New year, same you.


“New Year, same me.”

I know I know. You’ve probably seen this quote floating around A LOT the past few days.

Hear me out.

Since, I don’t know FOREVER?! January has been full of new diets, new fads, change.
But WHY do we feel the need to overhaul ourselves just because the year is different?

Truthfully?
I like who I am! The extra 2020 weight and all! 😜
Do I have areas I would like to improve in? Sure!
But just because it’s 2021 does NOT mean I’m going to just suddenly be able to be a morning person or hate pizza and cookies.
I honestly don’t see a need to put all the pressure on myself to attempt to be someone I’m not. Who the hell has time for that?!

If you’re feeling the pressure to loose weight, make a big change or take a big leap- we don’t need to rush those things. Take your time. Starting in January doesn’t make those things any easier or more important. ❤️
And damn it, here is to always improving the people we are, NOT trying to completely change them. 👏🏻

Gut Connection Kids- Supplements for Littles.

Any other moms feel like they’re always searching for the best products for their little ones?

As my kids get older finding good supplements has become increasingly important. The more time I spent researching, the more I realized how hard it is to find good affordable ones!

When we had the chance to try Gut Connection Life by Country Kids, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of products and the price! We have tried all four options- Cognitive Balance. Digestive Balance, Immune Balance, and Sleep Balance. Their company believes in raising the bar in integrity and authenticity, which just made me like them more!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

The #1 favorite here is the Sleep Balance! It is a chocolate flavored powder, and we love to mix it up in a healthy smoothie one hour before bed. My kids can always use all the help they can get in the sleep department, and this powder provides us a healthy way to help ease them into bedtime! Along with a seamless combination of helpful gut-focused ingredients, each serving contains Lactium, a patented bioactive peptide coming from milk, used widely in Europe to reduce stress so that kids can fall asleep faster and longer.

#2 on the favorites list is the Cognitive Balance! It has a powerful probiotic blend to maintain gut health and support communication between the central nervous and digestive systems. With school in full swing, both Mason and Maddison love knowing their fueling their bodies with some extra help! These chewables are also taste approved by them, which isn’t always an easy task.

Immune Balance is a big winner for this mama, especially this time of year! It is a blend of prebiotics balanced with other immune-supporting ingredients to support a strong and healthy immune system and improve gut microbiome health.

Last but most certainly not least is the Digestive Balance! The focus for this one is to provide kids with the nutrients they need to maintain good immune and gut health, help reduce occasional discomfort/bloating, and even improve weekly bowel movements.

These products are intended for children aged 4-12. However, adults can also take this product by following the directions for the 9-12 year old dosage.

All products are available for purchase on countrylifevitamins.com, and you can get 20% off of your entire order with the code MOMS20 at checkout!

So, out of the 4 products, which intrigues you the most?!

UV Protective Swimwear for Outdoor Adventures

Watch out summer, we’re ready for you!

Around here, summertime means HOURS and HOURS spent outdoors and in the water. You can find us in the mountains, at the lake, or even just in our yard playing with water toys.

Over the years we have found products and brands that fit our active outdoorsy lifestyle and make for smoother adventures. It has taken some trial and error, for sure!

One item that has been a must for us since our oldest was a toddler is rash guards. I can’t stress enough how nice they are to have for little ones! They are perfect for keeping those cute little bellies protected from the sun and scratchy sand, while also providing a little extra warmth while playing in the cold water!

Our favorite brand for rash guards and kids suits in general is SwimZip. While they kindly gifted us the kids swimwear for this summer, we have used them in the past and always had a great experience! I am a big fan of the piece of mind I get knowing that their suits have UPF 50+ protection. Basically wherever the swimsuit covers, they’re protected- meaning less sunscreen applying for mom and dad.


The Swim Suits

Can we talk about the matching for a second?! I love when these three get to match, and I plan on fully taking advantage of it while they still let me. All pieces shown are from the Navy Gingham Collection that launched May 7th!

Mason (my 8 year old) is wearing the Short Sleeve Rash Guard and Boys Swim Trunks both in size 6-8. He loves the zipper feature on the front of this rash guard, because it makes it easier to take off and he can wear it unzipped!

Maddison (my 6 year old) is wearing the Girls 3 Piece Set in 5T. This set includes a long sleeve rash guard, shorts and a tankini. This set is super handy for little ones who tend to be indecisive about the rash guard!

Maxson (my 2 year old) is wearing the Long Sleeve Romper Swimsuit in 2T. He’s a little dude so this is a tad big on him, but that just means will get plenty of wear out of it!


Some info about SwimZip

SwimZip was started by Betsy Johnson who was diagnosed with skin cancer at 26. She set out to create UPF 50+ clothing in hopes of helping other avoid the same fate.Click HERE to read the full story on their website!


Happy first day of summer loves! I hope you all get to go on adventures and make the best memories! Stay tuned for more of our summer fun here and on IG!


They Call Me Mama.

No one can prepare you for the high volumes of love that fill your heart when you become a mother, just like no one can prepare you for how hard it can be.

Its only fitting that the thing that brings us the most joy also tests our sanity and patience.

We learn to soak up the small moments, take all the pictures, and the power of a few deep breaths.

We learn that there is no such thing as a perfect mom. That there are different ways to parent and it’s OKAY.

There are hard days. Days where we don’t feel like we can keep giving it all, but somehow we do.

It isn’t easy to see the beauty when you’re in the thick of it all, but these are the days we will one day look back on and wish we could go back and slow time down a bit.

Motherhood is messy, chaotic, wonderfully beautiful, and unlike anything else.

I’m incredibly blessed to have these three precious souls call me mama.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mamas out there. 🤍

Jerika