Ten Things About Me

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I love reading fun and quirky facts about people, so I thought today I would share ten (strange) things about me.
  1. I love sleep more than anything in the world but I am also a night owl. I get a burst of energy every night around 9:00. Even if I try to go to sleep early, I just lie there awake for hours. That being said, I could sleep until noon if someone let me.
  2. I love exercising almost as much as I love sleep. I will choose it over any other activity every. single. time.
  3. I am deathly afraid of spiders. Like, I will not enter a room if there is a chance there might be a spider in it. Every night before bed, I check every corner of my bedroom to make sure there aren’t any. I also have an exterminator come every three months to remove any “spider presence”.
  4. I am also terrified of deep water. The thought of water deep enough where you can’t see the bottom makes me sick to my stomach.
  5. I cannot stand the sound of people chomping on their food. Gum chewers are the worst. I literally have to remove myself from a room if someone eats like a cow.
  6. I hate being home alone. And by alone, I mean when my husband is gone overnight. I am such a scaredy cat. He travels for work, and I have called him in tears a few times in the middle of the night sure that someone was trying to break into our house.
  7. I never make my own coffee. I know that makes me sound like a brat but Starbucks just makes it so much better! But in reality, I just always forget to in the throes of getting two children out the door in the morning.
  8. I am a huge germaphobe and hate airplanes because if it. All the recirculated air. Barf. So nasty. It has also led to my fear of flying.
  9. If I didn’t have a full time job, I would never wear regular clothes. As soon as I’m home, the pajamas come on. My husband claims he has never seen me in anything other than sweats. 😉
  10. I love reading books backwards. I read the ending to find out what happens, and then I go back and read the whole thing from the beginning. I just can’t stand the suspense.
So how weird do you think I am?
Are you ready to unfollow me yet? 😉

The perfect jeans for spring

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Sweater // Jeans (on sale) // Booties // Bag // Bralette

If you are looking for the perfect jeans for spring, these are it! They fit TTS, and have that loose, mom-jean look while still being tailored to the body. They are also a perfect ankle length for anyone over 5’1″. I had to get my hem taken in slightly to give them the look that I wanted. I love that you can wear these jeans with boots or flats, and still have some ankle exposed. I am always drawn towards distressed denim in the spring and summer since I tend to be more casual as the weather warms up. And the best news, these jeans just went on sale! I am shocked they haven’t sold out although they do look much cuter on than in the stock photos, so don’t let that deter you.

What are your go-to jeans?

Stocking Up For Spring

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Spring is in sight. Can I get a whoop whoop?! Living in Chicago, I know that most likely we will have two more months of winter weather, and then warm temps will start one day out of nowhere. We have three seasons here in the midwest – winter, sort of winter, and summer but not necessarily in that order.

I like to stock up on spring and summer clothes for the kids this time of year so that we are prepared when the warm temperatures hit. I don’t want them to be high and dry without a few pairs of shorts or short sleeve tees that fit. One day it may be 40 degrees, and the next day 75. It’s best to be prepared for anything.

For Ryan, I tend to buy most of his clothes from Old Navy. The fit of Old Navy’s clothes are perfect for his tall, skinny body. They fit him better than Gap does which tends to run wider. Ryan also tends to destroy his clothing much faster than Chloe, and Old Navy’s prices are great so I don’t feel guilty if I have to throw something of his away and replace it.

Ryan’s Spring Stock Ups

I get most of Chloe’s clothes from Nordstrom and Gap. Gap fits Chloe’s body well, and I’ll stock up on tops there. I also love Nordstrom for Chloe because they have some of my favorite children’s brands like Tucker and Tate and Tea Collection. I hoard Tea Collection leggings for Chloe because they are THE BEST. They are the only leggings she owns that never get holes. They tend to be pricer but you can usually find some pairs on sale. When I do, I buy ALL the colors.

We actually went shopping at Nordstrom last weekend, and Chloe picked out all of her clothes and tried them on in the dressing room just like a big girl. I am creating a monster. My poor husband 😉

Chloe’s Spring Stock Ups

I always pick up a few new pairs of shoes for the kids for school. I recently bought these and these. I also grabbed a pair of Native shoes for each kiddo which go from pool to school and everything in between.

What are you stocking up on this spring for your kids?

Photos by Melissa Zimmer Photography.

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Everyday Jewelry

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Necklace c/o // Watch // Sweater // Jeans // Boots

If you are a mom like me, you probably don’t wear a ton of expensive jewelry. You’ve got small children pulling at you all day long, and toddlers going through your jewelry box to play dress up. Most of my “expensive” jewelry, I’ve tucked away for safe keeping. I can get away wearing this necklace and this necklace daily mainly because they are almost choker length but somedays I miss wearing something with a little more pizazz.

