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Day 35: Today I saw a tree glowing with sunlight, its individually fluttering leaves a bright green halo around the dark branches reaching up their solemn limbs to the heavens. Silhouetted and illuminated, all at once. It was as if the sunlight revealed the life work going on within: the business of turning sunlight into sustenance. It is the first step for life on this Earth. If God said, "Let there be light," the trees responded, "Let there be air." And when God said, "Let there be life," the trees, not yet done, had their reply, "And here is its food." #The100DayProject #onestoryoneday #100daysofstories #doingitwrite #catskillsmountains

DAY THIRTY-NINE: Randistic and I sat down to talk about my work, #100daysofstories and why writing is the coolest.
Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/randistic/videos/709188772575239/

DAY ONE: The most beautiful thing about New York City is how it's absolutely true when people tell you anything can happen. When @esmemontgomery and I left our place this morning, I had an entirely different story planned for today, but between our strawberry ๐Ÿ“ granola breakfast and our quest to find edible cookie dough, we found ourselves entering the #kyliejenner pop up shop in #Soho with almost no line wait time, and spending some time posing on this lovely bed. As if bed posing in the middle of the day isn't on every hijabi's bucket list, we ALSO casually ran in to #kendalljenner walking past Mercer Street. Now, with new lipstick on (thanks Kylessss) and @Starbucks lattes keeping us from freezing, we're off to continue Barbie doll day. #lifeinplasticitsfantastic #100daysofstories

Wearing My Vulnerability. When I'm excited or nervous or passionate or deep in discussion or shy or performing or auditioning or ecstatic or sad. Showing my scars, so to speak. It terrifies me and I'm also embracing it more than I ever have. #100dayproject #100daysofstories

Crept up on this hottie in Central Park ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ #holycannoli #imeannnnn #100dayproject #100daysofstories

Here's a gratuitous selfie - giant hands cupping jar of tea - glasses akimbo - beauty marks - chipped polish - snarl. #100dayproject #100daysofstories

Throwin it back in honor of @youdontnoam 's new adventure โœจ๐Ÿ”ฎโœˆ๏ธ #aura #100dayproject #100daysofstories

Day Ninety-Six Story: really do I need words for this story!?! But because we are headed out to a family picnic and the whole house slept in this is all I've got! Norah really does love her Jolly Jumper!! #norahfrancisgiesbrecht #100dayproject #100daysofscjn #100daysofstories

MOST RECENT

#100daysofstories Day 15. I am blessed with a bunch of friends who have let me drag them all around on photo walks. This is one of my favorite photos from a shoot I did a few years ago with @nicole_marie_23. We wandered all around Old Town with bags of various props and outfits. We are way over due for another day like this! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ #photographerfriend #photowalk #nicolesfeet #creativelife #inspired #colorado #creativefriends #modelfriends #momlife #artistlife

#100daysofstories Day 14. Our first day of "school" (daycare) today. These big boys were so excited. We went as a family to drop them off and meet their teacher again. They had little cubbies with their names on them and they were so excited to put their back packs (from grandma!) away. They immediately started playing and gave @danieljadkins and I hugs and kisses with NO tears. They helped their teacher walk us to the door and waived bye from the window! I can't believe it. I was bracing myself for a traumatic drop off, and instead I got a peaceful and enthusiastic one. Pretty grateful for that!! #firstday #daycare #momofboys #twinmom #momemotions #twinboys #workingmom #missmyboys

#100daysofstories Day 13. I posted a while ago about my cup collection. I always bring a glass of water to bed and, well, don't always take it back down to the kitchen right away. It ends up looking like that scene from "signs" and is on that little list of things my spouse loves me in spite of. Dan decided tonight that the glasses needed to go, and for whatever reason it really cracked me up. So I snapped this photo while dying laughing as he grumbled about my weird habit. I'm not the only one right?? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ #weirdhabits #marriedlife #drinkallthewater #stayhydrated #hubby #somanycups #signsthemovie #aliens #safefromaliens

#100daysofstories Day 12: I am grateful for the self-reflection that this challenge is creating for me. Creating a daily post that is meaningful or interesting has been a challenge that's pushed me out of my comfort zone a little. The pressure I put on myself to write something profound and the fear of over-sharing on social media create a challenge I didn't expect when i started this.
I love this quote because I am often hard on myself when I forget what I've been through. I blame myself for things outside of my control that I wish I could change. If only I could go back in time, and yet I think the outcome of my major life events would be the same. I've grieved the circumstances of my boy's birth for so long now that it sounds stupid to admit even to myself. I often compare myself to parents who had a harder time, or experienced loss, and feel guilty that giving birth was traumatic for me. I grieve that I was depressed and didn't enjoy the newborn time as much as I thought I was "supposed to." I still have heartache over leaving them in the hospital in someone else's care. I still suffer some of the physical damages of carrying twins and having an emergency c-section, but what's been strengthened is my awareness of my own body.
Despite everything I grow. Despite everything THEY grow. That is what truly amazes me. I'm going to take a moment, and sit back to enjoy how far we've come in these three or so years. โค๏ธ #momlife #csection #postpartum #recovery #twinpregnancy #nicugrad #nicubabies #boymomlife #lovemyboysosomuch

