Archives for February 2016

Spring Fitness Fashion + Discount Code!

At the beginning of February, I participated in a fun Instagram challenge with Fit Approach and prAna – The #PoseofTheDay challenge for prAna’s spring clothing line.

I’m always up for a challenge and incorporating yoga into my life always provides positive benefits. Who couldn’t use a little extra stretching and zen in their lives?!

Check out a few of my yoga poses (FYI – My form is definitely not perfect… I’m a yoga work in progress ;) ) from the challenge:

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You can find all of my poses on my Instagram account.

As a gift for participating in the challenge, prAna sent me a gorgeous new pair of their Ashley Capri Leggings in Azalea. What a gorgeous pink color, right?

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These leggings are part of their new spring line (I want everyyyyything!) and I couldn’t love them more! I was a bit hesitant to try out a pair of solid colored leggings that were not my typical black. Sometimes the material is NOT flattering and I was worried these leggings would look awful once I put them on. I’m thankful that was not the case – The material hides all of my bumps and lumps – LOL – and the pants look great on. Plus, I mean, they’re pink… That’s never a bad thing ;)

Now that I wear active wear to work day in and day out, I’m always looking for new pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe. These pants are great for yoga (obviously!) but also great for classes I teach like HIIT, BODYPUMP, and Spinning. They don’t move or twist or change position which I definitely appreciate when I’m teaching in front of 30 people! The Ashley Capri Leggings are also great to wear for errand day (they look awesome with a chambray button up shirt) or a day of lounging around the house.

A few other pieces I love from prAna’s new spring line include the Roxanne Capri (super fun designs), the Emma Knicker (perfect for the beach), and the Sutra Shirt (hello casual Saturday).

Another thing I especially love about prAna is their focus on sustainability. Before this challenge, I had no familiarity with bluesign or that prAna was committed to environmentally-friendly apparel production. What is bluesign, you ask?

Per the bluesign website:

The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer  to acquire a sustainable product.

Pretty interesting, right? I’m all about protecting our planet for future generations and am happy to support the process with my clothing purchases.

Thanks for making great clothing AND for supporting sustainability, prAna!

Now, what y’all have been waiting for… A discount code! You can save 15% off of prAna’s new spring line (and any of their gear) by using the code: PSSS16ONW 

Let me know what you’re going to purchase!

Have you ever participated in a yoga challenge? Do you focus on sustainable practices when making purchases? What is your favorite item from prAna’s spring line?

Weekending

How was your weekend? It was another perfect weather weekend here in Naples so we took full advantage and were outside as much as possible.

My mom headed back home on Friday afternoon, but before she left for the airport, Dean and I enjoyed a delicious lunch outside with her.

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Kyle and I relaxed on Friday night so we could be refreshed and ready to go on Saturday.

Date morning at the Y… BODYPUMP for the win!

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Lunch outside with my favorite boys…

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… followed by some outdoor shopping! Kyle and I hit up J. Crew and were both successful in finding new clothes. (Photo below of mine – New jean capris and a striped casual button up. I couldn’t say no!) After J. Crew we made a family trip to Target where we successfully bought ALL of the things. Anyone else?!

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We relaxed again on Saturday night – crazy party animals right here, haha! Dean tried Cheerios for the first time which was the highlight of our evening ;)

We were up bright and early this morning so we decided to get a baby seat fitted to Kyle’s bike (we should have it back next week!) and then take a family walk on the beach. Dean’s carrier is obviously tasty.

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Our afternoon was full of catching up around the house, another long walk outside, and letting Dean crawl around like a crazy animal.

Kyle’s mom is visiting beginning on Thursday so we are looking forward to next weekend… Obviously it is nice to have visitors and see family but we are also heading out on a date night which will be a lot of fun!

Oh! And one one more thing… Mitchy had surgery this past Tuesday. All is a-okay (it was for a little lump he had on his side – just a precautionary surgery since he tended to scratch at it.), he’s just going a little crazy since long walks are now allowed until his stitches are out. Poor dude! Also, Mitchell turns TEN in a few days. Craziness! He’s an old man ;)

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Favorite section to shop at Target? What did you do this weekend?

