Partner Cardio HIIT Workout

Good morning!

The other day, Danny and I did a great partner cardio workout at the gym. I love doing these kind of workouts because they’re a great change of pace, challenging, fun, and really get you sweaty!

We pick a set number of exercises – usually about five different exercises. One person starts while the other person is resting. For example, we started with sprints on the track. Danny runs a lap as fast as he can while I wait. As soon as he finishes his lap, I run a lap as fast as I can. We do this 3-4 times before moving on to the next exercise.

So the faster you do your exercise, the less rest time the other person has. :)

We did the following exercises – switching off until the first person finished their exercise.

  • Sprints/laps on the track (3 laps each)
  • Burpees x10 (3 sets)
  • Alternating kettlebell swings x20 (10 each arm) (3 sets)
  • Box jumps x10 (3 sets)
  • Rowing machine ab exercise with plates x10 (3 sets)

It was such a great, hot, and sweaty workout! I started my box jumps on the small box and used the medium box for my last set.

Danny used the tallest box with a medicine ball.

Before I had hip surgery, I tried to jump on that tall box and I couldn’t quite ever make it. It’s a high jump!

For the rowing machine ab exercise (not sure what to call this?!), we put our feet on the seat of the rowing machine and held onto a Bosu.


Using your core, you slide the seat into towards you bringing your knees towards your chest and keeping your back flat and your hips down. It’s a great exercise!


Danny used a 25 pound plate on his back and I used a 10 pound plate.


Other options for this exercise would be to place your hands more in the center of the Bosu rather than on the sides, flipping the Bosu over so the dome side is up, skipping the Bosu altoghther and just keeping your hands on the floor, and using the plate on your back is optional. This is actually the first time we’ve used a plate – definitely makes it more challenging!

Have a great day! Let me know if you try any of these exercises!

  • Favorite exercise to get your heart rate up?
  • Do you ever use a Bosu while working out?

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Father’s Day Fishing Derby 2016

Good afternoon! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Yesterday, we celebrated Father’s Day with Danny and my dad at a local fishing derby. Later in the day, we went to my in-laws for a cookout.

On Saturday, I took Jaden to Michael’s to make a Father’s Day shirt for Danny.


All we had to do was a buy a t-shirt and the supplies were free to use. Jaden loved making the shirt.

Sunday morning, we met my dad at a local lake for the fishing derby. The park district holds this fishing derby every Father’s Day. We did it four years ago and then again this year.



They had breakfast set up with bagels, cream cheese, donuts, danish, fruit, juice, coffee, and water.


We had fun fishing and Jaden tried so hard to catch a fish but unfortunately we didn’t catch any.


They had trophies for the biggest fish in each age category. We didn’t get a trophy or catch any fish but Danny and my Dad both ended up winning the raffle at the end of the derby!


Danny won a fishing pole and my dad won a tackle kit.


It was a fun and hot morning!

After the fishing derby, we went to lunch with my dad and then later in the afternoon, we visited with Danny’s family for a cookout. My sister-in-law and I were twins! :)


Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?

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Hail Merry Bites Review

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Good morning, friends!

I have a great new product to share with you this morning – Hail Merry Bites! As a Moms Meet Blogger, I jumped at the chance to try out these little bite-sized healthy treats.


These are the perfect healthy treat and they’re made with Certified C.L.E.A.N ingredients and healthy fats, including organic virgin coconut oil and sweet almond flour.

I tried my first package with some strawberries as an afternoon snack. Each serving size is two bites.


So delicious!

They can be kept in the refrigerator but taste best at room temperature. Hail Merry Bites are dehydrated at low temperatures which protects the delicate raw fats in the coconut oil and almond flour. This helps maintain freshness and leaves the dough super moist and delicious. And who doesn’t love a soft cookie dough bite?!

These cookies are fresh unlike other self stable cookies. And actually, I enjoyed the bites at room temperature and cold straight out of the fridge.

Hail Merry Bites come in six delicious flavors – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Caramel Sea Salt, Salted Brownie, Pure Vanilla Macaroon, Lemon Macaroon, and Dark Chocolate Macaroon.


It’s probably no surprise that my favorite flavor was the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. I love that I can feel good about eating these bites because they’re certified gluten-free, certified kosher, dairy-free, grain-free, peanut-free, Paleo friendly, and non-GMO certified.


Jaden tried out the cookie dough flavor and loved them. And I felt good about him eating a healthy treat.


My niece loved them too!


Hail Merry Bites are usually around $3.99 for a 3.5 ounce package and can be found in your grocer’s refrigerated section.

