Mar 16, 2015

Please Get Here Spring!

Anyone else in a funk lately?  I just really don't like the months of Jan-March.  They are boring and cold and make me stir-crazy.  Lately I have been daydreaming of my dream house- not that I am not grateful and don't love our house now- more of just a thing to look forward to creating.  I think I just always need to be doing something creative.  Maybe when I am doing more photo shoots soon I will settle down a little bit haha!  Anyway, I just had to share some of my favorite dream kitchen/living areas I've found on Pinterest these days.  Because we all know the kitchen/living area is the most important space in the house amiright?

















As you can see, I am a big fan of the white kitchens with a mix of rustic, modern and traditional structure and accents.  A big, white farmhouse sink is on my wishlist and of course marble/ marble look-alike counter-tops.  All image credits can be found on my Pinterest board.

Mar 13, 2015

Burt's Bees Spring Line

I am super excited to share some of my favorite pieces from Burt's Bees Baby Spring line this year.  They sent me a few things that my boys have been wearing non-stop lately, but I also got a few pieces that it hasn't been warm enough for here in Utah- I will have to update you on those later...

My boys have been living in these drawstring pants and zip front jackets.  The sleeves and legs are plenty long (I hate when their little wrists and ankles are exposed to the cold so I love these)  They are also super soft and warm- just the right temp for our mild end of winter this year.




Some other pieces that I love are these shorts they sent (still waiting to put them on the boys, but I love the quality, feel, and look of them)






Now, I have to say that even though I love their boys line, I think their girl's line is even cuter.  Here are a couple faves from that:



Now what are you waiting for?  Go grab some of these cute pieces for Spring- it's just right around the corner and I can't wait! ;)

Mar 12, 2015

5 New Workout Tips

I am happy to say that I am finally a treadmill owner :)  Trey bought one for me (us) on Valentine's Day- I thought that was a great gift!  So, I have finally gotten motivated to really start getting in shape (especially now that I am playing volleyball on the weekends and have another league starting up soon too)  This time around I have figured out a few new tricks to keep me going and make working out more fun and effective.  Hope they help some of you too.

1. Find something that you like:


I don't like just weight training, or just running, or classes, etc, I finally figured out that if I interval train with a mix of walking on incline, lunging on a slow speed, jogging, running, sprinting, and mixing in weights between intervals I am constantly challenging my body and not getting bored. 

2.  Mix it up:

This is pretty much just what I explained...I get bored so easily, so I change paces and motions constantly.

3. Entertain Yourself



I CANNOT run without music or a TV show to watch.  It is a MUST.  Don't even try to workout unless you've got a really good mix on your iPod- it will make ALL the difference!

4. Hydrate



Water Water Water...but not so much before and during that you have to pee every 5 minutes of exercise...drags it out so much longer than it needs to be.  I always drink a big glass right after working out and then fill it up again and take my time to finish it.  Do any of you have a favorite water bottle to use while running?  I am in the market for one...these Camelbaks look pretty easy to use while running.

5. Decrease Negative Side Effects 
(skin breakouts and weight gain)


Anytime I start playing a sport or start working out again my skin does not like me.  I breakout so easily, so this time I was determined to clean my skin really really well and RIGHT after workouts.  I've been using these Dickinson's Towlette's and then the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Pads after that and its kept my skin from breaking out. 


I also notice that when I start working out/playing sports again I gain some weight rather than take it off (which is ok since I feel better overall) However, since I didn't lose as much weight nursing this time around I don't have as much wiggle room and have limited my late night eating (I eat no later than 8pm usually)  That seems to do the trick for me. 

So I hope that these new little changes will help you achieve better overall health as some of you start a new workout routine this year as they have made a difference for me!