Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Dear Baby...

I can't believe it but my baby is one year old.  She has gone from a tiny helpless baby to a curious, entertaining, happy baby girl. 

She is an amazing blessing that I can't imagine living without.  Looking all the way back to Hood to Coast when I had my first inclination that I might be pregnant to today so much has changed as a result of her entering our world. 

I'm working on a more formal Mommy and Me update at the one year mark but for now, how about a sneak preview of our family photo shoot and her one year pictures.  We were lucky enough to have Danielle Lydon here in St. Louis take these photos and as you can see, they are amazing.  She's extremely talented and I can't wait to show you the rest of the pictures. 

I've been a little absent from the blog this week because we're getting ready for her party.  Here's a sneak peak at the color scheme and decor.  Lots of cutting, sewing and planning.  I have a tendency to go a little overboard for birthday parties.  I do it once then I'm done for a while.  Here's a link to see E's first birthday.  LINK

Anyway, back to MiniE...I'm sure a lot of you moms can relate to this but as happy as I am to see her grow up and see her achieve these milestones, there's a slight sinking feeling in my stomach knowing these are our last "firsts".  I just want to keep her this size.  Is that so wrong?! 

So I ask, what's one of your favorite moments of your kids at this age?

Monday, April 14, 2014

The New Easter Egg Hunt

I don't know about you but I LOVE Easter.  Cute kids in their Easter's finest, spring time weather and Easter egg hunts!  Most of the time people think Easter Egg hunts are just for kids but I have an idea that will have you running around with your kids!

In the past, I've given you different healthy options to fill their Easter baskets but one of the things we love to do is fill plastic eggs with jelly beans, M&M's and other bite sized candy.  That's ok, everything in moderation but why not turn that Easter Egg hunt into a way to get fit with your kids?

Turn that Easter Egg hunt into a circuit!  Fill your Easter Egg with exercises, have someone hide them,  and go!  Make it a competition with your child.  It will be fun!

I tried it with E this weekend and it was a ton of fun.  He just loved running around with me and loved doing the moves I did.  You are going to want to try it.  You know you want too!
Easter Egg Workout
Great way to get active with your kids!
When was the last time you participated in an Easter Egg Hunt?  What's your favorite part of Easter?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marvelous Monday: Memories and Music

Sometimes the best weekends are those when nothing is planned.  Those are the times when little memories are made and life is enjoyed.

I seem to have gotten myself a nice little injury after last week's half (read the recap here) so I've been trying my hardest to "rest" it.  In lieu of crazy long runs and workouts, I filled my weekend with building little memories and amazing music.

The Many Faces of MiniE
I can't believe this little thing is about to turn 1 on Wednesday.  Blink and this is what happens.  Time flies!

Big Brother Showing MiniE the games at Chick-fil-a

I could watch these two all day, some days I do.  Saturday night was a night of Home Depot trips and dinner at the Chick-fil-a.  It's about the only place with an "indoor playground" that I will let the kids use.  It's always clean, the people are extraordinary and it's so much fun to watch them explore.

This weekend S and I also got to go listen to some music that was beyond marvelous.  It's inspiring, it's emotional and it reminds what power music has.  It's more than just what you fill your playlist with, it helps you recall memories, it takes you away from reality and it opens your mind.

If you ever get a chance to see Ben Folds play with a symphony, do it.  It's an amazing show that you can just get lost in.  If you don't believe me, search for it on YouTube.  So I'm going to end my weekend thinking about all the amazing memories and moments this weekend afforded me and feel inspired and ready to take on a new week!

What inspired you this weekend?  What memories did you make?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

St. Louis Fashion Week Is Coming

I know, I know...what do I know about Fashion?  The honest answer is not much, but I do know that Fashion Week here in the STL is a lot of fun.  Produced by Alive Magazine, Fashion Week is April 23-25 and tickets are just $15 per show which makes it really accessible for everyone.

St. Louis Fashion Week 2014
I was invited to attend a VIP Blogger event last night so I went to check it out.  I thought for sure I would stick out, seeing as though my fashion sense extends to workout clothes and some business formal attire but nothing on trend but I went anyway.

I had a ton of fun!  The brands they had for us to meet were all local, which I loved, and a great blend of fashion, fitness, beauty, food and drink.

One of the highlights for me was meeting TriFlare.  They are a local St. Louis start up created by Andrea Robertson, a triathlete that wanted to race with style.  She created a line of trisuits for women and has taken her style out of the transition area and into the Olympic Synchronized Swimming Pool.  TriFlare landed the contract to design and outfit the the team.
There were so many great people that turned out for the event, I really did forget that I was a fish out of water.  I enjoyed seeing passionate people in their element.  It really created a cool vibe.  Similar to the start of a race but everyone is in high heels instead of running shoes.  :)  You can see the rest of the pictures on my instagram.

