Girls Can Do Pullups, Bro.

Good morning!

Little Hare Bear stayed at Grandma and Grandpa’s house last night so Sam and I could do some house chores/paint/relax on account of a very busy time in our lives currently. Of course when I asked my mom this morning how the little monkey slept she said he slept from 8-3 and 4-7 am. HARRY! He never sleeps that long with us. Must be grandma’s magic touch and grandpa’s rocking skills. They also got him this cool play thing and it sounds like he started scooting around it. My lil bear is so grown up.

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Harry! Read your newspaper!

Harry also had his first taste of oatmeal cereal this week. He was very unsure of the stuff and cried a lot while I tried to spoon feed it to him. That’s OK, I’d probably cry too if I went 4 months just drinking my food then all of a sudden had someone shoving a weird shaped object into my mouth with a new taste. Sam and I will keep trying…he’ll eventually learn that this stuff is good and keeps his belly fuller right?

So it’s currently like 6 below zero or something so I plan on staying inside all day. Ruthie won’t walk when it’s this cold and I don’t blame her. Her little feetsies freeze so she pretty much stays snuggled in the recliner all day. She has daycare tomorrow though so that will get her some exercise and tire her out.

I’m getting better at my latte making skills as well. I learned the key is to fill the milk compartment up all the way because DUH a latte is steamed frothy milk and espresso. I was only putting a little milk in at the beginning and getting baby lattes. Now I’m getting grown up lattes. My next latte adventure is sure to include a lavendar latte.

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I feel like this week my workouts have been shit. I mean that’s not completely true but Sam and I have been so busy with a “project” (I’ll share more late this week) and I’ve been a tad stressed to say the least. I think I made it to the gym like 4 times but have had zero motivation/energy to do much. I do try to get 10,000 steps each day so there’s something.

I also went to the gym yesterday afternoon after consuming a cookie for energy and was feeling pretty good. I was doing some “kipping” pull ups when right during the middle of my workout some guy stopped me. He said “are you ‘trying’ to do kipping pull ups?” Right away my mood soured. Trying? No sir, I am doing.

He continued to lecture me on how kipping pull ups can tear all the ligaments in your shoulder blah blah blah. He said he’s done a lot of reading on them and that I should stick to pull ups with straps. OK. Thanks. How do you know I can’t do pull ups without straps first off. Second off, I’ve been doing kipping pull ups for years and am pretty sure all my shoulder ligaments are still in tact. Thirdly, I am not critiquing you on your workout (bicep curls do nothing for you so no I will not take your advice) so please let me do mine. I don’t know why but I got super upset at this encounter. Of course my mind immediately thought…”it’s because I’m a girl isn’t it?” Girls aren’t supposed to do pullups. B-O-L-O-G-N-A.

He kept trying to talk to me while I continued pushing through my workout and ignored him. Thanks for the concern but I’m fine.

Phew I can feel myself getting heated again. This is why I workout at 4:30 am because no one talks to you or interrupts you or gives you un-asked for advice.

So yes, on top of my already stressful week, this man made me feel not great about myself. So I did some sprints on the treadmill, went home, took a bath, then ate a large ice cream sundae topped with a brownie.

So lets talk about stress. It’s a nasty thing. I can always tell when I am stressed because I start getting zits, I get these nasty headaches between my eyeballs, I crave fast food/sugar, and I feel like I got run over by a large school bus.

This time around I know I’m really stressed because my typical daily bowel movements have ceased to exist since Thursday. That can really mess a girl up ya know. Now on top of having zits (I used to pop them but then realized how disgusting that is) I feel bloated and uncomfortable.

Yes. I’m stressed. But it’s all for good reasons. And I’m trying to keep it under control by writing down my stresses, making lists on how to complete each task in front of me, taking baths, drinking lots of water (and the occasional sweet treat), and talking things through with Sam. I also have to remind myself to take deep breaths and know that everything is going to work itself out in the end. Breathe. Relax. Breathe. Relax. Breathe. Relax. You got this girl.

Looking at pictures of Harry and Ruthie also release some of these stresses because they are pretty much my reason for everything. And Sam 🙂

Okay, busy week ahead so I’m going to pick up Harry, do some meal prep with my mom, get a good workout in without any unwanted advice, snuggle my dog, maybe eat some Raising Cane’s, go to bed early, and wake up energized and ready to take on the world.

