I like running, pop culture, random facts/tidbits of information, keeping my meals clean and my workouts dirty, finding new ways to exercise (that don't bore me), making (and crossing items off of) lists, dresses, headbands, yoga, home cooked meals, and striving to be the best possible version of myself. Especially now, since I'm expecting a baby in July. My name's Melissa, and it's very nice to meet you.

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Active Nation Day

For most of my life I’d consider myself an active person (‘cept for those few unfortunate post-college/first job years. Now, those were rough!). I played lots of sports growing up, had no problem passing the swim test to become a lifeguard or teach swim lessons, and in the past few years, I’ve discovered how much I love running and doing yoga. 

Since having Ellie though, I haven’t made much time for fitness. I’ve prioritized naps over gym sessions and long showers over long runs, with the excuse “I just don’t have the time to work out.” My attitude on this really needs to change, since I want to be active for myself and for my little one. Tomorrow, September 28th, is Active Nation Day and I’ll be making it my goal to get out and do something. 

Lorna Jane, the activewear company, is challenging all women to live an authentic and active life. And to celebrate this mantra, they’re hosting Active Nation Day events around the globe. 

Interested in participating?

  • Sign up to find events in a city near you
  • Join virtually with the app for iOS or Android (which also lets you track all movement [not just for Active Nation Day] and is chock full of delicious recipes & inspirational quotes)
  • Watch and learn the signature Lorna Jane dance move here. (If you show them how you do the #LJMOVE, you have a chance to win a $1,000 Lorna Jane gift card!)

I definitely need a little push to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to keep fitness fun and engaging (and not seem like a daunting task)!  And I figure, if I’m going to be active tomorrow anyway, why not join the movement - especially for the chance to win $1,000 of adorable workout clothes (unlike all the ill-fitting stuff currently in my closet!)

This was my last full week of maternity leave. I’m headed back to work (and back to my hour long commute) next Wednesday. The transition won’t be as bad as it could be - since Jeff is taking off work for the first two weeks I’m back (so we don’t need to worry about rushing out of the house; organizing daycare dropoffs/pickups; he’ll be able to tell me how much she’s drinking from a bottle; and I’ll get lots of updates and pictures from him during the day). I’ve also decided to use my FMLA/unpaid time to work 4 day weeks for the rest of the year. Hopefully these steps will make going back to work a little less awful. I know I need to go back eventually, but I still don’t feel fully ready. And I’m not sure I ever will be.
There are so many things I’m going to miss about spending all day at home with my little lady, like:
Laying in bed, side by side watching Good Morning America (and dozing off to Kelly & MIchael)
Being the first person Ellie sees when she wakes up - and being greeted by a giant smile and a twinkle in her eyes
Our daily photo shoots - whether dressed in a crazy outfit, when trying something new, or just giving a ridiculous expression, I’ll miss capturing these moments on camera.
Laying on the floor during our daily reading sessions. I find it’s much easier to capture her attention (is it even possible to capture the attention of an infant?) and hold a book while laying on the floor. We roll out a big blanket (typically her NY Jets one) and read book after book together.
Missing key developmental milestones. She’s so close to rolling over (back to tummy) and I want to be around to witness this first!
Our impromptu trips and lunch dates. Now that I’m feeling much more confident in our daily schedules and with BF in public, it seems we’re able to get out of the house much more easily. I’ll miss our daily walks, trips to get coffee, or just running errands with my little lady in tow.
I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom (I give y’all credit. It’s a lot to handle!) - but I’m not ready to join the workforce 100% yet (especially with the commute I currently have). I’ve heard people say that going back to work never gets easier, but it does become routine.
Wish me luck y’all. Wish me luck.

