Celebrating “The Fourth”

Happy Fourth of July from our family to yours. We hope you have a great one!

second child announcement

We’ll be celebrating by adding a fourth! What can I say? We take holidays seriously around here.

pregnancy announcement photoshoot

Be back soon with all the details, including how annoyed the big brother is about all of this and just how addicted I am to potato chips right now. Riveting stuff, y’all. You don’t want to miss it.

Vacation + 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Just checking in to say hello from the Florida Keys! We could not be happier to introduce our mini-me to our favorite spot in the whole world. I mean, I could totally get used to this being my backyard.

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Aside from the views, I’m also ready for a ton of vacation-friendly food. That’s where the grill comes in handy, y’all. I swear we put every food you can imagine up on that thing. If you’re ready to take a stab at some new-to-you grilled foods, look no further. I’ve partnered with Mode to bring you all of my favorites in one handy (and delicious-looking) little slideshow.

Check out Summer Eats: 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

by Presley at Mode

My personal favorite are the pizzas, but I have to admit, they’re all pretty freaking good. Which one will you add to your barbecue list this summer?

That Search Term, Though

It’s been a while since I’ve sorted through some of the search terms that lead people to Run Pretty. Let’s just say, it’s always worth the time and effort. There are some freaking gems in there, y’all. Like I’ve mentioned before, though, I feel like I need to answer some of the more pressing questions.  For the first two installments of this little series head here and here.

“make faces in mirror”

-This is totally normal and you should continue to do it on a daily basis. Just make sure you don’t do it in the restroom at work. People will judge you. I mean, I don’t know from experience or anything. I’m just assuming.

“typical experience of a first cross fit experience for a beginner”

-You mean pain, confusion, and a little bit of self-loathing? Kidding. This is actually what happened to me.

“i should have done better”

-Yeah, I agree.

“plans for race medal display”

-Why have plans when you can just randomly slap one together? Pro tip: make sure you actually hang it up afterwards. I still haven’t.

chalkboard race bib and medal display

“why spoil yourself”

-Because you are awesome. I promise. I wouldn’t lie to you, now would I?

“perms on fine hair”

-This is seriously not as scary as it sounds. You won’t turn into a poodle. Well, for longer than 48 hours.

permed ponytail

“why am i to busy to go to my football game?”

-Well, you aren’t too busy for grammar. Kidding. I’m sorry your schedule sucks right now. Truly.

“people say have ran grammar”

-Hey, are you still here? There are tons of resources online.

“key west downtown”

-Are you there now? If so, I’m jealous. We’ll be there soon, but will you please have a drink for me in the meantime?

“coffee makes me confident”

-Join the freaking club. I tried quitting, but quitting is for losers. <-Motivational quote right there.

beach coffee

“baked shrimp recipe”

-Boom. Done.

“should i work out at the gym on my birthday”

-I mean, if you want. You don’t have to. It’s your birthday, for pete’s sake.

“whole wine bottle glass”

-Hi, soul sister. I love wine, too. My only hesitation for those is the spilling issue. Tip over your glass and, well, that’s all she wrote. I say pass on this one.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

So, This Is Three.

Well, here we are. I’m raising a full blown kid. 

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While his actual birthday isn’t until this weekend, I am pretty sure he’s already a total threenager. To prove this point, I’d like to grace you with his top five most-used quotes.

1.) You are drivin’ me nuts! (I blame myself for this one.)

2.) That a good idea, Mama? (It never is.)

3.) No. I said Dad. Not Mama. (Because, according to him, I am not rich or strong.)

4.) This is kind of like fun. (He is the king of almost complimenting us.)

5.) This is good for me! (In reference to anything that is most definitely not.)

In all fairness, I always laugh at these statements which undoubtedly just eggs him on. Parenting. Does anyone ever get it right?

The one thing that we definitely did right (at least in his eyes) was his birthday party.

mickey mouse jump house

To the adults, it was a toddler version of the Hunger Games. To the kids, it was the. best. day. ever. 

mickey mouse birthday

He is still talking about it today, and he beams every time I tell him that his friends thought it was “so cool”. Then he tells me to leave him alone, because he’s “busy right now”. Ah, three. I might like it here. At the very least, it’s going to keep us on our toes. ;)

The Secret

The following post is sponsored by Skinny Cow®.

It had to come out eventually, so here it is: sometimes I do things that are totally just for me. I know. I’m horrible. But, in all seriousness, I really believe that you should treat yourself as much as possible. Now, here’s the actual honest truth: you don’t have to spend a lot of money or take a lot of time to do it. The real secret to living an impossibly good life is learning to love the little things. When you realize that it just takes small actions to brighten your day, you’ll be a lot better off.

Am I saying I don’t ever want to run away with my friends, while staying at amazing resorts and going on all sorts of adventures? No. I’m not an idiot. I’d love that.
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What I am saying, is that I clearly don’t have the time or bankroll for that type of lifestyle. I also just flat out wouldn’t leave my sweet family that often. But, let’s be real, that doesn’t mean I don’t ever want time for myself. Thankfully, Skinny Cow® totally has my back and added even more decadent, just-for-me treats to their line up. This weekend, I needed a mommy time out (<-yes, those exist) so I devised a little plan. I grabbed my baby pink nail polish, super-flowery scented lotion, and a Vanilla Latte Creamy Iced Coffee. Yep, I was headed outside for at least 10 minutes of solitary bliss.
outdoor furniture from costco

So, here’s the deal. I’m actually pretty awful at painting my nails. I’m not really sure why it’s such a stress reliever for me. Fine, I’m lying. The truth is that it’s easier to claim you need a few minutes by yourself to paint your nails than it is to claim you need to “go outside and chug a delicious, decadent drink”.
skinny cow iced coffee

Having light pink nails must have gone to my brain, because I started feeling pretty fancy. Obviously I had to pour my beverage into a plastic wine glass. Pure class over here, y’all. For what it’s worth, it tasted just as amazing either way.
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While that entire process probably took less than ten minutes, I walked back inside feeling relaxed and refreshed. Cheesy? Absolutely. Truthful? Of course.

Over the past few months, I’ve actually stocked up on a few Skinny Cow® products. I grabbed a tried-and-true favorite, the Caramel Divine Filled Chocolates, along with a another new-to-me ice cream bar, Vanilla Almond Crunch. I fully approve of them all.

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Now I know I can’t be the only one who has little rituals that relax them. What’s yours? Share it on the hashtag #SkinnyCowsSecret, because some secrets are definitely meant to be shared. Direct Message @TheSkinnyCow yours on Twitter, and you’ll receive a sweet treat! <- Worth it.


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Thanks to Skinny Cow® Ice Cream Bars, Creamy Iced Coffee and Candy, our secrets can all be a little sweeter. Follow Skinny Cow at: twitter.com/TheSkinnyCow.