Some Sad News…


    I debated putting this on online for the world to know about, but it makes me feel better to talk about it. I have some sad news. I was really excited  to find out a few weeks ago that I was pregnant but hadn't really told anyone yet. I was out of town in Utah and Idaho for Christmas last week and was having some spotting and light cramping but because both were so light I decided to ...[Read More]

Tried & True Holiday Candy Recipes

Processed with Rookie

  Most of the recipes you see on my website are healthy and nutritious recipes.  But, true to the tagline on all my posts this blog is about showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle.  For me, balance isn't about being perfect 100% of the time, but rather about eating healthy and exercising most of the time, and enjoying treats in moderation too. Christmas is one of thos ...[Read More]

Diastasis Recti (Part 2)

Diastastis Recti

  Last month, I shared with you guys Part 1 of the 2-part Diastasis Recti series, and the response was overwhelmingly positive!  I had more views on that blog post than nearly any other post on my entire site.  If you haven't read Part 1 you can do so here. I got so many emails, message, and comments from you guys who had never heard of diastasis recti and were grateful to understand what was ...[Read More]

Rachel #ownitcampaign

Rachel side by side

Note from Natalie: Thank you so much for sharing your story Rachel!  I think so many people can relate to your words and how you feel. Baby Farah is so beautiful!  You are doing a great job mama.    #ownitcampaign #ownyourstory Hi Natalie! Big fan of yours here.  My name is Rachel and I am 23 years old, from Minnesota. I had a baby girl in October (who is almost 7 months old… whoa).  I don’t have ...[Read More]

Fun Halloween Ideas for Kids

9 Fun Halloween Ideas for Kids

  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Growing up, Halloween was a huge deal and my mom would always put a lot of time and effort into making our Halloween costumes for us.  Today I've combined some of my favorite Halloween traditions from when I was growing up, along with some fun non-food treat and party ideas you can do with your kiddos this year. 1) Spaghetti Brain Bingo Growing up ...[Read More]

Why Do I Still Have My Post-Baby Tummy? – Diastasis Recti (Part 1)

Diastasis Recti

  Jen from Mama Lion Strong kindly agreed to do a guest blog for me today!  Jen is a mom to three young boys, a women's health advocate, and the author of the blog Mama Lion Strong.  I stumbled across one of Jen's blog posts a while back and fell in love with her writing style.  We connected via social media and have been online friends for over a year.  I often find myself feeling like Jen h ...[Read More]

All or Nothing….

All or Nothing Mentality

This was me walking into the gym today with my kiddos.....but what this cute little picture doesn't show is that about ten minutes later I got called out of my workout because of a dirty diaper that needed changed. Whenever I do my workouts at home it never fails....I always have littles crawling on my back when I do planks, pulling on my shorts as I do calf raises, or wanting to be held as I do s ...[Read More]

The Giving Field


    Last week my kids were itching to get out of the house and I was trying to rack my brain for a fun activity we could do (and an added bonus if it was free).  A story from The Giving Field (a community garden in Beaumont, TX) showed up in my Facebook newsfeed and I decided to give them a call to see if they happened to need any volunteers for that day.  A lady named Sharon answered th ...[Read More]

I Cried Today…


  I teared up today on the treadmill. Lame, I know. Yes....the treadmill. I was doing 10 minutes of sprints after I lifted weights, and it was hard. I started talking to myself. The conversation went like this: I started wondering if maybe I could just cut off the last three minutes. It wouldn't make that much of a difference if I just did seven 30-second sprints instead of ten, right? Surely ...[Read More]

3 Healthy Breakfast Ideas that Your Kids Will Love: Guest Post from Lynn Manning!

Lynn Manning

I became online friends with Lynn Manning a while back and I love following her blog and reading her posts.  I love how she shows a real-life approach to helping women stay fit and healthy, and she does a great job showing how she manages her nutrition and exercise all while balancing a business and taking care of two young girls.  Here is a little bit of info about Lynn: "My husband (Drew Manning ...[Read More]