Snow Days

As I write this (Tuesday afternoon), we are being inundated with our third nor’easter in two weeks. The first one, at the beginning of March, gave us about 10 inches of snow, but it was the coast that was more impacted. The tides were astronomically high at that time of year, and the waterfront areas of the city were flooded. I believe that some of the coast lines were changed, indefinitely. A few people I know were affected by that storm and I hope that they are making out OK.

The second storm brought us about 14″. Last week, I had to leave work early on Wednesday and come in later on Thursday. Thankfully we didn’t lose power, but our cable/internet was out for the majority of Thursday morning.



Today, we’re expected to see between 12 to 18 inches. It started about 5AM and will be stopping around 8PM.


We got outside before it really started to come down (about 3″ every hour!) but clearly someone wasn’t having as much fun.


We even tried to make it fun by making a little sled for her.


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We didn’t last long, but luckily she was all smiles when we got inside, so hopefully we haven’t scarred her for life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Is it spring yet?? Or more importantly: is it my birthday yet? ๐Ÿ˜›

Have you been caught up in these crazy storms?


My Skin Care Routine

This post is not sponsored by The Body Shop. I just love the products so much and wanted to share them.ย 

As I was thinking about sharing this information, it dawned on me that I posted this almost 7 years ago on my Jogging Concierge blog! I guess it shows that the products have really been working and I haven’t deterred from them since. Below is the text from that post:

Yesterday I was talking to my colleague about the store The Body Shop and I was raving about their Aloe face line. (The Body Shop did not contact me to give a product review; I just love these products so much I had to share it!) I have probably the most sensitive skin ever and I used to have the worst acne. It was dry in the winter and oily in the summer. I was on doctor-prescribed pills and face creams and it was never able to clear up my redness or breakouts. I even went on ProActiv but they instruct people to use it twice a dayย and it was way too abrasive for my face. I felt like it was burning my skin off (seriously). I tried Acne Free from the drugstore, Neutrogena, St. Ives, Clean & Clear; none of it seemed to work. It always irritated my face.

So then I was on the hunt for something that was made for sensitive skin. I donโ€™t know what prompted me, but I ended up at The Body Shop. I saw they had a line of Aloe Products that included a cleansing foam, toner, exfoliater, and day cream. I scooped everything I could and even signed up for their membership card so I could continue to accumulate points and receive free products.

The products made a difference immediately. My red spots disappeared and I only get random pimples here or there but never to the extent that I used to. I can confidently walk around without makeup which was very rare for me. So if you have sensitive skin I would definitely recommend The Body Shop!!

Below are the products that I use daily.



In the morning, I use the Calming Foaming Wash while in the shower. When I’m getting my face ready (before I apply make-up), I use a cotton pad to wipe the Calming Toner on my face. Then I finish off with the Soothing Day Cream. At night, I wash off the make-up and apply the Soothing Night Cream. It’s a little bit thicker than the day cream, and it makes my skin feel soft and nourished.

And this is my face today! Very little redness and virtually no pimples. I don’t know if genes play in to things but I think these items have certainly helped in making sure my skin stays healthy and taken care of. ๐Ÿ™‚ย Don’t mind the chipped front tooth; I have to figure out if I can afford to get that fixed!


And right now The Body Shop online is offering 40% off hundreds of items, and these items are included! The discount is online only and still going on as of the writing of this post (Sunday, February 25th). Time for me to stock up!!ย 

What’s your skin care routine?


Life Update

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week, whether you were off for the vacation week or working away (I myself was working, although we had Monday off for the holiday). I thought it would be fun to drop on in here and let you know how life was going for this “Bliss”-ful family. ๐Ÿ™‚


What can I say about this little bundle of joy that continues to brighten our day? She is turning 10 months tomorrow and has been growing by leaps and bounds.

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Health: She is in the 80th percentile for height (!) and weighs just around 20 pounds. She’s long and lean, and the doctor said that she’s very healthy. Aside from her ear infection in October, we’ve been very lucky that she hasn’t had any major health problems. With the flu kicking around, we certainly wanted to make sure she wasn’t compromised. We took her out in public, but made sure that strangers didn’t touch her (you wouldn’t believe how many people just try and touch her cheeks without asking!) and that we had plenty of disinfectant, if needed. So far, so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Growth: Her latest development is that she’s been pulling herself up on everything and standing for long periods of time. She’s still unsure about taking steps and hasn’t quite mastered being able to fall on her butt, but she’s making great progress! And I love the determination in her voice when she’s trying to climb up our legs or on the couch. She’s so stinkin’ cute!

