Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Brother Bear Comes to Town

It's funny when we're younger how we don't see siblings as a blessing.  We see them as the reason we have to take turns riding shotgun or someone we need to cart around when we just want to be with our friends.  I remember making my brother hop in the back seat when I picked up my best friend to go to school in the mornings.  It was so stupid because we literally had like a 5 minute drive from her house to school, but I made him get out and get back there so she could ride up front.  

I share that because it haunts me now.  That I ever treated my brother like he was in the backseat of my life.  He is one of my best friends.  If not the best one I have.  

So when he comes to visit now, it's a celebration.  Not to mention my sweet boy loves his Uncle Poo. It's quite honestly the best thing to see him climbing all over him, hugging him, and just genuinely loving his uncle.  

NC has the best zoo ever.  So we make it a point to go visit each time he comes.  Not to mention, CT loves it there.  It's like his second home.  (He fits right in with those monkeys)

It's awesome when your siblings become your friends, isn't it?

So, when I got a text message the other morning asking if we would mind if he came for Thanksgiving I pretty much laughed out loud.  Ummm....NEVER!

Super excited about our next adventure.

Monday, October 5, 2015

When is the right time?

 If you're dating, undoubtedly you get asked when you're getting married.  And if you're married, you're asked when you're having babies.  And if you have babies, people want to know when you're going to have more...

I'm not sure what question comes after that because the last one is the one I get...a lot.

Then I also have people telling me one is enough and having more is crazy.  I don't listen to those people because I know my heart and my heart says we will have more.  I'm just not sure when.

When exactly is the right time to add another life to our family?

I struggle with this not because I am nervous about how I will handle it, when I will shower, or whether or not we can afford it.  I realize those are reasonable concerns, but they aren't mine.  I know no matter what we will take care of those things (and I will invest in dry shampoo.)  I'm nervous about what this will mean for my boy and me.

On days when it's just the three of us, those are the best days of my life.  The days when we do nothing, but get CT's haircut or eat a gyro at the county fair.  The evenings when we drive the truck around the block before bedtime or swim in the pool staring at the moon.  They're pretty much perfect.

I know there is room in my heart for more and I know my love will only grow.  Right now, I just really love the times when my boy crawls onto my lap to snuggle or when he runs through the house yelling, "Moooooommmmmma!"  And I know adding another bambino will change that.

When do you know your family is ready to grow?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Booty Call

The month of October I am focusing on staying motivated through the holiday season.  Because let's be honest this is the month of all things apple, pumpkin, and candy corn and it only gets worse as we head into the Thanksgiving/Christmas festivities from here.  Not to mention the not so occasional swipe of some Halloween candy you purchased for tick-or-treaters.  Am I right?!

I'm excited to be offering a new challenge group that is focusing on health crockpot recipes, booty challenges, staying motivated through the dip in temperatures, and holding yourself accountable.

I've shared in the past my love for the challenge group and how it has helped me to stay on track.  I'm what I like to call a serial yo-yoer in terms of weight and exercises management.  I do really well for a period of time and then I fall off the bandwagon and go really unhealthy for a period of time.  I bounce back and forth dropping sizes and adding sizes, losing pounds and then finding them again.  For once in my life, something is working!

This challenge group is what keeps me motivated and makes me get my workout in even when I don't want to.  Nights like last night when my dogs are snuggling me, I'm in my sweats, and my booty is already sore from the previous day's workout.  You know you need a push sometimes, too.

In honor of our Booty Challenge for October I've compiled a video of workout moves you can do to strengthen, lift, and tighten that booty of yours.  It's kind of amazing how these exercises work; whether your booty needs to get smaller or bigger, they work!  I'm not kidding - mine has shrunk several inches in the past 12 months with exercises like these.

Oh, and they aren't squats.  I know we all hate squats so I created a quick 20 minute booty workout that doesn't include squats.

