Push-ups & Pigtails

fitness, motherhood, & everything in between

Category: Week Recaps

Random Monday Thoughts

Hi everyone! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in over a week! Where does the time go?


Last week was one of those weeks where things were so busy! Then when I had some “down time” I was getting stuff done around the house (like cleaning, cooking, etc.). Side note: I really dislike cleaning, but since I’m a germaphobe, we clean a lot. This is what I use to clean EVERYTHING (kitchen, bathrooms, windows, mirrors, countertops, shower, floors, carpets, etc.). I love that it disinfects, but contains no harmful chemicals (which is great since little hands are always “helping” me clean). Smile

Oh, and it smells amazing!


I hosted a play group last week. 8 moms and babies were planning to attend. I made a ton of snacks and even put together a fun “make & take” of essential oil products (sleepy time bath salts & bug spray). I spent A LOT of time prepping.

Next thing I know, people started canceling left and right (like minutes before the play group started). One person ended showing up. I totally understand things come up, but having pretty much everyone cancel (and some not even canceling…just not showing up) was upsetting. Not to mention, this was the second time this has happened.

Back in the fall, I was asked to host a play group at my house. Since I was new to the group at the time, I was so excited to host my first play date. Here’s a picture of my first attempt at a fruit and cheese platter for my first unsuccessful play group:

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Everyone but 2 moms canceled.  Both times, I put a lot of time, energy, and money into it. FYI: Prior to hosting play groups (and prior to having “S”), I never knew how much work hosting a play date could be. 

I always try to look at the positives of every situation. So, my positive look on this situation is that I learned I will not be hosting any more play groups. I’ll be more than happy to attend them, but won’t be hosting. Sometimes, I guess I learn things the hard way.


This past week I hosted my very first “Essential Oils 101” online class. I had a lot of fun talking about all of the ways I use my oils. I cannot say enough about my love for Young Living essential oils. I’m so happy that I became a distributor. The amount of resources my company gives me are endless!


Over the weekend, I made “S” some baby wash/shampoo. It worked so well (better than most store bought brands I’ve tried). It literally took me 3 minutes to make! I’ll be posting the recipe here this week.


In other news, my workouts last week were great! I pretty much stuck to my planned workouts (with the exception of 1 cardio day). I woke up on Thursday morning and felt sore from Wednesday’s workout. I decided to take an extra rest day (plus, I wasn’t in the mood to workout) and it felt good!

Since last week’s workout plan was fun & easy to stick to, I am going to follow the same plan this week:

  • Monday – Full body weights w/cardio intervals
  • Tuesday – HIIT (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday – Full body weights w/cardio intervals
  • Thursday – LISS (45 minutes)
  • Friday – Full body weights w/cardio intervals
  • Saturday – 5K run
  • Sunday – Rest day

Now, I just have to get a little better with weekend eating. I do so well during the week then once the weekend hits, healthy eating goes out the window.

I hope everyone has a great start to the week!


Weekend Re-cap & Goals

Hi friends! Before I get into a weekend re-cap I have to start off by saying, I’m devastated about the recent events in Orlando. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by such an unfathomable act of terrorism.

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Our weekend was spent with friends & family (some of the best ways to spend weekends). The weather was beautiful. I wasn’t in the mood to complete my planned 3-mile run. In the past, I’d be so upset with myself for not exercising. I’m really trying to not be so hard on myself when it comes to exercise. I’m trying to find a healthy balance rather than having an “all or nothing” mindset. I thought about what I wanted to do (since running was definitely not it). I wanted to take a long walk with “S”. She gets so excited when she sees the ducks.


We ended up walking close to 3 miles (I think my Charity Miles app said we walked 2.7 miles). Seeing the excitement in “S’s” eyes when we were on our walk made my day. I was still active and ENJOYED my exercise for the day. Even though, I didn’t run, I still reached my 10-mile goal for the week.

These were some beautiful flowers we saw on our walk (does anyone know what kind they are?):


I also spent some time this weekend making homemade peppermint lip balm! I’ll have the recipe up for you all this week. It was so easy to make!


Here are my exercise goals for this week:


My eating/nutrition goals for the week: Don’t eat like I did this past weekend! Smile

I hope you have a nice start to your week.


Weekend Re-cap & Weekly Goals

Hey there! I hope you had a nice weekend and your week is off to a great start. Here’s a recap of our weekend:


My goal last week was to run/walk a total of 10 miles. This was a pretty big goal I set for myself (because I’ve never covered that much distance in a week before). I’m so proud to say that I ran/walked a total of 10.2 miles last week! I ended up working out 6 days last week. I alternated 21 Day Fix strength workouts with running. It felt great, but I really enjoyed my rest day on Monday.

My running goal is the same for this week: 10 miles. I just plan to take less walk breaks. My other planned workouts are: strength training on non-running days. This week my strength workouts are going to be full body weights with HIIT intervals between sets.


We spent a lot of time outside this past weekend. “S” loves being outside. She especially loves playing in her water table. Oh, she also loves helping me water our vegetables and plants too. Speaking of plants, over the weekend some of our fruits & vegetables started getting buds. Our red peppers are really taking off (although one of the peppers looks like a jalapeno which is planted next to the red peppers, hmm):


IMG_3830Our lavender getting pollinated.

I never thought I’d be that into “gardening” (I have it in quotes because we don’t actually have a garden. We have pots with various plants in them), but it has been a lot of fun. Tonight, we ate our first salad with organic romaine that we grew.


We also spent some time at the pool this weekend. It’s funny because “B” and I never went to the pool prior to having our daughter (not sure why, but we just didn’t). Now that we have her, and she loves the water so much, we’ve been going regularly.

I also made some amazing body wash using my essential oils. I’ll be posting the recipe this week.

Have a great day!


Memorial Day Weekend & Week Re-Cap

How was your weekend? Ours was really nice. It was the perfect combination of getting stuff done around the house and spending time together as a family. Even though my daughter is only a toddler, it’s very important for me to teach the meanings behind the holidays we celebrate. I know she cannot understand the meaning behind Memorial Day just yet, but I still explained it to her when she would point to the flags flying in our neighborhood.

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“Push-Ups” (aka my workouts)

I did really well with my workouts this past week and weekend (eating, not so much). I did 3 days of strength training and 3 days of running/walking. I just got back into running recently, so I’m mostly doing interval training. I love that my little “running” buddy has fun on our runs. I did a total of 9.5 miles total. My goal for this week is 10 miles.“


“Pigtails” (aka family/motherhood happenings)

Last week we went to a really cool park. It has a Wizard of Oz theme and is absolutely adorable. To enter the park, you follow the “yellow brick road”. Little miss loved running around and climbing (her two favorite things).





Over the weekend, we went for a lot of walks, got frozen yogurt, and played in the water table. It was nice being able to spend so much time outside (we had a lot rain in the beginning of May so we didn’t get outside much earlier in the month).

Sleeping was rough this weekend. I’m not sure if she’s going through a mental learning leap, or her 2-year molars are about to come in. Either way, we were wide awake at 2:30 am. two nights in a row. Normally when she goes through a phase like this, it doesn’t last that long.

Over the weekend I also made some all-natural homemade bug repellant. I have been making so many things lately because I don’t trust a lot of the chemicals in most products. I will be posting these “recipes” under the “Natural Living” tab, so be sure to check them out.

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I hope you had a nice weekend and have a great start to your week!


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