Wednesday, March 25, 2015

12 Weeks of Awesome Family Adventures with Red Tricycle


Typically, when Wednesday hits, I work myself into a little panic. I have two toddlers who are not willing to sit idle on the weekends. With so much to explore in the greater Bay Area, a plan must be put into place. Without a plan, the Saturday morning that started with cheerful greetings devolves quickly into this:

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The question always remains: What the heck are we going to do this weekend?

My go-to source for local, kid-friendly events and information is Red Tricycle. They list everything from a calendar of events to family-friendly eateries to tips-and-tricks for travel. Everything you need to know is all in one place. Red Tricycle will save you from Google overload.

Red Tricycle also has your spring time plans covered. They have just partnered with some Bay Area events and venues and launched 12 Weeks of Awesome Family Adventures.

You can pick from the following fantastic, affordable options:

I've already booked in to attend the date night at de Young Museum. Time alone with my husband, culture, wine and childcare all in one location? Sold.
For every ticket sold, Red Tricycle will donate $1 to KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. 
Tickets are going fast for #12WeeksOfAwesome, so book now! You can reserve your adventure through the website or through the Red Tricycle mobile app. So, come join me in making a plan for some great springtime adventures!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Red Tricycle and yes, I visit Red Tri no less than 2-3 times per week. It's a lifesaver, I promise you.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Running For A Cause: CALICO and the Oakland Running Festival

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As shocked as the woman behind me looks, it is true. I ran two races this past weekend.

I haven't written about it much here, but I've been quietly training to run in a relay marathon for the past couple of months. Running has always served as my endorphin-raising form of meditation. I love to zone out, clear my head, focus on my breathing and my pace, all the while competing with myself to push harder and get better. And competing with whoever the unknowing person is in front of me. I always have to pass the person in front of me.

In my twenties, I ran all the time, whether it was in a weekend 5K or for the fun of it through the crisp fog in San Francisco. In my thirties, and after two babies, not so much. With excuse upon excuse (No time! I'm tired! The stroller is a pain to push! It's cold outside! My poor old knees!), I let one of my former loves slip out of my life.

Enter the power of friendship. A group of my local sorority sisters gathered to run for a cause. One of these women is on the board of CALICO, a non-profit that achieves justice and provides support and resources for healing and abused children of Alameda County. We agreed to form a team to run the relay marathon in the Oakland Running Festival and raise money for this important and deserving organization.

I ran a 5K on Saturday to support local sober grads - hey, I was going to run anyway, so why not do even more for the greater good while training? When I posted the best 5K time that I've had in years, I was feeling fantastic heading into Sunday's race. And let me tell you - our team nailed it.

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Sisterhood in action.

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Legitimately trying not to throw up on the final stretch.

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Success!

We finished our division in 22nd place out of 95 - not too bad! And more importantly, we contributed to CALICO reaching their goal of $35,000, which will directly impact abused children and their families. Though our fundraising push is complete, I would still encourage you to check out CALICO and contribute if you feel so inclined.

I feel empowered, privileged and thrilled to have accomplished a huge goal with these dedicated and strong women. Cheers to running for a cause and making a difference with your friends!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Sibling Bond

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I'm an only child, so I know absolutely nothing about being a sibling. I simply can't wrap my head around what it means to have a sibling bond or a sibling rivalry. My husband tells me tales of him and his sister in knockdown, drag out battles through their youth and he is convinced that is what is headed our way as the kids grow. Me, I'm not so sure.

My kids are way into each other and I'm absorbing every sweet second of it. I give the majority of the credit to Keagan, who is so kind-natured that he constantly seeks hugs and affection from his little sister. "Sutton, do you want a hug? Sutton, do you want to sit on my lap?" And now that she is walking and talking, she responds with an enthusiastic "Yah!" and crawls into whatever space he is inhabiting. 

I've managed to catch all kinds of cute, snuggly photos of the two of them together. So many, in fact, that I'm hoping to have a full album of just them, buddied up together, through the course of the year.

Observe:



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But then little moments like this happen, followed by shouts of "Stop it!"...

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...and I can see that the balance between good and evil is restored.

But I will revel in this for as long as I can.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Recreating My Youth Through Vintage Tees

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Last week, I dug a photo of my seven year old self out of the archives, sharing my mission to find the adult size version of my favorite childhood t-shirt. I'm back to report my success!

