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I shared earlier that one of my goals for the year is to spend a little bit more time focusing on myselfand one way I like to do that is by putting on makeup every morning. Because I take off running as soon as I wake up, I like to stick to a simple morning makeup routine that doesn’t take much effort and helps me feel put together throughout the entire day. Also, for some reason, I end up getting a lot more work done if I feel a little better about the way I look, and I also end up sharing more Instagram stories than usual.

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If you have been following along with us for some time, you probably know that we moved our family across the country.  Our entire family followed my husband’s job from sunny south Florida to the suburbs of Nebraska!  Moving to Nebraska was a shock in many ways. First off, we moved in December and experienced our first winter. The temperature was below freezing during the winter months and the air was dryer than I have ever experienced before. For this reason, I had to pay more attention to my skin and made a few changes to my daily routine in order to help my skin adapt. We are in deep into the summer months now, and the air is not as dry as it was when we first moved here.

However, I’m gearing up for another season of harsh weather and I wanted to share with you how I’m working on maintaining a healthy skin and how I moisturize these days!

I’ve talked about staying hydrated in my previous posts and these days, I’m trying to intake at least 74 ounces of water every day. I have noticed that in order for my skin to bounce back, it requires hydration from within. I don’t skimp on water. I replace all of my fruity drinks for water and make sure I carry a huge water bottle with me wherever I go.  Also, there’s nothing more refreshing (in the summer or the winter) than a tall glass of water.
Florida is very humid. The midwest is not! The first few moths were rough on my throat and my skin did not take well to the dry air.  My throat was constantly scratchy and it hurt to breathe and swallow. For this reason, I keep a humidifier in my bedroom and turn it on at night to help with my breathing.  Sometimes I feel little bit like an old lady doing it, but I’ve noticed that it makes a big difference on my overall wellbeing. I also try this with the kids when I feel like they are struggling with the dry air as well.  So far it has really helped.
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Originally, I tried a very heavy moisturizer in the winter months, but it lathered on too thick and left my skin feeling overly greasy.  I switched between a few different brands and bounced around util I found one that worked for me.  These days, I am loving on my Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Refreshing Coconut Oil 10 oz and my Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer with Nourishing Monoi Oil 10 oz.  Both of those scents bring me right back to my Florida tropics and are both refreshing in their own way.  I gravitated more towards using the Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer brand, because it absorbs instantly and provides an overall better moisture experience for me. Later I found out, that after showering your skin cells expand and they allow for the moisturizer to instantly lock in.  I makes all the difference.

Also, moisturizing IN the shower makes me feel a little more pampered

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So, that’s it friends.  Three simple things that I am holding on to while I help my skin adapt to the change in climate.  Also, you can pick up your favorite Jergens® Wet Skin™ Moisturizers at Walmart
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I often share how important physical activity is for me.  I am a completely different person and I feel my best mentally, physically, and spiritually, when I exercise on a daily basis. My view on exercise has also shifted over the years. Before Grace was born, I enjoyed going on long runs. My routine consisted of getting out for an hour at a time and running until I felt like my legs were going to fall off. I loved it.  I felt like I gave everything I had. When Haddon was born, we lived in a beautiful apartment complex with a gym that was down stairs, it had playroom and it was absolutely beautiful. Those days, I found myself at the gym almost every day because it was so convenient. With our recent move to Nebraska, and the addition of our third child, leaving the house to work-out it’s not feasible.
These days, my routine varies on a daily basis depending on multiple factors. The kids being able to nap, the degree of sleep deprivation, and unexpected events that come about when you have three kids with no babysitters.
What doesn’t vary, is my desired to be active and my belief that working out is much more important than looking a certain way.  It’s about being able to pick-up two kids at the same time and pushing all three of them up a hill. Being able to play with my kids and engaging them in play makes all of the sweat and pain worth it.
So, if you find yourself with a lot of help and are able to make it to the gym that’s wonderful! However if you’re like me, and you’re on your own most of the time with three kids, I’m here to help. I want to share with you a few simple moves that I do everyday (take or leave a day or two).  These are simple moves, but consistency is the name of the game! I’ve realized that it’s more important for me to do four workout moves every day than kill it at the gym two days a week.

