Bedrest: Surviving & Thriving

  Bedrest. It’s a brutal, beautiful, tough and painful season of life! I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But after being on bedrest for a couple months, I learned you could not only survive but thrive. And since you’re reading this it’s safe to assume you or someone close to […]

Bedrest: Surviving and Thriving

stroller running

A Mom’s Guide to Stroller Running 4   Recently updated !

  Running while pushing a stroller is not for the faint of heart… but we are moms! We brought a child(ren) into this world and with a few tricks it can be a really fun thing to do with your little ones, big ones and the whole family! You’ve got […]

The BUSY Mom’s guide to Running a Half Marathon 6   Recently updated !

  Taking on a half marathon is an awesome challenge, especially when you’re thick in the trenches of motherhood. As a mom of three littles, a runner and exercise physiologist I wasn’t sure I could fit in the training required. But, friends, we can! And it’s so much fun! It’s become […]

Mom's guide to running a half marathon


Accidental Blogger: The Unexpected Blessings of Blogging 1

    It wasn’t my intent to become a blogger. In fact, it just kind of happened. Without any technical knowledge, I wanted to put a few thoughts down, all in one spot. Online. It was an organic by-product of this incredibly hard and sweet season of bed-rest I had […]

10 Ways to Sleep Better & Stress Less

  Sleep is a precious and scarce commodity in our house. With three young kids, two of whom are sleep walkers and the third? He always wakes up – happily – at the crack of dawn, alas we are constantly tired. It’s become a state of being but I hear […]

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Family pictures: the love-hate relationship

  We didn’t do it often growing up. We weren’t the family that was annually setting up group photos for Christmas cards. Granted, digital media and the Costco photo center have changed everything. (A huge thank you to both!) Yet every year I set up a picture session for my […]

15 Healthy Eating Hacks 8   Recently updated !

  Since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by health, fitness and nutrition. My favorite college class to date is still Biological Nutrition (see this post), it was just SOO GOOD! After studying exercise science and communications in college I went on to study exercise physiology, always cramming nutrition classes […]

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Family Fun Fall Bucket List   Recently updated !

  This fall I’m savoring it all, the smells, the leaves, the kids always getting along (okay, one can dream). But we really do love fall around here and have a few traditions that signal the new season in our home, even if the Arizona temps don’t comply. hah! These […]

A Mom’s Guide to Working Out Like a Pro 12

    For a long time I was quite concerned with having the “right initials” behind my name. I took pride in my accomplishments and thought it afforded me the ability to work with some of the best and brightest in the industry. For about a decade I worked full […]

Train like a Pro


Chocolate peanut butter Energy Bites 2   Recently updated !

  Oh friends, this has been a go-to recipe for a LONG time around here. We’ve tried lots of these type of recipes but many were too dry or left a lot of goodness at the bottom of the bowl which just seemed tragic. These were born from my pre-run […]

The Real Thanksgiving   Recently updated !

I don’t want to miss the intent. Between the umpteen grocery stores to perfect Grandma’s special stuffing, the parking lot brawls, and the black Friday shopping lies Thanksgiving. The day of treasured family recipes, elastic waist pants, family stories, football and The Food. It’s such a beautiful exhale in a busy, BUSY […]



GRACE and FREEDOM in Parenting

When my firstborn was a few weeks old I loaded her up and took her to the grocery store – excited to test my parenting wings and re-enter civilization. She slept soundly in my sling, nestled close to me and protected from the world. Then it happened. An older woman […]

The JESUS FIRST Project   Recently updated !

I woke up with this soul-deep conviction. It was apparent I’d gotten into a bad habit. I’d roll over in the morning, check the time on my phone… then maybe my texts…..and emails… before you know it my mind was spinning with my to do lists for the day. Emails […]


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Making Pumpkin Puree   Recently updated !

We had these beautiful works of art (aka my preschoolers’ pumpkins) sitting around after Halloween… and had to do something with them. So we cut into them to examine their insides and satisfy our curious minds. The kids were thrilled to help scoop the seeds and toast them. It seemed […]

Fun Mother Son Dates for Young Boys   Recently updated !

Boys are so wild and wonderful! Having boys after my daughter I had to learn a new way to play, it was often loud and dirty and may have included wrestling and some growling. Haha! It’s definitely a special privilege to be a mom to boys. Mine are growing quickly […]

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race recovery

Quick Post Race Recovery   Recently updated !

  The endorphin rush that follows a race (or competition) is amazing, exhilirating and helps many a weekend warrior crave the next event! But as the endorphin rush wears off the soreness sets in, and sometimes even the dreaded DOMS (aka Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) can linger for days. So what can […]

When to WORK OUT as a Stay at Home Mom   Recently updated !

  It sounds simple enough, but getting a workout in with kids around is surprisingly difficult! As I’m writing this I’m stuck inside  home with three sick kids ages 2-7. Which means no down time and a squirrelly, non-stop two year old.  To add to the crazy, Dear Hubby is […]

When to workout

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American Girl Party   Recently updated !

This year was declared the “BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!” My sweet girl turned 8 and wanted just a couple of her closest friends for a doll and me party. It was so fun to put together, we created the party theme, colors and menu with all of her favorite things in […]

Summer Bucket List

Summer has always been my favorite season. I don’t know if it’s from growing up on the beach (or just getting out of school) but even now (as a Mom) it’s still my favorite time of year! Summer in Phoenix is a special thing, though. It’s only a little less hot […]

summer bucket list


Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Junior was a man on a mission. He loved people well, was articulate, passionate and a man after God’s heart fighting for justice in a broken world. When my grandfather-in-law emigrated from Germany he was astounded at the racism here in the United States and took his […]

Award Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cookies… Oh we love cookies in my house! But with the blood sugar issues my boys have, I’m always looking for ways to enhance the nutritional value of our favorite recipes WITHOUT compromising the deliciousness factor. For us, cookies MUST BE: *ooey, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth delicious *soft and sweet, […]

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salted oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

We really, really love cookies around here and these are our favorite, hands down! They’re an ooey, gooey, melt in your mouth goodness of a snack with the healthier twist I love to serve. it’s filling and healthy enough for an after – school snack.  Just try not to eat […]