Today: The pre-baby to-do list.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BellaGravida. I received a complimentary subscription and promotional item to thank me for my participation.

That post title has two too many hyphens.  And I am too pregnant lazy to come up with something better.  My apologies.  As I shared earlier, I’ve been feeling a bit scattered lately.  Some days it feels like I will be pregnant for another 8 months.  Some days it feels like our baby boy will be here tomorrow.  And, this being the second time around, there are things that I feel like we have a good handle on.  But I worry about having a false sense of security… like there are things I am completely forgetting about.

Kick up your heels and make a list!

While it’s not exactly go time, there are a few things I probably should get done, not only so our little guy comes home to a stash of tiny diapers and plenty of burp cloths, but so I can quiet my brain a bit and enjoy this last trimester (and Grace’s last weeks as our one and only) as much as possible.  Making a list seemed like a good start.

The pre-baby to-do list (a work in progress…)

  • Go through Grace’s old clothes and pull out, re-wash and put away anything that is neither extra hot pink nor extra ruffly.  (At the very least, I think there are a few sets of gender neutral pajamas in there.)  The rest will go back to storage for a future niece or friend. 
  • Buy and wash any wardrobe basics and other staples we are missing 
  • Move co-sleeper to our room (this will be a last minute thing)
  • Order double stroller (with car seat adapter) and second Pack ‘N Play
  • Install infant car seat base in my car (again, probably a last minute thing)
  • Buy a box of size 1 diapers (and potentially a small package of NB — Grace was in newborn diapers for about a month, but who knows…) and extra wipes
  • Reorganize Grace’s closet (she’ll be sharing with her brother)
  • Stock up on family basics (toiletries, paper goods, Grace’s diapers and pull-ups)
  • Make all midwife/doctor’s appointments between now and our due date
  • Holiday shopping
  • Schedule flu shots for Grace and me
  • Get Clark’s yearly check-up and vaccines squared away
  • Make a plan for Clark to board with one of his pals while we’re at the hospital
  • Make a grocery delivery list for easy ordering during the first few weeks we’re home
  • Stash a few freezer meals
  • Clean out pantry, closets and cabinets (not really baby-related, but clutter is making me mental)
  • Get a handle on my third trimester wardrobe (because it’s neither warm enough or socially acceptable to continue wearing maternity bathing suits and sundresses)
  • Pack a hospital bag for me and Nick, and a Party with Grandma and Grandpa! bag for Grace
  • Get a pedicure (wishful thinking)

I’m sure I’ll think of 70 more items to add, but this is a start.  And it feels good to start checking off items.  I’m getting a bit of help with the wardrobe issue thanks to Influence Central and the chance to try out BellaGravida, a new service that provides a virtual revolving closet to pregnant and nursing women.

I consigned nearly all of my maternity clothes after Grace was born (most were office attire… and I was sick to death of them), and sadly, beach season is over… so this opportunity comes at the perfect time.  I’ve found it nearly impossible to find affordable, well made, non-ugly maternity clothes this time around.  I’ve been hesitant to buy anything beyond a few pairs of maternity leggings and long tanks, which are kind of amazing even when you’re not pregnant (trust me).  

I am hoping BellaGravida (which means “beautifully pregnant” in Italian) will help fill in the gaps in my maternity wardrobe and take the stress out of finding something to wear for the upcoming weddings and parties on our calendar this month.  

A few highlights of the newly-launched service:

  • Flat, monthly fee (subscriptions begin at $39/month)
  • No return deadlines
  • Unlimited exchanges
  • Laundry service included
  • Dozens of maternity designers and brands available

I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with BellaGravida with you in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, I’ve got a list to tackle.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • I should probably be paying attention to the weather (what’s that I hear about a hurricane?)
  • Great read: Stop Googling.  Let’s talk.  from The New York Times
  • Halloween costume planning for Clark and Grace muhahahaha

What’s missing from my list (besides “take 900 naps”)? 


Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 2

September was one of those months where I wrote 45 posts in my head… but apparently that’s where 41 of them stayed.  In my head.  

