Category: Body After Baby

Keeping Fit in the New Year

Halfway through February and my resolution is STILL in tact. HUZZAH.  Check out a simple way to keep your energy up while you are on the go.  As a busy teacher, mother of two, coach, and entrepreneur life doesn’t slow down.  If anything life has continuously become crazier the past few months… exciting as it may be I need to keep things on hand so that I don’t get HANGRY.

My workouts and goals of getting stronger each day are fabulous-but not fueling my body appropriately could easily derail my future plans.

Vita Tops- Snack

Supplementing Wellness in my Busy Life

Upper Body Workout

-3 reps 30 bicep curls

-3 reps 30 supermans

-3 reps 30 tricep extension

-3 reps 30 lats pull-down

I use three pound weights- gaining strength, definition, and not bulking up. It is a personal preference- one you should talk to your healthcare provider about before starting a regimen of your own.

Blueberry Vita Tops

Organic Muffin Tops

Deep Chocolate

VitaTops Muffin Tops

Vita Tops at Target

I found my VitaTops in Deep Chocolate & Wild Blueberry Muffin Tops at Target! You can find yours at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, or Target locations.  I grabbed this healthy indulgence on my weekly trip to Target.  Love being able to keep my body fueled so that I don’t crash.

If mom goes down, the house goes down.

Here is a light-hearted video I created about my favorite flavor of VitaTops- Wild Blueberry.

CHECK HERE for a high value coupon and to find stores that carry them near you.

How are you doing with your New Year Resolutions?

Would love to hear from you.

PLUS- did you get the movie reference from the video? :)

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New Year Resolution- 2017 


New Year Resolution & Goal

There can be a first time for everything.  This is the first time I have taken the time to reflect back upon the year and to truly think about what I can do next year to better myself, my family, and my community.


New Year Resolution & Goal

What I do know is that I am stronger than I ever thought I could be.  I know my strength.  I know I can do hard things.  I know this because HERE I AM- I made it through quite possibly the toughest year of my life- and I am still standing.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning- but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.


Sprint Workout

Working out has been cathartic for this old soul.  Playing soccer with new and old friends, coaching soccer, and working out at the high school I teach at has helped me grow stronger this past year.  Two kids later and I am back to successfully completing Track Sprint Workouts and Stadium Circuits.

Sprint Workout

Jog two laps around the track in under five minutes.

100M Sprint- Jog 300M

200M Sprint- Jog 200M

300M Sprint- Jog 100M

400M Sprint- 30 second Break

300M Sprint- Jog 100M

200M Sprint- Jog 200M

100M Sprint- Jog 300M

Jog two laps around the track in under five minutes.



Workout Gear

Having the correct gear to workout in is KEY.  I love the compression sports bras from Champion… I have a whole drawer full.  They are adjustable on the top strap which I love.  Running shorts that are breathable are essential in outdoor workouts here in the desert and these from Champion are consistently in the rotation.


Toning Workout

Supermans 3 sets of 30

Arm Extension 3 sets of 30

Plank- Hold for a minute

Lunges- 45 each leg

Sumo Squats- 45

Squats- 45

Toe Raises- 45

I use three pound weights.  I do not need to gain a large amount of muscle and am just working on toning my body and maintaining normal strength.  Of course you should always consult your doctor before starting a workout regimen but wanted to share what works for me.

I will continue to add new activities to the above rotation.  I want to start playing indoor soccer.  I really want to learn how to play golf.  And I am continually adding in new hiking locations as I explore the Valley of the Sun.

Professionally this last year has been amazing.  Hard work has paid off and I am able to do what I love with teaching and coaching, along with the fabulous opportunities that this community has afforded my little family.

My Professional Goals are posted in my office and I can’t wait to start crossing them off in 2017.



My New Year’s Resolutions?  Are simple.

I just have two.

  1. KEEP
  2. GOING

Life is messy.  Things change.  But goodness there are so many wonderful possibilities. 2017? I am ready.

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Fitness Finds- & Costco Mom Hour

Shopping for healthy options to keep this tired teaching going is key to my survival.  Grateful for buying in bulk and for meal planning.  I prep all of our meals for the week ahead of time and the fridge is stocked with healthy essentials that keep this show on the road.  Check out this awesome event coming to a Costco near you.  AND check out a fabulous shake option.




Mom Hour – the holiday shopping event of the season is fast-approaching and will be even more exciting and enticing than last year. Have you ever wished Costco opened a bit earlier? Join City Mom Blog Network and Costco and shop at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 4, BEFORE Costco opens its doors to all of its members!

I attended last year and thought that it should DEFINITELY be an every month tradition.  LOVED it.

