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Having a Bad Day

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I’m in a funk. Work is crazy right now with University classes starting up soon so my stress levels are out the roof, and my kids are getting ready to head back to school so they need uniforms and school supplies. (LOTS of school supplies…)

But that’s not all. I have a boot on my foot from surgery 2 weeks ago, so it’s slowing me down quite a bit. I can’t partake in any outdoor activities (AKA stress relievers) on the weekends like hiking or paddle boarding, and I can’t do yoga or my beloved BodyPump.

There’s more. Our air conditioner broke 2 weeks ago, and it cost an insane amount of money to get it fixed. Plus my car broke down  last weekend when I was visiting my sister in New Jersey. I had to leave it there to have a new transmission put in (expensive!), and luckily my Grandpa is the best guy ever and let us borrow his truck until it’s fixed.

Maybe the Universe is trying to tell me something, because with all this going on, my 40th birthday is just around the corner, and I’m not too happy about that little event. It’s weighing me down like the boot I have strapped to my right foot.

This morning I was getting ready for work while the rest of the family left the house. A few minutes later I heard the back door open, and Henrik walked in calling for me. When he found me, he said, “I forgot to tell you I love you, and I want you to have a good day”. He gave me a hug and a kiss and ran back out to Mark.

I’m not sure what I did right to deserve him in my life, but he sure helps me put things into perspective. As this bad day happened, I thought of him saying that this morning, and it made the day much more bearable.

I hope that you all are having a better time than me, dear reader, and most of all I hope you have that one person in your life that can help you out of your “funk”.


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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If there is one look I noticed all the Norwegian girls were rocking, it was casual sneakers, specifically old school all-white Reeboks. I have a thing for white shoes, so I thought this dress would be perfect to pair with my Nike Cortez. Added bonus that it’s super comfortable, and it has pockets.

Contrast Piped Keyhole Blouse by Vince Camuto

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Vince Camuto has been one of my favorite designers for a long time. I love the edgy designs and the use of spikes! Feminine, yet badass. I picked up this black top and loved the fact that the arm holes are smaller than they look, keeping the shirt snug on the sides. Winner, winner.

Lush V-Neck Tee

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Everyone can use a basic navy tee, right? Well I saw this one in the store and knew I had to have it. Super soft, sexy v-neck and the slits up the side dress it up a little more than your basic tee. I have a bunch of the Madewell Basic Tees, but I feel like this one kicks it up a notch. Love!

KUT from the Cloth Donna Ankle Skinny

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I am always in the need for some nice pants to wear to work, but I hate wearing dress pants, and the best part of the week is Fridays when I can wear jeans. These pants from KUT from the cloth are ponte knit (no knees!) so they look nice and are comfortable as hell. The best of both worlds in classic black.

The sale goes on until August 6th- you don’t want to miss it!

It’s great to be back-see you guys soon with my recap of our trip to Norway!


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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Underwood from Union Wine Company is delicious wine in a chic can. Not only great for travel, these bad boys are awesome because I can open one without guzzling an entire bottle by myself on a weeknight. When I do this, 2 things happen: I’m hung over at work and I eat a gross cheeseburger to get over said hangover.

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As soon as I eat it I regret everything. The wine, the hangover, the food…why do I do this to myself?

Thank you, Underwood. Thank you for making my wine drinking dream come true on a weeknight without all the nasty side effects.

Note: I bought my Underwood at Jungle Jims last weekend, but you can buy it online here.

Have a great week!

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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Digit

Let’s get serious for a second. Saving money is pretty hard, right? It comes pretty easy to some people, but I am the type who always stumbles across things that I need to have . To be specific, shoes and jackets. I have a problem.

So, back to the savings. Last year I read an article about this genius thing called Digit. It’s this awesome little website that you connect your bank account to and it pulls money out and saves it for you in your digit account. That in itself is cool because for busy people like me because it saves with literally no effort on my part. The BEST part is that it saves the money without you realizing that it’s gone. Digit analyzes your account and figures out how much it can safely pull from your account based on your spending habits. Continue reading