Taking Care of Yourself While Pregnant


When I’m not pregnant, I have no problem living a healthy lifestyle… eating healthy meals, working out on the regular and just making sure I am taking good care of my health and fitness. During my pregnancies though, it’s a whole other story! During the first couple of months, I have no problem watching what I eat but when it comes to the middle of the second trimester and ALL of the third trimester… forget it! I want everything fatty, salty, sweet, and basically everything I would normally feel bad about consuming lol. That makes me so thankful for prenatal vitamins so that I can be reassured knowing that my body and my growing baby are getting the essential nutrients that I may not be providing with my current diet.


Forté Elements sent me a 30 day supply of their Prenatal+ and I was so excited to check it out. Not only is it packaged in a super cute box but it was already separated in different packets for each day. You know I love convenience and anything to make this mama’s life easier! I am always on the go so I just grab one and throw it in my bag to take to work. I used to purchase any brand of prenatal vitamins (typically the gummy ones) but honestly, after reading the benefits of this particular brand… I was sold. Here’s what Forté Prenatal+ helps with:

  • Maintaining a healthy pregnancy by providing nutrients that are essential for the health and wellness of both you and your baby
  • Maternal Nutrition and Baby Health


What sets them apart from the typical drugstore brands is that they are Pharmaceutical-Grade Quality. They are produced in FDA-compliant manufacturing facilities using pharmaceutical-grade manufacturing practices. Forté Elements is also supported by Medical Science. They are formulated by licensed physicians and based on published clinical research to provide the right blend of vital nutrients.

Sounds so legit right? Well, it is! I’ve been using this for over 2 weeks now and I feel so good knowing that I am providing my body and baby what they need to stay healthy during this pregnancy. Let’s be real… growing a human is tough and can take its toll on a woman so it helps to get the supplements you need from a trusted brand. Believe me, this is my 3rd time lol.

They also sent me some of their anti-nausea supplements and a packet of pregnancy exercises based on what trimester you’re in… so awesome! PLUS a meal plan. I might just have to do separate posts on these two topics so stay tuned! In the mean time, check them out here… they have much more than just prenatal supplements 🙂

*This post was in collaboration with Forté Elements. As always, all opinions are my own.


Suja Juice


I’ve been a happy Suja customer for awhile now. Their juices are not only organic and healthy but super delicious as well! So when they personally delivered me a box of of their cold-pressured juices, my face looked like Scarlett’s in that last picture of her on the swing haha! (They’re a local company here in San Diego). And I’m not gonna lie… it’s hard for me to get all my servings of veggies for the day in but their green juices make it easier for me to. If I were to choose just one of their flavors that I’ve tried as my absolute favorite, it would have to be the Green Delight… yum!! Scarlett loves it too! I love knowing that the juices I give her by Suja contain only organic and Non-GMO fruits and veggies.

You should check them out! I usually buy their juices from Costco and Target 🙂

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 11.43.32 PMI posted this picture of my baby bump and favorite suja juice on my Instagram a few months ago when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Landon!

Thanks to Suja for all the juices you gave me xo!


Body After Baby

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Working out during the early postpartum months is a super humbling experience. I just got cleared to work out a little over a week ago. I’ve been so eager to get back into shape so I literally started working out the day I got cleared, haha. But it wasn’t all easy peasy. I found myself constantly modifying the exercises, breathing harder, and taking longer breaks. Here’s what I’ve learned this time around:

  1. Let go of pride: I mean you literally just brought a human being into the world, it’s okay to modify your work out! Listen to your body. Being a Pure Barre instructor and dance teacher for years, I always pushed my clients and my students to their limits. Modifying work outs was not an option for me then. For now, it’s whatevs… yes, I’m that girl on her knees during forearm plank and the one taking longer water breaks 🙂
  2. Take a workout class: There is something about working out with a group of people that is extremely motivating. It must be the energy every one gives off but I’m definitely able to push myself harder in group classes.
  3. Plan to go to the gym with a friend: You are less likely to skip out on a workout when someone else is counting on you to be there. Yesterday, I barely had any sleep but since I planned to take a morning workout class with a friend, I ended up going. And you know what, I felt great after! I just ended up taking a nap with the babies later in the afternoon.
  4. Buy new workout gear: Anyone else feel like working out because of cute new workout clothes? I sure do! So splurge a little and give yourself a “push present” or two or maybe even three lol. I mean I’d rather spend money on new workout clothes than actual clothes right now until I get back to my pre-baby shape.

