Find Your Mom Groove

Find Your Mom Groove

Find Your Mom Groove

Find Your Mom Groove

We all know motherhood is amazing . But becoming a SAHM can seem a little crazy. Iv been a SAHM now for 21 months and I LOVE it, but I agree that it is not for everyone . Some of my friends are just starting to have their kids and they always ask me ” what do you do all day , do you go crazy?!” You have to find your mom groove . This might take some time and that’s okay.

Don’t be fooled by the moms that look like their lives are totally amazing. Remember social media is a place that people post their BEST pictures so stop comparing your life to theirs . Life isn’t always having the best behaved kids, cleanest house on the block or always looking like you just stepped out of a salon! But you can feel good & have some awesome days with your kids as a SAHM.

Id love to share with you how I found my groove and how you can too.  Below are my tips for:

  • getting a schedule together
  • when to clean/organize
  • you time
  • schedule for your kids
  • taking back your mornings

Find Your Mom Groove

  1. Getting a schedule together : It might not sound fun , but having a daily schedule can make your life so much easier.  I like to plan my weekly menu on Sundays or Mondays and meal prep to make things a bit easier. I wake up every morning around the same time ( before your kids if you can ) While having my morning coffee and doing my MM I try to plan my day.  Now that the cooler weather is here its easier for me to stick to mine and Brodys schedule.  ( more on his schedule below ) We eat lunch and dinner the same times each day to help keep the day predictable . You need to find a schedule that works for you and your family.
  2. When to clean : I like to clean and organize the house all day, ha! We try to clean up all the toys before we move onto something else. It sounds weird but Brody loves to help clean, we vacuum & mop the floors together 2-3 times a week after breakfast. While Brody eats lunch I quickly pick up the house and then do laundry once he goes down for a nap , this doesn’t take long so I still have time for other things while he naps. I also like to get dinner ready during his nap time.  After dinner I make sure to clean the kitchen, waking up to a clean kitchen will make your morning stress free! As soon as Brody goes to bed at 7 I do another quick clean up.  Since I kind of pick up throughout the day the house never feels totally out of control
  3. You time. You need time for yourself . Make some YOU time in the am or pm before your kids wake up or after they go to sleep.  Even if you take time for you a few times a week it can help. You need to feel good to get your groove back! Every morning make sure you get dressed , wash your face and throw on some mascara , staying in your PJ’s all day is never a good idea. Make sure you are also putting your health first and eat a balanced healthy diet.
  4. Schedule for your kids. Again this might not sound fun but get your kids on a schedule. Eat and sleep around the same times everyday. This is Brodys schedule now but I will change things up as he gets older.
  5. Take back your mornings. This one sounds the hardest but trust me it is worth it.  Wake up before your kids and your day will be a little less stressful.  I wake up and do a miracle morning and I highly suggest you do some version of this!

Zucchini Noodle Bowls

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

These bowls are so tasty and thanks to Trader Joes ( and most stores ) , extra easy to make!! Sometimes life with Brody can be difficult , especially around dinner time!! Getting the pre cut, almost ready foods are not my fav but I do love almost anything from TJ and these things are simple and clean. So I bought some guac, already zoodled zucchini and some already pealed & cubed sweet potatoes to make life easier.

The sweet potatoes come all peeled and cut, all you have to do is cook them. I like to heat them in the microwave for about 2-3 min then add them to a skillet to make them crispy. The zucchini is these bowls are not cooked! How easy is that!! And since the guac comes already made all you have to do is mix it with the zoodles.

I like to top mine with hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes to make it a little more filling.

Zucchini Noodle Bowl

  •  cooked & cubed sweet potato
  • zoodles
  • guacamole
  • salt & pepper
  • Optional, eggs & tomatoes

Mix the zoodles, guacamole , slat & pepper . Add the cooked sweet potatoes , and egg and tomatoes !  Garnish  & enjoy!!!

