Five Things Friday: Thoughtful Posts

Five Things Friday

While I would argue that all posts, for the most part, are written to get you to think about something, I picked these 5 posts to feature in this weeks round-up because they are either things I have been thinking about lately, or topics that have been a part of my life.

Marriage Shouldn’t Work – The Wannabe Athlete

wannabeathleteI know Callie’s post is old, but I still love it. I’ve been talking with a good friend lately about marriage, about how some people don’t realize that relationships take work and effort and that it is not a fairytale. No man is going to come sweep you off your feet and keep you on this pedestal for the rest of your life, it’s just not realistic, and too many people want to be constantly wooed. Personally, I don’t want a man who is going to be making grand gestures all the time, because eventually they won’t be grand gestures and I will expect more and more. Instead, I want a man who will help me change the sheets at 3 am when our son gets sick. I want a man who will try all my new recipes, and laugh with me when we realize how truly terrible it is. I want a man, who at the end of the day, is someone I can laugh with, someone I can go out and have a great time with, or we can stay in and still have a great evening with a pizza and movie.

I also really like Callie’s point about protecting your marriage, 10 years ago you couldn’t go find your high school/college boyfriend or fling on facebook, and that was a damn good thing. It is so easy to have someone make you feel special and wooed through a text message or email, but that will only last a short time, eventually they too will stop trying to woo you. Also, check out this post, it has some other great points.

The Guilt Prison – Determined. To Be…


All of Jolene’s posts make me sit and think all about what is going with me and my life, but this especially speaks to me currently. I have a lot of guilt about the miscarriage and the aftermath. Things have obviously changed, and life has gotten better, but that doesn’t mean I don’t carry the guilt with me. Or the guilt that came with emotional eating for far longer than I care to admit, the guilt of how I let my sadness affect my relationships with my husband and other people I love.

On Unfriending – The Lunchbox Diaries



Colleen’s post says what a lot of us think or feel. How crappy we feel after spending time on facebook and looking at what all these other people are doing. Based on this post and Callie’s post I think we’d all be better off deleting the whole thing all together.

Is BARBIE unapologetically herself? – Carla Birnberg


Carla has written multiple times about how great it is to be unapologetically yourself, and now with all the media surrounding the Barbie Sports Illustrated business she weighs in with her opinion. What do you think about what she has to say?

Click.Snap. – Love Life Surf


Christine’s posts about yoga are some of my favorite, and in this post she talks about her old yoga videos and how they allowed her to see the progress she has made. I know bloggers give other bloggers a lot of flack for progress pictures, etc… but this proves how I feel about them. Regardless of how fit you might think someone is they might be looking to improve or not realize they’ve improved, and videos or photos can really help you see the changes.

What are your favorite posts this week? 

Five Things Friday: Links I love

Welcome to another addition of Five Things Friday. I will be back to alternating this and Confessions of a Mom on a regular basis now.

This weeks post is dedicated to some awesome bloggers, some I have met, some I have only interacted with online. All the same, I want to share some important posts and causes this week.

1. Boston Marathon Fundraising


My pretend twin (I mean we have the same irrational fear of crickets) Jane is running the 2014 Boston Marathon for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, read all about her fundraising here, and she is also hosting a virtual valentine’s 5k and selling some super cute New Balance tech tanks and long sleeves. Please think about donating, participating in the 5K, or buying a shirt. I can’t wait to cheer Jane on during Marathon Monday, and I hope you can cheer her on virtually by helping her raise some money for such an important cause.


I mean how cute are those shirts!?

2. Struggling with fertility & miscarriage


It’s no secret that I have been struggling with dealing with my miscarriage and not being able to get pregnant, and I hate that more people are experiencing this. I am however glad that more women are opening up and talking about this. As women we should rally around each other and become lifelines of support and love.

Please read these three posts from Lindsay, Charlotte, and Colleen. Share them. Let women know it’s okay to talk about the pain and struggle, the sadness, the anger, and the hope. My raw posts about my feelings have never made me feel more exposed or more cared about.

3. On the Marine Corps Pull Up Requirement for Women

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That’s Lauren in the green tank on the right – the leader of the Achieve Fitness Triathlon Team

Lauren from Achieve Fitness wrote this AMAZING post about the Marine Corps eliminating the pull up requirement for women. Her thoughts are much more eloquent than mine and I really hope you take the time to read this article and share your thoughts. Also, there is an amazing video at the end of the post that I encourage you to watch.

4. Defeating Unhappiness

After having my breakthrough moment in yoga, I have been really into yoga and what it can do for me. Just like I loved reading about runners and their experiences, I want to immerse my self in the yogi world, so please send your favorite yoga websites, blogs, instagram accounts, etc… my way. This article on defeating unhappiness really spoke to me!

5. On Goal Making

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Sometimes as bloggers we put all our goals out there in the blog world, almost keep us accountable. So what happens when we don’t accomplish those goals? I think my pal Pavement Runner handles this so well. He didn’t accomplish his goal, but he ran the best damn race he could that day. I have no doubts he will accomplish this goal and get that sub 3:30 soon. Stop by and show him some love.

