Aug 30

All worn out

I just wanted to check in to say that the move went well and we are finally starting to make some heads or tails of the boxes. The furniture has been (mostly) arranged and bed frames and tables have been assembled.

We received our fridge and washer and dryer yesterday. I was really excited about the fridge since it’s the first time I’ve ever had a top-of-the-line French door refrigerator. We went to the grocery store yesterday afternoon to stock up on the necessities and everything looks so pretty inside the new, clean space.
I’ll post some pictures soon enough. Right now I’m tired and my feet, back and hips are aching, so I want to go to bed. Also, we can’t find the power cable to my Macbook, so I’m trying to stay off the computer unless necessary.
Stella was so exhausted from adjusting to everything. The move really stressed her out. (She really has got it the worst) She was sawing logs before I knew it…. Snoring and everything.  It was a long day for all of us.  

 

Aug 28

It’s Moving Day!!!

It’s finally here!!!  

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Today is our CLOSING AND MOVING DAY!!!!  

Although it almost feels like a dream, I’m so excited and anxious to get everything moved in so I can unpack and settle into our new house!!!     

Basically, the next few days are going to be very hectic for us.  Our official closing time today is at 11am   My husband is meeting the builder at 9:30 for a final walk-thru to make sure all the punch list items were completed before he meets me at the title company.  I have to drop my daughter off with my MIL before the signing so we are taking separate cars.  We loaded up our cars yesterday from my parent’s house and we’ll go straight to our new house after the official closing.  

Thankfully, we have family and friends offering to help us consolidate all our moving responsibilities into a quick weekend.    The movers are going to call me when they are available to meet us at our storage unit to begin loading up the truck.  We aren’t having any appliances delivered today, but we will have our brand new fridge and washer & dryer delivered first thing tomorrow!!!  (We have an older fridge that we can use in the garage for the first day to store beverages and snacks until the mack-daddy fridge arrives.)  

I don’t have big plans for myself personally, other than unpacking boxes and straightening up the kitchen and bedrooms to situate beds and sleeping quarters, but  I’ll be checking in on Twitter and Instagram throughout the day.  Stay tuned for all the exciting pictures.  

Aug 27

August Running Playlist – 2014

It’s time again for another playlist post.  

Today I’m sharing my end of Summer favorites for this August Running Playlist.  It’s a compilation of some old and new songs from my iPod.  Hope you enjoy.   

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What song are you jamming out to this month?

Aug 25

Pregnancy Update – 37 Weeks

Almost there…..  I think I can, I think I can.  Seriously, I feel like the little engine that could.  I just keep telling myself that I’ve only got “X” amount of weeks left and that I’m almost there.  

Honestly, I don’t know how I’m going to make it through these next few weeks, especially with our move this week.  It feels like my energy is deteriorating by the hours. I’m always so exhausted.  

This week at my appointment, my doctor wants me to wear a fetal monitor for 20 minutes to check in on baby and make sure he’s doing well.  Since I’m 35 years old, I’m right on the cusp of what is considered a late in life/ “high risk” pregnancy, so this is just a precautionary measure.  

I still haven’t heard back on how my Strep test came back, so we’ll probably discuss that this week as well.   

 

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Weight Gain:  Up another pound from last week.


Body Changes:  I’m starting to have a little swelling in my hands and feet.  Most likely it’s because I’ve had two very busy days this week, but I’ll wait until I talk to the doctor to be sure.  


Belly Button: 
 Popped out.

Workouts: 
Swimming, yoga and squats & lunges.

Symptoms: 
Heartburn, Braxton Hicks, Constipation, “pregnancy brain” AKA forgetfulness  < This is a new one for me.  I feel like my train of thought has slowly been drifting away.  My thinking is not as quick and on point as usual.  I’ve had many so-called “blonde moments.”

Movements: 
Same as the previous weeks.   Lots of movement.  

Food Aversions: 
None

Cravings: 
None, but I’m focusing on keeping up with my fruits and veggies.  High fiber foods and plenty of fluids are the main focus

Sleep: 
This is the first time I’m reporting a difficulty in sleeping.  The belly has officially grown to the point of uncomfortableness. I’ve been waking up between two and three times every night to pee, but, thankfully, I can usually get right back to sleep after I drain the tank.  

Stretch Marks: 
None

Wedding Ring:  Getting tight since I started to swell slightly.  I think it’s going to stay in the jewelry box from today forward.  

