New Mom Must Haves

New Mom Must Haves

I feel like I'm a new mom again. Balancing two kids is a game changer! Accordingly, here is my list of new mom must haves. I sure hope it helps some of you expecting mamas out there. I'm a minimalist at heart, so I like to streamline the items I actually need as a mom to a newborn. Did anyone else get overwhelmed with gift registries? There are many items out there, and not every baby responds well to each item. That said, here are a list of items I have found to be extremely helpful … [Continue reading]

Elite Online Boot Camp Registration!

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 Push-ups

Are you ready to rethink the way you workout? I'm looking for a select group of motivated women that want increase their overall fitness, lose body fat, and gain strength for my next 6 week Elite Online Boot Camp beginning January 4th. Are you ready for a challenge?! WHO IS THIS CAMP FOR? This camp is designed for motivated women with exercise experience, who want to challenge themselves, and take their workouts to the next level. This is NOT a beginner level boot … [Continue reading]

Merry Christmas

Newborn & Big Sis

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Hope you have a blessed weekend. Elite Boot Camp 2016 Look for registration in the next few days for Elite Online Boot Camp! … [Continue reading]

Life After Labor

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Thank you so much for all the kind words on Cole's Birth Story.   Life after labor. We are incredibly blessed...and tired! I'm certainly making good use of this mug. Spencer and I have been adjusting to life as parents of two beautiful kiddos. Thankfully, my mom is here to help us out. All hands on deck needed when a newborn is involved, am I right? Jada is slowly adapting to the big sister role. We are trying to include her in appropriate activities, but … [Continue reading]

Cole’s Birth Story: Part II

Newborn 2

I didn't mean to leave you hanging, but I barely had time to squeeze in that post. Mom life. Cole's Birth Story Continuing where we left off, the pitocin drip was slowly increased to help my contractions come every 2-3 minutes. The pain was more discomfort than pain, but I was becoming nauseous. They gave me some medication, but I still threw up all the liquids I had in my tummy. The nurses said this was my body getting ready for the main event. At this point, I was sooooooooo thirsty, … [Continue reading]

Cole’s Birth Story

39 weeks pregnant

It's been 6 days since Cole arrived, and I'm feeling elated, exhausted, overwhelmed and blessed. Life as a mom of two is busy. In fact, it's taken me over an hour to even type this sentence! Cole's Birth Story A week ago today, I went in for my 39 week check-up. Based on previous appointments, I had resigned myself to the fact that Cole was quite comfortable. Accordingly, I expected him to go up-to or past his due date of December 16th. Because I'm over 35, I had non-stress tests done … [Continue reading]

Here He Is


Well, it's been quiet over here, hasn't it? If you follow me on social media, then you know we welcomed an addition our family last Thursday. Introducing: Cole James "C.J." Allen Weight: 6 lbs, 12 oz. Length: 20 3/4 in. long Birth story to follow soon. … [Continue reading]

Holiday Sweater Party

Ugly Sweater Party

No baby here yet. Just celebrating the season with a holiday sweater party. Keeping it classy. My best friend also pointed at that my sweater shows all bucks. Holiday Sweater Party Before hosting the holiday party, Jada helped us decorate the tree. At almost 2.5 years, she was really interested in the ornaments. She especially likes to sort/organize things. Do most toddlers like that? Or, is that a compulsive trait she inherited from me?! We held a holiday party for the … [Continue reading]

38 Week Pregnancy Update


I'm sharing my 38 week pregnancy update. So, now we begin the countdown, right?! To catch up on past pregnancy updates, visit my pregnancy page. Due Date: December 16th Baby’s Size About 6.5 lbs and 20-22″ long, the size of a Swiss chard based on the WTE app. Gender: Boy!  Weight Gain Around 18-20 lbs, but it fluctuates quite a bit depending on the time of day. I do weigh less than I did with Jada, but my belly is measuring on time. Baby boy is still gaining half a … [Continue reading]

30 Day Training Plan

I'm so excited to offer you 30 days of constantly varied, high intensity workouts! I want to help you hit your fitness goals by offering a challenging program using a combination of body weight & gym workouts. EQUIPMENT Because half of the workouts require equipment (kettlebells, dumbbells or a barbell), access to a training facility or home gym is recommended in addition to cardio options like a treadmill, rower, or spinning bike.   My goal is to maximize your time … [Continue reading]