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This week has kind of been a weird, off week for me! I don’t even know why – I have just been feeling off! So it was nice to get outside and get some fresh air with my boys. Working out and getting fresh air always make me feel better. I also got an excuse to wear my new work out clothes from Lululemon! I have always heard the craze about them and its all just so so true. Everything fits like a glove and the colors and strap designs are so unique and make it fun to get dressed to work out.

Living in the city we have been so much more active that I honestly don’t feel bad if I don’t make it to the gym! Between walking Chauncey a few times a day, random trips to markets, trips in the park, shopping, or whatever, the miles really add up! Somedays we walk (excluding cardio) 6 or 8 miles! The warmer it gets too, the more miles we add up because it’s easy do cardio in the park. I love that we have the trail that goes around Jackie Onassis Reservoir so close to us! It is such a a beautiful view and I love just walking and thinking!

I really love lululemon’s strappy workoutout tops/bras which I normally wear to the gym, or for an at home workout, but for outdoors long sleevespants and gloves are still the way to go.

I also wanted to share with you this short video of my top 12 favorite ab workouts that you can do at home or at the gym! Honestly I always think it comes down to butt and abs! If those two things are in shape you can usually fool the rest into looking in shape too 😉 plus I love the feeling of having tight abs – it makes me feel good and helps motivate me to want to stay in shape! The only thing you need is a mat, and a weight (or a baby or something heavy).

**Disclaimer – I am not a professional AT ALL! So I am not saying any of this is “correct form” I am sure some of you professionals will be thinking, she needs her back straighter!!! Or whatever. But this is just how I like to work out, thats all 🙂 Watch the video HERE or scroll down!

Hope you all have a great day!

*Thanks to lululemon for sponsoring this post!


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  1. My black lab does the same thing to me when working out!!! I came across your hair tutorial on Pinterest & fell in LOVE with your website! Everything about you = PERFECTION

  2. I completely relate! We live in Chicago and I walk so much with our baby or errands, that it makes me feel less guilty if I can’t make it to the gym one day. I always heard the celebrity moms claim they lose weight “by running after their kids” all day and I just thought it was always BS. But now I get it!! I adore Lululemon. The hype is there for a reason. They fit incredibly well!

  3. This workout is so inspiring and totally do-able! I have wanted to try some Lululemon pieces out, they look so comfy! Love that you’re a real mom working out with your baby and dog! What style are your Nike’s? On the website, I couldn’t find ones with a coral/orange sole like yours. 🙁 Love reading your blog every morning!

    1. Aww thank you!! NOT perfect at all, but that’s so sweet of you!! xo

    1. Haha I love it!! So glad you can relate!! That’s adorable 🙂 Thanks so much for watching!! xo

  4. Amber you are just the cutest thing. I have been following you for about one year and I just love your posts, tutorials, and style. I had my son 4 months ago and because you had your little one a bit ahead of me, I have been inspired by your stages of pregnancy and motherhood. I am a bit older…. well 37 🙂 but I feel young, however this video has motivated to get my toosh in gear! I gotta get back into my skinnies because I refuse to buy new ones!!! I really enjoy your blog and instagram photos, just thought i would reach out! Thanks for keeping me motivated to keep it girly and fit because i gotta say as im sure you know some days with a 4 month old…… its hard!! 🙂

    1. Wow thank you so much Holly!! Your comment was so nice to read, I loved it!! It makes me so happy to hear that you enjoy reading my blog, and it has inspired you! That makes it all worth it for me!! I appreciate your support!! I bet you’re a wonderful mother!! Your little one is lucky to have you!! xoxo

  5. This is the cutest workout video ever! My dog, a doxie, always tries to crawl on me too and sometimes he even imitates my moves.

    Could you make a similar video on your leg and butt routine?

    PS. You are beautiful as always and Atticus is the most adorable baby boy!

