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Wisconsin Dells 2016

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

We just got back from Wisconsin Dells on Friday. We went with my brother, sister-in-law, and niece.


The kids had fun swimming, mini golfing, rock mining, taking the boat shuttle, and playing in the arcade.



Danny, Jaden, and my sister-in law, Crystal, had a great time going down the waterslides.



I don’t like water slides (especially ones where the floor drops out from underneath you) so I was the photographer.



While we were in The Dells, my niece turned five!


We celebrated by opening gifts, swimming, going out to dinner, and making s’mores. We made some s’mores with peanut butter cups instead of a chocolate bar. If you never have tried this before, it’s a must. Everything is better with a Reese’s peanut butter cup. 🙂


We came home Friday evening and on Saturday, we went to my brother and sister-in-law’s house for my niece’s birthday party.


Crystal had a cute make-you-own-cupcake station set up for the kids. I had a little fun with Jaden and he might have ended up with frosting on his face.



But don’t worry, he took me by surprise and got me back. I guess I deserved it. 🙂


My grandma, who owns Sweet Temptations Dessert Company, made the most amazing Elsa cake.


My niece loved it and the cake was delicious.

We had a great time in The Dells and a fun time celebrating my niece’s birthday!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite cake flavor?


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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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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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Labor Day Weekend

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!


On Sunday morning, Danny and I did a back and shoulder workout with one of my friends from the gym. In the afternoon, we celebrated my nephew’s third birthday.


He had a Minion themed party and my sister-in-law made the cutest Minion cake and other fun Minion desserts.



She used Nutter Butters, Milano cookies, and Oreos to make little Minion cookies!



After a weekend with lots of family, food, and fun, I was ready to get back to normal. On Monday morning, I went to the gym for a chest, abs, and HIIT workout. Then, Danny and I took the kids to the pool for one last summer swim.


Yesterday was the last day the pool was open for the summer and they did duck races. For $5, you could buy a duck and they let all the ducks go down the slide and the first three ducks won a prize. Jaden picked out a green duck but sadly it didn’t win.


It was still fun watching all the ducks race down the slide.


After lots of cake and wine this weekend, I was more than ready for a healthy dinner. I decided to make spaghetti squash because I haven’t made it in forever. Spaghetti squash is such a great low-carb healthy alternative to pasta. And it tastes amazing!

I cooked the spaghetti squash (cut side down) in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After it cooled for a few minutes, I used a fork to pull out the strands of spaghetti squash.


I added sauteed onions and spinach, marinara sauce, and reduced fat feta cheese.


Delicious and healthy!

Have a great day!

  • How was your weekend?
  • What was the best thing you ate this weekend?
  • Favorite veggie?



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Peach Mango Sangria

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

I haven’t really been sticking to my nutrition plan this weekend – it’s been a weekend of family get togethers, BBQs, and birthday celebrations and the weekend is only half over!

Yesterday morning, Danny had a 19 mile run on his Chicago marathon training plan so while he was doing that, I went to the gym.

A little C4 pre-workout before leg day.


I worked legs and triceps and finished up on the stairmaster.

After our workouts:


In the afternoon, we went to my grandparent’s house to celebrate my grandma’s birthday.

I made moscato sangria and it was delicious.


For the sangria, I used:

  • 1.5 liter moscato (I used Barefoot moscato because it tastes good and isn’t too expensive)
  • 1.5 cups orange peach mango juice
  • 1 bag mixed frozen fruit (I used mangoes, strawberries, and peaches
  • 1 can pineapple nectar


I mixed all the ingredients in a pitcher and let sit in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours. You can serve over additional frozen fruit. It was the perfect end-of-summer drink!

My grandma had an amazing birthday cake that she made – chocolate cake with fresh strawberries. That is my all-time favorite birthday cake so I couldn’t pass up a piece!


During the party, my step-mom got the great idea to make a pyramid – so we did. Fun times.


Today, we are celebrating my nephew’s third birthday! More cake!!

Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend!

  • What are your plans for the weekend?
  • Favorite cake?





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Glutes, Abs, and a Birthday

Good afternoon!


Now that school is out, I can get to the gym a little bit earlier than usual which means I get on with the rest of my day sooner! Before my workout yesterday, I had some of the Cellucor C4 pre-workout in pink lemonade.


The icy blue razz and pink lemonade are my two favorite flavors!

At the gym, I focused mostly on working my glutes. I did a bunch of different exercises including: deadlifts, barbell step-ups with a kickback, barbell step-up to a knee raise, barbell hip thrusters, and split squats.

I didn’t do any regular squats or lunges because my quad was really bothering me yesterday but normally I’ll add those in to my routine too.

The weather was very sunny and very hot yesterday – around 95 degrees (today it’s rainy and about 20 degrees cooler – Chicago weather!) so the kids and I headed to Starbucks for some refreshing, cold drinks.


Drinking outside at Starbucks.


Jacob was there too but he hates when I take his picture 🙂


This morning at the gym, I did an ab pyramid circuit workout that left me tired and sweaty!



(Yes, my hair is always crazy. Always.)

