This post was created in partnership of DSW.  All opinions of my own are expressed in this post and not those of DSW.

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I’m always working out, running and chasing Oaks around, or out and about running errands. Life doesn’t seem to get any less busy these days. I always find myself having a hard time finding a good running shoe. DSW has such great budget friendly prices that you really can’t beat. I love New Balance and always have, but I haven’t tried their running shoes until now! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find a nice pair of running shoes. This pair I’m wearing is so comfortable!

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So back to my story: I’m always on the go. You guys know this about me. I wake up at 6am, get ready for the gym and need to jump right back into more comfortable wear. You really won’t find me wearing anything but sneakers these days… that’s mom life for ya, right?




(MY SHOESI love that New Balance has a dressed-up sneaker vibe too, so I can quickly come home, shower and throw them on to meet dad for a quick family lunch. I always need easy and cute, yet efficient and that’s what these are! They’re a pair of sneakers you can wear with something that’s a little more “fancy” like a cute sweater, button up, or pullover sweater. I love the burgundy color I’ve got on!


(OAKS SHOES) And yes, Oaks totally sits up on the table for lunch. That’s toddler life for you. It’s really the only way we can get him to sit still while mom and dad enjoy their lunch! DSW also has cute little shoes for your toddler including these (which Oaks won’t take off because he loves them so much). He’s been running all over the place with them! 


(TJ’S SHOE) Same goes for TJ. He also has been running all over with them like a toddler (haha jk) but really, he loves the pair he’s wearing! You’ve got to check them out. Don’t we all want affordable, yet easy AND cute? That’s a DONE deal for me. The whole fam will enjoy them! 


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I love my lunch dates and days spent with my sweet boys! After this lunch date, we walked around and rode the ferris wheel (which Oaks wasn’t amused and TJ hates heights), but on a good note, Oaks rode up and down the escalators for a good 30 minutes while TJ shopped around. He was running all over the place and jumping on and off the escalators! He honestly loves the comfort of these shoes. They’re all under $100 and the kids’ shoes are under $50 at DSW.

Let me know what you guys think! Do you shop at DSW

Have a great day!







A little ice cream never hurt anyone.  

I get a lot of DM’s and questions on if I “cheat” or “you eat so healthy, do you ever have anything bad?”  My answer is always, OF COURSE.  In order to achieve goals and have a balanced life, you must splurge from time to time, or else you’ll go crazy.  There is a big difference between being in such a strict crazy diet, that you feel like you want to eat an ENTIRE IN AND OUT STORE,  to choosing between healthier options from meal to meal, prepping and planning so that you know you’ll stay on track.  And then if you feel like you want something, HAVE IT.   I’m not saying have a milkshake and cookie every day, I’m just saying reward yourself, but don’t overdo it.  Its when we don’t reward ourselves that we overdo it when we actually fall off the band wagon.

Then, you want to know what happens when you do that? You feel like complete shit and a complete failure. I’ve been there time and time and TIME again.  But guess what?  You want to know something I’ve learned from it all.   You aren’t a failure at all. You’re learning and growing and the only way to learn and grow from that, is to actually learn how shitty it makes you feel and avoid it.   Planning ahead of time, choosing wisely.  If you count macros, fit a cookie in if you have to.  My point in this whole post is to have a bite of something or have that chocolate if you’re feeling it.  Sometimes we just need to in order to stay on track.  

I’m at the point in my whole journey, that I feel that I can have a couple bites of a cookie on a Wednesday, and feel completely fine and continue eating healthy that day.  Its on occasions that I do, but I use to just let it DESTROY ME, and then I’d think… “WELP, I already fucked up (sorry mom) so I might as well keep going and eat more….  Can you IMAGINE where all of us would be, if we switched our attitude and mentality switched the flip to, “okay I’m going to start RIGHT NOW”  Instead of “Okay I’m going to just binge all weekend, and then start Monday”.  I’m saying all this because I’ve been there.  I’ve been the starve and binge girl, I’ve been the take exlax girl to poop her brains out to lose weight (haha im serious)… I’ve been the 1200 calories STRICTLY girl from Monday-Friday, and then BALLS TO THE WALL BINGE FEST all weekend long.  Then getting back at it, and feeling like shit until Wednesday and then doing it all over.  To strictly counting  Macros girl Monday-Sunday, but I’d have 3 cheat meals a weekend and I would go balls to the wall… way overdo it because I wasn’t eating enough during the week.  And I’m not saying counting macros is bad at all. It taught me SO many things.  I still do it sometimes.  I highly recommend it for sure.  Read more about it on my post “MIND VS YOU”

Do you see how it got better though, through those years?  It was all a learning experience, through trial and error, falling and picking myself back up again, trying new things, failing, then trying again and again.  It’s been such a journey and such a learning experience.  I’ve grown from starving and binging, to eating loads of greens, eating a balanced diet and having a chocolate when I want it, but not going crazy on it.  I eat when I’m hungry and DON’T OVERDO IT.  I caps that because when you overdo it and put more fat into your body that you’re going to burn off, you WILL gain weight.   

So balance it all. Balance and consistency are my two key words to success.  Find your journey, find what works for you, do what feels good to you.  Experience new things, try it out, eat carbs, but the good ones, stay away from sweets as much as you can, don’t tell yourself you cant have something, or you’ll want it more.

The whole point isn’t about weight, its about how you feel, how you treat yourself at the end of the day.  Its about your relationships, marriage, motherhood etc.  When we feel our best, we look our best and can treat others the best.  

I wanted to share this post because I took Oaks out to Ice Cream on a Thursday and had 2-3 bites and didn’t feel shame at all, I actually didn’t want more of it and felt fine just having those bites.  I also didn’t tell myself I had to go work it off either.  I enjoyed this moment with Oaks and enjoyed those bites.  











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Have a great weekend!