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Food: Regarding eating, she’s still drinking formula for her nutrition, and we’ve begun to introduce new foods to her. So far she’s tried green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, pears, peaches, apples, bananas, strawberries, sweet peas, chicken, ground beef, pinto beans, kidney beans, peanut butter, Cheerios. She’s been pretty indifferent to everything, though, as she is still getting used to the taste and texture. She doesn’t really seem to love or hate anything.

Sleep:ย We have been so extremely lucky that she is still sleeping through the night. She go down around 8PM and gets up anywhere from 5:30AM to 7AM (depending on if it’s during the week or on the weekend). She really just gets up when we start making noise in the kitchen. I love seeing her smiling face over the side of the crib, ’cause you know, she can stand in it now! ๐Ÿ™‚


My job is going wonderfully! I’ve been here for three months now and I love coming in every day. It’s still weird working for a hotel, and having no guests, though. Right now things are still pretty steady but they will start to ramp up as we continue to hire people.


He’s been working away at his YouTube channel and website, and he’s been doing really well with it! If you’re interested in learning how to make energy efficient upgrades to your home, make sure to check out DavidPoz! And it’s been a blessing that he’s been able to stay at home to watch Eleanor. He shows me pictures and videos from throughout the day, to see what they’ve been up to. I can tell that they are going to have a great relationship. ๐Ÿ™‚

Random Bits

-For the month of January, we had an exorbitant grocery bill (we went to Costco a few times to stock up on formula), so we were determined to get that reduced moving forward. We’ve found a system of getting shelf items from Aldi (at the beginning of the month) and fresh items from Market Basket (once a week), and since doing that we’ve cut the bill in half! Hopefully we can keep the momentum going.

-The weather has been all over the place out here in New England! This past Wednesday was nearly 80ยฐ, and then yesterday we were in the 30s, with snow. But the sunrise and snow this morning was breathtaking!

-I am so excited this year, because David and I have two weddings we’re attending (his cousin in April, in Texas; my cousin in October, in Maine), a baby shower (my other cousin), and a bridal shower (for the wedding in October). There’s going to be a lot of celebrating in 2018!

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And I think that’s it from here! Like I’ve mentioned on my last post, and in Instagram, I’m really getting the hang of my camera and I love seeing the pictures that I can create! I expect a lot more updates here, with maybe a few recipes thrown in. ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s been going on in your life??


Snow Day

Yesterday David had a fun afternoon, introducing Eleanor to the wonders of snow! And it looks as though she enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s moments like these that make me jealous of him getting to stay home with her. But at the same time, I absolutely love my job. (Hopefully I’ll get around to updating you all on what we’ve been up to. Nothing overly exciting, but still enough to want to share.)

How are you holding up this winter?ย When faced with frigid nights and relentless traffic, I’ll just look at this smiling baby, enjoying her first time playing in the snow. That should make everything better. ๐Ÿ™‚


Friday Fun

Since it’s obvious I don’t get on here as much as I would like, I figured I would do a roundup of what’s been going on in my life. That way there aren’t weeks in between each update. ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Months Old

Our little nugget is 6 months old! She had her vaccines and her ear infection has gone away (we all were sick for about 2 weeks – not fun!). She’s 16 lbs 8 oz and 27″ long. She’s going to be a tall one!

I absolutely love her personality! She loves the camera and was acting like such a ham. Love her to pieces!

The Ramblefest Half Marathon

Back on October 8th, David and I ran the Ramblefest half marathon. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing for me to do, since I was full-blown sick for the entire week afterwards (eventually getting acute bronchitis), but we did it, it’s done, and we’re all better now.

It was hard; I ran slow, and the weather was overcast and super muggy. I ran it in 3:03 and I came in 3rd to last. But hey, I had a baby over 5 months prior to that, so just the fact that I finished, I can be proud of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Half Marathon

9 Year Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday David and I celebrated being married for 9 years. I can’t believe how the time has passed. We’ve been through several moves, a deployment, building a house, and welcoming a baby. I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years together! โค

9 Years

We were such babies!

New Job

As of this morning, I have accepted a new job! I’ll be working for the Wynn Boston Harbor. It doesn’t officially open until 2019 but there’s a lot to be done beforehand! I’m so excited to be part of an opening team.


So that’s all the updates from here! I’m going to a family gathering this weekend and I’m making apple pie cupcakes. I’ll make sure to post the recipe!

Have a great weekend! What are your plans?