    1. Thank you so much!! That is such a sweet compliment!! I appreciate it!! And haha yes!! You can totally relate then 🙂 And I will definitely be doing more fitness posts, so stayed tuned!! xoxo

  6. Yay thank you for sharing these! I’m getting married in a year, and need all the help I can get to stay on track for fitness goals.

  7. I’m so glad you posted this! I was just looking for some new at home ab workouts. I love how Atticus is crawling on you during the video, that is so my life! My son is crawling all over me as soon as he sees me lay down on the ground. Luckily, in most cases, he adds a little more resistance for a better workout. Thanks for sharing!

    Xx, Cheree

    1. Awesome!! I am so glad I could be of some help 🙂 I love hearing from other moms with similar experiences!! It’s so nice!! And yeah exactly, if anything having a little one makes the workout a little more challenging 😉 Thanks so much for following along Cheree!! xoxo

  8. Ok Lulu whatever, but how cute is this video? Your boys are all over you! Love it 🙂 Had to watch it 3 times 🙂

    1. Thanks so much!! They love to be right in the action haha this video is all real as it gets 😉 xoxo

  9. I love the bright colors! What style of shoe are you wearing? They have just the right amount of pop.

  10. Hi Amber! Just out of curiosity, what type of camera and lens do you use?

    1. Hi Emma!! I use a canon 5d mark iii with a 24-70 2.8 lens 🙂 xoxo

  11. Since I started rowing, I noticed my core and back being leaner, but also stronger. I want to add a few ab work out, so this is great inspiration! I personally love how Atticus and Chauncey wanted in on like ALL of these exercises in the beginning and by the end they’re just out of shot haha. Also, HOW smart to use those little towels for abductions. I use TRX ropes at the gym, but this is great when you’re at home or on the road… x

    1. I have heard rowing is such a good workout!! I definitely need to give that a try at the gym 🙂 And I know!! Towards the end of the video they were too tired and just sitting back haha 🙂 I am glad you liked the video!! Thanks so much for the positive feedback!! I appreciate it!! xo

    1. I can’t believe it took me so long to start wearing lulu!! I absolutely love it!! And aww thanks so much!! It’s honestly keeps him so warm and is pretty dang cute so it works 😉 xoxo

  12. Great video! Abs are great for at home workouts… and I love Lululemon. And as a side note, you should get a Fitbit because I’d be curious to see how much you are walking/running everyday lol!! Have a great weekend and feel better {out of the funk}!!
    xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

    1. Thank you!! I am so happy you enjoyed it!! I actually have a Fitbit!! I love it! Living in the city, I walk a ton, so it has been nice having it!! I hope you have an amazing week!! xoxo

  13. I do several of these ab workouts and LOVE them! Now if only I could be more diligent! I am pretty good about getting my cardio in, but strength training and abs always come second 🙁

    Blonde with a Chanse

    1. Awesome!! I love hearing feedback about the ab workouts!! And I know what you mean!! Abs always seems to be put on the back burner.. but it’s s important!! Go you though!! It seems like you’re already on top of working out!! 🙂 xo

    1. Thanks so much!! I am glad you like it 🙂 And yeah right!! I promise I don’t always look put together when I go to the gym/ workout at home 😉 xoxo

  14. So helpful! I never really knew how to work out abs other than crunches. I’m afraid I’ll like a huge dweeb who has no idea what she is doing at the gym if I tried anything else.

    1. I am so glad to hear that!! And I know exactly what you mean!! I feel that way sometimes too!! Luckily my husband has showed me lots of little workouts at the gym so I don’t look as silly 😉 xoxo

  15. Love the video, I was cracking up at Atticus trying to climb on you! Good for you for finding the time to do all this stuff. You look great! Thanks for inspiring me.

