June Running in Review

Where has June gone?! All in all, June has been a pretty good month for me for running. I have gotten in more than 100 miles, including one 5k race! My goals for the month were to run 5 days a week, including 2 outdoor runs, and while I haven’t been able to consistently get in 2 outdoor runs each week, I have gotten in 6 days of running each week and at least 23 miles.

This week’s total was 33.46 miles!

 Some of the highlights:

  • 2 outdoor runs! I got out Sunday and Saturday, while B was able to watch FW.
  • I ran every day this week.
  • I got in some great beach views on my run Saturday. The lake is looking pretty nice right now!

Some questions for you:

  • How would you rate your June in running?
  • Any tips for getting in more outdoor runs with a baby?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

Looking Forward to Summer Fashion – Fashion Show at Saks!

As a semi-new mom, I’ll admit I’ve somewhat lost what I believe is my fashion sense. I can’t completely blame it on being a mom – I know many fashionable moms – I just haven’t spent much time recently keeping up-to-date on fashion trends or shopping. And I can honestly say that I’ve spent more on clothes for FW over the past few months than myself.

Who can blame me if I prefer to buy them matching outfits instead of something for me 🙂

So, when I was invited to attend a blogger event at Saks Fifth Avenue at Beachwood to preview some of their new clothes for the summer, I was pretty excited to put on some makeup, put on a dress (and a mom bun) and get up-to-speed on what’s new in the fashion world. I was treated to brunch and mimosas and a mini fashion show!

Here are some of the trends that we saw that I’m excited about:

Embellishments 

Small purses

Sneakers

Gingham

Graphic Tees

Lace

Bare shoulders, lace and florals were some other trends that they shared. You can see a mix of most of those in all of the above!

I looooved seeing all these styles – maybe this will be just what I need to get out of my fashion funk. That gingham one shoulder top with the white capris is my FAVORITE – I can totally see myself wearing that to a summer bbq (4th of July anyone) and even work with a jacket (we’re pretty casual). Some of the brands featured included Gucci, Scripted, YSL, Cinq A Sept and Milly.

I learned some cool things about Saks while I was there – for example, they are really working to meet the needs of a contemporary audience. Yes, they feature well known designers (hello – did you see those Gucci sneakers?! and that YSL bag?), but they also are all about finding new, less known designers to feature and share exclusive lines with their customers. They also have a feature on their website, the It List, where you can shop by trend!  Oh – and you know that “Cleveland or Nowhere” shirt? That’s something you can get at Saks!

Needless to say, I think I now have a shopping bug. And if you are following me on Instagram, you saw in my story some of the other things I was eyeing at the store (including their entire shoe collection!).

So, I guess it’s time to go shopping!! Some questions for you:

  • Which of the looks is your favorite?
  • What trend are you loving right now?

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Saks Fifth Avenue blogger brunch. In addition to the fun fashion show, I received a Saks t-shirt, some free beauty samples and a gift card. All views are my own. 

A Birthday and A Wedding

The weekend included some pretty fun festivities. It included a birthday AND a wedding! And not just any birthday — FW’s birthday! He turned one 🙂

Here is how we celebrated …

I started off my weekend with a cocktail. It’s not everyday your baby turns one! Plus we finally opened the Mescal we brought back from our trip to Mexico City.

FW got some cards and gifts in the mail. We are so lucky to have so many family and friends thinking of us. 

We celebrated with FW by going to the Zoo. It was his first time there.

He took a nap while hanging out with some giraffes. 

A family selfie.

AND a chocolate and vanilla cupcake! He did not want to touch the chocolate one and ate a few bites of the vanilla frosting.  Just like his momma- not a chocolate fan and prefers the frosting to the cake 🙂

B also made us pizza for dinner. Well, not for FW. He’s still not a pizza fan.

Saturday morning started with a run along the park and beach. I got in 4ish miles while FW slept. 

And then we attempted to show him the water. He was undecided.

That night we had a wedding to attend! B’s friend Bobby was getting married. 

