Friday, July 24, 2015


around here i had big goals to be more consistent with blogging. and then i never got anything ready before i went to beachbody summit in nashville so there goes three days i missed. and then while i was at summit, i found out that andrew's grandma passed away. so when i got back home on sunday i had 36 hours to unpack myself, repack addison and i, do six loads of laundry, clean the house, and find a place for jack to stay. all while trying to eat healthy and get enough sleep so i was ready to go at 4am when our alarm went off to get to the airport.

around here i haven't had enough time to reflect back on everything that i learned at the beachbody summit. and it's killing me because i feel like the information i want to remember is just slipping through my fingertips and there isn't a darn thing i can do about it. but i'm making time while i'm here in milwaukee to sit and write and think and do. especially since all our family is right here at our fingertips and they are all soaking in unexpected extra time with addison.

around here friday is the only day that i had time to sit and write and blog. and this is all you got. sorry sweet friends and thanks for sticking with me. i'm hoping for better luck next week.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


well here i am. same weight as i feel i've always been give or take five pounds but feeling like there isn't much muscle or toning on this body. i became a beachbody coach in may but didn't really get the ball rolling until june 1. i have been doing piyo for a month now (on and off because of toe surgery and a vacation where working out just didn't happen) and last monday, i began my week 1 of the 21 day fix. i've done this program before last year but didn't stick to the meal guide and i think that's why i didn't see the results i wanted to.

now obviously i'm not doing this to lose weight (obviously). with this baby being almost 18 weeks along, i can't afford to be dropping weight right now. BUT. i can afford to be drinking more water, eating more greens and veggies, getting toned in my upper body and lower body.

which brings me to where we are now. my boobs and my stomach are growing growing growing. and there's nothing that can stop that. the number on the scale is only going to increase and i am more thankful every time i see that number go up because it means this baby is only growing healthier and stronger by the day. i'm not looking at numbers though.

although i won't see the results i want to immediately, i want to be able to see them after baby c gets here. so why not start on my nutrition and fitness right now? yes i'll be doing more modifying in the workout the further along i get but i'll have been active my ENTIRE pregnancy (which is a lot more than i can say from when i was pregnant with addison) and i'll feel good and know my baby is getting all the nutrition and vitamins he or she needs.
so let's talk about my GOALS and how this series is going to work. each week, i'll talk about what exercises i did and how i am feeling. i'll share meals or snacks that i enjoyed throughout the week so maybe if you feel motivated, you can give them a try too. i have a short term goal of two months to no longer feel dehydrated and also to get these arms toned! there's a small bump of muscle there but a little definition would be so nice to see. my long term goal is to feel healthy and fit overall by the time christmas comes and our greatest gift of all is here!

this week i started the 21 day fix and i did all seven workouts. i missed the first day on monday but made up for it on tuesday with doing both monday and tuesday's workouts. it was a killer doing double duty that day but i did it and felt great. addison started swimming lessons this week so it felt really nice to do my workouts in the morning and relieve the tension from my muscles in the pool in the afternoon. i used to do my workouts right away in the morning before anyone was awake but i've been taking sleep or working out and i am okay with that. addison has toys set up in the living room where we have our tv so i work out and she plays and eats cheerios after breakfast. i'm really looking forward to these next two weeks because even though i can't see any changes, i feel my muscles kind of forming underneath all my jiggle!

up until about two months ago, i had been eating pretty bad. i was just feeling sad about moving and adjusting to my new role as a stay at home mom and wanted to indulge. i also took a two year break from the kitchen and knew i needed to get back in there. so the 21 day eating plan really made me buckle down and do just that. i cooked meals 5 of the 7 nights (which is a big deal for me) and though they weren't the most tasty ever - i mean, what can beat spaghetti or pizza - they tasted right for my body and gave me that extra boost. i know what you're probably thinking because i'm pregnant so how can i be doing the 21 day fix eating program while being pregnant. am i pretty close? when i did my calculations for what eating bracket and amount of containers i should be placed in, i just went up a bracket. so i'm getting even more food than the recommended 1,200-1,500 calories but now it's not tacos or burgers. it's more greek salads (obsessed), cottage cheese and blueberries, hard boiled eggs, and mashed cauliflower.
i've been using pinterest a ton to find good 21 day fix approved recipes and i use every sunday to plan out what our week of meals is going to look like. it's a relief knowing what we're going to eat every day instead of scrambling last minute. do you have any favorite healthy recipes? i'm always looking for new things to try!

