Fitness Routine

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Do you even lift bro? Haha! I used to run 2 – 6 miles a day, do 300 reps of abs (no joke!), and do 30+ man push ups in 2 minutes before I got pregnant with Lilly. My fitness fell off the map and hasn’t come back on. Until now.

I decided to jump back on the workout bandwagon and create a fitness routine that works for me. It needed to be realistic and manageable. I can’t go from a couch potato to a marathon runner in a week or workout at a gym for 4 hours every day. Neither of those would work.

So I’ve been doing this full body workout everyday that I think is great for beginner’s. It’s not too hard, is only 30 minutes, and really gets your body moving (and muscles burning!). But be warned – you will definitely feel it the next day!

I’ve also started running on Tuesdays and Thursdays with our jogging stroller. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) It hasn’t got much use yet, but I will definitely post a review on it once I have more miles on it and let you guys know if it’s worth the buy. But so far it’s good and reviews on it are awesome. I even put it together myself. Yep, me. Not the husband – me. Super proud about it! 😉

And the biggest thing for me is keeping track of how much water I’ve been drinking. Yikes! I’m so bad at that sometimes you guys. But my water bottle is very helpful! It has a ring on it that helps you keep track. So good for me! It even comes in a bunch of different colors so everyone can have their own. I personally have the pink one but I kind of like the green one too.

What’s your workout/fitness routine look like?

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8 Girl’s Spring Dresses

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Hello 70 and 80 degree weather! I love it. Okay, maybe not 80 degrees but definitely loving the 70 degree weather. We love being outside, going to the splash pad, and might I dare say even going to the pool to start those swim lessons this summer…?!?! So excited!

But it’s shorts and dresses weather you guys! All the dresses! I love them so much. They can be so comfy and light, perfect for spring and summer. Summer is right around the corner! But we’re not quite there yet. So before we move onto summer I wanted to write this post on 8 girl’s spring dresses that I am simply in love with. IN LOVE! I wrote this post on spring dresses for women as well. Oh! Go check out the pink flowy one, third one in the top row! My fave! 😉

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1.) Blue floral dress (w/ pockets!)

2.) Heather gray polka dot dress

3.) Peach heart dress

4.) Navy foil dress (w/ pockets!)

5.) Emerald button dress

6.) Colorful heart dress (bringing back the 80s!)

7.) Navy floral dress

8.) Pleated star dress

And some shoes: strappy boho sandalcoral espadrille sandalsbrown tassel sandalsbutterfly sandals.

I really wanted to buy Lilly the butterfly sandals in store but she insisted on a different pair. Never take a 2 ½ year old shoe shopping you guys! Haha! 😉 And my favorite dress is the blue floral one. I love blue floral dresses and it has pockets. We all could use more pockets, right friends?

Which one is your favorite?

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Bloom

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The flowers are blooming, the sunshine warms up our bodies and calls us outside more and more, every plant is flourishing, and drinking up the spring rain. Although spring isn’t my favorite season, it is my second favorite. The cool air, warm sun, the flowers, the comforting spring rain. Just to sit with a hot cup of tea and watch the rain quench the flowers’ thirst, making them grow more and more. That might be one of my favorite things. Besides hot chocolate and pumpkins.

But I wasn’t thinking about that when I bought this planner in January. Definitely not. I wasn’t thinking about flowers blooming, sunshine warming the atmosphere, hot tea, or rain. In fact when I saw this planner, I thought, “Hmm…I’m not so sure that I’m into florals.” But that phrase. Oh, that phrase. It caught me off guard and my heart said, “Yep, this is the one.”

Now let me just say that I am a planner maniac. I used to carry a planner and like 3 separate notebooks for everything else – to do lists, grocery lists, reminders, etc. I once bought like a $25 planner that had sections for everything, literally everything you could imagine. So when I felt my heart screaming to buy this one, I was a bit confused. There’s nothing super special about this planner. It’s not one that comes with 15 different sections, one you can sketch in, one that has a removable bookmark that you can keep your daily to dos. It’s just a planner. Simple, basic, practical, gets the job done kind of planner.

But looking back now (I mean, it’s already April you guys!), I can see why I chose this planner. I now love florals which this planner jumpstarted for me. And every single morning when I see the cover of my planner, it reminds me to take a few moments and reflect. What kind of mom am I going to choose to be today? How can I glorify God today? What can I do to help my husband today?

And it has changed everything.

I’m happier as a mom, more thoughtful as a wife, more intentional in seeking Jesus, AND make me time.

All because of this simple little planner.

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Friday Favorites

It’s finally Friday! This week was kind of blah. It’s been raining and raining and RAINING so much. We’ve splashed in the rain a bit which was so fun but my phone ran out of storage so I didn’t get photos! Ugh! Thankfully I cleared it last night so I’ll ready to snap photos with my phone. 🙂

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one // NO SPOILERS – We have been watching a lot of movies lately. My hubby and I recently watched 10 Cloverfield Lane. Oh. My. Gosh. Psychological thriller, what is going on, wait what is that kind of movie. SO good! I loved it! The characters are so relatable, which is something I love especially in female characters. And then we watched Beauty and the Beast you guys!!! YAS!!! I was so excited! Like I literally couldn’t handle myself. Laughter, tears, anxiety, anger, disgust. So many emotions! Perfect performance by the cast! Also Emma Watson. Need I say more? And then after that, we watched Moana and it was so cute! I keep humming the songs when I do dishes!

