toddler reading time

I'm guilty of wanting a turn key house, and everything in its place (like yesterday). But, that's not happening. Being a mom forces me to focus on what's truly important right NOW. Jada could care less what the house looks like as long as we are with her, right? Or, as long as Cooper is present with a few books and stuffed animals! Accordingly, I'm trying to balance the house to do list with keeping Jada active in her new community. (By the way, I haven't applied to be a … [Continue reading]

Fit Pregnancy Running & Power Workout

Second Trimester CrossFit WOD

During this pregnancy, I intend to keep lifting heavy and incorporating CrossFit into my training. Hope you enjoy this second trimester running workout! Running during pregnancy should be treated as a personal choice. I cannot stress enough how important it is to listen to your body. 11 weeks pregnant at Reebok HQ in November 2012. Running still feels pretty comfortable at around 26 weeks. With Jada, I stopped running around 29 weeks. It didn't feel great (some side pain), and it was … [Continue reading]

Life Lately: Survival

Northwestern Football Game

Life lately has been quite chaotic, and I have just been telling myself to survive. And, drink a lot of caffeine! His & hers Here's a recap of what life was like last week. Sit tight, this a long one! Monday: Movers loaded our things (we packed everything, but it was still an all day process). Spencer stayed at the house the entire time to do a final cleaning while Jada, Cooper and I headed to a hotel to stay out of the way. I had to resort to the Kindle Fire with a … [Continue reading]

26 Week Pregnancy Update

26 Week Pregnant belly

Well, it's been a whirlwind around here to say the least, but let's catch up! Here's my 26th week of pregnancy update. Due Date: December 16th Baby’s Size About 2 lbs and +9 in. long. Gender: Boy! Gender reveal HERE. Weight Gain I think +15 lbs. or so. Baby boy is gaining 6 oz. per week, so I'm packing it on too. Belly Button It is quite literally a button, and totally visible under my shirts. Oy. Movement His movement is fairly predictable, usually … [Continue reading]

Favorites Lately: Toddler Edition

Idea Garden

It's a been a while since I've updated you on Jada's very favorite things. Today, we'll explore her favorite outdoor activities, most of them being free. Favorite Outdoor Play Time 1. Flower Parks There is a garden/park on campus that she absolutely loves. Her senses are probably going crazy with all the colors, textures, and smells. She never gets bored, especially when there is an area designed specifically for children. 2. Construction Sites & Machines She is … [Continue reading]

Core & Glutes Workout

Second trimester core & glutes workout

During this pregnancy, I intend to keep lifting heavy and incorporating CrossFit into my training. Hope you enjoy this second trimester CORE & GLUTES workout! Your glutes are powerhouse muscles that deserve to be worked. I mean, who wants a flat a$$ nowadays, anyway?  Accordingly, here is a workout sure to set them on fire! The Workout: I used a 45# plate, but I encourage you to use a weight that you are comfortable with. The G2OH (ground to overhead) movement is kind of like a … [Continue reading]

Moving Day!

Golden retriever

Wish us luck today, moving day, as we pack up and head north for new adventures! Cooper has been working tirelessly to help me pack our items in preparation for the move. First of all, we have so much to be grateful for. But, moving is simply stressful and wears me down, especially while I'm pregnant. I'll be so glad to be settled. That said, there are quite a few things I'll miss about our old house. Things We Will Miss: Our Garage Gym I mean, it's awesome, and my favorite place … [Continue reading]

Second Trimester POWER workout

second trimester POWER workout

During this pregnancy, I intend to keep lifting heavy and incorporating CrossFit into my training. Hope you enjoy this second trimester POWER workout! Second Trimester Fitness The warm weather helps me SO MUCH this pregnancy which may be surprising when most pregnant women are sensitive to the higher temperatures. However, when it's sunny out, I'm more motivated to be active with my toddler. Although, I doubt I'd feel the same if I was 9 months pregnant! Accordingly, here is the latest … [Continue reading]

24 Week Pregnancy Update

24 week pregnanct belly

So, I'm 6 months pregnant, or more accurately in the 6th month of pregnancy. Accordingly, here is the 24th week of pregnancy update! Due Date: December 16th Baby’s Size About 1.5 lbs and 8.5 in. long. Aren't ultra sounds pics cute? I'm kidding. Gender: Boy! See our gender reveal HERE. Weight Gain Around 13-14 lbs. Baby will be rapidly gaining weight (6 oz. per week), so I expect a steady gain as well. Oh boy. Belly Button It's an outtie. And, waaaaaay sooner … [Continue reading]

How to Build a Home Gym

How to Build a Home Gym_1

Having a home gym is certainly convenient, but it takes time and money to build. Here's a list of my favorite home gym items to get you started! Building Your Home Gym I had several questions on Instagram that prompted this post. Many of you see my workout posts which give you glimpses into our home garage gym. Accordingly, here is a list of must-haves, and how we prioritized purchases. Weights This was probably the most important set of tools for our garage gym. I highly encourage … [Continue reading]