Ditchin’ The Mom Bod

September 19, 2017

Three Kids = Mom Bod. This third kid really did a toll on my body. After Ivy, I had been running throughout the pregnancy, and well, first kid, so bounced back pretty effortlessly. Leo, I didn’t do anything during the pregnancy, and still, mostly bounced back. Now with Faye, I was doing Barre3 and running and while I’ve made it back to my pre-birth weight, that doesn’t mean I’m happy with my bod.

It’s like, total Mom Bod now. No abs, no muscle, boobs… what, and no butt. This girlfriend jean trend with the long butt is doing no favors for my already long Mom butt! Something about the third kid, man, tough on the body. Breast feeding has gotten my weight back down, but now it’s time to ditch this Mom Bod!

I’ve started a workout regimen, it’s feeling so good to sweat and get some high endorphins running through my body!! Here are 5 tips to help you get started!


FIND A GYM. As much as I LOVED Barre3 (miss it there so much!!!) and would LOVE to workout at Form, I need childcare and I really just want to run again (I competed and ran all through high school and college, so it really is my first love!). I feel like that’s the best all around workout for your body and will deliver the quickest results. Plus, fall running, is like THE BEST. So, I decided to join at the Sanford Wellness Center and am really liking it so far! This way, I can drop the kids off at daycare (the Grandmas that work there just hold and coo at Faye the whole time!) and head outside to the Outdoor Campus for a short run while they’re taken care of. Or I can run on the treadmills. There is also a fabulous pool for the kids too to use! So many opportunities at a big fitness center! Tons of things to do. Plus a gym has so many motivational people and staff there to talk to, I love the community feel at a gym. Has anyone tried the new Club Pilates in town? AMT and Revolution are also amazing!!!

WORKOUT WITH FRIENDS. We all need motivation and someone or something to help us along. Working out with friends is the perfect way! There’s a large group of us girls that have a private trainer on Tuesdays and it is SO AWESOME. It’s so fun knowing your friends will be there and will push you while you get to chit chat about everything. Someone to work out with is huge! Really gets you to the gym and brings out a friendly competitive side.

LISTEN TO MUSIC. Get spotify, or apple music, or whatever you want, but GET MUSIC. And find a great playlist. I really love “Today’s Top Hits” on Spotify, it’s a great mix of tunes and tempos I love.The playlists “Workout,” “Cardio,” and “HIIT-Pop” are also great ones on Spotify. Music hides how hard I’m breathing, haha, so I can push myself harder! Plus, I try to catch the beat if I’m doing squats or weights or something so it helps me stay on track.

GO SHOPPING. As if we need a reason. But seriously. The first thing I did after I got back down to birth weight with Faye, was buy some new jeans. Something about a tight fitting sexy pair of distressed jeans (like these, these, or these black ones), makes you feel good about yourself, even if you do have a Mom butt or have to buy high waisted ones to keep in the Mom gut :) And maybe buy yourself a new workout outfit while you’re at it (yoga pants – here and here).

FORCE YOURSELF. The first step is always the hardest, but once you get started, the workout burn feels so great and the results will feel even more great. Make a goal for yourself, maybe you want to start working out 3 days a week, or you want to run 2 days and do a group fitness class 2 days, whatever you decide, and stick to it, make a plan. I try to plot out the group fitness classes I want to attend that week, which days am I going to run, and I DO IT. If I skip once, it’s easier to skip the next time. Try to make a plan and just get your shoes on and GO. And remember, a friend to meet up with or you signing up for a class will hold you more accountable!


Hope this helps you get ambitious again! And with the start of the school year and kids back in a routine, this is the perfect time for Mom to get into a routine also! Good luck! Feel the burn! :)

Pics by The Sampson House at Barre3

Friday Finds // 9.15.17

September 15, 2017

At home with this busy boy and sweet baby this morning while Ivy is at preschool. TGIF! This week went by so slow, probably because I’ve been SO looking forward to Saturday and the GARTH BROOKS CONCERT! Can’t wait!! What are you plans this weekend?!

So, I tooooootally have the shopping itch! You know when you’re done being preggo and you want like a WHOLE new wardrobe because you can finally wear normal clothes again but everything you have is like totally out of style because you haven’t worn it for the last year while you were preggo… yeah, I’m in that stage. So I totally have the itch! Sorry kids, no shopping for you, it’s all about Mama for now! :)

Loving all the new fall styles coming out, and as much as I LOOOOVE my favorite season summer, I’m actually saying that I’m ready for cooler days. It’s been so hot the last few days! Here are some of my favorites to shop right now!


Fashion Finds

Tees for life. This one is fab and has a ton of colors to choose from!

Sweater sleeves, yuuuuuup.

And this pullover sweater I love even more. Free People always nails it. Its billowy vintage-chic style is fabulous.

Would never pick this cardigan off the shelf, but I’ve seen it on some fashion bloggers and it’s super stylish! Similar one here with even more colors

Love the look of all the split V-shaft booties out right now

Obsession: cat prints – cheetah, leopard, whatever! Like this scarf, this scarf, these loafers (funny word), this cardigan,

Gimme all the sneakers for casual days – these Steve Madden shoes with wide-set laces and blush monochromatic palette are my fave!

The higher the better, in jeans I mean (#momgut)

Back detail on this sweater, yaaaaas.

Best tassel booties, 40% off!!!

Express, BOGO 50% off right now! Love these distressed girlfriend jeans

Distressed black jeans for every night out! I have these and they’re perfect amount of stretchy.

Can’t wait for jean jackets this fall!!


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JEANS

Shoes and Accessories


Links I Love

Mirror goals. Love the brass and black! Cool how it juts out of the wall. Love the oval shape of this mirror too!

