BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie Jogging Stroller

After receiving the new double BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie jogging stroller a few weeks ago, I am super motivated to get out and explore more of the area parks, running paths and stroller friendly trails. My running has been indoors on the treadmill since we moved to Arizona last year but I am to hoping to change that going forward. If you are looking for a double stroller that can handle all the terrains — well the one I am sharing about today is the one for you!

Living in Seattle I bought a used single BOB stroller off Craigslist. We used the stroller a lot with Logan and it was by far the best running stroller I had tried. It passed the test of being reliable on all terrains I took it on — paved path, bumpy roads and off-road trails. With the arrival of our single stroller, we opted for a stacking double stroller from another brand that wasn’t designated as a running stroller. As my oldest got bigger this stroller set-up wasn’t practical, had no storage and was never safe to use as a running stroller.

Once I received the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Duallie jogging stroller, I realized how much easier my life would have been with this double BOB stroller. There is an adjustment piece you can buy to attach your infant car seats so it’s great to start using with a newborn. If you are planing to run with an infant, make sure you check with your pediatrician first. All babies develop differently and you want to make sure your baby has enough head control development to stay safe. See more guidelines here to make sure you are keeping your kids safe. We all know with two kids outings are unpredictable and most of the time nothing goes as planned. It’s nice to know with a double stroller there is a seat for both of the kids to be clipped in.

What I love most about this stroller is the versatility. It is durable enough to take on off-road trails and lightweight enough for easy transport running errands. It offers a comfortable ride for my kids and lots of storage for me. Below are a few of my favorite features on this stroller:

  • Storage pocket and large cargo basket. The large cargo basket on the bottom fits my backpack loaded with snacks and anything else I feel necessary for our outings. There are two small pockets up high that are great for your cell phone or other small items you might need to access quickly and frequently.
  • The seats can go completely upright or recline to an almost flat position really quickly. My boys stay upright most of the time but it’s nice to know I can quickly position the seat flatter if one of them falls asleep.
  • The seats can fit two children side by side and still fit through standard doorways. This was my biggest worry about the side by side double stroller and it’s not an issue at all!
  • Large UPF 50+ canopies that shield kids from sun and rain. This is great for keeping sun off of my kids and when Logan complains about the sun being in his eyes 🙂 We have a lot of sun to keep off them in Arizona.
  • Easy 2 step fold for transport. Another concern I had about this stroller was the size and weight but I feel confident quickly folding the stroller down and storing away in car after our outings.
  • Magnetic peek windows allow you to see your children while on your run or walk. This is great for being able to see how your kids are doing without having to stop and walk around to the front of the stroller.
  • The parking brake to secure rear wheels is easy to apply with a single step. I have owned strollers in the past that are hard to get the brake set quickly. There is a lot going on with two kids so its nice to know they are safe anytime you have to stop suddenly.

You can read the complete list of features on the stroller here and this stroller comes in four different colors. If you are having trouble deciding on which BOB model stroller is the best for you they do a great chart comparison on their website here.


Look for A post coming soon sharing all my favorite parks, stroller friendly running paths and activities to do with kids in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.

Thanks to BOB for partnering on this post! All opinions are my own.


DEXA Scan – Body Composition

Guess who still has a blog…. I do!! I haven’t published a post since last Fall but I guess that happens when you move cross country with two little ones. I had really hoped to post monthly updates on our life but it seems like keeping the boys entertained, fed and alive didn’t allow that to happen. However, if you’re ever interested in what is going on in my life, you can always stay updated with my Instagram feed.

When Dexa Scan reached about partnering I was intrigued. I had heard of a Dexa Scan but honestly didn’t know much about it. I did a little research and found out it was a way to precisely measure body composition — fat, bones & muscles. I completed a Dexa Body Composition Scan at Scottsdale Sports Insitute.

