As I was powering on the air bike, head down and sweat dripping, the perfect pump up song came over the load speakers that roared throughout the place. Eminem, Lose Yourself, a song I haven’t heard since walking out to a CIF basketball game my Senior year in high school. I would have laughed to myself and sang the lyrics I still remembered but I didn’t have the time or the extra breath to be honest as my partner and I were heading over to our next station. There are some moments and places that make you feel a little more badass than you really are… this place and moment was one of them!

 

From the moment I walked into McAlister Training to the second I walked out, I felt like I escaped into a place where regardless of age, gender or physical ability, you were going to kick ass and work hard. Ladies and Gents, McAlister’s owners Michael and Lauren  have the recipe down… good people, detail oriented workouts,  top-notch equipment, and a community of people who all care and want the best for one another. Plus they had bobby pins and endless hair ties in the bathroom.. need I say more? If you want to workout at a place that makes you feel like you belong, look no further.

Somehow they made of mom of two kids feel like I was training in an Olympic Training center and  most importantly…. that I belonged there.

What I loved about this place is the fact that the groups are smaller, ours had 7 people so it felt a little like a personal training session. For 55 minutes went from station to station where we completed 3 rounds of the exercises, and at the end of each station we would gather as a group and do a few things to get our heart rates up before a few minutes rest. From TRX bands to weighted ball lunges, each station worked a different part of our bodies and kept us engaged. This workout flew by, in fact I don’t even remember seeing a clock there come to think of it!

 

 

 

I wasn’t the best at all the stations and I certainly wasn’t in the best shape but it didn’t matter, the energy that Micheal brought combined with the unbelievably good playlist had all 7 of us in the room pumped to be there.

 

The focus was not on who was best, but on how many reps I could do in a certain amount of time, so I never felt a pressure to keep up with those around me. I was at my own pace and motivated by those around me doing the same.

As mamas we are taught to stay in our comfort zones. Quite often people equate risk taking with bad mothering, and to be honest I haven’t found anything to be more untrue. Instead of giving ourselves reason why we can’t, we need to give ourselves reason why we can. We can and we should be out here pushing our boundaries and bodies.. heck we created humans, we can take on a good workout. This workout did more for me than just kick my ass, it showed me that I can still rock out to a good playlist and push my own limits. Never underestimate what a good workout with good people can do for you, McAlister fitness is the way to go.

 

 

Interested in a bundle of free classes? We are running a giveaway on my Instagram, enter HERE

Have the best week!

 

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Pink Champagne Cake, Pink sugar crystals, and fancy crystal cups was all we needed to celebrate Galentines Day at the cutest place we know, Madonna Inn!! You guys, this places is like your grandma’s house on steroids, so many trinkets and detail with so much color, especially PINK! My sister in law Grace and I decided we wanted to do something special for our girls and there was no doubt Madonna Inn was the ultimate place for girls breakfast and dessert!  We invited my cousins, who I do everything with, and we all got dressed up and went for breakfast. Georiga (3), Lula (2), Rosie (6 months) and Marlowe (2 months) all experienced this amazing place for the first time.

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A tradition is born

We started a tradition that every Galentiens day we will dress up and take the girls to Madonna Inn, even when they are in school we will let them go to school late! Since Gavin says Rosie can never date, I will be certain she always has a plan for cupids day so she won’t ever need a real date! Im kidding but Gavin is 100% serious.  Poor Wyatt wasn’t in attendance but happily hanging with my Dad, his Papa, at the trailer yard. I have to think of a special day once a year we cerebrate with just him, let me know if you have any ideas!

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We started thinking about who the girls valentines will be and the only answer we felt was appropriate at this age was the cutest single guy we know, Uncle Scotty! We love him, he is handsome, good manners, gentleman, and loves loves loves our girls so we decided to ask him in a sweet little way! He obviously said yes!

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Have the best week! So happy seeing all your Kindness Challenge Ideas!

xo, Stephanie

Happy Monday everyone! I am so beyond excited to do this challenge with you all. I feel a little funky calling it a challenge because doing kind things should come easily and naturally however when life gets going and our own days get busy and full of things it can be a challenge to actually stop, be conscious, and do something kind for someone. Knowing there are people like you out there who are consciously trying to make this world a better place warms my heart. You people are good.

