Friday, March 29, 2013


Last year when I was training for the Chicago Women's Half Marathon I always felt disappointed.  I was never as fast as I wanted to be.  I wanted to run a sub 2:15 and I could never quite get my long runs where I needed them.  I always felt like I should have pushed harder or ate different or cross trained more.

This time I have a completely different attitude.  I don't care.  I don't care how long it takes me to run it.  I don't care if my training runs take all night.  I'm finally enjoying it.  I'm enjoying spending time with my friend, Becca, on long runs.  I'm enjoying showing Jenna she can do so much more than she thinks she can.  After all the schedules and appointments we have during the day, I'm enjoying my long alone run after Andy gets home from work.

I can't remember a time where I *REALLY* enjoyed running.  
I've enjoyed the group atmosphere of running races.
I LOVE free t-shirts.
I would proudly wear every medal I have every day.
But I don't think I actually liked it.

And now I get it.
I'm not running to be faster than someone else or go further,
I'm finally running for all the right reasons
and it's awesome.

I asked Kim for some advice about running at night and she wrote an entire post about it!  She is an amazing runner- seriously, the things she is capable of are mind blowing.  I can't wait to meet up with her this summer at the Chicago Women's Half Marathon where she is going to be pacing her friend Anne

I'll be running in the Easter Egg Scramble 5k tomorrow morning, then heading to the zoo.  I'm also getting up bright and early for an 8-miler with Becca on Sunday before hunting for Easter eggs (that are filled with my favorite candy....)

Have a happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Flower Cookie Basket Giveaway

I have linked up with Cookie Gift Baskets and several other bloggers to give away 2 flower cookie gift baskets in celebration of spring! (Up to $65 value!)*

My FAVORITE basket is Daisy Sugar Cookie Bouquet

How cute is that?

If anyone wants to send me a cookie bouquet, I wouldn't be opposed.  :)

Winners can select their prize from this page.
The giveaway ends on April 7th, 2013 and winners will be announced by April 14, 2013.
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*You must be 18 years old and a resident of the continental United States.

A flat tire, a blizzard, and a wedding walk into a bar....

Last Wednesday we packed up our entire house and headed to St. Louis so we could drop the kids off. We were so proud of ourselves, we actually made it out the door 45 minutes early! The trip went wonderfully...until about 20 minutes from my parent's house when we got a flat tire. We waited for 2 hours for roadside assistance- then he couldn't even get the tire off. We called for a tow, they said it would be 4 hours. Sigh.
I called my sister to pick us up. Andy decided he couldn't take it anymore, put 14 psi in the tire and floored it to the nearest shop. The flat tire turned our 4 1/2 hour trip into a 6 1/2 hour trip. Eek.

We stayed the night in St. Louis and headed out to Tulsa early the next morning sans kiddos. We were trying to beat a snowstorm (that LUCKILY did not happen) to be there for bachelor & bachelorette parties. We made it in plenty of time. I even ran 3 miles on the treadmill at the hotel-yep, I'm that kind of a grown up now. We were so excited to celebrate the final days of Molly & Hanks single life.

On Friday Molly & I got to spend some quality time together. First Andy took us to lunch at Which Wich (yum) then dropped us off so we could get manicures while he checked out a CrossFit gym for his 13.3 workout. After, we headed back to the hotel & I got the opportunity to take a nap! We left to go to their rehearsal dinner hosted by Hank's parents at McNellie's which is *probably* Tulsa's best pub (according to the t-shirt I got). The food was fabulous, I had salmon & veggies then split mashed potatoes & gravy with Andy. Despite all the drinking & debauchery, we somehow managed to eat healthy the majority of our time there.

Saturday was the big day! First, I went with Andy to CrossFit 51 for his workout.

If you ever need a Crossfit gym in Tulsa, go there. They were the NICEST people!

 As soon as we got back I headed out with the girls so we could get our hair done. 

After heading back to the hotel to get dressed- in our tall socks and Chucks....

We went back to McNellie's to take pictures.  I can't wait to see how they turn out, it was a really neat pub! Molly & Hank tied the knot at 5:15 at the Stokely Event Center.  The Stokely Event Center is full of arcade games and old signs, it is definitely a one of a kind place!  It was the perfect venue for Molly & Hank's laid back attitudes.  Seriously, I only saw a glimpse of bridezilla once (what? kidding Molly....kidding....)

They were married by our friend Jason. The vows were traditional...until the part "if you turn into a zombie I vow to shoot you in the face." Which is Molly & Hank- so fitting.  The beautiful bride and groom's first dance-

They had a taco bar and bbq.  We have missed Mexican food so much since leaving Texas- we headed straight for the taco bar, then back around for seconds!  It was delicioso.

Unfortunately I don't have many photos from the wedding itself since I didn't bring my giant camera.  I think the photographer they had did a great job, he took tons of pictures at the reception.

We danced the night away and caught up with some old friends. We ended the night with a continued celebration of the new bride & groom at the Hard Rock casino.

The Hard Rock is newly remodeled.  Molly & Hank easily could have hosted the wedding in their suite, seriously it was HUGE.  The shower had to have been 10 feet by 6 feet.  Insane.

