Hello, Australia!! Welcome to Rodan + Fields.

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I started this journey over 2 years ago. I was 25 weeks pregnant and didn’t even try the products before jumping in. I knew the opportunity was that good.  

Along the way I have gained a huge network of supportive women, a ton of new friends, glowing skin and a paycheck. 

I have worked this business around my 2 kids, Brian’s week to week travel, my full time regular paying job (which R+F is coming very closely to matching), and have come to realize I am super passionate about it. 

Do you know anyone in Australia that would love our skincare line? I can now send to them across the globe…with FREE SHIPPING, or better yet, connect them with me so that they literally are the FIRST consultants for their country.

It’s time to update your skincare routine.


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First-Time Kindergarten Mom

It happened.  We hit a major milestone last week and we all survived.

I’ll admit, the night before as I was brushing my teeth I internally panicked and all of those questions came flooding into my mind:

Are we doing the right thing?

Is she ready?

Will she make friends?

What if someone is mean to her?

Does she know how much I love her?

Will she be happy?

Will she have enough time to eat her lunch?

I tiptoed back into her room and laid myself down on her bed. ¬†I smelled her hair. ¬†I stroked her cheek. ¬†I tucked her curly blonde hair behind her ear. ¬†I held her hand. ¬†I smiled when she instinctively wrapped her fingers around mine during her sleepy slumber, just as she did when she was a baby. ¬†My mind flooded back to those first few days, weeks, months of her life. ¬†She came 4 weeks early and she spent a lot of her evenings screaming. ¬†Screaming at me. ¬†Screaming at Brian. ¬†She cried, I cried. ¬†We all cried. ¬†Brian and I spent a majority of our evenings in her bathroom because it had the best vent fan, ever. ¬†EVER. ¬†We would take turns, standing in the dark bathroom, with the vent fan running, holding her little swaddled burrito body tight to us while practicing the 5 S’s. ¬†Swaddle, Shush, Sway, Side laying, and sucking…. eh, I guess we practiced the 4 S’s since she hated all things pacifiers and bottles. ¬†I remember those days seemed long and I wished for time to speed up because it was exhausting. ¬†But everyone told us, “It goes so fast! Just enjoy it.”

“Just enjoy it.”

So your saying I’m supposed to enjoy the fact that she screams at me all evening long? How about the fact that I feel like a human pacifier? And the sleepless nights during those milestone moments? The teething? The ear infections? The sickness? I’m supposed to enjoy that? You’re joking right? But they weren’t. ¬†And I wasn’t getting it. ¬†But I do now.

Enjoy the chaos, the sleepless nights, the teething, the sickness (because with sickness comes cuddles).  Enjoy the moments of  rocking her to sleep.  Her sleepy little head on my chest.  When she would bring a book, sit on my lap, and point to those animals while making their respective noises.

Enjoy the meltdowns.  The struggles over what to eat and making the same damn thing for lunch every single day.  Enjoy the independence she shows around the age of 2.  The smiles, the giggles, how one day she just starts talking in full sentences and you had no idea she even knew what the word exasperated meant let alone how to use it (correctly) in a sentence.

She is resilient this one. ¬†We moved from Iowa to Chicago when she was around 22 months old. ¬†She started a new daycare. ¬†New faces, new names, new home, new routine, new everything. ¬†She did beautifully. ¬†She was happy, she made friends. ¬†And then at the age of 4, we blew her little world up again. ¬†Another move. ¬†Another state. ¬†Far, far away from family and our friends. ¬†It would be ok, we said! We are moving to the mountains! She had no idea what freaking mountains were. ¬†But we made them seem really exciting. ¬†You’ll love it, we told her! And she does. Again, a new daycare, new faces, new names, new home, new routine, new time zone, and the biggest of all, starting kindergarten.

It’s midnight, the day of kindergarten and I am tossing and turning in bed. ¬†I get up and check on her. ¬†Watching her. ¬†Hoping, praying that her first day goes well and that she ends up loving school. ¬†I settle back into bed but lay there wide awake because sleep isn’t coming as easy tonight.

Will she be scared?

Will she cry?

Will I cry?

Is her teacher going to be nice?

Earlier that night I packed her first lunch. ¬†Ham sandwich, chips, fruit, carrots, water. ¬†Should I put a note in I wondered? Um, no. She couldn’t even read it.

My alarm clock went off at 6:15a.  I rolled over and at the same time all the butterflies in my belly woke up.  I quickly got ready and walked into her room.  She was still sleeping soundly.  I laid in her bed and started to slowly wake her.  I looked around her room and spotted her first day of school outfit.  A dress of course.

