fall reads : october 2016

I've been reading & listening quite a bit this month. I've still got titles from my Summer reading list waiting for attention…but I chose to simply go where my attention led me.  French Kids Eat Everything – I picked up the Kindle edition on sale after a few conversations about our frustrations with the Littles' eating habits. Too much snacking,…

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hello october 2016

Oh hey y'all! I'm kicking off October in Texas & Oklahoma…combining a visit with my family and some work appts. Facing down the last quarter of the year seems impossible! Let's start with a few hellos… hello vacation planning. Fall & winter trips on the calendar…need flights, hotels, and details sorted.  hello paleo eating (sort of. sometimes.). I do well…

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i survived Whole 30® (& lived to tell about it)

I finished up Whole 30® last week, and gave myself a few days to recover before writing about it. Mostly b/c an earlier post might have included all the swear words, and my Mom gets cranky with me over that. Thoughts from the other side… I have little tolerance/patience for people who don't do the work. I wandered about the online…

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the universe has your back : gabrielle bernstein

I've been a Gabby Bernstein fan since I read her first book, Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness. I've even traveled to see her speak & had one of her books signed. It's fair to say that her books were instrumental in me surviving the first few pre-&-post divorce years. Her latest book releases today. I…

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2 years…

2 years ago, I met a guy with a fresh tattoo (who took his shirt off 30 seconds after intros…to show me said tattoo) at a dinner arranged by mutual friends. I could tell you, in exacting detail, about that dinner…Dan laughs that I remember so much. It's easier to sum it up with this… We met. And in an…

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hello (mid) september 2016

(insert some cliched comment about time moving quickly here) Hello to one more week of Whole 30. Absolutely counting the days.  Hello travel. After taking a break from travel in August, I'm back at it. Although I love travel, being in California for less than 24hrs between flights this week was not my favorite.  Hello celebrations. Dan celebrates 42, and my Dad…

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Whole 30® – more than halfway through!

Thoughts from Day 18 of Whole 30®… Even though I was eating fairly clean before…the strict rules of this program are no joke. Sneaky sugar is EVERYWHERE. Why in the world does dried fruit needed added sugar?? Commercially available salmon jerky is hard to find. Trader Joe's jerky has brown sugar, and Epic Bars are way too peppery.  NSVs (non-scale…

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so long, #summer2016…

It's the un-official last weekend of summer, and our house seems very quiet. We've had a steady stream of houseguests, travel, bigs, and littles over the past few months. It's all added up to be a season of love, light, and so much fun. I got to spend time with two of my very best friends in California in June.…

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changing it up with Whole30®…

I have experimented with a handful of eating "programs" over the last few years. I've done vegan challenges, raw challenges, no-alcohol challenges, and even (believe it or not), a no-coffee challenge. I find that challenges are the best way to mix things up for me, and to keep me out of wacky thinking when it comes to food. For example…I…

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fab finds : CORA

Even though I've been a bit neglectful of this blog in the past year, I still get the occasional product review request. To be honest, I turn down most. So when this opportunity came along, I was poised to say "no, thank you!"…and then I read more about the company & the product, and changed my mind. Which is why…

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you’re my favorite : july/august 2016

Revisiting the "you're my favorite" prompt (my last post was a full year ago!) today! A few things that are my favorite right now/this summer/subject to change… Travel. Still & always. Strangely, I don't have any flights booked this month, although I do have some local-ish travel planned. Starting to book fall travel, and very much looking forward to winter…

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las vegas : july 2016

I had a trade show to attend in Vegas last month, and Dan came along for the adventure! I'm super grateful that he's always ready & willing to explore, experience, & enjoy.  Dan's business mentor, Nick, and his girlfriend Kathy joined us for a few days. Seeing The Beatles: Love was amazing. So great to share the experience with awesome…

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hello august 2016

It's August. Already. Huh?? hello four. For the first time in 2 years, we had all 4 kids under the same roof for a brief moment. It's really fun to watch the Littles & Bigs interact.  hello fleeting days. Hope leaves this week. Austin will leave at the end of the month. Our time with the Littles shifts when McCartney…

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hello july 2016

It's summertime…and I'm hoping that the living will start to be easy. While I wait, here's some hellos… hello travel. Always. This month, it's NYC (biz) and Vegas (biz, and Dan is joining me).  hello Iris. Dan's Mom arrives tomorrow, and I am so excited. I have several mother-in-laws, and I am fortunate that they all add something to my life.…

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summer reading : 2016

Those who know me well may gasp at this reading list, what with all the fiction. It honestly wasn't a conscious choice at first, but rather a reflection of the vibe of life right now. If I had to sum it up, I'd say it's less the frantic pace of improve, learn, grow and more a cadence of be present, enjoy,…

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hello june 2016

And….it's somehow June.  hello travel & travel planning. It's a constant, and that's good. Currently heading to Los Angeles for few days – a mix of business & pleasure. NYC soon, Vegas in a few weeks. We even starting to book end-of-year travel that involves sunshine & drinks with little umbrellas. #winning hello pneumonia. Not so good. I stopped in…

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the more of less : joshua becker

Dan and I don't live a completely minimalist lifestyle, but we do make a concerted effort to have less stuff. When we moved from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom house, we promised each other that we wouldn't fill every space. We're thoughtful about what we buy, and prioritize the experience of living over the materialism of living. I've…

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