A Very Fun FRIDAY Fact!!

Ok friends….

Happy Happy Friday!!

It’s time for me to come clean…

We’ve got some big news in our family!

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Baby #2 is coming around Valentine’s Day!  I’m 16 weeks today and FINALLY starting to feel more like ME!  More on that SOON!


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#myadventure with Icebreaker Merino Gear

Disclaimer: I was provided fitness gear by Icebreaker Merino Wool.  All opinions are my own!

When you hear the word MERINO WOOL what comes to mind is the cold snowy winter.  I know for me I immediately thought about my favorite warm cozy socks that I like to wear around the house when it’s super cold out!

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Super cute… right?!?!  Let me tell you to, it’s comfy and perfect in even the warmest conditions! Let me tell you all about an awesome line of clothing from Icebreaker Merino.

So what is Merino Wool?

The merino is one of the world’s most ancient breeds of sheep. And one of the toughest.

Very different to a regular sheep who chews grass in the lowlands, our merino live in the extremes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Regular sheep would freeze to death up there.

But the merino’s fleece is built for extremes – breathable in summer, insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight.

I know that when you think of wool you often think of clothes that are itchy or uncomfortable.  I was blown away with how comfy my top and capri’s were!

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I’ve been wearing my Sprint Tank and Rush 3/4 tights for the last month testing them out in various environments and fitness!

IMG 1214 #myadventure with Icebreaker Merino GearFirst I tried it out at The Dailey Method.  I generally don’t sweat much while I am them and my Icebreaker gear passed the test with flying colors.  Post Dailey Method I ran some errands during the hot summer morning and even then with high humidity and temps I was still cool!

I also tried out my Icebreaker on a morning run and once again it held up to the test!  Finally, yesterday I took a interval and strength class and bam in a stuffy gym it was still great!

Icebreaker gear truly passed the test for all of #myadventures

From summer gear to winter great Icebreaker Merino has it all!!

Have you ever tired working out in Merino Wool?



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We did it… Day 1 of Kindergarten is in the Books!

There was no doubt in my mind yesterday that Sara was going to do great… it was me that was the true question!IMG 1190 We did it... Day 1 of Kindergarten is in the Books!


On Monday we had “orientation.”  It entailed a school kick off and a 30 minute small group classroom scavenger hunt.  During the all school assembly on Monday I got all weepy when the kids all stood up to sing the Star Spangled Banner.  I’m not sure what came over me.  I’ve never become emotional during that song, but perhaps it was seeing 200 plus kids all doing it together in a room that would be Sara’s home away from home for the next 6 years!

Sara looked over at me and laughed when she saw my tears… then yesterday when we were walking to school she asked me if I could NOT cry in front of everyone!  Not sure if she is 5 or 13!

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We are so lucky that we live walking distance from school!  Sara and I had a special little girls breakfast out just the two of us yesterday and before walking over for the big day!  As you can see she was “slightly” excited! 
IMG 1203 We did it... Day 1 of Kindergarten is in the Books!At her school the kindergarteners start 5 minutes later and end 15 minutes earlier at the end of the day to avoid the craziness of dismissal.  All the kids were playing on the playground in the morning until the bell rang.  A few minutes later all the little kindergarteners  approached the door with moms and dads not far from their sides to line up for day 1.

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While there were plenty of kids crying and fearful of the big goodbye my kid was just excited to be standing by her teacher and seeing some old friends from camp.  I was the one that had to run over and give her just a final few hugs and kisses before eventually they all walked inside together.

I couldn’t stand around with the other moms and make conversation.  In fact, by this point most of us had on our sunglasses to hide the tears.  I just swallowed hard and walked home… alone.  I texted the Hubs to tell him that indeed the morning was a success and that our little lady was off to kindergarten.  Once I got home I got in my car and drove to walk.

I kept my phone nearby in the event that I got a call from school about Sara, but it never happened.  Instead I watched the clock and wondered all day what she was doing until at last I left my office and hurried home so that I could walk over and be there as soon as she got out of school!

Most of the same moms were gathered back in the afternoon and we all chatted about our hopes for a successful day!

When the doors opened and all the little ones came out there faces were filled with pure joy and excitement!

Sara spent the walk home chatting about her day and the stories she heard and the games they played!

I’d say day 1 was truly a success for BOTH of us!



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A weekend of summer fun and the start of an emotional week!

Happy Monday!  I’m linking up with Katie over at Healthy Diva Eats for another recap of our marvelous, wonderful and simply amazing weekend!!

Even though Labor Day is next weekend and summer really doesn’t until under September 20th, this was really like our final “summer” weekend.  We did so much and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and now we begin a week of true “firsts” and milestones and probably a whole lot of tears from this mama!

We celebrated the Hubs birthday all weekend long… why not!?!  When it’s your birthday you should be able to eat cake and ice-cream not just once but…..

