2016! One of the best years of my life!

It’s over folks. Yet it’s just the beginning. I hate that we separate our successes, goals, and triumphs by a calendar. This year was unlike any other and I plan on making 2017 the exact same. Rather than measuring in years, I like to measure in days. Day to day. Every time I wake up, I get better, do better, think better, live better. With that being said, 2016 was 365 days of incredible memories. Moments and experiences that I will never ever forget. SO, I am using this blog post…with like probably over 300 photos, to showcase the last year. Man it was a good one. 2016recap-004

Starting 2016 with family and fitness…no better way to start. Screenshot Processed with VSCOcam with b4 preset

That one time I worked with Target and Champion Wear.2016recap-002

That one time I worked with Burt’s Bees and Vivian Makeup Artist2016recap-0032016recap-009

That one time I took an impromptu trip to Vegas with some blogging buds and we turned into BFF’s instantly. 2016recap-008  2016recap-005

That one time I was on the side of the New Balance building.2016recap-006

That one time I captured that cutest little boy butts. 2016recap-007

That one time, of MANY times that I shot with Emmy Lowe Photo and loved every moment of it.   2016recap-010 2016recap-011

That one time I posted 2 blog posts to help anxiety and depression during the winter months. 20 ways to fight anxiety and depression during the winter time. AND yoga poses to fight anxiety and depression2016recap-012  2016recap-013

That one time I was an ASICS AMBASSADOR for 2016! 2016recap-014

That one time we worked with North Face!2016recap-015  That one time I worked with Jane.com2016recap-016  2016recap-017

That one date night, and all the other date nights. 2016recap-16y

That one time we took a winter cabin adventure with some of our favorite people AND no kids!

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That one time it was OLD PEOPLE day at school.2016recap-021

That one time I was asked to speak with the young women in Park City.

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That one time we worked with Lululemon on a fun LOVE workout for Valentine’s Day! I love my peeps at Trolley Square.2016recap-024 2016recap-025 2016recap-026

That one time the entire family made a commercial for jane.com and it turned out great…except there were a million comments about me wearing too much makeup when I woke up. It was very comical how many people felt so very passionate about not wearing fake eyelashes (ummm hello, don’t they know they are eyelash extensions?!) when you wake up and your fake waking up skills. #themoreyouknow #nomakeupartist #Iguessiwontwinanyawardsformyactingskills2016recap-029 2016recap-028

That one time I got to work with my dear friend Cara from Maskcara Cosmetics and she gave me an epic makeover. 2016recap-0272016recap-030

That one time I took some of my favorite workout photos for Asics with my kids.2016recap-031 2016recap-032

That one time I did a 6 week paleo cleanse and BLOGGED ALLLLL ABOUT IT! 2016recap-033

That one time I took a selfie…or a million.

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That one time we ran up to Washington (after driving 12 hours) for Jeff’s grandpa’s funeral.2016recap-035

…and busted out some Easter celebrations as well.

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That one time I shared my heart and soul about motherhood on Little Peanut Magazine.2016recap-038 2016recap-039

That one time I modeled for YOSI ACTIVE. 2016recap-2252016recap-2192016recap-224

That one time I did an outfit post…times a million.2016recap-040 2016recap-041

That one time I went on a field trip with Reagan Jane.2016recap-043 2016recap-042

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That one time I dyed the kids hair for St. Patrick’s Day and it didn’t come out… #whoops

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That one time I went to Vegas with some of my sisters and we went to Britney Spears and I was 16 all over again.

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Oh, and Made By Mary custom made incredible necklaces for all my angel sister mothers.

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That one time Baylor made a milk jug hat and refused to take it off, no matter where we went.2016recap-053 2016recap-052

That one time we tried gymnastics and it didn’t really work out. #tryagainnextyear2016recap-051

That one time Jeff decided to run an Olympic triathlon. 2016recap-065Processed with VSCO with a6 preset2016recap-062Processed with VSCO with a6 preset2016recap-060Processed with VSCO with k1 preset

That one time when all throughout the year I learned more about meditation and yoga and life and love and I have so much to say about this subject!

