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sweet child o’mine

June 26, 2015

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 i’m officially 12 weeks into this whole motherhood gig.

the baby police have yet to take my little person away from me; although hunkiest and i did catch her the other night putting in a request for a transfer.

our sutton is slowly finding her groove.

her parents?

the jury is still out.

her preferred method of communication is still crying.

she LOVES to cry.

not that i expected sundown, elizabethan poetry recitals, but a taylor swift song, at least to break up the afternoon wailing and the midnight waterloos, would be nice once in a while.

the pediatrician assured me her fondness for gibber and grandstand for pop music will come soon enough.

we had her first shots on monday.

sutton barely winced.

her father and i, on the other hand, cried so hard we both vomited, needed a tight swaddle each for soothing, and were simultaneously breastfed by the nurse.

if it’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the spin bike than baby girl’s first words will most likely be a profanity-laced casserole of expletives.

we’re taking bets on the following:

motherfucker, goddamnit, cock-sucker, or fuckyoufisherprice.

money is already stowed away for sutton’s future therapy bills, and i’ve cleared my schedule for the parent/teacher conferences coming my way.

while most moms are researching pre-schools and sleep-trainers {the best}, i’m getting her on the “list” for rehabs and military academies.

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i pretty much feel like i’m doing everything wrong….all. of. the. time.

from diapering to bedtime stories, {she’s more US WEEKLY than Vanity Fair,} i fall asleep counting the number of fails of the day rather than sheep.

even my “mommy” nightmares are wrong:

a girlfriend asked me if i was having the “standard,” pre-requisite-to-being-a-good-mother-nightmare:

where you’re dreaming that you’re “rolling over on your baby in bed and smothering her?”

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um, that would be a “no.”

yes, i am having this re-occurring nightmare

and it IS absolutely terrifying.

we’re talking cold sweats, screams, and a fear of falling asleep at night.

but instead of harming my sweet baby, i dream that i still haven’t been asked to my jr. prom, and all of my friends already have dates.

so we know where MY priorities lie.

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luckily for my own, my husband’s, and my daughter’s sanity, i went back to work last week.

it’s definitely a lighter schedule than i’m used to, but it’s enough so that i’m getting my brain wrapped around things besides sleep schedules and formula ounces.

although i worked out until the day i delivered it was at a much lighter intensity; my workouts feel hard, but SO SO good!

i gained 40lbs with my pregnancy; 17 of which still hasn’t come off.

i used to wear boyfriend jeans. now i wear these-are-why-your-boyfriend-broke-up-with-you jeans.

funny though, for all the crazy body image issues i’ve dealt with in my life, this is the least i’ve cared about how i look, how much i weigh, or how much i’ve worked out for the week.

i’m just so grateful to FEEL good again {after a wretched pregnancy,} and to have a healthy, beautiful baby girl.

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so let’s talk about that girl.

my girl.

my girl with the birthday cake breath.

 yes she likes to cry.

but i, of course, think it’s the prettiest cry in the land, like a choir of forest fairies lullabying the violets and dandelions to sleep for the night.

when she’s overly exhausted, you can hear heartbreak in her cry. it brings me to tears; like when nina simone laments over lost love, or when i discover i’m out of coffee.

no, she doesn’t always sleep through the night.

in fact, she’s sometimes partial to the every 45 minute dance party–especially between the hours of 11pm and 4am.

my under-eye dark circles have become my new, signature “look.”

one day i will miss these middle of the night wake-up calls: that gummy smile, those eyes so bright and sparkly they light up her pitch-black nursery, buckling my knees with a love i’m convinced can solve all of the world’s problems.

forget drones and peace talks……i dare ANYONE to have hate in their heart after a baby looks you square in the eye, and cups your cheek for comfort.

or try being angry when the dead-weight, sack of flour, of a newborn naps in the crook of your neck.

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other than this new mammal under our roof, things are pretty much the same.

our beasts still run the show, and we just pay their mortgage; in no way have are they in second place.

i’m still not ready to talk about the “game of thrones” finale so let’s just leave it that.

i wouldn’t take any book recommendations from me for a while—i’m only trying to read books where i don’t have to think, cry, or care about anyone in them—so pretty much kathie lee gifford and i have started our own book club.

my fantasies these days aren’t of white sand beaches or first class to morocco—lately i’d give my left foot for an ativan sandwich and 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

i have NO idea what this season’s summer sandal or IT-bag is…my accesories of late consist of spit-up and my night-guard; anything and EVERYTHING to ensure that i will never get pregnant again.

we are DONE.

one and DONE.

so who sutton looks like?

 she is the carbon copy of me as a baby except without any eyebrows…we’re hoping misha nesselrod will soon come to her rescue.

although, if you ask my mother, she says {and i quote} “sutton looks like axl rose after he gained all of that weight.

