Thank you!

Thank you all for your kind comments on my last post!  I really appreciate all your sweet words!

I picked a winner for the Pink Blush giveaway the other day and have been meaning to post here with an update, but this week has been crazy!  I’m sorry it’s taken so long!

Here’s a little video of me picking the lucky winner (and yup, that’s Ace of Base on Pandora playing in the background!)…

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I hope this video works?  If not, the winner of the $75 giveaway is my old blog friend Kristin!  We’ve known each from way back before we both had significant others, when blogging was something I did regularly (like, a few times a week!), and when we were writing about life and love and everything in between.  I have so many great memories from blogging back in the day, having met so many wonderful people through this venue.  Kristin- I’m glad you won lady!

Here’s wishing everyone a happy Friday and a good weekend!

Spring Showers

I’ve said it before but sometimes I feel like the longer I go without writing here, the less it feels like it makes sense to come and write here.  And I never wanted this space to feel like an obligation, to feel to me like something I “should” keep up with for any other reason other than I feel the pull to get over here and write and share and connect.  And it’s not that I’ve not felt that lately, it’s just that, holy shit is time flying by, and when I think “oh I have some time to blog tonight!” I think that maybe instead I should be doing other things.  Other things like organizing stuff around here, you know, researching daycares or something because I’m 33 weeks pregnant now and where has the time actually gone?  And if I’m being really honest? Sometimes I would just rather snuggle up on the couch and watch The Bachelor than actually take the time to compose a post of substance.

But yeah.  Anyway, here I am and like I said, 33 weeks pregnant all of a sudden and, woah baby, there’s actually going to be a BABY here in seven weeks, give or take! (#shitsgettingreal) It’s baby central over here after a really sweet shower that my mom and a few girlfriends threw for me last weekend.  Here’s a few pictures that captured the day…

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(I’m not really sure how to insert images in posts to make them look like the actual size they are and not these little thumbnails, but you get the idea.)

My baby shower was so sweet!  Since we aren’t finding out the gender of little Baby M&M, it was a neutral themed shower, with baby animals and yellow and grey colors, with lots of really sweet, thoughtful details from the onesies to decorate, the cake pop rattles, the “Baby Kennedy” sign Matt and I are standing in front of up there, M&M’s for favors, “Team Stache” and “Team Lash” cups (not pictured here, but so fun!), and so many other unique and thoughtful little details.  My mom and girlfriends did such an amazing job and planning everything and it was so evident how much thought and planning went into the day!  Baby M&M is so loved already, and he/she isn’t even here yet!

Oh!  That floral dress that I picked to wear is from Pink Blush!  Have you heard of the website? I had gotten a handful of items there before at the beginning of my pregnancy, and had my eye on some dresses leading up to my shower.  This one that I chose I picked because I felt like it still had a “springy” feel even though it was a chilly March day, and I love all the colors!  The website is really great too, and it’s NOT just maternity!  This dress for example, even though it’s from the maternity section of the website, is totally something I could wear post-baby-in-the-belly, because it has that flowy kind of material and not the typical “I’m pregnant” side ruching that a lot of pregnancy clothes have.  The other thing is, they have a whole other section of their website that is totally non-maternity related, and the clothes are really stylish and fun!

Because I’m such a big fan, I reached out to Pink Blush, and they offered to sponsor a little giveaway on here to a lucky lady (or dude, if a dude is reading this post?, and may be interested in a gift for a gal in his life!).  For the rest of this week, whoever comments here, I’ll add to a drawing and pick a name by Friday night to win a $75 gift card to the website for some spring shopping!  Sound fun?!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their Monday so far, and the start of spring where you live. Today it’s gross and cold and rainy which feels like the exact opposite of an ideal spring in my mind, but here’s hoping for some sunny days ahead!

What’s one of your favorite places to shop for new spring styles?  I miss shopping!  I’ve done pretty much hardly zero shopping over the past several months because I’m only getting bigger and I’m getting kind of sick of maternity stuff to be honest.  Looking forward to the summer and getting back into shape post baby and getting back into some non-maternity styles!  Good thing I have a new go-to website to hone in on some good deals!

Week 24 Baby Update!

Woah!  Week 24 of having this little nugget in my belly!  Time seems to be flying by!

The week the bump finally made its debut!

The week the bump finally made its debut!

Baby Update

M&M is supposedly 8.5 inches, and 1.5 pounds!  Different apps are telling me baby is either the size of an ear of corn, an eggplant, or a large zucchini!

