You Might Be A Threenager If…

Perhaps the biggest myth that I’ve faced in motherhood so far is what they call the “terrible twos.” I actually found the twos pretty adorable. They start to talk more, and I would hang on every word they said because it was just SO dang cute to listen to their little voices. And while they still needed me to wipe their butt every few hours, at least they were independent enough to walk in the parking lot and hold my hand.

The twos were GOOD. Really good.

But the THREES…

I remember when our oldest son turned three. I felt like almost over night he turned into this little monster who had no regard for authority or order. However, what he had going for him is that he was a rule follower. I would look at him sternly when he did something wrong and it was enough to make his lip quiver and he stopped his mischief immediately.

Next it was our twin girls’ turn to be three. This definitely drove me to drink twice as much wine as normal. It wasn’t so much disobedience as it was SO MUCH DRAMA all the dang time. Whining, crying, pitching a fit because their doll’s ponytail was too high on her head. Something always had their panties in a bundle. However, regardless of how dramatic they were, at least they’d also sit and color and nicely play tea party.

You guys, I had NO IDEA what the word “THREENAGER” really meant until recently, as we live day in and day our with our youngest little man.

If you’re new to this word, us moms define a threenager as: “a three year old who acts out, pouts, complains, and has the general attitude, angst, and mood swings of a teenager.”

You might be a THREENAGER if…

…you randomly wake up during the middle of the night, and decide it would be a great idea to turn on every single light in the house, and run around yelling “It’s time to get UP!!!!”

…you wait until mom goes upstairs to shower and you walk over to the plant pot, fill up your miniature dump truck with dirt, drive it across the house leaving dirt trails everywhere, and dump it in its final destination inside the bathroom sink.

…while your mom is cleaning up your dump truck’s mess, you are quarantined to the bathtub to get cleaned off, where you decide it would be fun to dump bucketfuls of water onto the bathroom floor.

…you tell your mom that you pooped and she praises you for pooping in the potty. You are fully potty trained, but you tell her, “Nope, not today!” And she finds that you pooped smack dab in the middle of your bedroom floor.

…you get mad at your sister so you get revenge by peeing inside her jewelry box, then giggling and running away.

…you are finished with your chocolate milk but there’s still some left, so you decide to pour it into one of the cupholders in the back of the van and use it for a swimming pool for one of your PJ Masks figurines.

…you are not fazed in the slightest by time outs. Sure, you don’t like being locked in your room, but mom can’t leave you in there for too long because she’s scared of what you might do when left by yourself.

…you will do just about anything to stall at bedtime, including stripping off your pajamas and yelling at the top of your lungs, “I’m NAKED! I’m NAKED!!!! I’m NAKED again!”

…you have so many emotions that you don’t know what to do with, so most of the time you either YELL as loud as you can, or destroy anything in sight, especially big brother’s lego creations and toilet paper rolls. It’s hilarious to teepee your sisters’ doll house.

…you blame everything on your dog. You mom asks you if you did something naughty, and you simply reply, “Nope, Mabel did it!”

…you like to be naughty, but you also like to be SUPER SWEET. As crazy as you drive your parents, you swoon them with your handsome good looks and hugs and kisses. As tough as life is at three, you know that you’ll all get through it together, and that 4 is just around the corner, which mom and dad tell you is the SWEETEST AGE EVER. Or so they think. 😉

Yes, these were all ACTUAL things that happened in our house, on our watch. Judge us if you want, but I had to document it so that we never forget just how INSANE life is right now. I really think we need our own reality tv show. You can’t make this stuff up.

We have our hands full, but we also have our hearts full, and love this little man and ALL his emotions, tantrums, and energy. We just hope and pray this isn’t a prediction of what the REAL teenage years will be like! Haha!



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“I Am Healthy: The Sustainable Way!”

For the first 30 years of my life, I considered myself an emotional eater. When life got the tiniest bit stressful, I would grab a bag of chips or make chocolate chip cookies. A tough day with the kids, being low on sleep, or a small argument with Jake would put me in a downward spiral and I’d run to food for comfort.

I have never been one of those people that can just quit things cold turkey. When I tried in the past to give up junk food and eat healthy, I’ve lasted maybe 48 hours before I was raiding the pantry for a sweet treat. This would always lead to me feeling like a complete failure, feeling defeated yet again, and wondering if I would ever be able to overcome my addiction to comfort foods.

It wasn’t until I used a faith based approach to emotional eating and embraced a loving community that I actually started to make progress. Little by little, I learned that I was created for so much MORE than an endless cycle of defeat! I was created to crave God more than I craved food! I started to run to HIM when life got stressful, and I learned new habits that actually helped me overcome and find victory in this area!

As I sit here tonight, I am so excited because I KNOW that I can help you overcome emotional eating too!

Last August our team came up with this crazy concept called Take Back the Kitchen. Now over 12,000 members later we are so proud to announce the launch of our FIRST EVER NUTRITION ONLY BOOT CAMP that takes it to the next level!

“I AM HEALTHY: The Sustainable Way” is exactly as it reads! Over 30 days we will be teaching you how to make healthy and most importantly, SUSTAINABLE choices through a faith based lense!! We’ll teach you how you can enjoy desserts🍰🍦, alcoholic beverages,🍻🥃, EVEN cheeseburgers and fries now and again!! 🍔🍟

We are also so proud to announce that we are co-leading this group with our friend, athlete and Registered Dietitian, Karla Wocken Heart and Hustle! 🙌🏼

Karla is a marathon runner and former gymnast. She’s focused on teaching others how to build healthy lifestyles based on realistic nutrition habits. She’ll be providing daily videos on nutrition education and encouragement to help you and your family achieve your nutrition goals “the sustainable way”. 😉

Space in this group is LIMITED – this group will be intimate so we have capacity to hold you accountable!