St. Louis Fashion Week VIP Blogger Event
If you're interested in any of the brands, check them out here:

  • ALIVE Magazine | @ALIVEMagSTL
  • Scape American Bistro | @ScapeSTL
  • Luichiny (Bronx/Diba) | @Luichiny
  • Glik’s | @GlikClick
  • TriFlare | @TriFlareInc
  • Soft Surroundings | @SoftSurroundings
  • BelleStyle | @BelleStyle
  • Vogue Footwear | @VogueFootwear
  • Blue Bird Apparel | @BlueBirdApparel
  • Dimvaloo | @Dimvaloo                                 the only Lorna Jane shop in the Midwest
  • Jenny Present | @JennyPresent
  • The Hive | #TheHiveInAlton                      Amazing Popcorn!!
  • Shirt Kong | @ShirtKong
  • Thirteenth & Washington | @13thByKristen
  • Body by India’s World | #BodyByIndia  Amazing Lotion!!
  • It Works! | @ItWorksGlobal
  • Suzanne Lay | @SuzanneLaySTL

If you're interested in tickets to Fashion Week, you can purchase them here: Buy Tickets

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wanted...Running Buddy

This past Sunday, during the half, I ran into a friend and we ran together for a little while and I can't tell you how nice it was.  I have forgotten what it's like to run with someone since I run predominately by myself.

I'm thinking of placing a "want" ad in the paper but I need your help.  Here's what I have so far:

Looking For Running Buddy
Seeking Running Buddy
So my question...

What do you look for in a running buddy?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Go! St. Louis Half Marathon Race Recap

It's no secret I've been in a little bit of a rut this past fact it had led me to not running at all this entire week.  So I was very apprehensive about even attempting this race but I couldn't let a perfectly paid for half go by so I sucked it up and got my gear ready.

The morning of the race, I jumped out of bed grabbed my Nuun Energy and headed out not feeling all to confident about what was about to go down.  I didn't even really have a plan or goal...just run as far as I could. 

If you've not been to the Lou, you probably are thinking it's flat but sadly it's not.  Lots of ROOOOLLLIINNNGGG hills.  They even named one of the longest.  But back to the "plan" or lack there of.

Go! St. Loui Half Marathon Map
Go! St. Louis Half Marathon Map - HOLY HILLY!
I started the race with the second corral and really didn't feel like running but I took off and found myself pace group shopping for about two miles...the 9:15 pace group started off by me and I quickly realized that wasn't came 9:30..I could do that and I did for a few miles.

At about mile 5, I was seriously thinking about just dropping out.  I really was frustrated with the fact that I just wasn't excited to be running but I kept going with the 9:30 pace group.  Finally about 6.5 when I realized I was half over, I finally started to feel good about the run.  I slowed down a little to try to keep my heart rate somewhat consistent but I was still running. 

At mile 8, I ran into a friend doing the relay and we talked for a little while and I realized just how nice it is to run with someone.  We talked small talk and it really made the time pass.  I have really forgotten how nice it is to run with someone.  I'm definitely going to be making a better effort to try to find someone run with.

By the time we split, I only had two miles left and I couldn't believe I was still running. I was feeling a little sore but still running!  So with one more hill to go, I told myself to just embrace the pace and push. 

Downtown St. Louis
The Path To The Finish Line

I crossed the finishline and felt so good about finishing this race.  From not wanting to do it at all to finishing one of my strongest halfs in a while, I was proud. 

I think the new Runner's World Training Plan was a huge part of why the race went so well.  I really liked it and will probably use it again.  Next up...Rock 'n' Roll Chicago in July.

How was your weekend? What are you proud of, it can be anything?  Brag a little!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roll With The Punches

Uh...the dreaded "rut" has hit me with a vengeance.  I know exactly why, a few disappointments back to back have lead me to this point.  It's so frustrating to try so hard only to have things fall through, not once, not twice but three different events have turned out in a less than desirable way. 

I know I'm venting but I'm just bummed and as a result have fallen into a major rut.  There are lots of ways to combat the evil rut but this time around I'm just going to roll with it.  Sometimes I think fighting only exacerbates the issue. 

It feels like this time I just need to let it go for a little while, maybe make this rut work for me instead of against me.  So I'm not fighting it, I'm giving in, if only for a little while.  I'm not going to stress about not working out or about what I eat, I'm just not.  I'm hoping that after a little while, I'll hit a point where it's just not ok anymore and I'll get moving. 

Do you fight or let go in a situation like this?