Thursday Thoughts + Aurorae Resistance Bands Giveaway

I miss blogging. I also miss having coherent thoughts. When it comes to brain power, I’m not working with my usual amount. I don’t know if it’s the end-of summer blues or baby brain, but I need some serious help. These next five thoughts might be the only ones I’ve had today. Whoops.

1. Two beach trips are always better than one. It’s just a fact. Last Wednesday I met Ryne and Maddux in Emerald Isle, and then on Saturday we drove to Myrtle Beach for the night since it was halfway home. Best idea ever. It split up the drive and I got to pretend that our vacation would never end. 

emerald isle vacation

2. Last week I also discovered that my toddler loves to do the Stanky Leg and there is nothing I can do about it. I actually don’t want to do anything about it, because it’s hilarious how serious he is when attempting all of his sweet new moves. I’ll probably play this little home video at his wedding, because I’m a great mom like that.

3. While we’re on the topic of random videos, let’s discuss an app I have no idea what to do with. I downloaded Periscope, started following people, and then panicked and didn’t post anything. What does one “scope” about? Please fill me in. And, PS, if you’re on there you can find me @RunPretty! 

run pretty on periscope

4. Here’s a topic I kind of hate touching with a ten-foot pole: prenatal fitness. I swear there isn’t one thing that works for everyone. Right now, walks around the neighborhood and bodyweight moves are my go to workouts, but I would love to start running again. It’ll happen. Maybe. Y’all just wish me luck.

casio watch run

5. One thing that has definitely helped me fit workouts in at home is my new Aurorae Yoga resistance band kit. (Disclosure: I was sent this set of bands in exchange for an honest review.) It’s no secret that I love resistance band workouts, but now I actually have enough bands to complete a variety of moves with a variety of different weights. 

aurorae yoga resistance band giveaway

The kit, which is absolutely perfect for traveling or at-home use, includes 5 exercise bands of increasing resistance, 2 foam padded handles, 1 door anchor, 1 ankle strap, and 1 guidebook. The door anchor and ankle strap are definitely a huge upgrade to my band collection. I didn’t have a way to secure my previous bands, which really limited what I could do with them.

When it comes to quality, I’ve had zero issues with these. They already make my favorite yoga mat, so I knew going into this that they don’t slack when it comes to materials. I have no doubt these babies will last for years to come, which is good because who knows when I’ll be back at a real gym again.

Ready for me to stop talking about them and get to the fun part? Yeah, me too. Aurorae is allowing me to give a set of bands to one lucky reader. Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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The giveaway will end at 12 am on September 3, and a winner will be announced within 24 hours. Good luck!

Workout Worries + Back to Barre

Happy Wednesday! It seems like I check in less and less frequently as the time goes by. To be honest, a lot of it has to do with the fact that I haven’t been working out recently and I’ve just been too tired lazy to figure out any other topics to touch on. Until today.

I don’t know why, but I’ve carried a lot of guilt this time around with being so, well, sedentary. I think this is primarily due to the fact that I’ve taken all of this time off from being active, and only parts of the break was necessary. There have definitely been days that I’ve felt well enough to move around, yet I still chose not to do so. I’ve finally figured out why.

I was scared.

And here’s the kicker: it wasn’t because of the health of the baby or myself. I mean, I actually think we’d both be better off if I didn’t sit around like a bump on a log. The fact of the matter is that I was just afraid that any good day would be ruined if I attempted any type of activity. It’s like I held on to feeling “normal” like I was clinging on for dear life. And maybe sitting around was just plain easier. Let’s be honest.

Anyway, I was wrong. I definitely feel better if I force myself up off of the couch. Deep down, I probably knew I would but I was too chicken to try it out. This week something finally clicked and I decided to just get it over with, for lack of a better phrase. I signed back up for barre and promised myself I would go whenever I felt up to it.

baby barre socks

I’ve gone twice this week already and I’m so glad I did. While I struggle-bussed it through both classes (seriously one month off and I’m this out of shape? what the heck?), I have enjoyed being back.

barre baby

Yeah, my bad for posing like an idiot. It happens.

In unrelated news, I had hot coffee for the first time in forever today. I also just got home from getting my hair done. I’m basically a new woman at this point, y’all.

Have a great evening and I’ll see ya when I see ya!

Motivation Station, Y’all {Giveaway}

The following post and giveaway are sponsored by Kohl’s.

Happy Tuesday! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in twice in one week, but what can I say? I’m feeling extra productive right now. I’m totally kidding, by the way. I just had a few minutes to pop in, so I decided to use it wisely.