Besides the delicious Merry Bites, Hail Merry also sells Miracle Tarts and Mini Miracle Tarts. Both are delicious almond flour shortbread cookie crusts filled with coconut oil-based ganache in a variety on flavors including Chocolate Almond Butter, Meyer Lemon, and Coconut Vanilla Creme.

Overall, I loved the Hail Merry bites. They are perfect as a snack or treat. They’re easy to take on the go. They taste amazing and I can feel good about eating them. :)

You can learn more about Hail Merry products on their TwitterInstagram, and Facebook pages.

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Weekend, Workouts, and Walks

Good afternoon! I hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday evening, Danny and I went to the gym and did a shoulder workout. Our workout included:

  • shoulder press machine
  • plate front raises
  • upright rows
  • bent arm lateral raises

We also did our own separate ab workouts. My ab exercises included:

  • Russian twists with medicine ball
  • plank shoulder touch
  • flutter kicks

I did the ab exercises as a circuit and repeated it three times.

Saturday night, we went to a cookout at my brother and sister-in-law’s and then went out to brunch on Sunday morning.


The weather was so nice on Sunday so we went to a nearby forest preserve.



We walked for awhile around the trail and then Baylee cooled off in the water.


Baylee loves the water – lakes, the hose, the bathtub. She loves it all!

May was a month full of birthdays, celebrations, and lots of eating and drinking. I’m really trying to get back on track with my eating and macros so Danny grilled some chicken and asparagus for the week last night.


It’s easier to eat a healthy meal when it’s already prepped. :)

For breakfast this morning, I had egg whites with onions, asparagus, and Laughing Cow cheese. I also had  a pluot (so good!) and Applegate bacon.



We still have a few celebrations this month including my brother’s birthday, Danny’s birthday, my mom’s birthday, and Father’s Day. May and June are crazy months in my family!

Danny and I are going to the gym tonight for a back and biceps workout. Have a great day!!

  • How was your weekend?
  • Favorite breakfast?


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Elgin Fox Trot 5k 2016

Good morning! I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Last Saturday, I ran the Elgin Fox Trot 5k. This was my sixth time running this race and I did the two mile walk with my dad the year I had arthroscopic hip surgery.


My family did the Two Mile Walk for a Cause.



This was my first 5k since last year’s Hot Chocolate 5k and I haven’t been running lately so I went into this race knowing it wouldn’t be my best. The course is very hilly which always is hard for me so I wore KT tape on my knee which has been bothering me lately and my Zensah calf sleeves.


The weather was overcast and warm. I was happy not to have the sun beating down on me and even though it wasn’t too hot, I warmed up quickly. There was a sprinkler on the course at one of the water stations so I took advantage of it and ran under it to cool myself off.

The hills killed my calves but overall it was a good race. I finished in 33:47 which I expected since I haven’t been running at all lately except for sprints during HIIT workouts. Of course I hoped to do better but every race can’t be the best. Still, I had fun and was happy to participate in a race that my family has been doing for years.

The FoxTrot has a post-race party with a live band, food, and water. Each 5k runner gets a free beer ticket and this year all runners got a free hot dog. We stayed and hung out for a while after the race. There was even more running going on. :)


Can’t wait to do it again next year! Have a great rest of your weekend!

  • What did you do this weekend?


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Birthday Fun

Good afternoon! How are you all doing?

Last Friday was my birthday so we spent the weekend celebrating. Last weekend, we went over to my dad and stepmom’s house for dinner and cake.


On my actual birthday, my dad took me out to lunch.


I had the macadamia crusted halibut with lemon cream sauce which was amazing and they brought me out tiramisu for a birthday dessert!


On Saturday night, my mom watched the kids when Danny and I went out to dinner with my brother and sister-in-law.


We went to the Grand Crab Buffet at Shaw’s Seafood Restaurant (also known as the most expensive dinner in the world). At least the all-you-can-eat crab legs were worth it. :) Crab legs are one of my favorite foods but reserved for special occasions.


After dinner, we went to a local bar and had a few drinks. We picked the kids up on Sunday and my mom had a birthday cake for me.


Thank you to all of my family for making my birthday so wonderful –  I truly am blessed with the best husband, kids, and family.

My step-brother turned 21 yesterday so of course we had to add a few decorations to his house as a birthday surprise.



His girlfriend’s 21st birthday was the day before mine so we will be going out this weekend to celebrate! We have a lot of May birthdays in my family. My son, Jacob, is in May as well as both my in-laws.

Besides all the birthday fun, I’ve been working at the gym and working out at the gym. Basically, I’m at the gym a lot – which is what I love!

Have a wonderful afternoon!

  • When is your birthday? Favorite age so far?

