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this week’s odds & ends

It’s Friday already! Sorry this week almost slipped by without a post :). You can bet I’ll be back to my usual once-a-day schedule in mid-April, when we settle into a brand new routine (details on that later!). For now, here are a few odds and ends to share from the past week. 

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Beautiful running weather! I’ve been getting back into the fitness game slowly, going out for a 3-5 mile jog every other day.

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BTW, I’m still loving my Saucony Kinvaras. It’ll be time to replace them in a month or two… should I stick with this current crush, bounce back to my first true loves (Brooks Pure line), or venture out and try something new?!

One footwear brand I won’t ever stray from is Swiftwick! I busted out my pretty peach socks for spring.

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Street furniture sightings are going strong as we enter peak moving/spring cleaning season. If this warm weather is making you sweat, cool off during your run with this lovely ceiling fan.

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I’m still not quite sure how I’m hitting these paces after 5 weeks of no exercise, but perhaps my body treated its post-labor recovery period as one giant taper? :) Plus I’m carrying 15+ fewer pounds now that I don’t have another human inside of me so that probably helps the legs turn over a little faster!

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And yes, those are shorts you see!  I may have adjusted the color tones in this photo to mask my winter-white legs.

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On my non-running days I’ve been squeezing in 20-40 minute at-home workouts during nap time. My prenatal yoga career had lingering benefits as I hate yoga a little less now and even sometimes look forward to a sun salutation or two. Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with their yoga mat?

Side notes: Diaper boxes make great balance blocks. And I had sleep-deprived online shopping binge the other night while nursing baby A in the wee hours. I scored this New Balance top from Amazon for $13 and these leggings from Nordstrom Rack for $28! #treatyoself 

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On the food front, we’ve been spoiled with meals from my mom and mother-in-law! The most cooking I’ve done lately is boiling noodles for boxed mac ‘n’ cheese, which is still going strong as my top craving. Since I’m a connoisseur I feel confident stating that Aldi and Annie’s are the best brands.

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One night my mom-in-law and I made a Cook Smarts recipe — a simple pasta with broccoli and chickpeas that came together in minutes.

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For lunch this week I’ve been throwing together salads with bits and pieces from our fridge. Including crunchy fennel and fresh homemade bread!

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Here’s how to eat, watch TV, and babysit at the same time: 

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(^^ BTW, that’s Big Little Lies playing — anyone else watching this show? I’m hooked!)

Yesterday’s lunch was extra special. My sweet friends Christy and Kristen brought over gyros and hung out with Alice and me for a few hours. Girl party!

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Let me wrap up this post with some wisdom from Rosepepper that I came across on my run the other day:

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Speaking of sheets, it’s about time I take advantage of this quiet time and take a nap! I’ll be back Monday with some big news! :)

  • Can you actually fold a fitted sheet? My mom can do it perfectly but I don’t understand how. Must come with years of laundry experience.
  • Yoga: Love it or hate it? I usually don’t like it but have been enjoying it for the past six months or so.
  • Favorite shoe brand? I go back and forth between Brooks, Saucony, and Mizuno. On my no-no list are Nike and New Balance. 

3 thoughts on “this week’s odds & ends

  1. I hate folding fitted sheets and usually just ball it up and stick it in the linen closet. :) I don’t even like putting them on the bed. I just started running in Altra shoes, they’re zero drop but have more cushion. so far I really like them!

  2. I just roll the fitted sheets-ha! Not worth the frustration. I haven’t tried yoga exactly, just a few recommended stretches. I should give it a try. Those are my three favorite shoes, too! I have a pair of each now:) Nikes are too narrow, and I like New Balance but only for everyday wear, not working out or running. I want to try the Altra shoes………….maybe one day!

    And you are hitting amazing paces! I wish I was that fast:)

  3. Learning to fold fitted sheets is just not worth my time:) I’m impressed with your salad making skills at lunch. I have such memories of wearing an infant during the lunchtime scream session while little bits of the crunchy Nature Valley granola bar I was trying to scarf down (breastfeeding made me so ravenous! Like I actually gained a couple pounds after giving birth bc it made me sooo hungry!) fell into her hair. Those days! 😍😢😂💗😳