SO where do we start? Week 1 will start in the most important place we have, home. That doesn’t necessarily mean the home you grew up in or the four walls that surround you… home can be a place you feel most comported and peaceful. Maybe your “home” is the gym, your workplace, a sorority house or relatives home. Home is where you go to fuel up, where you are energized and appreciated by those you love.

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.” – Mother Theresa

The reason we are starting at home is because taking care of those love and showing them kindness is MOST important. Once we get don with the home we will work our way out and out, each week will be a different “place!”

So.. HERE Is what we are doing this week! Starting simple.

Take a piece of paper, a sticky note, some tape and a pen. We are going to write a random note, a word of affirmation, a positive saying, a kind sentiment and sticking it in a place that our loved one will see. This is simple, I know. I truly believe that starting simple, will help us with the longevity in creating habits of kindness. Sure you can keep it simple, or make it extravagant, totally up to you!! Be creative with where you hide it! Choose a spot or a saying that will really resonate with that person and make it thoughtful! You can do one note or you can take your person all around your home in a little scavenger hunt, you do what you feel prompted to do! Just be sure to write it out, there is something so unique these days about things that have been written by hand not over the phone or email!

For example, Gavin and Wyatt are in the shower right now so I decided to write Gavin a note and put it in between his ties! I know he will be going through them in the next few days getting ready for work!

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For Wyatt, I am going to put his little note in a book we will read! He may not fully understand what it is, but when we find it I will act surprised and be sure to read it to him aloud!

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Here are some ideas I was thinking of too!

Note in the..

Coffee maker – inside the refrigerator – in a shoe –  in a jacket pocket – in a planner book – On the windshield of the car – Mailbox – Where someone will look up and see – taped to the back of the channel changer –

Be sure to take pictures of your ideas, I am going to keep a collection of all our photos and share them! We have a group of over 100 people, literally all ages which I LOVE so you are not alone in this challenge and I want to create a little community! You can put it up on Instagram and tag me or email me at Scburkard@gmail.com!

Good luck people! We have all week  so go small and do one note or go big and do some for your entire family! I am proud of all of you guys, this world needs more of this!

Have THE best day!

xo, Stephanie

 

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Hey everyone! Hope this post reaches you at a happy time in your day, I am certainly grateful you guys are here. I just put both babies to sleep and am finally reaching my computer, still in my pajamas! On days that we go, we go hard and the opposite goes for the days we do little! Side note, why is it that the second we acknowledge that our kids are asleep or leaving us alone… we are jinxed. I swear two seconds after I wrote to you guys that they were sleeping I heard a loud cry from sweet Rosie who obviously heard my sigh of relaxation and knew it was her time to shine. She now joins me on the couch… motherhood!!!!

Anyways, as I sat today I thought I would share with you guys 5 things I’m extremely grateful to have lately in life/motherhood! These days, I have been on a serious chucking spree of all the crap in our house that we don’t use. Man, it feels SO good, way better than I anticipated to be honest. When I only keep in our house what we use and need daily or weekly, I am reminded of just how much I love the products that WORK. I am going to link them below, but here are a few I’m super into right now!

 

BABY JUMPER

Being the second child, I’m certain Rosie spends too much time in this, but to be honest its been a total lifesaver. She jumps and jumps until she sometimes falls asleep and I feel like a horrible mom when that happens but she loves it! We hang it right next to our kitchen so she feels like she’s hanging with us all. Find it HERE

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MUNCHKIN FOOD TEETHER

You guys, these are like 3 dollars a teether and Rosie loves them! This morning I actually put a little banana in there for her and she gnawed on it for about 25 minutes. If her teeth are hurting I will put a frozen berry or something in there and she gets so excited! Plus it helps them with hand eye coordination! Find it HERE

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KIDS PLATES

Wyatt is getting better each day at eating off a plate with his utilises. These are the cutest and best plates I have come across! I wash them over and over because Wyatt will only eat off the blue plate and they retain the same quality and color.  have seen them SO many places way overpriced but Wal Mart has them in a bunch of different colors for 2 dollars a plate so buy them there!  Link is HERE.