What links are you loving this week?

Five Things Friday: Yoga, Athleta & Salad Fun

It’s been a long time since I posted one of these, but I have a bunch of fun things to share and none of them make a big blog post. Before we get to those, make sure you enter my giveaway!

1. OXO Salad Chopper

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Lauren, one of the owner’s of Achieve, recommended this to me a few weeks ago and I friggen love it. When it arrived (thank you amazon prime shipping) I immediately washed it and made a salad.

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Spinach, Beets, Edamame, Broccoli, Hard-Boiled Eggs, and a small bit of goat cheese

After yoga on Wednesday I added some grilled chicken sausage to it, and ate a serious portion of this for dinner, it was perfect. I loved that there were no awkward large pieces of lettuce or spinach. It also came with a great booklet of ideas for salads to make, I can’t wait to try them.

2. Kid Classes

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Because I don’t have any many mom friends in my area, I joined a facebook group for moms in my town. One of the moms owns an art studio that does primarily kids classes (she has a few paint nights for adults) based on their age. She had a few open spots in her 2-3 year olds class and offered a free class to check it out. I went in with zero expectations, but B loved it, so we have decided to keep going. Fun fact: when he wanted to paint the left side he used his left hand, and when he wanted to paint the right side he used his right hand.

3. A Quinoa Fan

Nick had never had quinoa before, I’ve made it for myself for lunches etc… but never for dinner. I decided to just make it and see if he and B liked it. Turns out he loved it, I guess I should’ve done that sooner. B also likes to call it sweet potatoes…can’t win em all.

4. Athleta legging love

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It’s not a great photo, but I bought these leggings on a whim when I was in Athleta the other day. They were soft and comfortable and reasonably priced. I wore them to yoga on Wednesday night and I loved how they moved with my body. I would buy a gazillion pairs of these! (Someone wanted to come to yoga, but he’s a bit too young)



I took a Lululemon community class on Wednesday night. Danielle, the owner of Studio Poise, is a Market Street Lululemon ambassador. On Wednesday night Yoga Jake (also a Market Street Lululemon ambassador) held a class at Studio Poise.

I’ll be honest, I was super anxious and nervous to attend this class. I started taking yoga classes in November and haven’t taken that many classes. I was worried that everyone would be better than me and I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I re-read these great posts from Christine and Angela and had a great pep talk from Caitlin.

I got to class and got settled, Jake started talking about how yoga is an individual practice and to do what you can. It really started to relax me. I don’t really want to delve too much into what happened to me and how I practiced, because it was a very personal experience, but it was an amazing experience. I was able to mentally let go of a lot and to relax. What truly surprised me was during shavasana I felt a moment of complete happiness and next thing I knew tears were rolling down my face. It shocked me, but I had heard from more than one person that it can happen. It felt freeing to let go of all my anger with the miscarriage and my unhappiness with our struggles trying to get pregnant. I am by no means over it, but it pulled me to a better place, and today I feel less frustrated with the entire situation than I have in months.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to take this class and grateful that I didn’t bail because of my anxiety.

What are some of your favorite salad mix-ins?

What’s your favorite piece of work out clothing?

Have you ever had a yoga moment that moved you to tears?


Five Things Friday

1. I am looking forward to an amazing weekend. Filled with family, friends and love. Baptising this little guy, is going to be amazing.

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2. Also happening this weekend, is having a friend, don’t worry he’s a professional, cut and color my hair. It desperately needs a cut and I haven’t colored it in forever.

3. I am starting a new fitness plan, and can’t wait to blog about it. I am going to be starting the Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution and adding that to my trainer & running plans. I also am planning on starting to workout in the morning again. I LOVE morning workouts, but I haven’t been able to get up before B in awhile. Time to start that!

4. I get to wear a pretty new dress and a favorite pair of heels this weekend. I hardly have a reason to get really dressed up anymore.

5. I have planned my first 5k, and I am super nervous. Anyone in the Boston area want to pace me. Good news I am super slow and will be like a wok for you ;)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Five Things Friday

1. I am thankful that this winter is so mild compared to well any winter, but especially after last year. I am able to do a track workout in February tomorrow morning, and I am weirdly excited.

2. I am so glad we have great parents. The past few weekends either my mom or Nick’s mom has given Nick & I a few hours alone so that we can have a date night or meet up with friends. We even have a few nights out planned for the next few weekends as well.

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3. I love my happy baby. I love even more that while I am out with a friend for lunch, I get this picture.

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4. This weekend I am going to try my hand at making new desserts. Maybe even cake balls. Any tips?

5. I am thankful my husband takes all these treats to work so they don’t stare me down all week :)

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday is back! I know you were all waiting with baited breath.

My mother-in-law always makes a fabulous spread for the Thanksgiving meal, but she would always buy pies. The proceeds went to the school band, so no big deal. Now that the hubs and I only go to Thanksgiving in one place I have started making dessert. 1. Because I love too 2. Because I enjoy when others love my food and 3. Because Thanksgiving is about sharing.

