The #REALWomenMove Campaign and a Free Race Entry!

There are a lot of reasons I love working with Skirt Sports, one of which is their unwavering support for women runners (and women in all other sports!). Skirt Sports recently launched a campaign called #REALwomenmove. The mission statement of the#REALwomenmove campaign is as follows:

We seek to change the perception of women and fitness by showing the world that being fit comes in all forms

The mission statement resonates with me for many different reasons. I think that women can be so hard on themselves. We try to wear too many hats and often have unrealistic expectations for ourselves as mothers, spouses, athletes, etc. We constantly compare ourselves to other women to see how we measure up, and I think that needs to change!

#REALwomenmove wants to shift the focus to your own personal achievements, no matter how big or small they are. Instead of comparing your performance to others, celebrate what you have achieved for yourself, whether it be completing the Couch to 5k program or achieving a personal record in any given distance. Maybe it’s just completing a race or running a certain number of miles…

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As I age, I have started to focus less on my stats as a runner (and comparing them to other runners!) and more on what it does for me as a person. Running is”my time”– it’s so important to me as a mother to have that time to myself. It’s a mental and physical release from all of the thins on my to-do list. I don’t ever want it to become another source of pressure, which is why I have backed away from hard core training plans.

I enjoy moving with my children– running with them and taking walk breaks when we need them. :-) I want to always enjoy what running provides for me, and that’s how the “real” me feels. It doesn’t mean that I won’t set goals or strive to get better at running, just that I don’t want to be a slave to my stats.

In honor of the debut of the #REALwomenmove campaign, Skirt Sports is allowing me to give away an entry to the Skirt Sports 13er. You can use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win an entry to the local race in Louisville, Colorado or the virtual race (BASIC entry–if you choose to upgrade, you will pay the difference):
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30 Something Mother runner is a Skirt Sports Ambassador Captain. 

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HUGE For Two Fitness Post-Mother’s Day Giveaway!

As a For Two Fitness Ambassador, I am SO EXCITED to partner with them for an amazing post-Mother’s Day giveaway. I wore For Two Fitness apparel through my pregnancy with Baby #3 and they quickly became my absolutely favorite maternity fitness apparel brand. For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for the new mom or mom-to-be. Here are all of the details you need to know (from For Two Fitness):

This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some amazing brands and our ambassadors. The Grand Prize is valued at more than $1000.  We have phenomenal prizes, from Joovy, Garmin, Feetures, Sara Haley and us, For Two Fitness – all facets of your fit mom lifestyle are in this prize pack!

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Prizes are brought to you by our wonderful brand partners, sponsoring ambassadors and of course, us here at For Two Fitness. Here are more details about the grand prize – everything you see below:

Grand Prize Giveaway items:

    Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller

    Garmin Forerunner 910XT GPS with Heart Rate Monitor 

    Feetures Graduated Compression Socks

    Sara Haley’s Expecting More and Sweat UNLIMITED workout DVDs

    For Two Fitness maternity fitness outfit (top and bottom of winner’s choice)

This contest runs from Monday, May 11th through midnight on Friday, May 15th.  Please follow all of our contest co-hosts on Instagram:

    Jessica from 30 Something Mother Runner

    Gina from Fitnessista

    Kelly from Cupcake Kelly’s

    Meg from Skinny Meg

    Katie from Healthy Diva Eats

Thanks for celebrating Mother’s Week with us and make sure you use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter!  Good Luck!!

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The Magic Moment You Discover You’re Going to be a Mother

I can still remember the moment I first found out I was pregnant with my first son. It was about 5:30 in the morning on a work day, and I had just woken up from a dream in which I discovered I was expecting a baby. It was such a real dream that when I woke up, I decided to take a pregnancy test and to my shock, it was positive.

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I could barely contain my excitement and I ran in and woke up my husband out of a deep sleep to share the news! Hardly able to believe what I was seeing, I ran out to the nearest 24-hour drug store to buy another pack of tests. 😉 Crazy, I know, but it was my first and I just couldn’t believe it! In fact, I think I took a pregnancy test every few days until our first ultrasound at 6 weeks!

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While the middle child pregnancy was a little anti-climactic the third baby was just as surprising as the first, but for a different reason. We were not planning on having a third (at least at that time!). I remember staring in complete disbelief at the test that was showing me that I would be a mother for the third time! But you know what, William is easily the best surprise we could have every received–hands down! :-)

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Everyone has their own unique story, and Clearblue (the tests we used!) put together a beautiful video montage of pregnancy announcements. I hope all of the mothers and mothers-to-be have a wonderful Mother’s Day this weekend, and I would love to hear how you announced your pregnancy! We shared our news with family first and then made announcement on social media with an ultrasound pic. I have heard some pretty creative ideas though!

