My Favorite Workout APPS for Home & Travel


Okay, I admit it…. I get bored with working out.

I have been a runner since high school and have enjoyed that form of exercise as well as self-care. There is nothing like taking off on a run, with the wind blowing against your face and just the road ahead.

I love it.  I have completed several half-marathons; I work much better at consistency when I have a goal, so when I am training for a race, I will meet my weekly goals for running much better.  

As I get older, my body tends to fight me more when I run.  Achilles issues from 20 years ago are flaring up and this body is just not what it used to be at nearly FIFTY!  (Yikes, did I say that!???  I am getting close at 48!)

So I have found that some other exercise options work much better for me.  With the travel I have been doing this summer and my love of variety, there are a few APPS that I have grown to love.

Get ready to kick your exercise routine into gear.  Whether you have 10 minutes, 25 minutes or an hour – you will find these so helpful in just telling you what to do, plus they are FREE!

What I love about these APPS:

Work out Anywhere!

Yep, whether you are at home, in a hotel or even outside at the park, you can break out the APP and pick a workout that fits your time frame and your location.



There is so much variety – here are your choices with each APP

SWork it – Lite:  You can choose form strength, cardio, yoga and stretching

SWork it Butt:  You have some serious rear end work – Brazillian lift, Rump roaster and Feel the Burn!

Work it Abs & Core:  Absolutely Awesome, Back Strength and Complete Core – all for FREE!

Set Your Desired Time

Only have 10 minutes to work out – no sweat – you can choose from 5 to 60 minutes.  

Examples of Exercises

I enjoy the real examples of people displaying the exercise for you on the screen, no second guessing what the move is suppose to be.  It also gives you vocal queues for the next exercise which keeps the flow going.

Find out more on this APP HERE

Run Keeper

My other favorite is Run Keeper, because when I do run and walk I like to keep track :-)  The  APP keeps track of your location and tracks your miles if you have the GPS on – which I truly enjoy.  When I do my treadmill walking, I can manually enter the distance and time, so it helps me keep an accurate record of my activity.

I am in the process of using a new treadmill desk that my hubby made for me so I can get work done while walking on my treadmill.  We are working on the details, but I will be sure to share the final result.  There are many different options for treadmill desks, but we have a great Treadmill so just needed to make a desk to fit onto so I could do a lot of my working while walking.


Energy and Focus for Moms – Yes, Please!



I had a different post to share with you all – Summer Salad recipes, so watch for that on Thursday – but I had a special announcement that is time critical and wanted to share this post with you today!  Read on…..

Summer is hard – kids are busy, temperatures are rising, there’s lots of travel with family vacations and relatives visiting and we can end up running our bodies just a little too hard.

That has been me this summer, traveling a lot.  I am so thankful for a tiny secret I keep right in my pantry (or find in my purse when I am away from home).

NingXia Nitro – the perfect afternoon delight!

Forget the afternoon coffee drinks to keep you going – Ningxia Nitro is a healthy alternative to chemical-laden, anti-nutritional energy drinks. Forget Red Bull,  5 Hour Energy drink, AMP or Rockstar – there is a NEW Rockstar in town!

What I love about Ningxia Nitro:

This powerhouse combines 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with naturally powerful ingredients to lift mental clarity and focus while also providing a surge of energy when needed.

It also is great for your fitness program – I used this during my last half-marathon instead of the traditional GU Energy a lot of distance runners use. It was fabulous and I felt great. 

I just drink it directly from the tube – but it can also be mixed with water.  

How can you get some Ningxia Nitro to add to your routine?  I have a great bonus and a very special announcement to share.

Beginning today, July 13th – August 14th – Young Living is offering a special, “Light the Fire” promotion on New Members who purchase a Premium Starter Kit by offering $10 off, that makes getting started with Young Living an even better deal!  

In addition, for a limited time I am offering some fun FREEBIES if you purchase a Premium Starter Kit with me.  You will get two samples of Ningxia Nitro – among some other goodies too!  A perfect way to get started with Young Living and also try my “afternoon delight”.

CLICK HERE to learn more and get started using therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living.

When Self-Care is Non-Negotiable


I’ve been away from blogging for two weeks – remember me?  My last post shared about the essential oils I planned to bring on my international trip.  Well, I returned from said trip on Sunday, having had a much larger adventure than I planned.

I arrived in Venice with a pulsing finger, infected from an earlier simple procedure my dermatologist had done – a huge bummer to deal with while overseas, but I did come armed and prepared!  Then I began having digestive issues which became a much bigger issue and I spent two days in a Croatian clinic dealing with that (the entire experience will be a complete blog post, so stay tuned for that!).  

We returned to our cruise ship after a crazy day of “The Amazing Race” type travel to enjoy the last three days of the cruise and had a great time.

But on the day of return our flight was delayed, we missed our connection and had one more day away from home.  I was exhausted, worn out and depleted beyond what I could ever imagine.

