Category Archives: Friday

Friday Favorites–Goodr, Zella, Spark

Happy Friday. . . of Labor Day weekend <—seriously, how??

We are headed to the Lake. . . looking forward to fruit pizza, swimming, and family time. Smile

I thought I’d pop in today to share a few of my recent favorites. . . Friday favorites are always my favorite posts to write and read!

Ever since my previous running sunglasses decided to take a swim in the lake. . . I’ve been looking for a new pair.  .. that won’t break the bank. I’d love to splurge on a pair of Oakleys. . . but I just can’t do it. Thank goodness, a friend told me about Goodr running sunglasses! They were sold out when I first heard about them, so, I preordered these cute pink ones!

Cartoon-Flamingos-on-a-Booze-Cruise-[2]_thumbgoodr-running-sunglasses-Keri-Wall_t_thumb

Cherry spark. OMG you guys. It’s like drinking a cherry popsicle. While I don’t think anything can beat fruit punch as my favorite flavor, this is a really really close second!

IMG_5525_thumb[1]

Zella leggings. So, in my closet, I have lululemon, Athleta and Fabletics leggings. And to be honest, I love them all. But, I have another pair to add to the list. Zella are comfortable, figure flattering and cute! I snagged two pairs at the Nordstrom sale.

IMG_5419_thumb_thumb

S’mores blondies. These are the ultimate summer BBQ dessert. I have made 3 batches in the last month. So good.

SMores-Blondies-7

And super easy to make. And do yourself a favor and buy the box of graham cracker crumbs vs making your own. Total game changer. Smile

This book. <—but only if you want to cry big alligator tears

IMG_5549

Hope you have a great weekend!! What are you up to??

Comments Off on Friday Favorites–Goodr, Zella, Spark

Filed under Friday, Recap

Life Favorites–Jumping into the BIG pool!

Happy Wednesday! I am a busy bee today trying to get ready for the family to head to Disney World! This will be my first time at Disney World and I could not be more excited. . . full recap next week when we get home! If you have any suggestions for our first time, please share!! Smile 

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I have lots of favorites.  ..

One of the biggest ones was Luke jumping into the BIG pool at swimming lessons all by himself {to a noodle}. He was so excited and proud of himself. . . and I’ll be honest, this Mom was too!

IMG_3503

IMG_3561IMG_3562IMG_3563IMG_3564

Nice weather! It appears that spring has finally made an appearance in MN. I am loving the 50s and 60s and running outside!

IMG_3495

Baby smiles and coos. Heart melting every day.

IMG_3506IMG_3507IMG_3510IMG_3512

He is getting too big too fast!

IMG_3520

And he looks just a little bit like his brother. . .
Luke on the left, Jake on the right!

IMG_3527

Aunt Jenny came to visit!

IMG_3560

Mom and Dad selfies with Jake.

IMG_3576IMG_3578

A little too much fun with snap chat filters.

IMG_3579IMG_3580

Luke continues to be the best big brother. It is amazing how much he thinks of his baby brother and how he wants to make sure that all activities include him!

IMG_3586

Back to teaching at the YMCA. Both BP and CXWORX.

IMG_3590

Aunt Laura came to visit!

IMG_3599

Cupcakes from the new place in town – Bluebird Cakery. Delicious! The cookie dough one was amazing.

IMG_3602

Sunday morning coffee run in PJs.

IMG_3603

Framing the newborn pictures of Jake {print from Shutterfly} . . it already seems so long ago that he was that little and new. It seems like he has been part of our family for a long time already! <—that might be part of the sleep deprivation. Winking smile And I am loving my new Easter bunny sign. ..

IMG_3613

I am looking forward to the weekend at Disney. . . and hoping that I don’t melt in the 90+ degree heat!!

Hope you are having a great week – any highlights to share? Plans for the weekend? Have you ever been to Disney? Advice for us??

Comments Off on Life Favorites–Jumping into the BIG pool!

Filed under body pump, Friday, Jake, Laura, Luke, Recap

Friday Favorites–2 months + sunshine

Happy Friday! It has been a crazy weather week here in MN. 66 degrees on Tuesday and 20 degrees and snowing right now. . . we are supposed to get 10+ inches!

Jake and I have been enjoying the last few weeks of my maternity leave together.

This is my current favorite photo.

IMG_3238

2 months old!

IMG_3258IMG_3261

First stroller ride outside in the sunshine!

IMG_3193

Life.

IMG_3206

Family run.

