Weekend top 10 + last week’s workouts

Heyyyy. How are you? I hope you enjoyed the weekend. This week is going to be a bit of a bear for me as I have several projects due including a presentation on Friday to prep for. But my week ends with a dinner date out to celebrate Matt’s 40th birthday so I have something fun to look forward to. Gotta power through!


It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Weekend Top 10 post so I’ll stick with that style for today. Regardless of your political position, I’m sure the last several days have been stressful for everyone. That’s why it’s so important to take time to remember the good in our lives. Acknowledging the little things that bring me joy is a great way to show gratitude for the every day. I’d encourage you to jot down some of the things that made you smile this weekend.


Weekend top 10

1.  Early bird Orangetheory workout on Saturday morning – I love getting my workout over with first thing in the morning. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend.


2.  Cozied up on the couch Friday and Saturday night with a glass of wine and some Homeland. Love, love, love! PS: We’re done with the season and looking for another recommendation! Suggestions?

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3. Shopping at Old Navy with the girls for school clothes. They were *mostly* good while we shopped. So I was I — I spied some fun and colorful workout clothes in the women’s section, but resisted the urge.


4.  Massage at Hand & Stone…much needed! I had some serious knots in my upper back. I kept apologizing to the massage therapist because it sounded like popcorn popping when she was working on my shoulders and neck. Ewwww.

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5.  Matt took the girls with him to Trader Joe’s on Sunday morning and I had some time to myself. Yes, friends, having time alone in the house is a highlight. I was able to clean, shower, and prep food. But it’s an odd feeling to be alone in my house these days.


6. Starting (and loving) the book, The Gift of Fear. I can’t put it down. I highly recommend this book for my female friends. I’ll have more to share on that soon.

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7. Kitchen fun: I spent some time in the making apple fritters for the girls (recipe soon!) and they were delicious. They tasted like apple pie, but not quite as sweet. I fried them in coconut oil, but I may try baking them next time.

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8. Receiving my January Stitch Fix box in the mail. Sadly, I didn’t end up keeping anything (sooo disappointing!). But I was happy to learn about their new Good Will partnership. Now you may use the box from your Stitch Fix shipment to donate items to Good Will. Just print a free shipping label online and take it to your local UPS or USPS store or drop box. Awesome, right? You can read more about it here.

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9.  Reviewing our plans for a spring trip to Mexico. Getting excited!!

10. Some quality time with the girls. Ashlyn is really into puzzles these days and worked on a few by herself. I was stunned how quickly she put it together considering it’s for 6 and up.

Last week’s workouts

Once again, I included several days at Orangetheory. I typically go twice a week, but lately I have been adding a third class as my schedule allows. I haven’t felt very inspired with my workouts so it’s nice to go to a group class where someone just tells you what to do. I hope to add back running this week and maybe some yoga or a good stretch session. I’ve been feeling so stiff lately!


Monday (holiday)

Orangetheory – endurance/switch day






1 hour walk outside (it was gorgeous outside)



Orangetheory – strength day

Strength work looked like this:

Round 1:

  • 10 front squats (I used two 30# DBs)
  • 200 meter row
  • repeat until time is called


Round 2:

  • 10 overhead tricep extensions
  • 10 DB pullovers
  • 10 leg lifts with a DB


Round 3:

  • 10 bicep curls
  • 10 lateral raises


Round 4 – repeat for 3 minutes

  • 10 sit ups to alternating punches
  • 20 bicycle crunches
  • 10 leg raises


Friday (@ home workout)

3 rounds:

  • 12 DB plank rows to push ups
  • 12 dumbbell curls
  • 20 weighted crunches


3 rounds:

  • 12 skullcrushers
  • 12 lateral raises
  • 20 ab pull-ins on a stability ball


3 rounds:

  • 15 chest presses on a stability ball
  • 20 sit ups to alternating punches



Orangetheory – 3G workout



Massage – REST


What were some of your favorite parts of the weekend? What type of massage do you like? Swedish or deep tissue work?

Weekend recap + home workout with stability ball and dumbbells

Hey there. I’m actually writing this post on Sunday afternoon because by some miracle both of my children are sleeping. I’ve heard the great rumor that toddlers usually drop their naps between the ages of 3 – 4 and this thought is mildly terrifying to me. So I’m taking advantage of the quiet while I still can. Sitting on the deck sipping coffee = perfect.


My weekend started with high hopes. I had a massage at Hand and Stone Friday evening, but by the time I got back home I was feeling pretty run down and a bit nauseous. I told Matt I just wanted to sleep it off so I went to bed early. I woke up Saturday morning feeling absolutely horrible. I had body aches, everything hurt, and I could barely hold my head up.


