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I found an awesome new floor cleaner yesterday (side note: thanks for all your suggestions!).


It’s called Simply Floored! and I picked it up at Whole Foods.  It was about $8 for the bottle – I thought it was a concentrated liquid when I purchased it, but when I got home, I realized it was a spray + mop product. 


I bought it because it’s safe to use on all floor types, so I can use it to clean my hardwoods AND my tile.  There are no harsh chemicals and it’s naturally scented with extracts of grapefruit, spearmint, and lemon.  It didn’t leave any streaks!  My only complaint is that I wish it was more smelly – I like my house to REEK OF CLEAN after I clean it.  Hah.


Yesterday’s Lunch:


Grilled Cheese Awesomeness



This soup was awesome.  I don’t know what I’m doing eating soup in August, but whatever.  It was so hearty and packed with flavor.


Today’s Breakfast:


Sooo good.  I’ve started this new habit of prepping oven potatoes right when I wake up. I slice a few potatoes, toss them in salt and olive oil, and bake it for 45 minutes at 375 – just enough time for me to make my coffee, finish waking up, get Henry out of bed, and get dressed.  The potatoes come out of the oven perfectly soft and, although they aren’t as tasty as the Husband’s stovetop hashbrowns (I still owe you this recipe), they don’t involve as much oversight.


The Husband made the rest of our meal – eggs with spinach, strawberries, and stir-fried veggies.


I’m off to hit the trail for a hike!  I hope you have a good one.


Thought of the Day:


“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”

- Donald Trump


For 30 More

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A guest post from Katharine at From A to Pink that is truly worth reading.


I’m about to turn 30. Big deal, right? A lot of people reach that age, maybe throw a party, maybe complain about getting older, and move on. But for me, 30 is anything but just another birthday.


You see, at 16 years old I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 people in the U.S. for which there is no cure. 


When I was born in 1984, the life expectancy was just 25 years old.


Even 13 years later, I’m still a long way from fully dealing with what it means to have this disease and the implications it has on my future. The hardest part has been managing the disease as an adult. With 2+ hours a day of treatments, constant doctor’s appointments, and a lot of unanswered questions, it takes its toll – both physically and emotionally.


But I am so very lucky. This year my husband and I will celebrate our second wedding anniversary, I have a job I love, and I am surrounded by fabulous friends and family.


I have hopes and dreams and goals, just like anyone else… and while I’m doing all I can to make those happen, the what ifs are always there.  What if I never have children? What if I do but I don’t live to see them grow up? What if I don’t have the chance to finish out my career? What if I don’t get to grow old with my husband?


Over the past few years there’s been astounding progress in treatments for cystic fibrosis. The life expectancy has risen to just over 40 years old, and there are all sorts of exciting developments on the horizon that will not only improve the quality of life for CF patients, but continue to extend it. These advancements have allowed me to reach milestones that so many CF patients before me didn’t get to. But we still have a long way to go.


My greatest hope is that one day there will be no CF diagnosis to give. That no one – parents, children, adults – will have to wonder what a future with CF looks like.


That’s why I have a pretty big birthday wish: In celebration of turning 30, I’m hosting an online fundraiser called For 30 More, where I hope to raise $15,000 in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their life-saving research.


What does For 30 More mean? It means 30 more years of…


dates with my husband…

books to devour…

successes in my career…

vacations to places near and far…

holidays with my family…

meals to enjoy…

drinks with my girlfriends…

For more life. Things big and small. For ALL people with CF.


Your donation to support For 30 More would mean the world to me, and no amount is too small. Even if it’s just giving up your morning coffee this week – every bit counts in making a difference for those living with CF.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me tell my story, and for joining me in this fight!