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Weekly Summer Workouts

Weekly Summer Workouts

Weekly Summer Workouts

I have officially hit my third trimester! So happy that I am still keeping up with my workouts. I know I will eventually have to slow down and modify even more but for now I am feeling great and I’m going to keep going as long as I can. Below are my weekly summer workouts I did this week. I hope you get a chance to try some. Drop a comment below and let me know what one you tried!!

Weekly Summer Workouts

Monday: Legs + HIIT :

Super sets:

  • 10 back squats
  • 15 squat hop

x2-3

  • 8 weighted lunges
  • 6 split box lunge hops each leg

x2-3

  • 10 goblet squat
  • 8 burped box jump

x2-3

  • 30 skaters
  • 15 squat hops
  • 30 mt climb
  • 15 kbs

x3 with little to no rest

 

Tuesday: Booty + HIIT Booty 

  • 30 walking lunges
  • 15 deadlift
  • 15 side lunge each leg
  • 15 glute bridge
  • 10 single leg squats

x3

Then: With NO Rest!

  • squat jax
  • sump pulse squat
  • plank jax
  • jumping jax

Do 15 reps, then 12 reps, then 10 reps. If you are feeling AWESOME do 8 reps!!

Wednesday: Arms

15 reps each:

  • dumbbell press
  • standing flys
  • upright row
  • french press
  • hammer curls

x3

Burnout round:

Do the moves from above with a resistance band. Do 2 sets of 20 to burn your muscles out!!!

Thursday: Walk with Brody or add in some cardio!

 

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

Stay at home moms have so much going on and it can be tough on your mind and your  body. With so much responsibility you might feel exhausted all the time . But with a few simple changes we can hopefully fix that and avoid the stay at home mom burnout

Avoid The Stay At Home Mom Burnout

  • Try new things .I know most of us live by a schedule because our kids thrive when they have a routine. But sometimes switching things up can be nice. Try going to a new park or class. Or if you normally go tot he park in the am try going later in the day.  Try out a new lunch spot or picnic in the park once a month.
  • Get ready in the morning. Even if you are doing nothing that day you will feel better knowing you are dressed and ready.  Getting dressed can help change your mood for the day. I’m not talking full faced make up ( unless that’s your thing!) Just get out of your pjs and do something nice with your hair. You will feel more put together and ready to take on the day.
  • Get out of the house !I know this can be tough , especially with multiple kids and during the winter months but it’s so important to get out.  Go for walks , play at the park, head to the beach for a walk .
  • Wake up before your kids. This is tough, especially if your kids do not sleep through the night. But having time in the am to you is amazing! I start my day with a miracle morning and I swear it has changed my life.
  • Ask for help.  And I’m not just talking from your partner. If a messy house is stressing you out maybe hire a cleaner once a month to come in to help out. If grocery shopping is a big stressor, do curbside pick up or have them delivered. Check out pinterest for “mom hack” ideas on rainy days or days you just can’t find something to do with he kids.
  • Focus on you.  Take some time away from the kids. You deserve this! Get your hair done, head out with a friend or have date night a few times a month with no kids!

Remember no one is perfect! Keep in mind that your house is going to be messy sometimes, dinner will be late, the kids will be cranky and that’s OK! Sometimes its okay to leave the dishes in the sink all day !! Don’t expect everyday to be the perfect day, we all have off days . Being a stay at home mom is HARD work and I know you are doing awesome! Kids are exhausting but we love them anyway! And always remember, some day they will be in school all day and you are going to miss these crazy days at home, I know I will!!

 

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At Home Dumbbell Workouts

At Home Dumbbell Workouts

At Home Dumbbell Workouts

At Home Dumbbell Workouts

Happy Sunday! Are you ready for some new at home dumbbell workouts to try this week? I hope you are ready. Lets challenge ourselves this week . Ask yourself this question before you begin , Am I using heavy enough weights to challenge myself??? If you don’t answer YES right away then its time to up your weights! Even if it’s just for one set each round. Try it out and let me know how it goes.

