Gift Guide: Lovely Ladies + GIVEAWAY!

header collage The woman in your life deserves to have that feeling she used to get when she was a kid on Christmas morning.  Most of us moms think about what we want for Christmas last, if at all.  Before that is EVERYONE else.    SO here’s a glimpse into what women really want.

Apparently all the cool, fit moms are WILD for Orange Theory, so a membership and pre-paid child care would make many moms the happiest ever.  If you paired that with some fab Lululemon workout wear, you may just win the hubby of the year award!

I would still love that Moon and Lola necklace and the stackable eternity bands for each child from my 2013 gift guide for her. In addition to that, I always ask for anything monogrammed, a membership to J.Crew’s jewelry of the month club, a maid that comes weekly, and pre-paid monthly facials.  Realistically, I actually need snow gear: Boots, pants, accessories.  I’m really hoping this winter brings lots of snow!  That’s not too much to ask for, right?  LOL!  Here are a few other items to make every lady in your life swoon.

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Meet Shani

Today’s Five for Friday is Shani.  She and I went to high school at Christian Brothers.  She was tall, pretty, smart, athletic, funny, and always nice to everyone.  Since then she graduated from San Diego State, went to graduate school in New York, got married, had two adorable little boys, launched a website, and published a book: It’s Time For Your Checkup What To Expect When Going to a Doctor Visit!  Phew, that’s a lot of accomplishments.  Thankfully this over-achiever is happily sharing expert tips on her website Child Life Mommy.  One post at a time, she’s helping the rest of us tackle doctor’s visits, everyday life, and even potty training.  “Like” her Child life Mommy FB page for more tips from our Child Life expert.

Meet Shani


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Meet Kim


It’s Friday!!!  I have a mama for you to meet that is multi-talented.  Not only is she a beautiful mom to FOUR boys, but she can sew and bake!  Two things I am not good at and wish I was.  I totally admire this mama.  She’s soft spoken but has big talents and bigger ideas.  You can stop by her Etsy Shop Olive & Willow to shop some adorable hand-made blankets, bibs, and hats for the little ones.  And follow her blog Sew Sugar Sow, to learn a thing or two about baking, gardening, and creating one of a kind items.  How on earth does she find the time to balance it all?  Read on to find out.

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Meet Cam!

Hey mamas!

Happy Valenitine’s Day!  I hope you have a great day!  Smooches to each and every one of you!!!  I wish I could give you all a bouquet of my favorite flowers.  So here’s a virtual bouquet.


It’s Friday and we all know what the means!  Meet Cam.  I’ve known Cam for about as long as I’ve known my husband.  He, Cam, and Ricky all went to high school together.  But Nick and Cam knew each other even before that.  They go way back…all the way to elementary school!  Cam is the kinda girl that calls it like she sees it.  She’ll give you the shirt off her back if you need it.  She has a 6th sense about people.  She can instantly be able to tell if something is bothering you.  And she wants to know what it is so she can fix it.  She’s great with her boys and she’s awesome with everyone else’s kids too.  Cam is always the calm cool and collected mom.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s not a pushover, she’s just mellow.  We know that she’s an amazing cook, especially of the Paleo variety, but she’s also crazy creative.  She is a whiz with invitations and she started making Cam wraps.  If you are a crossFitter, you know what these are all about.


Hi ladies, my name is Cam Harder, you may remember me from my Paleo posts from a few weeks back.  I am excited to be back again so soon for Five for Friday.  I will start by saying I have lived in Folsom since I was 2 years old and have NEVER left, I know shocking!!  I married my high school sweetheart 13 years ago and have been together for a grand total of 19 years, ok now I feel old.





We have two handsome little boys Drake (8) and Issac (6).  We are a very active family that does just about everything together.  When Ricky and I first got pregnant everyone teased us that our lives were going to change so much once we have kids.  I’m happy to say it hasn’t changed that much.


Yes, we now have double the sports to attend and a lot more homework to do, but our motto has always been “our kids will live our lives, we won’t live theirs”.


We all do sports year around and as you will quickly figure out below we are all obsessed with CrossFit, especially Folsom City CrossFit.  I hope you enjoy my Five for Friday.


Currently Coveting

My Reebok Nano 2.0’s!! I just spent the last 3 days on my feet for total of 24 hours working a Showcase at my company’s annual sales conference.  After the three long days in boots and flats, I slid my feet into my Nano’s and all of the hurt was gone.


I wear these shoes every day for CrossFit but never truly appreciated their comfort as much as I did after those long three days of standing on a concrete floor.  I struggled with arch and shoe problems for a while when training for half marathons.  I ended up with injury after injury because of my running shoes, I never found the shoe that worked for me.  So when I started CrossFit a year and a half ago, I was really nervous to try a flat shoe that didn’t give me much support.  To my surprise Reebok Nano 2.0’s was just what my foot needed.  I am a “take-off-my-shoes-the-minute-I-walk-into-my-house” kinda girl, but when I am wearing my Nano’s I often don’t kick them off until I am heading up to bed.  These are good for more than just CrossFit folks.  I bought my mom a pair and she wears them for walking and loves them too!!


