Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Become A Morning Person

Are you trying to become a morning person ? Maybe you are looking to take control of your day by taking control of your morning. That was my plan when I started googling  reasons to become a morning person. Being a SAHM has made it difficult for me to get up before my son. Instead I was waking to the sound of my son yelling for me ( sound familiar ?) . It wasn’t till I read the miracle morning that I realized I needed to take control of my mornings.

I was doing so well with my morning routine ..until summer hit and trouble sleeping happened due to this growing belly! But its time for me to get back to my morning routine and I’m super excited to get started and share with you how I plan to do it!

There are tons of benefits of waking up early. Research shows that people who wake up early are happier and healthier, that should be reason enough to get up !! Waking up early can lead to a more productive and stress free day. Mornings can be the BEST time of your day . Take the challenge with me and become a morning person!!!

Become A Morning Person

  • Go to bed earlier Duh! But the best way to wake up early is to go to bed early ( and ready for the next day ) Give yourself a bed time and stick to it! If you have to set an alarm in your phone to go off every night to remind you to get ready for bed.
  • Put your phone down before bed & establish a routine ( and don’t start scrolling as soon as you wake )
  • Set your alarm for the same time everyday. Make it your schedule & turn it into a habit. We thrive on schedules. STOP hitting that snooze button , it is not helping you at all, instead its making you grumpy that the alarm keeps going off so now you are starting your day grumpy… no one needs that.
  • Set your coffee maker . I set my coffee maker to go off every morning at the same time. It’s about 30 minutes before my son normally wakes up . The smell of the coffee is enough for me to get up! Plus theres nothing better then enjoying some hot coffee alone 
  • Wash your face right away. Even if you just splash some water on, it will wake you right up
  • Start your day with a GIANT glass of water ( before coffee )
  • Make stretching part or your am routine. If you are like me and cannot workout first thing in the morning try doing some light stretching 
  • Try doing A miracle morning  .

Remember , waking up early is hard at first but it WILL get easier when it starts to become a habit you love. It won’t take long to so just keeping going!! Id love to hear from you , what has worked to help you become a morning person??

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Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Third Trimester Check List

Whether you are a new mom or already have one at home getting your house ready in the third trimester is a must! Below is my third trimester check list to help you prepare to bring your new baby home . Id love to hear from you , how did you prepare to bring baby home? Comment below and get the convo started!

Third Trimester Check List

  • A lot of people make a birth plan… I am not one of them! My plan is to go to the hospital and have a baby!
  • clean the house .Declutter as much as you can . People will bring you flowers, food,  gifts , you’re going  drop your hospital stuff as soon as you walk in so having a clutter free home before you head to the hospital will make life a little easier when you get home
  • stock up on supplies . Make sure you have coffee, wine, paper towels , toilet paper ect. I know its easy to order on amazon and have everything the next day but it is nice to have everything you need when you need it.
  • freeze some meals . Also make sure you have food in the fridge ready to eat  for when you get home you will be hungry!
  • pack your hospital bag and put it in the CAR!
  • install the car seat
  • find a pediatrician
  • have diapers and wipes ready, you don’t want to run out at 2 am!
  • stock up on batteries for swings , sound machines ect
  • wash baby clothes,  blankets and bottles
  • prepare an at home post birth recover kit . Think pads, witch hazel, peri bottle ect
  • make plans for your other children and pets ( make sure you have food for your pets! )

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Second Trimester Recap

Second Trimester Recap

Second Trimester Recap

Second Trimester Recap

I am officially out of the second trimester and into the final stretch! Below is my second trimester recap about our summer and what we have been up too!

Pregnancy.  As of now I have had it pretty easy. I passed my glucose test, I have no clue how much weight I have gained but I’m going to say not a lot! I’m at the point where I go tot he doctor every 2 weeks for check ups. I had Brody 15 days early , if that’s the case again then id have this baby in late September!!! No new preggo symptoms or cravings . Most of my clothes do NOT fit me but all my sun dresses do so that’s what I have been wearing most. These last few weeks have ben HOT and humid but we spend most days at the beach so I haven’t been overly hot . Luckily no ankle swelling and I am still moving pretty easily!!

Workouts. Going really well despite the heat the last three weeks.  Getting 4-5 30 minute workouts  in per week plus some walks. My walks are shorter because I have to stop to pee all the time! The days we had extreme humidity I couldn’t go for walks, it was too hot! 

