Cheers to 30 years!

On Saturday, I turned 30!

This actually wasn’t a birthday that I was dreading. I’m excited for my 30s! My 20s were great — lots of life lived, lots of learning and lots of growing – but I feel like my 30s are going to be wonderful too.

For my actual birthday, I spent all morning with Emery and Ryan and then my parent’s graciously offered to babysit for the night. Ryan and I saw the new Doctor Strange before meeting some friends for happy hour, dinner and bowling. It was so fun getting out with friends who we don’t get to spend nearly as much time with as we want.

On Sunday, we had a lazy family day and ordered pizza. It was a perfect weekend.

Here’s to my 30s! I’m excited for this next chapter and all that it will bring.

Finally a weekend that felt like Spring

The weather this weekend was amazing here in western Kentucky. 70s and 80s made it feel like it was late Spring. We went from winter temps to almost summer real fast. But now, we’re make to 50s and rain.

Our weekend was filled with family and outdoor activities. We all slept in a little on Saturday and then started the day with some yard work and drawing on the driveway with chalk (our toddler’s latest obsession).

Saturday afternoon, I met up with a friend from middle school (!!!) who recently moved back to the area and we walked around the park with our little girls. So fun catching up with a great friend!

The girls got hot fast, so we called it quits after an hour. Emery and I spent the rest of the afternoon alternating between playing blocks in the house and playing with random toys in the garage.

On Sunday, me, Emery and my mom had a girls day at the Spring Market at White Chateau. We had some gorgeous weather (even though it was crazy windy) and we got to check out some super cute vendors and get some great food. I had a watermelon lemonade that was to die and got a cute pair gold + pearl stud earrings.

The highlight of the day had to be the petting zoo. They had a calf, mini pony, llamas, baby chicks and ducks, a turtle and some sheep and lambs. Emery LOVED it all. She made all the animal noises and loved petting the calf and the rabbits. Also, look at how cute this little guy is. We visited the petting zoo twice and I’m so glad this was an addition to the market this year.

It was such a great weekend and I feel so invigorated and ready to start another work week.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

A Day in the Life – Morning Workout Edition

Balancing a full-time job outside the home, a side gig, being a mother and wife – all while trying to workout is a lot. We all (mothers, parents, people in general) are all trying to balance.

I enjoy reading other people’s day in the life posts – so here’s mine.

5:19 a.m. Alarm goes off!

Every Tuesday and Thursday I work out a small group and a personal trainer. It’s 45 minutes strength training and leaves me feeling exhausted and recharged all at the same time. I love it. I can definitely see improvements in my strength since I’ve been going to these sessions. Plus, I can leave everyone at home sleeping.

6:35 a.m. Get back home and get ready for work

Owensboro is the perfect sized city and it takes me about 10 minutes to get home from the gym. Once I get home, I do my Write the Word and then start getting ready for work. Since I don’t wear makeup and keep my hair pretty simple, I can usually get ready in about 15 minutes or less. Emery has been sleeping until 7-7:15 a.m. so I can get myself ready before I get her up. Once she’s up, she get changes and dressed and then it’s a kiss to Ryan and Murphy and out the door!

7:30 a.m. Drop off Emery, head to work

We’ve been blessed with my dad being retired and willing to watch Emery while Ryan and I work. Whenever I drop her off with him, he usually is making breakfast for the two of them. I chat for a few minutes and then head to work.

7:45ish a.m. Get to work

Sometimes I eat breakfast at home, sometimes I stop at Chick-fil-A for a chicken biscuit. I’m usually the first one from my team to get to the office, so I start checking emails and figuring out my game plan for the day. I work a traditional 8-5 in the office and my role involves event planning, gift-giving, digital marketing and content creation. Every day is different and I truly love my job and the people I get to work with.

1 p.m. Lunchtime!

I am lucky that I am able to go home on my lunch break. I usually grab something to eat, walk Murphy and tidy up the house (because something always needs to be cleaned, right?!)

2-5 p.m. Work work work

`At 5 p.m. I head to my parent’s house to pick up Emery and head home!

5:30-7ish p.m. play time, bath

When the weather is nice, we all (me, Ryan, Emery and Murphy) go for walks around the neighborhood or to a park near our house. Then we play with ALL THE TOYS and our house looks like a disaster. Then it’s bath time, story time and bed for Emery. Ryan and I usually catch up on some work or stuff around the house and then eat supper around 7:30-8 p.m.

8-10 p.m. tv and chores

We’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy lately (we started it last year and are finally on Season 16) and usually watch an episode or two a night. Then we split dishes and laundry + whatever else needs to be done around the house. I take a shower, lay out my clothes for the next and then usually pass out around 10:30 p.m.

So there you have it! A typical day in the life for the days I wake up early to work out. Things shift a little when I workout after work and then weekend are all over the place depending on what we have going on.

What do your days look like?

Why I took a break from running

It wasn’t intentional.