Fill out the form below if you’d like more info!

I’m SOOOO excited to help you overcome this and feel amazing from the inside out!



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How My Side Hustle Became A Huge Financial Blessing

If I’m being honest with you, when I sat down to write this post, the first thing that came to mind was how uncomfortable I am talking about my income. I continued writing, though, because my heart reminds me that I’m on this mission to show others what’s possible. And so yes, I’m sharing my income not because I want the world to know how much I’m making, but because if this post helps even one more person to be encouraged that there’s another option, it will be worth it!

I’m a small town girl from northwest Iowa. I grew up on my family’s farm where I was taught the importance of a solid work ethic and was infused with deep Christian values. I was never the top of my class or the best of the best at anything I did, but I’ve always loved people and loved working hard.

Six years ago I became a stay at home mom and loved it at first, but there was a part of me that really missed working outside the home. I started a healthy living blog called “Bring In The Pink” to help fill the void – most of you have never heard of that blog because it was an EPIC FAILURE.

Just before I had my twins, I started Mommy’s Me Time, and started sharing about our crazy life and my reflections on motherhood. Other moms resonated with my words and it started to grow.

I also wanted to use my blog to generate some extra income for our family. But it turned out, that the blogging world had changed quite a bit and it wasn’t easy to grow a significant income as a blogger. The fastest way I could make some extra money was through writing sponsored posts. Those were exciting at first. I’d get picked by a brand to try out their product for free, I’d write a post and they would compensate me. I felt LEGIT! But after a while, it got old. It wasn’t as glamorous as I thought being a sponsored blogger would be. Sure, I was writing about products that fit my readers, but at the end of the day, I didn’t really care THAT much about the things I was sharing about. There wasn’t a strong emotional connection to what I was sharing, and I kind of felt like I was selling myself out. I mean, at one point, I wrote about Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sandwiches for goodness sake! It was the FIRST and LAST time I’ve ever bought those things! Haha!

After I had my fourth baby I was struggling to lose the baby weight. I was also struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety. One day I reached an all time low.

I ended up finding a workout program that changed my life, and found out I could become a coach and help others moms find themselves again through fitness too.

There was one catch. I would have to join the network marketing industry. 🙄 Wasn’t that for people who were REALLY desperate and who didn’t have much else going for them? And wasn’t it just a giant pyramid scheme where I’d have to pester my friends and family? No way did I want to be one of THOSE people!

Hahahahaha…WOW was I ever misinformed! 😂😳

Turns out the network marketing industry is regulated by the federal government so it is definitely NOT a pyramid scheme, and it’s filled with brilliant people from every profession. As a coach, I work alongside doctors and lawyers and nurses and teachers and corporate executives and YES even stay at home moms who want a professional outlet! See, a lot of us have discovered that the typical American dream is awesome, but it might just not be for us. We’ve also discovered that while a career in health and fitness sounds like FUN? Being a personal trainer or group fitness instructor does not bring in the income we desire. I’m at a point in my life when the time that I spend away from my kids needs to be worth it TEN FOLD. Thankfully, we’ve found that there’s another way to work hard, help others, and earn a significant income from home.

As a coach, I get to welcome other women and men into my online accountability groups. I help them find a fitness program and nutrition plan that’s the best fit for where they are starting and what their goals are, and then I get to encourage them in their journey!

I also get to mentor others who want to become successful coaches so that together, we can help WAY MORE people than we can on our own.

And the cool part about this job? The bigger the impact you make, the bigger your income is able to grow as well!

I can hardly believe that in the last MONTH I have brought in $31,420 for our family. Me?! 😳 Crazy thing is, the way we’re trending, this number will continue to go up. It’s humbling and such an honor to be able to do what I do.

There is nothing more rewarding than seeing moms discover their inner confidence again and helping them provide for their families in a significant way! They get to pick their hours, their schedule, and the trajectory of their income.

For me, blogging + coaching is SO much more rewarding than writing sponsored posts or placing ads on my website! Now I actually get to KNOW my readers and help them in a personal way! Before it felt like blogging was just about me, but now it’s about paying it forward and helping THEM have opportunities too!

I have met some of my very best friends doing this job! Since we all have a passion for health and fitness and a passion for helping others, whenever we attend live events together, it feels like we’ve known each other since birth!

Jake and I now have dear couple friends that we’ve met along the way because of this amazing community! And can I just squeal for a second about how AMAZING it feels to be able to work hard and earn trips where Jake and I can get away and reconnect?

You guys, if a farm girl from Iowa who was struggling with depression and anxiety and had 4 kids under 4 when she started this business can make an impact? If doctors and lawyers and accountants and college grads and stay at home moms and corporate leaders and bloggers and teachers can have success? So can you!

If you WANT a better life for you and your family, you really just have to go out and GET IT! It requires hard work, but it’s TOTALLY POSSIBLE!

Jake and I are so excited to announce that we are now accepting NEW COACHES who Jake and I will personally mentor. Regardless of your background, we would love to teach you how you build a business that makes an impact so that you too can earn a significant income that provides for your family! You do not need a social media following or any previous experience. This has become a family business for us, and I am so grateful that I get to work alongside my best friend! (Jake also has 10 years of medical device sales experience, and it’s been really neat how his corporate experience has been a huge asset to our team! He’s been instrumental in helping our coaches succeed!)