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Life Lately

Good afternoon! How have you all been?! I have been busy with life and work and kids and all that good stuff. :)

Last week  Jacob turned 15!


Celebrating with a cinnamon roll for breakfast.

It still boggles my mind that he’s 15 years old and will be gtting his learner’s permit later this year. It seems like only yesterday he was born 15 weeks early, weighing in at only 1 pound and 14 ounces. Now he’s almost done with his first year of high school. It’s amazing how fast the time goes.


We also celebrated Mother’s Day on Saturday with my mom, brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Sunday was the first Mother’s Day that I was able to sleep late for the first time in about five years (and by late, I mean about 7:30 am). I usually run the Run Like a Mother 5k with my family but unfortunately the race wasn’t held this year. Hopefully it’ll be back this year!

Jaden picked me some beautiful flowers for Mother’s Day.


On Mother’s Day morning, I had Dunkin Donuts coffee and a delicious jelly dount for breakfast and then Danny and I went to the gym.


We worked legs and Danny pressed 650 pounds on the leg press machine. Impressive.


After the gym, we had lunch, and then took the kids and Baylee to a local outdoor trail to walk and enjoy the weather.


The trail recently added some exercise machines along the way. Jaden and I stopped to do some box jumps.


I love that they have a little drinking fountain for dogs but Baylee was a little scared of it and we had to pour water in Danny’s hands for her to drink instead. Princess.


In the evening, we went out to dinner and I had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I’ve been trying to walk and run with Baylee more but the weather around here is always so unpredicatble.


One day it’ll be warm and sunny and the next day it’ll be cold and rainy.

This morning, I went to the gym and did a quick chest and triceps workout followed by a HIIT workout.

Post workout:


The exercises I did included:

  • stability ball chest press
  • stability ball chest flies
  • medicine ball push-ups
  • tricep dips
  • overhead tricep extensions

The HIIT workout included:

  • running laps
  • box jumps
  • kettlebell swings
  • burpees

After the gym, I stopped at Target and found three new products.


The Fage Crossover yogurts are delicious! This is the only one that I’ve tried but it is amazing. I was also excited to see that Applegate now carries pre-cooked chicken. It just makes life so much easier. And pickles because who doesn’t love pickles?!

And that it pretty much what I have been up to lately! Have a great night!

  • What have you been up to lately?
  • How was your Mother’s Day?
  • Pickles: yes or no?


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PrAna Clothing and a GIVEAWAY! #mmwearsprana

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Good afternoon! How are you all doing today!

As a Moms Meet Blogger, I was recently sent an outfit from the company PrAna to review.


PrAna is the ancient Sanskrit word meaning breath, life, and vitality of the spirit. PrAna started out making clothes that were meant for climbing and yoga and soon branched out into clothes that can be worn during any activity, adventure, or daily living.

PrAna uses and supports sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp and recycled poly along with Fair Trade, and Renewable Energy initiatives. They promote conservation and believe in creating positive change. But most importantly, they make quality, cute, and versatile clothing. What’s not to love about this company?!

I received the Kamilia top in the color Coal.


It is a blend of soft hemp and organic cotton that is enhanced with stretch. It’s great for all forms of fitness including yoga and climbing.

I love how this shirt can go from gym to day time. It’s one of those shirts that you can wear to workout out in and still wear to run errands without looking like you just came from the gym. It can be worn out during the day as a normal shirt which I love.

I first wore it to workout at the gym because we all know that’s where I spend most of my time!


I love that it’s comfortable, fits to my body without being overly tight, and the interior shelf bra.

My favorite part of this shirt is the back.


And for the record, it’s hard to take a picture of your back when no one else is home. :)


It does have a shelf bra but I love that it can also be worn with a cute sports bra.


I also received the Kara jeans in the color Indigo.

At first, I was extremely hesitant about the jeans. I never order jeans online and I have a super hard time finding jeans that fit at the store. My hips are wider and my waist is smaller in comparison so I never can find jeans that fit in the waist and hip.

These jeans were amazing. They fit perfectly and I’ve never been happier with a pair of jeans.


Way to go PrAna for fitting my hips and waist! I also love that they’re long enough on me. I am 5’8″ and most jeans are too short.

These jeans have a slim fit and a foldable cuff and I love that the jeans are long enough whether I fold the cuff or not. The soft stretch denim is 75% organic cotton. They are low-rise, fit, and tapered.

Both the Kamilia shirt and Kara jeans come in a variety of fun colors.

I love my PrAna outfit and I love the quality of the material. You can tell that they’re pieces that will last in the wash and over time.

You can learn more about PrAna on their FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest pages.

