I peed in my pants. Not really. Well, sort of.

My son played baseball this spring and it was serious. Between practices and games, we were at the fields about three times a week. At first I was annoyed about the schedule, 6:15 weeknight games, eating dinner on the go, chasing my daughter around, etc. But then it happened, I became (drum roll please) a baseball mom.

The excitement can really get to you. One minute you’re at work acting all responsible and business-like,  the next minute you’re sitting in the stands yelling, cheering, sweating and high-fiving with moms that were strangers only a few weeks prior. The best part? My son’s team was good. Like really good. And we made it to the championship game. And oh what a game it was.

There was laughing, cheering, crying, and well possibly some peeing (I can only imagine what the kids were doing in the dugout.) In the end, we lost the championship game, but it was such a great experience that taught my son (and me) that fun can come when you’re least expecting it. Now that baseball season is over and the last day of school is in sight, it’s finally time to concentrate on how totally unprepared I am for SUMMER. In my newly found free time, I stumbled upon all of these awesome items. Enjoy…

Fun Monogrammed Totes, Lightweight Tote , Beach Bag, Pool Bag, etsy,
Monogrammed Tote | $20
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CRAZY SEXY DIET: DAY NINE

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What up Day Nine of the Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse? How you doin’? I’m doing pretty darn good myself (thanks for asking). First of all, I would like to reiterate how much those gluten-free fries tore up my stomach last night. I’m completely amazed about how quickly my body adapted to eating healthy vs. unhealthy.  Even though those fries were cleanse-approved, let’s just say I learned my lesson.

This morning I went to Crossfit and had another great work out. I increased the weight of my kettleball swings by 10 pounds (I’m now up to 45 pounds). Even my trainer was impressed. This has never happened so I feel the need to share.

Breakfast was ¼ decaffeinated coffee with some raw oatmeal and fruit, plus lots of water.For lunch I really enjoyed these avacado stuffed zucchini wraps with tomatoes, kale, peppers and olives courtesy of Rabbit Hole Earth Eats (again with lots of water). So good.

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A bunch of the girls in my ‘hood had a night out tonight. First we visited this amazing foot massage place and then headed over to dinner at a Japanese restaurant where I ate veggies (there wasn’t much for me to eat 🙁 and water).

You’re probably wondering if I’ve lost weight during this cleanse thus far. Even though that’s not really what the cleanse is all about, I of course was curious so I weighed myself at the gym this morning. I’m down two pounds (yay)! But more than the number on the scale, I just feel less bloated.

Things I’ve noticed today on the cleanse.

  • The decreased caffeine didn’t affect me at all.
  • My skin is starting to clear up.
  • My body is really getting used to being full from veggies.

How am I feeling at the end of day nine of the cleanse? Amazing. Although I wouldn’t mind a glass of wine.

Check out Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Days Four & Five, Day Six, Day Seven, and Day Eight.

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Crazy, Sexy Diet: Day Six

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I’ve lost the will to live. JUST KIDDING. I actually feel amazing today. I don’t know if it’s the weather, the new cute shirt I have on (that I’ve received zero compliments on RUDE), the cleanse or a mixture of all three, but I haven’t felt this good in a while.

This morning I headed to Crossfit , had a really strong workout and guzzled a ton of water. I’m still drinking my half-caffeinated coffee with no cream or sugar in the morning but I’m actually thinking I’m ready to take the step down to ¼ caffeinated tomorrow.  I know. The barista at Starbucks may actually call 911 when I tell her that news.

Today’s Eats: For breakfast I had a banana plus some cleanse-approved granola and for lunch I ventured over to Arden’s Garden for smoothie. Do you people know about Arden’s Garden? Unfortunately for you it’s only located in Atlanta right now but I’m sure there are similar places all over the country. I’ve actually been going on and off (more off) for a couple of years but never really understood their philosophy.

Today I sat down and talked to some of the employees and clients and by the time I left I felt like I was ready to buy stock in that place. Note: I’m easily swayed. If you’re looking to start a cult and have an argument that’s even half-way convincing, I’d most likely sign up within minutes.

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Arden’s also offers a 21-Day Cleanse—I haven’t read all of the details but it seems pretty similar to the Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse.  Every location offers fresh juice daily, “We’re purists. All our fresh juices and smoothies are made from fruits and vegetables, nothing else.”  You can even sit down and take four shots consisting of wheat grass, ginger, lemon juice and cranberry juice. I’ve watched people doing it before but today I actually sat down and participated. And now I’ll stop going on about Arden’s Garden (but it really is amazing).

And dinner tonight was AMAZE-BALLS. The hubby and I had a date night (yes on a Monday) and went to Cafe Sunflower, a local vegetarian restaurant. Their menu actually has everything labeled as either Vegan or Vegan and Dairy Free which was super helpful for a newbie like me. And now I present to you my cleanse-approved feast:

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crazy sexy diet, vegan, 21 day cleanse, etsy

Things I’ve noticed:

  • Feeling awesome – no afternoon cloud. Yes really.
  • I’m trying new foods at new restaurants.

How am I feeling at the end of day six? Great! Onward to day SEVEN…

*Check out:

Day One 

Day Two  

Day Three

Days Four & Five

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THROW BACK THURSDAY: I gave up something for Lent. And I’m Jewish.

