Mom Style CrossFit

Hey! It’s been a while. I’ve been doing ten million things and what not – mom life and adult life. But I finally carved some time for you all! This blog post is about my workout journey… or attempts? I’m not sure what to call it to be honest. Let’s call it, “I do what my really fit and strong husband tells me to do and try to not cry”. That seems FITting. Get it?

A month or two ago my husband brought home some weights and he said they were for me.  Not flowers, not some Oreo blizzards, not a stack of clean and folded clothes, but some weights! Oh, be still my heart!  The weights sat there for a few weeks, not touched by anyone. Then football season ended and one night at 9 p.m. he asked me if I wanted to work out. Well, DUH! Of course I want to work out! I just made dinner, cleaned the house that is now dirty again, folded laundry, got both kids ready for and asleep in bed, and I just sat on the couch. Yes, sir! Let me put a pep in my step, get my tennis shoes on and go do a workout in the cold! Can’t wait.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my yoga with babies crawling under me and if I had the opportunity I would cycle all day, but I’ve never really lifted weights. Yes, yes, lifting weights is the way if you want to get toned and blah blah. But it’s kinda scary.  I’ve also never been that person that is obsessed with working out. I mean, I average almost 2 miles everyday teaching and then I keep up with two kids… shouldn’t that be enough? And of course, where do I find the time?!

We get outside and he’s even bought a rubber mat for me to drop the weights on.  That was smart. I’m sure I’ll be dropping something. Either the weights or my body when it collapses.

Let me give you a little info, 411 about my husband. He’s pretty fit. I can’t say too much because his head will get too huge and explode, but he can lift A LOT. He has a lot of stamina too. Somehow we need to harness this “athlete stamina” to the “not falling asleep while watching the kids stamina”. When he competes with his little “crossfit workout buddies”, he usually beats them. (I guess they compete, you know men.)  I mean that’s what he tells me… he’s my Hercules! How did I get so lucky?! (Make sure to say that in an obsessed fan girl voice).  He’s a professional coach too! It’s about time I get some of the amazing Coach Soto, high school Hall of Famer, training in my life.

There I am, outside in the cold at 9 p.m. on a Tuesday school night.  I can hold Ezra, the brick of a baby, all while cooking dinner and then some, but putting that bar over my head was a challenge. But I did it! Yay! Then he wanted to add some more weight. Whoa! Slow down. I know I’m a beast for lifting the bar above my head and all, but I don’t want to get too shredded in one night! Jeez!

In conclusion, I now do what I call mom crossfit at 9 o’clock at night, outside. My goal has been to workout at least 3 days a week. So far I’ve been able to achieve my goal each week, but I’m trying to not be too hard on myself when I don’t. I have kids and a full time job so that’s a good enough reason if I can’t. I’m trying and that’s a win!

So if you drive by my house at night, you will see my husband watching and motivating me while I pick things up and put them down.  Yep! It’s so motivating when he yells at me in his coaching voice to squat lower and fix my form.  It’s just such amazing quality time. Who would rather be inside eating ice cream, watching Netflix and relaxing after a crazy day? Not me. Not me….

Here’s a picture of our amazing home gym. I know, it’s state-of-the-art.

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Fall Decorating : Inside My Casa

Hi! Remember me? It’s been nonstop with work, football season, and looking after my offspring, but I’m back! Both kids are asleep and I’m finally dedicating some time for this blog post. Let’s see how far I get before one of them wakes up.

I had a request to do a fall decor post, and here it is. This is my very first blog post about decorating. I am a Joanna Gaines wanna-be, but I’m no pro-decorator. I have all these ideas in my head, but when I lay it out, it never turns out how I thought it would in my head. Does that make sense?

I’ve never been a big Halloween decorator. But since having kids, it’s a lot more exciting. I feel an addiction coming on.  I told my husband that I want to be that person that has every single room in the house decorated for each holiday. Yep. I’m going to be that person, and he’s going to love it. He rolls his eyes, but I know he loves coming home and seeing the Halloween Christmas lights on.

This year is actually my first year really decorating for Halloween. I’ve always had my typical Fall/pumpkin things displayed, but not much Halloween. The questions I had were… Do you display Fall first? When should you put Halloween stuff up? Do you mix the two? I have no idea what the “unwritten rules” are, but I went ahead and did both.

I started with Fall decor as my base. I brought out the leaves garland and the pumpkins (the basics), then I dropped in my Halloween. My reasoning is that once Halloween is over, I pick up all the Halloween junk and I still have my Fall base, were then I can add the Thanksgiving things.

For now (since I’m still building my Halloween stockpile), I have 4 main pieces in my home that I decorated.  Almost all of the Halloween decor you will see I bought this year. Your girl is on a budget so pretty much everything is from Dollar Tree or the Dollar Spot at Target. (Side note: I could easily spend $100 bucks at the Target Dollar Spot. It’s a magical, marketing mind trick. I’m like a little kid in a candy store.)

Tiered Stand. 

I have this tiered stand in my kitchen. I jumped on the tiered stand decorating band wagon, and I LOVE IT! Even more of a reason to clutter up my kitchen! Yay! No really, I love looking at it. I don’t love looking at all the dishes in the sink (I’ll save those for my mother-in-law, haha jk), but I adore my little stand.

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Gravestone, car and hocus pocus sign – Target Dollar Spot.

As you can see on the bottom, I used Fall leaves as my base and then just added in my Halloween. It’s hard to notice in the picture, but there is a little picket fence in there. I got that little baby for 10 cents at a yard sale!

Welp. I hear a baby… I got pretty far, right? Ok. I’ll be back.

{5 hours later I’m back, and the smallest babe is asleep in his crib and the other one is “swimming like a mermaid” in the kitchen sink.}

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Home Sweet Haunted Home window sign – Target

Light up pumpkin – Hobby Lobby

Skeleton, bird skeleton, black hats sign, pumpkins, leaves garland, black rag thing, spiders, spider webbing – Dollar Tree

Wall Shelf Mantle 

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Check out those cute little ghost feet! I LOVE having homemade decorations up, and these little ghost feet make my heart happy. Wood canvas, black and white paint, and some feet… and this mama has an adorable keepsake.

Fall leaves garland, skeleton garland – Dollar Tree

 

Floating Shelf

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This shelf is above my sink in the kitchen. I’m calling this one my “mostly fall, with a sprinkle of skeleton.

 

TV Stand 

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Pumpkins, tombstones – Target

White cloth, skull  –  Dollar Tree

I got the lights on sale last year after Halloween.

 

Don’t know where to start? Just cover everything in spider webbing! A little goes a LONG way… and will even last until next Halloween because it’s so hard to get off of everything. Ha.

I hope you enjoyed a little look into my Fall/Halloween decorating. Be sure to check back again next year! Hopefully I will have added another Tubbermaid bucket full of decor that my husband will have to find space in the attic for. He just LOVES going into the attic.