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The Best Agenda for Moms

Today I want to talk a little bit about organization. I am not the most organized person in the world, and things only get worse when I have to keep track of the other three people in my family. This is a huge stress trigger for me, so I have to work hard to keep everything straight. Having the right planner or agenda is CRUCIAL. Right now the kiddos are so involved in sports, I can’t tell if I’m coming or going most days.

When it comes to keeping all this stuff straight, I go old school with my paper planner. I feel like I look at my phone way to much as it is (check out this post where I talk about Tech Neck) so I keep my planner open on my desk all day at work, and bring it home each evening.

Don’t get me wrong, I still use the Tasks app on my phone and I do have some things scheduled in my Calendar on my phone which integrates with my work e-mail, but the book planner trumps all that. It’s the bible of my schedule.

Enter the MomAgenda. It’s a gem that I have been buying every year for the past seven years.

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A Weekend Getaway and a Birthday

Well, it happened. There was just no stopping it. 40 has now come and gone. Isn’t it funny how something looms over you for months, then it happens…this calm comes over you, and you know you are going to be OK?

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This past weekend Mark and I decided to get out of dodge to celebrate my birthday, and ended up going back to New Jersey to pick up my car. Adulting is hard. To make the most of it, we booked a hotel on the beach in Cape May and ended up having a fantastic time. This 40-year old isn’t complaining. Continue reading

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I have been on vacation and I am planning an epically long post with a ton of pictures.

I wanted to stop by and tell you about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale going on- I am lucky enough to be in New Jersey at the moment and was able to stop there yesterday to pick up a few things. (I have Early Access, the sale opens to everyone on July 21st.) Check it out:

Ruffle Sleeve Tunic Dress by Bobeau

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Wine in a Can

Yeah, you read that right. I wanted to check in today just to tell you guys about some wine that I am loving lately that comes in a can. I know this blog centers on beer, but sometimes there is nothing better than coming home from work, throwing on some Sylvan Esso and a pair of sweatpants, cracking open a can of red, and cooking up dinner. So relaxing.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Buying gifts for Father’s Day is so hard. I tried to take some of the guess work out of it this year and came up with some items your Dad, Husband, Grandpa or Father-in-law may enjoy.

1. Himalayan Pink Salt Slabs

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Mark sent me a link to these in an e-mail recently and said the guys at his work were talking about how awesome they are. Apparently they are great for foods that cook very quickly, like seafood or thinly sliced vegetables, chicken, or beef. They also provide a mild salt flavor to the food without adding any extra salt. They can be used anywhere like a grill or stove, the trick is to heat them up very slowly. He can step up his grill game with these bad boys.

2. Son of a Tailor T-shirt

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I bought a gift card for a Son of a Tailor T-shirt (the name is awesome, right?) for Mark for Christmas, and it’s a pretty badass gift. I got the gift card that includes a tape measure so that you can take the measurements specified on the website, pick the style, color, and details of the shirt. Voila! A couple weeks later you have a personalized T-shirt sewn to the specifications you entered. They even put your special fella’s initials on the tag. It’s the personalized shirt you know is going to fit!

3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

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For those of you that have a Dad that is especially hard to buy for, I recommend some ice cream. Everyone loves Ice cream, right? Jeni’s is taking it to a whole new level with a Father’s Day collection of flavors ($55) like Butterscotch Cocoa Nibs, Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam and Salty Caramel. This is sure to please any Dad! Note: Jeni has partnered with Stone Brewing to bring us Mocha Black Cherry – it incorporates the bitterness of Stone’s Imperial IPA, and they blend it with sweet/sour cherry sauce. Sounds like a winner to me.

4.  Barrel Aged Coffee Beans

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We are big fans of coffee at our house and since we grind our own beans, we love to find fresh roasted beans to liven up our morning cup. Barrel aged beans bring together our love of coffee with our love of beer and other spirits. There are several coffee roasters out there using bourbon and whisky barrels to bring us some amazing morning joe, here are some that I found that you may want to check out:

Dark Matter Coffee For $45, you can get Dad a “bean flight” of 4 bags of delicious beans.

Death Wish Coffee Rum or Bourbon flavors available!

Spaceship Earth Coffee/Prairie Artisan Ales Collaboration I got this for Mother’s Day and I can tell you it is outstanding.

5. Bobonos

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Half of Mark’s wardrobe is from this on-line store (they have very few brick and mortars) and the quality of the clothing is awesome for the price. He especially loves their shorts and T-shirts. You can get shorts there that are a reasonable length- I feel like shorts for men are super long, not a look to go for guys! Note: They offer 20% off to new customers, and you can get 1.5% cash back on Ebates right now. (If you don’t have Ebates, I seriously don’t know what you are doing with your life.)

Enjoy the day with your Dad, and stay tuned, I have a recipe for a great “Dad” cake to make for his big day. Enjoy your weekend!

Cool Shit #4

It’s that time again! I have put together a list of somethings that I have been loving lately. I hope you enjoy- and comment below letting me know of something you have been into. I’m always looking to try new things!

1. Julie Ann Art

Around Christmas I was on the hunt for a Christmas card that wasn’t too sappy, but also memorable. I love getting cards from our family and friends with pictures, but I was behind the 8-ball on getting the kids pictures made, and Maren still had those awkward braces on her teeth. Enter Julie Ann Art. This woman is my spirit animal. I found a card with personality that I knew no one would forget. Sure enough, my hand written card was to be found on Facebook, SnapChat and Instagram when my friends received theirs in the mail. I just recently bought some more for my parents, sister, and Mark.

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5 Must Follow Instagram Feeds

If you are like me and half of the planet, you find yourself scrolling through Instagram and losing track of time. What a time suck, right? I try to limit it quite a bit, but I notice the people around me (ahem…Mark) wasting time mindlessly scrolling.

This made me want to put together a post today about my 5 favorite Insta handles. The ones I truly seek out to see what’s going on because I know going into it that there will be some fantastic content. Continue reading

What it’s like to be married to an Ironman

Training for long distance racing is a big job. Long hours of pushing your body further and faster, not to mention the drive, ambition, stamina, and pure FOCUS you need to have on your end goal. In addition to all that? It’s pretty addictive. Once a person starts, they usually become pretty obsessed with it. It’s all they think about: the thrill of race day is a high like no other. And to those of us that don’t partake? Well, we think they are just crazy people.

I know all these things because I am part of the lesser known group of people that support one of these crazies. I say that in the most affectionate way imaginable, but I do think my husband is a little crazy. A lot of people have asked me over the years how I deal with him being gone for long hours while training, and how I handle his brutal schedule. I’m not going to lie, with 2 kids and busy lives, it’s not always easy.

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