Monthly Archives: December 2015

Thoughts on Being a SAHM

Merry almost Christmas everyone! I hope you are all finished with all your shopping and have safe travels wherever you are going. We are staying here and I’m thankful we don’t have to run around an airport with Charlotte!


Well, it’s almost been one year as a stay-at-home-mom for me (I can’t believe it….it really does go by fast). Staying at home has always been something our family wanted to do, but it does require some adjustments if you are used to being out of the house for 8+ hours everyday. Below are some of my thoughts and tips one year in!


 Make A Schedule

Once you think you have a solid routine down, it’ll change but having a tentative schedule everyday helps to prioritize my time.  Everyday we either go to Stroller Strides class, Gymboree or a local play group meet-up. I usually try to get home for the little one’s afternoon/lunchtime nap so I can get some things done around the house or squeeze in one of my reality shows 🙂 I do need to work on my blogging schedule as that has been all over the place!

Make Time for Yourself

Even if it is for 30 minutes, do it. Some things I like to do are sit down at Starbucks and slowly drink a vanilla latte, read a book, go on a run, take a barre class, or even just walk around Trader Joe’s by myself. And usually by the time I’m headed home, I miss the little one!

Find a Mommy Group

I’m still amazed at how many opportunites are out there for stay at home moms- local mom’s clubs, baby play groups, story time at the library, and organizations like FIt4Mom. First of all, it gets you out of the house AND you will meet other moms going through the same thing. I’ve made so many friends since joining these groups and that is helpful for keeping you sane!


Go on Date Nights

Having a few hours of adult conversation and not having to worry about the baby is so necessary. We try to shoot for once a month!

Any tips other SAHM’s want to share?

Happy Holidays Blog Friends!


Family Photos

We took some family pictures back in October when we were visiting my hometown of Seattle. I’m finally getting around to loading them on the computer and deciding which ones to print!

Today I wanted to share a few of my favorites! I should be doing something else, like Christmas shopping, but this is more fun! 🙂








Talk to you all soon! ~M

A Fitness Instructor’s Favorite Things

Hello there!

Well, we officially have 15 days until Christmas……..are you ready?? Don’t worry, I’m not either. All I have to say is thank goodness for Amazon Prime and that I don’t have a ton of people to shop for. 🙂

Today I wanted to take a peek into some must-haves for a fitness instructor- whether you teach classes everyday or just once a week….

Yoga Pants

This is a no-brainer, but has to be included. Since I teach Stroller Strides classes and am a SAHM, I LIVE in yoga pants. I need something that I can wear for most of the day- after class running errands etc. I’ve tried so many different brands out there, but I have to say my favorite brand of late Is Beyond Yoga. They are THE MOST comfortable pants I have ever worn, seriously. Try some on and you won’t be disappointed.





A Cute Pullover

To go along with the yoga pants, for me, I don’t have time to shower and change immediately after teaching class. So, I need something that is comfy but cute enough to wear out and about. I love that so many fitness brands sell things that can be wear outside of the gym and the studio.

Below are some fun finds from Zella:



From Alo Yoga:


From Lululemon:


From Beyond Yoga:


Cuteness Overload going on here!

 Comfy Shoes

My shoes are on their last legs, so I’m currently on the hunt for a new pair…soon! 🙂





My classes are usually in the AM, so I don’t have time to do my hair and I also figure…..what’s the point?  So, a headband can hide my lack of hair style. My favorite brand is Sweaty Bands because they are cute AND they actually stay on my head!



Dry Shampoo

Refer to previous statements as to why this is a necessity. 🙂



Power Bars

I’m always hungry and snacking, so I keep a granola bar in my bag at all times.







Water bottle

I carry one with me at all times, whether I’m teaching or not. My favorite brand of late is Contigo because the water actually stays cold….score!


And that’s all I have!

Is there anything you would add to the list??

Also, for those of you that follow me on Instagram– you may have seen my post that we are expecting a baby boy this Spring! I’ll dedicate an entire post with more details very soon! 🙂

Alright friends, have a great Thursday!!