This is not a get rich quick scheme and it certainly requires a lot of hard work, but less than 3 years later I’m so glad I saw the potential and stuck with it.

If you’d like to learn more about an exclusive mentorship spot, please fill out the application at the link below! We are accepting only a handful at a time, and promise to teach you EVERYTHING we know! We have worked our way to be a top team in the company, so you can rest assured that we know what we’re doing!

It would be an honor to pay this amazing gift forward that has completely changed our life!



*Beachbody does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.

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Cut The Line: Expedited Registration For 80 Day Obsession

Hello, friends!

WOW! Jake and I have been SOOO BLOWN away with the interest that we’ve had in our brand new workout program launching on January 15th! We already have over 400+ men and women in our group who have committed to going through this program from start to finish! We start on Monday, and as the deadline to join approaches, we have had a HUGE FLOOD of people who want to register ASAP!

We are typing as quickly as our fingers can, and will be getting back to each and every one of you as soon as possible, but because ordering ASAP is important so that you can get your materials in time, I wanted to create this quick blog post post where you can go ahead and register without having to wait on me!

Normally I like to add a personal note and chat about your goals, but we can do that AFTER you’re registered so you can get your products shipped NOW!

A little bit about the program…

Last summer I received an invitation to be in the official test group for an 80 day program.

They didn’t give us many details at first. I had no idea who the celebrity trainer would be, what the workouts would be like, or what kind of nutrition plan I’d have to follow.

At the time, I was following a pretty strict ketogenic diet + intermittent fasting.

When the program rolled out and I found out that I would be eating a healthy balance of ALL the food groups AND I would be required to eat before my workouts I became really skeptical. I didn’t want to mess up the groove I was in!

But because this was such a unique opportunity and something coaches wait YEARS to be a part of, I decided to go all in with the 80 Day Obsession Test Group. When I found out the program was created by Autumn Calabrese, I couldn’t contain my excitement!

This woman had changed my life with the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme and now I had the chance to have her be my personal trainer and give me 80 brand new workouts?! I was SOOOO GIDDY!!!

Well, it turns out that this program was exactly what I needed. The workouts kicked my and although I didn’t have much weight to lose when I started, I went from a size 2 – 4 to a size 0!

And the nutrition plan was a total game changer. We followed a timed macronutrient eating plan and my metabolism went through the roof. I became a fat burning machine!

And honestly, in my heart of hearts I truly believe this program saved me and my relationship with food.

Although I thought keto was AMAZING at first, I found myself developing a really unhealthy relationship with certain food groups. I was downright scared of eating too much FRUIT because I thought it was going to make me fat! And when I ate a piece of bread? I would wake up feeling horrible the next day, like somehow I had failed.

In the long run, run it just wasn’t sustainable for me. I’m not saying keto doesn’t work for anyone, I’m just saying for me in my personal journey, eating from ALL the food groups keeps me in a much more positive head space. With this program I truly feel that I’ve found a healthy way of eating that’s actually realistic and sustainable for the long haul.

I have never been MORE confident of a program in my entire life! I KNOW this can get you the results you want! Check out these photos of me and my friends from the test group! They are LEGIT!!! 

Since this program is so dynamic and powerful, I put together a video to explain the tools we’ll be using for the 80 days! It’s about 15 minutes and gives you great overview on this program!

Here’s the plan! You will register and I’ll add you to our official 80 Day Obsession Group! I will help you get prepared by posting everything you need to set yourself up for success beforehand!

On January 15th, we will start the official 80 Day Obsession program together! This will run from January 15th – April 15th! I’m so pumped thinking about how AMAZING you will feel in April!

As I mentioned in the video, there are a few different packages you can choose from!

The first option (Full Program) will include EVERYTHING you need for the entire 80 Days (except month 2 & 3 of Shakeology if you choose to continue that).

The second option (A Month At A Time) will include EVERYTHING you need for month one! (This is our most POPULAR package!)

The third option (Start with One) will include ONE nutritional, either Shakeology OR Recover + Energize!

With ANY of these options, you will ALSO get access to our Take Back The Kitchen weekly menus which have been designed by our Registered Dietitian to work with the 80 Day Obsession meal plan!

Below is a graphic that shows the pricing for each of the three options!

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To order, simply go to my website and choose your 80 Day Obsession Challenge Pack!

I would recommend placing your order ASAP so that your materials get here in time for the start date on Monday! 

If you have any other questions that you’d like answered before you register, please email me at

If you are already working with a coach, please reach out to them and ask what options they have available for the 80 Day Obsession!

As soon as you complete registration, please fill out this form so I can make sure everything came through on my end! 

I’m so excited to help you reach your goals and walk alongside you in this journey!



To check out more information about my 80 Day Obsession journey, feel free to scroll through my Facebook & Instagram posts!

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#MomStrong Boot Camp Black Friday Special

I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your sweet families! I wanted to pop in amongst the holiday fun today to share about the #MomStrong Boot Camp I’m leading on December 4th! I have a BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL happening TODAY that moms will be really excited about! 

Here’s a little bit about WHY I’ve chosen “Mom Strong” for our theme in December:

A few years ago I realized that I was stuck in a mindset that was telling me to look for the easy way out of EVERYTHING. I told myself that I really only needed to do something if it was “convenient” for me.

