Stability Ball Workout

Stability Ball Workout

DOWNLOAD THE WORKOUT CHEAT SHEET It's time we tell eachother the truth about motherhood. Have you ever watched an adorable, well-lit mama-baby workout and thought to yourself… Sure. That’s adorable. But it’s gotta be a joke. Mmhmm. I see videos parents doing yoga with they’re adorable, crawling baby in lovely, grassy parks, and I wonder HOW did they train their baby to not crawl away? And I get it… Babies are adorable. I’m a big believer that if you find something that works for you and your family, it’s important to share it. But this is where we, as moms, can fail each other without knowing it. When we only share the good – the beautiful, the “blessed” moments, the magical my-heart-is-so-full moments – we risk suggesting that our life is free of the struggles, frustrations and crazy-making that every human on this planet faces. We risk making other moms wonder where did I go wrong? I'm guilty of it too - I know I am. My theory? I...
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Egg Roll Bowl

Egg Roll Bowl

Egg Roll Bowl If you're a busy parent who's hellbent on serving your children the healthiest, organically grown, nutrient-rich food... yet you're floundering when it comes to making your own healthy meals, you'll find so much value in this recipe.Now, I know cabbage isn't the sexiest vegetable, but it is beautifully practical. It rivals kale in health benefits, and it absorbs flavor like no other Brassica. Whether your goal is to find more healthy meals for your family, to get in the habit of simple meal prep, or to begin a lasting weight loss journey, this recipe is a refreshing place to start. Refreshing because this cabbage-filled recipe is:filling and satisfying, yet it doesn't leave you feeling overly full.like a classic black top: you can dress this dish up or down by altering the toppings, base, or both.incredibly satiating; it contains the perfect combination of sweet, salty and astringent flavors to leave your taste buds happy until your next meal.I'm going to...
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Delicious Kale Chips Recipe

Delicious Kale Chips Recipe

Crunchy Kale Chips4-Reasons Kale Chips Benefit Your Mind, Body and the WorldAre you a sweet or salty person?Sweets have always been my kryptonite, so searching for ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without experiencing blood sugar spikes and crashes was my priority.However, when my hubby and I met in Boulder, we both had grad students' budgets.We loved finding happy hours with $2 beers and half-priced appetizers.Because Boulder is a strange and wonderful place, kale chips happened to be one of the most popular menu items at our favorite restaurant, so we thought... it could be worth a try.We were floored.These chips were - dare I say - better than regular potato chips.But that grad student budget motivated my sweet hubby to do a little research (one of his favorite things) and figure out how we could make these at home.Here's what we learned: there's a right way and a soggy way to prepare kale chips.I don't feel this black-and-white about many things,...
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Ground Cherry Pecan Coffee Cake

Ground Cherry Pecan Coffee Cake

Three things you need to know about this mouth-watering dessert:Speaking as someone who wasn't sure about using tomatoes in a dessert recipe, I get the hesitation about using ground cherries. But let me say: these sweet tiny tomatoes are delicious. If you haven’t every had ground cherries, I recommend baking with a little faith and trying them out just this one time. However, any berry would be a suitable substitute in this recipe. (I personally am looking forward to making this again with blueberries!)This particular coffee cake recipe “allows” you to practice moderation. Clearly, coffee cake quite the treat, and by "treat," I mean that it's rare and enjoyed on special occasions. My recommend is to give yourself a little wiggle room and thoroughly enjoy a slice or two. As in, put down your fork down and sip on your favorite hot beverage between bites, tuck away distracting electronic devices, and savor it with someone you truly adore.... then pass...
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Leg & booty workout – part 1

Leg & booty workout – part 1

Send me the DOUBLE Workout Cheat Sheet This one's for all the mamas who may not have oodles of motivation or hours of time.I don't know about you, but at 26-weeks preggo, I'm was going for strength and endurance over aesthetics.SIDE NOTE: I've got to say, while working out was pretty tough for me mentally and physically at this point, it made me feel a little less anxious about birth and all things baby and I believe that it prepared me for a tricky labor and natural birth. Now, just like Part 1 - the Barre Workout for ANY-Body, you definitely do not need to be pregnant to benefit GREATLY from this workout. SEND ME MY CHEAT SHEET https://youtu.be/UjNeqJgMM2sIn fact, you may have even more fun if you're not carrying another human being. (wink)Either way, you'll definitely want to get your hands on the DOUBLE Workout Cheat Sheet so that you can:  Enhance THIS workout by turning it into a total body workout (I'll show you all 3...
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8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

