Ultimate Coffee Chat: August Edition

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So I have missed a lot. Well, I think that is clear. But I mean, I have missed you all a lot! This summer is flying by huh?!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I haven’t done any back to school yet:

Not buying for or even thinking about. I am sure many of you have gone back to school already or your kids did anyway, but mine go back on the 30th. Whoohoot!  I only know this because I got sort of mom-shamed into not know the date my kids actually go back…but honestly, I rely on other people to tell me dates of where I need to be atleast half of my life. I seem to do a lot of running around in the summer as well as the school year, I guess. It has been so long since I have spent so much time at home and honestly, I have enjoyed the lack of schedule, but am looking forward to the routine that fall brings. Anyone else like this?

cute kids

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am officially an iPhone gal now!

Those who know me, and most of you reading this do (!), know that I have been fighting getting a “real” phone forever. I have had a hand-me-down iPhone5 for a couple of years, and my daughter uses one, but I just didn’t want to be a slave to the phone- I am on the computer and social most days and a lot, so I just wanted my time to be less on the phone as a computer- get it? Three things pushed me to finally get it:

  1. I need it to find my way around this fall traveling all over for travel soccer- last year I got lost a few times and my kid and someone else’s kids (since we help drive) were late. Not good.
  2. My iPhone daughter doesn’t have a plan since she’s so young, but she can text- but not anyone in our house since none of us had iPhones. Just Samsung. Stupid Apple.
  3. I couldn’t get any group messages past three separate emails- my phone couldn’t handle the texts, and wasn’t able to “download” the messages. It literally sort of just blew up.

What I’ll miss:

  1. The unplugging effect. I am the only person I know who could actually not look at any social or email for a week of vacation…because I couldn’t on my phone.
  2. Now I have to see emogis. Ugh. They were just boxes on my old phone. *My friends, words work nicely. I don’t need a picture too. At least not every time. Memes and gifs on the other hand are super fun and will get me in a load of trouble!

iphone upgrade

Wow, I had a lot to say there. Okay then!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am wondering if I should do another marathon or only do a Half.

It hurts, the marathon. Both the training runs that get super long and also the aftermath. My old-lady body doesn’t love it. I have always said that I am not sure that I am built for marathons and I still think it’s true. I can do it. I know this. So I am super glad that I have done my 2. But I take Advil more now. And it takes a lot of time to do those longer runs, and I am not sure I have that time.

The half-marathon I think may be my sweet spot. I feel great leading up to it, I get good times, I feel good after too. I have running consistently this summer, but I like fall races, so if any of you want to weigh in on this one, please do!


If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have been working a lot more, writing posts here on the blog:

My focus seems to have shifted a bit more toward food- sometime healthy and sometimes just fun or functional for my 4-kid family. I don’t get a lot of action about my fitness-type posts but I like to re-cap in monthly posts like this one. Travel and food and books seems to be my jam right now. Oh, and randomness. That of course is my overall personality and blogging style, so friends, I am not going away, just shifting a bit! I hope you will continue to read here though, and connect in some way. 

If you missed them, here are some recent posts:

Nightstand: HAG Read for July

books I am reading this summer

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

Peach Sorbet

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

Loving Lately: Favorites for Summer

Loving Lately: HAG Favorite Things This Summer

So that about wraps it up! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy August! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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Loving Lately: H.A.G. Favorites for Summer

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Loving Lately: HAG Favorite Things This Summer

For Home

Call me crazy, but since my first job ever was cleaning houses and apartments… I really hate cleaning today. I know how of course, but I need efficiency. I have shared with you my great love for the window cleaning clothes of e-Cloth, and the love continues today:


But I have never shared with you, my great love for this guy:

The Dobie cleaning pads are plastic, so they don’t scratch, like you think they would- so my cast iron pans LOVE this pad, and my pans with cooked on eggs also love this. My ring around the tub loves this, as does the stainless steel grease catcher behind my stove. It also lasts a super long time- like 2 months! You can put it in the dishwasher to disinfect. I love this scrubbie, so I am recommending it today!

For Beauty

Next, I am sharing my new face cream. Nothing fancy so don’t get too excited! Just my normal eye cream turned night cream by Cera Ve.