Weight Gain

At my last doctor’s appt. I was up 13 pounds, which my doctor says is perfect.  It’s weird seeing the number creep up each week!

Workouts

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Still been keeping up with my workouts, some weeks I get more in than others, but I’m still aiming for 4-5 workouts a week.  I’ve been taking a prenatal yoga class about once a week, and keeping up with strength training and some other pregnancy DVD’s that I’m looking forward to trying that I have on hold at the library.

Pregnancy Eats

Things I’ve been into lately: orange juice, bagels, apples with peanut butter, oranges/clementines, and Eggo waffles!  Also, chocolate, which I’ve always loved, and the affinity has only gotten stronger in pregnancy!

Symptoms

For the past couple weeks I’ve started having what I think is that round ligament pain I read about on these pregnancy websites?  Things in my lower pelvis just feel sort of “heavy”… and while I don’t really have “pain” per say, I feel a little uncomfy and sort of crampy at times. Oh, and M&M is definitely pressing on my bladder!  I’m constantly feeling the need to pee, and I feel like it’s URGENT!, and then I get to the bathroom, and I hardly have to go!  Weird.  Other than that, no other symptoms really!

Sleep

Still not awesome, but getting a little better.  I’m a back or tummy sleeper and since I’m supposed to avoid those two positions, it’s tough.  I’ve never been one to sleep on my side, so getting used to that is hard.  I’ve been using a pillow between my legs to see if that helps, and it’s a toss up.  I hear mixed reviews on the Snoogle- some people love and swear by it!  I’m not sure I have enough room in the bed for one!  With me, and Matt, and Charlie… then a huge body pillow?!  I’m not so sure that’ll work too well.

Looking Forward To…

Rugs upstairs!  Matt and my Stepdad worked on the flooring upstairs- in the nursery and our bedroom, in prep for the rugs that we ordered to be installed.  Right now we’re living on subflooring (you can see that in the picture above!), anxiously awaiting next week when the rugs come in!  Then, I’m looking forward to decorating the nursery more!  We don’t have any furniture yet, but I’ve been scouring Etsy and some other online shops for artwork and different ideas for nursery decor!  I’m excited to decorate!

Purchases

My mom and I went to Destination Maternity and I got a few pairs of jeans, some leggings, and workout capris.  Now that I’ve turned the pregnancy jean corner, I’m not sure I’ll ever want to go back?!  They’re so comfy!

Feeling…

Excited still.  A little nervous about figuring out maternity leave, and going back to work after that, but we have some time to figure that out, and I know it will all work out.

Movement

TONS!  M&M moves around like crazy!  A lot in the morning, especially if I workout and haven’t eaten yet.  Almost like baby is all, “Mom!  Hello?!  Food?  Now?”  I also feel him/her a lot mid-afternoon, evenings when I get home and I’m cooking dinner, and lying in bed before going to sleep.  I think when I’m hungry, M&M definitely moves more!  Love that Matt can feel the kicks and “pops” too, and we can see them sometimes which is creepy fun!

Anything Else

Not really!  Oh, I’ve been playing music for M&M.  I got Belly Buds for Christmas, so I like to play music on my phone and have a splitter for my headphones where I can listen at the same time as M&M!  I’ve been trying to play a few songs regularly because I’ve read that babies remember what they hear by now, and often the music we play now will soothe them once they’re born!  Lots of Joshua Radin, Bon Iver, and Van Morrison are in the rotation!

2016 Non Resolutions

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Happy 2016!

So I’m a little late to the punch on the New Year wishes around here, but better late than not at all, right?

For the past eight years now, instead of joining so many of the masses and making grand statements and lists of Resolutions, I’ve marched to my own drum and made up a list of Non Resolutions.  Okay, so you might say, “but isn’t that still a different kind of pressure, one that you were trying to avoid by making a list of things you claimed to do in the new year, by making a list of things you will try not to do?”  And yeah, it is kinda/sorta the same thing, but to me, the different spin on it seems to make a little more sense.  If I don’t win on one of my Non Resolutions, then for whatever reason, to me, it doesn’t seem like as much as a big fat fail as if I don’t accomplish a big ole’ regular Resolution.

You with me?

