We recently traveled to visit family for the first time with a toddler. We also had our baby in tow and wanted to make the journey as easy as possible for everyone. Although car seats are not required for kiddos on planes, we thought that having our bigger one in a car seat might make him more comfortable sitting in his own seat, more likely to sleep, and less likely to spend the whole flight crawling on us (one of us was also needing to hold the baby!). We narrowed our search for a travel car seat down to the very popular, very affordable Cosco Scenera and the less affordable but foldable WayB Pico. The foldability won out and we decided to splurge on the WayB Pico. Read on for my thoughts!Continue reading
I had a baby this summer, hence the slowdown in both my running and my blogging. But I’m getting back at both! Below is a list of the items I have found most helpful in the first couple months of my baby’s life and would suggest that other parents or soon-to-be parents add to their registries. Unless otherwise noted, I ACTUALLY USED every item on this list during the early days and thus was glad to have on hand when my baby arrived. Enjoy!
Five whole months, I thought. No problem, I thought. It can’t be harder than running a marathon 13 weeks pregnant, I thought. That was me, a year ago, entering the NYC Marathon lottery for the fifth time. I probably won’t even get picked, I thought, reflecting on my previous unsuccessful attempts. But then I did get picked. And then, in June, I had a baby.
Whew. I am nearly six weeks into motherhood and while there are parts that are really lovely, there are other parts that are REALLY HARD. For those of us who normally find relief and release by running, the stresses of new parenthood can be compounded. Here are my top ten tips for surviving the beginning of it all, particularly when running is not advised. Note, I am not a medical professional and this is all just based on my experiences. I would love to hear from others in the comments below!
We just wrapped up our second significant renovation on our home in Colorado. This one was a biggie… or at least an expensivie… but we are so happy with how it came out. It was some pretty serious nesting! To read my first home improvement update from when we first moved in (mostly painting and little cosmetic things), click here. To read my second home improvement update from last summer (including our first significant renovation: wall removal project, exterior painting, and popcorn ceiling removal!), click here. So what did we do this time?
I was very happy to find out in October that we were expecting our first child, due in June. Of course, despite my excitement, I had my fears and reservations, and among those was HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH SKI SEASON IF I CAN’T SKI. My worst fears were confirmed at my eight-week appointment, when my doctor said in no uncertain terms “no downhill skiing.” So here are my tips for pregnant ladies out there, especially those who are worried about how pregnancy and the potential loss of running, skiing, and other activities will impact many aspects of their lives…
Race: Williams Route 66 Marathon
Location: Starts and ends in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma
Time of Year: Sunday the weekend before Thanksgiving
My husband and I just returned last week from our amazing trip to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB). I definitely recommend this trek to anyone who loves hiking, mountains, or cornflakes. For a recap of our eight-day self-guided itinerary, check out my recap post. For a list of the gear we took with us, see my gear post. This post will fill in some blanks and provide some helpful information if you are interested in learning more about the TMB or if you are planning to do it!
My husband and I just returned from hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc, a loop trail that goes around the Mont Blanc massif in France, Italy, and Switzerland. I will have separate posts for what we packed for this adventure, as well as some FAQs if you are interested in more tips about the TMB. But this post is my recap: where we went, where we stayed, what we ate, and how long this thing took us! We decided to do the trip in eight days and book it all ourselves — not using a hired guide company or trip planner. So here it is — our eight-day self-guided TMB itinerary!
My husband and I recently completed the Tour du Mont Blanc, an approximately 100 mile hiking loop around Mont Blanc in France, Italy, and Switzerland. This is a popular route, and I benefitted greatly from reading the packing lists and blog recaps of other TMB hikers. Here is one of my contributions — our packing list! I am also posting a recap of our eight-day TMB itinerary and some FAQs about the TMB, in separate posts. Enjoy!