Halloween 2017

I am jumping on real quick to give an update on Halloween 2017.

We celebrated in Charlestown again this year and had so much fun. There are so many young family’s and kids dressed up in costumes.

Halloween 2017
Emerson surprised me with how comfortable she was with all the Halloween madness. She quickly figure out how to trick or treat and was walking up to houses and sticking her basket out for candy. She has no idea what candy is but she loved getting things put in her pumpkin! It was so fun!

Halloween 2017

I am not a big, creative costume type gal but I love all Holiday’s especially one’s where you get to go out, have fun, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Next year I think we might have to have a family themed costume.

Halloween 2017

How was your Halloween? Did you dress up!?

Weekend Fun

This weekend went by really fast! It was the first weekend in a while that we were home and it was really nice. We spent a lot of time together as a family and I also did a lot of yoga stuff!

On Friday night, my mom picked up Emerson from daycare and Vinnie and I went on a quick date night to the new Corepower Yoga Studio in the Seaport and then grabbed dinner at Empire. It was improntu and really nice.

On Saturday, I taught yoga in the morning and then we went to the Pumpkin Palooza at Lawn on D in the afternoon. We had no idea what to expect but it was packed and super fun. They had pumpkins there for families to carve, train rides, face painting and of course fall beer and yummy treats. It was a beautiful day and a perfect way to get outside and spend the Halloween weekend.

On Sunday, we explored a new park and hung out there for wayyyy too long. Emerson was exhausted but it was so fun we couldn’t leave. There were so many toys and kids to play with. We loved it and will absolutely be going back very soon.

Snacking At Union Park

Sunday afternoon, instead of watching the Pats game, I was in the yoga studio for 3 hours. We had a Q4 annual update teacher training meeting. It was actually a nice refresher and great to see so many of the other teachers. It can just be hard to give up so much time on the weekend especially when I only get 2 days to hang with my family. But, now I am super prepared to teach and that is a great feeling!

Tomorrow is Halloween. We did a test run in Emerson’s costume and she seemed to like it ok! She doesn’t love the hat but she wore the fox suit no prob. The tail gets me! She is going to be the cutest little fox!

Halloween FUN

This week, I am really trying to focus in on my diet and exercise. I have been letting it slip lately and I am determined to reset and restart. The Tone It Up 21 Day Challenge Round 2 starts today so I am going to try to use that as a guide.

My goals are to:
– Do the 21 daily moves, every day
– Pack my breakfast and lunch for work  and eat only what I bring
– Cook my dinners rather than just snacking on whatever is around the house.

Cheers to a new week!

I hope you had a great weekend! I will be back on Thursday to share all about Halloween.

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

My all-time favorite Fall activity is going apple picking. It brings back so much nostalgia from my child-hood, from the smell of the cider donuts to the cool brisk air. It’s a great excuse to bust out your fall gear, spend quality time with family and friends and make delicious apple recipes!

This past weekend, we ventured up to Applecrest Farm Orchard and spent the morning apple picking. It was SO much fun. I was so happy and literally am already making plans for next year… we have to arrive right when it opens to avoid the crowds, I need to wear my Bean boots and I might have to have Emerson get her face painted!Apple Picking 2017 Applecrest Farm2

We came home with a giant bag of apples. We will never be able to eat them all, so I was googling fun and easy recipes I could make. There are so many!! I decided to compile a list of the 10 most simple, easy to make apple recipes I found. I don’t know about you, but I do not have a ton of ingredients on hand and I also do not have a ton of time so when I look for a recipe it has to have minimal ingredients, be easy to make, require very little time and taste delicious. I mean, I’m not asking too much, am I!?

For instance, I don’t have apple brandy, I don’t have arrowroot, and I definitely don’t have any of those special extracts. But I do have cinnamon, vanilla extract and lots of apples!10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

Here are the recipes. Enjoy!

