Coffee Talk // May

The thing about “maternity leave” when you’re self-employed is that it doesn’t really exist. It’s just uber-prioritizing so you get what you HAVE to have done, don’t lose your sanity, and still get baby snuggles. So yeah. That’s where I’ve been – baby snuggling {and doing the work I really have to do…which is not this}. This actually started as Coffee Talk // March, but here it is May and I’m just getting back to it…  I’ll try not to make it ALL baby-related.

self employed maternity leave

// But might as well get the baby stuff out of the way. He’s 3 months 5 months old and just as sweet as can be. You can read the baby details over on tiny sneakers, but the main reason there hasn’t been any new recipe-related content here is that I had to do an elimination diet to help pinpoint babe #2’s food allergies. Luckily this wasn’t my first rodeo and I handled it much better this time. Needless to say though, my food was not share-worthy for awhile there. {Although I have been refreshingly reminded that sometimes simple is just as good, if not better, than elaborate when it comes to food.}

// Ok I said I wouldn’t make it all baby but now I’m realizing I pretty much don’t have anything else going on in my life…

// I’ve made it to a couple Pure Barre classes and some Burn Bootcamp pop-ups, but since I can only go on the weekends when I have childcare it’s not making for a very consistent work out routine. I keep saying I’m going to start doing Barre 3 and/or 21 Day Fix Extreme at home but I keep not doing it. There goes the fitness and the food of this food and fitness blog…

burn bootcamp workout

// KB is playing baseball for the first time this spring. He loves it and I love watching it. I thought it was crazy talk when I heard it was coach-pitch baseball even at the four-year-old level but you’d be amazed how often they can whack the ball. I wish it wasn’t over so soon.

baseball 4 years old

// We went SWIMMING last week. As in outside. In APRIL. Ok, KB went swimming, I watched precariously from the edge holding a baby hoping he’d remember how to swim. The pool opened the first weekend of April then we had at least 3 freezes so the water temperature was less than stellar…but the 80 degree days were just calling us to dip our toes in the pool. {aaaand now it’s 48 degrees as I type and I’m wearing a hoodie…}

swimming in april

// One of the benefits of being self-employed is getting to control your own time. Last week we used that time to go tour a local brewery with out of town friends, and yeah, we brought the kids. {In our defense the brewery was closed and our friend is the brewer.} The beer was insanely good and KB thought the big brewing tanks were awesome. If you’re local, get your butt down to Brown Truck Brewery, you won’t be disappointed!

brewery tourbrown truck brewingleftover hops brewing beer

// I hated Snapchat when I first joined but I did it because you know, keeping up with the times and all. I eventually deleted it from my phone but I added it back now that you can actually chat back to people and it’s kind of my new favorite. Does that make me old? {Psst. Snapchat –> sideofsneakers} Also, I’m doing this month’s fitness and nutrition bootcamp using Snapchat and it’s going to be epic. Yeah, I said it.

// Tomorrow’s my birthday. I’m turning 27. *wink*

funfetti cinnamon rolls

// Reading all that nothingness was totally worth your time this Saturday am, wasn’t it?

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Coffee Talkin’ // November

Long time no chat.

I’ve been busy doing that crazy dance that is balancing all things life: soaking up time with my three year old in his last weeks of being my only baby, trying to get ahead {or at least not behind} on work so I’m not panicking when baby gets here {35 weeks!}, attempting to get ready for said baby, and crossing my fingers that we can finish up renovating our basement before we have a newborn in the house {because it’s LOUD!}.

I guess I sort of summed up everything life right there, but here’s a mini-picture-dump to go along with it.

// First and foremost, Halloween. Holidays, like everything, are so much fun at this age. KB has been asking for Halloween since early September and was thrilled when it finally got here. He changed his mind on Halloween costumes umpteen thousand times and ended up going with a “superhero construction guy”, which turned out to be a generic superhero with lighting bolts and a “K”. {<—that’s what you get for giving a kid choices.}

halloween 2015 preschool

We celebrated Thursday morning at school with the annual Halloween parade and that evening at a local farm “Tractor + Treat”, which really turned out to be mostly treat. But the tractors were KB’s fave.

Saturday we trick or treated for the first time in our new neighborhood.

// Basement. It’s rare for houses in NC to have basements because of the hard clay ground, so when you find one, you scoop it up. It was pretty much the deciding factor for us choosing this house. We thought about waiting awhile to finish it but ultimately thought it’d make more sense to do it pre-2-kids. Unfortunately we’re cutting it pretty close, but hopefully we’ll be able to wrap most of it up in time.

// Fun at three. You can strangle me for once again saying how much I love this age. I have to say it as much as possible before things change! While I have a thousand technically “more important” things to do {deadlines, etc.}, my truly most important thing is hanging out with this kid before he has to share his fill of the attention. He’s such a goofball.

fun with three year old

// Eating lately. One day I will actually post a recipe again. If only that didn’t involve taking pictures – I’ve yet to figure out the terrible lighting in this house and we’ve been diving straight into dining before I can do more than snap a picture on my phone {which you can often find on Instagram.} Here’s a glimpse at what we’ve been chowing down on:

healthy recipes

// New things. Speaking of eating, I love finding new dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free products! {It’s a tall order sometimes.} I haven’t tried these yet but I love knowing they exist and the product market is growing.

gluten free dairy free foods

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Coffee Talk // August

Coffee talk is my favorite because it gives me a chance to talk about absolutely nothing, which is sometimes all I have in my brain. Plus, it’s a chance to look back and soak up the past month.