So, here I go again.  But before I make my little list of things I resolve not to do this year, I have to say that 2015 has been good to me, and to my loved ones.  I celebrated weddings and engagements with dear friends, welcomed new babies into the world with other friends, ran a handful of races, worked to make our new house feel more like a home over the past year we have lived here, drank some really good beers on sunny patios and decks throughout the warm months, traveled a little bit here and there, nurtured friendships and my relationship, delved deeper into a meditation practice, and most recently, 2015 was the year we made little baby M&M and shared the news that he or she will be making their debut May of this year.

It’s been a good year overall, with many highs and a few lows (to keep the balance in check over here seeing as how that is the theme of this blog and all).  I feel blessed and grateful for what has passed, and excited for what’s to come.

Without further blabbing on and on, here are my 2016 Non Resolutions (some have made the list eight years going strong)…

In 2016 I resolve not to:

  • Get sucked into worry.  Every year this one has made the list.  I know, deep down the vicious cycle of worry I can get myself wrapped up in if I let myself, and I know even more, so much of worry has to do with choice.  I can choose to dwell, or I can choose to try to just be, try to live in the moment and have faith, that things will all work out as they are meant to.  Easier said than done, 95% of the time for me, but it is still something I can continually work on.  And resolve NOT to get sucked into, over and over.  I’ll share my favorite quote by Michael J. Fox as I have done in past years…

“If you get caught up in the worst case scenario and it doesn’t happen, you’ve wasted your time. And if you are caught up in the worst case scenario and it does happen, you’ve lived it twice.” 

  • Let things pile up as much.  This includes, but isn’t limited to:  laundry, junk mail, worry (ahem), chores, and clothes I need to put away.
  • Interrupt.  Sometimes I don’t even realize I’m doing it, and truthfully, I do it more out of excitement rather than thinking what I have to say is better than what someone else is sharing.  It’s an annoying habit and it’s something I want to be better about (still- second year in a row for this one).
  • Think too much about what other people think.  (Unless it really counts.  Like it obviously matters what my boss thinks if I show up to work late every day.)  But other things- things like following my gut and being true to myself and then not overanalyzing what others think of my decisions.  This year I want to really embrace the mentality of being true to me, doing what’s best for me, and knowing in my heart that if that’s what’s ringing true to me, then what other people think shouldn’t matter.
  • Go a week without meditation, or yoga.  Both make me feel wonderful.  It’s lame to let a week go by without doing one or the other.  No excuses there.  It’s a must!
  • Go a week without exercise.  This one should be easy, as I can’t remember the last time this has happened anyway, but I know that with a little one on the way, excuses might come easy, but it will be a priority of mine to make some sort of movement on the regular.
  • Lastly, be so hard on myself.  (Again, a regular on the list.)  Life is tough, and it’s easy to be hard on ourselves.  I want to be kind to myself, as kind as I would be a dear friend.  Nicer self talk.  Less judgement.  More self compassion, less comparison.

I think that’s a good start.  Would you care to join me in sharing your Non Resolutions for 2016?

Halfway there!

Hello.

It’s me.

Heh, I couldn’t help it.  A song I was really digging at first has now, like all new songs, gotten overplayed on all the radio stations and I’m kind of sick of it!

How was your holiday?  We traveled to PA for Christmas this year, and it was a good trip, and it was also 70 degrees on Christmas?!  What in the hell…?!

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So I’m now over 20 weeks pregnant, and officially halfway there!  That seems so crazy!  The past five months have flown by!

I’m not necessarily planning on doing weekly updates here (obviously- clearly I haven’t started that from the get go), but I did want to document the halfway mark of my pregnancy and do a little update, similar to some I have followed like Sarah’s and Julie’s.

Baby Update

Baby (or M&M as we’re calling him or her) is the size of a banana!  Or, an endive!  Supposedly M&M is 10 inches and about 10.6 oz.

Weight Gain

At my 18 week Doctor’s appt., I had gained six pounds.  Two and a half weeks later and with the holidays, my home scale says I’m up a total of ten pounds.  So I’d say somewhere in the middle there.

Workouts

I’ve been continuing to workout throughout my pregnancy.  I’ve cut back on running a bit, mostly because of the cold weather and Daylight Savings and the fact that it’s so damn dark when I get home, and pretty dark and cold first thing.  I’ve been continuing with some cardio, but more sticking to strength training, and started taking a prenatal yoga class.  Where pre-pregnancy I worked out 5-6 days a week, now I’m doing about 4-5.

