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The Dailey Method Eastown - A Working Mom, Working Out

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I'm just a Mom of two working hard to try and NOT look like a Mom of two. Mom bod is real. And it’s not always pretty. And my goodness can it be frustrating. I can hear my mothers voice now, “I used to be skinny, before I had you!” I get it, Mom, and thanks a million times over for sacrificing your body for me. Mom jokes aside, I’m not 21-years-old anymore (full disclosure I’m 31) and as I begin chapter two of my life, fitness has become an important part of my weekly routine. Sure, I want to look good naked (because… confidence and health and strong marriage ya’ll!), but again, I’m a Mom of two and I have every intention to run crazy right along side them.

But fitting in fitness is not always easy. In fact, it’s down right the biggest challenge I face. For some it’s the sheer hate of actually doing the work or the cost or whatever other legitimate reason people have for not working out. But for me it’s time. Just like every other mother out there, I’m busy. And with a calendar full of work, kids, marriage, social stuff and everything in between… when am I suppose to get to the gym?!

And then the clouds opened up and gave me The Dailey Method Eastown. I’m a Jesus gal so I don’t say this lightly… I could have prayed to the heavens for the very perfect solution to my fitness problem and he would have given me TDM. Why? I’ll tell you… this is why I love The Dailey Method and why you might too…

The Class Schedule - First and foremost, and because it’s my biggest challenge, the class schedule offered by TDM is exactly what I need. Classes begin as early at 5:45am and are schedule periodically throughout the day including lunch times and evening times. Those early morning classes are exactly what I need. It was a rough adjustment at first (I am not a morning person) but once I got into the swing of things I realized how right it was for me and my schedule. I’m back home and showered before anyone else in my family opens their eyes!

The Community - To the instructors, the gals at the front desk and my fellow riders… I love you. I’m not exactly social at 5:45am but regardless, you all make me want to be there. It feels weird when one of you doesn’t show up and someone new is clipped into your bike. I like that you live down the street from me and that I also get to see some of you at the office. You are my people. And thanks for respecting my unofficial claim of the front-left bike. The fan angles are nice there and I like to see myself in the mirror. TDM Eastown is also very active on both Facebook and Instagram which are fun to follow along with. They also send out motivating regular emails with personal messages from the Eastown owner, Jamie, and encouraging themes of the month.

The Programming - TDM offers both cycling and barre classes as well as a variety of spin off classes using both barre and spin. For example, Dailey Cycle is 40 mins in the spin room followed by 20 mins in the barre room. For the record, the barre room and I disagree with one another. Spin is my jam and my happy place! Whatever your preference, they’ve got incredible class programming.

The Atmosphere - The energy at TDM is incredible. It’s a combination of the welcoming space, the vibrant neon lights in the dark spin room, the loud and motivating music and the supportive instructors. I’ve taken many fitness classes in my day but there’s something special about TDM that keeps me coming back.

The Music - Each instructor comes armed with their own tunes. All different, all motivating. For example, our Monday morning spin instructor brings in quite a lot of classics (think Eye of the Tiger and so on) while our Friday morning instructor LOVES hardcore rap music. They change it up all the time and hardly recycle the same sound tracks. It’s pretty often I’m trying to sing along with the music in-between trying to keep my breath!

The Equipment - The facilities and equipment provided are the best in the business. During barre class any equipment you need is provided including a mat, weights, ball and straps. The cycle room has brand new bikes that are very well maintained and always clean. They provide spin shoes (unless you prefer to bring your own) and towels including one at the end of your class that’s delightfully cold and infused with refreshing oils!

The Childcare - TDM offers childcare for $5/kid during select classes. Want to work out on Saturday morning but have the kids? No problem, bring them with you. You work out while they make a craft in the kids room for 45 mins.