Even though having kids makes it difficult to wear jewelry, I do still like to pull out a fun piece of jewelry every now and again. I recently discovered Tiny Lumber, and I am so excited that I did. It looks expensive bit it ISN’T! Tiny Lumber makes jewelry entirely out of WOOD. Everything is handmade in the US, and you can even have custom pieces made. Everything is so reasonably priced, and looks much more expensive than it is. The designs are also durable so I am not worried about wearing them around the kids. They have statement pieces like this one, and then other designs like this and this that you could wear everyday.

Tiny Lumber would make a great gift for a girlfriend, teacher, sister, mom, grandma – the list goes on. I hope you will check out their website, and unique pieces!

In Collaboration with Tiny Lumber

Photos by Melissa Zimmer Photography

Lizzie in Lace

Valentine’s Day photos

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On Chloe: Top // Skirt 

On Ryan: Sweater // Jeans

On Sara: Sweater (on sale!) // Similar Jeans

Happy Valentines Day!

I have been trying to be better about taking more photos of the kids, and decided that I wanted to shoot some fun Valentine’s Day photos with them. We went to Melissa Zimmer’s Photography Studio in Downtown Hinsdale, IL. I have been wanting to see her new studio, and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity. I am so glad that we did!

Melissa’s studio is such a beautiful reflection of herself. If you’ve never worked with her before – you need to! She is so easy going, and really makes you feel comfortable. The kids were more than at ease with her. Because of this, her pictures turn out so natural and beautifully authentic. I am not a fan of pictures that are overly posed so her style works really well for my taste. While I do love my fall photos taken outside, I think that studio photos are so timeless. They are the photos that you will have on your gallery wall for years to come.

Melissa’s studio itself has such great, natural light. There is a waiting area with coloring things for the kids. She also had treats and fun things (bubbles, confetti, etc.) in her studio which was the highlight for my sugar loving kiddos ;).

If you live in a western suburb of Chicago, I highly recommend that you check out her studio for your next family photos!

Photos by Melissa Zimmer Photography

Gym to Street Style

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I don’t know about you, but this winter has sucked every ounce of life from my soul. In the last six weeks, our household has been hit with the Norovirus, Bronchitis, ear infections, random, no-named cold and fever viruses, and now, Influenza A. And it’s only the beginning of February. I am ready to pack up and move to warmer climates, and that is something that this homebody doesn’t say often. In fact, as I write this post, I’m pretty sure I am coming down with the “I got the flu shot” version of the flu. I mean, that’s what happens when you sleep next to your sick kiddo. #momlife

Any who, I’ve worn this outfit pictured almost too many times to admit. It transitions so well from gym to street. You can easily get away running errands in it, or even out to a casual brunch. I wore it to the gym on Thursday, and then to dinner afterwards. I spent the weekend in it (I did wash it 😉 ) since I was cooped up nursing a sick kid, and it is super cozy. This fleece is so warm, and it is roomy enough that you can layer it.

I am also AH-bsessed with my new shoes. I bought them to be just a casual shoe but they are so comfortable that I can definitely run in them. And how cute is the pink color for spring? They come in about 8 different colors if pink isn’t your thing. I love the gray ones as well.

Are you over this winter like me?

What are you doing to combat the winter blues?

3 different treadmill workouts and a playlist

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I frequently post my treadmill workouts to my stories. Running on the treadmill can be tedious and boring. I try to change either my speed or incline every minute to help alleviate that. Below I’ve complied a few of my favorites that I come back to time and time again. I’ve also added my current favorite songs from my running playlist. Some are old (but good!), and some are new but they have all helped keep me motivated and moving during my treadmill workouts.

Treadmill workout #1

Treadmill workout #2

Treadmill Workout #3

Playlist to get you motivated and keep you moving:

What songs do you listen to while you workout to keep you motivated? Send me your favorites!


Easy Weeknight Meatball Recipe

This is my go-to meatball recipe. It is so simple, and the meatballs turn out really moist and delicious. The prep is usually only about 5 minutes, and cook time is 20-25 making them the perfect weeknight meal. We also usually have plenty of meatballs to freeze or save for leftovers the next day. I always have the ingredients for these meatballs in my house so they are really easy to throw together on the fly. My meatballs are mild and perfect for kiddos but you could always add a little spice!


  • 4 pieces of bread (any kind including GF) I keep a loaf of cheap white bread in the freezer specifically for these.
  • 1/2 c warm water
  • 3/4 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Tear bread into small pieces and place in medium mixing bowl. Add water. Mix such that the bread becomes more of a mushy mixture. Add ALL other ingredients at this time EXCEPT beef. Combine. Add beef and combine with bread mixture thoroughly (I use my (clean) hands). Once the meat and bread mixture is combined, roll into balls (I usually make about 20 golf ball size) and place on a greased (Pam works) baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 mins. Toss with your choice of pasta, favorite sauce (mine is Rao’s), and grated parm on top. Voila!


