Future Prom Date + 10 Mile PR

Future prom dates?

Good Morning!!  I already feel like this week is dragging and it’s only Tuesday :/ We had SUCH a fun day yesterday!  My girlfriend, Nicole, and her daugther drove from LI to spend a few hours with us (it was her first time on SI!).  Nicole and I met last year through twitter / blogging […]

Mustela Review + Giveaway

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Mustela is the #1 Baby Care and Stretch Marks Brand in Europe and just began selling their line of products, including the 9 Months and Bebe lines, in Duane Reade stores across the United States.  Mustela focuses on selecting only the most natural ingredients to use in their products – any questionable ones such as parabens, […]

A Second Child: What I’ve Learned

Kiss time

Happy THREE weeks  to my little guy!!  I’m amazed at how fast the time has gone and how I already can’t imagine life with my two little ones. While there are definitely some aspects of life that are more difficult now, I am amazed at how relatively seamless the transition is/was.  These are some of the […]

Meet the Newest Addition to Our Family: Ryan Thomas

Happy to be a big brother =)

Good Morning and Happy Monday!!! First, just want to say thank you to everyone for the wonderful prayers, thoughts, and wishes the last few days. For those that aren’t aware, my husband, son, and I were thrilled to welcome the newest member to our family, Ryan Thomas Gonzalez, last week. Ryan is already back to […]

Pumpkin – Boy or Girl??

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When my mom was pregnant with my youngest sister, my other two sisters and I had so much fun guessing everything from the date she would be born, to the sex, to her height and weight…it made the birth a little bit more exciting (and interesting since we were are competitive with each other).  We’ve […]

Friday Night Cry Session

I normally don’t complain on here or blog about things that get me down.  I try to stay pretty positive and would consider myself a glass-half full kind of girl. But the recent pain in my lower back has made the last two weeks extremely tough: I’m frustrated that the pain is affecting my parenting […]

Pregnancy #2 vs. Pregnancy #1

My priority these days

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently these days is if my second pregnancy is any different from the first.  They could NOT be any MORE different!  Although I feel and look different this time around, the major change is my overall outlook on my pregnancy. Breaking the news to my husband and family. […]

Happy Bump Day! (22 weeks)

22 weeks

Happy Hump Bump Day! Well another two weeks have come and gone…I am now in my 22nd week of pregnancy.  I have my fetal anatomy ultrasound later today…despite being able to feel the baby kick and move pretty frequently these days, I always get nervous in the hours leading up to an appointment.  Did/does anyone else experience […]

Happy Bump Day! (20 weeks)

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Happy Hump Bump Day!  Today marks the start of Week 20 of pregnancy – I’m already halfway through with this pregnancy (assuming Pumpkin decides to make a punctual appearance)! The last two weeks have seen their share of good and bad days.  The good days have been amazing – no aches or pains and lots […]

The Best Things in Life…

Big Brother

…are the unexpected surprises =) (Details to come tomorrow!)

How did you do in 2011?

Photo Credit - visitfortwayne.com

With only a few days left in 2011, it’s normal to reflect upon the past 12 months – smile with the good, hope to learn from the bad, and decide upon some goals for the upcoming year. After reading [and loving!] a similar post from Miss Zippy, a fellow blogger and FitFluential Ambassador, I decided […]

Having “me” time does not make me a bad mother

Still going everywhere with me!

I’m a very happy stay-at-home mom. I LOVE spending each day with my little man [and I'm beyond grateful that I have the ability to do so]. But a recent trip to the gym made me realize [once again] how important and necessary “me” time is on a regular basis and that I’m still struggling […]

Running through Pregnancy – Part 3 – the 2nd Trimester

4 mile race @ 24 weeks

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 can be found here. By the end of the 2nd trimester, I was averaging between 30-40 mi/wk while running anywhere from 4-10 mi/day. My “easy” pace had begun to slow down – instead of an 8:30 pace, most runs were now around 9:00 min/mile. I […]

What I’m Thankful for this year

What I'm Thankful for this year

“Life right now, in this very moment, is all anyone can be sure of. So live it well. ” – Chas YouseyI find myself preoccupied and concerned with too many extraneous details (errands that need to be run or what others think of things I say or do), that I sometimes fail to stop to […]

Running through Pregnancy – Part 2 – the 1st Trimester

Running through Pregnancy - Part 2 - the 1st Trimester

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here. The first trimester started off great. I was running 6x days/wk, anywhere from 4-10 mi/day and 45-50 mi/wk.   But by week 8, I started to feel extremely tired, out of breath, and achy when I was running.  I constantly felt like I needed to […]

Running through Pregnancy – Part 1

Running through Pregnancy - Part 1

This is the first in a series that I am writing dedicated to running during pregnancy.  They will discuss what I experienced and learned from my successful “run” through pregnancy, some tips and advice as you and your baby continue to grow, and clothing options (if you are like me and don’t want to spend […]

Why don’t friends with kids have time?

Why don't friends with kids have time?

When my 10 month old son was born, I didn’t talk on the phone (except brief conversations with my husband, mom, or sisters), browse the internet (Facebook), or watch TV when he was awake.  I wanted all of my time and attention to be devoted to him.  I left phone calls, tv shows, and chores […]

Best part of the NYC Marathon

Best part of the NYC Marathon

In the weeks leading up the NYC Marathon, two of the questions I was asked the most were What motivates you to run? and What will you be thinking about while you are running to the finish line?  Both answers were the same – I looked forward to my 10 month old son, AJ, and my husband, […]

NYC Marathon – the Experience of a Lifetime (part 1)

NYC Marathon - the Experience of a Lifetime (part 1)

I plan on writing a few posts about the NYC Marathon on Sunday, Nov 6.  The first couple will be about the events before and after the marathon, one will deal with running the marathon (splits, how I felt, etc), and another will be a recap of the experience of participating in the Foot Locker […]

Petunia Picklebottom Boxy Backpack Review and Giveaway!

Petunia Picklebottom Boxy Backpack Review and Giveaway!

CONTEST CLOSED!!! I was turned onto Petunia Picklebottom (PPB) by my cousin who swore that all of my diaper bag problems would be solved if I tried a PPB Boxy Backpack.  At the time I was using a designer diaper bag that looked great – but had NO functionality.  It was impossible to get things […]

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