Weekend Recap – Fitness Fun.

So this weekend was nothing crazy spectakular (on the surface); but, it was exactly what I needed filled with Evan, workouts, house work and relaxing.  No fireworks, no parties… Just two calm days that were busy but for all the reasons I love.

I hit the mat with one of my favorite instructors, Lou:

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I hit the pavement with a bright pink pair of well, running shoes:

IMG_1849I even hit the gym, not only for pool time with my little man but weight time with my arms, legs and back:

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It wouldn’t be complete without feeling nostalgic and doing a few jumpers, quiet a few mad that wonderful “swish” sound we all know and love.

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It was a busy physical weekend that was finished with several miles with my two main weekend dudes, Oso and Evan.

IMG_1789Oh and not helping my obsession over getting myself a vitamix… Green smoothies:

IMG_1878Kale, mango, pineapple. On. Point. Amazingness.

Lets also take a moment for my lulu obsession:

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Wunder unders in orange and soot & my steal warm it up crew.

Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

On. The. Go.

Life has really been exactly the way it should be: completely nutzo but in the best way possible.  I mean I get to come home to this:

IMG_1828 IMG_1829My main men and well… Evan’s wild mane that I couldn’t love any more than I do.  He is still the light of our lives. <3

The past week has been extremely busy.  Work, play, bed. That has been the routine and the weather is definitely changing.  I find myself layering and it reminds me a of a few things: well FALL of coure, new wardrobe, shopping and birthdays.

followed by a meltdown

followed by a meltdown

New lulu from the hubby! <3

New lulu from the hubby! <3

I'm still not feeling the best, so don't mind my disheveled look lo;

I’m still not feeling the best, so don’t mind my disheveled look 

(some love from last year) -

THis year I have a very different life.  New job, new home, new loves, a new happy grateful outlook on my life… Everything feels like it is right where it should be.

Today my life consisted of a run, a cuddle date, a coffee date, a swim date, a yoga date and a dinner date with two of the best parents in the world:

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Yoga with Lou was nothing short of amazing.  I really wanted to go to C2 because I wanted more of a workout but Hot Power Fusion hit the spot.  I focused on my intention (being more confident) and hit everything.  I also went on a very short run this morning and Evan clinged to me like no other in his freezing swim class.  We both walked out of there with purple lips and chattering teeth.

Also, how much am I loving my swiftly (above) and my practice freely tank?  Love. Them.

IMG_1582 IMG_1584 IMG_1585Family walks when I force Hector out of the house are a lot of fun too.  I mean look at these sunsets that are beautiful pictures that do not even SCRATCH the surface of just how amazing they really were.

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I’m literally falling asleep writing this but just wanted to update on a few positive things. Synopsis:

  • Momma, yoga/run time
  • love
  • beautiful sunsets
  • life
  • Evan
  • Hector
  • Friends
  • Green tea

 

 

Run Intentions and Fails

Happy Sunday!  Yesterday flew by!  I was up and at it pretty early [I always am] but missed my morning run and said to myself “no worries I have a day full of running around, Sunday will be better”.  So yesterday we had walk time, pool time, shop time and cuddle time:

IMG_1776Well that wasn’t in order but I love cuddle time with Evan.  It is not the rarest thing, I have such a lovey baby but it really never gets old and I love that he still finds such comfort in my arms.

But it was swim day two with my nugget.  He skipped his morning nap, fell asleep on the way to the gym and I was quiet frightened that he might be a bit unhappy about pool time; but, alas he was happy as a clam… How did I get so lucky?

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I took his swim shirt this week because I remember him with purple lips last week, but his lips were just as purple this week if not faster than last week.  He still is so fun; but I’m not sure I love the instructor I really liked the “sub” last week.

