Good Gifts For…. The RUNNER in your life

Well, we are entering that time of year when gifts are a thing… these choices can feel stressful sometimes, so I thought I’d share some good gifts I’ve received or hope to receive over this post and the next in case some of you are looking for some inspiration! First up- some suggestions for the runners in your life! (but lots of these can work for  a variety of athletes!)

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Goodness in the Kitchen: Comfort Food

It’s an amazing time of year to be in the kitchen. Not only is it finally pleasant to turn on an oven or stove here in Phoenix (I don’t want to talk about how many days in the triple digits we have this year but suffice it to say that we broke records), but the seasonal flavors from October through December are varied and full of favorites (pumpkin! apple! gingerbread! peppermint!). I find so many of these flavors comforting and imbued with tradition, but today I want to talk about some of my favorite comfort foods that are there for my family year round. Warning: lots of carbs ahead… Continue reading

Family Halloween Costumes

I have to admit… for a long time I kind of hated Halloween. I don’t like being scared. I was acting a ton so I was basically playing dress up for a living and with really nice costumes that I would not be able to make or afford for a one night party. It just was not that fun for me. Then I had kids. Continue reading

Genuine Thoughts: Rapid Fire Questions

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, one of my favorite podcasts right now is Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us. Whenever she has a guest on her podcast, she ends her interview with ten “rapid fire” questions and since I’m not going to be on her podcast anytime soon (lol) I thought I’d respond to them on here because I find them fascinating and lovely. Continue reading

Is it a New Year Yet?

Oh my goodness… I know I’m not the only one feeling like 2020 is this strange time warp of going so slow and yet being surprised by what day it is because in so many ways the ways we mark time have been interrupted or made unrecognizable. Continue reading

GOOD listening: A Week’s Worth of Podcast Recommendations

There are an ASTOUNDING number of podcasts out there. I recently had to go through my phone and resign myself to deleting a bunch in my queue that I know I will just never actually listen to… but in clearing out so many podcasts that aren’t serving me in this season, it gave me a chance to see which podcasts I truly love and will continue to listen to regularly. So I decided to share a few of my favorites with you today.

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Welcome Fall: October Goals!

Hello readers… even though part of me wishes we could just skip to 2021, I am grateful that we are about to enter one of my favorite months and favorite seasons. Last month it really helped to slow down and focus on de-stressing and trying to turn my critically low sleep levels around. I found that my availability and space gave me the grace to battle stress and other mental health issues and opened me up to some new ideas and opportunities. Here’s a quick recap and a look at my tending list for October… Continue reading

Olaf and my Mental health

I have young kids in my house- specifically a three year old girl in my house- which means that, like many of her peers, she is constantly requesting the Frozen and Frozen 2 soundtracks be played on repeat. After years with the original movie’s music blasting through our house, I think I’ve become immune to the original soundtrack, but I’ve been surprised to find recently that Frozen 2 songs have become a pretty good barometer about my own mental health during this pandemic… (also… spoiler alerts for frozen 2 ahead… and if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t care… this may not be a post that makes any sense to you anyway and you can totally skip this one!) Continue reading