10 things from the weekend + last week’s workout

My weekend started off on a rough note after I fell down the stairs on Friday. I was busy telling my kids to go slow and watch what they were doing and I ended up tripping and falling down about 10 stairs. I scraped my ankle and bruised my arm, but luckily I’m okay. Geez! What a way to start the weekend. Fortunately, things got better and I thought I’d share a bit about our weekend.

10 things from the weekend


1.  A brisk stroll to the playground. Friday was a teacher workday so I was home solo with the girls. We took our babies to the playground for a little fun.

2.  Coffee-work date Friday afternoon. After playing with the girls for most of the morning, Matt came home and I dashed away to Starbucks to work for a few hours. Even though we have a home office I sometimes work better when I am out of the house.

3.  Teacher work day = early Wine Time. Just FYI, it starts at 4:00 pm on those days.

4.  Waking up on my own Saturday and Sunday morning. Lately Ashlyn has been getting up at 5 am and asking me to make her a smoothie. I think she must hear Matt in the morning as he leaves for work. The last two days I got up on my own and enjoyed some alone time.

5.  Orangetheory class. I just lovvvveee it.

6.  The great outdoors. Even though it was slightly chilly out, the sun was shining and it was beautiful weather. We rode bikes and walked to the playground.

7.  Sunday morning massage. Much needed after my week.

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8. Lots of downtime, coffee, and slippers. We had zero plans this weekend and it was all I wanted.

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9. Exploring another playground (that makes three trips this weekend). #parentlife

10. Planning and preparing for next month’s trip to Mexico. This spring trip can’t come soon enough!

Last week’s workouts

Orangetheory, CrossFit, and a home workout. I am really glad I was able to make time for a workout just about every day.



1) 3 back squats EMOM (every minute on the minute) for 10 minutes (I used 75#)

2) 5 minutes AMRAP:

30 double unders (I did 60 single unders)

10 push presses (I used 35#)

Rest 2 minutes

5 minutes AMRAP:

60 single unders

10 hang power cleans (I used 35#)


@ home workout

3 rounds:

  • DB plank row to push up (12 reps, I used two 15# DBs)
  • DB curl to overhead press (12 reps)
  • low ab pull ins (12)
  • low stair jumps (50 total)


3 rounds:

  • DB reverse lunge (12 each side, I used 15# DBs)
  • S/A tricep extension (12 each side)
  • high rows (12 total)
  • high knees (50)


9 rounds – 1 min each exercise:

  • squats to low bench
  • decline mountain climbers
  • bicycle crunches




Strength floor:

  • 8 S/A reverse lunge to thruster, each side (I used a 25# DB)
  • 8 S/A bent over low row, each side (I used 25#)
  • 8 S/A dumbbell chest press (I used a 30# DB)
  • 8 dumbbell pullover (25#)
  • 200 meter row
  • 20 bicycle crunches
  • 20 atomic mountain climbers
  • 20 dumbbell torso twists


Repeat entire sequence 3-4 times



1) 2 full snatches EMOM for 10 minutes (I used 45#)

2) 3 rounds:

2 minutes burpees over the bar

1 minute toes to bar

1 minute thrusters (I used 45#)

2 minutes rest




Orangetheory – 3G class


REST – massage


How was your weekend? What’s something you enjoyed?


A snowy weekend

January 9, 2017

Happy Monday to you all! We have another snow day here. School and work are closed due to the ice and cold so we are going to be house bums for a bit longer.


Here’s a recap of our weekend…


Things started on a high note. Friday afternoon the girls and I visited DefyGravity, which is an indoor trampoline park for kids. The girls had a blast and we’ll definitely be back. Local friends, check it out. Tired kids = happy kids.

We woke up Saturday morning to find a blanket of icy snow over everything. M and A were super excited to see the winter wonderland outside (of course, we only got a few inches of snow). My morning workout at Orangetheory was cancelled and Matt didn’t have any clients to see so we all hung out at home. Matt managed to break out to get groceries (Trader Joe’s – you rock for being open!) so we could have food for the weekend.

After spending quite a big of time outside we went back inside for some hot cocoa, a bubble bath, and snuggles on the couch. My favorite kind of day.

I broke out the play tents and tunnels at some point. Lifesaver.

Our naps were staggered that day. So while Ashlyn napped, Madison and I worked on some crafts. Once her sister woke up we switched and Madison went down for a bit. I appreciate when that happens because I rarely get to spend one-on-one time with my kids.

Of course, the coffee was flowing, the pajamas stayed on, and slippers were mandatory.

Sunday was a repeat of Saturday except I actually went out in the morning. Hooray for Orangetheory being open! It was great to get a good sweat in after being cooped up for so long. Power days are my fave because the intervals are short and fast and the weight is HEAVY. Love!

The class was full which shows me that everyone was willing to risk some ice to get their workout in. 🙂

Later that day we played outside for a bit. Ashlyn was determined to make a snow angel. I swear she was happy about it.

I threw some chili in the crockpot (recipe soon!) and we continued to playyyyy.

