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Ultimate Coffee Chat: April Edition

ultimate coffeeGood morning friends!

I miss you. You know who you are! I woke up at 3 a.m. not able to sleep (what is THAT about?!) and remembered that I had to write up all the things for this morning’s Ultimate Coffee! So without further ado, let’s chat!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am on DONE with the Advocare 24-Day Challenge!

It was super easy and super fast…but WHY, when I followed it to a T and my husband, sort of, kind of followed it, did he lose all the weight?! Men I think, can lose weight way more easily than women. Not that I was solely tried to lose weight, but I wouldn’t have complained (wink)!24-Day Challenge

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am all signed up and ready to run the Shape Women’s 1/2 Marathon in NYC this month!

I can’t quite believe it, and I am not ready at all- I have barely been running, but I had the opportunity to actually run a race with a friend, and that has been high on my list of things that I’ve wanted to do! I have never been to Central Park- at least that I remember- so I am looking forward to it. I also love the idea that this is women’s only and they are using the race to coordinate with The Walk in Her Shoes (read about it here) project with CARE, whose mission it is ” to fight poverty and empower women and girls around the world.” Awesome- I hope they raise a lot of money.run a half marathon

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that last month, my boys had a birthday & so did my husband~

It was party, party, party around here. Actually not really! For the first time ever, I didn’t have a party for the boys (like the last Minion’s Themed one). They just had a couple of their besties over for a night of bowling and pizza (or pasta) and cake. Can I just tell you how much I enjoy NOT having, planning, or paying for a huge kids’ party. They just take the fun right out of it for me sometimes! This year, we didn’t have a bizillion presents or cake for days or broken bank accounts. I highly recommend NOT doing a party if you can get away with it!boys birthday

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that it is still snowing here. It is like the ultimate-April fool’s joke~

Well, at least it didn’t stick around too long, and I didn’t have to pull out the snow-pants, so it just may be here, my friends! Spring just may be finally here. Sigh. Yes!


That’s it-  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy April! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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Ultimate Coffee: March Edition

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Original photo by Michael Ramey @unsplash

Good morning! It got kind of cold here this morning after a teaser of warm weather. I am a Goldilocks weather person, meaning that I don’t like it too hot or too cold, so about 10º warmer would suit me just fine! It’s another first Saturday of the Month, and time for Ultimate Coffee where I share what I have been up to here and at home. So grab your favorite morning bevvie and let’s get chatting!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am on day-7 of my Advocare 24-Day Challenge.

So, really not coffee for me today! I drink this Spark:

advocare spark

I am all about this Grape flavor! I have a vat of fruit punch right now, but next time I am definitely ordering the grape. They have tons of flavors though, so I will be trying them all, I am sure.

So far, I love it. It is easy, I am back to eating well, and drinking tons of water. I am keeping a food log, and taking fiber and probiotics. Love this program for keeping me on track for health goals. If you want to check out the site or order, my Advocare site has lots of info, but can be overwhelming – I would go to the shop/products tab to get an overview of everything they offer. I love that I eat all the food- the only stuff I avoid is cheese, sugar, caffeine, and most processed food. I am not a dairy-girl so, the cheese is easy. We are really eating just like before, just more aware of the processed foods, like salad dressing and sauces. I have been eating some great meals, and this week, I plan to share more of what this looks like in meal-plan form.

If we were having coffee Spark, I’d tell you that I went running twice this week.

Which was a nice re-entry, but it’s been too long. I haven’t been able to run, since I had the flu/brochial thing that turns into Pnumonia. It is going around everywhere here, so it kind of derailed me for a solid month. I was coughing so hard, I gave myself an almost hernia- good news is that it is just starting to heal. Oy.

And my shoes are horrible! I need new running shoes. I had Brooks, but I can’t even use them to walk as they all of sudden are giving me blisters. Not good. I may go back to Nike Vomeros, as I liked them before, but I can’t remember what size or if I needed wide- so now I can’t buy them online, I have to go in person…and am delaying that for reasons that I don’t even understand myself!my old running shoes

If we were having coffee Spark, I’d tell you that I got some great reads in during February. 