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Saturday night the Hubs and I are enjoyed a night out seeing Train and the Wallflowers in concert!  They were amazing!  Such a great night out to celebrate the big birthday!IMG 1177 A weekend of summer fun and the start of an emotional week!


Side note…. I didn’t wear that hat out Saturday night.  It was put on me for the picture.. but I have been thinking about maybe sporting the cowboy hat look in the future.  What do you think!??!!

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We had great seats and sang out hearts out for both bands!  It was at an outdoor concert venue and despite some crazy Saturday afternoon storms it turned out to be a beautiful night!

Sunday, we headed out early for a day of boating, swimming, playing, and relaxing in Wisconsin.  It was truly the most spectacular way to cap off the final weekend before both the Hubs and Sara start school!

IMG 1186 0 1024x1024 A weekend of summer fun and the start of an emotional week!This morning we have kindergarten orientation and the back to school kickoff.  It’s brief and then tomorrow is the full day!  We get to attend with Sara so I don’t think it’s hitting me to hard yet on what’s really happening.

Sara is so excited and I know she will do great but I’m certain to be a nervous wreck all day Tuesday!  Any moms out there do the kindergarten transition?  How did it go for YOU?  We are lucky that we live walking distance from the school so I am hoping to walk Sara as much as possible this week.

Of course it would make sense that after a somewhat cool summer, that we would be starting the school year in a heat wave.  Luckily, the schools have air conditioning and I don’t have to worry about Sara melting when the heat index reaches above 100 this week!

So… after talking about kindergarden for months it’s about here!!  Ready or not…. here we go!



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How much do you sleep? REM-Fit: Mind Body and Sleep Review

TGIF friends and today is the first Friday in over 2 1/2 months that I can say that and REALLY MEAN it!  It was a wonderful week but I am ready for the weekend!!

Today I’m chatting about sleep!!  Sleep is something that is crucial to me.  I am not one of those late night folks and you’ll never find me giving up sleep to get things done.

In college I wasn’t the “all-nighter” kind of student either.  If I don’t get enough sleep I simply fall apart.  I can’t stay up till midnight and then pop out of bed at 6 ready to start the day.  Can you?  I find I best function on 7-8 hours of sleep.  7 1/2 is really my ideal!

Of course this summer we all got used to sleeping a little more!  That’s what summer break  is all about right?  However, now that I am back into a routine… well kind of you can find me getting in to bed around the 9pm hour.  Yup!  That’s right, I get into bed around 9pm.  No shame!  I love it!  I don’t watch late night TV and I don’t even catch the 10pm news.  I DVR most of my favorite shows during the year and watch them the next evening at an earlier time.

The folks at REM-Fit sent me some of their Protect-A-Bed products to try out this summer!

I was sent:

REM-Fit Rest Adjustable Pillow
REM-Fit Energize Smooth Mattress Protector
REM-Fit Energize Smooth Pillow Protector

All of the REM-Fit products are designed to help active people by providing better sleep as a result, as well as helping your fitness and overall health.

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1. The REM-Fit Total Sleep Recovery System is designed to help those who embrace an active, healthy lifestyle by providing a rejuvenating sleep environment. REM-Fit is a lifestyle, which stands for Rest, Energize and Motivate 
2. Exercise and Rest are necessary for mental and physical balance, and are key components of a healthy lifestyle.
3. Sleep is essential to help Energize the body for the physical requirements of today’s active lifestyle.
4. A restful night’s sleep helps the body recover and Motivates athletes to push their physical limits the next day.
5. The REM-Fit pillow and bedding and pillow protection products include features like Tencel®, which aids in thermo-regulation, wicks away moisture, is hypoallergenic, has antibacterial properties and provides a soft, silky-smooth sleep zone for those with sensitive skin. Another feature is Miracle Membrane®, which maintains mattress hygiene for more restful sleep.

My favorite product was the adjustable pillow!

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I loved that you could adjust the filling to your liking.  The pillow protectors made me feel confident that I was getting a clean pillow that would last for years.  I made the switch a couple of months ago and haven’t switched back!  It suites any kind of sleeper!

I was also a big fan of the Mattress protector as well!  You can’t beat all the great features plus it’s easy to clean and to put on your bed.  Not to mention it’s effective in preventing dust mites and bacteria from breeding inside the mattress, which are a significant cause of asthma, rhinitis and eczema.

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To all my Chicago friends, REM-Fit is going to be out at the REM-Fit Urban Hoedown 5k on August 27. Beginning at 7 p.m., the race will begin and end at Soldier Field wrapping around the city’s Lakefront.  If you are running the race be sure to stop by the REM-Fit tent and check out their products!

Have a wonderful weekend!!  Are you racing, playing or just enjoying more summer.  We are going back into the upper 90′s here.  (NOT my favorite kind of weather) The hubs birthday is tomorrow night so we will be celebrating ALL weekend!!!

Happy Friday!

Disclaimer:  I was provided these products by REM-Fit.  All opinions are my own 


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