  1. Applesauce in the Slow Cooker [never done it. have to try. plus, then I can use it in other recipes listed below.] via The Kitchn
  2. Homemade Apple Cider [because what’s better than a hot cup of cider on a cool fall day.] via All Recipes
  3. Baked Apple Stuffed with Oatmeal Brown Sugar [anything single serving is a win in my book. #portioncontrol]via The Kitchn
  4. Apple Pie Bites [had to include some sort of apple pie treat] via the Blond Cook
  5. Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Salad [I figured I needed to throw in some real food. not just desserts and treats] via Love and Zest
  6. Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal [oat bakes are the best breakfast for a working mom on the go; the feed both mom and kid, perfect!] via Five Heart Home
  7. Apple Pumpkin Muffins [because Minimalist Baker and muffins are two of my favorite things!] via Minimalist Baker
  8. 5 Ingredient Apple Crisp [give me all the 5 ingredient recipes you can. This mom is all about ease and convenience!] via Carrots ‘N Cake
  9. Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal [it meets all the requirements. Crock pot = easy, apple = duh, Oatmeal = yum] via PB Fingers
  10. Apple Cinnamon Blondies [these just look like the ultimate treat and I have to try them.] via Bakerita

What is your favorite apple recipe!? Please share! Maybe I will try to make that too 🙂

Balancing Life, Work and Family

I have so many things I want to do. For some reason, I just can’t commit and spend time on any of them. Instead of picking one thing I have five and none of them are getting the attention that they truly need. Rather, I’m working a full-time job, that I really don’t like, and it’s just dragging me down. I get emails from work and I just want to ignore them because I don’t care, I get home from work and I’m so deflated that I just want to sit on the couch and watch TV. I feel lazy and unmotivated which I hate.

I don’t mean to complain. I hate to be negative. But I’m just feeling tired and discouraged and like I have no real path.

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The one thing I do know is I love my family and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. I just don’t know how to do that, have an income, and not feel like I’m just going through the motions.

Here is a thought: If I spend a half an hour on each end of the day I might be able to do some of those things I like to do while still working my desk job until I can figure out my next move. Hmmm… I think that’s gonna be my plan. I’m gonna try and get up a half an hour earlier to work out every day and then at night I’m going to try and spend a half an hour working on a passion projects whatever that may be, maybe it’s this blog maybe it’s a Podcast idea, maybe it’s becoming a health coach. But I’m gonna spend a half an hour at night, a couple times a week, trying to figure out what I truly want to do. To be fair to myself I’m going to try and do it 3-4 days a week so that I don’t put so much pressure on myself to do it every single night. I know that’s unrealistic and if I miss one night, I am the type of person who would just give up and say it’s not possible.

Balancing Life Work and Family

Hopefully this will help me feel like I’m doing more for myself and making a plan for my future doing something I truly want to be doing. It’ll make me a happier person and in return a better wife and mother which is ultimately all I want.

Here’s to giving it a try! I will let you know how it goes 🙂

 

4th of July Weekend 

For the 4th, we headed up to Vermont to spend time with family and take advantage of the beautiful lake and mountains. We spent the days outside, soaking in the vitamin D!

I did a pretty good job of following my own tips for staying healthy on the 4th of July. I enjoyed myself but didn’t overdo it too much! I went on long walks or ran every day which was a huge accomplishment! However, I am on a serious kick to get back in shape, clean up my diet and feel better about myself because things have gotten a little out of control…

4th of july lake rescue ludlow vt

It was Emerson’s first time on a boat. She did great, except really wanted to run around, which just isn’t possible!

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Every July 3rd, the locals put on a firework show on the lake. We all go out on the boats and watch the show from the water. It is such a fun tradition.

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My mom and Emerson had matching shirts on. My mom was super excited!

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Vinnie and I met up with some friends and went strawberry picking. Emerson LOVED the strawberries. They were super fresh and juicy. I can’t remember if I have ever been strawberry  picking but it was really fun and family friendly. And cheap! I love apple picking in the fall but it’s always so expensive for a bag. We got 2 large pints of strawberries for $4.50… score! 🙂

douglas orchard and cider mill shoreham vt

douglas orchard and cider mill shoreham vt

I hope you had a great 4th!

Desk Job vs. Passion Job

I made it through my first week at my new job. Success!!

Desk Job vs. Passion Job
I have to admit, going into it, I was not very excited. I was putting it “out of sight, out of mind” and didn’t really even acknowledge I was taking on a new job. Honestly, I was not excited about just taking another job, in another office because I truly want to find a way to pursue health and fitness as my career. That is my passion. That is what I really want to be doing every day.

