Ten Things.

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Hello there!  I am back again!  Trying this whole “consistency” thing 😉  Without further ado, here are 10 “things.”

  1. Super Into this guy.                                            IMG_2252
  2. Obsessed with my wand.  Takes like 5 minutes to curl my hair.  It is $15 bucks!  PRIME!  Get it…IMG_2285
  3. 7 Mother’s Day Miles; split (3 before brunch on treadmill and 4 outside during naps-it was glorious out!!                                                            IMG_2271
  4. Fun Fact:  I eat PB & J for lunch EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  Same bread, same Jelly (bon ma’man), same PB.  I am a woman of routine, what can I tell you. Side note:  I totally have different dinners each night lol.  But I like what I like! It is SOOOO delicious and hits the spot!                                                                 IMG_2287
  5.  Completely obsessed with my new Tom’s Majorca Cutout sandals. They are BEYOND comfortable (trust me; I have the most sensitive runner feet) and are super cute!  I totally got mine on Amazon (thanks for the blog love) no lie; because… instant gratification. 🙂                                                           IMG_2206
  6. Mother’s Day Brunch at the Please Touch Museum; Never disappoints!   IMG_2254
  7. Salad Bar Luncheon for the teacher’s at C’s school!  LOVE a good salad bar!  IMG_2079
  8. Date night at Ela.  LOVE it there!
  9. REALLY dig my new sneakers from Target!      I wanted walking/kicking around ones and these are beyond perfect.  I like to wear them without socks because they hug my feet and feel sooo good!                     IMG_2186
  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE these kiddos!  Amazing masks/capes here!IMG_2110

Hope you had a great weekend!

21 Seconds.

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Hey there.  So, yea, it sure has been a while, eh?  My apologies.  April was hard to describe; I would say heavy.  And I just didn’t have the time or emotional bandwidth to blog.  BUT.  I do have a someone epic race recap (and photo!) coming at ya!

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I know. Epic.  To explain, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jordan Hasay and she sticks her tongue out when she runs.  She kicked A$$ at Boston and so I was paying homage and clearly was also suuuuper stoked to have crossed!  It was a tough race.  I earned my time; albeit 21 seconds short of my goal 😉 Here is my recap!

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Pinning my bib! (swoon)

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Pre-race prep!

So.  I woke up with tummy trouble.  Always fun.  Had to actually stop at a (lovely) MacDonalds on the way…after trying about two gas stations and a Dunkin Donuts.  Fun times.  It was dire though.  Anyway, we got to the race (the amazing Scott drove me and my two neighbors to the race; NOTHING beats a pre-race ride.  thank you baby! Also a shout-out to the boys’ dad for staying behind to get the boys ready to go to meet me at the finish-gasp!!) at about 8:05.  Start time is 8 but I typically don’t like being early.  The waiting kills my nerves.  I entered right into the corral about to start and off I went!

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I wore pink for someone very special to me who is fighting Breast Cancer.  Every mile was for her.

I Crossed the start at about 8:10.  And right from the start, a super annoying thing happened that NO runner desires; I had to pee, like .25 miles into the race.  Really badly. All of the sudden.  And I could NOT focus on anything but that!  UGH!  So, I pulled over and relieved myself… 21 seconds.  From there, I just tried to book book book it!  I really feel that, save for the 9th mile, I truly put in maximum effort.  And speaking of that 9th mile…I am SO MAD.  Another suuuuuper annoying runner-thing (for me, at least) thing happened; I had brought Advil into the car.  Basically, since I turned 30ish, I started taking Advil pre race because I realized how much it helped with muscled cramping and even fatigue.  And I FORGOT TO TAKE IT!  (MacDonalds situation, lol).

21 seconds.

Anyway.. here are the total stats/picture…

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Some random thoughts (I usually like to do mile-by-mile thought but waited too long after the race to blog lol #mombrain)…