We got back to the hotel around 2:30 and I stayed awake most of the night worrying about an impending snowstorm and getting home to our boys! We got up and went to breakfast and said our goodbyes to the newlyweds (I didn't even cry! I was so proud!). We left at 10am & we didn't hit serious snow until about an hour from St. Louis. There was an accident 30 miles from my parents house that closed the highway and left us sitting there for about 2 hours. Finally we made it back! They ended up getting almost 14 inches of snow!!!!

We gathered up all our stuff and headed out on Monday morning. About an hour into the trip the highway was closed due to an accident (WHAT?!?!?) We ended up sitting there for about an hour. At one point a tow truck was driving by on the shoulder, he HIT Andy's truck and kept going.  We had to call highway patrol about a billion times.  Then they said they couldn't do anything because we didn't get the name of the company.  Ahhhhhh.  It happened so fast, Andy was getting out to look and by then the truck was gone.  Traffic was stopped for about a mile, so unless Andy was going to go jogging down the highway we figured we were out of luck.  We went to the highway patrol office and used the restroom.  When we got back on the highway, guess who was behind us?  The tow truck that hit us!  When we FINALLY got ahold of him his response was "I thought I hit you, but I wasn't sure!"  What?!?!?!  He ordered Andy a new tail light which he is picking up today.

We are so happy we got to spend this special time with Molly and Hank...however I have vowed to never leave the Quad Cities again after the drives we experienced!  :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Two Months

Yay! I'm two months old!

Clothing Size: Newborn

Sleeping:  Wakes up at 1:30 & 5:30 (STILL!!!)

Rolling Over (belly to back)
The Staff at the YMCA

Having Gas

We're in Tulsa, America for my bestie Molly's wedding to Hank.
I'll recap when we get back!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


(photo by the amazing Casey)

I've been trying so hard to find balance.  
I always feel like we have so much going on, even though that may not be the case.
There are so many things that I want to blog about but my mind has been feeling too crowded lately!
I'm training for the Chicago Women's Half Marathon in June.  I'm going to run the Quad Cities Distance Classic Half Marathon as a "practice."  And in 193 days, I *may* run the Quad Cities Marathon.
Needless to say, that's a lot of running, strength training, cross training, etc. which takes up a lot of time.
We have playgroup, tumbling, play dates, doctor's appointments, birthday parties, and book clubs.
I want to learn how to use my camera.
Laithe starts soccer in 3 weeks.
My husband has work, studying for an upcoming board, school, CVMA, and Crossfit; including the Crossfit open.  In addition, he finds out today if he got in on the lottery for the Chicago Marathon.  

I don't know how people do it.  Maybe over the years you just get used to being exhausted all the time? 
I always have my day planned, but now I'm going to have to start scheduling to the hour.
Also, to anyone who wants to say something about me not working...I did work when we had Laithe and my husband was in Afghanistan. You ever had it that hard? Then you can shut up.

Here are two pictures from my Stitch Fix (that I said I would post last la la)
(See previous post here)
Sweater $98
Definitely LOVE this sweater.  Chevron?  Not over it yet.

Dress $48
Fit perfectly.  Long enough, stretchy in all the right places.
How handsome is my husband?
This was a much needed date night and a celebration for Andy's 30th birthday!

I ordered another box and specially requested an outfit to wear for my friend Molly's bachelorette party next week!  Can't wait to see what they send me!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Stitch Fix

I first heard about Stitch Fix from Haley at The Saucy Apple.

It's an amazing service where a stylist hand picks clothing especially for you.
Say WHAT???!!!!

The way it works:
Sign up at Stitch Fix
Fill out a "style profile"
A stylist selects items for you based on your height, weight, style choices, etc.
They mail you the stylists selections
You get to try on all the items with items you already own.
Decide what you want to keep.
Send back anything you don't want in a pre-paid USPS envelope within 3 days.
Check out online and provide feedback for all your items.

How cool is that????

I was already a huge fan of birchbox for makeup and I love getting things in the mail, so I immediately signed up!  I had to wait about a week after filling out my style profile for an invitation to schedule my first box.  I would consider myself somewhat "style impaired" so I was REALLY excited when I received my box and saw that they include CARDS that show you HOW to dress yourself!

My personal stylist- Jen (I can and WILL say that because I'm a jerk) looked at my blog, Pinterest boards, and style profile for inspiration.  Then she wrote me an adorable note and told me my baby was gorgeous.  I love her. Every single piece was fabulous.

I'll show you the pieces they sent me over the next week or so.
Todays choice was two of my favorite items from the box!
The Gretel Gauzy Knit Top and Space Dye Infinity Scarf.
Prepare for selfie pictures in bad lighting (sorry...I don't really try very hard.)
I'll call this photo "staring into the abyss" 

How great is that shirt? (And how crappy is that lighting?) I couldn't believe how great everything fit since I am still in limbo with my post baby body.

Seriously, check in to it.  If you don't like it, send it back!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Mama's Got It Together: New Mama Planner Review

Having a new baby is stressful and in my case, unorganized.
It's really hard to get in a routine when you are exhausted.
I really felt out of my element when we came home from the hospital.
Luckily I had the New Mama Planner from Mama's Got It Together
to help me out!

This planner includes 11 printable documents!
After Kai was born it was imperative that we keep track of his feedings and how many diapers we had to change since he had consistently been losing weight.
The printables made it so easy!

Here are some of the printables that you get in the instant downloading New Mama Planner!

Although we haven't gotten a chance to use the Caregiver Notes yet, hopefully we will soon!  :)

and be sure to pop over to Sarah's blog also!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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