What We Should Have Registered For (Wedding Edition)

Now that Josh and I are just a few weeks away from hitting our 10 year anniversary I can honestly say that most of the items we registered for are not what we actually needed. If I could go back in time and tell my 23 year old self what to purchase here is the list I would give myself.

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WHITE NOISE MACHINE

You don’t know this yet but your husband sometimes snores. This doesn’t happen super often but you will find it is worse on days that are in between busy 24 hour shifts. Also he falls asleep really quickly and it is nice to drown out his rhythmic breathing while you are still mentally prepping for tomorrow and wondering why you can’t fall asleep as quickly as him.

THE DYSON VACCUM

Keep this on your register. It is still going strong almost 10 years later.

INSTANT POT

Granted, these weren’t available yet in 2007 but if I could I would time travel one back. You will enjoy (gasp) meal prepping large quantity menus in your freezer in the future. I know it sounds crazy but it is true. Embrace it.

STEAM MOP

When you begin to have babies you will understand why this is important. Clean floors don’t last long with little ones but it is nice knowing that you are sanitizing and removing solidified food from your floor. Plus it is fun.

ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

This is going to be really hard to believe but after your first baby is born Josh will give up soda. Crazy, I know. Because we all know how much he loves soda. You might need to sit down for this next part because after he gives up soda he starts to drink iced tea. Now he does add lemonade to make it a palmer but still, you know how much he despises tea. So add this to the registry and wait about 6 years. Currently we always have two pitchers filled with different iced tea in the refrigerator, so you will be using this kettle multiple times during the week.

CORDLESS DRILL

This is obviously something that Josh would have added to our list. And rightfully so. You will be thankful you have this later especially during your multiple moves, hanging pictures, and building furniture.

SOCKET WRENCH SET

I am still not sure what these are for but Josh seems to be using them all the time. Let him add them to the registry. Or even suggest it. He will be very surprised by your enthusiasm.

STEP LADDER & EXTENSION LADDER

Okay. You will lose count over how many times Josh has to ask to borrow an extension ladder. It wasn’t until this year that we finally purchased one. And it was because we had turned into that family who left their Christmas lights on the house. And yes they are still on now. And at this point we have purchased a ladder but it is so close to the holidays now we are just leaving them up.

I would love to know what items, in hindsight, you would have added to your registry? 

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Upper Body Express Workout

This morning I did this really fast and fun workout at Burn Bootcamp! Shoutout to the Gilbert, AZ location! I have been wanting to try this place forever and I am thrilled!

THE WORKOUT

This upper body workout is inspired by what I did this morning and will take you under 30 minutes to complete. The main set contains six exercises and each exercise is performed for 60 seconds. You will then perform the set again.

FALL BREAK FUN

We have been enjoying our kids being on Fall break this week and have already done so many fun things together. Over the weekend we went to the Phoenix Zoo to see the new Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit. This was fun but if you plan to go get your tickets ahead of time, either online or at the ticket window during general admission hours. With our zoo membership we entered the zoo early and didn’t know that you would need tickets to see the dinosaurs and ended up waiting in line for 30 minutes. It wasn’t a horrible wait and my kids now know the entire theme song to Jurassic Park but it would have been nice to not have to stand in line.

Yesterday we visited the pumpkin patch and watched Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin and today we hit up the pool. I love being able to spend more time with my kids in the morning and I am trying to soak in as much outdoor time as possible now that the weather is starting to cool off.

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Mint Body Review + Two 30 Minute Workouts

I love reading reviews on different fitness studios and trainers and find it especially helpful when deciding if it would be worth my time and money to plan a visit. I have been trying to motivate myself to workout after giving birth to Jesse and one of my favorite ways to do this is to try new workouts! So you might be seeing more of these types of reviews on the blog. This review was not sponsored.

MINT BODY GILBERT

Mint Body is a small studio fitness facility that offers personal training and open gym memberships in a welcoming and friendly environment.  I had been following their Instagram page and discovered that they had recently started offering an open gym style membership, Mint Body Express. I drive by the Gilbert location all the time and was immediately intrigued.

Minty member express is an open gym style membership that includes their exclusive minty weekly workouts posted daily. This membership is perfect for people that want to come at their own pace, but still have access to the workouts that are created by the trainers. They have a wide range of equipment, bathroom (no shower), and storage area for your belongings.

With Josh’s work schedule and the kids starting preschool soon I knew that I would be able to get in at least a few workouts a week for the month. So I decided to sign up for a monthly contract knowing I would cancel within the month because of our schedule. What really sold me was the open gym concept, trainer supervision, and provided workouts. Plus being able to bring the kids if needed was an added bonus.

IS THERE CHILDCARE?

While Mint Body does not offer childcare they are a child friendly facility. This means that children are welcome but you are required to watch them as there is no dedicated childcare staff. I did bring all three of the kids with me twice and they loved it. I on the other hand not so much. It is hard to keep 3 kids aged 5 and under entertained and safe while trying to squeeze in a 30 minute workout. I will say that if you have an infant it would be the perfect environment for a mama with a newborn.

THE WORKOUTS

Each week there are 4 new workouts posted: Lower Body, Upper Body, Core, and HITT. I really loved the variety of the workouts! I also appreciated how often the trainers would check in and see if I had any questions and offer suggestions or modifications as needed. Thanks to trainers Adrian, Whitnee, and Mican!

And because it has been forever since I have actually posted a workout I have done on this blog, here are two that are inspired from my month at Mint Body! You will complete each superset of exercises 3 times before moving on to the next set. The workouts will take around 30 minutes to finish. They are short and sweaty!

Most of these exercises are very common but I had never heard of rainbow glutes. To perform this exercise start in a plank and with your right leg draw a rainbow with your heel, tap the toes on the floor and return to plank. Repeat 10 times on your right side before switching to the left leg.

OVERALL THOUGHTS AND COST

This gym would be perfect for someone just starting out or returning to the gym looking for guidance in a friendly and non-intimidating environment. The trainers that I did meet were very friendly and I truly felt that they wanted their clients to succeed in their goals.

I paid $150 for a monthly membership. If I could have gone more frequently it would have been more  cost effective. At 12 workouts for the month it equaled out to $12.50 a visit.

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