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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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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 Weekend

Good morning, friends! How was your weekend?

Ours was pretty low-key. Danny and my dad did some fixing up around our house and I worked for a bit on Saturday. We have a new program at my gym called Fit for Life and I train a team of ten people against two other teams. It lasts 12 weeks and it started today. I have the early morning team at 5:45 am so that’s going to take some getting used too!

Danny and I worked out together on Sunday. We did glutes, hamstrings, and core (Danny likes to throw in a few bicep curls). :)


We finished up with a some cardio. Cardio isn’t always the funnest so we tried to make it a little funner by doing a cardio partner workout. One of us did an exercise while the other one rested. The point was to do your exercise fast so the other person rested for a short time.

Here are the exercises we did:

  • laps on the track (I rested very little for these since Danny is so fast!)
  • in and out jump squats x20
  • medicine ball slams x20
  • sit-ups x20
  • plank – as long as possible

We did each set of exercises four times each. It was a great workout especially after working legs.

I’ve still been following my workouts and macros from my coach at Best Fit Body. I have a little less than two weeks to go. I was doing really good for about three weeks with sticking to my diet perfectly and then I had a few off days. I was upset about it but honestly not every single day can be perfect.

I love to workout and have no problems there but I also love food. :) No one is perfect. You just have to get back on track right away which I’m doing.

I’m trying to add more green veggies to my day and I came up with a new breakfast that I have been loving – scrambled egg whites with asparagus, spinach, onion, and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge.


The Laughing Cow cheese makes it so much better! I think cheese and chocolate can make any food better!!

Yesterday, the weather was beautiful in Chicagoland – almost 70 degrees. We had fun playing tag with Baylee outside. That dog is crazy! I love her crazy face in this picture.


Of course, today is back to being cold and in the 30s. Not fun.

I hope you all have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite cardio exercise?

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A Little Bit of Everything

Hello! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend! We’ve been busy, busy, busy. The kids are on Spring Break and we spent most of last Thursday night in the ER because my older son who has a peanut allergy accidently ate two peanut butter cookies.

He normally only has a slight allergy to peanuts but this reaction was the worst he’s ever had. He immediately needed benadryl, oxygen, an IV, an epi shot, steroids, and two nebulizer treatments. Luckily, everything went okay and he was fine a couple of hours later. It was definitely scary.

On Saturday night, we went out with my family to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday!



It was a great dinner and fun time with family.

On Sunday morning, we had family over for Easter brunch.


In the afternoon, we went to my dad and stepmom’s for dinner.


Danny and Jaden were twins.

Over the weekend, we stopped at the Vitamin Shoppe and I picked up a couple of new products to try. First, is the FlapJacked Mighty Muffin


I have heard good things about the FlapJacked products but have never been able to find them. The Vitamin Shoppe had a few varieties of the high protein muffin mix so I bought the peanut butter flavor to try out.

I also picked up a single-serve package of Pro Pudding to try after my workout. I usually drink a protein shake after my workouts but the Pro Pudding was a nice change.



We also stopped at Target and they had the new Yasso bar flavors! I usually eat a Yasso bar as an evening treat and the new cookies and cream flavor was delicious. I can’t wait to try the cinnamon bun flavor next.


And finally, my father-in-law sent me a picture of the newspaper on Sunday night.


It turns out that my dad and I were in the Daily Herald’s Neighbor section for the Color Run that we ran last year. I had no idea about this so I was glad my father-in-law spotted it.

Have a great day!

  • How is your week going?
  • Have you ever been in the newspaper?




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Workouts and Easter Eggs

Good afternoon, friends! How was your weekend?

Our weekend started out like normal at the gym.


Danny and I worked hamstrings, glutes, and core on Saturday and did a 30 minute HIIT workout on Sunday. And lots of foam rolling. Foam rolling is always a good thing.

And yes, I did get hair extensions. I will be doing a whole post on them soon. :)

On Saturday evening my family came over to dye Easter eggs.



Easter being in March is throwing me off this year. I feel rushed to get stuff done. The nice thing about Easter being this weekend is that the kids start Spring Break on Monday so they don’t have to worry about getting up early Monday morning. It’s always hard to get back into a routine the day after a holiday because the kids are usually up later than normal and stuffed with jelly beans.

As usual, my Dad set up his own egg dying station. He’s very hard at work on those eggs.


He started a couple of eggs.


A few Easter eggs from previous years:






Clearly my family likes to get creative with Easter eggs. I just like to put my egg in the cup of dye and then take it out. :)

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Do you dye Easter eggs?


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The Best Waffle

Good afternoon!

I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had time to post. Well, I’m back today!

On Saturday, my gym held its annual Nutrition Fair so I worked at that for part of the day. There was a bunch of different vendors and nutrition information.

One of the vendors was giving away samples of Gold Standard protein powder in the salted caramel flavor.


