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Running into the Holiday Spirit

christmas tree light run around DC

On Wednesday night, something unusual happened: I went for a run! I'm NOT an evening workout person - I can occasionally rally for an evening yoga class, but running in particular is really tough for me to motivate in the evenings, unless there's something extra awesome going on, like: my annual-ish DC Christmas Tree light run with my friend Continue Reading …

How to Have a Stress-Free Holiday Eating Experience

how to not be stressed out at a cookie swap

I share a variation of this post on how to have a stress-free holiday eating experience almost every year. I figure it's worth updating and re-sharing because I know it’s something that’s on some of your minds right now, what with the month of December being a whirlwind of holiday parties, dinners, cookie swaps, etc. So - how do you enjoy the Continue Reading …

Soaking up the Sun

running with pretty views of washington dc

It has been pretty gray/rainy here lately, so getting a perfect running weather day yesterday was such a nice treat! Perfect timing because I already had a run date planned with a few friends!  It had been about a week and a half since I got in a solid run (due to being sick, and then Matt out of town), so I felt a bit sluggish, but Continue Reading …

Solo Week

Hi friends! Checking in with some Friday randomness for you. First up: soup! We've had a lot of soup this week - it has been good weather for it, and I'm still getting over this lingering cold! This one had basically every veggie in our fridge plus some chickpeas and rice... it hit the spot.  Continue Reading …

Honey Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts

miso honey roasted brussels sprouts

Need some non-boring veggie side dish ideas for your holiday dinner spread (or just your next weeknight meal)? Look no farther than these sweet, savory, and crispy Honey Miso Roasted Brussels Sprouts! Like most people who grew up in the 80's and 90's, I used to think brussels sprouts were gross, because I'd only had them boiled (and mostly Continue Reading …

Festive Weekend

Well, my friends, I don't have a race recap for you guys today because unfortunately I didn't end up doing the race! :( In my 15+ years of running races, I don't believe I've ever actually bailed on a race the day of - but I woke up sick on Sunday morning and as much as I wanted to still run, I knew it wouldn't be smart. I'm still feeling pretty Continue Reading …

Jingle Ready(ish)

dc running sunrise view from lincoln memorial

My friend Sokphal and I are running the Jingle All the Way 15k (that's 9.3 miles) together this coming weekend - eeek! I'm nervous because I haven't run more than 7 miles since... April 2017, I think, when I did the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler while early in pregnancy. I figure I can take it nice and slow and walk a little if I need to... we'll see! Continue Reading …

Riese: 2 Year Update

2 years - whoa!! Today I'm sharing an update on how my favorite little lady and I are doing at the 2 year mark. Read on to learn some of her current favorite things, plus answers to your questions (like: do we want another baby?, are we switching Riese to low/no fat milk?, have we started potty training?, etc.). I shared the following intro Continue Reading …

Made it

leftover cranberry sauce oatmeal

Anyone else brave the crazy holiday traffic yesterday to get home? Oof. That was a long one, but we made it and are back home in DC!  It took us a little over 7 hours... Riese did pretty well thanks to lots of food + listening to her favorite kid music CD a billion times in a row (Matt and I were kiiiind of losing our minds but it was worth Continue Reading …

Thanksgiving 2019 in Photos

I hope those of you who celebrate it had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday! We had a fun, social day with family and friends here in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.  We kicked the day off with a 5k turkey trot right in town!  Matt and I were joined by our friend Tom (who is actually the reason that we first met - he went to college with me Continue Reading …