girl squad

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with.” – Sex and the City Some of my fondest memories in life have been made with my girlfriends. I had an impressive girl squad before Taylor Swift made them a thing. (Err… maybe even before she was born come to think of it.)  My first “squad” was in college. Jen, Kat, Zoe and I navigated the complexities of emerging womanhood and college life together in a run down apartment in Baltimore. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we battled term papers, heartaches, fake IDs, and 90s…

Why I Walked Away From A Job I Loved

  If I could pick one word to sum up the last six months of my life it would be CHANGE. So. Much. Change. Honestly, when I think back on what I was doing six months ago I hardly recognize myself. Everything is different. Lifemageddon happened. Priorities shifted. Because of this, I knew something major had to happen. And it happened in the form of a new job opportunity. A job opportunity that quite literally fell into my lap. Mind you, I had a job that I loved with people I considered family. And that, my friends, was the problem. As much…

Female Wellness

I’ve partnered with Violet® supplements to talk about breast health.  This being a woman thing is just not so fun sometimes. I had the “privilege” of experiencing my first mammogram the other week. I’d been putting it off for eons. I’m a little ashamed to admit it but I was actively avoiding potentially bad news. You see, breast cancer and breast complications run in my family. In fact, a cousin of mine passed away at an extremely early age due to breast cancer. It terrifies me. So when I finally went to get the ole mamo done, I was incredibly nervous.…

Lifemaggedon

On July 10th the entire world changed. That morning began harmless enough. Both my husband and I hurredly got ready for work. I had an early meeting I was prepping for and he was hoping to get out the door before six to avoid traffic. We kissed, said the requisite goodbyes and were on our way. That is, until he showed up again 20 minutes later complaining that the pain in his back had returned. “I’m going to see a doctor today,” he informed me. My husband never sees a doctor (because MEN) so I was surprised at his announcement.…

shopping haul

Is there anything more therapeutic or satisfying as shopping? Of course not. We all know the answer to that, don’t we? As I shared with you a few days ago, I was given the opportunity to work withQueenstown Premium Outletsin Queenstown, Maryland to experience outlet shopping nearthe beautiful Eastern Shore. As a working mom, I am obsessed with trying to maximize my time. Rarely will you find me not multi-tasking or brainstorming or delegating. Shopping excursions aren’t the exeption to this norm so I worked out a plan of attack ahead of time in order to get everything accomplished that…

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As a working mom, shopping is a luxury. I love shopping, don’t get me wrong, but window shopping and shopping for pleasure are not something I’ve had the luxury to enjoy for quite some time now. Because CHILDREN. And WORK. And NO KIND OF FREE TIME WHATSOEVER. But this weekend I’m breaking protocol (thanks, family!) and spending some quality time at Queenstown Premium Outlets in Queenstown, Maryland. I’ve spent the last year of my life using and reusing the same work wardrobe and frankly, it’s time I added some pop to my otherwise predictable ensemble. How this working mom gets herself ready for outlet shopping days……

How To Turn Your Family Vacation Into A Spa-Inspired Getaway

I’ve always been envious of ladies who have the opportunity to embark on a luxurious spa and wellness trip. These outings seem to be out of reach and reserved for only the extremely affluent or the childless. (I realize that may not be the case but the delusion helps me cope.) Just because I am not in the position to book myself a week at a resort in Montana, doesn’t mean I haven’t found ways to work a spa experience into my annual vacation. Au contraire! In fact, I am much more intentional in my focus on self care and wellness. (No matter the…

The ladies of Pursuit of it All

FINALLY the secret is out! I’m so excited to let you in on a littleproject that I’ve been working on with a few of my close friends for the past few months. It’s called Pursuit of it Alland it is a brand new online destination! This projectcame about in a way that all good things do: friends sitting around talking about what theylove over coffee. And because the “friends” in question happened to be bloggers and who are slightly obsessed aboutsharing happiness with others, we quickly decidedwe needed our own online space together. Pursuit of it All is about ALL…

Mission 10 Miler bling

Well, I did it. After taking a year off and running rarely casually I finally made my “big comeback.” It wasn’t what one would call effortless or graceful (by any stretch of the imagination) but I made it across the finish line. Let me start out by saying that I definitely wasn’t in training mode for this race. I wasn’t actually planning on anything official until the Frederick 1/2 on May 3rd. But a friend of a friend offered the bib to me and who am I to turn down something so karmic? The weekend of the Mission 10 Miler I was also scheduled to visit…

Let’s face it, 2014 was not a stellar year for me on the racingscene. Rather than don bibs, clock times and wax poetic about chia recipes, I spent myweekendsas arecreational runner.And by recreational runner I meanoccasional runner.Andwhile mentally it wasa relief to not have to be “on” and train all of the time, Ihave to admit that I missed it. Running is my therapy and without it…Igo a little crazy. Okay, I go a little crazy with it as well. WHAT’S YOUR POINT, INTERNET?! Anyway, this year will be different. I’ve not settled on a full marathon to conquer as…