IMG_3218

And this photo from Luke’s school Valentine’s Day. Adorable, right?!

Luke_valentinesday

And I could not resist when an adorable girl scout stopped by the house this week to sell cookies. I’m most excited about the s’mores cookies!

IMG_3231

It’s going to be a low key weekend around here. . .  Dinner with friends tomorrow night. I’m making this amazing Chipotle corn dip that my friend, Leah, made when she brought dinner shortly after Jake was born. I’ve made it three times already because it is SO good. I’ll be sure to snap some pics to share the recipe with you next week! Otherwise, planning for some play time in the snow and baking something yummy – any suggestions? I am thinking cookies. Maybe these??

What are you up to this weekend? Favorite thing from the week??

3 Comments

Filed under Friday, Jake, Luke, Recap, Running

Friday Favorites–Coffee and smiles

Happy Friday!

It is supposed to be in the 50’s this weekend and I am SO excited. Lots of outside time planned – running, a trip to the park, riding bikes!

IMG_3124

I’m also teaching BODYPUMP for the first time after having Jake tomorrow morning (locals – 8:15 at the YMCA – BP99!)

Right now, I am just drinking a caramel latte while Jake chills in the swing. It’s a good day. Smile 

IMG_3180

This week has been all about the smiles. It’s amazing how something so simple can bring you so much joy.

IMG_3144IMG_3145

IMG_3167IMG_3168

And this picture comparing Luke and Jake. . . #twins

IMG_3105

My sister, Laura, came and visited last weekend. It was a super short visit, but awesome to have her spend time with us.

IMG_3111

And OMG these cookies from Trader Joe’s. SO good. And good for teaching letters to Luke!

IMG_3143

And it happened. I got sucked into the Gilmore Girls.

I’m on season 4. . . Although I’m not sure I want to finish it, everyone who finishes the series, complains about being so depressed when it is done. What I don’t know is if they are just sad that the show is over or sad because of how it ends?! Should I keep watching it?? Ahhhhh. Decisions. Winking smile 

Alright, I’m off to make silly faces at Jake to get more smiles. #momlife

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. . .. what are you up to??

4 Comments

Filed under body pump, Friday, Jake, Recap

Friday Favorites – first smiles + Pinterest

Hey there. . . happy Friday!! Smile

Super excited for the weekend. . . well, as soon as we are finished with getting our taxes done this morning. meh.

But then, we are celebrating with a trip to Trader Joe’s. Winking smile

And my sister is coming tomorrow!

And now, because of Friday, here are my favorites from this week . . .

My treadmill. And baby nap time. I am so thankful that running just feels good right now and I’m slowly starting to build my distance back up.

IMG_3068

Luke 3 months vs almost 5 years old in the same bouncer.  . .

IMG_0600IMG_3070

And this boy. Jake giving me some serious looks before. . .

IMG_3076IMG_3077

giving me his first smiles. heart melting.

IMG_3081IMG_3083

Daydreaming about building our next house. . . thank you Pinterest for stealing hours of my life. ..

IMG_3090

Including a 2 story great room.

IMG_3091

an amazing kitchen with a huge island.

IMG_3092

and keeping track of all good ideas. an extra storage area for garbage bags right next to the garbage bins?! = genius.

IMG_3093

random favorite, but super important for my dry, cracked winter skin. darn Minnesota winters.

IMG_3096

and spark. helping mothers function every day. Smile

IMG_3095

and now off to the tax guy. . .

and then Trader Joe’s! –> any favorites I should make sure and pick up???

Plans for the weekend? Favs from the week??

2 Comments

Filed under advocare, Friday, Jake, Luke, Recap, Running

Friday Favorites–Twizzlers and Treadmill

Friday?!?

Time is just flying by. . . but life is good. Smile

Looking forward to another low key weekend around here. The benefit to having a newborn in the winter is that you can stay home and snuggle and not miss out on anything. . .  or at least that is what I am telling myself!

Here are some of my recent favorites. . .

This mug that I got my sister for Christmas. . . and yes “aisle” is spelled wrong. Thankfully the lady that I ordered it from on Etsy sent me a new one. But #truth, right?!

IMG_2931

Movie date.

IMG_2932

The fact that he calls Twizzlers “radishes” for some reason just makes me laugh.

IMG_2934

Playing in the snow.

IMG_2955IMG_2957

How is my boy old enough for chapter books?? I have heard good things about the Magic Tree House books, any other suggestions for a almost 5 year old??