Let’s talk motivation. It’s no secret that I can lack it from time to time. And by that I mean, like, weekly. One thing that always works? New gear. Call me a consumer. Call me a sucker. But call me motivated. Recently, Kohl’s reached out and asked if I would like to hit up the store for a little fitness-based shopping spree. I immediately said yes for three reasons:

1.) they have insanely cute and affordable workout clothes,

kohl's activewear

2.) they sell this t-shirt,

kohl's quote tees

and 3.) they have just as much gear as they do apparel. I shop at Kohl’s pretty regularly, but I had never made the time to check out just how many of my workout needs could be met there. For instance, I had no idea they sold fitness watches. And, yeah, it’s pretty lame under my rock, y’all. Don’t worry, though, I’ve seen the light. <-Literally. The backlight on my new Casio running watch is fantastic.

casio kohl's

I’ve already taken my watch for a few test-runs, and I have to say that I love the simplicity of it. For the most part, I run routes that I know the distance of. What I really mean is that I don’t have a ton of “free time” for running, so it’s the neighborhood or nothing. I don’t need a ton of bells and whistles. I’ve been running with my phone for a while now, but I love having something on my wrist again. No almost tossing my phone straight into the street (hello, butterfingers) and no being tempted to respond to every single text or notification. And when I run with the stroller, being “handsfree” is essential. I mean, you do have to hold on to that thing…

casio watch run

Okay, back to the watch. I have the Illuminator Tough Solar Digital 120-Lap Chronograph. The function that I use the most is the basic lap function. I typically run a two, three, or four mile loop in my neighborhood. When I hit certain houses, I know exactly how far I’ve gone. I hit the button to keep track and keep on trucking. I can see my pace during the run and I get a more detailed look at the end. Sometimes simple is better, am I right? I still get all the motivation and information I need, without spending a fortune on a watch with more features than I can even understand. Oh, and I don’t have to charge this one. Or wait twenty minutes for a satellite signal that may or may not go out when I run under a single tree. WIN.

casio active watch kohl's

Now for the fun part: a giveaway! One reader will win a Casio Illuminator Tough Solar watch. The giveaway will end on 7/1/2015 at midnight. Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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Good luck and happy training! :)

Weekend Recap + A New Challenge

Happy Monday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a weekend recap, but I figured there was no better time than the present. We’ve recently gotten into the habit of letting our two-year-old plan our weekends, which has been surprisingly fun. We get Japanese and Chick-fil-A on the reg, we play with the water hose like it’s going out of style, and we always make time for dessert. It’s like the best life ever, y’all.

Friday night, after stuffing ourselves with hibachi rice, I’m pretty sure we just went home and passed out. I recall nothing, but we probably read some books and did some puzzles. I really need to start photographing everything like I used to, because remembering things is not my strong suit.

Saturday morning I headed to Pure Barre Augusta with my friend Molly. It was only my second class, but I’m already starting to understand the process. Sort of. I’ll get there.

pure barre augusta

I met the fam at the market afterwards, where I was greeted with purple mouths and dinosaur balloons. The kid gets what he wants these days, remember?

augusta market

I’m honestly not sure why there have been bouncy houses downtown every single weekend, but we’re digging it. He was terrified of them for the longest time, but he broke through the fear a week or so ago. Oddly enough, we’ve run across them several times since then. No complaining here.

bounce house augusta

It had been too long since Ryne and I took pints of ice cream to the face while watching a Redbox DVD, so we clearly had to make that happen. He got chocolate something or other but I got cheesecake, which in my humble opinion, is Bruster’s best flavor by far. You’d have to be an idiot to get anything else. Sorry, Ryne.

best night ever

Sunday was spent swimming and doing yard work. I did something in the middle of those two things. I put my feet in the pool and pulled random weeds within arm’s reach. Hard work, you guys. Hard work.

yard work

Oh, remember when I said I was going to run more? Well, I didn’t do that this weekend. And now I’ve totally just committed to something else instead. You think I have a bit of a commitment problem? I should probably work on that. Eh. What am I saying? I’ll never learn.

Today I signed up for my first full month of Pure Barre and it happened to coincide with the first day of a 20 out of 30 challenge. So now I’m going to try to make 20 classes this month. Partly because I’m insane and party because I need some motivation in my life.

pure barre augusta

The fact that I worked out all of 2.5 times in May probably has something to do with why I’m actually really excited to sign my life away for a month. I need the push. And, on the plus side, I tend to improve in a lot of areas when I start to work on just one. I bet I’ll run more often, clean the house with a little more oomph, and eat less donuts or something. I’m kidding about the donuts. Some things never change. Ever.

Question: Have any of y’all ever completed a workout challenge? Did you survive to tell the tale? ;)

I’m Still Around, Sort Of.

I totally still exist, I swear. Until I figure those whole work-life-blog balance thing out, I thought I’d check in and show you guys what I have been up to lately. I’m definitely still having fun making workouts like this “Quick Core Circuit” post for Bumble Bee. I’ve been working with them for a few months and it’s been a blast.


We’ve also been working on our blogging game at work. Augusta Active has been publishing some fun workouts as well. These are pretty sweet, because other people have to pose for them. It’s way better on the other side of the camera, y’all.

Other than that, though, I haven’t been up to much of anything blog-worthy. I do have big plans to start running regularly again, so I’m sure my blogging will resume when that happens. I keep getting in routines with the miles and then something will change and knock me off course. Struggle bussin’ it all day, every day.

See you all soon!