Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hiking & Exploring Ohio!

Since we had an extra long weekend and the weather was near perfection (with a high of 68 degrees), we decided to take our babies on a little hike. We haven’t done this in Ohio as regularly as we use to (before having Madison) but it's a real favorite of ours
Looking through these pictures has me itching for spring and regular family hikes.

Side note: If you're in Ohio, the Hocking Hills State Park is  a really fun place to explore as a family. The views are stunning and they have a ton of outdoor activities available.

Here's a few things I want to remember:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Energy Gels For Runners

 A huge thanks to Huma Chia Energy Gels, for sponsoring this post and allowing me to test out their all-natural energy gels as I train for my marathon!
For many, finding the right energy gel to fuel their long runs is a common source of anxiety, especially leading up to a big race. I know that's been the case for me as I've been training for my first marathon. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Down Memory Lane & Love Letter

Yesterday was a very memorable Valentine's day for me. I woke up and was greeted with two adoring faces (Mallorie's & Kyle's), along with breakfast, flowers and love letters. They had apparently woken up very early to prepare breakfast for me, I'm a very light sleeper so I was very surprised that I hadn't heard them tip-toeing around the house as they prepped everything.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Progress

 --Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!
We had a few unexpected struggles this month, with three out of the five of us getting pneumonia & the flu. But, now that we're all better, I'm feeling extra grateful for the Jenny Craig program and that I never once had to worry about what I was going to eat (which was perfect, because I didn't have the energy to do more than pop something in the microwave or grab an Anytime bar).
So it’s been 4 weeks since I started the Jenny Craig program and it’s time to share my results! Here's my first post, in case you missed it. Drum roll, please....

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

20 Great Running Mantras!

"Running is so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel that you can't. But then you find your inner strength and realize you're capable of so much more than you thought". - Arthur Black
Whether you're a beginner runner or training to be an elite runner, there is much to benefit from having a running mantra. Your mantra can be a simple word or a whole phrase, but when repeated: it aids in concentration, motivation, helps you overcome pain & subsequently improves performance. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Lipstick That Lasts All Day + Giveaway! (Closed)

If you've been looking for that something special for yourself to make your Valentine's Day outfit pop, boy did you come to the right place! Today I'm talking all about lips & a revolutionary product!
So, you're either super tired of hearing about these or your mind is about to get blown! I've only just started using LipSense this past week and I'm already obsessed with them (seriously you guys, this stuff's AH-mazing), and now I'm trying to figure out how I can get my hands on ALL.THEIR.COLORS.

Just scroll down to enter the LipSense Giveaway!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Divine Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This cinnamon roll recipe produces perfectly light and fluffy cinnamon rolls every time!  It's so simple to make from scratch and it never disappoints.
My family could literally eat cinnamon rolls for the rest of their lives, if I let them! Especially, my cinnamon rolls. Guys, these are ridiculously good (not biased or anything:D). Cinnamon rolls are one of my most favorite things in the world. It is really hard for me to pass one up, and I have had my fair share. The one in the picture above was particularly delicious. I love that I don't have to do any tinkering or guess work, these rolls just come out perfect every.single.time. you make them. They are Ooey-gooey and finger-lickin good!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Worst & Best

After a week and half of feeling like I had the worst-case of the flu in my life, I finally decided to check in with my doctor and make sure I wasn't just quietly dying:D. Turns out, I had bacterial pneumonia in my right lung. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Get Healthy and Lose Weight

Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig!
Now that Madison is over a year old, and she's sleeping like a champ through the night, I am finally ready to lose the excess baby-weight. Its been over a year and I still don't feel like my old healthy-self yet. And, I've had enough of it! I've been in a plateau for months and I'd really love a chance to "reset" my body and get back to feeling confident this year!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

Valentine's Inspired

Valentine's Inspired

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 
I know it's only just the beginning of January, but I'm already excited for Valentine's Day and getting to wear more florals, pinks & reds! Above are just a few of my favorite feminine pieces that would create the perfect Valentine’s Day look. Enjoy:)! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Blessed Sunday & Happiness!

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to wish you a Happy Sabbath! I know I've mentioned before how we live for the weekends and going on adventures as a family, but there is something to be said for the quiet (and not-so-quiet moments) associated with Sundays & church! As hard as they may be sometimes, they always help to edify me, refill my "cup" and reset my focus for the week ahead. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Resolutions & Growth + A GIVEAWAY!

