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Self-care Sundays

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This mommy, wife, sister, friend, wanna get fit, big dream-chasing life gets crazy sometimes! I’m so super grateful for it and all that is on the way but, sometimes I forget that taking care of me should be on my list as well and it does not make me a bad mother or a neglectful wife.

Things like scheduling a pedicure, getting a facial or taking myself to the chiropractor for this annoying back pain I’ve had for 2 years now. Or asking hubby to watch Benjamin while I go to Home Goods or Target. Carving out 2 hours to go to Barnes and Noble with Becoming by Michelle Obama, so I can read it in peace and finally finish it!

What I’ve also realized is that self-care is also letting go of people and situations that no longer serve you. We’ve all had that “friend” who always has something negative to say and is always the first to “turn up” and bring the drama wherever they go. Or that relationship that you are in that is going nowhere fast but, you stay out of fear of starting over.

Let me just say, that saying no sometimes is so unbelievably therapeutic. As a former people pleaser, this is tough to do but, it feels too great not to! Not in a mean, nasty way of course but, there’s just so many family gatherings, birthday parties, dinners, and baby showers I can go to in a month while still handling my business and taking out some time for me.

I’m still figuring, adjusting, and rearranging my life to squeeze in my definition of self-care because, after 30+ years of living, I FINALLY know that it is more than necessary.

What’s your idea of self-care? How often are you including it into your daily/weekly/ monthly routine?

Check out some of my favorite things to use when I need to just do me!




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Fit Life, PCOS

Healthy + Fit Black Friday deals

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Happy holidays! I hope your Thanksgiving day was filled with lots of good food and great company. We went to hubby’s aunt’s house and had a really good time. Next year, hubby and I will probably host Thanksgiving dinner when we are in our new house *prayers up and fingers crossed*.

I made my famous curry coconut chickpeas and a sweet potato casserole.  If you are following me on IG, @simplisticchic_ , I posted the recipe for the chickpea dish in my InstaStories.

Now on to what has arguably become one of the most anticipated parts of the holiday season–Black Friday shopping. I’m not advocating  going into debt on things you do not need but, I am all about scoring a good deal on something I’ve had my eyes on for a while.

On my personal list are some more Nike’s, workout gear, knee high boots, a new car seat for Benjamin, and some much needed supplements. Realistically, only two or three of these will actually get purchased but, we’ll see.

Today, I’m sharing some great Black Friday deals to help you stay fit that you do not want to miss!






What’s on your Black Friday shopping list? 


Fit Life

Top 5 Healthy Living Father’s Day Gifts

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Father’s day is this Sunday and I’m sharing the top five healthy living Father’s day gifts for the special fathers in your life.  I have always felt like we (as a society) take for granted how important fathers are to the next generation.  It is an awesome and great responsibility to be able to guide, protect, and educate little, growing minds.  I cannot imagine how different my life may have been if I did not have my father in my life from day one.

This will be my hubby’s first official Father’s day and I want to make it extra special! My father, father-in-law, uncles, and cousins are also some great men in my life who are wonderful examples of what a dad should be.

If you’re still looking for a gift, one of these are sure to show your appreciation for the hard-working man in your life.

  1. Nike men’s running shoes– You can never go wrong with Nike! These lightweight, stylish running shoes will be great for the gym aficionado in your life, or the man who needs a little motivation to get into a workout routine.
  2. Fitbit– this activity tracker can track your heart rate, the number of steps taken throughout the day, your sleep cycle, and how often you workout.
  3. Massage Heights– nothing says, “you’re appreciated”, like an hour-long massage.  Massage Heights is my personal favorite place to relax and release tension with a massage.
  4. Socialite Body Essentials– Natural, vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free products for the special man in your life.
  5. Nike men’s running shorts– every man needs some workout gear that can be worn to the gym or just out running errands.  He’ll love these Nike dri-fit shorts!

Links: Nike Men’s running shoes// FitBit// Massage Heights// Socialite Body Essentials for men //Nike Men’s shorts 


Fit Life, PCOS

Advice I’ve Gotten As a Pregnant Woman

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I’ve been pregnant for all of 18 weeks now and I get all sorts of tips and advice from women almost everyday.  Some I will actually incorporate and others…..I’m not so sure about yet.

Here are the top three tips I have heard so far:

1. Let’s talk about SEX.

Okay, so I was told by more than one person to keep your sex life up all 9 months. Yes, all nine! It may involve some improvising towards the latter months but, I was told it will be well worth it. Some people think it helps prevent tearing during delivery by keeping blood fully circulating to those tissues down there making them would be more resilient and more elastic.   I suppose it couldn’t hurt to try it out!

2. Stay as calm and stress-free as much as possible.

Everything you feel, your baby feels!  

Now this one is probably the one I’ve heard the most from women, specifically older women like my grandmothers. They have all said your baby feeds off of your energy so, it is so important that you try to stay as calm as possible during this time. For anyone, stress management should be a part of their daily lifestyle but, especially for those of us carrying and nurturing a new life.

With hormonal changes, morning sickness, a growing to-do list, and the regular, day-to-day life responsibilities, this is something I struggled with a lot (and still deal with) in the very beginning of my pregnancy.  I am much more aware of my emotions now though and I am constantly finding new ways of getting things done while still making sure to take care of myself and my baby emotionally and physically.  
3. Exercise.

I’ve read this countless times and heard from other women just how important exercising while pregnant is. Long before getting pregnant, I always said that I would workout throughout my pregnancy.  That was before I knew that I would be one of the lucky ones to have extreme all-day nausea, vomiting, and unable to eat hardly anything so mustering up the energy to go workout was not about to happen.

I am 17 weeks pregnant now and feeling slightly better some days so I’ve started to doing some walking on the treadmill, light weight training videos, and great pregnancy workout videos I have seen online like those from knockedupfitness.com.  I’m easing my way up to 20 minutes a day, three days a week.  

Staying physically active can help to keep your body toned, give you more energy (pregnancy fatigue is real!), make your labor and delivery easier, and help you get that “snapback” after baby is born.  Of course, you should always, always, ALWAYS check with your doctor first before exercising while pregnant because every woman’s situation is different and may call for certain precautions.    

Moms, what is some advice you would give on pregnancy?