A Sentence or Two Per Picture!

6.3 miles @ 8:21 with a few short strides at the end with Emilee for my Wednesday run… normally we do a hill day on the trails after our speed workouts but we want to freshen up our legs for Saturday instead.

We decided it was time for Skye to get her first pair or running shoes.  The joy she had when she first put them on was contagious for everyone in the store.

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She gets her chicken arms while running from me… my coach told me last Saturday that I really need to work on keeping my arms closer to my body because I waste a lot of energy!

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They found a snake.

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It’s going to be a sad day for me when they are no longer obsessed with stuffed animals and taking them on their adventures with them.

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Picked up snow cones on the way home.  They came with the color changing spoons so that was the highlight of their day:

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Lunch together for the first time in a while… quinoa salads followed by Costco blueberry muffins.

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Brooke and Knox had their friends over for the rest of the day in the backyard.

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Skye hung out with me.

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Mango and chicken fajitas from here for dinner… did the prep while Skye napped.

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And finished it up right before we ate.

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Our cherries are starting to show up…

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Made the peanut butter cups from Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. and they are UNREAL… we will be making these often (I used a normal cupcake tin… not the mini ones).

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So much recovery + water drinking going on over here… 2 more days until race day.

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I need a new book to read… I just finished a book that I didn’t love at all so now I need something really good:).  Help me out!

Give me your sentence for the day!

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The Mother In Law was a really good read, reading Water from my Heart now and it’s ok, Also making my way through Brene Brown’s Daring to greatness book. I love her Ted Talk!

Sentence for the day : Don’t let the preteen bring me down!!!

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Stopping at Target today to get The Mother In Law… thank you! Oh and I LOVE all of Brene’s books. So so good. YOU CAN SURVIVE THE TWEEN YEARS (and please send tips for me in about 4-5 years when I get there). Have a wonderful day Carrie!

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Have you read the Happy Runner by Megan and David Roche? Highly recommend it :)

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I haven’t but that sounds right up my alley. Thanks Jenny! Just got on the list for it on my library and I can’t wait to get it:) . Have a wonderful day!

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I second Happy Runner – great read!

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Hi Janae,
I just finished “The Art of Racing In the Rain”. Soo good and sad and happy- all the feels!

Love love love the first pair of running shoes.
Have a great day!

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AWESOME… I just got on the hold list for my library and I’m #12 of 3 copies. Thanks so so much Jenny and I hope you have a great day too:)

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And I just saw previews for the movie, starring Milo Ventimiglia!!! Looks fantastic, which means the book will be phenominal :)

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book rec- The Nightingales by Kristin Hannah- or Where the Crawdads sing-Delia Owens
sentence of the day- “Just keep swimming”- Dory- Nemo’s BFF.
Good luck this weekend!

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I LOVED THE BOOK THE NIGHTINGALES… so so good. I just placed a hold on Where the Crawdads Sing… can’t wait to read it! Thanks so much Becca and I love your sentence for today:)

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Books! My favorite topic. If you up for a more difficult read, but incredibly powerful The Kitchen House has been a favorite for me this year. More adventurous Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is one of my favorites (almost the Everest climb in the late 90’s) or if you want a soft murder mystery series (I think there is 15 books now) with a ton of character development then try the Louise Penny series. Start with book one Still Life.

Quote of the day: A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads only lives one!

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Okay, that quote is amazing. I have never heard that yet. THANK YOU so much for the recommendations and I just placed a hold on Still Life (I love murder mysteries) and The Kitchen House. My library doesn’t have Into Thin Air for kindle loans but I”ll have to go find that somewhere else. Thank you thank you. Have a beautiful day!

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Jon Krakauer also wrote Into the Wild; true story about Christopher McCandless. You may heard about this years ago, when Sean Penn directed the movie. It’s a very interesting read.

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Hi Janae 😊
Miracle Creek and The Mother in Law.
Best wishes for Saturday!

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Going to get The Mother in Law today (my library doesn’t have it… boo) and I’ll check for Miracle Creek too. THANK YOU MARY and I hope your day is a great one!

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If you’re looking for something light and fun to read, I recommend anything Molly Harper. Her paranormal romances are so much fun. I just finished re-listening the the audio books from the “Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs” series. She writes in the first person with a great deal of sarcasm, so I identify :).

Sentence for the day: It’s my Friday!! I get to work a 4/10 schedule, so Thursdays are always my favorite!
Good Luck on Saturday. I’ll be sending speedy vibes your way.

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HAPPY FRIDAY MEGAN! I hope your next three days are full of relaxing and all of the things you want to do. Thank you so much and Molly Harper’s books sound perfect (can’t find them at my library so I’m going to search Target today:)! Have a wonderful day and thanks for the help!

