There are many things that I’m passionate about. When two of those things come together (like drinking wine and painting, for instance – LOL!), I am in heaven!

Two other things that I am passionate about: Northeast Ohio and Yoga. A few years ago when the first Believe In CLE event took place, I was beyond excited to practice yoga with hundreds and hundreds of other yogis at the Rock Hall.

Recently some of my fellow Akron-area yogis put together an outdoor community practice at Hardesty Park, located in the heart of Akron’s Wallhaven neighborhood!

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In partnership with the City of Akron & local yoga studios, the lululemon athletica Akron Showroom and YOGAkron have teamed up to present the inaugural Elevate YOGAkron event, which is being held on Friday, May 29th from 6:00 – 9:30PM, rain or shine!

This free-, outdoor-yoga festival will celebrate the heart and soul of the beautiful city of Akron! Live music, courtesy of Akron-native DJ Nino, will last through the all-levels Vinyasa practice, led by lululemon Ambassador and YOGAkron Founder Tracy Rhinehart (ERYT-500HR). During the all-levels practice, yoga teachers from various studios throughout Akron will be offering hands-on assists to the practicing yogis!

The Cleveland-based, Akron-loving, company, NOOMA, will support the event with free samples of their delicious electrolyte hydration drink throughout the practice! After the practice, DJ Naeno will continue to spin until 9:30PM and local food vendors, such as Ms. Julie’s Kitchen, will be at the event to provide nourishment and just plain ol’ tasty eats for the yogis!

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Registration to the event is completely free, but you will need to fill out an online registration here. You do have an option at the point of registration to purchase a commemorative tee or tank for just $10. (I did! Look how cute it is!?!)

Registered participants can check-in, complete their waiver, and pick up their Elevate YOGAkron shirts at lululemon athletica Akron Showroom (21 Furnace Street in Downtown Akron) or at Yoga Bliss in Fairlawn (3045 Smith Rd, Fairlawn, OH 44333) during normal business hours on both Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th. Check-in is also available at the event beginning at 6pm for those unable to do so ahead of time.

Will I see you there?? Let’s lift Akron up with love and light! :) If you have never been to an event like this and want someone to go with, hit me up and let me know! :) I’d be happy to go with ya!

Just before this post was set to go live, the folks over at lululemon let me know that they’d like to give an Elevate YOGAkron t-shirt to one of my readers! Enter using the rafflecopter widget below!

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Disclosure: THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST! :) Ha! I just really love Ohio, I really love Akron, and I really and truly love the yoga community here. :) And the giveaway? That just seemed to fall into place the way that the community of Akron likes to do! I just hope to see some of you there! And hey? why not try and score a tee while you’re at it! (Thanks, Lemons!)

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I created my blog years ago as a space and an outlet for me to share the happenings in my life with myself and a few people who may actually read it at the time. Over the years it transitioned from me being single and living in Syracuse; to Chad and I dating; to us living 6-hours apart and dating long-distance; then to us moving in together; and then to us getting married and starting a family.

Along the way it’s remained a place where I share my hopes and my dreams; my passion for creating a healthy lifestyle (while being completely honest with myself and the world about continuing to seek balance throughout the process); local events and happenings; and the everyday hum-drum of my life.

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One thing that has changed over the last 7.5 years is opportunity. Blogging has created enormous opportunity in my life. I’ve met some incredible people in-real-life thanks to friendships created over the internet and social media — because I put myself out there. I’ve been around people from all different walks of life that I wouldn’t have met otherwise; and for that I’m incredibly grateful.

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Blogging has also brought me a teeny bit of financial opportunity via sponsored and reviewed posts. And while that hasn’t quite been a life-changing amount of extra income, it certainly has helped. I don’t do them often and they seem to come in waves where I have months without an offer and then two at a time.

However, this is really and truly none of anyones business. In fact, the great thing about the internet and social media is that we are all free to share what we want. But we are also free to see what we want. We can follow whoever we’d like on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; and we choose to follow those that we don’t align with. When you open a blog, follow a person on twitter, or engage in social media, YOU ARE PROVIDING CONSENT TO WHAT YOU ARE SEEING, whether you agree with the subject matter or not.

I received a nasty comment in regards to losing my authenticity of blogging with my recent sponsored posts yesterday. I have not yet approved the comment; but I’ve also not yet denied it. (Sidenote to people who leave fake or anonymous info: IP addresses don’t lie). It hurt. It shouldn’t have, but it did. The words didn’t exactly hurt; but the idea that someone would go out of their way to be nasty to another person? that is something that in my 30 years I have YET to wrap my head around.

