Dream Big

Posted on September 2nd, by Ally in Feeding Time. 3 comments

DREAM BIG! That sign is in our front garden…I smile every time I look at it! I know my kids notice it and read it daily and those words are planting little seeds in their blossoming brains. 

Our oldest son set a goal earlier this summer, made a plan with steps to achieve it and a vision board and dreamed big and achieved his goal! 

He wanted to try out for an academy baseball team. He dreamed about it for 9 months. We talked about it a lot for the first several months. Then as time got closer, we sat down with him and discussed how he could reach his goal…if he set up a plan with action steps.  

The three of us together wrote down his action plan. We wrote down daily steps he would need to do and discussed with him the importance of discipline when reaching for a goal.  

Then a few days later, I had him (and his little brothers) create a vision board. I cannot tell you how powerful creating a vision board is when you have a goal or a desire you would like to see manifest. I have created … Read More »

How to have a Happy Day

Posted on July 14th, by Ally in Mama Bird's lessons, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

I am a big believer in how you start your day will set the tone for the rest of your day…and possibly your week.  It begins with the very first thoughts you begin to think BEFORE your feet even hit the deck!

The way you choose to start your day mentally can be just as important as eating a healthy breakfast (even if it’s a smoothie or protein shake) and brushing your teeth every morning!  Just like your body needs the fuel from your breakfast to give you energy for the rest of the day, your mind needs to be fed healthy thoughts to start the day off right as well!

Here are some tips on how to begin your day so that it can be a happy day with wonderful experiences!

As soon as your eyes open and your mind awakens from sleep, SMILE as you realize it’s a brand new day, a fresh start, a new beginning and know that ANYTHING is possible!
Be GRATEFUL!!!  Come up with 3 things that you are grateful for and if you feel comfortable, say them out loud to get that positive energy out into your day and the world!  My favorites are: “Thank you for … Read More »

Meditation for Kids

Posted on July 3rd, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. 2 comments

I have always had this thought of, “What if we were taught to meditate at a young age, like 3 or 5 years old…how different would our world be?”
Not only that, but think of all the benefits and tools it can teach our children for their future, especially if we teach them at a young age.
I started meditating (the lite version) 11 years ago when I became pregnant with my 1st child. I read a book that suggested I meditate to help with anxiety. I was feeling anxious about physically having a baby. The lite meditating I was doing truly helped me get through my fears of the physical aspect of giving birth. I know it is what allowed me to have a natural birth when we came very close to having to look at other options.
In the last year and a half I have really up’d my meditating practice. I attended a conference in Denver and I actually got to that “blissful space” that “they” say one can get to when meditating. Ever since that moment, meditating became part of my life. I crave it. This is all due to the wonderful experiences I have had since last April … Read More »

Fashion Inspiration: Animal Print & Destruction Jeans

Posted on July 1st, by Ally in Cabi favs, Fall, Uncategorized. No Comments

Soooo this is probably my fave cabi top of the Spring/Summer collection! It’s called the #ritatop and she looks good on everyone! She’s flowy and light and saturated with all these vibrant colors that make us all look younger and who doesn’t want that?! Oh and these jeans?! They are our cabi summer color way #destructionskinnyjeans They rock my socks and I’m not joking! I’m obsessed with them big time! Only 3 more days to buy Miss Rita or Mr Destruction jeans…before the cabi Spring/Summer season ends! #cabiclothing #yourstyleally #villanecklace #summerfashion #destructionjeans

Affirmation of the day:  Everywhere I go, I am surrounded by love.  I radiate love to everyone.

Affirmations for Kids

Posted on June 30th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons, Nesting Necessities. 1 Comment

One of my biggest desires is to instill confidence, self esteem and self worth in children all around the world. I do believe that this would help eliminate all of the bullying going on at schools and on social media. Kids who are doing all the bullying are lacking self-worth and have little to no self-esteem at all. Rather than having an anti-bullying campaign, someday I’d like to promote a program about building up children’s self-esteem and self-love. And I’m excited to announce that that someday is coming soon…I’m really, really excited!!