She woke up excited for her new day. ¬†She got dressed, ate breakfast, I took about 100 pictures while Brian took Brady to daycare and then the time came for us to walk her to school. ¬†We each took turns holding her hand. ¬†She walked in front of me, holding her daddy’s hand, while her backpack bounced with every step she took. ¬†Her backpack seemed so big on her. ¬†We told her how proud we were of her, how much we loved her, and how much we hoped she enjoyed her first day. ¬†We told her that no matter what, it was important to be kind to others, even if they aren’t kind to you.

The walk to school is quick, 7 minutes if your timing it.  We got there early, trying to avoid the rush of students that started the day before and the kindergarteners that were arriving with their parents for their first day.

I glanced up and quickly made eye contact with another mom. ¬†We smiled at each other, both reading the thoughts in each others’ minds I’m sure. ¬†We made our way towards new family friends of ours. ¬†Makenzie was going to be in the same morning enrichment program as their daughter and I really do think that helped both girls from not completely losing it the first day. ¬†Each girl took turns posing inside the frame that read 2017-2018 My First Day of School! They were excited. ¬†They all lined up and talked amongst themselves. ¬†I gave Makenzie another hug, as did Brian and we hung back a little bit. ¬†I didn’t want to be helicopter mom and tried to play it really cool but the truth is, inside I was breaking just a little bit. ¬†The school bell rang and it was time for her to go. ¬†She looked at me with those big hazel eyes and said, “Bye, mommy!” ¬† I waved goodbye to her and told her to have a great day. ¬†I watched as she slowly turned away from me and followed her friends into the school. ¬†Watching her little blonde baby curls every step of the way until I couldn’t see her anymore. ¬†I turned towards Brian and looked up because I could feel it. ¬†The tears were forming in my eyes.

I’m pretty sure I drove Brian crazy all morning with the, “I wonder what she is doing now?” or “She should be starting actual kindergarten at this time.” ¬†Around 11:35 my friend A texted me and said, “I think they’re on their 20 minute lunch,” to which I responded back, “Hopefully they can eat fast!” ¬†But that was how my entire day went. ¬†Wondering what she was doing, how she was doing, who she was talking to, playing with, if she was being a good listener.

2:30 rolled around and I was practically running out the house. ¬†I couldn’t wait to talk to her and find out how her day went. ¬†She came strolling out of her school, behind her teacher, and then ran to me, greeting me with, “MOMMY!!” And a giant hug. ¬†She said she had a great day. ¬†She clipped up to blue, and she made some new friends.

On the way home Brian asked her, “Makenzie, what was the hardest part of your day?” To which she responded, “Probably when they told us we only had 7 minutes to eat snack.”

People say it all the time, “It goes so fast. Enjoy it while you can.”

Lately I’ve been trying to do just that. ¬†Take it in. ¬†The crazy, the chaos, the good, the bad, and the ugly moments. ¬†Because they really are gone in the blink of an eye and then it’s on to the next big milestone.

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Stop the scroll.

Are you guilty of it? You know how it goes, you’re scrolling through Facebook and what do you normally see, political post, pictures of babies and puppies, someone cooked a bomb meal and wanted to show it off, and oh, there is Stacy raving and posting about her business, Rodan + Fields.  Insert eye roll, mumble something about a pyramid scheme, and keep scrolling.  Is that you?

STOP the eye roll and STOP the Scroll.  If you can see my posts then there is a really good chance we are friends.  FRIENDS! I’m not some random person at the mall trying to sell you a hair straightener or spray you with perfume, or ask if you want a massage.  I am your friend.  You know that I am not trying to trick you or set you up into buying something that is junk that you’ll just end up returning for a refund anyway.  The products WORK.  I’m not asking you to join me and my team because I need you.  The truth is, I believe that there are a number of you out there that would succeed in this business and make money at the same time.  I do it because I’m part of an incredible team, I see how great this opportunity is, and how the sky is the limit for people.

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My favorite: I could never do that, it’s basically a pyramid scheme.  Just a heads up, a pyramid scheme is defined as a person selling promises, but no product, not to mention it’s illegal.  Plus, I’m sure two Stanford trained doctors aren’t into illegal activities and putting their billion dollar brand in jeopardy.