The Pricing - Lets be honest, any gym membership is ‘expensive.’ It just depends on what type of workout you’re looking for and how often you want to commit to going. For me, the once a month core membership for unlimited classes is exactly what I need to keep me coming back. With auto paying the flat fee each month I’m not worrying about the cost per class and if anything else, I’m going more because I’m Dutch and want to ‘get my moneys worth!’ Hashtag if you ain’t Dutch you ain’t much! It’s common they run new client specials for $79 for 3 weeks unlimited. For me, it’s without a doubt worth the cost.


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Kladder Update: Tulip Time, Mothers Day & Rosewood Happy Hours

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We're thrilled about the arrival of Spring in Grand Rapids and doing our best to celebrate accordingly.  Beginning now through the end of summer our calendar is packed with one fun thing after another and you won't find us complaining about it. 

This month kicked off both mine and Jeff's golf leagues. It's been great getting outside and back on the course again. A few weeks ago I got my very first birdie and the second week of league my team won first place - things are off to a good start. This week we both (separately) golf in our first tournaments of the season - wish us luck. 

On Sunday we celebrated Mothers Day with Jeff's parents and our friends the Matsons at Reds at Thousand Oaks for brunch. They've got a great set up in their event space that accommodates large groups and families. They even had a kids buffet complete with smiley fries and fish sticks which made my life easier. The dessert buffet was a different story. 

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My parents were out of town last weekend and so we celebrated Mothers Day early with my Mom the weekend prior. She made the trip up to Grand Rapids for the day and we had an action packed morning complete with a long walk to the festivities at Fulton Street Farmers Market opening day, lunch at Fruition (new spot in Eastown) and shopped at the newly reopened Rebel Reclaimed. Natalie got her face painted with a princess crown. I sent the pic to my Grandma and she asked me if Nat had a bandaid on her forehead. Close enough. 

In Rosewood Avenue news: tis the season for neighborhood happy hours! As soon as the weather warmed up we were reminded of how wonderful our 'hood' is to be a part of. The sidewalks flooded with activity and Friday night happy hours weren't too far behind. A few weeks ago we hosted on our porch before everyone retreated to their own homes for dinner and kids bedtimes. It's easy summer nights like these that we live for. 

We also made the trip out to Holland for the annual Tulip Time Festival again this year. Along with our friends the DeWittes we stopped and smelled all the flowers, walked Main Street and took a few rides at the carnival with the kids. Tulip Time is just about as kid friendly as events get and certainly has the Natalie seal of approval - she loved the carnival rides. After the festival we grabbed dinner with the kids at Tripleroot Brewing on our way home in downtown Zeeland. 

And last weekend I spent the evening out with girlfriends at the newly opened Jolly Pumpkin on the Westside of downtown. The Grand Rapids location is the newest of it's now 7 midwest locations. The GR location is considered a pub where they sell their beer and ciders (as well as a select few local spirits) and serve food like wood fire grilled pizzas. It's a 'seat-yourself' set up and there are no servers. Instead you order via the two different counters: one for drinks and another for food. Overall it was good and I'd return with friends for a casual drink and bite to eat. 

As we put the pedal to the metal on summer I'll be reminding myself to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We hope your next few months (and bellies) are full of grilled burgers, gin & tonics and lazy afternoons at the lake.

POSTSCRIPT - Stuff we're into lately...

  • The Dailey Method - Located in Eastown, it's convent in both location and schedule. Their one year anniversary party is Saturday June 23rd. Mark your calendars! There will likely be deals if you're interested. 
  • Rebel Reclaimed - Their brand new shop, less than a mile from their old location, is fantastic! More space and more items to shop for! Check them out. 
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Kladder Update: Bottomless Mimosas, Wine Tasting & The Catwalk

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Natalie turned 3-years-old this month and we celebrated her with the very first ‘Natalie Day’ at the happiest place on earth: RiverTown Crossings Mall. She hasn’t been to Disney World quite yet so trust me, this totally worked. 