Smiles to Start Your Week

Happy Monday!ย 

Someone is excited for the start of the work week. And how can you not be happy, looking at this smiling face?

How about a few more?

Our happy little 5 month old!ย I’ll post an update after her 6 month doctor’s appointment.ย 

Something else to smile about: a relatively nice week ahead.

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And the forecast shows partly sunny and 70* for the half marathon on October 8th.ย I know that’s still 2 weeks away but I’m crossing my fingers!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Anything interesting planned? Just a busy week at work for me. ๐Ÿ™‚


My First Postpartum Half Marathon

I thought it was a crazy move, when David asked me to sign us up for a fall half marathon (it’s for motivation, he said!). I didn’t know how my body was going to recover from giving birth, or how my schedule with both work and nursing were going to pan out.

But here we are, over half way through the training plan, and it’s actually been going really well! I haven’t been running very many midweek runs, but I’ve stuck to doing my long runs; to me, that’s the most important part of the training: getting in the long runs. Monday was 7 miles, and I had the stroller with me the whole time. And dare I say, it was a lot of fun! The weather was great, and I did a combination of running and walking. I know that this won’t be my fastest half, but I’m very much looking forward to running this with David next month.

So, which one are we doing?


It’s a point to point half that starts in Lanesborough, follows theย Ashuwillticook Trail, and ends in Adams in western Massachusetts. I’m hoping that the weather is nice, since it’ll be during peak foliage season!

This will be 5th half marathon since I started running races in 2007. I wish I had the links back to my old blog for the recaps, but here are pictures from those races.

2007 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:28:37

Maine Half 2007

2008 – Maine Half Marathon – 2:16:39

{I guess I didn’t take a picture at this race! We were originally signed up for the full marathon but wedding planning got in the way so we bumped down to the half. As you can see, we very much enjoy this race! ๐Ÿ™‚ }

2011 – Run to Remember Half Marathon – 2:16:35

Run to Remember

2012 – Half at the Hamptons – 2:09:11

Half at the Hamptons

And I just realized that this next half will be almost 10 years to the day since my first one in 2007 (that took place on October 7th)! And since then I’ve ran 81 races! It’s been a combination of 5Ks, 10Ks, 5-milers, half marathons, and even a full marathon. It might not seem like such a big number, but for someone who absolutely detested running, I’m really proud of that. And I find myself not just running because I think it’s the best way to get in shape (I know it isn’t), but because it’s a fun way to get outside, get some fresh air, and just enjoy the company of other runners. You really can’t compare the atmosphere of running a race.

So, the countdown is on to Ramblefest 2017: 1 Month and 2 Days!

What do you love about running? Do you enjoy the atmosphere of races or prefer running alone?


Four Months

I can’t believe our little Eleanor is 4 months old already. And she is an absolute doll. Her dad and I love her so much, and we can’t get enough of her cute little face and emerging personality.


She just had her 4 month check up, so here’s the latest:

Height: 25″
Weight: 14 lbs 8 oz

She’s in the 74th percentile for her weight; 54th percentile for her height. Both my grandfather and David’s grandfather were around the 6 foot mark, so maybe she’s inheriting those genes? David and I are average height (5’4″ me; 5’9″ him).

Anywho, her eyes, ears, lungs, and heart all look and sound good. She had another round of vaccine’s, and David said she did fine with them (with the obvious crying of course).

Eating: She’s on a combination of breast milk and formula. My supply is kind of dwindling so she does get more formula than the breast. She’s eating like a champ though and eats about 20-25 oz per day.


Sleeping (Napping): She is getting SO much better at napping! She wakes up around 5 each morning, then goes down for a morning nap around 11 and again around 3 or 4. She’s usually out for about an hour to an hour and a half. Last weekend, she slept 2 and a half hours at her grandparents house!

Sleeping (Nighttime): We are crossing our fingers and thanking our lucky stars that she’s been sleeping through the night. She’ll go to bed around 7:30 and wake up at 5. She seems to like that amount of sleep, too, because yesterday she went to bed at 6:30 and woke up at 4. And she always wakes up happy. I love seeing her smiles from the crib. ๐Ÿ™‚

Likes: Going out in the stroller, being carried while we walk around the house, eating, standing up on our laps, bath time

Dislikes: Not being held for long periods of time, being confined to the carrier for too long (she loves being held at the same intensity that she loves being free; I guess it’s all a matter of the length of time :-))

Port Wine Stain: She has responded so well to the laser treatments for the birth mark. She has had 4 so far and it’s already lightening up. She has one more today and then we’ll reevaluate to see if we want to continue the treatments.