#100daysofstories Day 11! After our walk last night I made dinner and then gave the boys a bath. Afterwards they played quietly in their room while I took a hot shower too! Moments like this make me feel like I've arrived as a mom. I wore them out on our walk and they were ready for bed when I got out of the shower. I snuggled them to sleep and really enjoyed those baby boy cuddles that I know have an expiration date not too far off. ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ #momlife #instachallenge #100daysisalongtime #photochallenge #momtime #alonetime #proudmommy #twinmom #twinmomlife #showeredalone #threeyearolds #sweetboys #boymom #boymomlife

#100daysofstories Day 10: last year this was as far as the boys wanted to go in the pool. If I held them and took them deeper they cried. They were content to splash their feet on the stairs and nothing more. This summer, the only thing they wanted to do was jump to me or Dan off the side of the pool ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got one of the best arm workouts ever lifting them up to the side of the pool over and over for an hour ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป. We only went to the pool a few times this summer because we discovered that the splash parks near our house are a lot less work for us and just as fun (if not more) for the boys. #momlife #summer #poolbabies #lovethem #momofboys #twinmom #twinmomgoesbarefoot #twoyearolds #threeyearolds #goingbyfast

Check out the link in my profile to see the great free craft projects from Barefoot Books!-------------------------------- #100daysofstories Day 9 Already! I love that Barefoot Books offers so many resources to go with their books! I have really been missing my boys everyday when I go to work and so coming home and having intentional time together has been the biggest blessing of joining this company.
Some nights are still hard. The end of the work day means dinner and prep for the next day and then bath time and bedtime. By the time it's all over (and sometimes before it even starts) I'm pooped. Taking a few minutes to read a book, or do an activity with the boys when I get home from work has completely changed the flow of our nights. They get the attention they need and I get the time I need to remember to slow down and enjoy them. #momlife #barefootbooks #crafttime #familytime #kidscrafts #twinmom #twinmomlife #instacraft #mommyandme #boymom #creativity #timewithkids #fallcraft #homeschoolactivities #homeschool

A day behind on #100daysofstories so here's one for yesterday and today since yesterday was too exhausting to think clearly ๐Ÿ˜. Days 7&8! This "waterfall" (as the boys refer to it) is one of our favorite places to stop and look on our walks around the lakes. We moved to this area when the boys were still stroller bound for these long walks and I had an irrational fear of the stroller rolling into the water here ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. I would make sure I had the stroller strap wrapped firmly around my wrist and the brakes on while we "enjoyed" the view. Now the boys are so big and independent. They walk the entire length of our favorite path and back home again. They pick up rocks to throw in the water and even though that fear of them ending up in that water lingers, I give them some space to explore. They listened so well when I told them they were close enough ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜ I hope they always listen when I warn them about danger in life, but I know some lessons they'll just have to learn for themselves. #momlife #twinboys #naturelovers #explorers #twinmom #lifelessons #proudmommy

#100daysofstories Day Six: Does anyone else do "smacker kisses" with their kids?? We have always done this and I remember doing this with my parents when I was little! We sort of "wind up" by putting our heads back and then smack! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ It is affectionate and silly and I love that my boys run up and say "Do a smacker kiss, Mommy!" I think it's so important to show affection to our kids, even if it's through silly time. We wrestle, and tickle, and chase each other around (yes, I'm tired ๐Ÿ’ค) and I feel like the bond between us is stronger on days we spend just being silly and playing together. I hope the boys remember this time being silly together as a family the way I do when I think of being their age! #momlife #proudmommy #twinmom #workingmom #storytelling #littleboys #childhood #mommykisses #familytime #twinmomgoesbarefoot #sundaymorning #messyhouse #lovemyboys #twinmomlife #wesleyemerson

#100daysofstories Day 5: Short story! ๐Ÿ˜‚The other day at work someone was drinking a bottle of rosemary-lemon water and it looked SO good. I really, really love rosemary and I've been thinking about it ever since. Well of course I have rosemary and lemon on hand at home at all times so I finally made myself a giant glass with a beautiful fresh sprig of rosemary and a whole lemon. And, I didn't spend $4 on it. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #shortstory #frugalliving #rosemary #herbwater #lemonwater #infusedwater #stayhydrated #refresh #herbgarden #momlife #workingmom

