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    Five on Friday


    This week has been SO busy, B worked a ton in the last week and I’ve been slacking on the writing. Alas, here we are for 5 on Friday with a few of my fave finds and things that have happened this week.

    {ONE}

    My first run without a stroller

    This Tuesday I went for a run without my stroller and had some semi-high hopes it was going to be great. I thought I’d run about 30 seconds faster without the stroller, but I was SO wrong. I struggled so much just to keep going forward and my knee was hurting a little bit. I wasn’t super frustrated thankfully, just felt super tired and glad once I finally made it back home. Looks like I’ll be sticking with the stroller for a while longer! I also felt so weird because, as Will Ferrel says in Talladega Nights, I don’t know what to do with with my hands!

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    Late July Chips

    I recently found these chips at Costco, and they apparently also sell them at Walmart! B is a chip FIEND and these are great. The flavor isn’t overwhelming, they have just the right amount of saltiness and are thin, but don’t break when you dip into salsa, which I personally like in a chip. Enjoying these during summertime on the patio with a margarita? Sounds like a perfect evening to me!

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    Grapevine Photo

    A few weeks ago we went out to the Lane Kemper Softball Tournament that B plays in every year. We always have a good time and this year we took Cora and she did great! There is a monthly LAFD Fire magazine we get and this month they highlighted Kemper and our photo was in it! My friend told me about it and I had to save it.

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    Cradle Cap Comb

    Unfortunately , Alyssa has some cradle cap, as Cora did and I got this comb off Amazon to use on Cora and it works like a charm. I tried it again this week after our 2 month dr appointment and it seriously helped clear it up so much. The reviews are true, this comb works SO well and doesn’t hurt them at all. Her hair is already looking way better.

    {FIVE}

    Chaps Pillow

    Randomly, this past week when I went to bed, my pillow was SO flat for some reason. I tried to fluff it back up and get it back to where it was and it just seemed like it had a good run but it was time to get a new one. I ended up heading to Kohls and found this Chaps Pillow which is super comfortable and has just the right amount of fluff. Normally, $59, who knew pillows were so expensive, and I got it with coupons for $6.71?! What a steal! I slept with it last night and it was awesome to have some fluffiness again.

    Enjoy the weekend, I’m hoping to run 5 miles tomorrow again!

    5 on Friday!

    It’s another end to the week which means time for another Five on Friday! This week I have some more fun things for you to check out. Also for those who care, I’m currently 2nd in my Bachelorette Fantasy League and my team is still fully intact! Excellent news.

    {ONE}

    This shirt is AMAZING. A great find for Father’s Day, or any runner you know who is also a parent. Comes in both unisex and women’s cut, because sometimes the miles just don’t happen like they used to. 99.9% sure I’m buying this for myself soon.

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    This DW Home candle I got as a gift for Mother’s Day is from TJ Maxx/Marshalls and it smells SO good. It’s so fresh and actually fills the room with a great scent. I love a good Voluspa candle but their prices.. EEK! This is a great, inexpensive option for spring and summer.

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    Trader Joe’s BBQ Sriracha Sauce. I don’t even like Sriracha and this stuff is so good! It adds a great flavor to chicken and red meat and I’m going to make some pulled pork in the crock pot with it next week.

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    One of my favorite nap time activities is cleaning. Very few things make me happier than a clean house that smells good. Nina recently recommended this wood floor cleaner to me and I love the scent and how well it cleans my wood floors. It’s so easy and works great for the entire house. Nap time fun here I come!

    {FIVE}

    Since Nina came up earlier, another Trader Joe’s recommendation is this wine, Espiral Vinho Verde. It’s perfect for summer, grilling and hot days. Maybe even a little cocktail by the pool. I feel like it goes well with so many foods and I’m not a white wine person at all. It’s inexpensive, comes in a pretty bottle and is now in rotation at our house!

    Making Goals

    So when it comes to life, I’m a big list maker, even if it’s for small things. Usually I have daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals – all things I want try to accomplish. When I was pregnant with C, my goal was to get through birth. I was terrified of it and I didn’t read too much about it because I knew it’d freak me out. I wanted to go in with an open mind to whatever was going to happen. Same applies to running a race, I usually don’t look at a course map beforehand or else I overthink about the hills, or out and backs, and I get in my own head. With C, things went great and apparently I decided having a baby wasn’t all that bad and had another one pretty quickly. Continue reading…

    Five on Friday

    I’m linking up with April, whom I met through Nina back in January, today for my first ever, Five on Friday! I want to try to blog more frequently and I hope doing this weekly will help hold me accountable.

    {ONE}

    First off this week, one of my faves was the winner of The Voice’s ‘single’, Money on You by Chris Blue. I love the beat, it’s so happy and catchy. I can’t wait to run to it soon. I actually love the blind auditions in the Voice and watched the entire season this year. The four finalists were all great!

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    Since we’re talking TV related things… Can I get a big fat AMEN that the Bachelorette is BACK! I’m pretty involved in #BachNation and this season is my fourth season in a Fantasy League. It makes watching much more fun and I love the crazies they let on TV. My team this year is Adam, Brady, Josiah, Kenny, and WHABOOOOOM!!! Lucas. Let’s do this guys, don’t let me down.

    {THREE}

    The other day the girls and I visited with a friend from college for a playdate and she let me in on a little secret. This Latte Creamer is life changing! I don’t love coffee creamer and don’t even drink that much coffee because I prefer a milk based drink with espresso instead. This makes coffee taste just like a latte and it’s SO good. I don’t add a ton to my coffee, enough to lighten it up a bit and man,it’s delicious! It comes in three flavors but my favorite is the vanilla.

    {FOUR}

    Adjusting to our new kitchen has also meant adjusting to new cleaning supplies and seeing what works well with my cleaning habits and our new area in our home. Before we had a gross countertop, I don’t even know what material it was made out of, which I just wiped down with clorox wipes. Now we have quartz, which I’m still getting use to how to clean it best. This stuff works AMAZING and gets my countertops sparkling. It’s inexpensive and doesn’t leave any streaks which is my pet peeve. You can also find it at Target.

    {FIVE}

    It’s been so fun seeing Alyssa grow so much and even though it’s a tad bit sad, we used up our last newborn diaper last night! Onto size one we go. I also put away all her newborn sleepers because her legs were too long for them. The old saying, it goes by too fast is so very true but I’m totally enjoying the little baby stage so much more this time around!

    Cheers to a great long weekend!

    The 1st Run BACCCCK!

    This weekend I had it all planned out – heading out to attempt my first run since last July when I broke my ankle. Before that my running was pretty sporadic since having C in September, from November to last July, I ran 200 miles total. I was averaging 150-200 a month before I had her. For my first run back this time I decided I wanted to take C in the stroller because I needed something to hold onto. B was going to be home and would be able to take care of the baby while we were out. Saturday morning came and things were going slower than I expected which put me in a bad mood. I knew it was going to be a hot day so I wanted to get done early. My stroller tires were flat since it wasn’t used since last July, I wasn’t dressed and B had no sense of urgency. It just hadn’t played out like how I had imagined in my head.

    Finally, after a semi-argument, finding a way to pump up the tires, getting everyone ready to go and some encouraging words I decided it wasn’t too late and I set off. The first run this time wasn’t as jarring as it was with C, maybe I was better prepared for what to expect.  Continue reading…