How about this, does it sound familiar? You work for a boss, who is under a boss who is under a boss, who is under the owner.  Most times you are overworked, under paid, and it can be hard to get time off.  You’re not ever “safe” as you can get laid off at anytime, without warning, and getting a significant pay raise or bonus can basically be impossible.  Do you know of anyone that works for one of these pyramids? Truth be told, it is just about all of us in corporate America!

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Being in business is not easy, it takes hard work, but it can be so incredibly worth it if you’re willing to put in the time, consistency, and effort. There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding MLM’s (Multi Level Marketing) but that doesn’t mean that any of these are factual.  I knew before getting into this business that this was going to be something I’d eventually encounter.  Throughout this journey, I’ve learned to focus on the business and look beyond my original fear of annoying people.  I post on Facebook and send personal messages because I know the products work and the business is your opportunity to be your own boss with additional financial independence.  I use the majority of these products and each has provided me the results that are advertised.  My family and friends use these products and share pictures with me showing the same.  When I reach out to people, I truly want you to experience the products and/or business on the level that I do.

Even though I don’t do them as often as I should, today I committed to following up with people that haven’t responded to my previous reach-outs.  While doing so, I found that 8 of my Facebook friends blocked me on messenger and I was no longer able to reach out to them to even say hi.  Instead of responding to me and saying, “Thanks, but no thanks” they decided that blocking all communication from me was the best solution.

If you purchase a brand that a celebrity endorses, why not try R&F instead of paying for those royalties?  This is the #1 Premium Skin Care brand in North America.

You probably have a large handful of friends that are using Facebook as their platform for whatever it is they are passionate about whether it be R+F, Lipsense, Young Living, LulaRoe, Plexus, Usborne, the list goes on and on.  If your FRIENDS reach out to you, respond by telling her what you are thinking in regards to her message.   We won’t be mad, or upset, or hold a grudge, at least I won’t.  To me, no response means that you were too busy to respond at the moment so I’m going to keep checking back in.

To all the hard working, boss babe ladies (and gents) out there working their business for their WHY, go for it.  Don’t let anyone stop you.  I can tell you tonight that I’m more motivated than ever to work hard for my WHY.  My WHY is my family, our mortgage, a dream vacation, and so much more.  What is YOUR WHY?!?  They make me want to work harder.  Better. Be more efficient and share this opportunity with everyone with skin.  Because it’s just that good.

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Two Year Rodaniversary

June is my “Rodaniversary” month!!

Two years ago, I took the leap of faith after having ONE conversation with my friend, Barb Berezowitz. I took the 10 minutes to listen to what she had to tell me about the opportunity and she had me hooked by the time I hung up the phone. I was able to see the opportunity this business had to offer with some commitment and persistency. When I started my business, I heard rumblings of how we were going to take over the #1 Premium Skincare brand in the U.S. and we were pushing to do so. 14 months later we not only jumped to the #1 spot but we surpassed over $1.5 BILLION dollars in sales too. Proactive was also a billion dollar brand except the difference is that it is sold in over 187 countries. We are in two. TWO! Think of the opportunity here, friends! If you want it, you can achieve it, and I would love to help you do so. #TeamGive is hands down the BEST team in R+F and I’m so proud to be part of it.

These products work. The before and afters are the real deal. You’ve seen my results and the results of my friends and family. I’ve truly enjoyed helping people find their renewed confidence with great skin and bomb lashes. If you haven’t tried R+F yet, let’s not put it off any longer.

Let’s kick off June with my first incentive targeted for all new Preferred Customers. This incentive is good until June 30th. No exceptions.

Current Preferred Customers: NO worries ladies and gents, as always, I’ve got you covered. More to come….

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One month in…

So here we are, a month after our move. ¬†We have our boxes unpacked, pictures on the wall, and seem to be settling in pretty well here. ¬†The kids transition went better than I thought it would and if I’m being perfectly honest, I may be the one in the family that the move affected the most.

It’s no joke that I find myself looking out the window, staring at the mountains and feeling like I’m still in Oswego and somehow the mountains just came to me. ¬†I’m in awe of them every single morning (and night). ¬†We have seen some of the prettiest sunsets here and it’s only been one month. ¬†Our backyard and master bedroom face west so we have gotten our fair share of beautiful sunsets that unfortunately don’t even come close to accurately depicting the beauty of it once we try to take a picture on our iPhones and send them to our family back in the Midwest.

