Different Types of IUI Treatments and which one we Chose to do?

Different Types of IUI Treatments and which one we Chose to do?

As most of you know we’ve been seeing a fertility specialist that has been working with us to conceive another baby.  Since I’ve been able to get pregnant in the past I didn’t have to do IVF or even an IUI but instead timed conception.  Before I get into where we are at in our journey, I thought I’d answer a few questions I’ve been getting about the process.

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A Fun Theme Dinner with Blue Diamond Almonds!

A Fun Theme Dinner with Blue Diamond Almonds!

Happy Monday friends!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It seems a little crazy that this is the last week of July!  With one month left of Summer (actually just a few weeks until The Love Nugget starts back at school) we are filling our weekends with lots of fun activities.  We have a mini vacation coming up to Monterey, are looking into a camping trip, and of course lots of time with friends!  This past weekend was one where we got to enjoy some fun summer adventures starting with a super fun, and delicious dinner at our good friends house.

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Friday Favorites #5 with Yoga Design Lab Combo Mat!

Friday Favorites #5 with Yoga Design Lab Combo Mat!

Happy Friday friends!

I just realized it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post.  Things have just been so busy I’ve fallen a little behind.  However, I’m popping in today to share a few favorites as of lately and linking up with Heather for her Friday Favorites link up party!  a

Favorite oldie but goodie – We had some raspberries that needed to be used up so I whipped up these yummy Chocolate Raspberry  Paleo Muffins.

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Thursday Catch-Up

Thursday Catch-Up

Hi guys!

So my blog was evidently down for a little while yesterday.  I realized it towards the evening and managed to fix the problem pretty quickly.  However, if you missed yesterday’s post, I opened up and shared a little more about why I believe I’m in the situation I am with infertility.  It wasn’t the easiest post to write but a topic I truly believe should be shared about more as I know I’m not the only woman struggling with it.  What is it?  HORMONES!

For those of you that did read my post yesterday and left such sweet comments thank you!  I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all your love and support.  Hoping to share some good news with you all some day soon!

On another note, it’s Thursday and this week has been a long one!  I’m feeling pretty exhausted and have been so busy I haven’t had much time to think.  So today will be a short one with a few random thoughts.

1. Today is my last 6:00 am class at The Studio :-(  I’ve only had a few clients Tue/Thur mornings and with everything going on with my fertility etc. I decided to step back for awhile.  The location is about 20 minutes away so for the 6:00am class I have to leave around 5:30 then don’t get home until just before 7:30.  Basically nearly an hour drive for an hour class…  It was draining me.  So I’ll be focusing most my attention and time on teaching at Afterburn which is only 10 minutes from our house.  Much easier on myself and my car!  I will miss my die hard clients though that some every Tue/Thur at 6:00 without fail.  If they are sick or going to miss they text me.  Love them!  So I made them these yummy muffins for our last day together :-)

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Did I Ruin my Hormones?

Did I Ruin my Hormones?

There’s one question I’ve been asked the most during all my fertility struggles.  “Did you have a hard time getting pregnant with The Love Nugget.”  Nope.  We were pregnant within two months of trying.  So then the obvious question is why is it such a struggle this time?

Well,  I truly believe that the mess I’m in with my fertility is due to a major hormonal imbalance.  One that is most likely due to a plethora of things some of which were in my control some of which were not.

To really understand this, I think I have to go way back to the beginning of my health journey.  A journey that’s had many ups and downs and is still a major work in progress.  So fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a long one! [Read more…]

5 Tips to Creating an Awesome Cycle Class

5 Tips to Creating an Awesome Cycle Class

Hi guys!

So I know I already posted my recaps from Blogfest/Ideaworld, but my trip actually began a day earlier at a pre conference through Idea World.  Blogfest is basically a conference inside Idea World and as a Blogfest attendee I had the opportunity to take a pre- or post- conference course and become certified.  So I decided to get my Schwinn cert to have in case I want to start teaching spin at other gyms. I’ve taught a few classes at the studio but I’m feeling more ready to venture out so figured why not?  Rather than giving you a play by play of the entire class I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to create an awesome cycle class for a group or maybe just yourself!

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Day 2 of BlogFest and Idea World

Day 2 of BlogFest and Idea World

Hi Guys!

I’m home from a fabulous trip to Los Angeles and trying to get organized for the week.  I actually flew home a day early due to some fertility stuff.  Don’t worry nothing wrong just unfortunate timing…

Anyway, Friday I posted about the fun I had on Day 1 of BlogFest so I thought today I’d fill you in on the rest of my trip.

After a long day on Thursday, we were tired and decided to skip the 7:00am workout for a little more sleep and a good breakfast.