Mood: Hormonal and a little cranky.  I’m not necessarily ready for the baby to come out just yet, but I am ready to have control over my body once again.    

Purchases:  We finally bought a new glider/rocker for the baby’s room.  I’m really excited, because it’s super comfortable and it’s made of smooth fabric… and it’s a recliner too!  

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What about baby boy?

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Did you experience any swelling in your feet or hands during your pregnancy?  

What was the worst part about the third trimester for you?  

Aug 22

Saturday Confessional

Ah… The weekend. So glad to see you again ol’ sport. (channeling a little Jay Gatsby here). I thought I’d try a little something different this weekend with a Saturday Confessional.  So I’m spilling all my secrets and divulging all my personal information for your viewing pleasures.   Saturday_Confession   Confession:  I’ve been feeling pretty useless lately due to my extreme case of pregnancy. There’s not much I can say, except that I’m sorry I’ve been such a drag. I don’t want to move from my little spot on the couch. I’m saving my energy for our move on Thursday.   Confession:  I’ve had such a lack of motivation lately, that I’ve been rocking this lazy hair do and no-makeup look.   IMG_6520.JPG Confession:  I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been a typical mama in her final stage of pregnancy. It ain’t pretty folks. All the typical stereotypes are true. IMG_6512.JPG Pregnant Mood swings Confession:  I was slacking for a while, but now I’m finally back to eating healthy.  I’ve been craving salads again and snacking on fruit.  My diet as of lately has wreaked havoc on my digestion.  Tummy problems when you have an active little baby in your uterus feels like a non-stop rave is happening inside you.   dancing_baby_gif Confession:  I am loving the new Taylor Swift Song

Confession:  My undergarments barely fit me.  I’ve been holding out to get fitted for a new nursing bra until AFTER the baby is born and my milk comes in, but I’m really wishing I had one more bra that fit just to make it through these next few weeks.  I need an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.    And I’m pretty sure I could rock these maternity underwear.   what do you think? maternity underwear pictures Confession:  I scored TWO Kate Spade rugs at Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.99 each!  They are going to look so great in my kid’s bathroom.   Kate_Spade_Rug   Confession:  I like and I’m getting used to saying phrases like “the kids” or “my babies” and “the kiddos.”   It makes me happy to know that my daughter will have a playmate soon…. well, not too soon, but in a few years, “the kids” will be happily playing together in our new house and I’ll sit off to the side and admire them for being so loving to each other.  (maybe?) brother_sister_fights   Confession:  I peed at least once every hour yesterday and I’m on point to do the very same today.   Boo_MonstersInc_HasToPee       Confession:  I am happy to say we finally purchased something for the baby’s room.  We bought a new rocker/glider for me.   Rocker_glider Confession:  I am no longer a RedBox virgin.  I rented Rio 2 for the LO last weekend.  I didn’t know if she’d watch it, and secretly, I wanted to watch it, so I brought it home casually to view during her play time.  She ended up liking it a lot, so I think I’m now on the hook to purchase it for her.   REDBOX_Confession:  While I was browsing wasting time on Pinterest the other day, I discovered this precious little newborn portrait.  How cute is this?   Since I ran three half marathons with my little baby bundle, I’m thinking I might have to recreate this picture with my race medals.   newborn_pictures_race_medals

Okay, It’s your turn.  

Leave me one random confession about you in the comments.

 

Aug 22

Friday Five – Things to Love About a Running Group

Happy Happy Friday folks!  I’m just a ball of excitement right now, because today is the walk thru for our new house!!!  We are less than a week away from our close and move-in date, so I am just bursting at the seams.  Well, that, and my current state of pregnancy.  On Monday, I will be considered full term and that much closer to bringing my baby boy into the world.  Lots of excitement for our family this week!!  

And of course, since it’s Friday, I’m linking up with the lovely ladies of the DC Trifecta for another #FridayFive. Make sure to visit Courtney, Mar and Cynthia’s pages after you finish with mine.  I’ve discovered some amazing bloggers through the Friday linkups,  you could too!  

This week we are talking about Five Things to Love About . . . . .

For this topic, I had to really think about what I was loving as of lately; there’s been so much.  But when it came to this past week specifically, I thought it was only appropriate that I mention how much there is to love about a running group.  

