COLORADO WITH KIDS AND A SNOWBALL FIGHT IN JUNE

 

I have such a hard time saying goodbye to vacations, specially when we had so much fun and saw  so much beauty around us. In fact, there’s a huge suitcase sitting in my kitchen right now waiting to be unpacked and I’m hesitant to unpack it because it just means that it’s really over. ugh! I guess all good things must come to and end.

For sure, visiting Colorado with our kids, has been one of the coolest things we’ve done as a family and it was completely worth driving eight hours to get there.

We went on a couple of hikes in Vail and during our first hike, we got a chance to see SNOW on the side of the mountain. It was really cool to experience snow in June. So much so, that we stopped the car and Alex and the kids had themselves a little snowball fight. The kids loved seeing and playing in the snow without tons of layers on and I loved not having to worry about them getting sick.

These pictures are from our drive to Upper Piney River Falls Trail. The trail turned out to be closed at the time, but the drive there was beautiful and completely worth it.  If you follow along on Instagram, I’m sure you caught the stories of our drive.  It was breathtaking.

Coming from Florida, where we don’t see seasons, seeing snow on the side of the mountain in the middle of June threw us for a loop. It was a little bit of an oxymoron considering the weather was incredible! Regardless, the kids climbed on the snow, Alex threw snowballs around and it was so fun for all of us.

I’ll share a bit more in the coming weeks about our trails, views, and a few tips and tricks on traveling and trailing with little ones.

I love this picture so much! Grace’s face and excitement and Haddon’s sweet smile. These kids are such troopers and so much fun to be around.

//For those of you that asked, my glasses are from Bonlook and the kids boots are these from Crocs. //

 

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FAVORITE WORKOUT ROUTINE + KEEPING FRESH

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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

Pushups

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 like 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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COLORADO BOUND

We are taking a family road trip to Colorado today and to say we are excited is an understatement. Thank you guys for your sweet comment on Instagram and your recommendations on altitude sickness. We have lots of Pedialyte, water and all the snacks.  We are going to be doing a lot of hiking, trailing AND it just so happens that it’s also the Summer kick off in Vail and the Go-Pro Mountain Games!!
It was a complete coincidence that the mountain games were going to be this weekend. In fact, we had already booked our hotel when we found out.   Another highlight of this trip is that we are meeting my brother and sister in law and their sweet baby Charlee! Who are have not seen since we left Florida. This trip is definitely one for the books!
I’m also looking forward to the drive. The last road trip we took as a family, was from Nebraska to Waco Texas to see the Magnolia silos. It was a 12 Hour drive and I got to sit upfront with my main squeeze and talk to him for hours!  This trip should take us about eight hours and we’re expecting it to be a piece of cake! (please pray) Also, the truck we have for the trip has a TV and that’s all the kids have been talking about.
So, here’s to TV’s in trucks, seeing the Rockies and vacation food!!!

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CINNAMON-MOCHA HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FoundMyDelight #CollectiveBias
Last night, Alex and I had a conversation about the change of seasons and how much fun it has been experiencing our first spring and how excited we are about the fact that summer is finally here! There are flowers blooming everywhere, the corn fields have a thin green layer of new growth over them, and the chilly days have been replaced with warm breeze. The days are getting warmer and warmer, and we are now grilling every day and pouring all of our drinks over ice!
Today, I am teaming up with International Delight® Iced Coffee to share with you my summer staple ice cream flavor Cinnamon-Mocha! I would usually gravitate toward something fruity, however the spice of the cinnamon, the flavor of coffee and the creamy flavor of International Delight® Iced Coffee has me all kinds of excited! Also, International Delight® Iced Coffee is easy to pour over ice and drink, but it also provides great flavors to different recipes… like this one!
This is an easy recipe. The hardest part is waiting for the ice cream to freeze completely.
 
Ingredients
2 cup of heavy cream
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Instructions
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients and set aside
  • In a medium bowl, Add the Cream, International Delight® Iced Coffee  and mix until well combined
  • Combine both of the dry and wet ingredients
  • Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and mix according to the directions for your machine
  • After 30 minutes transfer to a airtight container and freeze for at least four hours
 

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If you don’t have an ice cream machine, do not worry just pour the International Delight® Mocha Iced Coffee over ice and enjoy. These days, I am also into the International Delight® Caramell Machiatto Iced Coffee flavor. It’s a classic coffee house combo, without the hassle of getting the kids in the van and having to put make up on!
International Delight® Iced Coffee is affordable and convenient and you can pick it up at your local Walmart.
 

And if you need more ice cream inspiration here is my rum raisin ice cream.

Want to see it in action?? Check out this video we made!!  

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