This weekend was a little tougher on me for a couple of reasons. ¬†On Friday, the people that bought our house in Oswego, closed on it and were officially going to start moving in. ¬†I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved that house of ours. ¬†It was perfect for our family for many reasons and Brian and I just grew to love it as well as our neighborhood very quickly. ¬†So on Friday it was hard for me to think of another family moving in. ¬†I know that the new family has a little boy, slightly older than Brady, and so in my mind that meant the gold polka dotted accent wall in Makenzie’s old bedroom was soon going to be changed. ¬†The chalkboard wall that sat inside the little house under the basement stairs that was typically covered in rainbows, hearts, and flowers was going to be erased and new scribbles were going to take their place. ¬†The hydrangeas, chives, mint, and all the beautiful perennials would be thriving right now¬†and¬†I hope the owners love them as much as I did.

I also know that the kids that Makenzie has been in class with since before she was two years old are graduating this week back in Oswego. ¬†The teachers that have watched her grow the last 3 years will be there to cheer all the kids on as they walk across the little stage as they get ready to make a huge change and start kindergarten. ¬†I distinctly remember last year at this time seeing the graduation flyer on the door to her daycare and thinking to myself, “Wow! That is only one year away. ¬†I can’t wait for her to celebrate with her friends.” ¬†It’s amazing how much things can change in a year.

Makenzie’s new daycare is also a Nobel Learning Community, which is the same as her daycare in Oswego was, so they follow the same curriculum and do the exact same things. ¬†She will have a graduation with her class with her new teacher but I just am feeling like it’s not the same. ¬†We are the new kids in class, literally. ¬†She’s made friends and her new teacher is seriously A-MAZING but I just feel a tiny bit sad that she won’t be able to celebrate this with her friends that she has been with since the beginning. ¬†She’s been asking about two of her friends, Ainsley and Sophia, and so today we actually Facetimed with Sophia. ¬†The girls talked for 10 minutes but were a little shy.

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Today, I was sitting in Makenzie’s room and we had just gotten done talking with my sister, nephews, and parents via FaceTime when Makenzie jumped off her bed and started playing on the floor. ¬†I was in one of those moods where I just watched her for a while and then suddenly she popped up, grabbed the heart picture frame that held a picture of her and her cousin, Katelyn, pulled it close to her chest and whispered, “I’ll never, ever forget about this.”

I had to fight back the tears in my eyes.

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“This” being when Makenzie was in Oswego, Katelyn would normally help her mommy drop her younger sister, Megan, off at daycare, which was the same daycare Makenzie was at. ¬†Makenzie would run to the window and she and Katelyn would form hearts with their little fingers and hold them up to the window. ¬†Melissa snapped a quick picture one day and it’s been in a frame since then.

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THIS was also one of the main reasons why I bought Allison, Makenzie, and Katelyn a 3 way Best Friend Forever necklace that they all can wear and think about each other when they are feeling sad.

I try to ask Makenzie often how she is doing. ¬†How she likes Colorado, if there is anything she wants to talk about, is she making friends, what does she think of the mountains? ¬†She always responds positively. ¬†She likes Colorado, can’t believe how beautiful it is, wishes it wasn’t snowing in May, is missing Wisconsin and both sets of Grandparents and cousins, and lastly she misses her friends from daycare. ¬†The other day she came home from daycare, sat down at her reading nook and started coloring two pictures for Sophia and Ainsley. ¬†We sent those in the mail along with a 4×6 picture of the 3 girls together right before we moved away when we all went to see Beauty and the Beast.

She’s a strong little girl with a very old, caring soul.
Sometimes I think she’s stronger than I am.

I know it’s totally normal for me to be missing our families, missing Wisconsin, missing Oswego and maybe it’s the change that is about to take place in August with Makenzie starting kindergarten. ¬†Or maybe it’s the fact that Brady is getting older and no longer a baby and I’m at a crossroads and need to really figure out what happens next. ¬†Sell the baby stuff or keep it just a little longer? Maybe I’m feeling like any time we want to go visit our families in Wisconsin and Chicago, we have to drop $1500+ as a family to go. ¬†It’s not as easy as getting into the car, jumping on I88 to I94 straight up from Chicago to Milwaukee. ¬†It requires planning and a bit of saving to go back for all the holidays and then some random weekends here and there.

Brian’s parents were here a few weekends ago for a quick trip, Sunday – Tuesday, and when they pulled away Tuesday morning, I felt like I was saying goodbye to them all over again when we left the midwest. ¬†Truth be told, I shed some tears as they drove away.

This post is all over the place.  So if your still reading, thank you.

