Oct 12

Being Present


“Be present.”

Those were the words that I heard at a dear friend’s wedding this weekend. They linger in the back of my mind as I come off the high of the weekend. I’d traveled down to Orlando by myself to attend the wedding. It was the first time since Harlan was born that I’ve traveled by myself for something other than work. No agenda, no responsibility, just three days to myself. Three days to be fully present in the moment.

So that’s what I did. I put away my cell phone, didn’t bother to check emails, didn’t even touch social media. I spent three days immersed in friends that I haven’t seen in years. While time and distance have separated us, it didn’t hinder the relationships. We picked up from where we left off the last time. Like no time had passed at all.


These are friends that I met in college. We’re sorority sisters. But our connection goes much deeper than that. These are people that I’ve shared my life with. They’re in the memories that I cherish the most in my life. They get me and better yet, they still love me for it.

In a world that feels the need to be so connected all the time, myself included, there is something so liberating about forgetting everything else that is going on in your life and totally lose yourself in the moment.


And it was the fact that I let it all go that made me realize how important these people are in my life. How much love surrounded all of us this weekend. And I was able to feel all of it. Not just part of it because I was distracted with the kids or because I was too busy looking at photos of what someone had for breakfast, but every single ounce of love that was poured out during those three days.





A good friend posted this quote today to sum up our weekend together, “Be kind. Live life. Hike. Explore. Love everyone. Be present.”

And that’s exactly what life should be.

(All photos taken by friends, because like I said, I put my phone away. :)

Shout out to Tom Sutton 😉

Oct 8

Staying Fit as a Busy Mom


It’s been four days since the start of our DietBet (P.S. there’s still time to join and we would LOVE to have you) and the good news is I am down 2 pounds! I’ve made a huge change in my diet this week, and while I’ve never been one to weigh myself, I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped on the scale this morning. While I’m not on a strict diet, I’ve just been making smarter choices about what I eat. And in this, I’ve learned that my smarter choices are also making smarter choices for the kids. Last night’s dinner of chicken, fresh green beans, and sweet potatoes was a hit and even got the “This is the best dinner ever!” from Harlan.

Changing my diet is what’s most difficult for me. I love food and I grew up loving food, so I find it so hard to change a habit that I’ve had for 30 years. But with baby steps, we are making it work and I know in the long run that it will be a better decision not only for myself, but for my family.


Along with the diet improvements, I’m still doing my workouts five days a week. Now I know to many busy moms, that sounds crazy, but I’m telling you if you have 30 minutes in your day, you can do it. Just something as simple as a walk can make a difference because it all adds up!

I thought I’d share with you some of the things that I do throughout the week to maintain my workout routine.

First, I want you to know that I used to hate working out. I alway viewed it as a chore, but over time, and much discipline, I’ve learned to love it. And now I find it to be my daily zen and the time that I can solely focus on me.

But there are days that I can’t make it to the gym, so I’ll try to workout with the kids around. It’s not as easy, but it can be done.



This summer, I stumbled across an article about Kayla Itsines, who gained internet fame with her Bikini Body Guide workouts. The article intrigued me and after taking a look at her instagram accounts and all of the before/after photos, I thought I’d give it a try.

I just finished her first guide last week and while I did see some changes in my overall physique, what I noticed the most was the change in my strength and stamina. I am now officially a believer. Her workouts are 28 minutes and are HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions three days a week, so those 28 minutes are TOUGH, but they are quick and worth it. Then she has LIIS (long duration cardio) workouts for 30-45 minutes on three days in between. You get one day a week off. All of her workouts can be seen in her book and she gives detailed instructions on how to do them.

What I love about them is that most can be done at your house, with kids around and all. I just started her guide again and did a session on Monday in my living room with Harlan joining in with me. She was so proud of herself for working out with me and it was such a fun bonding experience with just the two of us.


This is what works for me and I know it’s not the right fit for everyone. I think the best advice I have as a mom who works from home full-time with the kids is that you just need to make the time for yourself. Whatever it is you decide to do (yoga, running, gym, spinning,) make sure that you are taking the time to do it. I promise that while it’s hard to find the motivation to actually do it, once you get through it, you will thank yourself.

Every mom deserves to do something for herself, so why not feel good while doing it?

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Oct 7

Why I’m Happy Wednesday: 11


It’s Wednesday! That means it’s time for you to tell me something good. Tell me one moment (big or small) that put a smile on your face.

I’m happy today because on Friday I will be traveling to Florida by myself for a dear friend’s wedding. She’s a sorority sister and was a bridesmaid in my wedding eight years ago. Not only will I get to share her special day with her, but I’ll also see so many wonderful college friends, many of which I haven’t seen in years. And the fact that I am going all by myself makes me even more excited. No responsibilities, just a chance to relax, have fun, and catch up with good friends!

Now tell me something good. Something that’s made you happy. It can be big, it can be small, just something that has put a smile on your face. You can participate by sharing a photo on Wednesday with the hashtag #WhyImHappyWednesday and tagging me @amommyinthecity or feel free to write it in the comments below. I do read them all and am happy to reply back on your good news! You can also join in the conversation on my Facebook page!

Sep 28

Finding the Calm

The juggle of all three was sometimes harder than I thought I could handle. Even when I was so confident I could handle anything, they’d throw me a curve ball and prove that I couldn’t.

Sep 22

Turning It Off

Earlier that week when I uttered the word, grounded, I initially thought it was more of a punishment for me than it was for the girls. But as it turns out, the lack of electronics wasn’t depriving anyone of fun or entertainment.