Born and raised in Omaha, heading to Missouri for college, and stumbling into Des Moines, I’m a Midwestern girl at heart. The older I get, the more I value the simple life.
Nothing could have prepared me for marriage and motherhood. It is simeltaneously the most amazing and most difficult job I have ever had. As crazy as somedays can be, the joy of feeling toddler arms around you saying, “I wuv you,” or a sloppy kiss at an unexpected moment is worth every bit of hair-pulling insanity our days can see. The days are long, but the years are short. I am fortunate to be at home full-time with my kids. Most days you can find us at the park, on playdates, reading books, watching PBS kids shows, playing trains, building blocks and using our imagination. It’s a world of wonder in our house, and I’m amazed everyday how the minds of little ones can put everything in perspective.
Teaching our kids about healthy food choices is key for long-term health. Since my son was diagnosed with food allergies, I’ve paid much more attention to what goes into our bodies. Together, we went on our journey to clean up our eating. Our family chooses to avoid GMOs, eat organic dairy and produce, grass-fed meat and free range eggs. I love buying fresh, local food, having a fruit basket filled with yummy, colorful items and meandering around farmer’s markets. I’m still working on taming my sweet tooth.
Justin and I want to set a good example for our kids by being physically activity individually and being active as a family. We want our kids to grow up with physical activity ingrained in who they are and what they do. Becoming a mom changed the way I view my body and my health. I have a greater respect and deeper appreciation for what the female body is capable of. I love CrossFit, kickboxing, strength training, dancing, Pilates, hot yoga and plyometrics. I want to challenge my body to be stronger, go farther and do more than I think it capable.
When we started paying attention to what we eat, it naturally led into what else we put in and on our bodies. I love using natural options, like essential oils, to keep our family healthy. A true skeptic at first, I’m now a firm believer in the power of essential oils!
People fascinate me. Their lives, their stories, why they are the way they are. I love non-fiction, biographies and documentaries. I also love a good deal, sipping Chai tea lattes in winter, photography, Banana Republic, Hobo Bags, the beach, and romantic comedies. There’s nothing better than being makeup-free, hair in an atrocious cheerleader bun with sweats and slippers on, snuggled under a blanket watching my shows like House of Cards, Glee, Biggest Loser, Parenthood, and So You Think You Can Dance.
The world encourages a certain way of life for our kids. Lazy bodies, chemically laden nutrition, and poor manners. I’m a mom on a mission to teach my kids more. This is my journey in raising happy, healthy, organically-grown kids.