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Just last Friday, I announced on the blog that I had established a brand new chapter of Moms Run This Town in my new neighborhood.  Since opening the group and linking to our Facebook page, I have been overwhelmed by the excitement and enthusiasm of the ladies that are diligently connecting with each other and scheduling training runs together.   It really makes me excited for when I’ll be able to get back out there myself.  And with marathon season right around the corner, most of these ladies are well into their training schedules and they are kicking some major asphalt.  One of the moms from our chapter was out last Saturday with her single jogging stroller (usually she runs with a double stroller) pounding out a fourteen mile long run.  What a BAMR!!!  

Amidst all the excitement and chatter between the girls, it reminded me of why running groups are so awesome.  It’s not always easy to motivate yourself to get out there and train every day, or every other day, but running takes on a whole new focus with the right crowd.  

 

 

Accountability  

Knowing that a group of fellow runners are all waking up at the crack of dawn to lace up and hit the pavement together is enough to keep me accountable.  Even more so, when I say that I’m going to be somewhere, I tend to follow through when I know someone will be there counting on me.  So in this aspect, joining a running group is one of the easiest ways to keep you accountable.   Another way to look at this is, by having your peers around you every week for your long runs, or track sessions, their presence is going to keep you accountable in sticking to your training plan.  This could equate to more endurance, speed and distance training for you.    

Motivation  

How does a large group of your peers cheering and rooting for you at your next race sound?  How about lining up with a group for your next run to keep you on your target pace?  If you enjoy that type of motivation, then you just might love being part of a running group.    If you want to think of it another way.  Think about the cost of some of the larger running groups.  When you make an investment into training, you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth.  

 

Socializing  

Turning your training runs into social hour makes it something you look forward to.  Whether you like to check in with a friend and catch up on gossip, or you just want to escape the kiddos to have some adult conversation (Moms can relate to this), having an hour of socializing can do wonders for your self worth.  Also, it can make the time go by much quicker.    If socializing is a top priority for you when selecting a run club, definitely check out the clubs that schedule meet ups around centralized social hangouts, like bars, running stores or gyms. 

 

Support  

If you are a newer runner, or maybe you are training with a new PR in mind, running groups can offer you the training knowledge and support to help you achieve some success in this area.  There are usually several seasoned runners in every running group. Many of them are more than happy to share their knowledge and expertise with anyone looking for training tips or help achieving their racing goals.  If you want to take it even further, you can always contact the local running clubs to see who has certified coaches.  There are many clubs available nationwide with RRCA certified coaches, but if you can’t find one that fits your schedule, most clubs offer workshops or clinics for beginners.  A certified coach is typically brought in specifically for that day.  

Safety  

Let’s face it.  The world has a lot of sick people in it and runners can be vulnerable targets for some of these freaks and crazies.  When you pair up with a group, it doesn’t guarantee your safety, but there is definitely something to be said about safety in numbers.  

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Do you run with a run club or social group?

What things do you consider when selecting a run club? 

 

Aug 21

JOHNSON’S NO MORE TANGLES VoxBox Review

As part of the Influenster program, I received a VoxBox from Johnson’s No More Tangles line for me to review. Within the package, I received 3 products:  the Baby Shampoo & Conditioner for Thin/Straight Hair, Leave-in Conditioner, and Detangling Spray.  Even though my daughter has curly hair, I still tested the products on her for three weeks to see how it would work on her tangles.  

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The Shampoo & Conditioner worked well enough to cleanse her hair, but I didn’t necessarily find that it helped eliminate tangles.  I did like that it lathered up well and was gentle on her scalp.  Because she has curly hair, I don’t know if I could technically construct a fair review of this product.  However, I will say that it did not irritate her eczema, and that is a huge bonus to me since I just recently had to change all her skin care products for that exact reason.  NoMoreTangles_Products

 

The Leave-in Conditioner was a nice addition to her bath & beauty routine and I can definitely say that it helped tame her wild curls and made combing easier.  I found her hair softer and more manageable on the nights that I included this into her bath routine.   Ordinarily, we have to use a separate leave in conditioner anyway.   The Johnson’s No More Tangles Leave-in Conditioner worked well enough that we will continue to use it.  

The detangling spray was my favorite of all three products. Since we have been at the beach all Summer, we have been struggling with the salt, sand, wind and pool water tangles.  The detangling spray has been a lifesaver.  I have used it on Rosalyn’s hair almost every day and a couple times on my own.  I use around 4-5 pumps on my curly headed toddler in the mornings to make her hair more manageable for styling and at night time, after using the Leave-in Conditioner, I will spritz 2-3 times.  If she has several knots and tangles, like after a day at the beach, I will require 7-10 pumps to completely ease the combing process.  Previously, I was using a spray bottle filled with water to aid with styling in the morning, but this detangling spray will replace it from now on.    

