Friday Favorites: Bumpin’ in Charleston

Hey hey – Happy Fri- YAY!

I have to work all weekend long but that’s totally ok, because Scott and I just got back from a long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. I was there for a medical conference and Scott tagged along. My Mom came and watched Luke and they had so. much. fun. And Scott and I enjoyed extra sleep, good food and quality conversation and time together. It was perfect. I think I took a total of 3 pictures. . .

Tour of Fort Sumter.


34 weeks.


Checking out the harbor and watching the dolphins swim.


Food highlights include Lewis BBQ {get the brisket}, King Street Cookies {two words – s’mores cookie}, Old Village Post House {delicious steak}, Another Broken Egg {get the biscuit beignets}, 82 Queen {brunch!}.

And I can’t believe I never shared any Halloween pictures. ..




And doesn’t Halloween seem like forever ago already??

And how is Thanksgiving next week?? This pregnant lady is SO excited for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m most excited for mashed potatoes and gravy. . . and pie. . . and Jennie-O sent me another turkey to make for Thanksgiving this year.


We made it last year and it was SO good. Juicy and delicious.

And SO easy to make!


Other life stuff. . .

I just finished this book and I can’t recommend it enough. SO good!


Trying to find a diaper bag..  . I think this one might be a winner.. .


Every night in our house. Candles forever.


I totally went out of my comfort zone with grey nails. And I love them!


And this latest package from Krusteaz makes me SO excited for Holiday baking!! This baby better stay in until I have a chance to get some baking done! Winking smile


I know Luke and I are going to have some fun with these decorating edible frosting pens!


And I’m still teaching BODYPUMP twice per week and loving it. Fingers crossed that I continue to feel good and can keep teaching until the end! I picked up  these old navy maternity workout pants a few weeks ago. love the subtle design and they are super comfy.

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And now off to work. . . have a great one!

Whatcha up to this weekend? What have you been loving lately??

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!


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Currently: Fall + 31 weeks pregnant

Hi!! Happy Thursday! I honestly didn’t mean to do a disappearing act on you, but #truth, this pregnancy is no joke and these days napping pretty much wins over everything else on my to- do list. . .

I thought I’d check back in with a little currently post. . .

Current book: I just picked up Defending Jacob at the library yesterday. . . I’ve heard good things about it, so I can’t wait to check it out.

Image result for defending jacob

Current [non]-guilty pleasure: Baby kicks and punches. <love>

Current drink: Water with lemon. If I don’t drink enough water during the day, I start to feel lightheaded. . . so I’m drinking water like it’s my job lately, and I cannot get enough of water with lemon! fruit punch spark is a close second favorite right now.

Current food: Apple cider donuts.


Hot and fresh at our local apple orchard. . . just as good as the honey crisp apples!

Current obsession: Christmas pillows. Total random, right? I blame it on the most recent Pottery Barn catalog. . .


I am in love with these plaid pillows from Pottery Barn. And if my living room could look like this, that would be great too. Winking smile

Current craving: A good run. Man, I miss running. Thankfully, BODYPUMP still feels good and I am still teaching twice per week, but it just isn’t running. . . Also, craving Brie cheese and a margarita with lots of salt. #keepingitreal.

Current need: This track pullover. Doesn’t it look comfy and perfect for winter and snuggling a baby? Size large would be great! Smile

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Current indulgence: napping. I hardly ever nap so this pregnancy has been insane with how much I’ve been sleeping. . . Trying to take advantage of the time to sleep now before we have a newborn again!

Current beauty product: My friend starting selling Rodan + Fields about six months ago, and I finally took the plunge to give it a go. . . and I love it. I have been using the Unblemish Regimen.


Current procrastination: Choosing a baby name!! We have a few “contenders” but nothing that seems quite right yet. I think we need to see his little face before choosing his name, so right now, we just call him baby brother.

Current confession: Krusteaz was amazing and sent me a package of muffins and pancake mixes, included two boxes of Pumpkin spice muffins. ..


we ate 1 box the first day and the second box the next day.


Tip – add pecans and make them into mini muffins! SO good!

