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These past few weeks have been pretty quiet around here. Not in my real life off the computer - that's always pretty noisy. But this blog has been a ghost town. Sorry about that.

We've had family and friends visiting. My husband was away for work for a bit which means I didn't have anyone to photograph me pretending to be a model.

Things are back to normal though. All of our family and friends are back home and it's just the five of us again.


I have been spending a lot of time working on a plan to start teaching Cize. I had an interview on Monday that went well. I was hired to teach but...

There are a few things I need to do first that I wasn't anticipating. And when I mean to tell you this very short (but pricey) list of to-dos has completely knocked the wind out of my fitness sail...

Listen. I wasn't ready. No one told me. 

I am going to add things to this. Don't let people or things...
So after my interview I was prepared to come home, get on the internet and just swipe my life away to knock that list out. Then I heard a voice say, "Not today, Tia. Let's think about this." Then I got that unsettling feeling in my stomach because I knew God was about to tell me to do something other than "MY" plan.

And if I'm being truly transparent I probably had that side eye emoji look on my face. You see, I am very impatient. I like results. I like instant results. I like checking things off a check list and moving on. 

That was the old me. The new (still not perfect) me wants everything I do to be Spirit led. I want to make sure that I'm operating within God's plan for my life and so I'm just sitting here waiting for direction.

During my prayer and quiet time yesterday He told me to push back my start date (which is something I don't really want to do, LOL, but I'm gonna....) and to use my new gift/certification to help people. FOR.  FREE.

So as it turns out I shouldn't have allowed that list of to-dos to bother me because that whole interview wasn't necessarily God's plan for me right now.  Sometimes you have to wait. And listen. And learn. With a grateful heart. 

(And I am only saying these things because I need to tell them to myself)

Hopefully none of you are like me. I hope that you are all patient people who never try to rush into your purpose. But if you are like me know that you are not alone. I am learning to slow down. I am learning to not be bummed or have that achy feeling in my heart when things don't go the way I want them to.

So that's what I've been up to these past couple weeks. I had to quiet down my productivity time so that I could hear. I've heard.

Regular posts (with a couple giveaways) will resume (pinky swear) next week.

Thank you for being my sounding board. I'm looking forward to a new direction around here.
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I hate it when I get super excited and ready for a workout and I get to the gym and I've forgotten my head phones. That is the worst feeling. It's a mood killer. No one wants to be the girl on the elliptical reading subtitles on ESPN. After that happened to me I decided to keep a gym bag in my car. It has been a true lifesaver. When I'm ready to leave for the gym I can just get in the car and go. Getting my workouts in are important to me so I have to stay ready. Want to know what's in my gym bag?  I'm so excited to partner with Vaseline to share my gym bag must haves.


1. Start with a great bag.

This tote has been my 'gym bag" for years. I love it. It holds so much stuff. So before you start grabbing all the goodies I'm about to share choose a spacious cute bag.

2. Music is life.

The very first thing I have in my bag are headphones. You can not do the gym without music. I mean you can but squats are so much better when Yo Gotta is playing.


3. Shower caddy in a gym bag.

Don't forget to pack a bar of soap, flip flops and a shower cap if you plan to shower at the gym. Leave your loofah at home and use a wash cloth. Gym showers are meant to be quick. Get the job done and get out of there.

4. Moisturize.

I live in the Pacific Northwest and it is cold here. After working up a sweat and drying back out I need to moisturize my skin to keep it healthy. Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™ Lotion contains pure cocoa butter to leave skin deeply moisturized plus Vaseline® Jelly that absorb deeply to heal dry skin, revealing its natural glow. 



Save $2.25 when you buy two Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion 10oz or larger.

5. Sticky socks & gym shoes.

If I decide to take in a class these socks help me keep a grip during yoga, PiYo or barre. I don't like wearing my gym shoes anywhere but the gym so I keep them in my bag/car.

6. Water.

Staying hydrated is super important. I never leave the house without a bottle of water.

