Coffee Talk: July

Can you believe it’s July?!!  I used to think that the 4th of July meant the summer was 1/2 over but it really isn’t.  There is still plenty of summer to be had!


I’m excited to be linking up for our monthly coffee date.   I‘m linking up with Coco @ Got 2 Run 4 MeLynda @ Fitness Mom Wine Country, & Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother

So grab a cup of coffee with me and let’s catch up since I’m not blogging as much these days due to summer fun!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that we’ve had some unseasonable cool weather here this week but I haven’t really minded.  It was weird to send Sara to camp with a jacket this week in July but the weather today and during the weekend is going to be awesome!  I can’t wait.  I’ve also loved my cooler morning since it’s made my runs that much better!  I am not a fan of hot humid running!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that yesterday I finally got my butt to a Dailey Method spin class!  I made it to 6am classes at the Dailey Method twice this week.  Right now with B’s napping and Sara’s camp schedule the 6am is really the best and only time for me to go in the middle of the week.

IMG_3903.JPGI’m not really a “spinner” but I’ve been wanting to try out this class for awhile.  It was 40 minutes on the bike and then 20 minutes of core, barre and weights.  Perfect workout!!  I felt amazing when I walked out at 7am!  I hope to continue to get to class 1-2 times a week.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I finished and completed The 30 Clean this week!



Actually, today is day 33 for me.  Just because the 30 days are over doesn’t mean things need to change.  I’m enjoying the clean eating lifestyle and feel wonderful!!  For me, doing the 30 was about cleaning up some poor eating habits and mindless snacking! The 30 brought me back to where I need to be!!  I’d proud of myself for getting through the challenge and so proud of the changes I have made!!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I officially became accepted as a breast milk donor and made my first donation of 104 ounces this week!



It feels great to be able to do something to help out little babies and mamas in need!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that B has been in full time cranial helmet mode since Sunday.


Yep, he’s wearing his cranial helmet to fix a flat spot on the back of head known as brachycephaly (aka flat head syndrome.)  He doesn’t mind the helmet and he is actually sleeping better!  We are expecting him to wear it about 4 months but he gets checked every couple of weeks.  Full time wear is 23 hours a day.  It comes off for one hour around dinner and bath time!

IMG_3900.JPGSpeaking of dinner… If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we just started food with B this last week. At 5 months he has now had oatmeal and carrots!  We are having lot of fun over here with food and I am venturing into the world of baby food making.  I didn’t do this with Sara so I am excited to be doing it with B!

If were we having coffee I would tell you about a new farmers market veggie burger that I am obsessed with.  I bought a case last Saturday and LOVE them!

IMG_3879.JPGI love keeping these burgers in my freezer for an easy lunch or dinner.  Buying by the case was the best.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I finished up the month of June with 89 miles!  It’s the most I have run in a month in over a year and I am thrilled that my mileage is getting back up there.  Here’s to many more months of good quality running!

So tell me what’s going on with you?

Enjoy the holiday!




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Applegate Ultimate Grilling Kit Giveaway #whatsinyourhotdog

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had fantastic weekends.  The weather here was PERFECT!!    Lots of sunshine and mild temps!!  I’m kicking off the holiday week with a great giveaway from the folks at Applegate!

We are huge fans of Applegate in our house.  Sara eats their turkey almost every day for lunch and I have also made a variety of their meats and burgers.  You can’t go wrong when it comes to Applegate products.

Applegate is ready to help you serve up some cleaner wieners with only four simple ingredients: 100% grass-fed beef (raised without antibiotics or hormones), water, salt, and spices.

As a mom, I used to cringe at the idea of Sara eating hot dogs.  Many of the packaged hot dogs that are sold in restaurants are filled with garbage!  Applegate hot dogs are a meal I can feel happy about giving my daughter and her friends.