Pregnancy Eats

Thanks to the holidays and treats all over everywhere, my snacking hasn’t been very healthy.  My meals have been pretty good, but lots of cookies, and treats, and candy mixed in there.  I also don’t feel like I’ve been getting enough fruits and veggies the past couple of weeks, but a lot of that is due to travel, and the holidays, and laziness before the holidays.  I’ve turned over a new leaf this week, and getting back on track with clean eating (for the most part), but still allowing for some treats, because who am I to deny M&M a little treat?

I’ve been really fortunate in that I haven’t really had any food aversions, not since just a couple in the first trimester when there was a period of a couple weeks where I was wanting all things white, and carby!  Rice pilaf and macaroni and bread and saltines were go-to’s.  I wasn’t feeling chicken for a stint there, or fish, really any meat for a couple weeks, but everything is back to normal now.  I did have a little morning sickness, but was lucky- never yacked, and it really only lasted six weeks or so.  Now I’m back to normal and feeling good!

Symptoms

Not a whole lot, thankfully!  I’m feeling really good.  Less tired than several weeks ago, when come 7:30PM, I’d be dozing on the couch and not able to make it through one Netflix show (just recently got hooked on Walking Dead– NEVER thought that show would be up my ally but totally addicted).

My back has been aching a bit.  I’ve always had a bit of a back “thing,” over the years, precipitated by nothing out of the ordinary.  I could run a half marathon one day and it’s totally fine, and be doing cardio the next and it hurts for weeks.  Stretching and strength training usually help, but sometimes not.  Lately it’s been sore again, and I’m nervous that as I continue to put on weight, it might only get worse?  Trying to stick with exercise, stretching, and yoga to keep it feeling okay.

I’m currently in the awkward stage of “showing,” where I haven’t exactly popped yet, and it’s more of a “pregnant? or awkward?” situation.  Like, “has she had too many cookies?” or, “is she?”  It’s a weird stage for me.  People that know me can kind of sort of tell, but beyond that, it’s not really noticeable, and if I weren’t pregnant, my belly right now just sorta feels like… like I’m letting myself go.  I’m not in the stage that I’m excited to show off my bump with cute pregnancy clothes, more in the looking for flowy, loose tops that conceal the weirdness stage right now.  I’m just trying to go with it, and embrace the fact that this period is all normal, and a sign that my little M&M is growing bigger each day.

Sleep

Hasn’t been so awesome over the last several weeks.  I can still sleep comfortably for the most part, and still on my tummy, but I’ve been waking up pretty regularly each night around 2 or 3AM, and I’m awake for a good hour or so, my mind going and going.  Also, I’ve been having some crazy dreams!

Looking Forward To…

“Popping” and there being no question that there really is a baby in there and not just extra treats!

Purchases

I bought a few items of maternity clothing from Gap and Pink Blush Maternity on Black Friday that I’ll probably be able to bust out soon.  I’ve still been wearing all my regular clothes; some skinny jeans I just started wearing a belly band with.  Maternity clothes are SO expensive, just because they’re called “maternity?”  So I’m trying to pick a few essential things, a few fun things, and I’m fortunate that a good friend handed over a whole big bin of clothes for me to borrow, and, during the week I’m in scrubs for work, so it’s really just the weekends that I need to figure out clothes for!

Feeling…

Excited!  And just still in awe.  I can’t believe I’m actually growing a little human that will be here in the spring!

Movement

Yes!  Felt M&M move for the first time at week 19 and it was so exciting!  People kept telling me it feels like “flutters,” but I experienced it more like a “flick” or tap from the inside!  Kind of similar to popcorn in there!  I love feeling him or her move- it happens when I’m just hanging out relaxing.  Matt got to feel it (and I saw it!) for the first time this past week and that was so cool!

Anything Else

Started a registry the other day.  We walked in Babies R Us and promptly walked right out- so overwhelming in there!  Thankfully I have girlfriends who have recently registered to help in that department.  I’m also starting to look into childbirth classes and a breast-feeding class.

Did I mention how surreal this still all feels?!

Anyone else been pregnant or currently preggo and have any fun tidbits to share?

T’is the Season…

**Thank you for the kind, supportive, and congratulatory comments on my last post!  We’re so excited, and at 17 1/2 weeks with this little M&M brewing, it’s finally starting to sink in that this time next year, we’ll have a little human to take care of!  We’re thrilled and genuinely thank everyone for your sweet comments and messages!

Does anyone else feel like you blinked and all of a sudden, it’s December?  It feels like it was just the early fall and all of a sudden, here we are in December, with just over two weeks until Christmas?  I don’t know where the time goes!

