Embrace The Mom Bod

unnamed-1Over the last few years I have really started to see my body as a piece of artwork. I only started to view it this way after I had my daughter. Watching my body carry and give birth to a baby allowed me to give myself some grace in the body image department. A mother’s body, is beautifully and wonderfully made, I only wish I could have learned this type of grace when I was younger. The struggle to have positive body image has plagued my life since before I can remember. I was never thin enough or toned enough. I always had to many stretch marks and cellulite. This toxic thing called “PERFECTION” ate away at my soul little by little. I recently shared a guest post on the website KNOW.BE.RAISE, about my journey to loving and accepting my ever changing body. Our bodies help shape our lives and tell our stories. I hope by sharing my story it will encourage women everywhere to embrace their mom bod.  Head to KNOW. BE. RAISE to read the full post and interview questions.


How To Reduce Cellulite…is it possible?

unnamed-7.jpgAlright babes it’s time to tackle the topic of cellulite. We are living in a time of flawless #fitspiration photos that have taken over our Instagram feeds. HELLO… reality is 90% of women have cellulite ( me included)!  I will be the first to admit that I wish my body was smooth and cellulite free, but it isn’t. I’ve learned that depending on my weight, workout routine and hormones levels my cellulite can all of the sudden be more visible. Now listen, I know this can be a touchy subject and some people don’t care one bit about cellulite, and if you are one of those women– more POWER to you! But that is not me, I’m always trying to improve myself and my health & body! I feel like society tells us to just airbrush every flaw away but I believe there are solutions to try to better those flaws! And although I haven’t been able to fully get rid of my cellulite, these life-changing tips have helped reduce the appearance of my cellulite A LOT. Remember it’s so important to apply all of these tips consistenly to help get toned, fit and confident.

What is this thing called Cellulite?

Most of you probably know what cellulite is but if you don’t it’s due to fat cells under the skin that bulge causing a dimpling effect. The Scientific American tell us this, “From 25 to 35 is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, you lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so you have decreased circulation. With decreased circulation you get less oxygen and nutrition to that area, and with that we see a decrease in collagen production….”

Nutrition is Key!

Okay Okay so you have heard it many times but nutrition really is everything. To reduce cellulite I’ve learned I had to lower my body fat a little so that meant eating clean. I constantly load up on nutrient dense foods, which are important for my metabolism and keeping my body fueled. Reach for plenty of raw vegetables, fresh fruits, clean proteins. Guys, if you want to dive even deeper in the world of nutrition and health. Consider getting a Live Blood Analysis done, basically you get to look at your blood under a microscope. This will allow you to find imbalances, conditions, and issues before they become major problems. Pretty darn cool if you ask me!

Tone Your Backside

Toning up that booty is a must if you want to see a smooth backside. I wanted to share some of my favorite moves that I have been doing NON STOP in 2018. These are the types of excercises that have made a huge difference in reducing my cellulite because they specifically target the thighs and butt. I make sure to do 40-50 reps of each exercise   move into every workout, even on arm day!!!  Dumbbell curtsy lunge, weighted bridge and dead-lifts!. Check out my Pinterest for more workout videos.

Roll Out, Roll Out

 I roll out everyday or I at least try to roll out everyday. The last 6 months I have really increased my lower body workouts which means super sore legs & butt. So the 411 on Foam rolling is it helps my recovery post workout and increases my circulation/ flexibility. Foam rolling manipulates and releases the fascia layer helping to smooth out your back side!

If your a first time “roller” let me introduce you to the queen or foam rolling and detoxing Lauren Roxburgh.  This article from GOOP has so many great tips on banishing cellulite and Lauren Roxburgh shows you 8 foam rolling moves to incorporate into your life. Or if your a visual person here is a video I have been using from Lauren (Runner’s Workout) that is only 15 minutes long! Your back side will thank you for foam rolling, I promise!

Shower Essentials 

Pre-shower I make sure dry brush, it increases circulation and gets any stagnant toxins moving. The technique for dry brushing is to make sure your doing long and upward strokes towards the heart. Start at those feet and work up your legs, then booty and stomach. I also LOVE dry brushing pre-shower because it opens up my pores and allow products to penetrate the skin better. Like a coffee scrub ( recommended in that GOOP article and the only one I have tried) or you can totally DIY your own Coffee Scrub.. They say good ole’ caffeine is cellulite’s #1 enemy, it increases circulation and tightens the skin!

Self Acceptance 

At the end of the day we have to embrace and love our bodies, it is something that I’m  working on. I remind myself daily that if I’m doing everything possible to be the healthiest and strongest me than that is good enough, even with a little bit cellulite on my tush!



10 tiny changes to make in 2018 for better health

Photos.pngMake 2018 the year of HEALTH. Even the littlest changes can make a huge impact on your overall health. I love making slight adjustments to my daily routine, so small it doesn’t feel like I’m changing much but those little changes add up to help me maintain my weight and sanity! Here are 10 tiny changes that I made in 2017 and a couple I’m trying out in 2018 to better my health!


Swap out the sweet sugary coffee drinks for plain black coffee. Weening myself off sugar was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Don’t get me wrong I still indulge but only occasionally. Cutting out sugary coffee is a great place to start reducing your sugar intake!

Do nice things for people. Don’t always make everything about yourself, as a nurse I wish people would look around and help one another out a little more. People don’t give solely for the joy of giving anymore. If you get something in return, awesome, if you don’t, great.

Take a hard look at what your grocery cart looks like, how much of your cart contains packaged food?  Finding a good balance of veggies, meats, fruits and a few boxed items  within your grocery cart is a great start to a healthier 2018.

