We’ve had absolutely beautiful weather for the last week. And there were so many fun things to do. Unfortunately we are bound to time constraints so we couldn’t make it to everything; but we did have as much fun as possible.

On Wednesday we went to the Akron Zoo (again). The Sting Ray Touch Tank was finally open! Ari actually seemed excited to see these ‘fishys’ up close; well, until the sting rays came by. And then he quickly removed his hand from the water. Ha! Still — totally brave, kid!



On our way home from the zoo, we got a major flat tire — like blew the tire OUT! :( Thankfully the wheel itself wasn’t damaged (unlike the previous tire situation less than 2-years ago!). But it totally put a damper on our week.

Sidenote? It turns out I’ve been driving an automatic for far too long. I drove Chad’s manual Honda in the meantime and it def took a while to get back in the swing of it. Ha!

Ari + I played outside a LOT in the beautiful spring weather. Too bad that awesome weather turned to snow over the last 24 hours. :(



Sunday we made the most of our family funday with ZERO plans! We started by visiting the Easter Bunny at the local mall. By the way — when did pictures with the Easter Bunny get to be $21 for TWO pictures (taken by crappy high school ‘photographers’)?! I’m sad we didn’t get a picture with Ari LOVING the big bunny man, but instead we were only able to snap pictures of him staring in awe of the bunny post-visit.


After our Easter Bunny visit we went for a family “run” on the towpath. The run itself on the uneven path proved to be fairly difficult with even a jogging stroller (we need a BOB! — The city mini is great for paved trails, but not for trail running!). After about a mile and a half, we gave up the fight and just walked. Our walk was about 4.5 miles. Near the end, a certain napping baby awoke and wanted to be FREE!

He showed us we weren’t the only ones who could run!
Watch out Coach Cole! This one may be on your track team one day!


But really he prefers to be carried, whether it be on hips or on shoulders!


In addition to all this fun + craziness over the last couple of weeks, I’ve put my Jawbone Up back on — fully charged and ready to go! I’ve been getting TONS of workouts in and logging lots of miles! :)

Pretty much the last week and a half has been amazing! Sure, there have been some bumps in the road (and flat tires/missed plans), but I’ve been spending it with my two main-men… so it has been perfection!


midweek mantra //

April 9, 2014 in mantra


Being busy doesn’t mean that you’re actually getting things accomplished;

it doesn’t mean that your life has more meaning;

and it doesn’t mean you’ll be happier in the end.


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I can’t believe it’s April already. Seriously. Time is moving too quickly. In just 8 short days, Moosh is going to be 18-months old… officially a year & a half old. Officially 6-months til he turns 2. And it’s officially 6 months until my 30th birthday. What the what!?

Life has been keeping us on our toes, that’s for sure! And so has Ari! Instead of getting overwhelmed with keeping up with life and my blog, I’ve been taking it easy on myself. Encouraging words from friends + realizing that real living is too awesome to worry about the small stuff. Someone recently sent me this and I’ve been forever grateful:


So instead of keeping a clean house, here’s what we’ve been doing:

  • Gym workouts. Lately I’ve been running with Ari around the indoor track. The jogging stroller is awesome; plus it makes those runs without pushing the stroller that much more awesome! When I’m not running with him, he’s playing with the other kids in the babysitting “castle.”  He cries at first, but then he loves it. He loves chasing kids around and playing with them. It does make me a little sad that I am leaving him with babysitters, but it’s honestly an hour out of our day together. That’s it.
  • Day-dates with the Moosh. Besides hitting the gym together, we’ve been regularly attending story time, spending some quality time at the gym and the art museum, and grabbing some lunch (yummy hotdog dates!)!


  • Taking naps. Seriously. Naps are the one thing in life that are NOT overrated. Naps are amazing. And snuggling with a baby while you both take a mid-afternoon nap!? That’s the worlds greatest thing in the universe. Baby snuggles are likely the ONE thing I will never take for granted. The way he nudges his body into me and makes himself comfortable; the deep breathing as he lays on my chest; the snuggles!! Gah!! The snuggles! That makes it all worth it.
  • Enjoying the weather. It definitely hasn’t been Spring her in Northeast Ohio; but we’ve had moments of nearly Spring. And we’ve gotten out and enjoyed those fleeting days.


  • Eating yummy/healthy food. Have I mentioned what an awesome cook my husband is!? Y-U-M!


Other than food and a bit of fun, life has been incredibly (and wonderfully) boring. :) We’ve loved every second of this awesome life.


weekly mantra //

April 1, 2014

Monday morning I woke up and scribbled my personal mantra for the week on a piece of notebook paper. Today I’ll skip yoga; I’ll sleep in as late as possible; I’ll spend the morning playing with Ari; we’ll get done what we can and we won’t stress about the rest. An important former teacher (and […]

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link love //

March 28, 2014

Calm.com  //  If you’re struggling to find a way to meditate or wind down, this is amazeballs. Simple Science Fitness  //  Regardless of what ‘meal plan’ (I hate the term ‘diet’) you follow, this is a dumb-it-down, it-is-what-it-is, explanation of the science behind gaining weight, losing weight, or maintaining your current weight. Because I totally […]

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I Love Wednesdays //

March 26, 2014

My new shift not only provides me with some extra morning snuggle + playdate time with Moosh (#BabyAri), but I also get Wednesdays off. PEOPLE! – A WHOLE DAY in the middle of the week… for me & Babycakes! Yayyyy! We’ve definitely been keeping ourselves busy on our day off. Workouts. L-O-V-E getting a workout […]

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weekly mantra //

March 24, 2014

Happy Monday, friends. Sometimes progress is slow. And sometimes it can be frustrating. But love the body that you’re in. It’s the only one you’ve got! And it’s gotten me this far! xo

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my week in pictures //

March 22, 2014

Ari + I had a doctors appointment so we went in style. Well, he did. <3 Post-doctors appointment, we went to the Akron Zoo. It was rainy. It was on its way to chilly. But we braved it. And then we napped. Hard. I decompressed after work in the best way possible: Lush bath bomb […]

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midweek mantra //

March 19, 2014

Few things are more true or more appropriate for the midway point of my week. Take this if you need it. xo

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Explore Locally // Upcoming Akron + Cleveland Events

March 17, 2014

It’s been quiet around my blog lately because of two things: 1. There’s too much going on; and 2. There’s not enough going on. Seriously. Somehow both of these things are happening. I’m busy, but it’s with the every day boring stuff. Like doctors appointments, working out at the gym, and taking Ari on playdates. […]

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