running updates: 29 weeks

Wait, it’s already the third trimester?! When did that happen?

This pregnancy has flown by. I wish I could say the same thing about the winter. Unfortunately the winter has taken a toll on my running. Between snow, ice, and below freezing temperatures (+ double digit wind mph) it’s been tough for Mr President and me to hit the trails.

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Thanks to my BOB weather shield, I’m comfortable running with LJ when temperatures are 30 degrees or higher (and even then, he’s completely bundled up). I try to make our runs fun with signing & talking, plus we run on the trail where there’s lots to see (metro, bikes, runners, dogs). It’s about as good as it gets for winter running.

Workouts at 29 weeks
: 3 mile run with stroller +BJ, plus it was 45 degrees!
Monday: basement workout, including TRX, weights, and plyometrics
Tuesday: 2 x 1.5 miles, ran to/from library for story hour (with stroller)
Wednesday: 3 miles (with stroller)
Thursday: off
Friday: basement workout, TRX

This is my best + most productive week in awhile! The last couple of weeks have been plagued by the stomach bug, below freezing temperatures, and a husband that was gone for 10 days. Thanks to something new called sleep and slightly warmer temperatures (read: just barely above freezing), I feel good!

Do you run outside In the winter? What are some of your favorite home workouts?


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40 days of happy


I like to think I'm a {happy} person. Sure, there are times when I'm not, or afraid, or stressed, or unsure, or angry. But I like to think that's just the devil trying to get the best of me (and sometimes he wins). I've never been one to "give up something" for Lent. I understand why people do it, and I applaud those who forgo wine or chocolate for 40 days (although the last 2 out of 3 years I've given up wine for lent too - haha). This year, instead of giving something up, I decided to give … [Read More...]

one pot pasta

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Last week BJ was craving vegetables and I was craving easy (an easy dinner, that is).  So I scoured my cookbooks & Pinterest and settled on one-pot pasta. I mean, what's easier than cooking everything in one pot. Yes, even the pasta cooks with the veggies. Ingredients 1 pound spaghetti 1 pound baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 zucchini, thinly sliced and quartered 2/3 cup peas 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 sprigs thyme sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, … [Read More...]

valentine’s day gift guide: a few of my favorite things


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big announcement…

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Coming May 2015! Yea, yea, I know I'm 27 weeks into pregnancy #2. And I know that some of you already know. But there are a lot that don't know, or think you missed a big announcement. Well, you didn't. I've just been busy, or lazy, or sick. By the time I realized I wanted to announce it, I had to find the perfect shirt for Mr. President. When I found the perfect shirt, and eventually purchased it, it took another 3 weeks to ship. Oye. So, here I am. 27 weeks pregnant and announcing my … [Read More...]

salsa verde chicken

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I registered for & received a crockpot for my wedding. 4.5 years ago. And I haven't used it since. That all changed 3 weeks ago when I decided I wanted to cook more and had a little extra time on my hands. Cooking with a crockpot is fun! You just throw everything in and come back 8 hours later. viola. Dinner. I was craving fajitas or some variation of the dish, so I decided to try {salsa verde chicken}. For starters, this recipe is so easy (hello, 3 ingredients + seasoning), but what I … [Read More...]

cranberry banana breakfast cookies (+ Skoop protein)

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One of my New Year goals was to spend more time in the kitchen - more time experimenting, trying new recipes, and coming up with delicious (and usually healthy) items for my family. BJ loves breakfast but is usually out the door before I have time to make something "elaborate", so I decided to make breakfast cookies that he can grab on-the-go. My cranberry banana breakfast cookies are gluten + dairy free, but totally delicious + healthy. These were a huge hit with BJ and Mr. President kept … [Read More...]

a day in the life…

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For today, I decided to link up with some fabulous bloggers to share "A Day in the Life...". I love to know how everyone does it - full-time working mom, part-time working mom, stay-at-home (but always busy) mom. What happens each day? And how does everyone do it all?! For the time being, I'm mostly a stay at home mom - but work about 10 hours/week consulting for small, local companies. I don't have help/nanny so I try to squeeze everything in while Mr. President is sleeping. BJ travels for … [Read More...]

{review} capital teas: tea for the tub

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I love taking baths. It’s the one place, one time, I get some alone time. And even though baths are much shorter these days and a little less relaxing, I still really enjoy them. Capital Teas recently launched Tea for the Tub – and I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try. I love tea. I love the tub. Tea for the Tub just makes sense. Capital Tea has two tub teas to choose from:  Soothe: Soothe your skin and senses with this blend of green tea, mint and citrus. Purify: Arouse your … [Read More...]

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{review} Alive Juices (raw-pressed juice)


I love juicing (!!) - but there's so much involved (preping all of the fruits + veggies, time - something I don't have a lot of, and clean-up - I seriously have to soak + scrub the machine 5 times before it's clean) that I rarely do it. I wish I had the time but with a very busy boy, I just don't. And because I don't juice myself but spend money on raw-pressed juices that someone else juices for me, I consider myself a bit of a raw-pressed juice connoisseur. I had the opportunity to try … [Read More...]