Here’s to a fresh month, a fresh start, and a fresh opportunity to have the best of intentions, only to get distracted by things like doctor’s appointments and laundry.  

Although… if I’m being honest (something I try to be), I’ve done more imaginary loads of laundry than actual loads of laundry lately.  Whatever, man.

Last week I shared a quick (and likely boring) peek at the altered book I started for the Get Messy Art Journal program’s new season, the Season of Words.  I’m completely enamored with the mostly messy gold leaf, and am really happy with the plain cover (for now).  I scrapped my original plan to bind my new pages ahead of time, and have decided instead to wait until the end of the season.  I’m excited to have a little flexibility with regard to what paper and surfaces I use each week.

Here’s what I came up with for today’s Get Messy Thursdays.

Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 2

Materials used:  [Inside cover/Author’s bio] A magazine clipping that I’ve had tucked in an art/inspiration folder since my senior year of college (Why? Lord only knows.), gold decoupage accent from Martha Stewart (which is to say, from her line of craft products… this was not a personal gift from my Queen… but I can pretend), black Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (size MB), matte gel medium; [First page/Dedication] Old Combray page with a velum overlay, white gesso, Windsor + Newton gouache and watercolor (gold and Ivory Black).

I loved this week’s prompts and the opportunity to set up our art journals like “real” books, including an author’s bio and dedication.  I’m toying with making a little Table of Contents, too.  This season feels surprisingly personal for me, to the point that I feel sort of weird sharing some of this.  I kept the bio short and concise, though.  I am a regular person.  This should compel precisely no one to delve any further into this piece of crap book.

I put the dedication first, but when it comes time to bind this thing, I’ll put a blank page before it.  Old (and irrational) habits die hard, but I have to keep the first page of any sketchbook or notebook blank.  In fact… I need to go tuck a blank page in there now.  It’s bugging me.  Speaking of things that are bugging me, I like the cover… but I kind of hate the dedication.  Perhaps that will get reworked.  After I (finally) fold the laundry.

I’ve been pinning all kinds of hand-cut paper lately, and decided to break out the exact-o knife for a quick cut-out quote page, backed with some Proust covered in Opera Rose (doesn’t matter if it’s watercolor or acrylic… when it comes to this color, I am obsessed).  “One wave at a time” is sort of a hippy-dippy mantra of mine, and a reminder to wait until the present crisis (or um… regular moment) has passed before worrying about the next one.  You know the ocean is my True North (side bar: I didn’t realize the baby’s actual name was North West until last week… so there’s that), so thinking about waves always calms my frayed nerves.  At least a little.

Materials used: [Left side] Sakura Micron pen (black, size 01), Windsor + Newton Professional Watercolor Tubes (Opera Rose, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Sap Green mixed with Green Gold), Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (black, size MB), Sakura Koi Brush Pen (pale blue shade from the 24 pen set); [Right side] Watercolor paper, exact-o knife, a trusty ripped out page from Combray, Windsor + Newton Galeria Acrylic paint (Opera Rose).

I love that quote from Hafez, and it seemed appropriate for the Season of Words.  The hand-lettering was inspired by Karen‘s tutorial on the Get Messy blog.  I’ve been on a real florals kick lately, and while that flower has nothing to do with the quote… it looks pretty.  And that’s got to count for something.  I think.  

Speaking of florals, I thought I’d share one of my favorite sketchbook pages from the week.  Unless I am too tired to function (which happens quite a bit… this time around the third trimester is no joke), I try to draw or paint even a little something each night after Grace has gone to bed.  It’s become a really good unwinding ritual for me.  

Watching Jeopardy! usually does the trick too… except that this week’s returning champ gives me anxiety.  I’m still recovering from him yelling, “BOOM!” after last night’s Daily Double.  

On that note… toodles, friends.

Also On Tap for Today

What’s your go-to wind down ritual?



Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 1

After a brief hiatus between seasons, it’s time for another round of Get Messy Thursdays.  It’s never too late to join the group, so if you’re interested in learning more (doooo itttttttt), please check it out.

