And just like that, we are closing the books on Summer 2016

Well my friends… I said it last Monday morning when I started at my new job… but the party is truly over.  Lots of mixed emotions going on over here.

Without a doubt this was truly one of the best summers ever.  The kids were awesome.  The day dates with he Hubs were the amazing and just the fact that for over two months we got to press pause on the craziness of our lives and just live life to the fullest.

Yes it would be fun to be on summer vacation forever but all good things come to an end.

I didn’t blog much… because life got busy!  I’m sure life is going to get busier and crazier so we will see what happens my blog this year.  Just going take things one day at a time.

Today, Sara will start 2nd grade.  The Hubs will embark on another year of teaching and students will come back to school for their first day in the two schools that I am now working in.

Gone are the lazy summer mornings, the sunrise coffee breaks while the kids (or at least one kid sleeps in…)

Gone are the 4pm neighborhood happy hours… we’ll at least until Friday….

But the best part of all of this is that it will be back again… next year.

So what did I do on the final weekend before real life started up again…

Well, I got up Saturday morning and nailed my 18 mile run.   14 dry miles and 4 miles int he POURING rain.  Totally soaked when all when said and done but I got it done.

Hard to believe it’s week 12 of marathon training!  Just a few more long runs and before we know it race day will be here!  Getting soo pumped and excited!

Post run and hot shower,  I ran around to all of the different grocery stores with the family… Whole Foods, Costco (total crazy zoo!!) and Trader Joes.  Good times…Cause really nothing says FUN like running to the grocery stores with your entire family the weekend before school starts.  Ummm…. slightly brutal!

Oh and I also got my amazing shipment of wonderful clothes from Tasc Performance.  Being an ambassador for Tasc is amazing!!  Best mail day ever!

Sunday I was up Waaaaay too early because I couldn’t sleep so naturally I started food prepping before 5am.  I enjoyed the quiet moments I had in my kitchen even if it was still dark out.


I’ve been on tomato, chickpea and quinoa kick for lunches since I’ve had so many tomatoes coming out of my garden.  This week I used the last of them!

Early morning food prepping meant plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful and not super hot Sunday with these three!

Cheers to another school year, new beginning and an awesome and amazing summer.. and a big Happy Birthday to the Hubs who will celebrate tomorrow!

How was your weekend?

Posted in Food, Running, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Ultimate Coffee Date: August… Saying Goodbye to Summer

Happy Saturday Friends

It’s the first Saturday of month which means it’s time for the Ultimate Coffee Date.


Thanks to Coco @ Got 2 Run 4 MeLynda @ Fitness Mom Wine Country, & Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother for hosting the party.

Let’s catch up since I haven’t blogged a whole lot this summer due to never-ending fun!


If we were having coffee I would tell you that here we are in August.  The summer days are far and few.  Back to school and work meetings start next week for both the Hubs and I.  I officially begin a new chapter at a new job on August, 15th.  I’m excited and nervous!  Excited for the new opportunities and nervous for the being full time for the first time in over seven years!  I think my biggest fear is getting dinner on the table for my family each night.  I’m going to have to step up my Sunday grocery shopping and food prep big time!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that week 9 of marathon training is just about in the books which means we are at the 1/2 way point!!  Just over 2 months until I hit the start line of the Chicago Marathon for the 3rd time and 10 years after my first marathon in 2006!!  My training has been going great even with the super hot summer we have had!  I feel proud and thrilled to be representing the American Cancer Society as a member of their Team DetermiNation.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I had the most AMAZING time in Park City, Utah.  Probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.


And the running sunrises….


And all the beauty…


Best girls trip ever and I highly recommend checking out Park City if you are ever looking for a fun, active and beautiful vacation with AMAZING foods!

I’ll spare you all the food pics but there was lots of good eats on this trip!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this little guy isn’t so little anymore…


B turned 18 months on July 28th and continues to blow our mind!

While he and his sister clearly look like siblings they are SO different.  This little man loves to climb, run get dirty and get into plenty of trouble.  When he falls down he  says, “Uh Oh” and gets back up and resumes his trouble!  He loves spotting airplanes in the sky and taking long walks to say hi to anyone he sees!  He’s so social, engaging, friendly and has the greatest sense of humor!


And he loves his sister more then anyone else!!


If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am beyond proud of the growth that this little lady has made this summer!!  We have had the best summer ever.


