Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy National Coffee Day!

Who comes up with these "holidays"?  My problem with them is that I often don't realize that it's "National_________Day" until it's too late and then I'm just frustrated!  For example, National Cheeseburger Day was September 18th and I totally missed that memo...the fam would have loved to celebrate!

So I'm alerting you early!  Here's a list of National Coffee Day Freebies from Surviving the Stores.

Are you a coffee drinker?  I enjoy a couple of cups brewed at home in the morning and then may grab some out later in the day if I'm in the mood although I often enjoy a cup of tea rather than coffee midday.  You can be sure that I'll be grabbing a freebie today though!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lemon & Line Sale

We love Lemon & Line rope bracelets and I love them even more with a discount code!  We visited their flagship store on Thames Street in Newport, Rhode Island this past spring where the kids picked up new bracelets after outgrowing their first ones!
Use code summerset through 10/2 for 20% off...these make great stocking stuffers!

Menu Monday and Weekend Scenes

Monday, Monday...here we go!  Rowan heads off to Montessori for the full three hours starting today which thankfully gives me time to train for my race.  It will be another busy week running Reagan to physical therapy twice and picking Riley up from golf three days.  We also have a school event Thursday and are off to the White Mountains on Friday.

As a result, I'm employing my slow cooker to help me out all week!

Monday- Apple Butternut Squash Soup & Cheddar Panini
Tuesday- Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
Wednesday- Apple Cider Pork Roast & Vegetables
Thursday- leftovers
Friday- out in route to NH
Saturday- out at Stickney's
Sunday- TBD

We had a fun weekend, Friday night we headed to Fenway with some friends to see the Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles.  Most of the group started with cheeseburgers in the State Street Pavillion before the game...
It was fun to catch one of their last home games, especially since they won't be playing in the post-season!
Saturday we checked off a bunch of small projects around the house including finishing off Rowan's big girl room (photos later tis week).

We decided to head to a German-American restaurant called Jacob Wirth in Boston to celebrate Oktoberfest. Not sure that we'll be rushing back anytime soon, the food was fine, but the service was SLOOOW!
We started with Spaten and Pretzels...
Some enjoyed the Weiner Schnitzel...
while I enjoyed the Sauerbraten!
 Everyone enjoyed the Apple Strudel for dessert!
Apparently we didn't eat enough the night before so I decided to make some chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast on Sunday...
 After lunch we headed out to Berlin Orchards to go apple picking, it was such a beautiful day!
We tried some of their cider donuts after apple picking...
We ended the weekend with pasta bolognese at home...
 and some homemade apple pie a la mode!

How was your weekend?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Runday

The Nantucket Half Marathon is two weeks from today and I have some serious training ahead of me!  I can run 5-6 miles comfortably right now, but seriously need to increase my mileage over the next two weeks.

Fortunately, Rowan will be going to her Montessori program for three hours a day now that she's completed the phasing in process.  This should give me a nice chunk of time to train.

I'm hoping for a beautiful fall day like we had two years ago...
This course is 60% paved roads and 40% dirt/sand so it does present some challenges.  I finished in 2:07 and would love to end up somewhere around that again.  I'm not super competitive at this level so I'm just in it to finish it!

I just finished my #ACKhalf playlist...

America- Neil Diamond
Baba O'Riley- The Who
Bright- Echosmith
Bruises- Train
The Climb- Miley Cyrus
Eye Of The Tiger- Survivor
Fight Song- Rachel Platten
The Fighter- Gym Class Heroes
Hall Of Fame- The Script
Have A Little Faith in Me- John Hiatt
Honey, I'm Good- Andy Grammer
I'm Shipping Up To Boston- Dropkick Murphys
Jump- Van Halen
Look Out Any Window- Bruce Hornsby & The Range
The Man- Aloe Blacc
Only The Good Die Young- Billy Joel
Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root
Shut Up And Dance- Walk The Moon
These Are The Days- 10,000 Maniacs
This One's For The Girls- Martina McBride

Taking in out for a test run in a bit...happy Sunday!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Biting the Bullet

WARNING- This is not a pretty post!

I was fortunate to be blessed with flat feet which has led to bunions in both feet.  Thong type sandals are about the only shoe that is comfortable to wear when you have bunions!
 Here's a better view...
I can't even remember when my bunions (and I hate that word) began to form, but they're noticeably worse since my last pregnancy.
They're causing other problems such as pinched nerves in the toes.  I've been to my podiatrist a few times as a result.  I wear orthotics in my sneakers which helps tremendously, but I'm just not sure that I can live the rest of my life with my bunions.  I love to run and I would hate to be derailed by chronic foot pain and problems.

With fall beginning this week and the onset of cooler temps, I also realized that I will soon need to put on closed toe shoes.  I have very few pairs of closed toe shoes that don't rub, pinch or irritate my bunions.  Wearing heels or pumps has just become unbearable and I'm already dreading some of our upcoming dressier events because I know my feet will be throbbing by the end of the night.

So I'm taking these feet to be evaluated for bunion surgery in a couple of weeks...after I run a half marathon (I'm a sucker for punishment).  I'm interested to find out what the surgery entails (hoping no  implants) and what the recovery looks like.  I will keep you posted!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Things I'm Loving Thursday

Love me some Lulu especially on sale!  These are my new favorite running shorts, so light and comfy and not too short!

Order now to deck out your phone for the holidays!  I love all of the combinations!

I just bought this for Reagan thinking it would be cute for fall and into the holidays with tights and boots.  It also comes in a pretty blush color and it's 35% off today with code COOL.

Support your team in style with these fun beaded bracelets, currently 25% off!

I have scored two pairs from 6pm.com, they have a nice selection and free shipping!  I have "athletic" calves and both pairs fit me well.  

What are you loving?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Klara Kelly BOGO Sale

Grab a couple of Klara Kelly headband scarves today while they're BOGO!  Lots of cute patterns!

J. Crew Sale Picks

J. Crew is offering an extra 30% off sale items with the code TIMETOSHOP and free shipping today so thought I would share some of my favorites.  Definitely a mix of summer and fall...

Am I the only one who waits for J. Crew's free shipping days to buy?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Menu Monday and Happy Birthday Rowan!

Monday has arrived way too quickly here, we're still recovering from Rowan's Minnie Mouse third birthday party on Saturday!

Today is her actual birthday, but with everyone off to school, work and an afternoon full of activities there probably won't be much fanfare.  Here's how we celebrated this weekend...

I think she thoroughly enjoyed herself and her cake...so did we!!

As for the week, it's another crazy one!  Rowan is still phasing in to her Montessori, an hour and a half each day this week.  Riley has golf three days, Reagan starts physical therapy for a snapping scapula (a real thing), we have curriculum night for one school and a Red Sox game Friday night!

I'm determined to still get dinner on the table...

Monday- leftovers
Tuesday- Tacos, Salad, Mexi Rice
Wednesday- Homemade Chicken Pot Pie with Veggies, Garlic Smashed Bliss
Thursday- Meatball Subs, Salad
Friday- Red Sox
Saturday- out
Sunday- TBD

How was your weekend?