Want these salt and pepper pincher bowls for our kitchen! Love the B&W

Desk lamp perfection – love the marble base and mid-century look

WANT THIS ART PRINT SO BAD

This shop was featured in my recent HGTV magazine and I love her vases!

Funky bird side table. I have this and the look is super cool

10 strollers to splurge on

Sad about this celeb split!

Started watching Ozark and so good! Love Jason Bateman

The next Bachelor was named!

This Texas flooding story is SO. AWESOME. Best midwife ever!!!

10 kitchens to obsess over


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Hope you have a great weekend!

Faye // 3 Months

September 13, 2017

Faye Ophelia is three months old! She’s the best little baby, just coos and smiles all day long! She’s so sweet :) Such an easy going baby, likes to just hang out in the action! Never complains.

This month she’s really found her hands. Always moving them up to her mouth to gnaw on them. She’s also gotten good at grabbing things and pulling them to her mouth.

She’s sleeping from about 730pm – 430am, gets up to eat, and goes back to bed till 8ish. Anxious for her to sleep through the whole night! It will be fun to get her and Ivy in the same room together. Ivy can’t wait!

Hitting all her milestones! Good job baby girl :)

She loves to be held and in the action. I’m loving my WildBird sling to wear her around since we’re all over the place in a day! She mostly wants to be talked to and Ivy is in charge of that! Ivy talks and talks to her or sings her songs. She’ll talk in such a baby voice too, it’s super cute. Even Leo has started paying attention to her, and she ALWAYS laughs at him bc, well, he’s quirky!

Her eyes have stayed really blue, which is exciting, they’re so pretty. And she’s getting so big! Has outgrown her 0-3 month clothes practically, and on to 3-6 month. Love her chunky fat rolls :)

Basically obsessed with her.

Love you Faye. xoxo.

First Day of Preschool 2017

September 6, 2017

Ivy and Leo had their first day of preschool today! I can’t believe summer is over and Ivy is already back in school! And Leo! This is one for the books! Our little hardly two year old walking into his classroom, gah! Getting so grown up.

Ivy is at the same school as last year and even has the same assistant as last year, so she’s very excited for that! And Leo is at a different school for the Kids Day Out program for 2-3 year olds (He’s not old enough for Ivy’s school yet). Which means I’m running around with my head cut off to two different schools from 8:50-9 for drop off! Thankfully they’re just a few minutes apart, and Leo’s school opens doors a little early so I can get Ivy to her class in time. In and out of car seats though, UGH! #deathofme

At drop off this morning, Leo clung on to Daddy at first, then found some toys to play with and we jetted out of there before he could notice us leaving. Hope he was okay! And Ivy just strutted her stuff right into the classroom, so proud of her :)

I asked Ivy and Leo a few questions this morning to see how their answers will change as they go through the school year. I did this with Ivy last year (see that post here) and her answers were cute and funny!

What’s your name?
Ivy: IIIIIIVY
Leo: Yeo (Can’t quite say his L’s too good yet, haha)

How old are you?
Ivy: 3, but almost 4!! (October 1st, same birthday as her teacher!)
Leo: 2

What’s your favorite food?
Ivy: Chicken strips
Leo: Daddy’s cereal (He loves Daddy’s Wheaties!!!)

What’s your favorite color?
Ivy: Pink and purple and golden and silver
Leo: Blue!

What’s your favorite thing to play with?
Ivy: My lamby (she said this last year too and she did love it, but this year she just found it last night after all summer not playing with it and now is loving it again, so weird… I swear she probably just remembers these questions and remembers her response from last year! This girl doesn’t forget!)
Leo: Dump truck!

What do you love the most?
Ivy: Faye (OMG, so cute)
Leo: Trucks

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ivy: A dentist
Leo: A mouse (Not quite sure he understood that career lesson that he hasn’t had yet, haha)

Happy First Day of School Kids! We love you! So good to be back into a routine! And I get some Mama time with Faye :)


 

Black Hills Labor Day

September 5, 2017

We made the trek West River to head to the Black Hills for a family vacation last weekend! So much fun to be in a different environment and surrounded by the lush pine trees and historic towns. I love all of the history there and the buildings are so neat! John was out there for some work early, and the Grandparents offered to keep Leo, so off I went with Ivy and Faye. First stop, WALL DRUG!

Faye made it the whole 4 hours there without us having to stop! That was awesome. So we were all ready to get out and explore a bit and stretch our legs. So many quirky things to look at and do there. And we had to have a donut! Yum!

We finally made it to Daddy and we were so happy to join him!

The next day we drove to the Southern Hills to Hill City. Stopped and went for a little walk on the Mickelson Trail on the way down.

Hill City has the coolest little main street and I was sooo excited to try Miner Brewing Co. Last time we were here it was just getting built so I was anxious to see it and have a cold one (or 5!) I’m a sucker for a tasting flight and each of the beers were so good! We went back the next day for another one! The atmosphere and vibe is so cool, love the industrial rustic look they have going on.

Day 3 we went to Keystone. Neither of us had ever been there so it was fun to see a new town. We went to the Rushmore Tramway Adventure Park and rode the tramway! It was soo much fun! The slide back down was the best part! Even Faye liked it, haha :)

And up top there was a beautiful view of Mount Rushmore and the Hills. So pretty!

Our last day was spent in the coolest… Deadwood! This historic town has a special meaning to us, it’s where we got married! I love to stroll the streets where we took our photos and visit our reception place, the Deadwood Mountain Grand. So much to see in Deadwood. I always want to check out every place, they’re all so old and neat!

And lastly as the day heated up, we took off to Pactola Lake and enjoyed some beautiful scenery and fresh cool water! All the smoke from the wildfires in Montana blocked some of the view, but it was still gorgeous!

Can’t wait to go back for a winter adventure!