Growing Ghoens: Week 20 Bumpdate

Time for our Week 20 Bump Date.. & incase y'all didn't do the math, we're HALFWAY through this shindig!!

How did that happen already??

Okay, how about the highlights, baby bear..

- You play the bongos on my insides now & I LOVE it!
- You wake me up in the middle of the night to pee 10 times.. amongst all the other reasons we wake up at night.
- I finished reading a book about how to get you to sleep 12 hours by 12 weeks.. let's see if we can make it happen.
- We finished week THREE of our 21 Day Fix Extreme program.
- I started having to wear your dad's PJs the night after I took this photo. They fix PERFECTLY!

And the BIG one..

We had your 20 week ULTRASOUND & got to see your little hands & feet.

Your dad and I both got choked up watching you wiggle. It was the sweetest.

You did NOT want a profile shot of your little face, but we did get a quick peek.

The ultrasound technician said you weren't very cooperative, but I think it was further confirmation that you're my child.

We confirmed that our DNA testing was right & you're a precious baby GIRL!!

Mommy whipped up a sweet video of the ring test we did before Christmas + your original gender reveal & shared it with the world.

I cried half the time I was making your video & every time I watched it afterwards.

Sweet pea, you are SUCH a blessing to us!

Every time I think this just can't get any better, you surprise me somehow.

What we're eating lately:

BREAKFAST (protein pancakes, scrambled eggs & turkey bacon.. the works)
Tomatoes with pink himalayan sea salt. YUM!
Greenberry Shakeology with frozen mangos.. like a POPSICLE!

So here we are.
Over the hump.
Loving every minute of this adventure.
Imagining what it will be like to snuggle you.
Savoring this season.. take your time growing in there.
But know we can't wait to meet you.

Drum on, baby G. Your beats are my fave.

Shakeology when Pregnant

Sipping on my chocolate smoothie today & decided it was time for a pow-wow..

>> Shakeo when preggo <<

Can you? Can't you? Do I? Why?

πŸ–πŸ»Yep, I drank shakeology when we were trying to conceive.
πŸ–πŸ»Yep, I drink it daily while pregnant.
πŸ–πŸ»Yep, I'll be drinking it while breast feeding.
πŸ–πŸ» And heck YEAH.. I'll be giving it to our cub when the time comes.

I've had lots and lots of women ask me over the past two+ years if it's okay to consume the ingredients of shakeology while pregnant & while you're breastfeeding.

Of course I've had my opinion that I'd share with my own friends & family, but now I can share from my own personal experience.

Let me ask you this..

Is it o k a y for a pregnant women, breast feeding women or ANY women really to consume doughnuts, pizza, ice cream, tacos, greasy fast food, caffeine, etc??😜

Furthermore, would you believe that these foods are acceptable.. & even ENCOURAGED at times for women during this 10 month gig of pregnancy..

..ever hear or even said any of these before?
(I'm pretty sure I did back in the day #guilty)

"girl, you deserve it."
"indulge while you can"
"your bump will hide it"
"give into the cravings, it's normal"
"work it off later"
.. the list goes on.

BUT, you know what isn't widely accepted & is questioned skeptically? πŸ‘‡πŸ»

The consumption of an ALL natural, non-GMO, organic, whole food (no powders or extracts), superfood shake packed with 70+ vitamins and minerals that supports energy levels, aids in digestion & even helps fight those junk food cravings.

Not to mention.. this shake tastes like dessert, but can SAFELY be substituted for a once-daily meal.. oh & doubles as a prenatal vitamin!!


Y'all, I don't need to explain how backwards this is.. I think writing it down & reading it out loud makes it pretty clear. All I want is to encourage, educate, put to rest misconceptions & promote healthier living.. pregnant or not.

I truly do say.. well type.. all of this in love, friends. I promise 
I want nothing more than for all of us to be our healthiest, happiest selves & to grow even healthier little babies!

But I gotta leave you with this challenge + disclaimer:

Always always always

(1) do your own research so that you are confident in & empowered by your decisions

(2) chat with your OBGYN about your prenatal decisions first - be sure to present them with a detailed ingredient list. Remember, your providers are liable for your care - unless you present them with detailed information, they will more than likely give you routine & quick answers! We've gotta do our due diligence & be own our advocates.

