Happy Birthday Cooper!

Rachel Ray Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food_1

If you have been a reader for any sort of time on this site, you know one how much I love my dog, Cooper. Dog owners can likely agree that your dog is not just a dog. He/she is a family member, and the most loyal, loving companion, you will ever have. Cooper is celebrating his 8th birthday today! Love you buddy! Now, it's more important than ever to feed him THE best ingredients. That's why it was a no brainer to partner with Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain dog food.  Cooper … [Continue reading]

A Trip to Wagner Farm

Wagner Farm Tractor

We recently visited nearby Wagner Farm, one of the last working dairy farms in Cook County near us in Glenview, Illinois. My parents visited us this past weekend, and one of our favorite activities was a trip to a local dairy farm. Although it is a working dairy farm, there is more than just the beautiful, dairy cows. Jada was fascinated with the chicken coop. You have to check out this video of her talking to the rooster! And, little piggies. So cute! One … [Continue reading]

5 Reasons Why I Workout in the Morning

Ground to Overhead

I'm sharing 5 reasons why I workout in the morning. I would love to hear how exercise fits into your schedule! Morning Exercise I have always functioned best with a morning workout. In the past few months, I would workout while Jada was at Y-care or played with toys in the garage during my workout. Lately, it seems like I can't get in a solid workout while she is with me. Lots of interruptions.  And, let's face it, moving is a pretty big transition for anyone, let alone a 2 year … [Continue reading]

Protein Packed Veggie Burritos

Silk Meatless Mondays Sideline Meat_3

These vegetarian burritos offer an ample dose of protein without the meat for a welcome change of pace during football season! When I know a meal is primarily plant-based, not only do I feel nourished, but proud I'm making better choices for our planet. I never feel deprived without meat, especially when there are so many ways to incorporate plant-based protein. That's why it made so much sense to partner with Silk and their #MeatlessMondayNight, or Sideline Meat project. My family … [Continue reading]

28 Week Pregnancy Update

27 Weeks pregnant

Hello, third trimester! Honestly, this pregnancy is flying by. I can't believe I'm already 28 weeks pregnant. That's what moving and trying to keep up with a toddler will do to you. Days fly by. Due Date: December 16th Baby’s Size About 2.5 lbs and 16" long. Gender: Boy! Gender reveal HERE. Weight Gain About 15 lbs. Baby boy is gaining at least 6 oz. per week, and I'm measuring on time. Belly Button I think it's fair to say it's an outtie. What do you … [Continue reading]

Chicago Life

Maggie Daley Park_2

Now that we are just north of Chicago, we got a taste of Chicago life this past weekend! Spencer had a rare day off, so we thought we'd take advantage and visit the city of Chicago! We took the Metra from our house, because it's easier than finding parking downtown, and we thought Jada would love it! She's a big fan of trains and LOVED looking out the window during our ride. Once we arrived at Union Station, we power walked to Millennium Park and the brand new Maggie … [Continue reading]

Home Kettlebell Workout

Fit Pregnancy Kettlebell Workout Second Trimester

During this pregnancy, I intend to keep lifting heavy and incorporating CrossFit into my training. Hope you enjoy this second trimester home kettlebell workout! We had such an enjoyable Northwestern University athletics gathering the other night. The athletic director, Dr. Phillips, opens his home up every year to all the athletic teams at NU. It made us feel so welcome. He is a special administrator. Last evening, the baseball team joined the women's basketball team for a delicious … [Continue reading]


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]