No doubt that 7 presents its challenges and as you all know parenting is not all rainbows and ice-cream sundaes but this summer has totally been about making amazing memories and doing all sorts of fun things!!

So while we are getting ready to close the books on summer 2016 I am not too sad since I know that summer of 2017 and those that comes after will probably be just as good if not better!

Speaking of Ice Cream Sundaes… If we were having coffee I would probably tell you that running between 30-40 miles a week means that I am enjoying my fair share of ice-cream.  It’s my summer treat and I made a promise this summer never to say NO to really good ice cream.  In fact I pretty had the best ice cream ever from this amazing little shop in Utah.  I actually told the owner when I leaving that I was sad to be leaving since it was the best ice cream I had ever had!!…  Seriously NO EXAGGERATION!!  and now as I write this I have thoughts of creamy salted caramel.

So that’s it friends.. as you read this I am probably out running my 13 miles (yeah for a cutback week) or enjoying some time with the family and thinking about having ice cream at some point today!

Tell me what’s been going on with you?!




Posted in Food, Uncategorized | Tagged | 18 Comments

#FueledByProBar: ProBar Bolt Review and Giveaway

Hello Friends

August is upon is which means the summer days are drifting away and we are beginning to transition into a new school year which for me means a new job, more things on the to do list and less time to just enjoy!  Summer has been so amazing so I’m OK with the changes that lie ahead!  I promise to catch all of you up on life at the end of the week for our monthly coffee date.  In the meantime, let’s talk about running and marathon training!

Hard to believe that this is week 9 of 18 of my training for my 3rd Chicago Marathon.  Training has been hard, wonderful and time consuming.  Due to the hot summer we are having it has cut into my sleep but I wouldn’t change it for the world.  I’ve seen amazing sunrises and have treasured my quiet alone time.

To date my morning runs are all fasted runs for me.  This means I wake up, throw on my clothes, shoes drink some water and head out the door.

My weekend runs are a whole different story!

Originally I had planned to train with CARA (Chicago Areas Runner Association) just as I did for my previous two marathons but the Saturday long run group that I would train with starts at 7am.  To me that’s just too late.  Not just because of the weather but because of the day.  I’ve been starting my long runs just before 6am and then I have plenty of time to enjoy my day with the family!

I’m still working on working on the pre-run breakfast but for the most part it’s consisting of banana and almond butter or steel cut and buckwheat groats with almond butter.

ProBar Bolt has been my go to fuel for long runs!  I’ve never been able to stomach the consistency of the GU and the gels but the Bolt chews are AMAZING!!  I prefer the ones with a bit of caffeine as I like a little extra pep in my step when running!


ProBar BOLT® is packed to power you from morning workouts to race days, these organic energy chews help you step up your game right when you need it. With electrolytes, B vitamins and complex carbs for sustained energy, they provide fast fuel-ups that last through the home stretch.


  • Organic Superfruit
  • Yerba Mate Caffeine in 2 Flavors
  • Electrolytes with B Vitamins
  • Excellent During-Activity Fuel


ProBar Bolt comes in four great flavors:

Berry Blast (Caffeine)


Raspberry (Caffeine) 


They are so easy to eat while on the run and definitely keep me feeling good as these miles pile up!!    I’m a fan of all things “gummy like”  so these are seriously awesome.  I eat between 4-5 after an hour of running and then another 4 45 minutes or so after my last “dose.” Come race day in October, ProBar Bolt will be fueling me 26.2 miles through Chicago.


For all of you runners our there or athletes looking for fuel now’s your chance to win some!  Thanks to the wonderful folks at ProBar one winner is going to win a case of ProBar Bolt!!

Just enter below for your chance to win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: I was provided these products by ProBar.  All opinions are my own. 

Posted in Running, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 37 Comments

Catching Up on Life: New Ride, Summer Loving, Eats, Treats and More!

Hello Friends!

It’s been nearly 4 weeks since my last post and like I said last time, blogging in the summer is hard.  Who really wants to sit behind a computer when you can get out and enjoy all that summer has to offer.

This summer has truly been the best one yet!  I’m not pregnant and not nursing a infant.  We’ve got Sara in camp and B in daycare a few days a week.  The Hubs and I are able to truly slow down and we are all having a ton of fun.


When I posted this picture on Instagram and Facebook a couple of weeks ago and proclaimed the summer blogging break I got lots of responses.  I’d say it’s pretty common for bloggers to take long breaks in the summer.  Especially those of us who have to get through brutal and often VERY long winters.