We started with building a cat, who has yet to be named, at Build-a-Bear. She picked out a toy food dish and hair dryer to go with it. Why a hair dryer? Your guess is as good as mine. Didn’t matter. It was Natalie Day. Next we spent some time at the Germ Tree, aka the indoor playland in the center of the mall. After about 20 rides down the slide (with the cat) we headed towards the food court for a spin on the carousel which was the best thing ever. We capped the day off with ice cream. A newbie 3-year-olds dream day. 

Natalie is turning into quite the little lady who loves all things girly: painted nails, princess dresses, bows, makeup, anything pink. She’s gentle and detail oriented, and the girl can’t get enough hotdogs, ice cream and candy of any kind. In the fall she’ll head off to preschool at which point I'll be home crying out all my feelings. Happy Birthday Natalie.

This month we officially kicked off Women’s Golf League with our Spring Mixer at Watermark. We met up with old friends who we haven’t seen all winter and welcomed new faces.  Some gals were tanner than others because… FLORIDA! And this week was our first time out on the course and it felt so good! The sun was shining and that’s all that mattered, well, at least that's what I'm telling myself because I lost 4 golf balls to water hazards. 

Last weekend for the first time we attended Runway on the Rapids with friends for some socially acceptable people watching. Because that’s what a fashion show is, right?! Before the show we grabbed dinner with friends at Osteria Rossa. I ordered the Prosciutto Wrapped Quail Gnocchi and it was fabulous. The show was super fun and you can find out more about the show HERE. Afterwards we grabbed a nightcap at Lumber Baron Bar located inside the Amway Grand Plaza. We'd always heard good things but had never been and it's safe to say we'll likely return. 

This was our second year attending the Wine Tasting Event benefitting St. Cecilia Music Center. It’s a wonderful fundraiser catered by our ever favorite Martha’s Vineyard that entails an all you can taste wine selection and a generous spread of meats and cheeses. Jeff and I enjoy a good silent auction and this event provides the best we've seen. This year Jeff took home a dry-cleaning package which was entirely all too practical of him. It will not be wasted. 

If you also follow me on Instagram this next blurb won’t be news to you because I diligently documented (via Insta-story) our Housewives Field Trip to Saugatuck last weekend. I took my documentation seriously and even brought my selfie-stick along for extra good angles. Talk about a super fun time! It was a tamer version of ‘mommas gone wild’ and began with a vigorous stair climb to the top of Mount Baldhead Park. Over 300 steps (and a few mimosas) later, we retreated to Everyday People Café for bottomless mimosas (sensing a theme?) and some breakfast. We also made a stop at Virtue Cider and bought out their stock of canned Rose. I’m not much of a cider fan but the cans were adorable, pink and I was in a good mood. The rest of our time was spent shopping and bar hoping our way back to our families. I feel asleep around 9:30pm. It was a really good day.  A big shout out to our home-girl Hannah for being our designated driver. We promise to pay you back once that little bundle of joy arrives! 

Speaking of housewives, we started what I hope continues to be a monthly supper club with our group of girlfriends and April was my turn to plan. I’m a sucker for hibachi and dragged the ladies out to 28th Street for flying shrimp and flaming onion volcanos at Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi. There was a coy fish pond, cocktails and lots of laughs. 

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Also, if you're reading this from any place but your front porch or sunny patio... you're doing it wrong. Go get yourself some sun! Enjoy the warmth. 

POSTSCRIPT – Stuff we’re into lately. 

  • FMGs Concert Series! If you have never been to an outdoor concert at Fredrick Meijer Gardens you are missing out. We’ve selected our summer roster and look forward to drinking wine out of plastic cups. 
  • Westworld is Back and we’re thrilled about it. It’s futuristic, dramatic and extremely thought provoking. Beware, it’s not for the faint at heart.
  • Costco (always Costco) but specifically Costco for it's incredible deal on Arborvitae trees which are double the size of the ones at Meijer for the same steal of a deal price at $26. What is more, I crammed 6 of them in my mid sized SUV (pictured as the header of this post). The guys at Costco were likely dying laughing upon my departure. 
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