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Totally Random Bits of Info #20

Today I’m doing some Thinking Out Loud – thanks for hosting Amanda!

1. Something epic has happened…the babes slept the ENTIRE night for the past 3 nights in a row!!!! Seriously, this is the most amazing thing ever! Justin and I haven’t slept this much in almost 7 months. It’s nothing short of a miracle!

2. I have been so bad with my water consumption lately. I don’t know what my problem is, but before I know it, it’s the end of the day and I’ve only filled my water bottle once, maybe twice. It’s not good. I NEED to make a better effort to ramp up my water intake!

3. I signed into Pinterest yesterday and this quote was at the top of my feed. I loved it, so I had to share. So, so true!

4. I REALLY enjoyed Monique’s post about her balanced approach to clean eating. It’s a practical and realistic approach, and is very similar to my own philosophy.

5. The other day I placed a Birchbox order and with my order, I received these three complimentary Artisan teas. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but they sound amazing, and I’m most excited to try the chocolate mint truffle!

Artisan Tea6. This time of year, I love chicken salad, but typically it isn’t the healthiest of options, especially when it’s smothered in mayo; however, there are healthier versions out there and here is one of them —> 4-Ingredient Avocado Chicken Salad. I thought this looked amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

7. Big shout out to my brother, Russ!!! He started Insanity Max:30 (check out my full review HERE) this week!!! He’s sore as heck, but totally rocking it so far! So proud of you!!!!

8. Now this is a fantastic idea —> FroYo Bites! A perfect summertime treat!

9. This week we moved the babes to a new daycare and so far they’re doing really well. I’m super impressed with all the stuff they do with them during the day. When I got Monday’s daily report, they focused on a slew of important skills – cognitive development, creative art, motor skills, language arts, sensory stimulation and much more. They even “painted” with pipe cleaners and they’re only 7 months old. I LOVE it!

10. I got a new lunch bag!!! I know…so silly to be excited about a lunch bag, but I’ve needed one for so long and besides, it’s the little things that make me happy. Anyway, it’s great to finally have something is super stylish and functional. In case you’re wondering, I ordered this one.

Are you good about drinking enough water during the day?
What’s your favorite summertime treat?
Would you get excited over a new lunch bag or am I nuts? ;-)

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Baby Essentials

Good morning friends!

Over the past almost 7 months (they’ll be 7 months old on Saturday!), we’ve quickly come to learn what are the most important baby items to have and what we could live without so today, I’m going to share with you our Baby Essentials.

Baby EssentialsFisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Deluxe Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

rock and playWhen Gianna and Isaac were first born, they initially slept swaddled in bassinets. Gianna, especially, was such a restless sleeper and despite the fact that she was swaddled, would still move around a lot. I had this feeling she didn’t like the openness of the bassinet, so I knew we needed to try something else. Well, a friend of ours, lent us a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play and it was a total game changer. She was cradled and more cozy, and she starting sleeping much more sounder at night when in the rocker. We loved it so much that we ended up buying one for Isaac. In all seriousness, I don’t think we would have survived those first few months without these rock n’ plays!

Boppy Pillow

boppy pillowWe seriously didn’t realize how much we would use a boppy pillow until we had the babies – for feeding, for propping, for tummy time and learning to sit. It’s versatile and it’s one of those items that will grow with your child. We used them from when the babes were born up until this very day as they’re learning how to sit up right.

HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket

sleep sackOnce the babes transitioned from the rock ‘n plays to their cribs and were sleeping unswaddled, we wanted to be able to keep them warm and cozy at night, but since conventional blankets are too dangerous for babies we turned to sleep sacks. They’re awesome since they get that warm and cozy feeling of being covered with a blanket without the danger of suffocation.

Burp Clothes and Bibs

We use these ALL the time to protect their clothes and our clothes! We have lots and lots of extras as they’re constantly getting dirty. Seriously, if you’re having a baby, definitely stock up!

Fisher-Price Rainforest Melodies & Lights Deluxe Gym

The babes have been using this playmat since they were newborns. Granted in the beginning, they were just lying on it, not doing much, but over the past several months, they have been enjoying it quite a bit. They love playing with the toys, listening to the music and watching the lights. It’s also great for tummy time, and helps develop sensory skills. It has provided many hours of play and allows Mommy to get a few things done around the house. ;-)

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And just because we’re talking baby stuff today, I had to sneak in a recent picture of the babes! :-)

May 2015Moms, what are your baby essentials?

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Hard Work Pays Off

Starting a new business, trying to get in shape, training for a marathon, trying to get that promotion at work, etc. – HARD WORK PAYS OFF!

