Getting six pack abs and a bodacious booty!

For several years now, I have wanted a six-pack.
Yes, I’m being totally vain.
I workout pretty hard and when scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, it’s hard not to see all the beautiful abs out there.  I know that abs are built in the kitchen and while I do eat fairly clean….it just isn’t clean enough. I think I’ve finally realized that a 6 pack is just not in the cards for me because I love pizza, chocolate, beer, and brownies far too much!  (sometimes in that order!) 

In order for me to get a six pack, I will need to give those things up and the truth is, I’m just not willing to go that route.
So here ya go……my real abs.  No six pack in sight but I grew 4 healthy boys in there and that’s my story.

sweetcakes1Now….as far as the booty goes, I’m willing to put in the work to make it grow! (in a good way)

I bought Ashley Horner’s latest trainer, Sweet Cakes, and I’m loving it!   Usually her trainers are pricey, but this one is only $50 and includes 6 weeks of workouts.  Definitely worth the money in my opinion. You can do all the exercises at home with little to no equipment.

So this morning I crushed some deadlifts, hip thrusts, plie squats and then wrapped everything up with some treadmill sprints. It was bootylicious!



What is your favorite glute exercise?

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Pledge to get moving with Chris Powell, Walmart, and Degree!

If you are a longtime reader, you know that my tagline has always been “never underestimate the power of a workout”.  When you are feeling down, stressed, anxious, etc. there is no better mental boost than a workout— I PROMISE!!

When I heard about Walmart’s Get Moving Summer Fitness Challenge with Degree® and celebrity trainer Chris Powell, I was instantly on board!  (Chris Powell is awesome by the way. I got to meet him and his wife a few years ago and they are the real deal!)

I say this all the time—no matter how busy your life is, there is always time for SOMETHING.  Give up the all or nothing mindset and just do SOMETHING.

Here are 6 great mini-workouts you can do anywhere.
If you are worried about fitting workouts in while you are a busy parent,  INVOLVE your kids! I do this all the time.  At the park, in the driveway, etc.  Be creative!  Watch the video clip from Chris  (yes, I refer to him like we are best buddies!) on some ideas on how you can workout without sacrificing your family time.

I have some people email me and say “well, I work in an office all day long and there isn’t anything I can do”.   That’s not true.  I used to work in the corporate world and the stairwell is a great resource.  Get off the elevator and climb those stairs as much as you can!

Here is another GREAT idea:


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When there is a will, there is a way. 

I woke up today feeling really down. My kids are gone for the weekend, I don’t really have a “tribe” to lean on, and I ate way too many cookies last night because I let emotional eating take over. (again)   I wanted to just sit on the couch and feel sad but I forced myself outside for some tire flipping.  I got to flip away the sadness and frustration and after just 5 minutes I felt SO MUCH BETTER!  I was also covered in sweat because it happens to be the hottest day of the summer. I was testing out Degree Motion Sense Fresh Energy invisible solid and it was working hard! With Degree® MOTIONSENSE™ technology,  the more you move the more it works.  It definitely stood the test! I was covered in sweat, but I still smelled pretty nice.  :)

I’ll put a video clip of my tire workout up on instagram later, so be sure to check it out.


Right now I want you take the pledge and start moving more.  Just a few minutes extra each day will make a huge difference!  (you will also get a $1 off coupon for Degree!)

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. I received compensation and product for this post but all opinions, sweat, and enthusiasm for moving MORE are all my own!  

Ziploc® Brand Bags with Easy Open Tabs Make Life so Much Easier for this Tough Mother!

I consider myself a pretty tough mother. I’m a single mom with four young boys. The amount of noise and chaos in my house is enough to drive away most of my friends.  At the end of the day, when it’s nice and quiet, I walk room-to-room and clean up each disaster. Then, I finally get a second to breathe and crash on the couch to sit down and “work”.  Tough (and tired!) is my middle name!

I tried Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs and these make my life as a mom SO MUCH EASIER! These are the same quality bags expected from Ziploc® brand with a new tab, making them easy to grip and easy to open. When you are chasing after four kids that always seem to go in separate directions, this is key!

Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs are great for pre-packing snacks. With all the trips to the pool this summer, Ziploc® brand bags keep our snacks fresh and handy.ziploc2



Plus, no more ruined freezer-burnt fruit, because Ziploc® brand Freezer bags with Easy Open Tabs are ideal for prepping and freezing fresh fruit smoothies.

And, I know Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs would be perfect for all those muddy clothes after a Tough Mudder event, should I work up the nerve to tackle one! Do you know that Ziploc® brand has teamed up with Tough Mudder to celebrate tough mothers just like you around the country?  I love this video because I can relate to it…can’t you? And, I totally think I would win that golden pillow!


FYI: Ziploc® brand bags with Easy Open Tabs are available at every Tough Mudder bag drop so participants can store their gear during and after each event. Tough Mudder is coming to the Twin Cities on July 18 and 19 if you would like to pop in and check out the event, or you can check here to see when it’s coming to your area.


How are you a Tough Mother? Tell me how you use Ziploc® bags to ease the chaos.


Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  My love for these awesome Ziploc® bags with Easy Open Tabs is all my own.

Do you workout while you are on vacation?

Last week the kids and I went on a fantastic vacation to the beach.  I packed up a few of my favorite fitness tools and made the time each morning for a quick workout.
Some people like to drink and relax on vacation.
Some people like to workout on vacation.
And some people…..they like to do both!  :)  IMG_9335(man-makers are a perfect exercise for a quick, yet intense, workout.
Check out my instagram for a video clip of how to do this one!) 

Did I have to workout on vacation?  Absolutely not.
I wanted to because I know it makes me feel better both physically and mentally.
I love working out in the hot summer sun with a cool ocean breeze.  IMG_9202
I am my OWN motivation, whether I am at home or on vacation.



After a quick morning workout, there was plenty of time for beach time and craziness by the pool.  There might have even been a few adult beverages consumed as well.  It was vacation after all…..right?!IMG_9341
Never underestimate the power of a workout gang!