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Hi

I’m Katie!

For the past 25 years my passion in life has turned into working out, fighting in a ring, nutrition, being a mother of three, being married for 11 years. I consider myself very much of a tomboy, BUT I have always loved style and hair! I became a licensed hairstylist/colorist at age 19 and worked behind a chair for 17 years.

I have worked SO hard over the years to achieve many things I am proud of, I feel now is my chance to share it all with you the best I can.

I started off as a kickboxing fighter in 1997 where I won a regional title and went undefeated with a record of 7-0 where I lost my first fight at IKF fights.

It was then I started working out harder and became a NESTA personal trainer and have put in many hours to gain certificates under my main one which you can find in the “service” part of my blog.

My love for working out/nutrition and fighting never died. I have lived, breathed and taught it through my own life style to friends, clients and family throughout the years!

At age 39, I started taekwondo and am presently working towards my blue belt. I then also started fighting again after my third child was 1 years old. I fought 4 times in one year becoming a boxing champion and moving my record to 8-3 In Kickboxing and 2-0 in Boxing and then Covid hit and put a pause button on my unfinished dreams and goals I have for fighting as of right now.”

I want to sprinkle a little motivation so that every night your head hits your pillow you will say, "I did my best" and please do not confuse your best with being perfect. This is your story you get to be the main character, write your own script, not your neighbors, not the friend on facebook or instagram. A story that at the end of the book you can look back and be pretty darn proud of those pages you created.
Let's get started and thank you for coming along on this journey with me sharing in the different "belts" I wear throughout the day.
From style to sass to a whole lot of kick ass! I can put on a mean game face, I have embraced my style as my own, and I am a mama to 3 children and my amazing step daughter.

   My focus/"belts" are ever changing throughout the day......

  •    My wife belt
  •    My mom belt
  •    My stylist/colorist belt
  •    My martial arts belt
  •    My Katie belt
  •    My nutrition/workout belt 
January 16, 2021

I Was in it to win, with an Unknown Blood Clot and All!!! AWARENESS IS KEY!

It is not a surprise how much I love the sport kickboxing. How much I love to train hard. Those that know me know that training and working out hard…
January 16, 2021

Indoor Illinois Winter Projects to Help Keep Kids Entertained and Busy

 I do not know where most of you live, but here in Illinois it has been a boring winter. I am not one for the cold, but if it IS…
December 31, 2020

FINALLY! The Moment We Have All Been Waiting For.... Closing the Book on 2020!!!!

grFinally!!!! The moment we have all been waiting for.... To close the book on 2020. Putting it in an airtight sealed bag, adding Gorilla Glue to it, cement it shut…
December 29, 2020

GRANDPARENTS: Do You Know How Lucky You Are to Know Them?

Do you know how lucky you are to know your grandparents? Have you been blessed to be able to spend time with them?
December 22, 2020

A Hair Tutorial: HOW to Do Your Hair When you Workout and Keep it OFF Of your Face!

I put together a Hair Tutorial on HOW to do your hair to keep it off of your face when you workout!
December 18, 2020

Tonight I Embraced the Mess. I Don't Want A Perfect House.

Tonight as I was walking across our balcony upstairs I noticed my blinds. Nothing irritates me more than blinds that are up like this AND especially uneven.
December 17, 2020

Sometimes We Need a Break, But We Fear Our Gains Will Be Lost. How Long Does It Take For Our…

Sometimes a much needed break from the pressure and stress we put on our bodies through our grueling workouts is much needed. Workingout is certainly amazing for our bodies. Although,…
December 11, 2020

Do Yourself a Favor... Be Kind To Yourself, Surround Yourself with Positive People AND above all else right now...Go Get…

"Love what you do, it does not feel like work!" I love that quote. It is very true! I started working at Salon Lorrene in Palatine Illinois from age 24-40.…
December 04, 2020

It is Not a Diet, it is a "Body for Life" Lifestyle!

