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ActivMotion Bar with SweatPink

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored opportunity with Fit Approach and ActivMotion Bar. As always, all opinions are my own. I appreciate your support!

Hello, hello!

If you’ve been following my social media channels, you’ve seen me playing around with my new ActivMotion Bar over the past few weeks.

I was lucky enough to be selected to review ActivMotion’s fitness bar along with their at-home fitness DVDs and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with y’all today!

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Per ActivMotion’s website:

The ActivMotion Bar is no ordinary fitness bar. It’s always moving and strengthening your core with every exercise—because it’s filled with rolling steel weights. No other fitness product comes close to creating a multisensory workout experience like this. The moment you pick it up you’ll hear the weights move inside and feel them challenging your body. Whether you’re a beginner, a trainer, a pro athlete or anything in between, it’s time to change the way you train, engage mind and muscle, experience an amazing workout and get in shape quicker than ever before. It’s time for the ActivMotion Bar.

I’ll be honest, at first I was skeptical. Could a 6-pound bar really give me a great workout? C’mon now… I throw 50 pounds over my head in BODYPUMP, this is going to be easy as pie.

Ha… boy was I ever wrong! Let’s just say one of my fitness opportunities is balance and the ActivMotion Bar definitely challenged me beyond my abilities in that arena.

activmotion bar

I started with the Level 1 fitness DVD and was first surprised by the awesome coaching Derek Mikulski, the ActivMotion Bar inventor, provided throughout the 30-minute workout. He provided valuable guidance on how to hold and move the bar as well as different movements based on your fitness level. The other levels provided the same level of guidance (and sweaty fun!) as Level 1, but I must say that I liked the Total Body Toning workout the best. Sorry Derek, but I just love female fitness instructors and Andrea Metcalf kicked some major booty in that workout! Total Body Toning left me sweaty, increased my heart rate, and gave my muscles a run for my money. I woke up sore the next morning and again, was shocked because I had only used a 6-pound bar!

ActivMotion DVD

The key to a fabulous workout with the ActivMotion Bar is to keep the internal steel weights in continuous movement. (You’ll be able to hear them rolling around if you do it correctly!) This keeps your muscles in a constant state of movement as they have to continually adjust to the moving weight in the bar. It also engages your core to provide a total body burn with every. single. workout. Awesome, right?!

The only thing I’d say to watch out for with the workout series is to make sure all pets and small children are clear before beginning. The bar is fairly long and I think I bonked my poor pup in the head a time or two while working out. Sorry Mitchell!

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Now, you’re probably wondering what my favorite moves with my new ActivMotion. Or maybe you’re not… but I’m going to share them anyways! ;) As a side note, I had just woken up prior to these photos being taken – Don’t just my goofiness, tired eyes, or flip-flop wearing in the next few shots!

goofy AM

Since I’m pregnant, I need to be more cautious of the twisting and supine movements in each video. It was really easy to modify each of the recommended movements (<– One thing I now look for in a fitness routine!) which I highly appreciated.

A few of the muscles I’m always working on are my biceps, glutes, and hamstrings. They are my favorite muscles to workout and I always love working them in new ways.

For biceps, I like your typical bicep curl… The key with the ActivMotion Bar, remember, is to keep those steel weights in constant movement by tilting the bar slightly with each curl. Trust me, this WILL set your biceps on fire!

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For my glutes, I really like doing side-lying leg raises. These work your side glutes and will give you a major burn! I like that this movement automatically moves the weight inside the bar as your leg lifts and lowers.

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Finally, I can’t forget my glute/hamstring combo with one of my all-time favorite moves, the deadlift! By moving the weight inside, you will also engage your core as well as your upper back as you slide the bar down your legs and bring it back up as you rise.

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Phew! I’m getting a burn just thinking about these workouts ;)

I don’t have a video for you today, but be on the lookout for one via Instagram this weekend! (AKA – I’m not talented enough to shoot one myself so I need Kyle here to help me out, LOL.)

