Posts tagged with "family"

Weekend Recap {June 6-8}

Posted June 9, 2014 in weekend, health, healthy and 9 more

How is it Monday already? I think we should all sign a petition for three-day weekends during the summer. 

I had a surprisingly busy weekend. I went into the weekend without tons of plans, but I was on the go constantly.

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Healthy (store-bought) After School Snacks

Posted August 21, 2014 in snacks, healthy food, healthy eating and 5 more

Can you believe the school year has already started? My niece started third grade last week! Why does the summer always fly by?

Luckily, she was excited for the school year to begin. She thought the summer was too long! But she LOVES school. She comes home from school and plays school. 

Although I don't have kids, now that the school year is here I've been thinking about quick and easy ways for parents to get their kids to eat healthy. I know my niece will sometimes reach for an ice cream bar or candy when she wants a snack. But I want her to be healthy, full of energy and self-confident! 

From watching my brother and sister-in-law, I know that life can get crazy as a parent and packaged foods or fast foods are often the easiest. But there are healthier options out there (that don't cost a ton)! 

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 12-14}

Posted September 15, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, Lincoln and 4 more

The BF and I spent the weekend carb loading...but we forgot to go running.

We went to Lincoln with my fam to celebrate my cousin's marriage. It was her second wedding reception. Remember when I went to Atlanta for her wedding in July? Read about it here. Since lots of family didn't get to travel to Atlanta for her wedding, Kristi and her husband, Avery, had a second wedding reception in Nebraska!

Here's how the weekend went...

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Healthy After School Snacks Kids Can Make!

Posted September 17, 2014 in healthy kids, kids, cooking class and 5 more

My niece took a Kids Cooking Class at Hy-Vee to learn how to make healthy after school snacks, and it was adorbs!

A few weeks ago, I saw that the store was offering the class and I asked my sister-in-law if my niece would want to take the class. She said definitely, and we signed her up!

I asked my sister-in-law if I could tag along because I'm a crazy aunt and I thought it would be fun to see what the kids made.

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Weekend Recap {Sept. 19-21} - Housewarming Party!

Posted September 22, 2014 in weekend, Weekend Recap, housewarming and 9 more

As soon as I got out of bed this morning, the negative thoughts started racing through my head - I look so fat, I've gained weight, I'm breaking out and my face looks ugly, my hair looks terrible today, my makeup looks horrendous, I hate all my clothes, etc. As the morning went on, my mood worsened.

Have you ever had a day like that? I just couldn't push a positive thought through my brain! I didn't eat very well over the weekend, and didn't get in a single workout. I also didn't drink enough water, and didn't have a lot of time to relax. Let's just say I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. 

Then I read this quote, and it made me realize that this bad day just means I need take a step back, reevaluate my needs and take better care of myself. 

"Setbacks are miracles in disguise. Always believe that things are working out in your favor." (Source)

I also reminded myself that my weekend was full of amazing quality time with friends and family. Something that is also much needed.

Here are details about my weekend...

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 3-5}

Posted October 6, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, fitness instructor and 9 more

Now that I'm in my 30's, I feel like a successful weekend is one that didn't include wearing any makeup, but did include working out, drinking wine and lounging around with people I love. This was definitely one of those weekends.

I had some great workouts, I ate delicious food, I hung out with my family and the BF, drank wine, spent time outside and never put on a drop of makeup. Success!

Here's what happened...

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 31-Nov. 2) - Murder Mystery Party

Posted November 3, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 6 more

I went into the weekend feeling like I was getting a cold, and fully intended to get lots of rest. Well, that didn't really happen. I felt like I was on the go all weekend. And I'm, unfortunately, feeling worse today.

But it was a great weekend full of lots of family time, fun with friends and some Halloween treats!

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 14-16}

Posted November 17, 2014 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 8 more

My weekend didn't turn out exactly how I had planned, but I just went with it and ended up having a nice few days. 

I didn't get in as many workouts as I planned, but my body definitely needed a rest. I mentioned in my Week of Workouts post that I taught lots of fitness classes last week, and I've been having some hip pain. I'm trying to be better at listening to my body. 

