My Favorite Dress is back!

Happy Wednesday!

Earlier this month, I got to spend a few days in Georgia for a work show. It was a great time – I got to see the beautiful Lake Lanier, I caught up with a college pal of mine, and I got to try out an Orange Theory Fitness class (FINALLY) – they need more OTF fitness classes in MD, that’s my conclusion. Best workout I’ve had in a while.

Lucky for me, the first two days I was there (out of three) the weather was perfect and I got to bust out one of my favorite spring dresses!

jcrew daybreak dress

 

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[Dress – JCrew Factory; Shoes – Target; Necklace – JCrew Factory, similar; belt – Gap, similar]

Gah, I’m so glad the weather is finally getting warmer – this dress is so comfortable (i have it in red, green, blue and striped – dare I say, I’m obsessed??) and so versatile. It was super comfortable to wear for my work event, I just slipped on a pair of heels, and a sweater to fend off cool hotel conference rooms, and the switched to sandals after the fact.

Do you have a favorite spring dress??

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Five Reasons to Run Zooma Annapolis

Zooma is one of my favorite local races and this year they’re celebrating 10 years of the Annapolis Zooma race.  They also recently updated their website and announced the rest of the 2017 and early 2018 race schedule. I’m lucky enough to be an ambassador for the third year, but I am so excited to be a part of this organization and this running community. Also, Zooma was one of the first races I signed up for when we first moved back to this area so it has a special place in my heart. 

Here are five reasons to sign up for the Zooma Annapolis race this year: 

  1. The scenic course

You get some stunning views of the bay and historic Downtown Annapolis – seriously, running in DTA is one of my favorite places – not to mention the first half of the course is relatively “flat”-ish (disregard the Naval Academy bridge…). The course has some gorgeous views of the Severn River as you cross the Naval Academy bridge and of course the state house and the Bay. 

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  1.  The community

Imagine running with 5,000 of your closest friends. This race has always been one of the friendliest and most supportive in terms of the people running alongside. Though I’m much more of a solo runner, I always see fantastic runner friends on the course. 

zooma ambassadors 2014

  1. The After party

Wine for days my friends. The Afterparty is historically sponsored by Barefoot wines. They usually have fun music, massages available, and decent food for a post-race party. Who doesn’t want to hang out in the Navy Marine Corps stadium listening to good music sipping on fun wine?

  1. The swag

The swag is ALWAYS solid for this race. Feetures socks (my favorite!!!), in the past they’ve also included yoga mats, cute shirts and recently added medals to everyone’s race (NOT just the Half Marathon).

  1. A distance for everyone

Don’t want to run a half marathon? No big deal. They have a 10k and a 5k – which all have the same benefits. The 10k is my favorite distance (full disclosure, most half marathons in Annapolis have the same course and I LOATHE going up the hill after the Naval Academy bridge so I stick to the 10k in this race)

Can’t make it to the Annapolis race? Join us virtually or at one of the other awesome races Zooma is putting on in Florida, Cape Cod and Texas.

Registration is open for all of the races and regardless of whether you do Florida, Cape Cod, Texas or Annapolis, you can use code HEIDI2017 to get 10% off your race registration. Prices go up May 22 for Zooma Annapolis so if you haven’t signed up there’s still time! 

 

**FTC Disclosure: As a Zooma race ambassador, I do receive a free entry to the Zooma races, however, all opinions here are my own. 

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April Loves

April is one of my favorite month’s thanks to my birthday. Originally this post full of everything I’m loving lately was scheduled for last week but I just didn’t finish it and have been crazy busy with a work trip to Texas and family in town for Easter since then 🙂 It’s been a busy week to say the least.

So in honor of my birthday last week,  I’m starting a monthly loves post with the five things I’m loving the crap out of.

april loves

  1. 3-week yoga retreat workouts. 30 minute yoga workouts are always a win.
  2. Peep toe cut-out booties. So many heart eye emojis here.
  3. Peplum hem tanks. Dress up, dress down. I have four now.
  4. Old Navy Maxi dress. Because every closet needs a black maxi dress.
  5. Bell sleeve sweater. Not only is it soft, but it’s flattering and perfect for spring. The pink is super pretty but I really, really might need black in my closet too. I originally saw this top on Audrey’s blog – she posted this one too many times and I decided I had to have it 🙂

What are you loving this month?

