The Long Weekend

Long weekends just never seem long enough. My weekend started on Friday. I spent most of the day buying plants and doing yard work. Our front yard is finally coming along. When we first moved in, we tore out three huge, but dying bushes and the space has been empty for almost two summers. I just couldn’t decided on what I wanted to put there. So this weekend I planted three knock out rose bushes and some forget me knots. That took up a majority of my day.

On Saturday, My mom, Madelyn and I started our day off with a fun run at Performance Running Outfitters. When we were there for the Run Like a Mother Event, I saw they hosted flap jack fun runs on Saturday. I asked the owner if jogging strollers were okay and she said yes. I found a new summer Saturday activity for Madelyn and me. I enjoyed a nice easy 3 mile run and she enjoyed pancakes and sprints on the track afterward.

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Sunday was a lazy day filled with blueberry pancakes and staying in our jammies until noon. The weather was less than desirable for outside activities. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for a day like that. Our weekends have been so packed, I just wanted a day to do nothing and that’s exactly what we did and it was wonderful.

On Memorial Day, we took Madelyn to her first Brewer’s game. It was quite the experience. My husband had nominated me for Hero of the Game awhile back and I was lucky enough to the throw out the first pitch during Madelyn’s first baseball game. I wasn’t too thrilled to hear that he had done this (I couldn’t remember the last time I really threw a ball!!!) but I surprised myself and I had a lot of fun. Our seats also got upgraded. We ended up sitting in the third row behind home plate. Not too shabby for Madelyn’s first game.

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We kept Madelyn occupied with popcorn and lots of cheering and lasted until about the 5th inning which is a lot longer than I thought she would last.

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Popcorn always does the trick.

I love long weekends but not when they’re followed by an extra long work week. I’d rather have it the other way around.

Parents out there, how do you keep your little one entertained for long periods of time? This little one is constantly on the go, but I wouldn’t have her any other way!

Another Mother Runner Book Event

Happy Friday to meeee! I’m looking forward to a nice, extra long weekend filled with food, family and lots of fun. And of course yard work.
We are taking Madelyn to her first Brewer’s game on Monday. She has developed an obsession for Miller Park and the fact that the “Drewers” play baseball there. I hope she’s not disappointed when we get to Miller Park and realizes that it is indeed not the type of park she probably has in mind. We have really low expectations for how long we’re actually going to sit and watch the game. The other day we made it about 25 minutes into Frozen before wanting to move onto something else.
I swear she has ants in her pants. I chased her up and down a hill today and she cried when I told her it was time to leave. She was having the best time. I wish I shared in her love of running hills.
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My mom and I have a fun run planned on Saturday morning, which involves running followed by flapjacks! I know that if I make promises of pancakes after a run in the jogger, Madelyn will be a happy girl, as long as she has her “dip it” aka syrup.
On Wednesday, we went to a fun event at Performance Running Outfitters. They hosted Dimity McDowell from Another Mother Runner. It was a fun and very inspiring book event where Dimity along with two other essayists read from their new book, ‘Tales from Another Mother Runner.’
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It’s a collection of essays from mother runners and the two essayists that were there were absolutely wonderful. Both of their stories and experiences really hit home for me. The first essayist was Amy Bailey from Green Bay Wisconsin and she talked about her journey with running and food and what she does to stay motivated after you’ve logged all those miles and hours of training runs and then it’s just over. She reminded us all that it’s about the journey.
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The second essayist was Heather Johnson Durocher who writes a blog at Michigan Runner Girl. She talked about running and about a dark time in her marriage in which I had tears in my eyes.
heatherBoth women were so real and I could relate to both of them. it’s refreshing to hear that you’re never alone in whatever it is you are going through.  It was a fun a event that kept my mom and me out way past our bedtime but it was completely worth it. We got a fun little good bag filled with running socks, GU, snacks and other fun goodies. Most importantly, the event got me even more excited about running and the community that comes along with it. I might not be training for any running event right now, but I’m still proud of what I can do. I also was reassured that I will slow down and I might even have to stop running altogether and that it’s okay. When I was pregnant with Madelyn, I decided to stop early on in my pregnancy because it felt weird and it was my first pregnancy and I didn’t know what I was capable of.
I’m so excited to read the rest of this book and write up a review on it. I highly recommend their other two books, Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother.
What’s your favorite running related book? What keeps you motivated to keep going on days you want stop? Anyone with a good mantra out there?
Also, head on over to Healthy Helper Blog for my featured guest post about barre & running! 

