Workout Favorites Gift Guide

Finding the perfect #ChristmasGift for someone who loves to #workout or wants to get #healthy in the new year!

Whether you are shopping for a friend, a sister, or yourself I am a firm believer that no one can have too much good workout gear! With all the great food that comes with the holidays there is always that guilt that comes along with it. Then BAM it is January and everyone is starting New Years resolutions to get healthy. I am sharing my current long time favorite workout items that also make great gifts for the health obsessed person in your life. A few of these may also be on my wish list, hint hint hubby 😉

1 // A smart scale- I am dying for one of these! I use my regular scale almost daily, especially when I first started trying to lose weight. The smart scale makes it so easy to track progress on your phone or apple watch.

2 // Apple Watch– I have already shared my love for the apple watch in this prior gift guide. I always thought I would hate the apple watch but I honestly now HATE not having it on. I track everything from my workouts, to messages to my sleeping habits and more on my watch.

3 // Workout/Yoga Bag– I am obsessed with my LuluLemon yoga mat. It was an investment but I go to yoga at least once a week and use my mat for other workouts so I have definitely got my moneys worth. I would love a great workout bag for my mat and this is a must for any yoga obsessed person.

4 // Dr. De Headphones– These are another item on my Christmas list. I personally love the rose gold version. I have been running a ton lately and I have heard these are great and actually stay on when you run.

5 // Fun workout Tees– Who doesn’t love a great “sayings” tee? I have no shortage of mom themed tees but I think workout ones are great too. You can find some really cute ones on Thread Tank or on Etsy!

6 // Nike Running Pants– I live in yoga/work out pants 95% of the time and any that are high waisted are the best! I recommend the Nike, Zella or even this pair from amazon are all amazing.

7 // Pretty new water bottle– I keep a huge water bottle near me all the time. I personally aim to drink about half my body weight in ounces of water a day. I find it way easier to fill a water bottle up rather than grabbing new bottles of water each time.

8 // Classic Black Nikes– I own these and love them. They go with everything and have stood the test of time and a lot of running miles both on the road and on my treadmill.

9 // Booty Bands– Booty bands are my FAVORITE workout item. I use mine multiple times a week for everything from squats to different cardio moves. There are an abundance of pinterest and Youtube videos that show all of the best moves for your bands. The best part if they usually come with an easy band, medium and hard so you can really make your workout your own depending on how you are feeling.

10 // Vitamix (Splurge) or This (Save) Blender– I use my blender daily! I honestly don’t think you need a very expensive one to do the trick. I love making acai bowls, morning protein smoothies or even a smoothie meal replacement in mine.

11 // Splurge APL Sneakers– These have been on my wish list for forever! I love the style and that they are “tongueless” sneakers. They are a bit more than I would typically spend on a sneaker so I would probably treat them like my third child and never wear them outside!

12 // Wireless earbuds– I have yet to find a pair of wireless ear buds that I like but these look great! I love the color of them and that the Bluetooth portion of the wire is smaller. These Beats By Dr. Dre look really great too!

13 // New Sport Bras– Who doesn’t love new workout gear to get them in the mood for a good workout? I love wearing a pretty sports bra to yoga class under a class tank. I think if you feel good and look cute than you can’t go wrong!

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

The best chicken wing dip that won't make you pack on the pounds!

This is one of our favorite recipes to make to bring to parties, tailgating or while watching your favorite team! It’s a guilt free crowd pleaser. If you make this, be sure to tag me in a post or story on Instagram so I can see!

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

2 Boneless/Skinlesss Chicken Breast’s

1/4 Fat Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 cup (or more depending on how spicy you want it) Franks Red hot or your preferred Hot Sauce

2 8oz Bricks of fat free cream cheese

Optional Bleau cheese crumbles

1. Boil your chicken until it’s cooked all the way through (approx. 15 mins)

2. While chicken is boiling, mix together in a mixer or by hand the two bricks of cream cheese and hot sauce until smooth

3. Stir in your shredded cheese (add your bleau cheese crumbles if you’d like)

4. Chop your chicken finely once done or use a food processor

5. Mix chicken into the dip

6. Lightly spray your baking dish.

7. Pour mixture into dish (we use a 9in round dish)

8. Place into oven (350 degrees for 30 mins)

The best chicken wing dip that won’t make you pack on the pounds!
The best chicken wing dip that won't make you pack on the pounds!

Valentine’s Day Roundup

I am rounding up my favorite Valentine’s Day picks for women & littles! One of my favorite parts of being a mama is being able to dress my kids (while they will let me!) for holidays! I always plan out holiday outfits and PJ’s as far in advance as I can (because I am extra like that). With two weeks to go until the holiday of love I am sharing my favorite Valentine’s Day finds with you!

1// Druzy Earrings- These are only $38 and I feel like they can be worn with so much!

2// Be Mine Shirt- I am getting this for Kellan, I think it is so cute for a little boy & a good reminder 😉

3// Bright Pink Sneakers- I love the laces on these, could be worn well into spring!

4// Heart statement Earrings- I love that these are different and found on Etsy (so you know not everyone would have them!). They make a statement while staying classic, they are also under $40!

5// Old Navy PJs- Old Navy always kills the holiday PJ scene! We love this sweet XO pair for Marley or this striped pair for Kellan.

6// Peplum Heart Top– I am obsessed with this top. Marley is wearing it below and it is so cute! There is even a sweet heart cut out on the back!

7// Primary PJs– This is a new brand to me but they have SUCH cute & bright Pjs and clothing. I will definitely be a repeat customer. We ordered Marley the sweet heart PJs and Kellan the bright dark rainbow Pjs. I think these could work for St. Patrick’s Day too!

8// Xo Women’s Pjs– Why should kids get all the fun PJs?! I love that these are simple but oh so cute!

9// Sugarfina Gummies– These are one of my favorite sweet treats! If you have never tried this brand, they are must! The perfect gift for yourself or a spouse.

10// Etsy Pillow Cover- This cover is only $10! I love that it is so simple yet it is the perfect way to add a pretty touch of Valentine’s Day color to any space.

Find more of my favorites linked below!

2019 Goals

Setting Goals and Resolutions for 2019

I can’t believe that 2018 has come and gone and we are now nearly at the end of January! I can’t let this month escape me without sharing a few goals I have for myself this year. I prefer to set realistic goals for myself and very rarely set a “resolution”. In 2017 I set very attainable small goals regarding my post postpartum weight loss and I feel that is why I had success. I started out slow and steady and eventually would change different things (amount I worked out, my diet, adding more water, etc.). It can be hard and discouraging if you immediately set yourself up for failure.

Setting goals for the new year

OK, so let me get started. I am going to do a roundup of my top goals for this year, in no particular order.

  • Be a more patient mother. I get easily frustrated and I am working on this constantly.
  • Spend even more time working on my marriage. We actually did good at this in 2018. We traveled, went on dates or even planned things at home together. I want to keep working on this in 2019.
  • Consistently blog. I had a few months where I did good in 2018 but sometimes I just got lazy about this in all honestly. Balancing it all can be a challenge some days. I want to work on this and plan and prep content better. I am thinking of starting a “Friday Favorites” post to keep myself accountable.
  • Keep challenging myself creatively on my Instagram and continue growing my Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook audience.
  • Take time for self care daily. Meditation, exercise, a few quiet alone moments or even getting my nails done once a month make me feel like a new person. I’ve learned I need one on one time with myself to feel my best.

OK, so that is my start. I like to think of a year in quarters and adjust, add, amend as needed. I am always learning and growing as a person so I think my goals for the year need to reflect that. Happy 2019 everyone!!