I haven't aged a day, right? Riiiight. Though I may be a few feet taller and blonde (although my roots tell the true story), the look of determination I employed while skating in the '80s is the same one I had today when I searched for my new Thriller iron-on vintage tee.

And may I say, it is, like, totally awesome.

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My new rule of thumb is when in doubt, go to Etsy. It was there that I discovered Dazed and Vintage, a store that specializes in vintage tees from the '70's and '80's. My childhood icons and favorite bands leaped out at me in tee-shirt form. Wonder Woman! Pat Benetar! Ghostbusters! All of the iron-on decals of my youth were laid out before me.

And there was my beloved Michael Jackson decal on a perfectly sized ringer tee. I was sold before I could say "Sch'mon". I want to give an extra shout out to Monica at Dazed and Vintage (who you can follow on Twitter, along with following Teal In Motion!). There was a hold up in the shipping due to big southern storms and Monica was ready and willing to replace the missing shirt at no extra charge. She was so quick to communicate with me and for that, she has earned a repeat customer. Fortunately, the original package came through and I ended up with this happy face:

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I'm not sure if I'm moonwalking or trying to get up on my tip toes here, but I do know that this tee is just the right dose of nostalgia needed to bring happiness to the heart of this P.Y.T.

Disclosure: I was not compensated or gifted for this post. I am simply spreading the word about an awesome product. In other words...Dazed and Vintage is not my sponsor. It's just a store that sold me my faaaaaaaa-vorite shirt! But my opinions are my own. (See what I did there?)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: The Iron-On Tee

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This is me, circa 1984 - the essence of an '80's cliche. I have so many questions about this photo.

  • Why did those balloon shorts ever exist? 
  • Why a Chuck E. Cheese pin when not at said restaurant? 
  • How did I remain standing upright on those pin thin legs? 
  • Who was in charge of this haircut? 
So many questions...

But the most important question of all is: Why don't I still own an iron-on Thriller tee so I could wear it tomorrow and forever? Iron-on tees were mandatory wear in the early '80s. There were stores in malls dedicated to their production. You picked out your decal, chose the color of your shirt and about 30 minutes later, you had your favorite '80s icon on your chest. If I had this Michael Jackson iron-on shirt today, I would wear it until the threads gave out, just like I did when I was six years old.

Then I realized I live in the age of the internet. Why can't I have this shirt? It must be out there somewhere, in your eBays or your Etsys or what have you. That is where I began my hunt and I think I found my diamond in the rough. Stay tuned....

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Personal Style Posts

I have all kinds of excuses as to why I've dropped off the map when it comes to style posts. My kids broke my tripod. I have no time to stop to take photos in between school drop offs and commuting to and from work. And so on...and so on.

The truth is I've gotten lazy about documenting my what-I-wore fashion escapades. I've resorted to a downward cell phone selfie in order to showcase my favorite new items and then called it a day. I'm still working hard to wear cute clothes! I've just become really lazy about sharing. For example:

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I was grateful for the rain, not only for water-starved California but for the fact that I could finally wear my new Hunter rain boots.

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It is well documented that I love stripes. It was love at first site when I found these slip on flats from Target for $16.

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Speaking of stripes, here are some more! This Old Navy shift dress called to me from across the store and it is my current favorite piece in my closet.

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I take it back. This bulldog sweater from Target is my current favorite thing. It is a men's small sweater and when I saw my little Turbo smiling at me from under a derby hat, I knew it had to be mine. It is sold out online but you can likely still find it in stores now.

You see? I still wear clothes. I just need to do a better job of turning the camera back around in my direction.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For The Love Of Wine - 40% off at Swanky Wine Shop


Candy for Valentine's Day? No thanks - who needs an added trip to the gym or the dentist? Flowers? Nice, sure, but they don't last. Cards? I love a good written sentiment but you know what I really love? Splitting a nice bottle of wine with my love on Valentine's Day.

Just in time for the most romantic day of the year, Swanky Wine Shop is offering 40% all of their online inventory. Plus, they are offering free shipping on orders of six bottles or more. All you have to do is enter the promo code VD15 between now and February 14. 40% off! I simply can't ignore great wine at an even better price.

You can also follow Swanky Wine Shop on Twitter for future discount updates.

So think big and order up for the big day! I'm already dreaming of the stinky cheese I'm going to pair with my delicious wine...

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I know someone who works for this stellar company. Also, DISCOUNT WINE. How can I not share the news?