The Fitness Package That Has All The Moms Talking Is ON SALE!

Two years ago I was a mom of 4 kids under 4 (including twins). I hadn’t struggled to get the baby weight off after my first two pregnancies, but after baby number four? Man, I was riding the STRUGGLE BUS.

I was at a point when my maternity clothes were too big, but I still wasn’t fitting into my pre baby clothes comfortably. I didn’t feel my best and it was affecting my mood toward my husband and kids. I spent most of my days wearing yoga pants and baggy sweatshirts to try to hide my problem areas. We had also been so busy with the kids that we weren’t prioritizing nutrition. We’d order in take-out several times a week and our diet was pretty heavy in carbs. We were operating in survival mode, and I was sick of it. I reached a low one day when I realized that I had to make a lifestyle change. I wanted to kick the extra baby weight and flab to the curb once and for all and needed something to give me a little extra motivation. I was also hoping I could find something that would help with my anxiety and postpartum depression, which only seemed to be getting worse.

One day I saw a friend posting about the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology on Facebook. I told myself it was a scam and just another one of those network marketing companies that was trying to push products.

But for whatever reason, I clicked on her post.

I showed my husband, and right away he was like, “No, we don’t need to spend money on that. We already have a gym membership.”

Defeated, I kept scrolling.

But something kept drawing me back to it. Yes, I had a gym membership, but I wasn’t getting results. I would wander around and grab a machine that was free, maybe go for a run and do some free weights and abs, and often leave having done a less than average workout. So, with my husband hardly on board, I purchased the 21 Day Fix. I too was somewhat skeptical since I’ve always been a gym person, but I thought what the heck, I didn’t have much to lose if it didn’t work.

I popped in the DVDs and started the workouts in my basement. They were only 30 minutes but they KICKED MY BUTT. I also learned how to eat the right portions of the right food groups without having to count calories or macros, which was incredibly freeing and simple to maintain!

For the first time since having kids, I started to recognize my body again and felt comfortable in my post-baby skin.

However, I was still extremely low on energy. I could get through the workouts but then I was so tired and sore the next day that I started skipping workouts here and there and again felt defeated.

That’s when I decided to try Shakeology. I thought it was just another protein shake and didn’t understand why it was so expensive, but it came with a money back guarantee, so again I thought, what the heck do I have to lose?!

I started drinking it daily and after a few days I could already start telling a major difference. I had more energy, I was recovering from my workouts faster so I wasn’t as sore, and I wasn’t craving as much junk food and carbs. It also tasted like a chocolate milkshake, which was perfect for my chocoholic tendencies.

I did some research and learned that what I was drinking wasn’t just a protein shake. It was packed full of superfoods from around the world, had prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and it didn’t have crap it in that the shakes I could find at Target or Walmart had. This was a quality product, and it had changed my life so much that I wanted to continue drinking it.

The hubby told me it had to be an instead of cost, not an on top of cost, so I decided to find a way to budget for it. It came to about $30 per week that I had to cut out of my Target run, which was possible. I mean, I couldn’t pick up as many random things as I used to, but it was worth the sacrifice. 😉

Eventually, I felt so good (it was helping me mentally too) that I was at a crossroads. Never in a million years did I think I’d ever want to build a business in network marketing, but I undoubtedly NEEDED and WANTED to share this incredible tool with other moms who were struggling like me. Whether they just wanted to tone up, lose 100 pounds, or do something in between, I knew I had a solution for them that would actually work. It wasn’t a fad diet, but a maintainable lifestyle.

For two years now, I have been a Team Beachbody Coach, and it is truly the most rewarding job I could have ever prayed for. Every day I get to interact with other women who have the goal of making themselves BETTER and STRONGER for their families. I get to walk alongside them in the thick of their struggle and see them come out victorious on the other side.

It’s not about helping them get six packs (although that happens), it’s about watching them become confident from the inside out and having energy to live their lives to the fullest!

Many of the women who have come through my online boot camps have decided to join me as business partners, and now THEY are paying forward the gift of health to the ones they love while providing for their families!

(Pictured below is Jessica Ralston, mom of 5, who got incredible results and is now one of my top coaches – you can follow her at Messy Jessy Fitness on Facebook and Instagram: @messyjessyralston!)

Other women remain as customers and refer their friends to join my online boot camps so they can do it together!

I wasn’t kidding when I said ALL the moms are talking about it!

The reason I wanted to share all of this with you today, is because right now is really the BEST time to start your fitness journey.


It’s on sale, and who doesn’t love a good sale to motivate you? (I’m Dutch.)

Right now, I have a special package offer that’s called the All Access Challenge Pack. This is the BEST value in fitness right now, and much like Netflix, trends are showing that soon almost every household will subscribe to it.

And right now you can save $40!

The price for the All Access Challenge Pack this month is just $160 (regularly $199). Just wait until you discover what’s included in that.

Included in that package is:

  • 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all the workouts Beachbody has ever made, plus new future releases. Beachbody On Demand is like Netflix for workouts. You can stream them anywhere with a wi-fi connection! I never use DVDs anymore because the BOD app is so much more convenient. I workout at the gym sometimes, or at home other times. All I have to do is open up my BOD app on my phone and my workouts are with me wherever I go! It can be used by multiple family members.
  • Shakeology (choice of 30-day supply)
  • Portion Fix (includes 7-piece portion control container set, eating guide, large blue container & Shakeology shaker cup)

AND, because you will have a YEAR subscription to Beachbody On Demand, you are WELCOME to be in my monthly boot camps anytime you want, with or without Shakeology. Obviously I hope you’ll stay on Shakeology because I personally believe in it so much, but if that’s not a financial possibility for you, you will be all set because of your BOD subscription!

Directions for ordering the All Access Challenge Pack are below!

If you’ve purchased from Team Beachbody in the past under a different coach, 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 receive confirmation that I’m your coach you can place your order at this link:

All Access Challenge Pack (US):

(If you’re from Canada, please let me know and I’ll send you the link you need!)

After you’ve placed your order, please fill out this form so I can make sure everything came through on my end! Then I’ll send you a link to join my private membership group where I share daily encouragement and motivation!

If you are a RETURNING customer who already has the All Access Challenge Pack, please go ahead and sign up for the May 1st boot camp by filling out this form as well!

More than anything I want you to FEEL amazing. With a supportive community of like-minded women who are in the same boat as you, I have no doubt that you CAN and WILL succeed!

(My husband, Jake, is now totally on board with this whole deal and now runs monthly GUYS ONLY groups too. If your husband is interested, please shoot me an email – you guys can share the package!)

Summer is around the corner! Let’s reach our goals TOGETHER!

If you have ANY questions at all or are interesting in joining my team as a coach, please email me at!



I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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Official Sign Up For Monday’s Boot Camp: HUGE Sale Just Released!


I’ve had a flood of questions coming in today because corporate JUST released a HUGE sale on our most popular fitness package! This the the LAST day to sign up for my boot camp that starts on MONDAY! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have you! These groups changed my life, and that’s why  I spend my days running them for you!