The weekend before last we got our Christmas tree!  We wanted to cut down our own at a local tree farm, but we were crunched for time and instead we dished out $45 to the community house in our town for a super dry (but pretty!) tree.

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Charlie is totally unsure of what to make of a TREE, in the house…

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Even more unsure (er, embarrassed?) was how she felt in this little reindeer outfit I picked up for her when Matt was away on business last week…

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But seriously, how cute is that little embarrassed face?!

Last weekend my mom came to stay with me a night while Matt was away, and we indulged in the yummiest of Greek food, followed by a night in on the couch with a Hallmark holiday movie and M&M’s.

If I hadn’t slurped up all of this crack deliciousness in almost one sitting the week before, I would have saved some to share with her…

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The next day, we got a little crafty and my mom helped me with a project I had in mind to bring a little bit of holiday charm to our window boxes out front!

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Other than the decorations, I do still have some shopping to do, but I’m pretty excited for the holidays this year.  We’ll be traveling to Pennsylvania to visit with Matt’s family this year.  I’m excited but know I’ll also miss my family back home.  We’re doing a pre-Christmas get together which will be good, and within the next two weeks, between the two of us, we have four parties on the books!  I have a feeling January will be a month dedicated to a bit of R&R after all the holidaze craziness.  We even have a little trip (my coworker told me this is our babymoon!) planned to Puerto Rico for late January that we’re really looking forward to!

How about you?  Are you ready for the holidays?  Have you decorated?  Lots of shopping left to do?

 

A little glimpse of of an update…

Hope all my internet family and friends are doing well and enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving and are getting in the holiday spirit!  It has been a while since I’ve checked in over here, and I’m hereby vowing to change that as of now!  The truth is, life gets hectic, and there are times when I think of coming here to write, but then I think my words are a little boring, or I don’t have too much inspiration to come up with anything of too much substance.  But honestly?  The best part about having a blog has always been about the connections I’ve made with others, sharing our lives and experiences and all of us being true and genuine and authentic together.  So.  I’m going to make more of an effort to be present here.  Because it feels good!

And now for the biggest of news happening over here, I’ll share with you the little announcement we made over Thanksgiving…

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So excited to publicly share that we’ll be adding another little turkey to our family come next May!  We’re beyond thrilled and can’t wait to welcome our little M&M (a mini version of Matt and I- M&M, get it?!) in the spring!

Falling for fall…

I awoke to a distant, cool, familiar breeze on my exposed skin.  Tucked under my covers with a growing puppy at my feet and a husband to my side, I was snuggled in a warm cozy bed, and I could feel it…

Fall.

Lying there, slowing working my way out of a foggy slumber, I pulled the covers down and let the sun and breeze peak in on me.  I turned to my nightstand and turned on some music, the sweet tunes of Van Morrison filling the room.

Fall.  I could feel its presence, its hesitant, reluctant entrance in the air outside.  Autumn.  My favorite season and time of year.  I closed my eyes and contemplated the upcoming season, the wrap up of a great summer.  Later that day I would be spending the afternoon with friends, relishing the last warm days on a patio, soaking in the sun for as long as we could, the warmth on our skin.  And soon, things will begin to cool off.

The weather, the calendar.  Things will become less hectic, weekends with fewer obligations and plans.  A summer that has so effortlessly flown by, jam-packed, filled to the brim with sun and fun, heat and humidity, cocktails and patios, road races and adventures, long weekends and weddings- it will slowly fade away.  In will creep a new season.  My favorite season.

Soon we’ll be in long-sleeve shirts, an extra blanket at this time of morning.  Reflecting on new plans.  For Columbus Day and apple picking excursions.  Cider, and pies, apple crisp and hayrides.  Pumpkin flavored everything.  Red wine, pumpkin beer, butternut squash soup, and crock pot meals.  Leaves changing, and falling.  Sweaters.  Fall tones, crisp sounds and smells outside.  Wood stoves burning, football.  Thanksgiving.

Around the corner, new plans and new memories.

New possibilities.

 

 

On soaking it in a little longer…

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And just like that, more than another whole month has passed since I’ve updated this little blog of mine.