Have you tried the ActivMotion Bar? What are your favorite at-home weight-strengthening exercises?

Pregnancy Thoughts #4

It’s time for another round of Pregnancy Thoughts here on Olives {minus the} Wine!

pregnancy thoughts

Missed my previous posts? Find them here:

1. As of yesterday, my right hip is killing me. Okay, not killing me and honestly, it doesn’t hurt that bad… Just more of an annoying ache. In the past it has always acted up when I was about 8-10 pounds over my ideal body weight. I’m guessing that is probably where I’m at right now so it’s telling me (in a not-so-nicely manner) that I need to slim down ;) Sorry hip, you gotta hold out for about 3 more months, push a child through your bones, and then I’ll drop at least 10 pounds in a day for ya. Deal?

2. Speaking of aches and pains, beginning on Monday I will be sharing 30 days of yoga poses via my Instagram account (and here as well)! I was selected to be a prAna #TaketheLeap 30 days of yoga challenge leader through my partnership with Fit Approach! I will be focusing specifically on the poses that are safe for pregnancy… Because, you know, I’m pregnant and I shouldn’t be doing any of those unsafe poses right now anyways ;) Yoga is fabulous for us preggos – It can help to prepare our body for birth as well as keep us flexible and strong throughout the 9 long months. Make sure to follow me on the ol’ Insta (@beckyklap) to play along… And I’ll be tagging some of you to join in!

3. I’ve decided that my running days are no longer until the kid pops out of me. The last time I went for a real run was Christmas Day. I attempted it once about a week and a half ago… I made it to the corner and then turned around because my bladder was screaming! It is not pleasant in the least to feel like you have to pee with every. single. step. Plus, I’ve heard some horror stories from my friends (and random internet peeps) about incontinence (and some more serious…) issues because of babies bouncing on bladders. Yeah. Apparently there will already be some issues with the ol’ bladder post-pregnancy and I would prefer not to add to it. So, I’ll be sticking with BODYPUMP, spinning, yoga, and the StairMaster until May. I miss running but I’d prefer not to pee my pants or worse, have my bladder pop out of my body ;)

4. Friends and family have already started asking Kyle and I when they should visit after the baby is born and it is stressing us out. Like anxiety-ridden stress. We’ve decided that my mom and sister will be coming down at the beginning of June for a week or so to help out (hopefully we will be in a new place so my mom can stay with us!) and, of course, anyone who lives here in Naples or within driving distance is more than welcome to swing by for a few minutes… We just need to figure out when we are comfortable with other out-of-town friends and family visiting. We’re thinking of requesting that everyone wait until after the 4th of July weekend to fly down (yes, we realize that he will be 7-8 weeks by then but we are new parents, are going to be overprotective, and that is the way it is…) Once we get the deets ironed out, I’ll do a post on it – I’ve seen a few good ones out there written by other bloggers that outline “rules” for visitors and I think they do a great job of level-setting expectations <– always a good thing in my opinion!

Hopefully, everyone will be respectful of our final decision. In the end, we gotta do what is right for us as new parents regardless of others’ opinions and thoughts.

5. Eating is starting to be a pain in the behind. I have a super short torso (which is one of the reasons I’m surprised that I didn’t “pop” sooner) so the kiddo is already pressing on my stomach. I’ll be feel-like-I’m-going-to-faint starving, eat a little bit of food and then feel like I’m so full I’m going to die. It’s really pleasant and yes, I’m being dramatic. I need to figure out some sort of mini-meal schedule so I don’t over-stuff myself yet make sure I’m still getting enough. Let me tell you, it’s a sad day when you can’t eat an entire Chipotle salad ;)

6. I think Kyle is feeling the need to be settled prior to the baby arriving. We met with a broker over the weekend and I went on our first home tours yesterday. I found one that I loveeeee (like love love, it’s totally zen inside and the kitchen along with the master suite are both remodeled to the style of my dreams), but it doesn’t have a pool which is a bummer for Kyle. It’s odd to have to ask about school districts and kids in the neighborhood when looking for a home – Oh the things you have to think about as a parent! Thankfully, we have a lot of time to look as our lease goes through the end of September.