You are probably wondering exactly what is a Dexa Scan? DEXA stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. It’s a non-invasive test that scans your body as you lie on a table. A Dexa Body Composition Scan gives you precise information about your body fat, muscle and bone composition. The scan was completed in about 6 minutes and I did fast beforehand to ensure the highest accuracy in the scan. It’s also the only FDA-approved scan to quantify the dangerous visceral fat. After the scan, an Exercise Physiologist went over my results with me so I understood what the numbers meant. Overall, my appointment took less than 30 minutes. The scan is typically repeated to help you track changes in your body composition over time so you can objectively measure progress through your fitness, weight loss or health journey.

Another question I had was why do a DEXA scan instead of using a fat estimate device or a displacement estimate device? The biggest advantage is that a DEXA scan is actually measuring your body fat. It will give you precise measurements while also providing you with results showing asymmetry in your body.

The DEXA scan results provide:

  • Overall body fat percentage
  • Fat Mass
  • Lean tissue (muscle)
  • Bone weight and percentages
  • Comparisons for both legs, arms and your torso
  • DEXA scan image showing where your body fat and muscle is distributed
  • Visceral Fat Mass (dangerous fat around organs)
  • Android/Gynoid Ratio

I am sharing the results I received below. My total body fat percentage was 18.9%. For females, I fall right into the athletic category rating (15-22%). My right arm has less percentage fat but more total mass than my left. Since I’m right handed, this doesn’t surprise me.

One other point I found interesting is the android/gynoid ratio. Anything under 1% means you carry your fat more in the hips and thighs and not the belly. My A/G ratio was 0.52. This is a good thing because it means there is less fat around my internal organs.

As you can see, the scan results provide an excellent way to benchmark your numbers as you continue through your fitness and wellness journey! If you have more questions their website has a great FAQs section you can check out.

What do I do to be at 18.9% body fat? It is a combination of my diet and exercise routine. My diet is pretty clean and I work hard to make sure I am eating enough vegetables. Smoothies are the easiest way for me to add in extra fruits and veggies into my day. My workouts continue to evolve depending on the stage of life I am in. For the past few months I’ve consistently been active ~6 days of the week. We go to the Village most mornings and the boys play in Kids Club. It’s a win-win because the boys love the childcare and I get to workout alone or take a class. We don’t live near family so this is the only time of the week I am away from my boys. Most of my weekly workouts have looked like this lately:

  • 2 days of tennis + 30 minute home workout: I don’t have much of a social life outside my kids so my tennis time is my social time. Tennis has really helped me stay sane in this stage of motherhood. I share some of my home workouts on my Instagram page like this band workout. Hope to keep sharing more!
  • 2 days of equipment cardio (30 mins on elliptical or 3 mile treadmill run) + weights
  • 2 classes a week (Hot yoga, barre or pilates)

Some weeks I work out less but my workouts are for me and my mental health. I’m a big believer in fitness being a lifestyle and not an end goal. I would like to incorporate a little more Pilates back into my routine in the future!

Thanks to DEXA Scan for sponsoring this post! Please note all opinions are my own.

Arizona Life

Never say never —- When Ryan graduated law school at the University of Arizona, we moved back to North Carolina. I told him I would never move back to the desert. After a few years in North Carolina and a four year detour in Seattle we are back in Arizona!

Life has changed a lot for our family in the last month. We left the beautiful Pacific Northwest behind for Arizona. It’s been really hot since we arrived but I know Arizona is a great fit for our family lifestyle. Most of the year, we will spend our days outside. Our outdoor time has been limited to the morning hours and being in the pool with the heat but the cool down is coming.

The Seattle house is on the market and we are anxiously waiting for it to sell so we can get into the market here in Phoenix. We will miss this home and all the memories. We are in our rental until late November so hopefully we can find a house soon. Fingers crossed everything works out with timing.

Our road trip down to Phoenix was quite the adventure. My parents followed us in their RV with the dogs. It was a long and exhausting few days but I can’t thank my parents enough for the help.