The difference between these two? One year. Our bodies change DRASTICALLY when we have babies (DUH) but I have found that the shift within our MINDS can be even more significant. Just in case you're anywhere near where I was 3 months ago, don't YOU DARE settle for "I guess this is just how I am now." (As in cranky, tired, apathetic, giving up on myself, did I mention irritable?) HIDING behind cozy flannels, behind my exhaustion, behind my excuses was quickly becoming my new MO. GOODNESS, the shift did NOT happen all at once, but it DID take ONE simple but CLEAR "I need something to CHANGE" moment. That made THE difference for me. Start with nourishing food. Or start with empowering workouts. Or begin with a gratitude journal. WHEREVER you start, just make sure you begin. Because, life is too short, a year passes in a flash and the truth is: you DESERVE to feel your best. No matter what. YOUR BEST might not mean feeling comfy in...
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4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

The recovering perfectionist, extremist, yo-yo-queen, in me wants to tell you a secret that you PROBABLY already know in your heart: The question has NEVER been "will x, y or z work." I mean... the reality is that any pill, wrap, chemical powder, extreme diet or crazy workout program WILL work. For a little while. But what I know is that most of us don't have the time, energy or emotional resilience to ride that roller coaster anymore. We deserve so•much•better. Can we just be DONE putting our bodies through those crashes and disappointments? D O N E. And I'll admit: I was afraid, coming off of the (breast-feeding friendly) cleanse that I did this Spring. I feared that I'd return to my eating-while-standing-with-my-baby-on-my-hip habits, grabbing whatever I could put together with one hand and hoping his extraordinarily long {and freakishly STRONG} arms wouldn't intercept my next bite. Rather than letting that FEAR eat at me, I chose to do what I recommend almost every...
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5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

If I could tell you about the GAP between these moments - the tears, frustration, sleep deprivation, teething... oh the teething - then it would make a little more sense when I share this: F*ck diets, hot trends, and OTHER PEOPLE's side-by-sides (including mine). YOU need to find what works for YOU. And (WARNING: tough love comin' at ya) you need to STICK•to•that•plan. I struggled for the first 5 months of my little man's life because I KNEW what worked well for MY body. I knew what I needed, but I told myself that I didn't have the energy, time, motivation, etc to IMPLEMENT. Maybe that was true. It sure FELT true. But the MOMENT I started OWNING my excuses + GIVING a little more to ME, my body AND MY MIND started to shift. I felt a little less anxious. I felt energy slowly return. I felt my moods even out. I felt stronger. I felt capable. Finally. I felt content in my skin. Confident even. I felt like I get beyond...
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Intentional birth

Intentional birth

Just 12 weeks and 1 day ago right around this time a full day and a half had passed since my water broke. Acupuncture had unmistakably put me into active labor around 5PM and yet the night took many twists and turns before I finally got to meet my baby boy 10 hours later (and 46 hours after my water broke). Intuition drew me towards our birth team and intuition is who I have to thank for the intentional uninterrupted birth of our healthy baby boy. The twists and turns could have led us in many different possibly scary directions given a different type of care team. Crunchy hypnobirthing education midwife nurses yoga-centered doulas and water birth hopes are not for everyone. To be honest each of those elements were cherries on top to what I REALLY wanted. I wanted a team who would encourage me to trust my body. I wanted everyone in the room to have a holistic big picture...
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2-months postpartum: honor the journey

2-months postpartum: honor the journey

My sister and I were talking about how frustrating it can be to only see "the end," particularly "the end" of the postpartum journey. It's definitely easier to share the "I MADE IT" moments. While that can bring others, who are in the thick of the journey, hope, ONLY sharing the finish line can also leave the rest of us feeling alone.... like we're moving forward at a snails pace... questioning if we're even moving forward.... Some days I barely know the day of the week, I HOPE I'll get through my embarrassingly small checklist, and I feel blessed beyond measure to get 30 minutes to myself to MOVE. Other days are better, BRIGHTER, easier... *and I have to be careful that I don't ONLY share the light. So, this is me today. Still ON the journey. Often feeling like I've barely begun. Working my HARDEST to let go of that "not good enough" feeling. Doing my best to become STRONG over thin, HONEST over surface-y, and KIND with my inner...
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