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Where the Crawdads Sing
Educated**
Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine
The Great Alone
The Alice Network
The Address

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Just placed a hold for Where the Crawdads Sing, The Alice Network, The Address and I LOVED reading Educated (how have we not talked about this yet), Elinor and The Great Alone! Wanna do a bookclub together? We can meet at 180 tacos for discussions?! Hope you have a beautiful day and see you in two days!

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I’m seeing so many of the same books I was about to recommend :)
1. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah — A-MAY-ZING. I loved it so much.
2. …similar to the Nightingale is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It’s also about WWII, and is just as captivating. I recommend both! Maybe space them out a little though…they’re very emotional!

3. From Scratch – Tembi Locke
4. The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
5. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

What book did you read that wasn’t great?

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I loved The Nightingale so so much and just added All the Light We Cannot See to my holds list at the library along with Where the Crawdads Sing and From Scratch! THANK YOU.
When life hands you lululemons…I saw it recommended a bunch of places but I just could not get into it and cringed a bunch of times throughout the book! I HATE giving negative reviews on things (it always makes me feel bad) so I usually don’t say anything at all when I don’t like something ha! Have a wonderful day.

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Oh yeah I’ve definitely seen that book recommended a bunch of places but it hadn’t quite caught my interest yet. I’m always interested to hear what books people weren’t huge fans of – nothing wrong with that if something wasn’t your taste! But I agree that reading, or leaving, negative reviews out there can feel icky. I hope you enjoy all these new books!

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Totally… and I like seeing when people warn me that a book isn’t great too! I need to work on sharing that side too:) . Thanks again for the help Anna. Enjoy your Thursday!

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I am always looking for new book recs! I finished Something in the Water a few weeks ago, its a good twisty thriller. I enjoyed The Lying Game and The Other Woman this year, too. Also, I also recommend A Great Alone and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah…. two of my all time favs! Happy reading!!

PS – I am excited to see you grabbed Cassy’s Cook Once cookbook! I hope it helps you with meal planning as much as it has helped my house. Try the Confetti Chicken Casserole!!! And the Chicken Street Tacos!

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Oh I LOVED Something in the Water (I felt like I was breathing heavy from feeling so intense the whole time)! Nightingale is one of my all time favorites too. I am going to check out The Lying Game and The Other Woman too.. thank you! Thank you for the recommendation, I am going to start with it this next week. Have a wonderful day!

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The Other Woman is sooooo good!!! Highly recommend!

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Awesome! Can’t wait to read it!

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*The Glass Castle (an oldie but still a fav of mine if you’ve never read!)
*The Great Alone
*Beneath a Scarlet Sky (based on a true story and so very good!)
*All The Light We Cannot See
*#IMomSoHard (funny!)
*Educated
*The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect
*All the books by Fredrik Backman are excellent! Start with A Man Called Ove if you haven’t read any of his yet. I love his writing style.

I could on and on but ya know….😀
Also, just need to say that your kids’ smiles light up the internet! So contagious!!!!

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Oh, that is so so nice… thank you so much Elisia! I can’t wait to check these out (LOVED EDUCATED and #IMomSOHard sounds perfect:). Have a beautiful day and thanks for the help!

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Bright side by Kim Holden. Then when you finish that, Gus is the sequel.

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Everyone at work here has been raving about “where the crawdads sing”. and “the nightingale” I haven’t read them as I love more of a mystery/thriller category, but all four of them can’t be wrong! I just finished The Whistler by John Grisham and loved that. But I love all his books.

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Where the Crawdads Sing has been one of my favorite reads of the year! Also, I see someone suggested The Art of Racing in the Rain. and highly recommend that book too. The movie comes out August 9th and I can’t wait!!

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Ooh I just finished Trevor Noah’s book called Born A crime. I really enjoyed it and recommend it. Have a great day Janae and good luck Saturday!

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Hi Janae, I’d like to ask you which belly band for running did you use (or some other that you recommend) for running while pregnant. You always have the best ideas or advice :)
I’m like your children when I’m in Ikea – I take stuffed animals and walk around with them giving them voices ;) it’s so much fun.

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HEY! Oh thank you so much and congrats wahoo! The one I used is no longer available but this one is similar: https://amzn.to/2L4CSjd

Have a wonderful day!

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Thank you so much, Janae! I’m 39 and this is going to be our first child :). I’ve been an avid runner since childhood (races at school), then I prolonged my distance at 18 to around 10-15k, then ran my first marathon at 23 and never stopped running. I just shifted to walks this last month and now I already run 5k in the forest. I’m so happy for my new Garmin (thank you for your answer last time!), it’s so light and I chose the one with light green wristband, so beautiful! :)
I’m thankful you took your time for me and found a similar support belt to yours! I see it has great support and I love it! Our baby will probably be just about a week difference to Skye (mid-December) :)
Have a great day!