As most of you know, we moved here for Ryan’s job. He is the Director of Tennis at a health club. “Daddy’s work” as Logan calls it has become our home away from home. Logan loves the childcare and going swimming at daddy’s work. Logan turned three this weekend and I seriously can’t believe we will have a 3 year old. Logan loves his new life in the desert. He is in a Spanish immersion preschool two days a week and it’s crazy how much he has picked up on in a month. His favorite Spanish words are grande and hola. Mason is still my chill little one and started taking some steps a few weeks ago. He loves to copy everything Logan does and they are starting to play together well. Mason doesn’t ever stop eating — like ever! If you eat anything in front of him, plan on sharing it or he will get upset.

I am not currently teaching Pilates and taking this time to really focus on my family. I’ve stayed really active since we moved. I play tennis once a week, treadmill run three times a week, spin class once a week and Pilates three times a week. I’m also trying out some of the classes the Village health clubs offer like barre and yoga to mix it up. Logan is in swim lessons and I hope to get both boys swimming on their own soon.




I haven’t been as active on Instagram or my website since we moved but I plan to keep sharing my life on this space. Thanks to each and every person that reads my website and likes /comments on my Instagram. It really means so much to me!



We are moving to ARIZONA!!!

…and back to the desert we go. The photo below was our last trip to Arizona when I was eight months pregnant with Mason. We can’t wait to raise our family in the desert!

We started our life as a married couple in Tucson, Arizona eight years ago and it’s crazy to think we are heading back to the desert again! This time we are a family of four and will be two hours north in Phoenix. I am so proud of Ryan for the career he has created in tennis and we are excited to become a part of Camelback Village and the Village Clubs family.

I have so many feelings and emotions about this move but the overwhelming ones are EXCITEMENT and GRATITUDE! It still doesn’t seem real to me and I’m realizing how life has a way of falling into place. There were times over the past few years we questioned why we were still in Seattle. Some days we felt defeated in life, overwhelmed with parenting and frustrated we had no family close by to rely on in times we needed help.

When Ryan left his legal job to get back into the tennis industry, we knew our family would be leaving Seattle at some point for a job opportunity.  I had envisioned my kids would be going to elementary and middle school in Seattle. We love our home and the life we have created in Seattle. However, Seattle never felt like our forever home. We become parents in this city and it shaped us in so many ways. It took my love for the outdoors to a new level. Hiking became the family norm and I now have a whole new appreciation for a warm sunny day.  I started my blog in this city and the blogging community in Seattle is amazing and so supportive of each other. I’ll forever be thankful of the relationships & friendships I made.

I hope to see as many people as possible before we leave Seattle. We are living our family dream and can’t wait to welcome the sun and a lower cost of living in Phoenix!! Seattle we will miss you!! Sharing some of my favorite family photos from our adventures living in Seattle!


Give Bees A Chance

It’s hard to believe the month of June is coming to a close. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw this post of my travels to North Carolina at the end of May. I flew solo with the two boys and it was a wild ride to say the least. We scheduled our trip back to North Carolina this year around a two weddings and I decided to come earlier and spend more time here with my family. Logan has had the time of his life being in North Carolina.

Our life revolves around food — whether that means a snack or a meal. Logan’s carry-on bag during travel was stocked full of KIND snacks to help keep him happy. Once we landed in North Carolina, our first stop was Chick-Fil-A. Ohhh how I miss living near Chick-Fil-A! It’s the only fast food I will allow my kids to have — well except for the Happy Meal my mom gave Logan during our trip. One of our next stops was Black’s Produce Stand. As usual, Logan had a good time like he does everywhere he goes. Local produce always tastes better and I want my kids to know the importance of supporting local farmers.

I’m excited to partner with Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market nonprofit to help spread the word this month about their “Give Bees a Chance” campaign and importance of honey bees. Teaching my kids about nutrition and where our food comes from is important to me. Honey bees are so vital to many of the foods we consume.


Here are a few fun facts about bees:

  • 75% of  the top  100  crop  species  rely  on insect  pollination.    Bees  are by  far  the most  productive  pollinators,  doing  80% of  all  the pollen  work  in the  world.
  • Honey bees are responsible for one in every three bites of food in the United States.
  • Honey bees are  the  only  insects  that  produce  something  that  humans consume.
  • Be a responsible  consumer:  support  bees  by choosing  organic  and non-GMO  products that do not  contain  chemicals  that  are harmful  to  bees.
  • Choosing native  and  heirloom  plant  varieties  is beneficial  to the environment.  Hybridized  plants  are engineered  for  their  looks  and produce  scant  amounts  of nectar  in  comparison.
  • Bees are attracted  to  the sweetest  watermelons,  where  they  leave  small  brown  blemishes  on the exterior.   The more  spots  you see, the  sweeter  the melon!