To make sure I have a chance to get the information out to all of you, I wanted to put together a quick blog post about the details!

W H E N: This online bootcamp will run from April 3 – 30 (with wiggle room to enjoy a few Easter treats!)! It will be a boot camp where we’ll have you working out regularly at your convenience and getting nutrition that your body will be ENERGIZED by!

In addition to becoming physically healthy, we’ll be diving into emotional health. I’ll be sharing daily encouragement so we can conquer the voices that are inside our heads and overcome the lies of insecurity, fear, condemnation, and shame that hold us back from living life to the fullest! We’ll be incorporating the book, “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist which will help us embrace God’s grace throughout the process! My prayer for all of us as we head into the warm weather months is that we’d remember how beautifully and wonderfully we were made. That by taking just 30 minutes a day to take care of our physical body, we’d be reminded how we were designed to be strong and energetic to live our LIFE! We’ve all been created uniquely, in our own shape and size. This summer, I want to help you feel 100% confident in YOUR skin. 

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. 

H O W  I T  W I L L  W O R K 

As soon as you sign up, I will place you in a group with about 20 other ladies who have similar goals as you. Between now and the start date I’ll be posting information in there to get you set up for success! Just before the challenge starts, I’ll ask you to take before pictures and measurements in your swimsuit (if you’re comfortable) and you’d submit them to me privately (no one else will see them). When the boot camp officially starts on the 3rd, I’ll be posting daily encouragement posts and conversation starters for us to get to know each other and help each other grow in the areas of physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual health. I’ll also be asking you to check in and let me know that you finished your workout each day. At the end, I’ll ask you to take after pictures and it will be such a FUN day to celebrate your success!

T H E  T O O L S  W E ‘ L L  U S E

For this boot camp, you’ll be using choosing Beachbody fitness workouts that you’re most excited about! 

I started with the 21 Day Fix and I highly recommend it for starting out with Beachbody programs! If you would consider yourself someone who needs an intermediate or advanced level workout, you might want to consider the 21 Day Fix EXTREME. Other programs I love are 22 Minute Hard Corps and Insanity Max 30! The key is to find a program you look forward to and excited about so that you ACTUALLY do it! The great part, is that you will have access to Beachbody On Demand which includes ALL the workout programs Beachbody has ever created, including the classics like P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Body Beast, and dozens more! I can explain all the workouts available to you and help you find the perfect fit! 

Let me tell you a little bit about how I discovered the 21 Day Fix. I was at a point post baby #4 when my maternity clothes were too big, but I still wasn’t fitting into my pre baby clothes comfortably. I didn’t feel my best and it was affecting my mood toward my husband and kids. I spent most of my days wearing yoga pants and baggy sweatshirts to try to hide my problem areas. We had also been so busy with the kids that we weren’t prioritizing nutrition. We’d order in take-out several times a week and our diet was pretty heavy in carbs. We were operating in survival mode, and I was sick of it. I reached a low one day when I realized that I had to make a lifestyle change. I wanted to kick the extra baby weight and flab to the curb once and for all and needed something to give me a little extra motivation. Enter the 21 Day Fix, which consists of seven different boot camp style workouts and portion control containers to teach you how to eat the right amounts of each food group.

While doing their fitness programs I encourage my clients to drink Shakeology, which is a 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’ve been drinking Shakeology daily for 2 years now, and 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!

We don’t release new Shakeology flavors often because Beachbody is committed to using only natural ingredients & not sacrificing the nutritional superiority for flavor, but this year we added Cafe Latte to our flavor list. If you’re a coffee lover I’d highly recommend it! My favorite recipe is to blend it with a little almond butter, milk, and ice!

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! 

Here are the instructions to sign up! 

1. Purchase an ALL ACCESS challenge pack. This is the BEST DEAL in fitness right now. Like I mentioned above, you will get access not only to ONE fitness program, but you will get access to ALL the Beachbody programs we have ever made including the new programs they’ll be releasing for an ENTIRE year. 

Here are the details: 

Annual All Access Challenge Pack

SALE PRICE: $160 (Regularly $199!) 

What’s Included: 

1) 1-Year Membership to Beachbody On Demand (BOD) with all content included, plus new future releases. Beachbody On Demand is like Netflix for workouts. 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’ve purchased from Beachbody in the past under a different coach and are no longer working with them, 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 594725 and the email associated with my account which is After you receive confirmation that I’m your coach you can place your order.

Go to, click on Beachbody Challenge, then Challenge Packs, then select the Annual, All Access Challenge Pack! Be sure my coach ID is applied at checkout: 594725.

After you’ve placed your order, please fill out this form! Then I’ll send you a link to join the group!

After you complete this boot camp, you are welcome to stick with me and join me for as many boot camps as you want – with the all access pass you can hang out with me for the WHOLE year! More than anything, I want this to become a long term lifestyle for you, and I want to support you the whole way!

I’m so glad I took a chance on myself two years ago. I feel confident in my own skin, and best of all, I have SO much more to give my family!

Oh, my husband Jake will also be leading an ALL GUYS group starting on Monday! You and your husband can both use your Beachbody On Demand subscription! If you’d like more details about that, please shoot me an email!!

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions! I will happily answer them via email at! I can’t wait to get started!!!



I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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Success Stories: Women Who Are MORE Than Conquerors!

I was listening to a sermon this morning, and it really hit home in my heart. It talked about how even after we accept Jesus into our hearts, often times we struggle to accept grace. We know that our sins have been forgiven, but when we continue to struggle and fall back into our own ways, we’re filled with incredible amounts of guilt.

I can totally relate. For example, when I’m with my kids and it gets crazy and no one’s listening and I raise my voice a little (okay, a lot)? I feel so guilty about it, and in that moment I feel like the worst mom in the world. Instead of remembering that His grace is enough, I tell myself that I’m not as good as other moms. Surely they don’t mess up as much as me.

Oh how I want my DEFAULT to be remembering that His grace NEVER runs out.

As an online health and fitness coach, my mind often goes to my physical journey and the journeys that my clients are on because there are so many parallels.

There’s a cycle that I constantly see in the lives of many of my boot campers. They sign up for an online boot camp and are super pumped up. They are full of motivation, they purchase the materials needed, game plan, and CRUSH the first couple of days, sometimes even the first entire week or two! Then reality sets in. Maybe they didn’t get much sleep the night before so they miss a workout, or a co-worker brings dessert into the office and they give in to temptation. And just like that, GUILT sets in. The momentum and excitement they had in the beginning starts to diminish, and they fall into a slippery slope, back into their old ways, and jump off the bandwagon.

See, I think what we often times forget, is that God’s grace NEVER runs out. Not even in our fitness journey! We let the guilt of making a few wrong decisions paralyze us from jumping back on the bandwagon. For whatever reason, the ways we talk to ourselves when we make poor eating decisions or choose the couch instead of a workout really penetrate to our core.

