December 2, 2016

What I’m Eyeing up For Christmas


Christmas always forces me to make a list of things I don’t necessarily need but just really really want. Let’s take a look at that list:


1. Patagonia Women’s Centered Tights

All of my leggings are capri length so I am looking for a longer pair for the winter months. These are made of the softest fabric, breathe well and are so flexible and comfortable.

2. Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic

My old sunglasses have scratches all over them and are permanently dirty. I like these Ray-Bans because they haven’t gone out of style ever really.

3. Nike Free RN Flyknit Shoes

I’ve heard great reviews from several people about these shoes. I am looking for an everyday pair of gym shoes instead of wearing my recycled neon pink running shoes around town and these might just be it!

4. Athleta Chakra Sweatshirt

The fabric on this top of this sweatshirt is so amazingly soft and cozy! It is lightweight and layers well over a tank top or sports bra and I love that you can dress it up or down.

5. Reebok Crossfit Nano 6.0

Even though I can’t even workout right now, my current CrossFit shoes are over two years old and just need to go.

6. Kai Body Buffer

I’m obsessed with the Kai fragrance!  I’m always reluctant to pay a lot for body wash because frankly, it washes off and gets used up pretty quickly. But this exfoliating sponge is different and can be used about 30 times and smells soooo good!

7. Jodi Picoult: Small Great Things

Love love love Jodi and her books. Small Great Things is about racism, choice, fear, and hope. The novel is based on the true story of a labor and delivery nurse who was prohibited from caring for a newborn because the father requested that no African-American nurses tend to his baby. In the fictional version, Ruth, the African-American nurse in question, finds herself on trial for events related to the same request made by a white supremacist father. Using the narratives of Ruth, the baby’s father, and the female public defender who takes Ruth’s case, Picoult examines multiple facets of racism.

8. Fossil Georgia Brown Leather Watch

The round face of this watch is boyfriend-inspired, but the slim leather strap makes it perfectly feminine. Do people even use watches anymore? I don’t care, I still love the look of this watch.

9. Sorel Tivoli High II Boots

Okay, these are probably something I do actually need, not want. I try to take Maddie for walks all throughout winter and having a good pair of winter boots is a must in Wisconsin!

10. Antrhopologie Capri Blue Jar Candle

I absolutely love the smell of this candle. Not to mention the adorable blue jar it comes in!!

11. Patagonia Women’s Hestra Narpe Mitts

These are kind of ridiculously expensive but I have the worst circulation in my fingers so finding the warmest pair of mittens is very high on my priority list!

12. A PUPPY 

🙂 🙂 🙂

 What’s on your list this Christmas?!

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November 30, 2016

Do you have to LOVE your job?


Well, hello! I haven’t been in the biggest of blogging moods lately– probably because I have been focusing on family, holidays and stuffing my face. Yup, lots of stuffing my face and I’m not even mad about it.

Thanksgiving was celebrated with my side of the family and was fabulous per usual.

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I just cant handle the cuteness of my nephew. Seriously, that smile kills me! What a nugget.


Speaking of that nugget, at Thanksgiving I had a really good conversation with my sister-in-law (Max’s mom) about choosing to be a stay at home mom. “I know it’s a conversation starter, but when people ask me what I do for a living, I sometimes feel ashamed that my response is a stay at home mom. But I really don’t even feel ashamed, I love what I do and I love spending time with my son, so what does it matter? But society makes you feel like you need to make excuses or justify why…so I always end up saying: WELL, I do some journalism on the side in addition to teaching yoga classes. Like, who the f cares? I’m happy with my life and what I’m doing”.

We went on to discuss that society also makes women feel like we should ALWAYS feel empowered in our job, that we are special and can do any job that we want, that we should “sparkle” in our job and always be happy with our career path. Do you think anyone is 100% happy with what they are doing? Raise your hand if that’s you…it doesn’t matter, because I don’t believe you anyway. Sorry.

The thing is, your job title, role and/or description does not define you if you don’t want it to. It will, however, grab you vigorously by your cute little ponytail and drop-kick you to the wolves, taking over your entire life and consuming your every thought, move and breath if you let it.

Here’s my theory: If you’re happy with your life outside of work, then you won’t freaking hate your job so much. You won’t find 25,000 reasons a day why you should quit and start looking for another job you’ll hate just as much. Start analyzing other parts of your life and work from the outside in. Or inside out? Whatever, you get my point.

Do you think I love being a Recruiter for an IT company? Do you think Scott wakes up excited to sell insurance? Those are two of the most boring industries (that’s what people tell us, anyway) that you can possibly work in, but yet we are happy with our companies and the roles we fill. I went to school for Health Education and thought I found the perfect Corporate Wellness Coordinator job, but didn’t like working in a restricted 9-5 office setting and wanted more flexibility to do the things I actually loved. I eventually quit and found a job that has nothing to do with my degree but gives me the flexibility to train for Ironmans, travel more, hang with Maddie all day and go grocery shopping at 2pm if I feel like it. Which. Makes. Me. So. Happy.

Maybe I am just not career driven enough, maybe I am just too laid back to care…but I am happy with about 99.9% of my life on a daily basis, including my job, so I guess I’m doing something right.

So there’s my rant for the day/week/month. Moral of the story is…you don’t need to justify your job or feel ashamed of what you do…ever, ever, ever (well, unless its illegal or puts you in danger). You do have to think about whether or not your job allows you to do the things you love to do outside of work. If not, quit that shit. You do have to think about whether or not it’s your job bringing you down every day or if it’s reasons outside of that job you can work on to improve your attitude about life, which will eventually improve your attitude about your job.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t “sparkle” in your job or that you should settle. I’m not saying you aren’t capable of anything if you put your mind to it. I’m certainly not saying stick with your current job if it makes you THAT miserable. I am just saying figure out the underlying factors and do something about those factors.

This might not make any sense, but I also haven’t had any coffee yet. Give a girl a break.


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