Current Book List

Crawling into bed with a good book at the end of the day is so relaxing to me. I don’t have ample time these days, but even squeezing in ten minutes gives me so much joy! I like to alternate between Self-Help type books, like Grace Not Perfection VS suspenseful thriller type books, like Gone Girl.

I’m just finishing up Good Girl and am on the hunt for my next book! I wanted to share my list to maybe inspire you all to grab a new read and to also hear about your recent reads! The first two books are in the “self help” category and the following two are in the suspense/thriller category. Enjoy!

Present over Perfection

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A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.
Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.” From Amazon

Chasing Slow

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In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle—one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities, and shift your focus to the journey that matters most. Through a series of steep climbs—her husband’s  brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, and to veer right into grace.
Life’s answers are not always hidden where they seem. It’s time to venture off the beaten path to see that we’ve already been given everything we need. We’ve already arrived.”- From Amazon

The Couple Next Door

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Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.” From Amazon

Girl on the Train

(yes I know I’m WAY late to the party on this one).

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EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? From Amazon

What are you currently reading? Or what is on your Book Wish list?

Please Share in the comments below!

Attempting To Be a Runner……..Again

I have no more excuses: I’m not pregnant (that has been quite the trend the last two years), I’m not breastfeeding anymore, and both kids are sleeping through the night (well, generally)….

It is time to get back to Running.

It’s always been “my thing” and oh boy I have missed it. And my body has too. I kept myself active during both pregnancies with walking and barre classes, but I’ve been seriously missing out on my runners high.

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So I should be able to just jump right back in, right? Eh not.

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My body has changed, priorities have changed, and my schedule has changed. Gone are the care free weekends with endless time to do whatever I want.  And gone are the days of sleeping 9+ hours a night. My pace is slower, my body is heavier, but it feels good to get my sweat on.

 I do want to complete another half marathon at some point, but for now I want to get back in the rhythm of consistently running.

The last two weeks I have been able to get in 3 runs each week.  I’m shooting for two short runs (2-3 miles) and one long run (5+ miles) This was after writing it down in my planner, putting my running clothes on, and laying my running shoes by the door. No excuses right?

Did you take a break from running or exercise? How did you get back into your routine?

Please share in the comments below!

Staying Sane as a SAHM

I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I officially earned the title “Stay at Home Mom.” It’s funny, staying home wasn’t a hard decision to make…..I was at a job that I liked, but didn’t love, and with our relocation to Dallas it all just fell into place.

Is it harder than I thought it would be? Oh yeah. Are there days when the only time I get to myself is when I take a shower? Absolutely! But when it’s all said and done I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Now I am definitely no expert on the subject but this is what’s worked for me. And I’m sure I will continue to learn more as I go!

Get Out of the House

I repeat. Get out of the house. As hard as it is, it needs to happen. Having a reason to get everyone ready (including yourself) is a big deal. And having somewhat of a daily routine makes me feel normal.

Make Mom Friends

I know this doesn’t happen overnight. But seriously, I don’t know where I’d be without my group of girls. It can be so isolating without someone who genuinely understands the excitement of drinking coffee when it’s actually warm or being able to blow dry your hair in the morning. Wherever you are: look up Mom’s Club, Playgroups, Join Gymboree, or look for Stroller Strides classes. Of course it can be uncomfortable to put yourself out there, but just do it!

Make Time for your Hobbies

This is much easier said than done. There were/are plenty of times where I’d just rather stay and get stuff done around the house because lets be honest- there is always something that needs to be done.

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But it can wait. Go workout, read a book in a coffee shop, go shopping- whatever it is that makes you feel like you.

Embarce the Hard Days

It’s not always happy kids and perfect instagram pictures. Some days you won’t get any housework done, the laundry will pile-up, the kids will be grumpy, you will be exhausted and you won’t have a clue what everyone is having for dinner. Those days are tough, yes, but they won’t happen EVERYDAY. Wine and sweatpants really help.

Any of you Stay at Home Mommas want to share some of your wisdom?

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What I’m Loving Lately

Hello hello!

Look at me, carving out some time to do some blogging! I feel so out of the blogging loop these days but am back at reading my favorites and hopefully spending more time here!  Although, thanks to Instagram and Snapchat, I feel like I am still “in the know” with my favorite blogger peeps!

Anywho, today I wanted to highlight a few things I’m lovely lately!

A California King Bed

Oh yeah, you read that right, we have upgraded! Friends moving = us buying their bed!

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Someone seems to think we bought this for her. Hmmmm

Wall Décor

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We re-arranged our room and had huge empty wall space, so the hubby did some shopping! (Thank you, Amazon).  He must know me really well, picked this out all by himself! Love!

Oh Paris, I have yet to visit you, but I will.

RX Bars

Okay, I have tried pretty much all protein bars out there. Seriously. My go-to has been Cliff Bars, which are a little high in sugar (I know) but they are the only ones that I like and fill me up! I actually hadn’t heard of these until a friend of mine was snacking on one the other day. All the ingredients are listed on the front and they taste Good! I don’t see them at every grocery store yet but snagged some at Trader Joe’s the other day.

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Blogilates Workout Videos

Um I just did the PIIT (Pilates Intense Interval Training) today. It was legit. I love the variety in her workouts and she has SO many online videos. Perfect to squeeze in during naptime when I can!

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I’m Running Again!

I survived my first 6 mile run last weekend since…. gosh when I was pregnant with the twins. So it’s be a LONG time. I’m obviously slower than I want to be, but it felt great to get those miles in. For the longest time I wasn’t going above 3 miles!

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 My poor dog is out of shape too- haha, so it’s good for both of us.