  • There is a stretch of road where there is an AWFUL fish smell, right?!
  • OMG the political signs though!!!  MANY about “pre-existing conditions,” some about running like your health care was being taken away from you (LOVE), some about running better than the administration, and ALL appreciated and loved.
  • I think blowing lugies on the race course should be banned.  I’m sorry.  I am NOT being a pearl-clutcher.  I am just not ok with it.  Germs. Germs. Germs.  And when you are doing hard or distance running, your body works from the same glycogen stores as your immune system (which is why I supplement nightly with vitamin C), so being exposed to that nasty crap is unnecessary.  And gross.  Ok, sorry.  Rant over.
  • Due to my dank stomach, I was completely unable to ingest any fuel whatsoever the entire 10 miles.  Even a small sip of Gatorade was not working.  I tried my usual GU Chomps but had to spit it out as it was making me gag.  Bum bellies stink.
  • I just kept thinking; I cannot WAIT to see my babies.  All of them.
  • I was very happy with my play list.  It was timed perfectly.
  • So, I was aiming for a 1:25 initially. THEN, I had a REALLY good taper and decided the night before that I was going to go for a 1:24.  Which, understandably, Scott was super confused about when I told him I missed my goal by 21 seconds as I came in with a 1:24:21.  Anyway, I REALLY thought I was going to nail it.  TRULY.  But then I really did start getting majorly heavy legs around mile 8 :/  Blame it on the Advil 🙂
  • ALSO, I managed to over-run the course by almost .4 miles!  How on EARTH does one over run a straight road (save for one City hall turnabout)?!

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Ok, SO.  I would venture to say that this was my FAVORITE finish line experience EVER.  Would you NOT believe that apparoaching the finish, as I was ABSOLUTLEY DYYYYYING, I look to my left and see ALL of my boys; The 3 babies, Scott and Ian.  I was seriously like a magical moment. I know.  Cheese.  But true.  Thank you, cheer squad!

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Definitely the luckiest girl ever!

How #45 has made me a more mindful Citizen and overall a better person

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Each morning lately, I roll over in bed, kiss my man “good morning” and ask him “I wonder what I going on in “Politico?! (my name for the Political soap opera of late, I am aware that Politico is a news outlet as well)”  I literally salivate over the prospect of tuning on some CNN or Morning Joe almost as much as I do my first sips of morning coffee.  I look over at my phone to inevitably glimpse at the shocking CNN headline alerts that have gathered in my slumber.  It truly seems unending.  Like, it can’t really keep going on like this, right?

Regardless, it is safe to say that my political/historical repertoire prior to the Election of #45 was slim, to say the least.  Basically, it depended on the lyrics of We Didn’t Start the Fire (Joel, 1989). Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again, Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock.  Right?! In all seriousness though, anyone else’s elementary/middle school teacher play this song for you?  Turns out it is a popular one; Scott had a similar experience.

Anyway, the point is that before the latest “political shenanigans,” I think I sort of buried my head in the sand a bit.  And I don’t think it was a good thing.  I think that in times where I felt comfortable with the leadership in place, I tend to unplug a bit from the political scene (media, etc.).  For instance during the Obama administration, I hardly EVER watched “Politico.”  I just trusted that all was well (according my my beliefs), periodically glazed over some headlines, but generally just assumed all was” well.”

As I completed my daily 6 miler on the treadmill yesterday, I was riveted by Comey’s testimony regarding Russian ties/meddling in our Democratic Process and the unsupported claims by #45 that his predecessor had his “wires tapped.”  My morning run entertainment used to be Wendy Williams (don’t judge…) and has now been replaced by “Politico.”  So, what does this mean for me?  While our political current situation seems somewhat dismal, I am heartened by my newfound sense of citizenship and civic responsibility.  I am even more heartened by seeing this trend infiltrating my peers and many many other around me. And this makes me proud. And hopeful. 

What’s In My Bag?!

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Answer: WAY TOO MUCH!  LOL.  I LOVE when magazines like US Weekly do this and I thought it would be fun to give you a peak into my (diaper)bag.  My Longchamp holds a LOT so part of the reasoning behind this post was to organize a bit 😉  So, without further ado, here is “what’s in my bag!”

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  1.  Diapers! (in a ziplock with Desitin and wipes)
  2. Snacks for the kids (applesauce and PB crackers)
  3. Snacks for me (Almond Butter biscuits)
  4. Crayons for both Conmigo and the boyos
  5. Donde Esta Spot? (for Conmigo)
  6. Spare socks for Philly Kids Gym; we go Mondays and Wednesdays for open gym so that G can run and jump around!  Try it! It only costs 10 bucks!
  7. Chuck E Cheese play passes 🙂
  8. Adventure Aquarium membership cards
  9. My FAVORITE wallet EVER; Louis Vuitton, bought in Paris when on a trip with the boys’ dad.  I LOOOOVE it and have yet to find something like it in the US.
  10. A good old ziplock with spare change for Conmigo. I like to have change for those paying with cash even though we accept credit cards too now!  I know, the ziplock is super classy 😉
  11. US Weekly magazine (from about 3 months ago because…ya know, free time lol)
  12. 3 Ninja Turtle gummies for dire need bribery (ALWAYS carry candy for emergencies… pro Mom tip!)
  13. Paper planner and pen!  oooooo I love a good planner
  14. My special “red bag.” This has become a bit of a joke in my household becuase I am always looking for my “red bag!”  While I don’t wear much makeup, any make up that I DO wear is in this bag, along with spare contacts, lens solution, spare glasses and any meds I might need.  FYI, I use THIS mascara and THIS lip stain (yes, it only costs $2).

