Baby Dress Up Calendar - A League of Their Own

Aaaaah!  A LOOONG time ago I started posting about the dress-up calendar I made for Jake for Christmas last year, but then I fell off the blogging bandwagon and never got back to it.  Until today, that is. :) 

Through the month of July we have seen the smiling face of our very own Rockford Peach, Bonnie Ann.  Jake is a big fan of A League of Their Own, and while I couldn't tell you much about the storyline, I AM a pretty big fan of miss B dressed up as a baseball player!

Most of the pictures I took for the calendar were either in our living room or backyard, but for this group Bonnie Ann and I went to a local baseball field to get in the right frame of mind for some of the shots.  It was her first time playing with a baseball, and I'll be honest in saying that she was more interested in trying to eat the baseball than caring much about the sport itself!

While this outfit isn't a fully-functioning baseball uniform, I think it does a pretty good job of getting the idea across and I'm proud of it!  (And besides, could those cheeks or that smile not look adorable in something?!)

What do you think of this outfit or the baby calendar idea itself?  I'd love to hear!  I haven't made a calendar for 2017, but I'm thinking I'll have to make one next year for 2018 since I will have TWO little ones to get gussied up!  Maybe famous duos?!  A mini Sonny and Cher would just be too cute!


Country Heat is HERE!!!

It's been released!  Country Heat is available for purchase and I am anxiously waiting for mine to show up at my doorstep!  

Yes, my big ole' pregnant belly will be kicking the dust up in my living room with Autumn - and I can't wait for it!  One of the best parts of being involved with Beachbody is that I have access to incredible workouts and health tools without having to leave my own house.  As a mother of a toddler and another baby who will be arriving shortly, I appreciate knowing that they are witness to me making choices to put my health and fitness first.  Bonnie Ann loves it when I bring out the dancing videos, too, because she gets to boogie right along with me!

Have you not heard of Country Heat yet, and have no idea what I'm talking about??  I can explain!

Country Heat high-energy, low-impact dance workout that’s so simple and so fun, you’ll love it from the very first step. There is no choreography to remember, it is simply a dance workout of easy-to-follow moves that are set to awesome country music.  I was able to try out some sneak peeks and let's just say I had a great time dancing while also sweating up a storm!

The workouts themselves are 30 minutes long and it is a 30-day program that can be repeated as often as you like - this could be the game-changer for your health and fitness journey, and you only need to have 30 minutes to devote to it!  

What exactly comes with Country Heat?

If you decide that you would like to try out this program you get a ton of goodies that comes along with the program itself!  By ordering Country Heat, you get five dance workouts, a dance conditioning workout, a Shakeology shaker cup, an eating plan with a set of 7 color-coded, portion-control containers, a Quickstart guide, a 30-day calendar and two bonus workouts!  Along with all that, you can earn a free Country Heat t-shirt just for completing the workout and sharing your results with Team Beachbody!  

I, of course, as your coach, will also be along for the ride with you!  I am available to help you stay motivated, focused and on schedule!

How do I get the BEST results possible?

The best results in any health and fitness journey come from these key things:

- Commitment
- Staying on track
- Sticking to the program
- Fueling your body correctly

As simple as those little bullet points might make it seem, these four things can actually be pretty hard to master!  (I suppose that has a lot to do with why there are so many of us who have struggled or are struggling with health and weight issues).  One thing that I have found makes ALL of these easier to accomplish, however, is this: accountability.  When we work together with other people and hold each other accountable, not only is the journey a lot more fun, it is also a whole lot easier to stick to!

I offer personal support and accountability through my Challenge Groups that I run each month.  These are designed to keep you focused on your goals, accountable to the process and motivated to keep going!  Imagine how great it would be to have someone lift you up when you've had a bad day (because they DO happen) instead of just letting one bad day roll into another.  That's what these groups do for us!  I have been a proud member of many challenge groups, and I truly believe that they are the secret sauce to an awesome success story (say that five times fast!)

Along with the accountability, challenge groups also offer the opportunity to try out Shakeology, which is how I start every day!  Shakeology is a nutrient-dense meal replacement that helps us to fuel our body correctly and in the best way possible.  I'll be honest - when I first joined a challenge group I was super skeptical of Shakeology and didn't even like the first shake I made.  After tweaking my recipe, though, I discovered that not only do I like Shakeology, I love it!  It keeps me full, is easy and quick to make and helps me get all the daily nutrients in without having to spend my entire paycheck on supplements!  In challenge groups we discuss recipes, ways to make Shakeology and how to best fit it into your lifestyle so it frees up time and gives you energy when you need it!