7. I feel like most of my pregnancy thoughts have been negative so far today – I’m still really happy and feeling 97.2% awesome, haha! Let’s see… how about some good stuff?

  • People have started noticing my “belly” and I get smiles and doors held open all of the time.
  • I wore my For Two Fitness tank to the gym yesterday and I got a lot of “you are so motivated for continuing to workout” comments from the snowbirds.
  • I have an excuse to eat chocolate shakes anytime I want although I have yet to cash in on that limited time offer <– Maybe I’ll get one today!
  • I finally got a few more maternity pieces with my birthday money. It feels nice to have a few more options that I can wear for the next 3 months.
  • I have yet to feel out of breath (apparently that is a thing when you’re preggo) while exercising. I can’t walk and talk without huffing and puffing, LOL, but I’m good to go at the gym!
  • I ordered my free breast pump from our insurance company earlier this week, so – as Kyle likes to say, he can feed MJ my “boob juice.” Haha!
  • I scheduled 4 birthing/parenting classes for us at our hospital… We’re beginning with a hospital tour next Wednesday! It is the only birth place option here in Naples so fingers crossed it goes well. We also have a lamaze class, “Happiest Baby on the Block” class, and a breastfeeding class in the next 2 months.

Lots of words, not a lot of photos. It happens. Thanks for sticking through until the end! And don’t forget to check out the other thoughts today over on Spoons’ :)

#72 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes yesterday! Texts, emails, Facebook messages, tweets… you definitely know how to make a girl feel special :)

I’m deeming today’s TYT as the birthday edition – Yesterday was great and full of treats and I can’t wait to share it with you.

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If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a supporter and advocate for treating ourselves – even in the smallest of ways – everyday! I promise you will fall in love with the idea and once you do, please link up below :)

There are certain that must happen on a birthday… Chipotle for lunch and a mani-pedi <– I believe this is the first birthday that I’ve ever been able to wear flip flops outside so I took full advantage!

chipotle birthday

birthday mani

And, of course, shopping! I had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket so I treated myself to a new dress for my birthday evening (and for my shower in a month and for anytime we go out to eat, haha <– no use in buying more than one when I will only be able to wear it for a few months!) as well a new top. After your input on Insta yesterday, I’ve decided to keep it – It’s super lightweight and comfortable and perfect for lounging.

birthday dress

preggo top

Also… preggo Spanx! #PraiseGod No matter how fit you are going into pregnancy, lumps and bumps show up in the oddest places, LOL. I have no shame in smoothing myself out ;) I wore them last night with my striped dress and not only do they do their job, they also have really good belly support.

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Kyle and I enjoyed dinner at The Turtle Club last night – No photos but it was (and always is!) such a treat. I ordered a “mocktail” mojito and the grouper + crab meat dinner.

Obviously, I did a whole lot of treating yesterday but I have a few treats I received from others that I want to share too :)

Kyle gifted me a prenatal massage <– I need to schedule this ASAP! I also received a couple of necklaces (no photos yet!).

Lululemon gift cards :) :) :) I won an incentive program with my AdvoCare team over the holidays, so along with that and the Lulu giftcards I received for my birthday, I have $550 to spend there revamping my workout wardrobe post-baby! Eeehhh! Is it wrong to ask for Lulu gift cards and wine for my baby shower? Happy mama = happy baby, right? ;)

lulu gift cards

Katie, Caroline, and Melanie sent me the sweetest gift! Kate Spade earrings and delicious treats.

blend birthday gift

A girlfriend gave me a Target gift card a while back when I announced that I was pregnant, and since Target is having their awesome baby sale this week, I got a few more outfits for the little guy <– Like he needs more… They were too cute to pass up ;)

baby suits

Finally, Kyle also treated me to brunch this weekend! Chocolate chip pancakes the size of my head. And yes, I ate almost the entire plate!