Premier Protein

Moms appreciate convenience when it comes to their nutrition. We’re excited for you to share about Premier Protein’s Hormone Free Chocolate and Vanilla Shakes – grab n go convenience without sacrificing flavor OR nutrition. Grab these convenient ready to drink shakes at Costco! HERE & HERE




1 Chocolate Premier Protein Shake

1¼ cup of raspberries

1¼ cup of blueberries

1½ cup of granola

11 cup of ice cubes

DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.



I am working on myself, for myself, by myself.  Ensuring that I have the proper nutrition to keep my body going is key.  Love buying in bulk at Costco and saving a ton of money in the process.

Click to RSVP and shop with the City Moms Blog Network during Costco Mom Hour, Friday, November 4, at 9 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, samples and giveaways. Register now. Want to become a Costco member, but can’t attend? Click to receive an exclusive membership offer to join. >>> HERE

What are your favorite healthy finds at Costco?

Thank you to Costco for sponsoring this post.  As always all opinions are always 100% my own. #premierprotein #costco

Over the Rock Hill

Sometimes life hands you rocks.
Sometimes life hands you boulders.
Welcome to my Rock Hill.
Rock Hill was named by my four year old.  Our hikes on the trails of the National Park are some of his fondest memories these past few months.  You can see Rock Hill from almost any place in the Valley and he points over and declares that he hikes that mountain.  My proud little man.
The further I get from WIFI the more grounded I feel I become.  Going for hikes and breathing in the sweet smell of fresh air, high above the city lights is exactly what I need.  More so it is exactly what kids need. 

More adventure, less screen time.


My Yoga Practice is exactly that, practice.  I am constantly working on getting my form better and relishing in a little quiet time.  Taking a few deep breaths in each pose and just letting my mind be free.
My favorite pose is crow- a pose I learned a long time ago in a sweet little before school program ran by my elementary physical education teacher.  Thank you Ms. Woods- I can rock a crow pose twenty-five years later.
I LOVE my new JOY Leggings from Confused Girl in the City.  They are just the right amount of thickness and are breezy enough to hike Rock Hill with my kids.  Grab a pair of your own- HERE. Plus there is a fabulous Coupon Code below.
From the Founder:
“The pattern on the leggings are images taken from various stones. I decided to call this pair JOY because every time I look at them, that is exactly how I feel. This is truly Mother Nature’s gift.”

4 Way Stretch; Moisture Wicking; Breathable Material & Made in: Los Angeles, CA

Confused Girl in the City

COUPON CODE: 15% off coupon code “Bye Felicia”

My two close favorites? Peace Leggings & Balance Leggings

Don’t forget to get OUTSIDE.  Find your joy surrounded by nature.  Cacti, the purple mountains, and the sounds of sweet footsteps out on the trail make me happy.

Find your happy.

How do you find your joy?

What yoga pose is your favorite?

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Do Not Miss These Moments

Time goes by at an increasingly, alarmingly type pace.  As a mother I find myself constantly wanting to keep these memories of our every day moments forever.  I do not want to miss these moments.  Even though motherhood has taken it’s toll on my body I choose to not sit back and just watch my life pass by.  I am a participant in my life.

Do Not Miss These Moments

Every day I get the wonderful blessing of starting the day anew with my two darlings.  I don’t have time to worry about moments that could be ruined with common problems-I gave birth to two kids-my body is DIFFERENT and that is okay.  I wouldn’t change a thing.

Do Not Miss These Moments

I am stronger than my circumstances.  I choose to be happy. Being happy is a choice and one that I make daily as I get up and turn the coffee maker on, before the house stirs, and the day starts.

I know I am not the only mother who has to think twice about running… about jumping… about playing Hot LAVA Monster.  But I choose to do so as I know I will never get this time back.

Life is too short.

Do Not Miss These Moments

So I WILL jump.  I WILL run. AND I WILL play as many games of Hot LAVA Monster as I can.  After my breast cancer scare last year, you really just never know how much time you have left with those you love.  And that? That put life into perspective, fast.  So here I am… in my Poise Thin Shape Pad from my local Kroger store.

I wanted to prove how hardly noticeable even in these PINK Athleta Leggings they were… it matters to me.  And you would’ve never caught me in a light colored athlesiure outfit(it’s a thing) after motherhood because, well, things happen after kids.   

I kept trying to get the jump… you know the one… the one those awesomely athletic people can do that looks PERFECT.

Do Not Miss These Moments

Well, life has a resounding way of letting you know that sometimes you just aren’t going to get that shot.

Do Not Miss These Moments


Well, I can run, jump, and Hot LAVA Monster chase with the best of them.  Even better?  I can now wear these bad boys without the fear of an OOPS.  Hot Pink for the WIN!

Do Not Miss These Moments

Click here to save $1.00 on any Poise Liner or Pad, 30-66ct at Kroger until March 13, while supplies last.

Do Not Miss These Moments

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What is one thing that makes you happy?

I mean, I make a good Hot LAVA Monster-so I am pretty proud about how happy I make my kids when I bring out the LAVA.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Poise, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #poiseatkroger 

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