Here are my top four exercise moves that can be done almost anywhere and my favorite moves to practice on a daily basis. Also, sometimes this is what my home-workouts look like

First off, make sure you stretch. I make sure to stretch my major muscle groups and get started


You can’t go wrong with pushups! There are a few ways you can do them and you can even modify them to make them easier or more difficult depending on your physical ability. It may not seem much, but I do 25 real/non-modified pushups every day.  When I started, I was not able to do five and I have slowly worked my way up.

As time progressed, I was able to feel myself getting stronger and little by little I have been able to increase the level of difficulty.

Squat Jumps

I love squat jumps! I feel like they’re a crazy mix of cardio and strength training.  I stand with my legs a little bit wider than shoulder width apart and go all the way down and squat (make sure your knees are behind your ankles when you squat). Then I spring up as high and as hard as I can, paying attention to my core and I make sure that I land softly to protect my knees.  Then I do it again 24 more times.   You’ll be winded at the end and if you feel like you can do more, then go into a burpee (go down to a plank or a pushup when you land from your “leap”) These get me in SHAPE! Make sure that you’re focusing on proper form rather than trying to reach a number.  It’s not worth getting injured!

Half boats

I love these for my abs. I start with knees pulled in and my abs super tight! Think of bringing your bellybutton all the way towards your spine.  Stretch your legs out in front of you in a wide V motion and bring it all right back.  Don’t let your shoulders touch the floor and move slowly and controlled.  I keep my arms by my side, with my palms facing up but you can bring your arms behind your head if you want to make it more challenging. I also do 25 of these.  Also, keep your head aligned with your spine so you’re not tucking your chin in and hurt your neck.
I’m not sure if you’re catching my rhythm here, but I start by doing 25 of each of these moves.  That’s it! Then I can get on with running after children, making lunches and folding all the laundry.  I don’t have the privilege to go to a gym or to dedicate any more time to working out. This is it. This is all the time I have these days and for now, this is my best!
Doing these moves every day has allowed me to get my arms and legs stronger and my mid-section is starting to feel like it used to before three babies had their way with it.

Weighted squats

Squats are soooo good for me.  They workout my quads, my hamstring and my glutes! You can do air squats (no weights) to start off and them build your way up.  I like to add weight when I can because I feel like I get better results. For a long time I thought that weights were going to bulk me up and make me look more masculine than I would l


ike to, but I was so wrong.  These days, if I can add weight to my workouts, I go for it!
I usually wear my exercise clothes all day long and when I’m ready I throw them in the washer I like to make sure I use Purex® Crystals because they offer 12 Weeks of Freshness and they leave my workout clothes smelling amazing! They also provide great scent for a great price. There are two favorite scents that I swap between. Purex® Crystals Fresh Moutain Breeze (which smells like heaven) and Purex® Crystals Cherry Blossom and Ginger (which is part of their New Botanical scents made with a natural mineral based formula, without dyes and with essential oils, delivers long lasting freshness) yes!
 I add just a tiny bit to my clothes before turning the dryer on and that’s it! Log lasting freshness! 
These days, I like to pick up my Purex® Crystals on my regular trip to Walmart AND they are on rollback at Walmart now!
There is a lot that goes into a healthy lifestyle, like eating a whole foods diet that’s low in sugar, and being aware of your overall dietary intake. However, I’ve found that it’s more important to be consistent than to spend hours at the gym and then quitting after I’ve realized that I’ve taken on too much.

Happy excercising friends and remember that it’s all about being healthy and about doing your best to take care of the body that God gave you!


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Three tips to healthy skin

One of my 2017 goals was to take better care of my skin. Growing up in a house full of boys, I never paid much attention to the products that I used on my face. I’m now 30 years old, and I’m starting to realize that I no longer have youth on my side and that I have to be more intentional when it comes to taking care of my skin.  Honestly, as a mom of three, it’s easy to not prioritize myself. When I’m able to sneak in a quick shower I sometimes (most of the time) just use soap to wash my face.  Gasp! I know I shouldn’t, but time is scarce. You know what else is scarce? Sleep! I would love to say that getting enough sleep is one of my top 3 steps to healthy skin, but at this point in my life, sleep is just not in the cards for me.

The good news is that we’re into May, and I’m finally feeling on top of my skincare routine which involves daily wash and moisturizing. On top of that, there are a few things that I do to help my skin remain as healthy as possible, and I wanted to share them with you!

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