At Home Dumbbell Workouts

 

HIIT Monday:

45:15

  • Lunge- squat – lunge
  • burped with push up
  • skaters
  • star jumps
  • mt climbers

x3 ( make it longer by adding 1-2 more rounds! )

Booty Day

  • sumo squats
  • deadlift
  • lunge left then right
  • glute bridge
  • single let glute bridge left then right

12×3

Chest & Shoulders

Add weight each round . Ex: I started with 10 pound dumbbells for round one, round two used 12 and round 3 used 15

  • chest press
  • flys
  • lat pull down
  • arnold press

15x 3

one-two set of 10-15

  • y raises
  • t-plank push ups
  • max effort plank hold

Total Body Thursday

  • thruster
  • single leg deadlift hold + row , each leg
  • lat raise
  • glute bridge hold + chest press
  • dips

12×3

HIIT Bonus:

 

How To Get A Perky Chest

How To Get A Perky Chest

How To Get A Perky Chest

How To Get A Perky Chest

The number one question I get from new moms is how do I get my perky chest back after having kids ?! Between pregnancy and nursing are chest goes through a major transformation and many off us are left with “flat saggy ” boobs! But there is good news! We can train our chest muscles and bring some life back in them.

How To Get A Perky Chest

2-3 times a week add in 3-5 of these moves to your workout or carve out one day a week specially for a chest workout

10 Moves:

  • Chest press- amp it up by doing these on a stability ball
  • Pull overs
  • Arnold Press
  • Uneven push ups
  • T- plank – make it harder by adding in a push up
  • Flys- on a ball or with a band
  • Lat pull down – works your back and helps with posture
  • Pull over half moon
  • Y raises
  • Plank raise

How To Get A Perky Chest

 

Sample workout:

5-10 min warm up

  • 12 dumbbell T- plank
  • 15 Flys
  • 15 band or machine pull down

x2-3

  • 12 half moon
  • 15 chest press
  • 15 pull over

x2-3

  • 10 push ups

x2-3

 

 

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30 Minute Home Workouts

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30 Minute Home Workouts

30 Minute Home Workouts

Are you ready for some new 30 Minute Home Workouts to try this week? Who has time for long workouts?? Not me! Especially in the summer. I am loving my quick but effective workouts. I started doing some tone it up workouts this week and below I have shared what ones I have been doing with my modifications.  These workouts are perfect for busy moms, first & second trimester and post baby.

30 Minute Home Workouts

Total Body Monday:

  • 15 thrusters
  • 30 figure 8 lunge pass throughs
  • 30 single arm kettlebell swings ( alternating each swing )
  • 15 single leg glute bridge – each leg
  • 15 fast step ups

x3

Upper Body Blast:

  • 15 row + kick back
  • 15 curls
  • 30 dumbbell punches
  • 15 plank jax
  • 10 burpee row

x3

Tri set: no rest:

  • 10 db flys
  • 10 db chest press
  • 10 push ups

x2

Bonus: 100 squat hops

Legs & Booty 

  • 15 curtsy pule lunge each leg
  • 20 goblet squat
  • 15 deadlift
  • 60 second band squat walk

x4

HIIT Thursday:

45:15

  • squat jack
  • high knees
  • jumping split lunge
  • burped box jump
  • mt climb

x3

 

 

 

Postpartum Green Smoothie

Postpartum Green Smoothie

Postpartum Green Smoothie

Postpartum Green Smoothie

How we fuel our bodies after having a baby is just as important as when we were pregnant. My go to postpartum green smoothie is the perfect pick me up to help you the nutrients you need. This green smoothie is also great when pregnant or anytime after your baby is born!  It’s so important to pack in the nutrients and stay hydrated, especially if you are nursing & working out.