This was my last full week of maternity leave. I’m headed back to work (and back to my hour long commute) next Wednesday. The transition won’t be as bad as it could be - since Jeff is taking off work for the first two weeks I’m back (so we don’t need to worry about rushing out of the house; organizing daycare dropoffs/pickups; he’ll be able to tell me how much she’s drinking from a bottle; and I’ll get lots of updates and pictures from him during the day). I’ve also decided to use my FMLA/unpaid time to work 4 day weeks for the rest of the year. Hopefully these steps will make going back to work a little less awful. I know I need to go back eventually, but I still don’t feel fully ready. And I’m not sure I ever will be.

There are so many things I’m going to miss about spending all day at home with my little lady, like:

  • Laying in bed, side by side watching Good Morning America (and dozing off to Kelly & MIchael)
  • Being the first person Ellie sees when she wakes up - and being greeted by a giant smile and a twinkle in her eyes
  • Our daily photo shoots - whether dressed in a crazy outfit, when trying something new, or just giving a ridiculous expression, I’ll miss capturing these moments on camera.
  • Laying on the floor during our daily reading sessions. I find it’s much easier to capture her attention (is it even possible to capture the attention of an infant?) and hold a book while laying on the floor. We roll out a big blanket (typically her NY Jets one) and read book after book together.
  • Missing key developmental milestones. She’s so close to rolling over (back to tummy) and I want to be around to witness this first!
  • Our impromptu trips and lunch dates. Now that I’m feeling much more confident in our daily schedules and with BF in public, it seems we’re able to get out of the house much more easily. I’ll miss our daily walks, trips to get coffee, or just running errands with my little lady in tow.

I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom (I give y’all credit. It’s a lot to handle!) - but I’m not ready to join the workforce 100% yet (especially with the commute I currently have). I’ve heard people say that going back to work never gets easier, but it does become routine.

Wish me luck y’all. Wish me luck.

Dining al fresco with my favorite little lady. (I guess hands are on the menu today.)

Dining al fresco with my favorite little lady. (I guess hands are on the menu today.)

I think we’d be much better mothers if we gave ourselves personal time without feeling guilty. Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx)

Happy three months, Ellie!  I can’t believe you’ve been our lives for three months already!
This month: You’re definitely growing up, little one. You’re becoming more vocal and you’re holding your head up like a champ (which also means that snuggling with you is getting harder - you just want to look around and see what’s going on)! We had a busy month - and we’ve definitely found our groove together. We’ve gone out shopping (spending nearly a full day at the outlets), you took your first trip to Target (where you behaved like a champ!), and we “ran” our very first 5k together. When we hold you, you now hug back (which is the sweetest thing) and you’ve found out how to blow bubbles (mama thinks it’s almost time to make you wear a bib)!
You’re loving: Your hands (especially your right one). Your dad and I refer to it as your best friend - since you”ll gaze longingly at and chatter with it. You also love laying on the bed (supervised, of course) and watching the fan rotate. You like being worn in a wrap (thank goodness, since mama may have gotten caught up in buying them). I’ll take you shopping or on walks and when the sun’s too bright or when you get tired, you just tuck your little head, close your eyes, and take a nap. But, most of all, you love to talk! You like to hold conversations with everyone - especially your dad. He can hold your attention for longer than anyone else.
You dislike: Naps. Although your sleeping has gotten better (we enjoyed 8+ hours of sleep for a few weeks!) - we’ve had a rough couple of days recently (you wake up at 2:30am and after eating, you just want to hang out!) Still, even when your nighttime sleep is at its best, it’s still a struggle to get you to nap. The only thing you hate more than napping is being overly tired, so it’s quite the conundrum!
But really, Ellie - you’re a pretty awesome little one. Your eyes light up when I pick you up (especially first thing in the morning) and it’s the sweetest thing. We’re slowly getting in a groove (mama breastfeeds you in public without batting an eye and I’m no longer panicked about trying to plan your eating and sleeping schedules to get us out of the house). You’re the sweetest, most amazing little lady. And I’m so glad you’re in our lives. 

Happy three months, Ellie!  I can’t believe you’ve been our lives for three months already!