How did you share the news of your baby(babies)?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Snap Back to Reality

Whew! Yesterday was a tough day coming back from the West Coast and back to reality. Don’t worry, I’m not whining–it’s just that I had started adjusting to the time change, and let’s just say that William did as well! We had a wonderful trip to San Diego to visit my new niece. She’s absolutely beautiful, and it was nice to get some baby snuggles!

After lugging around my 26 lb one-year old (he just had his one year visit yesterday and weighed in at 26 lbs 9 oz and measured 31 inches!), it felt like a feather when I picked up my niece! :-) The weather was gorgeous the whole time we were there. I always love walking along Sunset Cliffs– the views really are breath-taking. We spent a lot of time relaxing, as you should do when you have a newborn. We also celebrated William’s first birthday, since it happened to fall while we were out there.

 

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How cute is she?!

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I think he’s channeling Prince George here. :-)

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Helping rock his baby cousin!

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Baby snuggles :-)

My cousin came down from Carlsbad with her boyfriend to help us celebrate. William loved the cake and the company! He had so much fun partying that he crashed pretty early that evening! The next day I got to head over to my brother-in-law’s Floyd’s Barbershop for a cut and color. I’m so proud of him for now owning and operating three Floyd’s Barbershops in the San Diego area. If you’re looking for a great place to get a hair cut (men’s or women’s) or a hot shave, check them out!

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Happy First Birthday William!

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Passed out after a tough day of partying for his birthday!

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Meeting his second cousin!

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Floyd’s Barbershop in San Diego’s East Village

He’s having another party with his brothers, grandparents, and little friends this weekend, so I’m busy prepping for the birthday brunch and getting back into the swing of the school shuttle, packing lunches, cooking, and cleaning. Thank God for my mom who took it upon herself to clean up my house and organize while I was gone! :-)

We are gearing up for a busy late spring here in the Morrison household with two more birthday celebrations coming up and lots of company visiting. It’s so exciting, but I will be making sure I get my runs in to help cope with stress of pulling it all together!

I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike path this weekend for some beautiful, scenic runs and some good sweat sessions. Pretty soon I will also start getting back to business with my long runs!

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2015Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re like me, you have waited until the last minute to find the perfect gift! If you need a little inspiration for the mothers or mothers-to-be in your life, here are some ideas to get you inspired:

  • For Two Fitness® apparel— If you have a mother-to-be (or are one yourself), For Two Fitness® offers stylish and super comfy workout gear for expecting moms. I wore For Two Fitness® tanks and pants while pregnant with my third, and I wished I had found them sooner! The pieces were a staple in my wardrobe, even when I wasn’t working out. For 25% off your order PLUS free shipping, use code MOMSDAY25 at www.fortwofitness.com (now through Mother’s Day).
  • Spring House Cleaning— I can almost guarantee that any mom would LOVE a gift certificate for a deep spring cleaning of her house! It’s sometimes hard to stay on top of the laundry pile, let alone cleaning the whole house. Check out cleaning companies or a local house cleaner recommended by friends.
  • Babysitting— Arrange a four or five-hour stretch of babysitting–it’s amazing what you can get accomplished without children tagging along!
  • Spa Day— If you’re local to the Cape or Boston, check out last week’s post on the Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills. Treat the moms in your life to a relaxing massage or package of spa treatments and lunch!
  • Race Entry— If the mother(s) in your life is a mother runner, gift her with a race entry (and some new running apparel for training!).

What’s on your Mother’s Day wish list? 

30 Something Mother Runner is a For Two Fitness® Ambassador. 

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Enjoy a Relaxing Getaway at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills

A few weeks ago I got to steal away from mom life for a relaxing morning at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills. It was much-needed and my visit far exceeded my expectations! There are two Mirbeau locations, one in Skaneateles, New York and one right in our back yard in Plymouth at Pinehills.

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As soon as I drove up the driveway to Mirbeau, I knew I was in for something special. The building resembles a French country estate, complete with its own gardens. I was scheduled for the Monet’s Palette package, so I headed downstairs to check into the spa upon arrival.