If you want to succeed in life and reach your goals, you’ve got to put in the time and effort in order to do so. Don’t let the hard work, the possibility of failure or your fears discourage you from following your dreams. You can do it if you try, and the end will result in that feeling of accomplishment and success.

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What are some goals that you have set for yourself?

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An Insane Workout

Good morning friends!

Today’s post is fitness inspired and one that I’ve been wanting to write for some time now.

I love, love, love Zumba. Before I got pregnant, I used to go to Zumba classes 3-5 times a week. The classes would last anywhere from an hour to two. It was an amazing and fun workout option! However, after the babies were born, I didn’t (and still don’t) have the time to commit to working out an hour or two a day, 5x a week, so as a result, I turned to my tried and true at-home workout DVDs. They’re convenient, you don’t need a gym membership and you can do them in the comfort of your own home; although, many of those that I own are a good 45 minutes to an hour long.

With the babies, as you may imagine, time is a major factor in my house nowadays, and when I got the all clear to workout after my c-section and was ready to get back into shape, I was in a need of a workout that was efficient (time wise) and effective. AND, that’s when I joined my friend Sarah’s accountability group and purchased Insanity Max:30.

Max30Program Details

There are 12 hardcore cardio and tabata style workouts. The first month includes Cardio Challenge, Sweat Intervals, Tabata Power, Tabata Strength and Friday Fight: Round 1. And the second month gives you a whole new set of workouts that become even more intense than month one – Max Out Cardio, Max Out Sweat, Max Out Power, Max Out Strength and Friday Fight: Round 2. The program also includes two free bonus DVDs – Pulse (a recovery workout) and Ab Attack: 10. The program comes with a workout calendar, so you know exactly which workouts to do when.

The workouts are done 5 days a week for 60 days. NO equipment is needed – you use your own body weight and if a move is too challenging, there is an optional modifier track, which you can follow until you build up your strength.

This workout is hardcore, so the premise is to go as hard as you can for as long as you can. When you need to take a break, you write down your time (this is your MAX OUT time). Once you catch your breath (and believe me, you will be panting), you jump back into the workout. Next time you do the workout, you try to beat that time – even if it’s only 30 seconds better than last time, it’s still progress and in this workout, every second counts.

Some other tools for success included in the program are a Nutrition to the Max Guide, a Max Out Guide, a Max Out Wall Calendar and Max Out Tracker and a No Time to Cook Guide.

My Thoughts

I LOVED it! I knew about the original version of Insanity prior to purchasing this program, but what I loved about this workout is that it was ONLY 30 minutes a day. Don’t be fooled though, despite the fact that it was only 30 minutes, you work your butt off and are literally drenched in sweat when that time is up. It’s probably one of the most intense programs I’ve done, BUT at the end of the workout, I felt amazing and at the end of the program, I felt such a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction – #IMaxedOut.

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This workout changes your body as much as it changes your mind. It challenges you to DIG DEEP and push hard to the end. I love the fact that no one fails with Insanity MAX:30! Even if you can only go 1 second longer than last time, that’s still an accomplishment.

Plus, the instructor, Shaun T, is amazing! He makes your work, but he gives you the motivation to get it done and he’s there doing the moves with you.

My Results

The combination of Insanity MAX:30 and a clean diet helped me to shed all the baby weight (which was 10+ lbs). When I first started the program, I definitely used the modifier track a lot, but as I continued to push through, I began to feel stronger not only physically, but mentally. I began to feel firmer and more toned. It’s seriously amazing how your body can change when only using your own body weight to do the moves.

Another big part of my success with the program was being part of the online challenge group. The daily check-ins kept me accountable and the support of other people doing the program was tremendous.

Overall, I think the program was awesome and I totally see round 2 in my future! ;-)

If you ever want to know more about or join an online challenge group OR if you need some ideas for intense and effective 30 minute at-home workouts, feel free to email me. I’d love to help you out.

Any questions about the program?
Favorite at-home workout DVD?
What’s the hardest workout you’ve ever done?

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Being a Mom

Hey there friends! Sorry for the lack of posts these past few days, but Isaac has been sick with a wicked cold, so that (obviously) took priority. Poor little man! Seriously though, ever since I’ve been back to work (about 5 weeks now), the babes have been sick more than they’ve been healthy these days. Daycare germs are evil! I just keep telling myself that their immune systems will be killer when it’s all said and done! When that end will come, I don’t know, but let’s hope it gets here sooner rather than later because sick babies are no fun!

Anyway, today I’m going to get a little sappy on you, so I apologize in advance, BUT I wanted to talk to you about what these past 6 months of being a mom has taught me and since Mother’s Day is this weekend, I figured this post was very timely.

