Portland ~ More Fun at the Portland Art Museum

In addition to visiting the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine on our trip to Maine, we hit up the Portland Art Museum. My almost seven year-old has always been very interested in art– both creating it and viewing it, so I knew he would love a visit to the Portland Art Museum.

Portland Museum of Art

It was nice to visit the museum on a week day–we felt like we had the museum to ourselves, save for a few school field trips. The Portland Art Museum is a great one to test out with kids, since it’s a manageable size. You won’t feel like it’s overwhelming or that the kids will be exhausted from all the walking! 😉

We started off by visiting the creative space for kids in the McLellan House. The Portland Art Museum has some great programs for kids and parents. I love that they are striving to make art fun and entertaining for our littles! In the kids’ room there is a desk and colored pencils for sketching, pieces of art for inspiration, and a place to hang up completed works!

Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

They also have cards that have an art piece located in the museum with a space for the child to draw their own interpretation of the artwork right next to it. There are also questions to help the child further investigate the art work. It’s such a great idea, and James loved it.

Another thing of note for families, there is a great café area to grab a quick breakfast or lunch. It’s a beautiful space and bathrooms are nearby (baby changing areas in the women’s AND men’s bathrooms!). There are also umbrella strollers (limited number) that you can use while exploring the museum. I love that they have a little bag attached to the back of each stroller with kid friendly items inside!

Overall, we had a wonderful time at the Portland Art Museum, and we look forward to returning on our next trip! For more information on visiting the museum, click HERE.

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Portland ~ Tons of Fun at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine

Last week we went to Portland Maine and had an absolute blast. I have been to Portland before (I love the city!), but this was our first trip with the boys. We had already planned to visit the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and it did not disappoint!

To give you an idea, we spent almost 5 hours there (with a lunch break of course!)!! The Children’s Museum and Theatre is located in the Arts District, right next to the Portland Museum of Art. We got to the museum right after it opened, after a short walk from the parking garage. The garage next door was full, so we parked further up the street.

My oldest could barely contain himself when we entered the door! We were greeted by the friendly staff at the desk, stowed our coats, and headed into the fun. The museum has a lower level, 1st floor, and 2nd floor with exhibits. You can park your stroller in the front, or take it with you. If you keep it with you, you will need to use the elevator, as there are no ramps between floors.

Children's Museum Portland

We started our adventure on the second floor with a star show in their mini planetarium. This igloo-like structure has a screen inside (along with a super cool space shuttle cockpit) that allows the kids to see the stars and constellations. The museum employee who gave the presentation was AWESOME! She kept the presentation very interactive and kept the kids engaged.

We then hit up the rock wall and the water play area, along with the Ranger Room for some spring songs. We took a break for a quick lunch at Local Sprouts Cooperative (delish!) and then headed back for some afternoon fun on the first floor. The fire engine and fire station and the mini Whole Foods Market were a huge hit!

Children's Museum Portland

Market Children's Museum Portland

William had a good time playing in the sizable toddler area for kids 3 and under. I love how it’s located in the center of everything, so they can be safe and still see what’s going on in all of the other exhibits. Inside the toddler exhibit, is a smaller space for infants. The enclosed area even has magazines for you to read! :-)

Ranger Room Children's Museum Portland

I can’t even begin to capture all of the fun at the Children’s Museum and Theatre, suffice to say that we ended the afternoon with face painting and play doh time. I would HIGHLY recommend putting this place on your list if you plan to visit the Portland area with your kids– they’ll LOVE it! Admission is $9, children 18 months and under are free. Click HERE for museum hours and directions.

30 Something Mother Runner received complimentary admission to the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine. All opinions and writing are 100% own. 

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30 Something Father Figure ~ I Ain’t Got Time for That!

A quick post as I sit in my hotel room on another business trip…

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, just like the road to getting in shape is paved with high hopes. I have had literally zero free time to exercise in the past few weeks. I have either been out of town for work; battling a minor cold courtesy of the children and their petri dish environments at school; relieving my wife so that she can get out for a run or have a little time to herself – even more important when she’s holding down the fort while I’m away for a night or two.

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Business Trippin’ in Portland

 

Typical of the mythical “spring” season in New England, the weather has been terrible. When it’s rainy and 40 degrees, my argument for snow has a leg to stand on. My Instagram feed is full of powder pictures from my favorite Vermont ski resorts, so while seeing that makes me want to stab my eyes out, at least there’s a chance I can still get some good spring skiing in to close out the season. Once I accomplish that, I’ll be content enough to move on to the mountain biking season.

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architectural walk and some fresh air with my 2 youngest guys

The best I’ve been able to do for myself lately is some lunges in a hotel room, pre-bedtime wrestling matches with the kids, and carrying my 11 month old around (he’s in the 97% for weight). I haven’t been able to play racquetball due to my work schedule – which is frustrating since I was really getting into a groove with that. I hope to be able to fit in some games over the next few weeks.