There are few days left to donate to the cause and you can donate to my team here —> Use this link to donate to my team!

Boulder River Trail

When we moved the Pacific Northwest, hiking quickly became part of our life. Most weekends we opt for urban hiking on city trails close to our house like Discovery Park or Carkeek Park. Packing up and planning to take two kids under three is a lot of work. When we stay closer to home, we don’t have to take as much food and gear.

Ryan asked what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day this year. He said he would watch the kids and I could go do something alone or we could have a family day. I decided a family hiking day sounded ideal. We got on the Washington Trail Association website to research what trail we wanted to do. I love this website and you can filter hikes based on criteria you want. I always filter on kid friendly hikes so we don’t get in a situation where the trail could be too dangerous for us.

Boulder River was the perfect hike. We only did the 1.25 miles in to the waterfalls and back. The trail is wide and not steep so if your little ones are actually hiking and not being carried, you should feel safe. There are some big drop-offs along the trail so we kept Logan in his Osprey pack for most of the hike. We let him out at the waterfalls to explore and let him walk about the last half mile of the hike. He did really good that last half mile and it gave me confidence to let him walk and not be in his pack the entire time. You should always read the updates of the or Trailblazer app. People are really good about updating trail conditions and more. We knew the service road leading in was going to be filled with potholes and it was. Bouncing on the potholes was the worst part of the day. This hike was one I would do again!!



The Caymans


Traveling with kids is exhausting and there were times during our flights we questioned if all the hours of travel were worth it. At the end of the trip, we both agreed every bit of exhaustion and travel stress was worth the memories with our family. Logan was in heaven at the beach and had the time of his life on the trip.

Our trip got off to a bit of a rocky start with Mason not feeling well. The night before we left, Mason a slight fever and cough. I decided to contact my doctor office nurse line to make sure we were still good to travel. After I let the nurse listen to his breathing and cough, she advised us to come in to urgent care or the ER to get him checked. We went to urgent care and he was diagnosed with croup and given a dose of steroids for his distressed breathing and cough. The doctor said we were fine traveling and he would probably be back to normal in a few days. The next day he sounded much better and we made the decision to take the trip. Mason was a little lethargic the first few days of our trip but it ended up working out ok. I was able to focus on him and basically baby wear him 24/7. He slept a lot and was content being held.



We stayed in a condo at Morritt’s.  My inlaws have a timeshare so we went on the trip with them. Morritt’s is located on the east end of the island which is more quiet and laid back. I see why they enjoy their time here and return yearly.

Most of the hotels and resorts are concentrated closer to the airport on Seven Mile Beach. Seven Mile Beach is beyond gorgeous and if you don’t stay here, you must take a day trip.



On vacation, I don’t like crowds so we tend to partake in adventures that are aren’t super touristy. We are also an extremely active family so we like to do fun adventures that keep us moving. We spent a half day at Cemetery Beach on Seven Mile. It was beautiful and this part of Seven Mile wasn’t crowded. It is not a crowded beach and there are no chairs provided to sit in or places to buy food at the beach. Bring a picnic and spend some time here — you won’t regret the pictures you take or the snorkeling you get to do here. All the photos below are from our time at Cemetery Beach. The blue water was out of the world!!

We also spent some time at Rum Point Beach. Make sure to check if a cruise ship is coming in that day because it can get really crowded. If you go at an off time like we did, you can get some great seats right by the water. They have food stands to buy food. We made sure to indulge in some Rum Punch and french fries! Ryan and my in-laws spent time snorkeling — I’m not a snorkeler so I basically wore Mason, relaxed and walked around on the beach.