I listen to a million podcasts that all tell me what I should be doing…. “if you’re not doing what you love, you need to figure out what it is and do it… “work all day and then work on my dream job/passion job at night”… “if it is really my passion, I will find a way to make it my job”… “do both jobs until you get your passion job to a sustainable place.”

That is all well and good (and admirable), but do those people have a 1 year old at home, a mortgage to pay, mouths to feed? Ha! Also, in my opinion, there is something to be said about the comfort of a desk job, knowing what to expect, showing up, doing your job and then turning off and going home at night to your family/life. Clearly that reason, right there, is why I have taken this new job, why I have not dropped everything to pursue my passion. I am comfortable with a steady paycheck and the certainty of my daily schedule.

Desk Job vs. Passion Job

I also want to come home and be able to relax a little. As it is, with prepping for the next day, cleaning bottle and Tupperware, and making dinner, I barely get to sit down before 9pm anyway. Then I have to open my computer and start working on my passion job? No thank you, not right now.

Well this is not where I thought this post was going to go :). I started to write thinking I would share about my new job, the routine, the people, the actual work, but my stream of conscious clearly brought me down a different path. I will leave that other stuff for another time.

Have a great week!

Thanksgiving 2016 and the Killington FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup

As with most years, we spent Thanksgiving in Vermont with lots of family. I honestly didn’t take many pictures as I was trying to be present and enjoy the time with each other. Although we did eat multiple Thanksgiving meals…

Thanksgiving 2016

On Tuesday before Thanksgiving Vinnie and I hosted my family and our apartment because it was the only day all of us would be together. Julia flew out on Wednesday to go ski in Europe.

Ford Family Photo Thanksgiving 2016

On Wednesday we drove to Vermont.

On Thursday we ate Thanksgiving with Vinnie’s family and then walk down the hill to my aunts house and had another Thanksgiving with my side of the family.

On Friday we vegged and ate leftovers.

On Saturday and Sunday we went to Killington and watch the F I S World Cup for alpine women’s ski racing. This was a huge moment in Vermont and New England ski racing. So many people showed up to cheer on the best in the world and it was incredibly exciting to be there and a part of the historic event.  Over the two days of the event, there were over 30,000 spectators in attendance.  That’s incredible!

There were mobs of people walking up the access rode to watch the race.

Killington World Cup 2016

The spectators piled in. No one cared about the cold, rain, fog or snow. They were all there to cheer on the ski racers and take in the moment.Killington World Cup 2016

We brought Emerson along for all the fun. She was such a trooper. She brave the crowds, the noise, and the weather like a champ.

My brother hooked us up with VIP tickets so I was able to bring Emerson out of the crowds and into the warmth much easier. I still had to nurse her in public because there was no privacy to be found. Emerson was very distracted by all the commotion!

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Killington World Cup 2016

It was a great weekend with so much family time. It made it really hard to go back to work but it’s also nice to get back into a routine. This holiday season is going to be busy with lots of holiday parties and celebrations. This weekend definitely a great kick off!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Halloween 2016 👻

Halloween 2016.

Emerson’s first Halloween. It was a great one.

During the day, Daycare did a parade through our office so all employees could see the cute kids in their costumes. The infants were strapped into this awesome wagon-like thing that had seats. It was so cute! Emerson loved seeing all the people in the office and was super smiley.

Emerson was a pumpkin! I went back and forth about whether or not I should buy her a “real” costume. I opted not to spend the $$ and put her in a onsie we already had with a hat my aunt made and it was perfect!

After work, I headed to Charlestown for more Halloween shenanigans. I am part of the Charlestown Mother’s Association and during maternity leave would go for walks with all the moms that had babies around Emerson’s age. There are so many moms!! We made sure to take a picture all of the babies in their costume. It was adorable!

Babys in Halloween costumes

Family photo with our little pumpkin!

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Lots of family came down to celebrate Emerson’s first Halloween. It was a beautiful night! I am already looking forward to next year when Emerson will actually be able to walk around and trick or treat.

This is my favorite photo and I just had to share!

How was your Halloween!?

Hockey, Lacrosse, and Family

This weekend was filled with sporting events and family time; my two favorite ways to spend Fall days.

My cousin, Mia, had a hockey tournament at Harvard so she stayed with us for the weekend. We shuttled her to and from her games, watched her play and on Saturday we even took advantage of having a babysitter around and went for a mommy/daddy run for the first time.

