2019 MU Half Marathon – I did it! I ran the race in 2:15!

I did it. I ran my race. That’s why I’ve been spotty with blogging and posting, and a big part of the reason I wasn’t coaching the past few months.

First I want to go over the race weekend, then how it differed from last year, then how I trained.

Soooo race weekend. The race this year was on 11/3, and 11/4 is LB’s birthday. (Last year race day WAS his birthday). So the day before the race he had a birthday party. That meant I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off the week prior and stressing that he had a good time. The party was a success saturday morning, and after going home to pack we started off to Huntington WV.

Logistically, I booked 2 hotel rooms in Huntington side by side so my parents could stay nextdoor. They kept the kids while we raced. We hit the hotel when we got into town and my parents and sister watched the kids while we went to pick up our race bibs.

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Time falls back the night before the race (always) and that’s helpful if you DON’T have kids. Continue reading “2019 MU Half Marathon – I did it! I ran the race in 2:15!”

Baby Registry Essentials

Hey yal!

Earlier this week on my instastories I asked what you guys wanted to hear more about. This request was one I thought would go better as a blog – so I could refer back to it since this question comes up a lot.

Also…. for me if we ever decide to have another baby because after a couple years you TOTALLY forget.

DISCLAIMER: this post has affiliate links. I get paid a lil sumn-sumn if you buy through my amazon links. That money goes towards the upkeep of the blog.

Baby registries are overwhelming. First of all, EVERYONE has them. My favorite place to shop is amazon because I hate to leave my home haha so I suggest the Amazon Baby Registry.

Why? Continue reading “Baby Registry Essentials”

You use breastmilk for WHAT?

Even though nursing is crazy hard at first and takes up a ton of time (I’m 20 mins into a nursing session as I type) it has a ton of perks. On top of being convenient and honestly having a nutritional content that formula hasn’t been able to match, there are other uses for your milk too!

Here are a few I use:

– Eye Drops. Not as much with Viv, but LB got pinkeye often as a baby and a quick squirt of breastmilk saved us a trip to the doctor everytime.

Continue reading “You use breastmilk for WHAT?”

I hated school because I never wanted to take work home.

Writing about my anxiety helps me make light of daily stresses and feel more grateful. I was a little hesitant to publish this one, but here goes nothing:

Picture it: Huntington 2011 (i love golden girls πŸ˜‚).

One of my first thoughts when i decided to hustle up some summer classes and finish my BS in chemistry a semester early was “I can’t wait until a life without homework”.

I hated college and vowed to never go back to school. Because it never ended – classes ran into other classes ran into study groups ran into labs. It was so much pressure, so many hours of dedication… ONE mistake could ruin everything back then. I was over it and I wanted time to live my life.

When I first started my first job as a chemist I was amazed at how nice it was to leave work – even if it was a long day … and be DONE until the next day. Or be DONE all weekend.

It was absolutely amazing to not have work following me around like a shadow. My anxiety was way down. Life was simpler.

Then i became a mom, which is like getting a PhD in overworking. It’s honestly like college on crack cocaine. Continue reading “I hated school because I never wanted to take work home.”

Nesting with Tarra ? – 5 months postpartum πŸ˜†

LB has been at my mom and dads since Friday and I have been going crazy with organizing and cleaning random stuff while Viv naps. Idk if it’s the dopamine from finally being able to accomplish ANYTHING in peace or some kind of hormonal response but i love it πŸ˜‚

So far:

– cleaned out and organized kitchen cabinets

– cleaned out fridge

– helped install our home security system (by help I mean hubby did it then I made him relocate the keypad πŸ˜‚)

– sorted through a bunch of paperwork

– painted around thermostats and home security keypad

Pics for proof πŸ˜‚

Continue reading “Nesting with Tarra ? – 5 months postpartum πŸ˜†”

Cloth diapers made easy – night time cloth diapering

Cloth diapering during the day is much different than at night once your baby starts sleeping longer stretches. During the day most cloth mommas change every 2 hours (or whenever the diaper is soiled) so diapers only have to hold that much pee. But no one is waking a baby every 2-3 hours for a diaper change so night time cloth diapers need to be comfortable and absorb a lot.

Vivian is a heavy wetter (she obviously takes in A LOT of milk – just look at her πŸ˜‚). She has been sleeping 8-10 hours at night since about 8 weeks old. Continue reading “Cloth diapers made easy – night time cloth diapering”

KGOAL? What’s that?

This is not what it looks like.

But it does go where you think it goes πŸ˜‚

This is the KGOAL – and it’s designed to help you kegal properly haha (and to make it fun!). All of us mommas, especially those of us who run, know how important pelvic floor strength is.

How’s it work? Well, it’s a device and free app that makes pelvic floor exercise fun and interactive. It gives you visual and tactile feedback and even has a diagram to show you how to properly engage your pelvic floor.

And it’s totally comfortable. It’s designed like a balloon or pillow – you can “deflate” it to insert and “inflate” to get the perfect fit for your body!

It’s a cool little device and I definitely suggest you try it. I cant wait to get back to using it after I’m all healed from Vivs birth.

Wanna try KGOAL? Get yours here!

My Must Have Baby Items :)

Alright guys, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my favorite baby gear so I figured I should just share here. Of course there are a lot of baby items out there –  these are just the ones I use the most and am most excited to have.

  1. Of course I love my cloth diaper stash, but for times when I need a disposable diaper OR wipes/rash cream I head to a new site I discovered – Brandless! They sell certified organic, hypoallergenic, fragrance free baby items. So important for those of us with little ones that have sensitive skin. And their prices are AMAZING. Not just on their baby stuff – on everything. Check them out! Continue reading “My Must Have Baby Items :)”