Current excitement: Starting to get Baby Brother’s room ready. . .


Current mood: content. life is good. Smile

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!

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Fri–YAY– San Diego + Life


Happy Friday!! Plans for the weekend?? I have to work tomorrow. . . but I am looking forward to picking out pumpkins on Sunday and watching some football!

I am already missing the beach in California. . .




The seals in La Jolla.



And hanging with these guys.



Otherwise, we’ve been getting back to life as usual.

Krusteaz sent me some pancake and muffin mixes. . . and these Pumpkin Spice muffins are so good that I’ve made two batches in two days. Tip – add chopped pecans. So good!


Loving my 30 minute BODYPUMP + CXWORX combo on Friday mornings. . . and 30 weeks tomorrow!

30 weeks

And lastly Friday morning snuggles are the best. Smile 


Have a great weekend. . . what are you up to??

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

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Friday Favorites: San Diego

Happy Friday from San Diego!

I am in town for a medical conference and Luke and Scott are tagging along for a long weekend.

Pretty in pink. Vacation nails are a must, right?


Successful 4 hour plane ride.



And we didn’t waste any time hitting the beach!


Total parent fail. . . I didn’t put Luke in his swim suit thinking that he would just get his feet wet. . .


Yup. . . he ended up soaked and sandy from head to toe.




So, we stripped him down to his underwear and thankfully they had beach showers to get most of the sand off. . .

and then he got to air dry in the car. Winking smile #winning


I’m in my conference this morning and then planning to hit up the beach again this afternoon! If you have any San Diego suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Have a great weekend. . . what are you up to??

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

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Friday Favorites: Life Lately

Hey there! Happy Friday!

Even though I have an all-day training (ACLS renewal) and have to work all weekend, I am still happy to see the weekend. Scott and I have tickets to see Lewis Black on Saturday night and I’m excited to check out a new breakfast place on Sunday!

Here’s a look at life lately and some of my recent favorites:

Little boys + haircuts. Except for the fact that it makes Luke look like he’s way older. . . time slow down!!


These Luna bars. Delicious.


Passing my CXWORX training!! And teaching the class. It is only 30 minutes but is a total killer!


Popcorn + movie afternoons.


Roasted veggies.


This walking workout.


This boy.


Fall decorations. Including this one!


My fall decorations helper. . .


Sunday afternoon on the couch with a baby bump + Abby puppy + football.


Getting Luke’s room set up for the new baby. We got him a new nightstand and moved a new dresser into his room when we took out his old dresser that we will use as a changing table in the baby’s room.


#reallife. sometimes you eat brownies directly out of the pan to avoid doing more dishes.


Luke doing CXWORX with me. Laughing is a good core workout, right?


Day date with Luke. And a good latte. Smile


Your plans for the weekend?? Favorites from the week?

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

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2nd Pregnancy Confessions at 26 weeks

This second pregnancy is no joke.

22 weeks _3

Honestly, with Luke, I loved being pregnant. While I was nauseous a lot, otherwise I felt good. I taught aerobics and ran until 39 weeks. And was back to running 2 weeks after delivery.

And while this pregnancy is similar, it’s also so different. 4 years may not seem like much, but I can definitely tell that I am 4 years older this time around. My body remembered being pregnant, so the baby belly showed up a lot sooner. . .  I was still in my normal jeans with Luke until about 16 weeks, but with this one, by 10 week, they were getting pretty tight and 12 weeks, I was into maternity clothes full time. . . which is hard! It’s hard to get bigger and wonder how big this belly is going to get by the time he’s ready to come out!

24 weeks with Luke vs 25 weeks with baby boy #2

25 weeks _3

But, then you start feeling the little kicks and punches of that sweet baby, and it’s all worth it.

I am definitely trying to remember and enjoy all the little moments of this pregnancy, knowing that it will probably be my last.. . because let’s be honest, I don’t want to risk have 3! boys! Winking smile

I’m still working out! I’m teaching BODYPUMP at least twice per week.


