In Need of Normal

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We woke up this morning in desperate need of normal – at least for Henry!  He’s such a flexible and easy-going kid and I thought he’d really enjoy our grand adventure of a trip – but nope.  He was totally over car rides and new hotel rooms and strange food.  Also – he really misses his train tracks. I should’ve packed them!


So when Syracuse U had to reschedule my event at the last minute, I kind of breathed a sigh of relief – life has a funny way of working out, doesn’t it?  Instead of driving to New York today, we found ourselves waking up in the peace and calm of my BFF Lauren’s.  Lauren just moved back to the States from Singapore – wahoo! 


In an attempt to recreate home as much as possible, I went to the grocery store last night and stocked up on some of our typical favorites:


Eggs, fruit, and Rudi’s cinnamon raisin bread (it’s soooo good with butter!).


And we decided to get the kiddo out of the house for one small, low-key activity.  We went to the nearby Delaware Museum of Natural History with the promise that there would be DINOSAUR BONES <— music to a 2 year old’s ears.


We had a lot of fun.  <3


In other news…  I’m 34 weeks pregnant today!  Getting SO incredibly excited to meet Little One and SO curious if it’s a boy or a girl.  Everyone at the wedding predicted boy, and the check-in woman at one hotel told me she was physic and has never predicted wrong – she said boy, too.  Despite the tide of “Boy!”, my gut is actually starting to say girl, but heck if I really know!


Happy FTFW!


I’m traveling so much this week for Operation Beautiful because it’s Tri Delta’s annual Fat Talk Free Week.  The mission of the week is to encourage women (and men!) to be more conscious of their negative self-talk and more proactive in encouraging positive thoughts and words about yourself and others.  We’re a featured organization for the week for the second year in a row, and Official Operation Beautiful Day is this Wednesday! 


I read a study that said women have, on average, 13 negative thoughts about themselves each day.  THIRTEEN!  That’s nearly one for every waking hour.  I encourage you to be more mindful of your negative thoughts this week and try to turn them into something kinder and more gentle.


Interesting article in light of this week’s theme –>  What the Dying Really Regret.  Thanks to reader Sarah who sent me the link!


Something else you may enjoy – My suggestions on how to cultivate more body confidence. 


Have a great week <3  I hope you settle into a happy and normal routine, too!  We’ll keep trying to find it on vacation. 😉



  • Maryea {happy healthy mama} October 20, 2014, 3:16 pm

    I’m glad you were able to find some normal. Traveling can be tough on little ones!

    That’s pretty crazy that women average 13 negative thoughts about themselves a day. Sad. 🙁

  • Karen October 20, 2014, 3:22 pm

    I always see those “Take what you need” signs online and think they’re such a fantastic idea. I kind of want to make them and put them up around my college… Also that bread is calling out to me through the screen, it looks amaaaaaaazing – probably means it’s dinnertime for me then!

  • IG October 20, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Wow, thank you for sharing that article link. I’ve spent way too much of my life hating my body. I’m currently 23 weeks pregnant and frequently lament not having a cute belly bump that those who are not overweight get to enjoy. How sad is that? I’m growing a baby, no matter what shape my body takes!

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 20, 2014, 7:18 pm

    I love when you just aren’t feeling something and then it gets cancelled! Glad it worked out for you and you had a lovely day!

  • Alexandra October 21, 2014, 10:16 am

    Ahhhh as a TriDelta alumni in Toronto, Canada and a long time follower of HTP, I’m SO incredibly happy you are doing events with TriDelta. Wishing you all the best for your events & relaxed family time with Henry and the husband <3 Delta Love!

  • Jen October 21, 2014, 10:31 am

    A reader sent me that article about what the dying really regret, too, and it made me tear up! Filled with good points we should all remember.

    I still think you might be having a girl. I have a (completely absurd) theory that people end up with children who are the same mix of genders as their pets. OMG that sounds ridiculous, but we have two female cats and ended up with a daughter, and I know so many people who had two male dogs and ended up with two sons, etc. And you guys have James and Maggie (plus your new cat whose name I cannot remember!!!) so it’s time for a girl. Totally silly, but hey, it’s fun to guess.

  • Patti October 21, 2014, 10:27 pm

    When will you be in Syracuse? I love there and work at another college across town. Would love to attend your presentation if I’m available!

  • Lydia Rehrman October 22, 2014, 9:33 am

    I read your blog all of the time and love it! This post inspired me to comment because we live right near this museum in PA. I used to go there all the time when my kids were little. Thanks for the happy memories!
    Lydia 🙂

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 22, 2014, 1:22 pm

    I certainly needed Fat Talk Free Week when I was in college – I was a Tridelt at Clemson! As horrific as this is to admit, I remember telling a girl during rush that I wish I had lost 5 pounds before the process started. It’s a wonder I got in a sorority at all! ha

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