It just kind of happened.

I took a break from running. (someone has overtaken the treadmill and thinks it’s hilarious)

After my half marathon in November. I needed a break. I was working A LOT. Wanting to spend as much time as possible with my baby (toddler?! – what do you call a 1-year-old?) and husband and running just wasn’t a priority. Plus, after training for the half, I was a little burnt out. Winter was here and I needed a break.

So I took it.

In December, I started to visualize 2022 as my year of health. I started a weight loss program through my OBGYN’s office, went to the dentist and the eye doctor and started getting my $h!t together. Once I talked about PCOS and my goals with some healthcare professionals, I started changing how I ate and viewed food — I also started losing weight.

Then in January, a fitness club that I had been to a couple of times was running a great deal on 8 weeks of classes (because #resolutions, duh). So I purchased my 8 weeks and started going 3-4-5 times a week.

I fell in love with it. Lots of strength classes, personal training (but in a small group setting), spin, TRX and yoga. Loud music and some curse words — sounds like my kind of workout. I loved being accountable with a group and the 5:30 a.m. classes meant I could get my workout in for the day before anyone else in my house woke up.

Since I’ve been taking these fitness classes, I’ve been finding new strength and new fun ways to workout I still run every now and then, but for now I’m enjoying something new and a nice change of pace.

Once Spring returns, I know I’ll be itching to hit the roads again and have my Saturday long runs back. Until then, I’m going to do what is FUN for me.

Celebrating one year of Emery!

On Saturday, we celebrated one year of Emery Jane!

I cannot believe my baby is a year old. All the clichés I were told before she was born are true; time is a thief, it all goes by way too fast, the days are long but the years are short.

We celebrated with a Sesame Street/Elmo themed birthday party and some of our friends + family. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, but here is a sneak peak of the day.

If you’re local to Owensboro, be sure to check out some of our amazing vendors!
Venue: The Party Space Place
Cake and cupcakes: Becca Bakes
Outfit: Lil Bit Sassy

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite posts from today. I’m still learning and growing every day. Thankful for the voices across the country that speak up to make this country an amazing, wonderful, diverse place to live.

7 women who influenced Martin Luther King Jr.
Karamo Brown’s IG post from today. It’s a video. Go check it out.
Donate here to the #BreatheWithMe Revolution

Maternity pictures

Last week a friend of mine graciously gifted us a free maternity photo session. We got the gallery back over the weekend and I love them all! Below are some of my favorites.

Murphy is obviously the star of the family. I loved all of our pictures with him! Maybe even more than just the ones of me and Ryan. 

I was a little on the fence about getting pictures but I knew I would regret it if I went through this entire pregnancy and didn’t have any photos to show from it. I didn’t take the weekly bumpdate pictures, so I knew this would be a great way to get some nice photos of our little family before we add a new member!

My face and feet are a little swollen from this Kentucky heat (and ya know, being 8 months pregnant) but I am trying to focus on the crazy awesome things my body is currently doing and not on the extra pounds I’m carrying.

I had my 33 week appointment today and things are getting real FAST. I have one more appointment in July and then I see my doctor every week in August. We picked a pediatrician today and we have the car seat and stroller out of their boxes and assembled. 

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON. Less than 50 days until baby girl is here!

Did you get maternity pictures taken?

Were you early, on time or late with your first? Trying to guess when the baby will actually be here is driving me crazy!

Favorite maternity workout clothes

Even though my running has come to a screeching halt during pregnancy, I am still trying to get out and active every day. Early on in my pregnancy when I looking at other blogs to see what women were wearing during pregnancy + working out all I found were ladies who were several sizes smaller than me. While I’m not quite plus size, I am usually a size 10-12. So hopefully this will help anyone who isn’t a size 4 (no shame at all to those who are smaller! Yall are rocking it. I just want to put my experience out there and hopefully help other women who are a different body type)

My trusty Oiselle long rogas are literally the first thing I change into when I get home from work and I live in them during the weekends. I own five pairs and four of them are size 12 and one of them is a size 14. They are still fit great (though the 12s are almost snug, they are still comfortable!) I never found any true maternity athletic shorts that I liked so I’m hoping my rogas can hold out for another 7 weeks.

This maternity tank from Amazon. Loved it so much I ordered a second the day after one came in the mail.

My ProCompression socks! Swollen feet really started to affect me this week and I have been wearing my ProCompression socks nightly around the house. Thankfully I had five pairs from marathon training, but I’m thinking of buying one or two more pairs (the puppy love design and the marathon navys) to add to my rotation.

For my daily walks and on the weekends when I am about and about more, I always wear my Hoka One One Clifton 5s. So much support and they are wide enough that my swollen feet still fit comfortably.

For work, I usually wear some black Crocs sandals I snagged on a whim one day when looking for shoes. I sized up but they are still getting a little snug – this Kentucky heat and humidity is not doing me any favors.

What are some of your maternity workout apparel must-haves?