One of the first things I do on bright, crisp spring mornings is raise the blinds and throw open the windows.
We’ve had some beautiful weather lately and I just have to say that I love those spring days where you just feel compelled to open all the windows in the house. The cool air of the morning rushes in, gradually warming as the sun travels across the sky until the chill of the dusk requires you to give in and start closing windows one by one.
But until dusk comes creeping in the scent of freshly cut grass lingers on the breeze that comes rippling through the open windows to ruffle the curtains and both dogs and cats crowd ‘round, nostrils shivering as they try to capture all the smells that the wandering wind brings in. I love how open and airy house it makes the house. It just gives a home so much more vibrancy and life. Almost like letting a little bit of the outdoors in.
E has been enjoying the open windows lately too. She likes to stand in the window (She particularly likes to stand in the dog bed by the window, as you may have noticed.), randomly shriek and watch the neighborhood kids run by.
It’s the simple things. ♥
What simple things have you be enjoying lately?
I was the featured mama for Fit Mama Friday over at Katie’s blog today! Pretty awesome, right? Check it out!
We have three wetbags that we use for dirty cloth diaper storage. A small one for the diaper bag and two large, hanging wetbags in rotation at the changing table in E’s room. When I purchased these bags, either just before or just after E was born, I had absolutely no experience with wetbags. I looked over the various options and ended up choosing to go with Planet Wise for all three. I had heard of Planet Wise in my cloth diaper research but, most importantly they have so many cute prints!
We’ve been using our wetbags since the day we first started cloth diapering when E was three weeks old and had been really happy with their performance… Until a few months ago, when we began having a few issues with our hanging bags. It started with the handle of one of the wetbags beginning to pull out and fray and then, just a couple months ago, the zipper pull completely broke off the other bag. There we were fighting to zip and unzip one bag while the handle of the other bag was hanging on by threads.
Well, that wasn’t going to work long term.
So, I emailed Planet Wise and explained our situation. I wasn’t sure what would come of it but I was hoping that they would at least be able to advise me on what I could do to fix these issues without compromising the integrity of the wetbags.
After emailing back and forth, troubleshooting the situation with a very nice Planet Wise employee, the company surprised me by offering to replace both wetbags! My entire interaction with Planet Wise was very pleasant. They responded quickly to my emails and I received the new wetbags very quickly after I sent in our old ones. I actually expected there to be a much longer turn around time!
The wetbags arrived last week and they look great! I’m excited to have fully functional, totally cute wetbags back in use here.
Thanks, Planet Wise, for the super customer service and the great product!
All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are mine. Planet Wise did not sponsor or compensate me in any way. I simply thought their A+ customer service was worth celebrating.
I hope all you mamas had a perfectly lovely Mother’s Day yesterday! Mine was absolutely wonderful. I spent the day with two of my most favorite people, Papa Bear and E.
My Mother’s Day in photos:
I feel extremely fortunate that I am able to celebrate Mother’s Day both as a daughter and a mother. My mom is, simply put, an amazing example of what a mother should be. Through her actions she taught my brothers and I to be kind and caring, that the little things matter, to be responsible and true to our word, to create our own celebrations and special moments, to be strong (but that it’s okay to cry when things hurt), to be generous with our time and abilities, to make up fun games and be silly, and to persevere and work hard for what we want. She loved us unconditionally and supported us always and in all things. And still does both of those things.
She taught us to love our family, laugh with our friends and make people the most important “things” in our lives. She had an extraordinary example in my grandmother, so it’s no wonder she turned into such an incredible mom. I feel overwhelmingly blessed to have her as my mom and as E’s grandma. I can only hope that I can be for E what she has been for me. ♥
I am so grateful to be surrounded and supported by a huge network of great moms, from my mom and step-mom to my grandmothers and aunts to my friends. You are all awesome!
How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?
To all the special women in our lives, today we are thankful for you!
I’ve been trying to deny it but I have been having some anxiety about running since what happened at the Nike Women Half Marathon. That race ended with an intense experience and illness that has lingered with me mentally.
The not knowing is the hardest part. Why did the race go the way it did? What caused me to get so sick? The truth is that I’ll probably never know what led to me being so violently ill. The not knowing opens the door to anxiety and the questions race through my mind.
Am I going to get sick every time I run? Will it hit at a mile? Three miles? 10 miles? Will I throw up on my next run? At my next race? If I attempt a half marathon again, am I going to vomit again?
I have no answers to these questions. They just go round and round. I know worry isn’t particularly productive, so I try to push it to the side, but every now and then it creeps in anyway. I have no one thing to blame for getting sick, which means I now question everything about how I run, prepare for a run, fuel before a run and fueling during a run. And, while I know it isn’t logical, the anxiety just builds and builds.
But I’m not going to let it hold me back or scare my away from running. Running means too much to me and this is now just one more thing to overcome. I never thought I would become a runner but I did. Running has shown me that I can do things I thought impossible. As unpleasant as this event was and as nervous as I am that it’s going to happen again, I’m not going to let it take that away from me. I’m not going to let it take running away from me.
The only way to get rid of this anxiety is to run it out.
I took the first steps toward doing just that yesterday. I pushed my worries to the side and got ready for a run for the first time since the NWM Half. I stepped on the treadmill feeling determined and banged out an easy three miles without incident. Boom! No vomiting, not even an upset tummy. Actually, it felt really good!
My anxiety may not be completely banished after only one run (and I know I’ll definitely have butterflies for my next race) but I’m already looking forward to the next time I can lace up my running shoes.