IMG_2965

This.

IMG_2968

Treadmill for the win during baby and puppy nap time.

IMG_2970IMG_2994

Having extra time with Luke in the mornings to play with him at school.

IMG_2978

6 weeks old. SO big!

IMG_2990

Valentine’s Day decorations. It’s no secret that pink is my favorite color so it’s totally my favorite holiday to decorate for. . . my favorite is the hurricane glass filled with candy hearts! So simple and so cute!!

IMG_2998

Alright I’m off to kick off the weekend with coffee Friday (#necessary) and baby snuggles. #momlife

Hope you have a great one! Any plans? Favorites from the week?

Comments Off on Friday Favorites–Twizzlers and Treadmill

Filed under crafts, Friday, Jake, Luke, Recap, Running

Friday Favorites – One month, snow and return to bodypump!

Happy Friday!! I’m typing this from the living room floor.  .. baby on one side, caramel latte on the other. #necessary

I’ll start by saying that watching Jake kick his little legs is one of my favorite things right now. Smile

I survived my first week at home with two kids. Keeping it real by saying that Luke goes to preschool during the day, so it’s mostly just Jake and I, but getting two kids fed, dressed and out the door is a new experience!

I finally took Jake’s one month pictures. . . a few days late #secondkidproblems

IMG_2860IMG_2866

Isn’t his Wisconsin onsie adorable? Thanks Aunt Laura!

IMG_2872IMG_2886

I made it to a BODYPUMP class at the YMCA. It felt good to be back! Now, I just have to build my strength back up. . . it’s amazing how quickly you lose your strength!!

IMG_2890

<love>

IMG_2891

Couch sharing.

IMG_2895

Date at the Mermaid store (Starbucks). Winking smile

IMG_2901

Snow day + coffee = winning

IMG_2910

Trying to shovel while wearing a baby = not winning.

IMG_2919

Yesterday my friend Leah came over to visit. She was amazing and brought dinner + this “kitchen sink” cookie from Panera. Let’s just say it didn’t survive the afternoon. Smile

IMG_2923

Now. . . on to the weekend! I’m not sure what’s on tap yet. . . maybe a movie, some baking, running, and of course, baby snuggles. Smile

What was your favorite from the week? Plans for the weekend??

1 Comment

Filed under body pump, Friday, Jake, Luke, Recap

Friday Favorites–Newborn Photos

Happy Friday!

This week flew by! Jake is officially one month old tomorrow. Time. slow. down.

The highlight of my week was getting Jake’s newborn photos back. . .

I am totally biased but I am in love with these boys.

IMG_2800

IMG_2801

And how adorable are sleeping babies? heart melting.

IMG_2793

IMG_2795

IMG_2796

almost makes me consider having another one. almost. Winking smile 

I am super excited for the game on Sunday. My Mom made sure to dress Jake appropriately for the game last weekend. . . go Pack!

IMG_2776

First post-baby date night and margarita.

IMG_2771

And when did my first baby get so big??

IMG_2792

And it feels so good to be back to running. Man, I missed it!

IMG_2810

Looking forward to another weekend with very little plans. . . date with friends tomorrow night with the kids, baby snuggles, and playing Legos with Luke. . . and some couch time with Scott. Smile 

What are you up to this weekend? Best thing about your week??

Comments Off on Friday Favorites–Newborn Photos

Filed under Friday, Jake, Luke, Recap, Running

Fri–YAY– San Diego + Life

Hey!

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. . .

IMG_2020

IMG_2026

IMG_2051IMG_2056

The seals in La Jolla.

IMG_2037IMG_2084

IMG_2086

And hanging with these guys.

IMG_2041

IMG_2042

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!

IMG_2075

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 

IMG_2094

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

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

1 Comment

Filed under body pump, CXWORX, fitness, Friday, pregnancy, Recap, vacation

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!!

IMG_1754

These Luna bars. Delicious.

IMG_1757

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

IMG_1760

Popcorn + movie afternoons.

IMG_1801

Roasted veggies.

IMG_1845

This walking workout.

IMG_1846

This boy.

IMG_1865

Fall decorations. Including this one!

IMG_1877

My fall decorations helper. . .

IMG_1879

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

IMG_1881

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.

IMG_1884

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

IMG_1886

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

IMG_1906

Day date with Luke. And a good latte. Smile

IMG_1909

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

Linking up for Friday fun with Heather!

1 Comment

Filed under CXWORX, Friday, Luke, Recap