The truth is, just like in life, NO ONE is perfect in their healthy living journey! We live in a culture where we look at magazine models and think that surely they must be stronger and more disciplined than us, but I promise you, EVERY person struggles now and again.

The difference between my boot campers who succeed and reach their goals and the ones who struggle, is that they self correct faster. They fall down, but they get right back up again and keep fighting. They also are HONEST about their struggles! They lean on the other women in the group for support!

Today, I want to introduce you to some of these women in my life who inspire me DAILY to keep fighting. These women are truly MORE THAN CONQUERORS.

As Lysa Terkeurst says in her book Made To Crave, “We were made for more than being stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. We are not made to be a victim of our poor choices. We are made to be victorious children of God.”

These women have truly embodied that truth and live it out day after day. Again, they aren’t perfect, but they are constantly focused on making baby steps of progress! If you are struggling today in your own healthy living journey, my prayer is that these women would inspire you to keep fighting the GOOD fight!

(Info at the end about how to start YOUR healthy living journey!)

Mattie Hansen – Champlin, MN

Mattie is a married mom of two who works part time outside the home in marketing and design. For as long as she could remember, Mattie has struggled with her weight. As a kid she did her best to avoid gym class and as an adult she wasted money on gym memberships she’d never use. She got used to putting everyone and everything before herself and putting her own health on the back burner. After baby #2 was born she found herself over 200lbs. Mattie knew she needed to do something. Years of yo-yo diets weren’t working and nothing kept her on track or accountable.

In came the 21 day fix in January 2016 and she hasn’t looked back since. In the first 4 rounds of boot camp, she lost over 30lbs. In the last year she’s lost over 60. Gone is the woman who hated the gym and in place is someone who’s happier, healthier and more confident than ever. She’s learned that you don’t have to live a life uncomfortable in your own skin. That life is too short to huff and puff up the stairs. Even the kid that avoided gym can become the woman in her thirties in the best shape of her life!

If you’re interested in following her story further you can find her on Facebook at and Instagram at!

Angela Lahti – Duluth, MN

Angela is wife and a mom to 4 young boys and she LOVES being a mom. Growing up she had always been active in sports and therefore, never worried too much about what foods she was eating. Yet even so, she was always self-conscious about her weight. As they grew their family, life got even busier and much more full. She spent as much time as possible with her boys and exercise started taking a backseat. She found it hard to go to the gym and arrange for a babysitter and even when she had someone, she felt too guilty leaving the kids to go workout. It felt selfish and she didn’t want to leave the kids after already having been gone at work all day. So the workouts didn’t get done. Cooking became a struggle as well. She never liked cooking so she didn’t meal plan. It was quicker to make something quick like pasta or pizza. When exercise was in the equation it didn’t seem affect her too much but when exercise wasn’t happening, it made a huge difference and her weight started increasing. Angela also struggled with a sweet tooth so each day chocolate, sweets, and flavored coffees entered her diet. So when she got pregnant with their 4th sweet baby boy, she was the heaviest she had ever been and then proceeded to gain another 45 pounds that pregnancy. She knew when the baby was born she was going to have to make some changes as she was tired of feeling sluggish, heavy, and frustrated with her clothes not fitting.

Then she stumbled across the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. She started at 3 months postpartum, in February of 2016, with the 21-day fix and over the next few months she lost 60 pounds by incorporating 30 minute workouts, eating whole foods with portion control, and drinking Shakeology and checking in with her accountability group.

She realized that it wasn’t selfish to take time for herself to exercise.

It not only wasn’t selfish– it immensely benefited her entire family!!
By taking time to exercise, she felt so much better and was able to give MORE of herself to her family. Shakeology gave her the energy she needed and within days of starting her program she already noticed results happening. She found a LIFESTYLE that was sustainable and improved the health of not only her but her boys too. She now includes them in the kitchen preparing meals and they are all developing a love for cooking. You can often find one or more of the boys sitting up on the counter helping her cook. And she also lets them see her exercising and they often join in. They are learning exercise is a GOOD thing and healthy eating is enjoyable! After 4 babies, she feels more comfortable in her own skin now than she ever has!

Angela wants to continue to keep up with her 4 busy boys! She is looking forward to splashing with them in the lake this summer and playing in the sand on the beach. Previous years she would be the spectator if there were other people around. THIS year, she will be right there with them MAKING memories together instead of just watching. She wants EVERY mom to feel the same way!
Kids are only young once. They only get one childhood. They don’t care how their mom looked, they just want their mom to spend time with them. And Angela wants you to also feel healthy and happy and confident enough to enjoy every single moment, no matter where you are.

Angela works part time as a Radiologic Technologist and also works from home to help women also create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. She knows it is so important to take a small amount of time out of the day to take of ourselves so we can better take care of our loved ones.

If you are interested in following her story and see how to build a healthy lifestyle and include your children too you can find her on Instagram at or on Facebook at or you can always email her as well at

Amanda Barrett – Arbuckle, CA

Amanda is a former teacher turned stay at home mom. All she ever dreamed of was being able to stay home with her kiddos and she loved being home with them. However, she found herself exhausted halfway through the day and wishing her kiddos would nap so that she could too. She needed something for herself and when she stumbled across 21 day fix she decided to go all in.

Less than 21 days in she found the energy she’d been missing, an amazing community of women and a healthier lifestyle for herself and her family.

When she got pregnant with her 3rd baby there was no way she was giving up her new lifestyle. She was able to workout through her entire pregnancy and jump back into fitness shortly after the birth of her 3rd baby. 

She’s loving living a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family and loves sharing her journey with other moms.
If you’re interested in following her story you can find her on Facebook at
and Instagram at

Jessica Ralston – San Jose, CA

This is Jessica, a busy homeschooling momma of five kids who works part time as a math tutor. Having five kids within six years left her feeling desperate for a better way to stay healthy and active. She knew she needed to take better care of herself, her husband and her family but felt too overwhelmed to brainstorm a solution. She started her weight loss journey on her own in April of 2016, but struggled with finding time to consistently exercise and be mindful with her eating. Consequently she started a pattern of weight loss and gain that lasted 6 months.

Finally in November of 2016 she reached out for support and signed up for the 21 day fix and Shakeology. She knew instantly it was a game changer. It was a major lifestyle change made easy. Rather than feeling constantly tired, suffering from migraines, grabbing fast food late after the kids were in bed, feeling guilty for not exercising, having a poor relationship with food and a negative body image… she is now working out every day, getting dense nutrition, curbing cravings with shakeology and eating balanced portions every day.

In her first three weeks she lost 7lbs and two inches! She’s continued her journey with another 3 weeks of the 21 day fix, followed by 5 weeks of 21 day fix extreme and 3 weeks of Hammer and Chisel. The photo on the right was taken March of 2017.

This biggest difference in these photos is her confidence, her self love and her readiness to experience every joy in life. Now that she is FEELING great and energetic she can experience every moment to the fullest. It’s a wonderful feeling to be the MOST you can be for the ones you LOVE.