Blogger Mommy Wars?

It’s been quite apparent that a commenter on my blog has been trying to instigate “mommy wars” not only with myself but with readers of this little blog. As a blogger and someone who puts their life out on the internet (although I do not share every aspect of my day-to-day as y’all should know by now), I completely expect to receive judgement and viewpoints that don’t always agree with mine. It comes with the title of blogger – People aren’t always going to like what you do/say/write and you have to learn to expect negativity, rudeness, and hatred. It is what it is and it doesn’t bother me. What DOES bother me, however, is when that negativity and hatred is directed toward my readers. Going forward, that will not be allowed.

For a little background, there has been a commenter (she is apparently the perfect mom and wife) who has been giving her opinion in a very rude manner to previous comments on my posts. Her comments will now be sent to spam or deleted if they appear on this blog.

Topics she has attacked:

  • Working moms – You MUST stay home with your kiddos until they are at least 2 because it is best for them, who cares what is best for mama and dad. And obviously you should stay home with them but spend all of your time on Facebook and/or providing mean comments on blogs. Total mom rockstar there.
  • CIO Method – It is common knowledge that putting a baby in their crib and leaving them there (regardless of if they’re hungry/have a dirty diaper/sick/etc) for 12 hours over night is the ONLY way to teach your child to sleep. I’m a bad mom because I don’t force Dean to CIO for hours at a time and don’t want to lock him in his nursery for 12 hours overnight. Who woulda thought?!
  • Nursing on demand – I’m sure she’s also highly against formula but I also am failing because I feed my child when he is hungry rather than on a schedule I set for him.

And many more…

For all of my mama readers out there who this “Lindsay” (I am fairly certain that isn’t her real name.) has attacked with her hatred, I apologize on her behalf. She obviously has larger issues and is taking them out on fellow mothers. Anyone who has to bring others down to lift themselves up has a large amount of personal growth to accomplish.

But what do I know… Maybe if I lock Dean in his crib tonight, only feed him when it is convenient to me, and keep myself behind my house doors until he starts school I will too be the perfect mother and wife.

Maybe… But I don’t think I’ll try it because I know I am a perfectly imperfect mama to Dean and wifey to Kyle.

Dean Axel – Nine Month Update

Here we are… NINE months! Three quarters of the way through the first year. “They” aren’t kidding when they say time flies.

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You can find his previous updates here:

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I am unsure of his physical stats so I’ll update those after his 9-month appointment later this morning.

Physical Stats:

  • Length:
  • Weight:

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Likes:

  • Talking up a storm. He loves telling stories and then laughing at himself.
  • Crawling everywhere – He’s a speedy crawler.
  • Petting Mitchell… It’s more like pulling his hair but he is definitely interested in the pup!
  • Playing with everything dangerous – Electrical outlets (yes, they’re baby proofed), charging cords, doors, shutting his fingers in drawers, etc.)
  • Putting everythingggggg in his mouth.
  • Reading books.
  • Bathtime – Splashing water is the best!
  • Standing! He automatically pulls himself up on anything he can get his hands on.
  • Walking with his VTech walker.
  • Playing peek-a-boo.
  • Eating at dinnertime with us.
  • Playing with his toy sports balls.
  • Sitting in restaurant high chairs.

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Dislikes:

  • Being told “no”.
  • Having his diaper/clothes changed.
  • Being tired or hungry.

Overall he’s a pretty happy guy so we don’t have too many “dislikes” at this stage.

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Places I’ve been:

  • Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Out to dinner (successfully!) for mom’s birthday

Visitors:

  • Kyle’s parents and brother and sister, Seth and Gabi visited at the end of January.
  • Dean also saw his Aunt Laura and Uncle Tyler when we visited Colorado.

Nicknames:

  • Deany
  • Deanster
  • Deany Beany

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The past month has been super fun! Dean has changed so much over the past few weeks, it is almost as if he is more of a toddler now than a baby. Craziness!

