Ola Brazil!

Hey friends!  We’ve had a bit of a whirlwind trip over here!  I’m still a little exhausted and trying to catch up on everything!  My blog feed is out of control! Anywho, back to the fun stuff. The Hubs has had to travel a lot for work the past year and half, which stinks because he usually isn’t home during the week.  And although I much rather have him home, one of the benefits is that I often get a short little trip to make sure he is staying out of mischief check out what he’s been up to.  Last year I spent a weekend in Mexico and this year I got to head down to Brazil!  It was my first time to South America so I was pretty excited!  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t so great.  Weather.com actually said it was supposed to be 30 degrees Celsius, which is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit.  Try 57 degrees and raining!  So I wasn’t exactly prepared in terms of my packing. So note to all you potential Brazil travelers, check the weather and don’t use weather.com!


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Favorite Prenatal Yoga Moves

Hey friends!  Hope you had a good weekend!  I’m a little behind because I’ve been out of the county on a fun, but short trip!  More details to come!  But let’s talk about some prenatal yoga!

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I’ve always been a huge fan of yoga, even before I was pregnant.  Now that I’m pregnant, I love it even more.  If my back is aching, my feet are swollen or I’m just feeling a bit tired, yoga just has a way of making me feel more energized yet also relaxed.  Of course, with everything in pregnancy, modifications are necessary.  I’ve put together a few of my favorite prenatal yoga moves that I’ve found either work well for pregnancy or are easily modified.*  Enjoy!

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I’m a Fit Mama!

Hi all!  It’s Friday!  Instead of Food & Fitness this week, however, I’m talking about being a Fit Mama!  That’s right!  I’m being featured today on Carly’s blog, Fine Fit Day, for Fit Mama Friday!  

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I’m SO excited about this because:

1.) I haven’t really wrapped my head around the fact that I’m someone’s mama yet.  So it’s really kind of cool.

2.) Carly is amazing and I love her blog. She’s an Aussie just like the Hubs.  They actually grew up about 35 minutes from each other.  Small world!

So please head on over to Carly’s blog today and check me out on Fit Mama Friday!  Oh and don’t forget there’s still time to enter my giveaway for your chance to win a $50 Athleta gift card!



Happy Blogiversary MOB!

Hello friends!  Guess what!?  Today My Own Balance turns two!  I can’t believe I have a toddler on my hands. :)

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Seriously though, when I started blogging in 2012  I had no idea what it really meant to have a blog.  I just kind of saw a few other blogs and thought, “I can do that.”  I had no idea the people I’d meet and how my content would evolve and grow.  I had no clue the opportunities that this little space on the internet would open up for me.  I started My Own Balance as a way to try to find more balance in my life, which I didn’t feel like I had a lot of working in a law firm.  It was a way for me to focus on two things that I find really important: healthy living and enjoying life.  Neither of which were supposed to be a priority to me at the time.  Things have changed so much since when this blog started but one thing has stayed the same and that is my eternal gratefulness to you all for stopping by here to check out what’s going on!  

For more on my blogging story and career change, read here and here.

And because this is fun for me… I like to recap my top posts as selected by my lovely readers:

1. Barre Week- The Best At-Home Barre Workouts

2. Barre Week- The Best Barre Classes in NYC

3. Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Recap

4. Getting My Pilates On: Blogilates Review

5. Les Mills: The World’s Best Fitness Classes 

And a few of my favorites:

1. Three

2. All of my Video posts (because they are a lot of work!).

3.  The Great Barrier Reef

4. How to Start Your Own Fitness Business

5.  Fitness Biathlon

Normally on birthdays we like to shower the birthday person with love and gifts, but today I want to shower YOU with love and gifts!  I’ve got an awesome giveaway planned!  One lucky reader in the U.S. or Canada can win a $50 gift card to Athleta!  Woo hoo!  Enter the in the rafflecopter below!

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Making Prenatal Modifications to Your Workouts

Hi there!  How’s your week going?  I’m nearing the end of my 23rd week today (24 starts tomorrow!) and I feel like I have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t work in terms of prenatal exercise.  While I LOVE all of my prenatal DVDs made specifically for preggo ladies, I do still miss some of my pre-pregnancy workouts.  Luckily I haven’t had to give them all up!  I have already mentioned in a previous post my favorite prenatal workouts, well today I’m going to tell you how I’ve been making prenatal modifications to make them work for my growing belly.* 

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