Other things that did not make an appearance?

  • A wiffle ball to double as kid fun and runner foot rolling needs
  • Sanitizing hand wipes, because…duh
  • Hair ties and pins
  • Small board book of “Little Pookie” a favorite of ALL the boys
  • Travel size of THE BEST dry shampoo (NOT $2 LOL)

OK!  Your turn!  What is in YOUR bag?!

Have a Seat. Let me tell you a story.

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OH boy, guys, do I have some MAJORLY good stories for you (like those that belong only in soap operas) but not too many of them are appropriate just YET for the www, but I will give you a good one on which to marinate.

If you follow me on Social Media, or know me IRL, you know that I am a pretty staunch dissenter of the Trump “administration” (to which I typically refer to as “the REGIME). And also, if you know me, you know that I am on a constant quest to understand WHY people do what they do (both in my personal and public life).  In fact, it sometimes keeps me up at night 😉  So, ever since election night, I have asked at least daily (ok fiiiiiine, maybe hourly) “who ARE these people who voted for him!?!?”  I literally just don’t get it.  I have hundreds of friends on FB and literally less than 10 are Trump supporters.  Mind you, I recognize that birds of a feather flock together, so the idea that the majority of my friends would have similar political views as mine is not foreign or strange.  But I still question, “WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE!?”  I am going to tell you a story of one of “these people.”  I tell this story with the caveat that I am NOT a judgmental person, but that I truly seek to understand why people feel and do what they do!  And I am not judging this person, I am just telling a story…that sort of proves a point.

While in Florida, I was enjoying greatly the rooftop pool.  Scotty had all three boys in the water and I MIGHT have been luxuriating with a magazine for a moment on the lounge chair.  A woman approached me and began to make small talk.  She was older than me, and from Bethlehem, PA.  She started asking about me and my family and where we live.  She asked what I thought was the question “I don’t know WHY you’d live in Philadelphia” to which I casually laughed and answered “because we LOVE it there!”  And she corrected me saying, “NO I said I didn’t know WHITE people lived in Philadelphia.”  I was befuddled.  Did she really just say that?  So I asked her, “Did you just say that?!”  And she repeated herself.  I literally could not believe she would think that, let alone say it.  So I explained that yes, white people DO live in Philadelphia but that we are a very diverse and WELCOMING city.  She recanted with “Ugh there was that horrible incident a year ago at a parade where a bunch of black men beat up a military man!  Can you believe it?!” I answered, “Why yes I can believe it, but I am unwilling to relate it to the color of his skin.”  She did not seem thrilled with my response.  And certainly did not agree.

Interestingly enough, I had been chatting with a super nice Orthodox Jewish young mother.  As we were sitting, this woman swam up to us again, repeating her rhetoric about white people living in Philadelphia and asking the modestly-dressed Jewish woman if “she thinks that she stands out, because she sure does!”  The ignorance level was rising quickly.  She told us of a woman in the hotel lobby that was wearing a hijab. I had actually had a conversation with this woman earlier in the day in which I attempted to apologize on behalf of “our president” for the mistreatment of Muslims.   The woman in the pool continued to tell us, and I quote: “I told that woman that SHE is in AMERICA and that SHE does not need to wear that THING.”  Oh boy.  Here we go.  I kindly explained that wearing a Hijab is HER choice and that she wears it out of respect for both her husband and her religion and that most husbands and wives, regardless of religion, make certain agreements in their marital contracts.  But then, it was time.  I calmly asked her, “Are you by any chance a Trump supporter?”  I wasn’t trying to pigeon hole but I felt I was certainly getting an answer to my aforementioned question of “who voted for HIM?!”  I think that what I was really trying to understand was the level of ignorance it would take to make such a decision and I think I was finally getting there…

She, of course, took the opportunity to rave and revere The Donald and ALL of the ways that he will and is already (in her words) “Making America Great Again.”  OK, good.  You are entitled to your opinion.  But the next thing that happened BLEW. MY. MIND.

Because it was the day that Betsy DeVos was to be confirmed, I asked, “Well, what do you think about Betsy DeVos and the fact that I sit here as a mom of three who holds a masters degree in ED policy from the University of Pennsylvania and am more qualified than her?” (insert humble brag).  Lady LEGIT said “Who is Betsy DeVos?!” I could NOT believe my ears.  THESE are the people.  You don’t GET to have an opinion about who is best suited to run our country and serve in its highest office, unless you have a CLUE about what is ACTUALLY going on.  In this case, you would need to know who Besty DeVos is.

