Tag Archives: Babymama

It Takes A Village

I remember hearing the saying “It takes a village” growing up but had no idea. No idea what it meant or how true it was. I feel like the bigger your tribe the more you need your village. I’m really lucky because I have a big, little tribe and an awesome village. I can honestly appreciate the familial concept of Big Love, and Sister Wives now that I have three, little humans. I loved the shows because the concept seemed so bizarre to me but somehow it seemed to work and very well?! The idea of all that maternal help and support right next door sounds AMAZING now. Sure a new bed, and new wife every night is still very creepy to me. I have no idea how Kody really sleeps with 4 wives and has all those kids. So many kids…

I could never do the sister wives thing but think the daily, maternal support (right next door) sounds awesome. Haha! For now, I’ll keep on keepin’ on with my happy, little tribe and awesome village. IMG_6704The village makes dinner out so much fun!IMG_3989The village makes pool days awesome!IMG_2982My little tribe biking in all their glory

Kids Club At the Gym Is A Family Favorite

I hear a lot from other parents how their kids won’t go to kids club at the gym. I’m lucky because I have 3 little kids who love going to kids club at the gym. I’ve been a gym rat for as long as I can remember. When I was pregnant, I thought “wow I don’t know if I’ll feel comfortable bringing baby Kai to kids club as a 6month old baby? Who would hold him? Would they love him and hold him if he started crying? What if he pooped while I was teaching?

I was a spin instructor for 16 years and even taught while I was pregnant with Kai. Much like everything else, your ideas change once you actually have a baby. I remember counting down the days until I could bring baby Kai with me (must be 6 months old) to kids club while I taught spin classes. I jumped on that spin bike 2 weeks after my c-section with Kai. I started teaching spin classes 30 days after he was born. And it was not too soon for me. 🙂 By the time baby Kai was 6 months old, I was knocking down the door at kids club. Sure, I had to power feed him right before class to keep him happy. And had to eat a balance bar during class to keep my energy high to make it through but I did it.

teaching spin while breast feeding

Happy Mama! Posing post spin class before I raced downstairs to pickup 6 month old baby Kai from kids club.

IMG_5395Fast forward 6 years later and I have 3 little people who wiggle down to the gym with me all the time. Blaize and Pepper have been saying since they were 3 years old, “mommy needs to workout so she can be healthy.” Mimi (my mom) taught my kids that mantra with lots of pep talks. Mimi talked about the importance of going to the kids club so moms can be healthy and strong. Thanks to mimi for being an inspiration and helping me teach my kids that kids club is awesome!

Me and baby Kai

Bottom line, getting to the gym everyday with 3 little kids in tow can feel like so much work! Do I feel like going to the gym to workout? No, not usually. Do I feel like going to the gym to workout with 3 little people that ask 10 questions a minute? No, not really. But, like Mimi always said it will feel so good after you’re done and be worth it. And it is, every single time!IMG_3100Sometimes you get really lucky and adorable identical twin caretakers are at kids club! I told Blaize and Pepper that you guys will be best friends when you’re 21 like these identical twin girls.



Mamas, keep rocking the kids club so the mother ship can stay strong!

Summer Is Coming

Summer is coming. I think I speak for everyone in Oregon when I say FINALLY! The good news is that warm air and long nights are here. As we prepare for #campmommy, here are a few pics of us romping around the pearl.IMG_2049Don’t miss the drool coming out Pepper’s mouth and Blaize’s chocolate coated mouth, post Kai’s birthday cupcake. Haha! Happy girls!IMG_1677Pepper biking in the Pearl in her Elsa glory!IMG_0770So much love! Blaize going in for the gentle cheek kiss while Pepper grabs my face and kisses me hard 🙂 IMG_2180Kai reading to Blaize and Pepper. My heart is so happy. I love my littles!


Faster, Harder, Longer is my New Workout Mantra

Faster, harder, longer is what a friend of mine reminded me that it takes to get fit post babies. Yes, of course! I know that but forgot for a hot minute while I complained about my soft mom bod. Maybe you’re rocking your hot mom bod which is great for you! But, if you’re like the rest of us, there’s always a few things we’d like to improve or tweak on our bodies. For me, I wanted to feel better in my work skirt. Nothing measures better than my flight attendant uniform at 35,000 feet where the air is thin and dry and the body is thirsty and bloated.

IMG_4435Sure, I eat fairly healthy and gave up the sweet treats last year. It takes more than that to keep it high and tight though especially if you’re 40 or older. So, I added a few things while I really focused on the “faster, harder, longer” mantra during workouts. My usual 30 minute cardio session wasn’t getting the job done, so I increased my minimum cardio to 45 or 60min whenever possible. It’s going pretty good, I’m down 10lbs from last year and planning on losing a few more.

These are the five things that I strive for everyday in addition to my faster, harder longer workout mantra:

1.   Drink a ton of water everyday! Find healthy, yummy food that you love to eat.

2.  Get plenty of sleep which is probably an hour or two more than you currently get

3.   Sweat and breathe deep every single day. 

4.   Do as much yoga as possible

5.   Write it down. All of it. Food, exercise, and timeline goals (ideal weight/size and time frame)

My kids and I talk about eating healthy, working out and practicing yoga all the time. The sweetest words are when my 3 year old twins say “mommy has to workout and take care of herself so she can take care of us.” Butterfly, happy mama moment when I hear these words.

Let’s be real, just because I’m 40 and have 3 kids (ages 5 and under) doesn’t mean I don’t want it high and tight. Just sayin…