The best part of my weekend was spending time with people I care about! I spent lots of quality time with the BF, my niece, my parents and the BF's sister and grandmother, dad and stepmom.

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Weekend Recap {Feb. 6-8}

Posted February 9, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, healthy living and 9 more

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Did you see my post about the #BringingYogaBack 12-Day Yoga Challenge? It starts today, and you could win $1,000 in prAna gear! Get on it!

My weekend was laid back, relaxing and not super productive. I had a list of to-do's, but only crossed a few things off my list. I'm totally OK with it because I got to spend time with the BF and my fam. Spending time with people I love is so much better than being productive.

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Weekend Recap {March 13-15}

Posted March 16, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, running and 8 more

My weekend was filled with catching up with family and friends. My niece celebrated her 9th birthday, my relatives from Omaha came to visit and the BF and I spent time with friends we hadn't seen in awhile.

I didn't get much of my to do list done this weekend, but I did get the most important thing done - my 8 mile half-marathon training run!

The BF and I also ended up eating out a lot this weekend because we were running around a bunch.

Here's how my weekend went...

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Weekend Recap {March 27-29}

Posted March 30, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, running and 11 more

How was your weekend? I had a wonderful three day weekend! I spent time with people I love, I ate delicious food, I ran a long long way and I spent a little bit of time pampering myself.

I took a little break from being productive this weekend for some much needed rest after a week of feeling run down. Read more in my Week of Workouts post.

Here's how the weekend went...

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Weekend Recap {April 3-5}

Posted April 6, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, running and 9 more

It's Monday already! The weekend was wonderful, and went by way too quickly.

The BF and I went on a long run, recovered, ate lots of delicious food, celebrated Easter with our families, ate sweet treats and I did yoga. It was a successful weekend!

How was your weekend?

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Weekend Recap {May 15-17, 2015}

Posted May 18, 2015 in Weekend Recap, weekend, yoga and 8 more

How is the weekend over alread? I need another day!

My weekend was incredibly low key, but I managed to not get everything done that I intended to do. I was actually pretty tired all weekend. I slept a lot and did my fair share of lounging around. I guess I just needed to give myself a little break.

Here's how the weekend went...

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The benefits of yoga for children + Community Building Block Party

Posted June 30, 2015 in yoga, family, kids yoga and 10 more


On Sunday, I got to be a part of the Community Building Block Party, which is organized by Buffalo County Community Partners.

It was a cute family event at Harmon Park. Kids went around to different stations, completed activities and got coloring pages after completing the activity. Some of the activities were Kids CrossFit with Kearney CrossFit, backyard hockey with the Tri-City Storm, tug of war with the Kearney Family YMCA and a bike blender with Activate Buffalo County. At the end, the kids could put their coloring pages together to form a book, and they got prizes.

When Buffalo County Community Partners asked me if I would like to have a station, I immediately said yes. Then I realized that I didn't have a great kids activity (Kids CrossFit was going to be there, so a workout was out). So I asked Trudi Flaherty of Just Breathe Yoga to partner with me and lead kids yoga. Luckily, she said yes!

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Weekend Recap {July 17-19, 2015} - Kansas City Weekend

Posted July 20, 2015 in travel, Kansas City, family and 10 more

Happy Monday! I spent the weekend in Kansas City with my fam to celebrate my aunt's 60th birthday.

I got to catch up with relatives, do some shopping, have fun at a water park and sneak in a meeting with a company I'm working with. It was a great weekend.

The line up of family members on this trip were: my parents, my brother, my sister-in-law, my niece, my Aunt Adel and Uncle Vic, my cousin Kristi and her husband, Avery, my cousin Jenny and her son, Ethan, my cousin Aaron and his wife, Tricia, and their kids, Cailyn, Dominic and Easton, and my Aunt Cindy and Uncle Mike, and their son, Thomas (and Thomas brought his girlfriend). Yeah…21 of us!

I'm actually feeling a bit exhausted today, but I got up early anyway for a morning workout. It definitely helped get me going!

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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream {sugar-free}

Posted August 14, 2015 in Ice cream, homemade, strawberries and 5 more


What is more summery than a frozen treat?

