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    La Palma 5K Race Recap

    Whoooooweeeee I haven’t run a race in a long time and this little 4th of July race was a good place to start up again. I love running races. They are so fun and make everyday running more enjoyable when you’re training for something or have a goal in mind. I knew I had this race coming up on my calendar so it kept me going when I was tired or didn’t want to run in the mornings.  Continue reading…

    Five on Friday

    It’s time for another 5 on Friday! This week I didn’t have a chance to blog much but hopefully next week I have a little bit more time to post.

    {ONE}

    Roy’s Sushi Class. This was B’s Father’s Day gift because I’m trying to not give stuff and focus more on experiences and memories. I got an email about this class and it looked fun so I called and signed us up. It was $55 and SO great! We got SO much food and learned a lot about how to make and roll sushi. We learned how to make a hand roll, California roll, Maine Lobster Roll, Tuna Tartare and their famous Sunrise at Haleakala Roll. It was well worth it and a great day date activity.

    {TWO}

    Aquarium Time. We got passes from B’s parents for Christmas and haven’t gone much since we had A. We ventured out with her this week and it was great! C was a bit more interested as she gets each time we go and A did awesome, even though I think she wanted to get out of her car seat at some points. It was fun until the end when C had the most epic meltdown of her entire life and just sat in the center of the outdoor area screaming and kicking for a good 10 minutes. We decided it was time to go after that.

    {THREE}

    This week I had a little Summer Bible Study Girls Night and before I went and got my nails done. It was LONG overdue and B encouraged me to leave a little early and get them done. I wanted a nice red for the 4th and this was the first bottle I picked up! The color name made me laugh :)

    {FOUR}

    Running this week has not been great. I ran Tuesday and haven’t ran since. B picked up a random shift and so that ruined my plans to run Thursday and will probably work on Saturday too. I was actually planning on taking them both Thursday, but when I went outside to take the trash out to the curb everything was covered in ash and it was so smokey out because of some brush fires in the area. I knew it wasn’t a good idea to run in the air quality and also for them being out in it. Alas, I will attempt to run Saturday but I do have my race next Tuesday so maybe a break was good for me. I was hoping to run 50 miles this month but ended at 45.2 miles for the month.

    {FIVE}

    This Ballard Design Laundry Mat. I am hoping to add this to our laundry room soon! It looks so cute and would be great to add a cushioned mat to that area since I stand there and fold our laundry before putting it away. I also have been eyeing some of their rugs for the living room and kitchen area that is still a bit unfinished. Hopefully we can get them soon!

    Here’s to a great Holiday weekend!

    Five on Friday

    This week equally flew by and also felt like it was draaaaaging along at times. So funny how that happens. It’s been SUPER hot here and it’s going to cool off this weekend so that will be a nice change.

    {ONE}

    French Braiding – I’ve been attempting to learn how to french braid my own hair for as long as I can remember. I don’t know why but it’s SO hard for me to do. I finally have been watching some pretty cool tutorials (Twist Me Pretty, BloHaute, Missy Sue Blog) and I tried to do it the other day not looking in the mirror and it worked WAY better. I couldn’t believe it! I still have some major wonky parts, can only do an ‘inside out’ braid and my hair is SO thick right now it’s a little hard to deal with, but it’s the best attempt I’ve ever done. Hopefully with more tutorials and C taking an hour to eat a meal, I can practice my braiding over the kitchen sink.

    {TWO}

     

    WTF Weather App – I saw someone post about this on Instagram and it’s hilarious! Makes checking the weather that much more fun, especially with the super hot weather we were having! Just look it up in your app store.

    {THREE}

    Airplane Landing Park – We went to LAX last Saturday when B was off work in the morning to show C the planes. It was SO much fun and she was freaking out with excitement. We’ve been trying to go for a few weeks and I’m so glad we finally did. It’s right next to LAX and an In and Out Burger and I was proud that I didn’t give into the animal style fries for lunch.

    {FOUR}

    I’m looking for a more mom friendly wardrobe and was wondering if anyone had any great not super tight tank tops they loved? PLEASE leave a comment with your favorites! I am finding that all I have are loose fitting spaghetti strap tanks which are cute if I’m not bending over and exposing my bra to everyone at the playground. I also don’t love the super tight ones because I’m still working on getting back into shape. So maybe a little flowy with some thick straps so I can wear a normal bra. Any faves? Let me know!

