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!!

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!

Kid’s Holiday Shoe Gift Guide

Guide to the Best Shoes for your kids #giftguide #holiday #christmasgifts

I love gifting my kids shoes for the holidays because, A it is something they NEED and B, my kids weirdly get really excited about shoes! Finding cute kid shoe options is my JAM. I prefer finding adorable shoes and am more likely to splurge on a good pair of quality shoes for the kids, over clothing. I am sharing my top picks for boys & girls this year. You can’t go wrong with any of these and all brands I have personally owed & put on my own kids since they were babes! If your kid doesn’t get excited about seeing shoes under the tree, just say they were from mom & dad and not Santa! 😉

1. See Kai Run Everyday Shoes- This is topping my list this year, because these everyday high tops are SO cute! See Kai Run is sold right on Zappos or Nordstrom and has been a favorite brand of mine for years. The quality of their shoe is so good. I am obsessed with the design on the girl high tops and my boy choices go with EVERYTHING! *Bonus*- They are having an amazing Black Friday sale with savings of 20%-60% off! Marley’s shoes pictured below are only $36 (regular $65!).

2. See Kai Run Snow Boots- Since I love the everyday shoe so much, you know I had to get the snow boots too! If you live in a cold weather state & get snow or even only see frost, these are a must this winter. They are not only insulated and waterproof but one of the great benefits of the See Kai Run brand is that their shoes open wider at the top. I love this because my kids can put them on themselves (making it less of a hassle for us to get out the door!). They have some snow boots marked down in their sale also!

3. Hunter Boots- If you have followed me for awhile you know that I live in my Hunter boots and the same goes for my kids in the spring, summer and fall. The boots are not warm (unless you get boot socks) so I don’t think they are great for the snow, but, we live in these when it rains. I don’t ever worry about the kids feet getting wet and I don’t have to stop them if they are jumping in puddle. They offer so many classic designs and I just love the overall style of these boots. They are a bit of an investment boot for kids, but my kids typically fit into their boots for more than one season which is nice!

4. Tom’s Slip on Style Shoes– Another shoe that I buy for myself and the kids! Tom’s always has the cutest designs, both of my kids own multiple pairs. One of my favorite features is the easy slip on style. Marley lives in those rose gold Mary Jane’s they go with SO much!

5. Native Boy & Girl Sneakers– I love these sneakers! We don’t own any Native sneakers but the kids lived in their water shoes all summer. these will definitely be under our tree this year because Native shoes are so comfortable & breathable. I love how many styles they offer so if you don’t like these they have hundreds of color options and different styles as well!

6. Mini Melissa Girl Shoes– These are some of my favorite splurge shoes for Marley. You can typically find them on sale at Nordstrom or Nordstom Rack though! They smell like strawberries and they are just an overall great “girly” shoe. We have owned a few styles and Marley still requests to wear her Mini Mouse style that she wore in Disney. These do run small, I suggest sizing up one if you buy them.

Magical Kingdom Look

7. People Footwear– This is a relatively new brand to us, we received their shoes this fall and we all love them! They slip right on and fit TTS. The kids can typically throw them on themselves with ease. Kellan has worn his almost everyday to preschool because they go with just about everything. In my opinion you can wear them for everyday play or dress them up! They also offer adult sizes and I love my grey pair!

Shop all of my favorite styles below!