Read my Preggo Fitness Confessions from awhile ago here 🙂


Alicia Jones Shares Her Post-Baby Fitness Journey

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Everyone meet my super hot mama friend… Alicia Jones AKA Alpha Flex Fitness! She was pregnant with her adorable baby boy, Cruz, the same time I was pregnant with Scarlett… they’re literally a couple weeks apart! And now, she looks like that and I… well, I’m 30 weeks pregnant… enough said haha! As you can see, she has had an amazing body transformation. It just goes to show that there are really no excuses because she was able to do it all as a new mom too! And I know first-hand how hard it is to find the time (to even just take a shower, lol)Can you say GOALS?! I just had to interview her to get all the deets:

How was your pregnancy like?

My pregnancy went really well actually. I never had morning sickness or anything crazy. I felt happy all the time and the only “complications” were my son was breach so I had planned a C-Section. I actually didn’t workout at all and was pretty unhealthy. I craved McDonalds’ burgers and fries constantly! I also craved cookies, root beer, and deli meat! Haha! I ate out pretty much 3 times a day. It was bad. I was completely ignorant to having a “fit” pregnancy, mostly because, even before I was pregnant, I was also inactive and ate unhealthy. It wasn’t until after I had my son that I dabbled into getting into shape which lead me to educating myself on nutrition, etc… then I fell in love with it!

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What made you decide to take fitness seriously?

I wanted to lose my baby weight and I knew that meant I was going to have to get educated on diet and exercise. I had moments where I really wanted to try shakes, wraps, waist trainers, fat burners, anything that would help me see results quicker. Thankfully, my husband stopped me from buying into all these things and showed me a weight room. I trusted him and started doing my own research. I slowly became so fascinated with the fact that I could literally control my body by what I ate. Not just physically but health wise. I continued to research every day. I learned a lot from bodybuilding.com. I would print their 12-week trainers, sit and watch the “how to” videos and I would also use a lot of YouTube for inspiration. It took a while to see results, but I was feeling really good, I did my best to re-inspire myself everyday, always telling myself “Never give up on a bad day” (a saying that an old friend of mine shared with me once). Eventually, I really started seeing results and it excited me. I kept telling myself, “Why stop now? Let’s see what else we can do.” I reached a point where I felt so amazing all the time I just had to show people they could do it too. So I started studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer. I want to help people learn to love themselves, through fitness.

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How did you find the time to workout as a new mom?

The same way I find time to brush my teeth or eat, shower and sleep. I make it a priority. It’s never a matter of IF I am going to workout, its WHEN. When my one-year-old was little, he slept an awful lot so that made it easy. I had a mini gym in my garage to make it easier. Eventually he got to an age where I had to create separation between “gym time” and “home life.” My husband is also very active so on the weekends we swap watching him and during the week I pay for him to be watched. The gym became my “me time,” where I could walk in, put my headphones in and focus on just myself for an hour. It became an outlet for me, which in turn made me a better mother and wife. Oh and back when I was working full time, I woke up at 3:55 a.m. everyday to workout before work (which were 10 hour shifts by the way) while my husband and son slept. The key is making it a priority and if that meant losing sleep to get in my gym time, I did it.

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Who are your fitness inspirations?

This is a hard one! I have a lot of well-known professional athletes that I look up to like Jamie Eason & Ashley KaltwasserBut truthfully, I get a lot of my inspiration from my peers who are also on their own fitness journeys. I have more connection to people who I can really relate to. Celebrity’s & “Fitness Gurus” are great to look at but sometimes they can use their position to mislead people. I like to be inspired by the rawness of the journey.

Alex Garcia @BIGWOLF_FITNESS13– Working mother of two, living in Japan! She’s probably one of the coolest chicks I know, from her hair to her attitude. She speaks her mind and stands up for what she believes and I admire that. She’s also got huge biceps. (lol)

Chelsey Stoner @CHELSEYJSTONER A fitness competitor & 1st Phorm Athlete. She’s raw. She shows all sides of the fitness world. She shows her moments of success but she isn’t afraid to show you the ugly side of things, the struggle. I go to her for advice a lot.

Erica Capelli @ERICACAPELLI– Entrepreneur/Owner of ThirtyRack fitness apparel. She is the goofiest fit chick ever! She inspires me to be myself. She embraces all her flaws, she’s open about her life in such a connectable way, I magnetize to her. She’s got a mean six pack but truthfully, what I admire most about her is when I just started out, I messaged her asking for help, along with several other “gurus” or whatever we call them these days, she was the ONLY one to respond. Shes humble and I dig that.

