Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Straight Stitch Designs: Laurelhurst

I had the opportunity to test another pattern for Straight Stitch Designs! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite designers! I am really starting to love making things for ME. I am so used to sewing for my girls and everyone else, that it feels really nice to sew for myself every now and then. And Kimberly’s designs not only come in my size, but they fit GREAT too!

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The Laurelhurst is a beautiful cardigan with a draped front. You could really make this in whatever knit you want, but I found this thinner, light weight knit to work wonderfully. It’s flowy, and just feels amazing on! I found this particular knit at JoAnn’s. It’s from the newer (to my store at least) “Doodle” fabric line.

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This pattern was an amazingly quick sew, and one of my favorite things about it is that there’s NO HEMMING!! Let me say that again, you don’t have to hem a thing. Unless, of course, you are crazy and enjoy that sort of thing– then you are more than welcome to. But, I have to be honest (if you couldn’t tell already), I sure do enjoy a little break from it!


To save yourself some ink, the pattern also allows you to adjust the layers so that you only print the size you need. Or, if you wanted to print a couple sizes to grade between the 2, this makes things easy as well!

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The pattern is a steal at only $10, and for the next few days you can get it HERE for 20% off (Ends the 20th). Trust me, you want to get your hands on this pattern! It will be a staple in my closet this spring, that’s for sure!

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My New Journey….

I have struggled with my weight for several years now. Up and down…. more up than down to be quite honest. I have tried tons of fad diets. Eat this, don’t eat that, blah, blah, blah! I woke up one morning, and just decided that enough is enough. I wanted to do something for ME! I wanted to change, find my self confidence again, and maybe help and inspire a few people along the way!

So, I took a giant leap. I bought the 21 Day Fix program, Shakeology, and signed up to be a Beachbody Coach!! Obviously, I am far from having a beach body, so at first I felt a little silly deciding to do this. However, I know that there are SO many other people out there who are dealing with this same struggle. I thought that maybe if they saw me do it, then they’d be motivated to do it, too!


My journey started on January 26, 2015. To date, I have lost about 16lbs and over 12″! I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a couple things I’ve learned in the last few weeks!


First, I learned to plan, plan, PLAN! Every Sunday I sit down and write a menu for the coming week. I plan everything we eat on everyday. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks. I head to the grocery store with my very specific grocery list, then head home and prep as much as I can for the week. (Salads portioned into mason jars, fruits portioned into snack bags, chicken breast cooked and portioned, etc). Those few hours every Sunday truly set my entire week up for success!


The next thing I’ve learned, is that a support group is HUGE! You can’t be expected to do this on your own! Everyone stumbles, everyone has bad days, everyone needs a pep talk every now and then. And with a support group, this is possible! They help keep me accountable– and motivated when I am feeling down.


Finally, I have learned that this is indeed a journey. Results do not happen overnight. It takes hard work, dedication, and PATIENCE! You have to be easy on yourself (I’m still working on this one!), and know that eventually you will get to where you want to be.


With that being said, I would also like to add that I will be hosting a 5 day clean eating group starting on March 16th. I will provide a full menu, a shopping list, and 5 daily 30 minute workouts. I encourage you to join! Go to my Facebook page HERE and check out the pinned post for more info/to sign up!

Looking for a health coach? Sign up for a FREE account with me HERE, and click “Join Team Beachbody”

Have some health questions, write to me on my Facebook page! I’d love to help you! We can do this together!

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