Happy Sunday my friends. Do something cool today.


-One Stressed but excited Hale



Oh my gosh I just made this and am literally rolling on the floor because it was seriously the best thing I have ever tasted. The mashed potatoes rocked my world. The homemade gravy was just insane. AND THE FREAKING MEAT. HOLY MOTHER ALMIGHTY. Sam even said it was really good. That’s saying something. Do yourself a favor and make this ASAP. You will be so thrilled.

I can’t believe Sunday night is already upon us. I just put Harry to bed after we read 2 books and am now sitting on the couch eating chocolate chip muffins. I get so sad on Sunday’s because it means the weekend and family time is over.

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I wish I had his lashes

This weekend my mom and I drove to my sister’s in Duluth to wedding plan/dress shop as she is newly engaged (YAY!!!!!). I love going to Duluth-it’s such a fun place to visit and I love spending time with my mom and sister.

One of my obsessions is the Lake Superior Bakehouse. I make a point to stop there every time I’m in Duluth now because they have the most INSANE pastries and lattes. They open at 8 AM on Saturdays and I make sure I get there right at 8 so I have the first pick of all the treats. This time, after staring at the case of sugary snacks I selected a white chocolate raspberry scone, a caramel pecan roll, and my fave of the bunch, the blueberry cream cheese roll. UGH. I would love to eat these every day. They also satisfied my sweet tooth for the day. For my beverage I chose the smore’s mocha as it was the seasonal special. LOVE.

Seeing these pictures seriously makes my mouth water. I mean look at the frosting on that roll. GOOD lord. Help me.

Our weekend was spent at the wedding show, dress shopping (She said YES!), and playing games. Oh, we also watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I’m obsessed. Oh and Pillow Talk. So good.  My mom and I left this morning after breakfast so I could get home to the fam bam jam. Also, traveling always throws off my bowel movements so I can’t wait to wake up, drink coffee, and poo.

I also got in a nice workout this afternoon. I finally got my push jerk in the 100’s and almost pee’d myself from excitement. I got 3 sets of 3 at 105 and couldn’t have been more joyous. Hard work pays off peeps. My workout was fast but fun. Here ya go:

For time:

27-21-15 reps of:

Burpees, Swings, Snatches (alternating arms), and Air Squats

Then…5-5-5-3-3-3 Push Jerk

5×12 lunges with barbell on back.


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PS I got bangs. Yeah. Now I really feel like a mom 🙂

That is all for now as I have to get my shit ready for tomorrow. Fresh week. Big stuff ahead. Get focused, carry on.

Have a sweet Sunday night and eat dessert (get it?).




Thoughts on a Friday

I had my alarm set for 4:30 am to go to the gym. Hare Bear decided to wake up at 4:29. I guess working out will have to wait…that’s OK though, I’d rather spend my morning snuggling the little guy. Pretty sure he’s teething and growing. The sweet thang is almost 4 months old. OMG. I can’t believe it. He is so excited to start solid foods (he told me he’s especially excited for avocado, banana, and sweet potatoes). He’s def discovered his hands and will shove them in his mouth any chance he gets.

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My sweet monkey boy ❤

He’s discovered how to make one shitty diaper (hehe). He “talks” to me and tells me secrets and it melts my heart. He also loves bouncing in the crib. Love you buddy. Here’s some pics from when he was just a wee one…those aren’t tears, my eyes are just sweating.

Confession…I still wear my postpartum undies. TMI. But seriously, they go over my belly and I have this weird obsession with pulling my pants over my belly. Even if you’re not pregnant or postpartum, I’d highly recommend them if you want to be extra comfy.

Moving on…Instant pots are taking over and I am 100% on that train. I haven’t made one thing yet that hasn’t melted my taste buds. My mom gave me a rack of ribs a while back and I had no clue what to do with them. I stumbled upon a rib rack recipe (say that 3 x fast…cmon, try it) and INSTANTly had to try it. Seriously, it took 20 minutes to cook an entire rack of ribs.

