Raves & Faves: JUNE

Ohmergerd, June was so long ago. Sorry.

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of June loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1. I spent my birthday money from MamaP at, you guessed it, Target. I picked up two new lippies since my stash had dwindled down to nothing after the no-buy promise I made last summerThey are Maybelline Color Whispers in Pin up Peach (my fav) and Lust for Blush. They give a sheer wash of color, are comfortable on the lips and I think the packaging is so pretty. A warning, you have to reapply these often. But for me, that’s fun.



Do I need to even explain?

3. Our weekends. I cherished those precious two days together each week – even though Amelie had a knack for getting us up for a walk before Dawn was barely awake herself.

4. Each day got easier with Amelie and each day I got a little braver. I met up with a group of new nervous Mommies for a potluck and we all were so proud of ourselves that we were able to venture out of the house! Maybe we’re remotely competent at this Mommy stuff after all?(Of course Amelie cried a little at the end…)

5. Hubs started watching Amelie in the evenings twice a week so I could join my cross country kids for summer running. It felt so good to feel like me again. I needed the break and the fresh air. Plus, exercise? I had forgotten what that was.

6. We’ve been doing the absolute bare minimum in our yard. I just can’t deal with the outside of the house knowing all that needs to be done on the inside. We didn’t plant flowers or a garden but this surprise Columbine crawled up our deck in June: It made my heart happy.

7. Can you believe my little snookum used to look like this?

I’m hoping to post July Raves & Faves before August ends. The probability of that happening is unlikely at best.

I can barely remember yesterday, much less what happened in June of 2010, 2011, and 2012. You can click through if you want and I know, I’ve been listing stuff for way too long.

Raves & Faves: MAY

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of May loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1. Amelie is growing out of her newborn clothes. She wasn’t amused but aren’t those pants hilarious?

I’m trying not to take her growth for granted. Breastfeeding is not a given, expected thing. It’s work and it’s hard and no matter how much you want to breastfeed, it may not pan out. I’m trying to appreciate my body and Amelie because we are lucky that we can do this.

2. MamaP gave me a few of her Essie castoffs and I’m loving one called Mango Bango:

It’s the perfect red-toned orange. Oh, and it was free, which adds to the allure of it.

3. It’s no secret I love P!nk. The girl can SING. So obviously this duet makes my head spin.

4. Let’s not mince words. On May 15th, Hubs bought a baby swing off of Craigslist. IT WAS A GAME CHANGER.

It was only $75 but I would have cashed in my 401k for it.

5. With my birthday money, I grabbed this eye shadow (in Moondust) from Target. It’s only A BUCK and actually a pretty perfect neutral.

The picture makes it look gold but it’s more of a taupey brown. You can sweep it on with a baby in one arm and it’ll still look decent.

6. Coconut oil. I got me some. I have no idea what to do with it but apparently it has a bazillion uses from cooking to body care. I can’t wait to be a Coconut Princess with Pinterest’s help.

7. May was an exceptionally difficult month for me. Because being a baby is hard and babies cry. And being a mommy is hard and mommies cry too. Thank you to those that helped me through. xoxo.

For reminiscing sake: May 2011 and 2012 Raves and Faves.

Raves & Faves: APRIL

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of April loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1. My iPhone. I’m far from techie but having my iPhone so I could quickly access email, Facebook, my blog and Instagram was so nice – especially during those lonely nights when Amelie and I were trying to figure out breastfeeding in the hospital and these first few weeks at home. I’ve grown quite adept at texting, emailing and Facebooking with one hand in the dark. I’m adding that to my long list of talents!

2. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure and mine is Bruno Mars. Normally I’d scoff at cheesy lyrics, but his voice always manages to reel me in…like this one. *sigh*

3. Our friends and neighbors who brought us FOOD after we got home from the hospital. Our neighborhood set up a schedule to drop off dishes. Why, oh why, didn’t I do this for my friends that had babies!?! It’s a damn luxury, I tell ya.

4. EYE CREAM. This is the one I’m using currently:

Life with a newborn, do I need to say more?

5. My 34th birthday (whoa, how did I get so old?)! My big bash took us to Target, where I picked out some clothes while Hubs and Amelie shopped for groceries. Then, we fed in the family fitting room and went home for a nap. The perfect day!

6. The granola from Whole Foods. It’s CHEWY. I go nuts for it (so punny!). Has anyone tried it?!?

7. Of course the arrival of Miss Amelie Quinn, my super sweet snuggle butt, was the best thing that happened this month and like, ever.

April showered me with blessings. It was my favorite month of all.

April 2011 and 2012 Raves & Faves for your viewing pleasure.


Raves & Faves: MARCH

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of March loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1. I spent a lot of time cooing at (and organizing by size) all of our sweet baby girl clothes. My little baby is a lucky lady!

