Top 10 Must Haves for a Home Gym

I know not everyone is interested in going to a Gym. However, The Gym Isn’t the only way to get in shape, and reach your goals.

Gym Memberships can be…

-Expensive: Some people  Simply don’t want to, or just  cant afford the extra  Monthly payment for a membership

-Uncomfortable: For A lot of people I have talked to, Going to the Gym is completely out of their comfort zone. I always recommend , If its out of your comfort zone, at least give it a try  for a week or two, without trying you will obviously never know! However, in the end, some people just don’t feel comfortable.

-Time:  Not everyone has a schedule that can easily  fit in the hour at the gym, with travel, work schedule, distance to the gym  maybe to far,  or having children, etc…

Which is Why I Have always worked out from home.

Working Out From Home…

-Convenient: The distance to my basement is not far at all. Either Wake up early, or get  a workout in later in the night.

Busy Days, I can easily split my workout in half if needed.

-Motivation: Going to bed in my workout clothes and waking up ready to go down stairs and get my early morning work out in, shower and get on with my day… Its takes a lot less motivation then to  wake up my son, get him ready to go, do everything that needs to be done and drive to the gym.

-Money Saver: I didn’t start of with the equipment I have now, and Im Definitely   not done investing money into new things. So Personally for me, I don’t plan on stopping my fitness Journey. Beside right now  being Almost 28 Weeks Pregnant, I don’t get to work out as much until baby arrives. So in the long run, paying for a gym membership, The child care for soon to be 2 kids and gas, just isn’t worth it.

-Comfort:  You don’t have to feel uncomfortable in your own home!!  Its just you vs. yourself.  No need to feel uncomfortable or  self conscious! Blast your Music and dance Between Sets! =)

My List of Must Haves For Home Equipment

Battle ropes  < Perfect full body Workout. Muscle building and Fat Burning!Battle ropes

Resistance Bands < You really cant go wrong with these. They are low price and  have a wide variety or work outs you can do.

Barbell Weight Set 

Kettlebell  < I often Started or end my workouts with Kettle bell swings or use my Battle Ropes!

Exercise Ball < A Must have for Stability and Core Training.

Dumbbell Set

Jump Rope  < One of the Best and my Most Favorite Cardio Workouts

If you are Really Serious…

Home Gym  < With different Attachments, you have a wide variety of Workouts for full Body! 

Workout Bench

Squat Rack


Definitely My Top 10 Must Haves to Start a Home Gym!

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All of my Personal Progress After I had my son came from Working out at home.



Pregnancy Update! 27 Weeks Pregnant!

I don’t think I posted a pregnancy update since I found out what I was having. Which was around Week 18!  Tomorrow I will be 27 Weeks pregnant! Wooohooo!! Sooooo close to the beginning of my third trimester! These Weeks are absolutely flying by! It help that we are so busy and have so much going on because there are time that I am so darn impatient! I can not wait to hold my Baby Girl! We all can’t wait to meet her! Every night the daddy and Ayden both talk to my belly and feel her kick.  Ayden loves laying his head on my belly and laughs when she kicks/punches his head!  He says “woah, that’s crazy”  lol
Second trimester symptoms…

As  some of you may know, my first trimester was not easy for me. Compared to my first pregnancy, this girl has beat me up! However, luckily as second trimester came along, I finally started feeing better.  Besides my belly being sore, hard and u comfortable at times. I have no complains. Besides HEARTBURN! I expected that though and I’m fully prepared to handle it this pregnancy! 

All in all, the hard part of the first trimester is long gone, and in No time , those horrible days will be filled with better memories with our new family member  so we can start planning for baby #3.  Call me crazy, planning for number 3 while pregnant with number 2, but I just love this. I love nothing more than being a mother! 

Energy and working out…

My daily energy is at a high, however, come 8:30! I’m ready to lay down and relax.  As far as my fit pregnancy goals go, I am not able to workout as much as I planned, not because of any medical reason, thankfully, but being extremely busy with other things right now,working out isn’t on the top of my list to do and to get done. Right now I workout at least 3 days a week. And it is always Full body! 

As much as I miss working out like I use to and lifting heavy. Moving and keeping up with other things are priorities. 

HOWEVER!! Closing date on the house is soon, and come fall,  after baby girl is here and everything is calm and back on schedule  I’ll will be back to my old routine 110% !  I’m pretty darn excited to start another fitness transformation after baby number 2! I already a organized nutrition and fitness plan typed out to start after baby.
Baby Girl…

Baby girl is “about 2 pounds and roughly 14 1/2 inches long” My last two ultrasounds she was measuring 4/5 days ahead.  

Let’s discuss these kicks though. Holly Cow!!  My pregnancy with my son, he was active, but not this active, nor did I feel his kicks this intense.