Even though school is starting, we still have some time before the weather begins to cool. Which is why we need to savor all things summer for the next few weeks!


My niece, Brynn, and I made this delicious ice cream together. She requested strawberry ice cream, and I created a version without sugar that is still sweet and delicious.

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 28-30, 2015}

Posted August 31, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 7 more

I hope your weekend was a good mix of fun, relaxing and productive!

I had a very low key weekend, which is always nice. I treated myself to some sushi, a yoga class, iced coffee and kombucha. I also spent lots of time taking Social Academy classes. I'm finally learning the ins and outs of social media!

Here's a little peek into my weekend...

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Thanksgivig Recap {2015}

Posted November 27, 2015 in Thanksgiving, food, family and 7 more

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of love, laughter and delicious food!

My Thanksgiving was a bit different this year. The BF and I usually go to his grandma's house for an early afternoon dinner. But the BF has a new job, and had to work.

So we decided to make our own Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy when he got off work. And we invited my parents over.

This is the first time I made Thanksgiving dinner!

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Weekend Recap {Nov. 27-29, 2015} - Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted November 30, 2015 in weekend, Weekend Recap, Thanksgiving and 8 more


I'm so not ready to resume real life today! My long weekend was so wonderful. It was full of family time, relaxing, putting up Christmas decorations, holiday shopping and eating delicious food.

And when I woke up to the view above...I just wanted to stay in my pajamas, drink coffee and watch Christmas movies all day.

Here's a recap of my Thanksgiving, and here's how I spent the rest of the weekend...

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Christmas 2015 Recap

Posted December 28, 2015 in Christmas, wine, champagne and 10 more

I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and that you got to spend Christmas with the people that you love!

My Christmas, while different than years past, was still memorable and fun. 

Today I'm sharing a quick recap of my holiday, but the rest of the week will be all about getting ready for the new year! I'll be sharing lots of tips on setting goals, having a successful year and more! 

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Weekend Recap {Jan. 1-3, 2016} - Last Weekend of my Holiday Break

Posted January 4, 2016 in weekend, Weekend Recap, yoga and 13 more

Well, I'm back at work today after having almost two weeks off. And to be totally honest, I'm not thrilled.

My break from work was much needed. I spent my time off sleeping in, enjoying slow moving mornings, living in my pajamas, watching a lot of Netflix, drinking wine and indulging in more sweets than usual.

But I suppose it's time to get back to the real world. 

First, here's how I spent the last weekend of my holiday break...

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Colorado Springs Recap

Posted June 15, 2016 in travel, healthy travel, Colorado and 4 more

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Last week, I went on a road trip to New Mexico with my family - my parents, brother, sister-in-law and niece. 

Because it takes 12 hours to drive to Albuquerque (where my grandma and aunt live), we stayed a couple of nights in Colorado Springs, the halfway point.

I haven't spent much time in Colorado Springs before this trip, but now I want to go back! (I want to take the BF so we can go hiking and exploring!) It's an amazing city with so much to do. 

Here's recap of our adventures and our eats...

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Atlanta Trip Recap

Posted July 12, 2016 in travel, healthy travel, vegetarian and 7 more

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Last week, my mom and I flew to Atlanta to visit my cousin, her husband and their new baby. My aunt from Omaha was there visiting as well. 

It was a wonderful trip full of laughs, baby snuggles, good food and exploring. My mom and I went without any set plans. We've both been to Atlanta a few times and have done most of the touristy stuff. We just wanted to go with the flow and spend time with family. My cousin had planned a few fun outings for us, but we also spent lots of time just relaxing at her house.

The highlight of the trip was actually something I don't have any photos of -- me leading a short yoga practice for my cousin, mom and aunt. I haven't laughed that hard in a long long time. 

Here's a recap of my trip to Atlanta…

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 21-23, 2016}

Posted October 25, 2016 in Weekend Recap, Fall, pumpkin patch and 7 more

The weekend flew by and it was packed full of unexpected adventure! 

I really didn't have any plans for the weekend, but adventures presented themselves and I went with it. I'm actually feeling a bit tired this week from such a full weekend, so I'm attempting to take it easy…luckily I had a massage scheduled for Monday evening.

Here's the recap...

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