Postpartum Green Smoothie

You don’t need a juicer for this recipe, just a high-powered blender. I like to start by adding the water and greens alone and blending those until they are mixed will. Next I add the rest of the ingredients.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1  coconut water cup water – loaded with vitamins and is an immune booster
  • 1/2 water
  • 1 cups kale or spinach – loaded with nutrients
  • 1/2 avocado – helps with inflammation
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple – helps with healing and has lots of vitamin C
  • 1 banana – heart healthy & loaded with B6, B2 , C
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds- protein, calcium, fiber, energy booster , SUPERFOOD!

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Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

Having a healthy pregnancy routine is a must if you want to have a joyful pregnancy and birth. A healthy routine includes more than just eating right and exercising daily ! Below I will share my healthy habits, steps on how you can add them into your life and lastly how to commit to your new habits for life .

Start A Healthy Pregnancy Routine

First we need to pick some healthy habits to add to your routine. There are lots of things you can  try , you will need to find what works for you. These habits are what work for me.

Habits:

Starting your day with a positive mindset and a short meditation is an awesome way to relieve stress and we all want a stress free pregnancy. You can meditate throughout your day too if you are feeling tense . Start by taking 5 minutes every morning for you. Read some positive quotes, check out your vision board, list some things you are grateful for, do some light stretching  or visualize your perfect day.

We all know how import exercise is for our growing bodies. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in a gym. There are plenty of non gym activities you can start adding to your routine. Try going out for a morning or post dinner walk to start.

Meal planing is just as important as exercise. We want to fuel our bodies and growing baby properly. Check out these superfoods you can add to your diet. Taking some time once a week to meal plan and prep some easy recipes/snacks will help make your life so much easier.

It’s also important you listen to your body everyday and take some time for you.  Relax with a big glass of water and a book. Even if it’s just enough time to read one chapter . You time is important when it comes to a healthy pregnancy.

Action: 

Next its time to take action with those healthy habits from above. Start slow if you need too. Maybe each week add a new habit. I think stating your day with a morning routine is the most important but feel free to do things differently than me. Each day you can build on your habits. Maybe days 1-3 you walk for 10 minutes , then by day four you jump to 15 minutes. It takes time to build a routine so don’t give up when things get tough!

Make a planner so you can mark off things that you have completed. Write the different habits with different colors on a calendar and check off each day that you complete your new healthy habit.

Commit:

Now its time to commit. Commit to what you can do each day to help make your pregnancy healthy . Please don’t stress out if you miss a new habit every once in a while, that’s okay, we are human !! This is your plan so make it around your life & goals so that way you will stick to it.

I hope these tips and habit help you to have a healthy joyful pregnancy! Id love to hear some of your healthy routines . Get the convo started below .

 

 

 

New Home Workouts

New Home Workouts

New Home Workouts

New Home Workouts

Happy July! How fast did June fly by? Crazy that the 4th of July is already this week. I hope you have a great time celebrating and you get to enjoy yourself ! Below are some new home workouts just for you.

I also have some exciting news .  I am running another FREE Accountability Challenge!! July 8th I’m going to do another 30 day accountability challenge in my private Facebook group! We will start right after the 4th when we all tend to fall off track!

I’ll be doing three give aways this time , I’m thinking:

  1. a target GC
  2. some bands that I love that I use for leg day
  3. a fun “recovery box ” full of some things we need to help recover from our workouts!!!

All you have to do is join my FREE online group and join in on the fun!!!  Once you find me on FB just ask to join. We share helpful tips, workouts, motivate each other, share recipes and MORE! If you or any of your friends want to join us let me know and I will add you to the group!!!!!

New Home Workouts : 

Tabata Tuesday 

  • ropes
  • step ups

rest

  • burpee row
  • thurusters

rest

  • pull ups x4
  • curls x4

rest

  • dips
  • jump rope

rest

  • ropes
  • ball slam

rest

  • 180 squat
  • DL HP

Hump Day

  • 25 sumo squat + calf raise
  • 25 single leg deadlift – each leg
  • 25 stationary lunges – each leg
  • 25 in out squat hops

x4

 

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