A special thanks to PinkBlush for sponsoring today's Giveaway and sparking today's conversation!
Happy New Year! 
Have you made your New Years Resolutions yet?

I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of that term, but I do love setting goals for myself and being able to gauge my growth and progress. I strongly believe that setting goals is about designing a life that you love. You create the life that you are willing to work for (and the same can be said about motherhood)! 

PS. Don't forget to scroll down to enter the fabulous PinkBlush Giveaway!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Holiday Gift Basket + GIVEAWAY!

Today I'm teaming up with Le Creuset & Charles Viancin to share a darling gift basket idea & a giveaway! As always all opinions are my own!
Gift giving is a talent, don't you think? Some people are born with it, while others have to work really hard at it. Regardless, if you fall under the first category or the latter, I think you'll really enjoy Today's DIY gift basket idea because it's a simple, thoughtful gift basket filled with really cute premium gifts that are sure to make anyone’s day! 

Plus, at the end of the post you'll have a chance to enter a fun giveaway for a Le Creuset rectangular dish, Charles Viancin Poppy Lid & Poppy Pot Holder

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Inviting Holiday Decor

A special thanks to She Savvy & Chesapeake Bay candle for sponsoring Today's conversation! As always all opinions are all my own! 
We are in full Christmas mode over here! Last week I made a few festive changes to our foyer, and staircase that have really brightened up the space and made it more inviting. You might have already seen a preview of it if you follow along on Instagram.

5 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

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I know you've heard me say that this is the most wonderful time of the year, and I truly believe that, but it can also be a time when people feel entitled to things and lose focus on the true meaning & spirit of the season. That's why, I think it's so important that we make time in our busy schedules to serve others and encourage our children to spend more time thinking of how to bless others and being extra mindful of others' needs. Keep reading to find out some easy things we can all do to help spread the holiday cheer!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Merry Christmas To Me!

Christmas came early this year for the Hubbards! Over the weekend we made the drive to Kentucky to adopt a cute furry friend into our family.

Tips For Staying Fit & Healthy Throughout Winter

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Whether you’re looking to train for a triathlon (like me), find a low impact sport to cross-train, or just want to add a new sport to your work out regimen, swimming is the way to go! I know it can be tough to stay fit during the colder months of the year, but I am a firm believer that if you take care of your body & fortify it, you'll be less likely to get sick! Keep reading to find out how you can hit the pool deck with a purpose & support your health with  Centrum MultiGummies!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tis The Season!!!

December has to be my favorite month of the year! I love all the preparations that goes into making this season special for our families. It's so fun decking the halls and putting out all our cute decorations that remind us of the true meaning of the Christmas. 

Keep reading to see some of my favorite things I've had on display this season.

Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY Gift Basket For Jet-setters

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Can you believe we are already in December?! Where did the year go? It feels like every year the Holiday season gets here earlier & earlier. I know the Holidays can get hectic for everyone, and it's easy to forget to purchase a gift for a party/friend, so that's why this year I've put together a couple easy gift baskets in advance to have on hand. Best part is that they're incredibly practical, and useful for the Jet-setter in your life, or really anyone with a phone.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Totally Swoon-Worthy

I can't believe the difference just a couple months has made in this little girl's attitude! Miss Madison (or more commonly referred to around here as: little stinker) loved calling the shots and having her way. 

This was especially true when I'd come around with the camera! She would absolutely refuse to look in my direction and would give us her trademark stinker-face (which involves her scrunching up her little face) whenever we'd try to coerce her into looking our way:D. This girl, knew exactly what she was doing!

But lucky for us, now that she's turned 13 months she's had a bit of an attitude adjustment (hallelujah). So, she's way more relaxed now, easy to entertain and just generally happier. I'm beyond loving this little stage she's in!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

4 Winter Survival Tips (even if deep down you really hate it)!

One thing you should know about me is that I'm a huge baby when it comes to cold weather. Part of that is due to growing up in sunny California with 100 degree weather three quarters of the year, and the second reason is that the cold just makes my bones super achy and reminds me that I'm getting old-fast (sigh).

And while I dream about picking up and moving somewhere warm like Hawaii, California or Italy, my husband's work is here, and moving really isn't in the cards for us right now. I won’t pretend that winter and I will ever become best friends forever or anything, but I’ve decided to come up with a few ways to make some peace with it and make it bearable more enjoyable for us.

4 Steps for Surviving Winter (even if deep down you really hate it)