Pregnancy Number 2: Weeks 14-15

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I am embracing the second trimester with open arms! I can’t get over how much better I’m feeling. I sometimes forget I’m pregnant until I look at myself in the mirror or I try to hold Madelyn for long periods of time.

The first trimester seemed to last forever, but I have a feeling the rest of this pregnancy is going to fly by. I’m trying to savor the good parts as best as possible, because this will be our last baby. Larry and I are firm believers in not being outnumbered by our children.

-Aversions: Still have zero desire to eat plain almonds. Salmon was also on my list of things I’m not crazy about, which makes me really sad since it’s so good for the baby. I will try to eat it but I can’t eat as much of it as I normally do. Hardboiled eggs are also still kind of “meh”. I prefer them fried or omelet style with some feta cheese and spinach.

-Cravings: Sweet and salty like no other. Yesterday I had a butter pecan ice cream cone and an hour later I really wanted a bag of cheddar and sour cream chips. I have now tried three different brands of cheese and caramel corn. So far Trader Joe’s wins. We have a trip to Chicago scheduled in the beginning of June and I cannot wait to visit Garrett’s! Creme brûlée has become my dessert of choice, which is new to me in this pregnancy.

-Workouts: Still running and going to barre. I’ve had to modify some core moves in barre and scaled back on the cardio intensity in classes. I’ve noticed that if I go two days without exercise my mood/hormones are all over the place. Unfortunately my family has felt the wrath of this…sorry guys. I had a great gym workout on Saturday and felt like a whole new person. I love endorphins.

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-Madelyn: For the first time ever she said she wants a boy baby! She’s kind of all over the place but is still showing preference for a sister. I told her she get what she gets! haha! She loves playing with baby dolls and will sit and feed them, rock them to sleep and change their diaper. She will even sing to her baby when it cries. She’s going to be an awesome big sister.

-Energy: Much better for the most part. With some changes in our life/work schedule, I’ve been feeling a little worn out by the end of the day, but still a million times better than I was the first trimester. It’s just something I’ll have to get used to, hopefully not for too long.

Things I’m looking forward to:

-Feeling kicks from the outside. I’m starting to feel stronger movement on the inside and I love it! It gives me a reassuring feeling that everything’s okay in there.

-Our 20 week ultrasound is finally in the books and a gender reveal party is on the calendar. We’ll be finding out at the end of June if we’re having a boy or a girl.

-Getting Madelyn into her big girl room so that we can start getting ready for the baby.

I’ve been thinking a lot about giving birth again and I’d really like to have an unmedicated birth again. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same doctor who delivered Madelyn because of insurance purposes. But she was wonderful. So wonderful that I told Larry I would never have another baby without her…I’m eating my words. I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to take a crash course natural birthing class because I really can’t remember what we did the first time around. I just remember loving the birthing tub. There are a few classes in the area that are geared toward second time parents. I will probably have some persuading to do ;-)

