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Friday Favorites

TGIF! I thought it would be fun to designate my Friday posts as, “Friday Favorites”. I’ll be featuring things that I’m currently enjoying. These are my current favorites:

  • Smashpop Popcorn Crisps


These are so good! I usually have these as my afternoon snack. They have the perfect balance of salt & sweet, plus it’s only 110 calories per serving (about 20 crisps). The ingredients are pretty decent too!

  • Charity Miles App

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This app is truly amazing! Your activity helps raise money for specific charities through corporate sponsorships.

Basically, you start the app when you go for a walk, run, or bike ride. Next, you select a charity. Here are some that you can choose from:


After you choose your favorite charity,  the app will measure your distance and you will help earn money for your charity. When you are finished your walk, run, or bike ride, you press “stop” on the app. It will tell you how much money you raised. It’s truly that simple. It’s definitely a motivational tool for me. I find that I push myself to go farther because I know that means my charity will earn more money.

  • Thieves Laundry Soap

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As a first time mom, I sometimes learn things the hard way. This week, I fed “S” minestrone soup for lunch followed by a strawberry rhubarb popsicle (while wearing WHITE shorts…oops, I don’t know what I was thinking).
Not wanting to use any harmful chemicals to remove the stains, I put some Thieves laundry soap on them, gave them a little scrub, and the stains came right out!


To be honest, I just tried this laundry soap for the first time this week. I haven’t used it to do a full load of laundry yet (we currently use Molly’s Suds).  After seeing how amazing this laundry soap worked on the stains, I can’t wait to see how it works on a regular load.

  • Honeysuckles


These are all over my community right now. Their scent takes me back to when I was a kid. I remember my friends and I would look for honeysuckles, pull the stem apart, and taste the sweet nectar (did anyone else do this?????). I’ve been enjoying seeing and smelling them while I’m out walking.

Well, those are my weekly favorites. I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my “Friday Favorites”. Smile

Have a great weekend!


Thinking Out Loud

Happy Thursday! My Thursday posts are going to be made up of just random thoughts in my head. I got this idea from Running With Spoons.


So sit back, relax, and enjoy all of my random thoughts for the day. Smile

Thought #1: I absolutely LOVE summertime and being outside. The part I don’t enjoy is lathering up my toddler with sunblock. It literally is a chasing game with the end result being me all sweaty with sunblock all over the furniture. I do love the giggles and chasing her around, but her sensitive skin worries me. “S”’s skin has been extremely sensitive lately & she’s battling bouts of eczema. Luckily, I have been able to keep it pretty controlled with one of the natural essential oil lotions I made (I’ll be posting the “recipe” in hopes to help other mothers and fathers out there that need some eczema relief for their little one. I’m just concerned that the chlorine and sunblock are going to agitate her skin much more this summer.

Thought #2: I really am enjoying my weekly runs. Prior to becoming pregnant, I was running twice a week. At first it was hard for me because I was never a runner. Once I built up my endurance, running was actually fun for me. Slowly, I stepped away from running (I stopped running in my 2nd trimester because it was so uncomfortable). I’m on week 5 of running regularly again, but this time, I’m aiming for 3 days a week. Now, I’m running with my little running buddy in our jogging stroller. She absolutely loves it! Each day it gets a little easier, but wow, running with a jogging stroller is a whole new ballgame. My current running mantra: “Slow and steady wins the race”.

Thought #3: Essential oils are amazing. I started using them months ago (you can read about how I got started here). When I first started using them, I pretty much just diffused them. Now, I’m incorporating them in almost every aspect of my life. In fact, the face wash I made is AMAZING. My skin has never looked better (bonus: it’s made with 100% all natural nontoxic products)!

Thought #4: My guilty pleasure: I’m hooked on this season of the Bachelorette. However, I always have to watch it on the dvr (there are too many commercials!). I think Jojo is adorable and she’s got some good bachelors to chose from. I know editing plays a major part in the show, but Chad comes off as a little crazy.

Thought #5: I needed to change up my weekly strength training workouts because I was getting bored, so I started incorporating 21 Day Fix workouts into my routine. I never thought a 1-minute interval was that difficult to perform, until I started doing these workouts.

Thought #6: If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my latest sandwich obsession. It’s a toasted (a little too much in this photo) flatbread, with fresh mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomato, and balsamic vinaigrette. SO GOOD (and under 400 calories)!


Thought #7: I’m so blessed to be able to be a stay-at-home mom. I always thought I’d be a working mom (because I loved teaching so much). Once I had “S”, that all changed. I wanted nothing more than to stay at home with her. I actually went back to work for a month and it was the hardest thing I ever had to do. My heart would break (and I would cry every single day) when I took her to daycare. I am so fortunate that I was able to resign (aka “retire” Smile) so that I could stay at home with my baby. She is growing up so fast and changing every day. I’m truly blessed and very fortunate to be able to be home with her.

So those are my random thoughts on this beautiful Thursday. I hope you enjoyed reading them. Have a great day!

How My Essential Oils Journey Began

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you’re having a nice week. I thought I’d share with you how I got started with essential oils. I’ve been part of an online moms group since my daughter was born. We all have kids that were born the same month and year. It is made up of women all over the world (it’s really an incredible & helpful group). Anyway, someone mentioned that they noticed their baby was sleeping better when they diffused lavender in her room. I was intrigued because my little one has never been a great sleeper (better sleep? sign me up!).  However, I’m extremely particular when it comes to using nontoxic & natural products.