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Yep, it’s already Thursday. The eve of Friday. One of the most awesome times of the week. So without further ado, I bring to you another one of my old-timey (2012) favorite posts….

I gave up something for Lent. And I’m Jewish.

What? Is that strange or something? Here’s the deal-I’m going to a beach wedding in about six weeks with one of my BFFs (can we say Spring Break 2012)! She’s Catholic. Me, not so much. In order to get our bodies beach ready to fit into matching mommy bathing suits, she proposed we both give up eating after 8PM for Lent. Gasp!

 

And just in case I don’t keep Lent (you know, since I’m Jewish), I’m going to invest in a full coverage beach towel from rouge and co. Awesome right?

By the way, does anyone have any suggestions on where I can get a full-coverage bathing suit besides Lands End? Thankyouverymuch.

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drink koozie, personalized beach towel, monogrammed wares, etsy

drink koozie, personalized beach towel, monogrammed wares, etsy

Happy, happy, joy, joy! April’s STITCH FIX review!

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If you aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service for us ladies. When you sign up, you can personalize your fixes to your style, size, clothing budget, and lifestyle (Do you work in an office? Do you work with baby spit all over you?) Then you’ll receive a package of 5 awesome pieces to try on at home (i.e. no awkward fitting room lighting).  What will this pieces consist of? Well, that’s up to you (and them). Let’s say you’re in desperate need of some spring dresses – just go to your profile and send a request for dresses that month. Or let’s say your ears are feeling naked, just ask for some jewelry to go along with those dresses.

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Each box comes with a style card that gives you tips on how each item can be worn. This is really helpful to me because sometimes I just stare at clothes not knowing what to wear them with (true story). Don’t like some of the items you got? Just keep what you like and send back the ones you don’t in the included prepaid postage bag.

There is a $20 styling fee that is applied to your order if you decide to keep any of the pieces. If you don’t keep anything, you don’t receive a refund of the fee. And if you keep all of the pieces, you get a 25% discount on everything!

Sooooo here is my April Fix (sorry to disappoint but I’m not into selfies 🙂

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I received three shirts, one pair of jeans and a bracelet. And guess what? I kept EVERYTHING in my fix!!!  I swear that these people must sneak into my room at night and measure me because it’s usually so freaking hard to find a pair of jeans that actually fit me. And to top it off, I’ve received so many compliments on the tops. If you haven’t tried Stitch Fix yet, I highly suggest it. It’s super fun and makes me feel extra hip (and that’s no easy task).

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What happens when you drive a minivan on the beach to look for wild horses?

You get stuck. Tour groups point and laugh. And you don’t find any wild horses. True story.
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You know when you read about an activity in a brochure and it leaves out some vital information? Yeah that happened in Outer Banks. But that particular brochure left out the fact that we would need to drive for miles on a beach to see the wild horses.  Apparently you need to drive a jeep or go with a tour group. Ooops.

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Rustic Stamped Iron Horseshoe

There was a minivan, soft sand, skidding, pushing, pointing, laughing….you get the idea. I’m thinking the next time we see a horse will be at a circus because we’re not doing that again. What I am going to do is purchase one of these personalized horseshoes from Sycamore Hill because they rock. And because I don’t have to drive on a beach in a minivan to get one.

I hope.

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Champion Sports Steel Horseshoe Set

 

Give your teacher something he/she/shim likes and not just a gift he/she/shim pretends to like.

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The end of the school year is upon us. With it comes the long days of summer, sticky popsicle hands (and hair) and the stress of buying your kid’s teacher the perfect gift. Instead of adding to her a stockpile of scented lotion,

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I’m delighted to reintroduce you to MB Art Studios.

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I have one of these awesome clocks in Taylor’s room and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on it. Actually we have about five friends, so we’ve gotten approximately five compliments.

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Anyhoo, I’m certain that any teacher (or person for that matter) would love to receive one of these clay pieces. And if you actually liked your kid’s teacher this year, you can have it personalized.

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Looking for other ideas? Check these out:

Monogrammed Bow Notepad, etsy, teacher gifts, mother's day
Monogrammed Bow Notepad

Personalized Water Bottles for Teachers; etsy; etsystalkers.com
Personalized Water Bottles

 Personalized Umbrella with Monogram, amazon.com, etsy, etsystalkers.com
Personalized Umbrella with Monogram

All in favor of eating say I. "I."

Here’s an idea, instead of getting your loved one something he/she/it will never use, get him/her/it something edible. Everyone likes to eat. Unless of course you are stuck wearing headgear all day.

Do they even make kids wear headgear any more? Sorry, I digress.

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Sexy. Ooh la la. Rawwrrrr. (That’s me making sexy sounds – irresistible right? My husband is a lucky man.)

And if you’re looking to DIY your Valentine’s Day cookies, check these out:

Craftsy, Online Cake Decorating Class, etsystalkers.com

Nom-Nom-Nom

I love to cook. And well, I’ve pretty much perfected the art of eating (hence the elastic pants I’m sporting today). Cleaning up? Now that is an entirely different story.

So when I stumbled across these aprons from Annies Attic, I seriously started to drool more than my teething 8-month old. They just make me want to head into the kitchen and eat something, I mean make something.

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Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. And in case you’re wondering, I’m the keeper and you’re the weeper.

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