This month: You’re definitely growing up, little one. You’re becoming more vocal and you’re holding your head up like a champ (which also means that snuggling with you is getting harder - you just want to look around and see what’s going on)! We had a busy month - and we’ve definitely found our groove together. We’ve gone out shopping (spending nearly a full day at the outlets), you took your first trip to Target (where you behaved like a champ!), and we “ran” our very first 5k together. When we hold you, you now hug back (which is the sweetest thing) and you’ve found out how to blow bubbles (mama thinks it’s almost time to make you wear a bib)!

You’re loving: Your hands (especially your right one). Your dad and I refer to it as your best friend - since you”ll gaze longingly at and chatter with it. You also love laying on the bed (supervised, of course) and watching the fan rotate. You like being worn in a wrap (thank goodness, since mama may have gotten caught up in buying them). I’ll take you shopping or on walks and when the sun’s too bright or when you get tired, you just tuck your little head, close your eyes, and take a nap. But, most of all, you love to talk! You like to hold conversations with everyone - especially your dad. He can hold your attention for longer than anyone else.

You dislike: Naps. Although your sleeping has gotten better (we enjoyed 8+ hours of sleep for a few weeks!) - we’ve had a rough couple of days recently (you wake up at 2:30am and after eating, you just want to hang out!) Still, even when your nighttime sleep is at its best, it’s still a struggle to get you to nap. The only thing you hate more than napping is being overly tired, so it’s quite the conundrum!

But really, Ellie - you’re a pretty awesome little one. Your eyes light up when I pick you up (especially first thing in the morning) and it’s the sweetest thing. We’re slowly getting in a groove (mama breastfeeds you in public without batting an eye and I’m no longer panicked about trying to plan your eating and sleeping schedules to get us out of the house). You’re the sweetest, most amazing little lady. And I’m so glad you’re in our lives. 

This weekend was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Friday: My mom, sister and I celebrated my birthday (albeit a bit late) by going to one of those paint + wine places. While my painting was a mess, I had a good time and Jeff proved he’s fully competent to take care of Ellie, since he had her bathed, fed, and in bed by the time I got home. This was the first time I wasn’t around for bedtime and I breathed a sigh of relief when I came home and all was well - especially since I know once I return to work I’ll be returning to work travel.

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Saturday was a lazy day. I don’t think we took off our pjs until after lunch. Oops. It was a relaxing morning filled with slowly drinking iced coffees, a grocery shopping trip, lots of time spent lounging on the couch (while dad - and sometimes baby - played video games) and not much more.

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Sunday was busy! We strapped on our sneakers bright and early and headed out for a 5k to benefit a local animal shelter. Although she didn’t wear dry fit fabric, Ellie was dressed appropriately, wearing her shirt with a dachshund on it. We stayed for the picnic afterwards, where I breastfed in public (not in my car like usual), laid in the grass, and watched the dogs parade on by.  We took lots of pictures by mums and pumpkins (a fall necessity, right?), soaked in the fall sun, watched football when we got home.

Fall is my absolutely favorite time of year. And fall weekends like these are the best. I’m slowly running out of time left on maternity leave - but I keep reminding myself to appreciate each day and remember - even though I’m headed back to work and back to the office, that weekends like this are amazing (and can still exist once I’m a working mom).

Making up for lost time (and savoring these last weeks of maternity leave), by getting out as much as possible!

Making up for lost time (and savoring these last weeks of maternity leave), by getting out as much as possible!

Hump Day Happies

Since I’m feeling super content over here, I thought I’d share some things making me happy right now:

