Friday, August 1, 2014

New Passion

I was asked to be a guest blogger on Jamie's Journey Through Life
I don't blog much these days as you can probably see my last post was in March 2014.  There are days I have full attention of blogging and journaling our lives, but something always comes in front.  I do journal our lives better on instagram and you can follow me at staffordstories.  Not sure what the future holds for this blog I am not ready to shut it down it is about finding balance in order to fit it into my busy life right now and again finding the passion to start writing posts that have meaning and can captivate an audience. 

I do have a new passion and today that is what I am going to share with Jamie's readers.  In April of this year I went to my first yoga class with my sister Amie in South Dakota.  It was hot yoga and before going I just knew I was not going to make it through the class who works out for over an hour in a HOT room that gets above 90 degrees.  Amie's yoga studio in South Dakota was very welcoming and just after one class with Amie I was hooked.  I needed to find a place in NWA where I live. 

That is where I found my yoga studio - Yoga Story located in downtown Bentonville.  My first class was a lunch class and it was a lot different than Amie's studio in South Dakota, but I decided I wanted to fully give it a try so I signed up for their 30 classes for 30 days only $30.00.  After the 30 days I was completely hooked and loving the way I felt and now consider Yoga Story my yoga home. 

My love for yoga
I go to yoga at least 4 days a week
I go to three hot yoga which is really called Power Vinyasa Flow sessions during the week and one Yoga Body Boost.
Definition of the Power Vinyasa Flow:
It will tone your body and electrify your mind as you move through a series of challenging poses.  This flow will torch calories, tone your body, and relax your mind.
Definition of Yoga Body Boost:
Yoga + Cardio + Conditioning + Endurance = Energy

Why do I love yoga?
Main reason it makes me feel so much better.  I feel taller, stretched out, leaner, and stronger.  I feel that I have better patience. I feel that I am calmer and peaceful during moments of craziness with my boys and life. 
I love to go to Yoga and I am getting a great workout in the process!
So why share this with all of you?
Maybe someone out there is searching for a workout that will make them happy and feel better about themselves...
if that is the case I strongly suggest give yoga a try, try different types of yoga at a studio near you. 
Yoga is hard work, you won't be great at it at first, but keep going and over the weeks and months you will see the strength and confidence shine. 
One this note I remember the first several times I went to hot yoga I always felt MAN I am going to die in this heat, but every single time after the class I felt amazing.  I felt light and my mind was free and I am ready to face the day ahead.
Give Yoga a try and find balance and strength within and I will close with Namaste.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Celebrating Crew March 2nd 2014

happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you 
happy birthday dear crewie
happy birthday to you!


the birthday morning started with opening his present from his mommy and daddy 
we got him a jeep and horse trailer he loves it!

He had a special birthday breakfast with chocolate sprinkle donuts and a waffle.

I love the below picture - it is like he is telling me he is TWO and a BIG boy now!

Crew loved playing with his birthday balloons 

once Grayson got up for the day we had his opening present birthday celebration 
(we wanted until his birthday to open his presents from his friends)

Grayson got Crew a card that sings and a Dr. Seuss Book he was so excited to open it and show crewie... 

Crew got some wonderful gifts from his friends and family
He especially loved his SUPERMAN shirt that my mom got him!  He instantly wanted it on and he wanted to fly around the playroom.  

a cute fishing pool game from Auntie JJ and Marley 


Lunch birthday celebration at home... as I mentioned in our earlier post we had a day at home due to ice and snow falling from the sky all day!  It was nice to stay home SLOW DOWN and celebrate playing and loving on Crew and Grayson all day!

birthday car races with brother are the best!

Daddy Play Fun before his birthday nap

after nap he wanted candy and on your birthday you can have candy...

a look back through the years


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

happy 2nd birthday "crewie"

Our sweet little one - Crew or as Grayson calls him "crewie" turned the BIG TWO this past Sunday 03/02/2014! 

Where has the past two years gone...
It all has gone by so quickly I can't believe my baby is TWO and my oldest baby will be four in two months... YIKES! 

The birthday weekend started with Crew taking cupcakes to school for his friends 
we made fun vanilla cupcakes with chocolate curl toppings and I lined them up like a choo choo as CREW loves trains

Crew ready to party 

pictures from his teachers
Grayson got to go and celebrate in Crew's classroom too

he had a great day at school and I am so happy that his loving teachers celebrated his day!

We celebrated Crew turning TWO at Little Giggles
It was the sweetest party and full of fun just like my boys 

Crew and I got to spend some time on Saturday morning just the two of us 
mommy and Crew on the last day of him being ONE...

OFF to go party at Little Giggles



see little one he had a great time!

Pizza and Cake Time

cake from Shelby Lynn's in Springdale 

shirt is from my friend Kari Beth you can follow her on IG at elleollieshop
thanks KB for the adorable shirts for the boys!

Our attempt to get a family picture 
grayson as you can see is OFF to play
mommy and daddy with the birthday boy!

thanks friends for coming to celebrate!

 on the eve before he turns TWO

Tomorrow I will share HOW we celebrated at home on Crew's actual birthday...
IT SNOWED and FREEZING RAIN on his birthday so it was an ALL DAY PARTY INSIDE! 
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