Hector, Evan and I also went on a short walk to our favorite nearby mom and pop owned health food store, Larabee Herbs:

IMG_1756 IMG_1758 IMG_1754 IMG_1753We browsed the aisles like we always do.  I love the herby (word?) smell of the place I almost feel healthier just stepping through the threshold.  The owners are almost always there, they are so friendly and so knowledgeable.  I just popped in for a Kombucha this time around but I always feel like I want to roll out my yoga mat and do some flows or meditate when I walk in there.  Funny thing?  I bet it would be welcomed! haha.  My family has been a frequenter of the store for many many years and I love chatting with the people there they have one mission: to make people healthier and happier. <3

We also made a trip to Costco and picked up a few things including adorable alien organic cotton pjs for Evan. Evan isn’t a fan of carts but still loves his Ergo and Moby; so yesterday I stuck him in the Ergo as we happily browsed Costco:

IMG_1781 IMG_1779By the time I got home after Costco, it was time for dinner and sleepy time!  The weather was amazing and I wanted to take Evan for a walk but he was done with the Ergo and I discovered a flat on the BOB *Sigh* so we snuggled and watched terrible television.

Fast forward to today!  I was up early prepping for my run.  It was quarter to 6 and I heard the little man stirring.  Hector went out last night to watch the fight so he got home late and I knew he would sleep through Evan’s cries so I grabbed my little morning ninja, brewed some coffee and tried to get my hubs to cuddle with Evan or get up and play so I could go on my run.  45 minutes later Evan was finally happy and content with sleepy daddy and BOOM I let out the dog and downpour… So here I sit waiting for  the rain to end so I can go on my run and all my boys are sleeping in a triangle pattern around me as I sit and type this blog.  We have ventured into the living room and I have Oso on his pillow to my left, Hector in the love-seat to my right and Evan smack in my arms all sleeping peacefully…  The sounds around me are the rain hitting the grass/pavement outside, Evan and Hector’s breathing and Oso’s puppy dreams.

One thing you learn to do as a parent is live on other people’s time tables.  So yes, I am behind and didn’t get my run in BUT I did get a blog in and some more camera research.  I also have been able to enjoy my loaded coffee (it is leaded, so strong!).

Meanwhile, I’m off to make some lists to email to myself because this day has not started off as productive as I would have liked, but that is ok the day is still fairly young. <3

One more post swim picture from yesterday with Mr. Purple Lips himself.

One more post swim picture from yesterday with Mr. Purple Lips himself.

What are your Sunday plans?!

 

 

 

Saturday Loves

Hello, friends.  Happy Saturday!

The weather in Chicago went from summertime to full fall in 3 seconds:

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So we grabbed some hearty mums to mark the occasion that look beautiful now but my mom reports the flowers will die and they will be big green blobs haha. Ah well I’ll remember them like the above.

Last Saturday we enjoyed coffee on the deck with amazing warm air and someone only needed to be half dressed:

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Today we are inside frantically closing windows with long sleeves, pants and socks on! My how things can change in a week.

Evan has officially started swim lessons.  He is an Aqua Baby!  We have lessons every Saturday and he LOVES it so far.  He is a little charmer who likes to kick and splash and wants to stay in the water even when his teeth are chattering and his lips are a funny shade of purple.

I’ve gotten way better about taking my own time; going to the gym, going for a short run or walk and visiting one of my favorite places on earth the yoga studio:

IMG_1704[1]Needless to say I’m more grounded and centered and happy.  Yoga is blissful.

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Also… It’s back!  Pumpkin spice lattes!  I have an SBux in my building at work… Talk about danger zone.  The way to have it is a grande nonfat 1 pump no whip extra foam… one of my favorite things about fall.  It is clearly only a treat but reminds me fall is in the air <3  (My go-to at Starbucks is a Venti Zen, just ask Susie).  My sister posted those amazingly appropriate photo to my page:

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(if you know the source let me know for credits!!)

A few more random things about the end of summer… HOT BEVERAGES – My hubs and I are still obsessed with Blue Max:

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Mocha for him, green tea for me (how awesome is that lil teapot!?)… A scone to share.  I get the lean scramble (um yum) and share my sweet potatoes and fruit with Evan while Hector enjoys his chorizo eggs Benedict (Huevous Benedictos).  They just posted to their facebook page that they have a pumpkin spiced latte… guess who will be trying that tomorrow morning?!<<<<<<<<<this girl! (I’ll have to sneak in an AM run and treat myself)

My plants have survived the summer including these crazy herbs.  Next year I’ll have to learn how to “harvest” them – the lemon balm took over and I need to look up ways to use it:

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Can you believe the last time I updated you I thought they were outta control and they looked like this:

DSC_0674Next year I’ll know to skip the lemon balm or put it in a smaller pot.  They look well manicured above. <3

I’m also still deciding on switching out my camera or updating the lens, any ideas?  I have the Nikon D3000 – and am really unsure if I want to just switch it out for a Canon.

