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New Year’s Do Over

My 2018 got off to a rocky start. On New Year’s Day, we made the trek home from Christmas vacation visiting family that took longer than it should have due to traffic and accidents. When we got home, we were out of food, the grocery store was closed, and Target was out of sauerkraut. So I had to improvise and made an Asian-inspired PA Dutch “pork and sauerkraut” of sorts: freezer orange chicken with pork egg rolls.

It was also the first day of marathon training… but that got moved to the next day. Which worked out well enough, because Wednesday’s run was cancelled due to fasting in preparation for Thursday’s UC procedure (nothing like starting the year with a clean colon! hahaha)

So today is my soft reset. It’s not going to be perfect- I’ve already made mistakes- but I look forward to the opportunity to improve, to better myself, to stop making excuses and getting in my own way.

That’s the great thing about changing and becoming who we want to be; we can start whenever we want. A week from now, a month from now, or even just RIGHT now. If we want to improve, we can. And I do.

The last few months for me have been plagued by postpartum anxiety and I won’t even pretend that it is all behind me now. It’s still very present and on the forefront of my mind. Even the idea of change and a better year makes me anxious. But as someone once said, on the other side of fear lies freedom, right?

That’s all for today, but stay tuned for more details on my marathon training and my new year’s resolutions!

What are your goals for this year? Do you plan to make this your year? YOU SHOULD! Smile

My Life Lately

I would love to have a good excuse for not blogging at all in April, but I really don’t. I guess you could say that I was too busy achieving my goal and Embracing life this month, which wouldn’t be dishonest. I love my blog, but I found my self choosing family time – or naps – over writing.

I’m here now, though, so let’s catch up!

Simmons Farm Easter Fun

A few weekends ago, we took Riley to an Easter event at a local farm. There was no Easter bunny, but judging by her reaction when I got her photo done at the mall (she was not happy… but handled it better than Santa!), it was probably for the better.

The events included an unconventional egg hunt in an apple orchard (you collect any 12 eggs and redeem them for prizes), a make-your-own birdhouse from a gourd, and a potted planted project where she got to paint (we used markers) a pot and plant a flower. There was also an area to pet farm animals, which was her favorite part.




It was a relaxing day that we got to do at our own pace. It wasn’t super crowded, either, which was great. And Riley loved it. She got to pet baby chicks and a goat, chase chickens, and take a long, curious walk around an orchard. I think we will go again next year!


I Hope She Knows

My second article was published on the Pittsburgh Moms Blog. It was a completely different article than my first one about regaining momentum during back-to-back pregnancies. It’s titled I Hope She Knows and gets real about the struggles of balancing an adult life with a toddler. It seems to have gotten a lot of positive feedback, which is encouraging! Please go check it out! Smile


Also, I had one of the top five articles for the month of March on the blog which was SUPER exciting!


We went back to Reading to spend Easter weekend with our families. It was a very relaxed weekend and a lot of fun. Riley in her Easter dress is pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.



Yard Work Weekend

This past weekend, Dave’s parents came out to Pittsburgh to help us tame our yard. We moved into our home in September 2015 when I was 31 weeks pregnant and are still working on getting our yard just how we want it. With a half acre, there is a lot to do! So this weekend was spent weeding, weeding, weeding, and mulching all the flower beds and garden. They look so much better now and it makes me happy every time I look at them. In a few weekends, Dave and I (and possibly some loving, willing friends) are going to work on planting flowers and vegetables and our massive hill in the back. It is covered in mulch, but really crappy chopped-down-tree-pieces mulch and looks…not great. So the plan is to clear it all and put down a fresh layer. So far we’ve gone through 4 square yards of mulch and we’re estimating we’ll need at least 3 more.  But it’ll be beautiful and worth it!


Also, we put up Riley’s new swing! It’s a hand-me-down from Dave’s cousin and so far she loves it!


Hmmm, yeah, what’s that? Running has been pretty scarce lately. I’ve only gone about once or twice a week this month, but I’m hoping to run as far into this pregnancy as I can.


Two weeks ago I headed out and a half mile in it started to downpour. It was GLORIOUS. I don’t know why, but it was one of the best, most fun runs I’ve had in months. I was offered a ride home by a kind stranger who called me crazy (in the best way!) when I turned him down twice.


So that’s been my life lately! How has yours been?

Friday Five on My Mind

Lifestyle | March 24, 2017 | By

Going to try to start a series here with Friday Five on My Mind! It won’t be every Friday because let’s face it, I’m not that consistent yet, but it’s just going to be a roundup of things that have caught my eye or been on my mind lately. So without further ado, here is the first Friday Five on My Mind!

