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?

Post Turkey Burn Workout

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

I loved scrolling through social media and seeing everyone’s gorgeous family pics!I know I overate yesterday {which I don’t regret at all}, however, a good sweat sesh is what I need to give my body a little reset.

Given this weekend is busy with holiday shopping and spending time with family, I wrote up a quick workout you can all squeeze in between all those activities!

Perform each exercise for 1 minute and repeat the circuit 2-3x through.
{Enjoy the burpee push-ups!}

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Blog World!

I know I’m not on here very often this past year, but I’m still thankful for this space, the blogs I read, and those who have become blog friends!

I’m also thankful for this crazy little family of ours and look forward to enjoying some food, conversations and WINE later today. (This is the first holiday season in two years that I’m not pregnant) 🙂

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Cheers to the start of the Holiday Season everyone!

Xo, Marielle

Planning Meals with a Family

This post is sponsored by FitzeeFoods,  I received a week of meals in exchange for an honest review.

I know you Mommas out there understand when I say Meal Prepping for your family is SO tough {especially when your kids are young}.  Feeding a picky toddler is an event in itself and I could save the details on that for an entire blogpost. Throw in a newborn and a husband, I don’t have a lot of time to plan or prepare healthy meals.

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Going to the grocery store is a process with both of the kiddos, so I always try to go once my husband is home from work or on the weekend.  I typically plan my meals out a week in advance but there are times where I just don’t feel like it- I’m in a cooking funk or am simply lacking creativity!

Most of us by now, have heard about companies that mail fresh ingredients and instructions directly to your door. Those are great- the food is fresh and they always seem to give me some new ideas. However, there is still a lot of prep work involved, which again, is hard finding the time for these days!

Along comes Fitzee Foods…….

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From the website:

“We provide healthier versions of American Classics that makes the easy choice the healthy choice. Unlike grocery shopping, prepping, cooking and cleaning, FITzee saves your precious time, money and waistline. Many FITzee Foods products appeal to dietary needs and restrictions such as paleo, gluten free, and dairy free. Whether you want to lose, gain or maintain weight, the name of the game is portion control, but a healthy diet is not just about portion control, it’s also what’s in the food that counts. FITzee provides a variety of meals from paleo spaghetti to red chicken enchiladas to paleo BBQ pork. We know that life gets really busy so when you don’t have time to cook—Think FITzee! We like to think of ourselves as a healthy alternative to fast food.

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We received 12 small meals that I shared between me and the hubby…and some for Charlotte. At first, I was thinking that these won’t taste that great but I will give it a try.  In my experience most premade meals aren’t that great.

The first meal I ate was the Red Chicken Enchiladas and I have to say, I was super impressed! And the fact that the meals weren’t packed with a ton of gross ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce.

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 I wanted hubby to try some meals too without any prompting, just to see what he would say! He was pleasantly surprised as well and shocked when he read the nutrition information! His fav was the Paleo Carne Asada Bowl (this man loves his meat). Sadly, he ate that one all up before I could snap a picture or try it out myself!

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{pictured is the BBQ pork and sweet potatoes meal}.

What I also loved besides the taste & convenience factor, was not having to do dishes and the portions were just right for us.

I don’t think it is something I’d do ALL the time, however, it would be great to add this in on weeks when the husband is traveling, after getting back from a trip, or even when I’m just in a cooking funk!

Interested in trying some for yourself??

All of my readers using code: fitgirlprettyworld15 at checkout will receive a 15% discount (good until 11/30 so hurry up and order some meals)

Thank you again to FitZee Foods for feeding me and my husband for a week!

How do you plan meals for your family each week? Please share in the comment below!

Is it October already??

So I just realized that next week our little Donovan will be 5 months! 5 months, that’s basically half of a year. Whew the time really is flying by!

Now I feel like I might be jinxing it by putting this in writing, but our little man has been sleeping better at night! I still nurse him around 3 or 4am but besides that woke up he is doing much much better. I still try to get into bed around 9:30 so that I get a decent stretch of uninterrupted slept until feeding time. So we are getting there….there was a time that I did not think that was ever going to happen. Phew

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Well I can’t say there is anything new going on with us, haha the same crazy days but we are gradually getting into somewhat of a routine. Our outings are still limited to the morning times bc of Donovan’s naps, but between our moms club & stroller strides playgroups we always have something on the agenda!

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Besides the kiddos…what’s going on with me??

I’m finally trying to get back into a regular running routine, with the temps going down it is much more manageable. I got up to 4 miles last weekend, which was tough but felt great knowing I could do it.  I know it takes time to get back to your pre-baby body but it sure is frustrating when you don’t exactly feel like yourself.  I’ve been eyeing these running shoes for awhile…..some new workout gear always motivates me to get my butt moving!

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Also for the month of October, I’m trying to take part in the 31 Day Challenge from Tone it Up. I printed out the calendar and left it out in plain site so I’m reminded of it even on the days where I feel like doing nothing! So hoping I notice somewhat of a difference by the end of the month!!

I’m also so excited….I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Emily Ley’s book: Grace not Perfection. I’ve been following Emily on Instagram for a couple years and was excited to hear that she wrote a book. I think it’s going to be a good one, and I should get my copy tomorrow- woo! Now if only I had some time to read….hmm, I’ll work on it! 🙂

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Alright that’s all for now…thanks for stopping by!

Are there any books you are loving right now?? Please share below, I always love new recs!

Barre at Home in 10 Minutes

Hello there!

Today I’m coming at you with a quick at-home barre workout. Those of you with you kiddos know that some days all you have is 10 minutes. I love being able to get out of the house and making it into the studio for class, but I also like the option of doing something at home-even if it is for 10 minutes!

It’s almost impossible to get some alone time at home- so C & D are helping me out with the mini photo sesh! 🙂

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The lovely people from SimplyWorkout sent me the “You Had Me at Barre Shirt” as well as my sticky socks! {these are so lightweight I’ve been wearing them around the house lately). My pants are Beyond Yoga (my favorite) from last winter.

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How do you squeeze in a workout at home?

Please share in the comments below!