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style || overssized cardigan

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I waited way too long to share this look and unfortunately this cardigan is sold out. BOO - that's what I get for being a slacker! But I'll keep checking back to see if they restock, because this cardigan, or any extra long cardigan for that matter is a must have! I'm grateful it covers my booty - or lack of booty for that matter. I'm working on it!
We are off to get our Christmas tree today so I can have it decorated in time for our family to come over for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. I'm cooking the turkey! This will be my second time, but the first time I left the giblets in and we found them at dinner. So I'm hoping to redeem myself this time around! I hope you and your families have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends! 

family || emery's newborn pictures

I realized I never shared Emery's newborn photos... it's not too late is it?

Rhetorical question. It's never too late to share newborn baby pictures! Here are a few of my favorites. As always, I'm so thankful to our sweet friend, Renee of Two Sparks Photography for capturing our family through all of our milestones.

 this is my favorite photo of all time of our sweet Emery. Her perfect lips and wide eyes. She's my little baby doll. 

 of course I had to sneak in a shot of little man.
I despise this picture of myself. I can see my sleep deprivation and my swollen face. But nonetheless, I love this time captured of our family.

health || goals and preparing for my spartan race


If you follow me on social media, it's no secret I've kicked my healthy lifestyle into full gear. I've been cleaning up my diet, learning how to count macros and working out consistently. Mainly I've been finding a schedule that works for me to manage this with two kids under two. I'm determined to make it happen though because it's a mental clarity thing for me. Yes, I want my body to look a certain way, but I want to feel a certain way and have energy for my husband and kiddos. That's what is most important! Although I'll always be proud of getting my body into this shape right before I found out I was pregnant with Maddox. So now I'm determined to do it again.

With any fitness/health journey it's important to make goals for yourself - to keep you on track and striving for something. Small goals with one ginormous goal is what I've learned over the years really works for me.

So I'm going to share my goals with you today in hopes that they you keep me accountable and perhaps you might be motivated yourself to make a small change.

Goal #1
Get my booty back. I lost my butt with each pregnancy. I used to have a nice perky butt and now it's like a deflated balloon, not to mention some cellulite that took it's place. #keepingitreal So my goal is to grow my booty over the next few months and perk it back up. I'm doing that by lots of heavy lifting and supersets in our at-home gym. We just bought a Smiths machine and I am SO STOKED because it's going to give me so many more workout options. Have I mentioned I love creating workouts? Hopefully I can get around to sharing them with you from time to time.

I digress...

Goal #2
Run in a Spartan Race. You heard me! A Spartan Race! Jon and I signed up for a race in May in Ohio and I am so excited I can hardly stand it. We are each running different ones; he is running The Beast and I am running The Sprint. My race is 3+ miles with 20 obstacles. I hate running, but I love physical activities, lifting, challenges, etc. So I think this will be right up my alley and I can't wait to do it! So in the wide scheme of things I am really training and gearing up for this over the next 6 months.

Goal #3
Run at least one 5k a month until May. Like I said before, I hate running, but if I sign up for races than it at least makes me take one day a week to do some cardio. Otherwise I don't think I'd ever run. Ugh it's the worst! I signed up for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning next week (it's a family tradition) so now I have to start looking for one for December.

Goal #4
Drink half my body weight in water a day, which would be 62.5oz. If you follow me on Snapchat (themoderntulip) you've seen my "32oz baby bottle" and you've seen me brag about filling it up numerous times a day. There are so many benefits to drinking water... clearer skin, staying fuller longer, releasing toxins, getting rid of water weight... just to name a few. Oh and I love to add MIO to my water (which you can buy at any grocery store or walmart). My obsession is strong.

Goal #5
Clean up my diet. I'm really gearing towards lean protein, lots of greens and taking out the processed junk. Aside from date night and my Sunday nachos from Moe's because I love them and I will never give them up. EVER! You can't make me. But seriously, abs are made in the kitchen and I want some abs so 98% of the time I'm eating clean.

These are my goals for now. They change, I add to them, I cross them off as I complete them. But I think it's so important to give yourself something to strive for. And remember, you are important! Make your health a priority. And I'm pointing to all you mama's out there. Being a mother is overwhelming and it's easy to make excuses, but you can make the time to give yourself some love.

What are your health/fitness goals?