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so there you have it.

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according to my mother folks, that’s my baby ⬆︎.

and yes, grandma {aka “gigi”} is no longer babysitting for us.

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so as i wrap up this post, over the internet and television, breaking news is coming in that the united states supreme court has made the landmark ruling to provide same-sex couples with the right to marry in all 50 states.

i hope my computer doesn’t short out from the tears flooding down my face into my keyboard.

this is not hormonal emotion, this is human elation.

long overdue, but a welcome decision—it’s still hard to wrap my brain around the fact that people who love each other need the government’s permission…but that’s another post…

i am euphoric for my friends, my family, my daughter, and my fellow americans, gay and straight.

we have taken a supreme court step towards a more tolerant and loving society.

this is a great day.

friday-equality-for-all-to you m’loves!

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it’s friday i’m in love…..

April 24, 2015

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friday dark circles and breast pump blisters to you m’loves.

we are three weeks into parenthood, and cherishing whatever sleep we can get.

jones and priscilla, already on nanny-duty, insist on supervising every feed and diaper change. they, too, are grabbing naps at any opportunity.

besides the new little person and my loyal beasts {yes that includes my husband} here are some other things i’m LOVING this week:

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during our hospital stay, the one piece of advice we received over and over again was the importance of having ridiculously, clean hands. until my girl gets her shots {which she most certainly will—-please don’t go there with me,} her immune system is vulnerable to germs and other uglies lurking on door handles, faucets, and cell phones.

have you ever looked at how germy cell phones get?!?! blech. it’ll stop you in your tracks next time you grab your android to facebook post.

besides mandatory hand washing for all, the doctors and nurses encouraged us to have anti-bacterial gel throughout our house.

i’m actually still dealing with a rash i caught from the gel they used at the hospital—super harsh to my skin, with ingredients more irritating than anne hathaway. so i was happy to find this more natural version from bath + body works.

eucalyptus and spearmint scented, this gel kills germs, smells heavenly, and doesn’t irritate mine or baby’s skin.

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thank you to all who have offered me links for various “lactation cookies” to help with the breastfeeding; but the last thing this post-partum bitch needs is another cookie to eat–my pre-pregnancy weight is a long, 22lbs away and these maternity jeans aren’t getting any looser.

i’m sticking with {and luckily i LOVE} trader joe’s organic oatmeal.

super quick to make and it is perfectly delicious just on its own—no need to add sweetener or milk.

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are you guys watching lip sync battle!??!

my stretches of tv time are lately confined to 30 minute increments {usually with me attached to a breast pump.}

and i’m kind of over anything too heavy, involving kidnapping, murder, or the abuse of a child and or animal. even keeping up with the kardashians seems to border on child abuse for this hormonal mommy—-seriously? when did that sweet, little kylie turn into rupaul?

lip sync battle is the perfect, 22 minute, giggle-inducing, brain-cell diminishing, small-screen nibble.

anne hathaway’s version of “wrecking ball” officially shuts down all her haters……

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 and as if ll cool j. hosting isn’t reason enough to watch.

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so i’m on my third go-round of pamela druckerman’s bringing up bebe.

an american living in paris, druckerman investigates the intricacies of french parenting and how it leads to independent, self-sufficient, non-bratty, happy children.

hunkiest and i are trying to perfect “the pause”—-a tool in teaching your baby how to self-soothe without hysterics or leaving your baby feeling insecure or untrusting….no this is NOT letting your baby “cry it out” uncontrollably so back that opinon truck up right now.

the only crying-it-out taking place in this household is mine…..boo-hoo’ing over the fact that i still give a rat’s ass about grey’s anatomy {major spoiler in link….}

i’m actually trying to employ “the pause” in other areas of my life needing a little less reactivity: my neighbor’s 6:30am saturday tree-trimming, my portion control come mid-afternoon, and now ABC primetime television.

