Sunday Links: October, 5, 2014

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You guys wrote all the amazing things this week.

No, I’m Not Pregnant; I’m Just Gaining Weight from the Pills: Originally posted on her blog and then featured on BlogHer, this post by Carrie is a must read about mental health, the way we speak to women about their bodies, and all things in between.

Sometimes I Get Angry: Uh, I sure hope my therapist doesn’t read this post, because she’ll take Glennon’s words and be all, “DID YOU READ THAT? DID YOU INTERNALIZE IT?” I’m bad at anger; I’ve internalized the message that women aren’t supposed to be angry. Maybe I should internalise this instead: “Maybe anger is like compassion, in that it can point us directly toward the place in the world we were born to help heal.” Maybe.

Mommy, Is It True Introverts Are Rude and Mean?: I loved this, especially as I’ve been told more than once that people assumed I was rude or snobby upon first meeting me. Nope, that was just me wanting to crawl under a rock rather than introduce myself. Of course, I’ll be super rude if you’re a jagoff, so just a heads up.

When It’s Divine to Mourn: Fall isn’t my mourning time, but I felt this piece deep in my bones. Yep. Maybe it’s fall for you, or winter like me, or spring or summer. Whenever it is, you are not alone, and it’s okay to be where you are when you need to be there.

Outrunning Fire: This broke my heart in a thousand pieces. We’re all carrying something with us, trying to outrun something, aren’t we?

Dodging Skittles and Other Fears: Wow. I haven’t read anything written as well as this in quite some time. I related to so much, too much. All the feelings.

Feminists Wear Pink: Yep. All of this. Times twelve.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go: My cousin Hannah is heading out on a travel section of her semester abroad; I’m so excited for her!

It’s Like They Know Us: OH MY LOLZ. After reading some of the heavier stuff above, click on this and laugh all the laughs. I subscribed.

Did you read or write something amazing this week? I’d love to read it!


Daily Boutique Deals

Friday Five: Fall Things I Adore

There’s something about fall, dontcha think? I’ve been pinning and liking things on the Internet, eyeing pretty things as I busy myself making lists for the boys’ birthday presents and all the holiday gifts we’ll need to buy just around the corner. I’m scaling back in buying things for myself, but that doesn’t mean I can’t virtually window shop… and share the shiny things with you.

Quite and Impression Dress in Hearts, $64.99

Quite an Impression Dress in Hearts at ModCloth

The sneaky hearts make me smile. I normally avoid hearts, but they’re so darn sneaky! I love the colors and the fall feel, the collar and the sleeves. I’d pair this with a cardigan and tights or leggings. I’d wear it on Tuesdays just because.

Your Fireside of the Story Cardigan in Emerald, $44.99.

Your Fireside of the Story Cardigan in Emerald

Like I wouldn’t have something green on my list. So silly. I actually got rid of my chunky purple cardigan as it was old and pilly, so I need a new chunky cardigan. Green works. Obviously.

Comfort in the Courtyard Boot, $44.99

Comfort in the Courtyard Boot

I love suede(ish), flat boots. I don’t have navy boots, and I feel that needs to change. I’ve added a lot of blues and browns to my wardrobe in the past year, so I need some boots to kick around in while wearing those colors. Obviously.

October Anne of Green Gables Typography Print, $15.00

I'm So Glad I Live in a World Where There Are Octobers

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Yup, L. M. Montgomery, me too. This makes me want to pull out my Anne of Green Gables series, cuddle up on the couch with the next object, and listen to the song “October” by Collapsis while drinking red wine and watching the leaves fall. Yup.

Chevron blanket in fall colors, $106.00

Fall Colored Afghan

I sent this to my Karen stating that I needed it. She pointed out that I can likely find it at a thrift store/antique store for a better price, especially in those colors. While that’s true, Winkle van Cinkel on Etsy has omg so many gorgeous afghans. If I wasn’t focusing on fall colors and feel right now, I’d be posting this Chevron multi-color afghan. OMG. Stunning.

What’s catching your eye right now?


Capri Sun: Happy Boys, Happy Mom

We had an epic summer, but now fall is here, and we’re so happy. Even if it’s still hot some days. We spend a lot of time outside. Between the boys sports, summer vacation at the beach, day outings at our local state park and lake, time spent in the yard kicking the soccer ball, trips to the playground and the local pool, we were outside a lot during the summer. And we’re still outside a lot now that fall and soccer have arrived. A lot.

If we’re leaving the proximity of our own yard, either for a sporting event or just to go somewhere fun, I make sure to bring along our cooler bag with a few snacks and drinks. The boys have made it clear that their drink of choice is Capri Sun. I really can’t argue that point. They like them because they taste good. In fact, now that Capri Sun features clear bottom pouches to show that there are no artificial colors or preservatives added, I think Capri Sun pretty much rocks my socks. Well, maybe my flip flops. I don’t wear socks in the summer or fall.

Soccer Capri Sun

Right now, my kids are loving the Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Tropical Punch flavor. We also always have at least one flavor of the Capri Sun 100% Juice in the house. The clear bottom pouches also come in the Capri Sun Juice Drink and Capri Sun Super V Fruit and Vegetable Juice Drink. I love this simple change; I’m a big fan of transparency. And happy kids. And happy moms.

