My Favorite At-Home Workout Equipment

Friday, September 21, 2018

I've said it before, but as much as I love going to the gym, I really like exercising at home as well. It is perfect for those mornings when I just want to get up early and workout, when I am traveling, or when the kids are sick. One thing that really helps me get a good workout in at home is having my own equipment. I don't have a ton of things, but I have enough to allow me to do a variety of workouts.
1. Free Weights 
I love having my own weights at home because I know that I can do a variety of strength training exercises for my upper and lower body. I have weights ranging from 3 pounds to 20 pounds, and this is a good range for me.

2. Resistance Loops 
I first become aware of resistance loops when I tried the Beachbody Program 80 Day Obsession and now I love them! They are so great for adding in some extra resistance and I especially like them when working my legs and glutes. They can totally be used for upper body exercises as well though! They are super versatile!

3. Resistance Bands 
I love using resistance bands as well because I love how they create resistance both on the concentric (contraction) and eccentric (extension) part of an exercise. You can get them ranging from light to heavy, so anyone can get a good workout using them. If you'd like to see some videos of how I use my resistance bands, just let me know!

4. Yoga Mat 
I broke my tailbone when I was 17 and ever since then it has really bothered me when doing a variety of exercises. Having a yoga mat on hand at home adds some extra protection for me when I am doing floor work. Mine isn't very thick, but there are a variety of mats out there that are thicker if that's what you're interested in. :)
What equipment do you use when working out at home? I'd love to know!

xoxo
Rachel

Pregnancy #3 Update 28 Weeks

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How far along? 28 weeks (last Thursday)
Total weight gain: Around 8 pounds
Maternity clothes? No, but I probably should ha. Not many things fit me anymore 
Stretch marks? No
Best moment this week: Probably just all of the movement. I love it!
Miss anything? I miss not having heartburn so bad  
Movement: Yes! He loves to wiggle, kick, and flip around in there. :) 
Food cravings: Not really anything out of the ordinary this week 
Anything making you queasy or sick: spicy foods, chocolate
Gender: BOY!
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, especially when I need to pee ha  
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: I'm feeling grateful with a combination of happiness and moodiness haha.
Looking forward to: My next appointment :) 
Exercise: Yep, and feeling so grateful that I am able to. :) 

xoxo
Rachel 

A Week In Pictures

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A morning at the YMCA with my babies. Rosalie took this picture for me. :) 
28 Weeks!
Rosalie looks forward to ballet all week. :) 
We made a Rapunzel Parfait from Rosalie's little cookbook and both kids were so excited!
I sure love my babies!
Headed to pick-up sissy :)
Dentist time!
 Chick-fil-A for dinner :) 
Park date with my handsome little man. ;)
I hope everyone had a wonderful week!

xoxo
Rachel

Pregnancy #3 Update 27 Weeks

Thursday, September 13, 2018

How far along? 27 weeks (last Thursday)
Maternity clothes? Nope
Stretch marks? No
Best moment this week: Seeing baby boy on the ultrasound :) 
Miss anything? Not really to be honest. I'm just trying to enjoy being pregnant. 
Movement: Yes! I love it! :) 
Food cravings: Pickles ha, I didn't crave them with either of my previous two pregnancies 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Spicy foods
Gender: Boy :)
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: I feel like I have unintentionally been moody this week. I will blame the pregnancy hormones. ;) 
Looking forward to: Halloween! I've been trying to think of a good costume ha! 
Exercise: Yes, my motto is "listen to your body" :) 

xoxo
Rachel 

Gone Campin'

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


We had so much fun going camping this weekend. We have been camping before, but never with just our little family of four, well I guess 4.75 haha ;). We were only able to stay one night, but I felt like that was perfect for our first time. The kids loved fishing with their new fishing poles, and Riley even caught a fish! Rose was pretty skilled at casting her fishing pole by the end of it. There was a little playground at our campground that they thought was a blast and it made my momma heart happy to see them so happy. Riley got dirtier than I have ever seen him while we were fishing and couldn't get enough of the mud ha! They both slept awesome in the tent and we are super excited to go again!

xoxo
Rachel