You can follow her on Instagram: and Facebook:

Hilary Schaefer – Apex, NC

Hilary is a mom to two toddler girls. Growing up, she was always active but it was more for the social reasons than the health benefits. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she had a disordered view of eating and would limit her food intake to try and stay “skinny”, but a diet of Cheezits and M&Ms can only take you so far.

College and newlywed post-grad life brought a few situations where she lost 30+ pounds only to gain it back and then lose it again – just in time to get pregnant. Fast forward two years and two kids later, she was lost.

She was choosing to stay on the couch all day and had no desire to play with her kids – despite having always desired to be a stay at home mom. She hated what she saw in the mirror and cried every day in her closet. Something had to change!

Over the next few months, she lost over 35 pounds and not only changed her life – she saved it. She learned proper portion control and how to cook vegetables so they could actually taste good not just to her, but her daughters too.

She now takes time each day for herself to move so she can be a better wife, mom, and friend. She is grateful to have learned how to love herself so she can share that with her daughters and other women to encourage them to view food as fuel and exercise as a positive thing, and to not have them worry about being fat or skinny, but strong and healthy!

Follow along with her daily triumphs, struggles, and all the joys of being a toddler mom at or!

Cara Cappel – Cincinnati, OH

Cara is a mom of two toddlers, and works part time as a labor and delivery nurse.

She spent most of her life over weight and uncomfortable in her own skin. After two pregnancies in two years she had, had it. Weighing more than she ever had. She was uncomfortable, tired, short tempered and knew this wasn’t an example she wanted to set for her kids. She had tried just about every diet and exercise program known to man but thought why not this one. So she joined her first challenge group in January of 2016 just 3 months after her second was born. She jumped in with two feet and lost 10 pounds and 10 inches in 3 weeks, and hasn’t looked back.

Now down 40 pounds and over 35″ and going from barely squeezing in a 12 to wearing a 4/6 comfortably, and this is just the outside. The transformation Cara has experienced internally far out weighs the physical, she has more energy than she knows what to do with, more patience, and she feels confident in her skin for the first time in her life. She did all of this by taking just 30 min a day to move her body and fueling herself with nutrient dense foods!

You can follow her journey, surviving toddlerhood, healthy living, and more over at or on instagram

Kimberly Byers – Cottage Grove, MN 

This is Kimberly; a working mom of two littles and a wife. She has been a hairstylist for over 13 years and loves her job. Her husband is in the restaurant industry and works a crazy schedule.

Kimberly’s daughter has a medical condition that requires more appointments than normal and she often feels like she’s spending her days in waiting rooms and clinics.

Like all of us, she does the best she can juggling life, but this past fall she was really struggling. Having a history of depression and anxiety, Kimberly had hit a point where she was feeling like life was getting dark and her family was getting the worst of her. Knowing exercise and nutrition is so important for mental stability, she knew she needed to find something, but a gym membership (that included childcare) was expensive and time consuming. Also, it’s hard to get outside for a run with two kids in the middle of winter in Minnesota! Meals usually consisted of a muffin and coffee from the drive thru, ordering in lunch at work, and a quick casserole for dinner; with a whole lot of snacking in between!

Then along came an opportunity to start in a Challenge Group and it changed her life! She started with Core de Force and within a week Kimberly felt better. She gets up early every morning to make the time for herself, because the positive outcome will long out last the extra 30 mins of sleep. Her mood has lifted, her energy has returned and is far exceeded any normal day before, and her body feels amazing with all the great nutrition she is doing. By the end of the first month she had lost 6.5 lbs and 7.5”!!! Since then she’s gone on to do other programs; 21 Day Fix and Insanity Max:30, and is down a total of 11 lbs and 12”.

Follow her journey at or

Bridget Wheeler – Oakdale, MN 

Bridget is a mom of 2 very energetic boys, full time CPA working public account and wife to Tate. Most people would describe Bridget as positive, outgoing and energetic. Bridget is all those things but she also was a person that lacked confidence and has suffered from anxiety. Her confidence was the lowest it had ever been this last year. She was 8 months postpartum after having her second child and in the midst of tax season. She was upset because her body was not bouncing back like it had with her first. She was working out more and eating better than when she was prior to having him. Why was her body not changing? She knew stress and anxiety was just making it worse.

Right when her 2nd child turned 1 is when she said enough is enough. She was still was not comfortable putting on a swimsuit, She wouldn’t show her stomach to anyone and she just wanted to have confidence again in herself. Bridget start with the 21 day fix in September 2016 and saw results within the first 2 week. She was AMAZED. She knew that this was the missing puzzle piece in her fitness journey. She found her confidence again and felt amazing. She knew helping others feel the same exact way was her calling.

With inches gone and a body she is CONFIDENT in, Bridget has never been in better shape and felt better.

She loves sharing her journey as she balances everything from working crazy hours during tax season, healthy family lifestyle and budget tips at and

Alyssa Black – Woodbury, MN 

Alyssa is a wife and mom of two, ages 3 and 1. When she went back to working her full-time job after her younger daughter was born, Alyssa really struggled with her confidence: her confidence in herself as a wife and as a mother, as an employee and co-worker, and just being able to balance everything. She was an avid gym-goer prior to having her babies. Once she became a mom, she couldn’t stay consistent. It was too hard to get the motivation to go, and she would rather spend that every moment available with her littles. Meanwhile, she was eating whatever she could scrounge up between frozen pizzas, and her son’s leftover corn dogs, and drowning her sorrows every night in a bowl of ice cream. Her regular pants were still tight due to baby weight, and her self-esteem was in the toilet. Five months after having her daughter, Alyssa decided enough was enough, and it was time to take action and stop feeling sorry for herself. She started the 21 Day Fix and drinking Shakeology daily. Within DAYS, she noticed a change in her attitude and energy. She wasn’t falling asleep on the couch every night at 8:00 and for the first time in her LIFE she was eating a well-balanced diet. She was approaching things with a ‘can-do’ attitude versus, ‘poor me’.

Alyssa had found the missing piece: taking care of herself! In dedicating 30 minutes each day to exercise, drinking a superfoods shake daily, and caring about the foods she was putting into her body, she was gaining confidence and self-worth, and discovering who she was made to be. These tools have changed Alyssa’s life (and her family’s!), and they have found a permanent place in her future!

You can follow her story at and

Emily Coldiron – Rochester, MN

December 2016.

Emily realized she had lost herself among the responsibilities of being a Momma to three littles, a wife, and a full time nurse practitioner. She had always exercised and taken pride in meal planning and providing well-balanced meals for her family. However, she was giving 110% to everyone else and her cup had run dry. She wasn’t doing anything on a daily basis to fill “her” up. She was defeated and overwhelmed. She needed a change.