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Basically you brush the ribs with a mix of vinegar and water then sprinkle with the spice mixture (who knew I liked smoked paprika so much) and cut into individual ribs. Then you put that in the pot with the remaining vinegar water mix and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. BOOM.

I’m a child and served mine with a side of boxed mac-n-cheese and pears. And I loved every bite.

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I also started writing things in my new planner I talked about last post. I love it so much. It has these cool goal setting areas and every week your supposed to pick the top 3 things you want to focus on. Super motivating and it makes me take time to think about what is really important in my jam packed days.

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Highly recommend this planner!

My workouts have felt meh lately as I came down with a little bug and just felt drained. I haven’t been running much because it just doesn’t sound fun right now. It’s also been icy AF and I don’t want to break my ankles. I can’t imagine carrying Harry around on crutches. I do plan on doing this later today:

12 minute AMRAP


Then…EMOM 10 minutes: 3 squats remainder of minute AMRAP of squat jumps

Rest 1 minute

Then…Treadmill sprints (maybe).

Okay, that is all. Time to get ready for work. PS Dunn Bros has a lavender latte and I’m obsessed. OKAY Love ya, bye!


I Love Food

I got a new planner. It’s like one of my favorite things to do. Plan stuff. So I’m really excited for fresh new pages to write things down. I always plan my weeks, workouts, tasks to do, chores, etc. It keeps me sane. So yeah, I’m pumped.

So, it’s already January 5th. Yipes. That happened fast. This coming week is my first full week back at work and I’m nervous, anxious, and loads of other feelings. Just trying to enjoy every minute of this weekend. I already got in a nice workout I’ll post below and went to Target. I love going to Target at 7 AM because I’m literally the only non-employee there. Everyone is super friendly and I can get in and out without getting stuck behind people who block the aisles with their carts.

I got my planner, some almond milk creamer, chocolate milk, and deli ham so I could make avocado toast. YUM. Oh and dental floss because I’m trying to be better about that.

I also made a pit stop at Starbucks because lately I’ve been obsessed with their cold foam blonde cappuccinos. They are literally everything to me right now as I’m trying to cut back on sugary crap. I think a grande is like 60 cals with little to no sugar so I’m all about that. The foam on top is a tasty little treat. I’m going to try the cappuccino setting on my cafe barista later today to try to re-create this tasty beverage.

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Oh, back to avocado toast. I love making this when I’m not rushed because it takes a little bit more time than my typical bowl of oats. I got some fun bread at Aldi (I love this place…they have great healthy finds at the cheapest prices and I’m on a strict budget for 2019).

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Sam will not eat this…he says he doesn’t like birdseed

I toasted the bread, attempted to make some fried eggs, then assembled my toasts. First ya smash the avocado on your toast, then ya sprinkle some garlic powder and a squeeze of lime juice. Then top that with my fresh deli ham and the fried-ish eggs. It’s so good. I could eat this all day.

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Good Morning.

Okay so now for today’s workout…it was a fun one!

4 Rounds for time:

Row 500 meters as fast as possible (this took me a little over 2 min)

20 wall balls

10 heavy cleans

Give it a try, I think the whole thing took around 15-20 minutes to complete. Speedy and sweaty, just the way I like them 🙂

Today it’s pretty much going to be Spring so I plan to spend a lot of time in the fresh air. I also need to do some serious house organization, meal prepping, wine drinking, baby snuggling, laundering stuff as well. Last night I started going through Harry’s clothes to put away the things that don’t fit him anymore and started crying because he is growing so fast. He’s starting to outgrow 6 month clothes already and he’s not even 4 months old. Big boy ❤

For meal prep I’m hoping to make some tuna salad, chicken, rice, and veggies, and chocolate pumpkin muffins. Maybe some homemade coffee creamer as well. OH also, my other new fave thing…carrot cake oats in the instant pot. My mom got me an IP cookbook for Xmas and this recipe caught my eyes because DUH I love carrot cake and oats. You literally take shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, raisins, steel cut oats, and water and add that to the instant pot. Let it cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and naturally release the steam. Jim-any Crickets, fresh oats in 10 minutes. Yes plz.