Pop a multivitamin. Recently I did a huge blood panel to look at my overall health (best decision ever) and found out that I was very deficient in Vitamin D, CoQ10 and Omegas. As a nurse I know that being vitamin deficient can create a ton of problem, lacking vitamins can affect your anxiety levels and skin pretty much everything. Do your research and find a good multivitamin to take daily!

Have a mantra…Mantras are so powerful. They allow us to feel present and think, as well as connect with ourselves.

Don’t skip breakfast. I get it mornings are chaotic but feeding your body the proper fuel is so important for about brain power, energy and a high metabolism. Here is my favorite protein powder I’ve been using.

Change what time you eat dinner. Studies show that it’s beneficial to consume the majority of your calories over breakfast and lunch and have a lighter dinner.

Laugh more, laughing is one of the best feelings in the world. It also lowers blood pressure, decreases stress hormones and can work those abs

Drink More Water Not More Wine. My whole life I heard the phrases everything in moderation and there is such a thing as… too much of a good thing. So in 2018 I’m making that good thing water! I’m upping my water game and drinking more water and drinking wine in moderation!

Find self acceptance. It’s not bad to want to improve your health but while improving remember to always give your self grace and acceptance because change takes time.

I’m hoping these little changes can make a big impact on my health in 2018.  Leave me a comment and let me know the tiny changes you want to make in 2018 to better your overall health!


Easy Butternut Squash Soup Recipe


A super easy Butternut squash soup, it’s possible and so delicious!  Now listen when I dealt with Butternut squash for the first time, I was totally scared of it! But this hard-skinned winter squash is sweet, with an orange shell that is thin and SO easy to peel.


1 large Butternut squash

1 small onion

2 red peppers (or any color peppers)

2-3 cloves of garlic

2 cups chicken stock or chicken bone broth

Salt and Pepper



Preheat oven to 400° F

Peel, remove seeds and cube Squash. Then cut peppers and onions into chunks. add in garlic cloves

Drizzle about 1 TAB of olive oil over the veggies and toss and sprinkle with salt and pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

Roast veggies in oven for 25 mins, still once or twice

Once roasted let cool until slightly warm and then add half the veggies to your blender. Add 1 cup of chicken broth and blend until smooth. Then pour puree into a pot and repeat blending with the rest of the veggies and 1 cup broth.

Once in pot and warming add 1/4 pepper and a couple dashes of ginger.

Serve hot and garish with cilantro

**I love adding to each bowl one cut up cilantro chicken sausage from sprouts. It adds so much flavor and turns it into a hearty meal.


Self Acceptance in 2018

Happy New Years Eve Friends!!
I hope your holiday season has been wonderful, it has been so fun around here!
I can’t believe tomorrow will be 2018, this year flew by
I am not a huge fan of New Years resolutions, but in 2018 I really feel like I need a LIFE resolution… not just a New Years resolution.
Self Acceptance is something that I have never had, I’ve struggled my whole life with my ever changing body which led me to an eating disorder and body dysmorphia. As a mom I play such an important role in my little girl’s life, mama is who she looks up too! If I can’t learn self acceptance of my body, how can I teach Blaklely to love and accept herself! I have a feeling 2018 will be filled with a lot of personal growth and maybe some tears. Lets just say it will be a big year for us and I’m looking forward to it. Have a great time ringing in the NEW YEAR, I’ll see you in 2018!
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Vivora Luno Ball For Luxury Active Sitting or Exercise

Happy New Years Weekend! Like many of you know I am a fan of using an exercise ball for at home workouts. It’s a great tool for toning from head-to-toe while engaging your core, so I was thrilled when I was introduced to the Vivora Luno ball. The Luno ball does everything an exercise ball does and more! Besides using it to workout I have been using it as a desk chair, which is so nice because it allows me to shift and wiggle while constantly engage my core! You can also find the Luno rolling around our living room at times because it makes the best footrest! What also makes the Vivora Luno different than other exercise/ stability balls is the fabric cover. It’s so appealing unlike the typical plastic exercise balls, it adds that extra bit of flair to your house.  Check out the variety of colors and styles that Vivora offers here. They now are offering a worn hazel suede leatherette cover, which is my personal favorite!


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Vivora also offers something for your kiddos, Niko buddies with cute animal faces are perfect for kids with problems such as ADHD or kids who have a hard time focusing and sitting still! The Niko ball allows your child to wiggle while they work, releasing that energy in a positive way. Check out the variety of animals faces they offer Brown Bear, Koala, Panda, or Polar Bear and Polar Bear cub buddies! Click below to order the Niko and my Luno favorites on Amazon right now!!

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Use your Luno with these home workout videos

Ball At Home Workout Video

At-Home Workout video with a stability ball 

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*Sponsored post but all opinions and thoughts are my own! 


Dill Chicken Salad Recipe + Kitchen Favorites

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just need a good salad. With the holidays, family gatherings, and my husband always working long hours a good salad is my GO TO dinner! Listen a good salad is the way to my heart — well maybe its all food! So here is my adapted version of this Avocado Chicken salad, I consider this a good ole’ fashion COBB SALAD! Toss it all together and enjoy!!!


  • 1 bag or head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 large chicken breasts* I put in a crockpot with spices 2-3 hrs then shredded
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3 pieces of Turkey Low Sodium Bacon (optional), cooked & chopped
  • 1 Yellow Pepper Diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs cut up
  • 1 small tomato diced (optional my husband loves them)
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped Dill ( I love dill so I add 2)

Lemon Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


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