Blake Brody Barre Shoes

I want to talk about shoes today.  I mean, is there a more universally popular topic than shoes?  Well, maybe, but shoes are definitely up there.  I am a loyal shoe person.  I find shoes I like and I stick with them.  Recently, I’ve translated this loyalty into my studio shoes.  When I teach barre or pilates I usually either go barefoot or wear sticky socks with grips on the bottom.  I’ve tried wearing my old ballet slippers but found that they were actually way too slippery for the intense movements in barre and pilates that require a lot of grip with your feet.

Blake Brody Barre Shoes 1

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A Day at Davis Farmland

Last Thursday I took Cooper to Davis Farmland in Sterling, Ma.  It was about a 90 minute drive for is from the Cape but it was 100% worth every second!  We had gone last year, but Cooper was a lot younger then.  This year, he enjoyed it so much more.

Davis Farmland 2

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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Delicious Eats + A New Workout

Hello and happy Friday!  We’ve had a week of beautiful weather here and I’m hoping it will hold up for the weekend.  Yesterday I took Cooper to a farm and he absolutely loved it.  I’ll give you guys more info next week! What are you up to this weekend?

Friday's Food and Fitness

Welcome to Friday’s Food & Fitness!  Two new recipes plus a new workout, woo hoo!

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The Best Way to Wash Your Workout Clothes

Maybe this is something we don’t talk about much but have you ever been in a fitness class or working out at the gym and all of a sudden you smell something?  Like something bad?  After a quick check, you (hopefully) realize it isn’t you.  And you stealthily move away.  But sometimes you get a little unlucky and realize that stench is coming from you!!!

So how do you avoid these embarrassing situations?  You wash your workout clothes but why do they sometimes still smell?  Here’s how to wash your workout clothes so they don’t smell and you don’t ruin your expensive leggings!

Wash Workout Clothes

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Balancing It All

When I started my blog nearly four (!) years ago, I felt I needed a space where I could escape my law office environment and explore things that really mattered to me like fitness, life and family.  Now today I no longer work in an office all day long and I’m a mom of a very active one and half year old.  My idea of balance is very different than it was when I started blogging.  

Some of my friends don’t believe in the concept of balance.  There is no such thing as a balanced life and you can’t be everything to everyone all the time.  I completely agree that doing everything and everything all the time is impossible, but I still believe in balance.  There are some days when I feel like an excellent mom.  I spend the entire day with Cooper, we do fun things like go to the park or go swimming, we eat meals together and I’m completely engaged with him all day.  Ironically, those are the days I often feel like I get nothing done! 

family farm day

Other times I feel like I’m on top of my fitness game.  I’m doing things to improve my online and in-studio workouts, I’m filming videos and I’m creating newsletters. I’m writing my blog, photographing and planning out posts on these days.  But on those days I feel like I don’t spend as much time with Cooper.

cooper 19 months beach

Then there are days where I manage to squeeze a little of everything in and feel confident that I got things done and spent time with my family.  I also feel a little underwhelmed with what I accomplished!  You see there is no perfect balance for me, only an attempt to try and do the things that make me the most happy most of the time.  I wouldn’t want to spend all day every day doing kids things and I wouldn’t want to spend all day everyday working out.  I try to find a medium.  

balance

Is this easy?  No way!  I often feel like I can’t do it all or didn’t focus on one area enough. I told my husband the other day that I have so many business ideas and I just want someone to do it all for me.  Make it happen!  Well, I don’t and it doesn’t.  But that’s ok.  I still spent the afternoon hanging out with the little man rather than pushing forward.  

It’s funny, but when I started this blog I felt like I needed to impose balance into my life since so much of my life was dictated by working long hours.  Now I’m completely in control of my time yet I still find that I need to implement balance in my life.  I can’t say I always do it and I can’t say this blog makes me have more balance in life anymore, but I can say that I try!  And that’s all I can ask for!

Readers, do you think you live a balanced life?  Do you believe in balance?  What makes you happy?