Soccer 2014

Soccer 2014

As my sons are six- and eight-years-old, their sports teams like for parents to still bring a snack after games. It rotates among the parents, and we usually only have to bring a snack once a season. When we do, we bring Capri Sun (so easy to lug around) as the drink. We’ll be doing so this Sunday because it’s our turn to bring the snack. (I’m writing this here so I don’t forget!)

I told the boys that Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters is an official sponsor of Major League Soccer, and they thought that was awesome. They love soccer. (And baseball, but, oh soccer.) But it gets better than just drinking Capri Sun after their soccer games. Oh yes, Capri Sun is bringing it big time for the kids again this year.

Soccer Season

For the second year, Capri Sun is inviting kids to take on Pro Athletes and win! This year, Capri Sun leveraged the excitement of their Major League Soccer sponsorship by gathering together a team of soccer Pros. These guys are some of the best in the league. BUT, when it comes to playing kids in the way kids play… these Pros don’t stand a chance. The Kids vs Pros MLS Soccer Showdown Instant Win Game will send 4 kids, their friends, and families to sunny Orlando, FL, to take on MLS Pros in a live event. At the event, kids will truly stand out by competing in soccer-themed contests where being kid-sized gives them an amusing advantage over the Pros. Plus, there are 1,000s of instant win soccer prizes for daily chances to win. The game started on July 28, 2014. You can find more details on specially marked boxes of Capri Sun. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MANY WILL ENTER, ONLY FOUR WILL WIN A GRAND PRIZE. Open to residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 6-17 years of age. Game starts 7/28/14 and ends 11/30/14.

Soccer Season

One more thing about soccer and Capri Sun: We’ve taken Capri Sun as our drink for post-game snack this from the very beginning of our sons’ sporting days—which kind of makes me mad at myself. You see, in 2008, Capri Sun started a recycling program for their handy pouches. They worked with TerraCycle, and since 2008, over 200 million pouches have been upcycled. I didn’t know! Now we’re going to start upcycling our (many) pouches which will make my young tree huggers very happy.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity in the fall?


Spring Race Announcement: I’m Running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon

If you follow me on Twitter or my personal Facebook page, you already know this, but an official announcement also belongs on the blog: I’m running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

I’ve known this for awhile, but argued with myself about it for quite some time. Didn’t I want to run the full again in Pittsburgh? Didn’t I want to beat my time? And I do. Maybe. Someday. But I also want to run the half in Pittsburgh as it remains my favorite distance. I want to experience the half course, to experience all my favorite city has to offer marathon wise.

Taken by Jenn during the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon
So, I won’t be running up here like I was when Jennifer took my photo, but I’ll be running.

And so, the half it is.

But there’s also an addition to my run this year.

Our ClubhouseI’ll be running to raise money for Our Clubhouse. Why? They provide services for families living with and touched by cancer. For free. All kinds of services. They provide support groups, health and wellness programs, art workshops, social activities and more to those diagnosed with cancer, their families, and those living beyond cancer.

As you know, 2014 has been a rough year for our family. My paternal Grandma died of renal cancer in June. My maternal Grandma is currently in the early stages of leukemia. An aunt is dealing with a recurrence of breast cancer right now. So when I went to pick a charity to run for this year, Our Clubhouse made perfect sense. Our family isn’t just dealing with one kind of cancer, so I didn’t want to raise money for just one kind of cancer. I wanted something that supports both cancer patients, survivors, and their families. I wanted something that felt like it made a difference in the here and now for people. While money for cancer research remains important, services for people who are battling cancer as they make sense of it all… well, that’s equally important in my book. Likewise, those family members who have questions during… and after… need a safe place to go.

And so, that’s why I picked Our Clubhouse.

So far, I’ve raised $125 of my initial goal of $350. I am trying to think of the best way to honor those who donate to my fundraiser. I can’t put them on a shirt to wear on race day as I need to wear minimal clothing on race day. (Remember: I run hot!) I’ve been thanking people on social media, and I’m going to list their names here. But I’m also working on something like a potential shirt for Expo Day on Saturday and other little ways to honor those in my family and life touched by cancer and those who are supporting this fundraising run I’m going to take on! So look for that in the coming weeks as I work to find a creative way to thank everyone.

For now, this will do:

The Jauss Family
Stephanie Ryan
The White Family
Eric Wallace

If you’d like to donate to my fundraiser, please visit my Crowdrise page for Our Clubhouse. (There’s also a widget on the sidebar of my blog.) After I hit my first goal, I’ll be upping the amount incrementally. I’d love to see how much money we can raise for families touched by cancer in Western PA.

Training begins Monday, February 9, 2015 as I’m going with a 12 week training plan this go ’round. I have two races before that, the holiday RunStreak, and then a short break during which I will likely run anyway because, well, that’s what I do. Let’s do this!

PS: Whether you run for a charity or run just to run, you should register for the Pittsburgh Marathon today. Because it’s AWESOME. Because it’s PITTSBURGH.

Game on!