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i’ve pretty much stayed house-bound these last couple of weeks; any forray out into public becomes a drinking game opportunity where hunkiest and i take a shots every time someone tells me how tired i look…since i kind of want to avoid fetal alcohol disorder and we’ve run out of uber drivers,  i’m limiting my outings.

when i do have to venture past my front door i make sure i’m shellacked in urban decay’s illuminating beauty balm. this vegan sunscreen/moisturizer/dark eye circle disguise helps me look a little less zombie, a little more planet earth.

so that’s all i got.

care to share what’s in your friday pocket o’favorites?

see you on the other side of sunday m’loves.

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what i’ve been googling lately?

April 21, 2015

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so with just a little over two weeks in to this motherhood gig i can attest to the following ultimates: i am the happiest, the sleepiest, the most-frightened, most crazy in love {with baby, husband, + beasts,} and the most fulfilled of my entire life.

we’re on the every three-hour feed schedule which really means i am awake every TWO hours so i can feed, burp, pump, and think irrational, paralyzing thoughts.

hunkiest and i ditched all of our pre-natal classes for grilled cheese sandwiches and truffle fries at eat chow; so much of this has been on-the-job training.

google is our bitch.

she’s helped me find the best foods for breast milk production {oatmeal,} and coached me on how to install a car seat without getting a divorce {let the wife do it.}

here are a few other google searches in my caché:

how early before my newborn sleeps through the night?

how long does fireball stay in breast milk?

woman’s world record for oatmeal consumption….

oatmeal toxicity…..can you overdose on oatmeal? 

golden retriever night nurses…..

training your dog to change diapers….

the birthday cake diet.

how many susiecakes does it take for diabetes to set in?

sleep deprivation used as a method of torture.

can you die from lack of sleep?

do newborns require a ticket for coachella?

toned biceps from burping your infant.

how to swaddle my 42-year-old husband?

cataclysmic euphoria: a new mom’s love for her baby.

wish you a tuesday of cataclysmic euphoria m’loves.

p.s. the winner for the “knocked-up fitness” giveaway is Jenn Salusbury–please email me so i can send you your prize.

 

 

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knocked-up fitness: a giveaway!

March 31, 2015

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even though i’ve been teaching fitness for over 15 years, when it came to the pre and post natal field, my knowledge was limited. my knee-jerk reaction to taking on private clients who were expecting has always been to pass them off to the expert, aka erica ziel, creator of knocked up fitness–the leading pre and post natal program in the country.

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a mother of 3, erica has spent her entire career educating herself and others on the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. her knowledge is cutting edge, experience-based, and major media, ie the new york times, parenting magazine, people magazine, etc. routinely reference erica as the leader in the industry. she is currently on the board for fit pregnancy, educating the public on the do’s and don’ts of pre and post-natal fitness.

i am so lucky to consider her a friend and colleague.

but as of nine months ago i have started seeing her as a client; she has provided me with immeasurable comfort and support during this physically challenging and whacky time of my life.

here’s a glimpse of some of what we do to keep me as strong and comfortable during this pregnancy:

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i warm up each session with a cat/cow type of stretch using an exercise ball.

this is nirvana for my tight back, but also strengthens my core.

one of the most eye-opening take-aways from training with erica has been her knowledge on core-strength. so much of what i had been taught and told to do for mamma’s and their core, specifically what i knew about preventing diastis recti: the separation of the abdominal wall that happens to many pregnant women, was actually counter-productive to keeping the abdominal muscles strong.

erica’s post on avoiding any and ALL crunches during and right after pregnancy is a must read!

i was doing the occasional isometric crunch here and there, thinking that because my core was already strong i could continue with abdominal flexion—NO! NO! NO! apparently this type of core work can encourage the split in your rectus muscles!

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here we are strengthening my back and opening up the front of my chest.

erica is consistently getting me to “MOVE” through all ranges of my back–an area i’m typically timid with due to chronic low-back pain.

during our workouts erica encourages me to really activate the spine—this has helped me tremendously with staving off the occasional lumbar flare up, and so far, with three weeks to go, i haven’t experienced sciatica-a common ailment during pregnancy.

if you’ve been working out prior to pregnancy, strength training is still allowed and encouraged to keep you feeling as agile and pain-free as possible, even though everything else on your body gets bigger and activities become harder–getting out of bed for me these days warrants a standing ovation and straight across “10′s” from the judges’ table.

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here is my favorite exercise to do with erica! she “lets” me do these every session.

it works the core, glutes, arms and legs!

see erica’s instagram for how to correctly execute.