I don’t normally reach for anything salted caramel flavor but I tried it after my workout on Sunday and it was delicious! I would definitely buy the full sized version of this flavor.

Sunday, Danny and I went to the gym for a quad, glute, and bicep workout.


I have very tight calves and have a hard time not leaning forward when doing squats, so I always make sure to raise my heels by putting plates underneath then while doing squats. This helps with my form. Danny, of course, does great squats.

We also did some curtsey lunges, bicep curls, jumping lunges, reverse curls, and a couple other exercises.

I’ve had a couple great lunches these past few days that I wanted to share. Let’s start with the most delicious one first – Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes waffle!


This waffle is so delicious. I always find a way to fit it into my macros. It’s a little higher in carbs than my normal lunches but I just adjust my carbs throughout the day so I can enjoy my protein waffle.

I like the Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes because it has a lot more protein than other brands. I use a serving and a half of the mix, one egg white (for a little more protein!), one tablespoon of mini chocolate chips, and water. I mix it all up and cook it in my waffle maker for about 7 minutes.

I top it with peanut butter which melts so perfectly and it’s almost like eating dessert. So darn delicious.

Also yummy, but not as delicious as a waffle, a big salad.


I love salad and eat them at least once a day. Most of the time, I use butter lettuce because it’s my favorite and you can eat a lot of it for minimal calories. I top it with chicken, mini crouton mix, egg whites, carrots, and Bolthouse Farms honey mustard dressing.

I love the Bolthouse Farms dressings. They have awesome flavors that taste great. The honey mustard and salsa ranch are my two favorites.

Well, that’s all I’ve been up too lately! Have a great day!

  • Waffles or Pancakes?
  • Peanut Butter or Syrup?
  • Honey Mustard or Salsa Ranch?

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The Best Pillow Ever

Hello! Happy February 29th! :)

How was your weekend? Our Friday night started with the much anticipated Fuller House on Netflix. Yay!


I grew up watching Full House so I was so excited to watch this new series! We watched five episodes on Friday night – we sure do know how to party!

On Saturday morning, Danny and I went to the gym and worked on back and shoulders.


We also did 30 minutes of high intensity interval training.

For lunch, I made a flatbread pizza with red pepper, green peppers, red onion, pineapple, mozzarella cheese, and feta cheese.


My all time favorite pizza toppings are onion and pineapple. I’m  not sure if that’s a weird combo or not but I love it.

On Saturday night, we celebrated my dad and stepmom’s birthdays. Their birthdays are only a day apart. We had dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings and then went back to their house for cake and ice cream.


On Sunday, we were back at the gym to work glutes, quads, and biceps. Afterwards, we went to Costco where I found the best thing ever:


Jelly Belly pillows!! And they actually smell like Jelly Bellies. I bought the orange flavored pillows.

We just hung out and relaxed the rest of Sunday. I watched Nurse Jackie on Netflix. I am about halfway through season two. Netflix is addicting! Especially because I can watch it on my phone which means I can watch it anywhere!

Have a great rest of your day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite pizza toppings?
  • Do you shop at Costco?



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Best Fit Body

Hello, friends! How are you all doing?!

I feel like I haven’t been around in awhile so today’s post is just going to be some catching up. :)

As of today, I am working with Best Fit Body again for the next 8 weeks. I have been struggling with my nutrition lately, and this is just a way to help get me back on track and keep me accountable. The coaches at Best Fit Body provide workouts, customized macros (fats/carbs/proteins), and tons of support as well as weekly check-ins.


I am able to stick to the workouts with no problem and I’m going to try really hard these next 8 weeks to stick to the macros as well. The timing works out perfect because Danny and I’s ten year anniversary is in just about 8 weeks so this gives me a great time frame for my goal of losing body fat and building strength.

The other day I stopped at Target and found a few goodies.


I haven’t had the soy ginger salmon in awhile so I picked up a package for dinner. I also found two new items that I was excited to try out – Luna Berry Greek Yogurt protein bars and Sour Patch Kids blue raspberry gum. Both are delicious. :)

In puppy news, Baylee is either really good…


…or really naughty.


Recently, she learned how to jump up on the table. Sigh. I love her but sometimes she drives me crazy! The joys of having a puppy!

And that’s all for today – have a great Thursday!

  • If you have a dog, what’s the craziest things they’ve ever done?
  • Did you workout today?
  • Any recent fun Target finds?!


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Back, Biceps, and Salata!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Salata as a Salata Select Blogger to bring you exciting news and information about the new salad offerings from Salata all year long. I received a gift card to purchase my salad but all opinions are my own.

Hey guys!

On Saturday, Danny and I did a great back and biceps workout at the gym. I’ve have been working hard on trying to do a pull-up (why are those things so hard?!) so we did a lot of assisted pull-ups and inverted rows on the Smith machine.