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That one time I modeled for a photography retreat for Emmy Lowe Photo and she took some of my favorite pictures of all time.2016recap-0722016recap-1652016recap-1572016recap-137Processed with VSCO with f1 preset2016recap-1042016recap-1512016recap-167

That one time I collaborated with one of my favorite people and we designed a mommy and me swimsuit.2016recap-070 2016recap-069 2016recap-066

That one time Reagan lost her first tooth.  2016recap-089

That one time Jeff and I took a week long vacation with some dear friends to the magical land of Belize. POST HERE2016recap-077Processed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset2016recap-0812016recap-153 2016recap-080 2016recap-079 2016recap-078

That one time I got to work with MPG SPORT and the stunning Tessa Barton  2016recap-097 2016recap-096 2016recap-095 2016recap-093 2016recap-092 2016recap-0912016recap-090

That one time Lululemon invited me to attend the most life changing, eye opening event in Austin, TX. With lawyers, and yogis, and photographers, and painters, and some of the most incredible humans I have ever met. AND not only was it the most life changing experience, it also changed the way I saw myself. I need to expand on this a bit because I don’t ever want to forget what this Immersion did for me. Lululemon was a company that I have been wanting, striving, reaching to work with for years and years. A DREAM to even get in contact with them. About 2 years ago I got a package in the mail from a girl named Lindsay that worked for Lululemon. You should have seen my face. I literally died! I contacted Lindsay and asked how she heard about me, come to find out, her sister told her about me and she started to follow me and wanted to send me a gift. We kept in contact and had the chance to meet about a year later when she came to Utah. We connected immediately and I shared with her all my dreams and goals with Lululemon. She understood my mission and my soul, and I understood hers. It was a beautiful connection. Skip to a couple months ahead and I was scheduled to run my very first half marathon with Asics in Nampa Valley. I had a photographer lined up to come with me and it was again, an experience I had only dreamt of. Lindsay called me up one day and asked me if I had any plans for a particular date in the future, that date just happened to be the same date I was suppose to be in California with Asics. She explained that this experience was once in a lifetime and I had to make it work. I HAD TO. So I tried to make both events work but in the end, I followed what my soul felt like it needed. And it needed to go to Austin, TX.

I had no idea what to expect at this event. Except I couldn’t help but think…why me? How did I get so lucky? I went into the weekend thinking that I could rub shoulders with Lululemon big wigs and in turn maybe my dream of working with them would come true. I quickly learned it was NEVER about the collaborations or features. It went much further than that. And they taught me a lesson I never thought I would learn from a company. For so long, I thought I had to get a bigger following to work with Lululemon. I had to be skinnier, more fit, more SOMETHING. Because that is what I assumed a large company would want. I could not have been more wrong. Lululemon isn’t just a company. It’s a family, full of depth and life. They don’t care what you look like, what you weigh, or what your social following is. They care about your soul, your mission, your energy. They strive for emotional connections and finding humans that care and want to make a difference. I didn’t understand how I could have been asked to come to this event and then once I was there, it was all made clear. I had put out in the universe that I wanted to be lead to people that saw what I was trying to accomplish with my blog and my social media following. I ached for connections and a genuine consensus to bond, create, and make a change in the world. I didn’t want to just work with any big athletic brand. I wanted to build a relationship with a brand who saw me for who I was and who I am. BUT deep down inside I didn’t think I was enough for any brand to see that vision through me. It wasn’t about who I was becoming, it was about who I am NOW. I was enough. I had always been enough. I just needed to give the universe enough time to help me find what I was searching for. I would have never thought that my dream company would be the company that opened my eyes to something I had been searching for. Something that is easily lost when you become a social media influencer. How dare I question not only myself but the intentions and mission behind such an incredible company. AND now I realize why I have been so drawn to this company. They were what I had been searching for. I was enough. They understood my mission. And I will forever be grateful for that connection and that bond. Sweating it out with some of the most intelligent and incredible human beings can change a person. It sure changed me. Thank you Lululemon. THANK YOU! 2016recap-109 2016recap-108 2016recap-1062016recap-118

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That one time I had beautiful film pictures taken by the talented @whitneybrailsford   2016recap-1012016recap-1022016recap-1032016recap-100

That one of many times the boys went dirt biking2016recap-112

That first time I worked with Sweet Tooth Fairy and she made the most epic cake for Baylor’s 4th birthday.  2016recap-134

That one time we decided to go on a hike with the kids (we did this almost every weekend) but didn’t realize how long the hike was, and it ended up being 6 miles. So we trekked up the mountain with the kids on our back. 2016recap-149 2016recap-147

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A fun collab with some of my FAV companies 2016recap-1352016recap-136

Makeup by the talented @jillmariemakeup2016recap-158

That one time I was pregnant and didn’t know and went to the beautiful Awaken Retreat at Bear Lake.   2016recap-156 2016recap-155

That one time Reagan graduated kindergarten and turned 15 years old. 2016recap-154

That one time we didn’t own our home but wanted to make it our own so we made the backyard our little oasis.