    1. Thanks so much!! And haha I know!! He’s such a stinker 😉 I try to do what I can, but there’s always room for improvement!! xo

  16. Thanks for the ideas. LOVE Atticus joining in all the fun! So nice seeing other real moms!

    1. I am happy you liked it!! It’s so fun to share real moments like this!! xo

    1. Thank you so much!! I love hearing positive feedback like this 🙂 I am so glad I could be of some help!! Thanks for following along Alicia!! xo

  17. So fun to see your handsome little baby and beautiful dog enjoying your workout — all smiles and tail wags!

    1. It’s so fun to show them off in my videos 🙂 They love to be right in the action haha! Thanks for following along love!! xo

  18. Holy cow! That move with the wash clothes look killer! I’ll have to try that! My abs are terrible since having my daughter. She would try to climb on top of me if I tried some of these moves.

    1. Definitely give it a try!! And I know what you mean!! My stomach is so loose still from pregnancy!! But hey, we do what we can right?? Thanks for your comment!! xo

    1. Thanks so much Ashlee!! Working out can be so hard sometimes!! 🙁 So I try to make it fun and involve Atticus and Chauncey! A win win for everyone haha 🙂

  19. I love your ab workout video. I love how it is a real mom workout. Lol your baby and dog crawling all over you and around you. It’s so cute!!!

    1. Thank you!! It is nice to share real life moments like this!! I am glad you liked it!! xo

  20. I’m honestly a little obsessed with Chauncey!! So cute!! Oh my goodness!! Love all this workout advice and clothes 🙂

    1. Aww thank you!! We just love him!! Chauncey would be flattered to hear that 😉 I am glad you liked the post!! xo

  21. Okay…seriously you’re the cutest! I wish my hair looked that great when I’m running errands or working out. I agree with you, lululemon is awesome and the fabric is amaz. I literally didn’t purchase anything until “black Friday”, because the deals were so great ha-ha. I’m a little mad at myself for waiting so long!

    Stay Styled,
    Instagram: stay_styled

    1. You’re too sweet!!! That is such a sweet compliment!! Thank you so much!! And I know!! I am mad I waited so long myself!! I am now obsessed!! 🙂 Thanks for reading Lindsey!! xo

  22. Awwwww Atticus and Chauncey with you is just soooooooooooo stinkin adorable!! I’m loving your videos!!!!

    1. Thanks so much!! I love having them cheer me on 🙂 I am glad you so glad liked the video!! xo

    1. Thanks so much!! I am happy you like them! And I agree, I love anytime with my little one 🙂 xo

  23. Seriously was looking for someone to post this and no on better than you. Thanks really helped out a lot. Can you give me some fashion tips for petite girls?

    1. No way?! What an amazing job!! Congrats love!! I am already obsessed with Lululemon!! I will definitely check out the long sleeve tee 🙂 xo

    1. Oh no really?! Thanks for the heads up!! I am glad you liked them!! xo

  24. I do almost all of the same ones you do yet I am not as toned as you — and I haven’t had a baby! I need to try something new apparently. You look amazing!

    1. Oh yeah right!! I have a lot of work to do myself!! But thank you so much!! That is so very sweet of you!! xo

    1. I am so glad you agree!! Ahh yes I am totally obsessed with Lululemon now!! And it sounds like everyone else is too!! I love it 🙂 Thanks for reading!! xo

    1. Thank you Quinn!! I love adding bright colors to my workout wardrobe!! It somehow makes working out not as dreading 🙂 If that makes sense?! Thanks for following along!! xo

  25. You are such a fit mom! I’m no where near in the shape you are, but your pup reminds me of how mine acts if I try to work out on the floor at home. I have a little toddler who likes to climb on me too and giggles while learning how to do sit ups.

    1. That is such a sweet compliment!! Thank you Julie!! I love hearing about other moms with little ones and pups running around the house!! Love it 🙂 xo

  26. I am 100% sure that this was the sweetest work out video that I have ever watched

  27. Those abductor crunches are my favorite! They work almost everything and if you go through them slowly can feel your core working. I’ve been so lazy with my workouts lately – all I want to do is hike with our new puppy in this gorgeous weather! It’s been unseasonably warm and I’m so happy about it.