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two // Watching this girl nap never gets old. Her gorgeous, hand-crocheted blanket, a pillow that she totally stole from us (and helps her sleep because it smells like us), and of course she has to have her friends with her. It’s just precious and sweet and oh my gosh baby girl stay little for a little longer please!

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three // Okay, so I’ve recently changed my dish-washing habit. Game changer you guys. I used to wash dishes after I put Lilly down. It took me forever, the dishwasher and dish mat would be full and there’d STILL be dishes in the sink (super discouraging!), and I wouldn’t get much time with my hubby. So late last week I decided to do dishes after meals and it’s been awesome. Less time washing dishes at night means more time with the hubby. Um yes please!

four // I’m due for some new mascara and super excited! I’m debating on between this one and this one. What do you think? They also have blue and purple toned ones, which I think are pretty fun but not for me.

What are your weekend plans?

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Panera Bread Potato Soup

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Hey springtime! Where did you go?! It was so nice here until a few days ago when it got a little chilly, rained, and then got even colder. So much for playing outside with kiddos, right mamas? 😉 Well, unless we splash in puddles and have some hot tea when we get back in.

I decided to make soups this week and next since it’s supposed to rain the rest of the week and be in the low 60s next week, which means like in the 40s at night. Brr! Those cold nights chill our bones. Well, mine anyway. My hubby and daughter don’t get cold until it’s like 20 outside. Ha! (An inherited trait I suppose.)

But when it gets cold and he asks, “What’s for dinner, honey?” I reach for this recipe. Lemme tell you guys. This recipe. THIS ONE. Savory, filling, easy, inexpensive, versatile, comforting. It’s one that will have you coming back for more and more and more, which is why it makes it back into the recipe rotation every fall and winter.

Panera Bread Potato Soup

4 potatoes
1/4 – 1/2 yellow onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
4 c. chicken or vegetable broth
1 package of cream cheese

1.) Wash the potatoes. Peeling them is optional.
2.) Cut up potatoes into chunks and dice the onion.
3.) Put potatoes, onion, broth, and spices into a sauce pan or pot.
4.) Cook on medium heat until boiling and potatoes are soft
5.) Mash the potatoes inside the pan or pot to release their starches, which will make the soup thick.
6.) Lower the heat and mix in the cream cheese, whisking until well combined.

I like to serve it with this bread. SO GOOD! I usually double or triple this recipe and mix cut up or frozen veggies at step 3 and cooked chicken at step 6. Probably Definitely my favorite soup recipe!

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Fun Spring Dresses

Spring is here and NOW is the time to buy spring dresses you guys! Almost everywhere has spring dresses on sale. And not like 10% sale. We’re talking like 30% – 70% off! I’ve seen some dresses that are originally $100+ that are now $30 – $40. That is some CRAZY savings my friends! Here are some of my picks!

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Painted stripe dress // $90

Olive utility dress // $105

Flowy pink dress // $77

Floral maxi wrap dress // $27

Dolman maxi dress // $40

Green floral slit dress // $25

Dip dyed shirt dress // $77

French stripe wrap dress // $150

Floral ruffle maxi dress // $27

Short floral dress // $49

My personal favorite is the floral ruffle maxi dress but I also like the flowy pink dress. What’s your favorite?

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If we were having coffee…

If we were having coffee…

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one // This classic cookie recipe is one of my favorites. They’re sooooo good! And you can also make it into bars. I’ve never made them into bars but I bet they’re just as good as the cookies. And less messy, way faster, and easier! Also less dishes. What do you think – cookies or bars?

two // I’m super excited to try this natural skincare line. The reviews are AMAZING and I’m really hoping it works for me! I don’t have terrible skin but I do have big pores (Thanks Dad.) and would love to have smoother skin. Me and every other woman, right? Ha!

three // I made this cucumber salad this weekend. Twice. Yep, so good that I made it two times. Easy, delicious, and it has feta cheese! I love feta you guys. So creamy and yummy and just plain good! AND I think it’s a salad that my family will actually eat. Yes, even my toddler!!! Well maybe not the feta but yes to everything else in it. 😉

four // Speaking of food, I need to make this awesome slow cooker recipe again. The sauce is mouth-watering and I think it would be good in any stir fry dish. And HELLO! It’s a slow cooker recipe and all slow cooker recipes are welcome in our house. Less dishes, less time in the kitchen, more time with family. Um yes! Yes please!

five // These DIY mugs are gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! I really want to make some! I might give it a go this weekend. What color would you choose? I’m thinking about a purple and a green.

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