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Blogfest Day 1 Information  and Fun!

Blogfest Day 1 Information  and Fun!

Before I get into how the event is going, I thought it would be good to explain what exactly Blogfest is for those of you that have no idea. Blogfest was started by my fit Approach/Sweatpink friends Jamie and Alyse. 

I remember back in 2013 when I had the pleasure of road tripping to Portland with these lovely ladies discussing the works of Blogfest and the wonderful ideas they were brainstorming. So to see their ideas come to life last year for the first Blogfest was pretty cool!  So what is it?

Blogfest is a two day conference where bloggers can come to learn about blogging while enjoying some fitness as well. The extra perk is that it’s in conjunction with the biggest fitness expo in the world, Idea World Fitness Convention. As a Blogfest attendee you are able to explore and shop the expo as well as attend any of the awesome fitness courses offered.

I’m lucky again to attend this year with two awesome sponsors, About Time and Crystal deodorant. Even without sponsors I would have attended for the plethora of information, workouts and fun that I’ll be experiencing over the next few days. Speaking of that, let’s talk about how the event is going so far.

The conference began bright and early Tursday morning at the Los Angeles convention center.  I grabbed some fruit to from the hotel breakfast buffet then caught an uber with Gina and Jessica to the event.

 We arrived just in time to hear the always wonderful, Katy Widrick share all about Increasing readership and marketing a message to the masses   She’s an amazing public speaker and always leads a very informative presentation

A few few big takeaways from her talk were;

  • Do more of what you enjoy
  • Embrace technology trends
  • Keep design simple
  • Target and engage

Following Katie were Jamie and Alyse with Mind Blowing blogging tips. They gave us an abundance of information such as tips to making more powerful content, blog tools, and awesome apps.

After a tweet break we headed to the Opening Ceremonies to hear some awesome motivational speakers.

An NCAA wrestling champion who overcame numerous struggles being born with one leg. Then the keynote speaker, Brendon Buchard, who’s life and death moment has led him to alter the way he lead his life and become a New York Times Best selling author. Inspiring, motivational and moving to say the least!

After that we were fed lunch by Nestle which I have to admit was surprising in multiple ways. I honestly didn’t know what to expect and have to admit I was surprised to see them place several fresh plates at our table family style that were pretty good.

I was also surprised to see them bringing out plated lunches with microwav, Lean Cuisine on them. Not really my thing so I skipped and had some of the freshly made salads 😊

They also brought out a fresh fruit salad and gluten-free dark chocolate cookie. Pretty good!

After lunch my lovely friend Bobbi and I popped into an Idea session on Circuit training. It was so much fun!

We skipped out a little early to make it to Kasey Arena’s talk on Instagram. Another very informative talk with tips on how to reach brands and engage more followers.

A tweet break with Merrithew fitness followed where we were given fun hand weights and got to try them out in a mini workout.

Bobbi and I popped into the expo to chat with some vendors,

Then I walked back to the hotel to get ready for the party!

We stayed and mingled for a bit then headed to Katsuya around the corner for sushi.

Yum! We shared a few small plates then I had avocado and fresh crab wrapped inside sashimi halibut.

So good!  I didn’t get back to the hotel until 11:00 then it was lights out! Exhausted but such a fun day!

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday

Hey guys!

As you read this I’m high in the sky on my way to Blogfest/Idea World Expo.  Hopefully my flight left on time at 5:25am because I literally have to land, hop in a cab and jam over to the convention center for Schwinn training.  Not sure I planned this the best way but fingers crossed it all works out!

Then tomorrow is the first day of Blogfest!  I’m excited but it’s definitely coming at a time that’s a bit stressful for us.  We are right in the middle of our infertility treatments and I even have to give myself injections while traveling.  Not ideal but gotta do what you gotta do!

On another note, it’s Wednesday and I haven’t done a WIAW post in several weeks.  BUT… Monday I actually remembered to snap photos of some eats so I’m joining Jenn for Wednesdays food filled shin dig!


Banana Bread Protein Chia Pudding

Banana Bread Protein Chia Pudding

Hi friends!

Hope you all had a wonderful Monday.  We had a busy one which has generally been every day lately.  The past few weeks have seemed extra crazy though.  Between trying to study for the AFFA (which I took this past Saturday), subbing some extra classes, teaching 4 early morning classes and entertaining The Love Nugget All. The. Time. it’s been busy.

Especially in the mornings since two days I teach at 6:00 at The Studio then have an hour before I head to Afterburn to teach back to back classes.  I don’t always want to drive all the way home in between so I’ve been packing a breakfast meal with me and heading to a coffee shop to eat in between.

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