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Fitness & Motherhood

                Normally I am known to everyone as a fitness instructor, teacher, mom, wife, daughter, sister or friend but I am also DIY obsessed!  Just like everyone I am addicted to Pinterest and love filling my boards with creative inspiration.  As much as I love pinning to my boards I love bringing the pins to life even more!  My boards are full of interior decorating, fashion, kid activities and workouts, but the one thing you won’t find on my boards is cooking; that is not one of my strengths!

                I know my creative interests come from my mom. Growing up she always did great projects and activities with us and tried different paint techniques and decorating styles at our house and this was all before Pinterest!  Before I start a new project for the house I always get her opinion on color or style.  My husband Joey doesn’t have any interest or opinion when it comes to the house so that means free rein for me!

                We moved into our house 11 years ago.  Since then, we have made changes to every single room.  When we moved in the house was a country style but we have slowly made it into a more modern and updated living space.  The first things we did were to take down wallpaper borders, paint the rooms, and replace the carpet with hardwood floors. Once the basics were done it was time to move onto the fun stuff and start styling the house and that’s where Pinterest came into play!

                I would brainstorm a few projects at a time and research on Pinterest and other online sites until I decided I was ready to take the plunge.  I have completed a few Pinterest projects that could have easily become Pinterest fails but so far I have been lucky! My biggest risks have been painting my refrigerator with chalkboard paint, painting our builder grade kitchen cabinets grey, painting our kitchen countertops black and whitewashing the fireplace.  I was amazed at how well all of these projects turned out and what an improvement each one made!  My dad was assisting me on some of these projects and he was very unsure and nervous to each time.  If any of these projects didn’t work I would have had to the relevant components, and that is pricey!  But I’m glad we took the risk!

fireplace makeover

                Over the summer we decided the deck needed a makeover.  The paint was fading and there were splinters and rough spots; definitely wasn’t safe to walk on barefoot.  We power washed the deck, which is one of my favorite chores and then we painted it with a deck restore.  I thought this project would take us a weekend; it ended up taking over a week in the hot sun!  The entire time I was out painting and working on the deck was awful! I told my husband I will never do that again and that next time we would pay someone.  I never realized we had so many rungs! However once the deck was complete it looked great and you can walk on it with bare feet!   I guess you never know how hard something is until you try and this was terrible but we now have a nice deck to enjoy.

kitchen deck

                I’m always looking for the next project to work on in the house.  Most of the house is complete there are just a few finishing details to make it perfect.  I think this year our projects will be to repaint the front porch (something I am not looking forward to after the deck) and painting the cabinets in one of our bathrooms. 

                I love updating my house with my changing style and I love that Pinterest is there at the touch of my fingertips to unlock my creativity!  It’s crazy how one little app has influenced not only designs in homes but everything from birthday parties, nutrition and educational activities for our little ones!  I hope everyone finds their creative side whether through Pinterest, friends or your own brain! Happy pinning! Wish me luck on the front porch; I’m hoping I can at least get my husband to paint the rungs!


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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.


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