We are saying our farewell to summer today and are celebrating with BURGERS and letting the kids have a last run at the sprinklers. Today I’m sharing a super easy way to add a whole bunch of flavor and texture to burgers.  I top them with my go-to Mediterranean Tabbouleh and been sprouts and wrap it all up in butter lettuce!  There are a few more warm days left of the season and you better believe we’ll be outdoors grilling everything before soup season officially starts.

Here’s to sunshine, to the change of seasons and to my favorite meal of them all… burgers!

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This has been a fun and busy summer for us.  We met up with our friends in Vail, CO., drove twenty six hours to get to Florida and Alex and I checked into a beach resort for a couple of days.  We have had a blast this summer traveling and taking in all of the warm weather.  Along with our fun, Alex and I had a workout goal that we wanted to meet before the summer was over.  We wanted to improve our cardiovascular and muscular strength, so we set out to do some burpees and called it our

end of summer workout goal: 30 days, 10 minutes, burpees AMRAP (as many reps as possible)

It may not sound like much, but it was more about being consistent and trying to push ourselves to improve a little more each day, even if it’s by just one burpee.  This was a bit of a relaxed goal because only we really know how much we can push ourselves and it allows for us to listen to our body and make the necessary adjustments (like a longer break or a harder push)

I started off with 100 half burpees to work on building my upper body strength and little by little added full burpees (with the pushup).  I was winded and it took me some time to get back on my feet. However, I believe in celebrating every little win, and being able to feel and witness my body getting stronger was definitely a win for me.  There’s nothing like leaping as high as you can and then going straight into a pushup to get you all kinds of tired and worn out.

Here’s how to do the perfect burpee (follow the pictures below)

1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, squat down

2. Place hands on the floor and jump your feet back into a plank

3. Drop your body to the floor (with control)  for a pushup

4. Push your body back up to a plank position

5. Jump your feet back to a squat

6. Jump up, reaching your hands as high as you can. Make sure you land back softly to protect your knees.


Burpees are the ultimate exercise.  They workout your arms, legs, abs and that mama pooch that is so hard to tighten back up after having kids. This is not a long workout.  We made it a 10 minute goal, because life with three small kids is busy and most of the time all I have are 10 minutes. It also helps when I have good fuel to get me through my 10 minute burpee goal, and grabbing a ZonePerfect® bar is a great way to do that.  These days I like the ZonePerfect® Fudge Graham, 5ct and their ZonePerfect® Cinnamon Roll, 5ct.  They also have a lot of protein and having them on hand helps me from spending more time cooking something up at the last minute. Also, grabbing a healthier snack option, makes me feel like I am celebrating Little Wins™ throughout the day!


I think planks are one of the best full body workouts.  They are killer on my arms, legs and leave me feeling so strong.

It’s not everyday that I get a chance to do burpees beside a cornfield, with hot air balloons in the background. This is Nebraska for you!


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I think it’s so important to remember those little wins throughout the day.  Sometimes I am able to drink my coffee while it’s still hot and others, I kill it with these burpees. Want more inspiration? find it here.


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Here’s to celebrating all of lives Little Wins™ together friends!


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Grace started kindergarten this week.  We set our schedules, alarm clocks, put on real clothes in the morning and started our new homeschooling/ fall routine. I knew that homeschool was going to be the best option for us this year and we are praying through every minute of it.  I am not a teacher.  I don’t have an extensive amount of patience. In fact, I am short fused, but I am excited to see how God is going to work in my life and in the life of my children through this season. He is the one who gives us wisdom, patience and strength and you better believe I am leaning on Him for all of those things and more.

Monday started with a walk at the park, to ensure that all the wiggles were out, followed by Cheerios and circle time.  We sang about father Abraham, practiced our bible verses and dove right into reading and writing.  Grace was really excited and I am all about structure, so I’m thinking that this is going to do us all a great deal of good.

Haddon asked to do school a million times and Emory is working on being patient, bless her heart. I too am working on my patience and on being present more than anything else.  So far, we’ve read a few stories, brushed up on our math and are looking forward to exploring new subjects together.

I will be working on a post later on with pictures and tips on how we’re structuring our day and sharing my thoughts on homeschooling. So, stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, I thought I’d document this day and this little lady who is growing up so quickly.  The other day I asked her when did she grow up, and her answer was “mom, I grew up as fast as I could”  Girlfriend sure did!

I’ll tuck her in this week and hold her extra tight because I know these days are going to pass us by, and although they are so tough and the days get longer and longer, I only have a short amount of time with her.