Nutrition. Still eating fairly clean. My diet always changes in the summer with some extra ice cream. I will splurge on the real deal but I do also love the yasso bars and feel guilt free eating those . I have been eating lots of sweet potato toast with peanut butter , bonus , Brody loves it too. I also started tracking my water intake making sure I drink over 80 ounces everyday ( prob why I have to pee all day! ) 

Life . We moved! That was a lot of fun… We moved when I was pregnant with Brody and hopefully this will be our last move!! It has been fun setting up Brodys room and getting the new babies room ready!! Just recently I have been waking up early , like 515am. I haven’t had trouble sleeping just once I’m up that’s it, no falling back to sleep! 

Brody . He is also waking up early. Normally he would sleep till about 6:45/7 but he has been getting up around 540 every day. He also just started developing some  separations anxiety from me and Shane , he throws a fit when we leave him! I just started some more  structured play and a new schedule for him. We have always followed a schedule since the day he was born but we are pretty flexible with it. The schedule helps us but it also helps Brody know what to expect. I will be sharing his new 18 month schedule that we plan to stick to for a while soon in a blog post! Brody did great at his 18 month check up. Shane had to take him because I also had an appointment. Brody weighs in at 22 pounds!! 

Summer.  Lots of beach time! Getting in as much time at the beach with Brody as we can. We try to go every afternoon after his nap. Lots of times we end up eating dinner at the beach and staying up way past his bed time!  

 

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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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30 Minute Home Workouts

30 Minute Home Workouts

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

 

 

 

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 .

 

 

 

Avoid Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

Avoid  Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

Avoid  Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

Avoid  Stretch Marks + Other Prego Hack

There is no actual evidence that  there are ways to avoid stretch marks but us pregos will try anyway !   Her are some tips that maybe could help avoid stretch marks and some advice on how to help them fade if you do end up with some . I am also sharing some other tips for some of those not so fun pregnancy symptoms like back pain, heartburn , cravings and boob size!

How to ( try to ) avoid stretch marks:

  • Itchy skin & want to avoid stretch mark? Grab some lotion. I tend to have dry skin when pregnant and go through a lot of lotion. I would lotion my belly ( and rib tattoo) 2-3 times a day when I was pregnant with Brody. I did not get stretch marks ( who knows if it was the lotion! ) If you suffer from itchy skin try adding lotions with oatmeal, avoid tight-fitting clothes and try not to take hot showers. I made my own lotion this time around, here is the recipe 
  • Guzzle that water! Staying hydrated can help keep skin elasticity . So drink that  water to help hydrate you from the inside out
  • If you do end up with some ( its okay!!) Research has shown that they can fade over time.
  • Genetics plays a role. If your mom or sisters got stretch marks there’s a chance  you could too!

Do you suffer from back pain?

  • Try to squat rather than bend at the hips when you are picking things up
  • Ditch the heels. I feel like this is a no brainer ! But then again I’m a personal trainer and am home most days not in an office setting.
  • Exercising regularly can help reduce back pain. Just make sure you are careful and you are performing the moves with proper form
  • If the pain is too much try adding a heat pad for you back ( back only, not your belly)
  • Prego pillow! Get a nice comfy pregnancy pillow to help you sleep better and to help with back pain. I loved mine when I was pregnant with Brody, I am looking for a new one now since the dogs over took mine!

Heartburn?

Try adding apple cider vinegar to your daily routine . Add 1-2 tsp to your water . I know it sounds counter productive but people swear by it!

Craving candy or sweets?

Sweet tooth driving you crazy? Eat dried fruit. A lot of them taste just like candy . My go to right now is dried mango!

Bikini problems?

If you are like me and are still wearing bikinis throughout your pregnancy , high-five! My main issue is my tops are all way too SMALL. Instead of spending the money on tops that will never fit me again I bought three new tops from walmart. They were super cheap , I’ll wear them all summer then toss them without feeling bad that I wasted money.

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May Monthly Round Up

May Monthly Round Up

I can’t believe it is already June 1st! This pregnancy is flying by, I have already hit the half way mark. May was a super busy month for us yet I feel like nothing major happened!

Pregnancy

As most of you know we found out at our  17 week ultrasound that we are having a GIRL! We were kinda shocked but deep down I had a feeling! Of course I have already started a pinterest board for her bedroom! Right around the same time ( 17 weeks ) I started to feel some movement. Mostly at night when I’m trying to go to bed , she starts kicking. I haven’t weighed myself and I am not really sure how much I weighed before I got pregnant so I’m not sure how much I have gained so far! I have no new preggo issues, food aversions or cravings. So far my sleep has changed either, but I know that way is coming that I’m going to be uncomfortable at night, but for now I’ll take my 8 hours!!