Of course not everything is negative – far from it in fact. I love my job, and I don’t mind traveling for work. Also, my kids’ lacrosse season is starting soon, and I’m really looking forward to being a volunteer coach. Finally, as of March 23rd, I am officially an uncle! Being an only child, I have embraced the fact that close friends of mine can be surrogate aunts and uncles to my kids. I can be the same for their kids, but at 33 I am finally a real uncle. My sister and brother-in-law had a beautiful girl last week, and I can’t wait to meet her in June when they visit from San Diego!

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How We Are Staying Healthy and an Airborne Everyday Giveaway!

The following post is sponsored by Airborne. Full disclosure details for this blog can be found HERE

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As of the past week or so, everyone in the house has been pretty healthy (knock on wood!), and I plan to keep it that way! This has been a loooong winter, and I don’t need any more reasons to stay cooped up inside when the nice spring weather finally arrives. Here’s what we are doing to keep ourselves healthy here in the Morrison household:

  • Exercise regularly— Admittedly, this has been a challenge with the weather in the Northeast! Regular exercise helps to keep your immune system healthy and strong.
  • Incorporate Fruits and Veggies into each meal— We have been working on this one all winter long. By aiming to include a fruit and vegetable in each meal, you’ll be much more likely to hit your minimum 5-7 servings each day. For breakfast we might do overnight oats with fruit or a cold cereal with fruit. Lunch is a sandwich with a fruit or vegetable side (packed in fun containers for the boys!). Dinner will include a salad or 1-2 vegetables. We are definitely not perfect at this, but we are trying hard!
  • Wash Hands— I know that regular hand washing can sometimes be a challenge with toddlers and small children, but it’s crucial to help keep the germs away!
  • Get Fresh Air— I think this one is definitely underrated. My preschooler gets at least twice as much outside time in the school day as my first grader, and more sunshine makes for happier kids!
  • Take Vitamins– My husband and I both take a vitamin daily, and we recently tried out the Airborne Everyday. My husband likes to take additional supplements like echinacea and zinc, and he was excited that he would no longer have to do this. Two of the Airborne Everyday gummies give him his multivitamin, in addition to extra vitamin C, ginger, echinacea, and other immune-supporting ingredients.

I prefer taking gummy vitamins too, and I like the fruit flavor of the Airborne Everyday (no water needed!). They also cost about the same price as a multi-vitamin alone–WIN! :-)

If you would like to win your own prize pack of Airborne Everyday, I’m giving away 3! To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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I have been compensated with free product but the opinions are mine. 

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Excited to Be a Skirt Sports Ambassador (and a Great DISCOUNT to Share!)

I’ve written on many occasions about my love of running skirts–once I started wearing them, I never looked back. For me, they are not only super cute, but much more comfortable than shorts. I tried a few different kinds, but I fell in love with Skirt Sports and their mission.

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The company is all about providing cute AND comfortable workout gear for women, in addition to supporting them in their healthy lifestyle through programs like Kick Start. So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to be a Skirt Sports Ambassador. I am pumped to help even more women “convert to skirt!”

My all-time favorite running skirt is the Marathon Chick skirt, but I CANNOT WAIT to try out the one I just ordered! :-) I am super excited to be able to share a discount code with YOU, so you can head on over and go shopping–whether you have already converted to skirt or if you have been thinking about it. In addition to skirts, Skirt Sports has a bunch of cute shirts and a line that was inspired by Katherine Switzer. You can use the code “SSSMR20″ for 20% off your order!

In other news, we traveled to Portland, Maine last Thursday and Friday, and I will be sharing some of our adventures later this week on the blog. Stay tuned for some family fun- Maine style!

I had a beautiful run on the bike path yesterday, and I’m happy to report that the osprey have returned to their nests. The osprey that live in our town winter in Brazil and arrive back here on the Cape every year in the end of March. They are a welcome sign that spring has arrived! Although they have returned, I missed them on Sunday’s run. I keep obsessively checking the nests- total bird nerd! :-)

How was YOUR weekend? 

 

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Stroller Miles and a Family Trip to Maine!

Yesterday, William and I enjoyed some beautiful stroller miles along my favorite running route, courtesy of our BOB. It’s starting to finally feel like spring. The light is changing, the birds are chirping, and my GOD it reached the low 40s yesterday! Woo hoo!

What better way to enjoy some sunshine than to head out for a run along the salt ponds and the beach. It’s been so windy here lately, that it was nice to see the ocean calm and flat for a change (it was also nice not to have to run into the wind!). It’s funny how much William reminds me of my oldest son. They have so many mannerisms in common (you can tell even at 10 months).

Stroller Running Falmouth

My oldest, James, used to LOVE being outside (he still does!). Whenever he would get fussy at night, we would walk him outside and he would immediately calm down. I think William is going to be the same way. He was awake but quiet for the whole three mile run. He actually fell asleep at the end of the run!

Last night we headed up to Portland, Maine to tag along on my husband’s business trip. I LOVE Portland, and I am excited for the boys to fall in love with it too. We are staying at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa and will hit up the Portland Art Museum and the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. More on our adventures to follow! :-)

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Spring (Running) Training and Some Exciting News!