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That one time I found out I was PREGNANT! AND announced it through a vulnerable, heart felt video that meant so much to me!

FIND IT HERE

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That one time I was 5 weeks pregnant and ran my first half marathon and couldn’t walk for 4 days after that. 2016recap-168  Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

Oh, and I ran it for @thefreckledfox husband who had passed from cancer two weeks prior to that.

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That one time I ate cotton candy. One of many.

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That one time Jeff Sabin went to C2X Crossfit every morning at 5:30 AM and continued to be my hunk of loving Crossfit man.2016recap-160

That one time I had my 10 year high school reunion! #soold2016recap-175Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

That one time during the 4th of July when my sister and I rode on her moped and lip synced to DOWNTOWN by Macklemore and it was one of the most epic snapchats of my life.2016recap-173 2016recap-172 2016recap-1712016recap-182 2016recap-181 2016recap-180Processed with VSCO with a6 preset2016recap-178 2016recap-177

That one time we had Tahitians stay with us over the 4th and they picked flowers from my parent’s yard and made us all flower crowns.

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That one photoshoot with cookie dough. #everyshootshouldhavecookiedough

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That one time we went up to the cabin again with our families. Oh, and 3 of us were pregnant.2016recap-189 2016recap-188 2016recap-187 2016recap-186Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

That one time our little girl turned 6 and Sweet Tooth Fairy made another epic cake.

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That one time I was 8 weeks pregnant and still had fitness photoshoots to do…

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That one time we ate Kneaders in the middle of a frisbee gold field and got yelled at. #anythingfortherightshot

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That one time some of the sisters flew to Montana to be with another sister who was suppose to be having a baby and then decided to not have a baby. #failedinduction

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That one time I saw our third little child.

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That one time my belly started to grow. I’ve never been so happy to not have abs.

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That one time it still didn’t feel real.

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That one time we drove again to Washington for some family reunions.

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That one time when I was like 9 weeks along and bought my first pair of maternity jeans because I already didn’t fit into my old jeans.

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That one time I had major dental work done with being nauseated and 12 weeks pregnant. #thankyoupregoteeth

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That one time she started 1st grade!

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That one time I spoke at Awaken Retreats AND at the BE BONIFIDE event (not pictured) AND at the Enlighten Retreats and got to share my vision and dreams of self love and acceptance with some incredible women!

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That one time we turned our backyard into the dream we’ve always wanted and started great relationships with more incredible companies.

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That one time we started to paint a house before we officially bought the house. #whoops #couldnttakethecoloranylonger

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That one time we revealed the gender of our little babe. BLOG POST HERE

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That one time Baylor did soccer and scored at least one goal every game and loved every single second of it!2016recap-234

That one time we officially bought a house.

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That one time I took photos with @dayna_jessicajanae and they will forever be cherished!

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That one time we flew to Seattle for Jeff’s sister’s wedding.

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That one time she was Rainbow Dash AGAIN for Halloween.

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That one time I continued to post workouts and bust out fitness pictures with my bump. #embracethebump

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That one time Reagan took the most epic school pictures. #micdrop #thatsmile #nailedit

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That one time I went to California with my siblings and made memories and cherished moments.

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That one time we went back to Washington, just one more time, to celebrate the marriage of Jeff’s little brother! Now all his siblings are married.

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That one time I participated in the #LightTheWorld campaign with my kids and passed out roses to strangers around the city.

BLOG POST HERE

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That one time I made 4 batches of toffee and delivered them to friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

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That one time Reagan Jane went skiing for the very first time and ROCKED IT!

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That one time we spent Christmas in Idaho.

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2016 was one for the books.

Thank you for being so good to me 2016.

I can’t wait to see what 2017 and I can create!

XOXO

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  • Tessa
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    I just want to say I’ve truly enjoyed following your page/instagram account this last year. I’m definitely a newer follower but compared to a lot of other accounts I’ve followed, you truly have such a light that Shines from within. You are so kind and just true to who you are. Thank you for being you!! I think we’d be good friends in another world! 😉

  • Heather Longnecker
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    Wow! What an inspiring year you have had! I think you got more done in a month than I got done in a whole year! You’re amazing!

  • JENNY WEBB
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    Hi. I just stumbled upon your blog today! I’m not much of a blog reader let alone someone who posts comments. You are inspiring! I’m an ER Charge nurse on nights. I’m at my highest weight of 199. I see alot of similarities between us. It gives me inspiration to become a healthier version of myself! Thank you!

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