Well today is packed!  Off to Costco, some cleaning/organizing, Target, swim, gym, yoga (free C1!) and a wine night with a very special lady.

What things are you loving about the change of season?  I’m feeling extra energized!  It is that or the opc3 and my b vitamins! haha

 

 

 

Making House, Home.

Happy long weekend, everyone!

While I sit on my bed listening to my sweet baby hum himself to sleep in his room (right next door)… I’m pouring over all the different projects I want to do to my home. RIGHT. NOW. haha

I’m ready to run to World Market and re-do everything in my home… I’m in love with their inspiration photos:

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that rug on top of the larger jute rug… Brilliant. All things in good time I suppose.

Today the seasonal organization bug hit me and I woke up early to get a few things done since we have a pretty packed day.  I have a feeling I will be heading to the store to pick up some items I really shouldn’t due to the pictures above.  I need to win the HGTV lotto or something… Ever since we bought this house I’ve been obsessed with home improvement projects that are outside our spending zone but when you own a home you want things perfect and I feel there is so much to do around here to make it perfect.  Yesterday we picked up this little guy:

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He was $5.00 at Lowes, we are naming him Ralph and hope to nurse him back to health.  First step, new pot and fresh fertilized soil.  Luckily the weather is still pretty nice so he might make a patio appearance until the weather gets too cold. Ralph likes lots of sun and warm weather.  He does not like to sit in water, he likes his soil moist and never dry.

It is amazing what a few fresh plants can do to a space.

Another random note; yesterday my boys and I ventured out for some outstanding coffee at our favorite weekend stop, the Blue Max:

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Evan sat in his own patio chair and was so well behaved.  I hit the toddler jackpot.  He sat down, read his book and played with his caterpillar while eating roasted sweet potatoes and some of my spinach omelet.  There was a sweet little girl who just turned 2 at the table next to ours and he just sat there and flirted with her… My little charmer.

We went shopping to our usual spots Whole Foods, Target and Costco.  While at Costco we came across:

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*GASP* CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!  Now, I’m such a HUGE FAN of Christmas time.  I feel like there is a natural magic in the air, pop in The Santa Clause and I’m a kid again thinking about the North Pole… But GEEZ!  Isn’t it early?!  It isn’t even Labor Day!  Hector and I are looking so forward to this Christmas with the new house; last year we had a fake tree and were not sure if we were closing on a house or not.  We were in a weird place as a new family unsure of what the future held. Spending was tight because we had all those house expenses that creep up when you buy:  prepaid insurance, inspection, appraisal, etc. Plus we were recovering from me taking unpaid time off work for maternity leave.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to all the holidays this year but feel like Costco is reminding us too quickly that they are approaching!  It is hard to believe that at this exact time last year Hector and I were just chatting on how maybe we should start house hunting thinking that a year from then we would start making serious offers and here we are now… in our home. It is so amazing.  Where we are today is so amazing, my whole family is within walking distance.  I feel like we have rekindled our family relationships and feel like we are all in such a good place:

IMG_1334 IMG_1335 IMG_1432 IMG_1458Sure there are stresses to owning a house, but right now I feel so blessed.  This place is now home where we enjoy dinner in our backyard:

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and put together fab little meals in our kitchen:

IMG_1513It is where we chat about our futures, relive our many amazing memories, and daydream about adding to our little family:

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I’ve never been in a better place mentally.  I think it is a product of those around me, (My amazing friends -you all are so inspiring, my phenomenal family) and taking better care of myself.  Pretty sure these B vitamins (the Bliss Kit!) are also doing some amazing things! But we will chat about that later.

So after this random blog; what makes your house home?  We are always burning fun scents in the house typically in line with the seasons (except my lavender scents that burn year round, it is my absolute FAVORITE) – we are starting to fill the house with more pictures too which makes it feel homey.  I feel like the minute things go on the wall it feels like we are here to stay.

Off to do many projects with the mom.  Be back later!