Mobility: She isย so close to rolling over. She can get on her side but just can’t quite get that arm under her. And she has great head control when she is on her stomach.ย Gotta love the little spit-up just as I was taking the picture.


How I’m Doing: I’m doing pretty well actually! I’m back to work full time (as I’ve mentioned before), but being away from home for 12 hours each day has become a bit tiring. I’m jealous that David gets 5 days with her and I only get 2. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m in the throes of half marathon training, and I love that I’m back out on the road. I’ve had no issues or felt any pain while running, and I’m confident that I’ll have a good race in October; slow, but good.

So that’s the latest on our little girl! I just love watching her discover new things each and every day (especially her hands and feet)! We absolutely adore her. ๐Ÿ™‚

Any readers out there have kids around this age? Any advice on what we can expect next?ย I’m still waiting on that 4 month sleep regression.


A Musical and Some Family Time

Since going back to work in July, the arrangement that my husband and I have with our daughter is that he will stay with her during the week, and I’ll have her on the weekends while he’s working. For the most part, our weekends have consisted of grocery shopping (if you follow me on Instagram, I post the weekly haul in Insta-stories, along with our menu for the week), going for long walks and runs (David and I are training for the Ramblefest Half Marathon in October!), or visiting with the grandparents.

This past weekend was a fun one; it consisted of a musical, a long run, and time with both my parents and David’s parents (No groceries this week since we already have so much in the fridge ๐Ÿ™‚).


On Saturday, my mom and I went to the North Shore Music Theater to seeย Young Frankenstein: The Musical. I absolutely love the classic Mel Brooks/Gene Wilder movie, so I was intrigued to see how they would make it into a musical.

The verdict? It was pretty hilarious. The gentlemen who played Frederick and Igor were quite spot on, and I enjoyed Inga and Elizabeth. Of course, no one can compete with Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, and Madeline Kahn, but they all did an awesome job. Ah, who am I kidding, the woman who played Frau Blucher (*horse neighs*) was hilarious too! Not as much as Cloris Leachman, but overall, I very much enjoyed it.

Before the show, my mom and I enjoyed some chicken quesadilla’s and a beverage in their Garden Cafe.

During the afternoon, since David was at work, his parents watched her and they had a blast! And I love the fact that they take pictures of their afternoon; I love seeing her little smiling face.

I think my daughter looks like Curly from the Three Stooges. Ha!

After the show, I had dinner at their house, and then it was back home for her bedtime.


Sunday was my long run day! The plan had 6 miles, and we ended up doing 6.5 with run/walk intervals. I have to say, it’s a lot of fun running with the stroller. I feel like it actually pulls me along on the road. And for the most part, Eleanor enjoys the runs too.

In the afternoon, we met up with my parents to have lunch and check out their new house under construction. That night, when we got back home, I watched Young Frankenstein (of course!) and gave Eleanor a bath.

Overall, a very enjoyable and activity-packed weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

How was your weekend? Doing anything fun as a wind-down to summer?



I Love Maine

Weekend #1 | Bangor






My aunt held a late birthday celebration for my Grandpapa this past July (his birthday is in April) at her house and it was, quite possibly, the most perfect day. The weather was amazing, and there were so many wonderful members of the family to celebrate with. (My Grandpapa is an only child but he has an abundance of cousins. My great grandmother – I believe – was one of 12.)ย The food was delicious (the potato salad up there was garnished with curry) and the beverages were refreshing. And the first picture makes me smile every time I look at it. Now that’s a look of love for his great granddaughter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekend #2 | Rangeley





This past weekend was the wedding of my sister in law, Grace. The wedding took place at the Farmhouse Inn, and I have to say that it rivaled the weekend before it in how perfect everything was. The venue was gorgeous, with the lake views and the open field, and the weather was a beautiful 70 degrees with a partly cloudy sky. I actually broke out my fancy camera (with some iPhone photos thrown in there), and it’s encouraged me to get out there more and test what my Canon Rebel can do. ๐Ÿ™‚

While most of the family stayed at the Farmhouse, David and I stayed at the Rangeley Inn down the street. The location was perfect, staff were friendly and accommodating, the rooms were spacious and clean, and they offered a free continental breakfast. I would definitely stay here again if we ever traveled up this way.

Have you ever traveled to Maine? If so, what’s your favorite area?ย I am partial to Bangor but I also love visiting Bar Harbor in the fall.