Other Ideas for Cayman Adventures:

  • Explore downtown Georgetown.
  • Sting Ray City
  • Snorkel — so many places to snorkel here
  • Check out other beaches
  • Check out the restaurants – I would have loved to do more of this but not as practical or relaxing with young kids. We passed so many cute restaurants on the water with awesome looking ambiance!

WHERE TO EAT: With two little ones under 3, we didn’t go out to eat much on our trip. We got groceries for most of our breakfasts and some of our lunches. For dinners and other lunches, our resort had restaurants to dine in or take out. Logan is 2.5 years old and doesn’t nap anymore so going out to dinner was unpredictable at best. Had Mason felt better, we probably would have ventured out more on this trip. We did go out to a late lunch on our last day to Tukka Restaurant. It was happy hour, awesome laid back vibes and on the water. They even had corn hole and some swings overlooking the water.

All the travel time was well worth it. I am missing the morning walks to get coffee and the nightly sunsets on the beach.

….now I am just sharing my favorite swimsuits below. Some of my outfits are linked at the end of the post.


Roche Harbor

After taking our first trip to the San Juan Islands last Fall, we knew we would be back! Our first island visit was to Orcas Island in the off season. We took a late Fall trip to Roche Harbor this time. We woke early and were in Anacortes to catch the ferry to San Juan Island as the sun was rising. What I love about the three hour trip out to the islands is that half of it is on the ferry. We are able to get out of the car and enjoy the gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery by boat. Logan could run around and get energy out. On our ferry ride back home, we saw whales!

We arrived to Friday Harbor around 10:30am and it was only a 20 minute drive to the Roche Harbor. Roche Harbor was such a charming place and I already want to go back. We booked a super last minute stay through and found room for under $100 a night. My only advice is to make sure you read carefully when you book because I reserved a room in the historic hotel that had a shared bathroom for the hall. I didn’t even know this until we were checking in — there were rooms available since it was off-season if we wanted to upgrade but we decided to stay in this room. It ended up being fine for one night since we were literally the only people on the entire floor. The shared bathrooms were really nice but not something I would have wanted if the hotel had been crowded and we were staying more than one night. Next time, I would book one of the charming cottages on the property with more space and a kitchen. After seeing some of our videos below —- you might see why we would also consider making this a day trip since sleeping with Logan wasn’t exactly fun. Our first stop on arrival was at the Lime Kiln Cafe on the property for lunch.

We checked into our room shortly after lunch and decided to take a little hike to the Mausoleum. It was a fairly short hike and Logan got to see lots of deer on the way.

Logan was borderline delirious so we decided to attempt a nap in the hotel room. BAD IDEA !! It was a waste of an hour and our energy. Logan jumped on the bed singing “no more monkeys jumping on the bed” and fought laying down. An hour later, we opted to head to the playground on the property. The weather was beautiful and we had such an amazing late afternoon hanging here as a family.

We ate dinner at Mcmillin’s Dining Room and the food was good. Our dining experience was a little stressful. Logan was so tired and basically causing quite the scene during entire dinner. Ryan and I were downing our glasses of wine quickly and trying to keep Logan from bothering others in the restaurant. I noticed an older couple that kept staring at us and I was so embarrassed. As we left I was going to apologize to them if we ruined their dining experience. They were sooo nice and told us how entertaining Logan had been. This whole time I thought they were annoyed by us but they said they enjoyed watching Logan and his love for life. Logan is exhausting but I will say he does have such a love for life and has an absolute blast wherever he goes. He loves people and is a charmer. If only my little free spirited child would take naps 🙂


We headed back to the room after dinner and after quite an effort we finally got everyone to sleep. Mason was awake a few times in the night to nurse and Logan was up at 5am. Not exactly a restful night for the parents. At 6am, we packed up and headed out. We spent the morning walking around the property and then taking a drive around the island. We stopped at a cute cove we had all to ourselves and enjoyed the scenary. What a beautiful island and I can’t wait to come back!