I’ve spent much of the break playing with shells, attempting oven-bake pottery, doodling, and painting whatever captures my imagination (you can find more on Instagram).  As much as I love doing my own thing… I’ve missed working through the same prompts as the rest of the crew.

Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 1

This week we’re altering books to be used throughout the season.  I dragged my heels (a surprise to no one) and didn’t get much done until today.  And, um, I’m still not done.  

After digging through a huge pile of 75+ books (which I finally donated yesterday, thanks to the help of my able-bodied assistants mother and brother) for something pretty and lovely and ornamental, I settled on a plain white book, with a plain white cover.  Go figure.  The book, incidentally, is like… the first book ever written about Twitter.  So while it’s not exactly the Gutenberg Bible, it’s got a special history.  In its own way.  Sort of.

The pages were a bit too busy (lots of dated screenshots), so grabbed my scalpel and performed surgery.  I removed the pages with the intent of replacing them with some boring, old, non-distracting Proust.

I used sheets of gold leaf to cover up the book’s title, but have left the rest of the cover untouched for the time being.  I didn’t want to do anything too un-do-able this early in the season.  

I kind of like the that book’s serial number is visible on the back cover.  I imagine someone finding the book in 100 years and thinking what is this piece of crap? that the number is an important code.  Sort of like the numbers on LOST, but with a less disappointing ending. 

The inside is still very much a work in progress.  I tore out nearly half of the pages of Combray (I’ve used a number of pages already in art projects… so I figured, why not) and then dipped what remained in a pan of water tinted with violet watercolor.  I can’t say this was the best idea… but I am sure I’ve had worse.  I’m still waiting for the paint to dry (this is precisely how exciting my life is).  Right now, it looks… like a soggy book.

Once it’s dry, I plan to fill in some of the missing pages by stitching in watercolor paper and velum.  I’m realizing how particular I’ve become about paper.  Again… the richness and excitement of my life, on full display.

Side note: Super cheap gilding gloves have really brought my solo Michael Jackson dance parties to the next level.

Hopefully this half-American, half-French mess will have dried and become something semi-pleasing to the eye by next week.  In the meantime, you’ll find much more attractive book specimens on Instagram by following the #seasonofwords hashtag.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • After watching the Pope address Congress, I have become obsessed with watching videos of John Boehner crying.  I think this can only mean that I am a very bad person.
  • Dusting off the slow cooker: 9 Low and Slow Autumn Meals via The Whole Foods Market blog
  • Trying to figure out what one wears when it’s 70 degrees (my maternity wardrobe is designed for 90 degree days… because it consists of two bathing suits, two sundresses, and a towel)

What’s the one book you could never cut to bits (even in the name of art making)?

Today: Currently | September 2015

We’re more than half-way through September and my fellow old folks and I are left to wonder, Where has the time gone?  I’ve been feeling a bit in limbo (but physically unable to actually limbo) lately.  

Part of me wants this third trimester and all its grouchiness, discomfort and ill-fitting pants to fly by.  And part of me has always wished the calendar went Winter, Spring, Summer, Christmas.  But most of me wants to freeze time… or at the very least, slow it down a bit.  Even if that does mean being surrounded by fall decor (a.k.a. the worst) a bit longer.  Pants and faux pumpkins aside, here’s what’s currently going down.

Currently | September 2015

Currently feeling…

  • A little adrift and a lot disorganized.  Which is unsettling.  I usually have my act way under control, but I’m finding myself losing track of my keys, doctor’s appointments, and days of the week.  I’ve resorted to using Google Calendar (I’m usually paper-and-pen only), my regular planner and a dry erase calendar.  I’m making more lists than usual.  I’m triple-checking my handbag before leaving the house.  And I still forget something.
  • Like I sort of miss the back-to-school rush.  Sort of.  I love being home with Grace (and I know this was the right decision), but this is first year I haven’t been swept up in that new year’s feeling that used to come with September.  I did treat myself to some new school supplies paint, though.  Which brings us to…

Currently watching…

  • Paint dry.  I put together a new watercolor palette this morning and keep peeking to see how it’s setting up.  (I’ll probably let the paint sit overnight before using it.)  I’ve been using a pre-filled palette for ages, and am excited to see how limiting my colors and being selective will affect my creative process.  Then again… 18 shades is not really a limited selection.

