The Weekend {Sentence per Picture}

Hello! How was your weekend?…

I’ve got a couple of mom/baby-related posts that I want to post soon, but I don’t want those to be the only thing I share. I really, really miss experimenting in the kitchen, but when I have free time, I want to spend it resting or cuddling with Baby M. You can’t blame me, right?

Anyway, this weekend was relaxing and great—in a different way. We barely left the house (we went to Sam’s on Saturday and I went to Target Sunday (no Lilly, huge bummer!), after a family neighborhood walk and trip to the snoball stand), but it was wonderful spending time with our sweet, sweet baby.

Here’s a summary of our weekend—1 sentence per picture style (even though I now realize I didn’t take very many pictures!).

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Friday night dinner; the only type of “bugs” I like to see in my house!

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We’re slightly neurotic and had to spell out something when we moved part of this alphabet mat into the TV room; of the candidates announced so far, I think Baby M has a pretty good shot!

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Baby M was too young to get a membership at Sam’s Club, but he had a good time riding around in the cart anyway.

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I love, love, LOVE my steamed and puréed sweet potatoes; eat THAT, pediatrician!

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It might have been 80 degrees outside IN APRIL, but this snowball held up pretty well (and was quite tasty, too).

That’s all I’ve got. I told you we didn’t do much (unless you count grocery shopping, watching too much TV, and making baby food as “busy”).

I’m so absolutely excited for this week because we’re finally getting some sunshine! Even though I’m in the office most of the day, I’m looking forward to walking during lunch. Have a fantastic week, everyone—and congrats to everybody who ran the Boston Marathon today.

Baby M: 6 Months

Hey—and happy Friday!

It’s been almost 1 week since Baby M turned 6 months, but I still want to share his monthly update. I decided to write this one in letter form like I did at 4 months.

My dear, sweet son:

Last Saturday we celebrated two very important birthdays—your Gigi’s 60th and your 6-month—or “half”—birthday. 

Each and every day you continue to amaze me and fill me with such joy. Your sweet, electric smile brightens the darkest of rooms, and your endless energy is contagious.

Month 6 brings quite a few developments and milestones. For one, you’re sitting up by yourself! You do a great job sitting on our laps while we’re in our chairs, and if we place you on the floor in a seated position, you’ll hold it for a few seconds. Sometimes you topple over, but you’re getting so strong! Pretty soon I think you’ll start realizing that you can use those arms of yours for balance—and then you’ll sit for days.

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You’re still not very interested in rolling over, but you’ve proven to us a few times that you can do it. I think you’re more interested in moving. You can hold your chest up for a long time when on your tummy, and you even hold yourself up on all fours—the precursor to crawling!

While crawling won’t happen for a while (we hope!), you decided to shimmy and scoot yourself—backward!—while on your tummy. I think it frustrated you when you were moving further away from your toy, so you’ve only done it a couple times.

Sometime last month you finally took immense interest in your feet. You’ve loved your hands for months, but those little feet were always covered in socks! Now you hold on to them—or try to eat them—socks or not.

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You still love to laugh at your big brother, Iggy—although you need to learn not to grab handfuls of his hair or pull on his ears. And, please, don’t try to eat his tail!

You’ve started doing the cutest thing—sucking on your bottom lip. I don’t know if it’s because you’re teething (lots of drool—but no teeth yet!), but you go to town on that little lip and have the most intense look of deep concentration on your face. You’re like your mama when she’s focused on something!

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You’re still so tiny—and while mama’s gut tells her you’re healthy and thriving, she can’t help but worry. I think you’re just so full of energy that you burn through every single calorie you ingest. As much as you love bouncing in your jumper swing (or simply on our laps), we may have to take a break sometimes.

You have a new friend—Sophie the Giraffe. You weren’t a big fan at first, but now you love to gnaw on her. You also have discovered a new “toy,” mama and daddy’s iPhones—and you fuss and cry when we take it from you. It’s not actually an apple, sweetie!