I started with 10 reps of each exercise, completing all the exercises back to back. When I was done, I rested about a minute and then did all the exercises nine times each. I rested and then did them all eight times each. I only made it down to six reps of each exercises before I had to go get Jaden out of the kid’s room at the gym.

Next time, I’m going to try and make it all the way down to one rep, it’s just a little time consuming!

Happy Birthday

Today is my brother, Paul’s, 30th birthday!



Welcome to Club 30, Paul!! 🙂 Happy Happy birthday from your older sister. 🙂

Have a great day!

  • Favorite core exercise?
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?
  • How did you feel about turning 30?



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National Running Day is Coming Up and Birthday Presents!

Good afternoon!

June 3rd is National Running Day and in celebration of this day, OrthoLite is encouraging runners to show their run for a chance to win one of three $100 American Express gift cards for new running gear or OrthoLite Fusion insoles! To enter, all you have to do is post a picture of your run on June 3rd and tag @OrthoLite with #RunOrthoLite on Facebook and/or Twitter! The photo can show running shoes, a new PR, your running buddy that helps push you, your running route, or anything running lately.

Three winners will be selected at 9 am EST on Thursday, June 4th and will be notified direct message from OrthoLite on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to buy OrthoLite insoles now, you can go to their website and use coupon code FITCOMFY at checkout for $5.00 off.

I use OrthoLite in my shoes and I love them! You can checkout my review here. Don’t forget to post and tag your photos on June 3rd!


Yesterday was my birthday! I had to be at work at 5:30 am and when I got home a little after 7 am, Jaden had a birthday crown that he made waiting for me!


I spent the day doing a few errands and getting my hair done. I got some much needed highlights. Then, I stopped at Ulta and got my free birthday gift – Urban Decay 24/7 purple eye liner. I love the Urban Decay eye liners, I’m just not sure I’ll use purple eye liner. I wear brown eyeliner 99% of the time. If I’m feeling crazy, I might wear black eye liner otherwise brown it is!

Jaden had a baseball game in the evening. And lucky me, it rained for most of it. 🙁 The game still went good and after we stopped to get Chipotle for my birthday dinner. I’m pretty sure calories don’t count on your birthday.

When we got home, Danny and the kids gave me some birthday gifts. There might have been some wine involved. 🙂


Jaden and I just finished reading Charlotte’s Web and I told Danny that I really wanted to get a pet pig. For my birthday he got me this:


He said it was as close to a pet pig as I was going to get.

He also got me two of my favorite Cellucor products – C4 and alpha aminos.


After presents, we had cake – my favorite cake is chocolate or white cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream frosting. Nothing beats strawberries and whipped cream.


Jaden had an allergy doctor appointment before school today so I got to the gym a little later than usual. Even though I had a rest day yesterday, I wasn’t super feeling it in the gym today. Do you ever have one of those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything?!

I still worked out, just a little lighter than I normally do. I started out with a two mile fast walk on the treadmill followed by a few shoulder exercises. I have another workout planned for tonight so I didn’t want to wear myself out too much. I’m still sore from my back workout earlier in the week and my hip has been achy lately. I’m trying to be better at listening to my body.

After the gym, I stopped at Starbucks for my free birthday drink.


Don’t you just love all the birthday freebies?! I still have a free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee coupon to use!

Have a great afternoon!

  • What’s your favorite birthday freebie? The Benefit counter at Ulta used to give you a free eyebrow wax on your birthday but they stopped that a couple of years ago and I was so bummed!
  • Favorite Starbucks drink?
  • Do you go to the gym even if your not feeling it or take a rest day?



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33 Random Facts About Me

Good morning! In celebration of my birthday today, I thought I would share 33 random facts about myself. I love knowing random things about people so share a random fact about yourself in the comments!

33 Random Facts 

1. I wasn’t always into health and fitness. When I started at community college, I was interested in Early Childhood Education. I’ve worked at daycares, preschools, as a nanny, and at a tutoring center.

2. I graduated from community college when my oldest son, Jacob, was about three years old. I took a long break and then went back to college when my youngest son, Jaden, was a baby. I graduated from Roosevelt University with honors in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.

3. I now work at a local gym and am a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. I was also a Les Mills Body Pump instructor but had to stop teaching because of my hip issues.

4. I have never in my entire life eaten a hamburger.

5. I hate driving. I don’t care if it’s driving for five minute or five hours – I hate it. If I never had to drive again in life, I would be extremely happy.

6. I don’t have any tattoos. I have had my ears, tongue, and nose pierced. I got my tongue pierced when I was 16 and going through my “rebellious stage.” That didn’t last long. I got my nose pierced when I turned 32 and was going through my “I feel old but really want to be young” stage.

7. Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food is my all time favorite ice cream. If you’ve never had it, you need to find some immediately.

8. I need a fan on in the bedroom when I’m sleeping or I can’t sleep. But I can’t fall asleep with a tv on.

9. Speaking of sleeping, I have to sleep with socks on. I cannot fall asleep unless I have socks on my feet. During the summer, I wear sandals and go barefoot all day but when it’s time for bed, I put socks on.