1) This refreshing article on being happy with a small life

Yesterday was one of those rare mornings where I was up, showered, dressed, and relaxing on the couch watching GMA before Riley woke up (thanks, kid!!). Honestly, I don’t like GMA, so I was surfing my phone and came across this article on Facebook. It is so refreshing and brings across a good point. That in a world where everything is extreme: up earlier work harder, no excuses, go big or go home, it doesn’t seem acceptable to want a mediocre life. But what is wrong with that? With being content with what you have and the small pleasures? Without needing to be the best or make a huge impact in the world? I still like striving for greatness, but it is a necessary reminder (at least for me) that living small is perfectly okay, too. That the people who know me and love me in my small life are what really matters- not worrying about people I don’t even know.

2) Tuesday afternoon

My decision to start spring on Tuesday was a success. The weather was gorgeous and Riley and I had a great time playing outside waiting for Daddy to get home. Smile





3) My first sponsored post

Guys. I am SO EXCITED about this. It’s not for this blog, but I was asked to write a sponsored post for the Pittsburgh Moms Blog. I can’t give any details yet, but look for it in a few weeks!

4) Outdoor evening runs are back!

I just. Open-mouthed smile



5) Iced. Lattes.

Specifically from Judy’s Java Joint. I’m still only drinking one cup of coffee or latte a day (or less) during pregnancy, so I want to make sure they count! Today, since it’s so perfect outside and Dave has the day off, we took Riley on a 4-mile stroller run and rewarded ourselves afterward with these delightful coffees. Iced Irish cream lattes may be my new favorite thing!


What’s on your mind today? Have an amazing weekend!

Spring’s Rough Start- Shaking It Off

Lifestyle | March 21, 2017 | By

This was my daughter yesterday:


And this was me:


It was the first day of spring and I was initially excited for it. But between little miss nap-fighter, sinus pressure, and being suuuuper tired, I was feeling pretty cynical about the whole spring forward, fresh start, never miss a Monday business. I’ve been having a rough few weeks lately- ahem pregnancy hormones- and I ended up skipping the yoga class I planned on taking this morning. And eating too much chocolate. And snapping at my daughter who was so tired, but took a crap nap and was being difficult at lunch (so difficult).

But by 4:30, I finally got out for a trip to Target and a cup of coffee in me and was feeling better about life. It helped that my coffee was in this new cup that Dave and Riley surprised me with this weekend (they realized I’d been down!).


And I decided it’s time to put on my big girl pants and handle it. Because I do want to spring forward and start fresh, especially with my current hum-drum attitude. I love winter, but this one has gotten me down and I’m ready to shake it off!


So the plan for today is to publish a post, get some laundry done (#momlife), get organized, and go for an outside run- alone!- when Dave gets home.

Bring on the spring!

Are you spring cleaning? Fresh starting? Enjoying a nice latte or some chocolate?

Week of Workouts

Running | March 2, 2017 | By

Hey, all! We’re officially into March and with my plan to make this month one of action, here is a recap of my weekly workouts. Only two this week, because I’m battling my insides again this morning.

On Monday, I decided to try something new. I took Riley to South Hills Power Yoga for our first Mommy and Me yoga class! I was a little nervous because I had no idea what to expect and I haven’t taken a yoga class since before she was born.

Overall, the class went well. We placed our mats in a giant circle around a bin of toys and the kids could either participate with us or play with the toys and run around the empty half of the studio. Riley was the youngest of the runners; there were two babies who could only wiggle.


The mama bear within me is apparently strong and I spent more time keeping an eye on her and making sure she was okay or not in anyone’s way than I did focusing on my yoga. I did get a pretty good workout in and had some struggles with certain poses. Going from high to low plank was a big one because my belly just kept getting in the way! We did a lot of chair and warrior poses and I can still feel it in my upper arms and shoulders!

The studio was right next to a Panera, so of course we went next door afterward for a latte. Winking smile

By the time we got home, Riley was passed out in the back seat so I think it’s safe to say all the running around wore her out!


Tuesday morning, despite accidentally sleeping through my alarm, I managed to get up an run 3.25 miles on the treadmill. MUCH better than the two mile walk/jog I thought was going to happen going into it.


I LOVE the feeling of a good run and taking pressure off myself during pregnancy has reignited my love of running. I’m so excited to see what I can do in July when I start postpartum running!