I think this weekend I’m just missing home a little bit more than I have been. ¬†And there is nothing wrong with that.

xoxo,
SLK

Rodan + Fields Hydration Serum

Rodan + Fields newest product, Hydration Serum launches today but it is already on Elle’s Beauty Must Haves for April!

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ACTIVE HYDRATION SERUM

Hydration Serum instantly boosts skin’s hydration by 200% using R+F’s proprietary 3D3P Molecular Matrix. This results in plumper looking skin and diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Q: How does it help?

‚ÄĘ REDEFINE‚ĄĘ users will experience added radiance & tone.
‚ÄĘ REVERSE‚ĄĘ users will see luminous skin with even fewer fine lines.
‚ÄĘ UNBLEMISH‚ĄĘ users will experience balance in oily & dry patches.
‚ÄĘ SOOTHE‚ĄĘ users will experience not just calm but visibly firmer skin.

Q: How is Active Hydration Serum different from other hydrating skincare products?

ūüĒėActive Hydration Serum is not like any other product. The 3D3P Molecular Matrix is a patent-pending, one-of-a-kind structure, invented in our Rodan +Field laboratory. We created a new molecule that addresseshydration in a different way, by drawing moisture from the atmosphere, locking it in & releasing it slowly throughout the day!

Hydration vs. Moisture:

ūüĒėHYDRATERS- designed to increase water content in the skin
ūüĒėMOISTURIZER- help skin retain water by creating a barrier over the skin

So, to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and soft (and not oily!) you need to increase your skin’s hydration….and then seal it in with a good moisturizer!

It’s only available to consultants right now so message me and I will place an order for you!

’twas the night before….

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I’m exhausted. ¬†Simply put and we are just getting started. ¬†It doesn’t help that I suddenly came down with a massively stuffy nose, head cold, cough in the last few days. ¬†I’m mouth breathing as I type this and I have broke the neti pot out way more in the last 2 days than I have in 5 years. ¬†It works for like 5 minutes and then I’m back to mouth breathing.

It’s 10:45p and our internet is turning off in less than 2 hours so I figured while I wait for Brian to get home, I’ll write all about how I’m feeling tonight.

The movers have been here the last two days. ¬†Packing things up, moving them out to the truck, and I’ve been purging things. ¬†If I haven’t worn it, opened it, or used in the last year, it’s gone. ¬†But there are those maternity clothes that I just can’t seem to part with just yet. ¬†But that’s a blog for a different day…

My house is quiet. ¬†The kids are sleeping. ¬†They are exhausted too. ¬†We got back a little bit ago from a fiesta party our friends threw for us. ¬†These same friends also live right next door and are our neighbors so it’s a pretty easy walk over even despite the windy and rainy Chicago weather. ¬†Enchiladas and beers for the adults, mac n cheese and chicken nuggets for the littles. ¬†We have a mutual friend and she and her family came over as well. ¬†They have a 4.5 year old girl so her and Kenzie have always loved playing together and they also have a 2.5 year old little boy. ¬†We ate, talked, laughed, watched the kids play together, and they even put on a fashion show. ¬†We ended the night with sprinkle brownies and a Trolls dance party. ¬†Saying we are going to miss all of them would be a huge understatement. ¬†When you have nice neighbors that’s one thing but your blessed with neighbors who also turn into friends and people that you feel like you’ve known for a very long time is a whole other story. ¬†We will miss both families so much.

Why. ¬†Why has it not set in that we are leaving tomorrow? Is that strange? I mean, it comes in waves here and there. ¬†Yesterday, I was walking through the house looking at it half packed up when I found myself in the basement getting teary eyed looking at the adorable little play house that is built in underneath the stairs. ¬†I’ve pictured Makenzie and Brady playing there as they got older. ¬†Whether it’s school or house or anywhere their imaginations take them. ¬†And out of our entire house it was that little door with the small windows and chalkboard wall that made me shed some tears.

Don’t get me even started on daycare and the teachers there. ¬†I have grown very close to many of the teachers at the daycare that Makenzie and Brady go to. ¬†The great thing about this generation is that we can stay in touch via Facebook. ¬†But it won’t be the same. ¬†Watching Makenzie say goodbye to her teachers and her friends tomorrow will be tough. ¬†One of her little friend’s came up to me yesterday and said, “Makenzie’s mommy? Do you think Makenzie and I could have a play date when you come back from your vacation?” Bless her heart, I didn’t even know what to say to her. ¬†Her question so innocent which made me wonder if Makenzie is really grasping what is about to go down in her little world? ¬†And then I think about Brady. ¬†He is talking up a storm. ¬†New words every day, sometimes multiple words. ¬†I am worried that he will regress or stop talking from all the change. ¬†Am I being ridiculous? I know at the end of the day, they will adjust although it will take time and it will not happen over night. ¬†I will watch him as he turns to his friends and says, “bye bye guys” as he waves his little hands. ¬†Unbeknownst to him that this will be the last time he will be in that classroom with his Ms. Katie and Ms. Kim and all his little friends, include Grant and Will. ¬†Grant, Brady and Will have all been together since they were infants just starting out. ¬†I remember feeling this way with Makenzie when we left the Quad Cities for Chicago as well.

