We’ve been so crazy busy lately that we’ve hardly had a chance to slow down. It’s my own fault, really. I’m a chronic over-scheduler. It’s a blessing and a curse, friends. It really is.

See, I thrive on the crazy; I need the busy days. I need them because they make me feel accomplished. And slowing down just isn’t in my vocabulary. At least, not in this current season of my life.

So here’s what we’ve been up to as of late:

Lots and lots and lots of playing with the kids. Lucky for me, we have a standing playdate at the YMCA every day but Sunday (because, well, I’m there for 4-6 hours a day). So both kids really love (and need) this time with their friends.

But it’s been HOT, friends. Like, hot and crazy humid. Which has truly limited our outdoor play. However, I have felt a bit more comfortable playing outdoors with the kiddos knowing that Miss Bea is wearing moisture-wicking baby clothes from Lark.

If you haven’t heard of Lark, their mission is to make quality baby clothes that can easily endure the daily life of an active infant or toddler. They have developed a proprietary natural, eco-friendly moisture wicking fabric. Safer for babies sensitive skin than some of the synthetic wear that adults wear when outside or working out! Awesome, right!?

Well Miss Bea is truly comfortable in her rompers and bodysuits from Lark. And I breathe easy knowing the fabric is not only breathable, but free of synthetic fabric and chemicals, and is made in the USA!

And you can get free shipping on any order using this code: SHIPPING. Go support this awesome business, friends!

Living in my SOAK sandals. So I am weird about shoes. See, when I find shoes I love, I live in them. Like, I wear holes in my flats because I wear them every day and literally nothing else. So when I was offered a pair of slides from SOAK, a company right here in the United States, I truly didn’t know what to expect.

See, I have super high arches in my feet and it makes wearing anything slip-on quite difficult (and sometimes painful). But I’ve worn these every single day for the last 30 days and I’m in love.

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They’re comfortable, incredibly stylish, and crunchy-mama-friendly! Yep, not only are they made in Maine, but they are made from BPA-free recycled materials!

And so versatile! I’ve worn them with dresses and to my yoga classes! Seriously the only shoe I’ve needed (well, except for my running shoes to, well, run!).

Check out their full line of slides here and use code CHIC15 to save 15% off!

Yoga. Not quite #yogaeverydamnday, but my fire for yoga has been reignited, thanks to a couple of amazing yoga classes.

Last week I went to Elevate Akron, an annual outdoor yoga event here in my amazing city. It was powerful, friends. So powerful! I realized that all of the cycling, running, and strength training I’ve been doing has totally made me more physically fit — in ways I didn’t even realize before! I am so much stronger than I’d recently given myself credit for.

Oh, and I’m certain that the stretching and conditioning alongside the gymnasts I coach doesn’t hurt!

But then I decided to go, solo, to my first Yoga on Tap/Balance and Brews event. See, here in Northeast Ohio, we’ve been on the beer + yoga train for a long time — at least the last 4 years! But, sadly, I’ve never been able to actually make a class.

Well, that changed yesterday. I was elated to find out that Melissa of Balance and Brews was teaching a class right here in my own town, at HiHo Brewing Co.!

It was a great class and ended with a complimentary beer (the Smash Smash Pilz Pilz double pilsner was the bomb!).

So many markets! Guys, I’m a sucker for a good farmers market. Throw in some hand-crafted goodies? Double-sold.

Between the Cleveland Flea, the Akron Honey Market, and the Countryside Conservancy Market in Highland Square? We’ve been biz-zeeee! Busy getting delicious food, ya’ll!

Cycling. Kickboxing. and Gymnastics, Oh My! I’ve been working out non-stop and, like I said, I’m feeling so much stronger! One thing that’s truly been helping is how much I’ve been trying to remain committed to my schedule of workouts. At times it’s been a struggle, but it’s also been a saving grace during the crazy moments. As much as, in those moments, I want to just hide or cry or sleep, I find myself working out all of my frustrations and it’s helped me tremendously.

Sure, we’ve been busy. But it’s been perfect. Perfect chaos! So tell me — Do you thrive on chaos, like me? Or do you prefer to have unscheduled days and relaxing weekends!?

 

 

 

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jehava July 24, 2017 at 7:47 am

What fun experiences! This looks great!

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Gail July 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

Great things to do. I love farmers markets too. Thanks for sharing

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Justine Y @ Little Dove July 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

You HAVE been busy! Those shoes look so cute and comfy!

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Krystal Sadler July 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Those farmer markets get me every time too! This looked liked so much fun!

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Jessica Peresta July 24, 2017 at 4:26 pm

How fun! I thrive on unscheduled days and relaxing weekends although I roll with the chaos daily by having 3 boys.

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Bridget July 24, 2017 at 10:11 pm

It looks like you guys are having a great summer! I love the idea of Yoga on Tap! How fun! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Amber Battishill July 25, 2017 at 8:11 am

You’ve been crazy busy but going to so many fun events! Elevate Akron looks so amazing! We had something similar in Detroit and I was so sad that I had to miss it.

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lindsay July 25, 2017 at 8:19 am

Those shoes are so cute and I’m glad to know they’re comfy, too! Definitely checking them out.

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Christina | From Under a Palm Tree July 25, 2017 at 9:25 am

This all looks like so much fun! I don’t know how you have the energy to do all this! I really love those Soak Sandals, I’m definitely going to have to check those out.

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Kim July 25, 2017 at 2:46 pm

My barre studio recently had a class at a brewery…must be the new workout locale.

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Kelly July 25, 2017 at 2:53 pm

I need a pair of those sandals! You had me at “Made in Maine”!!!

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Lauren | also known as mama July 25, 2017 at 8:48 pm

I really need to look into those sandals. They look sooo comfy and stylish.

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JeeYoung July 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm

What an amazing event!! My BFF participates in a lot of these locally and I always want to go!

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Tabitha July 25, 2017 at 10:21 pm

It’s been SO hot and humid lately here too. Whew, we’ve been living in water… or in air, that’s about it! Otherwise I don’t want to be outside! That yoga on tap looks amazing!

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Shannon Peterson July 27, 2017 at 5:44 pm

The heat is totally killing me over here! Lark looks like so much fun!

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Stormie July 27, 2017 at 6:47 pm

The shoes looks super comfy and cute!

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Sane Mama July 28, 2017 at 2:22 pm

Omg no! I am tired just reading your post! I can’t go like that, I need a much slower pace. But I am a bit jealous of all the fun – the yoga looks amazing.

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