2. We received the Bentley of strollers (and car seat) from my track sweeties.

I’m still in shock (!!!).

3. I can hardly focus when this song comes on the radio. LUUUURVE.


Update: here it is live at the Grammys instead of the boring video above. #mindblown

4. I met up with my old running buddy for a coffee date on a snowy Sunday seeing how we don’t get to spend our morning sunrises together anymore.

My drink was almost too cute to sip on and the company was divine. I miss her.

5. Hitting up the Old Navy/Gap sale, where I scored a handful of cutsie workout clothes. Pray that they fit post baby, it’s hard to tell right at this moment…

6. JELLYBEANS. I could not stop myself. Why are they only a once a year thing? It’s just not fair.

7. Hubs and I had the most wonderful Easter Sunday. The weather was gorgeous, we went on an easy hike, we made delicious food (that generated loads of leftovers), I snuck in a nap and we watched the season premiere of Game of Thrones.

It was the perfect day.

How is it already April!?! *panics* Hopefully they’ll be two birthdays to celebrate within our little family this month?

Want to check out 2011 March Raves & Faves? How about 2012 March Raves & Faves? Yeah, I didn’t bother with the click through either.

Raves & Faves: FEBRUARY

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of February loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1. I’m still staying mostly true to my “using stuff up pact” mentioned in this post. I just recently finished off one of my body sprays and was delighted to start a new scent that was already in my stash, which I’ve loved for a loooong time. It’s vintage Bath and Body Works at it’s finest: Meet Pearberry. Sweet, light, perfect.

Any old school Bath and Body Works scents that still do it for you?

2. When we headed back to Minnesota, my SIL taught me how to use the Moby Wrap. I desperately want to “baby wear” so I’m very thankful she figured it out first with her little one and was willing to share the baby wearing love with me.

3. This past month was all sorts of ‘madness'; it was busy, short and hectic. Thankfully, this slow grooving song helped put the brakes on my cluttered mind and let me escape into the music for a while:

4. Our car battery died in Lowes parking lot.

Normally this is not an experience to rave about. BUT. One of the kids working at Lowes kindly jumped our car, reminding us that the world is indeed full of good folks. We were so thankful for his help. Car trouble is never “convenient” but we were counting our lucky stars that it happened on a Sunday afternoon instead of a day where I needed to get to work/coaching or a few days later when a snowstorm hit…or even worse, at the Denver airport. That would have totally sucked!

5. Hub’s homemade FISH TACOS. *drools*

I’ll be sharing the recipe sometime before I have a baby (I hope). You need to know about these, they are fanfrickintastic.

6. It was Hub’s birthday month! I got him beer and socks – it was nothing fancy but it was what he wanted.

But what was fancy was the homemade ice cream cake he was spoiled with while back in Minnesota!

7. And finally, my baby shower was a sweet day; full of blessings, laughter, loving advice and gifts. Baby Girl even decided to show off a little for the family. Awww.

March is HERE and the count down to meeting Baby Girl is ticking away fast!

Here are my Raves & Faves 2012 and Raves & Faves 2011 for your viewing pleasure. Raise your hand if you’ve been reading my crap for this long?

Raves & Faves: SEPTEMBER

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of September loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1.  Spending time in the mountains with my guy.

2.  Even though the cooler weather hadn’t snuck in yet this month, we still were craving chili.  We made a new recipe with some special ingredients like coffee, beer and cocoa…I’ll be sharing it with you soon!

3.  We skipped out to sunny California for a gorgeous outdoor wedding

and were so thankful to this little family for hosting us:

4.  This song (be patient of the long intro):

Does the beat remind anyone just a teeny bit of Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkle?

5.  We’re still going to Sunday yoga when we are in town and are so.close. to getting our free goods!  I get a free tank and Hubs gets to pick out a pair of shorts; a pretty good deal for going to a bunch of free yoga classes!

6.  I sweet talked Hubs into picking me up this cappuccino when he was out grocery shopping because I LOVE THIS STUFF.

Unfortunately, I downed it all in less than a week and decided to let Hubs memory fade before I sneak it onto the grocery list again.

7.  We had our only home xc meet and dang, it’s a beautiful course.

The warm sun of September is starting to set and my favorite season is finally upon us!

Check out 2010 and 2011 September Raves and Faves if your heart so desires.


Raves & Faves: AUGUST

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of August loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1.  The cross country season (and school for that matter) has started.  It’s MAYHEM.  We’ve got 135 kids on the team!  It was “Spirit Day” for the time trials (where the kids race on our home course to see who will run varsity for the first meet).  Aren’t my senior kids adorable?