My husband was working 60 – 70 hour weeks, so I told myself it was okay if I through a pity party. If I had a bad day with the kids, I’d tell myself it was okay to chow down a whole sleeve of Oreo cookies. My kids weren’t sleeping through the night, so I told myself my body was too tired to workout.

I would look in the mirror at the extra baby weight and I told myself that I should just be thankful for the fact that it birthed 4 babies. I convinced myself that it was more honorable to give my kids every last drop of time and energy than focusing on myself.

Deep down though, I was empty. I was lonely. I felt defeated. I was uncomfortable in my own skin and hated picking out clothes to wear in the morning, so I’d usually just defer to baggy and comfortable. I didn’t even know who I was anymore. While I loved being known as a mother, I forgot what it felt like to be Amber.

I had a gym membership. I tried that. But it wasn’t working. What I really needed was community and accountability from other moms who were going through the same things I was going through.

One day I was so desperate that I ordered an at home workout program. I figured it was probably a scam, but had some friends that lose weight with it so I gave it a try. Turns out the workouts kicked my postpartum butt, but what truly helped me more than anything was the relationships I built with the other moms in the online boot camp. I plug in whenever I wanted and I was bound to pick up a bit of motivation and encouragement.

Today, I get to be the one to lead these types of communities and pay it forward to other moms who were just like me. Moms who need a little life breathed back into them again.

Here’s a short video I made to share a little more about it!

H O W  I T  W I L L  W O R K

This will be a 3 week boot camp! We will give you a specific workout calendar that incorporates various workouts from Beachbody On Demand. If you’re a runner or want to become a runner, we will also be giving the option to add running into the workouts as well (that’s what I do)! Whether you’re a beginner or have been working out for a while, we’ll help you create a custom workout to help you reach YOUR goals!

The workouts are designed to done at a gym OR at home!

As soon as you sign up, I will place you in a Facebook group with the other boot camp participants! You will be set up with a private app where you will track your progress, and log your workouts and nutrition so we can hold you accountable! We’ll teach you everything you need to know so you can set yourself up for success!

We’ll be focusing on getting nutrition that your body will be ENERGIZED by, and you’ll be in community with other women and men who are doing the same thing you are!

During the boot camp, we’ll be posting daily encouragement posts to keep you inspired and prevent you from falling off the bandwagon.

Oftentimes, the biggest piece that holds people back from reaching their health and fitness goals is a lack of accountability. As your coach, it will be an honor to create a safe place for you to be held accountable. If you fully commit to this, I am confident that you will leave this boot camp in the best shape of your life.


A one time investment of $160 for a WHOLE YEAR of my boot camps! (After the December group is over you can continue on to do as many more as you’d like!)

What’s Included:

  • 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand with all content included, plus new future releases. ($99 on it’s own)
  • 1 month of Shakeology ($129.95 on it’s own)
  • Portion Fix – includes 7 piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup ($39.95 on its own)

The total price if you purchased all of these separately would come out to $270.

However, the price when you purchase them together in the All Access Challenge Pack is just $160. So basically, after you purchase BOD + Portion Fix, you are getting the chance to try Shakeology for a month for just $20!

You will also get our weekly family friendly Take Back The Kitchen menus + grocery lists delivered to your inbox every Friday. 

You will ALSO get a hard copy calendar and rewards chart specifically for your kids so they can “workout” with you and participate in our our new program for families called Double Time!

Additionally, for BLACK FRIDAY ONLY, if you register TODAY I will be sending you a box of Energize samples (our incredible all natural 15 calorie pre-workout energy drink) + 4 samples of Daily Sunshine (our organic kids’ smoothie) + the book called “Becoming Mom Strong” by Heidi St. John. This is the book we’ll be going through together during the boot camp! 

To register, simply go to my website and purchase the Double Time All Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack for $160:

If you have purchased under another coach in the past who you are no longer working with, you’ll need to fill this out before you order:

It will ask for my Coach ID which is 594725 and my email which is!

After you’ve placed your order, fill out this CONFIRMATION FORM, and you’ll be all set! You will receive an email from me with next steps!

I’m so excited to have you and help you feel AMAZING this holiday season! You deserve to feel INCREDIBLE!



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When You Realize You’re Out Of The Baby Stage

A few days ago I brought a meal to a friend who just had her third baby. I walked in to their house around 5pm, and I felt like I was walking into my life about 3 years ago. Their oldest, who’s 4, was absolutely smitten over their new baby brother, showering him with kisses the whole time I was there. The middle, who’s 2, was clinging to her mommy for dear life, trying to soak up as many cuddles as she could, since she now had to share them with the new baby. Mom and Dad were happy as can be, but I could also tell they were in a bit of a haze from the whirlwind of becoming a family of 5 overnight.

I had no idea this simple encounter would affect me so much, but as I sit here writing this, I can’t stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks. Three years ago, I was the one with the newborn, 18 month old twins, and a newly 3 year old. At the time, it felt like time itself had stopped, and all I could think about were the diapers I had to change, how I was going to nurse my baby when my twin toddlers needed me to help them constantly, and how I was going to get to my three year old who was yelling from the potty because he couldn’t get his pants up on his own. It was complete and utter chaos 24 hours a day, yet right now I would do anything to go back, even if it was just a for a few minutes.

Amidst the craziness, kids grow up. They keep changing and learning and settling into their personalities. In what feels like a blink of an eye, I find myself a mom of a six year old, four year old twins, and a three year old and I’m asking myself, “How the heck did we get here?”

It feels a little awkward, actually.