He is a speedy little crawler. I don’t dare try to hold him still if he wants to be on the move or he will pull his “stiff baby” move on me. He does like to sit in my lap for book reading and cuddles but other than that, watch out Mitchell! The little guy is after you ;)

It is fun to see him crawl toward people (mainly mom and dad) that he wants to hold him and move toward toys he wants to play with. He definitely has preferences and it is interested to watch him grow and make decisions.

He loves playing with his toy sports balls and brightly colored rings. He’s pretty content with almost anything as long as there is something around to keep him occupied.

Changing his diapers and clothing is a struggle now. He hates it and automatically rolls over so I’m trying to dress him while he’s moving around. Fun times I tell ya, fun times ;)

He is SO much better at eating baby food now. He’s eating mainly at dinnertime with us, but every once in a while I’ll feed him at lunch or breakfast. He’ll eat an entire packet now which is much more than the 1/3-1/2 he was eating at a time previously. Go Deany! I did learn the hard way that babies should not have bananas… He didn’t go to the bathroom for 9 days. Poor guy, that couldn’t have been comfortable!

He now has TWO teeth – The front bottom teeth. They’re pretty cute when he gives us a big grin.

Other than that, Dean just keeps growing. It’s fun to watch him discover his world and grow by the day!

Weekending

After a fun weekend in Colorado last week, we decided to take it easy on the beach the past two days. From the mountains to the ocean, I have nothing to complain about!

Dean and I came down with a bit of a cold at the end of the week – We’re starting to feel better but not quite 100% yet. Thankfully, we had a lot of sleeping and didn’t have to do much :)

How about a photo recap of the weekend?

But first, a cute little happy hour from National Drink Wine Day on Thursday!

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On Saturday, Dean and I ran to Trader Joe’s and Target while Kyle went out to get a new phone. We were all super productive and decided to reward ourselves with a little Mexican lunch on the patio.

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… Followed by family time at the beach!

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Dean and Kyle were both very excited to try out the new back carrier for the little dude ;)

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On Saturday night, I made our last Green Chef meal of the week – It turned out to be one of my favorites! Maple-glazed sausage over cornbread cakes and a tasty arugula salad. Here is a link if you want to try out 4 free meals for yourself!

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After dinner, we all felt a little like Dean LOL… It was an early bedtime for the entire family!

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We didn’t do anything big on Sunday – I taught BODYPUMP and after being away for almost two weeks, my legs are WOBBLY. Phew!

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Before I leave you with the end of my weekend recap, you gotta check out this adorable video of Deany learning to walk. He loves his walker and has started strolling around like a crazy man!

How was your weekend? When was the last time you had Mexican?

Books, books, and more books!

After a full week of work WITH The Deanster in tow (his daycare doesn’t begin until Monday), I’m beat. Dean and I also picked up a lovely bug at the gym – I have no voice and am coughing up a storm. Fun stuff!

But, onto a happier topic… Books!Last night I hosted a little Facebook party for some friends and it was alllll about books! Books for kids, that is ;)   

I was introduced to Usborne Books a few weeks ago and instantly fell in love. They actually entertain Dean with their bright colors and large words (for the baby age) and are super high quality. Usborne was even the 2014 Children’s Publisher of the Year!

My little party is open through the weekend if you want to take a look. Kiddos can never have too many books!    

You can find more details here.

Breckenridge, Part 2

Miss Part 1? You can find it here!

I left off midday Saturday, right after we enjoyed that delicious pizza and beer ;)

Kyle went back out to board a bit longer and his sister and I headed back to the condo to relax. I did a little more work and then got ready for date night!

First, the whole fam hit up Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate for just a little bit of wine… and some appetizers. When I find a place I like, I tend to visit again, especially if it involves wine.

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After happy hour, Kyle and I went out to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day dinner at Blue River Bistro. The food was great but the service was lacking so I don’t think I feel comfortable recommending it. Our drinks took FOREVER and our server was a bit awkward. Thankfully, it was cozy and the food was delicious.

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We really wanted to try the infamous crepe stand on our way home for dessert but the line was INSANE. We settled on beignets from The Lost Cajun (I wish we would have eaten here too!) and they were pretty darn amazing. It’s hard to go wrong with a fried pastry and sugar!