Wear now and into spring all under $100

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Black Dress // Gray Cashmere Sweatshirt // Twist Front Pullover // Adidas Running Shoes //

Zella Legging // Adidas Sweatshirt // Earring Set // Pink Velvet Pants // Striped Top // Mules //

Gray Dress // Favorite Tee // Floral Top // Soft Navy Cardigan // Crossbody Bag

I’ve complied this list of recent adds to my closet. I’m beginning to purchase things that I can wear now but also into spring – I am so over winter. Anyone else? Between the cold and the snow and the constant illnesses I am dreaming of warmer weather.

The best part about everything on this list? It is all under $100. Oops I lied. This sweater was but is not anymore. It is so gorgeous though. It is worth the investment. I did snag this dress on major sale for under $30. I already wore it out for my birthday dinner. I sized way down to a 00. I am normally a 2/4 in dresses. This bag comes in a few colors, and I’m excited to wear it with white jeans this spring. I have these mules in black, but plan on purchasing in either the pink or gray for spring. They are super comfortable. I can wear them all day at work. I just got these velvet pants for under $20, and they are sooo soft. I sized down in these to a 24. They need to be hemmed but will be really cute with this top and this cardigan once they are ankle length.

This top is going to be a spring staple, and I have been living in these leggings and this sweatshirt. This top is so soft, and the twist front looks so cute with jeans. And lets not forget about this tee. I own it in 4 colors, and plan to wear it under cardigans now, and with shorts everyday this summer.

What have you added to your closet lately?

Staying Motivated with Health and Fitness

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Most years, I walk into the new year with health and fitness goals. This is really the first year that I am happy with where I am at. I have found a routine that I love, and can sustain being a working mom with two kids. My goal for myself this year is really to maintain my health and fitness routines, film more at home workouts for my YouTube page, and do one health/fitness blog post each week.

Today I will be answering your health and fitness questions:

How do you find the time?

I used to try to workout everyday but being a working mom this is a really high expectation to set. I’ve changed up my workouts, and now I workout for a longer period of time but only 3-4 days/week. It gives my body time to recharge and leaves more time for my kids on my “off” days.

The biggest thing for me though is that I really just have to schedule it into my day. It is not optional. You have to go into any new fitness routine with that mindset: It is just as important as anything else you have planned during the day. If you have the means, book a class somewhere. I’ve found that if I pay ahead of time, unless I am on my death bed, I am going to show up.

What are some exercises to do to lose the “mommy” belly?

Unfortunately, after two kids and one c-section I feel that this will never completely go away. The best thing you can do to lose that “mommy tummy” is run or jog. Planks are great too. Start with 30 a 30 second plank, and add 15 – 30 seconds each day until you work up to a full three minute plank. Do this daily.

Reverse planks are great too and work the lower abs.

Here are some exercises that I do to target the low abs. (sorry for the low picture quality – my husband is no photographer)



Reverse Plank

Leg Lowers


What does your typical workout look like?

In the fall, I joined one of those super cheap gyms that look like my garage but I am loving it. I still attend Shred415, and do my home workouts but it’s nice to have the option of a gym as well.

My workouts consist of some combination of running (30 minutes), weights (15 minutes), and toning and abs (15 minutes). I think the treadmill is extremely boring so when I run I either change the speed or the incline every minute. It makes the time go so much faster! Doing speed and incline intervals are also great ways to tone, build muscle, and increase endurance. You can read some of my treadmill workouts here.

Have you ever run a marathon?

I have not and don’t plan to. I can’t imagine putting my body through that. I am also not a distance runner! I did train for a 1/2 marathon once when my daughter was around six months old, and got up to like nine miles but it was too time consuming. I’d have to stop running or cut my run short to go home and nurse or pump. It just wasn’t the right time for me.

Do you have a weight that you try to maintain?

My weight fluctuates day to day which is totally normal! I tend to be right around 110. If I hit over 115, I know it’s time to cut back on the junk. 😉

What are your favorite shoes to exercise in?

My husband bought me these a few months ago, and they are amazing! I have bad knees and ankles from years of gymnastics, and I don’t notice any discomfort when running in these. They feel like running on a cloud, and are super light weight. I used to run in these but they are heavier, and the sizing is always changing. These ran super small. Great support though!

Do you prefer to run inside or outside?

Honestly, it depends on what I am doing. If I want to do some sort of interval, I usually prefer the treadmill because I can adjust the speeds and the incline as needed. If I’m going for distance, or just running to maintain a pace, then I like to do that outside. Running at one pace can get really boring on a treadmill so running outside helps with that.

I also live where it gets VERY cold and ice-y for about 4 months out of the year so I have no choice but to run indoors.


Thanks everyone for the great questions, and inspiring this post! If you have other questions you’d like answered, DM me on Instagram or email me at joggersandgymshoesblog@gmail.com

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