(in)courage: A Reminder to Savor

by jessicaturner on May 26, 2015


I had a baby New Year’s Eve. Every day this year, I have held that little boy, breathing him in slowly. I have studied his features intently, taking in everything from the hairs on his head to his ten tiny toes.

With my first baby, people told me it would go fast, but I didn’t really understand how fast.

I didn’t savor the moments like I should have.

With my second baby, she didn’t sleep much, I was her paci and the months were a blur.

Again, I didn’t savor the moments like I should have.

But with him, my third and my last, I know what I’m in for.

This time, I’m savoring.

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Exercising for the First Time + $50 off ClassPass

by jessicaturner on May 22, 2015

IMG_3340(1)Selfie after a barre workout

So I have never, ever, ever been an exerciser. I have done seasons of yoga, going to the gym, etc. but it has never been consistent.

After having Ezra, a company called ClassPass emailed me and said we are coming to Nashville. We saw you just had a baby – could we give you a month’s trial? They didn’t even ask me to blog about it, which was really kind.

Since I gained more than 60 lbs, I knew I was going to need to do something, so I said yes, I would try it in April.

And y’all, something amazing happened.

I found a type of class I REALLY loved.

Barre. It rocked my world. I wanted to exercise.

I loved barre because it wasn’t high impact (important because I’m out of shape and I am, shall we say, well-endowed, so exercise like running is REALLY not fun for me), but it was hard and a great workout.

Barre is just one of the many types of classes offered by ClassPass.

Here’s how ClassPass describes itself:
ClassPass is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.

For $79 – $99 a month (price varies by city), ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle.

So its awesome because you can do many different classes at different studios and save a bunch of money. (For instance, barre classes can often run in the $200-$300 range for just 10 classes, but you can take A LOT more with ClassPass.) I loved the variety, meeting new people, checking out different studios, etc.

Yesterday I got an email with a crazy deal for ClassPass. I emailed them a bunch of times to make sure I understood the details to pass along to you.

If you use this referral link, you will get $50 off your first month to ClassPass making it just $29-$49, depending on where you live.

So for less than $50 you can try out a bunch of cool exercise classes in your city that would all be significantly more if you did them ala carte.

Also, once you sign up, you can email ClassPass and request your own referral link to share the $50 coupon with friends. You also get a $50 credit when someone signs up!

I love ClassPass and getting to share it with you with a coupon like this?! WIN!

Here is where you can currently take advantage of ClassPass:
New York, LA/Orange County, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Columbus, Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Raleigh, Baltimore, Tampa, St. Louis, Orlando, Nashville, Sacramento, Kansas City, London, Toronto and Vancouver.

This $50 discount is only available if you sign up by May 26, so if you are at all interested in ClassPass, I urge you to sign up. If it ends up not being right for you, they make it super easy to cancel your membership too – just be sure to do it at least 3 days before your next billing cycle so you don’t get charged for the next month.

I’m happy to answer any questions that I can. I wasn’t planning to post today, but when I saw this offer, I couldn’t help myself. I really, really loved my ClassPass trial so much that I signed on to continue being a member. And for a non-exercise girl like me, that says a lot!


Projects, Projects, Projects

May 21, 2015

Adeline singing to Ezra while he swings Lots of projects going on in the Turner home these days. Remodeling my craft room: Wallpaper is stripped, walls are patched. This weekend it’s on to painting. Then in early June, my dad is coming to install counters. I’m giddy! Editing my next book: A gift book version […]

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End of the School Year Ideas & Teacher Gifts

May 20, 2015

Elias completes his first year of school next week. It seems like just yesterday I was sending him off for his first day. I’m doing a few things to commemorate his end of the year: Taking a photo on his last day of Kindergarten, with this free printable sign. Having his teacher sign a copy […]

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Birthday Party Prep: Fairy Party

May 18, 2015

One of my favorite seasons of the year is summer. Not only do I love warm weather, swimming pools and fresh produce, but I LOVE planning big and fun birthday parties for my kids. (Adeline’s birthday is in June and Elias’s is three weeks later in July.) If you are a long-time reader, you have […]

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Community, Books and Gatherings

May 15, 2015

At my office last week, I was chatting with a few colleagues. One mentioned that she was in a book club. That snowballed into how much several of us would love to be in a book club and then into me saying, “let’s start one!” So in a few weeks we are going to have […]

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Smoky Mountain Family Vacation in Sevierville

May 13, 2015

Going on a spring break trip was such a treat this year. Because I was on maternity leave, we were able to get away for a few days. (Normally that would be a challenge because of limited vacation days!) It also was nice to vacation as a family because January and February were consumed with […]

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Day in the Life: TODAY

May 12, 2015

I’m so excited to be doing Ali Edwards’ Day In The Life today. If you aren’t familiar with Day In The Life, the goal is to simply document a complete day with photos and words. It has been a long time since I have done this exercise and I am looking forward to documenting life […]

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Making Over My Grocery Budget

May 11, 2015

At the end of my pregnancy and during the first few months after Ezra was born, Matthew did all the grocery shopping. On average he was spending more than $200 a trip and I was like, I have got to get back to doing the shopping. He must not be shopping the sales. Turns out, […]

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Noble & Waiting for Our Dreams: New Movie Review

May 8, 2015

I can’t tell you the last time I went to the movies. Before we had kids, we used to go to the movies all the time, but now it only happens once or twice a year. When I saw the preview for Noble, which opens this weekend, I knew it was a movie that would […]

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