Aydens due date was October 18 and this due date is October 25. Let me add, daddy’s birthday is the SAME as aydens! 3 birthday all in the same month and week! Lol   Anyways, comparing belly from pregnancy 1 and 2, I am smaller.  As I assumed and Doctor confirmed, starting this pregnancy much more fit and active, my belly isn’t expanding as quick as last time. So I feel those kicks EVERYWHERE. And to be honest, they can really hurt. A few kicks made me stop in my tracks and hunch over in public lol, but I completely love it, baby girl knows exactly what her paranoid, extreme worrier of a mother needs daily. 
All in all, I feel great, I’m so excited, words can not even explained. Every kick I feel brings a smile to my face and feeling of sadness knowing I still have a few more months I have to wait to meet her! 

I  am continuously thinking and counting down the days to see her for the first time , smell that new baby smell, see her in daddy’s arms and watch our son give his sister a kiss on the forehead.  

New Baby fear… 

My main fear at the moment is breast feeding. I’m so excited to breast feed this time, but since I didn’t do it with pregnancy 1, it’s kind of intimidating. Considering I am a person that like to organize and prepare for everything. Breast feeding has to be learned when baby gets here, and we learn together.  Unfortunately it’s nothing I can really practice for  and that scares me a little !  I think all the fear will go away when she gets here and I can actually start instead of reading about it and making myself nervous lol however, any breast feeding comments are 100% welcomed from mothers with experience =] 

Is it fall yet?! Let’s get this summer over with =] 

Pregnancy pictures >>>>
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Quick and Easy Stenciling

Hey guys! Pretty Quick Post Here.  While waiting for another Project to Dry, I was messing around with one of those decorate panels  that we took off of the Refinished Cedar Chest Plus New Pallet Stained Top

I had these Pretty large stickers That I wanted to use to label something with. Not sure what I was labeling just yet, but I bought them anyways.

When I first started to stencil my first couple project, I was always worried about messing up and having the paint bleed through. Now I look back and think That was silly, A little practice is really all you need, But I still wanted to try and experiment while I waited for another project to dry, So I made  a Random little hand held chalk board for Ayden to practice his writing on.

However, now I know if I see any sticker letters that I love, It’s worth a try to use them.

For this I just had  stickers like these>>>>> Large Letter Stickers


So this was the random  wood I used while I was waiting for my other project to dry.


I sanded each side then painted. Ayden wanted his name in grey, so I used Grey!

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And put my Stickers on…

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I push the letters down as hard as I could. Outline the edges really good so it would bleed under!  For this I Used >>>>> Chalk Board Spray Paint    I Took my time spraying over the letters, farther away, and very lightly compared to the bottom of the board, So I went over it a few more times. 

As I waited for it to dry, I was already being a Negative Nancy and assuming since the spray paint was so watery, that it was going to leak right under the stickers. 

On another piece of scrap wood, I Tested it on one letter with my regular paint and it worked as well. I took a foam roller, and went over the letter with light paint a couple times and it also worked great!

And here it is after I pulled of the letters…

Added a little Storm Trooper  and the Stenciling came out Pretty awesome.  After I took the last Picture, I ended up covering of Ayden and the Storm trooper to put  another coat of spray on the bottom. I focused so much  on spraying the top so it wouldn’t leak, I felt the bottom needed an extra Coat.

So Overall, I figured out Stickers aren’t completely out of the question  if your looking for a quick Or easy Way to Stencil something.

Ayden likes when I draw a weekly schedule on there so he knows what days he has his karate,other activities and when Daddy is Off Work! Each night he crosses that day off, Along with his Star Wars Calendar Countdown to His Birthday and When Baby Comes!! =)

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Kids Play Table/Desk and Chairs

As some of you might have already seen our Refinished Cedar Chest  that we did for a Toy Box in the Kids New Playroom for the New House.  You can check that one out here>>Refinished Cedar Chest Plus New Pallet Stained Top

We are getting closer and closer to move in Date and Im getting really anxious to set up our projects in the new house.

When I saw the Old Chest at  a Resale shop, I knew I had to get it for the Kids Playroom. We took of the Decorative panels on the Front, took of the top and built a new with some fairly new pallets Then I stained those.

On to the Desk… I wanted a Play Table/ Desk  to match the  Toy Chest. So I gave Matt  my Idea and he got to work. It came out exactly how I imagined , which is pretty amazing considering the explanation I gave him was a very horrible drawing of lines connected and a lot of arm movement, hand gestures making shapes and giving him example measurements compared to my Arm and legs lol That love for ya. The Man Understands me!!

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The bottom was made with  older pallets and the top is new wood from Home Depot. The front is Where I wanted   a little book shelf for  extra storage. The back Has  just two Regular Legs, Considering I already know I will have this up against the wall in their playroom.

I painted the bottom white then white washed and Stained the top with Dark Walnut Minwax  and it was FINISHED! Coated the top with polly !