Weekend Run

Mommy Daddy Run

I thought for sure we would have a crying baby when we got home, but Mia and Emerson were happy and playing on the couch. Mia didn’t even have to use the bottle I left…granted we were only gone for a 30 minutes but it felt like forever to me!

Cousin babysitter

After our run, we brought Mia to her game and stayed to watch. Emerson loved watching the Zamboni clean the ice and she totally followed the hockey players as they skated up and down the ice during the game. Emerson has quickly started to become more aware of her toys, people and objects. I feel like it happened overnight but now she is much more aware of what is going on around her and follows things that she is interested in.

Harvard Hockey Rink

On Sunday, my sister, Lily, had a Lacrosse tournament at Harvard. It was a total coincidence that both Lily and Mia had games at Harvard but it made it very convenient to watch both of them play. The weather was absolutely perfect too. The air was crisp but the sun was shining. Emerson was bundled up warm in my dad’s arms wearing her Patagonia vest and ski hat.

Fall sporting events Emerson is going to be the #1 fan for the UNH Lacrosse team this year! Lily’s teammate and roommates taking the first of many group shots with E. UNH Lacrosse

In very exciting news, Emerson surprised us all and rolled over! I was showing my dad how strong her neck was getting and how she was starting to like tummy time and she literally just rolled right over to her back. It was incredible! We all looked at each other in shock 😳. She’s since rolled over a few more times. Always from her stomach to her back, never back to stomach. She’s starting to hit some of the bigger milestones. I can’t believe how fast it’s all happening. 

Emerson rolled over

 To top off the weekend, we celebrated my moms birthday with some crock pit pulled pork and homemade funfetti. It was delicious. 

Lofo's Birthday

One of these days I’m going to start eating well so I lose this darn baby weight!

Going back to work 

Today was my first day back to work after having Emerson. I still can’t really express or put into words how I feel about going back to work. Yes, I am happy to be back at work, with my colleagues and stimulating my mind. But I’m sad not to be at home with Emerson. 


I tried to not focus on the fact that I was going back to work and really just go with the flow. Which was nice but it made the morning a little hectic.  In hindsight I wish I’d made a list of everything I needed and prepared a little last night so that I could just grab and go in the morning. Instead I had no food for the day, I had to pack up my pump, make sure the milk is ready for my mom who is watching Emerson until she starts daycare, and put the car seat in my moms car. Come to find out I left part of my pump at home so my mom had to come and deliver it. It was kind a like leaving your lunch at home on the first day of school! Although it was a blessing in disguise because I got to see Emerson halfway through my day!


Once I was packed up, I gave Emerson a big hug, thanked my mom and got in the car. I thought I would be more sad but I was pretty stoic. It wasn’t until I walked into my office and I saw familiar faces that I lost it a little bit. Reality hit and tears welled up in my eyes. I cried, took a few deep breaths, and walked to my desk. Once there everything went pretty smooth. It was great to see so many friends and colleagues and it was nice to get back into the groove of work.

 I think I’m going to struggle with the work/life balance. It’s always been something that I have a hard time with but I’m going to have to figure it out now that I have a baby at home. At 5 o’clock I found myself just hanging out at my desk when I should’ve been packing up and walking out the door to go see my daughter. I’m just not used to that lifestyle at work. Previously I always stayed late, lingered around, and made sure all tasks were done before I left. I’m going to have to work hard to stay focused during the day, get done what I can and then leave at 5 so I can spend time with Emerson. Especially because of the commute is brutal. Our office moved while I was out and it’s in a high traffic area. So now my commute is a good hour which is terrible, it’s only 13 miles… the wasted commute time in the car is a real bummer and something I’m going to have to figure out. It will be hard with a baby who has her own schedule but I need to make sure I get as much time with her as I can while still being a good employee and working efficiently.  


Right now, working out is at the bottom of my priority list.  I need to figure out balancing work and time with Emerson and then I can try and incorporate working out. Once I get into a little bit of a grove I might try and do some work outs at home after Emerson goes to bed but I’m typically pretty tired so we will see how that goes. As for training for the half marathon at the end of October I’m just going to have to utilize weekends to get a long run in and hope that’s enough. 

Here’s to Day 2.