Category Archives: Life Lately

What I’m Loving Lately

Hey everyone! How was the weekend? Naturally ours flew by and sometimes I can’t really remember what we did exactly…..a 2 year old and a 1 year old keep things busy busy!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these posts, so I thought I would change that!!

{note: no affiliate links, I just really like this stuff & wanted to share!}

Reality Life with Kate Casey 

You guys know I am kind of a Podcast junkie and watch a decent amount of Reality TV so this is the perfect fit.  I actually don’t remember how I found this podcast in the first place but I’m so happy I did. She is HILARIOUS and discuses current shows and interviews past reality stars…think Melissa Rycroft from the Bachelor. Go download it now!

Chocolate Protein Powder

Yep more Tone it Up talk. I’ve been mixing this in my smoothies the past couple of weeks, so yummy! And they sell it at Target. Another reason to go to Target ladies!

Lululemon Shorts

The hubby spoiled me with a giftcard on Mother’s Day so I splurged on some new shorts. My stay at home mom & fitness instructor uniform is yoga pants but these will be perfect for summertime! They are so comfy and fit really well!

 

Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer

I’m trying to be more mindful of my dairy and sugar intake  & this is surprisingly yummy! Found it at Target……..of course!!

Splash Pads

Speaking of summertime….it’s already heating up here in Dallas! We took Charlotte & Donovan to our local splash pad over the weekend and they had a blast. I’m so glad there is one nearby as I have a feeling we will be here often!!

That’s all from me today, thanks for stopping by!

 

What is one thing you are loving lately?

Please share in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Things About Texas

So it’s been about 2 1/2 years that we’ve been official Texas residents! Time really does fly, especially when you have young kids. Today, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of my favorite things about living in the Lone Star State.

Now of course there are pros and cons to everywhere you live & I will always miss parts of Seattle (where I’m from origionally) and Los Angeles ( I mean how can you not?!) But we are very happy here and thankful to raise our kids in our community!

Alright, here we go!

Friendliness

Yes it is true. People are  friendlier in the South. It’s unlikely to walk past someone on the street without saying hello or having someone open doors for you. Simple little acts like this always put a smile on my face & put me in a good mood!

The Weather

Now I will preface this by saying the summertime is brutal. Like June-August is rough. However the other 9 months of the year are pretty great. Nothing will compare to LA, but wearing my sunglasses almost daily is a win in my book! I appreciate the fact that we can do an activity outside everyday: a walk, going to the park, splash pad or playing with chalk at our house!

Food For Days

Seattle & Los Angeles are pretty big “foodie” cities and Dallas also has it’s fair share! We have a running list of date-night places to try. And since Dallas is SO big, there are a lot of different neighborhoods to check out! Some of our favorites so far:

Victor Tangos

Sissy’s Southern Kitchen

Gloria’s {the BEST queso)

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Now that Dallas is feeling more like home, I was so excited when Modern Map Art contacted me about their city maps! I just love the look of the poster and think it will be a perfect addition in our living room!

C was thought the poster was pretty cool too!

The site has 500 cities listed (amazing) so you are bound to find yours! The sizes range from 8×10 all the up to 24×36 landscape, that’s what we have! A little background info on how the maps are made:

“We use OpenStreetMaps to create the map grid, and then use some styling to color in the streets, land, and water.  Once we pick a city, we try to put the downtown in the center, but are flexible depending on how the map grid/shoreline looks.  Then, we use the map and put it on a poster in photoshop, where we add the city name.  It’s a lot of fun staring at cities from all over the world!”

These are such unique gifts & are perfect for home or even an office. I especially like the black and white classic look as they can really go anywhere!

You can find Modern Map Art on Facebook & Instagram

What do you love about your city? Please share in the comments below!

Have a great rest of your weekend everyone & thanks for stopping by! ~M

A New Chapter…..

Hey Hey everyone!

Today I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to behind the scenses the past few months! I wanted to wait until it was official and I had a job (haha not to jinx anything.) I’ll be officially starting mid- May as a Pop Pilates instructor. Hooray!

I snuck down to Austin in February for training and worked my butt off to get my evaluation video in a few weeks later. And ever sense I’ve been learning choreo and reaching out to gyms and studios!

(My day of training evaluation card)

So let’s back up a bit on how I landed here….