Sunday was Valentine’s Day! We had to do a little photo shoot with Dean.

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After trying out the crepe line once again, I gave up and settled on this delicious cup of sugary goodness. Totally worth it.

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And Dean gifted everyone a huge plate of cookies for Valentine’s Day… I’m teaching him right ;) He got them here <– SOOO worth it!

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It’s hard to tell in these photos but it started snowing Sunday afternoon (Dean’s first snow!) so we had a little family photo shoot to document.

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After our little photo shoot, Kyle and I hit up CB Potts for lunch. After cookies and a sugary chocolate drink for breakfast, my body was craving HEALTHY. I ordered a chicken, quinoa and kale salad and it hit the spot.

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Then it was time for a little Galentine’s celebration with my SIL. Drinks at Apres Libations! I enjoyed a French 75 and Gabi had a Moscow Mule while we were amazed by the lone bartender serving 50 people without a blink of the eye. It was a fun place!

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For our final dinner in Breck, we hit up Empire Burger per a recommendation of my neighbor. Dean wasn’t having it (he was TIRED) so we ate much too quickly but the burgers and onion rings were delicious! Another place that is highly recommended by yours truly.

Monday morning came bright (errr… dark?) and early at 3am so we could get back to the airport in time for our 7:50am flight. Thankfully, Dean slept the entire drive to the airport and for a good chunk of the flight.

Overall, I give Breck two thumbs up! The travel time is the only downside for us here in SW Florida. If we were to do it again, Kyle and I agreed that we would spend a few more days enjoying Colorado just because it takes us so long to get there. It was definitely fun and great to see family while enjoying a few days of winter.

Breckenridge, Part 1

Last Thursday afternoon, Kyle, Dean and I packed up and left our mild winter for Colorado! Breckenridge to be exact.

The flight from Ft. Myers to Denver is four hours… and then we followed that up with a 2-hour car ride to Breck. That’s a lot of travel with a 9-month old! We all felt a little like Dean’s face upon arrival Thursday evening.

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After a glass of vino, dinner and a decent night’s sleep, we felt refreshed and ready to take on our first day in the mountains.

Dean and Kyle decided to dress alike for Day 1 ;)

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A little morning exploration before the lifts opened… Since we were up at 4:30am thanks to Dean’s internal alarm clock.

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Thankfully, our view was gorgeous in the mornings!

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After a brisk walk outside, Kyle hit up the mountains for a little snowboarding and I went out for a run! (We were there with my in-laws, so don’t worry, I didn’t just leave Dean in the condo by himself…) It actually felt really great – Walking (and climbing stairs!) was much more difficult for me at the higher elevation than running.

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I was incredibly productive on Friday after my run! My FIL watched Dean and I cranked out a bunch of my personal training work. It is amazing how much you can get done when you aren’t stopping to distract a baby every 30 seconds ;)

After Kyle got his fill of boarding for the day, we hit up Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate for a flight of wine. It was heaven… Wine + cheese + chocolate?! What more do you need in life?

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That evening, we went to dinner with my sister and BIL (they live near Denver so we were somewhat close). We decided on Czech It Out. I wasn’t sure what to expect with traditional Czech cuisine (and I don’t remember the name of what I ordered for dinner but it was traditional and very good!), but the atmosphere was fun and they served 0.5L beers which reminded me of Europe. I was happy!

On Saturday morning, Kyle went back out for some more boarding and I had a little spa day! Mani/pedi + gorgeous views + cinnamon apple tea… Perfection! I highly recommend Alpine Spa & Salon. It is small and cozy and Shannon did a fab job on my nails.

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I met Kyle and his sister for lunch after my nails dried – Pizza and beer on the mountain. Can’t complain about that!

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Kyle sent me this shot after lunch. INCREDIBLE. If you couldn’t tell by this post already, I am NOT great at snow/winter sports. It’s all mental and I just can’t get over it, ha. So the fam enjoyed the mountains while I toured around town and enjoyed babysitting ;)

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And…. I’m ending Part 1 mid-day on Saturday… I’ll be back with the rest of our long weekend in Breck (<– how the cool kids refer to Breckenridge, hehe…)

Have you been to Breck? Where is your favorite place to ski/snowboard?

