Friday fitness

Try this one a few times through!

60-reverse crunches
50-jump squats
40-Side planks (20 each side)
30- jumping lunges
20- supermans
10-fly push up

Now go run a mile to cool down!
Happy Friday!

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Fall fashion wishes

Today brought us crisp, cool weather here in southern California, made us want hot coffee and booties! Time to start our fall shopping/wish list! Check out these cute booties, by one of our faves, Mr Sam Edelman! They can be purchased at your local Nordstrom (or Nordstrom.com) They are called, the Lucca bootie.

And if you want to pair the booties with a cute outfit for a last minute date night, I thought this would be fab! (also can be found at Nordstrom! By RobinK , in BP department)
Happy Fall!!

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Nuts for Coconut Oil

I’ve recently become obsessed with coconut oil. I haven’t even really gotten into all of the amazing benefits of this fantastic oil, but I found a super easy recipe for a moisturizer that I’m LOVING that I wanted to share.
I found the recipe here via Pinterest and I’m into experiments right now so I gave it a shot.

Oh em gee. It smells amazing, it feels amazing, and I especially love that it has 0 chemicals and was super cheap. I followed her recipe exactly, and I even have half to my BFF to try, and I think it’s going to be enough to last a really long time. Coconut oil is in a sold state at room temperature, but give it any heat and it melts into this rich creamy oil that seriously feels like unicorn magic on your face. I have some acne scarring from those awkward teenage years as well as even lovelier wrinkles from forced adulthood and I have high hopes for this moisturizer!

I you read up on both coconut oil and tea tree oil, they both have healing and anti microbial properties. I’m still researching but everything I’m reading about coconut oil especially is so amazing! Cell regeneration, bacteria killer and repellant, the list goes on and I’m loving it!

So far I’ve been using this morning and night for about a week and my skin is clearer, brighter, so dewy and fresh, and I swear my pores are smaller. I am too vain to post a photo since it’s after cleansing but hopefully at some point I’ll add it it for proof. 😉

Try it out, you will love it!!!!

xoxo,

jess

Loco for Lulu!

Soooo if you’ve known any of us for any amount of time you would know that we are crazy about our workout wear. It’s gotta be cute, cool and wearable to Costco- or anywhere life and a toddler might take you after a workout. Better to not look like a hot mess as you grocery shop post workout! Sooo, here’s one of my faves from Lululemon.
Just FYI they have a clearance section online called “we made to much” , check it out for good deals!

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Buy it here-
http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-we-made-too-much/Power-Y-Tank-Luon-Light-MD?cc=10772&skuId=3502805&catId=women-we-made-too-much

Monday Monday

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Thank you Internet for some fun pics, until we get our photographer!
Sometimes you just need to shake off a case of the Monday’s with some booty burning moves! Try adding these three to your workout today, or later this week! Feel the burn!
We are baaaack! Look for more fun workout tips, exercises and of course our latest favorite workout wear!

Wasted Perfect Moments

I am in a phase of life I’ve just started calling the “work at home” mom. I work, but mostly from home, and it gets confusing trying to classify my status. You know the question, “do you stay home or do you work?”. I am a mom (which is enough work) and I also work outside of the home, but that work is done mostly on my laptop on my couch. I am so grateful for this flexible schedule, because all I really want to do is sit and stare at that beautiful baby I have, but it’s challenging as well. (Insert toddler tantrums here. Mason, not me)

I have to adhere to a pretty strict schedule to accomplish all that I need to in any given day. I know this sounds dumb, like everyone in the world also probably does this to some extent. I don’t think I’m special, I think every person, and especially every mom, does this juggling act every day. I just seem to have a particularly hard time with it. 🙂

True confessions, I like things to be done how I want them and when I want them. Weird, right? And that means for me to balance my “jobs” cleaning the house, doing laundry, grocery shopping, meal prepping and serving, mothering, wife-ing, and as an employee, things kind of have to go the way I have them scheduled or everyone is screwed.

This particular Friday everything kind of went to crap to be perfectly honest. I was exhausted as I had just gotten over a pretty nasty cold and Mason was also recovering from the same bug. That baby hates to sleep alone when he’s sick, so that makes for one tired mama, since he also loves to elbow and kick in his sleep. I finally got him down for a much needed nap and began to tackle my work-job. Not even 20 minutes in I heard shrieks from the crib that alarmed me so I ran in.

Mason is learning new words every day and right now a favorite is “hold you mommy!” It’s definitely a command, and it means “pick me up now heifer!” (Emphasis my own). I picked him up and basically collapsed into the guest bed we have in his room hoping I could calm him for a minute and put him back down. Wishful thinking as the longer we snuggled the angrier he got when I tried to lay him down. You all know what I speak of right? You wait for the deep peaceful breaths, the lack of movement, the signs suggesting a successful transition. You try it, but because your son is a Jedi master like his father before him he immediately wakes up and screams for you. And you are tired and so, so weak so you just pick him back up. This happened a few times until I gave up. I got comfy myself and prepared for a wasted afternoon. As I laid there my mind was racing making lists of all the things I needed to accomplish those precious few hours he sleeps and how was I going to do all of that after he goes down for the night, and would it be possible to even fix the dinner I had planned at this point, etc etc etc.

Then I had an epiphany. As Mason slept so sweetly in my arms I was struck by the quiet. It’s never quiet in my house. Either Mason is yelling or I’m yelling or the tv is on or I’m finding my next craft on Pinterest or blasting music while I work. This moment was silent except for the sounds of his breathing and it hit me hard. Super hard.

My life is insane. Lots of people have it way more insane than I do, but for me, this is as insane as I can handle. These forced quiet stolen moments with a relaxed toddler who usually barely let’s me squeeze his cheeks as he runs by to get to his next toy are what makes my world go ’round.

Yes, this meant a weird thrown together dinner that didn’t even taste very good and toys and laundry thrown around like a tornado. This meant a very late night as I finished the job-work I needed to accomplish and got things ready for the next day. But this also meant I got to hold my baby for a little while longer. And I would trade literally anything for more moments like that.

Remember those days when you first brought them home and all you did was hold them and marvel at how perfect they were? I kind of don’t because I was sleep walking I think, but there are photos that it happened. I’m so grateful for a little glimpse back into that! These precious little nuggets grow SO fast and in this day and age where moms have to be perfect all the time and in the pursuit of this perfection we often lose sight of how perfect, precious and IMPORTANT these moments of quiet are with our little ones. At least I know I do.

xoxo,

jess