With summer in full mode,  grills firing up, Applegate would like to send you a kit to become a cleaner wiener grilling master. The kit includes:

–          Applegate Natural Beef Hot Dogs (now made with 100% grass-fed beef)

–          Sir Kensington’s Ketchup and Mustard

–          Vermont Bread Company Natural Buns

–          Applegate Cooler Bag

–          Applegate “You Grill, Girl” Apron

–          Applegate Grilling Mitt

–          Meat Thermometer

–          Applegate Bandanas & hair accessory tutorial

–          Applegate Hot Dog Boats


Thanks to the folks at Applegate Sara and the Hubs are enjoying clean and tasty hot dogs!!  IMG_3763.JPG

Yum!!  Who wants some!?!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclosure:  I was provided this grilling kit from Applegate.  All opinions are my own. 

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I could be Blogging but….

I could be blogging but….


I’m enjoying my summer with these two!


I could be blogging but….


I’m using my free time to get in amazing runs!


I could be blogging but….


I am enjoying lots of yummy eats and meals as it’s Day 26 and I am still rocking The 30 Clean!  Woo hoo..

I could be blogging but…

IMG_3824.JPG we are busying entering the world of baby food (oatmeal.) and getting used to our new head accessory. (More on that next week!)


I could be blogging but….


Instead we are making the most of each summer day!

I’ll be back next week with a great giveaway from Applegate too to help kick off the upcoming holidays!

How are you making the most of each day this summer?




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NOW Foods Review and MEGA #Giveaway

Happy Monday folks!  Our week of celebrating Sara has come to a close and now we are celebrating all things summer!  The first official day of summer break was Friday and the high was 55 and rainy!  Thank goodness Saturday brought us the 80’s and sunshine and we hit the pool!!

In any event while the first official day of summer isn’t until next week, I’m bringing you a MARVELOUS giveaway today from NOW Foods.


There was simply too much to fit in one photo but this giveaway is valued at well over $150!  One winner will win this (or close to this) amazing prize back!!

For the last month or so we have been enjoying so many of these wonderful goodies!

The  Hubs has found a great vegan based protein for his morning smoothies that I make of him.

IMG_3412.JPGand I have found a new TRUE love for avocado oil!!


Avocado oil is new to me!!  It’s a wonderful healthy fat that has a smoking point of 520 degrees!!  It’s been wonderful to roast and grill veggies with!  Hello brussels!!!

The NOW® mission is – To provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

NOW Foods has such a wide variety of products to fit the lifestyle of any and every healthy individual from their awesome nuts and seeds to their baking mixes and even lotions and bug spray!



This has been my go to bug spray the last few humid mornings since we’ve had so much rain!!  It’s got all natural ingredients and NO scary chemicals!!  I feel good about using it on all of us.

It’s also so easy to find NOW Foods products in so many health food stores!

Want to win this AMAZING package of goodies from the wonderful folks at NOW Foods?

Just enter below for your chance to win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer:  I was provided these products by NOW Foods but all opinions are my own. 

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Another Year In the Books

On the eve of Sara turning 6 (since I am writing this on Wednesday,) I can’t help reflect on the last year!!  Today, Sara is 6 years old and finishes kindergarten!  It’s time to celebrate a huge year of growth and accomplishments!!  While running yesterday morning I couldn’t help but think about the last 365 days!

Here we are HAPPY 5th Birthday Sara!!

Here we are HAPPY 5th Birthday Sara!!

365 days ago we celebrated Sara being 5… and what a year is has been.  Actually, it’s been an AMAZING 6 year journey and I can’t believe that I now have a 6 year old.  Sara is full of love, zest, personality and each year gets better and more exciting with her!


Her new role as big sister is beyond perfect for her!  Although we waited a very long time for her have this title it was well worth the wait!


Today, we will celebrate Sara with all of her favorite things!!!  At the end of the day I will have a kindergarten graduate and a 6 year old!!

Yet it seems like just yesterday we were getting ready to welcome Sara to our family!




Here is to another year, the start of summer and all things Sara!!  Happy Birthday to my favorite little lady!IMG_3662.JPG



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