I think it’s a bit of a mourning process to be honest. I finally knew what I was doing with the baby thing! I was the master of organized chaos!

And here I am in a brand new season, feeling like a new mom all over again, trying to discover my place in it all.

In some ways, life is so much easier. They can dress themselves, feed themselves, entertain themselves, and we can even take them out to dinner without experiencing epic melt downs.



But it’s a mental transition going from the one they needed every second of the day, to being the one on the sidelines watching them develop and discover who they are independently.

Leaving the baby stage is the first glimpse of ACTUALLY realizing that they won’t need us forever. That one day my babies will leave the nest altogether.

“It goes so fast.” I used to hate when older moms would tell me that. In the thick of blowouts and spit-up, the last thing I wanted to hear was to “soak it up, because it goes so fast…” Yet now that I’m on the other side, I get it.

It really does go by faster than we could ever realize…

I don’t remember the last time I put my baby to bed in a crib. One day he crawled out of it too many times to count, and it was time for a big boy bed. 

I don’t remember the last time I used that nasty nose sucker. One day his nostrils were big enough for a tissue. 

I don’t remember the last time he crawled. One day he was ready to walk. 

I don’t remember the last time he sat in a high chair. One day, he was ready to sit in a big boy chair. 

I don’t remember the last time he wore a onesie. One day, his little body outgrew the largest size. 

I don’t remember the last time I spoon fed him baby food. One day he had enough teeth to chew. 

I don’t remember the last time I nursed him to sleep. One day he didn’t need it anymore. 

I don’t remember the last time he needed my help to climb at the park. One day he had conquered even the biggest slides. 

As I continue down this journey, there will be so many more “lasts” and it makes my heart hurt just thinking about it.

But I also know there will be so many more “firsts.” Every era is a beautiful gift. Whether we have babies, preschoolers, grade schoolers, middle schoolers, high schoolers, college kids, or we’re empty nesters, motherhood will be magical. We will always have a special ever-changing role to play.

We were chosen to be mommas because our kids NEED us (even when they might disagree).

I couldn’t be more grateful to ride the emotional roller coaster of motherhood alongside all of you.



For more reflections on motherhood, feel free to follow our journey on Instagram: @ambermariekuiper and on Facebook: Mommy’s Me Time!





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Available For The FIRST Time To Moms In The United Kingdom

Hey there! In case this is your first time stopping by, my name is Amber Kuiper. I’m the mom of 4 young children, wife to my amazing husband, Jake, and mom blogger.

In just a few hours, my husband and I will be leaving the kids at home and boarding a plane for the United Kingdom to participate in one of the most exciting opportunities we’ve ever had!

First, let me give you a little backstory.

Two and a half years ago I was a stay at home mom to 4 kids under the age of 4. My youngest was 6 months old at the time, and my oldest was three. Yes, we’re crazy. We had 4 kids in LESS THAN three years, thanks to being surprised with twins!

Anyway, I was at a point after baby #4 when I felt downright depressed about myself. I knew it was a beautiful thing that my body was able to grow and birth 4 babies, but every time I looked in the mirror I found myself participating in negative self talk. I’d tell myself how horrible I looked, how much bigger I was than before. It started affecting everything in my life, because I felt completely empty. I didn’t have much left to give my family because I felt so poorly about myself.

I also felt a bit stuck. I’d been going to the gym for years, and while I managed to keep myself in decent enough shape, after my 4th baby I couldn’t find anything that worked. I needed something that was efficient and that I could do from my home if I needed, because sometimes it wasn’t always possible to make it to the gym.

I randomly came across a blog one day that was talking about an exercise program called the 21 Day Fix that included a superfood shake called Shakeology. The workouts were 30 minutes each day, could be done at home with just a few simple free weights, and the results these women were getting were INCREDIBLE.

I came to find out that the company who created 21 Day Fix was the same company that created Insanity and P90X, and the name of that company was Beachbody.

I decided to give it a try. The workouts kicked my butt. I was so sore I could barely walk up the stairs! Haha! And in just 21 Days my body was starting to feel like it did before babies.

In addition to the workouts, I was placed into a Facebook group with other women who were doing the workouts too. As a mom of young children who barely had a social life, these women became my support system and my friends. I started to get in shape, and I was surprised with an incredible community of friends.

I ended up feeling so great about my own results, that I decided to become a Beachbody Coach, where I had the chance to continue to work on my own goals, and also start leading online support groups for other moms. Paying forward the gift I had been given was so fulfilling. Little by little, day by day, I kept helping more and more women.

Two and a half years later, what started with me just wanting to get my body back after babies has grown into a successful tribe of women who are helping other mommas feel confident in their own skin again. Here’s a sampling of our results!

Me – Amber Kuiper

Jake Kuiper (Our husbands are getting in shape too!) 

Emily Hobbs

Amanda Barrett

Kaitlyn Vander Schaaf

Bethany Swart

Laine Swanson

Rachel Marthaler

We believe in sharing our stories, and helping families implement realistic and sustainable habits. It’s not about being perfect, or being on a diet. It’s not about having a “Beachbody” – but about taking steps in the right direction to create a sustainable healthy life where every family member is thriving.

All that to say, when I found out that Beachbody was expanding to the United Kingdom, my heart skipped a beat. I’ve had several UK moms reach out to me over the years about motherhood, and my simple hope and prayer is that I can pay this incredible gift forward to the lovely “mums” over there!