I think the benefit of being sick, is reading. It is the only time, I can sit for a long time and commit to reading. I shared it on the blog, but my faves for the month are:

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

and

Big Little Lies, by Lianne Moriarty

These were both super fun reads. You can read my quick summary of them, and 4 more books that I read this month (!!What?!), or you can click on them, and Amazon can tell you about them!

If we were having coffee Spark, I’d tell you that my house is sort of a disaster.

We are getting our basement finished-whoohoo! I love it. I love it. Oh, did I tell you? I love it! But the universe loves balance, my friends, so we had a little calamity with our plumbing to calm my excitement over our wonderful reno. If you follow the blog, you know I overflowed the jacuzzi tub four years ago…well, same bathroom, but it was the plumbing in the sink that sort of exploded and water came down to ground floor and then the basement…

leak in our living room from the exploded pipes

This is the leak in our living room from the exploded pipes- the ceiling didn’t collapse this time!

Good news, is that the damage was so much better than it could have been, and we are getting there now, every day to a sort of fixed situation.basement remodel

It’s funny though. When you fix up your house, little by little, the old part looks so bad. Patience and being grateful are sort of things I have to remember.

That’s it- For such a short month, February was chock full of activity! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy March! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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Ultimate Coffee Chat: February!

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Original photo by Michael Ramey @unsplash

Hey, hey there…Good morning my friends~ Did you get to sleep in? Get your morning routine in this morning? Read the paper, have some coffee, get a good workout in? Nope? Me either! I am going to a basketball game, then some ice skating lessons, and then a birthday party- the fun never stops at our house! BUT. It has to start with coffee, so let’s chat about starting February!

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If we were having coffee I’d ask you How do you like your job?

I feel so lucky to have a job that has me at ease behind a desk, and able to have rest, free-time, and books all around me. Buuuuuut, sometimes, I might tell you that if I won the POWERBALL tomorrow- it wouldn’t bother me one little bit! Why I feel like I get SO much more accomplished at home then at work is beyond me- but I know this is a phase. February break with my kids at home and a few days home with them will send me to work, happy to go, and begging for my next work-day!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I decided to be an Advocare Distributor!

I did a 10-day challenge (like a reset of your eating clean) before Christmas and it was honestly the easiest and best clean eating reset type of thing I have done. I took lots of notes on what I ate and about the products so I will be able to share it all with you soon, but for now I have my Advocare website where you can check out all their products and they ship directly to you(!) I do need a bit of product education to bring me up to speed on everything they offer: general wellness, weight loss, and performance supplements and products, so I will be doing that this month quite a bit, and also starting my own 24 day challenge (which is a reset). Which honestly, when I ended my 10 day challenge, I felt so good, that I could have just kept going and going with it. The drink, Spark, is probably my favorite component of it all, as a coffee replacement- whoa?! Yep. No coffee on this thing! At least for a bit…I am still trying to figure out if it is the full 24 days or not!

spark advocare

Like my cup? Such an awesome pic! lol!

If we were having coffee I’d chat with you about the books I just borrowed to read for fun!

Big Little Lies, by Lianne Moriarty (audio book to entertain)

A Rule Against Murder, by Louise Penny (mystery)

At Home In Mitford, by Jan Karon (feel good)

See? These are fun! I started this morning with the Jan Karon book- whom I have never read any of her books, because they are “inspirational”, but I think that is fine with me (at this point anyway). She is one of the more popular writers among public library patrons, and people love her stories. The Louise Penny book is an Inspector Gamache book- the 4th of 11. I love her books and I have a stack of the series waiting to get to!  Big Little Lies is just for fun- no idea if I will like this.  I also have no idea when I should be reading them as I have a HUGE pile, but I want to- reading for fun is way easier- or it makes reading all the books easier, as it sets up a momentum.

And finally,

If we were having coffee I’d ask you not to call me after 6:30pm tomorrow. 

I will be watching my Patriots and the game they play. This little thing called The SuperBowl! And eating all the food. It’s all about the food!

Chicken Taco Soup, from me (!)Taco Soup

Jalapeno Popper Sliders, from Real Housemoms

White Sangria, from me again- this one is a MUST, and doubling it this time!Lemony White Sangria


I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy February! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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