Push-ups & Pigtails

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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!


  1. OMG putting sunscreen on toddlers is the WORST! My kids are 6 and 3.5 and it’s still as brutal as it was when they were 2 lol. Also, I’m so with you on the Bachelorette…I heart JoJo….all the guys seem great except for Chad, I don’t think he needs special editing…I think this is probably really true to how he is!

    • Kristin

      June 2, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Jen, thank you for stopping by my blog! I’m so glad to know I’m not alone with the sunscreen struggle (and also my thoughts on the Bachelorette). 🙂

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