So, that is the end of my story.  I support anyone who has an opinion that they can support with FACTS.  REAL facts.  Not just ones of the alternative nature. PERIOD.

THE. END.

Valentine’s Day 2017

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“I’ve got everything that I need right in front of me.”  Name THAT movie.  No truer words. Yesterday was a BEAUTIFUL day filled with much much love and gratitude.  I am just so thankful and blessed and wanted to share some fun moments from our day.  I was so excited and lucky to be able to spend some quality time with my favorite people including my guy, my kids’ dad and the boyos!  Valenting with littles is just so fun and we had all three of them yesterday.  My favorite big guy and I also had some suuuper special private moments that I will NEVER forget (details to come) and shared an AMAZING dinner from Ela!  Ela is one of our favorite special places.  In fact, we went straight to Ela after becoming engaged!

This Valentines Day, we wanted to stay IN, so Ela had the PERFECT shtick for us; a take home meal for two!  It was four courses, included a bottle of bubbly (which I promptly gave to a bestie bc #nondrinkerproblems) and only cost $100! It. Was. Everything. Fabulous. We (obviously) went with one of each.

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So, When we initially brought it home, we thought it would be a typical take home meal but boy were we wrong!  All of the meals came with individual baggies that were to be dropped in a pot of boiling water for certain amounts of time.  I will admit.  I was beyond skeptical.

BUT BOY was I wrong!  It turned out delicious, tasted FRESH from the restaurant and we were BEYOND happy with it!  The directions were clear and easy…

And the results beyond tasty!

Definitely a thought for you all for next VDay! What a fabulous idea, right!?  All in all I would say it was a pretty fantastic day and could be summed up as such…

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Tweetheart at Nest!

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Hello hello!  Happy Valentines day!  It sure is a good one for us!  I wanted to share a bit wit you about our fabulous time at Nest’s Tweetheart this past Sunday as well as some exciting up and coming happenings there!  As you know, we are a HUGE fan of Nest and I am always happy to promote and answer any questions!  You know how to reach me 🙂

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Top 3 favorites:

  1. Candy bar. Duh 😉img_8762
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  4. Cookie and Krispie decorating!img_8761

The boys LOVED playing and mingling with the other kiddos (and lovely Nest staff).  So, here is what is new and up-and-coming at Nest!

Excellent new classes are being launched!  Here are three that look amazing to me!

World Music (Puddlejumpers Edition!) 18mo -3 yr
Wednesday 9:15- 10:00
It’s a big world out there and there’s so much to explore! Come listen, giggle, learn, and sing with NEST’s new Puddlejumper World Music Class! We’ll be exploring the globe as we travel to India, Greece, China, and more to discover how children make music and art all over the world. Incorporating creative movement, art, and music, this class will allow your busy little person to become a world traveler without all the plane crying and jet lag. Each class will feature a different and unique instrument, live music performance from one of our worldly NEST instructors, passport stamp, and art project all from the country of day! Join us for this exciting new class where the world comes alive here at NEST!  Taught by Mr. Ali!
Art SPLAT! 2yr – 3.5 yr
Wednesday 9:30 -10:15 / Sat 11:30 -12:15
Perfectly designed for our littlest artists, Art Splat is a program that encourages expression and keeps things moving! Work in open art centers, share books about great artists, and work together to create your own emulated masterpieces! Art Splat! is a fast paced, engaging toddler class that will leave you smiling and leave us to the clean up! Please note, while we are always happy to see our friends who drop in to our class, to ensure we have a dedicated set of materials and an open seat on roster, we suggest you sign up for the entire session!
NEST Dancers 3.5 – 6yr
Wednesday 4:15 – 5:15
 
Take your toe-tapping fun to the next level with our triple threat NEST Dancers class! Focusing on the FUNdamentals of ballet, modern, and hip hop, this class will help your child improve their coordination, self-expression, and best of all, self confidence! Please note! This is a progressive and cumulative program-meaning your Nestling will be working towards a Big Kid’s recital at the end of Spring 2. Demos of this class will only be available for the first four weeks in order to keep our little dancers on task!
Another SUPER cool new thing at Nest is their Make-N-Take Workshop!  Located directly on the first floor, this part- exploration, part-art studio would be super fun for any little!  Zachary and I were able to make a super cool bracelet and other projects include a terrarium and wind catcher!  Try it!
As always; if you have any questions, please reach out!  Thanks!
All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not compensated for this post save for my Nest membership.