I was warmly greeted at the check in desk and then escorted to the locker room/changing areas. You are given flip flops and a nice comfy robe to change into and wear for the duration of the spa visit. The resort is robe friendly, so if you choose to stay in your robe for your lunch at the spa, you are more than welcome to!

Since I had a 10 o’clock manicure, I quickly changed and headed into the gorgeous waiting area. I had seen a picture of the Rest and Relaxation Center before I arrived at the spa, but it was even more impressive in person. It’s so relaxing and has a beautiful heated foot massage pool in the center. There are lounge chairs for resting while awaiting appointments, reading materials, coffee and tea, and even a nice warm fireplace.

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My first stop was the nail salon for a classic manicure. I NEVER do my nails any more, since there really isn’t much time to polish them and let them dry in our house with 3 active boys! :-) It was nice to get a pampering scrub and massage on my hands too. After getting a nice spring purple polish, I headed back to the Resting Area before my massage.

Each massage room at Mirbeau Inn & Spa Plymouth has a fireplace, making it warm, cozy, and inviting. My massage therapist quickly asked about my pressure preferences and got me situated on the heated massage table (heated massage tables are AWESOME!). As with the manicure, you are given your choice of essential oil combination, relaxing or energizing. I love the mixtures– the energizing one smelled divine…

After the massage, I headed out to the aqua terrace to soak in the outdoor jacuzzi. The temperature hit 60 degrees that day, and it was so nice to be able to put on a bathing suit and enjoy the sun outdoors! After relaxing in the jacuzzi, I went back to the changing area and hung out in the eucalyptus steam room for a few minutes before showering and changing for my lunch at the Bistro & Wine Bar.

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Speaking of food, it was unreal! If you purchase a day spa package like Monet’s palette, you will receive a 3-course lunch at the Bistro & Wine Bar. You can choose a soup, salad, and sandwich (or a dessert, whatever you wish!). My meal was absolutely fabulous (thanks to Executive Chef Stephen Coe!), and I would go back to Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills just to eat at the Bistro & Wine Bar! I started with an heirloom tomato soup, followed by a Shrimp Po’boy (highly recommended – the truffle fries are unbelievable!) followed by a decadent dessert with hazelnut spongecake, blood orange ice cream, and chocolate sauce.

If you are looking for a relaxing getaway from city life in Boston, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills is the perfect destination. The rooms are beautifully appointed and all have fireplaces. You can enjoy views of the golf course or the French gardens. If you’re on the Cape and looking for a nice, relaxing day at the spa, I wouldn’t hesitate to book a day at Mirbeau. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! :-)

For more information on all of the spa services available at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills, click HERE.

30 Something Mother Runner received a complimentary Monet’s Palette Day Spa Package for the purpose of this review. 

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Running the Trails with My Oldest (and the rest of the fam!)

We had an outdoors weekend, and it felt great! Like most other runners from New England, I can’t say how happy I am to be running outside again! :-) On the weekends, we like to pick at least one active thing to do together outside. This weekend we went to Beebe Woods for running and walking.

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My oldest son, almost 7 years old, LOVED running the trails with me this past weekend (my mini me!)! It makes me so happy to see the pure joy he gets from running– especially in the woods! We take walk breaks when needed and just try to enjoy the scenery. I really hope he always loves running this much. I know my days of out running him are numbered–pretty soon he will be able to kick my butt! 😉

It’s been so much fun taking the pressure off my running by not wearing a watch or tracking runs via apps. Every run is fun for me, and I’ve been enjoying my mid-morning stroller runs with William. He loves the fresh air and always passes out by the end of the run!

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It’s been good for indulging my inner bird nerd too. Osprey constantly circle above while we run, and yesterday we saw one swoop down and dive into the salt pond for a fish–it was SO COOL! There have been a ton of red-winged blackbirds singing and a lot of different types of ducks. Nerd alert, nerd alert…

In other news, I’m headed to San Diego tonight to visit my sister and brother-in-law. I cannot WAIT to meet my new niece!! I plan on kicking back, baby snuggling (with William too, since he’s coming!), enjoying warmth and sun, and taking some easy runs. The perfect getaway if you ask me!

If you don’t hear from me for a few weeks, you know where to find me. Just kidding (well, sort of!). 😉 I’ll have a marg for all of my fellow mother runners out there…

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We Celebrated Earth Day by Starting Our Garden (with High Mowing Organic Seeds)!

