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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!


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


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!


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}


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!



My Highlights of 2014

Do you guys remember Back to the Future when Marty McFly flies away to the future? Yea, the year was 2015. Seriously?!! And now it’s 2 days away! This makes me feel old.



One of the reasons I love blogging is that I can easily look back on my year in pictures, stories and posts. Here are some of my favorite moments of 2014:

Vegas Trip

We lived in Los Angeles for almost 3 years and went to Vegas 5 times. Geesh…. guess we were taking advantage of the proximity. Haha!


Attending my first Blog Conference

Lucky for me the conference was held about 45 minutes from my home in LA, so I had no excuse not to go. It was so great to meet my “blogging friends” in person and to learn so much.


I do wish there was more time for networking as a couple of my favorite bloggers were in attendance but I didn’t get a chance to talk to them. Shout out to Courtney, Gina, and Julie. Boo~ well maybe next time.

Running a Half Marathon

Before moving to California I ran a half sometimes twice a year. Needless to say I got a little burnt out on the whole race thing, but I’m happy hubby and I bit the bullet, signed up and finished one before we moved.


Napa Trip

A week away from the daily routine and the city was much needed. Even though I couldn’t fully enjoy all the wine (hubby has promised to save some bottles for me), I’d say it was a perfect trip. Paisley was with us too, she’s such a world traveler. 🙂


The Twinsies!

Of course the big life changer: our boy/girl twins arriving this Spring. We are so excited, nervous & anxious..which I figure is the norm with first time parents, esp. of twins!

Yep, Paisley is a proud big sister.



Feel like you need to do a quick re-set on Jan 1? Try out my at home New Years Day Workout !

And check out this article if you need some tips to stick with your New Years Resolutions.

Thanks again for reading and stopping by the blog! I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds for this blog and my freelance writing goals! Cheers!


Happy 2013

I’m back!!

I guess it hasn’t been THAT long but it seems like it because we’ve done so much the past week. And I missed my blogging time! We went back to Seattle after Christmas until last night. This was the first time since we moved that we both came back to Seattle together. It was a super busy trip spending time with our family and friends driving all over, but I’m happy we were able to visit. It’s strange to live in a place for so long, be away for awhile, then come back and everything is kind of the same.

Like my Friends! So fun catching up with all these pretty faces…..



football girls

I love Seattle and miss certain parts of it…mostly my good friends and family, but at the same time I’m happy to explore a new city and start a new life here. Who knows if we’ll stay here in California, go back to Seattle, or move somewhere else in the next few years…but for now I’m trying to enjoy our time here and appreciate all this amazing city has to offer.



I usually don’t seriously think about my New Years Resolutions or Goals…..but writing this blog motivated me to sit down and think about it. So here it goes- I decided to make an intention for myself personally, fitness-wise, and professionally.

Live in the Moment

Being the huge planner that I am, I have such a hard time with this. It’s so silly to rush from experience to experience and not allowing yourself to pause and appreciate where you are RIGHT NOW. Like I said before I don’t know where we will be living 2 years down the road, so my job right now is to experience and enjoy.

Try New Exercise Classes or Activities 

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know how much I love to run and go to my Bar Method classes. I’m not abandoning them by any means, but I want to branch out and try something new. I’m lucky to live in a city where there are boutique fitness studios/trends/and new classes popping up constantly….so I don’t really have an excuse to miss out. As luck would have it, Groupon had a deal for 3 Pop Physique classes in my area. Score. And only $30!

The website describes Pop Physique as a “ballet inspired exercise system into an efficient one hour class set to excellent music that belnds elements of ballet, Pilates, and light weight work into a methodical series of strengthening, isometrics, core shaping, and luxuriating stretches.”

Now I know it doesn’t sound THAT different from Bar Method, (and I’m sure it’s pretty similar) but hey I have to start somewhere, right?! Baby Steps! 🙂 I’m hoping this spring to try Paddle Boarding….I’e heard it’s a great core workout.

Offer Online Personal Training.

I really miss Personal Training, and haven’t been able to add it into my schedule right now- so I think this would be a great way for me to stay involved in the personal training community. And it may grow into something else in the future…who knows?! I need to get all the logistics and details worked out….but expect to see it sometime in 2013…hopefully sooner than later!

Okay, now that these are all written out I feel like I need to follow through…..so thank you blog and blog readers for keeping me on track and allowing me focus on myself.

Cheers to 2013…I hope everyone has a great first day of the new year!