Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My Morning Fitness Routine




I often get asked how I can commit to working out regularly and I can honestly say that it is because I have made it a part of my regular morning routine. It is always on the agenda and I plan for it the night before. I thought I'd share with you guys how my morning fitness routine normally goes. Obviously what I do may or may not work for you, but hopefully you can get some good ideas! :) 

The Night Before 
My morning fitness routine actually starts the night before. I get my gym clothes out, as well as the kids clothes for the following day. This saves me a ton of time in the morning and makes things much less hectic! The kids also have a little snack that they eat at the gym daycare, so I generally pack that the night before, or have an idea of what I will pack for them so I can quickly grab it in the morning. 

First Thing In The Morning
As soon as I wake up in the morning, I get myself ready. I know that if I don't get ready first, then I will likely get busy with the kids and will feel super stressed and rushed to get my clothes on, hair brushed, etc. This doesn't always working out perfectly (especially right now when I have a newborn and tend to sleep in because I have been up in the night ha!), but generally I like to have myself ready before the kiddos are up. 

Once The Kids Are Awake
If Clint wakes up before Rosalie and Riley, then I get him changed and dressed first, or vice versa. I then make breakfast, pack their snacks, diapers, wipes, etc. Depending on how many fits are thrown (just keeping it real), this can be quick and painless or sometimes takes a bit longer. 

If you are going to the gym and need to be there at a certain time for a class, meeting a gym buddy, etc., then my advice is to plan for this! I always tell myself we need to leave the house about 5 minutes before we actually do, and this helps me at least get closer to being on time ha!

Right Before We Go
I haven't taken Clint to the gym just yet, but with my other babies, I make sure to nurse them a few minutes before we leave. This helps make sure that they are full and happy while I workout. Right before we leave the house, I like to take my pre-workout. I then get my BCAAS ready, and sometimes pack some protein, depending on whether or not I will be coming home after the gym. 

Once We Get To The Gym 
As soon as I get to the gym, I drop the kids off. If any of them need changed or to go to the bathroom, I quickly take care of this. This is another reason why I try to be early ha! I get them settled and then I'm off to exercise. This time is super important to me and I seriously love it!

Now, I have been mostly working out at home since having Clint, so right now I basically do the same thing, but instead of leaving the house, I just stay home and exercise. Clint can go to the gym here, I am just super paranoid about sickness and newborns, so I wait just a bit. 

I know this whole routine probably sounds pretty simple and straightforward, but it honestly saves me in the mornings and helps me make sure that I get my workout in. If you guys are like me, and your workout is super important to you, then you know how important it is to plan ahead. 

I'd love to hear what some of your routines are and if you have any questions feel free to ask!

xoxo
Rachel


Monday, January 21, 2019

My Blog Got A Makeover!

Dress/Boots (old) similar

Hey Guys!

I'm sure you've noticed that the blog got a bit of a makeover and I'm super excited about it! It was long overdue! Things should be up and running well, but if something isn't, please let me know!

I wore this dress to church yesterday and love it! I honestly look forward to dressing up on Sundays because it is the only day of the week that I am guaranteed to get ready! Kudos to all of you moms that get ready every single day!

 I am excited for today because Chanse will actually be home since it is a holiday! We are going to have a family day and go to the gym together and then to a movie! :) What are your plans for the day?

xoxo
Rachel

Friday, January 18, 2019

Basic Invite Review And Discount Code!

Hi Everyone!
Today's post is all about Basic Invite! They create personalized baby shower invitations, wedding invitations, holiday cards, thank you cards, and more! 

I had the opportunity to create some custom samples of my own for baby Clint. Basic Invite has a feature that allows you to order a single printed sample of your invitation to make sure that you like it before ordering more. I absolutely loved this feature! I also really liked how I had almost unlimited colors to choose from when designing my baby shower invitations, as well as over 40 different colors of envelopes!
They have an address capturing service that allows you to share a link on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., to request the addresses of friends and family members. 

These addresses are then automatically added to your Basic Invite account. You can then choose from these addresses when creating your envelopes and you can have them printed on your envelopes for FREE! I love how this saves me a ton of time, as well as hand cramps from writing so many addresses ha!
Basic Invite gives you the option to create Foil cards in the colors of gold, silver, and rose gold. You can choose from foil that is either raised or flat. These are super pretty and great for more formal invitations!

I had so much fun creating customized baby shower invitations, as well as birth announcements for Clint! Here are some cute baby shower invitations and birth announcements for a baby girl as well!
If you guys are in the market for invites or announcements right now, then I have an awesome discount code from Basic Invite that gives you 15% off! 

Simply enter the code:15FF51 at checkout! 

xoxo
Rachel

*Thank you Basic Invite for sponsoring this post!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

My 3 Favorite Supplements!

I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to fitness, supplements make a huge difference for me! I don't take a ton of them, but the ones that I do use, I absolutely love! Now just to let you know, I am not sponsored by any of these supplement companies, I just genuinely love them!

Pre-Workout
Right now, my favorite pre-workout is the Cara Loren Prenatal Pre-Workout! I love nursing my babies, but I also love having the energy to workout. This pre-workout is nursing friendly, so I am able to take it! It gives me the perfect boost and I couldn't recommend it more! As for the flavor, it really isn't bad at all, but I am just not a pink lemonade person.

Protein
I love IdealLean Proteins because they are made specifically for women! They are lower in calories than most proteins, but still have 20 grams of protein per serving! They also taste amazing! My favorites are chocolate brownie, chocolate coconut, and caramel mocha. I just got their limited edition peanut butter chocolate too, which I am excited to try!

BCAAs
I swear by BCAAs! I know people have different opinions on whether or not they work, but for me they definitely do. The Xtend BCAAs have the 3 branch chain amino acids that help to maintain and build muscle, which are leucine, isoleucine, and valine. I feel that I have more endurance during my workouts when I take them and can exercise for longer without becoming fatigued. On top of this, the flavors are amazing! I love green apple, blue raspberry, and tangerine!


What supplements do you love?!

xoxo
Rachel
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Baby It's Cold Outside!


Boots (old) similar here and here (Both are under $30!)

So remember how I was going on and on about how good the weather was? Well, I guess I spoke too soon because snow dumped on us all day Friday and Saturday morning! I told myself it was okay though because the kids were in heaven when Chanse built a snowman with them. 

It also looked absolutely beautiful outside when we took these pictures because the trees were still covered with snow. I love how fitted this dress is, but I would recommend sizing up. I got a small and feel like a medium would've fit me a bit better. 

I just wanted to thank everyone who comes and reads my blog! I love that I am able to have it as a creative outlet and I appreciate everyone who reads and follows along. It means the world to me! I am excited about some of the posts I have coming up and I hope you guys will be too! :)

xoxo
Rachel