So what do you think? What's in your gym bag? As a fitness instructor, I motivate people everyday to live stronger healthier lives from the inside out. You can help make someone feel that way by purchasing a Vaseline lotion or jelly. Every purchase will support Direct Relief in a buy one to help heal one promotion. Learn more about The Vaseline Healing Project to find out how you can help.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Radiant™
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I have been compensated by Sundown Naturals® and Pollinate Media Group for this post as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sundown Naturals® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GoodnessGiveaway #sharethegoodness http://my-disclosur.es/OBstV



For the past three months I have been sharing my journey to a healthier me. Today I thought it would be fun to share my healthy wake-up routine. Hopefully this will encourage someone who is on the fence about starting their own healthy lifestyle.


As Moms, we sometimes forget to squeeze a little time in for ourselves. Over the summer I decided to start waking up before the kids to give myself some "me" time. The thought of waking up earlier than I had to made me cringe until I started seeing how awesome it made the rest of the day go.




My goal in the mornings is to kick start my day with a workout, a healthy breakfast, a shower and a few minutes to make sure my patience is fully charged. As you know, every morning I do a thirty minute workout based on my workout schedule for the month.


Working out first thing in the morning is my way of making sure I get it done. I get my workout in before the day gets in my way.




After my workout is done I grab a bottle of water and I heat my breakfast up. If you follow me on Snapchat you know I'm a fan of the almighty egg muffin. I make them on Sunday to heat and eat during the week, timesaver.


While my muffins are warming up I take my Sundown Naturals® Adult Gummy Vitamins. I'm currently taking the Multivitamins and the Biotin. The Biotin is an extra boost to my beauty routine and the multivitamin supports my new active lifestyle. I also like that the vitamins are gluten free adult gummies. I purchased them during a back to school trip to Walmart (this is the place to buy them for yourself AND vitamins for the entire family) and they have been a great addition to my routine. I love that the Sundown Naturals® vitamins are free of gluten, dairy and artificial flavors◊.




When breakfast is over I take a shower and prepare for the day. I get dressed, watch a bit of the news and take a few minutes to enjoy the peace before the business of the day takes over. My mornings are calm and peaceful and that sets the tone for my entire day.


When I'm fully charged and feeling relaxed I'm a better person to be around and I'm sure my kids
enjoy that.




How do your mornings start? Try waking up an hour before your little ones to give yourself sometime to get the day started. Consider getting in a workout and having a healthy breakfast.


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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.


They are calling for snow in the forecast this week. Snow. I haven't seen, touched or felt cold crisp air in years. I'm excited for a real winter and all of the different weather changes that come with it. Getting outside for runs has been challenging with all of the rain that we get here in Washington.

I have managed to figure out how to get my workouts in despite the weather and I'm going to share my secrets with you today.


Secret One:  Get the proper workout attire for cooler weather. Your workout will be cut short if you are too cold and wet. Catching a cold isn't an option for busy Moms like us so we have to be dressed appropriately while running. I like the Breath Thermo line by Mizuno. This shirt generates heat using moisture from my body. It's lightweight and it stays dry. I wish I had this shirt in every color. Maybe Santa will see this post and gift them to me. I've been a really good girl this year.

Oh. And I don't want to forget to share that the gloves I'm wearing have storage pockets! Don't we love surprise pockets?! They also have a swipe finger making it easy to manage your running playlist.


Secret Two:  Have a plan. This one might be a no brainer but you have to plan your workouts. I plan for the entire week. There's a weekly calendar on my fridge that manages my entire life. If you're ever at my house and want to get all up in my business read that thing. You'll find our family meal plan for the week and my workouts for each day right there with all of our appointments. I don't skip it if it's on that calendar.

Secret Three: Keep it simple. Try following the same workout plan for an entire month. I like alternating between cardio and strength/toning workouts. For example, M/W/F might be toning days and T/Th/Sat might be cardio days. I also limit my workout time to 30 minutes a day. The only exception to this is when I run or attend a group fitness class.