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having erica as a weekly touchstone has given me so much stamina, relief and peace-of-mind during this crazy time.

the amount of conflicting information on pre-natal fitness is mind-boggling, and i’ve come to believe opinions and advice are typically given from a place of fear rather than knowledge.

erica has broken it all down for me with her decade-plus experience.

she has empowered me with knowledge that i can take into all my other activities these days–such as spinning, strength training, and pilates reformer classes.

she is someone i will continue to seek guidance and education from way after my little person is delivered.

erica’s post-natal program is perfect for busy moms everywhere!

luckily we all don’t need to live in southern california to take advantage of her expertise.

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erica is graciously donating her 3 dvd sets and knocked up guide to pregnancy book to one of my lucky readers.

there are several ways to enter this giveaway:

simply leave a comment here on my website, my facebook page, or instagram page.

 liking my facebook page, following me on instagram and twitter also earns an entry.

enter the drawing more times by following knocked up fitness on twitter and instagram, and liking knocked-up fitness on facebook.

that’s nine entries right there!

erica’s dvds are great workouts, and are not limited to just the pre/post natal–anyone can do these workouts and see amazing results regardless if you’re a man, woman, momma or not.

good luck m’loves…contest winner will be announced next monday 4/6/2015.

——–contest closed. 

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the spin on pregnancy……

March 24, 2015

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so the number one question i am asked during this pregnancy is hands down: “how are you still spinning?”-the inquisitors typically a mixed bag of the horror-stricken, the supportive and those who are truly curious as it pertains to their own current or future pregnancies.

the benefits of exercise during these 40-plus weeks are plentiful, but the major reasons for me to keep vigilant with my fitness are those that directly benefit my baby: i.e my risk of gestational diabetes is lowered by more than 27%, pre-natal exercise is linked to more brain-power in newborns, cardiovascular exercise strengthens my baby’s heart, and when i’m working out my blood volume, oxygen delivery and blood flow all increases—meaning my baby is getting her nutrients and all other pulmonary and cardiovascular needs met at boosted levels.

my commitment to fitness during this time has always been, first and foremost, for the health of my baby.

but none of my advice or personal experience takes precedent over what your doctor tells you; every body and pregnancy is different, and should be addressed accordingly.

the advice and exercise prescription given to me {by my obstetrician} allowed me to continue with the same type of activity i was enjoying prior to pregnancy; this includes indoor cycling, sometimes even multiple times a day due to my job as an instructor. it was recommended to continue with my normal hustle, especially since it seemed to be the only remedy for my nausea–which i’m still experiencing here in my 36th week.

 the following guidelines have allowed me to spin several times a week, resulting in stellar stats for my baby girl during her pre-natal check ups:

1. hydration!

this has been a huge wake-up call for me because i am typically a d-minus student when it comes to drinking enough water. the fluids needed by the body during pregnancy are more invaluable than ever–extra water is required for that sweet baby of yours. blood volume, amniotic fluid, baby’s tissue–it all is created, maintained, and nourished with proper hydration. my rule of thumb, in addition to consistently drinking water throughout the day, is to consume an entire bottle of water {life factory bottles are my favorite} 30 minutes before spin class, one bottle DURING said cardio session, and another within 30 minutes after.

2. heart rate

the old rule of thumb for keeping a pregnant woman’s heart rate under 140 beats per minute went out of fashion with home perms and reeboks with the straps. the current recommendation is to NOT “lose your breath.” for me this means forgoing any anaerobic intervals which could leave me panting or gasping for air.

in my workouts i’m consistently alternating between an “in through the nose, out through the mouth breath,” and even just nose breathing when i’m starting to feel winded.

another test i give myself is the talk/sing test—if i can do both, i’m getting enough oxygen to my baby–so if you hear me singing it’s not just because i’m fantasizing myself in a jay z video…..well, not solely.

3. overheating

i have to say this has been the hardest to get used to. typically when i teach or take a class i detest the fans! i’d rather be boiling hot than even slightly chilled. but when you’re growing a little person inside you, climate change is not up for debate!

overheating is a major concern during pregnancy. your baby’s body temperature is already warmer than yours {hence the “bun in the oven,”}—so when you heat up, it’s even hotter for sweet baby.

i’m either under a fan or near an air vent {typically both} when i take classes these days. if i sense that the room is getting a little warmer i take my pace/intensity WAY down–this isn’t the time of my life where i need to keep up with the front row or personal bests need to be set.