You can see the video on my Facebook page by clicking here.  
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

32 October Stroller Miles

This October I'm aiming for 32 stroller miles.

I started creating goals like this for myself a few months ago and decided to share it with the world to hold myself accountable.  If you follow me on Instagram, you can see my running selfies and pictures from my route quite often.  It occurred to me that running mommas (or poppas) need to band together and cheer one another on!

So, last month I started creating a challenge for all of us to complete each month.  I've been sharing it on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so that more people can band together and work toward their goals.  I've found the more public I am with my goal setting, the great chance I have of reaching those goals I set out to accomplish.

So, join me!  Grab your stroller and go for a walk/run/jog/stroll and work toward your #32octstrollermiles.  Be sure to use the hashtag when you post on social media and feel free to tag me on Instagram or Twitter (@thelindsayerin) so that I can cheer for you along the way!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Busy Mom's 10 Minute Workout


As a health and fitness coach, I hear every excuse in the book when I reach out to people about joining my virtual challenge groups.

"I use to do that...before I had kids."
"I'm just so busy, I don't have time to add one more thing on my plate."
"The timing is off.  Money is tight and we just have a lot going on right now."

I get it.  I've made the same excuses.  I believed in those same statements, but truth is I'm a mom.  I work full-time as a middle school teacher.  I have a very active toddler.  I don't like waking up early.  But, I'm finding a way to get it done.

In fact, if anyone needs a good health and fitness plan, it's a busy mom!  I mean I spent many evenings eating frozen pizza and many lunches with my hand in the granola bar basket in the pantry because I was just too busy to make time for it, until I stopped making excuses.

There are still days when I'm super tired, super busy, super mom and not all of it gets done in one day so I've come up with a very effective whole-body workout that can be completed in 10 minutes.  Just 10 minutes!  I know I can find 10 minutes to carve out in my day.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Fair

I grew up going to the county fair.  It was the thing to do for a week each year.  So when my husband said he had free tickets to go (that also happens to be in our new town) I was so excited!  And this fair didn't let me down.

Carson would have loved all the rides, but we accidentally admitted that he wasn't 2 so he couldn't ride anything but the carousel.  Boo!  Stupid rules.  So, we rode the carousel several times (I had already bought tickets not realizing he couldn't ride anything!) and he didn't complain.

We saw elephants, watched some pigs perform, ate some Greek food, won a ball, tried to dunk a mean old clown, and watched the steer show.  Yes - there were elephants at the fair!  It was pretty incredible I must say.

He was exhausted and it was way past his bedtime (are you noticing a pattern here?), but it was well worth it.  Love nights like these with my little family.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

That Time in the Grocery Store

I didn't document it in pictures because I was too busy willing it to end to stop take the opportunity to snap the first (last?) public toddler meltdown.  Performed by my son of course.

You know when you're in the mall or the grocery store and you see hear that toddler throwing a fit and the disheveled mom and you just feel really bad for her?

I was that mom Sunday.

I should have known better, but clearly I didn't.
CT didn't get a very good night rest the night before because he stayed at Grandma's house and he just doesn't really do well in other elements sleep-wise.  So we were working on little sleep - much less than normal.  I knew this going into it, but in my defense, he had taken a 2 hour nap before we left the house so I really didn't think I was crazy...  Oh boy, was I ever wrong.

I thought I would solve the problem by getting him his own mini-cart to wheel around the store and it worked...until it was time to put things on the belt and pay for them.  If ever there was a screaming unhappy child it was when I took my package of naan out of his cart for the cashier to scan.

The kind man behind me in line handed him a lollipop (which he threw on the ground) and I'm certain my face was beat red.  Not sure it was from embarrassment or the effort I was making to restrain my child.  It was nice of the cashier next door to chase him for me as he grabbed the mini-cart and made a mad dash back down the aisle while I grabbed my wallet.

Yup.  There were bigger plans for the day.  Like hair cuts and a trip to Trader Joe's.  Needless to say that didn't happen.