My entire life I knew I wanted to have children – I knew I wanted to be a mom. I always loved kids and babies and always felt like being a mom was part of who I wanted to be. When I found out I was pregnant and was told we were having twins, it was definitely a shock, but I quickly became so excited about the fact that I would finally become a mom.

As my pregnancy progressed and I saw them on the ultrasound, I heard their heartbeats and I felt their kicks, I quickly fell in love, BUT when they were born and they were put in my arms, it hit me, I didn’t truly understand what being a mom meant until that moment AND I never knew the kind of love I would have for those two tiny human beings than when I held them for the first time. It was by far, and I say this with 100% certainty, the best moment of my life.

Being a mom is the greatest and most overwhelming job I have ever had AND I wouldn’t change it for the world. It is hard, it is frustrating, it is tiring, BUT it’s also amazing, rewarding and so much fun. The best way to start my day is when I see those smiling faces looking up at me in the morning. Those genuine, innocent, loving smiles make all those sleepless nights totally worth it.

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Being a mom means you have a level of love for your child(ren) that is almost indescribable. That love runs so deep and is never-ending. They are an extension of my soul. When I’m not with them, I don’t feel complete. They were and still are a part of my very being. They are my world and I will always have that special bond with them.

Being a mom means that you want to protect your babies from everything bad in this world. You are that mother bear protecting her cubs. You would do anything for them and do whatever is necessary to keep them safe.

Being a mom means cherishing every moment with your children. Small moments, big moments – they are all special. I love watching Gianna and Isaac grow, meeting certain milestones and developing their own littler personalities. Even though they’re just 6 months old, the time is already flying by, so that’s why I try to truly appreciate my time spent with them. When I’m with them, life is good – nothing else matters.

Being a mom is the greatest gift in this world and I would take the good, the bad and the ugly any day so long as I have those little babies in my arms.

And finally, being a mom makes my life complete.

For all you moms out there, what does being a mom mean to you?

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A New Endeavor

Good morning friends! You know how I mentioned that I started a new endeavor? Well, today’s the day, I’m going to tell you all about it!

So if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know that one of my biggest passions (aside from the babes) is my love for health and fitness. If you’re new to EGBG and want to know more behind that passion, check out this post HERE, which explains my journey to a healthier lifestyle.

After I had the babies and got the all clear from the doctor to work out again, I knew I wanted to dabble in a new workout program to get back into shape. I connected with Sarah @ Creating a Better Tomorrow and joined her Insanity Max:30 challenge group. Well, after being part of the challenge group and regularly talking to Sarah over the past several months, she posed to me an opportunity to become a Beachbody Coach. I pondered the idea for a while and finally accepted the opportunity! I am SO excited to be a coach and to work with Sarah (she’s seriously awesome!)!

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If you don’t already know Beachbody is the company behind the makers of Insanity, P90X, TurboFire and many other fitness programs. They are also the makers of Shakeology – a serious dose of dense nutrition in a glass (more on this at a later date). BUT, most importantly, through these amazing products, Beachbody’s ultimate mission is to end the age of obesity in this country and beyond, AND this is why I decided to join the team. I want to be part of that movement, help people and provide the encouragement and support an individual needs to reach their health and fitness goals. I’ve done the programs and I drink Shakeology, so I know what these products can do for me and I know what it can do for YOU.

If you’re ever interested in learning more, please feel free to contact me.

Have you started any new endeavors these days?
What’s your current favorite workout program?

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What’s Your Power Phrase?

Happy Friday and happy May 1st friends!

So yesterday, I was introduced to an awesome podcast by Chalene Johnson (a fitness guru and the face behind TurboFire and Piyo) centered around Anxiety in Social Settings and Overcoming Shyness. She made some great points, but the one that stood out to me and had the most impact is the idea of creating a power phrase.

What is a power phrase? Well, per Chalene, it’s a powerful, uplifting phrase that you tell yourself when you’re in social situations that make you uncomfortable, cause fear or give you anxiety. For instance, “everything will be okay!” or “no fear!” or “you got this!” It’s meant to be that reminder that YOU CAN DO IT!

That power phrase is definitely useful to get you through those uncomfortable social situations, but lets take it a step further and use that power phrase for situations where you’re being asked to step out of your comfort zone or when you’re starting a new endeavor or when you’re standing at the starting line of your first marathon. Whatever the situation is that gives you those butterflies and causes self-doubt, those few simple words can be the catalyst that will inspire you to succeed and overcome any of those fears and anxieties. Life is too short to let fear and anxiety hold you back!Remember your phrase, be confident and push through!

So, what’s your power phrase?  

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