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Currently | April

Happy April friends! It’s the first Wednesday of the month so it’s time again to share what’s currently going on! 

Accomplishing | garden planning. Everything is mostly planned out – this year i’;m going to add some marigolds, we’re planting some Hops on the side of the house, and i’m going to move my herbs to a herb garden on the porch for easy access. I’ll be getting most of my garden ready for planting this weekend and picking up supplies 🙂 Really can’t wait for fresh veggies again!

Feeling | frazzled. April is a crazy month for us – I have a work trip to Texas, we have family visiting two weekends, and hubs is gone for 4 days for drill weekend this weekend. Not to mention, it’s busy season for junior league with four upcoming days for placement interviews, just super busy, busy, busy. 

Needing | more hours in the day. Always. There’s just never enough time for all of the things I need/want to do and I always feel like I’m behind on everything, if I’m not behind then I’m 

Practicing | yoga. I need the stretching for one. But, taking an hour for myself on the mat has been super beneficial. I recently started the 3 week yoga retreat as a way to get myself back into it – I have some travel coming up and hubs is gone so I know I won’t always be able to make it into a studio but this I can take on the go with me so I make sure I can still fit in my “me-time” that I value. 

Pinning | All of the spring outfits. Who else is inspired to break out the spring wardrobe? I’m trying to figure out what pieces I’m missing for the spring going into summer (which we all know is right around the corner here in Maryland!) 

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April Goals and Intentions

Happy April happy spring my friends!

Once upon a time, I used to set monthly goals for myself and share them on here. Recently, I  realized I really need to get back to that. Like… stat. It was a great way to hold myself accountable for all of the life things. I’m taking a couple weeks off from training before Zooma Training kicks off, so I want to try some new workouts.

Intention wise, it’s about balance. Because of the travel that hubs and I have, the family that’s coming to town, I want to make sure that we make time for the three of us, time for hubs and I and time for myself. Balancing those three things is never easy but it’s most important when we’re the busiest.

  1. Work out four times per week. I’m not training for anything just yet – my next race is a 5k in May and the Zooma 10k in June. I want 2 of those workouts to be running, 1 to be yoga and 1 to be spinning ideally. BUT I just bought Beachbody on demand for myself so on days when I can’t fit in cardio, i have strength options.
  2. Do a mobile boot camp. I’ve been tracking my phone usage – and I spend a lot of time on my phone. Mindless time mostly, but I read about an app on Ashley’s blog and I’ve been trying it out and I think I’m ready to do the boot camp.
  3. Take a design course. My designer at work is on maternity leave so I’ve had to dabble in a few edits and creating a few pieces of my own. Canva and adobe both some great training resources so I would love to take one just to expand my knowledge base.
  4. Write more. I keep setting 1 – 2x/week goals for myself. It shouldn’t be hard. But it has been. I have a little bit of free time this month despite family visiting two weeks, hubs having a 4 day trip and me spending my birthday in Texas. I really want to take advantage of some of this time to get writing in and get back to an editorial calendar. Once I get a writing schedule and an editorial calendar back in place, I’ll be back in business. 
  5. Make self-care a priority. There are two things I consider self-care – yoga and an afternoon of me-time. I’ve been reprioritizing yoga, but it’s tough to get in some solo time that’s not solely for working out. With all that we have going on (family visiting two weekends, a business trip and hubs being away for four days) I need to make sure that my introverted self doesn’t forget about self-care which is imperative for resetting myself.

What are your goals for April?

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Celebrating Heart Health

I’m lucky to be a relatively healthy 30 something, but I’m incredibly thankful that we live close to some quality health care providers in our area should the need arise. It’s one of those things that you don’t really think about, but given that Hubs is a combat medic in the National Guard, it’s something we’ve always been aware of – especially given that our families have some pretty BFD health issues on both sides.

