Three Word Update

Refreshingly simple eating.

Roasted squash
Baby allergies blow.

Food label meme
Mostly meeting deadlines.

Work at home
Little batter up.

Tball practice
More of this.

Bai coconut drink
Postpartum Barre accomplished.

Pure barre workout
Still haven’t run.

Postpartum run

FitBIT the dust.

Broken Fitbit

Spring weather love.

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What’s Up Wednesday // September

A little of what we’ve been up to this month with What’s Up Wednesday.

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I know, I know, 2 posts in 2 days.

What we’re eating this week:

Buffalo chicken chili, spaghetti squash casserole, African peanut stew, and endless bowls of sweet kale salad {always}. {Here’s our meal plan from last week.}

What I’m reminiscing about:

Dry weather. Perhaps this is the year I finally invest in a raincoat. Or umbrella.

baby belly and tiny hands in the rain

What I’m loving:

My latest WAHM coaching group – last year I started coaching other moms and women on how to create their own career freedom and spend more time doing the things that matter to them {like hanging with the kiddos} and I looooove hearing what other women are passionate about and their amazing ideas – it’s so inspiring.

What we’ve been up to:

Getting wet in the rain. There’s only so many indoor activities I can handle and since it’s not actually cold out yet, the rain is a welcome opportunity to have a little childhood fun. Splashing in puddles and mud pies, anyone?

kid in the rain playing in the rain

What I’m dreading:

One of the big companies I do a ton of work for is axing staff this week. I’m not so much dreading which side of the equation I’ll fall on as having the idea hang over my head for a month.

What I’m working on:

New coaching programs for my WAHM groups AND my nutrition groups. I’m switching my nutrition counseling to a group format to help with accountability and I’m super excited about seeing it unfold.

What I’m excited about:

I think I’ve already used the words “excited about” too many times in this post to answer this separately, but why not: fall weather. red leaves. pumpkins. apples. bonus baby ultrasound today. <3

What I’m watching/reading:

I ran out of books on my reserved list at the library so I’ve been working my way through old Jodi Picoult’s that I have at home. So far this week I’ve re-read 19 Minutes {holy cow, not a good book to read once you’re a parent} and I’m working on Vanishing Acts. Before that I finished A Walk Across the Sun and Unbroken – I highly, highly recommend the first, and while it’s an impressive story, I can’t get on the bandwagon of everyone being obsessed with the latter.

a walk across the sun jodi picoult 19 minutes

What I’m listening to:

Boys wrestling on the office floor. And by “boys”, I mean my three year old and the husband. I’m beginning to realize what my house might sound like all the time once I have two kids…

What I’m wearing:

I should never be allowed to answer this question. Stretchy workout pants and sweatshirt. 21 Day Fix Dirty 30 is on the agenda but honestly, I’d be wearing this anyways. #nothingfits

What I’m doing this weekend:

Hanging out with my boys. Hopefully going to KB’s second soccer game. He had a blast at his first soccer game, but last week’s was rained out.

three year old first soccer game

What I’m looking forward to next month:

Halloween, duh. KB’s been asking for it since early September. At least now I can say it’s on the radar. Now we just have to choose between a tiger, dinosaur, Spiderman, and whatever else a three year old comes up with between now and eternity {aka 4 weeks}.

halloween three years of kid costumes

What else is new:

I actually wrote a pregnancy update. Two in 30 weeks is good, right?

What’s your favorite Halloween tradition:

I used to love our neighbors’ wine & s’mores station, but now that we live in a new neighborhood I have no idea what to expect. I don’t even know if little kids live here. It’s a ghost town. Perhaps it’ll be perfect for Halloween…

My new favorite tradition is the “Teal Pumpkin Project” – you put a teal pumpkin on your porch to let families know you have allergy-friendly or non-candy treats available. I think I’d love this even if we didn’t deal with allergies – hello candy overload.

What’re you up to?!

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September Coffee Date

I just about let September coffee talk slip on by me. Probably because it still feels a lot like August? We had a few mornings that were slightly less than 80 degrees if you got out nice an early, but even that simple luxury seems to have slipped away for the meantime.

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Anyways, if we were having coffee, here are some things I may ramble about:

// Preschool starts next week and I’m actually super sad about it. KB is at an age that’s really fun and knock on the wood in the world, kind of easy. Since nothing lasts with kids, I’ll miss having him with me every minute. I don’t think I’ve been away from him for more than 2 hours since May. {Should I have admitted that?}

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// Speaking of school, it’s probably good that it is starting even though it makes me sad because the self-employed work/be a mom balance gets a little crazy in the summer. I wouldn’t change it for the world, but it’ll probably be good for my professional life to have a few dedicated work hours consistently back in my life that don’t happen in the wee hours of the morning or past my self-imposed bedtime. I’m in the process of reworking my current nutrition programs to broaden the scope of my offerings and I’m pretty excited about it. {Side note: if I talked more about working at home/ being self-employed, is that something you’d be interested in? I get a lot of questions about it…}

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// Pure Barre. If I knew I’d still be obsessed I would have laughed at myself. It’s such a good workout for me and luckily has continued to be during pregnancy. I haven’t been going quite as often and I’ll probably wait til after baby to renew my package when it runs out {maybe, we’ll see if I can resist}, but I’m so glad I tried it in the first place. I think the focus on the tiny muscle groups helps keep me injury-free {and I’m super injury-prone so that’s a huge bonus}.

// House. We live in our new house! It’s mostly unpacked {except for all the boxes still pushed in corners that I’m ignoring} and we’re starting to get used to it. We still have some work to do, but it’s nice to start to feel settled. Not knowing where we were going to live for awhile there was driving me about bonkers.