You continue to breastfeed well and usually drink a bottle of formula while staying with Mimi and Papa. Even though you loved your oatmeal last month, you lost interest and still haven’t quite warmed up to other solids yet. We keep trying to feed you sweet potato, squash, banana, and avocado, but you just don’t seem to care for being spoon fed. Go figure that you have an independent streak—I think you’re more interested in feeding yourself when the time’s right (since you love to grab the spoon). We’ll just keep trying.

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While you’ve always been a great sleeper, you’ve been waking up more lately. Maybe this is a 6-month rather than 4-month sleep regression? You had your first cold or bout with allergies early this month, so that runny nose and cough of yours kept you awake. Mama doesn’t mind feeding you twice during the night, but she’s getting awfully tired!

Daddy and I cannot believe you’re already 6 months old. The time has flown by, but every day is a new and exciting adventure that’s better than the last. We love you dearly, and we cherish our morning cuddles in the bed each weekend.

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Happy half-birthday, bright eyes!

If you’re catching up, you can find Baby M’s other monthly updates on my Baby page.

Weekly Links 04.12.15

Happy Sunday!

I hope everybody is having a truly lovely weekend. The weather hasn’t been spectacular here, but we’ve managed to enjoy ourselves celebrating birthdays (I’ll have Baby M’s 6 month update soon!) and spending time with family (and eating good food).

Now that I’m feeling a bit more into the blogging groove, I leave you with some tantalizing recipes that have caught my eye this past week and some good reads.

See you later. :-)

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.Recipes.

French Toast Sandwich Waffles For An Epic Brunch via Imma Eat That

Seriously NEED a waffle maker! This is brilliant.

Easy BBQ Meatloaf via Peanut Butter Fingers

I never ate meatloaf until I was well into adulthood. The name sounds awful and it looks unappealing. Thankfully, though, I’ve realized it can be delicious and comforting, and I love the sound of this BBQ version. I must include in our next week of dinners.

Pan-Seared Trout With An Orange Butter Pecan Sauce via Wicked Spatula

I adore seafood, but we rarely cook it at home. Trout, however, is so easy to prepare—and it’s downright tasty. Pecans + citrus sound like a winning combination.

Banoffee Pie From My New Roots via Oh She Glows

I made some raw, vegan banoffee pie bites a couple years ago, and while they were good, they pale in comparison to this pie. I’d love to try this for the next special occasion we have.

Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes With Chocolate Pistachio Brittle via How Sweet It Is

Wow. I think I vowed to myself I’d try roasted strawberries after finding another of Jessica’s recipes, but I never did. This looks amazing—the perfect dessert, despite being so high-maintenance.

.Health & Body Image.

Health Industry Pet Peeves via In It 4 The Long Run

A big “amen” to all of these. I understand the health food/diet/etc. business is lucrative, but the exaggerations, lies, and blatant guilt-tripping are too much and really get my blood boiling as well.

The Thing About “Healthy Living Blogs”… via My Food & Fitness Diaries

I agree with Ashley 100% on this. It is necessary to be subjective when reading so-called “healthy living blogs,” because, A) the author may not share all the details, and B) we’re all so very different (in our activity levels, physical health/abilities, goals, etc.).

One Bad Photo via My Freckled Life

We’ve all been here. I felt the same way during pregnancy when I looked at photos. In real life, I felt healthy and beautiful, but when I saw myself from a certain angle, I felt hideous. I have no answer for why we allow things like this to bother us so immensely, but we should try our hardest to just move past it.

I Love My Body (But I Want To Change It) via Mind Body Green

This is perfect—a good read for somebody who’s still coming to terms with her “new normal” postpartum. It’s ok (and normal) to be happy with something but still want to change or improve it.