Baby Strong Workout – Review and Discount!

If you’ve been following my Instagram account, you know that Dean and I have been participating in the Baby Strong Workout Challenge! We were challenged to workout together for 5 days… And let me tell you, working out with an almost 9-month old is fun yet quite challenging at times ;)

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I’m excited to share my thoughts on the Baby Strong Workout Challenge today and give y’all a discount code so you can try it out for yourself!

But first, a little about Baby Strong Workout:

Baby Strong Workout is a fun, effective workout option that helps moms of all sizes, shapes and fitness levels feel strong, healthy, happy and confident.

Baby Strong Workout is an innovative deck of “mommy and me” exercise cards that incorporate your baby in every single exercise. Baby is held by you the entire time, either as your weight during resistance exercises or in your arms while you stretch and strengthen. No more choosing between baby care and mommy care. Take care of baby while you take care of yourself. Build functional strength so you can do all of the things you need and want to do as a mom.

Each Baby Strong deck includes individual exercise cards and a series of pre-made workouts. You can do one-off exercises, put together your own workouts or try the pre-made ones. You’ll get a great workout no matter what!

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While I can’t share specific workouts with you, I can say that each workout and exercise was definitely hard work. I think that I have a fair amount of exercise experience by teaching group fitness and the Baby Strong Workouts were most certainly difficult!

Now, let’s chat about what I loved and what posed a few difficulties for me with the workouts…

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Pros:

  • The deck of cards with workouts <– LOVED the cards!! Not only did Dean like to chew on them (LOL), they are baby-proof and will survive a bit of slobber. The deck is also small and easy to throw into a suitcase, diaper bag, or gym bag. The words and images on each card are large enough to see from a distance and they describe each exercise with the perfect amount of detail.
  • The exercises are easy to follow. You don’t need to have prior training knowledge in order to complete the workouts which is great for mama’s who don’t have time to talk with a trainer prior to working out. There is an introduction that explains proper form and then each card shows you exactly how to perform the move.
  • Baby Strong Workout offers A TON of variety! I don’t know about you, but I get bored doing the same workouts over and over and over again. I love that you can switch it up quite easily by forming your own workouts with the deck of cards.
  • Convenience – With a baby, convenience is everything. All you have to do for these workouts is pull out a deck of cards! No DVD, no gym… It’s as easy as walking to your bookshelf. Plus, they’re easy to carry while you’re trying to hold an infant as well ;)

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Cons:

  • Sometimes babies do not want to participate <– This doesn’t really have anything to do with the workouts but it’s more just an FYI to be flexible with your little one and understand that if you plan on a 9am workout, sometimes it may be 1pm before it happens ;)
  • Unless you have a very baby-friendly gym, these workouts should be done at home. This isn’t really a con, just an FYI.

Overall, I give Baby Strong Workout two thumbs up – or two biceps flexed?! (Hahahahahah – I crack myself up!) It is a great workout for mama’s of all fitness levels and it is fun to workout with your baby in your arms!

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Now, for the discount code! You can try Baby Strong Workout for yourself and save 20% with the discount code: “sweatpink”.

Let me know if you try it!

This post is sponsored by Baby Strong Workout and Fit Approach. All opinions – and the little dude – are my own :) Thank you for your support!

March 2016 CORE Bootcamp!

If you’re in my Fit Squad Facebook group, you’ve already seen this announcement… And if you’re not a member, WHY NOT?! Let me know and I’ll get you in!

I’m launching my FIRST EVER core bootcamp in March – Woohoo!

March 2016 Core Bootcamp

Get excited!

This bootcamp can be done at home or in the gym and only requires minimal equipment, a yoga mat and a 10 pound weight. The workouts will be QUICK and EFFECTIVE and will increase your core strength over a 4-week timeframe.

I’m super excited for this bootcamp to begin! I know my core can always use some extra work and I’m looking forward to coaching a fun group starting in March.

While I’m still working on finalizing the workouts, rumor has it there will be a plank challenge involved… hehehe ;)

If you would like more information or you want IN, shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

 

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