Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of July!

Hello everyone! I disappeared last week because I spent 6 days in southern BC at my mom’s lake house. It was pretty lovely and I will do a more thorough recap of that little vacation later this week.

In the meantime, here is my July recap.


I am full on obsessed with the Girl Next Door Podcast. So much so, that I started at the beginning and have been listening to ALL of their episodes! A big task considering they have been podcasting every 2 weeks since 2014!! It means some of my other podcasts are queueing up big time in my feed as I binge on Girl Next Door, but I don’t mind because their podcast is so fun to listen to. An episode I really enjoyed is when they talked about how they met their husbands and marriage maintenance back in February of 2014.


July was another solid workout month for me, though near the end of the month I did start to feel a bit of pressure in my lower belly which reminded me I might have to ease off on some stuff for the remainder of this pregnancy. I wrote more in this blog post about the types of workouts I’ve been doing during pregnancy.

  • In July, I continued to walk 10,000+ steps every single day. As of today (Aug 7) I have walked 10k+ steps every single day since June 1! I am going to try and keep it up for August as well.
  • In July, I went to 6 regular yoga classes and 3 prenatal yoga classes.
  • In July, I did 9 Fitness Blender (HIIT / Strength) workouts.
  • In July, I swam twice (hoping to increase this to 2x per week in August!)

I am definitely feeling pretty happy with my activity level these days.


I managed to read another 5 books in July! My favourites from the month were definitely Dark Matter and At Home in the World. Both were page turners, though Dark Matter was more of a thriller, what’s-going-to-happen-next type of page turner and At Home in the World was just a super interesting memoir about traveling the world with 3 children in tow – Tsh Oxenreider is such an amazing writer and her words really brought the places they visited alive on the page. I was disappointed in both The Color of Our Sky and The Widow, I thought both would be better than they were. I really enjoyed Option B. It’s a very interesting book on resiliency and I enjoyed how the authors balanced sharing the real life battle that Sheryl Sandberg faced after losing her husband alongside pertinent statistics and information related to resiliency and happiness. Overall a good reading month!

Looks… or not!

I don’t have a single ‘outfit’ look to share with you this month honestly! The one I was going to share was my pretty kimono from Pink Blush Maternity but I realized I already shared that last month. I will try to be better about taking a couple of look photos in August, I’m honestly living in leggings and long maternity tops these days…


I had trouble narrowing down which photo to share from July as I don’t have a really beautiful one to share like I did in June, but rather a few photos to sum up my month…


I need to do a full post all about my garden and gardening soon, but suffice to say I’m loving it. It is so fun and satisfying to grow your own food – and to eat food you have grown. So far lettuce is doing the best as I’ve harvested my lettuce several times already.

This is a photo of our back patio / deck where I have spent A LOT of time this summer. I absolutely love this space and how it came together. It is my little oasis and I love to sit out there and read on weekend mornings or in the evenings.

Probably my favourite photo of July 🙂 Baby H waving hello at our anatomy scan on July 11! We have decided to stay ‘Team Green’ and not find out what we are having but I know people love to guess… so what do you think Baby H is? Boy or girl?

What were your podcasts, workouts, books and looks of July? 

6 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    I’m so glad you had such a great time with your mom! I love getting away for a few days!!! So exciting to see the picture of Baby H!!!! Your back deck looks lovely!!!

  2. I am glad that you had such a great getaway at your mom’s! Can’t wait to read more about it!

    I think I would have a hard time sharing looks during pregnancy as I feel like nothing would really make me feel all that good or excited about how I look. Ha. I do think other pregnant women look super cute when I see them in the skyway downtown but I think I’d look in the mirror and think – meh.

    As you know, I am guessing that you are having a boy! But that’s kind of my go to guess for most people because I feel like more people in my life have had boys than girls!

    I will have to go back and listen to that Girls Next Door episode you mentioned!

  3. Marie-Christine says:

    I think Baby H is a boy!!!

    Your back patio/deck looks great!!
    We only have a small patio since we live in an apartment and I never hang there because it’s way too windy (we live on the 4th floor and we have strong winds coming from the St Lawrence River).

  4. Awwww, the baby!!!! I like that you’re not finding out 🙂 I am guessing boy!!

  5. San says:

    Love your deck! 🙂

    Oh, and I’d love a getaway with my Mom… I miss her.

    Eek, and look at baby H! 🙂 So cute!

  6. Shoshanah says:

    Because we had a girl first I automatically assume everyone else will as well. But yet for some reason I’m getting a boy feeling for you! I will say I loved being team green and it was so much fun getting to say It’s a girl (or boy) in the delivery room.

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