A Pink and Gold Baby Shower

December 5, 2016

Over the weekend, my amazing friend Mary and I had the privilege of showering our best friend in preparation for the arrival of her baby girl! Baby Amelia is due late January, so we planned her shower to fall right before the holidays. We did a pink and gold tea party theme, and everything turned out absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to meet this little one and see our kiddos grow up together!

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Thanksgiving 2016

November 28, 2016

The holidays are always the highlight of my year. Now that we have 2 amazing little boys, this season is even more fun!

As always, I woke up on Thanksgiving to go run the local turkey trot. I opted for the 10k, as I prefer the distance over the 5k – I don’t excel in 5k speed, so for me, the longer the better! My friend Steph and I carpooled over together and it was so nice to have a friend to pal around with before the race started.

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The long and short of the race was it was hot – I was dying mid race for going out too fast, but I finished well and really can’t complain. It was my slowest 10k in quite some time, but oh well! Doing no speed work will do that to ya! We each grabbed our top finisher mug, a cup of coffee, and then scurried back home to see the boys!

They were all happily watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade when I got there, along with simultaneously cooking breakfast. After eating bacon and eggs, the rest of the day was a bit of a blur. We hosted a decent sized group – our whole immediate family and a good friend, so there was a lot going on! Everyone brought a dish, so we were just responsible for the mac n cheese, butternut squash, and the mashed potatoes.

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There was tons of cooking, relaxing, and laughs to be shared by all.

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It was an awesome Thanksgiving! Come Black Friday, we didn’t step foot into a single store. We #optedoutside instead and spent some special time with the animals at the zoo! It was a gorgeous day and we had so much fun together.

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The rest of our weekend was full of playing at the park, finishing up our leftovers, and running with these two cutie pies.

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Davis went on his very first stroller run without his carrier since he’s big enough now. It was pretty nice to have a little less weight to push!

We rounded out the weekend fun with a little Christmas decorating. We put up our outside lights, picked out a tree, and played Christmas music. It was definitely my kind of heaven 😉

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Seeing Grant light up was absolutely amazing! This obviously isn’t his first Christmas season, but it is definitely the first one he really understands what is going on.  I have a feeling the holidays will just be getting more and more fun each year!

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Tips For Running with a Double Stroller

November 21, 2016

Exercise is a part of my life I’m really not willing to compromise on when it comes to having a family. There are so many things I no longer get to do – sleep in on weekends, go to movies on a whim, and the list goes on. Running is my time to make myself feel normal and get some stress out, even if it only for 30-45 minutes at a time. Sometimes, running solo just isn’t feasible, so I am so so thankful I have a Bob Duallie running stroller. It was gifted to me last Christmas by my family, as everyone knew it would be the perfect gift for our growing family. I’ve been running with the single stroller for 2.5 years now, and feel like I really have it down pat. The double seems to be a whole new game, and since Davis is bigger now, I am getting comfortable running with him too! Here are a few tips on surviving (and enjoying) a run with 2 kids in the stroller.

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Concentrate on Your Form

My first couple of long runs with a stroller, my low back absolutely killed me! I was obviously using the wrong muscles to push, and mile after mile was just making me ache more and more. Stay as upright as possible, and try not to you use your low back too much. A very slight tip at the hip hurts a lot once you finish up. You will use your core pushing a double (or single!) stroller more than you ever realized so concentrate on a night tall back and tight abdomen.

Don’t Pack Too Much

I think this goes for any stroller run – the more you pack the heavier the stroller weighs, and the tougher it is to push. Plan and simple.

Pick Fun Places to Stop

Especially when it comes to long runs, scheduling your run around places for the kids to stop and play is pretty necessary. I love it when Grant comes and asks me to go for a run. He’s actually been coming in our room in the morning, bright and early, asking to go running. I’m not a huge fan of the bright and early, but the running part is pretty cute! He really looks forward to going because we tend to stop and look at animals in the water, do pull ups at a little outside workout space, and search for trucks, busses, and fire engines. If he’s really lucky, like he was yesterday, we will even stop at the park for a little fun. I know Davis could care the least now, but getting him out of his car seat is a big perk in his eyes. It tends to give him the break he needs from being in the stroller to make it the last couple of miles home.

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Switch Arms Often

You will create a pretty solid imbalance if you use just one arm (the same arm) to push your double stroller. When I get tired, I tend to use both arms to give me the extra push I really need, but for the most part, I tend to switch arms every handful of minutes or so. I am able to strengthen both sides of my body, and I don’t get that fatigue either.

