Hello Winter

Hello Winter.

This transitionary time between crisp and bright fall days and winter snow reminds me that change is inevitable. So often we want to fight what is coming because we are fearful of the unknown or are so comfortable where we are that we wonder why we need to move and shift.

Accepting what I cannot control allows me to embrace what life brings me, both good and bad, and illuminates the importance of the cycle of things and the journey. That might all sound a bit over-dramatic to some, I supposed, but seasonal transitions like we are experiencing now really do act as gentle reminders of these things for me. We can see right before our eyes that change can be soft or abrubt, but is beautiful and offers new opportunities, and a way to view the same thing as something new.

There is so much to learn from observing nature.

Last night Mitch slept through the night for the third time. He is growing, changing and developing at a speed I can hardly comprehend. With these changes comes joy for him (and us) but also some sadness as we watch our baby grow. Some moments will forever be a memory, never seen again but in our minds. But there are so many moments to come that I will keep those times tucked away and be here today watching him grow and change because that is the amazing part of life.

Happy Friday!

XO-

BB

 

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Lately + Big News!

Good morning, friends.

If you know me at all, or have been around these neck of the woods, you know I am a planner. My content calendar for le blog is filled through February. (<—no joke) But today, nothing seemed right. I have so much on my mind so I thought we would just talk. And yes, I did a lot of talking yesterday but I mean coffee talk. Lets catch up! (Be sure to pay attention because there are a few hints and a big announcement at the end!!)

>So far I have made it to the gym twice this week plus an at home workout and hopefully another one today. I am SO proud of myself for getting out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to get it done. There is something about setting a goal and reaching it that is so empowering.

>Speaking of the gym, yesterday I saw a woman at the gym workout, shower and put her workout clothes back on. What am I missing?

>I am making a beet soup today. WTF. I don’t know. I love beets but have never had it in soup form. I’ll report back.

>Anyone remember the food challenge I did last year with my brother and sister? I loved that. Time to bring it back!

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>I have one little gift left to buy and I am done with my Christmas shopping. (Amazon for the win!)

>Can I be honest? I don’t like shopping for gifts. I get stressed out and anxious. However, I do like wrapping gifts.

>I mean, this holiday card is everything! My girlfriend wins for cutest card. And of course my favorite holiday treat, my husband’s grandma’s peanut brittle. It is like nothing you have tasted before. Heaven.

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>I am having a love affair with barre workouts. My first trip was a few years back at Pure Barre (still one of my most searched and read posts!) and now I do several online version from Barre3 to Gina’s awesome HIIT/Barre workouts. It is such a great change of pace from my regular routines and really burns!

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Getting it done in the wee hours of the morning!

>Speaking of being active and such, I was asked to come back to coach ice skating. I am equally excited and nervous to leave le babe. He is my buddy – we hang out all day so to leave him could possibly break my heart.

>Confession: I have watched every episode of Parenthood and am eagerly awaiting the return in the new year. Yes, I watched five and a half seasons in two months. That is what a newborn does to you. I was watching Ellen the other day (per usual) and Ashton Kutcher was on (he had a baby with Mila Kunis the day after Mitchell was born). He said he has never watched so much television in his life.

>Do you like how I talk about Ashton and Mila like we are friends? Yea, me too.

>The reason why I wanted to chat today is because my mind is SPINNING with le blog fun business. Somehow this little space I have created has completely exploded. I have been working my hiney off this week to gear up for even more fun that is coming in the new year (hint: I am not hosting a holiday giveaway because I have a two-week long Healthy New Year giveaway planned!!!!). OK, that wasn’t a hint, I just told you. AHHH! I’m so excited to give back to you wonderful, lovely readers who have given me so much this year.

Whew! OK, I will stop there. But I want to tell you all how much I have loved this year. I will be posting a few fun things from now until the new year and then 2015 will be off with a bang! Be sure to follow me on all of my social channels and through the newsletter since there will be different ways to get prizes. You don’t want to miss out!

Your turn! Spill, what’s going on with you?

Random thoughts? Random sightings?

How is the holiday shopping going?

 

XO-

BB

 

Thanks to Amanda for encouraging us to Think Out Loud.

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