4. modifications on the spin bike

the pregnant body is undergoing crazy, physical changes. besides weight gain, ligaments and tendons are moving/stretching, joints are relaxing, and you’re more prone to back pain {regardless of how in-shape you were before.}

if you’re experiencing discomfort, play with your bike set up. in accommodating my burgeoning bump, i’ve had to move the seat forward, the seat lower, and the handlebars higher; and there are just some things i cannot do anymore: i.e. high speeds out the saddle, certain choreography, etc.

i always get the approval from the instructor before i take any class; letting them know i’m pregnant and most likely won’t be able to do everything. i can’t emphasize the importance of telling your instructor before class any limitations/conditions/injuries you may have—we instructors are SO grateful when students notify us beforehand of these things. otherwise we’re left wondering if we’re not cuing properly, that you hate our class, our outfit, hair, etc.

it’s like having a dinner party, and a guest not eating your food due to dietary restrictions, and not telling you why.

5. find a supportive community

hormones are no joke during pregnancy. forget about the massive remodel your body undergoes; the changes in you mood, your sensitivity meter, and stress-levels can reach an all-time high. there’s something about a baby bump that can sometimes coax out the most ridiculous behavior from non-pregnant people–horror stories, judgements, lectures abound–these can send a pregnant woman into her own fetal position for days.

it is vital to find a community where you feel supported, welcomed, and nurtured. this pregnancy, my home away from home has become grit cycle–maternity leave has not kept me away from the saddle room. the benefits i receive from riding with my fellow gritties have not only benefitted my baby’s health, but also my mental and emotional health as well, and this has been an immeasurable gift.

for more tips on indoor cycling and pregnancy check out this article written by my friend and fellow grit instructor, cassie piasecki {remember her from shut the fridge?}

stay tuned for more #fitpregnancy posts and an upcoming giveaway from a major voice in the fitness industry.

tuesday fit-healthy+ happy to you m’loves!

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game changer: odacité serum

March 19, 2015

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thursday taut and toned jawlines to you m’loves.

for your age-defying arsenal, today i give you a game-changing bazooka:

odacité nighttime anti-oxidants repair serum

with 100% organic ingredients, including natural vitamin e, msm {a collagen producer,} and hyaluronic acid {which plumps and hydrates the face,} this powerful, but non-irritating product has done wonders for my tired, puffy, pre-natal face.

i first tried this wonder-worker last summer. i liked the results: firmer skin tone and a brighter complexion. it’s not the least expensive product out there so when i had used up my bottle i was hesitant to re-purchase.

immediately i noticed a slack in the glow and clarity i was getting used to; i decided it best to forgo the daily peet’s coffee in favor of a peaches-n-cream face.

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as you’d expect from an organic skincare line, odacité eschews all the toxic nasties sometimes found in potent products.

the entire line is paraben, petrochemical, phthalates, formaldehyde and fragrance free.

i know some of you are still unsure about the competence of all-natural products:

can these non-medical grade, farm to bottle potions give me the same results as the stuff cooked up in the chemist labs?

the answer is a resounding YES!!

botanicals, amino acid peptides, and vitamins derived from natural ingredients are often more robust in effect; such is the case with odacité products.

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and just as important to me as efficacy is that my medicine cabinet stays cruelty-free as well. odacité does not test on animals nor do they use any animal products in their ingredients.

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i also love odacité’s emphasis on freshness.

each of their products comes with a “freshiency date” label.

i’m always suspect of how long the effectiveness lasts on these natural products and appreciate the extra information. when you make a purchase of any of their products you are guaranteed to receive it within two days {shipping is free for everything over $75.}

another bonus with this line is their generous sample giveaway. every time i purchase with odacité i receive a handful of really nice samples.

i’ve also received 15% off every order from odacité because they’re always offering email discounts to loyal customers; they also give first-time customers get a 15% discount.

wishing you a bright and cheery complected thursday m’loves.

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it’s friday, i’m in love….

February 27, 2015

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happy friday-it’s white and gold-goddammit!- to you m’loves.

apparently my husband and i aren’t the only ones now in marriage counseling over “that dress.”

families and friendships are cracking up all over the country.

screw the red states and the blue states; please divide us into white + gold vs blue + black states instead—-cuz i’m sure as hell not hanging with those psychos who see blue/black.

in the spirit of silly, here are a few other things making me chuckle:
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but first, this coffee mug and i need to have a make-out session, STAT.