We’ll be in LONDON for the OFFICIAL TEAM BEACHBODY LAUNCH EVENT this weekend, helping anyone who wants to be a FOUNDING TEAM MEMBER, get started. If you’re a mom who wants to get your body back after baby, and are interested in learning more about being in our FOUNDING tribe, please email me at I would absolutely love to share more information with you and help you get started on YOUR healthy living journey! We also have a meet and greet launch party happening on Friday night and we’d love to have you!

If you aren’t near London or able to make the LAUNCH event but would like to participate in our FIRST EVER UK ONLINE BOOT CAMP, please fill out the form below to request more information!


We will be kicking off on November 6th – you CAN feel CONFIDENT IN YOUR OWN SKIN this holiday season!

If there’s one word of encouragement I could leave you with today, it would be to remind moms that it’s okay to take a little time each day for yourself. That’s why I started this blog in the first place, to help moms get a little “me” time. It’s not selfish, but rather so important so that you have even MORE to give your sweet families!

If you are interested in learning more about the Team Beachbody UK Coaching Opportunity, please fill out the form below!


With that, I’m off to get packed us packed up! Thank you to all of who have given us great travel and packing tips so far! We are SO excited for a little time to travel together kid-free!

Talk soon!


If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, please do! We’ll be documenting our trip on there throughout the weekend!

Are you a mom in the United States or Canada? We have an online boot camp starting on November 6th! Please fill out THIS FORM to request more information!

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How To Join Take Back The Kitchen

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram, then you’ve probably seen Jake and I share about our Take Back The Kitchen Community! This is a brand new branch of our online fitness and nutrition business that we launched in August!
We NEVER expected it to blow up at quickly as it has, but we now have over 1,500 Take Back The Kitchen Monthly Members!
As a busy mom of 4, I was always overwhelmed when it came to planning out our meals for the week. Most weeks, I didn’t have time to do it, so it resulted us racing to the grocery store multiple times a week or stopping somewhere to grab take out or fast food. I knew I could do better when it came to feeding my family nutritious meals, but at the same time didn’t know when I could possibly find time in my schedule to make it a priority.
The ONE thing that has been constant for me over the past couple of years in helping me to stay on track with my nutrition even when it gets busy has been my superfood smoothie called Shakeology. When our company launched a 3-in-1 kids’ smoothie called Daily Sunshine to accompany it this summer, I knew I had to figure out how I could get this incredible product into as many homes as possible.
Jake and I started brainstorming about ways we could not only help families add a nutritious smoothie, but also how we could take it a step further and truly help families prioritize nutrition at EVERY MEAL!
We hired a Registered Dietitian, Monica Hoss, to provide us with healthy, family friendly, easy-to-prepare weekly recipes PLUS a grocery list to go with them, and Take Back The Kitchen was born!
As a member of our Take Back The Kitchen community, you will receive the following each month: 

Monthly Membership Includes:

+ 4 Weeks of Healthy Family Friendly Menus from a Registered Dietitian!

+ Complete grocery lists delivered to your inbox every Friday!

+ Meal Prep Tips from our Registered Dietitian that you can do over the weekend to make your week run smoother!

+ Daily Access to a Registered Dietitian who you can ask questions to SO you can learn how to help your picky eaters try healthy foods!

+ A month’s supply of Shakeology (adult superfoods meal replacement smoothie) AND/OR Daily Sunshine (kid approved 3-in-1 smoothie that includes a serving of fruits/veggies, healthy fats, and plant based protein)! 

+A community of women who are going through the same struggles you are! You’ll be able to share what’s working, what isn’t working, and know that you’re not alone! 

+Access to a small group led by me, your Family Nutrition Ambassador, to help you stay on track and accountable to actually make the meals and help you family make progress! 

The ONLY purchase that’s required to become a Take Back The Kitchen Member is a month’s order of Shakeology and/or Daily Sunshine. Like I’ve mentioned before, as crazy as it might sound, making this purchase has actually SAVED me money overall because I’m saving SO much at the grocery store and at restaurants! I used to go to the store without much of a plan, and over the course of the week between going the grocery store multiple times and grabbing take out or fast food, we were spending way more money on food than we needed to.

Since incorporating Take Back The Kitchen, my weekly grocery bills have been around $130 – $150 for a family of 6 and that INCLUDES the Shakeology and Daily Sunshine I buy for my family.

What is Shakeology? 

Shakeology is an adult formulated premium superfood shake containing healthy ingredients, including super-proteins, super-fruits, super-greens, antioxidants, adaptogen herbs, pre and pro-biotics, and digestive enzymes. The amazing benefits come from herbs, roots, fruits, and vegetables that range from the commonly known, like pomegranate and blueberry, to the exotic, like goji berry and maca root. These incredible whole food ingredients from around the world are uncooked and unprocessed, making them easily digestible in our bodies. I never thought I’d be a shake person. I tried it, and I’ve been drinking Shakeology daily for over two years now. I can’t begin to tell you how much it helps me to stay on track. It gives me the energy I need, has helped to curb my cravings for junk food, and is an easy way to get a meal in when I’m busy! Time and time again, my clients who incorporate Shakeology into their diet are hands down more successful than the ones who don’t! I look at drinking Shakeology as my daily vitamins. It fills in the cracks nutritionally! We have seven different flavors! We even have VEGAN options.

If you happen to be breastfeeding, I’d recommend checking with your doctor about Shakeology! My doctor was very excited about it, and I have several nursing mommas who have actually noticed a slight increase in production while drinking it because of the additional vitamins and minerals! (I recommend the vegan formulas to my breastfeeding clients.) 

