this mouse will:

  • organize the house.
  • practice lots of yoga.
  • go for long runs in the middle of the week.
  • eat takeout every night for dinner.
  • drink wine while watching the Real Housewives on the DVR.
  • meet up with blogger friends for a fun night of delicious food.

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Yep. The mister left with Moosh for Denver yesterday afternoon! And it rocked my world. It’s my first time away from Moosh for more than one night (total… over the last 2 years). But in all honesty, as much as I wish I could have travelled with them this week, I’m totally looking forward to the ‘single’ life for a few days. It’s just me and Oscar Pants — just like the old days!

But wish me luck, ’cause this gal is already missing her boys.


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weekly mantra //

August 25, 2014 in life,mantra

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It’s no secret that I’ve been dealing with some pretty severe anxiety as of recent. I’m lucky to have an incredible support system around me. They are supportive, understanding, and oh-so-patient. Especially that husband of mine (and my parents)!

The thing about my anxiety is that it’s been paralyzing me from moving forward. I’m more ‘comfortable’ in the uncomfortable-known than the unknown-potentially-comfortable. Does that make sense? I think so.

But with support, I’m moving forward. Forward into the unknown — scary as it may be! :)

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Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this event and running a giveaway,
I will receive a pre-loaded dining card for the event. 

The Taste of Hudson, presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, is celebrating 10 years this Labor Day Weekend. This annual family-friendly event brings together a love for food, art, music and family fun. Located in picturesque downtown Hudson, Ohio, the festival runs August 31st and September 1st (Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend). The event is taking place on the iconic Clocktower Green, adjacent to the First & Main shopping district (home of my favorite local salon, childrens boutiques, and running store!).


Local restaurants come out in full force with sample taste sizes of their popular and unique fare (just enough food so that you can taste away to your heart — and belly’s — desire!). In addition to the food, free music can be enjoyed on six different stages and families will appreciate dozens of interactive displays and activities for children of all ages. Little Tikes, Jo-Ann Stores, and Primrose School anchor the children’s areas with fun activities. Stage shows, inflatables, playzones and crafting fun!


The Taste of Hudson has no admission fee. Food and beverages may be purchased with pre-loading dining cards, which are available for purchase and loading at the festival.

Personally, I can’t wait to try out the family-friendly events and food options before handing Moosh off to a family member so that Mama and Dada can enjoy some adult time in the North End Wine and Beer garden with the Heart Tribute band Sunday night! Bonus? A few of my fave restaurants will be there! Can’t wait!

Sidenote: There’s also a 5k Race — the Race To The Taste 5k — on September 1st at 9 am! I’m unable to run it this year, but last year I ran it (and I think I PR’d!). Moosh gave me some snuggles at the starting line so I’ll credit that for the awesome time!


YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN A $25 PRE-LOADED DINING CARD! Enter with the Raffelcopter widget below! Winner TBA next week!

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Every Move // Review

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Being healthy and active really translates into turning your entire lifestyle into a focus of health and well-being. There are so many products on the market geared towards healthy-lifestylers. I, myself, take full advantage of many of them — I track every run/walk/bike ride with RunKeeper; I use my Jawbone UP to monitor my daily […]

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Akron Has A Lot To Offer // Guest Blog Post

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I’VE BEEN BUSY, YA’LL! Now go see my guest blog post over on Healthy Is Happy. Please. Pretty please? And catch ya on the flipside (south of the turnpike, of course).

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weekly mantra //

August 18, 2014
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you can’t see it but it’s real //

August 15, 2014

I will preface this by saying that the timing of this post is unfortunate. However, after the news of Robin Williams suicide and apparent battle with depression, it pushed me further towards writing this all down. I’ve been open about my struggle with postpartum depression for the first 9-months after Moosh was born. And then […]

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The Perfect 10-Miler // Race Recap

August 14, 2014

I’ve been hesitant to set a goal for my first half marathon. And a few weeks ago a fellow mother runner suggested that I register for the Perfect 10-Miler and use it as a ‘training’ run. I figured, heck! why not! I usually do my long runs on Sundays anyways. I should have only been […]

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weekly mantra //

August 11, 2014
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<3 <3 <3 Keeping it simple today. To be honest, the last few weeks (months? years?) have been incredibly challenging for me. And because they’ve been challenging for me, they have been challenging for my husband and family, too. I’m incredibly grateful for their understanding and I’m extra grateful to have their unwavering support. <3

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summer. sickness. and this KID. #MOOSH

August 6, 2014

When your son has been sick with a summer cold, when you have been sick with something unmentionable, and when your husband is running a 100+ degree temperature… you just survive. Survive, ya’ll!! Because what in the world would summer be without one serious illness, am I right?? Sigh. My poor husband. My poor Moosh! […]

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