Monday, August 3, 2015

Month in Review: July

Or monthly roundup?

Around here
July was a big month for me. I finished my first Whole30 and an 8-week PiYo plan. I've started blogging again (obviously), and have blogged every week day for the past two weeks. I owe a lot of my return to writing here to a book by Tsh Oxenreider (founder of The Art of Simple, formerly Simple Mom) called Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. I'll be posting a review of the book soon so I don't want to talk about it too much, but I just love her and found the book incredibly inspiring.

To make time for writing with three small kids I have to get up early. Today, I woke up at 5:30, some days it's 5:00. The 5:00 days are due to another new thing I started in July, running with a group. We're busting out of comfort zones over here! I've mostly ran with MRTT groups and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I've also started a new training plan and running with the group, even though they're not on the same plan, is helping me stick to it. I've gotten up early for running before but to get up early and then face other people that early in the morning? For an introvert like me, it's a big deal.

Another big deal: my baby is walking like a pro this month and has so many (painful) teeth. He's still my best eater but feeds the dog so much that the dog has become protective of him and him alone. I don't remember my older two having such a cute toddle when they first started walking; it's the best.

Benny also got to go for a beach day with me and my book club.
I also went on my longest bike ride so far in July (though I topped it yesterday), nearly killing my husband in the process. Though I failed to mention how in the ride the week before I fell off my bike and he almost ran over my head, so there's that.

Around the blogosphere
I started reading blogs regularly again when I started writing again. I still have some old favorites along with some new reads.
Let's see. Natalie Holbrook (of HeyNatalieJean) announced that her family is leaving New York. One of my favorite running bloggers talked about how he almost called it quits, and I'm glad he didn't.
I've started reading a lot of blogs about blogging, which is kind of boring yet super helpful at the same time, I won't bore you with those reads here but if you're interested I can point you toward some of my favorites.
Some blogs I just started reading in July include DC Rainmaker, a blog about running and biking with in-depth product reviews, and Trusty Chucks, a lifestyle/mommy blog.

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This month has some big changes/challenges coming too. The biggest being that my oldest, Will, starts preschool! He is so excited about it and has been asking nearly every day for months now "when I go to school?"

Lorelai turns 3 this month and she's excited to have a Strawberry Shortcake/Cupcake/Minnie Mouse/Dora/Farm Animal party at the "big park." She wants to have pizza, strawberries, Chick-fil-a, turkey sandwiches, peanut butter & jelly, and cheetos of course

August is like the peak of the heat around here, so it's when we can start to feel like cooler weather is on its way. That means more enjoyable running and being able to be outside for more than 5 minutes without creating a pool of sweat around your feet.

I'm pretty pleased with how this blog is doing so far, my views in the past two weeks have been equal to what I had over the previous 18 months of inactivity. Please remember, if you enjoy my blog, or know someone who might, share it! There are buttons bellow each post that make it super easy to share on Facebook, Twitter, or through email. You can also subscribe (it's free and I won't spam you) to receive posts sent directly to your email by entering your email address in that box over there to the right. You don't want to miss anything 'cause I've got some more reviews, ride reports, and other fun stuff coming up.

Anything big happen for you this month? Anything I missed? What do you thing of this type of post, should I do it every month? I don't want it to seem like it's just filler, I have a lot of other things I could post, but wanted to see how a month roundup would go over.


  1. I like a monthly recap of events. So proud of you sitting goals and achieving them! When is Will's first day?

    1. Thanks! His first day is either August 14th or 17th, I got two emails that say different things, so I'll have to check with the school and see.


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