What is Daily Sunshine

Daily Sunshine is our BRAND NEW whole-food-based 3 in 1 smoothie formulated for kids’ nutritional needs. It’s not intended to be a meal replacement, but rather a quick healthy alternative to junk food snacks. It’s available in Chocolate and Strawberry Banana. My kids LOVE it. We’ve been having it for an after school snack, turning it into popsicles or a fun smoothie which they think is ice cream! It’s not JUST for kids. I happen to drink it every single day for MY snack too! The Strawberry Banana is my favorite! I shake it up with ice and water and head out the door! It’s the perfect on-the-go snack. 


Shakeology and Daily Sunshine each retail at $130 for customers. However, if you’re interested in becoming a Family Nutrition Ambassador, there’s a 25% discount.

As a Family Nutrition Ambassador, you can simply enjoy the discounts and leave it at that, or you can share Take Back The Kitchen with others and receive a 25% discount any time they order Shakeology and/or Daily Sunshine. If you help 3 people join Take Back The Kitchen in a month, you’d have your Shakeology and/or Daily Sunshine paid for! 

If you think you might be interested in incorporating workouts as well at some point, I’d also recommending purchasing Beachbody On Demand which is an app that works like Netflix for Fitness. If you purchase it with Shakeology you can get it for just $30 (normally $99).

There’s a package called The All Access Beachbody On Demand + Shakeology Challenge Pack: $160 (regularly $199)

What’s Included: 

1) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus new future releases. You can stream them anywhere with a wi-fi connection! I never use DVDs anymore because the BOD app is so much more convenient.
2) Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply on Home Direct)
3) Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & shaker cup)

If you’d like to order as a customer, simply click on my website and place your order!

If you’d like to join as a Family Nutrition Ambassador and receive the 25% discount on all future orders, go to my website, click on Coach, then Be A Coach, and it will walk you through the steps. I recommend purchasing the All Access Challenge Pack for $160, which will waive the $39.95 enrollment fee. Each month after, as a Family Nutrition Ambassador you will receive 25% off Shakeology and/or Daily Sunshine orders. You will see a $15.95 coach fee, but even with that fee you will still be saving money! Should you decide to cancel your membership, you can cancel at any time without penalty. No strings attached.


If you already have an active Beachbody coach, please stick with them! Simply put in a request that you’d like them to offer something like this too! If you’ve purchased from Beachbody in the past under a different coach who is no longer active, before you order you’ll have to request that I’m your official coach! You can do this by calling 1-800- 240-0913 or going here and including my coach ID which is 1063999 and the email associated with my account which is After you fill out the form you can place your order!


After your order is placed, simply fill out this form and I will send you next week’s menu IMMEDIATELY! You will continue to receive them for the next 5 weeks! You MUST fill out this form. If you don’t fill this out, you will not be added to the email list.

We have a special going on right now – if you register by this morning at 10amcst, you will receive 5 weeks of menus and grocery lists instead of 4! 

Please let me know if you have ANY questions! I’m so excited to encourage you and your sweet family through this process! 



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The Group Every Busy Mom Needs Going Into The School Year

Sundays used to stress me out. I’d think about the week ahead and all the things I had to get done. As moms, our to-do lists are unending. Between work and family life, there’s always something to be thinking about next to ensure that we don’t totally drop the ball on something.

It’s kind of crazy, actually, to think about all the different hats we wear, and all the pressure that’s on us every single day.

I don’t know about you, but when I stop to think about the gravity of our role as moms, my heart starts beating really fast because there is just so much at stake. Raising humans is one of the most important jobs in the ENTIRE WORLD!

All that to say, as I think about the upcoming school year, I like to look at it as a fresh start. Summer is CRAZY, we’ve been out of our routine, the kids have been up later, and our days have sort of been all over the place.

Next week my oldest will go to Kindergarten. I’ve always had this vision of how I want our house to run when my kids are in school. I want our home to be a place of refuge and comfort, a place where my kids can come home to and things are prepared for them. A place where things are organized and everything has it’s place.

And my goodness that is SO not how it is right now! I have major work to do to create routine and structure after this summer! You should SEE the hot mess that is our house right now. It’s humbling.

With all six of us running in different directions this fall, the one time each day that we’ll really have together is dinner.

Again, I have MAJOR work to do here. I’m not a cook, and our meals are typically thrown together last minute. In fact, often I’ll call Jake around 4:00pm and ask him to pick something up on the way home. And in the stress of it all, my kids end up eating way too much mac and cheese and hot dogs. (Insert mom guilt.)

As Jake and I were talking about all this over the last month, an idea was born. Surely we weren’t the only family who struggled with getting healthy dinners on the table? Perhaps we could create a place to support busy families overcome this struggle and at the same time help own family?

We decided to hire a Registered Dietitian to create a weekly menu and grocery list for us, and opened up a Facebook group where we shared it and invited families in. In just a little over a week, our Take Back The Kitchen Info group has gone from 0 to 8,000 members!

WOAH. Clearly, we were in fact NOT ALONE!

This past week we ran a FREE week where families incorporated the menus, and it was so much FUN to see families, including our own, take control over their family’s food choices! We all grocery shopped on the same day and held each other accountable, we all meal prepped on Sunday, and then shared photos of our meals that we prepared throughout the week! The week went off without a hitch for all of us because we leaned on one another! The truth is, when we try to do all of this on our own, it feels overwhelming. But when we get into community with other parents who are experiencing similar struggles? Together we can help even our pickiest eaters to eat healthy food!