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are you geeking out over the perfect365 app too?

designed for the selfie + filter obsessed– {YOU know who YOU are….your friends and family don’t know who you are because you filter the shit out of your face on-line, but that’s a different post;} the perfect 365 app allows you to photo shop an entire sephora store on your mug for those photos that need a little more gloss, hair volume, and contour.

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but let’s be honest it’s so much more fun to lean toward the ridiculous.

i’m crushing hard on this new mom who used it on her 7-week old son; my kind of mommy fo’sure–let’s start a playgroup NOW!

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 my little person isn’t here yet, so my buffonery is still constrained to the beasts.

and yes, my husband’s silent treatment has been extended until monday.

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remember my girl crush post with christina sinclair?

this week i was honored to be featured on christina’s fab blog: beach babe fitness.

head on over to see how i got started in the fitness industry and some of my guilty pleasures {hint: four-letter words raise my serotonin levels.}

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speaking of my penchant for profanity, whoever curated this list obviously knows my birthday is coming up.

check out the 19 perfect gifts for people who love to swear. i’m especially partial to the birthday banner, and think this needlepoint would look beautiful in the nursery.

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 while we’re on the birthday subject, do you know what the number one song was on the day you were born?

this fun website tells you what your parents were fox-trotting to as you de-birth canaled.

who out there can top my bellamy brothers’ “let your love flow?”

 

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but if easy-rolling, 70′s soft rock isn’t your groove, maybe like me, you’ll dig rihanna’s new song towards the sun from the soundtrack to the new animated movie from dreamworks, “home.

so there you have it!

my friday loves–which always includes YOU!

wishing you a sunny, gold + white, winter weekend.

see you on the other side of sunday.

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girl crush: christina sinclair

February 10, 2015

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tuesday happy to you m’loves.

welcome to “girl crush” tuesday.

i am beyond thrilled to showcase my friend and colleague, christina sinclair.

christina is a heavy hitter in the barre world and blogosphere.

her beach babe fitness is one of my favorite blogs; christina offers online workouts, recipes + nutritional advice, and great motivation for your fitness endeavors.

let’s get to know this southern california dynamo:

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please tell us a little about yourself:

Hi, I’m Christina! Mother, wife, fitness instructor and blogger.  Born and raised in Orange County, I spent 6 years in LA and even lived in the UK for a whole 6 weeks. That’s where I met my husband. We did long distance for two years before I dragged him across the atlantic and he put a ring on it. We have a rescue dog named Patrick, and an (almost) 9 month old son. I’m passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, dramatic arts (I have a BA from USC), and my growing family.

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name 5 bottom of the jar products?

January Labs facial products (all of them!), Blinc Mascara which is unlike any mascara you’ve ever tried, Honest company natural deodorant, Dr Bronners Peppermint Soap, + Bag Balm.

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who is your style icon and why?

According to Pinterest it looks like it’s a toss-up between Olivia Palermo and Miranda Kerr. They both have a polished and feminine look with a good mix of classic and contemporary.

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what is your winter fashion must-have item?

My Leather Jacket and my Ugg Slippers.

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what is your favorite smell?

Oh I love smells! Gardenias, sunscreen, and freshly brewed coffee!

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how do you define luxury?

a view of the ocean and a glass of red.

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what’s the last book you read and loved?

Dissolving Illusions by Dr Suzanne Humphries — Fascinating!

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what are your vices?

Chipotle, Dessert, and Procrastinating.

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finish the sentence….i can never leave the house without:

giving my dog a treat.

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give me your 5 deserted island items….people and things?

My husband and son, lots of sunscreen, a fishing rod and a big box of matches.

peace

what is your idea of perfect happiness?

Peace, Gratitude and Philippians 4:6

70's

in what historical era would you most like to have lived?

the early 1970s — the music, the fashion just the whole vibe… An 80s aerobic instructor would have been fun too.

alifornia

what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

 the sun, the beach and all of the close getaway spots — palm springs, big bear, catalina, mexico… so many options!

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what are your least favorite things about southern california?

the traffic, the smog, the stereotypes.

chir

such a treat to have christina here today.

thanks so much for stopping by the goodniteirene.

if you’re in southern california be sure to catch one of christina’s butt-busting barre classes at equinox newport beach + equinox irvine.

you can also find christina on facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, and you tube.

