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Hi everyone! Hope your week is going well!  Anyway, I wanted to write a post singing the praises of one of my favorite places, Nest Philly. While I do, indeed, teach a few classes there, I am a member myself and have taken some classes with Zach.

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We both LOVE it. Nest is a place where you can go that is entertaining for your child, promotes interaction among the kids, (and adults; we ALL need this!) is clean, modern and offers a TON of cool classes. Aside from the classes, the play area is AWESOME, providing an area for non-walkers like Zach which is SO rare and appreciated.

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There is also an indoor playset in a treehouse theme and a MILLION fun toys!

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I personally LOVE the dress-up nook and have been tempted to go “be a princess” for an hour…who hasn’t?!  Seriously!?!

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And Zach is a HUGE fan of the play Supermarket section.

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I mean, I CLEARLY trained him well 😉

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At first, I will admit, I was a bit skeptical; Zach puts EVERYTHING in his mouth and I wasn’t sure how the Nest staff kept everything clean! Yes, I am type A, but I will tell you that it works! There are bins for the dirty toys and THEY ACTUALLY GET CLEANED!  For real, guys.  Trust me, I know!

From the website:

NEST is a kid-centric, parent-friendly enrichment center and indoor playground located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. Refreshingly far away from the chaos of traditional playrooms, NEST creates an inviting childhood-meets-neighborhood oasis inside over 12,000 sq. ft. on three levels. Focused on nurturing creative stimulation, NEST provides plenty of space for kids, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, to play and learn while parents lounge, shop, and dine with them in a comfortable, modern setting.

With room to park double-wide strollers, NEST’S easy-access ground level gives young urban families much to explore. A welcoming staff directs visitors to a professional portrait photography studio, kids salon, specialty toy and clothing boutique, latté-laden yet juicebox-packed parents lounge, and a full-service Green Eggs Café serving up eco- and kid-friendly fare. Hop one level down, and there is a 3,000 sq. ft. nature-themed playspace “NEST Play” with dedicated party and playdate areas. Thoughtfully designed, NEST Play is a comfortable place to gather, make new friends, and pack in some serious playtime. NEST’S top level serves as a top-notch activity hub for developmentally rich educational programming where kids can take classes designed by local leaders in occupational therapy, early childhood development, and the arts.

NEST boasts a bustling class roster. Children can participate in innovative courses in early enrichment, movement, music, dance, arts and crafts, language, cooking, and more. Prenatal yoga, “Mommy & Me” classes, and parent-child book clubs give parents a place right alongside the little ones in the activities loop.

OK, so here is my open invitation:  ANYONE is welcome to join me at the Nest for a free tour to witness the amazingness yourself!  email me at jessdownes@yahoo.com (contact page too) I’d LOVE to show you around!  OH, and for those lovely expectant moms-to-be, we are having a FANTASTIC baby shower on May 19th from 1:30-4 pm.  

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Register on the Nest website via THIS LINK 🙂  Hope to see you there!

Red Socks.

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Hi friends!  Seriously sorry I’ve still been down for the count since Sunday!  Argh.  Dehydration.  I HAVE to fix this for next race.  Unfortunately, my next race is Sunday, Broad Street, the PINNACLE of my racing season, the one I REALLY wanted to RACE, to speed, to beat, to pound…to only not know if I can run it this year.  My friends, I really busted myself up these last two races and still am not 100%. I am completely concerned that I will end up on my a$$ again, back to square one or even worse.  Here is what I think might be happening, as I alluded to before.

-Not hydrated enough prior to the race.  I am a busy mom who frankly forgets to drink water…and coffee is needed more…but also SUPER dehydrating

-NOt eating enough prior- so I am eating up all of my glycogen stores during races- I dont really carbo load before races, which I should, and i dont eat prior to running- I worry it will mess with my stomach. BOth are probably contributing to my post-race bonking.

-Not refueling post-race- I usually want a….you guessed it, coffee post-race, and I indulge and often don’t eat right away; not hungry and running around after a little one, again a sure-fire way to bonk post-race big time

-Not drinking enough during races- at home when training, I will drink at least a liter of water during my long runs because I am at home on a treadmill and I can.  Not at races. So I am going to have to start wearing a Camelbak or belt with bottles of G2 or water.

AAANWAY, I will keep you posted on the status of my race.  So it seems everyone is going to be wearing RED SOCKS to the race in honor of Boston.  I, myself, had planned on wearing my new Boston Adidas shirt…

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Blue Running skirt, and neon yellow Zensah compression socks.  And to be honest, I can’t really afford another pair of compression socks; those babies are NOT cheap!  So, I hope that my own form of tribute to Boston will be fitting (and that I won’t get beat up; Philly folks can be rough :)).  What do you guys think?!  

So, here is some Zach sweetness to end your day/my post:

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UMMM can you handle the cuteness?! Save the snack for later, Zach 😉 Note the snack in his pocket lol