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Now it is your turn… How did you treat yourself over the past week?

Almond-Crusted Chicken Bites – A Game Changing Snack!

In a few short days, football fans and socialites alike with gather for the biggest game of the year.

Whether you are a serious football connoisseur, advertisement expert, food and beer lover, or a loving spouse there for moral support, you can’t deny the deliciousness Sunday will bring.

Chips and guacamole. Cheesy dips. Burgers and brats. Chili. Bean-filled taquitos. Beer. Margaritas. Soda pop. #gimmeALLthefoods

If we’re being honest, the day is bound to be full of less-than-healthy snacks. But hey, that’s what football is all about, right? Gathering with friends, eating foods that will make your stomach hurt (LOL) and cheering on your favorite team.

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Today, I’m bringing you a game changing snack and adding in a bit o’ healthy into a typically not-so-good-for-you day. Are you down with that?!

Almond-Crusted Chicken Bites.

These three-ingredient bites are not only quick ‘n easy, they can be made ahead (wahoo!), pack some major flavor, have a savory crunch that will delight your taste buds, and taste fabulous dipped in hot sauce.

And you can’t tell me you don’t love that bottle of hot sauce ;)

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Almond-Crusted Chicken Bites

Makes 30 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup Blue Diamond Almonds <– I used 1/2 cup Smokehouse and 1/2 cup Wasabi & Soy Sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place a non-stick mat onto a baking sheet. (If you do not have a non-stick mat, use tin foil sprayed with baking spray.) Crunch almonds in a blender or, if you like to wake your neighbors on a Sunday morning, by placing them in a sealed sandwich baggie and beating them with a wooden spoon. Dip chicken pieces into egg and then place into almond bag. Shake, shake shake! Once chicken is coated in almond pieces, place onto baking sheet. (If you have extra almond pieces, sprinkle them on top of chicken.) Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cooked through. If making ahead, store in airtight container in fridge. Reheat for approximately 1-2 minutes in microwave when ready to serve.

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These are beyond flavorful on their own, but would be delicious dipped in ranch, guacamole, or your favorite hot sauce!

Make these for your friends. Make these for your picky eater. Make these for your protein lover. JUST MAKE THESE. They’ll be the hit of your Sunday party and you won’t even have to admit that they’re healthy.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. For more Game Changing Snacks, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What are your plans for the game on Sunday? Is there anyone else besides me that doesn’t know who’s playing, LOL?

#dirtythirty

If you couldn’t tell by the title, today is my 30th birthday!

I don’t have any big celebrations planned this year… Being pregnant somewhat hinders a crazy birthday celebration ;) However, I do have a few fun things planned for today.

  • A pedicure
  • A pre-natal massage (sometime this week)
  • Shopping for a baby shower dress
  • A gym date with myself
  • Chipotle for lunch
  • iPhone 6 (!!!) <– Happy birthday to MEEEE!
  • A margarita, heavy on the tequila… KIDDING. Can you drink one for me?!

And because I’m not celebrating this year, how about a view of birthday’s past?

#finallylegal

#chocolate4lyfe

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#thebig2-9

Canal Park 2

#minnesotastyle

Am I sad to be in my third decade? Heck no! My thirtieth year is bound to be full of happy and exciting times. And after all, age is just a number – I may be 30 but I still feel 22 ;)

Bring it on Dirty Thirty, I’m ready for ya! … Also, watch out 31. There is going to be some major celebrating to made up for next year.

Seven Days of Healthy Eats IV – Recipes and More!

Heard a lot about AdvoCare and the 24-Day Challenge? Ready to jump on board and begin an incredible journey to a healthier lifestyle? If you want in on the challenge fun, you can purchase your bundle here or reach out to me (becky@olivesnwine.com) for more information!

We’re into the final countdown of the challenge – How crazy is that?! Like we all know by now, AdvoCare is a lifestyle, not a diet. You now know how to fuel your body to keep it running at its best – That’s pretty awesome, right? What’s your plan for Day 25 and beyond?