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Here’s the truth: I’m not always authentic. None of us are. But — dammit! — I try my hardest to do so. I put myself out there — the good, the bad, and the ugly parts that no one else has the balls to talk about. I’m a hard working mom. I’m a full-time employee for a huge company (to which I’ve been employed for the last ten years). I am a partner to my husband. We run a household together. And we try to work in some fun in our spare time. And in addition to that? I share parts of it here on my blog. Because each of us chooses what and with who we share things; each of us crafts an online persona; and that isn’t being inauthentic — it’s simply just a piece of our true selves.

So basically thanks for the perspective on my blog, commenter. :)

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When I got pregnant with Ari I heard the stories from veteran moms about “after you have kids,” lots of things change with your body. Sure, I expected some of them; but I was convinced other things were being over dramatized.

Friends, I will tell you, you definitely DO sleep again after having kids; you definitely DO ‘find yourself’ again after having kids; but the bladder leakage thing? that was the truth.

I’ve never been one to shy away from the good, the bad, or the ugly. So I’m going to spill it. I started to first experience bladder leakage when I was pregnant with Ari. From day one that kid seemed to be sitting directly on my bladder. It made everything difficult to do without a little bladder leakage. I remember one day, early in the pregnancy, going for a run around my neighborhood. It was then that I had my first bladder leakage ‘incident.’ From then on every walk and every sneeze was a mystery.

Thankfully I was saved by Depends Silhouette Active Fit Briefs. They have a low-rise waist so they feel more like underwear and they are available in tan and black! Comfortable and not nearly as hideous as those bulky adult-diapers!

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I assumed that postpartum, I would no longer have bladder leakage, but I did. It turns out “they” were right about that, too. No amount of prenatal kegels can reverse the damage that childbirth does to your body and your bladder. Sure, the bladder leakage has been occurring less often postpartum, but it still does occur.

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In fact, there are more women with bladder leakage in their 20s than in their 80s! Over 65 million people worldwide experience bladder leakage.

Depend is trying to erase some of the stigma people have with bladder leakage. Depend is encouraging people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Underwareness and featuring Depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.
Thats a pretty sizeable donation! So please support #Underwareness and share your photos! Maybe we can beat bladder leakage once and for all! Until then use the new Depend Silhouette Active Fit and don’t be ashamed!

 

This post is sponsored by Depend but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes //

May 17, 2015
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I’ve been kind of quiet about it around here, but we are pretty much completely out of diapers these days. You would think that means that we are not buying wipes anymore. But no. That is definitely not the case. Because toddlers are messy. Incredibly messy. It turns out kids outgrow diapers, not messes. Moosh […]

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life lately // a wrap up

May 15, 2015
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Life has been crazy pants over the last month or so. But isn’t that kind of always the case when you’re working and raising a toddler and taking care of family responsibilities and training for races and trying to actually fit in some fun, too? Moosh started a new session of tumbling at the YMCA. […]

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Cleveland Marathon // Real Talk

May 14, 2015
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OK, friends. It’s time to get real. I’m currently signed up for the Cleveland Half Marathon, which is this Sunday morning… … and I have NOT properly trained. At least not as of recent. As of recent my training runs have been short. Like at most, 4 miles. Even though I was regularly running 10+ […]

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our love story // and a happy birthday, to my love.

May 13, 2015
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Today’s originally scheduled blog post has been put on hold until tomorrow. Because today is an incredibly special day. Today is Chad’s 40th birthday. And I have been able to spend 7 of those amazing years by his side. And I realize that I’ve only been a part of Chad’s life for a portion of […]

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weekly mantra //

May 11, 2015
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It’s okay to say no, friends! I know I desperately need to be reminded that people-pleasing doesn’t mean happiness; in fact, the person and people you should please are yourself and your immediate family (spouse/significant other/children). That’s it. We think we need to please others, but we really and truly don’t. So happy Monday, friends!

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weekend wrap up //

May 6, 2015
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After last weeks drama that nearly put Moosh into the hospital for an overnight stay, we welcomed the weekend with open arms — and hesitation. Cause who knew WHEN this kid would have another episode, right? Well he definitely wasn’t feeling himself Friday. In fact, after a quick trip to Café O’Play where we pretty much […]

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weekly mantra //

May 4, 2015
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Because what better mantra can there be for this week?

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