Their cocktail hour was at the aquarium! How cool is that?

Sunday morning came too early – staying until past 1 a.m. and then getting up early with a baby is hard! But I had something else to look forward to on Sunday – a blogger brunch at Saks Fifth Avenue.

one of the models at the event

After lunch and a little shopping, B, FW and I took a short nature walk near the water. We had never been to this path and it was so cool to see all the birds and look down on the lake.

We finished the weekend with Chipotle for the family. A burrito for B, sofritos salad for me and a last minute order of quesadillas for FW.  And surprisingly, he actually ate a few bites!

And that was it. A pretty fun, busy weekend!

Some questions for you:

  • What’s the coolest venue you’ve been to for a wedding?
  • What’s your Chipotle order?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Scenes from my Runs

This week’s writing prompt for Tuesdays on the Run is “scenes from my runs.” But most of my runs lately have been indoors. Even though it has been nice outside lately, I still tend to run on the treadmill in the morning in case FW wakes up (which he did Friday this week). I did however get in one outdoor run — B, FW and I went to Edgewater Park on Saturday and got in a 3.25 mile stroller run with a great view of the park AND the beach. This week’s runs looked like this:

So while most of my runs looked like this:

At least my Saturday run had this view!

B took this photo of me during the last part:

So, it may have been a mostly boring week – but at least I got in a pretty nice run on Saturday!

Some questions for you:

  • How often do you run on the treadmill?
  • Moms – did your running habits change when you had kids? I know I now need to get up an hour earlier and I spend weekdays running inside before work.

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs.

 

First Father’s Day Weekend

First off, Happy Father’s Day! To all the dads out there – especially my dad – thank you for all that you do.

A big Happy Father’s Day to my Dad.

my dad and me when I was about 6 months old

AND, of course, B. This was his first official Father’s Day!

Our Father’s Day weekend included:

A bunch of this … yes, the little man is somewhat eating real food these days!

And when he eats, we also do. Some Vietnamese food to kick off the weekend.

The weekend also included some outdoor runs. We got in 3.25 miles with the stroller at the park. The beach was looking great!

Saturday afternoon, B and I got some oysters at Heinen’s. They were sooooo good – I was surprised that I liked the Virginia ones so much; I’m usually more of a fan of New England oysters.

And for dinner, B made homemade pasta for shrimp scampi. I love homemade pasta.

Sunday morning started early, since I got up with FW while B slept in. We made French toast and then I got in a HOT run. It was 80 degrees out!

That afternoon, B, FW and I went for a walk to the lake.

Then, we headed out for some Father’s Day kickball. We missed most of the game because FW was sleeping but still got to enjoy a few innings.

watching kickball

And that night we enjoyed some steak, potatoes and ice cream for B’s family dinner. B’s parents got a new swing and FW had a great time breaking it in!

Some questions for you:

  • How did you spend your weekend?
  • Do you like oysters?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Summer Running Favorites 

Summer isn’t officially here, but it sure feels like it in Cleveland. This weekend got into the 80s and whew it was HOT. Luckily, I got in some runs early and indoors.

This week included 6 runs, including 3 outdoor runs! Mileage included:

I’m pumped that I got in 3 outdoor runs! Sunday, Friday and Saturday were all outside runs. Another not traditional week, but since I had Friday off I was able to get in some miles outside.

But now that it’s getting warm, it’s time to dress appropriately AND hydrate.  Here are my summer favorites:

Cool, loose tank tops

I am very picky with running tank tops. I don’t like them tight. I prefer loose ones but I don’t like a lot of fabric. I typically prefer ones without built in bras. That’s why, my favorite running tank top is my Skirt Sports Free Flow Tank Top. Even if I weren’t a Skirt Sports Ambassador, this would still be my favorite shirt.* (see below for a discount code!)

Short, airy shorts

My favorite running shorts are also by Skirt Sports. The Redemption Run Short is short, has a pocket for my keys and is so light that it doesn’t weigh me down when I run.  I wore them at my last half marathon (pictured below) and they were great!