I’m a little late in sharing how we celebrated Earth Day, but hey– we celebrated it right?! 😉 As a Stonyfield YoGetter, we received some High Mowing Organic Seeds (from Wolcott, VT) to start plants for our garden. We eat organic as much as financially possible, so I am SO EXCITED to make it even more affordable by having a garden this summer!

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Many people don’t think about the importance of starting your organic garden with organic seeds. Most importantly in my book, they are non-GMO. Certified organic seeds have to be non-GMO, but I love that High Mowing Seeds went the extra step and got certified by the Non-GMO project.

One of the other reasons organic seeds are great is that they have been produced to perform well in organic growing conditions–which is pretty similar to your backyard! Many of the conventionally grown seeds grow best in conventional farming conditions, i.e. with lots of fertilizer and pesticides. :-(

Lastly, they help to strengthen the overall demand for organic products. By seeking out and supporting organic seed producers, you are voting with your dollars. You are showing the market that you want to see more organic seeds and organic plants. It makes sense when you think of organic gardening like building a house. You want to start with a good, solid foundation–that’s your organic seeds! So, go ahead and check out High Mowing Seeds (Vermont represent!).

We started a bunch of plants that I hope will thrive and be transplanted into our garden within the next few months! I can’t wait to have fresh veggies, flowers, and berries to cook with this summer…

Do you have a garden? Have you explored using organic seeds?

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Meal Planning ~ Save Money and Your Sanity!

When people used to talk about meal planning, I used to sigh and blow it off. I don’t have time for that I thought to myself. Sometimes I feel like it’s a struggle to just sling dinner onto the table! 😉 I will now admit that meal planning is actually an AWESOME idea and if you’re like me, it will save you time AND money!

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So, how do you get started meal planning without sucking up hours of your time? Well, I decide to start using some of the kazillion Pinterest recipes I pinned! I found that keeping a loose rotation of meals, i.e. pizza, dinner salad, pasta dish, etc., works well for our family. We love having things like pizza on Friday, but now we are getting adventurous with all of the pizzas we find on Pinterest!

Before I find and print the recipes I plan on making for the week (I choose 6 recipes and plan for one night of leftovers, you can adjust according to your preference), I look at what’s on sale at Stop and Shop. I try to look for recipes based on what I find on sale. For example, if chicken is on sale, I might do a pizza with BBQ chicken and a pasta bake with chicken for two of the meals.

Now go through your cupboards and check off all of the ingredients you already have and make a list of what you need. Now you can hit the store and shop from your list, instead of impulsively buying whatever looks good. :-) Now I no longer stress about what to put together for dinner, I know ahead of time what we’re having and I prep what I can in advance.

I can’t describe how much easier it’s made meal time around here, and as a bonus, we are trying all sorts of new dishes! It’s also helping to justify my mild Pinterest addiction. 😉

Do you meal plan? 

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It’s Marathon Monday!

If you live in Massachusetts, you are (maybe) home celebrating Patriots Day or watching the Red Sox, or watching the Boston Marathon (or any combination of the three!). I’m crossing my fingers that it’s not too damp and rainy for Marathon Monday, but you never know what you’re going to get with April weather here in New England!

We had a beautiful weekend weather-wise here on the Cape, sunny and in the upper 50s to low 60s! It was simply phenomenal, and we spent almost all of it outside. On Saturday, we celebrated my mother’s birthday off with a trip to Spohr Gardens for the first of two Daffodil Days.

Since our spring was late, many of the daffodils weren’t blooming yet, but I’m sure they will be in full effect next Saturday! On the Daffodil Days, they have activities for the kids like a wishing tree and face painting, beautiful chamber music, book sales, and more. It’s a great place to enjoy beautiful views of Oyster Pond and the ocean in the distance.

I carved out time for my Virtual 261 Fearless Run in honor of Katherine Switzer (#261 in her first Boston Marathon) and her work with the 261 Fearless Campaign, along with Skirt Sports.

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Virtual 261 Fearless Run – complete with kitchen reno in the background! :-)

Later on in the day, we hit up the Flying Bridge for a harbor view cocktail on opening weekend, followed by a birthday dinner cooked by moi. I made a lemon cake with raspberry butter cream frosting that was SO TASTY! I used boxed cake mix, but used this recipe for the butter cream frosting, and I highly suggest trying it—it was unreal!

On Sunday, I played catch up around the house and work, but found time for a quick outing to Peterson Farm to check out the new lambs. They are so adorable, and I wanted to jump the fence and pick them up. They are so cute chasing each other (and their moms!) around and making their tiny baa noises. :-) Here are some pics:

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