Tomorrow will be crazy and emotional.  Our cars will be picked up at 9a and put on a flatbed and driven to CO for us.  The movers will be finishing up the packing and then start moving stuff into the truck.  And in the meantime I need to start disconnecting from this house.  This is the house we bought Makenzie to as an almost 2 year old.  We painted her room and applied gold polka dots to one of her walls and made it her own space.  This was the house Brian and I went through two miscarriages while wondering if we would ever give Makenzie a sibling.  Questioning why and when and then a year later walking through the door with her little baby brother, Brady.  This is the place where Makenzie first learned to ride her bike with training wheels and where Brady took his first steps.  Where we had Christmas with our families and where Makenzie really started to understand Santa Claus and the Easter bunny.

I know that a house isn’t a home until you make it one. ¬†And right now, the house in Colorado is just that, a house. ¬†Next week, Brian and I will get there and start unpacking our things and turning the house into a home for us and the kids. ¬†We are going to miss our friends and family and the midwest like crazy but like my girl Keeley said to me tonight, it isn’t goodbye, it’s we’ll see you later.

xoxo,
SLK

18 Months Old- Brady

Height: 31.75 inches (27%)
Weight: 24 lbs 4 oz (52%)
Head: 19 cm (89%)

I blinked and he turned 18 months old‚Ķ He went from this itty bitty little squish with dark hair and blue eyes to a beach blonde haired, brown eyed toddler. This toddler who falls on his sister when she is laying on the floor and proceeds to bounce up and down on her while she giggles at him. He‚Äôs got spunk, he‚Äôs got sass, he‚Äôs a little feisty and such a lover. He likes to cuddle, and climb, and run, and (attempts to) jump. He climbs our stairs both up and down like a pro and is quick as lightening if you take your eyes off of him for a second. He loves basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and baseballs and if he‚Äôs holding one of these, he‚Äôs probably throwing it and shouting, ‚ÄúGO‚ÄĚ while then running after it only to repeat multiple times. ¬†He knows all about Bucky and the Packers and shouts Go, GOOOOO at the tv. ¬†It’s instinctual! #getsitfromhismama

He‚Äôs obsessed with being outside and shouts with glee when he sees a bird or the neighbor‚Äôs black lab, Toby (Woby as he calls him). He will stand for minutes upon minutes waiting at the window just to see just a quick glimpse of that dog. And really lets face it, in the toddler world keeping their attention for multiple minutes can be tricky at times. ¬†He loves bubbles, drawing with chalk on the driveway, dancing to music while it plays on the outdoor speakers, and being outside even if it’s 20 degrees and freezing. ¬†He will say, “cold, cold” but still not want to go back inside.

He takes his shoes and socks off every single morning on the way to daycare and every single night on the way home. ¬†He eats like he hasn’t been fed in ages and somehow found a way to make ketchup and marinara sauce a finger food. ¬†He loves to dip! And don’t forget about chips and queso sauce. ¬†Even though it has some spice to it, he eats it right up.

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He refuses to stop for pictures and if the unlikely moment comes where he does actually stop I’m fairly sure he purposely doesn’t look at me just to be a stinker.

He always seems to find the remote, daddy’s iPad, my iPod, or the video monitor. ¬†He knows he isn’t supposed to play with any of the above but does that stop him. ¬†Naaaaaaah.

He loves his sister and is finally at the age when he will willingly go to her to give her a hug or kiss and just want to lay with her.

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His speech has exploded in the last few months, I wish I could tell you how many words he knows but I really have no idea. Well beyond the 20 words his pediatrician asked me today if he knew. The latest phrases he says-

‚ÄúI did it, mama!‚ÄĚ (After sliding down the slide by himself).
‚ÄúBye bye guys!‚ÄĚ (Or take away guys and substitute in mama, dada, papa, gaga (Grandma/Grammy) in its place.