Secret Four:  Don't take December off. This time of year isn't exactly fitness focused. Do you know what that means? That means your favorite running trails, machines and classes will have low attendance and more space for you! This is the perfect time to learn a new machine at the gym, try a new class or discover a new running route. When January comes you'll already be so ahead of the curve. Don't wait for 2017. Start now!

Does cuffing season keep you from getting Summertime fine? It doesn't have to. Check out the #BreathThermo line from Mizuno to stay warm and dry. Let's push through the cold weather season together. What's your favorite cold weather workout?
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Moses turned one over the weekend! Can you believe how fast time has gone by? I feel like I just had him. My little #grandfinalebaby is doing so well. I actually have to remind myself of his birth story sometimes.

We had a very low-key celebration for his birthday. If you follow the Facebook page you know that my kids had a vomiting spell. That spell morphed into some virus that hit us all. By the time I caught it I'm pretty sure it was the flu. 


After what seemed like the longest two weeks of my life our family is finally symptom free. Moses and I still have little coughing spells here and there but for the most part we are all doing so much better.

Due to the sickness being passed around and the lack of energy that went along with it we celebrated his birthday with homemade (from the box) cupcakes. All of the kids seemed happy with that. I am almost convinced that much of the pomp and circumstance of a kid's birthday has more to do with the parent than the kid.

I'm picking up on the fact that they are just as happy with these little at home family parties.


I'll still throw birthday parties though. Cause Mom guilt won't let me be that laid back and chill. 

Back to Moses - these days he's a dancing machine. His personality is so sweet and funny. He says Mama and Dada and he's very vocal with his baby talk. He can stand but he isn't walking just yet. Moses enjoys playing with his siblings and dragging all the tupperware out of the cabinets.

He's a good eater and sleeper. His top teeth are coming in and that's causing him some discomfort right now but other than that he's doing well.


He'll see his hematologist again during his 12 month well baby check up. If all of his blood work comes back okay they won't need to see him again for another year or so. 

I am so thankful for his good health and our health as a family. 

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One of the reasons why I love Fall so much is fair season. Nothing makes me happier than good weather, the smell of good food and riding rides at the fair. It doesn't get much better than that.

Now that Savannah is old enough to like rides I knew that we had to take her to the fair before school started. After standing in line to get ride tickets our very first stop was the ferris wheel. She wanted to ride it twice and we did!

There were so many rides to choose from. I think I counted at least three rollercoasters...


There was so much to do and see. The exhibition hall was packed with things to buy. Some of the other attractions were farm animals, dinosaurs, super heroes, show horses and musical guests. J.Cole actually opened up the fair. Charlie Wilson and Joe perform later this month.

Savannah wanted some cotton candy while we were searching for the perfect lunch spot. I ordered her a cone because I figured that was a wiser choice than the jumbo bag...


After a quick stroll it was clear that this BBQ Pit was a fair favorite. The lines were long but it smelled like it was worth it. I for one thought the open grill was a very smart marketing tactic. When I saw those slabs of ribs I considered standing in line and letting the ribs fall where they may...



We ended up trying the very hyped up Earthquake burger. It wasn't worth the hype or a photo... Do you see those ribs though?!

All in all I think everyone had a great time. We are planning another trip to check some things off our list. The parking wasn't too bad and the admission is reasonable. If you're local I highly recommend a visit. If you're not local find out when fair season kicks off for you.

Fairs are a great way to spend time together as a family. It's one of our traditions and I hope you consider making it one of your's as well.



See how happy they look?! The Washington State Fair ends on the 25th. Mikey was asleep before we made it to the car. Worth. Every. Penny.


Are you planning a trip to the fair this year?
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Can you believe that they are already playing Christmas movies on TV? Like, really? Many of the stores have started displaying trees, decorations and everything else you would need to make your holiday season merry and bright.

Since many of you are probably already putting together your gift list for friends and family I thought it would be fun to share some easy gift ideas for the women in your life.

