May 2014

Open Water Success

This morning, my friend Brandi and I tackled an open water swim.  My very first of the season.  Woo to the hoo! The Lake Norman YMCA hosts a bi-monthly open water swim  throughout the summer.  It’s a very popular event and excellent practice for triathlons.  I’ve never done it before, but Brandi has, and she [...]


What I Ate: A Really Good Day

Yesterday was a really good day!  This was extra nice before the day before, well, sucked.  The entire family slept poorly – even Maggie! – and I was exhausted.  Add two major toddler temper tantrums (one in public because I removed Henry from the shopping cart… He doesn’t even LIKE the shopping cart!), and I [...]


This post is sponsored by Good Food Made Simple. I just survived a week of eating totally ‘clean’ for breakfast.  I say “survived” because it was not as easy as I thought it would be – it was definitely an interesting experiment that forced me to get outside my traditional breakfast box.  I did a [...]


Just Keep Swimmin’

I use to love to workout in the afternoon or evening, but I’m noticing a definite shift:  I’m suddenly a morning exerciser.  Actually, it doesn’t happen in the morning, it’s probably not going to happen at all!    One:  Henry takes his (amazing) nap in the afternoon, and when he wakes up, he’s usually too [...]


This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.  There’s a fun almond giveaway at the end! A few weeks ago, I threw Kristien a rockin’ 30th birthday.  It was originally intended to be a big outdoor BBQ, but weather woes forced the party inside. We ended up taking all the furniture out of the living [...]


A few weeks ago, I published a post called “Stuff I Wrote,” which was a round-up of some freelance work that I’ve been doing for Activewear USA.  A bunch of people asked me to share advice and tips on how to break into freelance writing, and while I was happy to oblige, I also struggled [...]


Biking Across the Country: An Update!

Is the weekend over?!  Nooooo.  I don’t want to go back to normal life!   Our three-day staycation was so perfect… Yesterday, we headed to the zoo, which was LOADS of fun (here’s a post I wrote about zoos and animal welfare).  This was Henry’s third trip to the zoo but the best so far.  It’s [...]


Weekend Check-In

While Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off for summer (YAYYY!), I’m also taking a moment to pause and remember what this holiday is really about.  <3  We’ve spent a lot of time outside in the sunshine, with lots of delicious food and lots of relaxed fun.  I’m thankful for every moment that we get to [...]


Easing Into Sunday Prep

Hi, friends. How goes your Friday?   I’ve been so inspired by other bloggers’ Sunday Prep Posts.  Tina did a really good round-up on what she cooks on Sunday night.  You can read her post here. I’ve been pinning more recipe ideas for make-ahead vegetarian meals to my Vegetarian Food board on Pinterest.  And I’ve [...]


My Review of the Neato Robot Vacuum

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but I really wanted to give our robot vacuum a long trial period before I penned my thoughts. We bought our Neato back in December and have used it multiple times a week since our purchase, so I think I’m ready to weigh in. WHY [...]


Checkin’ in For Some Giveaways

We are having a very lazy day over here.  We’ve been stranded at home for the past few days (weeks?!) because my car has been in the shop – at first it was annoying, but now it’s kind of nice.  And our stuck-from-home life has been exacerbated by the fact that SOMEONE (his name starts [...]


What I Ate: That One Thing

Boiled egg and a half (shared with Henry) on toast with lots and lots of fruit.   After breakfast, Henry and I hung out with Julie! It was loads of fun. Not sure why Henry looks so scared / quiet in this photo. He was probably afraid Maggie was about to shove her tongue down [...]


This post is sponsored by ALDI. The absolute coolest event that I attended at BlogHer Food 2014 was the ALDI Pairings Party.  A sensory expert named Gail Vance Civille hosted the party, which included a presentation and – you guessed it – a lot of delicious food combinations!  Gail has over 50 years of experience [...]


Last Week’s Workouts (+ a Giveaway!)

This week, I learned that… Duh!   Another week of staying committed and focused on my goals.  My Numero Uno goal was to complete 5 workouts.  And my other big “To Do” for this week was to run regularly, thereby increasing my total weekly miles.  I’m slowly clawing my way back up!  Here’s my workouts [...]

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