Your home looks like this, too……right?

I really needed to get some things done so Matt watched the girls and I went upstairs to work. I got a solid two hours of work in which was glorious. I was able to get ahead on a few work items since I had a feeling Monday would be another snow day. I was righhhttt!

We did bath, books, and lights out around 8 pm for the girls.

The End.


How was your weekend? Anyone venture out for a bit? It’s supposed to be high 60s by the end of the week here. Sheesh!


Whole30 update + last week’s workouts

September 19, 2016

Heyyyyy. Yep. It’s Monday. The weekend goes so fast, doesn’t it? Ours was pretty low key. Lots of time outside. Some workouts, including Orangetheory, plus lots of meal prep. One thing about Whole30 is you really need to be ready to spend lots of time in the kitchen prepping food. This isn’t as easy for me to do with two littles under foot. But I do what I can!


I’m feeling pretty great on Whole30. I’m now at the half way point *insert hallelujah hands emoji* and I’m starting the countdown. I recently gave an update on my first week so I thought I’d share how I felt in my second week. Days 8 – 10 were the toughest for me from a physical stand point. I felt really low energy, especially mid afternoon. I usually perk up after I get my lunchtime workout in, but I felt myself crashing around 3 pm. And the tendonitis in my foot also flared up which was bothersome. Luckily, it has since calmed down. I also had some annoying breakouts on my chest and back which I NEVER have, but it could have been due to the heat and humidity around here.


Fortunately, I feel like I’m over the hump now and I’m back to high energy and a good spirit.


Here are some of the positive things I’ve noticed:

  • I feel much less bloated and uncomfortable after my meals.
  • Sleep. has. been. awesome. Hit the pillow and sleep around 8 hours per night.
  • My mood has been great. I’ve been able to focus and feel fresh at work.
  • Around day 11 my energy picked up again and I am feeling great.


Things I miss:

Wine. WINE. I’m not sure if this is a parent thing or a just a life thing, but I really look forward to a glass of wine at the end of the day. It helps me relax and close out the day. I’m not gonna lie, I miss having wine the most. Ha Ha!


Dessert. I enjoy having something sweet and settling in with Netflix after the girls have gone to bed. Dark chocolate, a handful of trail mix, or some Paleo-ish sweet. I guess it’s good to break that routine of always wanting a sweet, but I still find myself having fruit and nut butter most nights.


Peanut butter. Because peanut butter.


Recent Whole30 eats:

My meals in week two were really tasty. Most mornings I had either eggs or chia pudding. Lunches were usually a salad with protein, and my dinners were a mixed bag. All really good.



Chia pudding mixed with 1/2 sweet potato and crushed raspberries, topped with coconut and almond butter.

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Fried eggs with sauteed asparagus and peppers on the side.

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More eggs. These were topped with sun-dried tomatoes in oil. Sweet potato, tomatoes, and raspberries on the side. I ate eggs A LOT last week. We went through three cartons in our house. OOPS.




Chicken thighs made in the crockpot plus steamed broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes. Strawberries on the side.

chicken thighs

Leftover salad from lunch meeting out, topped with chicken thighs, cooked veggies, and nuts. I also added avocado after this photo was taken.

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Turkey chili mixed with spinach and served over roasted spaghetti squash. Apple on the side.

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Paleo turkey meatballs over zucchini noodles. OH MY SO GOOD.

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Baked chicken sausage over greens.

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Turkey burger with roasted brussel sprouts and asparagus on the side. I also had a slice of the almond flour crust pizza that Matt made. It was okay, but not as good as his usual batch. It was made with W30 approved ingredients, however, I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to eat replacement items like pizza. 🙂

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Last week’s workouts


Monday – upper body

2 rounds – triple sets

  • 15 reverse bicep curls
  • 15 standing tricep extensions
  • 15 upright rows


3 rounds – triple sets

  • 15 rope hammer curls (cable should be level with your feet/shins)
  • 15 tricep extensions with rope (cable should be up high)
  • 15 rope face pulls (cable level with face)


3 rounds – triple sets

  • 15 alternative bicep curls
  • 15 overhead tricep extensions
  • 15 lateral raises


3 rounds – triple sets

  • 15 plate hammer curls (I used a 25 lb. plate for all three movements)
  • 15 plate overhead extensions
  • 15 plate front raises



3 mile run


1 hour walk with girls (@ a toddler’s pace)



Friday – upper body

incline dumbbell press 3 x 12

standing shoulder press 3 x 12

Then complete 3 rounds of each super and giant set with no rest in between


  • 12 one arm overhead press (other hand on wall)
  • 15 kettle bell swings (I used a 30 lb. KB, but could have gone heavier)
  • 20 lying leg raises


  • 15 lateral raises
  • 15 upright rows
  • 15 v-ups


  • 12 overhead tricep pullover
  • 12 push ups
  • 24 dead bugs





Hot yoga 90 minutes


How was your weekend? Any September Whole30’ers out there?

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!