Dear Mother Nature, More Days Like Yesterday PLEASE

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April and May are going to be crazy for us.  Business trips, a big First Communion party and a trip to Disney, I feel like I'm totally scrambling. So when we woke up yesterday and saw that it was going to be a gorgeous day, I asked the kids what they wanted to do.  Cole's scheduled soccer game was cancelled due to some vandalism on his field … [Read more...]

Hot Chocolate 15k Philadelphia Review & Recap #hc15k #hotchocolate15k #running #runchat

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On Saturday, my husband and I completed the Hot Chocolate 15k in Philadelphia.  (That's 9.3 miles.)  The only other big run I've done was the Broad Street Run in 2013 (10 miles). Running Broad Street is sort of thing here in Philly if you are a runner but now after running the Hot Chocolate race, I realize why I wasn't a fan. Broad Street is a … [Read more...]

Putting my Challenged Cooking Skills to the Test at Sur La Table

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Last Saturday night I took a cooking class at my local Sur La Table.  The class was called Flavors of Spain so naturally, we were learning how to make a variety of dishes native to Spain. I almost didn't make it to the class. I had signed up weeks before and on the day of the class we had decided to head up to the Poconos for a quick day of … [Read more...]

What’s In My Bag?


Have you guys ever seen these featured?  I love seeing these posts when others share what's inside of their bag.  So here's what's in mine. I've been carrying my J.Jill Bucket Bag this month and still love it.  I didn't cheat and clean up so that hopefully explains the craziness of my purse.  Yes that's a Skylander, no I have no clue why it was … [Read more...]

Re-Entry is Painful

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So I'm still here. I took a beautiful 6 days off over the long weekend with the family down in Marco Island, Florida {hotel: Marriott Marco Island}. It was glorious. The first few days were in the high 60s and a bit windy so not exactly tropical but it beat being at home in the ice and snow. And then these last few days - perfect. High 70s - not … [Read more...]

January Goal: Decluttering My House

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Taking a few days off over the holidays while I was on vacation was such a gift for me.  Lately I feel like life is just zooming by - my kids are getting older and our schedule is crazier.  Every day I just race through the motions of doing laundry, making lunches, blogging, running errands, hitting the gym, you name it.  I don't have much time to … [Read more...]

The 20-Year Evolution of a New Years Resolution

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Back in college and when I was in my early twenties, I distinctly remember making the cliche "lose weight" New Years Resolution.  I also remember New Years Day rolling around and after too much debauchery the night before, I'd end up eating some big greasy lunch to help my hangover and proclaiming myself an idiot for already having botched the … [Read more...]

Vacation, Blog-Free Time & the Outer Banks for New Years #RandomPost


In ten years of blogging, I can't say that I've ever gone this radio silent for so long. The time between Christmas and New Years is always traditionally quiet - everyone's maxed out from the holidays, including me, but not like this. This year, right after Christmas, I went to the Outer Backs with some friends on a trip we've done several times … [Read more...]

A Guilt-Free Guide to Holiday Eating

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My friend Rachel originally posted this in our local paper {The Daily Local} on Christmas Eve.  I'm a little late to the game sharing but she gave me permission to repost and I thought it had some really good tips regarding overeating during the holidays.  First off, you did NOT gain as much as you think.  As we enter into New Years and everyone … [Read more...]

The Truth About Santa.

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Last night, Nate, who just turned 11 this week, called me into his room. "Mom, is Santa real?" One would think that with an 11-year-old, I was expecting this conversation (especially considering that I was 8 when I found out!).  Naively, I was hoping to push the magic another season or two. My first reaction, "of course he's real.... … [Read more...]