I have been asked over the years to write a meal plan or a cook book. I also have been asked numerous times what diet do I follow? I do…
December 02, 2020

80/20.....It is what we do 80% of the time that counts..SO pass my drink and SALUTE!

There is that one rule that helps me stay on track and not get discouraged if I have that cheat meal or have a night with a few drinks.. It…
November 17, 2020

COVID FREE!!!!!! OR ARE WE???

YAY! We finally get to bust out of quarantine.
October 27, 2020

Step Mother. What an Ugly word

 What does it mean to be a stepmom? "A step parent only becomes a step parent upon marriage to one of the biological parents." 
October 18, 2020

How Can Yoga Transfer Over into Other Sports and into our Everyday Lives?

 Before you read this, can you think of any ideas on how Yoga can transfer over to other sports and into our everyday lives? I truthfully never really knew how…
October 15, 2020

Cinnamon Spice and Sometimes Not so Nice

Lets start with the "sometimes not so nice!" Being a mom to a little girl whose 5, a step mom to a daughter whose 17,  and an Aunt to a…
October 12, 2020

Kids and Castles

Be active, be present, be aware. Trust me it is so much easier and calmer when my kids use their iPads or are in front of the TV,  but that's…
October 02, 2020

Stop and SPREAD the Roses

The other day my little guy Dominick stopped on our walk. I must admit, I was in a bit of a hurry to get back home that day. I kept…
October 02, 2020

When Plaid Meets Red Lips, You Embrace It

I do not care who you are everyone has their own style whether they know it or not. What is your style?
September 29, 2020

What Motivates Your Kids?

What motivates your kids? What drives them the most? Our kids are ages two, five and seven. If we bought our kids everything they asked for on an hourly basis, I'm…
September 27, 2020

Seong Hea's Martial Art's Academy

This, this right here, this hug right after the final bell rang in my fight was a symbol of someone who believed in me. It was a moment we both…
September 23, 2020

What Super Hero Would You Be?

What super hero would you be? More importantly what super power would you have???? 
September 20, 2020

"Go Big or GO Home" From Our Masstiff and Pitbull Doggies, to a Huge Bella Bouncy Obstacle Course, to a…

Go big or go home!!! That seems to be our family motto from bikes to slime, dogs, to a 250 gallon fish tank to a  75 ft. rented bouncy house!!!!!!
September 17, 2020

How Often Are You Suppose to Replace Your Gym Shoes?

I am no gym shoe expert by any means. But I have worn my share of them for the last twenty or so years doing every kind of workout you…
September 05, 2020

A Love Hate With the Hill Workout

I get  bored very quickly when it comes to the same thing all the time and you know what? So do your muscles. They need change as well.
September 04, 2020

Striking Arts Academy in Wauconda, IL

 I am fortunate enough to have met our friend Kyle McElroy and my current trainer Tommy Bach at the same exact time in 1997. They were both teaching my very…
September 03, 2020

NO Gym? No Babysitter? No problem!

We can always make up a million excuses to why we have no time to workout. Here is a little secret, you can pretty much workout anywhere. You don't have…
August 31, 2020

Have you ever had monk Fruit on Popcorn?

I use to be addicted to artificial sweeteners to avoid calories until I got pregnant and then I just quit cold turkey! I never went back. We LOVE popcorn movie…
August 31, 2020

Water Beads or Orbeez?

Water Beads or Orbeez??!! Are they the same thing??? What ever they are called they have taken on a life all on their own!
August 31, 2020

"The Man In The Arena" By:Theodore Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts;  not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.   
August 24, 2020

How can we get our kids to be excited to eat healthy?

Do not let this article fool you! Believe me, being a busy mom of three,  there are times we have goldfish and pudding for dinner haha
August 21, 2020

Sunflower Butter!! Yay? or Nay???

I started eating sunflower seeds a long time ago for one reason and one reason only,  when I was going through a hair loss phase at a very young age,…
August 21, 2020

Victory and Defeat

In life there is victory and defeat. That is just life. We all know that.  Sometimes we do our very best and still fall short, and no it doesn't make…

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