Five Desserts that I may make for Thanksgiving.

Input wanted.

1. Apple Cobbler. My hubs uncle has been harassing his wife because she has never made a true cobbler. Perhaps this is the year where I actually make one instead of saying I will? If you have a great recipe send it my way.

2. Red Velvet Cheesecake. Hands down my favorite dessert.

3. Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Cheesecake… or both?

4. Pecan Pie. I love Pecan Pie, I only eat it at Thanksgiving. Last year my sister and I made pecan pie bars. FAIL.

5. Apple Pie. The hubs loves my homemade pie, so I think this is a must have.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving desserts? What do you think I should make?

Five Things Friday: You haven’t seen what!?

Today’s Five Things Friday is brought about movies my husband has not seen, that drives me crazy. We’ve been trying to crack into the movies that neither one of us has seen that the other person deems unacceptable.

So far I’ve made Nick watch: A League of their Own, That Thing You Do and Good Will Hunting. For a self-claimed Tom Hanks super-fan, those first two were necessary.

Other big movies I have on the list are:

1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. THE ORIGINAL.


Nick has only seen the remake. While it is closer to the book than the original, I love the original more. The candy room, the songs, the oompa loompas. What’s not to love?

2. The Sound of Music


A true story about a family that sings, and escapes Austria. Firstly, the moved to Vermont, my home state. Secondly, they are a singing family, similar to my husband’s musical family.

3. Mary Poppins


Another Julie Andrews classic. A children’s movie that I love, it is just a fun movie.

4. The Harry Potter series.


I am a book nerd, I will admit it. I read all the books and watched all the movies. My sister always went with me to the movies. When I found out I was pregnant, Nick was in shock and agreed to go see The Deathly Hallows part 1 with me and his brother. Since I had just had the baby when part 2 came out my sister wasn’t here to be my movie buddy, so he HAD to go. Now to watch the rest.

5. A movie series that I’ve never seen that drives Nick crazy is: The Godfather series. Soon, I promise!


All images from IMDB

Today’s Questions: Have you seen these movies? What are movies that are on your must-see list?

Five Things Friday: Post-Baby

Five Things Friday is back. I thought I’d kick it off with 5 things that have changed since I had Baby B.

There are the obvious ones, but I thought I would list the things I didn’t realize or think about before B’s arrival.

1. I realized last night when having dinner with one of my best friends. When I go out without Baby B, it takes all my will power to not talk about him every single second. Sorry Casey, next time I will try harder :).

2. I thought it would be easy to work out while the baby is sleeping or just hanging out in his swing. I’ve tried to make it to mommy & me yoga twice now, B was not having it. Try number three is next week. Working out at home is a struggle too. There is always bottles to be washed, laundry to be done, cleaning to be done, meals to be made. And of course I need time to eat and shower when I am home. It is a struggle I didn’t even realize.

3. I have little to no desire to shop for myself, going in to a store on looking around online, is for cute baby clothes. Although, to be honest, it might be a little different if I felt more comfortable with my post baby body.

4. I always said I wouldn’t be one of those moms who slept with her kid in her bed. WRONG. B usually weasels his way into our bed around 4 am most mornings.

5. Leaving home isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I love B to pieces and miss him while I am gone, and while I talk about him constantly, I know how important it is to go out and socialize with adults. Spending all day at home with him is wonderful, but I definitely crave adult conversation, and enjoy my time out when I have it.

Today’s Questions: What is something that surprised you post-baby?

Five Things Friday: Children’s Books

For Today’s Five Things Friday, I have picked 5 of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I only have one so far, and must get the other 4!

1. Teddy Bear Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy This came with a RECORD, and my sister, Caty, and I used to sing this over and over, we used to sing one line completely wrong. It probably isn’t funny to anyone but us, but I still sing it that way.

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2. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw My mom used to read this to Caty and I when we were sick.

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3. Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi I loved Raffi growing up, but Caty and I got our own books with one song, and this was mine. It’s even better if you act it out.

Raffi Shake My Sillies Out Book

4. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff This is the only book I currently own for my baby. Nick thinks it’s hilarious that I know the entire thing.

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5. Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss I love all Dr. Seuss but this one was my favorite as a kid. I think mostly because I wanted a turtle as a pet.

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6. I know it’s supposed to only be 5, however this is a poem not a book. My dad used to read The Children’s Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Caty and I. We both can repeat the entire poem from memory.

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All photos courtesy of Amazon.

Keep your questions coming here!

Today’s Question: What was your favorite children’s book>


I know you are all sitting at your computers waiting for my weekly pregnancy update and five things friday. Those will have to wait until tomorrow. I am headed to the wedding of my college roommate and I can’t wait! But I also have to leave soon. So I will leave you with a belly shot and the fruit out baby is the size of! Happy Friday!

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Today’s Question: Have anything exciting planned for the weekend?