September 22, 2016

the problem with loving being at the gym is..

..that it has caused a MAJOR obsession with workout gear.

I'm not joking. I buy WAY too much crap for the gym.

I currently own at least 10 sports bras, 7 pairs of shorts, 6 pairs of gym shoes and 15 pairs of workout pants.

That's a problem.

These are just a few of my favorite pieces from my clothing collection -

Found on sale at Eastbay right now!

Also on sale on Eastbay!

These photos make it seem like I have a Nike addiction. Well. I guess I probably do.

I've promised myself that I wouldn't buy any more workout clothes for the next few months. I'm going until November!  Its been almost 3 weeks, GO ME!!


September 06, 2016

Birthday Shoes.

Every year since Mark and I have been together, he has purchased me a pair of shoes for my birthday. I'm not sure if I just started assuming I would be getting shoes, or if HE started assuming I would be getting shoes, but here we are 6 years later - and I got some new birthday shoes!

These shoes are pink and cozy and perfect for my coaching job and also for working out in. They are NO BULL trainers and I love them so much that I don't want to wear them because they might get dirty.

Last year it was the Nike Metcon 1's in black and white. Which I love. Because I do CrossFit.

The year before that it was Reebok Trainer 1's in gray and pink.

2013 was a pair of yellow Reebok Nano 2's.

2012 was some pink polka dot Nike's so that I would start working out because I had become a bit fluffy and apparently I needed new shoes to lose the fluff.

2011 were some sort of flats that I can't remember for the life of me if they were the black sparkly ones or the cheetah print ones and in 2010, the year we started dating, Mark bought me my first pair of Toms that I still wear all the time.

That's a long list of birthday shoes people. Crossing my fingers that this tradition lives on forever because its my favorite thing about September.

PS. I'm going to be 30 in a few weeks. THIRTY YEARS OLD.


September 05, 2016

#momlife thoughts.

A few months ago our family had a sit in front of the tv and binge on food movie night. We decided on Inside Out because we heard it was adorable-what I didn't know was how touching it would be- and how much it would make me cry!

The movie does such a great job explaining emotions and our need for - and the importance of - our emotions working together to understand the things we feel so deeply.

One part of the movie that really resonated with me was the huge impact that your 'core memories' have on you emotionally. The girl Riley had 5 core memories, Silliness, Hockey, Friendship, Honesty and Family.  Honestly I cried a WHOLE BUNCH during this movie, but even this simple part explaining these core memories made me sad. My little girl doesn't get to keep her core memories. Her life is SO much different than when she was born. Does she still have these old core memories? Are we rebuilding them or is she holding on to the old ones? Will we be able to build these in time for her to understand how much we love her, how important she is, and what will be a huge part of her future?

It was such a sad movie to be a child's movie, but she wasn't upset by it. The first thing Peanut said after it ended was that it was good that Sadness was there to help her at the end. My heart! This little girl has come such a long way in the last 2 years since her big transition to having a full-time mommy and daddy, and I am reminded that we still have a very long way to go. 

This morning I was reading Hebrews 10:36 - 'For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise'.

We are all just chugging along, not so patiently sometimes, but knowing this is not a short sprint, it is a marathon.

August 25, 2016

paleomg for the win!

This recipe looks AMAZING and I'm going to be making it ASAP. 
Check out for more amazing ideas like this one!
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Sweet Pulled Pork Waffle Sliders
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Serves: 4-6
For the pulled pork
  • 2 pounds pork butt
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
For the mayo
  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (use 1 more teaspoon if you would like it sweeter)
For the waffles
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
For the toppings
  • 5-6 pieces of bacon, cooked
  • slice pickles
  1. Place pork butt (or other roast) in a crockpot. Add sliced onions around it and top with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until it falls apart.
  2. Once pork is done cooking, shred in the crockpot.
  3. Now make the mayo so it can cool in the fridge. Place all mayo ingredients, except for the maple syrup, into a tall container. Place your immersion blender to the bottom of the container, turn on and wait until the mixture thickens. You may need to raise the immersion blender a bit to help mix all of the oil. Once it is thick, pour in the maple syrup and mix with a spoon. Place in fridge to cool.
  4. To make the waffle buns, mix together almond flour, baking soda, garlic powder, and a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Then add eggs, coconut milk, bacon fat, chopped bacon, and chives and mix well to combine.
  6. Heat up a waffle iron and pour mixture into the center of each waffle area. You want the buns to be small so only about 2 tablespoons of the mixture will do to create a small waffle bun. Cook until slightly crispy.
  7. Once waffles are done, begin the layering: waffle bun, sweet mayo, pork, pickles, bacon, mayo, bun. Feel free to add other toppings as well!!
Yields 6 sliders