Since Hubs finished his MBA with University of Maryland and did some National Guard training at UMD Shock Trauma center a couple of years ago, we have so much respect for the quality of providers and care that they provide and they’ve really become our center of choice if you will – not that we’ve NEEDED it, but you know, it’s in our action plan should one of us become seriously ill.

Some facts that helped us make that decision…

As an academic medical center, University of Maryland Medical Center participates in cutting-edge research and clinical trials, giving patients access to cutting-edge research and the newest treatments.

Located right in the heart of Baltimore, UMMC is the heart of the University’s downtown campus. They provide comprehensive care for not just West Baltimore but the surrounding communities as well and has more intensive care unit beds than any other hospital in Maryland – one of the big reasons that we decided UMMC would be our provider of choice for any serious issues like that.

The cardiology team at UMMC has earned the Platinum Performance Award for 2 years in a row for sustained excellence in treating heart attack patients.

University of Maryland is celebrating #heartmonth by showcasing their Vascular Center cardiologists through their “Love Your Job” series. You can see that these doctors not only offer extensive experience taking care of their patients’ hearts but that they truly love what they do as well.


One of the things – as I continue to search for the right providers for my family and I –  is wanting my doctor to not only be smart but to also love their job. I know, as a 30 something professional that I’m much better at my job when I enjoy what i do. I love that these doctors have shared that they truly love helping people and helping them live longer lives. I don’t know about you but that, and a true admiration for what they do, just garners a whole new level of respect for them and all other medical professionals who put so much heart and passion into their work every day.

[FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the University of Maryland Medical Center, all opinions here are my own. ]

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March | Currently

Happy March my friends! It’s time again for the Currently Linkup! The first Wednesday of every month, we share what we’re currently up to. Thanks to Anne and her cohost Carrie for the linkup and the brilliant topics!

Watching | Aside from my silly Bachelor addiction, we recently got into Good Girls Revolt on Amazon and The Good Fight (because we were HUGE Good Wife fans and Christine Baranski is AMAZING).

Eating | ALL of the trader Joes goodies lately. Their Wine Country Chicken Salad over salad is a favorite for lunch, as well as the orange chicken alongside some cauliflower fried rice, has been in regular rotation for dinner lately over in these parts. Add in an 11 day “cleanse,” and I’m hoping that something happens with the scale over the next three weeks before we head to Florida for our vacation (the first, since our HONEYMOON 8 years ago!!!!)

Saying | anything positive. We’re still working on potty training with little dude and we’re trying to keep all comments surrounding that positive and encouraging. So praising and rewarding…that’s what we’re saying in these parts.

WearingSo many things. This swing dress, this ruffled shirt, and my favorite Tippi sweater have been in regular rotation. As well as this gingham top and my favorite FAVORITE skirt. Love love love.

Posting | Regularly! I’m week three for three with at least one post per week. This week I have three posts scheduled – I’ve stopped overthinking my posting and just been…writing whenever the inspiration hits. I’m not focused as much on promotion and not thinking about traffic numbers but having fun with writing which is what I wanted to get back to. Everything else will come in time!

What are YOU currently up to? 

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Four Working Mom Gripes (Part 1)

I went back to work to a dream job opportunity when E was 11 months old. I was blessed that I had 11 months with him at home and am grateful for the opportunity and the friendships I made during that time – friendships that I have today, even if they are tougher to maintain thanks to work and where we bought our house. But the transition from stay at home mom to working mom was…not an easy one. 

working mom

 

As a working mom, there are a few things that bother me (I could say us, but I’m not speaking collectively for all working moms) – the lack of maternity leave in the US (DUH), employers who aren’t flexible with schedules and/or think that children are a huge burden, and summer vacations to name a few. I digress, I see things on facebook that just never cease to annoy the crap out of me and not gonna lie, make me feel a little less than as a working parent. Here are five things I see most frequently that take the cake in terms of anti-working mama. 