This realization came on the heels of her baby’s 1st birthday. You see, when her first born turned 1, she ran her 4th full marathon. When her middle child turned 1, she finished a half-marathon in sub-2 hours. When her baby turned 1, she walked a fun-run Turkey Trot while pushing a double stroller. Although this was a fun and memorable start to our Thanksgiving day as a family – her fitness level (or lack there of) did not sit well in her heart. She had to find a way to incorporate daily exercise back into her life and make herself a priority.

Enter Beachbody.

Emily took a chance and signed up for a 1 month free membership trial. She began exercising daily following the 21 Day Fix Extreme program. It was hard. It took dedication and commitment. She woke up EARLY! Her soft and squishy Momma body covered her former toned runner physique. But…..”she” was awakened. She loved and craved the variety. The treadmill offered absolutely no appeal nor did running in general. What a great alternative Beachbody provided. She felt like she found a hidden jewel!

In January, Emily signed up for the All Annual Access package and has participated in monthly Challenge groups ever since. There was no turning back! Thanks to daily exercise, drinking daily Shakeology and portion controlled balanced meal planning…..Momma had found her Mo-Jo!

This journey has improved her quality of life, her relationships with her husband and her children. She is happier, more self-confidant, has more energy and feels like anything is possible. Each day truly is a gift. LIVE IT to the max!

This “hidden jewel” isn’t rocket science. The process is actually quite simple, but that is the secret to her success. Follow the workout schedule, eat from the meal plan, see results.

Emily is a giver. The majority of the roles in her life involve service to others – a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, a nurse practitioner. She gives. It’s what she does. To be her best, she will continue to follow the plan. She wants to help YOU discover the plan too. If 1 person or 100 people can feel better about themselves, improve their fitness level or eating habits then Emily will have left this world better than she found it. That after all, is what her Momma always taught her. And we all know that Momma knows best.

You can come up with a million excuses. But to be honest, there is nothing more important than YOU.


Send Emily a message and talk about what your goals and dreams are. Hohenberger Coldiron

Karla Wocken – Cold Springs, MN

Karla has always been an active individual. In middle school and high school she was involved with gymnastics and dance line. After high school, she found herself enjoying running and attending aerobics classes at a local gym. The gym was her outlet. It was a place where she could walk in as one “person” and walk out as a completely new “person.” The gym was her safe haven. She could leave her worries and “baggage” at the door and spend the next one to two hours on herself. Some weeks she exercised two hours a day, seven days a week. That was a shocking fourteen hours a week. She was exercising with this frequency because she thought she needed to, to be fit.

As a Registered Dietitian, she knew what she should and should not be consuming to nourish her body. She also knew proper daily water consumption and 30 minutes of daily physical activity was important. However, just because she knew something did not necessarily mean she followed it.

After being married to her wonderful husband for nine years and being blessed with three beautiful children under five years of age, she was missing something. She has always been a self-motivated individual, but she was not fulfilled. Did this mean her husband, children and/or family were doing something wrong? Absolutely not! She was tired, frustrated and feeling lost on her journey as a mom/wife. Initially, she thought these feelings were linked to having a three-month-old and returning from maternity leave. Was a lack of sleep and her struggle to get back to her pre-pregnancy body the culprit? Maybe, but she was within five pounds of my pre pregnancy weight through a combination of running and sporadic aerobic classes. It was something else.

With her husband’s cautious approval, she took a leap of faith on November 7th, 2016 and joined a health and fitness support and accountability group. In the back of her mind, she wondered if this support and accountability group paired with an at-home workout, Core De Force, and nutrition plan with Shakeology could really be the answer she was looking for. Today, she can tell you with confidence that she is a work-in-progress, but she is becoming the best version of herself. By dedicating 30 minutes a day to herself through a proven fitness program, she is able to be the best wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend she can be. Her fitness program was not dependent on her leaving the comfort of her own home and taking her kids to the local gym daycare. Instead, she could choose to complete her at-home workout on her own schedule and not feel that mom-guilt tugging at her heart. She could still have that class environment, and also get a great workout. Before this opportunity, she thought working out at home was hilarious. How could she get a rewarding workout completed at home in a matter of 30 minutes? Well, she was humbled when she completed day one of her MMA (mixed martial arts)-inspired fitness program. Not only was she gasping for air and dripping with sweat when she finished the 27-minute workout, but she could hardly walk the next day because of her sore muscles. By incorporating a proven fitness program (one of dozens of workouts available), a balanced eating plan and proper water consumption, she was able to get in the best shape of her life.

If you are interested in following her story further, you can find her on Facebook at and on Instagram at

Kaitlyn Vander Schaaf – Bloomington, MN

Kaitlyn told her husband not so long ago, “I don’t like my life. I’m not happy…” He was confused, as probably anyone from the outside would’ve been. It looked like she had everything she had ever wanted. A beautiful healthy 1 year old daughter. A loyal husband. A good paying occupation as a CPA that she actually enjoyed. A secluded, scenic house. Money in the bank. Traveling around the world on the company’s dime. But she was missing one thing…the only thing that actually mattered.

She was filling herself up with what the world told her would make her happy. Honestly, for quite a few years she thought she was doing pretty darn well, enjoying living life without feeling the need to please God or anyone else. It was quite freeing after growing up in small town Iowa where it felt like everywhere there was pressure to go to church every week, refrain from all alcohol, not swear, etc. She enjoyed all these Minneapolis people not giving a crap about what she did or how she lived. Kaitlyn figured maybe when she got old, then she would get serious about the whole God thing. She didn’t want to miss out on all the fun stuff this world offers.

It wasn’t until Kaitlyn started this very physical transformation that she realized how powerful and fulfilling God truly is. When she forced herself to STOP filling herself with food, wine, and trashy TV to mask her emotions, she faced her emptiness head on. When she worked out in the quiet morning hour, God used that opportunity to speak truth into her life. When she was asked to be a Beachbody coach, God kept telling her THAT is how He wants to use her right now. At every step in the journey, God met her right where she was at.

If you would have told her a month ago that she would be willing to share this story with all of you, she would have told you, “you are crazy!” But Kaitlyn has realized she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. She already had everything this world had to offer, and it frankly was not worth living for. She realizes now more than ever, HE is her SOLE reason she gets up every morning, why she lives to encourage others in their health and fitness journey and why she daily shares her raw emotions and unfiltered life on social media. Living in His will…in that alone she has gained all that matters. Everything else is just fluff. Follow her on Facebook as she avoids the fluff and focuses on He who truly matters as she works, does mom life, and everything in between.

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Turning Your Inspiration Into Action

When I started my own healthy living journey two years ago, I was terrified. I didn’t want to give up my favorite comfort foods and treats, even though I knew I probably should. But I have to tell you, today, my life is SO much more FULL than those treats could have ever made me. I have found my TRUE comfort in Christ instead of food, and I’ve also found an incredible community of women to lift me up when I’m tempted to quit.

This is why we call our tribe REAL WOMEN CONQUER! Because we believe that REAL women can conquer ANYTHING!