The theme of July {and all summer really} has been wrapped around two things: fixing up the house…  house updates  

And hanging with my fave three year old. {If anybody ever tells you three year olds are crazy, that may be true, but they are also so so so much fun.}

three year old antics 
I suppose the list should really include three things. I’ll post a better update on tinysneakers one of these days {so those of you that are uninterested won’t be subjected to such blabber}, but for now, let’s just say I’m happy that coffee is back in my life. So necessary. {also, little secret, pancakes are only allowed for breakfast when said three year old sleeps in his own bed all night. We haven’t been having too many pancakes lately…} I did bend the rules and allow gluten free blueberry muffins one morning because they sounded too good to pass up. 

 gluten free breakfast  
I’ve been doing my best to stick with a regular exercise routine but I have to admit I feel about 100 years old and super out of shape. But better to push through it and do as much as I can now- I can only imagine how wiped out is be trying to get back into thing s after a 9 or 10 month break. 😉

piyo and  yoga 
So here’s to another full month of summer fun and adventures… Even if “fun” and “adventure” just means unpacking. 😉

Coffee Talkin’ // July

Oh coffee how I love thee. In hindsight I probably should have started a blog about coffee instead of fitness because the coffee sure seems to be getting a lot more action these days. I miiiight be guilty of stopping by Starbucks for something ice cold a little too frequently lately.

Anyways, Coffee Date time! How did it get to be July already? I know it’s been 1000 degrees the past few weeks but seriously, where’d June get to?

// Pretty much everything is revolving around not melting in this crazy heat and getting our new house ready – hopefully we will be able to move in and get settled in a few weeks.

new homeowners

// We ended June by celebrating our EIGHTH wedding anniversary. We’ve been together for over a decade and no, I don’t feel old enough to have actualyl said that. We went to dinner at a local Thai place – not anything fancy but something we’ve talked about doing for years, only to be highly disappointed by the Pad Thai. Enter sad face here. They didn’t even have mangoes with sticky rice!

8 year wedding anniversary

// I have been so, so terrible at getting to the gym since we’ve moved. More about that another time, but I finally caved and decided to succumb to the workout DVD and power of streaming. Barre3 and Piyo it is.

// We’ve been spending a lot of time on bikes. Or more accurately, KB has been on his bike and I’ve been chasing behind him. As in so much so that you may not see a picture of him without a helmet on for the rest of eternity. Most of the time it’s at dawn and in our PJs because, well, hotter than hot hot hot.

bike ridingtoddler bike riding

// Maybe I’m just old, but I don’t get Snapchat {I’m sideofseakers btw} I mean, I understand how it works but I seem to be missing the point. You can’t interact with anyone and stuff just goes away anyways. Periscope {oh hey, also sideofsneakers, shocker} on the other hand, I think could be a good one, even though I hate videos.


Annnnd today is the husband’s birthday, which means there are Funfetti cupcakes in my futre. Hope you all enjoy his fireworks. Winking smile

Coffee Talkin’ // April

So let’s catch up…

//House hunting is STRESSFUL. At first it was fun because we were imagining all the possibilities of the future and seeing what other houses look like is fun. But it quickly went from exciting to old. Not knowing where we’re going to end up is driving me absolutely, madly insane {especially right now when we need to pay for things that we don’t know whether we can use, like preschool tuition and pool dues}. I’m not the best at change and not having a direction to drive my thoughts does not sit well. There have been plenty of times where in a moment {ok a lot of moments} of desperation I ask the husband if we can pretty please just move back to our old house, which obviously isn’t an option. I know things will all work out but this in-between/not-knowing stage is pretty much doing me in.

//Speaking of the above, we almost put an offer in on a house – twice. Between getting the contract and signing it {or rather, not signing it} I would completely freak out, get super stressed, and basically be in a constant state of panic attack, which is so not my nature. To help calm down and get some sleep I turned to my old friend Natural Calm. Oh my love this stuff. I swear it lets me get a better quality sleep with fewer wake ups. My Fitbit tends to agree. {Obviosuly this visceral reaction was a sure sign it wasn’t the house for us – we were trying too hard to make it the fit. You know, round pegs and all that.}

//I’m surprising even myself by saying this, but three is such a fun age. For the first couple weeks after KB’s third birthday I was convinced this was the age that would do me in. Luckily we weathered through the stage and are back to having so much fun – he’s so full of energy and personality and cracks me up constantly. The gorgeous weather we’ve been having lately certainly hasn’t hurt.

//That’s it. Time to go dye Easter eggs. Kabes is 10,000 times more obsessed with Easter than Christmas, although I’m not sure he totally gets they’re different… He wants to give the Bunny a hug after he hides his eggs and insists he comes while he’s awake…I haven’t quite figured that one out yet.


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