April 2014

Henry’s Toothbrush Chart

I thought I’d write a little update on my dear Henry.  He’s going to be TWO in two months.  Can you believe it?  I cannot.  It’s truly mind-blowing how fast it goes… I know that’s a big cliché but it’s true.   (Dying Easter eggs… That was a HUGE hit.  I had all these grand [...]


This post is sponsored by Udi's Gluten-Free. As a gluten-free vegetarian, it can be a bit challenging to host BBQ lunches or dinner parties for friends and family. When I do hear, "Wow! I didn't even realize that was gluten-free," I feel so proud. :)   My favorite way to host friends and family is [...]


First things first: can we talk about TV? Without spoiling anything for anyone (but can we discuss the details in the comments section), OMG SUNDAY’S EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES WAS SO GOOD.  We just watched it last night and were literally screaming in excitement / glee at the end.   I actually knew it was [...]


I Forget To Drink Water

This photo sums up my Sunday: IT WAS GLORIOUS.  We did absolutely nothing but hang out on the deck for houuuuurs.  The Husband and I desperately needed a break; work has been wild for both of us.  Doing nothing was exactly what we were craving.   The things about the above photo that make me [...]


The Super List of Beginner Triathlon FAQs

It's triathlon season!  Yay!  Do you have any races planned?  Any first-time triathletes out there?  I absolutely LOVE triathlons because the sport has shown me how far I can go... if I just 'tri' (hardy har har - had to do it). During my first triathlon, I had a hardcore freakout in the lake and [...]


Super Easy Quinoa Pie

This week, I’m going to try to post some simple Easter-inspired dishes.  I’m sure a lot of you are hosting big brunches or dinners next weekend!  We don’t have any grand plans, but I’m looking forward to cooking a delicious meal and spending time with family and friends.  Preferably OUTSIDE because the weather has been [...]


Cinnamon Toasty

Yay!  I’m home. Holy heck.  The last two days were a serious whirlwind.  I flew to Pennsylvania and did a grand total of THREE Operation Beautiful speaking events.  One was at a college (Misericordia University) and the others were at a nearby high school.  High school students always like me because I’m getting them out of [...]


3 Ways to Challenge Your Personal Narrative

I’ve been thinking a lot about personal narratives – the stories that you tell yourself about your life.  We all craft a narrative every single day, and our narrative can be positive or negative (or a bit of both). Maybe your narrative currently includes thoughts like: “I hate my job,” “I love my family,” “I [...]


I'm off and away for another Operation Beautiful event!  To celebrate, I thought it'd be fun to list some of my favorite positive body image resources on Facebook.   My feed is FILLED with kind phrases and photos from these amazing organizations.  It makes me a happier, more accepting person, of both myself and others [...]


So Sweet

Another morning, another delicious breakfast. I've written about my love of savory breakfasts a lot lately, but I've also starting to slowly reaquiant myself with French toast because, let's be real, that stuff is AMAZABALLS. Henry likes it too but can only eat half a slice at a time, which is fine by me because [...]


You guys.  You GUYS! I finally pulled on my Big Girl Panties and went to Athletic Conditioning.   Here's the class description:  Sports inspired athletic workout. Focuses on exercise to increase your muscular and cardio endurance. Plyometrics, cardio drills, much more and totally addictive! If you recall, one of my goals for 2014 was to do [...]


A Full Weekend

I hope you had an awesome weekend! We certainly did. Last night, I realized that we ate every meal but breakfast OUT this weekend. How that happens, I do not know. Our only saving grace was we only paid for one meal – all the rest were gift cards or treats from various friends and [...]


This post is sponsored by Musselman’s new BIG CUP applesauce. I’ve been loving the idea of adding 50% More to my life.  Last month, I wrote about adding mindfulness back into my everyday regimen – especially the way that I parent. I am happy to report that I am still following all the principles outlined [...]


16 Lessons I Learned in my 20s

I am 23 days away from the Big 3-0. Last year, if you had asked me how I felt about turning 30, I probably would’ve been rather negative about it… But as the date approaches, I’m feeling better and better about this milestone birthday. Everyone has told me that the 30s are exponentially better than [...]

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