Brody

Brody is a lot of fun right now ( and a lot of work) ! He is talking more and now loves to say momma . He also loves to bark like the dogs!! He is def an outside kid and I have to drag him inside when its time to go in.  He still sleeps 7-630/7ish most nights and we are very thankful for that. We love spending out days outside at the water table or on the beach.

Workouts/Nutrition 

My workouts this month have been great! It’s weird because I have been loving hiit workouts which normally are not my fav. I have also been going on  lots of walks. My nutrition has also been good this month, no food aversions. I have been looking for healthier desserts and have been loving lasso bars , graham crackers with cool whip and frozen pops for Brody. I am now looking to make over my favorite unhealthy treats a healthier way. I will share all the recipes I find.

 

Products

This month I bought some new products that are safer for us. I got new sunscreens for me & Brody. I ended up going with Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50, 6oz Tube (Pack of 2) and Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 3 Fl. Oz. (Pack of 3). I needed some new face wash but everything in the store had fragrance listed in the ingredients  ( avoiding fragrance ) so I went with the brand Simple . It doesn’t score great but it’s not too horrible so the search continues!

I have been playing around with my coffee and I’m loving  cold brew coffee that I make at home &  buttered coffee with cashew milk . I throw it all in my blender real quick so its nice and frothy.

Shane got me succulents  for mother’s day and I LOVE them! I really hope I don’t kill them. I’ll take any advice on keeping them alive!!

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Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini Brownies

I made these brownies last week and they were so good! If you are a chocolate lover then you must try these!!

Ingredients :

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or unrefined sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup  unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour for the gluten-free version
  • 1/2 cup  Dutch-process cocoa powder (using regular cocoa powder may result in cakey brownies)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups peeled and grated zucchini
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + 1/2  to sprinkle on top

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F .  Line an 8″x8″ pan with parchment paper or spray with baking spray.
  2. Mix together the eggs, vanilla, coconut sugar, and apple sauce , let this sit for a few minutes to let the coconut sugar dissolve.
  3. I another bowl,  mix the flour, cocoa powder , baking soda and salt. Make sure there are no clumps !!
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet, gently stir until combined. Be sure not to over mix! The batter will seem thick- thats okay
  5. Next fold in the zucchini and 1 cup chocolate chips. The zucchini is moist and will help make the batter less thick.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and even the surface with a spatula.
  7. Add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips on top.
  8. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle doesn’t come out gooey.
  9. Store in an airtight for up to one week in the refrigerator. These brownies are moist so I recommend storing them int he fridge.

 

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Second Trimester Summer Workout Tips

Second Trimester Summer Workout Tips

 

I love summer! I was pregnant throughout the summer with Brody and it really wasn’t too bad! But this time I’m due in October not Jan so I have a feeling this summer pregnancy is going to be a lot hotter ( not to mention I will be chasing an 18 month old around )

If you are feeling great and keeping up with your workouts make sure you read my second trimester summer workout tips to stay safe .

 

    • Avoid high heat times if working out outside. Try to get your workout in first thing in the am or later at night  when it’s not super hot ( and be careful of high humidity) .  Us prego moms are already hotter than normal so make sure you plan ahead , if its super muggy or already into the 90s I would move your workout inside .
    • Stay hydrated.  You might already be peeing all day , but you need to drink more if you are working out in the heat . Make sure you drink a glass or two before you workout to make sure you are not dehydrated. Keep water with you while you workout and take breaks to sip on that water. If you are sick of plan water add some fruit to it!
    • Don’t over heat / wear loss clothes . Wear light-colored clothing that is not form-fitting . Try and pick a fabric that wicks away sweat. 
    • Sunscreen. Make sure you put a safe sunscreen on .  Do some research CLICK HERE  and avoid those sunscreen with “fragrance ” , methylisothiazolinone, oxybenzone.. there’s a ton of ingredients to avoid ( too many to list!) I use babyganics & blue lizard on Brody and I just bought this Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch.


  • Swimming/ water workout. We live right by the beach so I love doing workouts that involve the water.  Try swimming lap or some type of water aerobics. I like to do my workout on the beach and jump in whenever I am feeling hot!!
  • Monitor heart rate. I have a fitbit that tracks my heart rate and I know there are tons of monitors out there. Watch yours and make sure it doesn’t get too high.

Remember , I run a FREE group on Facebook full of moms who are working towards a healthy lifestyle for them and their families . I would love for YOU to be apart of our MomUnity!!!  Find me insta ,  FB or comment below and I can add to you fitfam or we can just connect and chat

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