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? ;)

My Favorite Bodyweight Workouts

Happy Monday! I’ve got a busy week ahead of me, so I don’t know if I’ll check in here all that much. What I do know is that I miss blogging something fierce. I don’t know how I’ll fit it back into the schedule, but I’ll find a way eventually. Until then, I wanted to do some fun round ups in case any of you are new around here. Today’s post? Bodyweight circuits. I like lifting heavy when I can, but for the most part I don’t have a lot of time to put into my workouts. It’s a sad reality, y’all. Bodyweight moves are perfect, because you can basically bust ‘em out anywhere. I mean, I don’t usually do jumping jacks in the freezer section of Kroger, but I totally could. Actually, I dare one of y’all to do that soon. ;) Anyway. Back to the workouts. Geez, you guys are always getting me off track. Click each image to be taken to the complete post!

The Chair Workout

chair workout

Hotel Room Workout


Stability Ball Circuit

stability ball workout

Birthday Workout


The Playground Workout

playground workout

Thirty-Minute Tabata

thirty minute tabata-style slim down

Let me know if you try any of them out! Comment and share a link to any of your favorites, too. I’m always on the hunt for new workout ideas, and I’m sure everyone else would love to see ‘em as well. Have a great night!

Weekend Recap: Dips, Donuts, & Dancing

Somehow it’s already Tuesday, guys. I sort of remember Monday happening, but at this point I’m not entirely sure it did. Since the week has definitely gotten started, I guess it’s time to recap the weekend. That also flew by. Two sentences per picture works for me.

Oh, you have a salad bar? Great, I’ll take one of everything.

jasons deli salad bar

He couldn’t stop looking at himself in the mirror during his haircut. He really is mine.


Free coffee for mom. Playground for the kids.

free chick fila coffee

I started out doing one workout, quit, and then started another. I quit that one, too.

workout mat

I forgot what it was like to go out with “the girls”. Can that happen more often?

girls night out

Bonefish has make your own donuts as an appetizer. You’re welcome.

bonefish donuts

I swear every single time we leave the house, we come home with a new Thomas toy. We are suckers.

tj maxx

Mom tip: blow dry the paint between colors so they don’t mix. I’m OCD, I know.

mom tricks

Get ready for another broken record: I am still lacking motivation to complete my workouts. I keep thinking I’ve snapped out of it and then it somehow gets worse. I think it’s 75% due to time-constraints/stress and 25% the crappy weather. I’ll just cross my fingers that, through some miracle, everything goes better in March. That’s a lucky month, right?

You Guys, I’m Totally a Trail Runner Now

Over the weekend, I went on what was probably only the second actual trail run of my life. I am so glad I got out there. You’ll rarely find me writing super cheesy stuff on here, but it was pretty sweet to get out in nature and run around like Bambi. If I have to choose between running in my neighborhood or driving a few miles to hit up a trail in the future, well, you can guess where I’ll end up.

trail run

As much as I wish I could say I had the nerve to attempt this all by myself, I definitely didn’t. Safety in numbers, y’all. Also, you can’t really back out on runs that you decide to do as a group. Always a plus. Am I not radiating happiness in this picture or what? Fine, that’s the sun.

trail running

I became so one with nature during our five-mile loop that I decided to climb a tree for some pull up action. I broke the branch and almost died. I still like the great outdoors, though, I swear.


All of this trail talk is leading up to the fact that I’ll be running my first ever ultra this weekend. Well, ultra relay. I’m still going to claim I finished a 40 mile race. Just let me have that glory. We’re actually splitting the distance up between five of us, so it won’t be bad at all. My leg is dead last and is about 7 miles. I got the easy one, but that also means I’m under pressure to not finish dead last and hours behind every other team. And, even if I do, there’s soup at the finish line so it’s all good.


Now for a few selfish questions: What do I need to do to prepare? What do I do if I get lost in the woods? Am I going to die? Is this a terrible idea? I might be a little nervous.

Focusing on Health + Filling in the Gaps

Can you guys believe January is almost over? I’m still reading a lot of “New Year’s Resolutions” posts, and I hope y’all keep them coming. It’s always so motivational to see people making big plans and then tackling them over the course of the year. While I haven’t set any real measurable goals for 2015, I do want to make sure that I focus on a few things. Like I mentioned the other day, I want to treat myself well and worry less about things that don’t matter. One thing that definitely matters to me is my health and well being.

I was recently asked if I would like to work with Centrum® to try out some of their multivitamins while sharing my goals for the year. I quickly agreed because I trust the brand, I like to incorporate multivitamins into my diet, and I’m always down for a chance to talk about myself. I’m kidding. Sort of.

centrum coupon

Just like I supplement my daily physical activity with organized workouts, I add multivitamins to my diet when I think I need a boost. A complete multivitamin like Centrum® delivers a combination of key vitamins and minerals to help me fill in the gaps in my diet. Just check out that rainbow, y’all. Even though I definitely know that they don’t, I like to think that they match up perfectly in this diagram to each fruit or vegetable they might come from.centrum

As much as I try to “eat the rainbow” every day, there are times where I fall short. I’m getting so much better at sneaking vegetables into my breakfasts, but it definitely doesn’t happen every single day. And I’ve noticed that when I don’t eat them then, I’m even less likely to eat them the remainder of the day.

veggie scramble

A multivitamin is a great thing to have around for the days where your diet consists primarily of bread and cheese. And, if you’re like me, that’s more often than you’d like to admit. I mean, I could legitimately live off of grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s a problem. But, in all seriousness, I think most of us can admit that our diets are not always the picture of perfection. Centrum® multivitamins include the six essential nutrients many people don’t get enough of from food alone: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Calcium.


To better understand why these dietary gaps exist, Prevention and Centrum® conducted a national survey to assess how Americans perceive key vitamins and minerals.

Nutrient Intake Perception vs. Reality

Over three quarters of Americans (78%) still believe it is fairly easy to get the recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled (48%) are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients from their current diet.

Looking Beyond Calories and Fat

Three in four Americans look at the nutritional content of the foods they eat and buy (76%). Among these, nearly twice as many look at calories (72%) and fat content (61%) compared to vitamin and mineral types (33%) or amounts (30%).

Nutrient Emphasis is Limited

Calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin C top the list of nutrients Americans feel are absolutely needed, while Iron, Calcium and Vitamin D top the list of vitamins and minerals Americans are most concerned they may be lacking, among the 48% who are concerned.

Unwilling to Change

Even if they are concerned their current eating habits are not delivering key vitamins and minerals, Americans do not appear to be changing their eating habits to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in their diet. 60% of Americans have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they get. 74% agree it’s a lot easier to eat unhealthy.

Some of what they found is disheartening, but I’m not at all surprised. Even as someone who claims to care about my health, I’m sure I still make poor or uninformed choices all the time. It happens. I don’t excuse those choices by saying I’ll take a multivitamin, but I’m still glad that I have them around when I eat differently than I should. While I was able to try out the Adult multivitamin, I have my eye on the Women’s as well. They both look like they would work well for me. There are several different formulations, so there’s something for everyone.

Visit the Centrum® website to find the multivitamin that’s right for you and to receive a $4 coupon off your next purchase.

Question: Do you incorporate any multivitamins into your routine? 

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.