    1. I am glad you agree!! I will have to try them slowly like you mentioned!! And wow hiking and warm weather sounds so nice!! Along with a new pup?! How cute!! Enjoy!! xo

    1. Thanks so much!! I appreciate it! And yes, definitely give them a try!! I hope they are helpful 🙂 xo

  28. Love the exercises! Can’t wait to try them out! Atticus and Chauncey are cracking me up. Haha. Kudos to you for still doing a work out with all of those distractions. You are far better than I! Haha.

    1. Thanks so much Whitney!! I hope you find them helpful! And haha yes they are too funny!! I love having them cheer me on 😉 xo

    1. I am so happy to hear that!! And yes, I totally agree, it’s nice to try something new to mix it up and get out of the rut!! 🙂

  29. I agree that cute activeware makes working out ten times more fun! I recently just got into working out so I might have to give your ab workouts a shot. And I absolutely love the photograph of you looking out the window. It should be in an ad; it’s that good.

    1. It totally does!! I don’t know what it is but it way more exciting to look cute while working out!! I hope you try them out and find them helpful!! And wow thank you so much!! That is so dang nice of you!! xo

  30. Lululemon’s workout clothes are amazing. I bought a workout top with a sports bra sewn in and it holds everything perfectly. Their running leggings are great – I wear them every time I’m on the treadmill.
    Living in NYC would be so good for exercise. There is so much walking to do, and you can start running as it warms up too!


    1. I totally agree!! Their leggings are like nothing I have worn before!! Totally obsessed!! I am so glad so many people are Lulu lovers like myself!! And yes, we are loving our daily walks!! So nice and refreshing!! xo

  31. Lululemon<3 Expensive but SOOO worth it, I love their workout gear! Thanks for the tips, with summer around the corner I need to kick it into high gear! I have been having an off week too, but luckily it's almost over and the weekend will be here soon! Have fun at your event tonight, wish I could be there!

    Kalyn Goff

    1. Ahh I know!! Totally worth the price!! I am so glad you liked the post 🙂 I appreciate it!! I wish you could have came to the event too, but I will have many more in the future!! xo

  32. I LOVE lululemon. In college my best fiend and I used to say “lululemon or die” and even would wear lululemon yoga pants to parties sometimes because we were silly. I seriously own so much lulu but can’t get enough. It’s great that you can walk everywhere, i am currently apartment hunting and that is my number one priority! I love being able to walk to the grocery store or a coffee shop or to the park.

    1. Haha I love that!! I really think I would die without their workout leggings 😉 They’re too amazing!! And yes I agree, I love having so many places in walking distance 🙂 Good luck apartment hunting, that is so exciting!! xo

    1. I hope you find them helpful!! And aww thank you!! Thanks for reading!!! xo

  33. This is so great! I love new ways to work my core! Also, LOVE LOVE LOVE lulu lemon. What does your diet consist of?

    1. Thanks so much Delaney!! And I am glad you love them too!! And ahh my diet is my weakness.. I totally have a sweet tooth! But I try to have healthy snacks prepared, and luckily, my husband is an amazing cook and makes lots of yummy homemade dishes! I am hoping to do another food post, so stay tuned!! xo

  34. Oh my gosh, I love how Atticus and Chauncey are so curious and want in on the action! Loved watching them mosey around in the background! Lulu has so many cute styles and colors! My favorite is the Energy bra, which is similar to the one you are wearing. If I could, I would get it in all the colors!