I have followed Cassey Ho for years on her Blogilates site. Her youtube videos are great and something I could always quickly do if I wanted a home workout.  I heard about the Pop Pilates certification a couple years back and thought “that’s fun, but I don’t have time to do all of that.” This Fall, I was wanting to add a little something more to my schedule, but at the same time find something flexible that worked well with our family.  I was randomly scrolling through Instagram one night and saw a post about Pop. I delved in a little further reading about the certification process, AND as luck would have it, there was a training in Austin a few months away. Talked with my hubby about it, signed up and the rest is history! 🙂

Why do I love Pop?

  • It’s an equipment-free workout. All you need is a yoga mat!
  • We have different sections for each body part = lots of changes during class so nothing is boring!
  • The moves are unique & many are ones I’ve never seen before
  • You get the combination of toning exercises as well as cardio. All in one workout!

{Train Like A Beast, Look Like A Beauty}

I have a couple more weeks before I start my first class, eek! I’ll be sure to share updates!

For you Fitness Instructors out there: any tips when teaching a new format?

~M

 

Postpartum Body Thoughts

So did I really miss blogging the entire month of March?? Yep I did. Besides the kiddos keeping me very occupied, I have been busy finishing up my Pop Pilates certification and finding an instructing job- eek! I will share all the deets soon in a separate post, now that it’s official, and I will have my very own class starting in May!

Wiritng a post about my postpartum body has been on my mind for awhile. Being a fitness instructor and enthusiast, I feel like I should share my voice on this topic. In all honesty, it wasn’t until Donovan turned 10 months that I began to feel more like myself. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy (that boy liked to eat and still does). The first 20 came off easily but the last 10 hung around for awhile. There were times I was frustrated as I’ve always been “in shape.”  Breastfeeding, not sleeping much, and taking care of 2 kids took a lot of time away from normal exercise routine.

It’s ridiculous how much pressure we put on ourselves to “get your body back” asap. I was basically pregnant for 2 years straight and SO anxious to get back to my pre-pregnancy self. Looking back, I tried to do too much too soon and didn’t just relax and just give myself time. I know it’s so much easier to say that versus actually live it! Instead of just taking a nap, sometimes I’d push myself to workout. Now I’m at a place that I want to work out because it feels good, not because I feel like I have to.

Right now I am working out about 4-5 times a week. I try to run 2x a week and do one HIIT routine (Tone it Up and Sarah Fit) and one Pop Pilates routine. The variety has been the best for my body. My diet has been a factor in losing the baby weigh as well, I try to eat pretty healthy during the week and then allow myself 2 cheat meals on the weekends. (I mean, I love queso and margaritas and won’t be giving those up anytime soon!) I’m no longer breastfeeding and feel like that was when the shift started to happen. Some people lose weight when they are breastfeeding but that wasn’t me. I was ALWAYS hungry and ate like I was training for a marathon at times. Again, Donovan likes to eat!

“What? Who Me?

(This was taken at Miss Charlott’es 2nd birthday early March).

To all you Mamas out there, you are doing a great job no matter where you are on your post baby bod y journey!  Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back again soon!

XO, M

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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Source

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

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

Oh Hi There

Oh the poor blog, I do think about you often but just can’t seem to get to you that much anymore!!

As it turns out, having 2 kids is hard and doesn’t leave much time for myself, but we are working on that! Both kiddos are napping now (woop) and instead of doing housework, I’m doing something for me. 🙂

Right now we are just at a tough stage….Charlotte is 18 months, loves to explore the world, touch everything, throw everything, and not follow direction that well yet.  And Donovan is so much more alert now that he refuses to sleep in his stroller. Arg! Sure makes going places tough, but once he is on a good 2 or 3 nap schedule, life will be a little easier, I hope!

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I mean so cute right? I love that hat!

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We finally took C to the Slash Pad in town. She was a little hesitant at first but got over that quickly, haha! It’s so much fun to watch her explore new things. Although chasing her is tough, but that is only going to help me get back in shape right?

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Our little family photo from the weekend….

Paisley figured out that Charlotte drops food on the regular, so she is right there when C is snacking. Haha. {And yes D only has one sock on}

Oh and that fancy car?? Daddy made an “impulse buy” for the little princess….a remote control car. It is so fun. We don’t have much space in the house so we take her out on the sidewalk, she thinks she is cool. haha!

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This just made me laugh. So true. Amazon prime- I love you and hate you at the same time.

Blogger Friends, what is new in your worlds?? Please share in the comments below!