No Napping

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Swinging Boom

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Swinging Boom 3

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Ferry Fun

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Ferry Fun 3

Ferry Fun 4











2018 – The Year of Focus

FOCUS. This is my word for 2018. As I sit down to write this post, I realize January is already passing by quickly. 2018 is off to fiery start and I feel myself feeling like I am drowning in my to-do list and all the things I want to accomplish. I wrote this post earlier this year talking about keeping focus. After re-reading the post, it inspired me to chose focus as my intention for 2018. It’s so easy to get distracted with everything going on in life and to spread yourself thin trying to do it all. Focus on the task I am on or the moment that is happening. I plan on working to minimize my distractions and allow myself to be fully present this year. This is going to require me to put my phone down much more. People can say what they want about social media but it has brought so much positivity in my life. I have made real life friends, felt connected on days I only talk to a toddler and been inspired to continue living my best life from these tiny squares of Instagram. However, this year I’m focusing on my family more and hoping to put my phone away a little more.

Even with focus as an intention for 2018, I did want to list out a few goals I have for myself. My list of goals is extremely long but I am focusing on a select list this year.

  1. Obtain another Pilates certification – I obtained my Level One certification with Peak Pilates in 2015. Currently, I teach one group reformer class weekly and a few private reformer sessions out of my house. Pilates truly changed my life and I hope to keep learning more. I invested quite a bit of money into my training and learned so much but not sure I want to continue with Peak Pilates.
  2. Try one new recipe each week – Meal planning is one of my least favorite tasks. We eat at home almost every night so this task I don’t love ends up taking up a lot of my time. Amazon Fresh pick-up and delivery has been a life savor for me. I am able to order and pickup groceries without ever leaving my house or getting out of the car.
  3. Grow my social media presence on Facebook and Pinterest – I spend most of my time on Instagram but want to grow my numbers on Facebook and Pinterest. At the end of the day, I really hope to inspire other moms to live a healthy and adventurous lifestyle. Connecting with my followers is the reason I getting putting work into my blog and social media presence.
  4. BE PRESENT – This goal isn’t exactly measurable but I’m putting it on the list. I want to look back 5 years from now and remember how great these days were with my boys! Living in the moment is important to me this year.

I also wanted to share my happy space at home. This is my office and home Pilates studio. During nap times and late at night, I escape to this place while also teaching a few privates each week. I recently added a diffuser to the space from Saje Wellness. I’m a little late to the world of diffusing essential oils but they really are a life changer. This diffuser is going when I’m working out or trying to get some computer work done in this space.



Office Chair // Office Desk (similar) // Bookshelf (similar) // Saje Wellness Diffuser // Saje Wellness Diffusing Blends  // Live Localish Leggings // Letter Board





Staying Active into the New Year

As the holidays and end of 2017 comes to a close, I am hoping to get some time to sit down and reflect on all the memories from the past year. I love taking a few minutes to see what all we accomplished over the last year and use it for ideas to set intentions for the New Year.

New Years Eve is a lot different than it used to be. There is no more getting all dressed up and going out but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My ideal New Years Eve would be with close friends and family at a cabin in the mountains. Not this year — we will be home and likely won’t even make it to midnight. Good thing we can celebrate with the East coast at 9pm when the ball drops in Times Square!

Since we were blessed with a magical white Christmas and didn’t get out for our Christmas Day hike, we are planning to try for a New Years Day hike or a family run by the water. Running is always better when you have gorgeous scenery like these photos down by Golden Gardens. One thing I have learned over the last year with two little ones is have a plan but be prepared to go with the flow. The plan we envision never becomes reality but somehow the memories we make end up better than that plan we made!!

I’m sharing a few ideas on how to be active on New Years Eve or New Years Days:

  1. Hike – hiking is free and gets you outside!
  2. Go for run or walk – Another inexpensive way to get fresh air and get the heart rate up.
  3. Sign up for a workout class — I personally recommend a Barre3 if you have studio near you!
  4. Home workout — find a service online like CodyApp and stream a video.  You don’t even have to leave the house.
  5. Find a sport you love and make it competitive with family – I am sure we will create more family traditions around sports as the boys get older.

Hope this motivates you to have an active New Years Eve and New Years Day! Start the new year off right!! Make it fun!!