Build Up Your Distance

As with just about anything to do with running, start small and slowly increase – this refers to distance and speed! It takes quite some time to get used to running with a stroller. Heck, its tough to get used to running with a water bottle! Cut yourself some slack and just keep at it. Before long, you will see your splits getting lower and your mileage getting higher.

 

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Realize How Wide The Stroller Really Is

Remember, you are sharing the sidewalk with everyone, and a side by side double stroller is not exactly the most easily navigable item. Hug your right side as much as possible when passing so you give everyone ample space. I find most people are pretty pleasant and give you the space you need since you are pushing two little humans, but you always find those people you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Being a parent is all about adapting to the new norm. I’m pretty happy there are amazing strollers out there so I can keep doing what I love and bring my kids along for the ride!

***This is not a sponsored post, nor did I receive any sort of payment. I really just love this stroller!***

Election Food For Thought

November 9, 2016

I shared this on my Facebook earlier today, but felt the need to share it here too. The day after election day is always a tough one for one side or the other. There is always a group whose candidate doesn’t win. All we can do is look to the future and hope our system will support success for the new President elect, and of course, be hopeful change will come in another 4 years 😉

I am one of the many that is disappointed today on the outcome of the election. I am not one to be political at all, however I do feel obligated to share a really great article I found to help me wrap my head around things. Last night as I was watching the results trickle in, I felt so many emotions – rage, anger, and of course, disbelief.

As I woke up this morning and took to social media, the amount of hate running through my feed was deplorable. Don’t get me wrong, I am not happy about the outcome, but to divide our country when we need to be unified most is tough, to say the least.

If you are like me and looking for a little bit of hope, check out this article from the Huffington Post, What Do We Tell The Children. I feel like it brings up some good rationale and little bit of solace for us all, no matter your age.

Fall Happenings

November 7, 2016

It’s been a bit quiet around the blog lately – we’ve been super busy and I just haven’t been making a great effort to get new posts up. Hopefully that will change super soon! Here’s a quick update on the past few weeks!

Vacation in Kentucky

If you saw my Urban Bourbon half marathon post, you know we spent some time up in Kentucky for a nice long weekend. We stayed out on my uncles farm and had so much fun. It was such a treat to see family, relax a bit, and enjoy some fall weather.

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My sister drove over from Cleveland as well, so it was an extra special treat for the kids to see their aunt and have so much fun on the farm!

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The weather couldn’t have been better. Just a few days before it was in the 80’s! luckily for our trip, the lows dipped into the 40’s and 50’s, which was amazing. Not having seasons can be a bummer sometimes in Florida, so travelling to get a dose of the colors changing is wonderful.

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Halloween

We dressed up as a family on Halloween and everyone’s costumes turned out so well. Grant has a huge obsession with Bob the Builder and all things construction, so we took it a step further – introducing Baum the Builders!

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We made Grant his very own digger costume and Davis was the cutest little construction cone I’ve ever seen! Grant loved dressing up but wasn’t a huge fan of trick or treating this year. He really didn’t get why he was supposed to go knock on strangers’ doors. I guess I really can’t blame him.

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NYC Marathon

I’m pretty sure the New York Marathon is the most amazing race around, and tracking friends running it is no different! I spent most of my late morning and early afternoon on Sunday cheering on my friends from afar, as well as watching Molly Huddle make a ridiculous marathon debut. 3rd place in one of the biggest (and toughest) marathons around – it was seriously something to watch in awe. Both the online tracking and the app itself were amazing. I wish every runner tracking was as reliable as the one for NYC.

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Daylight Savings Time

Falling back used to be the absolute best. We got an extra hour of sleep and were able to really relax. Now, 2.5 years later, daylight savings is kinda the worst. The kids were awake between 4:30-5am – yikes! Needless to say, yesterday was most definitely a long day filled with earlier than usual naps and lots and lots and coffee! The nice and bright mornings are welcomed, but I think I will be complaining when it is getting dark on the way home tonight. It was pretty amazing to be able to take Grant with me on Sunday morning for my long run though! We jsut chatted the whole time and had way too much fun! I just love bringing the kids along when I exercise. Setting a good example in regard to health is such a priority of mine, and I’m thrilled Grant likes to “go fast mommy!” as much as I do!

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News Channel 8 Fitness Spot

I’m working a little bit with a local news station here in town to partner for some fitness spots. It’s all housed on their website and Facebook page, which is super exciting! Take a peak at the video and keep your eye out for a very special 5 month old guest!

I think that about sums it up! Hope you are having a great Monday and I hope to be back around this week to share what I’ve got going on for the rest of the running year :)