I love the ombré purple and it tasted amazing!! Both of my kids loved it and so did mommy & daddy (shhhh)! I got her little unicorn headband at a store in Naples, Florida. Isn’t it just so adorable? She’s such a cute little Unicorn! All the decor was made by ‘Mama’s Got a Glue Gun’. She did such an amazing job and she also made me a 1-12month banner for Brex. The balloons I got from Heier Designs Florist & the Unicorn balloon I got from the great Canadian Dollar Store. She loved posing for all her pictures. She smiled the whole time! A huge thanks to my cousin Chantal for taking these pictures!!
Can you tell she does not like getting dirty?
Happy Wednesday all!!
So… anyone that knows me knows that I love doing DIY projects! I go through spurts where I will do them a lot and other months I won’t do as much, but one of my favorite things to do is to decorate my kids rooms. Today I’m going to show you Cayson’s room and the DIY projects I did in his room!Welcome to Cayson’s Woodland Room! The wood look on his wall is not actually wood it is wallpaper that we got from EG Penner for cheap and it’s amazing! We got his bed from Ikea; I decided to add wood on the backboard and paint it white. The night stand was actually a black scratched up table so I decided to paint it white and add wood on top to add a rustic look. I made his little stuffed animal cage in the corner ( I can write another blog explaining how to make that). All the custom signs in his room my talented friend Erin made, if you would like to check out her work or order follow her on instagram/facebook at Spruce Corner Creations. The “C” & Shelf I got from Winners! We got Cayson his cute Woodland blanket online from “Crate & Barrel”, we got it for his second birthday and got an amazing deal on it!Cayson LOVES animals so I got this cute little crate from Dollarama and I stained it a nice espresso colour. My aunty gave me this cute little bird light that I decided to put in Cayson’s room (He will love this) it gives the perfect amount of light. I left his little book that his aunt got him on his side table because I just love the meaning to it. Also, If you’re wondering where we got all the little animals from… my grandma bought a HUGE rubbermaid full of them for $50. Such an amazing deal!I decided to add a little reading space to his room since he loves to “read” books. I started out by painting this oval Ikea seat white (it used to be blue). I bought two picture shelves from Ikea and put most of his books up there. I bought the little crate from Giant Tiger that I also stained espresso & I added some more books in there. The little deer head I got from Dollarama and I stained it white to match the room. I decided to go with the orange accents in the room because I already had the curtains and pillows so I thought It would match well with the fox on his bed set.Here’s a close up to his stuffed animal cage that I made this summer.
Stay tuned for Brexleigh’s room!
“Don’t run with your legs, run with your heart”
Why do I run? Every bone in my body hurts, I’m sore for days after, I push to my limits that I almost puke, and my lungs and ribs hurt every time. Why do I run? I run because it clears my mind, I run because it’s the only time where I can run away from reality, I run because I want my kids to look up to me and know to never give up no matter how hard things get sometimes.
This past year has been the hardest year of my life. So hard that it makes running feel so easy… not easy on my body of course but on my heart. When I run I am constantly thinking of my children and it pushes me through the race so much easier. Sometimes I start tearing up when I’m running because I’m thinking of them. That is why this year on June 17th, 2018 I decided to do my first half marathon (21km) with my dad and boyfriend (Ryan). I got all three of us shirts made that said “This is for you Cayson & Brexleigh” and we got there put on our shirts and we ran our race. It was one of the best feelings ever! My goal was to finish my race in under two hours but it took me 2:06:48, my dad finished 30 seconds before me and Ryan finished 12 minutes after me. They both did amazing and I was really proud of them! It was also Father’s Day, so I think that made them feel a bit more special!
After this half marathon we did a couple of little 10km & 15km runs throughout the summer. We decided to enter another half marathon in October. That we will be running for our little kiddos again. Love you to the moon and back Cays & Brex! ” This is for you “!
P.S If you ever need an extra little boost to run listening to some motivational speakers; one of my favorites are “Struggle Makes you Stronger”.
To all you mama & dada’s out there ; NEVER stop running for your babies!
Welcome to my mind. My name is Jessica and this is my first Blog EVER! This past year I have gone through so many emotions, disappointments, downfalls & literally having my heart broken into a million pieces… I decided that I was ready to share myself with the world.
I’m very new to this whole “Blog” thing so please bare with me. I will start off by introducing myself a bit – Again… my name is Jessica or you can call me Jessie, I am twenty two years young and a loving mother to my beautiful children Cayson Reign & Brexleigh Arlowe; who I both love with ALL my heart. I spend most of my days with my boyfriend Ryan, he is my rock & I am so grateful for him. This past year has been a nightmare for my family (I will share this story in another blog as it is very long) but the three things that have helped me so much through all of this are FAMILY, the LOVE of my family & friends, and FITNESS. Fitness is one of my passions and you will hear a lot about it throughout my blogs. It has helped me stay fit, focused, & healthy to carry myself through this uphill battle.
I’ve decided to start blogging because I know there’s 100’s of people who have or are going through the same as I am. My goal is to help, motivate, & inspire parents all around the world. I know life can get tough and sometimes it isn’t fair but as parents we can NEVER ever give up on ourselves but most importantly on our children. My story hurts, my story is sad, and my story sucks but my story is me!
“You never know what someone is going through. Be kind. Always”.