Shorter Stature May Pose Higher Risk of Heart Disease via The New York Times

Well, crap. I’m only 5’3… Good thing other factors (diet, exercise, etc.) have greater influence on our health.

.Mental Health.

The Psychology of Healthy Facebook Use: No Comparing To Other Lives via The Atlantic

Comparison truly is the thief of joy. I don’t think FB and social media (blogging!) are inherently bad, but it’s all in how you use it. Maybe if you’re already feeling down you should put the computer/cell phone away for a bit and take a walk instead?…

Motherhood Mondays: The Hardest 2 Months of My Life via A Cup of Jo

This blog post is several years old and I’m not sure how I stumbled upon it—but the idea of weaning terrifies me. I’m not looking to do it any time in the near future, but I worry about how it will affect me hormonally. For now, I’ll just enjoy bonding with Baby M and know what to expect when the time comes.

.Life.

The What If Weed via Run Wiki

I love this analogy—and it’s so true. Reflection of the past is one thing, but dwelling on the “what ifs” of life is detrimental to our happiness.

3 Life Changing Pieces of Advice via Fit Fine Day

Great pieces of advice. I find I struggle the most with #2—I seem to take any sort of disagreement or insult personally.

.Laughs.

Eating Like A Stereotypical Healthy Living Blogger For A Day via The Big Man’s World

This made me giggle—except that I truly do enjoy eating overnight oats out of an empty PB jar. Just use the small jars!

That Time I Ran My First 10K

Wow—this weekend flew by! At least it was a good one—with perfect, sunny weather and surviving my first 10K. ☺

Early Saturday morning, Mark and Baby M watched me complete my longest run to date (and first competitive run since last April when I was in my first trimester!) downtown in the Azalea Trail Run.

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I met up with my friend Jessica (whom I’ve known since birth) and her husband. Let me tell you, having somebody to run with is so much more fun and motivating than running solo. (I just wish I had somebody to run with in my neighborhood.)

It was freezing when we started, but it quickly warmed up once we got going. We paced ourselves, running for 3 minutes and walking for 1.5. We kept this up till the very end where we almost ran that last solid 1.2 miles without stopping.

I’m so glad we did the pacing because I guarantee that, while I would’ve started out running faster, I would’ve worn myself out half-way through and felt miserable the rest of the race. If I only I could be so smart on my own!

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I finished 1:19:52, which was a 12:51 per mile pace (I’m going by my chip time, not the “official” time). It wasn’t super speedy, but I’m proud (last year’s 5K time was 34:25). Plus, we actually finished faster and stronger than we started, and at least we caught up to one of those darn race-walkers! ☺

I’m sooooo sore but not as bad as I thought I’d be. I’m hoping I feel like running again mid-week or at least by the weekend. Of course I’m already thinking about doing the 8K By The Bay (April 11) that I did last year. It’s an easy, flat run and kind of pretty when you actually see the water. We’ll see how it goes.

As for now, I’m hoping this week goes by quickly. My in-laws are coming to stay with us for Easter, and I’m so excited to dress Baby M in his seersucker suit that Aunt Sarah and Uncle Leo gave him a while back—hopefully it still fits!

Have a lovely week!

Call Off The Search Party…

I’m still here, I promise.

I honestly had no intention of going MIA for 10 days, but that’s what happened.

I’m kinda-sorta in a blogging funk. Heck, I’m in a general funk.

All I want to do is sleep! Even though work isn’t too busy (though it will be soon since a coworker just resigned), I’m exhausted when I come home. After work, I nurse Baby M 2-3 times, sometimes squeeze in a walk or a workout, eat dinner (that my husband cooks and almost always cleans), and just relax in front of the TV till bedtime. “Jeopardy” is the highlight of my evenings, yet I feel like every day I’ve run a marathon…except that I’ve done nothing.

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My house is a mess, and I have no desire to clean it.

Oh, and did I mention that I’m “running” (quotation marks are very intentional) a 10K—my first—this coming Saturday?