For those curious, my doctor (well, I've actually seen THREE over the course of this journey) is PRO-Shakeoloy & simply requested that I add in extra folic acid + DHA each day. He recognized the benefits of shakeology after reading over the ingredient list. I answered a few questions & we're on the same page! #itsgoodstuff

I know this is a long post, but it's actually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of this superfood blend.πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

This shake has completely changed my health, y'all.
It has🌱

Reduced sugar cravings 
Increased energy 
Increased metabolism 
Lowered Blood Pressure
Lowered Cholesterol
Decreased migraines (previously chronic, might I add)
Been a catalyst for better digestion & regular bowel movements
Cleared up my skin
Dramatically increased the growth of my hair & nails
I hope you're wondering what the heck is in it..

But let me tell you really quickly what's NOT on the ingredient list:

(things you'll find in lots of other shakes on the market these days)

No Caffeine
Zero Artificial Sweeteners
Nada Artificial Flavors
Absolutely NO Refined Sugars
Zilch Gluten
No Soy
& Dairy FREE if you opt for the vegan blend

Shakeology has 75 + ingredients from all over the world. To make your own equivalent, you'd have to spend HUNDREDS to gather all of the necessary ingredients!

In each scoop of this goodness you get:

A proprietary Super Protein Blend
Whey, Sachi Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, Amranth, Brown Rice, Pea

A proprietary Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend
Cam-Camu, Acai, Acerola Cherry, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Grape Seed, Green Tea, Luo Han Guo, Pomegranate, Rose Hips

A proprietary Adaptogen Blend
Ashwagandha, AStragalus, Cordyceps, Ginko, Maca, Maitake, Reishi, Schisandra, Tulsi (Holy Basil)

A proprietary Pre and Probiotic/Digestive Enzyme Blend
Yacon Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Amylase, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain, Papain

It is pretty much my prenatal, multivitamin, digestive enzyme, probiotic, & more

Convinced yet?
Told ya this stuff is amazing!

Want to ask questions or chat more about superfood shakeology?
Email me at



I'm not going to lie, there is something SO fun about having special little secrets to share with just your spouse..

our courthouse wedding
our pregnancy
the other half of our purpose going to Europe

the gender of this precious cub

.. but it's time to share 

Nate &  Nate & I are thrilled to announce that we're having a....

God is SO good!!
Thank you for your prayers & for celebrating with us!

Growing Ghoens: Week 19 Bumpdate

Welcome to our week 19 "bump date."

Baby cub, you must've read my blog last week because this week, I got the most precious gift a few days ago.. BABY KICKS!!!!

*heart melting*

I started feeling them on Wednesday, but your daddy didn't get to feel them until a couple days later in the middle of the night.. that's when you seem to be most active, little one. Or maybe it's just when I notice it the most.

Do you get annoyed with my poking or squishing?
Your kicks are addicting - I couldn't just have one!! I promise I'll be gentle, but having the reassurance that you're moving around in my tummy is just the BEST!!

My belly grew even more this week, peanut.
And I officially ROCKED your bump this weekend for a wedding. It was my first time not hiding it at all (besides our secluded beach trip last weekend) & there was NO question about whether or not I was expecting a baby...
We got lots of questions about how excited we are for you to join our world :) 

Our 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts are going great, BUT we did slip up a couple of days on our meal plan. Yikes!! We're back at it though now. Gotta stay our healthiest!!

Night time is getting tougher - I can't really seem to get comfortable or fall into a deep sleep. We're going to have to get a little creative & start diffusing oils again.
I wonder if you like the smell of lavender & citrus like I do?

The countdown is ON to your next ultrasound.
In a matter of DAYS we'll get to see how much you've changed the past 8 weeks.
We even get to confirm your gender & share it soon with our friends & the rest of our family.

I'm little giddy to see your face, hands & feet.
To see your heart, spine & noggin.
To hear ALL is well & that you're growing strong.

Until then, we'll stay patient & soak up your kicks..
Mama & Papa bear love you, pumpkin!!

Beachbody On Demand ALL Access Pass: A YEAR of Fitness

Wouldn't it be nice if someone would just tell you WHAT to do.. or gave you some sort of plan to follow so this year could be different? Healthier, stronger.. better.

What if I told you it would cost about $16 per month for a YEAR of fitness?

Literally. FULL access to every Beachbody program ever created at your fingers tips. Oh yeah.. and the three new programs they plan to release in 2017 as soon as they launch. I'd say that's quite the plan!!

Cut it out with the:

"I can't afford it.."
"I don't have time to get to the gym.."
"I travel a lot excuses."

These aren't valid excuses that should keep you from your goals, but they ARE totally normal reasons people have to get creative. So HERE is your solution!!

I'm not one to blast specials on my page, but this is something I'm so excited about.. because it's not a one-and-done program that you may feel lost after completing because you don't know what's next.

This is a year of customizable options.. so your results & your routine doesn't stop. But this is only available for a limited time!

