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In my life before children, I was a voracious reader.  Books would be stacked on my nightstand, waiting to be devoured. My library card was nicely worn and a trip to the bookstore was soul filling treat.

In my first pregnancy, when I couldn’t sleep, I’d go through a book every couple of days.  It was almost as if there was a premonition to get in as much as possible.  The years following the birth of my children, held books about trucks, animals and trains than subjects of my own choosing.

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If you’ve followed along here for awhile, you know that running is a pretty central part of my life (you can read about that here).  It began as a way to be active in high school, and in college morphed into the ultimate way to shed stress from nursing school, and clear my head.

No Bake Energy Bites

For most of the years I’ve run, the miles have been solo.  As a mother with young children, I wanted my miles to be quiet. I wanted to revel in the bliss of a runner’s high. Talking and running felt like a chore, and I had plenty of those awaiting me at home. Read More

There are some experiences that stay with you long after they are over.  I recently had just that.  About a week and a half ago, I ventured east to New York City for the weekend.  It was my first trip to the Big Apple, and within minutes of arriving, I knew it would not be my last.  While I love the wide open spaces I come from, the vibrancy of the city left me feeling inspired and energized.

What brought me to New York?  Well, I had the privilege to photograph a cookbook by my friend Laura, ‘The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet’.  She was having a book signing at Barnes & Noble that weekend and graciously invited me to tag along.  We have a second book (!) coming out in just two short weeks, so this was a chance to celebrate that, the beginning of work on a third book and a time for us to collaborate face to face.

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast with Cumin Salt

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Growing up, it’s safe to say I was the quiet girl.  Not necessarily funny or clever, (except for maybe in my head) a true behind the scenes girl.  As a natural redhead, with a lower rating on the confidence scale, I learned quickly not to intentionally draw too much attention to myself.  The hair and freckles did enough of that on their own.  The only folks that might disagree with that statement would be my parents.  In the comfort of my home, I was a bit more lively.  I do believe ‘spunky’ is the word my mom has used to describe it.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar

My comfort zone has always been in creating and observing.  This lead to much time spent in the art department during high school both drawing and painting, people watching during the wee hours in my college library, and finally behind the camera. I found no fault in being this person, up until a few years ago.  I’m not sure if motherhood tripped the trigger, or just the benefit of getting older, but somewhere along the line whispers of more began.

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Hello…and welcome to Spring!

This small space has been in a hibernation of its own the last month.  Winter is a funny thing for me, as it rolls in I feel the need to draw in, cozy up, and actually enjoy the comfort of our home.  By February, I’m over it, and the heavy funk sets in, despite my best efforts.  I long for color and warmth.  Gray and brown blanket the skies and fields.  March and April become glimmering beacons of hope that Spring is near.

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Now, here we are, past March and already into April, a month that promises color and warmth.  Birds have been singing the praises of Spring in the early mornings, just outside my window, for the past few weeks.  As I awaken, a smile creeps across my face listening to their carefree songs.  It brings back memories of my childhood bedroom, waking to the view of a blue sky out my window, and birds singing from their perches in the cottonwoods just outside.  In my mind, spring not only brings warmth, but an awakening of the senses and the desire to create.  I’ve found myself composing blog posts in my head as I go about my day.  Yes, the creative juices are most definitely flowing again.

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So, let’s catch up, shall we?  As March rolled in, followed by daylight savings, and then April, our time outside has grown exponentially.  Soccer is in full swing times three (!) and after a few weeks of muddy thaw, the running trails are ready to go.  The countdown is on for April birthdays, a trip to Chicago, opening day of the farmers market and a spring half marathon.

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Signs of life after winter’s hibernation.  I couldn’t be more excited.

No recipe to share for today, just a few of the things I’ve been enjoying most.  If you care to share what you’ve been up to and loving, of  course I want to hear about that too!

Books

Tales of Another Mother Runner

Gifted Hands–this was a recommendation from my mom.  Inspiring story about one of the top neurosurgeons in the country and his humble beginnings.

Me Before You

 

Running Gear

Fast Track tops from Athleta

Salomon Speedcross

Mizuno Ascend

Tailwind

Recipes

*Spring always has me in full cravings for salad greens.  Shaved brussels sprouts and kale have been the base for many creations.

Sprouted Kitchen is always my favorite place to search for inspired flavor combinations, especially when it comes to greens and vinaigrettes.  I recently picked up their new book, and can’t help feel drawn into their world of beautiful food and photography.

*this one is particularly amazing

I’m not a brownie fan, but these could definitely convert me.

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt KIND Bars?  Yes!

Whole milk vanilla bean and lemon yogurt from this local farm.  Amazing.

I’ll wrap it up with these words from Kristen Armstrong.  She’s one of my favorite writers, and has an essay in the above mentioned Tales from Another Mother Runner (originally posted on their site).

Until next time…hopefully sooner than later…follow our adventures on IG…get outside and enjoy the season!

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