Yesterday I topped mine with vanilla yogurt and a dollop of cream cheese to pretend it was cream cheese frosting and it was one of my better decisions. Sam said I shouldn’t eat so much dairy. I told him cream cheese is more like butter than dairy…I’m right right?

Okay, enough food talk, I’m getting hungry again. LOL. Gotta fly. Have a fab day.



Detox me from Sugar, Sugar.

I need a sugar detox. Holy buckets. The past three months I’ve gone overboard with sweet treats… now it’s time to cut the crap and get serious. Who needs cookies, donuts, candies, and chocolates in January anyway?

Seriously though, I’ve started breaking out and if I don’t have dessert, I get a headache. Not cool nor good. I’m obviously not going to fully give up the sweet stuff all together because a girl needs a donut here and there…I’m just going to TRY to cut way back and eat more veggies. Wish Sam luck lol. I might be crabby these next few days.

Well, we did it. We made it through another New Year celebration! Wanna know something? I haven’t stayed up till midnight the past two years. My parents can stay up longer than me haha. Oh well. I had a glass of wine at 9 pm and was sleeping like a baby by 10 pm 🙂

We didn’t do a dang thing to celebrate. I snuggled Har Bear and Ruth and asked Sam what his favorite thing about 2018 was. He said Harry. I cried. So sweet. He also taught me how to floss so now I’m a cool mom.

I started 2019 out with 100 burpees for fun. It took almost 8 minutes. My goal for 2019…cut that down to 5 minutes. I’ll report back in 365 days.

Seriously though, there’s something about a new year that gets me jazzed. I have this weird feeling that 2019 is going to be a dandy of a year.

I’m excited to grow as a mom, wife, sister, daughter, and friend. I really want to push myself to try new things. I want to put my phone down and look around me. Take in the beautiful people and sights in the world. I want to travel a little. I want to drink really good wine. I want to learn how to cook really really good food. I want to do more for Sam… like little surprise notes in the morning because I’m a nerd.

Speaking of Sam, he started a new project at home. He started painting all our trim and doors white and I’m so thrilled for this. What a difference a little paint job can make! We have a lot of work to do but our house is coming together.

I have the day off today and so does Sam but I have a feeling he’ll be wiped from his NYs day party so I’m counting on him to nap with Harry while I clean, meal prep, and walk the dog today.

Wishing you nothing but the best in this new year.



Post Holiday Post

Good morning. I was so excited to wake up this morning because A) it’s Friday (I have the day off of work) and B) I got to use my new latte/cappuccino/espresso maker this morning. My mom-in-law gifted me this special gift for XMAS and I am so thankful. Now Sam and I can make homemade lattes at the press of a button. I’m working on perfecting my craft and then I’ll invite you all over for a bevy. PS they also gifted me socks with real pictures of Ruthie on them…the sweetest gift ever ❤

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The cup reads “My best friend has 4 paws” 🙂

So I went back to work on Monday. It was super hard but I didn’t cry because I know Harry is in good hands this week with his daddio. Since Sam is a teacher, he gets winter break and we actually timed it pretty well. Maybe Harry showing up a week early wasn’t such a bad thing 🙂

Next week Harry starts daycare with Aunt Alex (I am not calling it daycare though…that sounds like prison to me. I think I’ll call it funcare) and we are so thrilled to have family watching our little dude. It also helps because then I can get unlimited pictures and videos sent throughout the day so it’ll almost be like I am still with him.

Now, can you believe Christmas has already come and gone. I knew it would go fast but thought maybe this year it would seem longer due to maternity leave. Meh wrong. It seemed to go even faster.

I tried everything to enjoy the holiday season (holy shit we baked so many cookies this year, I watched every Hallmark movie, we got a real Christmas tree, and I drank peppermint hot cocoa every day from November to December) and you know what…looking back it was a pretty fantastic holiday season. I need to turn my negative nancy attitude into positive patty STAT.

Sam and I were so lucky to see all our family, spend time together with our baby and pup, plan goals for 2019, do some house work, and go to our favorite restaurant Moe’s like 12 times. I just always get a little sad once Christmas ends (I know I’m not alone in this) and am trying to change that this year. In the meantime, here’s some fun pictures of our matching PJ party 🙂

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I love you a latte.

