July 29th, 2015

Beach week

Every year as a kid we would go to the beach for the week.

We hit the same beach every year and I have great memories of walking to the beach, jumping waves, going mini golfing, going out for dinner and splashing in the pool.

I missed a few years during college and beyond but now my siblings and parents and I return for a week with our kids to make more of the same memories.



Beach July 2015



The bonus of vacationing with extended family is that there are extra hands to watch the kids, more cousins to play with, and willing grandparents to babysit so we can get out for a date night or two.


Beach date


This week was extra special as we got to introduce baby J to the ocean for the first time (she giggled with anticipation every time the waves headed our way to splash her chunky thighs) and we got to celebrate her first birthday!


Beach Baby J

Do you have a vacation tradition?


July 27th, 2015

Healthier Ice Cream (3 ways)

Hey friends!

I’m popping in from the beach to talk ice cream.

I’m all about eating the real deal but not necessarily every day.  Summer is packed with local, fresh produce but also with boardwalk fries, s’mores and ice cream cones.

I find it helps to think about what you’re really craving and mix it up so you’re getting some of the real thing plus plenty of healthier alternatives.

In our family, we all LOVE ice cream and would happily eat it every day.  But instead of overdoing it, I mix in other options.

Check out the blog at laurapeifer.com for three of our favorite ice cream alternatives.  It’s about balance!


Healthier ice cream 3 ways


How do you balance summer treats with healthier alternatives?

July 26th, 2015

LA workouts, at the beach + meal planning

Hello from the beach!

We’re relaxing at a beach house with cousins and soaking up some lazy beach and pool days. My meal plan is (again) fairly non existent this week, but I’ll share some workout updates.

I never gave a full recap of the LA workouts, so I’ll start with last Friday:

Friday (in [...]

July 24th, 2015

Write Your Own Story


I thought of this quote as Gabby Reese shared her struggles to feel accepted through her own career despite her incredible success…

I thought of it as I heard fit, healthy women list goals for themselves as though they are not yet “there”…

I think of it every time I hear a client [...]

July 22nd, 2015

My time at BlogFest and IDEA World Fit

Have you considered a blogging conference or a health and fitness convention for professionals?

This is my third blogging conference (Fitbloggin, Blend) but the first time at BlogFest and/or IDEA and the combination of the two made it an especially valuable weekend.

After getting up at 4am Thursday morning, I arrived in LA by noon [...]

July 20th, 2015

10 Takeaways from BlogFest

I’m back!

I just got off the red eye and am so excited to see my girls when they wake up that I can’t fall asleep… so I’m blogging. Let’s see how far I can get before the day begins!

It was a fantastic weekend. I’ll share more soon but wanted to start by joining [...]

July 19th, 2015

Hello from LA plus meal planning

Hi friends!

I’m still in LA as we wrap up BlogFest and the IDEA World Fitness convention… it’s really been amazing. Some incredible blogging friends are here + awesome session content + workouts with people like Gabrielle Reece, Jillian Michaels and Jeannette Jenkins… just … wow.

I’m a little sleep deprived and heading home on [...]

July 14th, 2015

The best time to eat carbs

This post is sponsored by LARABAR.

Carbohydrates might be one of the most confusing macros right now. We continue to cycle in phases of low and high carb diets, with the current emphasis very much on lowering carbs for weight loss.

But we need carbohydrates for energy and runners especially need to fuel and [...]

July 13th, 2015

Reflective Questions Halfway Through 2015

A few years ago, I checked in with my goals on a monthly basis. That hasn’t been happening but the least I can do is check in again at the halfway mark, right?

In January, I set intentions for the year in terms of running, mom-ing and marriage, work and self-care.


I’m really [...]

July 12th, 2015

Half Training Begins + Meal Planning

Happy Sunday!

I shared on Friday that I have two and possibly three races coming up in October, beginning with a half marathon early October. That means training starts now!

I finally got another double digit run in (only the second since the Boston marathon!) and I’m looking forward to getting back into a training [...]

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