Reebok Cardio Ultra Review

When I first began teaching group fitness classes several years ago I prepped for hours each week to make sure that my classes were fun, inspiring, sweaty, and functional. I created playlists and designed workouts that would challenge the participants. What I didn’t focus on was what I should be wearing on my feet.

Depending on what gym I was teaching at the flooring might be an indoor basketball court (think high glossed wood), rubberized, or carpeted. I began to notice that when I taught the high intensity cardio classes wearing lightweight and flexible athletic shoes my feet would slip out from underneath my body. There wasn’t enough traction on the sole to support multidirectional movements.

Teaching up to 8 classes each week, ranging from TRX, cardio conditioning, and indoor bootcamps, my feet also began to feel fatigued and achy from the lack of a more supportive shoe. The numerous amounts of plyometric movements were taking a toll on my body with my feet feeling it the most.

When I was given the opportunity to review Reebok’s new high-impact studio shoe, the Cardio Ultra, I jumped at the chance! If you take or teach studio classes this shoe is amazing.

I wish I had this shoe several years ago. Honestly, I wish I had this shoe in middle school because I searched high and low with my mom for a pair of yellow shoes but could never find any in my size. Thank you Reebok for making my tween dream come true by sending me a pair of these sweet kicks!

Aside from the fantastic color these shoes feature a wide base of support for more ground contact, mobility, and cushioning. The adaptamove feature allows the foot to be naturally cradles and perfectly supporting multidirectional movements.

My two favorite design features of this shoe are the turnzone, which is integrated into the outsole and is designed to allow the foot to turn freely in 360 degrees, and the trifoam, that cushions the forefoot and perfectly absorbs impact and provides rebound needed between moves. When I am teaching high impact and athletic based studio classes I really love shoes that have the 360 degree turn feature built into the sole. I have also found this feature to be helpful for highly choreographed classes.

These shoes will be available for purchase soon so be sure to check out the Cardio Ultra on the Reebok website for more details.

Reebok also was kind enough to send me the Bonded Tight and Studio Cardio Crop. I am sharing the full outfit over on Instagram.

PS…To see more of this fantastic shoe use #cardioultra.

This is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.


Maisie: 5 Months

Maisie 5 Months

5 Months Maisie

We are following the sleep method outlined in On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the GIFT of Nighttime Sleep. If you have never heard of Babywise you can read more about our experience in my post On Becoming Baby Wise where I break down how we used this method for our son Caden.

Here is a recap of Maisie’s feeding schedule over the past four months:

Birth: Every 2-3 hours for the first two weeks until we were given the go ahead from her pediatrician to allow her to sleep during the night without needing to wake her to eat.

1 Month: 4:30am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, and 12:30am. Bedtime at 7pm followed by the last two feedings.

Week 7: 5am, 7am, 9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

2 Months: 6am,  9:30am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

3 Months: 6:30am, 9:45am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 6pm, and 9:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm followed by a dream feed.

4 Months: 5:30am*, 7am, 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm. Bedtime at 7pm. *I tried to drop the dream feed which didn’t work.

Currently her 5 Month schedule looks like this…

  • 7am: Waketime & Eat
  • 9am: Nap
  • 10am: Eat
  • 12pm: Nap
  • 1pm: Eat
  • 2:30pm: Nap
  • 3:30pm: Eat
  • 6:30pm: Eat
  • 7pm: Bedtime
  • 9:30pm: Eat

After last months attempt to eliminate Maisie’s dream feed resulted in her waking up at 5:30am I am happy to report she is now waking up at much closer to 7am. I added the dream feed back into her schedule and for the past several weeks she has been waking up happier and later.

In the morning I feed Maisie a little after 6:45am, change her diaper, and put her in clothes if we are going somewhere (otherwise she stays in her jammies). Around 7:30am Caden is usually starting to get up which makes for perfect timing because Maisie is already awake, fed, and clean. After Caden gets up we head downstairs and Maisie goes on her activity mat and Caden eats his breakfast.

During the mornings after breakfast we typically hang around the house before Maisie goes down for her nap. If we have errands to do they are done after 10am and before Caden’s nap at 1pm (I will be doing an update on Caden next month). Her morning nap is very consistent now and she is sleeping from 9 until about 9:45 daily.

Caden & Maisie 5 Months

Maisie enjoys sucking on her fingers, eating, cuddling, watching Caden, bouncing in her Fisher-Price Adorable Animals Baby’s Bouncer, playing on her Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym, bath/shower time, and tummy time.

She is still rolling over from her back to her tummy and rarely stays on her back for long periods of time. To see Caden and Maisie’s halloween costumes click HERE. I am so thankful both of our babes sleep through the night and wake up happy.

Today Josh and I our celebrating our 7th anniversary and as I look at our life I am so thankful. The last 7 years have not always been easy, but God has provided for us, and given us more than we deserved. Happy 7th Anniversary Josh. I love you!


Halloween 2014: Firefighter & Dalmatian

I took these cuties to see their daddy at work in their outfits. I can’t even get over the adorableness of these photos. You can follow me on Instagram to see more. This little firefighter outfit has been hanging in Caden’s room since before he was even born. I can’t believe he is old enough to wear it now.

Toddler Firefighter & Infant Dalmatian Halloween Costume

I love that you can see Josh getting out of the truck in the background of the above photo.

Caden and Maisie have the unique experience of getting to grow up surrounded by a second family. Our fire department family loves these kids so much and always makes them feel special when they come to visit. From getting to ride in the fire truck, eating a meal at the station, and the never ending supply of hand me down clothes and toys we have been truly blessed.

Halloween 2014 Firefighter & Dalmatian

I know in the future we will have hard conversations with them both surrounding the type of work that daddy does. That daddy could get hurt. I am really not looking forward to that day. For now I am appreciating and soaking in their innocence and sweetness. I love them so very much.