Life has been crazy. But in a crazy-beautiful kind of way lately. Sure, things have been exhausting and somewhat unpredictable; but I’ve also been taking time away from the interwebs and spending a heck of a lot more time in the moment — living it!

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It’s not always glamorous. Wait – it’s NEVER glamorous! HA! But it does make me incredibly happy. Even the tough stuff. For real. That’s one thing I’ve really been reflecting on in my “spare” time lately — about how life can be tough — sometimes really tough — but I still wouldn’t trade this life for anything. <3

So I’ll be back to regular blogging soon enough. In the meantime if you need me, you can find me playing with lots of choo-choo trains and crafting up a storm with Moosh. And if I’m not there, I’m on the couch snuggled up with the Mister watching a movie. Peace out (or as Moosh says “petey out!”).


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February 23, 2015 in mantra

I haven’t been shy about the fact that we’ve been using our lemons to make lemonade over in my house as of late. And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to the fact that it’s left me a bit… distracted. I can’t keep my head on straight. Between work + marathon training? This is how I feel:

I look at my to-do list and see a bunch of things I could check off my list fairly easily… but then… snow… running… laundry… oh crap – adding laundry to my to do list for tomorrow… (legit just added it) and chasing after Moosh… well — banana. Yep.

So my mantra is simple. Banana.


Happy Monday, friends!


In our house, we are always looking for new ways to get healthy, sustainable, protein and nutrient-packed superfoods in our diet. We eat chia seeds by the spoonful. Seriously.

Fueling our bodies for workouts (and just fueling for the day, in general) is majorly important. I’m learning this is especially important during marathon training. Yikes!

Enter Manitoba Harvest, the worlds largest hemp food manufacturer. They have a very small-business, farm-to-table sort of feel about them (which is very clear from their website, mission and values). There business isn’t just about a product; it’s about a philosophy of living healthy and promoting health and wellness.

My first reaction was that the texture was a lot like quinoa. I decided to throw it on top of some salad I brought to work for lunch. When I went to eat it, I mixed up my salad and I could no longer even see the hemp hearts in my salad. Which, let’s face it — when it comes to supplementing your food with nutrients, sometimes less is more as far as flavor!

All of the nutritional goodies just by eating what I normally would eat! Yum-O! Perfection all around! And I’ve been incorporating it into my diet ever since.

Here are some fun facts from the Manitoba Harvest website:

Hemp seed naturally does not contain gluten. However, only one barley or wheat kernel amongst 50,000 hemp seed can potentially result in a positive test for gluten.

Instead of stating our products are gluten-free (which implies an absolute), you will see the following on our packages instead: 


All Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods’ products are Non-GMO Project Verified.

Our products proudly do NOT contain additives or preservatives. It is absolutely crucial that packaging be light and air impermeable to protect hemp’s precious omegas and keep the product as fresh as possible.

We try to find the most sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging option that allows for Hemp Hearts and our hemp protein powders to still be protected. We choose pouches because over their lifecycle have 1/10th the impact of plastic canisters and although they are not recyclable, they can still be re-used numerous times.

You will also find that we do NOT include a plastic scoop in our packaging. Not only does everyone have a spoon at home, but we also wanted to reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating extra plastic in the environment. 

And now for the fun part — one of my readers will win a package of Hemp Hearts to try out for themselves! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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weekly mantra //

February 16, 2015

S*** happens, friends. We’ve been no stranger to s*** happening in our lives lately. It’s been one thing after another. And no, I’m not looking for sympathy. In fact, I laughed/smiled most of it off. I’m sure some of you can relate. I know we aren’t the only ones who have been having a hell […]

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This Week in Northeast Ohio // Upcoming Events

February 10, 2015

We may be in the darkest depths of winter (a big UGH to that time from New Years to about the beginning of May), but in Northeast Ohio, there are plenty of things to do and fun places to explore and keep us occupied! Sure, we may have to go out into the cold; but […]

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weekly mantra //

February 9, 2015

This feels incredibly appropriate considering this weeks long run is 13.1 miles. So while most people look forward to the weekend? I’ll be anxious… mixed with a teeny bit of dread. Eek! I need to remember that regardless of how long it takes, I can do it! I realized this past weekend as I was […]

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5 iPhone apps I’m loving right now.

February 5, 2015

A girl and her iPhone are never apart. Am I right!? As someone seeking balance, I try not to have too many unnecessary apps downloaded on my phone. Yep, I’m one of those nearly OCD people who clears out apps and keeps them in nice little “folders.” If only I was that organized with my […]

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Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Date Ideas For Parents //

February 4, 2015

Valentine’s Day takes on a much different feel when you are a busy parent. To be honest, Valentine’s Day is, and always has been, just another day. It’s especially easy to see it this way as a parent. Which is why this year it’s extra important to me to at least make this day a […]

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Red + White on Thursday Night // Review

February 3, 2015

Thursday night was one of my favorite events of the year — the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio’s Annual Red + White on Thursday Night. I was honored to be able to attend. As I’ve mentioned before (in fact — over and over again…) this is our most anticipated event of the year. Basically our […]

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weekly mantra //

February 2, 2015

A gentle reminder to the world (and to myself) on this lovely and snowy Monday morning. I woke up early. I made breakfast. And I’m ready for the week. Happy February, friends! xo

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