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The Start To Healthy Living


About two weeks ago, while sitting outside basking in the sun, watching my son play I happened to look down at my legs and immediately felt a wave of disappointment. There it was... cellulite on my thighs and spider veins beginning to pop out in various places. This led to a Snapchat rant (username: themoderntulip). Right after said rant my brain went into "fix it" mode. What's the next step? Where do I start? How can I fix this?

All I knew in that moment was my determination to get back to a healthy lifestyle was fierce and motivated.

I asked on my Snapchat if y'all would be interested in hearing about my health journey from this point out here on the blog and the response was WAY bigger than I expected. First of all, I was encouraged by so many of you b-e-a-utiful ladies reminding me to be easy on myself considering I am incubating a human and all. Thank you for that! And then I was also asked to share my happenings here on the blog along the way.

You ask and you shall receive my friends! I've been going strong for two weeks so I thought I would start sharing what I'm doing.

I thought I would kick it off with a quick recap of how I got to this point and what my intentions are now as of this moment. Sound good?

I have always been athletic, playing sports my entire childhood/high-school life. Then I went into the police academy and my love for strength and fitness grew even stronger as I was constantly pushed to my limits. Soon after graduating and marrying Jon I gained a little bit of "happiness" weight, but it was a fluctuating 5lbs. No big deal to me, but I had a desire to get back to my strong/fit self again so Jon and I joined Planet Fitness in June of 2014. We went every day after work for 4 weeks and ate clean on top of it and it showed. I was so happy with where I was at this point. Healthy, strong and lean. You can see what I looked like after 4 weeks in this post. I even started sharing a series on my blog of my workouts from the gym like this back and bicep routine, but I never finished sharing because...

A few short weeks after those pictures were taken we found out we were pregnant! I was extremely happy to be pregnant and I credited it to my health because we had been trying for over a year. You can read about that here, here and here.

I gained about 30lbs with Maddox so after he was born and a few short months of nursing and working out I was back to my per-pregnancy body once again. And then... we found out we were pregnant again this year! Another HUGE blessing! Except for with this pregnancy I have dove off the healthy bandwagon. I continually have blamed it on baby girl wanting every sweet and sugary along side taking care of a toddler and not having the time or energy to make healthy food or workout.

EXCUSES! And it has shown on my body. I've gained a ton of weight already and I'm only 26 weeks. I have love handles, cellulite, spider veins, acne, my face has gained weight. I am groggy and have zero energy most days and that's unfair to my 15 month old.

So now you are all up to date and we are here, two weeks in on my journey back to healthy living. I have been taking it easy on the workout side of things (doctors orders) and only working out lightly 2-3 days a week. I have changed my diet in a major way - you Snapchat peeps know because I share every meal over there to keep me accountable! I know I have to be extremely careful to still get enough nutrients for baby girl so I have gone lean, clean and green. Lots of water. And I am still finding ways to have a sweet, but healthy snack during the day or at night when the sugar bugs comes out strong. So far it's working like a charm. I have more energy, my face has cleared up and I feel less "chubby" already even though you can't tell since my belly is constantly growing!

I am so excited to not only share my journey with y'all along the way, but to be motivated by you and your sweet support! Thank you for continually being kind and offering encouragement to me! Y'all are the best thing since fried rice! Mmmmm.... fried rice. #justkidding #sortof #willpower

Currently Obsessed || Skin & Body Products


robe c/o Pink Blush Maternity

I am a product junkie. I love trying new things and switching up my routine constantly. Because of this I am finding products that I constantly go back to because I notice a big difference if I stop using them. I'm going to share some of my ride-or-die skincare products with you that I have decided I can't live without. Some of these may be old news to you, but you may just find your new beauty must have if you haven't tried any of these yet. 

FYI: I have normal to dry skin.

one // beautycounter lip conditioner. I apply this multiple times a day. Always at morning and night I have noticed a huge difference in the way my lipstick goes on and lasts after using this daily. I never have dry, cracked or chapped lips. I've been really intrigued by BC products lately. I love their mission to create safe, non-toxic products that still get the job done.

two // rosehip oil face serum. I use this morning and night in place of a moisturizer because it leaves my face feeling SO hydrated! Rosehip oil has a ton of benefits including wrinkles, pigmentation, scaring, dry skin, sun damage and more. 

three // dead sea mud mask. I love using a mask once a week to detoxify my skin and give it some rejuvenation. Dirty hands are constantly touching my face with my little man so I like to give my face a restart each week with a 10 minute mask. I really want to try the Tula mask, but for now I'm sticking to this one because it feels so refreshing. As soon as I put it on the essential oils become so fragrant and feel like they are pulling everything out of my pores. Beware though, it's one of those masks where you feel like your face with crack and shatter if you move a muscle!

four // rosewater facial spray. This is one of those products I will NEVER stop using daily and it's less than $10. I spray it morning and night after I've finished cleansing my face. And I bring it to the pool and beach too if I'm laying out and get super hot. It's so refreshing! I took this with me to the hospital when I went to have Maddox and used it multiple times during birth. Hospitals are so dry don't you think?

five // coconut oil. Not only do I bake with it, but I slather my entire body with it too every night after I shower! It's so amazing for preventing stretch marks (I didn't get a single one with Maddox and 26 weeks in with baby girl and I'm still in the clear)! Plus it's so moisturizing and brightens my skin right up. TMI - but I also used this when I was nursing and it really helped with cracked nipples plus it's safe for baby! Coconut oil has SO many benefits just look online.

And there you have it, my "I can't live without them" products I use daily and swear by. 

Do you have a product you replace as soon as it runs out? I'm always looking to try new things :)

Summer Nights Out


Jon's Outfit: shirt | shorts | shoes | watch | sunglasses
Maddox's Outfit: shirt | shorts | similar shoes

Sweet Summertime, I can't get enough of you. Our new Friday night routine consists of White Duck Taco / Yeehaw Brewing Company for dinner - hellloooooo fish tacos! Followed by live music in Founders Park and the cherry on top? A blizzard at Dairy Queen on the way home. Y'all... I love it!

I love that our little town hosts such fun, family friendly events in the Summer. Founders Park is also where they have free yoga in the park twice a week. I haven't made it to any sessions this year, but last year I was there frequently.

I really don't have a whole lot to report. This was such a great Father's Day weekend doing a whole lot of nothing besides stuffing our faces with watermelon and watching Maddox splash in his pool. Jon and I agree that Summer should never come to an end other than the fact that we get a sweet, precious gift at the end of this Summer in the form of a small baby girl. #allthesqueals