Um…$13. Yep. That is about my speed these days. $13. night cream. It it not greasy, doesn’t cause pimples, which for old-person skin, that is super good, and also helps with wrinkles. Done. I am so done spending time and money searching out the next great thing for my skin…It is what it is my friends. Water is how I wash it and this is my night cream that I use after I use my Pure Haven Serum. Recommended for other low-maintenance women only. If you botox, you won’t love this. It is way too minimalist for you. Just saying.

For more minimalists out there, I also have been using this Dove dry shampoo like it is going out of stock! Dove is my current brand, and it has been a life saver, fixing my crazy morning bed-head and getting me out the door looking sort of normal- which isn’t easy with short hair…who ever said short hair is easy, has never had short hair- long hair swept up in a pony tail was my go-to style, so this short-hair thing needs product! This is what I use:

And of course since we have been in the sun constantly…I bought a cover-up. Finally. I got it on sale at Athleta, which is normally pretty pricey, but I love this style and the price was right (under $30!)


pic from website for Athleta

For the Kids

My kids are home from school for another month. They don’t go back until after Labor Day! That means I need lots of things to entertain them. My kids’ favorites have been their Legos. Honestly. They are finally old enough to build them themselves and also old enough not to wreck the older kids’ things that are so precious to them. But I am not putting Legos on my list of faves this month, but I am putting the Lego Life App, which is FREE and also a social way to share building cool stuff:

My friend has another Lego app for her 5 year old, called Lego Juinors Create and Cruise and I think it was super compelling and adorable with NO violence- thank you Lego.

For Eating & Drinking

These Spiked Arnold Palmers were a big hit at a recent party- sweet and with a kick! Perfect and easy to bring to a potluck, just remember to label it well to avoid a mix-up with kid-drinks!

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

and honestly…my favorite thing has been the grill! We are grilling every darn thing around here- like just about baking in it like an oven, to keep from turning ours on! Maybe that is bad, I have no idea, but it’s working, so I will keep going until…well, I will just keep going.

Hope you had some “favorites” this summer too- Leave me a comment so we can share the love!

Loving Lately: HAG Favorite Things This Summer

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Peach Sorbet #FoodieExtravaganza

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!Oh yum. This is no-fat, yummy eating for you all! And…it couldn’t be easier as far as making a frozen dessert. And if you love peaches, you will ADORE this.

August is National Peach month and peaches are in an abundance right now so all of the #FoodieExtravanza bloggers are sharing our favorite Peach recipes. This is mine, and I am loving it. I hope you will too!

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

Just look at these beauties! I have a whole zip lock filled and ready for my next batch!

Peach Sorbet


4 cups of sliced peaches (see step one)*
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
pinch of salt

Here is the process:

  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Gently lower the peach into the boiling water. Leave it there for 30 seconds.Use a spoon to remove the peach from the hot water, and plunge it into a large bowl of ice water.After 10 seconds or so, grab the peach, and pinch a piece of skin to get started; then simply peel. The skin will slip off easily. If it doesn’t, peel peaches the normal way, with a knife;  Slice in half, remove the pit and slice each half into slices or chunks.*Measure out 4 cups (You can use the rest, if there are leftovers, for smoothies).
  2. Prepare a simple syrup with the water and sugar by
    combining both in a medium saucepan set over
    medium-low heat. Cook mixture until the sugar is
    fully dissolved.
  3. Once the simple syrup is ready, add the salt and the
    peaches. Using an immersion blender, blend the
    mixture until smooth. In batches, push mixture through a mesh sieve (I use my metal strainer) helping it a bit with a rubber spatula. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, or
  4. When ready to make the sorbet,  process according to the ice cream manufacturer instructions for 15-20 minutes (Since I have a Cuisinart ice-cream maker,
    I turn it on and pour the mixture into the frozen bowl). Serve now for a soft sorbet, or freeze in a container until it’s a firmer consistency- usually
    about 2 hours or so. Let it sit out for 15 minutes to soften before you serve it again.

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

Just saying, if you served a scoop of this in a champagne glass with some Prosecco over it…yes, I would drink that!

I would also eat this on a stick. So if you have a popsicle maker, the puree would do well in that kind of situation too- and the kiddos would LOVE it!

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

IF you want some more peach-loving ideas for recipes, check out these great ideas!

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!