Finding Balance
It's My Birthday!

It’s My Birthday!

Hi Balanced Life beauties, It’s my birthday today! So I’m taking the day off to indulge in a little self-care. I’m headed out to coffee right now and will be getting a MUCH needed pedicure this afternoon. As I approach this next year of life I am so full of gratitude…grateful for all the tiny...
Do What You Can

Do What You Can

I have always loved this phrase and just wanted to share it with you as a reminder today. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. So often we get caught up in the “all or nothing” mindset. We figure that if we can’t do things perfectly then they’re not worth doing...
Half-Marathon Training Plan

Half-Marathon Training Plan

I’m officially training for my next half-marathon. And I haven’t been this out of shape in a long time. So it should be fun :) Thank goodness I have the support for TBL Run Club that just kicked off this week. If you haven’t joined yet, come sign up. Our facebook group is up and...
Cloth Diapering Q&A

Cloth Diapering Q&A

I have officially entered the world of cloth diapering. Typically when I mention that I’ve decided to cloth diaper, I hear a lot of “good luck with that” and “you’re crazy”. But after doing my research and watching my sister-in-law do it with ease, I decided it’s the best route for our family. I also...
The Balanced Life Run Club!

The Balanced Life Run Club!

I am so excited to kick this off today! A lot of you have expressed interest in joining an online run club to help us all stay motivated and committed to our workouts. If you’re like me, even if you have every intention to run during the week, life gets busy and runs get put...
Fall Run Club?

Fall Run Club?

Good morning! I just got back from a great (slow) run in preparation for my next half-marathon and spent the whole time piecing together the final details of an idea I’ve been dreaming up for the past few weeks. As you know I’m easing back into my running routine post-pregnancy and it seems like there...
Motherhood Mondays

Motherhood Mondays

First off, a big THANK YOU to all of you who took a moment to answer my short survey regarding what you’d like to see more and less of on The Balanced Life. I’m excited to jump back in from maternity leave and give you more of what you want. When it comes to pregnancy...
Choose Beauty: a new perspective

Choose Beauty: a new perspective

beau·ty [byoo-tee] noun 1. the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest). Lately I’ve been re-defining my idea...
Finding Fitness Without Overdoing It

Finding Fitness Without Overdoing It

A guest post by Jen Helms, creator of Fit-Cycle… When I was in school completing my undergraduate degree at Indiana University, I decided to run the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon even though I only had a couple of months to train. After a couple of weeks I noticed a pain starting in my left...
Food Is Fuel

Food Is Fuel

Today’s guest post is by Danielle from This Life I Live… I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food. For many years food was always connected to control in my life. It led to some really unhealthy habits. Indulging and restricting became the way that food enslaved me. I was in a constant pursuit...
Finding Beauty In A Simpler Life

Finding Beauty In A Simpler Life

Hello! My name is Abby and I blog over at Pan y Colada. I’m so excited to be able to share a bit of my heart with you today! Swirling around in my head lately is the concept of excess. After returning in late February from three months of volunteering in Ecuador, the phrase that...

I need your help…

Maternity leave has given me a lot of time to reflect on my priorities, my career and where I want it to go from here. Having a baby will make you do that. I’ve been running The Balanced Life as a Pilates-inspired blog for a couple of years now. So much has changed since the...