Needless to say the day was pretty much shot. Matt cancelled all his clients and stayed with the girls so I could rest. And that’s exactly what I did. In fact, I slept almost the entire day from 8 am until around 5 pm. I couldn’t do a thing except lie in bed, sleeping on and off. Around 6 pm I could finally sit upright and had some ginger ale and crackers. I was feeling a tiny bit better, but I still felt really weak and sick to my stomach. I missed the entire day!

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Sunday morning I woke up and felt a million times better. I’m positive that’s because I was able to sleep for so long on Saturday. Getting sick so suddenly made me remember how important rest is for your body. It’s the best remedy when you are ill. And I’m really thankful Matt was here to stay with the girls because I was absolutely useless. How on earth do single parents manage when their kids are sick?

Matt got groceries early in the morning and then the girls helped me put it all away. Ashlyn’s face is too funny holding those ribs (her favorite).

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After we put everything away I walked to the pool with the girls so Matt could finish up some things around the house before joining us. It’s ridiculous how many items you need for the pool when you have toddlers. Really?


After the pool we went to the playground for a bit before heading home. It was a good morning! And it felt great to be outside in the sunshine after spending all Saturday inside.


I’m taking it easy this afternoon. Staying hydrated and just resting. I haven’t worked out in a few days, but I’m a firm believer that taking time off when you need it is always the right thing to do. It’s easy to want to just jump back into your routine, but when you are getting over an illness it’s super important to ease into things. You’re not going to set yourself back by taking some time off. It will actually help you feel stronger for your next workout.


So that was pretty much my weekend. Getting sick, recovering, and just taking it easy. I’m bummed that I wasted most of the weekend, but I’m glad it was fast and furious and that I’m feeling better. I hope you are all healthy and happy, too.


Stability ball and dumbbell home workout

I’m excited to share a great upper body and ab workout for you to do at home. All you need is a stability ball and a set of dumbbells. Perform 15 reps of each exercise 3 -4 times before moving on to the next exercise. For the super/triple sets, complete each exercise in sequence without resting and repeat each round 3 -4 times. For example, perform 15 DB lateral raises and 15 stability ball pull ins without resting. Then go right back to the lateral raise. Repeat 3 – 4x. I’ve included video links to some of the exercises that you may not be familiar with.

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Dumbbell push up

Stability ball pull ins

Zottman curl

This is a goodie! Please let me know if you try it. You can find this workout and more on my Pinterest page. Follow me there!

Last week’s workouts 

Monday – upper body

Incline DB press 3 x 15

DB shoulder press 3 x 15

super sets:

  • chest flys 3 x 15
  • plyo kettlebell push ups 3 x 10


  • one arm overhead kettlebell squat 3 x 8
  • v-ups 3 x 15


  • lateral raise 3 x 15
  • standing DB upright row 3 x 15
  • burpees 3 x 10
  • dips 3 x 15


  • knee raise 3 x 15
  • lying leg raise 3 x 15
  • push ups 3 x 15


Tuesday – cardio

5 min row to warm up

2.5 mile sprints on the treadmill 30 sec on / 30 sec off

ab work 3 x 20: reverse crunch, bicycles, v-ups



Wednesday – home workout

(see below)


Thursday – Orangetheory

This was peak week where every day there was a challenge. Our class had a 2000 meter row for time. I finished in 8 min.


Friday – REST


Saturday – REST (sick day)


Sunday – REST (1 hour walk outside)


In case you are just catching up, here are the posts from last week:


How was your weekend? Tell me something fun you did!

New website layout, weekend recap + last week’s workouts

June 7, 2016
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Did you wonder where I went? If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my post that I was transitioning to a new host for my website and things were not yet transferred over. I’m really glad I upgraded my site, but it’s a bit like starting over. I have to reinstall all my plugins and features, mess with my layout, and update images. I also realized I have to read through 100+ posts (again!) to remove these strange wingdings that appeared after the move. This blog has definitely been a labor of love for me, but I am so happy to be connecting with all of you and to have your support on this journey.

So a few thoughts before I jump into my weekend recap and workouts:

My site is still being transitioned and it will take some time before everything is set. Please be patient while I iron out some of the details. I wish I had more hours in the day to dedicate to my site, but that’s just not a reality right now.  I will be making my way through and updating things as I can. In the end, it should improve the site’s look and feel. And it should load faster and be more mobile-friendly.

Okay, ready for the recap?

On Friday my father arrived into town. He’s staying with us for awhile and it’s been really great to have him here. The girls have enjoyed getting some time with Papa.

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My dad is really handy so whenever I know he is coming to visit I make a list of projects around the house that I would love him to help me with. And by “help me with,” I mean have him do everything while I make coffee and chat with him. He’s a perfectionist and makes sure to do the very best job on things.

