All posts by R.C. Liley

I'm an ex-mutual fund accountant who left the cubicle world to be a stay-at-home dad to my beautiful little girl, Avery, who entered our life on 11/15/13. Also happily married to my wife, Kelley, for 7 years as of 8/17/14. Sorry ladies... :) Fitness and nutrition is of the utmost importance in our family and we strive to reflect this in our daily life. I always prepare our meals at home and only go out if it's a special occasion, and even then I tend to not get much. Food should be fun and a joy to eat, not something quickly consumed from a fast food chain or scarf down before the next meeting. I have come from strictly logging high miles to train for the next marathon to keeping exercise varied and focusing more on strength. I still enjoy going for a run when I can, but nothing crazy, and I prefer hill sprints while pushing my daughter, Avery in the stroller. She loves it and I get a great workout! I want to show the world how to appreciate their body and feed it real, wholesome food while moving more throughout the day. In doing so, everyone would be healthier, happier, and we'd all live in a better place as a result. I blog mainly about my life as a stay-at-home dad and frequently include reviews, participate in campaigns, and share my thoughts on fitness and nutrition. If you ever have any questions or thoughts to share, please reach out as I'm always open to listening or helping others however possible. That is, when I have free time since Avery is and my wife are the number one priorities!

We’re Having A Boy! + The Best Happy Birthday Song

Yes, you heard read that right, Going Mom is pregnant with our second (and last) child and I’m happy to announce we’re having a boy!

15 weeks with our baby boy.

If you’ve been following me for a while, like before I’ve been mostly absent the past few months, you might know how difficult it was the first time around. This time, as we were preparing to go through the long process with the same clinic, I came home to see my wife hardly able to contain her excitement from several positive pregnancy test results.

It’s so hard to believe everything happened naturally, but we are ever so grateful to know we are having a boy, a freakin’ boy, and totally skipped the big needles, stress, and waiting for what feels like forever to know anything. Seeing my beautiful wife with her growing baby belly fills me with happiness every day.

Okay, that might be a lie…..we’re past the first trimester now, but damn, it makes the typical fraternity hell week look like a cake walk. Ladies, please don’t come knocking on my door with pitchforks and torches, I’m not trying to have a pity party for myself. I say that it was miserable for all of us.

I felt bad for my wife while simultaneously fearing for my life too. Thankfully a little prenatal yoga along with Avery’s support helped out.

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Now we’re through the worse part (right?) and things are stabilizing for the time being. Avery mostly understands that there’s a growing baby in mommy’s belly and that she’s going to have a little brother, but there’s still some things she has yet to figure out. One thing being how to name a boy!

We are undecided at this point, but Avery insists on the name Crake. Now she has an imagination on par with the kids in Neverland on Hook. Give her an empty plate for dinner and she’d have an epic food fight just like in the movie. But, no, we will not name our boy Crake. Right now, the two names sticking out are Jaxon and Weston. I’m leaning more on Weston, or Wes, and Kelley likes Jaxon, or Jax. What do you think this guy looks like?

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Any suggestions are welcome as we’re both waiting for the one name that just sticks out. Parents with 2+ kids, did you have a harder time naming your first kid or the ones after?

While I don’t plan on blogging that often, it’s a nice outlet at times, and I really wanted to share the awesome news. Spending more time with Avery and Kelley always takes priority though, and I feel less stressed when I’m not trying to write x amount of posts. Reducing stress is something I really need to……errrr, stress now that I’m another year older as of the 8th anyway.

So that’s all for now, I just want to leave you with the best birthday gift/stress reducer I could ask for.

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FYI – her imagination is what spawned the creation of her empty toothbrush box with pink bubble wrap microphone. Love that girl!

Photo Printing Finally as Easy as Using Amazon. $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won!

Amazon has launched a photo printing service that allows all customers to print their memories. Prime members can upload images to their Prime Photos account, print the product of their choice, and receive free delivery. If you’re not a Prime member, you’ll receive 5 GB of storage free on Prime Photos and be able to print your favorite photos. Prints start as low as $0.09.

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I remember, when growing up, we’d have to use up a roll of film, then drop it off at a photo center, and then wait up to three days just to get them back. I’d eagerly sift through each picture hoping they turned out, but that was rarely the case. It ended up being 3 or 4 good pics out of the standard 24 picture roll of film.

Doing this several times quickly added up in cost when you consider paying for a new roll and then having the photos processed. Any special services like photo books, large prints, or cards, meant more money and more time waiting.

Thankfully, services like Amazon Prints makes the entire photo printing and storing hassle-free You can pick out the pictures you want to print and save or delete the ones you don’t. Even customized photo printing to create calendars, canvases, and other photo gifts is easy and affordable with Amazon Prints.

Give it a try to give yourself a break when it comes to photo printing, I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with the end product. For a little incentive, how about the chance to win an Amazon gift card with the 1st prize being $500? It’s easier than using Amazon Prints to enter, so why not give it a try?

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Good Luck!

Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway!

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PicturesOnGold.com Stainless Steel Photo Dog Tag Father’s Day Giveaway

What, another Father’s Day giveaway?!

Yep, this is for that special dad/husband/boyfriend/friend with a bit of a sentimental side.  That’s me, just ask my wife and she’ll roll her eyes at all the “junk” I keep. I swear that old credit card was the first one I used on our first date, why would I ever get rid of it?!

But I digress, something like the Stainless Steel Photo Engraved Dog Tag w/24 inch Ball Chain from PicturesOnGold.com would be the perfect replacement. It’s not massive so I can take it anywhere to remind me I am loved.

This can be the difference from a bad day staying bad to getting better after a quick look at the picture and message. Thanks to the folks at PicturesOnGold.com you now have the chance to win one for yourself!

Skip the cliche gifts for Dad, which are the equivalent of flowers from the gas station on Mother’s Day and give him this Stainless Steel Photo Engraved Dog Tag w/24 inch Ball Chain instead.

 

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The winner will receive the Photo Dog Tag Pendant shown above, along with a permanently engraved photo that can be in color or black & white, and a personalized message on the reverse side. The item is valued at $60, but for you, it can be free!

Don’t worry, I won’t tell you won it so you can say you had to pull all kinds of strings to get it. 😉

To enter for your chance to win, simply follow the required steps below and you’re good to go!

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I will announce the winner soon after the giveaway ends on Sunday, June 18.

To keep up to date and find more great personalized gift options, follow PicturesOnGold.com on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.