i don't use the scale and my pants aren't feeling looser. but my my back and shoulders are feeling stretched and the muscles in my arms are feeling...there. like hi i'm here but you can't see me but keep working and eventually i'll make my appearance kind of here. but the main progress i've noticed about myself is i feel happier and lighter. i've been drinking shakeology every day and it's doing wonders for my hunger. it's curbing my sugar craving like no other, although seriously an orange soda...i have dreams about it. i'm really hoping i can stick to this because i've been feeling so great this last week or so and i'm really convinced that it's because i'm pushing myself to work out EVERY SINGLE DAY. i'm making time for it because it's important to me and feeding my body right for my growing baby is important too. it's just all feeling...right. i'll do my very best to keep up with this weekly and to be open and honest about the whole thing. thanks for following along!

Monday, July 13, 2015


we are so excited to be expecting baby number two!

yep! addison will become a big sister in december. we've had a long time to adjust to this news and it still feels completely unreal but also completely right.

i found out at about five weeks along and after i had my first doctor visit, the nausea kicked in like no other. it was very weird for me because i didn't feel even remotely sick with addison so it threw me off a little but it didn't last long at all. i am feeling normal-ish now and am so looking forward to the next 23 weeks. i can already tell this time around will race by compared to waiting for baby number one.

on the one hand i'm so so so excited for a brand new baby to grace us and on the other hand i'm all ahhhh addison and i just got into a routine so how are we going to adjust? and also ahhhhh the first year is so hard. but everything is temporary. and it's only a period of time before that baby is at a crazy fun stage like addison is. plus...those newborn sweet moments! i cannot wait to soak them all up in all their glory.

so yes. a lot of emotions. but the one that stands out the most right now is LOVE. i love my little family and i love that we are growing this year. so baby campbell hang in there! we are so excited for you to get here!

Saturday, July 11, 2015


what are you all up to this weekend? we are having a relaxing weekend in town. our plans involve grilling and boat rides and lots and lots of mocktails. it's gonna be such a good one! hope you have a great weekend and here are a few links i've been loving lately...

somebody please get me one of these stat.

i can't finally stop ordering all the notepads from shutterfly.

my next read - the power of introverts.

perfect for the beach.


the backstories of oitnb.

this could be a game changer for our carseat hating babies (hi addison).

how to get fluffier scrambled eggs.

i love boatnecks.

yes. ten homemade popsicles. the watermelon and lime one looks so refreshing.

boob milk.

also i started the 21 day fix this past week, complete with the eating guide. and all i want to do is chug a liter or two of this. give me it all.

image found on the culture trip.

Friday, July 10, 2015


i am documenting a little of 2015 with some of mine and addison's favorite things each month.

here's what addison and i are doing (and loving) in july.
loving the rhonna app // magna-doodle
wearing j. crew shorts on rotation // swimming suits (because swimming lessons started this week!)
reading heaven is for real // this little piggy
playing with a coloring book for grown-ups // her new xylophone
drinking a lot of la croix // out of this gigantic water bottle

interested in past months? january // february // march // april

Thursday, July 9, 2015


hi! hope you had a wonderful fourth of july weekend!

we spend the fourth of july weekend in milwaukee with good friends and family! the day started off strong with no nap from our little which meant by 3pm she was done done done. that's alright though. we got all decked out in our fourth of july garb and headed out to the parade where we met up with my family. the fourth of july parade has been in a tradition in my fam since i can't even tell you when so i was so happy that we could continue it with them this year!

once the parade was over and addison had consumed dum dum suckers, vanilla icecream, a popsicle, and probably more sugar that i don't know about, we made our way over to visit my grandma a little while before stopping at the best burger and custard place in the world for a bite to eat for lunch. by that time, we were all tuckered out.

both addison and i took a good two hour nap (probably more if we're being honest) and once we woke up, she ate dinner and andrew and i went out on a date by ourselves! we haven't done that in forever. it's one of the big perks of coming babysitters! dinner and a movie was just enough to top it off to make it the most perfect day!
^^she was very much into running after everything she saw down the middle of the the middle of the parade. there was a lot of arm grabbing and addison get back here spoken.

we saw an intense firework show the night before at a festival but didn't take addison this year. i'm looking forward to taking her to see the fireworks next year though! they're always so beautiful and we are all so lucky to live in such a great place and how incredible these freedoms truly are that we get to enjoy on a daily basis! happy independence day!

Saturday, July 4, 2015


ain't nobody got time for web links when there are fireworks to be watched and parades to be attended and flags to be waved. happy happy birthday america!!! i hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday!
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