The best part?! You can win your own Kamilia shirt and Kara jeans from PrAna!! Just enter below! You can also use the coupon code: MMS16REPB at to save 15% on your purchase! Valid through May 30th, 2016. PrAna sizing chart.
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Running, Walking, and The Weekend

Good afternoon!

On Friday the weather was beautiful so after I got off of work, I took our puppy, Baylee, out for a run/walk. I haven’t ran outside in forever and Baylee has never ran outside so I was surprised at how well we both did.


My calves always get extremely tight when I first start running outside and this time was no exception. My calves are still sore and tight today. Baylee did good running and made it about two miles or so before she needed to walk for a bit. It was more of a run/walk but it went good!

Sunday the weather was gorgeous and 80 degrees so we took Baylee to a nearby forest preserve for a walk and a family picnic.


Baylee loved the water. As soon as she saw it, she immediately got in. She’s going to be a water doggy!


We walked for a little bit letting Baylee and the kids explore.


We packed a lunch to eat and the kids picked out boxed water to bring.


At first, I thought the saying on the boxed water meant that the water tasted better but it actually means that it’s better for the environment than plastic bottles.

This morning, I went to the gym. I took a new Bootcamp class that my gym just started offering and it kicked my butt. Before class I did a few chest and tricep exercises including:

  • dumbbell chest presses
  • tricep dips
  • push-ups
  • overhead tricep extension
  • cable chest flies

It was a great workout today!


Post workout, I had a Premier Protein bar and a Starbucks cold brew coffee.


Have a great afternoon! Go Chicago Blackhawks!!

  • How was your weekend?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Favorite fitness class?


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Our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary – Lake Geneva

Hello! And happy Friday night! :)

Last weekend, Danny and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We spent the weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. When we got back, Jaden and I ended up with chest colds and I pretty much spent two and a half days in bed. Today was the first day I finally started to feel better.

PicMonkey Collage- 10 year anniversary

Last Friday was our anniversary and we spent the morning at the gym (no surprise there).


After the gym, we packed and headed to Lake Geneva for the weekend.


Lake Geneva is only about an hour and a half away from us to we arrived mid Friday afternoon.

We stayed at the Seven Oaks which I highly recommend. Our stay at the bed and breakfast was wonderful.


Seven Oaks has nine suites in seven one-floor cottages. I loved the fact that each little cottage was separate from the others so it was like you were in your own little house.

There was two rocking chairs on the front porch. We didn’t end up using them but I thought it was a nice touch. There is also a common outside area with a grill, firepit, and outdoor seating.


Our cottage had two rooms including a living room with an automatic fireplace, king sized bed, tv, spa bathtub, separate shower, heated bathroom floor and heated towel rack. I was kind of in love with the heated bathroom floor.



When we arrived and checked in there was a cheese and fruit plate along with a bottle of wine waiting for us.


We went out to a nice dinner at The Hunt Club on Friday evening to celebrate 10 wonderful years.


I had incredible lobster bisque soup and a lobster tail with asparagus and mashed potatoes for dinner.



The food was wonderful but unfortunately something didn’t agree with me and I ended up being sick all Friday night.

Saturday morning, I started to feel a little better and breakfast was delivered to our cottage. The owners of the resort give you the option of what time you would like breakfast delivered between 8 am and 10:30 am. We got our breakfast at 9 am and it was delivered to our door at 9 am on the dot.


It was such a cute and delicious little breakfast. Wrapped in paper towels in the basket was one of the best blueberry muffins I have ever had.

Saturday morning we headed to a local canopy tour place. We didn’t do the canopy tour or zip line (I’m the not the fondest of heights) but we did head out on the hiking trails.



We hiked for about two hours and then headed back into town to grab some lunch/brunch at a local brunch restaurant called Simple.


This was probably my favorite meal of the trip. I had an egg white omelet, potatoes, and multi-grain toast with homemade strawberry jam.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the Lake Geneva stores and walking on the lakefront. We had dinner and a few drinks out before heading back to Seven Oaks.



Sunday, breakfast was delivered to our room again but sadly it didn’t include a blueberry muffin. It did include an apple croissant which was almost as good. Almost but not quite. :)

After packing our things up, we walked along the the footpath around the lake where you can see all the huge mansions. One house put out a case with a notebook inside so people could write down memories and dates and such.



I tried to get a shell out of the water for my son and half fell in completely soaking one shoe and sock. The things we do for our kids. I did get the shell by the way.


After walking for a bit, we headed back to Illinois to pick up the kids and puppy. A big thank you to my mom for watching the kids and my in-laws for watching our puppy!

It was a great weekend getaway and I was lucky to get to spend it with the love of my life.

Have a great Friday night!

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