A Few Amazon Favorites

Here are a few of my favorite purchases from the last year. Most of them are connected to the health and fitness regimen we have been focusing on, but there are a few other random standouts that I have really enjoyed having around. 
The Sculpt Scanner was a gift for Dave originally, but I started using it and I LOVE IT. It is a great way to measure your body fat and muscle quality. After having kids our scale has not been a reliable source for my progress and my health. This has been a fun way to see what areas of my body are improving, even though my weight hasn't changed much post pregnancy. 

I have never been a coffee drinker or soda drinker, so caffeine is kind of a new thing for me. This pre-workout drink has been a game changer- it has BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids which are the basic building blocks of protein) and gives me a boost of energy to get through my evening workouts. 

Bluetooth headphones make running on …

Ferlin Diaper Bag

I LOVE THIS BAG. I'll give you five reasons, to keep it brief.

BACKPACK. One strapped diaper bags have a way of swinging off my shoulder at precarious times, nearly hitting my children whom I am bending over to pick up. It also is much more comfortable to wear and lug around. POCKETS. I love well designed products that think of their users and their needs. There are insulated pockets to keep bottles warmMicrofiber lined sunglasses pocketWallet pocketPhone PocketWater bottle pockets on the exterior sidesLaptop sleeve (I use it for a changing pad)Pockets lining most of the interior, great for separating all the small stuffZIPPERS. This bag was made with great zippers. They are high quality, smooth, strong, and run deep on the sides of the bag, letting you open it as much or little as necessary. NEUTRAL. The coloring is perfect for any outfit, whether I'm wearing it or my husband. SIZE. When I needed to upgrade my diaper bag with the birth of my second, I knew I needed something w…

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

A Few of my Favorite Things for $20 or Less

Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara - TARGET $5.89
I love the intensity of the black with this mascara, when a little bit goes a long way, you can move extra quick when you're running late. 

Miracle Baby

Lily Rey Monson

4-22-2016 7:23 pm 8 lbs 2 oz 21 inches
I was up all evening on April 19th with consistent contractions every 3-8 minutes. With Calvin's delivery process I was sent home from triage FOUR times, and as a result I am incredibly paranoid about raising the alarms for just the early phases of labor. I sent my mom a text suggesting she get on a plane in the next 24 hours, then went downstairs to watch Harry Potter for the billionth time and to try to get some sleep. 

The next few days were such a treat. My Mom had flown into town and was ready to jump into baby delivery action. We walked, shopped, walked, ate, walked, talked, walked, and walked some more. Between her and my two sisters who live nearby we must've walked a marathon in 3 days time. 

One evening we walked my sister Chelsee's neighborhood in Holladay for 2-3 hours. It was pitch black by the time we got back and I realized with horror that my wedding ring was gone. I had taken it off sometime during the walk (…

Worth the Wait

Calvin James Monson March 28th, 2014 12:27 am 8 lbs 11.5 oz 22 inches long

It all started on Monday, March 24th at 12:00 am. I woke up in a puddle of fluid in our bed. David was in the bathroom and I hurriedly called out to him that my water had broken! He came out and observed it closely, including a nice close sniff to insure that it was not urine instead (he always has been a brave soul). We drove out to Banner Estrella Hospital in Avondale at 3:00 am and were introduced to the joy of OB GYN Triage. They tested me (three different times) for a ruptured amniotic sac and each test came back negative. They sent us home packing at 5:30 am. I was disappointed and embarrassed to be going home, but knew it was only a matter of time before labor started out on it own naturally. We followed up with our Doctor at his office in Goodyear that afternoon and he stripped my membranes to progress labor. He then discretely suggested that if we were to come into the hospital while he was on call that he …

Live Your Life..

Hiking in Lamani, Belize
As many of my Instagram and Facebook photos indicate, we do a lot of hiking in our little Monson family. I have received a lot of skeptic looks and prying questions as to whether or not I really enjoy being "outdoorsy." The truth is: I would never do the biking, diving, hiking and/or camping that we do without the enthusiasm and encouragement from my guy Dave.

Scuba Diving with Sharks in Grantsville, UT
Which lead me to wonder, why is it that women are told, taught, and expected to hate being outside? My thoughts:

It is really hard to go pee. I mean, talk about a messy, dusty, unsanitary, and an awkward balancing act. I'm not even going to go into the fear you feel when you realize too late that you've chosen an exposed location...Spiders. Enough said.Make up.. do you wear it to at least look decent for the first hour of the adventure, only to have it melt and fade without hope for correction or touch up? Or do you take the heroic route and sta…