2.  The perfect summer night: Biking to get Mexican food and ice cream.

3.  We celebrated the 2012 Olympics by dressing up as soccer/croquet players and overeating at a friend’s party:

5.  The dog days of summer are over (well, not really for Colorado), which has got me humming this tune nonstop.  God, I love this song.

6.  My new running shoes…oooh, pretty.

Let me just dispel the myth that running is a cheap sport.  It’s NOT.  These pretty babies cost me over a hundred bones and they will only last through the rest of 2012!  Owie, my wallet hurts.

7.  Colorado peaches!!!  FINALLY I understand what everyone has been raving about!

The summer days of August melted like my beloved Dairy Queens and the winds of fall are sneaking in.  What did you love about August?

Take a look back to my 2010 and 2011 August Raves and Faves if you have time to waste.

Raves & Faves: MAY

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of May loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*  I know we are half way through June, but still.

1. Revlon’s Posh nail polish!  It’s a spring-y green but unexpected.  Me likey.

I got mine at the local Rite-Aid when they were doing a 40% Revlon sale.  Wish I would have had more room in the budget because they have a ton of fun funky colors to choose from!

2.  God, I love this song by Gotye.  Please tell me you do too.?

3.  This version, by Walk Off the Earth, will make you love it even more.

4.  Totally switching gears here, but Hubs and I have been loving this salsa.  We bought it first because it was cheap, but now I can’t stand the thought of enjoying anything else.  You can find it any most grocery stores, even Walmart.

5.  Our garden.  It’s adorable and still alive!  Yay spring!

6.  NAPS.  Who doesn’t love naps?!?

7. When we ran the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day!  Whoa, it was crazytown.

We raced right out of May and into summatime.  I’m totally stoked.  Am I too old to say that?

Check out how my last May went down here.

Raves and Faves: NOVEMBER

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of November loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1. You remember when I met up with an old friend?  Well, she kindly invited Hubs and I to spend Thanksgiving with her family since we were not planning on travelling back to MN.  How’s that for a totally clutch meet up?!?  We sure had ourselves a good time:

2.  Went to the fancy Dushanbe Tea House with friends.  I got myself a bloom tea and completely checked out of the table’s conversation until that thing sprouted.  Seriously, SO COOL.

3. Hubs and I hit up a CU Buffs volleyball game.  Three things happened: They WON (like whoa cuz they never win), we celebrated with ice cream and I declared it should be illegal to look that adorable in those itty bitty spandies.

4.  I’m loooving this blush MamaP bought for me when she came out to visit.  You might want to love it too so we have something in common.

5.  Celestial Seasonings (a Boulder company) Apple Cinnamon tea.

(No worries friends, even I almost fell asleep after writing such a boring Rave and Fave but the tea is good, trust me.)

6.  We had the pleasure of hosting a few November visitors.  Read about our (mis)adventures here and here.

7.  The day after Thanksgiving, I avoided the mall madness (but thought about shopping obsessively) and instead, we dragged out the Christmas bins and put up the tree.

November got recycled with all of the Black Friday ads and I’m outrageously excited to have this song stuck in my head all December long.

Don’t click here if you are uninterested in what I was raving about last year.

Raves and Faves: JUNE

Here is my Top 7 (yes, 7) list of June loves. In other words, another chance to List thing-ys. *claps*

1.  Ran a 10 mile trail run with a friend.  It was a tough course and I rolled my ankle right in the middle of the race (you guys, you would be *so annoyed* if you knew how many times this has happened to me on a run) but Becky told me to Cowboy up and keep going.  So, we did.  We finished and Trader Joes was at the end to greet us with frozen oranges (heavenly) and those stellar granola bars!  My blogger brain was absent that morning and so we had to make due with my cell phone camera.  Even though it may seem like Becky is petting my rack, we are just really close friends is all.

2.  This is what happens when you round up my female family members for a bridal shower and serve them mimosas at 10am.

Can you only imagine how fun this wedding will be?!?

4.  This throwback tune.  It brings me back to my first year in Rochester, fresh out of college with a used Honda and $11 to my name.  Peanut butter aside, you better believe I jammed out to this song by Something Corporate.

5.  I chopped off three scraggly inches of my hair and highlighted the hell out of it.  Hooray!

6.  Celebrating my 2 year anniversary!  We managed to do the lamest thing ever – lunch at Hu Hot and then had to head back to work.  It went from awesome to terribly depressing in one afternoon!

7.  Saying our good byes to friends and family.  Byes are never good (why do they claim to be?) but sometimes Change shakes life up and they have to happen.

*updated with a photo because it was too sweet not to show off.

After they were all said and done, I left Minnesota with my heart heavy but full, if that makes sense?

June bugged out to make way for some July skies.  Summertime…and the living is easy, no?