  • Grace, Clark and mini-plastic-Clark snuggled up on the sofa.  They melt my heart.
  • Football… but only because it’s on.  And hockey is not.

Currently reading…

A little doodle from earlier this month

  • Articles about potty training.  Because Grace decided a few months ago that diapers are weird.  I don’t blame her.  And while I appreciate her enthusiasm for forgoing the diapers, I wish she were a bit less interested in testing out every, single bathroom available to her.  From her new gymnastics gym to Target to the Chatham Fish Pier… we’ve seen and experienced ’em all.
  • Mindy Kaling’s new book, Why Not Me?.  Because she can do no wrong.
  • A Nest is Noisy — fascinating for me and the little one.

Currently creating…

  • A gold leaf and shell homage to summer
  • A pre-baby check list (which I will likely lose and/or forget about… see above).

Currently enjoying…

Apparently this is what Grace thinks my workouts look like… she’s not far off.

  • Outdoor workouts and lots of stretching.  
  • Making plans with friends.  
  • Rediscovering old favorites on Spotify, including Patty Griffin’s “Heavenly Day” and basically anything on the 90s Pop Radio Hits playlist.

bulu box

  • New mid-workout treats.  As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I had a chance to check out last month’s Bulu Box for free.  I’m a sucker for monthly boxes — they’re such a fun way to find new products. I think a Bulu Box would make a great gift for the athletes on your list this holiday season (Too soon?  Nah…).  The August box was sort of hit or miss for me, but I suppose that comes with the territory.  I loved the movit energy gummies and racefood fastbar — both were perfect for a mid-bootcamp boost. I received a weight loss supplement, which (even if I weren’t pregnant) is not really my jam.  Similarly, I’ve cut back on the caffeine, but I have a feeling the Runa tea included last month will come in handy soon enough.  I’ve loved other Runa drinks I’ve tried and look forward to brewing a nice hot cup once our little guy arrives.  I (thankfully) haven’t had occasion to use the fourth item included in my Bulu Box — an anti-itch cream — but hey, you never know.  If you’re interested in your own Bulu Box (or one for a pal), use the discount code SWEATPINK to save 50% on a three month subscription.

Alright, time to go peek at that paint again.

Also On Tap for Today:

Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes?  Which are your favorites?

Today: Happy Weekend.

This was a short, fast week.  We’re easing into a fall-ish routine… which means fun things like a new bootcamp session, apple picking, gymnastics class for Grace, morning walks at Castle Island and (dare I admit my excitement?) a new season of Scandal.  

Summer slipping away also means less fun things like fewer trips to the beach.   And wearing pants. Not interested.

In addition to wearing pants, it also dawned on me that I should probably start being responsible in other ways.  Like, say… by getting ready for this baby boy of ours to arrive.  My current mission is to get rid of as much excess as humanly possible.  As you can see above, I started with our bookshelves.  We’ve got 60-70 books to donate, and I’m slowly (that’s sort of my only speed these days) making my way through every drawer, cabinet and closet in the condo.  

What can I say?  The glamour of life abounds.  (And I sort of hope you’re doing something less functional and more fun.)

Happy Weekend, friends.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s on your fun or functional fall to-do list?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 6

This week’s pages are sort of wacky.  In a rare moment of organization and clearheadedness, synced with a sleeping child, I prepped a few surfaces ahead of time.  And then I realized this was the week (the last of this season/theme) we were to use our materials from the Get Messy swap (those who participated sent and received materials to and from fellow Get Messy members).  

Jessica sent me the most wonderful package (from Australia!) of beautiful blue papers, some of which she hand painted, a water color map, white doilies and more.  The package arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I’d been holding onto each item, trying to figure out how to best use them.  One piece of hand painted paper in particular felt too precious to use– instead, I’ve been starring at it.  Not very productive, but certainly inspiring.  Two of the pages below incorporate materials from Jess, the other two were prepped in advance but, per usual, came together at the last possible second.

Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 6

Materials used: Hand painted paper from Jess,  paper doily  white acrylic paint, washi tape, vinyl mailbox letters, white gel pen.

I usually try to save my favorite page for last, but the others are sort of weird… so I am starting with the one I like most.  How gorgeous is that shade of blue Jess used for the paper?  I used one of the doilies she sent as a stencil of sorts with white acrylic paint.  I love how that turned out.  The quote from Lao Tzu is about letting things flow in order to be serene.  I realized I was short on B’s and Y’s once I had already started laying down the mailbox stickers… but I let it flow.  Or whatever.

Materials used: Map from Jess, white gesso, Micron pen (black 01), magazine cut outs, washi tape, clear stamps (thank you, Kelly!) and black archival ink.

This is my tribute of sorts to the Get Messy community.  I really am just crazy about these talented, supportive, creative, wonderful women.  I only wish I had happened upon the group sooner.  The beautiful map background is from Jess; I love that members are (quite literally) scattered across the globe, but connected by our art making community.  If you’re considering joining, I couldn’t recommend the program more.  You can learn all about it here.

And yes, that’s a badly drawn moose.

Materials used: Magazine cut out, washi tape, Micron pen (black 01), smudges of gold ink from the neighboring page.

Simple and to the point: I can’t be serene if the bed is not made.  I can survive among a troubling amount of clutter and stuff and heaps of laundry (something I am working on!), but if the bed is not made… Lord, help me.

Materials used: Black Strathmore artist squares (adhered with a regular old glue stick), magazine cut outs, random metallic birds from a Martha Stewart decoupage set, gold ink, white gel pen

How perfect is this quote?

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds.  We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.  Serenity is contagious.  If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back.  And a smile costs nothing.  We should plague everyone with joy.  If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” –Swami Satchidananda

A couple weeks ago at the beach, a seagull literally LANDED ON MY HEAD and tried to steal my lunch from my hands.  It was traumatizing.  And it kind of hurt.  Like, a lot.  I’ve been weary of anything with wings since.  This page may have been a subconscious peace-making with the bird community.  

On that note, I’m off to go plague some people with joy.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Visiting my sister and brother-in-law in their new house! Yayayay!
  • 7 tricks to boost your creativity via Blog Clarity
  • Frantically cleaning before the cleaners arrive (ya feel me?)

What’s your relationship with the birds like these days?

Today: Currently | August 2015

What a perfect month it has been.  I am holding on to summer for dear life.  And I’m not letting go… until at least October.

Currently | August 2015

Currently feeling…

  • Like I am 900 months pregnant.  I think it’s the heat.  Or it’s just being pregnant.  Regardless, I had an appointment with my midwife earlier this week and I’m grateful that the baby is healthy and everything is going well.
  • Like this really is the best summer ever.

Currently eating…

Currently watching…

  • The tide come and go.  Boats passing by.  Seals swimming around as fishermen unload their catch.  
  • The sky.  We’ve had the most beautiful sunsets and clear views of the moon lately. 
  • Grace play with Clark.  It’s so much fun to see them happily following one another around.  Not surprising: There are usually snacks involved.  Clark is no fool.
  • Oh… and should I admit this?  America’s Next Top Model on Hulu+.  I can’t look away.

Currently creating…

  • The usual mess.  I’ve loved this month’s theme of serenity for the Get Messy Art Journal challenge.  You can find weekly updates of my sketchbook here:  Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Weeks 4 + 5.
  • An iPhone mount for less awkward Periscope broadcasts.  I am following this tutorial and hope to have things up and running later this week.  I really enjoyed sharing my first scope (an art journal and sketchbook flip-through); my username is ElizabethEv if you’d like to follow along.  For now, I’m just enjoying everyone else’s scopes.  Be sure to leave a comment below with your username, please!
  • Lots of watercolor backgrounds and floral sketches.  I recently finished watching Lisa Congdon’s classes on Creative Bug and am hooked on the techniques she shared.
  • I also picked up some gold leaf this week and am thinking about gilding some of the shells I’ve collected recently.  Summer is worthy of gilding.