    {FIVE}

    Maidenform Strapless Bra – Since having A, my bra size changed a bit and I with this heatwave I’ve been wearing tanks and I hate having my straps hang out. I’ve looked for a strapless bra but a lot of them don’t have great support. A bra not staying up while your wrangling two kids is a BIG problem. I was feeling a big discouraged until I found this one at Target! It’s super soft, fits great, stays up well and gives you a normal ‘shape’. I didn’t want to spend a ton since I know the size will probably be changing as I lose weight {hopefully} so this was perfect. I’ve worn it a few times and love it!

    I ran a 4.5 miler yesterday and felt awesome, so I’m looking forward to hopefully feeling great on my 6 miler tomorrow morning!

    6 Great Things for Baby #2

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    With two tiny tots we have found a few new “must have” things to add to our bag of tricks. We also have a few old faves that have continued to make our life easier.

    Skip Hop Backpack – So with C, I just used a giant purse that I already had as my diaper bag and I had a skip hop changing pad inside. I realized quickly this wasn’t going to work with two when I had multiple sizes of diapers, many changes of clothes, bottles, sippy cups, snacks and burp cloths to just name a few things. Then trying to juggle it all while holding C and the carseat, I just knew it wasn’t a great plan. A backpack seemed like a way more logistically friendly option and for these first almost three months it has really been a life saver! With lots of separate pockets I can pack both girls up and throw it on my back like the pack mule I’ve become. We also got C a little backpack so she can schlep some of her own stuff sometimes too! She loves to wear it and it was a ‘gift’ from her sister along with a doll that she could care less about.

    Summer Infant Double View Monitor – This was another must have as both of our kids are still in cribs and napping throughout the day we wanted to keep an eye on them. Had I known that they were going to be so close together I would have probably gotten this monitor to begin with. It has worked SO well, minus that the battery doesn’t last very long but I think that is a very common problem with monitors. Great picture, good viewing panel, and I like that it has the dual screen capabilities and also the talkback option.

    The Mamaroo – Thankfully we had this from C and it has worked its magic again! I’m so glad it doesn’t take up too much space in our house and is somewhat neutral colored. A actually likes it’s WAY better than C did and its been great to set her down in it while I’m trying to feed her big sis lunch or get ready to head out for the day.

    AngelCare Bath Support – The first time around we swore by the Puj Tub, but unfortunately with our new farmhouse sink it doesn’t fit anymore and now we also have two little bodies to bathe. This has been a life saver especially when I’m alone with both of them and they need a bath. It allows me to wash them both at the same time and keeps her nice and supported. I know we’ll be using this for a while!

    Ubbi Diaper Pail – I have heard so many people say that diaper pails are a waste, but honestly, we LOVE ours and I’d much rather throw diapers away in there then take them out to the trash can each time because it’s not convenient the way our house is set up. Now that we are going through a looooot of diapers and it’s easier to just have one in each room. We loved the first one so much that we bought another one, same exact kind and color. No stink and I empty them once a week.

    Ergo Carrier – This has been a lifesaver for me, especially in the evenings when B is working. I never really had to wear C that much since I had free hands. Well now those hands are taken up! Feeding lunch and dinner are the most challenging times for me.  I tried a few different wraps and none of them offered the support like the Ergo and I felt the best and most secure wearing this as well.

    The stuff we’ve been reusing a TON already are the Halo Sleep Sacks, Avent Natural Bottles, Burp Cloths, Angel Care (totally helps me sleep at night) and the sound machine. We have two of the same sound machines and those things are always running ;) This is also B’s MUST HAVE, best baby product EVER (his words) the Skip Hop Changing Pad. We had another one and it was oddly stolen out of my car and we bought another one two days later. It’s amazing on the go and when you’re out and about!

    And someone please buy this Skip Hop High Chair… We have the previous version of this, but this one is beauuuuuuutiful!

    It’s been a transition with 2 kids but honestly, it’s been much easier than I expected. Another mom told me to go in with really really low expectations and I think that has been the best piece of advice because I was pleasantly surprised. Also, Alyssa is an incredibly easy and laid back baby and Cora is really self entertained and easy going as well. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m really enjoying being a mom more than I ever imagined I would!

    Do you have any must haves for your babies/kids? What should I put on my list as they grow? Favorite toys/learning things? Leave a comment so I can add it to my amazon cart and see if it ever drops in price ;)

    The Perfect Patriotic Race Outfit!

    I recently signed up for the La Palma 5K this year which takes place on the 4th of July. I usually like to dress up to celebrate and kick the morning off with some festive fun. This year is no different and I’m already scouting for options! I thought I’d share a few awesome and patriotic finds for anyone else running on the 4th too!

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