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Having previously discarded all my JOHNSON & JOHNSON baby products due to their ingredient list containing harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane, I was hesitant to use, let alone endorse, their products.  However, I can, once again, use these products now knowing that in August 2012, Johnson & Johnson pledged to eliminate formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan, and phthalates from all their baby products, and in May 2013 announced that they had done so.

 

 

***Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Aug 20

Pregnancy Update – 36 Weeks

Four weeks and counting down……  

On Monday, I will be considered full term.  Today I have my 36 week appointment at the doctor.  It will be an ordinary exam, with a Group B Strep test. I didn’t need this test with my first pregnancy, because I was scheduled for a cesarean by this point.  This is completely new to me.  Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can cause urinary tract and uterine infections.  I can have it and not be affected by it, but if baby contracts GBS on the way out, it has potential to make him very sick.   I’ll undergo a simple swab at my appointment today to determine whether or not the bacteria is present.  If it comes back positive, no big deal.  I’ll just have to take an antibiotic during delivery.  

I am also planning to discuss my birth plan with my doctor tomorrow to make sure we are on the same page.  

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Now let’s see what’s up with mama and baby boy this week.  

 

Weight Gain:  I’m up 0.35 lbs. since last week. 


Body Changes: 
 I’ve been feeling pressure in my “lower regions.”  Whenever I stand up, it’s like a bowling ball is  immediately dropped on my bladder.  Obviously, it’s his head, but I don’t think he’s dropped just yet.  I haven’t felt that “lightening” feeling yet, and I might not, since this is my second pregnancy.  I have heard that a lot of moms don’t experience that with their second child until they go into active labor.  

Belly Button:  Popped 


Workouts: 
yoga, swimming, squats and lunges….. that’s about it at this point.  I don’t dare venture for a walk these days.  My bladder just can’t handle it.    

Symptoms: 
Same as previous weeks.  Heartburn, Braxton Hicks, itchy abdomen, constipation (thumbs down) and sensitive gums.  

Movements: 
 There hasn’t been a real decline in fetal movement yet.  I am still able to sit and watch him move around quite a bit, but now the kicks feel more like a sliding motion since he’s running out of room.  

Food Aversions:  None


Cravings: None,  sorry this has been a boring topic with me.  


Sleep: 
I’m still able to get in a good 7 – 8 hours each night and I’m napping regularly with my toddler.  But it’s finally becoming difficult to get comfortable.  Lots of pillows must be used to prop me up at night. The real difficulty isn’t finding a position that is comfy, it’s changing positions during the night that I find so challenging.  Thankfully, I have an entire bed to myself for 8 more days!!  Then after we move, I’ll be back in my ginormous king size bed again with my snoring husband.  lol   I’ll still have plenty of room even then.  

Stretch Marks: 
None

Mood: Happy, and anxious.  I wrote up my birth story from my prior planned cesarean, and while reading through it became a little nervous and afraid.  There’s always a feeling of fear associated with the unknown.  My biggest fear is that I will not be successful with my trial of labor and that I will end up with an emergency cesarean.  

To do:  

  • After next Friday, which is our move in date for the new house, I will have to locate all our baby items from their boxes and get them ready for our little man.   Mostly, I’ll need to wash and fold laundry and clean the baby bath tub and miscellaneous items.  Thankfully, there is nothing too tedious to take care of on his end.  
  • We are also purchasing a new rocker/glider to go into the nursery.  We gifted our old one to my husband’s cousin since my amazing husband agreed to buy me a new one, especially since I spent so much time in the last one.   This means I get to go shopping at Buy Buy Baby again this week and that makes me very happy.  =)  

What is going on with our little man?

 

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Baby Stats are found at BabyCenter.com

Any last minute advice for a mama about to enter her last weeks of pregnancy?

(don’t say “try to relax,” because that just ain’t an option for me)  

When you were pregnant, did you test positive for the Strep B?

Aug 19

My Planned Cesarean Birth Story

I wasn’t blogging at the time that my daughter was born. I actually started a year after she came into our lives. And since I’m about to go through the whole childbirth phase again with our son, I thought it would be nice to share the birth story of when Rosalyn was born.

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Leading up to my due date, which was November 26th, 2011, we discovered that our little baby was stuck in the breech position. We attempted to change her position using the typical “spinning babies” techniques, but after no success, we accepted the fact that a cesarean was the safest way for me to deliver our baby girl.