So for $16 a month, that you'll pay up front for the year, you get:

- 100's of workouts from 40+ programs from renown trainers
- access to these workouts at any time, anywhere.. no DVDs required
- the option to share your membership with your whole family
- a nutrition guide & set of portion control containers
- one on one support from your coach (aka ME)
- access to my private virtual challenge groups
- an entire month of Shakeology (a $130 value on it's own)
- Oh, and a 30 day guarantee that you'll love it.

This is less than the cost of a traditional gym membership!

Mind blown? Yeah, I was too, which is why I'm SHARING.

Want to know more?
- Email me at

Already a customer of mine with the normal access to Beachbody on Demand?
- Email me with the address above to find out how you can get a pro-rated upgrade!

January 2017 Coaching Sneak Peek

BUSY girls who still want more outta life.
Who refuse to settle.
Who are willing to sacrifice now to experience freedom later.
Who want to be their BEST, healthiest self.
Who want to break CHAINS.
Who want to defeat the odds & overcome self doubt.

Maybe you crave to be more present in life // Maybe you dream of being debt free // Possibly you'd even just like to save up for a vacation or be able to afford a baby sitter once a month.

Whatever IT is, you've got this void or this dream even, but that's all it is for now. Just a dream.

What if I told you I could help you make it happen?

What if I told you that taking care of yourself & helping others could literally be the solution or next step you didn't know you were waiting for?

Welp, if you never ask or never investigate, you'll never know.

So here's what I'm doing.

I'm hosting a private, online, 4 day SNEAK PEEK group starting tomorrow (January 18th) that is self paced & obligation free.

I'm going to share some real life stories - including mine. I'm going to answer questions - nothing is off limits.

But here's the deal.. if you're willing to WORK, you'd be amazed at what's possible. The rest you will learn as you go.

There's no experience (life or learned) required to do what I do.
Just a willingness to be coached & commitment to do your BEST, even when you may not feel like it.

Want to find out more without feeling pressured?
Just HERE to request to join my group!

Seeing this a little late? Email for more info!

Growing Ghoens: Week 18 Bumpdate

We officially wrapped up week 18, little one, so it's time for a recap!!

First of all, you're the size of a sweet potato, which is adorable.

And speaking of healthy carbs (ha), we successfully completed week ONE of our new, healthy meal plan & six of our seven 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts this week.
Mom was bad & skipped the yoga day because she's a cardio/weights junky, but I promise I'll start doing more of that in the future as we prep for your arrival!

Operation strong & healthy pregnancy is back in FULL swing.
Your dad hopes you come out doing some of our Insanity moves :)

I finished my hypnobirthing book this week (thanks Aunt Uli! I loved it) & am getting ready to start learning some exercises that should be really helpful during your grand appearance. How do you feel about visualization, baby bear? Because you're going to get to hear all about it!

 People surprisingly have lots of opinions about how you should bring babies into the world, but my goal is for a healthy, peaceful (as much as possible), uninterrupted & natural entrance. Although I'll do anything to make sure you arrive safely, mom & dad are still doing our best to give you a special, wholesome welcome to the world.

This week something happened seemingly overnight & my bump started to reallllly round out in my torso + firm up in my lower abdomen. What are you doing in there, babe? Growing like a weed?

We're out of most of our pre-pregnancy skinny jeans & workout bottoms now.. I hope you're appreciating the extra space in these maternity pants as much as I am! Talk about comfy :)

Did I mention yet that we took you to the beach this weekend & mom rocked a bikini?? I think you loved the warm sunshine & sound of the waves.. so peaceful & relaxing. I can't wait to take you there when the time comes!!

We ordered your nursery rug this week & are still looking for a dresser to put your teeny tiny little clothes in that I am MELTING over. Your closet is organized, big thanks to your dad, & we got a fun pouf ottoman that we'll use when you're getting rocked to sleep!

I still just sit in your room sometimes & visualize life once you're here. Your fur sisters are SUPER curious about your room & all of the items starting to accumulate in it.. they KNOW something new is on the horizon. I bet you'll think Moose & Tannyn are pretty cool.

Our favorite foods this week:
Yogurt Bowls
CHIPOTLE Bowls (twice!!)
..& lots of lime in our water

Energy is MUCH better during the day, sleeping is rough at night, dreams are VIVID & sickness is more minimal (only puking a few days a week). I haven't felt you very much lately so I'm ITCHING for your next ultrasound appointment at the end of this month. I can't wait to see your little face & watch you wiggle.

Baby bear, you have our hearts.
We love you so much & pray for you daily.
Stay safe, healthy & cozy in there.
And feel free to kick mom really hard whenever you're ready.