Back to Country Heat, though - can I check it out before committing?

Of course!  Here is a video to check out that will give you a sneak peek into the workout.

Ok, I'm interested.

If you are interested in Country Heat I would love to chat with you about the program, challenge groups, and how I can best support and help you.  To get the conversation started, could you please fill out the application form below?  I will be in touch with you within 24 hours and we can chat about Country Heat and how I can help you get the results that YOU want!

I look forward to chatting!

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Beachbody Workouts while Pregnant

Happy May!!! It's almost summer - yay!!
This summer my beach body will be a little bit (okay, a LOT) different than it has for the last couple years. As of today I am 18 1/2 weeks pregnant with baby number two, and this baby bump appeared a whole lot sooner than it did when I was pregnant with Ms Bonnie Ann, who is now a year and a half old. I had heard people say that they showed much earlier with their second babies, but honestly I didn't realize just how true that would end up being for me! With Bonnie I wondered if I was ever going to show - I definitely don't have that worry now!
Another thing that has also changed is what I have been doing for workouts. In the first trimester I was so sick and fatigued every day that I wasn't able to stick with my workouts as much as I would have liked. Now that the nausea and fatigue has abated a bit, I'm back to workouts, but now I have this baby bump to work around!
So, that leads me to the point of this post: what the heck can we do for workouts while pregnant???

Beachbody Workouts while Pregnant

I'd like to start by saying that the following is only my opinion based on my experience, so you might be very different from me! Also, it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about working out while pregnant. Mine has given me the all clear, but in some cases it might be best for you and baby to do other things.
So, for me, this is what I have found works for me while pregnant!
- Being on my back is not a good thing. It's not comfortable and I just don't feel right doing the back-centered exercises, so I tend to skip or modify these if they appear in any workout I am doing.
- Along with skipping the back exercises, I also am limiting the amount of jumping I do. I have a history of back problems, which jumping tends to aggravate, so for me it is best if I don't do these while pregnant. I am pretty careful about the amount of jumping I do even when I am not pregnant, so I take double precaution when I have the addition of a baby bump out front :)
- Personally, I have found that a lot of the Shaun T workouts are good for me. I have lately been working out with Focus T25 and this is going really well! While T25 can be an incredibly demanding workout, I am finding it to be my favorite because of the modifier. In every singly Focus T25 workout there is a woman, Tania, who is serving as the modifier. She is showing how to still get a great workout while not going crazy on the jumping or strength portions - this is working out great for me! I'm pretty strictly following along with Tania, which allows me to avoid the jumping and the getting up and down off the ground that the rest of the group are doing.
Another great option I have found is Cize. This is a dance workout by Shaun T, and it is a ton of fun! It can be either a crazy cardio intense workout if you really push yourself, or, if you're making it a bit less intense, it is a great way to get a workout in while not going too crazy. My 18 week pregnant self likes to dance around with Shaun T and just have FUN! (My daughter also loves joining mom in her dance classes in the living room!)
Another great option for fitness while pregnant is the Beachbody on Demand app. This is a streaming service that has tons of full Beachbody programs available to stream right to your tv or computer as well as lots of extra sneak peeks and bonus workouts. Autumn Calabrese (from 21 Day Fix and the Master's Hammer & Chisel) even has a series of maternity workouts on the service! Those were specifically created for moms and moms-to-be, so they are a great option if you're looking for something maternity specific. Using Beachbody on Demand also gives you the ability to test out the various other programs that are available to stream to find something that you can really sink your teeth into and enjoy.
Like I said, these are all my opinions, but I hope they are helpful! If you have any questions at all, or would be interested in learning more about how I, as a coach, can help you reach your health and fitness goals (whether you are pregnant, hoping to become pregnant or have no baby goals in sight!) please fill out the challenge group application below and I will be in touch so we can chat about how I can best help you hit your goals!
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Pregnancy Dream #1: The Man at the Door

Pregnancy can be weird.  It does weird things to your body, your emotions, your thoughts and your dreams.  And by 'weird things', I mean crazy, off-the-wall dreams.  Or at least they are for me!  The majority of my pregnancy dreams are, quite honestly, scary!  I wake up from a nightmare and I have to convince myself I'm in bed and not in whatever horrible location my sleeping mind created.

