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Move It Monday – Upper Body Workout with the Surge® Storm

Move It Monday – Upper Body Workout with the Surge® Storm

This post is in collaboration with Hedstrom Fitness; all opinions are my own. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some recent workouts using the Kamagon® Ball or the Surge®, a couple of awesome exercise tools that use Hydro-Inertia® to challenge your body. […]

How Our Family Does Chores and Allowance

How Our Family Does Chores and Allowance

Chores and Allowance. Two issues that I think many families struggle to figure out. What chores are appropriate? How do you get your kids to do their chores? Should you pay them for it? Why do kids need to get paid money at all? I […]

Circuit Workout: Strength and Cardio

Circuit Workout: Strength and Cardio

One of the awesome perks of my gym membership is the variety of group fitness classes that are offered. Bodypump, PiYO, cycle, yoga… Unfortunately, the group fitness instructors don’t always get the opportunity to take these different classes. We typically go to teach our own […]

Rising From the Ashes…

Rising From the Ashes…

Although my blog didn’t completely die and get reborn, it has been a few months since I posted so it almost feels like I’m starting over. Again. And I’ll apologize now for the rambling that’s about to happen. I have a lot of thoughts that […]

Clean Eating on a Budget (Part 2)

Clean Eating on a Budget (Part 2)

Here we are for week two of clean eating on a budget! If you missed my last post, you can find it HERE. This week, the hubby wanted to go grocery shopping. He and I definitely shop differently, so you will see some different items […]

Clean Eating on a Budget (Part 1)

Clean Eating on a Budget (Part 1)

One of the biggest complaints I hear about people who want to eat more healthy foods, is that it is too expensive. And I’m not going to disagree with that completely. Yes, I can get a box of macaroni and cheese for $.50 each. Yes, […]

Half-Marathon Training in Winter

Half-Marathon Training in Winter

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but in Colorado it gets pretty cold and snowy! That can really affect my running and training plans when I’m trying to prepare for a half-marathon. No worries though, I have a backup plan […]

Yoga & the Whole30

Yoga & the Whole30

Today’s post is coming to you from Leigh over at theleighryan.com. Leigh is a yoga teacher and fellow group fitness instructor.  Mindfulness.  That word comes up a lot lately, with yoga becoming more mainstream and available and even appearing more in popular culture. But does the […]

Why Should I Drink BCAAs?

Why Should I Drink BCAAs?

If you’ve been reading anything about fitness supplements, you’ve probably heard mention of BCAAs and how they can help you with building muscle and losing weight. But you may not know why BCAAs are important, or why you should be drinking them. I’m here to give you […]

Dear Future Me (Goals for 2017)

Dear Future Me (Goals for 2017)

Dear Future Me, If 2017 goes well, you will be opening this letter just before midnight on December 31, 2017. You will be ending one of the most amazing years of your life. Here are just a few things that made 2017 so awesome for […]


My Diary

Rising From the Ashes…

Rising From the Ashes…

Although my blog didn’t completely die and get reborn, it has been a few months since I posted so it almost feels like I’m starting over. Again. And I’ll apologize now for the rambling that’s about to happen. I have a lot of thoughts that I need to get out.

I knew back in February that my life was about to change. And it did. My mother-in-law moved in with us as she was transitioning from her life in California to a new home in Colorado. While I love her and there have definitely been many GOOD things about her living her, it has also been quite an adjustment. Our family routines have changed. Our eating habits have changed. Our day-to-day life is often unpredictable and we’ve had to be flexible in ways that we weren’t used to. Again, although this has had many good effects, it has also been somewhat stressful.

My mother in law is teaching me to sew, so that’s pretty cool. 🙂

Stress is also something that just happens when you have three kids. Including a baby who doesn’t always want to nap. (Insert eyeroll and face palm emojis here.) Before Aren was born, I had a certain blog schedule that I liked to follow. Even when she was a newborn and she slept 20ish hours a day, I could write, take photos, post on instagram, optimize my SEO… But now? Now I’m lucky if I can take a shower each day. Some days I only have time to eat a banana for a meal — and even then I have to share it with her.

The banana thief!

In February, I felt like I was losing control of my blog. It felt like too much work to think of a catchy title, sit down and write, check my visitors and pageviews. I was putting all of this pressure on myself, and it wasn’t good. I felt like I needed to take time away from my kids and family so I could get my “work” done.


Then I said NO. No more. It was time to stop.

I took some time to think about how I really wanted to spend my days. I wanted to be present with my kids. I wanted to get into a steady fitness routine and enjoy my daily workouts. I wanted to be happy and enjoy the time with my family. So I stopped blogging. I could have cut back to only blogging once a week, but I didn’t. I closed my computer and put it away. I took all of the pressure and expectations off of myself. I worked out, I cleaned my house when I had time, and I did fun things with my kids and husband. I realized what kinds of things made me happy, which in turn made me a better mom.

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.”

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about my blog. I logged in a few times and looked at my previous posts, but logged back out. I thought about what I wanted to write about and how I could get back into blogging again, but didn’t know how to sit down and write. I also thought about going in a completely different direction and starting a lifestyle blog, but that just sounded insane. If I couldn’t even start back on THIS blog, how did I think I was going to start a different blog?


After talking with one of my blogger friends, I realized I didn’t have to have two blogs to be able to write what I wanted to. I don’t have to conform to any specific expectations at all. I can use this blog to write about anything I want. And my readers can choose to read certain topics, all topics, or no topics at all. I can share recipes, fitness ideas and tips, product reviews, family adventures, or whatever pops into my completely random head. Because my whole purpose for having this blog is to share things that my family does, to give people ideas, to be a real person who my readers can connect with. And I’m more than just fitness and clean eating and shakes. I’m a mom who wants to exercise and have a strong, fit body but eat pizza and tacos and goldfish crackers too. I like playing and having fun with my kids, but I also like drinking wine and watching Jeopardy. I LOVE taking photos, and I’ve really put a lot of time into it recently (as you can see by Aren’s instagram page). I love to shop, and I love supporting small shops even more, as shown through Aren’s extensive wardrobe.

You gotta admit, she looks pretty fab.

I’m going to continue doing what I love, and I’m going to share it on here. You’ll still see fitness posts and recipes and healthy life tips. But you may also see some other things in my life that I just want to write about. If you decide to read it and want to leave me a comment or some feedback, I would love that. Just expect me to be real, honest, and open. I’d want the same from a friend. <3

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