Accessories are absolutely necessary to complete any look. Today I am going to share my faves with you.



Watch

Every woman needs a nice watch that can be worn everyday. Something that goes easily from day to night. The Jord Wood Watch that I have been crushing on lately goes perfectly with my wardrobe. Visit their site to check out their other styles for men and women. Jord is currently giving away a $20 e-gift code to all my readers when you enter to win a $75 voucher to buy a timepiece of your choice. Everyone wins!

Statement Necklace

Statement necklaces will never go out of style. They can be worn day or night with just about anything. I love the berry color necklace featured in the pic above. It's perfect for this time of year.

Ear Rings

Leaving the house without ear rings is an instant buzz kill. Ear rings take ANY look to the next level. Even if you're having a tee and jeans sort of day you can still rock some hoop ear rings or some beautiful statement ear rings. Love. Love. Love ear rings.

Sunglasses

My black aviator sunglasses are quite possibly one of the best purchases I made this year. They're prescription (cause I'm blind as a bat), affordable and super cute. I always feel so chic in them. These sunglasses also keep me looking stylish on the days when applying eye makeup seems like a ridiculous idea.


Favorite Lippie

So, this isn't exactly an accessory but it's still a very important part of any look. Every woman needs a go-to lip color. There are so many shades out there to choose from. Find one that looks good on you. Consider gifting a friend or sister a gift card to their favorite makeup counter. 

These are my everyday must-wear accessories. What's on your list? Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a $75 voucher from Jord Wood Watches. All of my readers will receive a $20 e-gift code for entering! Happy Shopping!

This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.
Cool Watches
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Welp, the day I have been literally dreading all Summer is here. Savannah's first day of all day school is today. We got up, got dressed, snapped pics and headed to school.

She was very excited and happy and I did my best to not be a debbie downer. I am very excited for her but I will miss our time during the day.


Not even the rain could keep her from being ready to get out of here today. As I think of her being gone all day I can't help but wonder if I took advantage of all the time we've had together until now. All of the endless days of free time and fun will now be shoved into evenings, weekends and school breaks.

And that sucks.

But I can't help but be so proud of her. She is fearless, open, kind and takes on new challenges with ease. Savannah has always been a delight to be around. She's never really given me a hard time. 


She's so smart and ready for all day school. I can't wait to pick her up (and rush her to ballet) so that I can hear all about her day. She's never had a shortage of words so I do expect a full recap when she gets in the car this afternoon.

Her going to school has put a lot into perspective for me. I don't want to beat myself about all of the times that I had to clean or get work done but today I do wish that I had maybe cleaned less and played more. 



I feel like this happened all too fast. She's absolutely fine at school. I'm sure she's having a blast. It's just a little tough letting go. My sweet girl is growing up.

If this is how I feel about her going to kindergarten I may just need to send my husband to college drop-off alone. I can't even imagine...
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We are officially a month away from my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I have always wanted to do one of those cute Thankful trees or Thanksgiving advent calendar with my family but I never seem to make it happen. Maybe I should head to Pinterest to find some DIY ideas...

Anyway. With Thanksgiving coming up I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I am thankful for. I have been such a bad blogger lately while working on my fitness business but I'm trying to find my balance and make more time for this space.


Today I am thankful for our new home. The place that covers my family's head and the beautiful area that surrounds it. I have never seen trees so big and tall. On a really clear day you can see great views of the mountains. Breathtaking. My iPhone pics don't do the scenery here justice. I'll go out one day with my real camera and get better shots.


There is also a calmness about living here that I think I needed. Maybe it's the rain but the vibe here is so calm and chill. It blows my mind when I here people say they don't like living in this area. There is tons to do. The first two pics from this post are from a trail I walked on Friday. It was perfect.


I am so thankful that we get to call this place home for the next couple years. It is my goal to explore and see as much as we can during our time here. I'll probably cry when my husband gets his next set of orders. I know a new adventure will be amazing but I can't imagine it getting any better than this.

What are you thankful for today?
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