Weekend Update, Plus What Car Rides Are Like With Two Kids

I thought I’d include a little does of “real life Monday” in this post, but first a quick rundown of the fun stuff.

We had a fun weekend–it was the end of Doug’s whole week off, so we laid low and hung out with family and friends.

I got baby snuggles with this guy.

Snuggling a newborn

And you already know about our family fun at the park yesterday that included a good workout for me.

Emme playing at the park

Doug riding bikes at the park with the kids

Normally, Doug wears a helmet too, but he was so busy getting the kids all setup that he forgot about his.

Now for the hashtag reallifemonday part, even though this video is from Saturday as we drove about 15 minutes to family’s house. It’s not an unusual scene for us and it’s likely to happen again today too. Taking this little video at least added some humor to the situation!

Does this look familiar to any of you?

Have a Marvelous Monday!

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This Week in Workouts: Exercise at the Park

Workouts were limited this week, as I knew they would be because of our camping trip, and I’m glad I’m I got in the extra movement last week. I don’t tend to workout much when I go away, but I do try and stay active.

Since we were camping, there was some hiking involved, but since it was hiking with a 4-year-old, we didn’t go very far. There was a lot more relaxing than usual too, which was nice.

Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday: Teach Pilates + 2-mile stroller push run
Tuesday: Off (some hiking)
Wednesday: Off (some hiking)
Thursday: Off
Friday: Take Pilates
Saturday: Off
Sunday: 4-mile trail run, plus park strength work

It felt great to run today while Reece rode his bike with daddy and Emme along in the WeeRide bike seat. Both my kids have loved sitting in that seat because it’s in the front and they can see everything, plus honk their horn. You can see more from our adventure on Instagram.

It felt great to get in a full workout and running without pushing the stroller was a nice change from what I’ve been doing lately.

Our route to the park and back was a 4-mile round trip, so I ran two miles, did some strength work at the park and then ran the two miles back.

tricep dips at the park

Exercising at the park while your kids play is a great way to squeeze in your workout. Here’s what I did, so you can try it yourself.

Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before trying a new exercise routine.

toe raises at the park

Park Workout

Calf Raises – 3 sets of 20 with 20 second holds in between (similar to this exercise ball routine)
Tricep Pushups – 3 sets of 10
Walking Lunges – 50 total
Tricep Dips – 3 sets of 12
Wall Sit – 1 minute hold
Squats – 4 sets of 12 with different variations (slow down & fast up, fast down & slow up, pulses at the bottom and regular)
tricep pushups at the park

Also, I’m thinking of putting together a workout calendar or challenge as we enter the holiday season to keep us all going motivated in our workouts as we enter this busy time of year.

Would you be interested in that?

Do you ever workout at the park?

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September Friday Favorites

Every month, I feel like the last Friday sneaks up on me and once again it’s time for yet another Friday Faves post. It really makes time feel like it’s flying by!


It’s finally officially fall and now I can really get excited about pumpkin everything! It still won’t really feel like fall here until November, but that’s ok, I can still enjoy apple picking and pumpkin patches and all of that in our hot weather until then.

Kings Canyon

We got back from camping for a few days at Kings Canyon National Park and it is incredibly gorgeous with stunning views everywhere. I’ll post more about it next week!

Outside Boyden Cave Kings Canyon

Roasting Marshmallows

Really, I’m not a fan of marshmallows, but roasting one over a campfire until it is perfectly toasted, ooey gooey falling off the stick and placing it in-between two graham crackers with a melty piece of dark chocolate is pretty great.

Flavored almonds

I finally got my hands on some Blue Diamond Almonds I’ve been seeing all over the blogosphere lately. I am in love with the chile lime and salt and vinegar flavors. The one downside: they might technically be healthier than potato chips with similar flavors, but I want to eat a ton of them, and then I’m still taking in a lot of calories just like with potato chips. It’s hard to portion control with these!

Blue Diamond Almonds salt n vinegar

I also found some good flavored ones at Whole Foods that they make in house. I’ve only tried the tequila lime ones so far and although they are pretty oily, I really love the flavor!

Bonus cardio

I’ve already mentioned this a lot, but I’m loving getting my cardio in by running around the neighborhood with my little dude on his bike. I love that he loves it too!


I mean really, who doesn’t love bacon? We bought this uncured, black forest bacon from Whole Foods for our camping trip and I’m not sure I can buy another kind ever again. I don’t know what the brand is, so hopefully I’ll find it again just based on the packaging. So. Good!

cooking bacon camping

New Running Shoes

I won these Mizuno Wave Kazans through a Fit Fluential Instagram challenge and they’re great! New running shoes always pump up my workouts and these have been great for chasing Reece’s bike around town. I love the colors too!Mizuno Wave Kazans at the park

 What are you loving this month?

Happy Friday!

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