Reebok Nano 2.0 $109.99

I really love my…

Anything Lululemon!!  “Hi, my name’s Cam Harder and I’m an addict, a Lulu addict.”  I blame this horrible addiction on my best friend Nicole!  What are best friends for, if not to take the blame for your shopping addictions?  I love anything and everything that this company makes.  But my two top favorites are their In The Flow Crops, I seriously own them in every color and their Mula Bandhawear Thongs.  These crops and underwear are God’s gift to any girl that works out.  Part of the reason I love Lulu so much is I struggled for a really long time to find a brand of workout clothes that I didn’t spend my workout fighting with.  I had tried every brand under the moon when my BFF introduced me to Lululemon and the rest is history.  The In The Flow Crop is my all-time favorite for many reasons but the #1 reason being the waist band.  Let’s face it my two sweet, adorable little boys left me with some extra skin after they exited the womb.  The waist band on the In the Flow Crops rides high enough to keep everything tucked in without the uncomfortable cutting into my skin leaving everything nice and smooth.  The Wunder Under (high/low) fits the same way.


In The Flow Crop $78  


Wunder Under (high/low) $92

Guilty pleasure…

Have I mentioned Lululemon yet?  Ok I know this is totally over kill and I swear I don’t work for Lululemon (although I sometimes wish I did).  This is my total guilty pleasure, if I could spend my whole paycheck at this store I would in a heartbeat.  I know I told you I really love my In the Flow Crops and my Wunder Under (high/lows) but I would live in this top all day every day if my husband would let me.  The Healthy Heart pullover is my favorite top by far.  I wear it with jeans, leggings, crops and shorts.  Did I say I wear it all the time?  I have it in black, but I REALLY hope they make it again and in more colors.  I just might buy them ALL!!  That’s the one disadvantage to Lulu, if you don’t jump on it you might miss out of a gem.  So if you see something you love buy it!!  Because I guarantee you that within a week or so it will be gone.  So what are you doing?  Go shopping at Lulu NOW!!


Fave beauty items:

Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara.  All I can say is amazing!!  I have been using this for a new years now and love it.  It is smudge, flake, smear-resistant for up to 24 eye-opening hours. It is tear proof (I have tested it) but is removed easily with warm water.  If I just don’t feel like washing my face after a night of wine and dancing with my girls.  I don’t wake up a scary mess either.


Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara $16.00


If you caught what I said in my first fave beauty item I’m not that great at washing my face each night.  I know I know, I get in trouble for this all the time.  But a product that I just love and keeps my skin in good balance comes from my good friend Shannon at Sugar Mama’s Skin Studio.  I have really dry skin and working out 6 days a week doesn’t help.  So I was my face as often as I remember with Lemieux Peptide Foaming Cleanser.

Recent mommy moment…

As I mentioned earlier, I’m a MOB (mom of boys) and I wear that badge proudly.  I am actually really happy I didn’t have a girl because as girly as I am, I’m just a “boy mom” at heart.  I don’t give my sympathy to falls, the words out of my mouth after falls are usually something along the lines of “Is there blood?” or I yell “Safe!!”  like they just made the game winning slide into home plate.  Every once in a while, I wish I had a girl in the house with me.  It usually hits me when I’m getting a pedicure and the mom and daughter next to me are so darn cute together.  But this next “moment” is one where I was for sure wishing I could roll my eyes at the boys with my daughter.

I’m downstairs making dinner, the hubs is on the couch and the boys are running around being crazy with their walkie talkies.  Issac my youngest was down in the kitchen with me and Drake was upstairs.  Issac says, “Drake, Drake, come in Drake.  DRAKE!!  WHAT ARE YOU DOING DRAKE?”  Yes he was yelling at this point and it’s DEAD quiet on the other end.  All of a sudden I hear “PPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS” that’s right ladies, Drake was in the bathroom peeing with the walkie talkie on so Issac could hear him.  We all started laughing hysterically and all I could do was shake my head and say “Boys!!”.

Love it all!  Cam is, seriously, the best!  Thanks for taking the time to share all your tips, favorites, and mom moment with us!

Have a great Valentine’s Day!


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Meet Hillary

Meet Hillary


Seriously, I have someone special for you today.  I know, I say that every week, but it’s true!  Hillary is truly the whole package.  She’s the nicest girl you could ever meet, super duper adorable, gorgeous, and so smart.  Plus, she’s a real good time.  She has the ability to make you feel amazing within the first five seconds of speaking with her.  I’ve known her since high school and she was always the coolest and most loved girl.  I have many memories with her, but my fondest are the times spent in Tahoe listening to her dad tell his famous “Juan Pierre” joke.  Hillary always knows the latest and the greatest on skincare, make-up, fashion, and fitness.  She’s a wealth of information and always a bright spot in anyone’s day.  I’m sure you’ll love her too!

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Workout Wednesday – Paleo Meatballs and New Gear!

Cam and Ricky a FCCF


Remember Cam from last week?  She’s back and this time with some delicious meatballs!

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Meet Megan


Megan is a long-legged beauty with an amazing sense of humor, an enviable lust for life, and a fabulous fashion eye.  I’ve known this gorgeous girl since we were 14.  That’s way back when we both had our natural hair color!  It was high school and she always found a way to make our school dress code look cool.  Maybe it was those gams, but khaki never looked so good.  Back then, I could tell her all my secrets and she never judged.  That still remains the same today.  She was my partner in crime through many sleep overs when we were trying to avoid the “Pocket Patrol” (private neighborhood security – get your mind out of the gutter) because we had just toilet papered some houses.  I’ll never forget the crazy days of Cancun, visiting her at UCSB, her visiting me at SMC, and the excitement I felt when we both ended up back in Sacramento together.  Never a boring moment with this one.  It’s all fun and laughter all the time.  11 years ago she and her hubby introduced me to a handsome guy named Nick.  Three years after that I married him.  Now she’s a successful career woman and an excellent mom.  Obvi these two will always hold a special place in my heart.  Let me introduce you to my dear friend….

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