If you are READY to take some baby steps toward your own healthy living journey, I would absolutely love to invite you to join us. Please feel free to connect with any of the women you met above (they are now coaches on my team because of the progress they’ve made and their desire to pay this forward). Simply follow their social media links to find an email address for them! If you resonated with any of their stories, please reach out. They would LOVE to be your coach and help you have success too!

Otherwise, if you’d like to work with me personally, I also have a boot camp coming up starting on MONDAY (April 3rd)! This online boot camp will last for 4 weeks, and we will be talking about how to focus on progress instead of being defeated by perfection! Every day, you will receive daily encouragement from me to stay on track, and I wil ask you to log your workouts and nutrition to hold you accountable!

To request information about this, please fill out this form! Today is the LAST day to sign up! I have a special offer for anyone who registers by 11pm CST Friday night 3/31!

Click Here To Request Information For April 3rd Online Boot Camp! 

If you are interested in applying to be a coach on my team, please fill out this short application and I will get back to you ASAP!

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The BEST is yet to come, friends!



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She Who Has A WHY Can Endure Any How

The other day I had to look in the mirror and have an honest conversation with myself. I noticed over the course of the winter months that my clothes were fitting a little tighter and I wasn’t feeling quite as mentally clear as I wanted. 

Even though I’ve been working out consistently, my nutrition had included a few too many handfuls of cheesy popcorn and ritz crackers. My lips had sipped a few too many adult beverages.  I really hadn’t gone overboard compared to what I used to eat before I was pursuing a healthy lifestyle, but I knew I could do better.

So I asked myself, “Why does this matter to me? Like REALLY matter?” I mean, I’m not fat. I’m not overweight in the slightest. Shouldn’t I be content and happy with the body I have? 

And then it hit me. In my heart of hearts, it really has very little to do with my body, but more to do with what’s going on in the inside. 

That’s when I was able to get to my REAL why. The WHY that makes me cry. If you could peek into the depths of my heart, you would find 4 reasons why taking care of my physical body matters to me.

 I struggle with anxiety and a bit of depression. When I’m on point with my nutrition and working out daily, I’m literally a different person than when I don’t. I feel like I’m able to be the person God created me to be! I don’t want Jake and the kids to have to deal with anxious Amber. They deserve to get the BEST version of me!

 I want to feel sexy for my husband. I want to feel confident and excited to pursue him instead of dreading the feeling of being naked in front of him. When I’m working out and eating healthy, I am a much better wife!

 I want to be in the action with my kids. I want them to grow up in an environment where they see Mommy being active WITH THEM instead of sitting on the sidelines. I want them to learn about the nutrients their body needs. I also want them to learn how to have balance, so they know we don’t have to be obsessive about our health, but we can have balance. They WILL see me eating ice cream once in a while WITHOUT GUILT! 🙌🏻

 I want to be around for the long haul! As my kids grow up and eventually have their own kids, I want to know that I did my part to take care of my physical body. I want to be there for them, to be able to jump in and help without any physical limitations that could have been preventable!

Whew! That’s a LOT, but if I’m going to stay on the straight and narrow, I need to continually remind myself of my WHY.

Have you been wanting to shed the Winter weight and become your fittest self for this summer?! I would LOVE for us to do it together! I have an online boot camp starting on Monday April 3rd. I know we can get into the BEST emotional and physical shape of our lives if we lean on each other and stay committed to our WHYS! I’ll be sharing the workouts and nutrition I personally use that help me to reach my goals along with DAILY encouragement!

Please fill out the form below to request information! As soon as I receive it I will shoot you an email!



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5 Secrets To Selling Your House When You Have Kids

Happy TUESDAY, everybody! As the weather warms up, Jake’s been busy getting eager sellers ready for the HOT spring market! Houses are FLYING off the street already here in Woodbury, MN, and we are so excited to help more families find their next home! Since I know many of you may be gearing up to sell your house, we created a list of things to make the process easier for you!

5 Secrets To Selling Your House When You Have Kids 

So you decided this year is the year – it’s time to upgrade! The last time you went through this process though you didn’t have those adorable kiddos in the back seat! Selling your home with kids requires some additional strategy but with the proper plan in place it truly can (we promise 🤣) be fairly stress free.

  1. Hire a realtor with young kids. You’re going to want someone who can empathize with your situation and market your property with a sense of urgency! Having a couple of screaming kids at home leaving toys all over the house will be a good reminder for them that time is of the essence!
  2. Put your home on the market when the weather is nice! An outdoor playground is a parent’s best friend. A) you can easily get out of the house during showings and open houses and B) you get a tired kiddo! 😉
  3. Get out of town! Best advice ever. Generally the first 7-10 days on the market are the busiest. Visit mom and dad, take your summer vacation, spend a weekend at the nearby water park, etc. Encourage your realtor to be as aggressive as they can while you’re away!
  4. Hire a cleaning service! Cleaning services can range $150-300 bi-weekly but truly offer complete peace of mind that the house is in premier condition. Also leaves you with less cleaning up once your home is S-O-L-D!
  5. Price to sell! This probably seems obvious but often times home sellers can have an inflated sense that their home is worth more than the market average. With kids in the equation you don’t have time to mess around and you don’t want to be picking up day after day before showings. Price the property responsibly and trust your realtors analysis of the market, if you disagree get a second opinion.

If you are in the Twin Cities area and want to sell your home QUICKLY, please feel free to reach out to Jake! He specializes in working with families in any price point. Feel free to call or text him at 612.300.8020. He would be happy to do a quick walk through and discuss the market and some of his strategies to help you sell as fast as possible. He can have a house fully ready to market in 2 weeks (he will stage your home for you, cover professional photography, and does extensive print and social media marketing campaigns. You can follow him on Instagram: @jakekuiper to keep up with what he’s doing!)

I know I’m biased, but I am 100% confident you will have the best real estate experience of your life if you choose to work with him!



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Virtual Boot Camp Giveaway with Mommy’s Me Time Fitness!

UPDATE: Winner of the GIVEAWAY is Erin Huie!

Two years ago, I took a chance on myself.

At the time, I had four kids (four and under). My youngest was six month old, and I was completely exhausted.

It was February. I had just turned 29 and Jake and I were on the way home from a trip to Hawaii. I was feeling defeated, because every photo I saw of myself in a swimsuit made me wonder if I’d ever feel comfortable in my own skin again. To the outside world, anyone who saw me probably would have thought I looked just fine. But it didn’t matter. I felt lousy, I had no energy, and I was desperate for something, ANYTHING to help me out of the rut I was in.

During one of our layovers, I was scrolling through Facebook when I noticed that a friend of mine was talking about the 21 Day Fix, an exercise program she was using that had given her amazing results. My mind told me it was probably some kind of scam, but my heart told me I needed to try it.

I ordered it on a whim (against my husband’s wishes).

It arrived to my house, and I started to push play. Day by day I started to get stronger. I started to see inches melt away and I started to feel like myself again for the first time since being a mom.