For out workout, we alternated a back exercise and a bicep exercise, doing 3 sets of 12 reps.

Here’s the exercises we did:

  • assisted pull-ups
  • preacher curls
  • wide grip lat pulldowns
  • standing dumbbell curls twists
  • inverted rows on smith machine
  • single arm cable bicep curls
  • good mornings


After our workout, we headed to Salata for lunch. I love that we have a Salata only about 20 minutes away from us now!


Eating healthy was one of my New Year’s goals and Salata makes that easy – to start the new year, Salata has committed more that $1 million to further its “Fresh First” clean ingredient policy in 2016.

Some changes Salata has made includes:

  • switching to using only antibiotic-free chicken, available in herb-marinated, Asian barbecue, pesto and spicy chipotle
  • the house-made dressings that contain mayonnaise – buttermilk ranch, chipotle ranch and honey mustard – are now made with mayonnaise using cage-free eggs and sustainable soybean oil
  • cookies are now made using only real butter, premium ingredients and no artificial additives

Additional changes Salata is working on as part of its Fresh First initiative include:

  • protein marinades will be reformulated to reduce sodium levels
  •  switching to organic tea for all iced tea selections
  • though few of its restaurants offer fountain drinks, Salata will soon only offer sodas without high fructose corn syrup

 Yay Salata!!

To celebrate, Salata is encouraging fans to take a five day clean eating lunch challenge and substitute their regular lunch with a healthy Salata combination. I also love how easy it is to keep track of your Salata salad on My Fitness Pal.


Most of their ingredients are on the My Fitness Pal app or you can get nutritional information off their website. It’s nice to be able to go out to eat but still stick to eating healthy, clean foods.

My salad included a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. Fresh fruits and veggies are great because they contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are your body’s first defense against disease causing free radicals. People with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables have fewer diseases. Good thing for me that I love fruits and vegetables!

Salata also has multigrain and asiago rolls. Danny has an asiago roll and I skipped the roll this time.


My salad included: salad mix, strawberries, apples, pineapples, bell peppers, red onions, walnuts, almonds, cucumbers, fat-free mango dressing, and some shrimp for some protein. It was absolutely delicious!



Danny loved his salad too. He’s a big fan of the romaine lettuce with veggies, chicken, and the salsa ranch dressing.



Salata has a wide variety of fresh teas and I had the unsweetened green tea with a little Splenda for sweetness at 0 calories.

If you live near a Salata, I definitely recommend trying them out. They have great food while still letting you stick to clean and healthy eating. You can also turn any salad into a wrap  – I just prefer a nice big salad. :)

Have a great day!

  • What’s your favorite salad topping?
  • What do you usually order when you’re eating out to stay healthy?


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Birthday, Coffee, Workout

Hello friends!


Over the weekend, Danny and I went out to celebrate my best friend, Jenny’s, birthday.


We’ve been best friends for 22 years since 7th grade.


We went to Seasons 52 and had a wonderful dinner. I didn’t get a picture of it but I had the cedar plank roasted salmon with roasted vegetables & crushed potatoes, dill-mustard sauce, and grilled lemon. It was amazing and the dill-mustard sauce was the best sauce I have ever had. I could have ate just that sauce and been happy. Hungry but happy. :)

The waitress brought out a tower of mini desserts with a candle in the top so we could sing happy birthday.


Those mini desserts were also amazing. The flavors: key lime pie, pecan pie, Belgian chocolate s’mores, mocha macchiato, chocolate peanut butter torte, and raspberry cannoli. Yum.



My UpCup came at the perfect time because I just ordered a bunch of coffee from Keurig.


I ordered a 24 pack of Golden French Toast, a 22 count variety pack (Caramel Vanilla Cream, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Wild Mountain Blueberry), two 12 packs of Peppermint Bark, a 5 pack of Southern Pecan, a 5 pack of Butter Toffee, and a 5 pack of Raspberry Chocolate Truffle.


Yes, that’s a lot of coffee. The Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite flavors and my grocery store stopped selling it after the holidays so when I saw the Keurig website had it, I had to get two boxes.

This morning I tried the Raspberry Chocolate Truffle in my favorite coffee mug.


Usually, I’m not a fan of chocolate flavored coffee but this flavor was really good and didn’t taste too chocolatey. I also like that Keurig offers 5 packs of coffee. That way to can try it out without committing to a whole bunch of it.


This morning at the gym, I did a chest and triceps superset workout before teaching my Women on Weights class.

I did the following exercises:

  • Barbell chest presses
  • Triceps dips with feet on bench
  • Dumbbell chest flies
  • Barbell skull crushers
  • Decline chest press machine
  • Tricep rope pressdowns

And that’s all for today! Have a great day!

  • Are you a coffee drinker? Favorite coffee?
  • Any workout today?

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