Not sure where to begin? Your coach will give you fab recommendations on what you should continue to optimize your goals, all you have to do is ask!

Welcome to your new healthy lifestyle, my friends. It’s the best place to be!

Since it’s Sunday, it’s time for this week’s meal plan.

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Miss the last 3 weeks? You can find them here:

Breakfast:

  1. 2 HB eggs + Banana <– easy, on-the-go breakfast!
  2. MRS <– There is also a vegan option here. Serves 1. These are great when you get into the Max Phase!
  3. Zucchini-Sweet Corn Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust
  4. 2 TBSP peanut butter on 2 slices of Ezekiel Bread
  5. Bell Pepper Egg-in-a-Whole <– exclude the cheese and serve with a cup of fresh fruit

Lunch:

  1. Super-Food Antioxidant Salad
  2. Spicy Chicken & Soba Noodle Salad <– sub coconut aminos for soy sauce and whole wheat spaghetti or Mung Bean pasta for the soba noodles
  3. Chipotle salad <– Obviously, my favorite lunch of the week! Just leave out the dairy options :)
  4. Jalapeno-Spiced Black Bean Burgers <– Leave out the wheat germ and add 1 extra egg
  5. Butternut-Walnut Soup
  6. Dinner leftovers x2

Dinner:

  1. BBQ Chicken Chili <– Just be aware of the amount of sugar in your BBQ sauce. Whole Foods has some sugar-free options!
  2. Butternut Squash and Lentil Curry Stew <– A great vegetarian option!
  3. Crockpot Fajita Stew <– Sub homemade taco seasoning for the packet of fajita seasoning.
  4. Healthy Beef & Broccoli – Eliminate the brown sugar (it’s good without it!) and sub coconut aminos for soy sauce – serve with quinoa or brown rice.
  5. Taco Salad – Mix greens topped with 4 oz ground turkey, 1/2 cup black beans, tomato, black olives, 1/4 avocado and LOTS of salsa.
  6. Trader Joe’s Chicken Sausage (I like the jalapeno flavor!) served with roasted peppers and quinoa
  7. Leftovers!

Snacks:

  1. Mango-Jalapeno Salsa – Good with spoon, LOL or served with celery :)
  2. Sugar-Free Banana Bread Granola Bars
  3. Apple + 2 TBSP peanut butter
  4. 1/4 cup mixed nuts + Banana
  5. AdvoBar – I personally LOVE the DB9 flavor.
  6. HB Egg + 1/4 Avocado <– Mix together and serve on top of a salt-free rice cake
  7. Spark <– good option if you are not hungry come snack time!

What has been your favorite healthy meal over the past 24 days? How are you going to continue your new Advo-lifestyle?

Week in Photos

I meant to post this yesterday, but WordPress had other plans… So I went with the flow and y’all get to enjoy the photos of my week with my mom over the weekend instead :)

While the week is a few hours from over and I didn’t do a great job of documenting the days with photos, I thought I’d share a few snippets from the past few days.

The weather has been perfect so there was an afternoon at the beach (we’re headed out to Sanibel Island today <– yesterday!), citrus shopping, baby shopping, food (oh the food!) and a lot of relaxing.

Two afternoons at the beach… Bonita Beach and Sanibel Island Beach…

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beach with mom

A trip to Sun Harvest Citrus… The best fresh citrus you’ll find near Ft. Myers/Naples!

sun market citrus

A few mornings of BODYPUMP…

BP 3

BP 4

The Baker Museum of Art

art museum

Shopping… LOTS of shopping… Miromar Outlets is my favorite mall in the area! Not pictured is my mom’s new Coach purse…

baby clothes from grandma

And the food… Oh, the food! Fish tacos, dinner at Sea Salt on Historic 3rd Street South (no, I didn’t have any oysters…), pizza, fish ‘n chips, lemonade… and almost a Quest Bar but the seagull thought it should be his instead…

fish tacos - mom

oysters

And a few shipments because the UPS and FedEx delivery men must stop at my door daily ;) Books… my ALL-IN free shipping order.. Quest Bars… and… a Rumble Roller from Ashley!