The next month, I decided to try Shakeology, because although I was getting results from the workouts, my nutrition wasn’t great. I incorporated Shakeology and the portion control containers, and it was SO SIMPLE to do as a busy mom.

I had more energy than ever before, I didn’t want to crawl in bed when my kids napped anymore, and mentally I was in a much healthier spot.

In that moment, I decided I needed to share this amazing program and community with others, and ever since I’ve been running monthly “boot camps” where I encourage women daily as they work toward their goals. As these women get amazing results, they too want to share it and several of them decide to join my team as coaches! In two years, my tribe has grown and we are now ranked number 20 in the entire Beachbody company out of 450,000+ teams!

I never in a million years thought that I’d be a virtual health and fitness coach. I toyed around with the idea for a while to be a personal trainer because health and fitness has always been a passion of mine, but this is honestly a way better fit for me! I get to work from home and choose my own hours, while mentoring and coaching other women! I don’t have to go into a gym every day, but instead I can work out from anywhere and encourage my customers to do the same!

What I love about Team Beachbody the most, is that it’s all about how to live a healthy lifestyle. It’s not just about getting six pack abs (although that often happens), it’s about creating a balanced lifestyle that isn’t obsessive. It’s about being healthy not so that we can look a certain way, but so that we can FEEL a certain way, and have more to give to the people we love! We think about ourselves, so we can forget about ourselves! We want to be around for the long haul for our kiddos, and that means taking care of our physical bodies!

Beachbody Coaching is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me (besides being a wife and mommy!) I get to live out my passion every day, and I get to help ordinary women like myself discover that they have skills and talents that can be used to provide for their families! Dream jobs really do exist, friends! You’ve just gotta be willing to look outside the box! God’s plans are always bigger than our own!

To celebrate my TWO year anniversary as a Team Beachbody Coach, I am giving away a FREE YEAR of access into my virtual boot camps! The next one starts on March 6th! If you win, I will send you the All Access Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack. This is a $199 value and includes a month of Shakeology, Portion Fix (our healthy eating plan complete with portion control containers), AND a year subscription to Beachbody On Demand which will include access to ALL the Beachbody programs ever released PLUS any new ones that will come out this year!

Please enter using Rafflecopter below! I will pick a winner on Monday, February 27th! You must live in either the United States or Canada to enter, and may not be a Team Beachbody Coach.

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If you are interested in joining my March 6th Boot Camp, please fill out this form and I’ll send you some more information! Should you win the giveaway and have already registered, you will be refunded (cost is $199)!

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Her Priorities Don’t Have To Be Your Priorities

Up until recently, the voices in my head were constantly telling me that I wasn’t quite doing things good enough. That as hard as I tried, I just didn’t have what it took to be a successful wife or mom.

This is why.

In the stay-at-home mom world, there’s quite a bit of emphasis on organization, laundry systems, making beautiful meals, home making, and everything that falls into the category of having your crap together.

Wherever I turned, it seemed I was reminded of the things I wasn’t doing enough of. If only I followed these five steps my life would be easier, if only I did this one thing before I went to bed each night, I could finally feel like I had peace in my home.

I’m all about self improvement. I really am. I want to become better every day, and I’m sure it’s true that a little more organization and a few solid processes could go a long way for me.

But sometimes? I forget about all the things that I actually am doing on a daily basis that make me a pretty damn good mom and wife.

When it comes down to it, it’s not society, Pinterest, anything or anyone else and the pressure they put on me. It’s not about whether I have a type A or B personality. In reality, it boils down to me needing to take the pressure off myself.

I need to learn to practice is self-forgiveness.

If you’re like me, (which I’m guessing you are if you read my blog) then you carry around this huge pile of shame about all your failings, shortcomings, mistakes and perceived sins.

I have a hard time letting myself off the hook.

But what I’m learning more and more every day is that life isn’t about comparing myself to the way other moms do things and then shaming myself when I’m not doing the things they do.

Life is about doing the best I can, and recognizing that my life in no way can even BEGIN to be compared to the life of another. Each of us have so many unique gifts and skills and callings. Each of us were placed on this earth for a unique purpose, and our time is split in different directions than those of our friends and family. Some of us will be at home with our kids, and some of us will work outside the home. Some of us will be somewhere in between.

We all have priorities. Maybe you have a perfectly organized home where everything has it’s place, or maybe you don’t. Maybe you have your laundry done on the daily, or maybe you let it pile up. Maybe you get your workout in every day, or maybe you’re just struggling to keep the kids alive. Maybe you have a clean car, or maybe your floorboards are covered with chicken nuggets and Cheerios.

Whatever your life looks like today, will you take a minute and recognize that you are ROCKING it?!

That your story is YOUR story and you are changing the world simply by being YOU!

So the next time you see another mom approaching a situation totally different than you would? Don’t judge her or compare yourself to her. Her priorities don’t have to be your priorities.

Walk confidently in the season and stage of life you’re in, and rest assured that all you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough!



I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

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6 Steps To Selling Your Home Stress Free This Year

Last year when my husband told me he wanted to start a real estate business, I cringed. I was really nervous about him being gone more than he already was. See, Jake is also a senior surgical sales rep here in the Twin Cities. That’s his full time gig. At 30 years old, he’s one of the youngest guys in a senior sales role, which comes as no surprise to me. Since the day Jake and I met, one of my favorite things about him is the passion he puts into everything he does. If he’s going to do something, he’s going to go above and beyond and exceed expectations.

Last year after we had a less than stellar real estate experience, Jake’s wheels started to spin. With 10+ years of sales experience and an incredible ability to market, he thought about how he could use his skills to serve people in the real estate business. He wanted to offer a luxury experience to people at any price point and prevent anyone from feeling as stressed out as we did.

Jake actually grew up in real estate. His mom was a real estate agent and as a little boy he would go around with her and help her show houses. Truth be told, I think that’s why he has a soft spot in his heart for it. 🙂

Over the last year, we’ve learned a lot. We originally started last year by branding ourselves as a company called “Twin Cities Luxury Living.” But the feedback we kept getting was that some people didn’t feel their house was luxurious enough to work with us. Well, that’s the LAST thing we ever want people to feel! Jake and I both have “includer” as a top strength and we simply want to help ANYONE we can to actually ENJOY the process of creating a home for your family.

That’s why we wanted to share some tips with you today! I know that when we were trying to sell our last house, the simple thought of getting the house ready was enough to make me want to call the whole thing off.

So, for those of you who are thinking of selling your house this year, rest assured that it doesn’t HAVE to be as stressful as you think! If you start now, you will be MARKET ready at the peak of the real estate season!


6 Steps To Selling Your Home Stress Free This Year by Jake Kuiper

You’ve decided that this spring you’ll be putting your home on the market for the first time in years! The thought of this completely overwhelms you. Kids, work, summer vacations, SO many things already on the calendar not to mention selling and buying a new home! Let me ease your concerns here with 6 steps you can be doing RIGHT NOW for stress free home selling in April!