#100daysofstories Day Four: Halfway through August means it's almost fringe boot time! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ„ I have this really special pair of boots I've worn for years that @jennwathen13 gave me. I've never been much into fashion but there was some magic confidence that happened whenever I wore these boots (see fringe boots + teal leggings). The opportunity to have fun with fashion was something I grew into thanks to these fun boots and it's something I'm missing with my current job. The rainy weather has me more than ready for fall and I plan on taking full advantage of boot season this year to find that confidence I had in this photo. ๐Ÿ˜ #fringeboots #momlife #fashionstyle #fall #autumn #bootweather #august #twinmom #previouslife #storyteller #confidence #momofboys #dressedup #denverartmuseumstairs #adventureswithhubby #twinmomlife

#100daysofstories Day Two: I meant to post this earlier today but time gets away from me pretty easily these days. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Until recently I struggled with comparing myself to myself before I had kids. I could tell you about all of the fun and creative things I used to do before some little twin boys arrived and demanded all of my time, and sleep, and attention. This is one of my favorite pictures of myself, taken on a walk with @dressyjessybessy. I used to use my free time to walk around and take pictures which I sometimes sold on Etsy. Now, I take pictures of my boys, and occasionally old buildings, peeling paint, and still anything covered in moss ๐Ÿ˜. But instead of wishing I could go back to "all of my free time" I have the opportunity to share photography with my boys. Three is already so amazing because they understand so much more than they did even six months ago. Now instead of looking back, I have so much to look forward to. I think I always have โค๏ธ. #momlife #momphotog #photowalk #creativity #twinmom #lifechanges #memories #twinmomlife #lovemyboys #creativemom #livelifetothefullest

#100daysofstories Day One: (Don't worry everyday won't be about an actual story, I want to share stories from my life ๐Ÿ˜) Herb the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass and Debbie Harter has been on my wish list for a while! This sweet story is about a vegetarian dragon that teaches dragons and humans, and vegetarians and meat eaters, to all get along. Dan and I were vegetarians for almost 10 years and last summer we decided to be more balanced with our food choices. We still care deeply for animals and for the way our food is made and where it comes from. But for our family we decided it made sense to not be so restrictive when we were away from home. At home most of our meals are still vegetarian even though we don't label ourselves that way anymore. People often comment on how we managed to avoid having picky eaters with our boys and I place all the blame on the boys being vegetarian until they were two. They ate a wide variety of foods early on and weren't introduced to chicken nuggets (seems to be most kids favorite!) until after their second birthday. I am pretty proud of that and would encourage any parent who has a picky eater to keep offering fruits and veggies over and over. Eventually your kiddos will get a taste for them and even ask for them! Having a cute story to read might inspire them too! You can find Herb the Vegetarian Dragon plus a lot more books on Farmers Markets and gardening at the link in my profile! #healthykids #nopickyeaters #vegetarian #herbthevegetariandragon #storytime #eatyourveggies #eatyourfruits #momlife #healthycooking #twinmom #momofboys

Day ๐Ÿ’ฏStory: I cannot believe I was able to stick with this project and that it's now time to say goodbye! Wrapping things up with two clean babies who end up spending the night on the couch with me because Jaxon wouldn't go to sleep and Norah kept fussing in her bassinet! One very tired mama but I wouldn't trade this life for anything! #100daysofscjn #100dayproject #100daysofstories

Day Ninety-Nine Story: Wait you mean we are almost done!?! Yep just one more day left! Though I might sneak in a couple extra to round out until my birthday! Norah is currently loving all this extra mommy time without big brother around! We are currently tell stories and trying on all her cute outfits to see what fits still! #100daysofstories #100dayproject #100daysofscjn #norahfrancisgiesbrecht

Day Ninety-Eight Story: Yesterday was let's all be grumpy and not nap day! We did manage to get out to the park which was the highlight of the day! But it's okay because today is the start of SUMMER CAMP!! Bring it on Monday!! #100daysofscjn #100dayproject #100daysofstories

Day Ninety-Seven Story: We had a really fun family day at the splash park yesterday! Both of Sean's brothers and their families (minus a sleeping Matt) where there along with His dad, Anna and Grandpa! Jaxon was so excited he literally ran for four hours in the water with his big cousin! Of course he crashed hard after we got home so it was no surprise we found him crashing our Saturday movie night! Maybe he'll sleep in!! #giesbrechtscjn2017 #100daysofstories #100dayproject #100daysofscjn #jaxonjamesgiesbrecht

Day Ninety-Six Story: really do I need words for this story!?! But because we are headed out to a family picnic and the whole house slept in this is all I've got! Norah really does love her Jolly Jumper!! #norahfrancisgiesbrecht #100dayproject #100daysofscjn #100daysofstories

Day Ninety-Five Story: I've got that Friday feeling!! My back is still hurting from throwing it out yesterday but I had a great sleep and am enjoying my coffee in peace while my babies are still sleeping! Starting tomorrow everything will be my last, last as a woman in my twenties! P.S. I feel like I really look like my sister (@val_arie_fletch )in this photo and I LOVE it!! #100daysofstories #100daysofscjn #100dayproject

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