Headbands

For years, I had a hard time finding a headband that would keep my flyaway out of my face and also stay on my head. I don’t know why, but headbands consistently fell off my head! Until I found Sparkly Soul. I love my sparkly headbands – they stay on my head AND  are cute! Here are two of my favorite:

I am so excited to be an ambassador, since they are headbands that I love!

Running hats/visors

When it gets really sunny, I like to wear a visor to keep the sun out of my eyes. And when there are summer storms, I like to wear a hat to keep the rain out of my eyes. I own this Skirt Sports visor and a running hat very similar this one.

me in my hat, because it was raining during the 10k (I was 9 months pregnant)

Post-running hydration

You gotta hydrate this summer! Some my favorite post-run hydration – in addition to water – includes:

Smoothies! I make my own in my Vitamix or grab some from Restore.

Nooma: This local hydration company makes some tasty beverages. My favorite is the mango!

Powerade Zero. I know it tastes semi artificial, but I love the blue flavor. And I love that a bottle is typically 32 ounces, so I’m guaranteed to get a lot of hydration in!

NuunI have yet to meet a runner who didn’t like Nuun. I actually don’t have any on hand, and I need to get some!

AND cheers to summer!! Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite summer running outfit?
  • What temps are too hot for you – when do you run inside instead of outside?

Linking up with My No-Guilt Life, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and MCM Mama Runs!

Disclaimer: I’m a Skirt Sports and Sparkly Soul Ambassador! AND as part of being a Skirt Sports ambassador, I get a discount code to share! If you’re looking to get yourself a pair of shorts, flow tank or a cute running skirt, you can use SPRINGCPT20 and get 20% off your order!

A Weekend with a Wedding, Birthday and Baptism

To say it was a busy weekend would be an understatement. BUT it was a GREAT weekend filled with lots of memories with family and friends, so I wouldn’t have it any other way!

After doing a few hours of work on Friday morning, I took the rest of the day off to get prepared for the weekend. Meaning baking cupcakes, shopping and cleaning. But of course, I had to get in a nice run first. Love these views of downtown!

After that, I found time for a pedicure. The massage felt so good!

Said cupcakes I baked. I made banana cupcakes because FW loves banana and the plan was for him to have his first cupcake that weekend 🙂

That night, B and I ordered sushi takeout. I had a great veggie roll, seaweed salad, and some sashimi – tuna and mackerel. 

And then we had to stay up and watch the Cavs game. I don’t usually  stay up ’till midnight anymore, but I HAD to watch … they finally won one! Now to win 3 more …

Saturday morning also started with a run. I got in 5.89 miles before meeting B and FW for some grocery shopping.

We headed to the West Side Market to get some groceries for the week, plus supplies for Sunday. Sunday we had plans to celebrate FW’s baptism AND birthday and we were going to be having a make-your-own sandwich station.

On the way home, we came across this great new mural. I love it!

Then it was time for Nicole’s backyard wedding celebration! I didn’t get any pics of the bride and groom sadly, but here’s FW and I all ready to go!

We left the festivities a little early because my parents and my mom’s cousin were in town! We met them for dinner at Masthead. Pizza and beers. 

Sunday morning started early- FW got baptized! 

I felt so lucky to have my parents in town to celebrate. And I know FW loved it too.

One of my college roommates just happened to be driving through Cleveland on Sunday, too so we got to see her!

FW had his first taste of cupcake. He looooved the frosting!

B’s mom made us a bear cake – it was so cute and tasty!

FW also got to hang out in the sandbox. At first he wasn’t too sure about it, but after a few minutes, he started to really enjoy it. 

By the end of the afternoon, everyone was pooped. Me included. It was a long day!

We were all pretty tired, but content after a great weekend of family and celebrations. A perfect summer weekend!

Some questions for you:

  • Was it hot where you were this weekend? It was in the 80s here!
  • Who are you rooting for in the NBA finals?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.