Running the Azalea Trail Run was my single postpartum goal, so even though I’ve done literally no training or preparation (unless digging through my sock drawer to find my compression socks counts?!), I’m not going to skip out. I have an idea of what I’d like my finish time to be, but I’m not going to stress it. I’m sure lots of walking (coupled with heavy panting—but not that kind!) will occur. But you know what? I’m going to have fun.

Unless they all whither this week, the azaleas will actually be in bloom. It’s supposed to be a sunny, warm day, so I’m going to enjoy the weather, my surroundings, and the fact that my body CAN run/walk 6.2 miles—no matter how quickly or slowly.

(Plus a Belgian waffle, eggs, bacon, and strawberry tea will probably follow. CARBS = WIN.)

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Anyway, I just wanted to pop in so all of 7 of you who read this little bloggity blog didn’t think I fell off the face of the Earth. I’ll get back into my groove, someday.

Till then, have a fantastic week! If it’s warm and sunny where you are, get outside and enjoy yourself. And if it’s still snowing in your neck of the woods, I’m sorry. Curl up on the couch with a mug of hot tea or cocoa—wearing fuzzy socks, of course—and relax (it’s what I would do, duh).

Baby M: 5 Months

Happy Friday the 13th! Hope you’re having a good day. I’ve always been a fan of Friday the 13th myself, and today I’m enjoying a day off with my little man. Who’s now 5 months (+ 2 days) old, by the way!

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Five months?! Although the days are often long, the weeks and months are seriously flying by. I’ve always been one to marvel at the way time passes, but with a baby, it moves even faster. How do I slow it down?!…

Exactly one year ago today, Mark joined me for my first prenatal appointment and ultrasound. It’s hard to believe that the little nugget growing inside of me is now the bouncy, bubbly, observant, and cuddly boy I’ve grown to know and love these last 5 months.

So much has changed since my last update. For one, we’ve started feeding Baby M oat cereal.

Although it took him a time or two to really get the hang of it, he eats like a champ now! He gets frustrated if Mark stops to take a bite of his own food, and he practically dives at the spoon.

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(I wrote this on Wednesday, so of course he’s stopped showing interest in the cereal the last 2 nights! I think it might be part of the reason he’s been so gassy lately, so we’ll just see how it goes.)

Even though the pediatrician suggested we start to introduce cereal to him slowly, I was a bit reluctant at first. Seeing how well he’s taken it, though, makes me anxious to introduce other solids, too! I think we may start with some puréed avocado soon.

He’s still a tiny man for his age, but I’ve noticed his thighs seem to be getting a little chubbier each day. His chubby cheeks are perfectly kissable, too. He’s definitely outgrowing his 3 month clothes, though some of the 6 month ones are too big. This poor kid is going to have the same challenges Mark and I have when it comes to clothes shopping!

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Baby M is such a happy baby! He loves to babble and there’s nothing sweeter than when he smiles up at me from the crib when it’s time to wake up for his feeding. He’s sleeping through the night (last feed around 9:00—sleeping till 5:30 or 6:00) fairly often, though lately he’s been waking up once between 1:30 and 3:00. I honestly don’t mind! I love our nighttime feedings, even if they make for a very tired mommy and daddy.

As happy as Baby M is, he’s got a bit of a temper, too. When he wants something, he wants it now! “It” is usually an empty beer bottle. The kid clearly has issues, but he’s obsessed with them.

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He still loves diaper changes and bath time has become much more pleasant. He absolutely hates the snot-sucker…but who wouldn’t?!

Baby M loves petting Big Brother Iggy (with a little help) and watches his every move! He’s so observant and curious, and I’m sure that Iggy will soon be his best friend.

Oh, and I almost forgot! He got to meet his “cousin” the weekend of his baptism. While they’re still warming up to each other, I think they’ll be buddies in no time.