TOMORROW, August 14th, we officially start our FIRST MONTH of membership! The deadline to register is TONIGHT at 5pm CST! We already have almost 800 families registered and we’d love to have you! In my heart, I KNOW this group is something that ALL busy families WILL benefit from!

As a member of our Take Back The Kitchen community, you will receive the following each month: 

-4 weeks of family friendly menus and grocery lists from our Registered Dietitian, Monica Hoss

-Access to a private Facebook group where you will receive additional support from Monica to ask questions to help your picky eaters implement a healthy diet

-A Family Nutrition Ambassador (me) who will hold you accountable to implementing the menus

-Daily encouragement posts and check ins from Family Nutrition Ambassadors. The posts this month will be specifically geared toward helping moms incorporate routines and systems for the school year to make our homes run more efficiently! 

-30 Day Supply of Daily Sunshine (organic kids smoothie) or Shakeology (adult superfood meal replacement shake) on Home Direct (30 day money back guarantee and can be canceled at any time)

​Wait a minute, Daily Sunshine or Shakeology? Does your family REALLY need shakes and smoothies? Can’t you just buy all your food at the grocery store and all it good? If you’re skeptical about shakes and smoothies like I was, I’d invite you to watch the video below. I had the opportunity to interview Isabelle Daikeler, the creator of Shakeology and Daily Sunshine this week. Check out that video here: 

The ONLY requirement to become a Take Back The Kitchen Member is that you place at least one monthly order of Daily Sunshine or Shakeology for your family! This comes to about $30 per week. We personally decided to make Shakeology and Daily Sunshine an “instead of” cost, not an “additional cost.” I simply cut out $30 worth of snacks (quite frankly, JUNK) from my grocery shopping each week! We use Shakeology and Daily Sunshine EVERY day for me and my kids and it gives me incredible peace of mind knowing that even on the days when they don’t eat the foods I’d like them to, that they are still getting fruits, veggies, protein, and healthy fats! 
We will take care of paying the Registered Dietitian (this alone would cost a family hundreds of dollars a week!)
Membership will open once a month for this group! The deadline to sign up for this month’s membership is TONIGHT, August 13th, at 5:00pm CST! This group will run until Sunday September 10th and then our next month of membership will start the following day! 
If you are interested in receiving an email with more information to get signed up TODAY, please fill out this short form with your name and email, and I’ll shoot you over an email!
If you’re not able to jump into this month or you’re reading this after the deadline, please feel free to fill out this form below and we’ll send you an email as soon as registration opens for September Membership group!
Oh, one more thing! I ALSO have a fitness boot camp starting tomorrow! If you’re interested in being in Take Back The Kitchen AND my boot camp where I’ll also hold you accountable to working out, please fill out this form for more info. You deserve to feel AMAZING in your own skin, even as a busy mom!
*Membership is not available to Team Beachbody coaches who are not on my team. 
I can’t wait to get to know you and your precious families more as we lean on each other to make our homes a place of refuge and comfort this fall! It’s an honor and JOY to be on this journey of motherhood with you!
To follow our day to day family life, feel free to follow me on Facebook and Instagram!





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Take Back The Kitchen

When I think about the dreams and hopes I have for my children, my heart floods with emotion. Loving, selfless, well-rounded, smart, humble, joyful, and full of confidence to pursue whatever future God puts on their hearts. All these things and more come to mind.

But those thoughts are usually followed by a HUGE list of all the things I feel the pressure to get right as a mom if I truly want them to have the best life possible.

It can be kind of intimidating when you think about all the responsibilities we’ve been entrusted with as moms. I often find that there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get all of them done. Some things usually end up being put on the back burner, but then later I beat myself up for not making it a priority. 

One thing that constantly gets pushed to the back in our house is meal planning. In my heart, I know that if I REALLY want my kids to have the best future possible, I need to remember that their physical bodies are the foundation for EVERYTHING. When we have our health, we have everything. The food that goes into their little bodies is so important, yet more often than not I find myself being okay with offering them less than stellar nutrition. I blame it on them being picky eaters, but if I’m honest with myself I know I could try a little harder at it.

Oftentimes the hardest part for me is implementation. Life gets busy, and yet again I end up grabbing for mac and cheese or hot dogs.

As we’ve talked to several other families, Jake and I learned that we’re not alone in this! Families across the country and world struggle!

As we get ready to start another school year this fall, there couldn’t be a more perfect time to help families figure this out. After tons of behind the scenes work, we are so excited to announce that that we are starting a BRAND NEW branch of our business specifically focused on nutrition for busy families! We are looking for like-minded individuals to help us in this crusade to take back the family kitchen! We have hired Monica Hoss, an amazing Registered Dietician, to help us come up with the menus, but we need others who are passionate about implementation and leading themselves and other families to a healthy lifestyle! With the feedback we’re getting from our pilot group, we know this is going to be a HOME RUN!

Together, we WILL take back the kitchen! Together we WILL ignite healthy changes that give our children the BEST NUTRITION and chance for a healthy future!

And the best part? It WILL be a BUDGET FRIENDLY APPROACH!

Today, AUGUST 2nd, we will be doing a PRIVATE LAUNCH where we will explain the opportunity in detail before our NATIONAL LAUNCH the following day!

We’d love for you to join us and get in on the GROUND FLOOR of this! Please click the link below to join the private Facebook group!

Take Back The Kitchen Info Group

We already have over 1700 parents who are in the group – CLEARLY we all need to come together and help each other TAKE BACK THE KITCHEN!

See you tonight!



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