I don’t even know my childs age

Am I a bad mom for not knowing how old my kid is in weeks? I was just thinking about this…if you asked me how old Harry is today, I couldn’t tell you on the spot. I know he’s almost 7 months…is that good enough? Hope so!

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Hey there little buddy

All I know is that Harry is funny…he obviously got his sense of humor from me πŸ™‚ He is very into putting things in his mouth right now…his feet, his hands, the dogs tail (yes, he tried this and I had to act fast to stop him), his toys, my hair…you get it. He also has the appetite of a 20 year old man lately. He LOVES all baby food. Tonight we tried mango, corn, yellow zucchini and turmeric. He ate the whole thing! Big boy.

He does not like loud noises very much like his grandpa cheering on Tiger at the masters or suddenly entering a room with a lot of people. He also doesn’t like sleeping much…he fights it until he no longer can and passes out in my arms. I don’t mind the snuggles.

My sister came to visit last week and Harry had a blast with her. They played the drums and xylophone, sang, danced, I cried when thinking about Harry being in choir (just the cutest vision in my head), and we played many games of yahtzee (Harry’s fave) and scrabble. FUN.

Other than that pretty much everything else is the same. I have been working a lot as we’re a little short on staff right now and I’m not gonna lie it’s tough. I feel like I’m missing out on so much with my family but I know it will be worth it…right? Any advice on how to get through the tough days as a small business owner would be greatly appreciated. IDK why but I just keep thinking about missing Harry’s first words or steps, or him not knowing I’m his mom (obvi he knows I’m his mom I’m just being dramatic), and I get tears in my eyes. OMG what’s wrong with me!? hahaha.

So workouts have actually been fun again lately. I started a lifting program and finally see some results. I got my back squat up to 130 for 7 reps and almost peed myself. I haven’t lifted that much FOREVER. It felt so cool but the next day my legs were literally like what the hell did you do to me. It’s OK, I actually like being sore because it makes me feel like I did something.

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Lift it.

I’ve also been into salads at work as I’m TRYING to cut down on carbs….APRIL FOOLS. Sort of. I am actually trying not to eat as many subs since I was eating like 1 or 2 a day…they are just that good. BUT, our salads rock too. I have been adding a scoop of our curry chicken salad and it’s just nuts. I could eat this every day…with a cookie on da side.

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Speaking of cookies, I finally made some homemade cookies Saturday night. I use my mom’s recipe and they are the best. They have both chocolate and butterscotch chips and a shit ton of love baked into them and I make them small so I can eat 4 and not feel like a heifer. I’m contemplating making these at the shop and selling them…maybe I’ll do a test run soon.

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Hey cookie.

OK, now I need to get some cookies that I’ve started talking about it. But, it’s lifting day tomorrow so I need the extra carbs. I’ll try to limit myself to 2…who are we kidding, I’m for sure having at least 3.

Have a freaking cool night.

Catch ya on the flipside.




It’s 7:30 PM and I just chugged some iced coffee…uh oh, could be a long night. Or not because coffee doesn’t really have an effect on me unless I drink it in the morning. So scratch that I’ll still probably fall asleep at 8:30 PM. Ruthie is currently at my feet chomping on a 3 foot long bully stick…the smell is awful but she’s happy so that’s all that matters.

Can you believe it’s already the 6th of April? I can’t. That’s nuts. Time goes faster every year and I hate that. Can’t we just live in slow motion for a little. Especially with Harry at this age. Gosh, he is the most fun. He’s a little over 6 months old, weighs in at about 28 pounds and is 28 inches long.

He LOVES music. He loves his bouncer. He loves smiling and screeching at a high pitched tone. He enjoys chicken and apple baby food. Or any baby food for that matter. Speaking of baby food, we tried the Aldi brand of baby food. They have great flavors and they are $0.79. Harry liked it so I’ll chalk it up as a win.

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Baby Baby Baby fooooood

He can say mama. He still doesn’t sleep through the night but that’s OK because I love snuggling him in the early morning hours…most nights. His hair is a natural mowhawk. He loves taking baths (crossing my fingers he like the swimming pool this summer).

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Eating Big Boy biscuits

So, Sam and I are trying to do some updates to our house. Tonight we painted our entire upstairs gray. Except it looks a hint of purple…maybe because we bought silver bullet paint? I think I like painting but I’m not 100% sure. My forearms get really tired. Sam says I push the roller down to hard…I think he’s wrong. Now I just want to keep doing projects.

Moving on. I am back on the motivated workout train…I think. The nice weather makes running outside SO MUCH BETTER. I even got Ruthie out for a run. She is fast…too fast for me.