Workout classes after 8a or before 430p

This is not just true as a working mom – as any working adult with a commute of longer than 10 minutes who works between the hours of 8 am – 6 pm – workout classes at 830 am are not geared towards anyone with a job. It irks me that gyms cater to the “stay at home crowd” because,  well, I like workout classes too and the only one pre-8 am class is a spinning class at 6 am and even then, I have to hustle to make it to my office by 8a thanks to a crappy 40 minute (most days) commute. I know it’s demand based and varies gym by gym (some gyms are better about 530a classes, others not so much) but still, I’d love to see more 5:30a classes, or classes later in the evenings (I’ve recently found a 7:30 pm yoga class on Fridays that has become my new favorite thing.). No, i’m not saying my SAHM counter-parts don’t deserve to workout too – just more time variety is all I’m asking here. When there’s only 5 people in the 6a Monday spin class (more likely an indicator of the instructor…who was terrible) you’ve gotta wonder if the times you’re offering are really working for the pre-school drop off crowd. 

Workout classes for moms. But only stay at home moms.

Listen, I get it: Stay at home parents need to socialize and they need to workout. I loved Stroller Strides as a workout when I was home with E. Granted, I thought some of the moms were a little cliquey, but the mission of Stroller Strides is a fantastic one and it’s been fantastic to see the chapters near me take off since I stopped participating back in late 2013. However, unless you can pay an obscene amount for their “Body Back” program, don’t expect to reap any of those benefits of that specific to mom workout program. Classes are usually held during working hours and rarely can you find a class on the weekends (some chapters have Saturday am classes and bless those Saturday morning Body Boost classes….that I have yet to try out but keep meaning to). I’ve been interested in trying Stroller Barre since I was at home with little dude and fuck if it finally came to the Annapolis and Severn Stroller Strides groups, and of course the classes are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings respectively at like 9 am. Guess working moms are just not their target demographic.

Stroller strides isn’t the only one who is a little neglectful of the working mama crowd, the “Goddess Yoga” class at my local yoga studio – geared towards women, and pregnant women – is at 3:30pm…during the week. Who in the eff can hit up an hour long class during that time?! I mean if you don’t work, you probably have kiddos (this studio does not have child care) and if they’re school aged….you’re probably picking them up soooo…yeah. Who can actually hit up a yoga class at that time on a weekday – because I want to do whatever it is that allows you to have a schedule where you can fit in 3pm yoga classes. #justsaying

Child care at gyms or yoga studios only on weekday mornings…not on weekends

I want to start by noting that our gym has childcare on Saturday AM but not Sunday AM – on Sunday’s  it’s 1-430 on Sundays which…is naptime in our house. We don’t use the gym daycare often – usually only when Hubs is gone for drill, but the part that inspired this was an audacious post in a Facebook group. One mom was looking for a yoga studio with childcare because she had a demanding full-time job and wanted some de-stressing – duh.

Some of the comments made me wonder if they had read her full post and the third comment, well – if someone states “demanding job” in the original post, my guess is that their job is ALWAYS on M/W/Friday. #justsaying. Another yoga studio I frequented when we lived in Annapolis had childcare that was also only weekday mornings which really just bugged the shit out of me because well, working mamas want to yoga too.

Playdates only during weekdays – no evenings or weekends because “family time”

I’m grateful that the mix of mama friends I have are open to weekend playdates. We’ve had family playdates with friends where the adults hang out with some adult beverages and good food, we’ve had playdates on drill weekends at parks, friends houses and weekend lunchtime dates. I don’t rely on playdates on every weekend because hubs likes – similar to my stay at home mama pals who don’t see their partners for 40+ hours per week – for them to be family time, but he’s never stopped me from planning or going to an occasional play date on a weekend for a couple hours so little dude and I can have some socializing time. Mostly though, I really take advantage of Drill weekends to get friend time in for Little Man and I.

Anytime anyone says they could “never leave their child to be raised by someone else” as a response to a post about whether someone should go back to work or not. 