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I just finished Educated by Tara Westover. So so good. I want to read it again with my husband.

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I’m currently reading “Grit” by Angela Duckworth, I’ve heard great things about, it’s a little dry so far/research-y, but I have a feeling it’ll get better once I get into the sport relationship. It’s essentially about talent vs. grit.

Michelle Obama’s, “Becoming”!!

The Alice Network

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You’ve probably already read it but “Where the Crawdads Sing” is amazing on Audiable!

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I read a great memoir by Dani Shapiro called INHERITANCE–she and her husband did an ancestry DNA test on a whim, and she found out that instead of what she believed all her life–100% Jewish–her DNA revealed she was only 52% Jewish.She grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household, where things like sperm donors (especially in the 1960s–when she was conceived and born) were sacrelig, so this knowledge that her DNA was not what she thought and that this was an unspoken thing in her parents’ marriage (which she could only speculate about, as both of her parents had passed away…) shocked her entire sense of who she was in this world and how she could understand ideas of paternity. It’s a very well-written memoir, very thoughtful and engaging. I recommend!

I’m still waiting to hear on Kansas City (prayers? please?), so my only sentence for the day that has nothing to do with that is this:

A (very long, deep, uninterrupted) nap would be so nice.

Sending big high fives and hopes for some big-time joy out your way, GF!!! :)

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Have you read Shoe Dog? Loved it. I also recently finished Les Mis, which I never thought I’d read and I loved that too though it’s a commitment.

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Oh I LOVED Shoe Dog… so so good! I need to commit to Les Mis too… my brother just finished the unabridged version too! Have a wonderful day Tess!

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Oh my gooodness, those peanut putter cups look so good! I’m not seeing them in my cookbook though? What page?

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HEY!! Page 210 in Run Fast. Cook Fast. East Slow! I am so sorry, I thought it was their first book but it is actually in the second!

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The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton and One Day in December by Josie Silver!

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I’m reading the comments to get book ideas…

I just finished a few chick flick books but need some new slightly more brainy ideas.

Thanks for inspiring me :)

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Skye is so cute in her little running outfit!! I can’t take it!!

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Daisy Jones and the Six.
Read it in 3 days and it usually takes me 3weeks even for really good ones.

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Just got on the hold list for this book… I can’t wait! Thanks Erica!

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The Overstory by Richard Powers
you will never look at a tree the same

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I’m reading “The Happy Runner” right now and it’s just what I needed. I think you might appreciate it as well!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39992248-the-happy-runner

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You’ve probably already read it, but I just finished North, by Scott Jurek and it was great! The limits he pushed his body are incredible and inspiring! I haven’t read them, but these next books are the ones that Jenna Bush Hager has read or is reading for her book club ~ A Woman is No Man (Etaf Rum), The Last Romantics (Tara Conklin), The Unwinding of the Miracle (Julie Yip-Williams) & Searching for Sylvie Lee (Jean Kwok). Lindsey Hein recommends Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson – and it’s a heavy topic), as well as Running Home (Katie Arnold – if you listened to a recent episode of her podcast :) ) And I read somewhere about The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Ruth Ware who also wrote The Woman in Cabin 10). HAPPY READING and good luck on Saturday!

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“Girl, wash your face”
“Girl, stop apologizing”
“The Anatomy of Peace” The three most recent books I’ve read and truly loved all of them! :)

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Just started The Sun is a Compass – only a few pages in, but so far it’s really good!

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Anything Elin Hilderbrand or Nancy Thayer! I re read them constantly on my train to work

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I just finished The Nest and really enjoyed it! Love these comments, going to check out some of the recommendations today too!

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Lots of great book recommendations in the comments. One I didn’t see mentioned is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. You’re at the perfect point in your life to read it! You’ll relate to the main character who is a mom with young children. The author also wrote Big Little Lies, but What Alice Forgot is my favorite.

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I made those pb cups for Christmas neighbor treats last year and had more people comment on them than ever before!

I really like everyday-reading.com book lists if you want lots of options!

I recently read The Wednesday Wars to see if my nine year old would like it. Even though it’s juvenile fiction I really enjoyed it and it’s a fast read.

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Love those pb cups too and I make in a regular muffin tin as well-my fav & just about to have one!

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Have you read the Alice Network? Really enjoyed that this past weekend!

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I’m in the middle of the radium girls right now and it’s fascinating. I also recently read we were the lucky ones and loved it, as well as boys in the boat and rocket men!! Happy reading!!!!!

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A Man Called Ove is delightful. :)

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