When I was pregnant with Bonnie I had a ton of these dreams, and they've started up again with this little one.  I don't remember nearly any of the Bonnie dreams, though, so this go around I thought it would be fun to write them down and remember the craziness that happened in my mind at night :)  I've shared a lot of memories through this blog, so I thought it only right to share these pregnancy dreams as well!  Please know that I am going to recount them as accurately as I can; I know that they might not make sense, logic might be missing or they just might be plain old weird - it's all my subconscious!

Here's my dream, as close as I can recall, that happened on Tuesday night:

I knew I was in trouble.  Without even seeing the man running towards my house, I knew he was coming, and I knew he was seething with anger towards me.  Why?  That part I didn’t know; the source of his anger was unclear.  All I knew was that he was coming, fast, and he intended to do me harm.

Instead of running, calling for help or attempting to arm myself I froze at the front door while looking through the peephole.  Somewhere in those woods he was jumping over broken branches and rocks to get to my house.  To harm me.  Finally I saw him break through the tree line; he never slowed or wavered in his path – before barely any time had passed at all he was at the front door.  Yelling.  Yelling to me, yelling at me, it was all the same.

I grabbed a stool once I saw him reach for the gun.  I thought it would be safest to get higher; surely this would make me impossible to shoot.  I stayed behind the door, but I stood two feet taller than I would have because of the stool.  His first round of bullets ripped through the door and it was clear that my idea was a bad one.  With the noise of his seemingly never-ending bullets echoing in my ears, I thought it was safe to jump down off the stool and run.  I ran to the other end of the house and only turned back once to see the bullets continuing to rip through the bottom foot of my front door.  The man was angry, and he was intent on shooting enough holes in the bottom of the door to create a space large enough to climb through to get to me.

While he shot holes in my door, I threw a baseball through a window at the other end of the house, jumped through the window and ran.  Down the lawn, into the edge of forest and beyond.  I fell, I tripped, I ran.  I knew I had to get away – there was no other option available that would allow me to keep my life.  The anger in the man’s eyes had promised me that.

I ran for what seemed like an eternity, but eventually I came across another person – this time someone who wasn’t looking to kill me.  I asked for their help, and she had me come to meet her mother, who might be able to help.  I didn’t know these people, but they agreed to assist me in my escape.  In the backseat of their car I stayed silent and still as they drove away from my house, away from theirs and away from the man with anger in his eyes and murder on his mind.

We made it to a police checkpoint but never made it any further.  As I peeked out from the tarp they had wrapped me in my breath was taken away.  On top of a hill in the middle of the forest I saw where my house had once been.  Instead of a roof, though, I saw the black sky on fire.  The man had lit my house, and the area surrounding it ablaze.  His anger wasn’t gone, but I had escaped from it. 

For now.

Would he continue on his quest to find me?  Was I safe?  Should I keep running?

Before I knew the answer, I woke up.

Another weird and frightening pregnancy dream.


Have you had crazy pregnancy dreams?  Or maybe just crazy dreams in general?  Are you a dream reader who wants to share what mine might mean??

I'd love to hear your stories and thoughts!

Until then,


Stovetop Lemon and Rice Chicken

Stovetop Lemon and Rice Chicken

Trying new recipes is one of my favorite things to do, but it can also be a bit scary when you take that first bite - will it be good or will it be better to forget it ever happened and make a quick replacement dinner instead (for those nights, when they unfortunately happen, I make sure to always have tilapia on hand - it's easy, tasty and healthy!)

Last night for dinner I tried out a new recipe that looked like it should be a for-sure winner.  It included all my favorite things: chicken, lemon and rice!  Could it ever go wrong?

Well, no.  And yes.  Somewhere right in the middle of those.

The chicken was fantastic; it was moist, easy to make and had just enough flavor.  The rice on the other hand... that had a LOT of flavor.  We're talking a lot a lot.  As we were eating I commented that I thought it had a bit too much lemon, but Jake disagreed and thought it had just enough.  A couple minutes later we realized that while I was eating little pieces of chicken with the rice, he was only eating the chicken and then planned on moving to the rice.

Let's just say that when he tasted just the rice for the first time he came around to my way of thinking in a hurry!

We agreed that the recipe was good enough to try again, though, so I'm going to share it with you today using our tweaks we discussed - let me know what you think if you try it!

Stovetop Lemon and Rice Chicken

The recipe I've shared above is, again, a little bit different than the recipe that we tried, but I think the changes I made will make it better for both Jake and I.  Let me know what you think - and if you make tweaks to this one!

Until next time,