I had a pre-op appointment on the Wednesday before my scheduled surgery to discuss what I was to expect on the day of my cesarean and then I went home to prepare the house and my belongings for the arrival of our baby girl.

On the day of my surgery, which was the Monday before Thanksgiving, I woke up without an alarm around 8am.  I showered, shaved my legs, washed and blow dried my hair, and dressed in a comfy maternity outfit. We headed to the hospital with our bags and our car seat already installed in the back of our SUV. Upon check-in at the hospital, I was taken into a private cubical to be admitted. The process took about 15 minutes and then I was sent to wait in a waiting room to be called to prep for the surgery.

Once my name was called, I kissed my husband goodbye and I was lead into a small curtained area where I was told to change into my hospital gown and grippy socks. I bagged my street clothes and carried them with me to my next waiting area, where I was shortly escorted – in my backless hospital gown, mind you – to the pre-op area. I met one of my nurses who immediately began to hook me up to ECG (Electrocardiography) lead wires, and set up an IV line.
I will admit that at this point, I began to get a little nervous. I hadn’t undergone major surgery since I had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was 19 years old. Major abdominal surgery was very daunting for me, especially because I knew that I was going to be awake for the entire procedure.  The nurse could sense that I was nervous.  She assured me that I was in good hands with my crew and told me to try to relax. She was very sweet.

After what felt like a million years, I was whisked away into an elevator and down a hall in to an operating room. It was the first time I had seen the inside of an operating room – while awake, at least – and I was completely frightened to be there. The only thing that put me at ease was seeing the familiar face of my lovely doctor enter the room. Dr. Clemens is such a wonderful doctor. She greeted me and we briefly chit chatted before we began to discuss the next steps of my procedure. When the anesthesiologist entered the room, he introduced himself and began chatting with me and the rest of the hospital staff. My doctor assured me that he was one of the best. She even told me he was the anesthesiologist who did her spinal block for her own cesarean and that she would trust him blindfolded. She held my hands as I rounded my back and accepted the needle prick of the spinal sub-dural anesthetics. It was a harsher prick than a typical shot, especially considering the placement, but it wasn’t as bad as I had worked it up to be in my mind. I quickly spun my legs onto the operating table before they went numb. My arms were extended out away from my body and were rested on armrests to keep from interfering in the sterile operating area. A blood pressure cuff was placed on my arm and I was told that it would inflate randomly throughout the procedure.

I felt very alone on the operating table. It was very clinical and scary. Instead of being focused on meeting my baby, I was scared to death of being cut open.
The anesthesiologist performed a check to see that my abdomen was numb up to my chest. Shortly after, my husband entered the room and took his place by my side. It was so great to have him close beside me at that exact moment of trepidation. A curtain was setup at my breast bone and the procedure began soon after.

Even though I was numbed up from the spinal, I could still feel the hands of my doctor tugging and pulling on my insides. I don’t remember much about this part of the delivery, except how quickly after beginning my doctor mentioned how much our daughter looked like my husband, and then my baby girl was presented to us over the curtain. I barely caught a glimpse of her and already my heart had melted.

She was cleaned up quickly by the nurses, then she was swaddled and placed on my chest.

It was very uncomfortable to look at her because she was placed right up under my chin. And with everything still being pulled, tugged and suctioned on the other side of the curtain, I struggled to focus on the beautiful creature laying on my chest. What I didn’t have a problem focusing on was her tiny little ear that was right in front of my face. I have a very slight malformation on my right ear, and at this point I realized that my daughter had inherited it!

The minutes seemed to zoom by as I just admired her gorgeous profile and cute little features. Eventually, she was taken back by the nurses and I was left staring at her from a short distance away. They finished closing me back up and stitching my incision site and then I was wheeled away to recovery while my husband stayed behind to watch over our daughter with the nurses.

I wasn’t left alone in recovery very long before my husband walked over with our daughter in her plexiglas crib. At this point, I was finally able to begin holding and nursing her. She latched on perfectly from the very first moment and I was almost to the point of tears. I stared down at her for what seemed like an eternity while my husband and I chatted about how perfect she was.  

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She was born November 21, 2011 at 1:50pm weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 inches long.  

After an hour in recovery, the whole family was escorted to our hospital room, where we were able to meet up with  my parents and some of our friends to introduce to our new baby girl.  Everybody admitted she looked nothing like her mama and everything like her Daddy.  

