Five Games We Like To Play

When my son was home from college we spent a lot of time playing games. He’s very good at strategy games and also seems to be very lucky, so it was quite a thrill when I was able to beat him. I know a mother shouldn’t gloat, but …. 

The theme for today’s Friday Five 2.0 link up hosted at Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness is Winter Activities. While you can play these games any time of year, playing board games is a great way to have fun inside when it’s cold and dreary outside. 

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Putting Together My NYC Half Training Plan

Now that we are well into January, it’s about time I put together my NYC Half training plan. For now, I’ve decided to keep up with all my cross-training studio classes, and hope they get me to the starting line healthy and strong and ready to run a great race. 

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My Week Avoiding Added Sugar

Last week I finally made good on my promise to get my eating back in line. Laura hosted a 7 Day Sugar Detox on Facebook, so I polished off the last piece of peppermint bark, stashed my other Christmas chocolates in the pantry, and stocked up on plain yogurt and natural peanut butter to get through a week of avoiding added sugar.

Avoiding Added Sugar

The most surprising thing about my week avoiding added sugar is how easy it was. Don’t get me wrong, it took planning and preparation, but I already don’t eat much sugar until after dinner. The best thing about my week avoiding added sugar is that it helped me break my cycle of after-dinner snacking. While Laura’s program focused on added sugar, she also encouraged us to limit processed foods, so I kept my hands out of the chips, even though they don’t have added sugar. Continue reading

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Moving On In 2017

As I’ve shared in my past few posts, my nest is empty again. My son starts grad school on Monday, at a university far, far, away. It’s a transition to celebrate for sure, but I’m also celebrating the fact that I’m sad to see him move out of the house again. 

“Boomerang” kids may get a bad wrap, but it was really nice to spend time with my son without the parent-child tensions that dominated the last few years of high school. It was a real treat to watch him transition into responsible adulthood–and I’m not just saying that because he liked to cook dinner. 🙂  Continue reading

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The First Ultimate Coffee Date Of 2017

Welcome to the first Ultimate Coffee Date of 2017! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to some fun times in 2017. As always, the aim of the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up is to get to know each other better by sharing what’s going on in our lives so we can support each other in all our endeavors. Since it’s no fun to have coffee alone, make sure you leave comments on other blogs in the link up, and don’t forget to visit my co-host Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner.

The Ultimate Coffee Date

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