Usually I tend to just ‘buck up’ and keep pushing when things get a bit tough.  My plan was to come back to blogging Monday – yes, three days ago…..but that didn’t happen.  I was tired and I needed some time to adjust back to normal life.  I was away for 13 days – crazy!

But here I sit, trying to ‘get back to normal’ and I am severely struggling.  41XVyWa4iyL

While I was away on my vacation I read the book,  “Nourished:  A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep” by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph.  It was just what my mind needed to hear and my heart needed to have permission to feel.  I know see the timing of me reading this book, was not a by chance encounter, but a divine intervention.

So, instead of rushing back to a blogging schedule I am taking some time for self-care – to nourish my soul and get the rest my body was craving when I left on vacation, but certainly did not receive.  The saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation,” is certainly true for me this time around.

So I may be a bit infrequent here, but know I am caring for myself in ways I so encourage other moms to do, but rarely allow myself the grace to fit it in. 

I will be:

Sleeping when I am tired

Allowing God to speak to my worn out heart

Taking time to enjoy my kids during the first part of summer

Supporting and reviving my body – all naturally so it can serve me well  

Focusing on my marriage and being more intentional

Those are just a few of the things I will be more worried about than writing a blog post.  I am afraid if I don’t allow the time and space for my body to recover and fall in place, things could get rather ugly.

I love that word, Nourished.  I don’t know that I have ever even put it in the same sentence as myself – but for now….I am taking time to Nourish myself so I can be who God wants and desires me to be.

I’ll be back to share my adventure and some fabulous pictures with you too!

Learning to Live Well


The Fringe Hours - finding balance

Wow, it has been a quick four weeks – or was it just me?

Seems like this book was packed full of practical advice and steps for us to begin using those Fringe Hours and care for our needs.

I feel a bit of a failure, as I truly haven’t been able to make any physical changes to my routine yet….. but I guess it all starts with small whispers, and I can easily see how things need to be re-focused and altered.  It is up to me to just do it.

The last chapter struck me and I wanted to focus on these areas as we close this study.

Do you choose Joy?

I have shared in the past about my struggle with emotional balance – even though things are much better now and I am able to naturally support my mood, I can still find myself sinking into a funk –   I feel like I can easily lack seeing the joy in my life.   I quickly grab an essential oil (Joy being one of my favorites for my mood) and try to refocus and stand back from my situation for a few minutes.  Life gets too rush and things swirl fast, I get caught up and overwhelmed.  

I need a new perspective.

Joy is a choice and I need to remember that.

Will you celebrate your victories?

As we get older I think we lose the ability to celebrate small victories….. as things can come easily for us.  But what would happen if we truly gave ourselves credit for all the little victories, things we don’t see as “big deals” but really can be?

I tend to play down things that could be celebrated in my life….. I hate attention on myself, I am an introvert and love my own space, but I can see where me recognizing the small things could in fact be a very critical part of celebrating my WHOLE self.

So each day I think I will look for the small victory I can celebrate!

Are you thankful?

I can be better at this – and I loved Jessica’s suggestions:

Pray:  Thank God for the blessings he has given you.

Write:  Get a journal and write down what you are thankful for each day.

Send a note:  If you are grateful for someone, let them know.  A card always blesses people.

Acknowledge the gift in your heart:  You don’t have to do anything tangible.  Just mentally acknowledge the gift.

Great points to put into action.

I so appreciate you taking the time to go on this journey through The Fringe Hours with me.  I know that the message of this book will resonate with me for years to come.  I certainly do not have it all together right now, and I am still working on finding MARGIN (my word for 2015) which fits right in with using my Fringe Hours well.  

We all need to live happier, healthier and more balanced lives.  It is a work in progress!

Week Four : The Fringe Hours – Relationships


 Week four a

This week will run a bit different, you have all week to read three chapters as we discuss them on the Facebook page.  I will do a final closing post on Friday – so really take your time and allow this week to fill your heart, energize you and allow the message to sink in.

Being an introvert, I find it hard to be around a lot of people at a time – but I do enjoy doing activities and spending time with smaller groups.  Community – that is what we are truly made for – relationships.  

As a mom who works from mom, does most of her interactions online and has a husband who travels 3-4 days a week, I find myself in a little cocoon.   I find myself alone all week long, so this chapter was encouragement for me to stretch myself and make time to get out and meet up with friends.

I can’t wait to discuss what elements of these chapters truly resonate with you!

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand to be understood.”  Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Part 4, Live Well

Chapter 11, Cultivating Community

Chapter 12, Finding Rest

Chapter 13, Living Well

(you’ll need to click through to the website to view the video)

Hop over to the Facebook page and join in the discussion.  This is where the majority of the community will happen, although you are certainly welcome to comment here on the blog too!


The Fringe Hours Manifesto as a beautiful printable – what better way to remember what you are reading and trying to change in your life?  Click the link and download a copy right away. It will be an on-going source of encouragement and inspiration to help you pursue the kind of time for yourself that energizes your heart, soul and spirit.