Baby M still isn’t a huge fan of rolling over—he does it from time to time—but he loves to bounce in his bouncy swing. This kid loves to be on the move, really. He’s either kicking his legs around, bouncing while we stand him up, or scaring us half to death by arching and squirming till he almost climbs out of his swing!

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Future ΔΓ Anchor Man?…

Teething is still going on—though there’s no sign yet of any actual teeth. He’s a drool-monster, always gumming something.

Little man, you make Mommy and Daddy so very happy. We love you so much. I can’t believe how big and strong you’re growing. Happy 5 months!

If you’re catching up, you can find Baby M’s other monthly updates on my Baby page.

Operation: Movement in March – Week 1

Happy, happy weekend, friends! I don’t normally post on Saturdays, but I’m going to try to do so every week this month.

You see, I made a goal for March. I mentioned it last Sunday, but I’m trying to exercise every day this month.

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So far, I’ve failed (you knew that was coming).

I had a fabulous 60-minute “iron hour” session at Sterling Hot Yoga Works this past Sunday morning, and while I got in roughly 10-15 minutes of light cardio and strength one night this week, other nights were spent nursing and holding a fussy baby, cleaning bottles and pump parts, and relaxing in front of the TV.

My motivation is there—but I’m having a hard time translating it into actual movement.

With that said, I’m revising my goal. The local Moms Run This Town group I joined (and still haven’t run with yet!) revised their March challenge to exercising at least 20 days during March, so I’m doing the same.

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Being active during pregnancy was relatively easy for me, but that momentum has bottomed out now that I realize how busy motherhood truly is. Most of my trouble is finding balance between the hours spent feeding, caring for, and playing with Baby M and my full-time job.

I know why I’m active—it makes me feel good physically and mentally—but I’m having acting on that motivation. How do you motivate yourself to workout when it’s so easy to say “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’ll take that run next weekend?”—especially when there’s a sweet baby who needs to be held?

Being active isn’t something I want to give up, so I need to get creative. When I’m feeling my best, I can give my best to Baby M and my family.

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Thankfully, Daylight Savings begins this weekend, so I’ll have more time after work to take some walks/runs in the evenings. Mark and Baby M can join me, too!

Anyway, here’s my workout log for this past week (or lack thereof).

Sunday: 60-minute “iron hour” hot yoga

Monday: 10-15 minutes of light cardio & strength around the house

Tuesday: rest (unless grocery shopping after work counts!)

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: rest

Friday: rest

Saturday: long walk with Mark, Baby M, and Iggy

Here’s to hoping next week is better! At least I’m 3 days into my goal of 20…

  • How do you fit working out into your busy schedule?
  • Do you find you’re less active during the winter?

WIAW: 03.04.15

Happy Hump Day, peeps!

Almost every week, I waiver on whether or not to participate in What I Ate Wednesday. I sort of get bored with it, since I often eat the same things day in and day out. Also, I’m scatter-brained and usually forget to photograph a full day’s worth of meals! Other times, I feel like it’s kind of obsessive. And then there are the inconsiderate bloggers who’ve taken advantage of the link-up by sharing unrelated content. That’s not what this little party is about!

What I Ate Wednesday is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, noting changes in your diet/lifestyle, inspiring yourself and others, embracing fruit and vegetables, nourishing your body with the foods that work for you, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so. much. more.

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Since I *adore* food and really do like reading dozens of WIAW posts each week for ideas (and sheer curiosity), I’m going to jump back in today. This probably won’t be a weekly thing, but I’ll aim to do it once a month at least. And I promise to share a typical day of food—no deception.

Here’s what I ate Wednesday last Friday…

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Breakfast → An egg sandwich (a fried egg and strawberry preserves on an English muffin) with an unphotographed mug of coffee and half-bottle of orange juice

Snack → A Nature Valley (well, a store-brand imposter I should say) oats and honey granola bar (deal with the stock photo, I inhaled mine before I whipped out the camera)

Lunch → A chopped salad (lettuce, cabbage, and shredded carrots) topped with green onion, walnuts, and blueberries (it was supposed to have bacon in the mix—but it’s Lent, so no meat) with blue-cheese dressing and a side of The Better Chip tortilla chips made with beets (they’re so pretty!)