  1. Request a preliminary staging consult (and YES – staging does matter. 88% faster for 20% more). A professional stager can tell you what furniture will need to come and go. How they intend to shape the space and where they feel you need to create more livable room.
  2. Make a List! Putting a plan on paper can ease a lot of anxiety. Now you know what needs to get completed by the time you intend to list your property and can gradually cross off items leading up to spring.
  3. Pack a room a month – let’s be honest, the thought of boxing up your entire home is probably one of the hardest things to get past mentally. BREAK IT UP! Challenge yourself to start boxing up a room a month in order of least to most importance. By the time April rolls around you’ll be on to room 4!
  4. Fix the “maybe next week” repair NOW! Depending on the project it may be difficult to get a contractor out to the property in April – give yourself time NOW for someone to repair the leaky downstairs faucet. A good buyer’s agent will find it; they will request to have it repaired prior to closing anyway and will likely justify an additional UNNECCESSARY reduction in price in their offer. This is money straight out of your pocket! Remove a buyer’s distractions now for peace of mind later.
  5. Wall touchups– neutral is the name of the game when it comes to paint. You love purple, your kids love purple but market research says light and bright. With painting and staging the ultimate goal is to create a space that appeals to as many potential buyers as possible! Patch scrapes and gouges nail holes and other “eye distractions.” One less thing to have to think about in April!
  6. Begin purchasing the home selling intangibles! Diffusers or air fresheners – your home needs to smell fresh (this is non-negotiable!) Spare light bulbs, a new furnace filter, packing boxes, cleaning supplies… Again it’s about doing things today that save you time and stress tomorrow!


Jake kicked off his business in 2016 by helping all the families he worked with to sell their homes in record time. He sold everything from homes under $200,000 to most recently accepting an offer on a $1.375 million house.

He’s rebranded himself this year as Sota Estate Agency! I honestly LOVE IT! It’s a little hipster, but also professional and polished!

Honestly, if you live in the Twin Cities area and are looking to sell, or know someone who is looking to sell, please don’t hesitate to reach out to him. He’ll get you set up with a free staging consult ASAP (he covers professional staging services for all his clients). Real estate agents are not a dime a dozen and you won’t get the same experience from everyone in town. Jake sells homes anywhere in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. He’s now accepting NEW clients for Spring 2017. Because of his full time job he does limit the amount of clients he takes on at once so that he can be sure to give your property the attention it deserves. AND, so that he’s home enough to keep his wife happy. 😉

You can find Sota Estate Agency on Facebook and Instagram: @sotaestateagency! We’d love for you to follow along as Jake continues to give tips to get your home ready for market! Even if you’re not local, I think you’ll enjoy the tips he offers!

You can also reach Jake via email: or via phone: 612-300-8020.



I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

I share my fitness business over on Instagram: (@mommysmetimefitness) or on Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time Fitness).

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Our Small Children School Us Daily

I thought life was crazy when I had four kids under three years old. And it WAS. Don’t get me wrong. Remember when I struggled with depression? But this new season we’re in with a 2 year old, 3 year old twins, and a 5 year old? It’s craziness on steroids. See, when we had really little ones, the days were NUTS, but come 7:00pm we could promptly put them in their cribs where they couldn’t escape, and have the ENTIRE night kid-free.

These days, nights go a little something like this.

After we chase him down and crocodile wrestle him to get his pajamas on, Case, the two year old, goes to bed easily still around 7pm. We sing him a few songs, and he’s OUT. He’s still in a crib and I plan to keep him in there as LONG as we possibly can. (We let the other kids out way too soon.) He may still sleep in a crib when he goes off to college if it means him sleeping as soundly as he does. 😉

The twins. We start their bedtime around 7:30. They share a room, and MAN, are they CHATTY! For hours. And hours. And hours. No joke, the other night we thought they were sound asleep, and I found them in their bathroom at 10:30pm playing Barbies. They fight us and fight us and fight us. They want this and that. I seriously feel like a wounded soldier by the time we FINALLY get them to sleep.

Then there’s Baylen. He’s his Daddy’s mini, and may be the most convincing salesman you ever did meet.

“Momma, snuggle with me. ”

“Momma, I need to go potty.”

“Momma, can I have a drink please?”

“Momma, when I close my eyes I see monsters. Please snuggle with me.”

“Momma, my allergies are bothering me. I need allergy medicine.”

“Momma, can I watch your phone for a few minutes?”

“Momma, I love you. Will you snuggle with me again?”

“Momma, can I tell you about the Legos I want to get at Target? They’re AWESOME. You can build them with me!”

“Momma? I need to go potty again. Poop this time.”

“Momma, will you please lay by me again? I’m scared.”

I know, I know…we should probably have this figured out by now.

But we SOOOOO don’t.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I laid by him to help him fall asleep for months on end around age 4 and a half.

Maybe it has something to do with us letting him stay up LATE with mommy and daddy so we could get one on one time with him for a while this past year.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that by the time bedtime comes around we’re just so dang tired that we’re a little off our parenting game.

Maybe it’s because I’m not the best disciplinarian. As hard as I try, the truth is I kind of suck at it.

Or maybe? It’s just that we’re human, and that story we tell ourselves about all the other parents having it figured out? It just isn’t true.

The parents who SEEM to have it all figured out? Their day will come when they’re served a slice of humble pie too.

When I feel overwhelmed about parenthood? I remind myself that we’re all in this together. We all have ups and we all have downs. And at the end of the day, as long as we love our kids to the moon and back and do the best darn job we can, everything will turn out okay.

So to you, tonight, my parent friends…

Rest assured that you aren’t alone. When your kids aren’t sleeping? Or listening? Or doing ANYTHING that good kids are supposed to be doing? When you JUST want to feel like you have a clue about what the heck you’re doing?

Know that there are some parents over here popping open a bottle of wine who get you. Who are with you.

We’re in this together, and if we keep fighting the good fight, our kids will turn out just fine.

We’ve got this.

You are INCREDIBLE parents, no matter WHAT!



Amber and Jake



I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

I share my fitness business over at and on Instagram: (@amberkuiperfitness) or on Facebook (Amber Kuiper Fitness).

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5 LAST MINUTE Holiday Gift Ideas!

I had a BLAST on Friday night sharing five GREAT holiday gift ideas on the Mommy’s Me Time Facebook page! The video has been view 45,000 times and has reached over 1.7 million people! It’s safe to say I’m not the only one who’s excited about these ideas! If you still have holiday shopping to do, please take a peek!

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  2. Pockit Stroller (smallest stroller in the world)
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  4. Cybex Priam Luxury Stroller
  5. Faux REAL Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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I share many more “real life” mom moments on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love for you to follow along on our crazy, not perfect, incredible journey. Follow me on Instagram: (@mommysmetimeblog) and Facebook (Mommy’s Me Time).

I share my healthy living journey over at and on Instagram: (@amberkuiperfitness) or on Facebook (Amber Kuiper Fitness).

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