10. My middle name is Lee. Heather Lee.

11. I love to read. I love all books. I went to two midnight releases when the Harry Potter books came out. One was when Jacob was about 5 years old and he dressed up like Harry Potter. He won first place in the costume contest and we got the book for free. Jacob loves to read just as much as I do.


12. I also love babies. Love them.

13. I hate the number 13. I avoid going to the #13 checkout line at the grocery store or at the gas pump. I will not put the radio or tv volume on 13.

14. My phone ring tone is a Christmas song. Yes, I know it’s May. No, I don’t care.

15. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the excitement, seeing my family, baking, and the look of joy on my kid’s faces on Christmas morning. Mostly, Jaden’s face. Jacob’s a teenager and really doesn’t care about anything.


16. I dress up every year for Halloween. I blame my dad – it’s his favorite holiday.



17. We don’t have any pets. I love cats and we always had cats and dogs when I was growing up. Danny is allergic to cats and Jaden is allergic to dogs. Maybe we should get a fish.

18. I have one younger brother and one younger stepbrother. That makes me the oldest…and wisest.

19. Danny is three years older than I am. And I make sure he knows it. 🙂

20. My favorite vacation I’ve ever been on is when we went to Las Vegas with my family to celebrate my dad’s 50th birthday.

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21. I’ve only had two surgeries in my life – hip surgery last July and when I was 23, I had my tonsils out. Getting my tonsils out was one of the most painful things I’ve ever been through.


22. My hair is one of my biggest insecurities. It’s very fine and thin and looks crazy most of the time. It doesn’t do anything and I am not good at styling it.

23. I love watching YouTube beauty videos. I spend most of my day in workout clothes and a ponytail but I love watching videos on hair and make-up.

24. I hate wearing jeans. I hate jeans with a passion. I’d rather wear sweatpants, workout pants, dresses, or skirts than wear jeans. I think it’s because I have a hard time finding jeans that fit correctly.

25. I dislike scary things and scary movies. I hate haunted houses and refuse to go in one. I don’t like scary movies. Once, Danny and I went to Galena for the weekend and we went on a walking ghost tour and I was so terrified, I had to keep all the lights on all night and didn’t sleep at all.

26. I love watching reality television – Teem Mom, 19 Kids and Counting, Keeping up with the Kardashians. I even got to see the Kardashains in real life at my mom’s work.


27. I’ve been out of the country twice in my life – once to Canada and once to Mexico for our honeymoon.

28. I haven’t drank soda pop since 2009. My favorite drinks are water, coffee, and iced green tea. And wine. I like wine.


29. Black is my favorite color to wear. The majority of my clothes are black.

30. I usually play candy crush on my phone before I fall asleep at night. Okay, not usually, always.

31. I am an emotional person. I cry during Disney movies, I cry when babies are born on tv, sometimes I cry during Hallmark commercials. It is what it is.

32. I am very close to my family and they mean the world to me. I live within twenty minutes of both my parent’s, my brother and sister-in-law, and my in-laws.

33. These have been the best 33 years I could ask for and I can’t wait for the next 33 years!

Have a great day! Leave a random fact about yourself in the comments!




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Birthday Weekend Fun

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! My birthday is this week so we celebrated over the weekend.

On Saturday night, my mom watched the kids and Danny, my brother, my sister-in-law, and I went out to dinner at Cooper’s Hawk.


I make Danny take lots of selfies with me. 🙂

My sister-in-law and I had the sparkling wine flight.


I have a sweet tooth so I prefer the sweeter tasting wines. My flight came with blanc de blanc, raspberry, almond, and peach wines. The blanc de blanc was my least favorite and I was really surprised with how delicious the almond wine tasted. I would definitely get the almond wine again.

We started with the complimentary pretzel bread which is amazing. For dinner, I had the Caesar pesto salad and caprese flatbread.

After dinner, we walked to a nearby restaurant where my cousin bartends. We had a limoncello birthday shot.


After dinner and drinks, we all headed home, but at the last minute Danny and I decided to see Pitch Perfect 2 at a theater near our house.


The first Pitch Perfect is my favorite movie and I was dying to see the new one so since my mom had the kids, we took advantage of it and saw a late movie. Pitch Perfect 2 was hilariously funny. The first Pitch Perfect is still my favorite but the second one is worth seeing!

We picked the kids up from my mom’s on Sunday morning and had breakfast with her, my sister-in-law, and niece. My mom even got me a birthday cake to celebrate!


On Sunday afternoon, Danny watched the Chicago Hawks game and Jaden and I planted some flowers in cute little dog and cat planters outside.


Jaden loves to garden and any plants, seeds, planters, gardening tools, or dirt in the house belongs to him. He got those planters for Christmas. He loves them.



This morning I was back to the gym after celebrating all weekend!


I did a back and bicep workout and then did a quick HIIT workout on the stairmaster.


I climbed for one minute at level 5 and then I climbed for one minute at level 16. I repeated that for 22 minutes. I burned over 500 calories!


Have a great day!

  • When is your birthday? How do you celebrate?
  • Do you garden? I kill almost everything I plant. Good thing Jaden likes to garden.
  • What did you do this weekend?



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