My girlfriend and I are in the midst of creating such a positive program as well as writing a series of books to teach children how to build confidence as well as the power they have within them to achieve anything in life. I have many friends who have been practicing doing affirmations with their kids and they all have shared numerous and awesome stories about how much it has made a difference! I know this to be true because I practice it daily with my kids. When our youngest boy was 2 he would tell me or my husband, “we need tho do our affirmations today!”, I know … Read More »

Fashion Inspiration: cabi Vineyard Sweater duster & Crossover Tee

Posted on June 29th, by Ally in Cabi favs, FASHION, Uncategorized. No Comments

Crazy cool & rainy weather we are having here for the holiday weekend. This adorable cabi Spring ’16 #vineyardsweater was perfect for dinner and game night at our neighbors house! Wearing it with #vintagecabi with my #sleevelesscrossovertee and cabi #whiteskinnyjeans both from our Spring ’15 collection. Necklace by #devondowddesigns Bracelet is #cabijewelry. #yourstyleally #summerfashion #instafashion #cabiclothing

Fashion Inspiration: Swing jacket & Blossom Top

Posted on June 27th, by Ally in Cabi favs, FASHION, Uncategorized. No Comments

I love this tiger lily color with navy!  This swing jacket makes me feel powerful…like I can do anything I put my mind to doing!

It is our cabi #resortjacket from this Spring/Summer collection and is the perfect #swingjacket that completely rocks my socks! And it looks so gorgeous paired with our #blossomtop and cabi #whiteskinnyjeans. Complete the look with our #heliosnecklace and my #bracelet by @devondowddesigns #devondowddesigns This spring and summer cabi collection is almost over! Msg me to place an order from our spring/summer line! #yourstyleally #cabiclothing #summerfashion
Affirmation of the day:  I can do anything I put my mind to!

Fashion Inspiration: Lime Splitback Pullover sweater with Striped Tee

Posted on June 24th, by Ally in Cabi favs, FASHION. No Comments

Bright colors makes us all feel cheerful and younger!!!  Always try and add color in your wardrobe!  Watch how it brightens your mood when you wear it!

Love the sunshine and clear skies this morning! Excited to meet my friend (I met through cabi) for lunch today in my cabi #splitbackpullover and #widestripetank with my cabi #whiteskinnyjeans I am always so comfy in my #cabiclothing #yourstyleally #noondayjewelry #summerfashion #michaelkorswatch

Affirmation of the day:  Every experience I have is just what I need for my growth!

“…All things are Possible”

Posted on August 5th, by Ally in Feeding Time, Mama Bird's lessons. 1 Comment

This morning, I woke up in kind of a low-energy mood.  I don’t know why.  I slept great and I have so much to be grateful for…nothing pressing needs to get done today…I just couldn’t figure out a way to shake my mood.  I decided to go work out because that usually lifts my mood and helps jump start my day.  It worked for about an hour, but still found myself kind of melancholy.  Maybe it’s the weather, I thought?

Throughout the morning, I asked myself questions.  Are you feeling fear of some sort?  I dug deep and kept pondering what I could be “afraid of” that might have me in this weird kind of mood.

I had a couple of ideas of things that were weighing on my mind for future events…and figured that’s what it most likely was…I realized I was feeling doubt and fear of some things and goals I want to accomplish before the end of the year.  So, I decided to start working on changing my negative thoughts to good thoughts to just help me get to a better, good feeling state rather than a “Eyore” kind of mood.  Sometimes really trying to change those negative thoughts … Read More »

What to Wear

Posted on January 29th, by Ally in Cabi favs, FASHION, Mama Bird's lessons. 1 Comment

Are you one of those girls who has lots of clothes in her closet but nothing to wear???

And do you sometimes feel like coming up with a new outfit feels like figuring out your child’s common core math homework???…(at least for me):  PUZZLING and confusing and straight up harder than it needs to be.

Sometimes getting dressed just feels energy-draining…and makes me want throw in the towel and go veg out on the sofa and watch old episodes of Gossip Girl.   I often experience ups and downs when it comes to getting dressed and sometimes I wonder, “why is this so difficult?”

I’m guessing from time to time, you feel the same way too. So today I’m sharing a few tips for getting inspired and creating new outfits!

1. Audit your closet.
Ugh, I know, right?  Who wants to start a fun fashion tip exercise by cleaning out their closet?  Believe me, it will actually feel ENERGIZING and really good.  Like a REALLY good work out!  Keep the mind-set of ‘Out with the old, in with the new’ kind of thinking process and it might help you get through the exercise…just don’t really tell your boyfriend or husband what the real game plan … Read More »