Currently enjoying…

  • Consecutive good hair days.  Usually my hair is like, POOF! the second we cross the Sagamore Bridge (I swear the Cape is covered by an invisible dome of humidity), but ever since I started using the fantastic products Living Proof recently sent me, my curls have been on their best behavior.  
  • Speaking of shampoo, I wish outdoor showers were a year-round option.
  • These illustrations of political leaders as hipsters.
  • As much yoga as I can fit into the week.  The women’s fitness program I joined in June is on hiatus for a couple of weeks (if you’re in the Boston area and want to know more, please let me know — I love this group!), so I’ve been focusing on fitting in lots of long walks and short flows.  I really like these prenatal yoga videos on YouTube.

Also On Tap for Today:

What were the highlights of your August?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Weeks 4 + 5

I did a little bit of painting last week, but very little art journaling, so I decided to throw together a combination post for Weeks 4 + 5 of the Get Messy Art Journal challenge, Season of Serenity.  

Several of these pages feature poems from Hãfez.  I’m basically obsessed.  I also drew inspiration from the gorgeous views at the Cape, my favorite podcast, beachside yoga, and a nearly-empty tube of gold gouache.

Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Weeks 4 + 5

Materials used: Sakura KOI watercolor (Prussian Blue), detail brush, clear alphabet stamps, fuschia StazOn ink (plus the black ink I never washed off the stamps… oops… plus a bit more blue watercolor to round things out).

I’ve mentioned before how much I love Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast.  I recently listened to an episode with Rami Nashashibi, a Palestinian-American who uses graffiti, calligraphy, and hip-hop in his work as a healing force on the South Side of Chicago.  Something that really struck me from this episode is how much of the good and powerful and beautiful we never hear about when it comes to other religions and cultures and ways of life.  Media loves the bad, the upsetting and the ugly.  I found myself thinking about this teaching from the Koran, which Mr. Nashashibi shared in the interview, for days.

Those quick flower sketches sort of reminded me of blue and white china.  I think I will likely keep working on this page and fill it up a bit more.  

Materials used: The aforementioned gold gouache, neon acrylic paint (pink and yellow), gesso, black Faber Castell Artist PITT pen (1.5)

I made the gold and neon background a few weeks ago, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.  I covered up a bit of the paint with gesso and started scribbling on a favorite Hãfez quote, just as inspiration struck… I started writing in lines from the poem atop the neon, regretting having slapped down that gesso sort of haphazardly.

 I love the neon/writing bits, but sort of loathe the gesso/writing monstrosity.  The upside: I’m excited to try this made up method on a new page soon.  Please remind me of it when I’m fresh out of ideas.  

Materials used: Rolled strips of magazine cut-outs (rolled on a toothpick and sealed with matte Mod Podge), Faber Castell gelattos (sealed with matte medium), magazine cut-out (adhered with a plain old glue stick), Sakura KOI watercolor (Prussian blue)

One of this week’s prompts called for incorporating “paper rolling.”  I had no idea what that was.  So at 4 o’clock one morning (I have reached the point in this pregnancy where I just don’t sleep) I took to Google for a tutorial.  Word to the wise: “rolling papers” is different than “paper rolling.”  I now know a lot about weed, and a tiny bit about rolling up strips of magazine paper for art projects.

I like the simplicity of this spread and was definitely craving white space.  Probably literally and figuratively.  It’s been a go-go-go few days.  Sometimes less is more.  And that’s more than enough.

Materials used:  Magazine cut-outs and tissue paper (applied with matte Mod Podge), black Micron.

More Hãfez.  I love this poem.  The collage is sort of mosaic-ish and came together quickly.  The writing is kind of messy and I kind of want to re-do it.  But hey… 

Materials used:  Watercolor, gouache, silver and white washi tape, white gel pen and a super cheap letter stencil, ink spray, purple paper, magazine cut-out

And lastly, my favorite of the week.  Purple and grey are one of my favorite pairings.  After applying a wash of purple watercolor, a strip of paper and washi tape, I filled in the page with grey gouache.  I love the chalky finish of gouache.  

