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1.23.2017

Scooting through the weekend


Every so often, Liam and I will take a day to explore the city. We dub it Adventure Day. Saturday we took towards downtown for a brief coffee date at Local Press + Brew which is the cutest little coffee shop in Oak Cliff. We sat for a while sipping fresh pressed apple juice, an almond latte and after much convincing, a chocolate donut was consumed, discussing important things like super heroes and cars. Then we drove around the corner to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge where Liam requested a scooter ride. If we have a spare moment, he's always requesting to ride his scooter. The day was warm and it was a perfect Saturday with my boy. I'm cherishing these last few which just him and I.

1.19.2017

My Pregnancy Workout Routine

 Leggings: Nordstrom | T-shirt: Victoria's Secret | Tracy Anderson DVD  


Happy Wednesday! This month is flying by which means I need to kick things into high gear to get ready for little mister. Anyways, as promised today I'm sharing my pregnancy workout. Before baby, I worked out 4-5 times a week and loved it. I always worked out after work and it was a great way to decompress at the end of the day.

Not much has changed in when I work out now that I'm pregnant. I still like to get in at least 30 minutes after work. This seems especially important as I have a desk job and my ankles get swollen and my body stiff after sitting too long. It's always great to keep my body's circulation going and stretch everything out. It's amazing how different my body feels pre versus post workout. However, I'm always accessing how my body is feeling. If I'm too tired or don't have the energy, I don't push it. Now I work out about 3 days a week.

Here's my basic routine:

Walks: Every day around 10AM I go for a walk around the parking garage at work. I make sure to walk down the 6 flights of stairs instead of taking the elevator and walk through every level of the garage for at least 20 minutes. I get a little leg work in because of the incline and it's such a great way to break up the morning and keep everything loose. The days I miss, I notice how sore I am from not getting up and moving.

Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project: Many of you are familiar with this magician as she's the trainer for Gwyneth Paltrow and Molly Sims. I love her workouts because she focuses on getting everything slim and tight, not bulky and muscular. She does a lot of reps which can be killer but is so effective. When I saw she had a DVD for pregnant mamas, I was hooked immediately. She focuses on your body's needs each month which is crucial during pregnancy. The workouts I was doing in the my first trimester look a lot different than the workouts I'm doing now. Now it's all about circulation (faster reps), leg work, and prepping for labor (lots of stretching).

Yoga: On days when I want to do something but don't have the energy to do a full workout, I'll do a 10-15 minute yoga sesh. Think a lot of downward facing dog, warrior II and triangle poses. Nothing too crazy, but it always feels great to stretch. My back and chest always thank me for it! I wrote a post about my favorite yoga moves before I was pregnant if you want to check it out. I still incorporate a lot of them.

Honestly, this is all I need. Obviously I'm not trying to lose weight or gain muscle, just trying to maintain and keep some of the weight off as much as possible. During my first pregnancy, I literally didn't work out once and boy, can I tell the difference between that pregnancy and this one. I've gained weight slower (although my doc would probably say otherwise!), I'm less swollen, and the bump itself seems a lot more compact and less..."full." Ha.

If you have any questions about my workouts, let me know in the comments. :)

1.17.2017

Permission

 Sleeveless Blazer: Target | Sweater: Target | Scarf: thrifted | Jeans: Target | Loafers: Zara, old, similar | Clutch: thrifted, similar

Liam's cough and runny nose led to the kind of sleep that leaves you waking up more tired than you went to bed. He visited my bedside several times throughout the night, woke up crying twice and there was nothing I could do but give him some cold and cough medicine and wait it out, hopefully asleep.

I woke up to my 5:30AM alarm not so gently yelling at me to wake up. At a week shy of my third trimester, sleep is bumpy at best. Add a sniffly toddler and it's rocky. My body felt stiff, joints and limbs aching. It can't be time yet. My body is so not ready. 

That evening, I felt no different. But there was a husband and child to tend to, laundry to be done, and dinner needed to magically appear. And then husband put on his cape and said, Sit down. You need to rest as he warmed me up yesterday's homemade mac n cheese, that he had made from scratch. Bless that man.

And so I sat and watched YouTube videos and didn't even feel guilty about it. He played with Liam as I let my swollen ankles find relief. I listened to the sound of the two of them building Lego's together from the next room. I still didn't budge.

Later that night as we were lying in bed, husband said It felt like I was counting down the minutes until Liam's bedtime. I'm so tired and yet I feel like I failed as a daddy. He came home from school and it felt like we couldn't wait for 7pm. Here he was, basically Superman, feeling like he was selfishly wanting time for himself.

I waited for the mom/wife guilt to come creeping in but it never did. Yes, I had counted down the minutes until 7pm. Did that make me a bad mom?

I gave myself permission to retreat and rejuvenate. And you know what? The next day I felt better for it. Refreshed and a little less tired than the day before. Taking a time out and doing something for yourself is not the same as being selfish.

1.16.2017

Valentine's Day Outfit Idea


 Dress: Pink Blush Maternity, c/o | Blazer, vintage | Heels: Asos | Lips: 'Heat Wave' | Necklace: Stella & Dot, c/o

Happy Monday to you and yours! Can you believe Valentine's Day is right around the corner? I walked into Target right after Christmas and low and behold, there were hearts, red lips and pink and red everything. Crazy how fast things turn around.

Since mine and husband's birthday fall two and three days after Valentine's Day (I'm one day older), I tend to be a bit biased towards the romantic holiday. We typically celebrate our birthdays rather than the actual day itself because the crowds seems to thin out a few days later. While I'm not a girly girl, I do enjoy wearing a pop of red or pink and a lace number every now and again. I wore this outfit to work last week and love the endless options a basic LBD can have. I took a more conservative approach but throw on some sexy heels and some faux fur and the outfit carries a completely different vibe. Or maybe some strappy heels, a statement necklace and bold lip. Countless options depending on your style!

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