Knock-off Salad

Friday never looked better. Things have been crazy over here this week, as we’re adjusting to new work/life schedules only to be totally spoiled over the weekend and having to adjust again come Tuesday morning. It’s a vicious circle, I know. This little face definitely makes the long days worthwhile.
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Earlier this week I had a craving for pizza. Lucky for me, hubs picked us up some frozen Lou Malnati’s pizza when he was in Chicago last and we still had one left in our freezer (which I completely forgot about-always the best).
Besides a big glass of red wine, the sweet taste of the Malnati salad always pairs well our pizza. Since we didn’t have a salad from Lou’s, I attempted to re-create it from memory and cross my fingers. The kitchen gods were watching over me because it was right on point. Larry even said he couldn’t taste a difference between mine and the restaurant’s.
IMG_3558The only thing that I could’ve done better was maybe look up the actually ingredients on their website ;-) I used blue cheese instead of gorgonzola and bacon instead of salami. I could pick out the blue cheese mistake right away, but I had no idea they used salami, I always thought it was bacon.
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Ingredients for the salad:
Romaine lettuce
Tomatoes
Olives
Fresh Mushrooms
Salami (pan fried)
Gorgonzola cheese crumbles
Since the dressing is heavy with sugar (it’s a sweet vinaigrette), I substituted coconut sugar for regular white table sugar. Some of the health benefits of coconut sugar are lower glycemic rate (doesn’t raise blood sugar levels quickly), lower amounts of fructose, and contains some traces of vitamins.
-1/3 C extra-virgin olive oil
-6 tbsp. white wine vinegar
-4 tbsp. sugar
-2 tsp Italian seasoning
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1/2 salt
Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl and pour over each individual serving of salad. There’s nothing worse than making a salad soggy and throwing it away.
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One thing I will never attempt to re-create? Chicago-style pizza…it’s in a category all its own.
What’s your favorite restaurant salad? Any success making it at home?
Enjoy your Friday & your weekend! I know I will!
What’s your favorite restaurant salad? Any success making it at home?
Enjoy your Friday & your weekend!

Mother’s Day Weekend Recap + A Giveaway

sisterssweatI started out my weekend with a sweaty Friday night brawl class with my sis and woke up Saturday morning for the grand opening of The Barre Code Brookfield. The studio is beautiful. It’s also nice and close which is a huge plus.

On Sunday, I woke up and was all set to run a 5k with Madelyn in the jogging stroller.

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I signed up for Run Like a Mother 5k-a mother’s day race I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now, and the weather was awful. Not only was it in the low 40s, but it was rainy and windy. Something I probably could have forged through but I felt bad dragging Madelyn down to the lakefront for a race. I got to my mom’s house and we decided that Starbucks sandwiches and coffees sounded like a much better idea. I HATE not doing a race that I sign up for, but I had to think of the little peanut.

I purchased this For Two Fitness tank a few weeks ago. I LOVE their tank tops and workout gear. I wore their stuff with when I was pregnant with Madelyn and I’m looking forward to wearing it with baby #2. It’s very comfortable and grows nicely along with a growing belly.

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The lovely people at For Two Fitness is offering Healthy Tidbit readers 25% off of merchandise (excluding gift cards) if they use the discount code: HTBR42 from now until June 10, 2015.

They’re also running an AMAZING giveaway on their blog with $1000 worth of prizes. The giveaway starts today and runs until Friday, so head on over and check out the contest here.  Some of the goodies include: Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller, a Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS, a pair of Feetures Graduated Compression Socks, For Two Fitness apparel, and Sara Haley’s Expecting More and Sweat UNLIMITED workout DVDs.

Later in the day we met my mom and sister at Firefly for an awesome Mother’s Day brunch. I decided to wear my top from Stitch Fix. I never did a review of Stitch Fix because I received my first box early in my pregnancy and wasn’t sharing the news yet, but they sent me some really awesome things. I will definitely be doing it again.

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I love how light and comfortable this top is and can’t wait to pair it with some jean shorts and cute sandals.

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The husband and Madelyn definitely spoiled me this year. I got this necklace I’ve been wanting for a while on Etsy.

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And a fun little polaroid camera. I love it!

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We gifted my mom with a weekend in Chicago to see Dirty Dancing the musical. I cannot wait to head to the windy city with my two favorite ladies at the end of this summer.