So let’s catch up because it’s 5:30 in the morning on a rest day for me while I work on this post and everyone in my house is sleeping!

First off, if you don’t follow me on Instagram, you really should because even though I am not posting much here these days, you can find all of my of updates there!

So let’s see, the Hubs and I went to Nashville at the end of June for a few nights away from kids.



We hiked, walked, played, relaxed and ate and drank our way through the fantastic city!!

Did someone say Tacos? Loved this gem in Nashville!!!

Did someone say Tacos? Loved this gem in Nashville!!!

Drink of summer?!?! #allthemules

Drink of summer?!?! #allthemules

It was amazing.  Although looking back it seems like AGES ago.

Such a gift to be able to get away for a few days sans kids!  Truly a vacation!!!

I can’t remember the last time we had a summer this hot.  I’m not complaining though.  Aside from having to get up very early to get my runs in I am loving it!!


It’s week 7 of marathon training and I am really starting to feel like my body is going to capable of running 26.2 miles this October.  I’ve added speed training to my weekly routines and my longest run at this point is 14 miles.  I’ve been experiencing the greatest runners high and I love it!  Just yesterday we got our race Corral assignments.

I booked a hotel for the Hubs, Sara and I the night before the race downtown and our pre race dinner reservations are made!  Can’t believe this is happening in just over 2 1/2 months!!

You know what else I love….?!



Lots of miles and hot temps ALWAYS calls for extra ice cream!… RIGHT! ??  Ice cream makes me happy and you know what… it makes everyone who enjoys happy.  Who doesn’t love ice cream!!?!!?

And one more recent love of mine…..


That’s right… I became a mini van mama this week!! and I love love love it!


It’s been something that the Hubs and I have been talking about for over six months and we recently started looking again because we both had the time in my schedule.

I love the ride, the sliding doors and ALL THE ROOM!!

In other news, my friend and I leave this weekend for four nights in Park City, Utah!  The final trip of the summer!  I can’t wait!!

This summer has truly been the best one ever!!  Love it all… every single minute!!

How are you loving and enjoying summer??

Be back next week after my Utah adventures!!

Posted in Food, Running, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Blogging in the summer is HARD…!! + Royal Hawaiian Foods Review

Hello Friends!

It’s been awhile.  Like the title of this post states… blogging in the summer is really hard.

You’d think that since the Hubs and I are both off of work and the kids are in camp/daycare that there would be hours to do it but our days have been filled with activities and well the weekends are even crazier.  I’m not complaining for one second though.  It’s simply MARVELOUS.


We are having an incredibly warm and HOT summer so far.  Last year June was COLD and so was July!  I remember because B was in his cranial helmet and we spent a lot of time out at parks because it wasn’t hot.

This summer we are living at the pool, playing in sprinklers and enjoy hot summer nights and lots of cold drinks.


And cold treats!


I made one of Sara’s favorites this week.  Chocolate Covered Katie’s Deep Dish Skillet Cookie  and had to top is with some SO Delicious Cashew Milk Ice Cream!  One of the best healthy desserts out there!


And other yum….

We’ve been loving the amazing Fruit and Macadamia Crunches  from Royal Hawaiian too!  They are great snacks to bring to the pool and awesome when Sara comes home from camp starving.


Summer swimming and life means and non stop running around means that I need to have snacks on hand when Sara comes home.  Her appetite has been through the roof these last couple of weeks.

The Fruit & Macadamia Crunches come in three amazing and incredibly tasty and addicting flavors!

Royal Hawaiian’s brand philosophy reflects the heart of Hawaiian culture – that health and happiness come from the unification of mind and heart. We strive to find balance in the hustle and bustle. We show love for our community and respect the gift of nature. To us, the most delicious and worthwhile meal is one shared with friends and family.

We are loving the crunches and later this summer I’m going to have a great giveaway for all of you so STAY TUNED FRIENDS!!

In other news Week 3 of marathon training is in the books! It was a cutback week so it was pretty easy!  Soon enough the miles are going to start to add up.

The Hubs and I leave for Nashville this week and we can’t wait to for a real vacation.  YIPPEE!!  Anyone got any Nashville “must see” or “must do” suggestions?

While blogging has been hard i’m still posting on Instagram so you can always find me over there posting about daily activities and adventures.

So my friends until next time… keep enjoying the summer and the fun!

Have a great day.

Posted in Fitness, Food, Uncategorized | Tagged | 5 Comments