I also made it to the gym 4 times last week. Cool. I am trying a new lifting program and feel stronger already…I think…well at least my butts been sore since Thursday so that’s cool. I have also been digging this place by work that makes protein shakes. They’re a little spendy so I try to limit myself to one a week but they have a million flavors and they fill me up til lunch. Friday I tried the cherry glazed donut. BOMB.COM.

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I live for sprinkles

I still have an addiction to sugar. I eat a cookie a day and this morning when I opened my backpack I had a cookie in one pocket and a brownie in the other. You know what they say…YOLO.

Okay I’m pretty tired so I’m going to get ready for bed. Have a fab night. Chat later.


Harry goes to the Zoo

Hello there-

It’s Thursday and I have the day off for a dad and daughter date. My dad and I are heading to the Science Museum this afternoon to catch the National Park movie at the Omni Theater and I am so excited.

This morning started with a glorious run with my pal Katie followed by a delicious latte and bowl of oats from one of my favorites: Cafe Alma. I wrote my Maid of Honor speech for my sister’s wedding and might have teared up a couple times. Get a grip…if I’m already crying I can’t imagine what I’ll be like at the actual wedding. HELP.

Harry got to go to the zoo on Tuesday and loved it. He even got to see his two faves…the bison and the sharks. A man after my own heart. I’m glad he likes animals and the outdoors.

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Baby Shark…doo doo doo doo

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Sam and I had a fun time celebrating Harry’s six month Birthday on Sunday. After a lovely morning coffee, we ventured to a nearby town for a mid-afternoon beverage and snack. I had a coconut water, rum, pomegranate drink that was amazing but probably not worth $12. Sam had a beer and we split this jalapeno bread thing that was delicious. Harry had some formula and was just really enjoying his time sitting like a big boy at the table.

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Fuzzy monkey head

Then we headed to Omni brewing in Maple Grove and really loved that place. The beer was good and cold. There were puppies everywhere which thrilled Harry. I could for sure go back there weekly. And I’m not even a beer person. I think I’m starting to see what all the hullabaloo is about this brewries. They sure are fun.

Other than that, life has been pretty much the same same same. Get up, workout, go to work, drink coffee, eat an occasional sub, drink coffee, come home, snuggle with the fam, go to bed. Repeat. Love it.

The weekend is slowly creeping up and I’m excited to make some baby food, work, and CLEAN the house. OMG it’s so dirty. I can’t wait to wash the floor, organize my closet. and go through all the small baby clothes Harry no longer fit in…I’ll probably cry again. Ugh, I’m so emotional!

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Beady baby

Okay, that’s all I got for today…i’m hyped up on vanilla latte and my mind is going a million miles and hour. Have a lovely day and do something nice for someone πŸ™‚




Spring has sprung and the people are happy

Hi there,

I’m sitting on my stoop and realizing the last time this happened, I had a human growing inside me. That is just nuts. I am so happy Harry is outside now but to be honest I actually kind of enjoyed being pregnant. Is that weird?

My little guy turns 6 months old on Sunday and I just can’t believe it. I feel like he’s been here forever and can’t imagine what life was like without him. He makes me laugh every single day. He’s shown me how to love just a little bit harder. He’s taught me to be patient, not to take life too seriously, and that bananas and oats are a good combination.

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Photo Credit: Aunt Alex

He’s about 30 inches tall, no clue what he weighs (his doc appt is April 2nd), he has this fake cough he enjoys doing, and he smiles for days. He’s obsessed with the Baby Shark song and is really good at holding items. He loves going for long walks and is good at napping in his carseat.

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How are you half a year old?

Spring came this week and everyone is thrilled. You can just feel the happiness radiating in people. Everyone seems to smile just a little bigger, chat just a little longer and I am all about it. Ruthie has been thrilled with this warmth as she is actually a cat and likes to bask in the sun as long as she can. She won’t walk outside in anything less than 20 degrees. She’s nuts. But I love her so much.

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My #1 girl

Ruthie and Harry get along so well and I’m so happy. I can’t wait til they start to play with each other and chase each other around. BFFs for life.

So, what else is new this week? Not a ton. I did make it to the gym 3 times as I’m starting a new squat program and it’s going well I suppose. My current 5 rep max is around 135 pounds and I’m hoping to increase that by 40 pounds in 6 weeks. Lifting and running are about the only things that sounds fun right now. I’m kind of over the 15 minute amrap type workouts at the moment and find myself getting bored about 5 minutes in. Help.

