Brownie Townie Trip to Chicago

Sometimes you meet certain people in life and you know you will be friends for life.

This is how I feel about these girls….

I was very blessed to meet all of these girls in college.  We had more fun than you can imagine :), but also feel like they are the kind of girls you could share your whole heart with, laugh and cry in the same sentence, never get sick of each other, and feel encouraged and uplifted every time you talk with them.  We can be serious and honest about what is going on in our lives without any judgement, but also laugh so hard at one another.

We came up with the name “Brownie Townies” because we all had brown eyes and lived in the townhouse on campus at IWU.  The name stuck and we are still known as the “Brownie Townies” to this day!

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in the city with them.  This was my first time being away from May overnight, and thankfully did rather well.  Although I missed her a lot, it was a lot of fun to go shopping, talk in our pjs, enjoy a LONG leisurely dinner, and laugh so hard at one another….Ok mostly me.

Which side of the track? 😉

They loved on all the babies!

Although we all live in different states (except Jess yay) and don’t get to see each other very often we have still managed to stay close and I look forward to many more reunions to come!

Love you girls so much! So grateful for each of you!

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Rust on my car…

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Top 10 Baby Must haves (ages 6-12 months), Part II

I enjoyed writing “Top Ten Baby must Haves” back when May was a newborn so I thought I would do another on this time for around ages 6-12 months.

Here are some of our favorite things to use from ages 6-12 months.

1. Travel high chair.  Even though most places have high chairs, this is super nice to have in case another baby is using a highchair at grandmas or you go to a friends house without a high chair.  We keep ours in the car and we use it quite a bit!  You could also use it as your highchair at home and it would save some space!

2. Baskets! Once they start getting into toys they are everywhere! I love having baskets around the house to hide the messs store them in!

3. Umbrella stroller.  I love our travel stroller, but as they get older its nice to have a small, compact one to get in and out of the car quickly.

4. Leap frog table.  I scored this at a garage sale and Malayna LOVES playing on it.  Its great when they first begin standing.

5. Food pouch.  When May was little she ate mostly table food because we did baby led weaning, but there were times she need a quick, healthy snack so we loved having these.  She still loves them to this day!


6. Because we did baby led weaning, Malayna makes a huge mess so I love these giant bibs.

Lauren recently got her this one from Ikea!  I love them because they cover up their arms as well!  I also like the food catchers so all the good doesn’t land in their laps.

7. Placemats with suctions.

8. Poncho.  My parents go this for May at Costco.  It is so great to throw on quickly while getting out of the car and is super cute as well!

9. Walker. This has been great as she is learning to walk!

10. Bag in the car for toys.  We got this as a gift from Thirty One that we keep in the car for her stash of toys.

Any favorite toys or gadgets for 6-12 months of age??  Please share!

Also what toys do 12-18 months LOVE??!!

To view Top 10 Baby Must Haves for 0-3 months click here.

My Journey With Shaklee

My friend, Harper, first introduced me to Shaklee at a baby shower.  I was immediately intrigued by her ability to help people find ways to improve their health naturally, the high standards and uniqueness of Shaklee as the number 1 natural nutrition company, and her ability to work from home.  I started off by trying Shaklee’s Basic H cleaner (see here).  I noticed this natural, non-toxic, green cleaner actually WORKED, was inexpensive, and was free of toxins and chemicals.  I was so excited about the product I started telling my family and friends all about it.  To be honest, I never really thought much about what I was cleaning with until my daughter was crawling around and touching everything around her.  As I did more research I found that asthma, allergies, cancer, and other various diseases have been linked to toxins in their environment.  Simply changing the cleaners you use in your house can have a huge impact on the health of your family.  As someone who suffers from allergies, I am always looking for ways to feel better, as well as PREVENT any health issues Malayna may have now or down the road.  I can’t control everything harmful she comes in contact with, but every little bit can help.