Advo free shipping order

it starts with food

smores quest

rumble roller

heart of leadership

Phew! What a week. Now excuse me as I sleep for the next 3 days…

Athleta on Zulily!

I wasn’t planning on posting today, but I when this Zulily deal showed up in my email inbox this morning, I knew I had to share!

Fellow fitness lovers, Athleta is on Zulily today! Whoop!

They have A TON of cute items in both their apparel and swim wear lines – You can find everything here :)

And here is what I’m eyeing…

Gray Heather Striped Dress

Gray Heather Striped Tee Racerback Dress

Light Coral Sunset Coastline Swim Dress

Light Coral Sunset Coastline Swimdress

Black Awaken Skirt

Black Awaken Skirt

Chalk Blue Heather Plie Tank

Chalk Blue Heather Plié Tank

Flint Gray Tia Shorts

Flint Gray Tia Shorts

Have a great Wednesday!

#71 Treat Yourself Tuesday

Whoop – Getting my post up before Tuesday morning BODYPUMP, if that isn’t an achievement worth celebrating, I don’t know what is!

Before I jump into TYT, I want to thank everyone for their awesome discussion on my eatin’ post yesterday as well as for your cute comments about my apartment tour. Obviously, the apartment has pretty basic decorations at this point (and could use more so send any recommendations my way!) but I’m a minimalist and since it isn’t our permanent location, I haven’t been able to justify spending a lot to make it pretty ;)

This week I’ll be a little absent since my mom is visiting and I don’t want to be glued to my computer, but I’ll get all of those comments replied to – Pinky promise!

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If you’re new to TYT, head over here to read about why I am a supporter and advocate for treating ourselves – even in the smallest of ways – everyday! I promise you will fall in love with the idea and once you do, please link up below :)

A new planner! I put my feelers out on Sunday evening to the world of Facebook for a planner recommendation and I received some great ideas. I just wasn’t down spending upwards of $75 on an Erin Condren (what the?!?), so I went with a much more affordable and freakishly similar option of Plum Paper. I purchased this style and will give y’all my thoughts once I receive it in a few weeks!

2015 Planner

Ready for a creepy photo?! LOL – I received my Younique mascara and lipgloss in the mail over the weekend and had so much fun trying it out. The mascara is super easy to apply and not spidery at all… And the lipgloss is PERFECT. I can’t believe how much it feels unlike my other lipglosses – not sticky and it stays on my lips. I totally recommend it.

Left eye has eyeliner + Dior New Look mascara; Right eye has NO eyeliner and Younique’s mascara – crazy, right?! As for lipgloss, colors from left to right are: Lovesick, Ladylike, Lethal. And yes, I should have done my brows before shooting this photo ;)

younique makeup

While the party has ended, you can still order from Jess if you want to try it out!

New-to-me peanut butter – SO SO good. Grab this at your next TJ’s trip and you won’t be disappointed.

chia PB

Kyle treated me (more like MJ…) to some Chicago sports onesies. He ordered each one according to the age he will be when the teams play his first year and is super proud of that ;) There are also Bears onesies that I received after I took this photo. Sadly, I think they will bring tears to his eyes (along with all of the other Bears’ fans) when he wears them, LOL. Maybe they can win an extra game this year just for the little dude ;)

chicago onesie

I hope y’all have a fab Tuesday! I’m off to pump it up at the gym :)

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How did you treat yourself this week? What brand of planner are you using for 2015?

Apartment Tour!

Okay, it’s been 3 months since Kyle and I moved into our apartment in Naples and it’s finally time for a tour! (AKA – the place is nice and clean because my mom is arriving today, haha!)

You’ll have to excuse my congestion and the fact that I’m out of breath (thanks baby…) but hopefully this will give you an idea of where we live :) Also, if you have any suggestions for the master bedroom, I’m all ears!

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