What’s a to-do list without a trip to Lowe’s? Clearly the girls aren’t impressed with the value chain store. They were troopers. Is there anything more boring for kids than a trip to Lowe’s?

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Saturday morning I squeezed in a workout at Orangetheory before the day started. I was in a funky mood for some reason, but getting a good sweat in really switched me back into a better mindset. Just one more reason why I love working out.


Afterwards we visited at the house for awhile, ran a few errands, and then started on some of the house projects. Highlights included: fixing doors, hanging curtain rods, sanding floors, organizing garage equipment. Dads are the best!

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Ashlyn wanted to help, too, so I filled a bucket with soap and water and asked her to paint our brick walkway and stair railings. She loved it!


The summer is the only time I ever drink white wine. The heat just gets me craving something cold.


We spent lots of time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather!


Saturday afternoon my June Stitch Fix items arrived! Review post coming soon.


Last week’s workouts


Arms and abs

  • narrow push up 4 x 15
  • seated tricep press 4 x 8
  • superset 3 x 8
    • cable single arm tricep extension
    • one arm reverse grip tricep pushdown
  • superset 3 x 8
    • skullcrusher
    • close grip barbell bench press
  • incline DB curl 4 x 8
  • alternating DB bicep curl 4 x 8
  • BB curl 21s 2 x 21
  • stability ball crunch 3 x 25
  • v-ups with stability ball 3 x 15
  • stability ball reverse crunch 3 x 15

30 min cardio



  • narrow stance squats 4 sets
  • narrow stance leg press 4 x 8
  • barbell step ups 4 x 8
  • walking barbell lunges 3 x 20
  • single leg barbell squat (leg on bench) 4 x 8
  • leg extensions 3 x 10
  • standing calf raises 3 x 20


Run 1 mile

Then: bench press warm up

  • reverse tricep bench press 4 x 8
  • superset 4 x 8
    • DB fly
    • DB bench press
  • superset 4 x 8
    • incline DB press
    • bench dips
  • weighted crunch 3 x 25
  • leg raise 3 x 15
  • reverse crunch 3 x 15







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Shoulders – 4 x 8 for everything, including the superset

  • Arnold DB press
  • seated bentover rear delt raise
  • standing one arm shoulder press
  • superset
    • DB front raise
    • standing upright row
  • side lateral raise
  • reverse fly


If you made it this far then you know it’s time to announce the winner of my Rafflecopter giveaway for a free 50 minute massage or facial at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Chapel Hill.

The winner is…Kristan S.!

Kristan, I will send you a separate email about claiming your prize. Thank you to everyone for entering the giveaway!

Have a great day, everyone!

What projects do you want to complete around your house? Is the work ever really done?

Self care + my first GIVEAWAY!

May 31, 2016
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Self-care is something that can often be overlooked or pushed to the wayside. It’s really difficult to make time for yourself when you’re working, taking care of little ones, and trying to squeeze in all the other things like doctor’s appointments, laundry, and cleaning. But taking the time to focus on yourself is critical to our health and happiness.

One of my favorite ways to show myself some love is with a massage at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Meadowmont – Chapel Hill.


Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa offers an amazing spa experience at very reasonable prices. The best part? They are open 7 days a week, making it easy for everyone to schedule a service. You can even book online for added convenience.

My experience at Hand and Stone has been incredibly positive. I’ve had around 5 or 6 massages and I always leave feeling rejuvenated and totally relaxed. Each time I arrive I’m greeted warmly by the front desk. I’ve never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes for my appointment and I always feel like my massage therapist is mindful of my needs and requests.

Massage therapy has numerous benefits. Not only does it help with alleviating pain, increasing flexibility and improving circulation, but it can boost your immunity, assist with muscle recovery, and ease anxiety and depression. It’s also a great way to energize your body and just feel connected to yourself again.

Hand and Stone offers several choices of massage, including:

  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports
  • Prenatal
  • Hot Stone (their signature service!)

You can read more about each type by visiting their massage services page. There are new client packages and affordable membership options that enable you to earn rewards for spa credits. If you sign up with your email, you’ll also receive regular promotions and coupons.

Are you ready for the FUN part?

My friends at Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Chapel Hill have generously donated a gift certificate good for a 50 minute massage or facial for one lucky winner! You can enter the giveaway by clicking the link below and answering a question. Bonus entries can also be earned!

Enter the giveaway for a free massage or facial!

Good luck to everyone!

Fine print:

  • No purchase necessary!
  • This giveaway is being provided by Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa. All opinions are my own.
  • The giveaway runs from Tuesday, May 31 until 12:00 am on Tuesday, June 7.
  • Raffle hosted by Rafflecopter. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Wednesday, June 8. I will notify the winner by email.
  • Anyone can enter the giveaway, but the certificate is only valid at the Meadowmont – Chapel Hill, NC location and expires May 2017.