Here’s to our babies. To the ones that grow up as fast as they possibly can and to the ones who ask for one more hug, before they go to bed.

Happy first day of school sweet girl!

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During our Florida vacation last week, Alex and I slipped away for a couple of days to spend some uninterrupted, kid-free time. We checked into Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, with a couple of our friends (my brother and sister-in-love) and had an opportunity to really enjoy some adult time. I do have to say that I missed the kids terribly but nothing beats being able to eat lunch with Alex, without having to worry about little hands spilling things and picky eaters. Next time we’ll have to bring them along with us. 

I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had. We checked in on Thursday and took a tour of the resort, where we had a chance to learn all about their casual-luxe vibe and see all of the details that were inspired by Jimmy Buffett’s songs. The decor throughout the hotel made you feel like you were in a coastal paradise and made us not want to leave. Really, I may have shed a tear on the last day.  

Below are a ton of pictures and an awesome video of our time at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, that my brother put together for us.


We spent a lot of our time out on the sand. One of the hardest things about living in Nebraska, is adjusting to the fact that we are SO FAR from the nearest beach.  We really wanted to soak in all of the sights and sounds of the ocean. The hotel had a really cool set-up at the beach and on the days we couldn’t make up our minds between the pool or the ocean, we enjoyed them both.  One right after the other.


So many cool details.  Those are margarita glasses hanging from the ceiling on the top right corner of the picture. 

Living in the midwest, we don’t get to see palm trees. Having those babies around, lining every single corner and street was a real treat for us.

I love this picture of Alex with his drone, ready to go fly and capture the beach in all it’s beautiful glory. Some of his footage is on the video above.

The hotel has three separate pools and they are all different from the other. This is their Land Shark pool, and in my opinion, the most fun.  There’s a waterslide and a cascading waterfall that we couldn’t get enough of.

This was such a neat picture inspired by “The Woman to Blame”  it took me a while to see it, but you can actually see the infamous woman.

We had an opportunity to go paddle boarding and kayaking through the mangroves through Waterways Adventures, located at the resort’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill.  I think this may have been the most fun we had during our trip.  We all took turns on the paddle boards and only had one “man overboard” scenario.

This is my brother Elias’ first paddle board flight. It took him all but two seconds to figure it out. I on the other hand, spent the first 15 minutes on my knees trying to “find” my balance.

The water, the boats and these colors will always hold such a special place in my heart.

I wasn’t kidding about trying to find my balance on the paddle board.

Alex was such a natural… surprise surprise! There was one point where he decided to do burpees on the paddle board.  I wish I had a picture of him landing those. I probably would have landed right in the water had I tried.  Once again, proof that Alex is a man of many talents and/or a lot more daring than I am.

I tried my best to keep up with these three. However, this was my view for most of our adventure.  I am not complaining one bit though, it was really beautiful. Also, I spy… way up in the sky my brother’s drone. I can’t get over how cool those things are!


After paddle boarding, we grabbed lunch at LandShark Bar & Grill   where we had a chance to try almost everything off their menu. We started off with their chicken wings, fish tacos, tuna tartare and their spinach and artichoke dip, which were all highly recommended by one of the best servers, Suffy.  She was so much fun, knowledgeable and made great recommendations.

We couldn’t visit LandShark Bar & Grill without trying their Perfect Margarita, which absolutely lived up to it’s standards!

After lunch, we made our way down to the beach… again and said our farewells. Alex and my brother flew their drones and captured amazing shots of the water (see video). Also, tons of beach pictures coming your way…


Our first night there, my brother Jorge and his sweet wifey Sammy joined us all for dinner at JWB Prime Steak and Seafood.  The dinner was outstanding and the company even better.  They also brought out a dessert with a candle on it, which made me super excited! 

A blurry one, sorry guys, but I couldn’t leave it out because they look so cute and went out of their way to make the night extra special.  

One of our nights at the resort, Alex and I were pleasantly surprised with a fruit and cheese board, my favorite wine and a sweet letter from the girls at Margaritaville wishing me a happy birthday.  They really went out of their way to make us feel so welcomed. Thank you!

The rooms were so spacious and comfortable (I have a clip of one of the rooms in the video above) I now want to decorate my entire house with their casual-lux feel and bring a little bit of Florida back to the midwest. 

We had such a wonderful time here and enjoyed it to the fullest.  Thanks for having us Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.  Next time we’ll have to bring our kiddos.

A few links: My bathing suit | Alex’s drone | my brother’s drone | my hat |



//Disclosure- Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort hosted a portion of our stay. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you guys so much for supporting our blog and our sponsors.

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