Zero Calorie Cupcake & Happy Halloween!

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Okay, okay. This title is a bit misleading, but... This cute little cupcake actually helps you burn calories! See what I mean? A video posted by blondeponytail (@blondeponytail) on Oct 10, 2014 at 6:27pm PDT Oh, she was such a hit at the Illinois soccer game. They hosted a Halloween event for kiddos, so they could wear their Halloween costumes. Jada's auntie Angela found this handmade costume at a consignment shop, and I am in love with it. Plus, it keeps her … [Continue reading]

Ultimate Sandbag Sprint Workout

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If you all are still interested, I will continue to post my workouts. I hope they inspire some legit sweat sessions for you! This workout was the brain-child of my husband, Spencer. Ultimate Sandbag Sprint Workout Aren't my photobombers the cutest?! Like I had mentioned, with the gorgeous weather, we have been taking our workouts outside. Sunday, we tackled our beloved, man-made hill for sprints, but added the Ultimate Sandbag this time. I think ours weighs around 30 lbs. You … [Continue reading]

Garage Workout for a Hero

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Before we get to the garage/gym workout, I thought I'd share a few non-workout items. We took Jada to her first Illinois volleyball game on Saturday. They are currently ranked No. 10 in the nation. If you are familiar with college volleyball, the B1G Conference is a powerhouse. They faced No. 13 Purdue and won in 4 sets. I had a brief stint as Purdue's Director of Volleyball Operations while Spencer  was coaching baseball there, so it was really good to see the staff. I loved my … [Continue reading]

$50 iHerb Shopping Spree Giveaway [CLOSED]


I was contacted by the folks at iHerb to try some of their products and host a giveaway for (2) $50 iHerb shopping sprees.  So, I immediately visited the iHerb website to check out the type of products they offered. I didn't realize they offerded more than vitamins and supplements. In fact, a wide range of bath and beauty, kids, and pet products are available too! Some familiar brands include: Aveeno, Bee Naturals, Desert Essence, Earth's Best, Ella's Kitchen, Johnson & Johnson and … [Continue reading]

Fall Festivities in Illinois

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Happy Friday!  We have some stellar weather coming to Illinois this weekend, so we will be enjoying plenty of fall festivities! The baseball cancels out the tutu, right? ;) Trick-or-Treat with Basketball The University of Illinois women's basketball team hosted a Trick-or-Treat event that we couldn't pass up. Even though candy is off limits for Jada (choking hazard...or, maybe I don't want to share??), we love taking advantage of kid-friendly events in the area; and … [Continue reading]

Running Workouts with Weights {pinnable images}

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I want to share a few running workouts with weights that I have been doing lately. Thanks to a suggestion from Kat, I turned them into pinnable images. Is that how you guys like to save workouts? Running Pyramid This one is similar to a workout I did last week, but I used running as the form of cardio. You could sub cycling, rowing or the elliptical. Use weights that you have available for the thrusters and kettlebell swings (overhead for advanced). Try to do this workout as fast as you … [Continue reading]

Family Outdoor Run & Fun

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The weather has been so wet here lately, and Spencer and I have been dying to do more hill sprints. Why not just run them on the street, you say? It is literally flat for miles upon miles here. The only hill we have nearby is man-made. Finally, it stopped raining, so we had a chance to run on our favorite hill. It was pretty cold in the morning, so we started with part 1 of our workout in the garage. 1000m row 50 push-ups 750m row 40 push-ups 500m row 30 push-ups 250m row 20 … [Continue reading]

Weekend Warrior Workouts

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I never know how to open Monday posts. I mean, do you really want to read, "Happy Monday!"? So, let's slide right in, shall we? (<--See what I did there?) Spencer and I took a rest day on Friday, so we planned on a lengthy workout for Saturday, not as punishment, but because we actually wanted to. We were scrolling through Hero WOD's and selected one that we each could do using our garage equipment. Spencer selected the Hero WOD Hammer. 5 rounds 5 Power Cleans 135# 10 … [Continue reading]

How I Vary My Workouts

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Let's catch up on home workouts, shall we? Thanks to the additions to our garage, I can create quite a range of workouts. Sometimes, it's hard to decide. I have all these ideas and need to narrow them down to one workout. Work vs. Rest Days I often get questions from readers on how many rest days I take, or how many of my workouts are CrossFit based, or if I even run anymore. I favor intense workouts, there's probably no surprise there if you read this blog or follow me on Instagram. … [Continue reading]

16 Month Update

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I haven't done an update on Jada since she turned one year old in June. In the midst of moving, Jada turned 15 months, but I failed to write a post--and she's 16 months old now! #momfail The Stats We found a new pediatrician in the Champaign-Urbana area and were able to schedule Jada's well-check. I loved our pediatrician in Omaha, so it will be tough to match her. Jada measured at 32.5" (93rd percentile) and weighed 26.4 lbs (94th percentile). No wonder everyone is surprised … [Continue reading]