I finally feel like I am back in the groove with a regular running schedule. Even though I am not using a GPS watch or GPS running apps, I am enjoying my running more than I have in quite a while! I’m sure it might also have something to do with daylight savings time, more sunshine, and snow melting!

Blueberry Muffins

My regular weekly runs have been just over 3 miles, and I am starting to add a mile each week to my long runs. It’s been so nice to head out the door and just take in the beautiful scenery, without caring about how fast I’m going. Am I still curious about pace sometimes? Of course! But you know what? Right now, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

I am also SUPER EXCITED to announce that I am an aunt! My niece was born yesterday, and I cannot wait to go see her next month in San Diego. It will be nice to finally have a girl amongst all of these boys! I’m sure she’s going to be one tough chick! :-)

In other news, the kitchen reno is finally nearing completion, and I feel like my sanity is slowly returning with it. There’s a little finishing work left and some painting (that will be done by yours truly and the hubs). It’s so nice to have all of the extra counter space and a gas range! I’ve been spending a lot more time cooking and baking. On that note, here’s a DELICIOUS blueberry muffin recipe I made Sunday (don’t they look scrumptious?!). They’ve been key for a quick breakfast!

 

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Joovy Caboose VaryLight Giveaway!

Let’s start today off right with a HUGE giveaway from Joovy. I wrote about the Joovy Caboose VaryLight a while back–it plays an important role in our stroller brigade! :-) It’s a GREAT stroller if you have a baby and an older child who often gets “tired” while you’re out walking around or running errands. I love how it can shorten or extend too, based on how much storage you need and how much space you have to move around!

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You can read more about how the Caboose VaryLight grows with your family HERE.

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Racing ~ 5 Tips for Developing Mental Toughness

Racing 5 Tips for Developing Mental Toughness

Sometimes you follow your training plan to the letter and you are feeling good, but race day comes, and it just doesn’t come together. Maybe you run out of gas before the finish because you started out too fast, or you just didn’t feel confident in your own abilities. We have all (or at least MOST of us) had a race that we wish we could have done over. No matter how hard you train physically, there is most definitely a strong mental component to racing.

  • VisualizationUsing visualization is a tried and true method for success in running, sports, and so many other activities. In fact, professional athletes and Olympians use visualization regularly. By “watching” your ideal race in your head, you train your brain to fulfill that vision and run your goal race.
  • Relax Your Mind Race Day Morning— While adrenaline and some race day nerves can give you a little pep in your step, they can also psych you out. Anxiety can get the better of you, and when your mind is really tense, your body will follow. Trust your training and take a deep breath before the start of the race. Running relaxed will actually help your form and hopefully help you run a better race!
  • Positive Self Talk— Give yourself a pep talk before the race. Have you ever had a really good coach? What did he/she say to you to get you psyched up for a big game? If it worked, have a similar conversation with yourself. Rather than focusing on self-doubt, tell yourself to trust your training and that “You got this!” :-)
  • Set the Right Goals— Part of being confident at the start of a race is having the right goal. You want to be hungry for your goal, but you also want to make sure that it’s not completely unrealistic. If you run a 10:00 minute mile, you don’t want to start a half marathon hoping to run a 1:25!
  • Focus— Try to tune out all of the other noise around you and keep your eyes on the prize. Having a specific focus will help you use your physical and mental energy to reach your goal, rather than spending it worrying about things that aren’t important on race morning.

How do you stay mentally tough when you’re racing? 

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Stonyfield Love: Smoothies, Chia, and Oh My Yog!

Since we majorly heart Stonyfield in the Morrison household, EVERYONE was excited when this month’s box arrived with some new Stonyfield products including OP (organic protein smoothies), Oh My Yog!, and greek yogurt with chia. The excitement was so great, that the contents of the box were gone by the next day!

My personal favorite was the OP organic protein smoothies. While I love having a protein smoothie, I really don’t like having to take precious time on a busy school morning to make one. The organic protein smoothies were so easy to throw in my purse and drink in the car on the way to school drop off. They have the Stonyfield flavor I love with 15 grams of protein. They currently come in the following flavors: strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.

Stonyfield OP

The boys loved the greek yogurt and chia. They had never tried chia seeds, so they were very curious about them! I was afraid it would deter them if extolled the health virtues of the chia seed, so I just sat back and observed…they dug in and didn’t come up for air until the yogurt was gone. :-)

greek yogurt with chia

The Oh My Yog is OMG good–a fruit layer, honey-infused whole milk yogurt, and a delectable layer of cream on top. Can it get any better (not for this yogurt lover!)?! The flavors of Oh My Yog! include wild Quebec blueberry, apple cinnamon, gingered pear, orange cranberry, Madagascar vanilla bean, and Pacific Coast strawberry.

oh my yog!

We tested out the gingered pear and Madagascar vanilla bean and give them two enthusiastic thumbs up. If you want to check out some of these new products for yourself, you can find them in Stop and Shop and Whole Foods. You can click HERE to check if they are stocked in your local store.

30 Something Mother Runner is a Stonyfield Yo-Getter (ambassador) and as such, I received free samples of the above products. All opinions and writing are 100% my own.

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