Temper tantrums are all the rage in our house with this little guy but they typically only last for a minute or two. ¬†This is because he realizes no one is watching him, running to him, or giving him attention while he does it. ¬†Brian and I like to joke that he gets “sniped” which basically means something happens that gets him frustrated, he stops in his tracks, falls to the ground like someone just hit him with a sniper, and proceeds to have his meltdown. ¬†Whether it’s kicking his legs or dramatically throwing his head back while letting us know just how unhappy he is. ¬†Quite honestly, most of the time I find it comical when he does it. ¬†Makenzie wasn’t much for temper tantrums which most people found odd but Brian and I counted our blessings. ¬†So now that Brady does it, I can’t help but laugh most of the times. ¬†Because he’s just so dramatic!

When he falls down, stubs his toe, or trips he immediately gets up, shakes his little finger at whatever he “thinks” made him fall down (i.e. the floor) and will say, “no, no!” It’s adorable.

He has most of his teeth, molars included.  Two of his eye teeth have started breaking the gum line and once these teeth are through, all he will have left will be his 2 year molars.  I swear, he got his teeth so much quicker than Makenzie ever did.

He’s allergic to penicillin, just like his mama, and it seems like if he even gets the hint of a cough it usually turns into wheezing and us breaking out the nebulizer. ¬†Thank you RSV… um, NO.

He goes to sleep easy. ¬†He’s not a “long” napper by any means but generally any where from 1 hr 40 minutes to 2 hours is normal for him. ¬†He’s always been an early to bed baby and that hasn’t really changed. ¬†He is usually sleeping by 7:15p and wakes up around 6:30a/6:45a the next morning. ¬†He took a 2+ hour nap at daycare today and at 6:30 he kept saying, “nigh, nigh”. ¬†So he took a bath, got lotion, brushed his teeth, and put his PJ’s and he was most definitely ready for bed at that point. ¬†I took him in his room, he pointed at his blanket, I wrapped it around him, and then we sat in the rocker and began to rock. ¬†We do this every night. ¬†Sometimes he wants Brian, sometimes he wants me. ¬†Tonight, he asked for me. ¬†I start to rock him and then in the dark room his little voice says, “Row, Row”? And he’s asking for Row, Row, Row Your Boat. ¬†I usually sing the song about 57 times (now who is being dramatic) and he’s sleeping. ¬†We lay him on his belly, he readjusts in his crib, cover him up, and goes back to sleep. ¬†He has however been dealing with a lot of sleep crying or maybe even night terrors. ¬†They always seem to happen about 2-2.5 hours after he goes to bed. ¬†Sometimes he sits up and looks like he is awake but obviously is not and other times he is laying down and crying. ¬†We try to give him a few minutes to see if he can put himself back to sleep and USUALLY he does. ¬†Sometimes we go in there, rub his back, cover him back up and that typically does the trick.

Favorite Foods
Waffles, pancakes, chicken nuggets, buttered noodles, spaghetti, lasagna, applesauce, oranges, bananas, strawberry/banana/yogurt smoothie, fish sticks, rice, tator tots, broccoli, steak, homemade mac n cheese, pizza, garlic bread, chips and salsa, french fries, Portillos, apple slices…. and the list could go on.

His laugh could be mistaken for that of an old man and he’s our happy little BK. ¬†Can’t wait to see what sort of changes he goes through in the next 6 months until he reaches his next big milestone, the big T-W-O!!

T-minus two weeks…

It’s been a while since I dropped the Denver bomb.  We’ve been busy and since that time we have put our house up for sale, made a 24 hour trip to Denver to find a house, bought a house, sold our Chicago house, and are one week away from closing on our home in Denver.

We found a beautiful, brand new build in the Denver suburb area with a view of the mountains as Makenzie had requested.  The house is about the same size as our house here in Chicago, however, it does not have a finished basement like our current home does.  Our home is being built in a newer subdivision and is only .5 mile away from the school Makenzie will be going to in the fall.  The subdivision also has a community pool that is in walking distance which I know will be used a lot during the summer months.  We found a daycare for the kids, which they will start pretty much immediately once we get settled in.  The daycare is the exact same as the daycare they go to now and that was really important to us.  The curriculum is the same and the day to day activities should be what they are used to currently.  The daycare was just built last year and recently opened in January ’17 so it sounds like the class sizes are a bit smaller than what either of the kids are both currently used to.  I think that is probably a good thing for them, especially Brady, as there will be so much sudden change for both of them.