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I do want to complete another half marathon soon, but don’t know if I’m ready to commit just yet. It would either need to be in the next few months or not until Septmeber/October bc I don’t want to do long runs in the summer heat. Yuck.

Donovan is Sleeping!!

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What, Who Me?

Okay I feel like this has been going on long enogh (3 weeks) so I am not jinxing it, but our little man officially sleeps through the night! Yay!!

Once in awhile he will move around and get stuck in the corner of the crib (pretty hilarious really) and I go in and move him….but other than that, we are finally getting some sleep! He typically goes down between 6:30-6:45 and wakes up between 6 and 6:30. Of course I’d love a later wake up time but I am not complaining!

Alright I will leave on that note! Thanks for following along blog friends, be back soon!

~M

New Goals for the New Year

The New Year Resolution hype is in full swing right now- the gyms are packed the Whole Thirty Book is flying off the shelf!

This year I wanted to set some goals instead of resolutions. For me, goals are more realistic and attainable. It will also be fun to look back on this post 6 months from now to see where I am at!  So, here it goes:

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*Be More Present. When I’m playing with my kids, that’s where I need to be -not worrying about their next meal, naptime or errand I need to run. And this also means- put down the phone. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of social media & (my Amazon app of course) BUT there needs to be a time and a place. I’m trying to be more mindful of this and hope that will help.
*Give Myself Time to Blog. I started this blog as a hobby because it’s fun! I enjoy writing and having this outlet. Kind of like my online journal. So I think the little pockets of time I have to put down the phone will also free up my “freetime” to blog!
*Become Pop Pilates Certified & Teach! I’ve loved Pilates for a very long time and have always wanted to more delve into it. The timing just never seemed to exactly work out. I’ve been a fan of the Blogilates youtube videos for years- high energy and challenging! I know this will be a lot of work, especially carving out the time to learn choreography with the two littles but this time, the timing just seems right!
*Spend one night a week where I read. Curling up in my pajamas, a glass of wine and a good book is so relaxing. We love our tv shows but it’s nice to tune everything else out and escape into a good book!
Do you have any New Years Goals or Resolutions you are focusing on this year? Please share in the comments below!

Looking Back on 2016

The week between Christmas and New Years always leaves me with mixed feelings- I love the slower pace as majority of people are off work or still on vacation. But it’s also such a bummer taking down all of our Christmas decorations.  The build-up to the Holiday season is getting longer and longer each year and then BAM, it’s over! I love seeing all of our Christmas cards displayed over our mantel, walking through our neighborhood seeing all of the houses decked out with lights, it all just leaves me with a warm feeling. Needless to say, our decorations are still up…..we’ll get to those, eventually.

When I think back to 2016, it’s hard for me to put in words how 2016 and what we did! Haha!  Taking care of a very young toddler and a baby sure makes the days long, tiring, fun, sweet, exciting, and just plain exhausting.  I feel like we are just now moving out of that “new baby fog” since Donovan has been sleeping through the night (Finally)! The 6am wakeups are not awesome, but much better than it used to be.  I feel like some parts of our lives this past year were kind of put on hold as we were in survival mode at times!

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Looking back on those crazy days I am so thankful for my husband & seeing how close him and Charlotte are is just so sweet!

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Also having such a great network of mom friends has been a serious lifesaver. Four of my best girlfriends here all had babies within a few months of Donovan. This sure made those late night nursing sessions a little less lonely!

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I look towards 2017 with anticipation and excitement: Charlotte is starting two days a week of Preschool, we are planning on doing a family vacation (with ALL 4 of us), I want to start delving more into the fitness profession with a Pilates certification this Spring, and I look forward to watching Donovan grow into a toddler!

{This boy sure has me wrapped around his finger}

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I’m thankful for this little space of the internet and do anticipate carving out more time to be here in the New Year!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy NYE celebration this week!

Cheers to 2017!

-M

Tips for Working Out at Home

Happy Holiday Season everyone!

I can’t believe Christmas is so soon. I’ve thought a lot about my shopping list but naturally, I’ve barely scratched the surface. Oh well, it always gets done doesn’t it?? (Thank you, Amazon).

Today I wanted to chat a little bit about working out at home. Kids, spouse time and jobs can make it tough to get to a gym/studio on a regular basis. Plus the darker/colder weather does not help with my motivation to leave the house once hubby is home!

Curling up with a glass of wine and watching “This Is Us” is way more appealing. Right?

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With all that said, I need to sneak in some workouts somehow during the week.

Below are a few of my tips to kickstart your motivation (reword) to workout at home:

Lay out your Equipment

If I am planning on a workout during naptime, I will lay out my yoga mat in the middle of the kitchen or living room. If I physically have to step over it all morning, then I have a physical reminder to get my butt moving when the kiddos are asleep!

Find Something You Like

I know this goes without saying, but if you don’t find a type of exercise that you enjoy- you are not going to do it. Nowadays there are SO many more options out there than traditional exercise- dance workouts, HIIT workouts, TRX workouts, barre workouts – just to name a few. Lately I’ve been going through some Blogilates , Love Sweat & Fitness and some Tone it Up workouts. They all have youtube videos = awesome.

Dress the Part

Cute workout clothes always help, and if I get dressed in them first thing then I have no excuse. I love that athleisure is “a thing” these days, since that’s basically what I live in.

Some of my favorite looks are:

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Beyond Yoga Space Dye Leggings are AMAZING. Like the most comfortable pair of yoga pants ever. I love them.

{And no, I don’t look like this when I’m working out at home. I wish}

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Zella has the cutest shirts that are comfy and perfect to layer over a tank top or wear on their own.

Do you workout at home?

What are some of your favorite tips for working out at home?