Snack → Some good, old-fashioned peanut butter crackers (Jif and Saltines—aka what sustained me as the pickiest child) followed by a Greek yogurt a couple hours later (what can I say—I’m always “breastfeeding hangry”)

Dinner → Half a falafel pita, half a veggie gyro, and hummus c/o The Mediterranean Sandwich Co.

I threw this post together last Friday and then didn’t look at it again till today—so I’m sure I’m forgetting a snack and/or glass of wine (or bottle of beer). I think I may have had a spoonful of nut butter before dinner—or a piece of chocolate?

Anyway, you get the idea. This is like 90% of what I ate last Friday, but remember that I don’t shy away from desserts and/or snacks. Unless I explicitly say so, don’t ever assume that I post 100% of what I eat in a given day. And, please, don’t feel you should change your “diet” to emulate mine. I’m not a dietician or nutrition professional—I’m just a girl who loves to eat! ;-)

Later, y’all. Don’t forget to visit Peas & Crayons for the rest of the WIAW party.

What’s the best thing you ate today?

Weekly Links 03.01.15

How is it already Sunday evening?!

I hope you all have had a great weekend. We enjoyed ours. I began Saturday with a Bikram yoga class—my first traditional 90-minute class since February 9 of last year! In hindsight, I probably should’ve tried the 60-minute class, but I survived, so that’s what matters, right?!

Post-yoga I cleaned up and we had some lunch at Jason’s Deli (I’ve been craving salad lately!) Then we took the babe for a stroll at a new-to-us park and soaked up some sunshine and fresh air.

This morning I was back at the yoga studio—this time for the “iron hour” class, which is really just yoga with hand weights. It was much more difficult (and hot!) than I imagined, but I definitely will go back.

I’m setting a goal for March. The local Moms Run This Town group I joined (but haven’t run with yet, go figure) is giving a prize to anybody who exercises every day this month. Even if it’s just a 1-mile run or 15 minute circuit at home, it counts. I think I can manage this! I’d actually planned to do this own my own last month, but I managed to screw up the first day!

After doing a bit of shopping earlier, we’re now relaxing and watching some House of Cards while dinner simmers on the stove. Enjoy the recipes/reads below, and have a fantastic week!

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.Recipes.

Cinnamon Chip Studded Snickerdoodle Bread via Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Although I wouldn’t call them my favorite, there’s just something incredibly delicious and comforting about snickerdoodles. If I ever find those cinnamon chips, I’m totally making this.

Apple, Berry, and Brie Turkey Burger Sliders via Peas & Crayons

We don’t make burgers too frequently, but if we ever switch things up, these are going on the menu for sure!

Chocolate Pound Cake With Bacon Bourbon Frosting via How Sweet It Is

This cake is ridiculous! I want it.

Salad Pizza via Healthy Aperture / Imma Eat That

I’m intrigued.

Samoas Cookie Pie / Tagalongs Cookie Bars via Averie Cooks

Since these are 2 of my favorite Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mints are the third), there’s no way I could choose to post just one. Since Mark isn’t a coconut fan, the Tagalongs version will probably win out in our house, however.

.Food, Nutrition & The Environment.

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps via NPR

Great ideas—every college and university should implement something of this nature.

Kids, Allergies, And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes via NPR

I’m a big believer in “a little dirt doesn’t hurt.” While I’m too lazy/reliant on technology to give up the dishwasher, I do believe we live in a world that’s overly sanitized, resulting in more allergies and less immunity.

.Fitness.

7 Ways To Stay Motivated via Kate Moving Forward

Some good tips.