    1. Haha I know it!! It is so funny how they get all excited when the camera comes on 😉 And I agree!! I love Lulu anything!! xoxo

  35. Ahhh!! Was hoping and searching for an ‘Amber’ discount code for lulu!

    1. Sorry rest of comment deleted while typing on my iPhone promise I’m not just greedy!!

      You look so gorgeous in these pics! Seriously LOVE lululemon. When I get in a bad swing of not working out I’ll buy a top or bra cause I know I’ll then guilt myself into working out 🙂

      1. No worries at all!! 🙂 And yes, I agree!! A discount would be awesome! Maybe in the future 😉 And aww thank you so much!! That is so sweet of you! That is such a good idea!! I need to start using new workout clothes as motivation! xo

  36. Hi Amber, I love you Ab workouts as I too use some of these and they are awesome ha ha! I know you are absolutely loving all the walking you can do around the city and it is such a perfect way in staying active with family.. I hope you have a great time tonight and so wish I could be there. Enjoy your Thursday Beautiful Mama xo

    1. Thank you so much Michelle!! I am glad to hear you have done them before and liked them!! And yes, I agree!! Walking around is such a nice way to get some fresh air and work out as well 🙂 Have an amazing week!! xo

  37. I LOVE how Chauncey and Atticus are trying to be a part of the workout too! My pup does the same thing. So sweet. Did you do these ab workouts when you were pregnant too??

    1. No way?! It is so fun isn’t it?? Even though they create a bit of a distraction!! haha 🙂 And yes, I did ab workouts my first trimester, but avoided them in my second trimester because they become much harder to do, and I hear it best to avoid laying on your back!! I hope that helps!! xo

    1. Thank you Gracie!! He loves to be in front of the camera!! It’s fun for the both of us!! 🙂

  38. Great post and video.. I have been working out at home a lot lately and I am definitely going to incorporate some of these ab workouts to my routine..

    xo Ash
    Sincerely Miss Ash

    1. Thanks so much Ash!! I am so glad you liked it!! I hope you find the workouts helpful 🙂 xo

  39. I love how real you were with this and didn’t edit out Atticus or your dog. I am a mom too and lets keep it real if I were to work out at home the same things would be happening.

    1. Thanks so much!! That means the world to me, especially coming from another mom like yourself!! xoxo

  40. Walks in the park are manditory when you have a dog/baby, so fun you get to do yours in Central Park!! I do little workouts with my (nearly) 6 month old all the time, so I love seeing you include your little nugget in yours! Question, in your ab routine how many reps are you doing of each excersie? And do you repeat the entire sequence, or just do it once through?

    Thanks so much!


    1. I agree!! Totally mandatory!! It is such a nice way to break up the day and get some fresh air 🙂 I bet your little one is adorable!! And I do 300 total reps, so I just divide that up between the different ab workouts!! If that makes sense?! So I run through the whole workout just once 🙂 xoxo

  41. Seriously the CUTEST baby and the CUTEST dog! I admire how you seem to balance your own well-being and giving so much love to your family!

    1. Thank you so much Rosie!! That means the world to me!! Thanks for being so sweet and making my day 🙂 xo

  42. Amber, I adore how you adapt to living in such a big city with a baby (and a dog!). When my baby was born (10 year ago lamo) I was living in Berlin (Germany) and thought it was unbelievable stressful. I am so happy I don´t have to live in a big city anymore- but sometimes Florida can also get a little boring. So if I want some excitement, I just hop on your blog cause you are everyday somewhere else! 😉 Kisses darling, Sissi

    1. Aww thank you so much Sissi!! That means a lot to me!! I try to do my best to adapt to our “new” city life!! And wow! Berlin!! What a fun adventure I bet that was! It sounds like you’re a great mom!! I love hearing others’ experiences like this 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and being an amazing follower!! xoxo

  43. Oh my goodness! I am so happy you discovered Lululemon – it’s an awesome Canadian company (represent!) I recently got some more of their running clothes and bras (which are the best!). Every time I walk in I always say I can only wish that my entire wardrobe was from there. Such fantastic stuff. Enjoy being outside 🙂 Love, B. xxox

    1. I know it!! I am so obsessed!! I will definitely be getting more from Lululemon 🙂 Thanks so much for reading Bethany!! xo