However, we needed some Matching Chairs for the Kids! And I found these two Little chairs at a Goodwill Outlet right away.stained and white washed chairsThe was the Chair Before. I loved how it had the Heart on the Chair. I felt pretty lucky to find two of the same chairs like this. So I sanded, primed, painted and Stained. Last thing After the chair was dried, I stenciled Their Named on the top!

stained and white washed chairs 2 Ayden Of course picked his name to be in Red, and he picked an Orange Color for Eva!

Last thing, We made a tiny box for crayon   and whatever else The kids will end up using it  for!

And if you haven’t seen already, My…DIY Kids Coloring and Art Display Sign Made With Pallets to hand above the Desk!

And here is a couple picture of the Finished project. Right now it is just set up in my Son Rooms, but he absolutely loves it. He’s  been doing “VERY IMPORTANT” Work and drawings all morning! ❤



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White Washing and Staining New Wood

Hey Everyone! I got a lot of questions on Exactly what I did to the Top Of the Kid’s Toy Chest that we Refinished that you can read here> Refinished Cedar Chest Plus New Pallet Stained Top

Unfortunately I didn’t Take a picture of the Top of the Chest before  I did anything to it… Just After! However!! we made a Kids table for their playroom that matches the Toy Chest! (Post Coming Soon!!)

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Here is the Wood that I started with. Fresh new wood from  Home Depot! I just needed to give it a fast sand and wipe it off  before I started.

Products I Used:

White Paint

Dark Walnut Wood Stain

Paint and Staining Rags

Step 1: Whitewashing

I poured a some white paint in a bowl and added water and stirred it  to get it less thick. The More water you add the lighter it will be on the wood.  For this top, I didn’t add much water at all.  I took my paint brushed and worked in small sections at a time on the wood. Paint the white wash over the wood, and then with your rag, wipe it off, going in the direction of the grains. You can go over it as many times as you want, it really depends on what you want and  how light you want it.

As you can see, I didn’t add much water to my paint, I wanted it pretty dark. I recommend you experiment with extra wood pieces to see  how  light you want to go, and to see how the stain looks over the top of it.  It really comes down to what YOUR eye likes. I did a couple test strips with different amounts of water and then picked!

Now to the stain…

(The first picture was taken outside,  second picture was in our basement)

I stained it with a rag, just one coat, some places I added extra on the grain parts to get it a little darker. The second picture was the next day with a top coat and it  was done. And that is that. It really is not that scary or  hard. It just takes some experimenting to see what you like!

Be on the lookout for…

The kids matching desk (the full desk, not just the top)  and chairs  for their playroom.  COMING SOON =)


DIY Kids Coloring and Art Display Sign Made With Pallets

As we’re getting closer to move in date, we are working on Project after project!  While Matt was doing the  Cutting And Building  of the Kids Desk I had him make, Me And Ayden get to work on the little fun stuff  to decorate their playroom!! Okay, Okay, He helps me with the Basic Stuff, And then he leaves me Hanging  to Help Daddy, Because let’s get real, as soon as the use of Tools are done, he loses Interest.Ha!

So this time, we made a quick  Sign out of Pallets that were already cleaned and cut from a previous project!

Supplies used:


White Paint  : We have tons of white paint

Letter Stencils

Stencils Sponges: These are my favorite for Stenciling

Acrylic Paint

So We started with the Pieces of wood I already had!

I laid them how I wanted, The front of the sign Facing Down. On the back I put a thin square flat piece of wood so Ayden And I  can drill screws to hold them all together. You can also use wood Glue for this part if you don’t want to do any drilling!

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These were fairly new Pallets, But They were already cleaned and then cut to use for the Kids Desk! All I had to do was sand it a little bit with the Sander!

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Ayden And I painted it white, let it dry, and it was ready for some Stenciling! Unfortunately, this was the point Ayden left me Hanging. Daddy was done with the power Saw and starting to put the  Desk together, So He was a Goner When  It came down to Stenciling or Drilling!

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Here I was Just a couple letters away from  being DONE! DIY KIDS PALLET stenciling

If you haven’t stenciled before , you might want to taped the letters down. I put  a little drop of paint in my tupperware, dip my sponge in it, and dab it around the tupperware like 5 or 6 times before I put it on the Board! Make sure you pick it straight up and put it straight down! diy kids coloring and art display made with pallets 4

The Words are all Stenciled…..

And it is DONE!  This Pallet Sign Was Super Fast and Simple! I got some  Clothes Pins, Painted them Black  and Glued them On! Right now I just hung it on our Family room wall to take a picture.  I plan to put this in the Kids New Playroom  Over the Desk when  we move into the New House!

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Future post of the Kids finished  Desk and Chairs  Coming soon, and by the end of July it should all be put together in their Playroom! Stay Tuned! =)



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