I’ve recently added in CXWORX (I passed my certification video!!). I’ve stopped running already. It just doesn’t feel good. I’m not sure if that has to do with my belly growing bigger faster this time around or if my body is just different. I’m sad about it and I miss it. I enjoyed running with Luke for as long as I did and I’m sad that I won’t be able to do that this time around. So, walking is where it’s at.

And OMG, my sweet tooth is out. of. control. Chocolate, cookies, ice cream. Anything and everything. Moderation is definitely the name of the game. Thankfully, I am also loving fresh veggies from the farmer’s market – carrots and cucumbers are my favorites. And random craving – fruit snacks. I can’t even tell you the last time before I was pregnant that I ate a fruit snack, but I have been eating them daily lately.

And while early on I fought wearing maternity clothes, I actually love the baby bump and my maternity clothes.


It’s kinda fun to have a whole new wardrobe. And who doesn’t like stretchy pants? Smile

Starting to think about getting ready for baby. Getting his room ready! I just bought this cute sign.. .

brother sign

Pregnancy brain is a real thing. I usually pack Luke’s bag for the Lake and this summer we went two weekends in a row. The first weekend, I forgot to pack socks. . . and then the second weekend, I forgot to pack shirts! After that, Scott took over packing for the summer. Winking smile

We still don’t have his name yet . .. we both loved Luke’s name so much that it’s tough that we haven’t been able to find another one that is just as awesome.

And December feels equal parts super far away and too close all at the same time. But I know it will be here before we know it! And I’m already so excited to meet this little guy! And for baby snuggles. . .

Luke Mom_couch_2

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking out loud!


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Weekending. . .

Happy Monday!

Guess who actually remembered to take pictures of the weekend? Smile

Kicked off the weekend teaching BODYPUMP at the YMCA and taking 25 week bump pictures with my favorite little man. . .


Followed by half caf latte + real clothes.


and a trip to the Farmer’s Market.


And cookies.


waiting is hard work.




nap time.


furniture shopping. . . need a new nightstand for Luke’s room. He thought we should totally get the bunk beds.


Trip to the park.


Sunday morning = cinnamon rolls + puppy snuggles.


Followed by CXWORX class at the YMCA x 3 . . . Some of my fellow instructors were videotaping their assessment videos, so we did the class three times in a row! I was t.o.a.s.t. afterwards!

And promptly came home and spent the next 4 hours on the couch watching football. It. was. glorious. Winking smile


Finished off the weekend with crockpot pot roast + apple cheesecake bars.


Hope you are having a great Monday!! What were you up to this weekend??

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!


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Labor Day Weekend: Photo Recap

How on Earth is it Thursday already?

With Labor Day on Monday, I’ve been off a day all. week. long. But even though it was a short week, I am still looking forward to the weekend and no plans!

Here’s a quick photo recap of our Labor Day weekend at the Lake. . .

Packer colors always make doughnuts taste better.


Fun at the Children’s Museum.




And lots of boat time.




Hope you’re having a great week! Smile

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Fri – YAY–Things I’m loving lately

Happy Friday!!  Smile

Just one day of work between us and the long weekend, right?!

We are hitting the road to the Lake this weekend for one last splash, boat ride and soaking in the summer sun.

But first, some of my recent favorites. . .

Sunshine + walks.


Puppy chow. Thanks to my MIL!


Fresh veggies. Thanks to Chris for sharing her CSA share with me this week!


This dress. And a big thank you to my friend Jodi for recommending the “Julia” style to me.


Daydreaming. Checking out lots for our potential next house.


BODYPUMP. Still pumping it up twice a week with my baby belly!


Your plans for the weekend?? Favorites from the week?

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!


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MN State Fair – 2016


On Sunday, we went to the MN State Fair. Fun fact – Luke as been there every year, even when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with him! 

We did a ton of walking and exploring. . . 


Food highlights: 



Corn on the cob.




Strawberry smoothie. +baby


Adventure highlights: 

A trip to the Oink booth in the pig barn and petting a baby pig. 


Checking out tractors with Dad. 


Getting free sunglasses at the Kare11 booth. 


Doing the Little Farmhands experience. 


And getting to pick out one treat. BATMAN!


It was a HOT day and after about 5 hours at the fair.. . we were done. Smile

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