This week Brian is traveling but he is making a pit stop in Denver to go through our new house orientation.  He is basically going to be walking around the entire house and pointing out things he wants to be fixed (i.e. paint touch ups, nail holes in the floor, etc) and I will be on FaceTime during it too.

Fast forward a week from tomorrow.  Brian and I are catching an early afternoon flight out to Denver and closing on our house early Thursday morning.  Once the paperwork is signed, we are getting back on a plane and hopefully getting back into Chicago around dinner and in time to give our two littles a bath and kisses and hugs before bedtime.

Then… the following week, it will all be happening.  Tuesday, April 4th, the movers will be arriving at our house here in Chicago and starting to pack us up.  Brian has meetings from Monday-Wednesday in Denver so he will not be home at all while the movers are packing our things and putting them on the truck.  They told us to give them three full days to pack and load so we are anticipating they will be done on Thursday.  Also on Thursday, our vehicles are being picked up and loaded onto a truck and taken to Denver arriving sometime between April 13th and 19th.

Brian’s parents will be coming down from WI on Thursday the 6th and picking us up since we will be without a car.  Thursday night we will be staying with Brian’s sister and her family and then leaving for Wisconsin the next morning and driving to my parents house.  On Sunday, the 9th, Brian will fly out to Denver and be there to meet the movers who are expected to arrive on the 10th.  The afternoon of the 10th, I will be flying out of Milwaukee to Denver to be there Tuesday – Thursday and just start unpacking and getting both kids’ rooms set up so they will have some sort of familiarity once we get to our new.  Brian has meetings Tuesday and Wednesday so I will have a lot of unpacking to do while he is gone.  Both he and I are catching a flight Thursday late morning and arriving back in Milwaukee in the early afternoon.  We will get back just in time to celebrate my nephew’s 8th birthday and have a sleepover with the cousins and the kids together.  Friday we will be spending the last day with my parents before we leave the next day.  We are catching a late afternoon flight out of Milwaukee, with the kids, and heading to our new home in Denver.  Also, big shout out to my Dad who volunteered to watch the kids on his vacation as well as my mom who is going to take some time off too.

The next few weeks are going to be filled with a lot of emotions.  Leaving the Midwest, leaving our family and friends and all the people that we have grown close to not only here in Chicago but also in the Quad Cities.  We will no longer be a car ride away.  Visiting will require a plane ticket and we know that isn’t nearly as easy as getting into a car and just driving for a few hours.

My biggest concern is the kids and their transition.  There will be so much change for them in the weeks and months to come.  We appreciate all good thoughts and prayers sent our way.

xoxo,
SLK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rodan & Fields Lash Boost: Yay or Nay?

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If you have Facebook, I’m sure you’ve seen the hype on this product. ¬†You probably can’t scroll through your newsfeed without seeing the words Rodan + Fields and Lash Boost. ¬†Am I right?

Is it weird that I am writing this post about a product that I promote on whether or not it is something you should consider investing in? Maybe.  But I like to be completely transparent about this biz and IT, the product AND the biz, are definitely good things.  I also wanted to share my before and after picture as I have been using this product since October as well as my big sister, Jen, and her before and after.

Some of the questions I’ve received on this product- Are they fibers? Nope. ¬†Is it a mascara? Nope. ¬†Does it change the pigmentation of your eye like some other similar products on the market do? Nope. ¬†Do I need a prescription to get it like others out there? Nope.

What is it you ask and how does it work?

One swipe of this biotin, keratin, and peptide filled serum every night on the upper lash line before bed for the first 10 weeks until I reached the desired length was all it took.  Now I am on the maintenance schedule which means that I use every other to every two days to maintain my growth.

Did you know as we age our eyelashes can lose pigmentation, become dry, brittle, thin and even begin to fall out. The result is smaller looking, tired eyes which makes you look older.

Biotin and Keratin infuse protein into the lashes which conditions and moisturizers the lash while peptides increase the durability of the lash so you get fuller looking lashes. The result? Longer looking, fuller looking, and darker looking lashes.

If you would like to hear more about how you can save 10% and get free shipping, I’d love to chat. ¬†I will also give all new PC’s a FREE mini multifunction eye cream OR reimburse you the $20 PC fee if you purchase this bundle TODAY!¬†Existing PC’s that order this bundle in March, I have a gift for you too. Watch your mailboxes!

Since pictures are worth a thousand words, I’ll let you be the judge.

Interested in this product? Check out my Homepage where there is a link directly to my website or click here.