// That’s it. What are you up to this weekend?

 

*PS Excuse all the blog formatting and commenting issues. I’m having lots of technical difficulty and haven’t had the time or knowledge to sort them out properly yet. {See school comment #1.Winking smile}

 

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BeGreater Than Your Allergies

This post is sponsored by GSK Flonase.

Our noses are running constantly and tiny tears drip out of our eyes, evidence that the early spring pollen has struck again. Tis the season for itchy eyes, runny noses, and scratchy throats.

The pollen may have caught us by surprise yet again this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re giving in that easily. Allergies are no fun and I refuse to let them get the best of us and drag us down when the weather is finally turning gorgeous, so we’re doing everything we can to keep them at bay.

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Super clean

Seriously boring, but makes a huge difference. We change all the air filters, vacuum approximately a million times, and wash all our sheets, pillowcases, and blankets in steaming hot water. For once I remember to change the sheets consistently so there’s no time for extra pollen to accumulate. Showers, baths, and hand-washing all the time for everyone, too.

Shoes at the front door.

There’s no way I’m banning going outside, even if that’s where all the pollen is, so shoes are relegated to the front door so pollen isn’t tracked all over the house. Same goes for any jackets or blankets or toys that go outside. The less pollen trekked all over, the better.

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Exercise outside based on pollen count.

It’s seriously the best time of year to exercise outside – except for your lungs. Morning walks or runs happen early in the morning and if the pollen count is too high, it doesn’t happen – it’s not worth it. Continuing to exercise, however, is important too, so inside it is.

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Monday Mentions

//We moved! Well our stuff did anyways – it’s not quite ready for us just yet. After three weeks of projectsand fixes    {that luckily other people did for us}, we finally reached move-in stage. There’s still some work to be done but the rest we can do while living there and can do most of ourselves. Good thing I’m a fan of projects.

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//Amazon Prime. Have you heard about Amazon Prime Day? It’s supposed to be like Black Friday but in the middle of the summer {7/15}. I’m seriously considering doing all my Christmas shopping in July so I can check it off the list. Family and friends be warned, tell me what’s on your list now or forever hold your peace.

If you use Amazon at all, stop trying to make your shopping cart equal $35 by ordering extra stuff and just fork over the money for Prime. I’m a cheapo at heart and I promise it’s totally worth it to have stuff show up at your door two days later. {Ooooor you can just sign up for a free 30 day trial and make sure it includes July 15th. Sneaky sneaky.} <~ not an ad, just seriously excited. Probably because we have a lot of stuff to buy for our house projects.

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//Cracked pepper popcorn. I’m not really a pepper or a popcorn girl, but for some reason this hits the spot for me. I found it on the clearance rack at Homegoods of all places and went back to buy three more bags.

pepper popcorn chia pop //Spafinder cards. No, I’m not a spa girl, but these gift cards are the best because they can be used in a million different places including a bunch of fitness boutiquey places. They are the sole reason I can afford Pure Barre classes and my mom’s the best because she just bought me some more because she loves me. Winking smile

Time to go move some more stuff…

What’s Up Wednesday // June


I always mean to do one of these but I’m terribly with both days of the week and planning ahead, so when I realized things were lining up this week I had to jump on board.  
What we’re eating this week…

Lots of fresh berries, sandwiches, and anything cold. I’m so sad strawberry picking season is over already- those thugs taste like candy.

summer berries
What I’m reminiscing about…

The beach. Apparently according to Timehop this is the week we’ve gone to the beach the last few years. Love spending time unplugged by the water, but we’re foregoing a trip this year since we’re buying and working on a house.

baseball on the beach

What I’m loving…

Three and a half. I hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this but we’re in a good phase and having lots of fun just hanging out. He’s my little buddy and keeps me laughing all day long.

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What we’ve been up to…

Lots of summer birthday parties involving splash pads and bouncy houses, and plenty of early morning bike rides to beat the heat. The last week and a half has been filled with swim lessons which are not going as well as last year. I’ve also been squeezing in some Pure Barre classes now that our schedule isn’t so crazy.

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What I’m dreading…

Moving in the middle of July.

What I’m working on… 

Trying to stay ahead of my deadlines instead of worrying about getting things turned in at the very last minute. Especially a feat during summer.

What I’m excited about…

Closing on our house today! It’ll still be a few weeks before we can move in but still. Yay.

What I’m watching/reading…

Watching nothing. Reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah {very different from her other books but once I got over that I’ve been liking it}. Next up is It was Me Along by Andie Mitchell.

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What I’m listening to…

Apple radio {alternative if I pick, pop if the little guy picks} on my UEBoom. I make KB have dance parties with me while we make dinner.

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What I’m wearing…

Shorts and workout tanks…it’s too stinking hot for real clothes. {That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.}

What I’m doing this weekend…

We actually have a plan-less weekend for once- I kept it open in case I needed to be painting a house. Still TBD on that one. I know, I’m exciting.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

Having a pool to go to! This 100 degree June has been torture without a fun way to cool off – the hose just doesn’t cutting it.

100 degree june
What else is new…

My rug. 😉 yes, I bought a rug for my house before I had a house to put it in. It was at the top of our list {a cozy place to play} and it was on such super clearance I couldn’t pass it up.

What I’m doing for the 4th of July… 

It’s the husband’s birthday so he gets the luxury of choosing our activity for the holiday. Hopefully it involves fireworks and fun activities and not just mom on baby duty. Hint hint. 


What are you up to this wonderful Wednesday? 

Linking up to What’s Up Wednesday with ShayMel, and Sheaffer.