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girl crush…danielle aka dani from grit!

January 27, 2015

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talk about breaking the internet…today’s edition of girl crush is going to give that kardashian character quite the run for her money.

ladies and gentlemen, i present to you danielle wellbrock-gallinger, aka dani, danielle has grit, the glue that holds GRIT cycle together, and my nickname for her: the hottest thing to ever happen to a spin bike

dani’s sold-out classes are not to be missed. always a sweatfest; she makes your time on the bike fly by, with you holding your own ass at the end of class.

let’s get to know a little more about this #goddessonabike

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tell us a little bit about yourself dani:

Can I list Ass Kicker as a career? I run GRIT Cycle and teach classes there. My formal title is Director of Operations, but my staff just refers to me as Mama Bear.

I have a super sexy husband, Glenn, and three fur babies….two Snuggle Puggles: Verona, “the Snoogs”, and Ouzo, “the Tank”, and my little meatball French Bulldog: Duke, “the Bootie”.

I have many passions! My family most of all, anything Disney, churros, beer, nachos {I am passionate about food}, reading books, Halloween, making lists, and organizing things. {type A all the way}

beauty

name your 5 bottom of the jar products?

 Josie Maran Argan Oil

Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Body Cream

Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne

style

who is your style icon and why?

I am not really sure I have a style icon. I wear what I like. I am not incredibly trend driven.

winter

what is your winter fashion must-have item?

I have a few: My Doma black leather jacket, Frye Dorado riding boots, and my Vince thermal beanie.

lumber

what is your favorite smell?

The lumber section of Home Depot.

todolist

how do you define luxury?

Luxury is having everything on my to-do list checked off.

books

what’s the last book you read and loved?

Lamb by Christopher Moore and I just re-read Generation Kill by Evan Wright {I am not monogamous in my book reading.}

vice

what are your vices?

Beer, nachos, churros, shoes, wigs, and lipstick!

danipink

finish the sentence….i can never leave the house without:

Sunglasses.

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what advice would you give your 25-year-old self?

I would not give myself any advice! Each step in life is a learning experience whether good, bad, or in-between and I cherish every failure, bad tattoo, and triumph the same.

travel

what does your ideal 2 weeks off look like?

Traveling with my hubs and exploring a new corner of the earth!

imperfect

what is your idea of perfect happiness?

Happiness is being imperfect and accepting life’s imperfections

family members excluded what is your most prized possession?

My education!

in what historical era would you most like to have lived?

It really is not that far back in time, but I would have loved to be in my 20’s in the mid to late 1970’s.

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what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

 I love the weather and the close proximity to Disneyland

what are your least favorite things about southern california?

It is expensive!

dani

thank you so much dani for the sneak-peak into your beautiful heart and soul; your fan base just grew exponentially.

make sure you check out dani’s fabulous classes at GRIT cycle.

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my life….of late….

January 26, 2015

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as you can see i can’t keep this under wraps {or hidden beneath baggy shirts} any longer.

hunkiest, jones, priscilla and i will be welcoming the newest family member in april.

we have discovered a new definition for joy.

although this has been a formidable pregnancy {for the last twenty-three weeks i’ve battled hyperemis gravidarum–severe nausea every two hours, without any reprieve;} the “hellos“, kicks, and disco-dancing taking place in my belly are more than worth how sick i feel.

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our beasts are already natural babysitters.

it’s amazing how they can sense these things; rarely do they leave my side.

priscilla, especially, likes to get her snuggle on with my bump.

we spend most of our time here, in bed, trying to keep fluids and saltines down.

katie5 (2 of 2)

 nursery rhymes + lullabies are rehearsed, we’ve been practicing our “inside voices” and not barking in the house {myself included.}

katie4 (1 of 2)

i’ve had to cut back on my work schedule a bit, but i hope to keep teaching as long as i can.

exercise has actually been the only thing to quell the nausea.

and trust me i have tried every, stinking, in some cases stupid remedy:

ginger, salt, carbs, protein, seabands, coconut water, acupuncture, prayer, IV fluids and intravenous medications, crying, bitching, meditating and begging—all to no avail.

i’ve lost one tooth and all self-respect.

but the time left is so short, and i cannot wait to meet my precious, baby girl.

so that’s my news on a monday!

oh…and the winner of the box of santa barbara bars is:

celena fahey!!

congratulations celena; i will be in touch to get your address.

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