 

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PASSION PLANNER

I recently started writing things out in my new planner and I can’t tell you how much better I feel about my life. I am 100% fly by the seat if my pants mom and not nearly as organized as I should be but I’m trying! When I’m able to look at my month on paper its much easier and really helps! This passion planner also includes areas where you can talk about your highlights/goals and reflections so it makes you stop and think! You can find it HERE or personalize your own HERE

 

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BEDTIME READS

Reading goodnight moon 173 times can get a bit boring so upon listening to Oprah’s Podcast with Maya Angelou, I decided to pull this book from our little library. Reading something written by someone who has such compassion, drive and determination to make this world a better place makes reading it really special. I like shaking things up and bringing in new, fun books and this is my current favorite. I found it on Barns and Noble, a hardback for just THREE DOLLARS! Find it HERE

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Hope you guys check these products out! I am going to try to do more posts about my favorite items whether it be motherhood, beauty, fitness or places to go! I am currently in the process of looking for summer bathing suits because we are headed back to Kauai and bringing Gavin’s family with us!

Have the best day!

Stephanie

 

I would be lying if I told you I was the type of mom who had to have the perfect, organic, local menu each night for dinner. In fact, I often fall short to Mac N Cheese and hot dogs more than I should. But when I get the opportunity to serve my family quality food, I never turn it down. Last week, Central Coast Meats took us on board, to a farm in the middle of nowhere, showed us their operations and completely changed my perspective.

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Ever reach your mid life crisis in your early twenties? Personally never heard of it until I met with  Kyle Clement, one of the founders of Central Coast Meats. That “early” life crisis led him away from a desk job at a software company and into the pastures and wide open spaces 24 miles outside Santa Margarita, California. I am always a huge fan of those who pursue their passions with heart and determination and Central Coast Meats is the perfect exmaple of just that.

 

Along with his co founder, Dylan Sweet and under the mentorship of Avenales Ranch sixth generation owner, Daniel Sinton birthed a company that believed in an alternative and different way to raise and sell meat. A way that I, as a mother and the cook in the kitchen am extremely excited to share with you guys today!

To reset the local meat standard through transparency, education, innovation, and integrity.

Central Coast Meats

 

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A Room With A View

When we drove up to the farm, we met Daniel Sinton who is the mentor and owner of the acreage where Central Coast Meats comes alive. Daniel shared stories of his six generation operation and instantly we were hooked,  Old school ways have always had our hearts and the combination of his old school ways and Kyle’s new ideas and energy made for quite a dynamic and innovative duo.

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They took Wyatt on the horses, let him ride on the tractors and gave us a tour of what felt like a mini slice of paradise. Daniel even graciously shared with us his wine, whose grapes were literally in sight of where we were standing. Gavin and I made eye contact about 50 times in agreement that we would do anything to live out in a place like that.

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After running around and chatting a bit, they took us to where the animals are raised. I was in awe. In the middle of a huge beautiful green pasture were the homes of the chickens. Talk about a room with a view. They were happy, healthy and Kyle showed us the ins and outs of raising them. The same went for all the animals there, as we drove in we were greeted by cattle, and as we toured the place we had Blue, Kyle’s Great Pyrenees by our side. This is how animals should be raised and treated regardless if they are family pets or livestock. Seeing how this company operated was awe inspiring.

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Enter the Box. Literally a box of fresh meat from this amazing little slice of paradise to your front door, all with an easy click of a few buttons. This meat box is my new obsession and it is FULL of goodies. The box we received today had steaks of all sorts and a beautiful full chicken. There is nothing fresher or more personal than Central Coast Meats, they do it how it should be done. Bottom line.

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“You and your family have the right to transparency and wholesome food. You also have the right to a damn good dinner on a Friday night, and a few beers to get you there, if you so choose. We are here to make sure that happens.”

Central Coast Meats

How do you get this box to your door? Order it HERE! Click of a few buttons and you’ll be right there with us! The prices are competitive to any organic and pasture raised meat and in my opinion, the quality is unbeatable! If you want to enter in my Instagram Giveaway, we will be picking one Lucky winner to receive a box of their own! CLICK HERE

 I can’t promise the days of Mac N Cheese will end, because I know I would be lying if I said that. However, now that I am more aware of the options I have right in front of me in Central Coast Meats, to provide my family with wholesome food, I will certainly be making the choice I know my family deserves

Have THE best week,

Stephanie

 

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