The One Thing You Need To Advance Your Yoga Practice (And Your Life) via Strength & Sunshine

Often easier said than done—but so important.

.NEDA Week.

NEDA: I Had No Idea via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

Meghan says what I’m thinking much more eloquently than I did in my post.

Why I Smile: My Recovery via The Domestikated Life

This is a beautifully-written post that does a great job of explaining the darkness one experiences when suffering from depression, anorexia, etc—and also the joy one feels when truly loving oneself. All the best to Kate.

My Green Recovery Story via Choosing Raw

Although I’m not a vegan (or ED sufferer), I’ve always loved Gena’s blog—her honesty, understanding, eloquence, and inspiration to others. It takes a lot of courage to share a story like hers—and it’s a beautiful read.

.Life.

Embracing Imperfections via Your Trainer Paige

Such good rules to live by.

Be The Same Person In The Dark via Enjoy Your Healthy Life

Great advice. As an imperfect being, I struggle with this. We all do, but it matters to that grocery clerk or that sales person that you treat him/her with the same kindness you’d treat a beloved friend, family member, or role model.

.Parenting.

I Assumed These 10 Things Made You a Bad Parent (Then I Had Kids) via Your Tango

So much to look forward to!…

Firmoo Eye Glasses Review

As much as I don’t want to admit it, I’m at that age where I need to schedule a yearly eye exam. I’ve worn glasses since my junior year of high school and contacts since my first year of college.

Even though that’s almost half my life, I still get major anxiety when I go to the eye doctor. I don’t know what it is, but I think it’s a control thing. Unlike my dental hygiene, for example, I can’t control my worsening vision—that’s mostly due to genetics.

Nevertheless, after skipping my exam for over 2 years, I decided last month it was time to schedule an appointment (I was on my last pair of contacts!). Somehow, by the grace of the optical gods, my vision was the exact same as last time! Hooray!

In a moment of serendipity, I was contacted a couple weeks later by a representative at Firmoo to see if I’d be interested in trying out a pair of their glasses.

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Of course I said yes.

Firmoo is a web-based optical shop that offers a variety of fashionable, affordable glasses—much less expensive than the specs I’ve purchased from my local eyeglass shop.

I’ve ordered from a similar website before (in fact, the glasses I’ve been regularly wearing for the past 2+ years were ordered online), so I knew what to expect.

First, you browse the options available. If you’re unsure of a style or size, you can upload a photograph and virtually “try on” the styles you like.

Since I’m still satisfied with my “regular” glasses, I opted to try something a bit edgier. While I love the bigger, “hipster” glasses, I just don’t think they work for my small frame and face.

After wavering between a few tortoise shell frames and some colorful ones, I ultimately chose these purple ones (which, unfortunately, are being phased out).

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Placing my order could not have been easier. I chose my frames, entered my prescription (provided by my eye doctor) and pupilary distance, selected the type of lenses and any other features, and added my address and shipping preference. Easy as pie!

I received my order confirmation immediately. UPS processed my order 2 days later, and it arrived at my doorstep—from China—8 days after I placed my order.

So—how were the glasses? 

I honestly love them. They’re light-weight and extremely comfortable. Even though I didn’t try them on virtually, I think they’re incredibly flattering (even if this pajama selfie is not!).

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I’ve worn them to work a few times and haven’t gotten that pain above my ear I usually get from my other frames. They also stay up on my nose quite well.

As for the quality, they do seem a bit more fragile than your expensive designer frames. But for less than $50, I think they’re worth the price (they also come with a nice travel case, cloth pouch, cleaning cloth, and screwdriver).

I’m not certain how the frames would stand up to daily wear—especially if you’re rough on your frames—but I think they’ll be perfect for wearing a few times a week and in the evenings as I normally do.

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**I received a pair of Firmoo eyeglasses free of charge in exchange for a review. I was not compensated for this blog post, and all opinions are my own.**