moms in training

Oh running. We have this love/hate relationship. I hate lacing up my shoes or scheduling in the time to run but absolutely love when I finally get myself out the door… and the after effects have me lifted for hours. My friend and I call it running out the crazy. That being said, I was presented with an opportunity to run with other moms. I usually run by myself and listen to a book (try it. you’ll love it.) but this is a new year! I’m a mom. Why not?

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts a moms in training program which is an awesome trifecta; meet moms, raise money for a great cause, and get into shape/back into a running routine after a baby. Plus, I’ll be scratching another item off my 33 before 33 list! Awesome.

Here’s an informational video that brought me to tears thinking of my own baby, Jack, and the many people diagnosed with cancer each day.

We’re the very first chapter in North Dallas and our team is pretty small, but I’m overjoyed to be part of this amazing team of ladies, moms, powerful women, and worthwhile organization. My goal is to raise $750 – $1000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, all while challenging myself physically. I’ll be thinking of those moms and babies fighting hard and hoping there will be a cure in the near future for these cancers. If you would like to donate, I would absolutely love your support!! Just click – I’m a Running Mama – to help me reach my goal. I’ll be updating you with my training along the way and then after/on race day. We collectively will be running a marathon on March 23rd (as a relay – 6 miles each) and I can’t wait!

Hug your babies a little tighter tonight and pray for all those people waiting for a cure!

granola cookies

Cover cookie

I’ve been on a health kick lately. You know, new year, new food, newfound health. You get the idea. Plus, I have a growing wee-one relying on me for nutrition. It’s only fair to try to make good, healthy food for myself and my body. This is my mindset today… being a new year and all. Tomorrow, I may convince myself Jack needs to taste a little pizza. I’ll take the health kicks when they come.

I found this recipe on Facebook or Pinterest? I’m sorry, I forgot where. But it seemed easy, and I had the ingredients, so I had to try it! It’s a great morning go-to or a guilt-free sweet snack anytime of day. I hope you’re a fan, too.


  • 3 mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 soy milk – the recipe called for almond milk, but we had soy milk the day I was making them! Use what ya got!
  • 1/2 cup raisins – I used 1/4 cup because the hubs doesn’t like raisins.
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350º. I then combined bananas, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Then added the oats. Super simple.

Oats Mixture

At this time, I halved the oat mixture and added the 1/4 cup of raisins to half. Spoon mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes!!

Granola cookie sheet

Enjoy! They are pretty tasty for what they are. I might switch out the raisins for mini chocolate chips next time for a true sweet treat!

Granola Cookie

sitting up


Jack started sitting up last week! These milestones are getting pretty exciting! I had to share in his big accomplishment because, well, I think he’s the cutest kid on the planet, and his expressions are hilarious! I just want to eat his little face!!

Sitting up 5mn

He was pretty excited. We were pretty excited. Happy days and happier weekend, friends!


MIzzou Game

2014 has been a bust thus far. The first ten days of 2014 have consisted of sleeping, sitting on the couch, and lots of tissues, gatorade, and orange juice. Our household has had the flu. But on the positive, I did get homemade chicken noodle soup (maybe you’ll see it on the blog)…. 

Chicken Noodle

We managed to shower and put on smiles with tickets to The Cotton Bowl, and a Mizzou win.

Cotton Bowl

But then back to bed as the illness took back over; more sleep, coughs, sore throats, and runny noses…. lots of snot around here.

Luckily, it has finally left our household, and we’re enjoying the idea of 2014 again.


1. Invite more people over. It always gets so busy, and easier to meet people out, but I love to entertain and make meals. I need to start doing that more! At least once a month.

2. Four blog posts a month; Jack, House, Food, Misc. GO.

3. Try to finish all of my 33 before 33 (besides traveling to Portland and Europe)! It’s the BIG 33, already!

4. Lasik eye surgery. This makes me super excited and nervous. I want to get the surgery, so I can accessorize with glasses for fun not for need. Plus, the image of not having to poke my eye in the morning on a daily basis sounds phenomenal!

5. Listen to music. My day used to be filled with music at all times of the day. Morning. Noon. Night. Discovering underground bands and just listening to a whole album in one sitting. I would like to get that back.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous 2014!

5 months


Look who is 5 months old! Jack turned the ripe old age of 5 months on Sunday, all while battling his first infection, the flu. The flu hit our household while we were visiting family in Missouri and Wisconsin. We rang in the new year with snot-filled noses, ready for 2014. Actually, we all crashed before the actual ball drop, and I do believe this is the first time I didn’t stay up until midnight. Sadly, the bottle of champagne is still in the refrigerator. But I digress. Our baby boy turned 5 months last Sunday, and with the addition of movement and grasping, these pictures are becoming increasingly difficult to take. Both the hubs and I were laughing at Jack the whole session.

Elephant 5mn

But don’t worry, we got a couple good ones…

5mn CollageThe little man is oh-so-close to sitting on his own but prefers rolling and grasping objects. He also loves his feet! It seems with every diaper change, he rediscovers them. Otherwise, we’re just loving how 2013 changed our world and looking forward to learning 2014’s plan for us.

Happy New Year, Friends.