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Thankfully, her complexion and features changed slightly over the next several months.  She did end up taking a slight resemblance to her mama eventually.  

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Stay tuned for more pregnancy updates coming soon for her little brother, and eventually, another birth story.  Hopefully, the next story will be about a successful VBAC.  

Aug 15

Five Things I’m loving This Friday Five

Happy Friday to you guys!!!  As I’ve been doing now for quite some time, I’m linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia for the Friday Five.  This week we have a free pass to talk about whatever we would like.  And since I don’t have much fitness in my life right now and I’ve been talking so much about the upcoming baby, I decided to just roll with a random post about   What I’m Loving This Friday.   FF_WhatI'mLoving   1.  Shark Week

I have always been fascinated by sharks.  Living in Florida my whole life, I’ve been exposed to them both in captivity and in the wild.  We used to lobster down in the Keys every year as a kid. Once in my twenties, I went on a diving excursion in the Keys to the Florida Barrier Reef and actually swam right next to a shark.  I was pretty sure it was a nurse shark, so I kept following it to snap a few pictures with my underwater camera.  -  I’m pretty fearless.  Every year when Discovery Channel showcases their Shark Week specials, I always watch the newest shows and they never cease to amaze me.  This year, there has been a few new programs that I’ve enjoyed especially.  Sharks really are just misunderstood.  

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2.  Sweet Leaf Tea

I don’t remember who told me to try this stuff, but thank you for doing so.  I absolutely love this tea.  It’s so fantastic.  Sweat Leaf Tea makes delicious iced tea, green tea, fruit tea, lemonade, and coffee-tea blends.  I’ve only tried the green teas and the lemonade/tea blend, but with so many flavors and infusions, I’m in heaven.  These are the perfect teas to stock your fridge with this Summer.  And if you like to mix your tea with spirits, there are lots of cocktail recipes available on the website like: 

The Old Fashion Granny

  • 2 parts Citrus Green Tea
  • 1 part whiskey, bourbon, or scotch
  • 2 parts club soda
  • 3 dashes of superfine sugar per serving
  • 3 dashes orange bitters per serving
  • 1 lemon slice per serving. 

Place sugar in old-fashioned glass or small tumbler. Douse with bitters to soak sugar. Add tea and whiskey to glass. Muddle until liquid is slightly pinkish hue. Fill glass with ice, and top off with soda.

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3.  Being her Mommy

I can’t tell you how much fun we’ve been having lately.  With the arrival of her little brother very soon, I’ve been taking extra special care of this one and sneaking in lots of cuddles and play dates.  She’s growing up so fast and before I know it, she’ll be a teenager.  So we’ve been spending lots of time together, reading, swimming, taking day trips to the library, going out to lunch and shopping together.  Oh how I’m going to miss giving her all my attention.  

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4.  Island Life

With only two weeks left until our closing on the new house, I’m realizing that our Summer vacation on Anna Maria Island is coming to a close.  It’s been such a great Summer and we have really enjoyed living down here for the past two months. I cannot even begin to think about how much I’m going to miss having my parents around all the time.  They’ve been so amazing with Rosalyn and I’ve appreciated having the extra company around while my hubby has been traveling.  I think I’ll miss them the most, but the evening sunsets will be hard to say goodbye to as well.  FF_Sunsets_AMI_Causeway FF_Sunsets

5.  Anticipating my race calendar for 2015

I know it’s very early to be talking about January and February races, but when you’re about to have a baby and you know your life is going to be a whirlwind of chaos and baby crazy for a few months, you tend to look ahead into the future for a break.  And that break is going to come in the shape of a few half marathons and training.  I’ve already loaded up my race calendar with three half marathons.  I’ll be running Best Damn Race at Safety Harbor, Orlando and Jacksonville, beginning in January.  I already registered for all three of them and I’m pretty excited about them, and getting my body back after baby.  BTW  I still have a $5 discount code for Best Damn Race.  It’s good for any distance, any location.  Amongst the excitement, I responded to a thread on the Tampa Moms Run This Town Facebook Page about getting a new chapter formed in the area of town where I am moving to in two weeks.  There were quite a few mommas that were interested, and I had already mentioned starting my own chapter after the baby was born, so I went ahead and made it happen.  MRTT is such an amazing group of women and I was proud to take initiative to start a local chapter.  Getting this organized and started now just makes me that much more anxious to get back out and start running postpartum.  

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