My diet this week pretty much consisted of salads, subs, cookies, chocolate milk, a few vanilla coke zeros, trail mix Cliff Bars, and oatmeal. Man, I eat like a 10 year old boy. I’m trying to get back into good eating habits and am hoping to prep some good stuff this weekend…and lay off the cookies next week. But, that’s unlikely. I just can’t help myself. Especially when they are fresh out of the oven. I literally have an addiction. It’s not good…or is it?

Cool, now I’m hungry.

Is it just me or does this weather make you want to clean your house/organize all the shit that’s collected over the winter? I’m in the mood to throw out stuff, donate stuff, clean all the carpets again, deep clean the bathroom, wash all the sheets…you get it. I’m also in the mood to plan a road trip for the summer, goal plan, and buy some new shorts. It might be a little too early for that though…it’s only 49 degrees out.

Okay, I guess that’s all for now. Cheers to a lovely, adventurous weekend full of margaritas (yes, I can finally have them again), good food, many laughs, and lots of love.



Life Update #301

Guess what? I made it to the gym 3 days in a row. Normally that would be normal for meΒ  but lately I find every excuse not to go. So this is a big deal. I think I have a lot of fuel from all the carbs I’ve been consuming lately. Most people are on a low carb diet…I’m on a high carb diet (last night for dinner I had 2 huge hunks of this amazing chocolate eclair cake my mom made…I just couldn’t stop eating it. I might have had a slice for breakfast too…HELP).

So this morning as much as I wanted to turn off my alarm at 5:20, I got up, put on my hat, and ran to the gym. Once to the gym I got in a nice little workout…I had planned on doing a 15 minute AMRAP but that sounded boring so I shortened it to 10 minutes. Here’s what I did:

7 Heavy Hang Power Cleans

7 Farmer Carry Tall Box Step UPs

7 Pull UPs

21 American Swings

Minute 11: As many backward stepping lunges as possible

Then…4 sets of 8 bulgarian split lunges per leg (THESE SUCK) with weight on back

Superset 4 sets of 8 single leg deadlifts per leg holding weight

YO. Twas a doozy. Hoping this nicer weather will bring some more motivation.

Speaking of nicer weather…it’s getting to be iced coffee season. HOLLA. I make this iced coffee that I could probably drink a pitcher of. It’s extra strong brewed coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and espresso powder.

I’m especially excited for it this summer because last summer when I was growing a human inside me, this was the last thing I wanted. Bring on all the coffee treats.

Moving on to Harry. He’s almost 6 months old and I just can’t believe it. He’s really at a fun age now where he’s starting to react to things, I think he knows his name, he can say mama (at least I think so), he’s almost sitting up, and he has abs of steel. Harry told me he wants a brother for Christmas but I think we’re out of time already to give him that gift. Maybe he’ll get another doggie?

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Those little feet

Harry and I have been staying at my parents once or twice a week because they live about 7 minutes away from the Subhouse. I don’t know why but whenever we stay there I just want to snuggle my little boy so I always sneak him in to the big king size bed with me in the middle of the night. Bad, I know but I put a barrier of pillows around him so he can’t fall off. And he holds my hand the rest of the night. Ugh. I seriously can’t get over his sweetness.

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Baby Shark do do do do

In other news my sister is getting married in 5 months and I have the honor of being her MOH. SCARY. I have to give a speech. I literally start sweating just thinking about this. I am no public speaker. I get really nervous and talk in a really high pitched voice and will probably say something really stupid…like Oh my gosh I think I’m going to pee. I asked her if I could just sing a song instead…she said my voice isn’t good enough for a show in public yet. Maybe I’ll just write a poem? OR do a magic trick? OR do a presentation on how to make a sub?

BUT, I do get to plan her bachlorette party and am so excited for it. I made these cute invitations and am so excited for everything plaid/buffalo check. The theme is lumberlady since my sister is very outdoorsy. I’m thinking a trail mix bar, lots of swimming…maybe we will sleep in the trees or something? I don’t think I’ve ever been in a wedding before so this whole planning thing is all new to me πŸ™‚

OKAY, I better go straighten my bangs and get ready for the day. Sam and I work in the shop all day today and I’m so excited to spend the day with him. He might not be that excited to spend it with me…but I bet he is.

Catch ya later!



Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. I love coffee. This morning I spiced mine up with some espresso powder and I really think that was an excellent idea. I will soon be bouncing around the house.

So on Saturday they said we were supposed to get a monster of a snow storm. I kept telling people I thought it was just a conspiracy theory to get people out to the stores to spend money. I mean I went to the grocery store at 9 AM on Friday and it was NUTS. I think it’s all a big plot to stimulate the economy. I mean I was kind of right? They kept saying we would get 10-12 inches…I think we got 3-5. Terrible estimate people.