My journey towards healthier living began around 7 years ago.  Back in college I became sick with  appendicitis that led to an abscess that caused me to be in and out of the hospital for a month.  After a long recovery and various medications , I was sick on and off for a year afterward and gained a lot of weight.  I never thought much about what I was eating.  My diet was pretty bad- lots of sugar, carbs, and few veggies.  During this time my family began educating themselves on ways to improve their diet.  I slowly began making changes to my health through diet and exercise and found my health improve greatly.  It was at this time that I started to become more passionate about health and wellness.  Don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near perfect in my diet or exercise, but I am enjoying learning and making changes and sharing this with my family and friends.  I can’t deny my love of chocolate peanut butter ice cream (all the more reason I need a supplement in my diet). I feel my health is a journey, and each small change I make adds up to bigger ones down the road.

After being pregnant with Malayna and then breastfeeding her, I was very limited in things I could take (especially with allergies), I also felt very tired from waking up with Malayna at night.  I began realizing that often traditional medicine (although very much needed at time) only puts a band aid on symptoms and doesn’t help treat the real reason why I have the symptoms that I do (like allergies).  I have always been passionate about a natural ways of preventing and helping treat health problems and enjoy learning more and more about how are bodies are made and ways to prevent disease and illnesses that are natural.  I am realizing more and more that preventing is huge in helping our health crisis.

Working with Shaklee not only helps  my own families health, but I get to continue to stay home with Malayna.  Every since I was in high school I have dreamed about being a stay at home mom.  The benefit of Shaklee is that I can continue to stay home with her, and work whenever and wherever.  Often in my pjs, when she naps or goes to bed, or over lunch/coffee with a friend!  My team is an amazing support system consisting of a Nutritionist and a Nurse that I am in constant communication with when consulting with others.  The flexibility of working makes being a stay at home mom much easier and allows us to set financial goals for the future.

On top of the added benefit of being able to work at home, I love being on their supplements and using their products.  Even though I strive to eat a healthy diet, I know I do not get all the vitamins and nutrients my body needs on a daily basis.  I also just recently learned even fruits and veggies do not provide the nutrients like they did 50 years ago because the soil is different nowadays (as well as the pesticides on many fruits and veggies).   I also know there are some days when I do not eat the recommended 6-9 vegetables.   To hear more about why it is important to supplement here is a great video:

I felt  improvement in my overall health, energy levels, skin/hair, and allergies after being on their vitamins for just a few weeks.  In just a short period of time, I have loved hearing from family and friends how much they love the cleaning products, how much more energy they have after switching to the supplements, their stomach feels better, or that they didn’t get sick when everyone else around them was sick.  It is such a blessing to help others make small or large changes in their health, and I appreciate all of your who have made this all possible by your support.

If you would like NATURAL, SAFE, EFFECTIVE, cleaning, nutrition, weight-loss, or beauty products and  would like to support my new business, please email me at katie.odom09@gmail.com for additional information.

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10 Months

Each month it is amazing to watch as May learns to do more and more.  It is funny as parents how you go crazy over the littlest thing like crawling or saying your name.  It is so fun to see her personality come out more and more as she grows and develops.

This month she is getting closer to walking.  Shes up and moving on her little walker that her buddy Madelyn let her borrow.  Thanks Madelyn!

She finally got her first tooth and the second one just came in.

She has started to climb up stairs.  I was trying hard to keep her from the stairs, but sure enough she can’t resist climbing them.

We are trying to get ready for the cold with lots of jackets, sweatshirts, and hats….She is daddy’s little deer of the year 🙂

Sam and I try to sign to May “more” and “all done.”  It feels like she looks at you like your so crazy, but finally after doing it over and over again she has begun to sign all done.

She started to wave bye bye.  Her first wave was to her Grandpa Odom.  It was so precious.

She is enjoying all the pumpkins from this time of year.

She loves her buddies

Beautiful Matheny family.  Happy 1st Birthday Benjamin!

Happy clean Cecelia…