Ashlee Nevares @XOASHLEENICOLE CPT, Health Educator, Bikini Competitor. She’s the one I always go to when I want to double-check anything health related. Shes a plethora of knowledge and I admire and respect her so much. Shes a health advocate, she does things the right way, by the book, which is the same way I like to do things. So I have kind of adopted her as my mentor. (Whether she knows it or not) 😉

Blythe Bratcher @LOTUSSOULYOGA– Yogi, Hair stylist & Reiki practitioner. She’s my crunchy, philosophical, yoga friend who lights my soul on fire. She inspired me to take up meditation & yoga. She inspires me on a deeper level than physical fitness, but overall spiritual, emotional and mental well-being. She helps me stay grounded, connected to the world and my energy/frequency I put I out into it.

Gurus I Follow: Ashely HornerNikki BlackketterHeidi SomersElle ChapleauJessica Arevalo, and Danielle Waltman (these are mostly YouTube and for entertainment).

Do you have any advice for postpartum women who want to get in shape?

Believe in yourself. You have to actually believe you can do it. You can have the body and health you desire, you just have to put in the work. Don’t compare yourself to other women, focus on you at all times. Nobody is perfect, but if you stop trying to fight your flaws and learn to embrace them, something magical happens. You feel beautiful all the time. You feel strong, you feel powerful and you dig up confidence you never knew you had. Be a little selfish! Spending time on yourself will make you a better wife, mother, sister, employee, etc. Surround yourself with positive motivation, fill your news feeds with fitness related content, it will remind you of your goals, even on days when you don’t want to be reminded. Make a commitment to be healthy for you and your children. Be an example. I am not special and I don’t have any secrets. I am just a woman who decided what I wanted and went for it. You can too but you gotta believe in yourself. Never tell yourself what you can’t do… find a way, not an excuse. You got this!

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Wow, talk about hard work and dedication! She truly is an inspiration. Follow Alicia’s fitness journey and continue to get inspired… Her IG is @alphaflexfitness and here is her YouTube channel! I still got about 10 weeks (give or take) left of my pregnancy but she gets me so excited to get back into shape as soon as I’m cleared to workout after giving birth!


Preggo Confessions

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(This was me 6 mos. postpartum, I lost the baby weight after 3 mos. of hard work & dedication)

One of the biggest challenges as a mother is “losing the baby weight,” unless you’re one of the lucky ones who were “all belly” and bounced back right after, haha. Thankfully, after 6 months, I was able to get back to my pre-baby weight but it was NOT easy. I was on a workout program and meal plan called “21 day fix” by BeachBody and it worked! The hardest part, besides the intense workouts, was skipping out on my “Iced Hazelnut Americanos” from The Coffee Bean for 3 weeks! You’re only allowed to drink black coffee with literally just a splash of non-fat milk. I’ve never been on such a structured meal plan before so it was definitely a challenge but if you’re serious about reaching a goal, its totally doable. As I was about ready to unfreeze my CorePower Yoga membership, I found out I was pregnant with baby #2!

To be honest, I should be working out way more during this pregnancy but let’s be real… working full-time, being a mother and wife is exhausting to say the least. Lately, my workout has been chasing my one-year-old around and taking my dogs out for their daily walk. Before my first pregnancy, I was a “workout-aholic,” healthy eating and self control just followed naturally (unless someone mentioned boba… my guilty pleasure). It definitely helped being a Pure Barre instructor and dance teacher, I was always burning calories.

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(Throwback to when I was a Pure Barre instructor. I miss living in Lululemon workout clothes)

Oh how things have changed! I complain to my husband every day about gaining weight and how it bums me out sometimes (yes, I know I’m growing a human but the scale has not been my BFF). The only things that can cheer me up are boba and a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts… HA! I make him promise to say no to me when I ask for a second round of sweets but get mad at him when he actually does try to stop me, #preggoproblems lol.

When I was pregnant with Scarlett, I gained a whoppin’ 55 pounds! This pregnancy, I’m right on track and aim to stay within the suggested weight gain of 25-35 pounds. Since I am heading into my third trimester next week, I made a vow to myself to take at least 30 minutes a few days a week to incorporate some pregnancy safe workouts into my busy schedule. Exercising during pregnancy isn’t about losing weight but more for helping moderate a healthy controlled weight gain. The benefits that come with working out during pregnancy are amazing! I will be posting about those health benefits in detail soon, along with my favorite pregnancy workout exercises!