This has been said to me on more than one occasion – and I get that. I do. But here are the two things that people who either stay at home with their kiddos currently or formerly stayed at home with their kiddos….it’s not financially feasible for many families to live on only one income, and two, not every mother WANTS to stay at home with their kids. I didn’t major in early childhood development – I struggled greatly with what I now think was undiagnosed PPD, staying at home for me left me feeling inadequate, isolated and unhappy with myself. It’s best for our family for me to work and I think I’m a better mother because of it – I want my child to see me work hard and have pride in what I do every day and what I bring to our family. It’s not for everyone and I get that – it’s the whole choice thing – you do you. I do me. Mutual respect, right?

I know some of these are…a little petty but let’s be equal opportunity here – working mamas like to hit up the gym too (though most of us struggle with it) and we like play dates and meeting other moms – working or not.

What parenting gripe do you have?

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Weekly Workouts: the workout fail edition

So last week? Not perfect. Workout wise, I had two dud workouts: a 6am Monday workout with one of, if not THE WORST, spin instructors ever, and a post-work run where I had to drag myself over to the trail only to realize I had to pee REAL BAD and spent the second half of my run worrying about peeing myself so I cut it short…and ran one mile…out of the three I had planned. Ugh.

But alas, pick myself back up. Here’s the dealie-o

Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: Run 3
Wednesday: strength something or other
Thursday: TBD but either an AM pilates workout OR a run
Friday: Hot yoga
Saturday: 3 on the treadmill and spinning
Sunday: yoga and/or a run when hubs gets home

Adam has drill so, getting in a long run is going to be tough without doing it on the treadmill since little man will NOT tolerate the jogging stroller. Saturday morning, we can make our way to the gym for sure, BUT each time I go to a class OR hit up the treadmill half way through my workout they come find me because my child crapped his pants. So I can never expect too much. Thankfully, we have the treadmill in our basement so I can do SOMETHING during nap time…if he takes one.

So yeah, solo parenting for the weekend and getting in a solid workout….do NOT go hand in hand.

Last week by the Numbers:

Starting weight: 159.4 (UGHHHH, Of course, I was PMS’ing so cue all of the emotions and bloat and sugar cravings.) My goal was 150 by the time we head to Disney on 3/21, that might take a damned miracle at this point. *sigh*
Workouts: five
Monday Spin; Tuesday, run;
Miles ran: 7 (LOLOLOL)
Best workout: a perfect six mile run on Saturday in the MOST perfect weather ever.
Worst Workout: tie – the 3-mile run that turned into 1 mile when I near peed myself .3 miles in, or the 6 AM spin class with the instructor who played Elton John…and not fun Elton John either…).
Biggest fail: Trying to make it to a 6 pm Rev Cycle class in Baltimore from the Baltimore HUG group – getting across town in Baltimore apparently takes nearly an hour. I was 8 minutes late for the class before I parked so after losing 20 minutes in traffic, and knowing they weren’t going to let me in (10-minute policy) I called it and went home.

Note to self: never double book myself for workouts after work events. I did that two weeks ago with an event in Annapolis…trying to make it to a 7;30 yoga class and failed miserably (taking a front row seat will do that.). Note to self… just don’t.

This week’s goals
Run 10 miles
Stick to my “11 day reset” that I’m starting tomorrow.

 

What are your weekly workout/weight loss goals? 

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Lustworthy: BaubleBar for Target

I’ve got a thing for statement jewelry.  I have a few pieces that are “dainty” and sentimental but really, my chunky, statement necklaces are what I grab most days. So I super pumped to see that #targetdoesitagain with their latest partnership with Baublebar – one of my favorite jewelry joints.

They have a great variety of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings – I don’t wear earrings much, and bracelets aren’t really my jam (except for the one I picked – this one is perfectly dainty and not bulky)  but the necklaces are ON POINT. See my favorites below! Baublebar for Target

(Top Row L-R: One, Two, Three,
Bottom row L-R: Four, Five, Six)

Seriously loving these pieces from the statement colors to the pears to the bling – this line is everything for me and I’m in serious love and want all of the pieces.

Have you checked out the Baublebar line for Target yet? What are your favorite pieces?

{FTA disclosure: All opinions here are my own. This post has no affiliation with Target or Baublebar and is not sponsored. This post may contain affiliate links that provide some extra $$ in my pocket if you click and make a purchase}

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