I had such a wonderful time at beach yoga last week and loved the teacher’s cues for staying mindful and present (focus on now… nothing from before…).  I added the “nothing for after,” because my worrying tends to be about what could come next.  This brain of mine can come up with all kinds of worrisome scenarios for tomorrow.  And the day after that.  And the day after that.

Meanwhile, the well dressed lady is from an ad for bathroom fixtures, so there’s that.  

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s got you feeling inspired this week?

Today: Drink Good. Do Good.

Nick, Grace and I spent last week at the Cape doing a whole lot of nothing together and it was perfect.  (Meanwhile, Clark was in the city enjoying the peace and quiet that comes from not being chased by a toddler all day long.)  With Nick back in the office come Monday, Grace and I snuck down to see my parents and soak up a few more days of swimming and walking around the neighborhood looking for poodles.  

For the record: there are nine standard poodles in the ‘hood.  I don’t think that’s normal. 

Before leaving Boston for the beach, though, we hit up the grocery store so that Nick wouldn’t go hungry without us… and so that we’d have no shortage of beach snacks.

 Grace is so much fun to shop with lately.  She can name most foods (zucchinis are still cucumbers to her, and lettuce is sometimes a flower… but hey) and loves make loud, enthusiastic requests for yogurt and bananas and strawberries and Popsicles.  

We make our way up and down each aisle as I double- and triple-check our list, filling our cart with the best options available for our little family.  With several markets so close by, safe and reliable transportation to get us there, and money to spend… those options are both healthy and plentiful.  

We don’t have to choose between what is heathy and what we can afford.  And if we do find ourselves with limited options… we can shop somewhere else.  This is something I take for granted all too often.

Drink Good.  Do Good

Meanwhile, nearly 24 million Americans are living in food deserts– urban neighborhoods or rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.  In Boston alone, nearly 71,000 residents live without ready access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  

In an effort to raise awareness for food deserts and to take action in making fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to everyone, Naked Juice has teamed up with the non-profit Wholesome Wave on the Drink Good. Do Good campaign.  I’d love for you to join me in this important effort.

How you can help

It’s as easy as hopping on Instagram or Twitter.  To help raise awareness about food deserts and the initiative…

  • Take a photo holding a fruit or vegetable
  • Share it using #DrinkGoodDoGood
  • And tag a friend to do the same

For every photo shared, Naked Juice will donate 10 pounds of produce (or the monetary equivalent) to Wholesome Wave.  

For more information about food deserts, how they affect our communities, and how you can help, please visit Drink Good.  Do Good.

I am grateful to partner with Naked Juice on this sponsored post and hope you will consider doing good by sharing a photo or two today.  

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Today: Yoga on the beach.

One surefire way to make yoga more enjoyable? Take it to the beach.

Nick, Grace and I are enjoying a few days of R + R at the Cape, and so when Charlotte, who heads up marketing for the new Boston-based startup MoveWith invited me to check out their classes and take one for free, I assumed I’d have to put that off until we were back in the city.

horseshoe crab

However, I was thrilled to find a beach yoga class just a few jetties away in Harwich Port.  I snuck out of the house early on Monday and had time to collect a few treasures before the hour-long class with Katelyn Gleason started.  Katelyn was so friendly and welcoming and quick to offer pregnancy-friendly modifications and lots of encouragement.  And all that sun, sand and crashing waves meant, basically, the best quick nap savasana ever.

Katelyn teaches this vinyasa flow twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays– check MoveWith for more details) and plans to teach in the Boston area this fall.  Class was so wonderful Monday that I quickly recruited a friend, signed up and paid for today’s class online.  I left my yoga mat at home and just used a beach towel, which was perfect (live and learn).  It was another beautiful way to start the day.   Just when I thought the Cape could get more relaxing…yoga on the beach.

A few other classes I have my eye on for upcoming workouts:

Most MoveWith classes are $10-15 and there is no monthly or long-term commitment, which I love, and they are currently working with instructors in Boston and San Francisco.  Check ’em out.

And the meet me at the beach?

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