  • Coffee! for most of my pregnancy, the smell of coffee made me nauseated. But, like all those other prenatal ailments, it has passed. I’m back to loving coffee. Phew. It’s amazing how much better my mood is when I start my day with a cup o’ joe. And with this fabulous pre-fall weather we’re having, both iced or hot are appropriate.
  • My wedding rings fit! I hadn’t worn all three (wedding band + engagement ring + anniversary band) since May, but they’re finally back to fitting comfortably and no longer make me feel paranoid that they’ll be forever stuck on my fat fingers.
  • Ellie’s sleeping! Sure, this may pass or regress or whatever, but for the last two weeks, we’ve been getting 8 or so hour stretches from the little one. Hallelujah! I am a much nicer person when I get sleep.
  • Mom jeans! Instead of stressing about how my pre-baby pants don’t fit, I bought a paid of high rise jeans from gap and they’re surprisingly flattering. I’m pretty sure they’re mom jeans, but they’re awesome in spite of (or maybe because of) that.
  • Leaving the house! For the most part, since having Ellie, I’ve chosen to leave her with Jeff or family members when I needed to run errands. It’s just a pain to get her in the car, lug the car seat around, and balance carrying that with whatever I’m trying to buy. But this week, we did our first Target run together. I carried her in my wrap, leaving me hands free. She looked around for awhile and then after ten minutes or so, ducked her head inside the wrap and took a nap. I was able to get all my Target errands done with no issues! And today, I put my wrap on in the parking garage and she and I strolled and shopped for over an hour. I’m getting more confident with breastfeeding in public (or in my [parked] car) and it’s a pretty awesome feeling knowing I can leave the house and feed baby whenever/wherever. 

Life is so good ‘round these parts. Just in time for me to go back to work, right? Whatever. I’m going to sit back and enjoy these days as much as possible.

Yoga Video Masterpost

yogabyhannah:

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for snooze-filled nights:

for sunny mornings:

Reblogging for future reference. This is great!

(Source: hmnelsyoga)

I’m totally stuck between seasons right now - Essie Turquoise and Caicos nails and an iced coffee (sweetened with half a pump of pumpkin spice syrup!)

I’m totally stuck between seasons right now - Essie Turquoise and Caicos nails and an iced coffee (sweetened with half a pump of pumpkin spice syrup!)

Thank goodness for magical sleepy dust.

Thank goodness for magical sleepy dust.

Jeff used construction paper to wrap my birthday presents this year. In addition to the cake and hearts he adorned the paper with - here are some other doodles that remind him of me: bamboobies (hanging on that octopus drying rack from ikea), our swaddled baby, and breast pumps. I laughed so hard (at the items and his awful drawing skills) that I didn’t even have a chance to be offended. Hah!

Jeff used construction paper to wrap my birthday presents this year. In addition to the cake and hearts he adorned the paper with - here are some other doodles that remind him of me: bamboobies (hanging on that octopus drying rack from ikea), our swaddled baby, and breast pumps. I laughed so hard (at the items and his awful drawing skills) that I didn’t even have a chance to be offended. Hah!

Who? Me?

Who? Me?

Baby girl wore tights, a dress, and a headband out to breakfast this morning. I wore stained sweatpants. Motherhood, right?

Baby girl wore tights, a dress, and a headband out to breakfast this morning. I wore stained sweatpants. Motherhood, right?

Even though I’m currently on (unpaid) maternity leave, this time of year always has me wanting to spend all the monies. My wedding anniversary, birthday, and back to school all occur in the same week, so I’m using it as an excuse to buy:

  • new Frye booties
  • a Tory Burch cover for my fitbit (pre-order only, boo!)
  • a high-end woven wrap (do you guys know about this underground society of babywearing? There are wraps that cost over $1,000! While that’s too rich for my tastes, I’ve become obsessed with stalking these forums and FB pages hoping to score certain colors/patterns/sizes and I’m pretty sure Ellie doesn’t even like to be worn. She either goes to sleep immediately or starts to get fussy after 15 minutes.)
  • these leopard sneakers from Target. (Granted, I probably do not need another pair of leopard shoes - I already have heels and flats, but for $25, they somehow found their way into my cart.)
  • Too much stuff at Sephora (mineral veil, surf spray, eyeliner - but they’re all necessities, especially when I go back to work in a few weeks, right?)

I’m honestly thinking about trying a cash-only system to curb my spending - but with cardholder perks (5% off at Target, ebates, etc), it’s like i’m getting paid to spend money.

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