The Breakfast Dash: Banana Flax Pancakes

I was going bananas this morning – literally and figuratively. Silas and my grandma Fresh off a long weekend to Cincinnati, where I exhibited a ridiculous amount of bravery (or stupidity) by taking both boys by myself, I was tired and lacking in patience. I nearly lost it when Miles shed a tear, or several, as he declared that he was hungry.We both needed sleep – well, more of it – and food.I left Silas, who was squirming in the pack and play, and got to work on breakfast ....more

Celebrating Moms with For Two Fitness Giveaway

I normally don't share posts like this but I want y'all to know about this giveaway. It is awesome – even for the non-moms. Wait ....more


It was just a 10-minute YouTube video that I found it with the ever clever search "arm workout."Except that it wasn't. It was an eye-opener.Silas was napping on Tuesday (well, I thought he was napping but that's neither here nor there), and it presented me with a much anticipated opportunity. It was my chance to add in some low intensity resistance training ....more

3 x 3 {A Three Things Thursday post}

I have to say that if you could grade maternity leave, I am totally acing it. ACING IT.1. In addition to the diapers, wipes and mesh undies, I think hospitals need to give out Kindles. Seriously ....more

Back on my feet

The discharge instructions from the hospital in regards to my C-section are fairly standard. No driving for 10 to 14 days. If I have increased pain or swelling at the site of the incision, seek medical attention ....more

Bits + Pieces {A Three Things Thursday Post}

Eff you, Justin Timberlake. Eff you.1. When Mark and I were looking at names for baby boy, we had a few criteria. The name could not be too trendy, too weird or the name of any problem students that Mark has had as a teacher ....more

Silas Jasper: His Birth Story

I read a lot of birth stories as I prepared for the arrival of Silas, and I dreamed of what mine would say. A successful VBAC, an intervention-free birth. A beautiful delivery ....more

Well, hello there

I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Silas Jasper.This little dude, whom I've already labeled as dark and brooding, made his entrance via C-section at 7:40 a.m. April 10.He has dark hair and blue-grey eyes, two arms, two legs, 10 fingers and 10 toes. He is amazing and perfect, and we are so happy to have him in our arms ....more

Thoughts {A Three Things Thursday post}

1. I taught my last class of pregnancy on Wednesday. Barbell – my favorite ....more

Raising an Active Kid: What It's Worth

My answer was simple, succinct and selfish. The benefits of being an active kid was improved sleep. As in, parents get your child outside, where him the heck out and enjoy some well deserved down time before you hit the sack.But my response during a recent Twitter chat hosted by and the newly launched was short sighted.Yes, better sleep was a benefit for the child but fostering an active lifestyle provides so much more ....more