Not Going Anywhere

Yesterday was a pretty big in my business.. achieving a goal that has been two years in the making. You can check out the Facebook post HERE if you want. But as much as I appreciate the recognition for the hard work that went into getting there, here's what I want & NEED y'all to know.

Success.. Legend.. Leader.. Diamond..whatever the term is that you might hear accredited to me at times, they all are all symbolic of my intention.. longevity. 

I'm not going anywhere, you guys.
And I hope, by now, you know that <3 span="">

It's been over two years since I started my own true wellness journey.. it hasn't been perfect, but I'm STILL showing up.
I'm not going anywhere.

It's been over two years since I started helping challengers on THEIR own wellness journey. It's not always easy to inspire or motivate others to change, but it's WORTH it & our country NEEDS what I offer more than ever.
I'm not going anywhere.

It's been over two years since I started my own business & began growing my own team. It's SURELY is not easy to inspire others to make a sacrifice daily with the knowledge that it will pay off later for them if they stick it out, but I BELIEVE in the opportunity I'm offering. I'm beyond proud of the company I'm partnered with. And I desire SO greatly for families to experience more freedom that I don't give up.
I'm not going ANYWHERE.

I will ALWAYS be on a road to self improvement.
People will ALWAYS need support with fitness + nutrition.
Our country's obesity rate is going UP not down.
Students, couples & families will ALWAYS have dreams of more time together, jobs they love, more flexibility with work, financial freedom, etc.

And that's why I can't & won't quit.

What I want y'all to know is.. I'm here. For me, for you, for my team & for the men & women I haven't even connected with yet who have a need I can help meet.

I'm sticking around for the long haul <3 span="">

You know where to find me!

Growing Ghoens: Week 17 Bumpdate

Yesterday we wrapped up week 17, baby bear.

This week you eased up on the nausea & gave me 4 straight days of no throwing up (hallelujah).. we had our first big bowl of broccoli again in MONTHS thanks to dissipating food aversions.. & I think you let me feel you for the first time.

That rolling, fish deep in my tummy sensation was the coolest thing I think I've ever experienced before with my body. If it was you, please do it again & often. That little reminder that you're in there & growing strong gives me more joy than you could ever know!

Your room is finally painted, but we're on the hunt for the right lighting.
The color we chose is a perfect grey that looks totally normal in natural lighting, but gives off a purple hue at night..  don't worry, we'll figure it out if you're a little boy or hate purple. We finally cleared out the lingering guest room furniture (thanks to Mimi & Papa for storing it) from our entry way & assembled your rocking chair.

I just love sitting in your room & just thinking about what life is going to be like.. what YOU'RE going to be like.  How you will be our most mysterious, probably difficult & yet AMAZING adventure thus far.

Your dad talks to you all the time now, which is heart-melting & creepy all at once. Although I know you're the reason my belly is growing week to week, it still catches me off guard when your dad comes to touch you or talk to you.. my stomach has never had this much attention before, little one.

Speaking of things being creepy, are you as weirded out as I am when people want to touch you? If you've inherited ANY of my personal space beliefs or reservations then I know the answer is yes.
Baby cub, what's the most polite way to tell people not to touch our bump?
We'll talk more about that later as you get bigger, I guess :)

Okay little pumpkin.. We're starting a new routine back up with work + fitness + nutrition this week. Mom's got GOALS that she wants to tackle with you.. what do you say?

Next Up:

21 Day Fix Extreme Meal Plan + Workouts {2nd trimester edition}
Coming up with a new schedule for our 2017 business goals.
How does it feel to be second in charge? Pretty sweet?

Time to get healthier, stronger & tackle some achievements for our family while we help people!

I've got a got a good feeling about week 18, baby bear.

We love you to the moon & back!

Our Next Adventure: Coming June 2017

While we may have just come home from an absolutely incredible trip together {more to come on our #GhoensToEurope trip later}, our GREATEST adventure still lies ahead!

With overflowing hearts of pure joy, we're excited to announce that we'll be adding to our family in June of 2017!

Our journey to this precious little one has been a road of both heartache & excitement. But God has used this year to teach us SO much about His faithfulness, timing, & provision, while drawing us closer to Himself.

One day soon I'll share more about our road to #GrowingGhoens but in the mean time, I want to praise Jesus for allowing us this incredible opportunity to become parents.

You're a good, good Father.
Giving us more than we deserve.
Revealing Yourself to us in the mountains & valleys of life.

May our lives & the life of this child bring YOU glory, Lord!!

"For this child we prayed.."
1 Samuel 1:27