At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about essential oils. So, I basically started researching, and researching, and researching. Not only did I research essential oils, but companies that are involved with making them. Like I said, I’m very particular (some may even call it obsessive…I’m okay with that). During my research, I discovered that there are many companies/brands out there that claim their oils are “pure” and “safe”, when in fact, they are mostly made up of synthetic ingredients (the exact same thing I’m trying to avoid).

After 8 months of researching every possible aspect of essential oils, I chose to purchase my essential oils from Young Living. I was so impressed with their extremely stringent “Seed to Seal” process. From planting the seeds, to cultivating, to distilling, to testing, and finally to sealing the finalized product, Young Living produces the highest quality oils.

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Did you know that you can even visit their farms to see firsthand how the oils are produced?!?!?! Here is a picture of Young Living’s Whispering Springs Farm in Utah.

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When I decided to purchase my oils, I had a few oils in mind (4 oils to be exact). The cost for the 4 that I selected was over $100. Since I never used essential oils before, I also needed to buy a diffuser. This would’ve brought my total to $200+. I still wanted the oils, but I couldn’t see spending that much on just 4 bottles and a diffuser. It was then that I discovered the Premium Starter Kit. Not only did it come with these (most used) oils: 

    • Lavender
    • Peppermint Vitality™
    • Lemon Vitality™
    • Copaiba Vitality™
    • Frankincense
    • Thieves® Vitality™
    • Purification®
    • R.C.™
    • DiGize™ Vitality™
    • PanAway®

but it also came with a FREE bottle of Stress Away™ and a diffuser!!!!! The kit also came with samples, a roller fitment (so you can roll some of the oils directly from the bottle onto your skin), 2 of their drink samples, a product guide, an essential oils magazine, and more! All of this was just $160. Aside from the essential oils purity (since you already know I love that), I also like how the company offers discounts and rewards points (these allow you to get FREE products).  I definitely couldn’t pass this up, so I went ahead and purchased the kit.

When I bought the kit, I was adamant about not wanting to sign up to be a distributor, nor did I want to make any kind of commitment to future purchases (after all, this was my first time using essential oils and I didn’t even know if they’d be a good fit for me). During checkout, I was confused because it gives you the option to “become a member”.  I had to contact someone to verify that becoming a member didn’t hold any future obligations (turns out, all that it means is that you’ll pay wholesale prices if you sign up to be a member, nothing more, nothing less). Aside from the essential oils purity (since you already know I love that), I also like how the company offers discounts and rewards points (these allow you to get FREE products). 

I received my kit and fell in love. I began finding myself telling everyone I knew about my new found love for essential oils. Last month, I decided that since I love sharing this information so much, I should become a distributor. Why not share what I love?

Now, I’m continuing my research and finding even more ways to use essential oils. I’m still using all of the original oils from the kit, too! They last a long time.

I’ve made some incredible products using my oils and other natural ingredients.

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It feels reassuring knowing that the products my family uses are nontoxic and safe. Since I love sharing this information, this is the page where I’ll be sharing recipes for all kinds of products.

If you have any questions about essential oils, please feel free to contact me (you can email me or leave a comment here in this post). Also, if you’d like to begin your essential oils journey, I’d love to help you get started. Email me at pushupsnpigtails@gmail.com

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!


My First Post!

My very first blog post!

I’m so excited to be writing about my passions (family, fitness, and general healthy living). I’ll start this blog out with a little backstory. Back in 2007, my husband and I were on a 15-day Hawaiian cruise. We spent half of that time at sea (in 17ft. waves, but that’s besides the point). While at sea, we took advantage of some of the ship’s offerings. Side note: I don’t recommend trying to run on a treadmill during rough seas, it’s a guarantee that there will be some sea sickness occurring (it sounded like a good idea at the time).

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We ended up attending a “Detoxing” seminar. The presenter talked about every day toxins. He told us about the toxicity of products, food, and the environment. It was extremely informative, yet scary. When the seminar was over, they tried to sell everyone a “detox” package from the ship’s spa. While it was tempting (after all, we just learned that we were practically nothing but a toxic mess), my husband and I just chalked it up as a sales pitch and left.

Once we got home, I decided to research some of the information we heard at the seminar. The very fist thing I researched was the affect pesticides have on our health. Low and behold, the information from the seminar was confirmed. I continued researching and couldn’t stop (I was becoming a little obsessed). I was fascinated, angry, and determined. I was determined to change our ways.

We started out making very small changes. The first thing we did was start buying organic produce and meats when possible. As the years went by, we made more and more changes to our every day products. Fast forward to 2016 and now we are more knowledgeable about the importance of limiting our toxic exposure. This was especially important to me when I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t want to use anything harmful on my body for fear that it could cause complications to our baby. I’m always researching the products we use (especially the products we use on our daughter).

While we’ve made so many changes to nontoxic products, we’re still trying to make more. I’m still learning and researching. I plan to share all of the products that we use on this blog. Hopefully, you’ll find it useful and informative.  I would also love to hear your product recommendations!

Well, I think this was a good start to the very first post. If you’ve read this far, thank you! 🙂


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