Friday Five 3/20: SPRING!

Happy first day of SPRING! It certianly doesn't feel like Spring around here with all of this snow! Mother Nature must think it's April Fool's day and not the first day of Spring. It's been a looong winter and it felt like Spring was never going to get here but snowing or not, it's offically spring.
I LOVE Spring! I know it takes awhile for Spring to be in full swing but once the snow melts, the sun gets warmer and the flowers start blooming, it's one of my favorite times of the year.

I think it's appropriate that with the change of season comes a change of season in my family's life. In just a few short weeks we will be welcoming baby into the world. It's an exciting time for new life. It's also going to be an exciting time for me to adjust to my new role as "mom" and kind of "rediscover" myself post-pregnancy (serioulsly, who was I 36 weeks ago?!).

Here are some things I am looking forward to this Spring (other than the impending arrival of Baby S)

1. Fresh Air- I can't wait to be outside in the fresh air walking, running, sitting on the porch, working on our yard and even opening the windows in our house. There is nothing like fresh spring air...ahhh :)

2. Sunshine- One of the best parts about the change in season is the added daylight. I love that there is extra sunlight in the morning and in the evening.

3. Ideal Temps- The temperature in the spring is perfect; not too hot, not too cold. I love the happy balance this season strikes.

4. Get Outside- With the warmer weather, sunshine and overall gorgeous weather on the way (soon, I hope!) it's extra motivation to get outside and go for a run (skip the treadmill!) or a walk. I am looking forward to lacing up my running shoes shortly.

5. Sights and Sounds- There is nothing better than hearing the birds chip, trees turn green and flowers bloom.

Question: What are you looking forward to this Spring?


March Cofee Date

Ahhh...can you believe we are half way through the month of March? Grab some coffee - I would make it an iced lattee today if my pregnancy heartburn wasn't so bad- and let's catch up!
Final Countdown- We are in the final countdown of Baby S's arrival! It's hard to believe that she could be here any day and should be here within the next 4 weeks or so (unless she decides to make a late arrival).

It's Spring, I'm in Love- I am so happy that Spring is finally here (well, on Friday). I am loving that the sun is up a little later each day and the weather is getting a little warmer (the high for today is supposed to be 50!).

Race Calendar- A few of the races I am planning to run post-pregnancy open for registration soon and I'm looking forward to officially marking them on my calendar for late 2015. A few are local and a few will make some nice weekend getaways.

Compression Socks- Pro Compression for the win! I've been dealing with swollen feet (tmi? pregnancy gets "real" at 35 weeks, friends!) and my doctor suggested wearing compression socks and WOW, what a difference they make. I'm thankful I had a nice collection to wear but it also gives me the perfect excuse to purchase new ones, right? ;)

Question: What's going on in your life? Share!


Healthy Habits On the Go {3 Easy Tips}

Eating healthy on the go isn't always easy. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can get overwhelming and it's easy to make unhealthy food choices.  Especially when there is a Starbucks on every corner and an iced caramel latte calling my name (well, not lately but soon!). What's convenient isn't always healthy. Here are three quick and easy ways I (try) to stay as healthy as I can on the go:

Water Bottle- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I always keep my Nalgene bottle with me so that I can stay well-hydrated. Drink, refill, repeat.

Pack It-  I always pack my snack and lunch for school (yes, like a kindergartner). I even pack my husband's lunch. It's a great way to save money and ensure that we are eating healthy, clean food.

Snack It - Now, more than ever I am snacking on the go and it really helps to keep healthy snacks in my car, purse or desk drawer. Some of my favorites are Chia Warrior, KIND bars, LUNA bars and individual packets of nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc.).

Question: How do you make healthy choices on the go? What snacks do you keep with you? Do you pack or purchase lunch?