Creating Memories This Season


Now, that December has arrived, I'm in full blown holiday mode. You? Time to break out the Christmas Jammies! She was sharing her teddy bears with Cooper. So sweet. I do love this time of year, but I really, really want to make it more about memories, not materials. Don't get me wrong, I love giving gifts! It's especially fun with a toddler, right? But, I don't want our house to overflowing with things (especially when Jada loses interest quickly). Family. Blessings. … [Continue reading]

Weekend Snapshots & a Serious WOD

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Hope you all had a nice weekend whether you celebrated Thanksgiving or not. My parents are visiting us, and Jada picked up right where she left off, demanding their undivided attention! We took them on a campus tour and let Jada burn some energy in the indoor athletic practice facility. Some tackling drills ensued. And, we tried hard for a family photo... But, this was the best we could do! And, those tights are from Onzie. Aren't they fun?! Full review on their … [Continue reading]

Four Facts Survey

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I always mean to do a survey post, but then it slips my mind. So, thank you for the tag Julie! Four names that people call me other than my real name: Mom Dre (nickname from my maiden name) Jessie (mom calls me this) JA (Initials) Four jobs I’ve had: Academic Success Counselor Softball Coach Personal Trainer Director of Volleyball Operations at Purdue University Four movies I’ve watched more than once: Bridesmaids National Lampoon's Christmas … [Continue reading]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving from our little turkey! Do those of you in the states look forward to the holiday food? I can take or leave traditional Thanksgiving sides, but I do love the turkey! Oh, and the pumpkin pie. All the pie with a bucket-o-whipped cream! What are you thankful for? Not just today, but everyday? I think I hit the jackpot with these two. I'm thankful for my health and never want to take a day for granted. Or, a chance to set a good … [Continue reading]

Top Gifts for New Moms

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Are you guys ready for the holiday gift guide madness in the blog world? I'll be participating, because based on the number of emails/questions I get, I think many of you will appreciate them! If not, skip over these posts. ;) Today, it's about new and expecting moms. Gifts for New & Expecting Moms 1. For Two Fitness  I wore my For Two Fitness t-shirt and tank top all the time during my pregnancy. The material is soft and forgiving. Plus, it made everyone well aware … [Continue reading]

No Equipment Running + Strength Workout

No Equipment Running Strength Workout

So, it's cold here. Like barely want to leave the house cold. That means our garage gym is pretty frigid too. Accordingly, the workout attire has shifted from shorts to tights/capris. I purchased the tights online from Reebok. They're on sale now too. ;) Now, isn't this the cutest fitness model you've seen lately? You may have noticed this 3-in-1 box on Instagram. For some reason, I can't tag Again Faster Equipment there, but that's where we purchased it. We've been able … [Continue reading]

Another Year Fitter

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So, it's my birthday. I seriously forget about it half the time, because it hovers around Thanksgiving, and I tend to be more focused on family and the food. #eatallthepumpkinpie Did you know that I was born on Thanksgiving?! My mom was eating pancakes for breakfast, and boom! Time to head to the hospital. I was a little turkey. ;) Happy Fitness So, you may think this is a bit strange. Maybe not, if you're a regular reader. For my birthday, I just wanted 10 pound bumper plates (we … [Continue reading]

FRS TWO-10 Discovery Challenge & Giveaway!


I had the opportunity to try the FRS Two-10 Discovery Challenge for the past 10 days. During that time, I used FRS products twice a day to evaluate the impact it had on my energy level and workouts. I was first introduced to FRS at the 2012 CrossFit Games and sampled energy chews at their booth. I immediately became a fan and ate them like candy. They are that good! So, of course I jumped at the chance to try their other products for this campaign. The Challenge The FRS Discovery … [Continue reading]

Toddler Favorites: Books

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This is the first post  in a series of Toddler Favorites. As Jada is showing more and more personality, she also is displaying her preferences for certain foods, toys, and activities. I thought I'd share what is working for us, so other parents might piggy back off that! Today, we are going to focus on books. Reading She is really, really interested in books. She's also really into climbing ALL THE THINGS! But, that will be for a separate post. Here are a few of her … [Continue reading]

Glutes & Guts Workout

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The Glutes & Guts workout is a great for the gym or garage, and I even have a pinnable image for you! Before we get to that, that's catch up a bit, shall we? Smoothie Power Despite the cold weather, we have been making smoothies almost everyday. The GNC AMP 60 Natural line of protein powders is becoming are our favorite of late. While Spencer and I know that protein packed smoothies are a nutrient dense addition to our diets, we've been getting a little encouragement to make … [Continue reading]