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Aunt Molly is a tinsel head

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Grandma Dee and Har Bear ❤

So here’s to 2018 being probably a top 2 year for our little fam. There’s so much to be thankful for and I am going to remember that.

Like most people, 2019 brings on some excitement as it’s a fresh start. I’m not typically into New Year’s resolutions because I don’t think they last and I feel like you can change your life at any time during the year. I do like to come up with some yearly hopes and dreams though…I guess it’s kind of like a resolution list IDK I’m nuts. This year I’m all about chasing dreams and going for what I want. You probably don’t care to read another list of things someone is going to do in 2019 but in case you do (or need ideas for your own list) here’s a snippet of THE LIST.

2019 is gonna be a good year, I can just feel it.

-Spend as much time with my family and friends as possible

-Call my sister and brother at least once a month (I hate talking on the phone so this is a biggie)

-Cut back on sugar (for at least a week LOL)

-Take a cooking/baking class at Cooks of Crocus Hill

-Do something BIG that scares the crap out of me but will make me grow in so many ways

-Become more involved in the local community

-Teach Harry how to swim

-Focus on the people around me and put my phone down (getting rid of Instagram has helped with this already)

-Perfect my latte making skills

-Sign up for a trail run

-Learn how to make a damn good donut

-Travel to a new State (San Diego maybe??)

-Plan Harry’s 1st Birthday Party

-Live in the moment, stop wishing for time to go by, be happy with everything this life has so far given me, and write down 5 things every day I am thankful for

So here’s to a damn good 2018 and a freaking fantastic 2019. Hoping you have a great rest of the year and are able to spend some time with your friends and family as the year comes to a close.

Remember, there is always something to be thankful for ❤



3 Sleeps Til Santa Comes

Here we are…the last few days of 2018. Let me tell you, this year was great. It went way to fast but that’s to be expected now a days. See, I thought not having to work for 3 months/ having a schedule would make time slow down…ehhhhhh wrong. I feel like these last 3 months flew by even faster than the previous 9!

This was my last week on maternity leave so I made some donuts to lift my spirits. I’m not a huge fan of drinking egg nog (so thick, ewwwww) but I like it in my baked goods. Egg nog pancakes, egg nog rolls….egg nog donuts. Yes plz. I took a basic baked donut recipe and added egg nog into the batter.

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I added sprinkles before baking them because I was feeling extra festive. Sprinkles make everything better.

After baking I made a glaze and added egg nog to the powder sugar instead of milk. I also added a little (or a lot) of rum extract. Next time I’ll use real rum but I actually really liked the flavor of these donuts. Baked donuts seem to get pretty dense but these were def the best ones I’ve made yet. Next up, a fried yeast donut. Ow Ow.

I also got some good workouts in this week and am feeling sore to very sore. It feels good though and I’m finally back to my pre-baby weight. That actually shocks me on account of I feel like my sugar consumption has sky-rocketed. Just a few more days of indulging until it’s time to cut back on the sugary treats a bit…maybe 🙂

Back to the workouts. I’m a huge fan of planning out all my workouts Sunday and writing them down in my planner so I know what I’m going to do for the week/when my rest days will be. This week I got in a super nice run at the State Park (4 miles) and some fun workouts at the gym. One of my faves was the following…

EMOM for 6 min

Do 7 heavy thrusters

Then, as fast as possible


Squat Throws


Followed by 15 minutes on the tread of:

30 seconds sprint as fast as possible

90 second recover at 6 mph

Yowza that was a spicy one. Loved it.

The rest of the weekend is going to be spent setting goals for 2019, watching Elf, drinking hot chocolate, getting all the fam snuggles in, going for a run, eating cookies, driving around to look at Christmas lights, and setting out my work clothes so I don’t show up in leggings and a sweatshirt since that’s been my attire for the last 13 weeks.

PS Harry is getting so big and he’s really using his hands lately. He has started grabbing things and loves to touch different textures. He even started petting Ruthie and it was the sweetest thing.

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Sweet monkeys ❤

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Har Bear

Alright peeps, enjoy your weekend. I hope you get a few days off to enjoy Christmas with your loved ones.

Until next time,

-xo, Hales