Postpartum Health & Fitness

For everyone that has had a baby, getting back into shape is just plain ugly! I literally feel like a big squishy blob that just absolutely does not want to move…anyone else?? I feel you! Actually I had times of feeling like that before I even had children.

With my first pregnancy I gained 50 lbs and kept on 20 of those pounds before getting pregnant with Audrey. The 2nd time around I didn’t gain quite as much, but I was more determined than ever to ensure I didn’t keep on that extra 20 pounds again! A friend of mine caught me at just the right time and asked if I wanted to join a 21 Day Fix challenge group. It is basically a clean eating and portion control program with daily 30 minute workout videos. I was slightly skeptical because another thing about me is that I HATE diets and after trying so many of them and never really sticking with them, I vowed years ago to never do a diet again. But when she invited me I had exactly 21 days until I returned to work from maternity leave, so I thought, why not? Plus I really wanted to lose that baby weight! Continue reading

Crock pot Balsamic Chicken {Recipe}

Sharing one of my favorite clean crock pot recipes.This balsamic chicken is delicious and healthy! I’ve found balsamic vinegar is a really good alternative to sauces, such as teriyaki or BBQ that have a lot of added sugar. I made this one as a freezer meal. I divided the amount in the below recipe between 2 freezer bags {I doubled the recipe to get 4 meals out of it}, and wrote the directions on the bag.


  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup balsalmic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp each: dried oregano, basil, and rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Add all ingredients to crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours, on high for 4 hrs. Shred chicken with 2 forks about 15-20 minutes before serving. 


I like to have this with rice or quinoa and sauteed veggies on the side {as shown in image above}. Oh and a glass of good red wine 🙂

House Updates {2 years}

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in our home over 2 years already. This year has been a busy one for us- can you say new baby?! So we haven’t put a lot of focus on our house projects, though we have completed a few noteable things!

Front Yard landscaping:

This has been Colin’s baby. He’s serious about his plants and landscaping…and he’s really good at it too! He designed this modern concrete walkway and I LOVE it! It’s fun to see an idea come to life!




We finally painted our kitchen cupboard doors, bought new hardware and installed them! Amazing what a little update like this can do. I didn’t mind having them open, it made things easy to find, but once we installed the doors it made the kitchen instantly feel cleaner.

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We also got rid of the avocado sink and installed this shiney new sink/faucet!! Which I absolutely LOVE. Who knew doing dishes could be so fun. We were going to do a small update to the counter tops with some new laminate {the real stuff will come when we do the big remodel} and add a subway tile back splash but we haven’t completely committed to that yet.



Upstairs bathroom:

Ok, this was an experiment. We decided to paint our bathroom counter top with counter-top paint. First off, if you plan to try this do it when you are not going to be in the house for hours after (the fumes were so strong and gave us such bad headaches, I contemplated getting a hotel for the night!). I’m not really sure how I feel about the black, it’s a little dramatic for me, but it’s just a temporary update. It is also pretty obvious that the counter-top was paint, you can see the brush strokes and it started chipping, so not the most durable product and probably not something we would use again.


Light switches, outlets & Baseboard trim:

These are probably the smallest home updates known to man, but we replaced all of our outlets & switches and got in most of the baseboard trim. And you know what?! I feel like it made a big difference!! No more disgusting nicotine stained outlets. We have a lot of other little things we’ll start tackling- door knobs & hinges, new doors, etc.


Ok, this is the biggie! Which is why I think it deserves a post all on it’s own once it’s complete. We’ve finally started hanging drywall and hope to get this basement looking brand new in just a few short weeks!! I’ll share more details and photos once it’s finished!

Click the links below to see our house project progress! {I have to look at these constantly to remind myself that we really have made progress :)}

House Projects Week 1

House Projects Week 2

House Projects Week 3

House Projects Week 4

1 Year House Update

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