In my mind, while on my walk with Charlie Girl tonight, I thought maybe I’d come over here and list out some reasons why I haven’t stopped in to update this space.  But to be honest? There’s no real reason, other than that life has gotten in the way, things have been busy, summer nights lately have been better spent on the deck enjoying the evening (or watching Bachelor in Paradise if I’m being really honest), I’ve been lazy, blah blah blah.  There have been times I’ve wanted to write and even gone so far as to plan “tomorrow night will be the night!,” but then things get in the way, and I don’t do it, and I end up feeling like, “has it been too long?,” and I just skip it.

All that being said, here I am!  And I do enjoy this space, and the special people I’ve met through this venue, and rather than put the pressure on myself to write because I “should,” I’m just here now, finally, because I want to be here.

As these summer days are fading away, with the days getting shorter again, previews for fall TV premieres happening, Halloween candy out in the stores (seriously?), and count downs online of days until Christmas, I can’t help but be reminded of how quickly life passes by…

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Ferris Bueller said it best right there, didn’t he?  Lately I’ve just felt like time is whirling by, one moment it’s the Fourth of July, and now it’s the end of August?  And then I’m walking in my neighborhood and a neighbor already has a pumpkin on their front steps? (Again I have to say, seriously?  In August dude?)

Where does the time go?

How has your summer been?  Have you gone on any fun getaways?  Has it been sizzling like it has here in Boston?

Speaking of time flying- it’s crazy that our little puppy is now eight months old!  Eight months! Also, we’ve lived in our new home for just about the same amount of time, which is crazy to think about because it seems like just yesterday in the dead of this crazy winter that we closed on our house and moved in on a cold day in December.

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Puppy Kindergarten Graduate!

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And Paris- that seems like just yesterday too, but it was in May, and that seems like just a blink of an eye ago as well!

Then there’s Vegas.  Ahh, Vegas.  I had my first ever Las Vegas experience a few weeks ago, when I had the opportunity to travel for a work trip to a really great nursing conference in really hot Las Vegas.

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Almost as good as the real thing?…#notevenclose

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With a few weeks left of summer and my favorite season of crisp air, apple picking, cozy sweaters, scarves, and boot wearing on the horizon, I’m making a real effort to soak up these last lingering, warm days of the season.  I hope to get in at least a few more ice cream stand trips, a handful of cookouts, dining outside on our deck for as long as we can, a few more adult Arnold Palmers, and hopefully at least one trip to the beach.

What else do you hope to squeeze in during these last few days of summer?

 

Friday balance…

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As I log in over here (and have to get an email reminder with my log in password), I’m reminded how quickly time flies, and how it’s been a while since I’ve spent some time here in this space.

I started this blog as an outlet, where I could visit and chat and vent and share, with like-minded people about the nitty gritty of real life happenings.  With many highs and lows of daily life, my goal has been to write about attempting to maintain a sense of all around balance in a life that can so often feel hurried, and frantic, and overwhelming at times.

Balance is important to me, and it’s funny how something that I consider such a priority is also something that can be a struggle at times.  Do you notice the same?  Things that are at the top of our list are sometimes those that we have to devote the most thought, and effort towards.

Here’s how I have been trying to maintain some balance in my daily life as of late…

  • With all the summer cookouts and excuses for beer and burgers and ice cream, I’ve made a commitment for the past twenty one days to exercise daily.

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S’mores on our patio. #getinmybelly

  • We love to cook at home, and especially in the summer, grilling is one of our go-to’s.  Sometimes, on a Friday, we’d rather sit for drinks on a patio and have someone else do the cooking.  And we’re so pumped about one of our new favorite places not far from us, where we can bring our pup for dinner while dining alfresco!
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“Gimme that sangria, Mom!”

  • Summer cookouts don’t always have to be unhealthy!  Brought a little balance to the table a few weeks ago with this yummy app:
Strawberry Ricotta Bites

Strawberry Ricotta Bites

  • Reading.  I love to get lost in a good book, and with hot summer days lately, we’ve taken to cooling off in our finished basement and catching some Netflix shows.  I’m also trying to balance out the TV watching with some reading.  I feel like it’s easy to lose hours of the evening getting sucked into episode after episode of OITNB, or our new one, The Americans, but at the same time, I feel like I should be balancing things out with something more stimulating for my brain, like getting into a good book.  What are you reading now?

The bottom line is that balance isn’t always easy.  It seems like a good idea, and easy enough, but it can take some work!  It might not always look perfect, and some days will feel more balanced than others.  My goal is to try to focus on little ways to bring balance to my daily life, making small adjustments in my routine, taking the time to slow things down a bit and giving myself permission to not always having things exactly perfect.

How are you adding some balance to your life lately?