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The snowbanks are taller than me. Good Bye winter.

Now it’s going to rain the next 5 days…we are in for another wild weather week. Yahoo.

Harry started teething. He wants to put everything in his mouth. He drools non-stop. And he’s not really into eating his baby food right now. I don’t blame the poor kid. My mouth hurts just thinking about teeth popping out of my gums right now. But he’s still mostly his happy, goofy self.

I’m wondering if maybe he’s hanging around Ruthie too much though. He’s starting to pant like a dog sometimes and likes to lick my face. I hope he doesn’t think HE’S a dog. That would be really weird. But funny.

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They LOVE each other

So last week I talked about how I was gaining motivation to get my butt to the gym. This week (yes, it’s only Tuesday) I feel a lot less motivated. I did get to the gym yesterday but barely. I did not want to get out of bed. I blame daylight savings time for my extra sluggishness. Today, I managed a 2.5 mile run outside (FINALLY!!!) but found myself wishing for the end. CMON Hale, get back in it. FOCUS. It’s just so hard to enjoy working out right now. I really just want to go for walks, eat cookies, and de-clutter my house. I feel like I’m nesting again. Is that possible? LOL. NO I’m not pregnant.

I’m rambling again. The caffeine is kickin in. Back to the gym. I really should go right now but I’m so content sitting on the couch watching the news. Then I tell myself I’ll go tonight…that usually turns in to meh I’ll go tomorrow. How do you stay motivated?? Maybe it’s time to switch up the ole routine and try something new? I need to get back on the trails. UGH. I’ll update you next week on how the rest of the week goes.

I also have not made a meal in like 2 months. My mom has been an angel and has been meal prepping for Sam and I. I seriously think I forgot how to make anything but oatmeal and subs. I have been eating a lot of Clif Bars and that’s cool. But I think this week it’s time to get back in the kitchen.

OK, that’s really all that’s going on over here except I have the travel bug and want to go on a road trip. Or to Vegas. I don’t know why but that sounds fun.

Have a great day, be smart, have fun!




Gaining Motivation

Good Morning nah nah nah nah.

I just figured out how to do my own sales tax and feel like a real business owner now.

But, I have a problem. Ever since I started at the Subhouse, my cookie intake has doubled, I’ve consumed more bread in the past 6 weeks than I have in years, and I am now addicted to Bai. BUT, I’m happy. So win win?

Life is starting to settle back in to a routine and things are less hectic. I still have my moments where I stress myself out but I’ve found keeping a checklist of things I need to accomplish every day really helps ease the stress/anxiousness.

My day pretty much goes like this: wake up at 4:15 and go to the gym (on a good day).

Shower, get ready, and out the door by 6:20 AM. Drink all the coffee on the drive in.

7AM Open Subhouse. 9AM Run to the bank, store, accountant…etc

10AM-4PM Make subs πŸ™‚

4:15 PM Drive home

5:00 PUMP, Take the dog for a walk, laundry, hold my child

5:30-7PM Family Time/Scarf down dinner

8:45 PM-9:15 Bedtime

I’d say that’s a pretty fun day if you ask me πŸ™‚

Moving on to Harry. He is really into baby food right now. Over the weekend my mom and I used the baby bullet and prepped some homemade baby food. It was SO easy and you could tell how fresh the food was.

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It took us about 15 minutes and maybe $4.00 to make all the food. I chose banana, avocado, and peas. He loved the banana and avo. The peas were a little too chunky and he spit those out. Such a foodie.

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Green Beauty

I hope to make carrots, sweet potato, and avocado again this weekend. Speaking of weekend, it’s supposed to snow a freaking foot here. SO i’m stocking up on meal prep and baby food prep items, getting a book from the library, and planning on snuggling in with the fam from Saturday afternoon to Sunday night. Sounds good to me.

Now on to the gym. This week has actually been a little better than previous weeks. For some reason I feel a little more energized and motivated. I think it’s because the sun’s been shining…or maybe it’s the cookies talking πŸ™‚ I made it to the gym 4 times this week. Yay. My favorite workout was the one from yesterday. Here’s how it went:

5 Rounds for time:

12 back squat

6 Heavy Farmer carry step ups (my butt)

6 Pull ups (I still need a band)

Then…4 sets of 3 heavy back squat (for me it was 115 pounds)

Supersetted with 4 sets of 15 straight legged deadlifts.

SO fun. My butt today is like “hey, I’m here.”

Now I just need to start running again and all will be well in the world.

Time to work on payroll for the week. Have a super great day.

Have fun, be safe, and laugh a little.